DNC chair: GOP labeling Democratic policies socialist because 'they’re wrong on the issues'

DNC chair: GOP labeling Democratic policies socialist because 'they’re wrong on the issues'
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Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom PerezThomas PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE on Sunday pushed back against Republicans likening certain Democratic policies to socialism, and compared some hallmarks of President TrumpDonald TrumpMajority of Americans in new poll say it would be bad for the country if Trump ran in 2024 ,800 bottle of whiskey given to Pompeo by Japan is missing Liz Cheney says her father is 'deeply troubled' about the state of the Republican Party MORE's time in office to "repressive socialist regimes."

Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Perez called the GOP's use of socialism as an attack line "one of the oldest tricks in the playbook." He noted Republicans had levied similar criticisms of Social Security, a guaranteed minimum wage and the Affordable Care Act, among other policies. 

“Why do they do that?" Perez said. "Because they’re wrong on the issues.”

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Trump has wielded the socialist label in recent weeks as Democrats push progressive ideas such as the "Green New Deal," and high-profile party members float raising marginal tax rates to 70 percent on the wealthiest Americans.

Some prospective Democratic presidential candidates have backed at least one of those ideas, including Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: Senators highlight security threats from China during rare public hearing | Facebook suspends accounts of NYU researchers who've criticized platform Democrats urge Amazon, Facebook to drop requests for Khan recusal Senate Democrats to introduce measure taxing major polluters MORE (D-Mass.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandMajority of New York state Assembly support beginning process to impeach Cuomo: AP The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Cuomo defiant as Biden, Democrats urge resignation The Memo: Disgraced Cuomo clings to power MORE (D-N.Y.), Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisA permanent Child Tax Credit expansion will yield dividends to taxpayers Kamala Harris and our shameless politics Pelosi: House Democrats 'ready to work with' Biden on eviction ban MORE (D-Calif.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersBriahna Joy Gray: Progressives like Turner should reconsider running as Democrats Senate Democrats to introduce measure taxing major polluters Biden called Shontel Brown to congratulate her after Ohio primary win MORE (I-Vt.).

Perez on Sunday called it "ironic" for Trump to criticize others as socialist.

“The whole interesting thing about the continued use of the word socialism is that repressive socialist regimes, two of their most frequent qualities are, No. 1, they try to undermine the press. They go after the press," he said. "And No. 2, they have endemic corruption.”

Perez noted that Trump has regularly attacked the press, deploying labels such as "fake news" and "enemy of the people" to describe unfavorable coverage or outlets he dislikes. 

The DNC leader also said a "culture of corruption" surrounding the Trump administration was a key factor in Democrats' 2018 midterm victories. Six former Trump associates have been implicated in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.