Almost everyone involved in the not-Republican constituency, be they ‘leftists’ or ‘liberals’, is actually a liberal in probably two distinct senses
Understanding liberals versus the left
Elizabeth Bruenig

This is important: in a binary political society, if you’re not a conservative, you’re a liberal. The idea of being politically moderate is a relatively new one that emerged in the mid-20th century as a means of politically radical people to avoid being linked to fascism or communism.