Fox News host Jeanine Pirro wasn’t about to let stand a ridiculous notion made by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., that fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is a capitalist.
Sanders, a self-avowed socialist, made the suggestion during an interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” The fact that the candidate feels its a virtue to tout his socialist bona fides speaking volumes about the state of today’s Democratic Party.
“There are differences between Elizabeth and myself,” he said. “Elizabeth I think, as you know, has said that she is a capitalist through her bones. I’m not.”
This observation prompted a discussion Monday on “The Five,” with co-host Greg Gutfeld chiming in to say “in Bernie’s eyes anybody to the right of Chairman Mao is a capitalist.”
But Pirro turned the focus back to Warren, not letting the radical left senator off the hook so easily.
“Okay, I looked up her ‘Accountable Capitalism Act,'” Pirro said. “Because I’m trying to figure out — Wall Street hates her, they don’t want her to be elected. Why? Because she’s a socialist.”
Warren introduced the legislation last year, which effectively redistributes trillions of dollars from corporations to the less fortunate.
“What she wants to do is to have shareholders and customers and employees to make the decisions of the corporation,” Pirro explained. “She wants the shareholder profits to be used in pursuit of community justice, racial justice, environmental protection, or common decency.”
“So what she is looking to do is change everything,” she added, speaking of Warren’s intentions. “And the last thing this woman is is a capitalist. She is a socialist, it’s in her bill.”
But don’t take Pirro’s word for it. Lee Edwards, a distinguished fellow in conservative thought at The Heritage Foundation, argues that not only is Warren’s bill socialism, it is also unconstitutional.
“ACA is not a small or even a giant step toward socialism. It is socialism,” he wrote. “Senator Warren’s legislation is the most radical congressional proposal since the National Recovery Administration Act of 1933, which was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court just two years later.”
Co-host Geraldo Rivera explained the appeal of socialism on the left.
“I think you tend to be more socialistic as a younger person,” Rivera said. “Then you drift towards the capitalist side, but socialism has a real appeal to young people and to hard-core Democrats. The Green New Deal, Medicare for everybody. These are very attractive until you think about how you are going to pay for them.”
“Then the famine,” Gutfeld interjected.
“Between Mao and Attila the Hun, there are a lot of variations, and I think [Warren] may be to the right of Bernie Sanders but it wouldn’t take much,” Rivera added.
Co-host Dana Perino noted that Sanders’ declaration would help Warren if she goes up against President Trump.
“Remember the State of the Union last year, [Trump] said we will never be a socialist country and she can say, ‘I agree.'”
Co-host Jesse Watters wrapped the discussion up in a nice bow in summarizing the challenge Warren faces in today’s radical Democratic Party.
“I agree this helps in the general election,” he said. “Because Wall Street does not like her because she’s a socialist. They don’t want to give her money. This might hurt her in the primary. It really depends on how slick she is. She has to defend this position in a way that does not burn her in the general [election].”
Watters pointed out that Trump has framed it as socialism versus capitalism.
“Democrats don’t like that framing because the majority of the American people like capitalism, but the majority of Democratic primary voters do not,” he added. “In order for them to win nationally, they have to hide the socialist tendency from the voters and masquerade themselves in order to win. Then they slide it in once they get the White House.”
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