Trump and the Democratic debates
Following the first round of debates between and among 20 Democratic candidates for President, Donald Trump proclaimed that the 2020 race was already over. It may be the first thing he has ever said that isn’t a lie. That’s because, with the exception of a few comments by Washington Governor Jay Inslee, nearly every word uttered during last week’s bifurcated debates was far left, far out, or far off base from what mainstream America cares about or supports.
What specifically spurred Trump’s tweet was when the Thursday night debate group all raised their hands to affirm that they would provide free healthcare to undocumented and illegal immigrants. The President wrote, “All Democrats just raised their hands for giving millions of illegal aliens unlimited healthcare. How about taking care of American citizens first? That’s the end of the race.”
In fact, the Democrats seemed to be at odds with their own philosophies.
For example, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand and others support Medicare For All. But three years ago, when Bernie first calculated how that care would be paid for, we weren’t taking in over 100,000 illegal immigrants every month. Now, by the time a Medicare For All advocate can be sworn into office, we’ll have an additional 2 million illegal immigrants to care for, in addition to the 12 million already here. That doesn’t just skew Bernie’s numbers; it screws Bernie’s numbers.
And what about Kamala Harris’ show-stopping line when her competitors were shouting over top of one another? Said Harris, “Hey guys, America does not want to witness a food fight. They want to know how they’re going to put food on their table.” She received a huge and well-deserved ovation for that reality check. But no one asked her to square that remark with a vote that House Democrats took the day before when they allocated $4.5 Billion dollars to care for detained children who came here illegally. So much for Harris’ “food on the table” quip, because, as it turns out, there are 15.5 MILLION American children here legally who are living in poverty, and who don’t have enough food or proper medical care. Suddenly, Trump’s tweet, “How about taking care of American citizens first,” seems more relevant.
Meanwhile, former Texas Congressman and RFK wannabe Beto O’Rourke said if elected he would enact a “War Tax” which would be imposed on all non-military families to help care for veterans who return from “future wars.” Future wars? That’s as wacky as Bernie pledging to allow convicted murderers and rapists to vote WHILE they are in prison. Or how about Marianne Williamson, a spiritual adviser to Oprah, who told the debate audience that she would beat Trump with love. Hey Madame Moonbeam, I think 20 other women are already in court about love beating right now.
Then there was the contest between O’Rourke, Cory Booker, and Julian Castro to see which one could speak the most Spanish at the most inappropriate times. They did it to impress Hispanic and Latino folks at the Miami debate venue, but what about the mainstream majority they claim to covet? According to the American Community Survey, only 13% of American families speak any Spanish at home, so how is randomly breaking into a foreign language going to endear the Dems to the 87% who only speak English?
The objective of Democrats should be to deny Donald Trump a second term, yet while the debaters on stage criticized the President, very few said anything to attract his voting base. Harris did take on Trump for bragging about low unemployment, saying, “He (Trump) points to low unemployment. Yeah because people are working two and three jobs. In our America, no one should have to work more than one job to have a roof over their head and food on the table.” That’s the kind of tough talk that we need from whoever hopes to stand alone on a debate stage with Donald Trump and take him to task. It is, however, now painfully obvious that Joe Biden isn’t the person to do that. During the televised debate, he constantly slurred and stumbled over his words. He stopped in mid-sentence on two occasions and pretended he was out of time, rather than finish another incoherent thought. And he couldn’t even effectively apologize for or defend his own past positions while serving in the Senate, and as Obama’s VP.
In my February 19 column, I predicted that Kamala Harris has the best chance to break the glass ceiling in the Oval Office. After last week’s Democratic sideshow, I’m still convinced of that, so long as she doesn’t veer off too far into the left lane. Moreover, nominating Kamala may give us our only shot at getting Trump on the same public stage with a real prosecutor. Seeing her take Donald apart could change a lot of minds, and draw a big audience. Of course, a love beating might do well in the ratings too.
Jim Longworth is the host of “Triad Today,” airing on Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. on ABC45 (cable channel 7) and Sundays at 11 a.m. on WMYV (cable channel 15).