Bernie Sanders supporters have been saying for three years now that Bernie would have beaten Trump in 2016 if he had gotten the Democratic nomination.
That’s part of the reason they’re working so hard this time around. They believe Bernie can win in 2020 if he’s the nominee.
Obama’s former campaign manager Jim Messina disagrees.
ABC News reports:
Bernie Sanders can’t beat Donald Trump in 2020: Obama campaign manager Jim Messina
Political adviser Jim Messina, who managed former President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012, answered a question Wednesday that has been on the minds of Democrats looking ahead at the 2020 presidential race.
“Can Bernie Sanders beat Donald Trump?” ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl asked Messina on the Powerhouse Politics podcast on Wednesday.
“No,” Messina responded.
“Why?” Karl asked.
“I think if you look at swing voters in this country they are incredibly focused on the economy,” Messina replied. “I think today you look at it and say that Bernie Sanders is unlikely going to be able to stand up to the constant barrage that is Donald Trump on economic issues.”
That said, Sanders’ name came up when Karl asked Messina for his top picks for Democratic finalists.
This is certainly one of the reasons why some Democrats are panicking over Bernie’s rise.
The New York Times reports:
‘Stop Sanders’ Democrats Are Agonizing Over His Momentum
From canapé-filled fund-raisers on the coasts to the cloakrooms of Washington, mainstream Democrats are increasingly worried that their effort to defeat President Trump in 2020 could be complicated by Mr. Sanders, in a political scenario all too reminiscent of how Mr. Trump himself seized the Republican nomination in 2016.
How, some Democrats are beginning to ask, do they thwart a 70-something candidate from outside the party structure who is immune to intimidation or incentive and wields support from an unwavering base, without simply reinforcing his “the establishment is out to get me”’ message — the same grievance Mr. Trump used to great effect?
But stopping Mr. Sanders, or at least preventing a contentious convention, could prove difficult for Democrats…
That prospect is spooking establishment-aligned Democrats, some of whom are worried that his nomination could lure a third-party centrist into the field. And it is also creating tensions about what, if anything, should be done to halt Mr. Sanders.
This is a nightmare for Democrats.
If they try to “get rid” of Bernie, a large portion of their base will revolt.
It’s a lose-lose situation.