Former Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) thinks the recent far-left policy push by some of the Democratic Party’s 2020 candidates is an example of them taking a page out of President Donald Trump’s book.
Over just the past few days, presidential hopeful Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) proposed getting rid of private health insurance for Medicare-for-all. Senator Elizabeth Warren proposed a steep wealth tax on top earners in the United States. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand reaffirmed her calls for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to be abolished, despite her previous positions.
All of these positions are championed by the farthest left members of the Democratic caucus, including Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), a self-identified democratic socialist.
There is a fight between candidates over who can solidify the far-left base. Of course, there are more moderate candidates who will likely jump into the race, including Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and former Vice President Joe Biden.
Gowdy sees this set up as a mirror of the past few Republican presidential primaries. There were candidates like Mitt Romney, John McCain, and Jeb Bush who all seemed to be electable and attractive to moderate voters, but only President Trump and his unapologetic right-wing policies ended up winning the seat.
Gowdy doesn’t see the Democratic candidate moving toward the middle anytime soon.
“Welcome to our world. I mean, we have a political process where the primary is controlled by the base and that’s true on the Republican side and that’s true on the Democrat’s side. They’re going to have to sort out what Republicans used to have to sort out. Do you go for someone you think is electable like a John McCain or a Mitt Romney who wound up not being electable, or do you go with who the base picks? The base picked Donald Trump and he wound up winning.”
To Gowdy’s point, in 2016, many of the far-left Democrats felt as though the base had been stolen of their pick because of how the Democratic National Committee (DNC) treated Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during his primary of Hillary Clinton. He faced an uphill battle against both super-delegates and DNC officials working against him. The DNC has since done away with super-delegates.
Still, the Democrats will have a crowded primary that they will need to sort through and, as IJR reported earlier, President Trump’s pathway to the nomination seems straightforward from here.
“Are they going to go with Kamala Harris? Are they going to go with Joe Biden? They have the same problem we’ve had in past presidential cycles,” explained Gowdy.
Americans are still a long ways away from realizing who will be the candidate to take on Trump in 2020. The DNC nominating convention isn’t until July 2020.