Former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean has never really been known for his subtlety, but when speaking about the 2018 midterm elections, he's apparently decided to take his own outrageous rhetoric up a notch.

In an interview with MSNBC's AM Joy, Dean decided to go for the gold. Speaking about the 2018 midterm elections, Dean claimed that anyone who votes for a state or local Republican candidate can just go ahead and consider themselves a racist:

Dean is, of course, echoing the far left, where accusations of latent Nazism and undercover fascism have flown freely from celebrity Twitter accounts and Soros-backed progressive organizers.

So far, unlike Dean, most — not all, but most — Democrats have been smart enough to acknowledge a distinction between the alt-right and white supremacists, and mainstream Republicans. This is probably because it's starting to dawn on Democrats that labeling entire swaths of people with the term "racist" does not endear them to swing state voters, especially in places like Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and West Virginia, where Democratic candidates are feeling a little uneasy.

Even if they're thinking it, they're keeping their mouths shut, lest they be on record.

Howard Dean is not quite so restrained. He, like lots of his progressive brethren, would love to see 2018 become a referendum on "white supremacy," where voters, afraid of public scrutiny and, of course, public shaming, are forced to cast ballots for Democrats — or just stay home. He'd also, reportedly, like to exorcise a good portion of the Democratic base he considers "too moderate," so that his ideas become the party's ideas.