GOP pollster bothered by broken elevator in Austria blames socialism

A tweet from Frank Luntz, a Republican insider and pollster, that compares a broken elevator in Austria to socialism is being widely derided online.

The tweet, which follows a hot new trend among Republicans to label everything “socialism” as the 2020 presidential election begins to kick into gear, had more than 2,500 replies as of Tuesday morning.

“I’m at the Hotel Imperial in Vienna, Austria. Almost 200 rooms… But the elevator has been broken for 3 days. Please don’t bring European-style socialism to America. 🚯,” Luntz wrote.

Luntz has been informally advising the White House due to his friendship with acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, according to Politico.

The tweet attracted a number of jokes—with a number of people pointing out that the hotel is owned by Marriott, an American-owned hotel chain.

But Luntz isn’t the only Republican who has begun labeling everything that bothers them “socialism.”

During an interview on Fox News on Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said giving statehood to Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico would lead to “full bore socialism.”

“They plan to make the District of Columbia a state–that would give them two new Democratic senators–Puerto Rico a state, give ’em two more Democratic senators… They plan to expand the Supreme Court. So this is full bore socialism on the march in the House.


Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

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