House Majority Whip James Clyburn believes having Bernie Sanders as the Democrat party’s presidential nominee could cost them control of the House of Representatives.
Clyburn’s comments, made during an interview this past Sunday on ABC “This Week,” are yet another sign that the party is panicking at the thought of having an extremist candidate at the top of the ticket.
Host George Stephanopoulos inquired as to whether or not Sanders would get more pushback heading into a state like South Carolina and whether or not his place at the party’s helm might turn the House majority over to Republicans.
Clyburn agreed that the tag of ‘Democratic Socialist’ would “be an extra burden for us to have to carry.”
“A lot of people think so,” Rep. Jim Clyburn tells @GStephanopoulos when asked if Sanders being the nominee could put the House majority in danger.
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) February 23, 2020
Bernie the Burden
Clyburn proceeded to flesh out his explanation as to why Sanders could potentially be a suicidal choice for the Democrats.
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“If you look at how well we did the last time [in 2018] and look at the congressional districts, these were not liberal or what you might call progressive districts,” he explained.
“These are basically moderate and conservative districts that we did well in, and in those districts, it’s going to be tough to hold onto these jobs if you have to make the case for accepting a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist,” continued Clyburn.
President Trump has picked up on the impending disaster looming in the distance for the opposition party, even portraying Sanders as a ‘communist.’
“I think he’s a communist. I mean, you know, look, I think of communism when I think of Bernie,” Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity.
“I think of Bernie sort of as a socialist but far beyond a socialist,” Trump continued citing Sanders’ honeymoon in Moscow. “At least he’s true to what he believes.”
I’ve got news for the Republican establishment. I’ve got news for the Democratic establishment. They can’t stop us.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 22, 2020
Clyburn views Sanders as so much of a ‘burden’ that he is stepping in to try and stop the socialist curmudgeon’s momentum.
He told Stephanopoulus that he had no intention of endorsing a candidate prior to the debate in South Carolina. But reports have already leaked out that he has somebody in mind.
NEW: Jim Clyburn, who wields enormous influence in his home state of South Carolina, is planning to endorse Joe Biden ahead of SC primary, multiple sources w/knowledge of the Democrat’s plans told Politico
— Laura Barrón-López (@lbarronlopez) February 23, 2020
Politico reports that “Clyburn, who wields enormous influence in his home state of South Carolina, is planning to endorse Joe Biden” according to multiple sources.
“The planned endorsement is expected three days ahead of the state’s Saturday primary, giving Biden an important boost in a state that will likely determine the fate of his candidacy,” they write.
Over the weekend, Bernie taunted Democrats displeased with his rise in a party of which he’s not even a member.
“I’ve got news for the Democratic establishment,” he wrote. “They can’t stop us.”
Clyburn is allegedly going to try.
The burden he speaks of is one entirely of their own party’s making. Had they not cheated Bernie out of the nomination last go-around, his mindless progressive following wouldn’t be so adamant about dragging him over the finish line today. Had they not let his little minions in Congress – the ‘Squad – dictate the direction of the party, they wouldn’t be having as much trouble shutting their supporters down.
Clyburn sees the writing on the wall. Sanders will not only cost the resistance party the White House in 2020, but he might also very well cost them both Houses of Congress.
President Trump with a supermajority for two years would be a thing to behold. The meltdown on the left, epic.
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