It might surprise you to hear that — Sen. Bernie Sanders, the standard bearer for the progressive left, doesn’t want Democrats to become “obsessed” with beating President Trump in the 2020 election.
Speaking to Jon Favreau on the podcast “Pod Save America,” Sanders told Favreau that while it is very difficult to ignore Trump’s controversial tweets, focusing on them and not the issues that American care about, will almost guarantee that the current occupant of the White House remains there for another term.
“You cannot ignore Donald Trump and his tweets and his lies,” Sanders said. “But if you become obsessed with them, I guarantee you will lose the election.”
On the recent podcast, that originally aired prior to Tuesday night’s Democratic Debate Part 1, Sanders also criticized his fellow candidates for not shifting the focus of their campaigns to include young and working-class voters.
“The establishment hangs out with the wealthy and the comfortable and people in power and the establishment kind of forgets that as we speak there are millions of people living paycheck to paycheck, who can’t afford health care, who can’t–are paying 50 percent of their limited incomes on rent, who are scared to death about an illness in the family that might bankrupt them,” Sanders said.
The independent Senator from Vermont then added, “I think the Democratic establishment to a significant degree, there’s a lot of rhetoric out there, but has really forgotten about that and has forgotten about the need to stand up the power.”
Trump and Bernie
Despite being embroiled in controversy for almost the same thing, President Trump this week accused Sanders of being “racist” over negative things he said about the city of Baltimore. In a tweet Trump, suggested that “Crazy Bernie Sanders” be labeled as “a racist” for calling Baltimore a “Third World country” and a “disgrace” back in 2015.
Obviously playing off of the accusations that have been hurled at Trump for his own war of words with Democratic Congressman from Baltimore, Elijah Cummings, Trump tweeted earlier this week, “I assume that Bernie must now be labeled a Racist, just as a Republican would if he used that term and standard.”