Mark Levin, host of "LevinTV," has a theory about the rise of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) to political prominence — and he knows exactly how to test his hypothesis.
What are the details?
Speaking with Sean Hannity on Fox News Tuesday, Levin, responding to Democrats' leftward movement with the rise of open socialists like Ocasio-Cortez, challenged the young lawmaker to an interview.
"Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, please come on my Fox show on Sunday. I want to talk to you. I want to talk to you about capitalism versus Marxism and socialism. I want to talk to you about some of your ideas," Levin said. "I know you go to these slobbering interviews and so forth. I promise to be respectful. Have enough guts and enough intelligence."
"My theory, Sean Hannity, is this: She is a media creation," he explained. "That's all she is. And let some conservatives who will treat her with respect interview her."
Levin was directly responding to Ocasio-Cortez's call for a 70 percent top marginal tax rate, which she contends is necessary for America's wealthiest individuals because they live in "excess."
In a recent interview, she said, "What kind of a society do we want to live in ... do we want to have these folks with helipads in the same city, in the same society as people who are working 80-hour weeks and can't feed their kids?"
What else did Levin say?
Ocasio-Cortez believes the federal government is well-suited to handle the accumulation of additional revenue, which many critics claim would ultimately devolve into redistribution of wealth. But Levin took issue with Ocasio-Cortez's suggestion, citing excessive federal government waste.
"So where is all this money going to go? Seventy percent tax bracket? Who is going to decide who gets what? The Department of Agriculture? The Department of Energy? The EPA? These people waste a $125 billion a year according to the [Government Accountability Office]," he said.
In the end, Levin questioned why Americans should trust Ocasio-Cortez or other socialist lawmakers like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) with crucial economic decisions that have monumental societal impacts.
"What has Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez created? Any job? Part-time job? How about Bernie Sanders? What have they created?" Levin asked.
"What does she know exactly? Nothing. Go to the supermarket, that's capitalism. Twenty different types of bread, 30 different types of wine from all over the world, five different types of fish — I can't even tell what fish. Go to the supermarket. Look at all the different things you get," Levin said. "We live better than kings and queens lived a 150 to 200 years ago. Look at all the things around you. That's created by capitalism — capitalism and freedom, individualism, the American people."
But for the likes of Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders, Levin charged they are concerned only with "power, power, power, edicts, fiats."