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 TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report 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 SandersBiden lead shrinks, Sanders and Warren close gap: poll Biden allies: Warren is taking a bite out of his electability argument Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi set to unveil drug price plan | Abortion rate in US hits lowest level since Roe v. Wade | Dems threaten to subpoena Juul 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 HickenlooperLeft off debate stage, Bullock all-in on Iowa Yang says he would not run as a third-party candidate The Hill's Morning Report - Hurricane Dorian devastates the Bahamas, creeps along Florida coast 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