McConnell: Democrats Taking "Abrupt Left Turn Toward Socialism"

"Our nation has watched the Democratic Party take a sharp and abrupt left turn toward socialism..."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell  (R-Ky.) knocked Democrats on Wednesday, arguing that the party is moving toward socialism — an issue Republicans want to make a focal point ahead of the 2020 election.

"Our nation has watched the Democratic Party take a sharp and abrupt left turn toward socialism. A flawed ideology that has been rejected time and again across the world is now driving the marquee policy proposals of the new House Democrat majority," McConnell said from the Senate floor on Wednesday.

Republicans have seized on socialism as a wedge issue as freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez D-N.Y.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who both identify as democratic socialists, have electrified the party's progressive base in recent years.

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Speaking to reporters in Kentucky on Monday, he said that it was a "bigger threat" than people might think. 

"I never thought in my lifetime we would be debating the virtues of capitalism … having serious presidential candidates suggesting we ought to have socialism in this country," he said. "We're going to have a great debate in 2020 about the very essence of America."