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I'm running as a socialist': Candidates aren't afraid to use the label anymore

What's going on?

Political candidates aren't afraid to be labeled "socialists" anymore. Texas Democrats have nominated Franklin Bynum, an attorney and self-proclaimed socialist, to become a criminal court judge in Houston.

What did he say?

“Yes, I’m running as a socialist,” Bynum told the New York Times. “I’m a far-left candidate. What I’m trying to do is be a Democrat who actually stands for something, and tells people, ‘Here’s how we are going to materially improve conditions in your life.’”

Why do voters want socialism? 

The Democratic Socialists of America have candidates running for offices throughout the country, and membership has grown from 5,000 to 35,000 since November 2016. Many of their supporters are millennials who are tired of income inequality and who say capitalism has failed them. Their key issues range from problems in the criminal justice system to student debt to the push for "Medicare for All."

Glenn's take: 

On today's show, Glenn pointed out that he was mocked for calling the D.S.A. a threat in the past ... and now, that prediction seems to be coming true.

"The prediction was that they would embrace it and they'd say ... 'I'm a socialist because this doesn't work and we have to try something,'" Glenn said.

To see more from Glenn, visit his channel on TheBlaze and watch "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" live weekdays 9 a.m.–noon ET or anytime on-demand at TheBlaze TV.

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