First of all, thank you for reading!
You are the second person to say something along these lines.
My POV is this: the best way to deal with terms of abuse is to appropriate them and make them your own so as to lessen their sting. ‘Tories’ and ‘Whigs’ were both initially derogatory terms used by opponents lest we forget. Im essentially a British ‘Bernie-Bro’! Its not intended to be offensive!