Fox & Friends on Tuesday featured an interview with Daily Caller associate editor Virginia Kruta about her experience attending an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rally in St. Louis that could have been mistaken for satire.
Kruta told hosts that both Ocasio-Cortez and the Democratic candidate for whom she was stumping, Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO), “talk about things that everybody wants, especially if you’re a parent — they talk about education for your kids, health care for your kids. Things that you want.”
But for Kruta, that sort of discussion is an “uncomfortable” thing.
“If you’re not really paying attention to how they’re going to pay for it, or the rest of that, it’s easy to fall into that trap and say, ‘my kids deserve this, and maybe the government should be responsible for helping me with that,’” she added.
Host Ainsley Earhardt interjected to earnestly ask Kruta, “As a conservative, when you’re sitting in that audience or standing in that audience, and you’re listening to that message, how did it make you feel? Were you angry? Were you more drawn to that?”
Kruta replied by saying she “was mostly uncomfortable, because I was surrounded by a group of people who were talking about how they had gotten involved because they were tired of being angry all the time. It seems like so much effort to be angry about everything, instead of to focus on what you could do to change it.”
Kruta also wrote a Daily Caller piece about her experience in which she characterized the Ocasio-Cortez/Bush rally as “truly terrifying,” because “I saw just how easy it would be, were I less involved and less certain of our nation’s founding and its history, to fall for the populist lines they were shouting from that stage.”
She went on to mention three scary things in particular.
— I saw how easy it would be, as a parent, to accept the idea that my children deserve healthcare and education.
— I saw how easy it would be, as someone who has struggled to make ends meet, to accept the idea that a “living wage” was a human right.
— Above all, I saw how easy it would be to accept the notion that it was the government’s job to make sure that those things were provided.
How is this conservative article about the “truly terrifying” aspect of going to an Ocasio-Cortez rally NOT a parody? pic.twitter.com/JjrKLmMW8B
— Lincoln Michel (@TheLincoln) July 23, 2018
Polling indicates Americans are more comfortable with Ocasio-Cortez’s Medicare for All proposal than Fox News and Kruta would have you believe. RealClearPolitics reports that “Out of 24 swing-district Democratic candidates who’ve gotten through the primary process, 17 of them, 70 percent, support Medicare for All or a universal government-run health care plan as part of a fix to the Affordable Care Act.”
Tuesday’s Fox & Friends segment marked the second time in as many days Fox News made self-defeating attempts to attack Ocasio-Cortez for supporting policy ideas that are widely popular.
On Monday — above a chyron reading “DEMS IN DISARRAY?” — Fox Business tweeted out a video clip of Ocasio-Cortez saying, “We will not rest until every person in this country is paid a living wage to lead a dignified life.”
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “We will not rest until every person in this country is paid a living wage to lead a dignified life.” pic.twitter.com/6u73x2kyVI
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) July 23, 2018
Ocasio-Cortez responded to Fox Business’ tweet by saying, “The fact that paying people enough to live is considered a ‘radical, far-left’ position says more about the current state of our nation’s politics than it does mine.”