ICYMI Cal Cunningham Touted The "Merits" Of Communism

July 30, 2020
For Immediate Release 

Raleigh, NC - The Washington Free Beacon reported yesterday a shocking revelation that Cal Cunningham admired the "merits" of communist ideology while in college. Cunningham's support for radical ideologies like communism explains why Washington Democrats picked Cunningham over a qualified black woman to rubber-stamp their extreme liberal agenda of tax increases, job-killing regulations, and government-run health care. 

Here are some excerpts from the Free Beacon article highlighting Cunningham's past support for communism. 

Cunningham expounded on the virtues of communism and Marxism during an interview with a UNC student newspaper in 1995 following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Asked if there was "merit" in communist ideology, Cunningham offered a mostly positive assessment, making the familiar argument that true communism hasn't really been tried.

"There's very much merit in communist ideology, but you have to be careful how you define it," he said. "I think that in practice, what we saw in the Soviet Union was totalitarianism in action." Cunningham, who claimed to have studied Marxist philosophy "quite thoroughly," went on to say that despite some "fundamental flaws," there were "a lot of things we can still take" from Marxism. Communism, for all its merits, Cunningham argued, is "something that we have more trouble achieving."

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) has supported Cunningham's candidacy since 2019, helping the former state legislator raise money from New York donors. Schumer made clear early on what kind of Senate candidate he wanted Democrats to nominate in North Carolina: a boring white man who, in Schumer's words, would spend the entire campaign "in a windowless basement raising money" to fund attack ads against Tillis. Cunningham certainly fits the bill.