The ladies of “The View” engaged in a heated debate over the difference between socialism and the Democratic Party’s platform on Tuesday’s show.
Now that socialist candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York is campaigning nationwide alongside Bernie Sanders, many Democrats are asking themselves if their own party is moving more and more in that direction.
Co-host Sunny Hostin named the policies that Ocasio-Cortez says she supports: Medicare for all; fully funded public schools and universities; paid family and sick leave; justice system reform; immigration justice; infrastructural overhaul; clean campaign finance; an “economy of peace”; and housing as a human right.
While Hostin and Whoopi Goldberg questioned the radical turn the Democratic Party was taking — even Goldberg expressed concern when she said, “If you’re a socialist, tell me that … Don’t say that you’re a Democrat” — Joy Behar expressed full-throated support for Ocasio-Cortez’s expressed platform.
At several points in Hostin’s laundry list of socialist policies, Behar interjected with such phrases as “good” and “love it.”
At that point, Meghan McCain didn’t hold back.
“This makes my head explode,” McCain said over Behar’s crosstalk. “By the way, I hope the Democrats do run a democratic socialist,” she added, using air quotes. “I think you will lose spectacularly, then I will look forward to election night when I finally get to tell everybody, ‘I told you so,’ if you end up running a radical.”
“The problem with socialism,” McCain added, “in the words of Margaret Thatcher, is that at some point you run out of other people’s money.”
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“Venezuela — one of the richest countries in the world in the ’70s,” she continued. “Now the average Venezuelan has lost 24 pounds because they’re starving to death?”
McCain said she was “petrified” to see the co-host normalizing that political system.
“I think she’s referring to Scandinavia, [not] Venezuela,” Behar interrupted, referring to the small export-led economies.
The discussion got increasingly raucous: Behar continued to push the merits of socialism, while McCain said she was “petrified” to see the co-host normalizing that political system.