MSNBC’s “The Last Word” host Lawrence O’Donnell wondered if Bernie Sanders had educated Vermonters “to the essential truth that we’re all socialists now” on Monday.
O’Donnell asked, “Howard Dean, you’ve been watching Bernie Sanders longer than any of us as a Vermonter. In the middle of John Nichols’ interview with Bernie Sanders, there’s a long section on socialism, and on Bernie being a socialist. And it reminds me of that 1988 moment where Michael Dukakis tried to deny he was liberal because, of course, Democrats must always run away from that word ‘liberal,’ it can never get stuck to it. And here’s Bernie Sanders embracing the term ‘socialism,’ the fact that he is a socialist. He says it more than once in the article, and then does something that no other candidate would ever do, he actually points to other countries and how he believes that other countries do many things better than we do, including Scandinavian socialist countries. How has that worked in Vermont? Has Bernie managed to educate Vermonters to the essential truth that we’re all socialists now?”
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