The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was a deer in headlights during a recent TV interview, when her host stumped her by asking for an explanation of how Democrats and socialists differ.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DNC chairwoman and the congresswoman representing Florida’s 23rd District, wasn’t at her finest when her normally sympathetic interviewer — MSNBC’s Chris Matthews — offered her the chance to restate her party’s principles.
Already flummoxed by Matthews’ insistence that she take a position on whether Bernie Sanders should figure prominently in the party’s debate schedule, Wasserman Schultz was blindsided when Matthews locked in on the Democrat-socialist distinction.
“What is the difference between a Democrat and a socialist?” Matthews asked flatly, attempting to force Wasserman Schultz into explaining the ideological distinction between the views of Hillary Clinton and those of Bernie Sanders. “I used to think there was a big difference, but what do you think it is?”
At first, Wasserman Schultz tried to laugh it off. Then she attempted to redirect the topic.
“The more important question is, ‘What’s the difference between being a Democrat and being a Republican?” she mustered.
But Matthews was stuck on the question.
“You’re chairman of the Democratic Party; tell me the difference between you and a socialist,” he demanded.
Wasserman Schultz wouldn’t answer. If you listen, you can hear Matthews’ off-camera laughter as she tries, yet again, to steer the conversation away from a question she either doesn’t know how to answer — or is afraid to answer in public.
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