Trump Privately Obsessed With Bernie Sanders’ Popularity and Socialism’s Appeal
January 15, 2020 at 2:15 AM - Views: 67 #250856
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In public, President Donald Trump has fixated on mocking Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) as “crazy” and has focused on assuring supporters of how badly he’d crush the left-wing senator in a general election and protect them from Sanders’ creeping socialism.
In private, Trump has often expressed different worries about the 2020 candidate.
In the past two months, the president has repeatedly asked advisers, in and out of the White House, about how Sanders polls, or would likely perform, in critical battleground states, specifically Pennsylvania, according to two people who’ve independently heard him ask about it. At times, Trump has asked about Sanders’ prospects even in the absence of a current public or internal poll on the matter.
It’s hardly the first time Trump has talked to his friends and top lieutenants about Sanders’ potential formidability heading into an election year. As The Daily Beast reported last year, Trump had on multiple occasions told longtime associates and Republican donors that running against “socialism” in 2020 may not be “so easy” due to its populist appeal. At a private event with donors late last year, the president said, according to a source in the room, that “you can have someone who loves Trump, but many people love free stuff, too,” adding that if Sanders or other “socialist” candidates promise U.S. voters—particularly young voters—that they will cancel their debt, “that’s a tough one [to run against].”
January 15, 2020 at 3:09 AM #250887
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With a little luck, he’ll blow a gasket while obsessing.
I don't waste my time teaching pigs to sing.
January 15, 2020 at 7:44 AM #251013
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also amazed Daily Beast went with this story
January 15, 2020 at 8:03 AM #251017
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The popular definition of socialism has changed over the last 40 years, in which conservatives have called any government expenditures that benefit average people “socialist.” No wonder anyone born after 1985 has a favorable impression of it.
Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction
January 15, 2020 at 2:22 PM #251104
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Of course he’s scared of Bernie.Bernie really is what Trump pretended to be.
January 15, 2020 at 2:50 PM #251111
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People love free stuff. No Mr Trump, Democratic Socialism is giving the tax payers something back instead of handing all our tax dollars over to the Predatory Capitalists.
January 15, 2020 at 3:18 PM #251117
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The DNC/Democratic Party is equally afraid of Bernie, IMO. If not more afraid.
I will not vote for a Vichy Dem. Period. As always, I decide who is a Vichy Dem.
Bernie's ISSUES or Bust!
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