Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg continues to foresee doom for the Democratic Party in the coming elections, saying in an interview with CNN the party is “torn apart.”
The incumbent always has an advantage, but Bloomberg sees more than just that for Trump in 2020. He also believes Republicans will more easily rally around Trump the second time around.
“And the Democratic Party is going to be torn apart by the left and the centralists,” he continued. “Now, the Republican Party is also being torn apart between the centralists and the hard right, but they’ve rented a candidate. The candidate has rented a party, and they will probably without much fuss get behind Donald Trump, I would assume, assuming he runs for reelection.”
The competitiveness of the Democratic primaries between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton certainly shed light on the contours of the party as a whole, and gives credence to Bloomberg’s point.
Further darkening the picture Bloomberg paints for Democrats is the misconduct that led to Clinton’s eventual nomination, her subsequent loss, and the fact a solid portion of the party believes they would’ve won had Bernie been nominated. The loss certainly represented a troublesome fissure in the party, as Bernie’s votes did not unanimously flock to Hillary.
The question is whether Democratic losses in all four special elections of 2017 are really symbolic of a failure to reconcile the two wings, or just red districts remaining red.
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