Conservative columnist combines the right's disdain for Ocasio-Cortez with age-old criticism of Millennials in overwrought Fox News op-ed

Conservative columnist combines the right's disdain for Ocasio-Cortez with age-old criticism of Millennials in overwrought Fox News op-ed

Two things one can count on from far-right media in 2019 are hysterical, over-the-top commentary on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and articles demonizing the Millennial generation. And Michael J. Knowles—who hosts the podcast “The Michael Knowles Show” for Ben Shapiro’s The Daily Wire—combines his disdain for Ocasio-Cortez and his disdain for Millennials in a new op-ed for Fox News’ website.


The 28-year-old Knowles, who was born in 1990, is a Millennial himself—and as he sees it, Ocasio-Cortez epitomizes everything that is wrong with their generation. Most of his op-ed is devoted to the far-right’s usual knee-jerk talking points about how the congresswoman’s ideas, if enacted, would bankrupt the United States and destroy it economically. But Knowles takes his anti-AOC ideas a step further, painting her as a frightening spokesperson for an entire generation.

Knowles writes, “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ignorance of economics and foreign affairs typifies her generation.”

The problem with Millennials, Knowles insists, is that because they aren’t old enough to remember the Cold War, they simply don’t understand how terrible “socialism” really is. And he drops some names: Mao Tse Tung, Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Lenin and Che Guevara, implying that Ocasio-Cortez’ vision for the United States is rooted in 20th Century communism (which, of course, it isn’t).

“Raised in the United States after the fall of the Berlin Wall, these young Americans have been sheltered both empirically and academically from the myriad horrors wrought by socialism throughout history,” Knowles warns. “And so, the problem worsens.”

In Europe, Ocasio-Cortez and her political mentor, Sen. Bernie Sanders, are considered typical liberals—not the extreme left. Actual Marxists criticize them for wanting to manage and regulate capitalism rather than wanting to eliminate it. And Ocasio-Cortez herself has made it clear that her ideological role models are President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal and the modern-day governments of Scandinavia, not Fidel Castro’s Cuba.

Regardless, Knowles implies that Ocasio-Cortez is looking to 20th Century communism, not modern Scandinavia, for inspiration—and other Millennials are following her to the gallows. 

“Fortunately for her,” Knowles asserts, “in the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king; and among a blithely ignorant generation, the lightly educated activist is congresswoman.”

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