After her primary win in New York, democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been a subject of extreme fixation by the Republican party. Conservative pundits like to hold her up as an example of the “dangerous” evolution of the Democratic party—how the far left is becoming more radical and decentralized.
To capitalize on this fascination, Virginia Kruta, an associate editor for The Daily Caller, went to a Democratic rally where Ocasio-Cortez was speaking to give her fellow conservatives a first-hand report of what it was like. Her verdict? It was terrifying. Absolutely terrifying.
The scariest thing, according to Kruta? How easy it is for anyone, even conservatives, to get behind Ocasio-Cortez’s democratic socialist platform. Here are some of the horrors Kruta found herself being swayed by:
I saw how easy it would be, as a parent, to accept the idea that my children deserve healthcare and education.
I saw how easy it would be, as someone who has struggled to make ends meet, to accept the idea that a “living wage” was a human right.
Above all, I saw how easy it would be to accept the notion that it was the government’s job to make sure that those things were provided.
Fox & Friends had Daily Caller editor @VAKruta on to discuss the fear she felt attending @Ocasio2018 rally.— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 24, 2018
"They talk about things everybody wants, especially if you're a parent. They talk about education for your kids, health care... it was really uncomfortable." #BeyondParody pic.twitter.com/BULE0KFuPJ
Kruta went on Fox News and discussed her experience, thanking God’s grace for giving her the strength to resist the Democrat’s evil platform.
And she quickly became a meme.
Can we get @VAKruta nominated right now for every single journalism award on the planet? Oh my word, the trauma this poor woman endured!— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) July 24, 2018
No one shouted to kick the crap out of her, or hurled obscenities at her. No one called her scum. The horror! She must be traumatized. https://t.co/qHe2oKpm25
Twitter was quick to observe Ocasio-Cortez’s “radical ideas” weren’t all that radical.
The idea that you might NOT go bankrupt if your kid got cancer... my god... it’s chilling. Scary stuff. https://t.co/1awytExAGK— Bill Corbett (@BillCorbett) July 24, 2018
does Fox know that they're unwittingly creating commercials for socialism https://t.co/rc0YojIjdi— Sarah Jaffe (@sarahljaffe) July 24, 2018
Fox News just keeps helping liberals.
I've watched this three times already and it gets funnier with each viewing https://t.co/qFsyOA1fT1— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 24, 2018
lmao. Are they for real.— Imani Gandy o—€ (@AngryBlackLady) July 24, 2018
“Education?! Health care?! What’s next? THE PURGE?!” https://t.co/WF7G2LZJHb
Ocasio-Cortez even chimed in on the report!
Of course, this isn’t the first time Fox has tried to demonize Ocasio-Cortez and ended up doing her a favor.
Sean Hannity put her in his crosshairs shortly after she won her primary:
You’d think someone over at Fox News would check these things to make sure they’re actually scary.
Instead, a picture of Ocasio-Cortez’s platform quickly went viral.
Sean Hannity just presented this agenda as a negative pic.twitter.com/mYoByIRyr5— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) June 28, 2018
Even if you disagree with some, surely platform points like “women’s rights” and “support seniors” aren’t that bad.
Dear Conservatives friends: Sean Hannity just broadcast this as a reason to be against Ocasio-Cortez. For the life of me, I'm trying to come up with even one reason why everything on this list isn't awesome. Help me out and let me know why you're against some of these things? pic.twitter.com/JqZ5YZDPxT— Dominic Biondi (@DominicABiondi) June 28, 2018
Sean Hannity listed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's platform as a bad thing.— Santa Claus, CEO ?? (@SantaInc) June 28, 2018
It includes such horrors as:
-"Clean Campaign Finance"@seanhannity, are you against those things?
Imagine the dystopian future where campaign finance is clean and everyone has health care!
@seanhannity just described Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as the new face of the Democratic party, and said her policy positions pointed to a bleak future, calling them "downright scary." So when he showed this, I was expecting to find something "downright scary." pic.twitter.com/GLBPJ3sRRx— The_Warrior's_Home (@mots_d_Akin) June 28, 2018
I like Sean Hannity freaking out about Ocasio-Cortez and one of the bullet points on his power point is how she wants to help seniors— Bog Witch Jules (@julesprom) June 28, 2018
SHE WANTS TO HELP SENIORS!!! WHAT NEXT???
shoutout to sean hannity for accurately listing some of the reasons ocasio-cortez won https://t.co/iYTX3VaC9q— mx stephx (abolish DHS) (@stephhouse11) June 28, 2018
In her video, Kruta said the democratic socialist platform is dangerous because it offers things all people want (and often need), but WHERE WILL THE MONEY TO PAY FOR THEM COME FROM?
It turns out Ocasio-Cortez has been pretty upfront about that. Democratic socialists believe we should be raising taxes on the rich. WHICH IS JUST TOO CRAZY FOR KRUTA TO HANDLE!