A right-wing journalist hears a socialist speak and accidentally exposes the absurdity of opposing her platform

Virgina Kruta with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Support us and go ad-free

After covering a rally headlined by openly socialist Democratic Party politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a right-wing journalist made comments that accidentally exposed the absurdity of opposing her platform. And her words could have come straight from the pages of a left-wing satirical magazine.

Oops…

Virginia Kruta, an associate editor for the right-wing Daily Caller website, had heard Ocasio-Cortez speak at an event celebrating the birthday of another left-leaning Democratic Party candidate, Cori Bush, who is standing for Congress in the midwestern city of St Louis. But her comments about the rally appeared like they were said by someone who was deliberately mocking right-wing opposition to a socialist platform.

She said during an interview on Fox News:

They talk about things that everybody wants, especially, like, if you’re a parent. They talk about education for your kids, healthcare for your kids. The things that you want!

Appearing completely unaware of how her remarks were coming across, she then dialed up the right-wing rhetoric as if she were the alter-ego of a TV satirist like Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert:

And, you know, if you’re not really paying attention to how they’re going to pay for it or, you know, the rest of that, it’s easy to fall into that trap and say, “my kids deserve this,” and, you know, “well maybe the government should be responsible for helping you with that!”

As it happens, Colbert has already satirized the incident on his show:

In her article for the Daily Caller, Kruta said she found the experience “truly terrifying,” because “I saw just how easy it would be, were I less involved and less certain of our nation’s founding and its history, to fall for the populist lines they were shouting from that stage.”

Healthcare and education. “Terrifying” stuff.

Ocasio-Cortez’s platform consists of policies that would generally be uncontroversial for a European centre-left party, and have even been incorporated into the programs of some centrist and centre-right parties. These include publicly-funded universal healthcare for all US residents, tuition-free higher education at public universities, ending foreign military engagements in the Middle East and elsewhere, and reform of the US banking system.

On Twitter, many were quick to comment about the revealing nature of Kruta’s comments. And Ocasio-Cortez herself tweeted:

Others ratcheted up the mockery, with one tweeting:

For her part, Kruta clarified her position:

But unfortunately for her, her words had already spread far and wide. And whether she wanted to or not, she helped to expose the absurdity of opposing a socialist platform focused on human development and dignity.

Get Involved!

– To see information on truly progressive candidates in the US, see Our Revolution and Justice Democrats. If you’re a US resident, you can also join and participate in the activities of the Democratic Socialists of America. And if you want more voters to choose the best candidate over the best-funded candidate, then support anti-corruption groups like Move to AmendRepresent.US, and Wolf-PAC.

– Join or support the Stop the War Coalition. Also show your support for Veterans for Peace, who are fighting for peaceful solutions to the world’s problems. And take action with the Campaign Against Arms Trade.

– Support The Canary if you appreciate the work we do.

Featured image via YouTube screenshot

Support us and go ad-free

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us

Comments are closed