A prominent Democrat is warning his party that Donald Trump will exploit their far-left ideas in 2020, and a political analyst says it’s good advice that won’t be heeded.
“Rahm Emanuel warns Democrats in 2020 not to play to ‘socialist’ type,” a USA Today headline states to begin a March 21 story.
Emanuel, the outgoing Chicago mayor, wrote an op-ed for The Atlantic warning fellow Democrats that they are serving up “slow pitches over the plate” to Trump, and he said the Republican president will peel away Democrats over proposals such as the Green New Deal and Medicare for All.
Emanuel, a Bill Clinton advisor who later served as Barack Obama’s chief of staff, is not appealing to Democrats out of niceness: he is known as a ruthless political player who once sent a mob-like dead fish to a pollster he didn’t like, and rattled off a list of political “enemies” as he stabbed a steak knife into a table.
“Rahm Emmanuel is brilliant. The name of the game is to win power,” observes political scientist Dr. Charles Dunn. “Rahm Emanuel knows that Bill Clinton understood how to win power and to sustain power.”
Rahm warns in the op-ed that Trump’s approval ratings make him beatable, and Democrats will have themselves to blame if he wins a second term.
“As Democrats,” he wrote, “our first, second, and third priorities should be to produce a candidate who will appeal to the widest swath of both moderate and progressive voters.”
The USA Today story doesn’t seem to be heeding his warning: it states, for example, there are “ambitious proposals” in the Green New Deal, when that ambition is to forcibly move Americans from fossil fuels to electric cars, wind mills and solar panels at an estimated cost of $93 trillion.
“The socialist candidates are dead on arrival,” Dunn predicts. “America is not a socialist country. America is a capitalist country.”
The far-left proposals have yet to be tested in the “warfare of politics,” Dunn tells OneNewsNow, and the coming months will show how unpopular they really are.