This week, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) revived his bid for the presidency, declaring first on Vermont Public Radio that he would again be running for the United States’ highest office. In a potential sign of how uncomfortable that makes the White House’s current occupant, the Trump campaign has issued a belligerent response to the announcement, which is only the second such immediate reaction to a candidate. (They also specifically singled out Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for criticism.)
The Trump campaign has now issued a statement on Bernie Sanders, making him the second out of several declared candidates to get one. pic.twitter.com/3bPfFv7jbp
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) February 19, 2019
Cable news commentator turned Trump campaign national press secretary Kayleigh McEnany declared:
‘Bernie Sanders has already won the debate in the Democrat primary, because every candidate is embracing his brand of socialism. But the American people will reject an agenda of sky-high tax rates, government-run health care and coddling dictators like those in Venezuela.’
Actually they won’t.
To be more specific, polling has shown that there’s a high level of support among Americans for increased taxes on the rich designed to get them to pay their “fair share” and take some of the burden off middle and lower financial class Americans. Warren’s proposal for a tax on ultra-rich Americans’ assets has support from a whopping 60 percent of Americans according to a recent Morning Consult poll, while a similar proposal from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) to tax the ultra-rich’s income garnered a smaller, although still significant base of support. 45 percent of those surveyed supported the idea, while 32 percent said it should be dismissed.
A Fox News poll had even better numbers for the proposals, with a full 65 percent of those surveyed in support of raising taxes specifically for those with incomes of over $1 million a year, an idea only 29 percent of respondents were opposed to.
Fox host Charles Payne responded to the news by decrying the “ideology” of “fairness” that “has been promoted in our schools for a long time” — because whining about pushing for basic decency is a thing now, apparently.
The Trump campaign’s response is to simply ignore the facts altogether, which really fits into a pattern for them considering the thousands upon thousands of lies Trump has told while in office so far. He lied an estimated 30 times per day in the final weeks before the midterm elections.
In reality, it’s wild for McEnany to suggest both that Democrats largely support Venezuela’s regime and that Trump has never done anything of the sort. He literally said that he “fell in love” with the murderous dictator of North Korea Kim Jong Un, while Democrats have simply expressed support for equality-promoting economic policies that the Venezuelans have claimed to be implementing but really aren’t.
That didn’t stop Trump from railing on during his recent State of the Union address that the United States will never be a socialist country like Venezuela however, as if that has any relevance for the actual substance of the political discourse.
Who knows who will actually take Trump on as the Democratic Party’s nominee come 2020, but one thing is clear, thanks in no small part to the Trump campaign’s response to Sanders’ campaign announcement — Trump continues to be defined by belligerent nonsense that the American people are rejecting.
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