Yet another Democratic debate took place yesterday ahead of Saturday’s pivotal South Carolina caucus followed by next week’s Super Tuesday contests. A clear winner emerged from the sloppy debate, only it wasn’t a Democrat – it was President Trump.
As Democrats fear that Sanders – who is currently leading the pack – will run away with the nomination, the majority of the group focused their attacks on him. The self-described socialist who these days is looking closer to a full-fledged communist took a major beating by his peers.
Seconds into the event, Sanders awkwardly downplayed historic-low unemployment numbers by arguing that the economy was only going well for “people like” former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, despite the fact that Sanders himself is now a millionaire.
Bloomberg countered Sanders’ comment by offering the now obsolete theory that “Vladimir Putin thinks that Donald Trump should be president of the United States. And that’s why Russia is helping you get elected, so you’ll lose to him.”
Sanders, once again drew renewed fire for locking in his absurd comments about Castro’s “literacy program,” saying it was a positive outcome from the violent Cuban Revolution that literacy rates quickly rose.
The crowd responded with loud boos, which Sanders didn’t seem to appreciate very much as he quickly became heated and started arguing with the disgruntled members of the crowd.
Sanders also pretended that he condemned “authoritarians” and claimed that his praise for Fidel Castro’s literacy programs was similar to former President Barack Obama’s previous remarks – drawing further boos from the crowd along with a sharp rebuke from both former Vice President Joe Biden Indiana Pete Buttigieg.
“I’ve gotta speak,” Biden, clearly animated, shouted forcefully in response in one of the debate’s most heated moments. “Barack Obama was abroad; he was in a town meeting. He did not in any way suggest there was anything positive about the Cuban government. He acknowledged that they did increase life expectancy, but he went on to condemn the dictatorship. … He does not, did not, has never embraced an authoritarian regime, and does not now.”
Then, turning to Sanders, Biden attacked him directly, “This man, in fact, did not condemn what they did.”
Buttigieg then took his own turn swiping at the Democratic front-runner, “I am not looking forward to a scenario where it comes down to … Bernie Sanders with a nostalgia for the revolutionary politics of the 1960s. … We’re not gonna win these critical House and Senate races if people in these races have to explain why the nominee of the Democratic Party is telling people to look at the bright side of the Castro regime.”
Additionally, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar obliterated Sanders’ over his outlandishly expensive proposals.
“The math does not add up – in fact, just on ’60 Minutes’ this weekend, he said he wasn’t gonna rattle through the ‘nickels and dimes.’ Well, let me tell you how many nickels and dimes we’re talking about,” Klobuchar said. “Nearly $60 trillion. Do you know how much that is, for all of his programs? That’s three times the American economy. Not the federal government. The entire economy.”
Buttigieg also mocked Sanders’ “incredible shrinking price tag” for his plans, noting that Sander’s figures had constantly changed and would lead to a crushing election loss in November not only in the presidential race, but in down-ballot House and Senate races.
“If you want to keep the House in Democratic hands, you might want to check with the people who actually turned the House blue [in 2016],” Buttigieg said.
“40 Democrats who are not running on your platform – they are running away from your platform as fast as they possibly can. … Let’s listen to them, when they say they don’t want to be out there defending your programs.”
Sanders’ plan, according to Buttigieg, “adds up to four more years of Donald Trump.”
Bloomberg chimed in adding, “Can anyone in this room imagine moderate Republicans voting for [Sanders]?” He then predicted that it would be catastrophic for Democrats if Sanders became the nominee.
Democrats are starting to see the writing on the wall. Their only candidate with any momentum right now is Bernie Sanders. The only problem is everybody hates him – including his own party.
They know that the election of Donald Trump is rapidly becoming inevitable and there’s not a single candidate in this rag-tag bunch of Democrats who can stop it.