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Democrats Booed in California for Criticizing Socialism, Medicare for All

Two 2020 Democrats went out on a limb and called Medicare for All bad policy and socialism “not the answer.” They were roundly booed by a crowd of California Democrats.

By NTK Staff | 06.03.2019 @9:43am
Democrats Booed in California for Criticizing Socialism, Medicare for All

To explain just how far to the left Democrats have lurched in the past few years, take this example from the California Democratic Party’s convention this past weekend in San Francisco.

Bottom-tier candidate, former Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO), appeared on stage and declared that “socialism is not the answer” to defeating President Trump. Another little-known candidate, former Rep. John Delaney (D-MD), said to the audience that government-run Medicare for All is “actually not good policy.”

Both men were booed and jeered mercilessly.

Criticizing socialism, an ideology America fought for the second half of the 20th century, and a massive government-run health care overhaul estimated to cost $32.6 trillion over 10 years is now so far outside the mainstream that candidates who do it are ridiculed.

Self-identified socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) even took to Twitter to criticize Delaney for his Medicare for All remarks. “This awful, untrue line got boo’ed for a full minute. John Delaney, thank you but please sashay away,” she tweeted Sunday.

Hickenlooper, who really struggled with the capitalist vs. socialist rhetoric early in his candidacy, felt the full wrath of the California liberals when he argued that the country needed to come together as Americans.

“We know that it is absolutely essential to beat Donald Trump — but it is not sufficient,” the former Colorado governor said here at the California Democratic Party convention. “We must address the divisions tearing us apart. We must tackle the kitchen-table challenges facing Americans. But let me be clear, if we want to beat Donald Trump and achieve big progressive goals, socialism is not the answer.”

Activists in the crowd erupted with loud boos, disrupting Hickenlooper for several seconds. They booed again when he argued against eliminating private health insurance and against trying “to tackle climate change by guaranteeing every American a government job.”

Hickenlooper’s campaign told BuzzFeed News that he intentionally invoked the ire of the far-left crowd in order to garner national attention. The gambit appeared to pay off, but the former Colorado governor has a bit of work to do if he wants to carry the Democratic Party’s moderate banner in the primary.

Hickenlooper and Delaney both average less than one percentage point, according to RealClearPolitics’ polling average.

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