(CNSNews.com) - President Trump is right about The Squad -- the four far-left congresswomen -- wanting to turn this into a socialist country, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told Fox News's Maria Bartiromo on Thursday.
And the effort goes beyond just the four of them, he said:
The Speaker, the Democratic leader of the Senate, and a whole lot of others, including the presidential candidates, have all signed up for things like the Green New Deal, which would take away your job; Medicare for All, which would take away your private health insurance.
And in order to make any effort to pay for that, Maria, they would have to go after the top 10 percent of taxpayers in America because that's where 70 percent of the revenue for the federal government comes from, so they'd slow the economy down.
So I think the president's on to something. We're having a big debate now and next year about what we want America to be like. Do we really think socialism applies here at a time of great prosperity, 50 year low unemployment? That's what the election, I think is going to be about.
McConnell said he wants to talk about issues, not the race card.
"Let's talk about the issues. And the issues are ... where they want to take America. They want to take America into a socialist country. And I think it's important to remember you don't have to have a military coup to have a socialist country. Most countries have voted it in. You remember Margaret Thatcher said the problem with socialism is pretty soon you run out of other people's money.
"You know, they're giving away free this, free that, free that. Who do you think is going to pay for that? All the rest of the productive parts of society. So the president's onto something here -- we're going to have a big choice next year about the direction this country ought to take."
McConnell said Republicans have to make the argument against socialism during the campaign.
"And if we can't successfully make the case against that kind of stuff, we ought to go into another line of work."