While out in New Hampshire campaigning on behalf of former Vice President Joe Biden this Saturday, former Obama era Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly talked some trash about emerging 2020 front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“I’m not personalizing this with Bernie, but he’s a socialist. He’s been a socialist all his life. I’m not, and a whole bunch of Americans are not,” he reportedly said.
According to the Daily Mail, the remarks were made as he was speaking with a crowd of Biden supporters who were preparing “to go canvassing in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.”
— Nikki Schwab (@NikkiSchwab) February 8, 2020
He also talked some trash about 2020 contender Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
“I’m kind of surprised by somebody who’s 38 years old, decides that being mayor of 100,000 people when you win 11,000 votes, makes you ready to be president,” he said dismissively of Buttigieg’s young age. “I don’t get that.”
Kerry, who’s 76, waited until he was in his late 50s and early 60s to run for the presidency in the 2004 race.
The Daily Mail notes that both he and Biden “made similar arguments” Saturday — namely “that Sanders would hurt down-ballot candidates and that Buttigieg is too young and inexperienced.”
It wasn’t a new argument for the former secretary of state. Last Sunday he was reportedly overheard on a phone at a Des Moines hotel sharing his concerns about “the possibility of Bernie Sanders taking down the Democratic Party down whole.”
The remarks were allegedly made as he mused about a possible 2020 run for himself.
“Sitting in the lobby restaurant of the Renaissance Savery Hotel, Kerry was overheard by an NBC News analyst saying ‘maybe I’m f—ing deluding myself here’ and explaining that to run, he’d have to step down from the board of Bank of America and give up his ability to make paid speeches,” NBC News originally reported.
“Kerry said donors like venture capitalist Doug Hickey would have to ‘raise a couple of million,’ adding that such donors “now have the reality of Bernie.”
After the story went viral, Kerry hit social media to emphatically dispute the notion that he might run, as seen in the now-deleted tweet screenshotted below (*Language warning):
Why’d you delete this tweet? pic.twitter.com/I8kXWwQeEW
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) February 2, 2020
He later deleted the tweet and posted a less acerbic one:
As I told the reporter, I am absolutely not running for President. Any report otherwise is categorically false. I’ve been proud to campaign with my good friend Joe Biden, who is going to win the nomination, beat Trump, and make an outstanding president.
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) February 2, 2020
His concerns about Sanders echo a growing fear that the senator is far too extreme to be viable as a presidential candidate and would therefore easily lose to President Donald Trump were he to win the Democrat nomination.
“We have candidates on the debate stage talking about open borders and decriminalizing illegal immigration,” legendary Democrat Party strategist James Carville warned in a viral MSNBC interview last week.
“They’re talking about doing away with nuclear energy and fracking. You’ve got Bernie Sanders talking about letting criminals and terrorists vote from jail cells. It doesn’t matter what you think about any of that, or if there are good arguments — talking about that is not how you win a national election. It’s not how you become a majoritarian party.”
He even went so far as to slam Sanders for not being a real Democrat.
“Look, Bernie Sanders isn’t a Democrat,” he said. “He’s never been a Democrat. He’s an ideologue. And I’ve been clear about this: If Bernie is the nominee, I’ll vote for him. No question. I’ll take an ideological fanatic over a career criminal any day. But he’s not a Democrat.”
If he weren’t a Democrat, he wouldn’t be running as a Democrat. Nor would he have almost won the Democrat nomination in 2016, which ultimately wound up being stolen from him thanks to rigging by the Democrat National Committee.
And he certainly wouldn’t reportedly be the front-runner is so many state polls:
After a year of dismissing Bernie, per 538:
Biden’s the front-runner in:
Bernie’s the front-runner in:
— Eldon Katz (@eldon_katz) February 6, 2020
“[W]hat I’m saying is the Democratic Party isn’t Bernie Sanders, whatever you think about Sanders,” he added, ignoring everything he himself had just noted that “candidates on the debate stage” have been talking about.
He can’t hide from the truth. Nor can Kerry. Both are members of what’s been dubbed the “failing establishment,” i.e., a group of power-hungry establishment Democrats who’re horrified to see the Democrat Party of the past disappear before their eyes.
And though Biden — Kerry’s choice for president — still leads in national polls, the fact remains that presidential elections aren’t national elections — they’re state elections thanks to the Electoral College. And as it stands, Kerry’s feared “socialist” is leading in States throughout the country, including in New Hampshire.
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