Maryland Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ben Jealous cursed at a reporter on Wednesday for having the gall to ask if he’s a socialist.
“Not to put too fine a point on it, do you identify with the term socialist?” a female reporter asked Jealous during a press conference on Wednesday.
“Are you f—ing kidding me?” replied Jealous, the former leader of the NAACP. “Is that a finer point?”
The reporter responded: “Thank you, sir.”
Video was posted online by a reporter for The Daily Record, a Maryland news organization.
Jealous is challenging incumbent Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, whose campaign has painted Jealous as a far-left candidate. Jealous has been endorsed by Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders.
On Wednesday, the Democrat dismissed the labels.
“Him calling me a far-left socialist, that’s what the Tea Party called President Obama, it’s what Barry Goldwater called Martin Luther King,” Hogan said. “And when you see conservatives like Hogan name-calling, you realize that they’re scared.”
Hogan’s campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.