According to a new Washington Post report, failed Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has begun sounding the alarm behind closed doors that Joe Biden may be fatally botching his presidential campaign.
The Post reported that Sanders “told associates that Biden is at serious risk of coming up short in the November election if he continues his vaguer, more centrist approach.”
Sanders reportedly is concerned that the Biden campaign has alienated younger, more progressive voters — Democratic socialists and far-left Millennial and Generation Z voters — in order to appeal to a broader audience.
“The senator has identified several specific changes he’d like to see,” the Post continued, “saying Biden should talk more about health care and about his economic plans, and should campaign more with figures popular among young liberals, such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).”
Joe Biden has had difficulty choosing which contingent of the Democrat party to appeal to as the election heats up, but appears to be shying away from embracing the furthest-left contingent of the party as violent riots raise alarm among the electorate.
The Daily Wire reported:
Biden has been purposefully avoiding Ocasio-Cortez and other more progressive Democrats, largely because the progressive agenda doesn’t play well with the demographic segments Biden needs to recover from President Donald Trump in order to win in battleground states like Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania — and far-left ideas are still new to voters in other, newer swing states like Arizona and Nevada.
The strategy is, of course, noticeable: Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), have both tacked right since being confirmed as the 2020 Democratic presidential ticket. Neither has expressed outright support even for positions that younger, more liberal Democrats see as top priorities, like defunding and disbanding police departments and committing significant resources to racial justice. Neither has expressed a willingness to replace the current Affordable Care Act with a more comprehensive, “Medicare-for-All” type system, and Biden seems to echo Trump, not Sanders, on issues like trade, infrastructure, and manufacturing.
A Bernie Sanders spokesperson told the media that Sanders is attempting to petition the Biden team to “put more emphasis on how they will raise wages, create millions of good-paying jobs, lower the cost of prescription drugs and expand health care coverage.”
Sanders’ requests appear to be largely ignored by the Biden campaign, which continues to focus on President Trump and coronavirus instead of many long-held Democrat goals.