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?"