WATCH: Ocasio-Cortez Supporters Stumped on How Democratic Socialism Would Be Funded
Supporters of political newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) were unable to surmise how all of the monetary freedoms she is promising will be paid for.
Campus Reform Media Director Cabot Phillips asked people in Astoria, Queens if they favored her Democratic socialist platform and her mission of "Medicare for all" and tuition-free colleges and universities.
Astoria is a portion of the 14th Congressional District in which Ocasio-Cortez won her nomination against Rep. Joe Crowley (D).
On "Fox & Friends" Saturday, Phillips said that some of her millennial supporters don't have the right historical context to know about failed attempts at socialism.
Ocasio-Cortez surprisingly won her New York Democratic primary in June, but has recently been called out for campaign missteps like getting her political colors mixed up and criticizing Israel’s "occupation” of the Palestinian territories during an interview.
Many interviewees told Phillips that they support Ocasio-Cortez's goals, but were lost when asked how they'd be funded.
"I don't know where they money would come from, but they can figure it out," one respondent said of how things like free health care and education would be paid for.
Phillips said Saturday that although it may be tempting to joke around about the rise of Democratic socialism, it isn't a laughing matter.
"This is a serious issue," he said.
This feels like someone auditioning for a movie role to play the part of a stereotypical uninformed socialist... but it's real
— Cabot Phillips (@cabot_phillips) July 27, 2018
He added that universities not making civics and economics courses mandatory have played a role in the lack of education on the matter.
One supporter of Ocasio-Cortez also told Phillips that the American public would be OK with paying higher taxes if they had "a good idea and a good reason to spend their tax money."
Phillips said that success in the United States has been demonized, and is another reason why many are supportive of Democratic socialist ideals.
"Many people are taught that if you are wealthy, you only got that way because you stole it from someone less fortunate or less privileged."
Watch the segment above.