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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one of the most prominent rising figures in US politics right now.

The young Democrat, who is the party's Congress candidate for New York's 14th congressional district, has a strong socialist agenda which appears to be resonating with people.

The 28-year-old is now using her platform to help support other Democratic congressional hopefuls in other states across the US.

On Saturday evening she made an appearance at a rally for Cori Bush in St Louis, Missouri where she discussed subjects like education and healthcare for children.

These sound like reasonable issues that most people would agree are a basic human right. However, this didn't sit well with journalist and conservative Virginia Kruta, who was in attendance at the event.

In her article for the conservative website The Daily Caller, where she is the editor, Kruta describes the "truly terrifying" moment when the right for children to have both education and healthcare was discussed.

In Kruta's own words she says:

I saw how easy it would be, as a parent, to accept the idea that my children deserve healthcare and education.

I saw how easy it would be, as someone who has struggled to make ends meet, to accept the idea that a “living wage” was a human right.

Above all, I saw how easy it would be to accept the notion that it was the government’s job to make sure that those things were provided.

Kruta then later appeared on Fox and Friends to clarify her statement and why she felt "uncomfortable".

[They] talk about things that everybody wants, especially if you’re a parent — they talk about education for your kids, health care for your kids. Things that you want.

If you’re not really paying attention to how they’re going to pay for it, or the rest of that, it’s easy to fall into that trap and say, ‘My kids deserve this, and maybe the government should be responsible for helping me with that.'

When asked what specifically made her uncomfortable, Kruta cited the anger that she felt in the room as the biggest reason.

[I] was mostly uncomfortable, because I was surrounded by a group of people who were talking about how they had gotten involved because they were tired of being angry all the time.

It seems like so much effort to be angry about everything, instead of to focus on what you could do to change it.

Kruta has since been criticised on social media and her views have been branded as a "parody".

HT Think Progress

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