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'Mini-Maduro': RNC Attacks Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — Compares Her to Venezuelan Dictator

August 18, 2018 in Blogs

By Matthew Rozsa, Salon

The New York congressional candidate has been criticized by conservatives like Tomi Lahren and Ben Shapiro

Even though she's running in a solidly blue district that has no chance of flipping to the GOP, it seems that Republican just can't quit Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The latest example of this phenomenon, which could be aptly dubbed Ocasio-Cortez Derangement Syndrome, was demonstrated by the Republican National Committee when it sent out an email that explicitly compared the aspiring congresswoman to a dictator. The letter wrote that “leading The Democrat Party To The Left With Nothing More Than An Unsubstantiated, Factually Incorrect Socialist Wish List” and was referred to her as the “Mini-Maduro Foreboding The Future Of Democrats.”

As CNN described Nicolás Maduro, the Venezuelan strongman being conflated with Ocasio-Cortez in that email:

Maduro is the successor to Hugo Chávez, who ruled from 1999 to 2013. His government is nominally socialist, but with Maduro's assorted power grabs and silencing of critics, Venezuela is not governed democratically. It is currently in the grips of a devastating economic and political collapse owing in large part to a drop in oil prices.

Conservative critics, especially online, routinely reference Venezuela's dire state of affairs when arguing against progressive left policies.

“The RNC knows that the American people support our policies by wide margins. They want universal health care. They want Wall Street to pay their fair share of taxes. They want to raise the minimum wage,” Corbin Trent, the communications director for Ocasio-Cortez's campaign, told CNN. “I guess if you can't beat our ideas, you have to lie about them. Meanwhile, the Republican Party is standing in lock step behind a President who abuses human rights and wants to crush the free press which, to me, sounds like a Mini Maduro in the making.”

It isn't just the official apparatus of the Republican Party which is taking this stand against Ocasio-Cortez.

“I think the Democrats are radicals,” Sam Nunberg, a former adviser for Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election, told Salon. “They are going so far to the left. Now the media doesn't understand that, or they don't accept it, or …read more


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