Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, couldn’t explain the difference between a socialist and a Democrat during a nationally televised interview – and when asked the same question in a second, later TV interview, similarly stumbled.
As WND reported Friday, the DNC chief awkwardly struggled to answer and then ducked a question from MSNBC about the difference between a socialist and a Democrat, instead focusing on the distinctions between her party and Republicans.
The exchange occurred when “Hardball” host Chris Matthews asked Schultz about the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-described socialist who is running for president as a Democrat. Sanders belongs to the Congressional Progressive Caucus, or CPC, the largest membership organization within the Democratic Caucus of Congress, currently with 69 declared members, reported WND.
Wasserman Schultz was asked point-blank by Matthews: “What’s the difference between a Democrat and a socialist. I used to think there was a big difference. What do you think it is?”
She tried to dodge the question before then diverting to the bigger chasm between Democrats and Republicans.
NBC’s “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd pressed the DNC chairwoman with that same exact question on Sunday morning, and once more Wasserman Schultz refused to explain the difference.
Todd asked: “Given that Bernie Sanders is an unabashed socialist and believes in social democratic governments, [he] likes the ones in Europe, what is the difference? Can you explain the difference?”
And Wasserman Schultz’s reply: “You know, Chuck, it’s always fun to be interviewed by Chris Matthews and I know that he enjoys that banter. The important distinction that I think we are going to be discussing, I’m confident we’ll be discussing during this campaign, is the difference between Democrats and Republicans.”
She then went on to define the Democrats as for-the-people and the Republicans as extremists.