James Carville to Bernie Sanders: “At least I’m not a communist”

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Is Bernie Sanders a *mere* Socialist, or a full-blown commie? That will, of course, be a topic of debate in the general election should Bernie be the nominee.

That’s a debate that terrifies the Democrat establishment, which fears Bernie at the top of the ticket could cost them the White House and the House of Representatives.

James Carville, former Clinton guru known as the Ragin’ Cajun, has reappeared recently sounding the alarm over the far-left drift of the Democrat presidential field, “We’re losing our damn minds”

We have candidates on the debate stage talking about open borders and decriminalizing illegal immigration. They’re talking about doing away with nuclear energy and fracking. You’ve got Bernie Sanders talking about letting criminals and terrorists vote from jail cells. It doesn’t matter what you think about any of that, or if there are good arguments — talking about that is not how you win a national election. It’s not how you become a majoritarian party….

They’ve tacked off the damn radar screen. And look, I don’t consider myself a moderate or a centrist. I’m a liberal. But not everything has to be on the left-right continuum…

Here’s another stupid thing: Democrats talking about free college tuition or debt forgiveness. I’m not here to debate the idea. What I can tell you is that people all over this country worked their way through school, sent their kids to school, paid off student loans. They don’t want to hear this shit. And you saw Warren confronted by an angry voter over this. It’s just not a winning message.

Guess who was not happy with Carville’s comments? Bernie, who called Carville a “political hack”:

James, in all due respect, is a political hack who said very terrible things when he was working for [Hillary] Clinton against Barack Obama. I think he said some of the same things. [Transcript via RCP]

Carville returned fire:

Carville, who worked as a campaign strategist for former President Clinton, escalated the feud Thursday on Snapchat with former CNN reporter Peter Hamby.

“Last night on CNN, Bernie Sanders called me a political hack,” Carville said. “That’s exactly who the f— I am! I am a political hack! I am not an ideologue. I am not a purist. He thinks it’s a pejorative. I kinda like it! At least I’m not a communist.”

Trump also recently referred to Sanders as a communist.

“I think he’s a communist. I mean, you know, look, I think of communism when I think of Bernie,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity before the Super Bowl.

Love to talk on the phone with @JamesCarville pic.twitter.com/ZDGZhGEgst

— Peter Hamby (@PeterHamby) February 13, 2020

Well, that escalated quickly.

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