Feel the Bern? CNBC Hammers Sanders Adviser Over 'Democratic Socialism'

NewsBusters | 6/14/2019 | Staff
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) hit the campaign trail promoting “Democratic socialism” and claiming President Donald Trump supports “corporate socialism for the rich and powerful.”

CNBC anchor Joe Kernen demanded clear definitions and answers from a Sanders adviser on June 13, attempting to learn whether democratic socialism would really mean more entitlements and government control.

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Kernen asked Stephanie Kelton for clarity about what Sanders means by democratic socialism. She was Sanders’ senior economic adviser from the 2016 presidential campaign.

Kelton said, “He’s not talking about more government control, he’s talking about greater freedom.”

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Kernen replied that socialism generally leads to “tyranny,” not freedom before asking another guest, “What is democratic socialism other than a way of sort of stepping back from what we’re really talking about so you don’t have to answer to comparisons to socialist countries?”

Heritage Foundation research fellow Joel Griffith said after watching Sanders’ speech, “I feel that he’s stolen his definition from Orwell’s 1984, where the party leader said, ‘Slavery is freedom.’”

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“If you go through his economic agenda, he talks about control of the labor market, energy market, healthcare,” Griffith said. Examining just the Green New Deal being...
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