Democratic Party leaders are becoming increasingly concerned about the rapidly approaching 2020 elections, as leaders and activists fear their lack of viable candidates—and the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump that is very likely to backfire.
NBC News contributor Alex Seitz-Wald pointed out in a Nov. 16 opinion column that Democrats are often anxious about elections, especially owing to the fact that their presidential field is broad and divided—and currently spearheaded by “four imperfect front-runners.”
Democrats are also concerned about one of the contenders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), being on not-so-friendly terms with major donors. One such donor has even laid out conditions for a $1 million check—it would be withdrawn should Warren become the party’s nominee, according to Seitz-Wald’s report.
“They worry that Biden is too old and stumbling; that Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, is too young and too inexperienced; and that Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are too far left and can’t win,” Seitz-Wald wrote. “And they tend to write off the rest of the field, assuming that if those contenders haven’t caught on yet, they never will.”
With Democratic contenders’ profiles aside, the looming impeachment inquiry against the president certainly didn’t seem to help Democrats get at a better change of winning the 2020 election.
Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on a Monday appearance on Fox News jested at Democrats, calling their impeachment inquiry against the president “chasing rainbows.”
“It’s pretty apparent that this is not going anywhere other than, I think, the landslide re-election of President Trump next year,” Huckabee said on “Fox & Friends.”
“A lot of Americans want to say, ‘We’re sick of this,’” Huckabee said, pointing out that elections should be the only viable way to unseat a president, rather than Democrats’ “ridiculously circus-like manner” to impeach President Trump.
Reuters interviewed more than 60 voters in September across four of the most important counties in the 2020 presidential election, and results showed that Republicans are “largely confident the impeachment process will backfire and Trump will win re-election” where “Democrats, on the other hand, are worried they may be right.”
“I don’t think he did anything wrong,” said barbershop owner Joe D’Ambrosio, 78, from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, as he applauded the president’s endeavors to crack down on illegal immigration, according to the Sept. 26 Reuters report.
“They have this idea that everyone is siding with them, that Trump is an impeachable president, when really it’s only a minority,” Rose Mulet, 19, said regarding the Democratic leadership in Congress. “It’s not a reflection of the general public.”
Meanwhile, Northampton County Republican Committee Chair Lee Snover, 50, believed that the impeachment inquiry was Democratic lawmakers’ latest efforts to remove President Trump in an unfair manner, while pointing out how disconnected Washington’s politicians are from the country.
“I have not had one Republican crack or say they’re turning or going the other way. They’re laughing it off. I think it’s going to help him,” Snover said.