The Democratic debacle continued Tuesday night in Detroit, Michigan, during the second presidential primary debate, as ultra-leftists Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took on the other eight candidates defending universal healthcare and the Green New Deal, which many conservatives believe would bankrupt America.
Other highlights – or lowlights – included Mayor Pete Buttigieg (R-South Bend, Ind.) bashing Christians for opposing a $15 minimum wage hike while citing Scripture. In addition, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) played to social justice warriors and was the only candidate who didn’t place his hand over his heart during the National Anthem.
Meanwhile, many political analysts argue that lecturer, author and political activist Marianne Williamson outperformed the rest of the candidates, arguably receiving the largest ovation and intrigue on the Internet of the evening.
Gary Bauer, president of American Values, is of the opinion that Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren "dominated" most of Tuesday's debate and "got the most emotional reactions" from the crowd." He also argues for many of the other candidates who were arguing with Sanders and Warren, this debate was likely their last chance to be in the spotlight.
"A lot of those so-called moderates – and I don't think anybody was a moderate; they all were one degree of socialism or another – but a lot of the so-called moderates will not have enough support to be in debates after this round," Bauer tells OneNewsNow.
The next round of debates for the Democratic hopefuls will be held September 12-13 in Houston, Texas, and will be moderated by ABC News. To qualify, a candidate will need to have at least two percent support in three qualifying polls (released between June 28 and August 28); and provide evidence of at least 130,000 individual donations from a minimum of 400 different donors in at least 20 states.
Drawing the line on socialism
Even though most Democrats in the presidential field are embracing much more liberal platforms than Democrats of the past, eight stood in firm opposition to Sanders and Warren promoting universal healthcare and self-proclaimed socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s $10 trillion Green New Deal devised to combat so-called global warming.
“The party's divide [was] on full display, with the center-left (and lower-polling) contenders fiercely arguing that policies like ‘Medicare-for-all’ and the Green New Deal will ‘FedEx the election’ to President Trump, and the higher-profile candidates on the left flank just as fiercely, arguing that their policies are the kind of bold solutions America needs,” Fox News reported. “Their frustration mounted, with Sanders at one point firing back at Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan for claiming the Vermont senator didn’t really know ‘Medicare-for-all’ would provide coverage better than the current plans Americans would lose if the country moved to a single-payer system.”
Sanders – who lost his temper throughout the night – angrily retorted.
“I do know,” Sanders barked back at Ryan, according to Fox. “And I wrote the d--- bill.”
Another lesser-known Democrat also took the opportunity to chime in for some airtime on the issue.
"I think Democrats win when we run on real solutions – not impossible promises," former Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) offered.
But often virulent-mouthed Warren then did her best to shoot Delaney’s skepticism down.
"I don't understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to talk about what we really can't do and shouldn't fight for," the liberal senator responded.
Warren received a hearty applause from a majority of the crowd, who appeared to embrace her ultra-left policies, but Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) quickly contended to the audience that the Massachusetts senator’s radical promises to guarantee jobs under the Green New Deal and remove private insurance under Medicare-for-all will land Trump another win in 2020.
"That is a disaster at the ballot box,” Hickenlooper insisted, according to Fox. “You might as well FedEx the election to Donald Trump.”
Both Sanders and Warren laid off one another in what the media called a virtual truce, as they appeared to reserve their attacks for Trump.
However, the Vermont senator’s temper flared from the onset after Delaney took aim at the far-left frontrunners.
“We can go down the road that Senator Sanders and Senator Warren want to take us, with bad policies like Medicare-for-all, free everything and impossible promises that will turn off independent voters and get Trump re-elected,” Delaney asserted in his opening statement.
Sanders waited until Delaney was finished to tell him, “You’re wrong,” while Warren attacked naysayers of her socialized medicine agenda.
“Let’s be clear about this – we are the Democrats,” Warren impressed. “We are not about trying to take away health care from anyone. That’s what the Republicans are trying to do.”
Hickenlooper quickly joined the fray with Delaney to condemn Warren’s and Sander’s far-left policies.
“Last year, Democrats flipped 40 Republican seats in the House, and not one of those 40 Democrats supported the policies of our front-runners at center stage,” the Colorado politician recounted.
Gov. Steve Bullock (D-Mont.) also criticized their big-government proposals.
“At the end of the day, I’m not going to support any plan that rips away quality health care from individuals,” Bullock insisted. “This is an example of wish-list economics. It used to be Republicans who wanted to repeal and replace [ObamaCare]. Now we have Democrats, as well."
There was also division regarding immigration policy.
“The contenders also disagreed over decriminalizing illegal crossings over the U.S. southern border with Mexico – a combustible issue,” Steinhauser noted. “South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg explained that these crossings would still be illegal, but Bullock later warned that those calling to decriminalize illegal immigration are ‘playing into President Trump's hands.’"
Ryan took aim at Sander’s open-borders approach.
“If you're going to come into the country, you should at least ring the doorbell," he sarcastically added.
However, one candidate from the border state of Texas, who has done all he can to pander the Latino vote – including speaking Spanish on the campaign trail and giving free (taxpayer-funded) provisions to caravans in Mexico looking to illegally cross the border – made his pro-immigration stance very clear.
“Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas – who’s made the issue of illegal immigration central to his White House bid – highlighted that he’d waive citizenship fees, reform deportation laws, and resume aid to Central American countries to prevent the flow of families trekking toward the U.S,” Steinhauser explained.
Then, the leading far-left candidates stuck to their “separation of children from their families” messaging to garner support – taking aim at Trump for enforcing policies and running detention centers that were first instituted and constructed during former President Barack Obama’s administration. They insisted that families entering illegally into the U.S. should not be held accountable for breaking the law and treated as criminals.
"I've seen the mothers, I've seen the cages of babies,” Warren said. “We must be a country that every day lives our values and that means we cannot make it a crime when someone comes in."
Buttigieg butting heads with Christians
Months after quoting Scripture and condemning Vice President Mike Pence for his stance on biblical marriage, openly gay mayor Pete Buttigieg decided to turn his podium into a pulpit again Tuesday night by citing the Bible to try and justify raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, while again condemning Christians.
"The minimum wage is just too low," Buttigieg contended, according to TheBlaze. “So-called conservative Christian senators, right now, in the Senate, are blocking a bill to raise the minimum wage, when Scripture says that whoever oppresses the poor taunts their maker."
Buttigieg was referring to Proverbs 14:31, which says, “Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God,” in the NIV translation.
However, the homosexual politician, who is “married” to a man, did not mention how many employers – especially private business owners – are forced to cut hours or ultimately close because they cannot afford paying such high wages.
It is argued that Buttigieg had made it a habit of trying to conform Scripture to push his political agenda.
“[T]his has been Buttigieg's approach to Christianity as a presidential candidate – to espouse an interpretation of the religion in order to fit with liberal political policies and vilify politically conservative Christians by discrediting the authenticity of their faith,” TheBlaze’s Aaron Colen explained. “Sometimes, he does this by quoting Scripture directly, like in this case. Other times Buttigieg – who is gay and married – flips the script and criticizes conservative Christians, like Pence, for adhering to a literal reading of the Bible when it comes to sexuality and marriage – just whatever fits the moment.”
He also took aim at the mayor’s problematic take on Scripture regarding abortion.
“To watch Buttigieg shape his personal view of Christianity to fit with his political ambitions means listening as he says you're not being a good Christian think it's okay to pay someone less than $15 per hour, but you're also not being a good Christian if you believe ‘You shall not murder’ includes unborn children,” Colen argued.
The Kaepernick of the Democratic Party?
Democratic candidate Ryan drew attention to himself in similar fashion to former San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick by not respecting the flag while “The Star Spangled Banner” played before the debate – which was seen as a silent protest against police and what America stands for.
“As the national anthem played, Ryan was the only candidate [of the 10] to stand with his hands clasped in front of his body – rather than at his chest,” Fox News’ Gregg Re pointed out.
Fox News contributor Ari Fleischer called Ryan out for resorting to the childish antics of Kaepernick to win some votes with minorities.
"Rep. Tim Ryan didn’t put his hand over his heart during the national anthem," Fleischer, the former press secretary George W. Bush announced, according to Fox. "I guess he’s appealing to the Kaepernick wing of the Democratic Party."
ABC conservative co-host of The View, Meghan McCain, chided Ryan.
"Put your hand over your heart for the Star-spangled Banner Tim Ryan!!!" she scolded, according to Fox.
The conservative media commended Ryan for being straight-up about his view of America.
"All these candidates have contempt for America – Tim Ryan is just choosing to be honest about it," the Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra commented.
And the winner is …
Comforting to many Republicans, it was Williamson who came away Tuesday night with the best performance, according to many commentators – and Google.
“[T]he esoteric yet entertaining author and activist who toppled Sanders to seize the Google search victory, according to Google Trends,” TheBlaze announced. “Sanders came in second with Warren in third place among Google searches. Williamson came in third in Google searches before the debates, with Sanders in first place and Warren in second.”
According to Internet stats, the quirky Democratic candidate intrigued Americans from coast to coast.
After the debate, Williamson took every state in the Google trends map, aside from Montana, but her eccentric and spiritually off take on good and evil could come across as quite disturbing to many – as well as her exorbitant plan to supposedly remedy America’s racist past.
“Williamson had several memorable and entertaining moments, including one where she criticized the ‘dark psychic force’ of President Donald Trump and his policies,” TheBlaze report added. “She also said that she would advocate for up to $500 billion in reparations for slavery in a segment where she descended into the details of the math of such a policy.”