AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told Hardball host Chris Matthews, "I don’t know what the difference is between a Democratic Socialist and a Democrat."
During an appearance on the MSNBC program last week, Trumka was asked by Matthews about Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
"Nobody’s called him a Socialist - except Bernie Sanders calls himself one, you don’t think that’s important?" Matthews asked.
"I don’t think people care," Trumka replied. "I don’t know what the difference is between a Democratic Socialist and a Democrat. I don’t really know what the difference is and I think most voters don’t care."
In late July, Matthews asked Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to explain the difference between a Democrat and a Socialist. Wasserman Schultz avoided answering the question.