Republican Senator John Cornyn was slammed by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after he quoted Italian fascist dictator Benito Musolini, Newsweek reported.
The Texas senator then explained that this was an attempt to “remind or teach” democratic socialists that their “ideology is incompatible with freedom.”
“In case you missed it, while the GOP is calling paying a living wage ‘socialism’, a Republican Senator full-on quoted National Fascist Party leader and Hitler ally Benito Mussolini like it’s a Hallmark card,” Ocasio-Cortez said in her tweet.
“‘We were the first to assert that the more complicated the forms assumed by civilization, the more restricted the freedom of the individual must become.’ Benito Mussolini,” she added.
There has been quite a backlash after the tweets, so Cornyn was forced to clear the situation.
Bud Kennedy, a news columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, wrote on Twitter that he thought Cornyn “appears to be warning us against an overly powerful central government. But it’d help if he’d clarify.”
“You nailed it, Bud. Since so-called Democratic Socialists have forgotten or never learned the lessons of history, and how their ideology is incompatible with freedom, I guess we have to remind or teach them,” Cornyn said.
“Did I overestimate the intelligence of some in the twitter-sphere?” Cornyn added after another backlash.