For the second time in a week, DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., refused to explain the difference between Democrats and socialists. Bernie Sanders, the self-described democratic socialist senator from Vermont, is currently the second choice of Democratic primary voters in the PPD nationwide average.
Yet she could only attempt to deflect to Republicans when NBC’s Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd pressed her on the question. On Hardball with Chris Matthews Thursday night, the MSNBC host first tripped Schultz up on the question of what the difference is between a Democrat and a socialist.
“What is the difference between a Democrat and a socialist?” Matthews asked, leaving Wasserman Schultz at a loss for words.
“I used to think there is a big difference. What do you think it is?” Matthews tried again. “A Democrat like Hillary and a socialist like Bernie Sanders.”
Wasserman Schultz again was unable to answer and instead tried to tell Matthews what the difference between a Democrat and a Republican is.
“The more important question is what is the difference between being a Democrat and being a Republican,” she said.
“What’s the big difference between a Democrat and a socialist?” Matthews again asked.
“You’re chairman of the democratic party. Tell me the difference between you and a socialist,” Matthews reminded her.
“The relevant debate that we’ll be having this campaign is what’s the difference between a Democrat and a Republican,” Schultz said.
Schultz, however, was able to tell the difference between a Democrat and a Republican.
“The difference between a Democrat and Republican is that Democrats fight to make sure everybody has an opportunity to succeed and the Republicans are strangled by their right-wing extremists,” she said.