ANOTHER Candidate Turns Down Capitalism

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Another candidate for the 2020 presidency just declined to be called a capitalist, and it’s not Bernie Sanders. 

Democrat and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” where he spent most of the interview dodging the question of whether or not he considered himself a capitalist. 

Host Joe Scarborough was praising Hickenlooper for his successful business venture saying, “It sounds like the American Dream, as far as business goes.” He further exclaimed, “Wow, an advertisement for American capitalism.”

Then Scarborough asked if Hickenlooper if he considered himself a “proud capitalist.”

“Oh I don’t know, you know the labels, I’m not sure any of them fit,” the governor replied as he attempted to steer the conversation to methane emissions.

But his host wasn’t biting and doubled down on the question. 

“Well, again, the labels,” said Hickenlooper. “I’m a small businessperson, so that part of the system that you would call capitalist, I get it, I understand it. I worked very hard.”

However Scarborough was looking for a more concrete answer and later blatantly asked again, “Do you consider yourself a capitalist, and does capitalism work?”

“Well I think, I don’t, I don’t look at myself with a label,” Hickenlooper weakly offered. “And I certainly think that small business is part of the solution. I think right now the way that capitalism is working in the United States, it’s not doing what it once did. It’s really not providing security, opportunity, for the middle class and for poor people.”

Additionally, Republican strategist Susan Del Percio and marketing expert Donny Deutsch both reasserted the question getting the same tired answer.

Finally Deutsch called Hickenlooper out saying, “I am frightened that you are in a position where it’s hard for you to come out and say, ‘I am a capitalist,’ we are a capitalist society, that’s not a bad thing.”

“That doesn’t mean that we can still have income equality,” Deutsch added. “But that is my concern, the way that your party, my party is being highjacked that it’s uncomfortable for you to say ‘I am a proud capitalist.’”

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