In a highly anticipated "60 Minutes" interview Sunday, Anderson Cooper confronted democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) about her socialist agenda and the big-government programs she advocates, which would cost taxpayers more than $40 trillion over 10 years.
Instead of addressing the question directly, Ocasio-Cortez dodged it completely.
"How are you going to pay for all of this?" Cooper asked.
Ocasio-Cortez, 29, immediately transitioned into defensive posture.
"No one asks how we're gonna pay for this Space Force," she told Cooper. "No one asked how we paid for a $2 trillion tax cut."
"We only ask how we pay for it on issues of housing, health care, and education," she continued. "How do we pay for it? With the same exact mechanisms that we pay for military increases for this Space Force, for all of these ambitious policies."
Noting that some Democrats, such as Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), are concerned about the impact socialist lawmakers will have on the Democratic Party's future — since their "unrealistic" policies alienate a majority of the country in terms of support — Cooper pushed the issue further.
"What makes it unrealistic?" Ocasio-Cortez asked of her agenda.
"How to pay for it," Cooper shot back.
Still, Ocasio-Cortez did not offer a direct answer.
"We pay more per capita in health care and education for lower outcomes than many other nations. And so for me, what's unrealistic is...is what we're living in right now," she said.
Anderson Cooper asks socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez how she plans to pay for the $40 trillion in big government programs she supports.
She could not answer the question. pic.twitter.com/dCpbO5ECmp
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 7, 2019
The exchange with Cooper was not the first time Ocasio-Cortez failed to explain how she plans to finance her policies. In September, CNN anchor Jake Tapper confronted her, resulting in Ocasio-Cortez dancing around an answer, never addressing the issue directly.
What else did Ocasio-Cortez say?
Among her other responses receiving widespread criticism include:
- She claimed there is "no question" that President Donald Trump is racist, yet provided no evidence to back her claims.
- She admitted she wants the U.S. to mirror Europe in terms of being a socialist state.
- She claimed — without evidence — that Fox News promotes and defends human rights violations.
- She repeated a debunked claim that the economy is in the tank and that people working two jobs cannot stay on their feet.