Bernie: don't worry about socialism under me, we already have it under Trump
On his interview on CBS on Friday, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders was asked about socialism. He believes that there is nothing to worry about as the U.S. already experiences it under President Donald Trump's administration.
His first question was about socialism in which he differentiates Democratic socialism and socialism socialism. The Democrat is a known socialist and he holds onto that title, despite it confusing people. His view on socialism reflects heavily on his statement, quote "We're living right now under Donald Trump in a socialist society. The only difference is, does the government work for working people or does it work for billionaires?"
In the interview, he said "Let me just tell you something, in my view, to a significant degree, we’re living right now under Donald Trump in a socialist society. The only difference is, does the government work for working people or does it work for billionaires? Donald Trump before he became president, was in real estate. He received $800 million in tax breaks and subsidies from the government. Socialism for the rich. The fossil fuel industry receives tens of billions of dollars per year in subsidies and tax breaks. Socialism for the rich.
The reporter asked for further explanation as the labeling is getting more confusing. Sanders replied, pointing out that he won popular vote in Iowa and the primary in New Hampshire. He said that it is because "Working people understand that we have got to stand up to the corporate elite. And that we have to have a mass political movement of working people and low income people and young people to do that. I'm not worried about labels."
This argument that socialists use to try to sell the idea of socialism is to try to convince people that they're already there. However, tax breaks isn't a form of socialism. In President Trump's administration, the economy was largely freed to work, boosting a well economic growth. It is worked for, hence these tax breaks are not by any means controlling the production, becoming the opposite of socialism.