On Fox Business News Tuesday, a former speechwriter for President Richard Nixon compared Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Adolf Hitler, Newsweek reports..
Host Trish Regan began by saying that the former Venezuelan President “Hugo Chavez had all kinds of promises, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” and the country’s President “Maduro had the same kind of promises.” She added that she hopes the U.S. doesn’t have to deal with “the same kind of incarnations and challenges” that they had to deal with.
Former Nixon speechwriter Ben Stein said that it depends on education. He said, “I mean we have a society in which there are an awful lot of people who have no idea that (Joseph) Stalin, Hitler, Mao Tse-Tung all came to power promising the same kinds of things that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is promising, and it led to mass murder, it led to dictatorship, it led to genocide. These promises are old promises and they invariably lead to bad things.”
Stein added that capitalism “works extremely well” by allowing people to make something of themselves rather than being oppressed. He then continued to talk about the Ocasio-Cortez/Hitler comparison.
“It’s not about ordering people around, putting them concentration camps,” Stein said. “What do you do if a person is a richer or poorer person? What do you do? Do you take him away? Do you shoot him? Well that’s what the Communists tried, it didn’t work out very well for them.”
The result, Stein said, was the rise of Communist Russia and corrupt Vietnam and Venezuela.
In contrast, Trump, who has drawn much criticism from Ocasio-Cortez herself, has drawn many comparisons to Hitler. For example, MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-host, Joe Scarborough, compared Trump’s “unbelievable” lies to Hitler’s.