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Dem Candidate Ben Jealous Snaps, 'Are You F---ing Kidding Me?' When Asked if He's a Socialist

A Maryland Democratic gubernatorial nominee got hot under the collar when a reporter asked him an inconvenient question today.

Ben Jealous, the former leader of the NAACP, is challenging Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, whose campaign has painted the Democrat as a far-left candidate who has been endorsed by democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Erin Cox, a reporter from the Washington Post, asked him about that during a press conference on Wednesday.

Jealous dismissed the labels.

“Him calling me a far-left socialist is what the Tea Party called President Obama. It’s what Barry Goldwater called Martin Luther King,” he said. “And when you see conservatives like Hogan name-calling, you realize that they’re scared.”

Jealous described himself as a "venture capitalist," who just happens to support "pushing everyone we can into ObamaCare."

Cox decided to press him further: “Not to put too fine a point on it,  but do you identify with the term socialist?” she asked.  The impertinent question prompted Jealous to curse at her.

“Are you f---ing kidding me?" he replied sharply. "Is that a finer point?”

After that tongue-lashing, Cox responded obsequiously, “Thank you, sir.” She may well have added, "May I have another?"