Former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean has never really been known for his subtlety, but when he was speaking about the 2018 midterm elections, his outrageous rhetoric pretty much crossed the line.
In an interview with MSNBC’s AM Joy, Dean claimed that anyone who votes for a state or local Republican candidate should consider themselves a racist, reports The Daily Wire. He said,
“I think this may be the moment for Trump last weekend. Today, in the 2018 elections, if you vote for a Republican, you’re supporting Donald Trump. This has now become a referendum. If you want to vote for a racist in the White House, then you better vote for Republicans. But if you want to vote for Democrats and really have change, that’s where I think America is going.”
Dean is, of course, echoing the far left, whose accusations of latent Nazism and undercover fascism have been repeated by celebrity Twitter accounts and Soros-backed progressive organizers.
So far, most Democrats have been smart enough to acknowledge a distinction between the alt-right and white supremacists on one side, and mainstream Republicans on the other. This is probably because it’s starting to dawn on Democrats that labeling entire swaths of people with the term “racist” does not grant them more voters, especially in places like Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and West Virginia, where Democratic candidates are feeling a little uneasy.
Even if they’re thinking it, they’re keeping their mouths shut, at least in public.
Howard Dean is not quite so restrained. He, like lots of his progressive brethren, would love to see 2018 become a referendum on “white supremacy,” where voters, afraid of public scrutiny and public shaming, are forced to cast ballots for Democrats. He’d also like to exorcise a good portion of the Democratic base he considers “too moderate,” so that his ideas become the party’s ideas. He even threatened to withhold support for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) if it funds candidates who oppose abortion rights.
“I’m afraid I’ll be with holding support for the DCCC if this is true,” Dean wrote on Twitter.
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