Boos from angry California Democrats drown out the voice of Governor John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) after he said that socialist policies were “not the answer.”
At the annual California Democratic Convention on Saturday evening, Hickenlooper explained that he believes President Donald Trump is the “worst president in American history.” He claimed that Democrats must choose a candidate that can pull votes from the president if they want to prevent his reelection.
Hickenlooper explained that he doesn’t think socialism is a good way to convince voters to turn against Trump.
This did not go over well with the Democratic Party of California.
Watch Hickenlooper’s speech:
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“Socialism is not the answer. I was reelected. I was reelected in a purple state in 2014 — one of the worst years for Democrats in a quarter century. I was — you know, if we’re not careful, we’re going to end up helping to reelect the worst president in American history.”
Although bashing socialism blew up in his face, Hickenlooper stayed the course. He went from bashing socialism to slamming the Green New Deal.
As IJR previously reported, the Green New Deal is a $93 trillion plan that would mobilize the entire U.S. economy to fight climate change, including a jobs-guarantee with healthcare and paid leave for all Americans.
Hickenlooper took aim at the Green New Deal and said a government jobs-guarantee isn’t going to help defeat Trump, either.
This comment was met with as much warmth as his anti-socialism statement.
“We should not try to tackle climate change by guaranteeing every American a government job,” Hickenlooper said over a roar of boos.
Hickenlooper’s attempts to steer the party away from socialism and toward moderate policies that could take votes away from Trump seemed to be in vain. The governor’s ranking in recent polls has been as encouraging as the crowd in California was.
He has failed to register above one percent in almost every recent Democratic primary poll.