Now that being a "Democratic Socialist" is all the rage, actress and New York Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon is getting in on the act.
Although she's been avoiding painting herself into the "socialist" corner since officially challenging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier this summer, the mulit-millionaire Nixon has apparently been convinced of the term's merits. She's totally on the "Democratic socialist" bandwagon, reports Politico.
“Some more establishment, corporate Democrats get very scared by this term but if being a democratic socialist means that you believe health care, housing, education and the things we need to thrive should be a basic right not a privilege then count me in,” Nixon wrote in an email to the D.C. based political news outlet.
“As Martin Luther King put it, call it democracy or call it democratic socialism but we have to have a better distribution of wealth in this country. I have long stood in support of a millionaires tax, Medicare for all, fully funding our public schools, housing for all and rejecting all corporation donations — all of which align with democratic socialist principles," she continued.
Thankfully for Nixon, the term "socialist" has been sufficiently watered down, thanks to "socialist" candidates like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who recently endorsed Nixon for governor of her home state. The term leaves out all the negative implications of the simple term "socialism," like the utterly inconvenient famines, mass genocides, and that thing about eating your own pets to survive.
Nixon, who reports indicate has a net worth of around $60 million, also called Nancy Pelosi "dead wrong" for Pelosi's comments suggesting socialism was not, in fact, ascendant within the Democratic party.
“I think that of course wealthy people and big corporations have always had an outsized influence on American politics and world politics, but at this moment, when you look at what the agendas of corporations are and you look at governmental policies, there is almost no daylight between them," she told a podcast earlier this week, apparently forgetting that she is, in fact, a wealthy person trying to influence American politics.
Nixon's "socialist" announcement may be more cynical calculus than true belief; she needs all the help she can get in her challenge to Cuomo, and millennials seem eager to embrace "Democratic socialists." Or, at least, they're more eager to embrace Democratic socialists than they are Cynthia Nixon.
At last count, Nixon was 35 points behind Cuomo in the polls.