A “democratic socialist” is just like a “conservative republican” or a unicorn. They don’t exist.
Sanders calls himself a democratic socialist yet he has never been a Democrat and he will never be a Democrat. He has been a a socialist running as an independent his entire political career. Now he is an Independent socialist running as a Democrat.
In 2016 after losing the primary he quickly reverted back to his socialist party built up by his presidential run. He has funded “Justice Democrats” a socialist organization pushing extreme fair left candidates in the Democratic primaries and losing. As I said before:
Out of 80 candidates endorsed by JD, only 7 won. 2 were incumbents in deep blue districts. 1 was unopposed. 4 were all in very blue districts wiping out their general election opponents. It’s not like they were endorsing in tough competitive states like Texas, although those that did, lost. All of them. One raised over a $1 Million and lost 70-30 in the primary.
The DNC made another mistake in this primary season allowing Sanders and his socialists to invade our party and they are invading here in Harris County too. Audia Jones is one of a couple of socialist candidates running for District Attorney in Harris, Travis, Bexar, and Tarrant County. Her husband is already a sitting Judge. There are others such as the challenger to Henry Cuellar. According to the Texas Tribune:
Justice Democrats, a political committee founded after the 2016 election to reshape the Democratic Party through primary challenges, is working to recruit a challenger to Rep. Henry Cuellar, a seven-term congressman from a strongly Democratic district who’s one of the few anti-abortion-rights voices in the party’s House conference.
So lets give Sanders the credit he is due and addressing him appropriately. Bernie Sanders is an independent socialist running as a Democrat in the Democratic primary. There is no in-between. You are either a Democrat or a socialist. Pick one.