Before the end of the Cold War, comparing Democrats to communists was considered bad form even for committed conservatives.
When the ALP was taken over by the communists, it broke away and helped form the Liberal Party.
At a town hall meeting on Tuesday, freshman Rep. Allen West claimed that up to 80 House Democrats are communists.
1841, as both a noun and adjective, from French communiste (see communism). First attested in writing by John Goodwin Barmby (1820-1881), British Owenite and utopian socialist who founded the London Communist Propaganda Society in 1841. Main modern sense emerged after publication of Communist Manifesto ("Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei") in 1848. Shortened form Commie attested from 1940. Related: Communistic.
A supporter of communism.