Dem Rep. Joe Garcia in Hot Water for ‘Communism Works’ Remark

Rep. Joe Garcia (D-FL) mocked Republicans position on border security and economic theory in a recent online discussion with constituents by citing the situation on the American border with Mexico. He said that among the safest cities in America are those on the border where most residents are government employees. “Communism works,” he declared.

“We’ve proved that Communism works,” Garcia said. Laughing at Republicans for spending on border security that creates employment opportunities, he added, “If you give everybody a good government job, there’s no crime.”

Garcia went on to say, however, that America should not be spending so heavily on border security because the returns on that investment are diminishing.

The video of Garcia’s remarks were quickly put up online by the conservative America Rising PAC. When asked by the Miami Herald‘s Marc Caputo for a clarification of his comments, Garcia expressed indignation at the characterization of his remarks as a literal endorsement of communism.

“This is an absurdity, accusing the son of Cuban immigrants of believing in Communism is just ridiculous,” the congressman said. When asked if he should have been clearer in his comments, Garcia said conservative groups “would have posted the video anyway.”

Garcia made national headlines last week when cameras caught him seemingly “eating his earwax” during a House Judiciary Committee hearing.

Watch the clip below:

[h/t America Rising PAC]
[Image via Garcia.House.Gov]

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