Political strategist Steve Schmidt unloaded on Sen. Bernie Sanders and warned Democrats that nominating him will guarantee President Trump’s reelection.
Schmidt, who left the Republican Party over Trump’s presidency and once ran campaigns for the late Sen. John McCain and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, called out Sanders and his “vile” supporters during a discussion on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” on Wednesday.
MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace addressed Sanders not wanting to release his medical records, saying the 78-year-old Vermont senator is “basically pulling the curtain down on his health literally 16 weeks after suffering from a heart attack.”
“If he was a woman, he would be finished,” she said.
“When we talk about vile online supporters and breaking promises and shattering norms and being untransparent, remind you of anyone?” Schmidt asked.
“And that’s a big problem for Democrats. What I would say about all of this is we all sat here in this room on election night and we were shocked. The world was shocked when Donald Trump was elected,” he continued, contending that the Trump presidency has led to “the shattering of norms” and “attacks on the institutions.”
“And at the end of it now, about ten months out from the election, what the Democratic Party has produced is a 78-year-old socialist from Vermont who is picking up steam and is going to be an unstoppable force before very much longer on the way to the nomination,” Schmidt predicted.
“And so the theory that there is some great base of people yearning for socialism in the United States of America is a fever dream and a fantasy,” he said, as he continued his scathing commentary on Sanders’ campaign.
“There’s literally no one in this country who interacts with government — not at a local level, a county level, a state level, not at a federal level — who comes out of that experience saying, ‘God, that was great. Terrific. I want to put these people in charge of more stuff, give them more money, more power, more control,’” Schmidt argued.
He warned that Sanders would be heading into November touting “some of the most unpopular positions on issues that any candidate ever has,” noting his plans to “take away private health insurance from 150 million people.”
“Go tell those union workers in Michigan and Pennsylvania, those union men and women that they’re going to lose their private health insurance,” he continued, raising the alarm for the Democratic Party.
“It is a death sentence for the party and it will lead to Donald Trump’s re-election, in my view,” he said.
Schmidt dismissed claims of Sanders’ electability as a “myth” and urged the other 2020 presidential contenders to push back against the possibility.
“Donald Trump’s re-election will have profound consequences. And it will forever, forever change this country in a bad way,” he concluded, again calling on Democrats to step up.
“And so there is a profound institutional responsibility for Democratic voters, for the Democratic party I think to face reality on some of this,” he said.
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