Trump: Whether Bernie or Biden, I “Look Forward” to It
President Donald Trump weighed in Tuesday with his predictions on the 2020 Democratic race, expressing confidence in his ability to destroy whichever candidate ultimately secures the nod.
“I believe it will be Crazy Bernie Sanders vs. Sleepy Joe Biden as the two finalists to run against maybe the best economy in the history of our country (and MANY other great things),” Trump wrote. “I look forward to facing whoever it may be. May God Rest Their Soul!”
In a separate tweet, Trump sent a shot across the bow at Sanders, who just released ten years of tax returns showing that he is a member of the very same millionaire class that he rails against on the campaign trail.
“Bernie Sanders and wife should pay the Pre-Trump Taxes on their almost $600,000 in income,” Trump wrote. “He is always complaining about these big TAX CUTS, except when it benefits him. They made a fortune off of Trump, but so did everyone else – and that’s a good thing, not a bad thing!”
Sanders shot back on Twitter, claiming that it sounded as if Trump was “scared” of his populist campaign, warning that “he should be.”
But every available insider source has said that Trump is far less concerned about Sanders than he is about Biden. While it’s true that Biden and Sanders have run neck and neck in the various 2020 Democratic polls for the last few weeks, Biden has not actually declared his candidacy yet. When he does (and we have to assume it’s only a matter of time now), the polling may shift strongly in his favor. Sanders is certainly popular among a certain percentage of liberals (mainly those who don’t actually show up to vote, by the way), but he lags far behind Biden with black voters. That is going to crush him when the southern states go to the polls.
As for the general election, a Sanders nomination would be political poison for the Democratic Party. Sanders won’t just be running against a booming economy as Trump said; he will be running against the very concept of our capitalist society. That may play well on college campuses and the Democracy Now YouTube channel, but it isn’t going to get it in Michigan, Ohio, Florida, or any other up-in-the-air battleground state. A Sanders nomination would essentially hand Trump a second term, and it would not even be close.
Biden, on the other hand, represents potential trouble. We believe that Trump has the record, the charisma, and the die-hard support base to overcome that challenge, but it will be a much tighter race. Unless Creepy Uncle Joe has worse skeletons in his closet than an affinity for impromptu shoulder massages, he’s going to look like a good alternative for many middle-of-the-road moderates and Democrats who would otherwise rather vote for Trump than an avowed socialist or some off-kilter social justice warrior.
Or hey, maybe Bill Weld will shock the world…