Top congressional Republicans in Washington, D.C. have recently decried progressive policies as either “socialist” or “socialism.” From environmental regulations to voting rights extension as well as campaign finance reforms, a potential Third Red Scare is gradually on the rise in the country.
On March 5th during a debate on a Senate Floor, Republican Senate Majority Leader and Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell criticized a proposed House bill from the Democrats called For the People Act that would reform campaign finance laws, congressional redistricting, and expand voting rights. He said that this bill is a “one radical, half-baked socialist proposal.” The bill is unlikely to pass a Republican majority Senate.
Last Saturday, March 9th, while visiting his own home state, Californian Congressman Devin Nunes, who is a Republican Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, called California’s new law that limits non-biodegradable plastic straws only to individual customers who request them “socialism” on Twitter.
Anti-socialism rhetoric is on the rise amongst the Republican Party and the rest of the political right as the progressive anti-capitalist ideology is gaining steam amongst younger populations with political figures such as Bernie Sanders, Rashida Tlaib, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez leading it into the mainstream.
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