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AOC Slams Republican For Quoting Fascist Dictator

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called out a Republican senator Monday for tweeting a quote from the fascist dictator of WWII Italy Benito Mussolini. Senator JohnCornyn randomly tweeted the quote on Sunday, without context or explanation, alarming people on both sides of the U.S. political aisle.

“We were the first to assert that the more complicated the forms assumed by civilization, the more restricted the freedom of the individual must become,” the quote by the notorious fascist reads. As Ocasio-Cortez points out, Mussolini was a close ally of Hitler and part of the WWII axis powers of Nazi Germany, fascist Italy, and Japan.

Cornyn did not offer any explanation for throwing out a quote by a fascist dictator until a very supportive Texas journalist offered him a convenient way out, saying that the senator “appears to be warning us against an overly powerful central government. But it’d help if he’d clarify.” Cornyn agreed with that interpretation and then went on to basically call Democratic Socialists, a liberal movement, to fascism, which is a far-right political philosophy.

“You nailed it, Bud,” write Cornyn. “Since so-called Democratic Socialists have forgotten or never learned the lessons of history, and how their ideology is incompatible with freedom, I guess we have to remind or teach them.”

For historical context, Mussolini, like Hitler, used socialism to gain power before implementing extreme right-wing policies and becoming a fascist dictator. Mussolini was expelled from the Italian Socialist Party in 1914 and began to support fascist organizations, who were enemies of socialists. He became a nationalist and formed Italy’s Fascist Revolutionary Party in 1915, followed by the National Fascist Party. So, no illusions here about whether Mussolini was a socialist or a fascist.

Considering all this, it would seem that Cornyn is the one who struggles with history. At least, that’s the most positive explanation. The quote he provided doesn’t sound like it’s addressing “big government. “Complicated forms of civilization” could mean just about anything, but either way, socialists are not and never were the ones advocating for taking people’s freedoms away. That’s all fascism, baby.

So the question is whether Cornyn is ignorant or actively promoting fascism, as Ocasio-Cortez says, “like it’s a Hallmark card.”

Either way, everyone hates it. Republican, Democrat, conservative and liberal alike, people are not happy to see Cornyn promoting the ideas of a WWII fascist. Couldn’t you get some anti-big government quotes from someone who was not a fascist? No?

But instead of back peddling like a man in a paddle boat about to go over a waterfall, the senator calls everyone an idiot.

You can practically hear his poll numbers crashing to the ground.

Maybe just delete your Twitter account, Cornyn.