Since she first won her primary against 10-term incumbent Joseph Crowley, New York Democratic representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has became a favored target of the right-wing. In their latest attempt to discredit her, Fox Business guest Ben Stein compared Representative Ocasio-Cortez to several genocidal dictators.
For those who only know Stein as a game show host or actor, he was also President Richard Nixon’s speech writer.
In his remarks to Fox News, Stein said:
“We have a society in which there are an awful lot of people who have no idea that Stalin, Hitler, Mao Tse-Tung (Mao Zedong) all came to power promising the same kinds of things that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is promising. And it led to mass murder, it led to dictatorship, it led to genocide.”
“These promises are old promises and they invariably lead to bad things. The promise of just saying to the people do what you can within the law to make your life better and your family’s life better — that system works extremely well.”
“Capitalism is a system that allows people to make something of themselves instead of oppressing other people. It’s an incredibly good system.”
“Making money is one of the most of harmless things there is to do in the whole world. And that’s what our society is about.”
“It’s not about ordering people around, putting them concentration camps. What do you do if there is a richer or poorer person?”
“What do you do? Do you take him away? Do you shoot him?”
“Well that’s what the Communists tried, it didn’t work out very well for them. And at the end of the day we ended up with Russia with one of the most of unequal societies there’s ever been in the world.”
“In Vietnam, which promised all these things, and we wind up with one of the most of corrupt countries in the world. In Venezuela, I don’t know how corrupt it is but people say it’s one of the most corrupt countries in the world.”
“We don’t wind up with the promises people made.”
Media Matters For America (MMFA) shared Stein’s remarks on social media. Watch it here.
— Media Matters (@mmfa) January 23, 2019
MMFA monitors print and online media and at least 150 hours of television and radio each week, providing fact checking as well as the lowlights and highlights. Comparing the New York Representative to genocidal dictators because of her conservative tax proposal—which would have far less impact than the tax brackets of the 1950s-1980s—was a lowlight.
People thought perhaps an adviser to President Nixon was not the best person to preach morality in the first place.