Trump’s Campaign Mocks 2020 Dems as the Contenders ‘Pit Democrats Against Each Other’ During Debate

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There was no shortage of clashes during Wednesday night’s second Democratic presidential debate — and apparently, President Donald Trump and his re-election campaign were enjoying it.

During Wednesday’s debate, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) suggested, “The person that’s enjoying this debate the most right now is Donald Trump, as we pit Democrats against each other,” adding, “while he is working right now to take away Americans’ health care.”

Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign Director of Communications Tim Murtaugh responded that Booker’s statement about the president “enjoying” the debate “the most” was “true.”

“Fact Check: TRUE,” Murtaugh tweeted in response.

See Booker’s comment below:

When it came to immigration, health care, or their past stance on different issues, several 2020 Democrats went after one another during Wednesday’s debate.

Harris vs. Biden

To start things off, former Vice President Joe Biden (D) asked Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) to “go easy on me, kid,” during the debate introductions.

This led to Harris referring to Biden as “senator” during the debate — Biden was a senator before his role as vice president. She brushed off being labeled “kid” in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper after the debate.

“I didn’t really think much about it to be honest with you,” Harris said. “We’re both on that stage running for president … so nobody’s going to define me on that stage.”

The two Democratic presidential candidates were at it multiple times during the debate, including when Biden took a swing at Harris’ health care plan, claiming it wouldn’t increase taxes on the middle-class or eliminate private health insurance. “You can’t beat President Trump with double-talk on this plan,” said Biden.

She then knocked him for being “simply inaccurate.”

Watch the exchange below:

Harris vs. Gabbard

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) clashed with Harris during the debate when the Hawaii representative took aim at Harris’ criminal justice record.

Harris had flipped on marijuana prosecution — which Gabbard pointed to a radio show interview where Harris said that she smoked marijuana in college and now wants to legalize marijuana at the federal level.

“Senator Harris says she’s proud of her record as a prosecutor and that she’ll be a prosecutor president, but I’m deeply concerned about this record,” Gabbard said. “There are too many examples to cite, but she put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana.”

Harris pushed back: “I did the work of significantly reforming the criminal justice system of a state of 40 million people, which became a national model for the work that needs to be done. And I am proud of that work.”

However, Harris didn’t seem too worried about Gabbard’s barb, as she told CNN after the debate that she’s a “top tier candidate” and Gabbard is “at zero, 1%, whatever she might be at.”

“I can only take what she says and her opinion so seriously,” she said. “I’m prepared to move on.”

Watch the video below:

Gillibrand vs. Biden

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) brought up an op-ed titled “Congress Is Subsidizing Deterioration of Family,” written by Biden in 1981, during the debate, as Gillibrand’s 2020 Communications Director posted a photo of it on Twitter.

Asked about equal pay and mothers joining the workforce during the debate, Gillibrand said:

“I want to address Vice President Biden directly. When the Senate was debating middle class affordability for child care, he wrote an op-ed. He voted against it, the only vote. He wrote an op-ed that he believed that women working outside the home would ‘create the deterioration of family.’ He also said that women who were working outside the home were ‘avoiding responsibility.'”

See the op-ed post below:

Biden also received hits from Booker and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio during the debate, in which the two teamed up to blast the former vice president’s migrant deportation record.

“I guarantee you if you’re debating Donald Trump he’s not going to let you off the hook,” de Blasio said. Booker later said, “You can’t have it both ways. You invoke President Obama more than anybody in this campaign. You can’t do it when it’s convenient and dodge it when it’s not.”

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Phyllis Softa
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I am looking for a candidate to Make America Sane Again. Sorry, General, but policies of decriminalizing illegal border crossings, eliminating private insurance, and free 4 yr college, are as wacky as “Mexico will pay for the Wall,” Don’t investigate the crime–investigate the investigators of the crime, “Lock up” political opponents, Asylum seekers are “illegal,” and “It’s not a lie if Trump says it,”–no matter how little truth is in the statement “

Screwtape
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Phoenix,

I’ve often believed that the Dimocratic Party should encouage its far-Left component to split off and run on the merits of its own ideas. Let’s see, how does the “Dimocratic Socialists” sound? BWAHAHAHA! Right.

On the other hand I’ve also felt the same way about elements of the Republicant’s. It’s a shame that we cannot have a parliamentary system instead of bicameral.

General Confusion
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”I *almost* wish a far left candidate could win the primary and then just be crushed in a general election. Then maybe the Democrat party could move back center with some confidence that extreme left will not win elections.” Phoenix It is this kind of defeatist attitude that keeps us from getting the big changes necessary to fix this messed up country. All of the big policy changes that the progressives support and want enacted are supported by the majority of the American voters. All of them. That means that the only real problem that they have is overcoming the… Read more »

Phoenix
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James – I see a lot of far left folks being allowed to pretend they are Democrat to push the party left. That we have a moderate as the leader in the polls show me the party isn’t as fractured as people say.

I don’t have high hopes for anyone beating the president. I *almost* wish a far left candidate could win the primary and then just be crushed in a general election. Then maybe the Democrat party could move back center with some confidence that extreme left will not win elections.

James
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>Phoenix<

You're right in that the purpose of the debates is to hash out differences for the voters to pick the best, most convincing liar. But, hasn't it become obvious to you the Party has become completely fractured beyond repair and even the best of their best liars won't stand a chance against Trump in a one-on-one debate? I don't see any reason to continue this charade. They should just park their clown car and go home.

Phoenix
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Why is it so horrible that Democrats are arguing in primary debates. That’s literally the whole point of primary debates.

It’s not like the Republican primary for the 2016 election was all sunshine and flowers either. Again, thats the point of a primary.

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