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Ted Cruz smacks down MSNBC host trying to compare coronavirus stimulus to Green New Deal

Hayes severely misrepresents the price of the global warming proposal

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An MSNBC host tried to justify the price tag for the Green New Deal and instead got a lesson in math from Republican Senator Ted Cruz (Texas).

Chris Hayes was responding to the news that President Donald Trump was seeking approval for nearly a trillion-dollar stimulus package from Congress in response to the crisis surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

"BREAKING: We can, of course, afford a Green New Deal. That's been true all along," he responded.

The Green New Deal is a massive proposal by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and others to combat global warming. It involves fundamentally reorganizing American society and the economy.

Cruz noted that the price tag for such a project was far beyond that of the coronavirus stimulus package.

"$800 billion is not equal to $93 trillion. Even on MSNBC," he replied.

While Ocasio-Cortez has admitted that the Green New Deal would require at least $10 trillion in spending, a study published in February 2019 indicated that it could cost upwards of $94 trillion.

"I don't think anyone wants to spend that amount of money," said Ocasio-Cortez in June, "it's not a fun number to say, I'm not excited to say we need to spend $10 trillion on climate, but... it's just the fact of the scenario."

Here's more about the coronavirus stimulus proposal:

Trump admin proposes $850-billion stimulus plan

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