Polling editor says 'class warfare' idea is becoming more accepted among Dems

Polling editor Carl Cannon on Monday told Hill.TV that the idea of class warfare is becoming more accepted in Democratic circles with the rise of the party's progressive wing.

“Before if you proposed something like this, people would say it’s a little nutty,” Cannon, executive editor at Real Clear Politics, told host Jamal Simmons on “What America’s Thinking.”

“Republicans would say class warfare, and the Democrats would say ‘oh no, we’re not doing class warfare, we’re just trying to manage the tax code in a smart way,’ ” he continued.

“Some of these Democrats, Bernie SandersBernie SandersNYT editorial board remembers Ginsburg: She 'will forever have two legacies' Two GOP governors urge Republicans to hold off on Supreme Court nominee Sanders knocks McConnell: He's going against Ginsburg's 'dying wishes' MORE, Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden's fiscal program: What is the likely market impact? Warren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Don't expect a government check anytime soon MORE, say ‘yeah, class warfare,’ that is what they’re doing, and it’s polling better than you might have thought,” he said. “So I think we’re in a new era on some of these proposals.”

Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have largely been the ones carrying the progressive banner in the primary, advocating for policy proposals that push economic equality such as free college tuition. 

Warren made news last week with the rollout of her plan to cancel nearly all student loan debt and create universal free public college.

Sanders ran on a tuition-free college platform in 2016. 

— Julia Manchester