The chief of staff for firebrand freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) admitted what the true goal of the Green New Deal is, and it's not to defeat global warming.
Saikat Chakrabarti made the startling admission in a conversation reported in the Washington Post.
"The interesting thing about the Green New Deal," Chakrabarti said, "is it wasn't originally a climate thing at all."
Chakrabarti was speaking with Sam Ricketts, the climate director for Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination.
"Do you guys think of it as a climate thing?" Chakrabarti asked.
"Because we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing," he concluded.
Government control of the entire economy is a feature of totalitarian communist nations, and critics of the Green New Deal have often lobbed that accusations against the plan.
Chakrabarti is also the source of the feud between Ocasio-Cortez and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) after he tweeted a criticism of moderate establishment Democrats and compared them to segregationists.
The Green New Deal was largely ridiculed after Ocasio-Cortez published a FAQ document on her website containing outlandish and extreme policies in support of the plan. The document was later deleted and Ocasio-Cortez blamed the embarrassing episode on an unidentified staffer.
Here's the latest on the feud with Pelosi:
'The Five' breaks down the AOC-Pelosi feud www.youtube.com