White House counselor Kellyanne Conway is not impressed with the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls and blasted the “underwhelming” field of contenders in Iowa.
With the first nominating contest of the 2020 election cycle looming on Monday, Conway spoke to Fox News in a phone interview from Des Moines about the lack of real choices for voters in the high stakes contest.
“Caucus-goers on the Democratic side will have a choice — which level of socialism they choose to reject or advance, and of which of these unimpressive, unremarkable and underwhelming candidates who remain, which by the way is a much older and whiter field than they would like people to think,” she said on the call Sunday.
“I think Democrats’ idea of ‘woke’ is a joke,” she added.
Conway focused on the lack of diversity in the Party that is quick to judge others for the same, taking direct aim at Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and California’s Kamala Harris as well as former Obama Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro; New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Govs. Jay Inslee and Steve Bullock, who already dropped out before the first primary races took place.
“They have already spit out of their primary, before even a vote, two African-American U.S. senators – one male, one female; a Hispanic former Cabinet official of President Obama; a female senator running on a female empowerment platform; a few two-term governors … Jay Inslee was running on a platform of climate change and couldn’t even qualify for the climate debate” Conway noted.
And Democratic front-runner, former Vice President Joe Biden, did not escape her criticism.
“Iowa is a state where Joe Biden came twice and thought this was Ohio,” she said. “He is the weakest self-designated front-runner in recent memory.”
The Biden campaign fired back in remarks claiming President Trump is “panicked” about running against Biden.
“It’s major news that the keeper of ‘alternative facts’ has broken with her boss in such a public way. Because Donald Trump is so panicked about Joe Biden that he became the only president in American history who attempted to force a foreign country to bail his re-election campaign out with lies — bringing his administration to its knees in the process,” Biden campaign rapid response director Andrew Bates said.
“The Vice President will see you in your dreams, Donald,” he added.
Conway talked about team Trump’s reelection efforts in Iowa, a state that he carried with a 10-point victory in the 2016 presidential election.
“We have a smart, strategic and essential team Trump that came to Iowa to deliver this American revival — this economic comeback that has happened through President Trump, Vice President Pence and leaders like [Iowa] Gov. Reynolds and Sens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley,” Conway told Fox News.
“The Democrats’ message is — it’s increasingly not the Democratic Party I grew up with,” she continued. “With the Green New Deal, Medicare for All — women are the chief financial officers of their households and they are in the majority of health care providers.”
“And the Democrats’ socialist and government-run health care would rip from these women their health care-related jobs and benefits and they should know that,” Conway added. “We’ve never had an economy like the one we have now, and that happens through causation, not coincidence.”
Democrats facing Monday’s first-in-the-nation caucuses in Iowa have been unloading on Trump in the last-minute efforts to sway voters.
“So, tomorrow night is the beginning. It is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump,” Sen. Bernie Sanders said Sunday. “At the beginning of the moment when we tell the billionaire class in the 1 percent: this country belongs to all of us, not just a few.”
Meanwhile, Democrats have been facing their own internal struggles as reports have indicated division over support for Sanders, and the latest news that former secretary of state John Kerry was overheard allegedly discussing plans to run in 2020 to stop the Vermont senator.
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