Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) received a round of Twitter backlash after releasing new posters for her proposed Green New Deal. Critics call it Soviet-style propaganda.
“Surprise! I am thrilled to announce the launch of our ≠GreenNewDeal art series with custom Bronx & Queens GND posters. The Bronx edition poster will be given for free as a limited release to the public at our Pelham Bay Nature Day & Backpack Giveaway in the Bronx tomorrow,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Friday, Aug. 30.
Surprise!✨I am thrilled to announce the launch of our #GreenNewDeal art series with custom Bronx & Queens GND posters.
The Bronx edition poster will be given for free as a limited release to the public at our Pelham Bay Nature Day & Backpack Giveaway in the Bronx tomorrow.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 30, 2019
In another tweet, she explained that the artwork was inspired by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal plan, saying, “FDR launched Federal One, a U.S. project that employed 5,300 artists that created & taught art to envision America’s future.” However, the artwork was met with mounting mockery as some compared her to a Soviet-style propagandist.
The Washington Examiner’s Tom Rogan said, “These posters have a weirdly Soviet/Maoist/NoKo quality to them.”
These posters have a weirdly Soviet/Maoist/NoKo quality to them. https://t.co/3ytSSvzEWM
— Tom Rogan (@TomRtweets) August 30, 2019
The Daily Wire’s Harry Khachatrian accused Ocasio-Cortez of sharing “Soviet Union inspired propaganda posters to promote her “Green New Deal.”
— Harry Khachatrian (@Harry1T6) August 30, 2019
— Mr. Brightside (@MrBrightsides1) August 30, 2019
In February, the freshman congresswoman introduced her Green New Deal (GND) resolution—a sweeping plan to fight climate change, expand the social safety net, and stimulate the economy—but did not give a price tag estimate at the time.
In June, Ocasio-Cortez told the Business Insider the plan would cost at least $10 trillion. However, Doug Holtz-Eakin, an academic, policy adviser, strategist, and president of American Action Forum, estimated the cost of GND over the next 10 years is $93 trillion at the high end.
The resolution is facing backlash as critics call it unrealistic and the ideological baggage of socialism that would “literally destroy the economy.”