New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van DrewJeff Van DrewSunday shows preview: White House, Democratic leaders struggle for deal on coronavirus bill Democrats look to go on offense in debate over reopening schools Republican David Richter wins NJ primary in race to challenge Rep. Andy Kim MORE (R) said Sunday the Democratic Party of which he used to be a member “used to be more moderate” but its views have trended toward the extreme in recent years.

Van Drew, who left the Democratic Party for the GOP in 2019 over the House vote to impeach President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nomination to be held in private: report Graham defends Trump on TikTok, backs Microsoft purchase Federal appeals court rejects Stormy Daniels libel case against Trump MORE, said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that his former party was “going towards a socialist bent,” despite the defeat of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersProgressives lost the battle for the Democratic Party’s soul Vermont has a chance to show how bipartisanship can tackle systemic racism The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – At loggerheads, Congress, White House to let jobless payout lapse MORE (I-Vt.) in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.

“The Democratic Party used to be more moderate. It is not now. It has changed. It is a new party,” he told host Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoThe IRS undermines the objective of the PPP Businesses plead for states to enforce mask mandates On The Money: Trump tells Treasury to review universities’ tax exempt status | Trump to impose tariffs on French products | Fed official: Economy would improve ‘if we all wore a mask’ MORE.

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“And it is not just political rhetoric, Maria, to say that much of the party is really going towards a socialist bent. They really are,” the New Jersey congressman added.

During the interview Van Drew also slammed Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden calls on Trump, Congress to enact an emergency housing program Here are top contenders to be Biden’s VP Sunday shows preview: White House, Democratic leaders struggle for deal on coronavirus bill MORE (D-Calif.) for her repeated reference to the coronavirus as the “Trump virus,” a response to the president’s own nicknames for the virus including the “China virus” and the “kung flu,” for which the president has faced accusations of racism.

“[F]or her to say that is absolutely outrageous, when we know it was China that didn’t give us the information, China that wouldn’t let the CDC come in. It was China, God knows, that influenced the [World Health Organization] to give the wrong information out,” said Van Drew.

The newly-minted member of the GOP won his party’s primary last month and is now headed for a showdown in November with Democratic candidate Amy Kennedy, a former teacher, in November. His district is rated as “lean Republican” by the Cook Political Report.

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