Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was once again asked how she plans to pay for the $40 trillion in new government programs during her big “60 Minutes” interview this week, and once again she couldn’t provide an answer.
Ocasio-Cortez is advocating for free health care, forgiving student loan debt, and cutting fossil fuel use completely in the coming years.
"How are you going to pay for all of this?" Cooper asked bluntly of the programs.
"No one asks how we're gonna pay for this Space Force,” the socialist replied, completely dodging the question. “No one asked how we paid for a $2 trillion tax cut.”
She continued: "We only ask how we pay for it on issues of housing, health care and education," Ocasio-Cortez said. "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.”
Watch the video of the exchange below:
Cooper noted that some Democrats “are worried about your affect on the party.”
He also read her this quote from Democratic Sen. Chris Coons:
“If the next two years is just a race to offer increasingly unrealistic proposals, it'll be difficult for us to make a credible case we should be allowed to govern again.”
Still confused, Ocasio-Cortez asked the anchor what makes her plan “unrealistic.”
“How to pay for it,” Cooper replied dryly, pointing out the obvious.
The socialist still could not come up with even a half-way answer on how to pay for her $40 trillion wishlist.
"We pay more per capita in health care and education for lower outcomes than many other nations,” she said. “And so for me, what's unrealistic is-- is what we're living in right now."
It's not the first time that Ocasio-Cortez has been asked the simple question – and it's also not the first time she has been unable to provide an answer. You would think that she would at least prepare some sort of explanation before doing interviews.
During the same interview, she claimed there is "no question" that President Donald Trump is a "racist."
Is this really the future of the Democratic Party?