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US comedian: ‘We have to say yes to socialism’

Comedian Jim Carrey says Democrats need to stop running from Republican attacks and “say yes to socialism”

“We have to say yes to socialism — to the word and everything,” Mr. Carrey said Friday on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.” “We have to stop apologizing.”

His comment came after Mr. Maher complained that Republicans have targeted progressive Democrats who identify themselves as socialist by throwing up the Venezuela example.

“But that word — the Democrats need to get a plan to fight this slander of, ‘Socialism, you’re going to be living in Venezuela,’ ” Mr. Maher said. “And I don’t see it yet.”

Republicans pounced after a number of up-and-coming left-wing candidates — led by New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America — picked off established Democrats in this year’s primary contests.

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