With the rise in popularity of Democratic Socialists Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the narrative has largely focused on where the Democratic party is headed if said politicians are being called the new face of the party.
This conversation has only revealed conflicts within the party as Democrats try to regroup after major losses in the 2018 midterm election.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been dismissive of Ocasio-Cortez and her “Green New Deal,” which received no support in the Senate. And, earlier this year, when asked if Democratic socialism was ascending as a philosophy in the Democratic party, she simply responded “no.”
She further explained that relating the Democratic party to socialism was a Republican talking point, and that she doesn’t “accept any characterization of our party presented by the Republicans.”
Now, Florida Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy, a co-chair of the Blue Dog Coalition of moderate democrats, joined in the conversation to slam any mention of socialism experiencing a rise in the Democratic party.
In a statement, Murphy explained that she is “offended by this whole conversation about socialism.”
Murphy further explained that capitalism “is the system that built us the greatest nation and the greatest economy in the world.” And, she concluded that this “is not the moment to undo the whole system and embrace something that Americans have spent blood and treasure fighting to save other countries from.”
South Florida is home to many Cuban exiles that have been deeply affected by the effects of socialism, and the conversation has only been propelled by the current problems that Venezuela is facing at the hands of the communist Maduro regime.
With the 2020 Presidential election cycle underway and the candidates beginning their campaigning rounds, Florida is a battleground state where Democratic candidates will face voters that want to know where they stand on the topic of socialism and the Democratic party.