Washington, DC – (April 23, 2020) — In an interview airing on Vice tonight, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will say Americans should protest capitalism by refusing to work after the pandemic restrictions are lifted.
“What AOC is talking about is a complete shutdown of the American economy that will unleash despair and destruction. America was built on hard work and limited government, and before the coronavirus, lower taxes and regulatory reforms had unleashed a tremendous boom that had sent Latino and African-American unemployment to their lowest levels ever. AOC’s extremist personal political agenda will harm many people, especially those living in her district, which has experienced tremendous misery due to the coronavirus. And the unemployment numbers don’t tell the full story. Mental health is a seriously important factor. There is a well-documented connection between unemployment rates and suicide rates. Imagine how many more suicides there will be in this country with 26 million people who’ve lost their jobs over the past 5 weeks.
It’s time for AOC’s fellow liberals and Democrats to publicly condemn her comments. Her policies will cause America to become a communist dystopia, like Venezuela and Cuba. Is that really where her fellow Democrats want to take us? I call on Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer and other Democrats to publicly condemn AOC’s push for a socialist revolution.”
In an op-ed published by The Hill today, Mr. Ortiz calls on the private sector, not the government, to take the lead on gradually reopening our society by developing protocols and standard operating procedures to prevent their customers from getting infected. “Bottom-up, industry-by-industry solutions to safely reopen the economy are more effective than top-down requirements from likely out-of-touch government officials,” Mr. Ortiz wrote. To read his op-ed, click here.