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Democrat Infighting Explodes In Face Of Trump’s Resiliency

Democrat Infighting Explodes In Face Of Trump’s Resiliency

The Washington Post reported that Trump’s acquittal and improving approval ratings “have generated convulsions of angst among Democrats.”

The Democratic party’s crackup has become very public and very intense in recent weeks, especially in the aftermath of the ongoing Iowa caucus debacle, President Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday and his Wednesday acquittal.

Their two biggest issues? Trump’s political resiliency and whether or not a far left candidate like admitted socialist Bernie Sanders would lead to another four years of him.

Just this week, former Clinton adviser James Carville had a meltdown over the “AOC crazy” direction he says the Democratic party has taken, and former Obama adviser Van Jones hit the panic button for Democrats over Trump’s serious play for black voters.

Not to be outdone, after Friday night’s Democratic presidential candidate debate in New Hampshire, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews went on a tear against Sanders, bluntly stating that socialism “doesn’t frickin’ work” and wondering what Sanders thought about socialist dictators like Fidel Castro:

“[T]hose of us like me who grew up — who grew up in the Cold War and saw some aspects of it after visiting places like Vietnam like I have, seeing countries like Cuba, being there, I’ve seen what socialism is like. I don’t like it. Okay? It’s not only not free. It doesn’t freaking work. It just doesn’t work.”


“When they go back to the early 1950s, I have attitude about them. I remember the Cold War. I have an attitude towards Castro. I believe if Castro and the — and the Reds had won the Cold War, there would have been executions in Central Park and I might have one of the ones getting executed and certain other people would be there cheering, okay? So, I have a problem with people who took the other side. I don’t know who Bernie supports over these years. I don’t know what he means by socialism.”

The especially interesting thing about Matthews’ rant was that every time the camera panned to one of the other MSNBC talk show hosts on the panel, they looked visibly uncomfortable and eager to move on, as if they were offended that Matthews was busting loose with some inconvenient truths about their beloved socialism.

Matthews even insinuated that if Sanders won the nomination he and others who agreed with him would either sit out the election or leave the Democratic party.


Prominent Bernie Sanders supporters on social media like Shaun King erupted after Matthews’ rant, with King absurdly suggesting Matthews was “sliding into anti-Semitism” with his criticisms of Bernie:

But while Bernie’s Twitter mobs were waging war on Matthews, Democrats on Capitol Hill were admitting to serious concerns over how Trump has successfully weathered the political storms he’s faced to date, and if a bruising primary battle among Democrats would give him more advantage in the fall election:

“I think Iowa made nobody happy — everybody is ready to move on. New Hampshire is next week and we are moving forward,” said Rep. Debbie Dingell, a Michigan Democrat. She added: “He can win again … I’ve been saying it for a while.”

“We shouldn’t underestimate him,” said Rep. Ro Khanna, a California Democrat and Bernie Sanders supporter. “Only eight American incumbent presidents have ever lost. It’s always a challenge to defeat an American president. But he has a lot of glaring weaknesses.”


Rep. Brendan Boyle, a Pennsylvania Democrat who supports Joe Biden, said that after the party’s sweeping success in the 2018 midterms, some in the party had unrealistic assumptions about 2020.

“I did sense just talking to some supporters of mine, some diehard Democrats back home, some folks here, that there might have been a little bit of what Alan Greenspan once called ‘irrational exuberance’ about 2020,” Boyle said Friday in the Capitol. “I would always say that this is going to tighten.”

Boyle said it could be ultimately beneficial that many in his party now realize how hard it will be to defeat Trump.

The Washington Post’s report about Democratic fears regarding a Trump reelection in November was far more stark:

Anxiety is coursing through the Democratic Party as President Trump emerges from his impeachment proceedings as a potent threat for reelection, with party leaders and activists uncertain about how to beat the incumbent and worried about a nominating race that remains crowded and is growing more acrimonious.


[Trump’s acquittal and improving approval ratings] have generated convulsions of angst among Democrats, who watched their first-in-the-nation Iowa presidential caucuses conclude in a chaotic fiasco and deliver an inconclusive result. Many in the party are now sounding the alarm that denying Trump a second term could be far more difficult than they had calculated.

All that said, there’s still a long time to go between now and November, and anything could happen. But for a man who has been under a constant barrage from Democrats, Never Trumpers, and their media allies with no end in sight, to be in such a good political shape in the aftermath and right as the 2020 presidential race is kicking into high gear is pretty remarkable.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —


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Mathews…You old dog faced pony soldier.

JusticeDelivered | February 9, 2020 at 4:10 pm

It is about time that they focus blame and anger inward. Finally, they are doing something productive.

2smartforlibs | February 9, 2020 at 4:20 pm

The fighting has been there. The propaganda machine didn’t have time to cover it while Republicans could be attacked.

This idiot is like carville: he has no job that will overpay him without being his selling his soul to vile corrupt politicans and bureaucrats entrenched in US government.

Now, he’s seeing what his own vile corruption has sown. And shocking! – He doesn’t like it.

Get an iron and press your crease. Then sit on it the iron.

Shun this guy as you would shun that rat romney.

Bad policies plus bad candidates equals a 2020 blowout for the democrats. Impeachment was their ‘Boy who cried wolf’ moment. The squad, pelosi, schiff and nadler have been far better for the GOP than they have for the dems. The best thing about it is if they even start to realize it now, it’s too late. No one, and I mean no one can stop the slow motion train wreck happening to the democrat party.

    JOHN B in reply to CKYoung. | February 9, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    You are so right.

    Look at the motley crew of candidates they have. Even if you are not a fan of President Trump, unless you are a Democrat idealogue, you have to vote for him over any of these embarrassing people.

Mathews and his democrat pals spent their entire working careers promoting and fertilizing a socialist culture and he’s now surprised that socialism has taken root?

And now Mathews opens his bourbon-hole in an effort to carry capitalism’s banner?

This is reminiscent of the infighting of the Repubs in 2012 and the re-alignment that came in 2016.

Trump supporters may be well positioned to help him win a 2nd term, but we also have to use that time from to 2024 if we do win not just to advance the agenda but build a team that can carry on and fight once Trump is out of office.

Because the Dems will not be in disarray forever. I suspect they have an army of Pete Buttigieg candidates that are full on Marxists with Masks and they may find one that can carry it better than Sneaky Pete and can unify both wings of the party and even more reach try to realign voters as Trump is able to.

Repubs should be paying attention to the things that Trump does to bring in voters like school choice.

90% of black mothers who had a child in school choice programs voted Republican in the last governor’s race. Continuing to expand these programs and find new programs that recruit new voters – ones who will fight and vote if anyone messes with it – and are fundamentally freedom oriented and actually weaken Democrat funding sources and (teacher unions) and voting blocs are critical.

More, more of this and more R politicians that embrace please before the Dems get their act together.

    CKYoung in reply to PrincetonAl. | February 9, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    My prediction: PDJT’s time on office is going to speak for itself and self perpetuate. MAGA/KAG is a movement. socialism/communism is going to be a very hard sell when compared against the success of MAGA/KAG. I completely agree we need to be vigilant. Young people are vulnerable to the siren song of socialism, we need to show them real world examples of the misery and death it brings.

      gospace in reply to CKYoung. | February 10, 2020 at 1:27 am

      There’s a whole bunch of examples of real world socialism showing it doesn’t work. Scads of them. And there’s many examples of mass execution that can be pointed to. And poltical prisoners and food shortages today.

      And every one brought up in any argument, every single last one of them, brings up the same identical retort:

      But that’s not REAL socialism!

      Or Communism… Every single time!

      But this time, they say, We’re going to do it right!

      Yeah, right.

These Dems/Progs are like a dog chasing a car. What will he do if he catches it?

@shaunking tweeted:

I’m damn near speechless.

Not near enough, Talcum X. Not near enough.

The thing is, the members of the MSM have probably seen the videos from Project Veritas, that show Bernie bros, who want re-education camps and executions. These videos that will never see the light of day on the MSM.

OwenKellogg-Engineer | February 9, 2020 at 6:44 pm

Chris Matthews was 13 in 1958, and he expects us to believe he was cognizant of socialism/communism to point that he’d be executed as teenager in Central Park?

C’mon man! Lying dog-faced pony soldier……

    Chris is my age, and somewhere around 1957, the Soviets drove tanks into Hungary.

    Life magazine ran big spreads with pics showing kids our age throwing Molotov cocktails at the tanks.

    It formed my opinion of communism, and probably most people my age.

When you’ve lost Chris Matthews, you’ve missed being spittle-flecked.

So, there’s that.

The delicious irony of it all is that Sanders isn’t even a Democrat. They invited him in. And to add insult to self-inflicted injury, and irony to irony, it’s possible the nomination could become a contest between Sanders and Bloomberg, a former Republican. Hilarious

Matthews is fronting for the DNC. They want Bernie out of there before the convention: launching such a deliberate attack now jolts to direction of the campaigning, but allows time for the initial shock to be absorbed and ultimately dissipated before the convention. Expect to see some more of this.

The walls are closing in.

When Clinton was elected in 92 Matthews ultimately cast his lot with the Dems for career purposes, and he’s carried their water since then, but he’s NOT a leftist. In fact he’s more than moderate. Never forget that prior to 92 he was Rush Limbaugh’s hand selected go-to guest host.

Those people were literally squirming, they were so uncomfortable with the things Matthews was saying. And for once, Matthews was speaking the truth. WTF is wrong with these people that they can’t own up to the truth about socialism? Are they stupid? Or just afraid?

Everytime I go to Yahoo news and the most popular comment on a subject is pro Trump, I count the ups and downs on that comment….
Based on that, Democratic support nowadays should be around 25 to 30%….

American Human | February 12, 2020 at 2:19 am

Well said Chris. However in November, if Bernie’s the man, Chris will be there pulling the lever for him.