Is Bernie Sanders a threat to Trump in 2020?
Opioid makers flooded America with 100 billion pills from 2006-2014.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 9, 2020
130,000 people died due to their greed.
Executives lied about opioids’ addictiveness, pocketing billions in profits.
My Opioid Crisis Accountability and Results Act helps put corporate criminals behind bars.
Our corrupt campaign finance system is increasingly controlled by billionaires and special interests. We must fight this drift toward oligarchy. The future of our democracy is at stake.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 8, 2020
Congress presented Trump with our bipartisan bill to end the illegal U.S.-Saudi war in Yemen.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 6, 2020
He vetoed it.
Violence has gotten worse, hundreds of thousands are dead, and Trump coddles the brutal Saudi dictatorship.
It’s time to end this damn war. https://t.co/1md60Ciy20
Trump could get us into never-ending, perpetual warfare in the Middle East. The Senate must pass my No War Against Iran Act. pic.twitter.com/qAYHvGWOZm— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 9, 2020
My voting record:— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 6, 2020
2000 Permanent Normal Trade with China—NO
2011 US-Colombia Trade Agreement—NO
2015 Trans-Pacific Partnership—NO
Corporate trade killed millions of American jobs. Workers must craft our trade deals—not big business.
Current thoughts on the 2020 race.
In the 2016 election, I voted for Donald Trump to further these big ideas of nationalism and populism. I also voted for him because of his positions on immigration, trade, foreign policy, political correctness and campaign finance. This was enough to get me off the couch. Abortion and guns hadn’t been enough to get me to vote for McCain in 2008 or Romney in 2012. There other aspects of Donald Trump’s agenda in 2016 which I disliked, but swallowed.
In the 2020 election, I no longer think of Donald Trump as a nationalist or a populist. I think of him as being another conservative like Jeb Bush or Mitt Romney. He has let those people run the government while he monitors our decline from his Twitter account. I now think that Trump has sold out to the Republican donors and has made political correctness worse. He has let neocons run our foreign policy and has been totally ineffective at best on immigration and trade.
Bernie Sanders takes foreign policy, trade, campaign finance and the opioid crisis off the table in a race with Trump. He is also better than Trump on taxes, health care, student loans and infrastructure. From my perspective, the choice comes down to Sanders or Trump’s record on immigration, political correctness, LGBTQ rights, guns and abortion. He hasn’t done anything about immigration and political correctness has only grown worse.
LGBTQ? Trump has normalized homosexuality and has only put up token resistance to transgenderism. Guns and abortion? There isn’t much that Sanders can do which will be upheld by the courts. Political correctness? Trump hasn’t challenged the existing taboos. He hasn’t used his platform as president to make life any easier for his supporters. Instead, he has used it to court minority groups while ignoring the people who voted for him in 2016.
Is Bernie Sanders an option then for disaffected nationalists who have written off Trump? As bad as Trump has been as president, what stops me from supporting Sanders is voting for someone who could be even worse. Will the Democrats unite behind Sanders to pass Medicare for All or student loan forgiveness, or, say, the Equality Act? The Republicans used the Trump presidency to pass the standard conservative agenda. The Democrats will just use a Sanders presidency to do the same thing with the standard progressive agenda. It is reasonable to assume that the only thing that will come out a Sanders presidency is what Congress, the federal courts and the Deep State allow him to do which is none of the things that working class voters like about him.
It doesn’t really matter who wins the 2020 election. Neither Sanders or Trump will be allowed to do much of anything by Congress, the federal courts and the Deep State. Republicans will hyperventilate about socialism and nothing will happen. Bernouts will be as bitterly disappointed as we are today although Bernie is a true believer in socialism and has an ideology and decades of experience and allies in Congress and is different from Trump in that respect.