Trump claims Democrats will stop Sanders
AGRA, India, Feb 24, 2020 (BSS/AFP) – US President Donald Trump predicted
Monday that the Democratic Party leadership would prevent frontrunner Bernie
Sanders from becoming its candidate in November elections.
Sanders’ leftist politics alarm many moderate Democrats, who fear that if
he heads the ticket in the election, the party could face sweeping losses.
At the weekend, Sanders cemented his new status as the favorite to win the
Democratic nomination with a clear victory in Nevada’s primary.
Trump has nicknamed Sanders as “Crazy Bernie” for his socialist policies,
but also claimed that he could be a tough candidate to beat.
“They are going to take it away from ‘Crazy Bernie,’ they are not going to
let him win,” the president said during a visit to India.
“I actually think he would be tougher than most of the other candidates
because he is like me, but I have a much bigger base.”
Though from different ends of the political spectrum, both Trump and
Sanders have been party outsiders who promote themselves as outspoken
individuals standing up to the establishment. Celebrating his win in Nevada,
Sanders said his “multi-generational, multi-racial coalition” was “going to
sweep this country.”
Sanders’s progressive policies, including universal health care, higher
taxes on the wealthy and an increase in the minimum wage, have struck a chord
with Democrat voters.
But the Vermont senator, 78, also faces criticism that he is a radical
socialist, out of touch with millions of Americans.