It’s not easy being an old-school Democrat these days.
That’s what Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper learned on Saturday when he tried to tell a crowd that promoting socialism is not a winning platform for Democrats.
The former Colorado governor was speaking to the California Democrats State Convention in San Francisco, according to The Hill, when he told the audience, “If we want to beat Donald Trump and achieve big progressive goals, socialism is not the answer.”
Numerous audience members booed him loudly. And they didn’t stop after a few seconds either.
The crowd continued to howl as Hickenlooper stated his credentials. He gave up trying.
“You know, if we’re not careful, we’re going to end up helping to reelect the worst president in American history,” he tried to argue to the naysayers.
As the booing continued, Hickenlooper attacked Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ (D-N.Y.) Green New Deal, trying to reason with the Democratic attendees.
“We should not try to tackle climate change by guaranteeing every America a government job,” he said.
“Hold on, hold on,” he added as the boos kept going.
“As the Democratic Party, we have to create a vision for this country,” the candidate said above the din. “I want to give Americans a reason to look forward to tomorrow.”
Former political adviser Karl Rove said the booing “shows the fundamental break inside of the Democratic primary contests this year" between “traditional” Democrats and “nutty left-wing candidates,” Fox News reported.
Hickenlooper is currently polling at 0.5 percent among potential Democratic voters, well below several candidates that are pushing for socialist policies, according to a roundup of major polls by RealClearPolitics. As of Saturday, he had not yet collected the 65,000 individual donations that he’ll probably need in order to qualify for the first Democratic debate on June 26 and 27.