AOC Slams Anti-Socialism Ad from GOP PAC

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Over the past year, progressive Democrats have openly embraced what they view as bold reform. Many of the changes which the left-wing advocates for involve radical, systemic shifts in various institutions as we know them. When questioned on the extent of these measures, progressives claim that they’re justified since the problems at hand are also systemic.

However, not everyone agrees that all of these issues which progressives are talking about require bold, radical reform. As such, several of progressives’ favorite measures (such as the Green New Deal, Medicare-for-All, etc) have faced criticism for being remnants of socialism.

This is what prompted New Faces GOP, a new Republican PAC, to launch an anti-socialism ad. House Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has since claimed that the aforementioned ad is “racist.”

Everything You Need to Know about the New Faces GOP Ad

The ad which the congresswoman referred to as racist never once mentions anything regarding race or ethnicity. As a matter of fact, the 30-second ad focuses merely on the pitfalls of socialism and features Elizabeth Hang, a relative of individuals who lived under socialism. Hang provides the voiceover throughout the ad, noting the perils associated with living under a socialist regime.

View the New Faces GOP ad for yourself:

AOC’s Response to the Ad

Shortly after the New Faces GOP’s ad, Ocasio-Cortez promptly branded the ad as racist. She took to Twitter claiming that the ad merely served as a “love letter” to white supremacists and only provided a “pretense” of appealing to conservatives and Republicans of color.

The congresswoman’s unbacked claims of racism regarding the PAC’s ad read as follows:

More from New Faces GOP

New Faces GOP has not backed down from their cause, despite the censure from Ocasio-Cortez. The PAC’s website moreover stresses the importance of “[elevating] the next generation of Republicans so that we can not only survive as a party, but expand beyond the boundaries we’ve set for ourselves.”

Certain members of the Democrat Party have pushed back against accusations of socialism. However, others appear to be OK with perceptions of socialism within the party; during Thursday’s third Democrat debate, Bernie Sanders spent several minutes justifying what he views as the merits of “Democratic-socialism.”