Ocasio-Cortez teaches Meghan McCain what Bernie Sanders’ Democratic Socialism really is about

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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) sparred with her right-wing polar opposite Meghan McCain today in an appearance on The View and rose to the occasion with a stirring defense of the Democratic Socialist agenda that she and her favored presidential candidate Barnie Sanders are advocating as the best path forward for our divided and inequality-ridden nation.

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McCain, the daughter of the late Arizona senator and Trump antagonist John McCain, immediately pointed out that she and the Bronx-born congresswoman fulfilled similar roles on either side of the political spectrum.

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“I feel like you’re the bogeywoman of the right and I’m the bogeywoman of the left, so it’s interesting to be talking to you,” McCain said, in a self aggrandizing comparison.

It didn’t take the View co-host very long to attack the very basis of Ocasio-Cortez’s political ideology as dangerous and frightening.

“Because what you’re proposing and what Bernie Sanders is proposing, you said Fox was, like, ushering in the apocalypse to conservatives like me that think big government is very dangerous, it is like the apocalypse. It’s not just that Bernie is asking a lot of voters to buy into what I consider radical ideas like the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, he’s advocating for a complete paradigm shift of the American system as we know it, and it’s a huge ask for people like me and it’s a huge ask for a lot of people, the seismic shift from capitalism to socialism,” McCain declared, claiming that polls indicate that 45 percent of Americans would refuse to vote for a socialist.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez had a quick rejoinder to the polls and to the reality driving Bernie Sanders to a double-digit lead in the most recent Washington Post-ABC News poll of Democratic presidential candidates.

“When you poll these abstract ideas, it’s one thing,” Ocasio-Cortez responed to McCain’s statement, “but the majority of Americans would vote for Bernie Sanders and that’s because of his record, his commitment and his policies, but also, I think, you know, I think there’s one story that’s not really being told here is what’s actually happening on the ground in America.”

The congresswoman noted that with 60% of Americans earning less than $40,000 per year, they simply weren’t able to afford basic necessities in high-cost urban areas like New York and California.

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“You can barely live on that anywhere,” AOC said. “You can’t live on that if you have kids. I think that that reality, personally, does require a paradigm shift. This isn’t working for us. A $2.1 trillion tax cut which has been deemed capitalism at its finest doesn’t work for us.”

You can watch excerpts from Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s appearance on The View advocating for the nomination of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the clips below.

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Original reporting by Travis Gettys at RawStory.

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