Many Democrats are looking beyond 2018 with an eye toward taking on Trump in 2020.
But as the Democrats’ base grows more extreme, the politicians can’t keep up.
And two top Democrats stumbled out of the gate appealing to their loony liberal base with these outrageous comments.
Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) is no stranger to hyperbole.
As Renewed Right recently highlighted, Booker charged that those who support Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court are “complicit” in “evil,” claiming “we’re walking through the valley of the shadow of death.”
And at the progressive Netroots Nation conference in New Orleans, Booker continued on that same theme stating that he once cried “tears of rage” over rhetoric from the Trump White House and went on to say things are “savagely wrong” in America.
“I’m a big believer that if America, if this country hasn’t broken your heart, then you don’t love her enough. Because there’s things that are savagely wrong in this country,” Booker said.
Booker failed to delve into details about what was wrong, other than to vaguely say, “There’s a normalcy of injustice that we’ve accepted.”
His colleague Senator John Cornyn replied, “Get a grip.”
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) August 4, 2018
But Cory Booker wasn’t the only 2020 hopeful who had a rough time with outlandish rhetoric at Netroots Nation.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) claimed the criminal justice system was “racist.”
“Let’s just start with the hard truth about our criminal justice system. It’s racist. It is. And when I say our system, I mean all the way. I mean front to back. This is not just sentencing reform we’re talking about here. We’re talking about the front end on what you declare to be illegal on how you enforce it, on who gets arrested.”
National Review notes:
“Racist all the way, front to back,” is a really surprising and troubling thing to hear about a system that was, until 18 months ago, effectively headed by Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and before her, Eric Holder, appointed and accountable to the nation’s first African-American president. A system that has 214 African-American federal judges, 125 of Latino or Hispanic heritage, 41 Asian-Americans, and three Native Americans. A system that has at least 400 black prosecutors (although far too few elected ones). A system where 27 percent of the officers and police personnel are members of minority groups, as of 2013, the most recent year data are available. Do all of these people feel like they are cogs in the “racist all the way, front to back” machine?
“You think you have a tough job this morning? Imagine being the guy who has to organize ‘Cops for Warren 2020’ in a year or so,” National Review’s Jim Geraghty quipped.
With America’s roaring economy fueled by Trump’s tax and regulatory cuts, Democrats are going to have a tough time in 2020 regardless.
But this sort of outlandish, hyperbolic rhetoric from Democrats’ top contenders shows just how right Sarah Huckabee Sanders was when she said, “Their party has no message, no leadership, no solutions and they want to fight a president who is trying to lead and who is doing amazing things for our country.”
We’ll be sure to continue highlighting when Democrats say the darndest things — especially ones who think they should replace Trump in 2020.
In the meantime, here’s a preview of the 2020 Democrat Primary debates: