Democratic Maryland gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous snapped at a reporter who asked him repeatedly Wednesday if he identified as a socialist, saying, “Are you f—ing kidding me?”

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan called Jealous a “far-left socialist” in an interview with the New York Times last weekend. Washington Post reporter Erin Cox noted to the strongly progressive Jealous at a press conference that Hogan had tagged him with the “socialist” label and asked for his response.

“What is your response to, first, the term socialist, whether you embrace and identify [as] it to any degree, and secondly, the charge about whether the state can afford you?” she asked.

Jealous implicitly compared himself to President Barack Obama and civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr., in his response.