If Bernie Sanders runs for president in 2020, he could have the same effect on the race he did in 2016. He would appeal to the far left base of the party and divide Democrats over a more centrist candidate.
It’s also no secret that many top Democrats can’t stand the fact that Bernie isn’t even a member of the Democratic Party.
Finally, if he runs in 2020 he’ll be nearly 80 years old at the time.
Democrats divide on Bernie’s 2020 plans
Many top Democrats are furious that Bernie Sanders appears to be running for president again, or at least planning to drag out his decision long enough to freeze the race around him.
He’s frustrating alumni of his 2016 campaign, some of whom would like him to run again, by showing no interest in raising early money or locking down lower level staff — moves they say would indicate he recognizes the need for a different kind of campaign operation in 2020. Outside of his tighter-than-ever inner circle, friends and staffers who’d be happy to back him again say they rarely, if ever, speak to Sanders these days.
Sanders hasn’t made any decision, and he tends to dismiss the discussion about 2020 as dumb. He hasn’t even fully committed to running for re-election to the Senate next year.
Weighing on him throughout it all and clouding his outlook, people close to him say, is the toll on his family from the ongoing FBI investigation into potential bank fraud at the small Vermont college where his wife was the president.
Democrats are going to be a train wreck heading into the 2020 election with or without Bernie.
As a party, they’re in total disarray.