When former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is the voice of reason, you know the Democrat Party has gone too far left.
Emanuel, the former White House chief of staff to President Barack Obama, appeared Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” to give his party some sorely needed advice on how to defeat President Donald Trump in 2020.
Taking part in a “powerhouse roundtable” that also featured former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Emanuel pointed to the position embraced by every last candidate in the vast Democratic field, that being to give illegal immigrants health care coverage, to say the party should be focused more on American citizens who vote.
You know, the “America First” policy embraced by the president — it seems Rahm is stealing a page out of Trump’s playbook.
Christie set up the remark when he cited former Vice President Joe Biden to opine that the party is “going off a cliff.”
“And this is incredible to me, that Joe Biden — Joe Biden, I’ve watched him my entire life — is now being questioned about whether he’s a racist or not? I mean, this shows how far left the Democratic Party is going,” the Republican politician said.
Emanuel referenced the iconic illegal immigrants moment during the Democratic presidential primary debate in Miami, when every candidate on stage raised their hand to say that they’d give illegal immigrants health care coverage, to insist that they cannot have a repeat of that at the next debate in Detroit.
“Here’s what happened in Miami, and you can’t have it in Detroit … which is you cannot win the primary that forecloses the general election,” he said. “Neither President Obama nor President Clinton did that.”
Emanuel added, “We are talking about taking away 150 million people’s private health care, and the first thing we’re going to do is we’re going to give undocumented people health care. How about the 35 million Americans who work, who are one illness away from financial bankruptcy? Talk to them. Focus on them. They’re going to vote.”
President Trump declared the election over after that night in Miami.
“All Democrats just raised their hands for giving millions of illegal aliens unlimited healthcare. How about taking care of American Citizens first!? That’s the end of that race!” he tweeted.
Meghan McCain, who was also on the panel, chimed in to mention all the talk about open borders.
There seemed to be a consensus at the table, which also included New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, that the party’s biggest problem is self-avowed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
As Emanuel noted, because of the support Sanders enjoys, “he’s driving the agenda.”
The former mayor recalled Miami in an open memo that shared more advice to the 2020 Democratic candidates, warning them about some of their radical proposals — like a guaranteed income, which was proposed by Andrew Yang:
This time, don’t fall into the traps that had many of us shaking our heads during the debates in Miami. Before our party promises health care coverage to undocumented immigrants — a position not even Ted Kennedy took — let’s help the more than 30 million Americans who are a single illness away from financial ruin. Before we start worrying about whether the Boston Marathon bomber can vote, let’s stop states that are actively trying to curtail voting rights of citizens. And before we promise a guaranteed minimum income to healthy adults who prefer to stay home and play video games, let’s increase the minimum wage and the Earned Income Tax Credit to make work pay for the millions of people who work hard and still live near poverty.
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