Democrats are suddenly coming to the realization that in order to win in 2020, they are going to need support from some of the white, working class men who voted for Trump in 2016.
You know, the same people who they have spent over two years calling stupid and racist.
The Associated Press reports:
After 2016 loss, Democrats know they need white male voters
When he moved to Pennsylvania about five years ago, it was a coin toss which party Brian Heitman would register with.
Since Donald Trump’s election in 2016, Heitman, who is 42 and white, has become a reliable Democrat. Last week, he voted for the Democratic candidate in a special state Senate election in Pittsburgh’s affluent southern suburbs.
“A decade ago I probably wouldn’t have even noticed this election was happening,” Heitman said, “but I’m making a point in voting in every one I can nowadays.”
The Democrats’ 2020 presidential primary may feature a historically diverse field of women and minorities, but in some ways it is testing how the party appeals to white men such as Heitman. Many Democratic politicians went into the last presidential campaign cycle taking little account of those voters, and banked on a coalition of women and minorities to carry them to victory. Trump’s victory proved that thinking wrong. Many in the party are determined now not to make the mistake again.
That’s left Democrats wondering whether the nominee should be someone who can cut deep into Trump’s base, picking off large numbers of working-class whites, whether it’s enough to win over affluent, college-educated, suburban men and whether party is moving to far left to win them both.
“The white male vote is indispensable, it’s a part of any winning coalition,” said Democratic pollster Ronald Lester, who worked for Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016.
This is especially funny, considering that Joe Biden – who’s leading the Democrats in polls – recently talked about how awful white men are.
Biden criticizes ‘white man’s culture’ as he talks violence against women
Former Vice President Joe Biden urged Americans to tackle a “white man’s culture” dating back centuries that has allowed violence against women to perpetuate.
Biden has long worked to prevent violence against women, but his comments are notable coming amid speculation that he is close to entering the 2020 Democratic presidential field, the most diverse in history.
“We all have an obligation to do nothing less than change the culture in this country,” Biden said at an event at the Russian Tea Room in New York City Tuesday night, which was hosted by the Biden Foundation and It’s On Us, honoring students who have worked to end sexual assault on college campuses. “This is English jurisprudential culture, a white man’s culture. It’s got to change.”
You couldn’t make this up. No one would believe it.