NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Top White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow on Thursday urged conservative activists not to "stand idly by" in the middle of socialism on the left as he called to "put socialism to the test" and "judge it."
"I want you to put socialism to the test," Kudlow said during a speech the Conservative Political Action Conference or the CPAC, outside of Washington.
"I don't want us to be idiotic," the former CNBC host said. "I don't want to let these things party. I want it challenged. I want it discussed. I want it dismissed. And I want to judge socialism."
The sharp heavy economic guru tackled what quickly emerged as a recurring theme for this year's CPAC: Democrats embrace progressive causes such as "Medicare-for-all" and Green New Deal.
"The Green New Deal would literally destroy the economy. Literally," Kudlow said. "It would knock energy, transport, airlines, jobs, businesses. We'll probably lose 10-15 percent of our GDP. That's remarkable."
He cracked other "crazy ideas" covered by some Democrats, such as completing private health insurance and guaranteed jobs "for even those who do not want to work."
"It never worked," Kudlow said. "It never worked. The old Soviet Union, it doesn't work and it can't work. Venezuela proves it again."
The annual gathering of conservative activists, pundits and officials comes at a time when the democratic majority in Parliament and the growing field of 2020 democratic presidential candidates are advocating a series of public enlargements. A handful of elected legislators identify as democratic socialists, but many more have signed policies that they look like Green New Deal.
They argue that challenges such as climate change and prohibitive health care coverage require bold actions from Washington.
"The whole prerequisite for the Green New Deal is that we are hit by the climate. I'm sorry to break it for you," Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in a statement. Instagram Live video.
But some Democrats have warned that these policies could extinguish moderate voters in the 2020 elections. At the CPAC and outside, Republicans have used the issue of slowing down the democratic party as a whole.
"Most people in this room know that socialism is just stupid," Rick Harrison, the star of the reality TV show "Pawn Stars," told the CPAC audience on Thursday. "It's literally like heroin. The first shot is amazing. Too little is wonderful, but then the rest of your life is a living hell. And that's literally what the socialists are doing."
"What is America's biggest problem? No socialism in Russia, but in America, former drummer Sebastian Gorka told the audience Thursday morning and resembled the green new deal for a watermelon:" Green on the outside, deep, deep red on the inside.
North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows referred Ocasio Cortez's recent pledge to pay his employees a living salary by reducing the salaries of senior executives in his office.
"She's really serious about it," Meadows told the crowd. "Maybe she should put her money in there."
Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan beat Democrats to embrace policies like the Green New Deal, abolish ICE and higher taxes for the rich.
"It's so radical they are," he said, predicting President Trump would win re-election against a democratic candidate who referred to these policies.
Also on Thursday, the prospect of Trump facing a 2020 primary challenge was brought by Republican National Committee Chairman Ronna McDaniel, who said: "They have the right to jump in and lose. That's fine. They will lose terribly."
Trump is expected to appear on CPAC on Saturday, when the conference is being wrapped.
Fox News & # 39; Brooke Singman contributed to this report.