New Gingrich warned Democrats who are welcoming socialism into their ranks to be careful of the “demons” they are unleashing in the hopes of winning elections.
The former Speaker of the House reacted in an op-ed for Fox News on a recent Vox article written by a member of the Democratic Socialists of America in which the movement’s goals to end capitalism and radically change America were shared.
“In normal times, the declarations of a fringe party and ideology in America would not merit much attention. However, these are not normal times,” Gingrich wrote, noting a new Gallup poll showing that 57 percent of Democrats have a favorable view of socialism.”
The “pattern” has been in the works for a while, Gingrich explained, pointing to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ popularity in the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries and the emergence of “a telegenic young member of the Democratic Socialists of America named Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.”
The young New York Congressional nominee has been “spreading the gospel of socialism” since she defeated senior Democrat in New York City’s 14th Congressional District.
Gingrich admitted he appreciated the “honesty” of author, Meagan Day, a member of the East Bay Chapter of DSA, in the Vox article as she revealed that “in the long run, Democratic Socialists want to end capitalism.”
However, he asserted that this “is a clear threat to the system which has made us prosperous and the envy of the world.”
“If Day, Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders want to try and convince most Americans to end capitalism and embrace a planned, totally redistributionist economy, they are welcome to use the democratic process to do so. It is up to those of us who know better to convince Americans of socialism’s folly,” Gingrich wrote.
What alarmed the 75-year-old Republican was the connection of Day and several members of the Democratic Socialists of America to Jacobin magazine, named after the violent and radical political group of the French Revolution.
Gingrich elaborated on their history and modern-day activities, adding that Sanders and others have shared articles from Jacobin magazine.
“Make no mistake: This is the history of violent revolution, religious oppression, and dictatorship that Jacobin magazine, the DSA, and opportunistic Democrats are embracing – whether they know it or not,” Gingrich wrote.
“It is hard to imagine a modern-day Reign of Terror happening in America. But consider the recent phenomenon of outrage mobs on social media demanding people be fired and ostracized for expressing un-PC points of view,” he continued. “Think about the left-wing activists taking over classrooms to prevent conservative voices from speaking. Think about the rash of people being attacked for wearing MAGA hats. Think about the violence of Antifa.”
Gingrich added, “perhaps it is not so difficult to imagine.”
While he admitted Sanders, whom he has “interacted” with on several occasions, would probably not espouse violence in pursuit of his goals, Gingrich warned that those cheering the new wave of Democratic Socialism should beware.
“Sanders should keep in mind, however, that the Jacobins eventually turned on Robespierre (in fact they executed him). So perhaps Sanders and Democrats rushing to embrace Democratic Socialism should be a little more careful about the demons they are unleashing to win elections,” he concluded.
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