On Fox News Channel’s Your World on Thursday, Rep. Debbie Dingell responded to the suggestion that her party is suffering from the perception it has embraced socialism, claiming that “Democrats have got to own what they’re doing.”
“None of us can be judgmental. We need to look at the number of people that voted for President Trump and why. I am someone who thinks that we have, A, let Republicans define who we are. And I use this — you have seen all this — everybody using different phrases to brand them. My father-in-law was one of the authors of Social Security. He got called a socialist. He got called a communist. He had crosses burnt on his lawn.
“You tell me who in America is going to call Social Security a socialist idea right now,” Dingell continued. “Democrats have got to own what they’re doing. There are people at the dinner tables every night that are talking about issues that they are worried about, from whether their job is going to be safe, having trade deals, whether there’s a level playing field, access to broadband in urban and rural areas, lowering the cost of prescription drugs, making sure people with preexisting coverage have — we have got a lot of common ground.”
Democrats and Republicans have no common ground anymore. They are separated by widely divergent worldviews. The left’s growing embrace of socialism is evidence of that. Meanwhile Donald Trump spoke for every true conservative when he said in a 2019 State of the Union address, “America will never be a socialist country.”