On Sunday, Pete Buttigieg made an argument for electability as he spoke with Fox News’ Chris Wallace. He touted his ability to beat President Trump as a reason for minorities to support him in the upcoming primaries. He then took an apparent jab at Tom Steyer, who leads him in recent polls.
But can Buttigieg actually beat President Trump? He first has to start arguing electability in his own party. While he’s performed well in the two most recent primaries, he look to be struggling in Nevada and South Carolina. In both states, recent polls have him in 5th trailing Biden, Sanders, Warren and Steyer.
Nationally, Buttigieg also trails. Real Clear Politics has him in 5th place with Steyer and Bloomberg changing places. It really appears that he is struggling to gain traction nationally after his two second place finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire. How does Buttigieg paint himself as capable to win?
I discussed on the podcast on Saturday how Buttigieg is no different than Sanders or Warren. He is just as radical. But supporters of Buttigieg will argue that he is different. Buttigieg is trying to appear more moderate, but that’s simply not the case.
Medicare for All Who Want It covers every American and won’t raise taxes on the middle class. @BernieSanders’ plan raises taxes on every American making over $29,000.
This election will decide which plan we take on Donald Trump with.
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) February 16, 2020
It even came up during the interview with Chris Wallace. Wallace asked about how the moderate race is getting crowded and did Buttigieg feel this would leave the nomination for Sanders. Buttigieg said that the voters were addressing it right now. He said, “we can’t confront the most disruptive president in modern times by falling back on the same playbook, just as we also can’t do it by telling people that their only options are between a revolution and the status quo.”
Disruption is exactly what President Trump was elected to do however. Why the Democrats continue to claim this is surprising is beyond me. He said this is exactly what he was going to do. This is why American’s cast their votes for him. But Buttigieg and the Democrats want to argue that their way is better.
In his continued tour of Sunday shows, Buttigieg made the argument he was simply being like Obama. When asked about his fundraising, he said he was following the path set forward by the former president. It was a home run question for Buttigieg who sought to paint himself as “not another billionaire” funding his own campaign.
Buttigieg will continue to try to live above the fray of the other candidates. But his radical side will continue to be exposed. You can claim to be moderate, but you cannot change what you are underneath. Mike Huckabee did a great job outlining this in a recent Fox News opinion piece.
These Democrats are all on the radial left. There is no moderate in this race, no matter what they claim. As we continue to work towards November, the choice between President Trump and radical communism should be easy. While others may argue that the President desires depotism, he continues to work for Americans. This is not something we would expect these Democrats to understand.
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