Bruce Springsteen Doesn’t Think the Democrats Have a Single Candidate That Can Take Down Trump in 2020

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Bruce Springsteen may not agree with President Donald Trump on political issues, but that doesn’t mean he thinks the president will struggle to get another term as President of the United States.

The musician told The Sunday Times Magazine that he doesn’t think there is one Democrat in the United States that can tap into the will of the American blue collar worker like Trump.

“I don’t see anyone out there at the moment … the man who can beat Trump, or the woman who can beat Trump,” Springsteen said,

Right now, Springsteen doesn’t see Trump as unbeatable per se, but he also doesn’t see a Democrat who has the tools to take the president on.

“You need someone who can speak the same language as Trump,” said Springsteen.

Although Springsteen believes that Trump will serve for four more years after the 2020 election, that doesn’t mean he’s happy about it.

In the past, the musician has been highly critical of the president, calling him a “moron” and slamming him for failing to fully disavow white supremacist David Duke.

Springsteen told the Rolling Stone:

“Well, you know, the republic is under siege by a moron, basically. The whole thing is tragic. Without overstating it, it’s a tragedy for our democracy. When you start talking about elections being rigged, you‘re pushing people beyond democratic governance. And it‘s a very, very dangerous thing to do. Once you let those genies out of the bottle, they don‘t go back in so easy, if they go back in at all. The ideas he’s moving to the mainstream are all very dangerous ideas – white nationalism and the alt-right movement. The outrageous things that he‘s done – not immediately disavowing David Duke? These are things that are obviously beyond the pale for any previous political candidate. It would sink your candidacy immediately.”

Several have been major Democrats have been rumored to be running, including Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris, and several others.

Correction [12/3/18, 4:52 p.m. ET]: Previously, this article inaccurately stated that no Democratic candidates have announced a presidential bid, but several individuals have filed under the Democratic Party. We have corrected the error, and the full list of candidates who have filed to run for president can be found here.  

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Screwtape
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I believe Bruce (overhyped, stupid music) is saying no one can unite the party.

The oldsters like Bernie and Biden are still old, white, and male, which will turn off a lot of the base.

Harris, Booker, O’Rourke, etc. are Ivy League patricians, a far cry from the original Dim blue-collar base. Which is trending younger, more Commie, and more Sharia. Then there’s the Green wing.

I don’t see how any one candidate can rationalize all the bases except by using TDS as a unifier.

KhyberRifle
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Excellent point Screwtape – TDS as a unifier. It works. The folly kicks in right after the election when platforms and policies (are supposed to) take the stage. Leave it to Bruce to have a grip on our zeitgeist in the era of the 45th. I wish though he’d write a song rather than opine on a UK platform. His “57 channels” comes to mind in thinking about the dem usual suspect lineup: “fifty-seven channels and nothin’ on”

Phyllis Softa
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Predicting what voters will be turned off by, is a dangerous game. Who in 2014 would have predicted the religious right deficit hawks would have fallen for a 3x married, 5x bankruptcy declarer, 50+x lawbreaker, professed sexual assaulter, Ivy league grad, New York TV reality host, known liar, that bragged of his lack of preparation for the job he was seeking? But then, unwed teenage pregnancy was a no-no until the Palins landed. In 2014, R’s were upset over tan suits & FLOTUS bare arms.

Rocky Drummond
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“Although there haveni’t been any official candidacy announcements from Democrats” Madison

Fact Check: Richard Ojeda has announced that he is running as a Democrat.

Screwtape
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Ojeda’s obscurity speaks volumes for his candidacy.

Sam Dorman
Editor

This is a pretty interesting admission from an unlikely source. It will be interesting to see whether this socialist streak among Democrats will continue into 2020 with the type of candidate they nominate to face Trump.

KhyberRifle
Member

It will continue Mr. Dorman. Since when does Government or do government aspirants admit being wrong? They don’t, ever. There’s no turning around that big ship of fools in the small space between now and 2 years from now. Respectfully, you mamby pamby’d the issue using the term “streak”. Socialism is the dominant taste in the pot of liberal ghoulash. Who are the center lefts anymore? In any event, can’t hear ’em if they’re there, the Trotsky-ites have the stage.

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