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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the progressive movement she represents, is apparently terrifying the National Rifle Association. In a video shared by NRATV Wednesday, just a few hours after Ocasio-Cortez’s historic victory in the Democratic primary for New York’s 14th congressional district, host Grant Stinchfield issued a “warning” about left-wing socialists “infiltrating” the nation.
“No one expected her to win,” Stinchfield says in the video, “But she did, meaning the number of people who believe in her insane plans for America are prolific.”
Ocasio-Cortez, a former organizer for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign, ran on a decidely progressive agenda. The 28-year-old Democratic Socialist wants to abolish ICE and establish Medicare for all; she supports tuition-free public higher education and holds generally anti-Wall Street views. She beat Rep. Joe Crowley, a 10-term incumbent, who had gone unopposed in Democratic primaries for more than a decade.
In the video, Stinchfield referred to Ocasio-Cortez as someone who “openly despises the very system that makes America the greatest country in the world.” He described her “housing and job guarantees” as an “overreaching, stifling piece of policy.”
“And say goodbye to your firearms if she gets her way!” he warned.
The NRA says on its website that it is America's longest-standing civil rights organization. It also opposes expanding background checks for those buying firearms in the country, even though research suggests background checks can significantly reduce suicide and violent crimes by guns, according to Vox.
The NRA claims it has 5 million members across the country, and despite their 300,000 followers on Twitter, Stinchfield’s video received backlash from many.
“I'm starting to get confused… does the NRA advocate guns or diapers?” one user responded.
Stinchfield ends the video with a “rallying cry” to save the nation. “We must unite, get engaged, and speak loudly with one, unified voice of freedom.”
[Photo: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stands at a port of entry gate in Tornillo, Texas in June 2018. She said in a tweet that she cornered the border officials, with the hashtag #AbolishICE. By Joe Raedle/Getty Images]