Ben Jealous, the former president of the NAACP and the current Democratic candidate for governor in the state of Maryland was recently asked a question about socialism by a reporter. Apparently, this was a really big no-no and Jealous — what an ironic name for a politician — exploded all over the guy.
Unfortunately for him, the whole incident was caught on tape and is now working its way around the Internet. Guess he might want to consider signing up for a few anger management classes to get a hold of that temper.
Jealous was taking questions from the media when Washington Post reporter Erin Cox asked him to comment on the statement from his Republican competitor, incumbent Larry Hogan, calling him a socialist.
“Governor Hogan and the RGA have made a significant amount of effort and investment in trying to paint you as a socialist, they’ve actually called you a socialist,” Cox asked. “What is your response to first the term socialist, whether you embrace and identify to any degree, and secondly the charge about whether the state can afford you?”
“Him calling me a far-left socialist, that’s what the Tea Party called President Obama, it’s what Barry Goldwater called Martin Luther King,” Jealous responded to the reporter. “And when you see conservatives like Hogan name-calling, you realize that they’re scared.”
“That they’re frankly afraid of the change now all of our families need – we need a more inclusive and robust economy.”
After a long statement from Jealous defending himself as a venture capitalist, the reporter reiterated her question.
“Not to put too fine a point on it, but do you identify with the term socialist?” she asked.
“Are you f***ing kidding me?!” exclaimed Jealous. “Is that a finer point?”
Here’s the full video of Jealous going off the deep end:
Jealous, in full damage control mode, later issued a full apology for his inappropriate behavior via a post on Twitter:
I want to apologize to @ErinatThePost for my inappropriate language in response to her question earlier today.
As a former journalist, I know how important it is for a free society to respect reporters and answer their questions honestly.
— Ben Jealous for Governor (MD) (@BenJealous) August 8, 2018
At this point in the race, Jealous has a 14 point lead over his opponent, so things are still looking good for the guy despite his nasty blow up.
Politics is a stressful game and if you don’t possess oodles of self-control, it might be a wise idea to try and create the change you want to see in the country another way. As we’ve seen lately, the words you speak carelessly now can come back to haunt you later.
Then again, leftists have never been known for having outstanding emotional control.
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