‘Professor Or Comrade’: GOP Sen. Kennedy Scorches Biden’s Nominee

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Sen. John Kennedy, who is known for his colloquialisms, took political aim at President Joe Biden’s nominee to head the Treasury Department’s Office of the Comptroller during her testimony on Thursday, saying at one point he didn’t know whether to call her “professor or comrade.”

Specifically, the Louisiana Republican made reference to Saule Omarova’s Soviet upbringing and her apparent support for the Marxist/socialist economic models preferred by that regime.

“You used to be a member of a group called The Young Communists, didn’t you?” Kennedy asked as he opened his questioning of the woman Biden picked to oversee American banks.

“Senator, are you referring to my membership in the youth communist organization while I was growing up in the Soviet Union?” Omarova responded.

“I just wanted to ask you that question,” Kennedy stated. “There was a group called The Young Communists, and you were a member, is that right?”

“I’m not exactly sure which group you are referring to,” Omarova responded.

“Well, the formal name of it is the Leninist Communist Young Union of the Russian Federation, and it’s also known as the Leninist Komsomol of the Russian Federation, and it’s commonly referred to as The Young Communists. Were you a member?” Kennedy asked.

Omarova said, “Senator, I was born and grew up in the Soviet Union.”

“Yes, ma’am, but were you a member of that organization?” Kennedy persisted.

“Everybody in that country was a member of the Komsomol, which was the Communist Youth organization,” she said.

“So you were a member?” Kenndy pressed further.

“That was a part of normal progress in school,” she responded.

“Have you resigned from The Young Communists?” he asked.

“You grow out of it with age automatically,” she answered.

“Did you send them a letter, though, resigning?” Kennedy pressed.

“Senator, this was many, many years ago. As far as I remember how the Soviet Union worked was at certain age, you automatically stop being a member,” she declared.

Kennedy’s pressing of Omarova for a record of her resignation from the organization was a set up for him to then mention other areas of concern he had regarding what appears to be similar politico-economic philosophies that she continues to share decades later.

He said:

I just wanted to see if you looked at your records and see if you find a letter of resignation. I’ve spent a lot of time on your record, and here’s what I found. This is America, you can believe what you want, but we can’t just let anybody be comptroller of the currency.

You wrote your thesis in college at Moscow State University; the title was, “Karl Marx’s Economic Analysis and The Theory of Revolution in The Capital.” But you won’t send Senator Toomey a copy. You studied at university, at Moscow State University, scientific communism, which is the science regarding the working-class struggle and the socialist agenda. In 2019, not 30 years ago, in a Canadian documentary, you called the financial services industry “a quintessential ass**** industry.” You wrote a paper called “Systemically Significant Prices” calling for the federal government to set wages, food, gas prices.

In 2020, you wrote a paper called “The People’s Ledger,” where you said we need to abolish bank accounts and make everybody set up an account at the Fed where the federal government will have access to your data. In 2020, you wrote another paper called “The Climate Case for a national Investment Authority,” where you said what we need to do to the oil and gas industry is have the federal government bankrupt them so we can tackle climate change. In 2019, you joined the Facebook group, a Marxist Facebook group, to discuss socialist and anti-capitalist views.

He finished with: “Now, that’s what I see from your record, and you have the right to believe every one of these things. You do; this is America… But I don’t mean any disrespect; I don’t know whether to call you professor or comrade.”

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