Progressive activist says it's Trump's dream to see Dems argue over socialism

Progressive activist Maurice Weeks said on Monday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE wants to see growing divisions in the Democratic Party over the issue of socialism.

"I think it's Donald Trump's dream for us to get into an argument about what socialism is, and what socialism isn't," Weeks, the co-executive director of the Action Center on Race and the Economy, told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton and Jamal Simmons on "Rising." 

"I think that when you see policies like the Green New Deal and Medicare for All, these are policies that are for all people," he continued.

"You can call those socialist policies if you want to. I don't think any of the candidates are running as explicit socialist," he said before adding that even Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate Progressive group launches campaign to identify voters who switch to Warren MORE (I-Vt.), who identifies as a democratic socialist, is "not saying the government should control all means of production or anything like that." 

"These aren't socialist things. This is exactly the kind of debate that Donald Trump wants Democratic politicians to get into," he said. 

Republicans, including Trump, have labeled various Democrats and Democratic policies as "socialist" in an attempt to paint them as extreme. 

Democratic presidential hopeful and former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn Wright HickenlooperInslee unveils plan to fight fossil fuel pollution The Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown MORE faced boos from Democratic Party activists at the California Democratic Party convention on Saturday after he warned about the risks of embracing socialism ahead of 2020. 

— Julia Manchester