Analysts says there has been a shift in how Democrats talk about economic inequality

Analyst Vanessa Williamson said on Friday that there has been a shift in how Democrats talk about the issue of economic inequality. 

"I think we've seen a real shift in what Democrats are willing to say about economic inequality. And partly that's a Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBannon says an O'Rourke-Harris ticket poses the greatest threat to Trump in 2020 Trump has lost support from male voters since shutdown, analysis shows Watchdog group calls on 2020 candidates to release 10 years of tax returns MORE effect in 2016 and partly it's [Sen.] Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBannon says an O'Rourke-Harris ticket poses the greatest threat to Trump in 2020 Trump has lost support from male voters since shutdown, analysis shows Rock the Vote President calls for dismantling of electoral college MORE [(D-Mass.)], but there's been a lot of movement on this issue," Williamson, a governance study fellow at the Brookings Institution, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking." 

"One of the interesting things about it is a lot of poll data suggests that it's a good idea to talk that way to Democrats, and also to independents," she said. 

The growing 2020 Democratic primary field has seen candidates asked about their positions on issues like health care and economic inequality. 

While Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisStrategist says Trump is 'retreating' from talking about foreign policy Bannon says an O'Rourke-Harris ticket poses the greatest threat to Trump in 2020 Trump has lost support from male voters since shutdown, analysis shows MORE (D-Calif.) said she did not consider herself to be a democratic socialist, she has embraced programs such as "Medicare for all." 

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who championed economic equality during the 2016 presidential campaign, is likely to brand himself as the original advocate for these ideas as a means to stand out in the crowded field. 

— Julia Manchester