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.
In case you missed it, while the GOP is calling paying a living wage “socialism,” a Republican Senator full-on quoted National Fascist Party leader and Hitler ally Benito Mussolini like it’s a Hallmark card.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 25, 2019
“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. 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. https://t.co/ftzal1DMED
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) February 24, 2019
“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.
Did I over estimate the intelligence of some in the twitter sphere? https://t.co/Cf8nUY3NUO
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) February 25, 2019
You can practically hear his poll numbers crashing to the ground.
"overestimate" is one word
— HOTSPACEstan(boRhap9x) (@IStanHotSpace) February 25, 2019
"No you see when I quoted Mussolini, I meant that I think some of my congressional colleagues none of whom have committed atrocities or partnered with a genocidal maniac are *like* Mussolini." You're an idiot.
— Shannon Coulter (@shannoncoulter) February 25, 2019
If you are so against socialism, why did support given billions to farmers? Why didn’t you tell them to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps? Why do you continue to subsidize oil companies making billions if you don’t believe in socialism?
— Anthony Miller (@milleralgm) February 25, 2019
Mussolini had long since switched from socialism by the time he took power. He formed the National Fascist Party. One of the major aspects of his dictatorship was corporatism, including favoring those that financially benefited him, not unlike Trump & his cronies.
— Same Old Tippi (@TrashFireT) February 25, 2019
aw, why would he start now?
— Theodore Gault (@_TedG_) February 25, 2019
By trying to talk about socialism by quoting a guy who killed his socialist opponents?
— Thor Benson (@thor_benson) February 25, 2019
Senator, this constituent (76086) believes that you have overestimated both your understanding of history and your ability to represent Texans (and the USA, for that matter). I, for one, can hardly wait to vote against you, should your "intelligence" move you to run in 2020.
— mrs. pea (@LardPusher) February 25, 2019
You know you who these guys are, right? pic.twitter.com/SPrg80PoCG
— Chris Zorel 🦖 (@DarthZorel) February 25, 2019
I have the feeling my trashcan is better equipped to be a US senator than @JohnCornyn.
— Lvl1 Blood Dragon (@DudeHazard) February 25, 2019
— Devin Hermanson (@devinher) February 25, 2019
So infrastructure and emergency services are incompatible with freedom? LOL. Don't worry, bro. no one is overestimating YOUR intelligence.
— Courtney (@courtneyiswrite) February 25, 2019
Crazy coming from the Sen from the state that wants to control birth control, abortion, all of the most personal decisions a person, make that woman, could make.
— Texanna52 (@Texanna33) February 25, 2019
to fit our model is polarization, deadlock, mass mobilization against internal and external enemies, and complicity by existing elites." Sounds familiar. https://t.co/gYFvgDYepU
— Susan Hatch (@SusaMorgan) February 25, 2019
More like consider resigning. If a US senator quoted Adolf Hitler they'd have to resign right away, why is quoting another brutal dictator any different?
— Alex Brenner (@Map4latte) February 25, 2019
How DARE you?! My father and his brothers FOUGHT Mussolini. This whole country did. You, sir, need to resign in shame.
— Lee in Iowa #TeamPelosi #SaveButterflies🦋 (@Lee_in_Iowa) February 24, 2019
Quoting Mussolini?? Really? Okay;
• "Fascism should be called corporatism. They're the same thing." And;
• "Fascism is the antithesis of Democracy since 1789." (Year America's Constitution was ratified) – Benito Mussolini pic.twitter.com/6D0IEESWJ1
— Puesto Loco™ (@PuestoLoco) February 24, 2019
Marco Rubio: I’m calling for a guy to be beaten to death.
John Cornyn: Hold my beer…
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) February 24, 2019
Exactly! My dad didn’t leave for WWII as a healthy young man and come back 100% disabled to defeat the Nazis to see them coddled in America six decades later.
— Col. Morris Davis (@ColMorrisDavis) February 25, 2019
We took on at least 200,000 thousand causalities in Sicily fighting Mussolini
take this GD tweet down
— hitdaballcatchdaball (@actsimpsonian) February 24, 2019
The lesson of history is that Mussolini was an enormous liar, and that he slandered progressive forms of government with fear mongering so that he could promote a far-right agenda built on patriotic distraction to enact the most dreadful anti-liberty policies possible. Like you.
— Respectable Lawyer (@RespectableLaw) February 24, 2019
Maybe just delete your Twitter account, Cornyn.