Ted Cruz smacks down MSNBC host trying to compare coronavirus stimulus to Green New Deal

An MSNBC host tried to justify the price tag for the Green New Deal, and instead got a lesson in math from Republican Senator Ted Cruz (Texas).

Chris Hayes was responding to the news that President Donald Trump was seeking approval for nearly a trillion dollar stimulus package from Congress in response to the crisis surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

“BREAKING: We can, of course, afford a Green New Deal. That’s been true all along,” he responded.

The Green New Deal is a massive proposal by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and others to combat global warming. It involves fundamentally re-organizing American society and the economy.

Cruz noted that the price tag for such a project was far beyond that of the coronavirus stimulus package.

“$800 billion is not equal to $93 trillion. Even on MSNBC,” he replied.

While Ocasio-Cortez has admitted that the Green New Deal would require at least $10 trillion in spending, a study published in February 2019 indicated that it could cost upwards of $94 trillion.

“I don’t think anyone wants to spend that amount of money,” said Ocasio-Cortez in June, “it’s not a fun number to say, I’m not excited to say we need to spend $10 trillion on climate, but… it’s just the fact of the scenario.”

Here’s more about the coronavirus stimulus proposal:

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