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DNC Vice Chair: The Democratic Party is Open to Adopting Socialist Policies in 2020

Rep. Keith Ellison said that socialist groups like the Democratic Socialists of America had enhanced the Democratic Party during a recent interview.

By NTK Staff | 01.18.2018 @12:00pm
DNC Vice Chair: The Democratic Party is Open to Adopting Socialist Policies in 2020

Democratic National Committee (DNC) Vice Chair Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) said that groups like the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) “enhance” the Democratic Party and that Democrats would be open to adopting socialist policies in their 2020 platform during an interview with Yale’s The Politic.

The Politic asked Ellison how “organizations outside of the Democratic Party,” like DSA, would influence the leadership of the Democratic Party and how these groups would impact the Democratic Party’s platform in 2020.

DSA was founded by democratic socialist, Michael Harrington and is “the largest socialist organization in the United States,” according to DSA’s website.

“I mean, when groups get out there and work on college affordability and work on clean environment and climate change, you know, when they work on healthcare, when they stand up for criminal justice reform, that’s all to the good,” Ellison told The Politic.

As for how these groups like DSA affect the Democratic Party’s leadership, Ellison said: “Well, it enhances us, because it means that more people are engaged, more people are involved.”

“So, no matter who’s organizing who, as long as the folks are organizing for an agenda of a fair economy and an inclusive society, it’s going to benefit the Democratic Party. And yes, they’re going to impact the Democratic Party,” Ellison continued.

Ellison then explained how when Americans go to vote, there are only two options either Democrat or Republican and that people who agree with socialist policies tend to vote Democratic.

As for how groups like the DSA will impact future elections, Ellison told The Politic how the Democratic Party “listens to its members, and if its members want something in the platform, well then, the rest of us are here to listen.”

Ellison concluded by saying that the Democratic Party would be willing to incorporate DSA-backed socialist policies in their 2020 platform after a debate took place.

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