When Hillary cheated her way to the Democratic nomination last year, progressives were presented with four unacceptable choices. They could support Hillary, they could support Trump, they could support Jill Stein, or they could stay home.
Most supported Hillary, although a substantial number supported Trump. In fact, those whom supported Trump put Trump into the White House.
Trump’s margin of victory was Blue Collar Democrats in the Rust Belt. Democrats who supported Obama in 2008 and 2012. And who supported Bernie Sanders in the 2016 primaries.
They responded to Trump’s opposition to NAFTA, to the TPP, to Normalized Trade Relations with China. They were all too familiar with the fact that 60,000 US factories have been shuttered since 2000, that millions of well paying jobs were outsourced by US corporations. That American companies were forcing American workers to compete for wages against workers in China, Mexico, and Vietnam.
If Trump can hold those Rust Belt Democrats, he will be re-elected in 2020.
To do so, Trump will have to deliver on jobs.
Trump has proposed massive improvements in infrastructure and rebuilding the inner cities. He has promised to rebuild roads, bridges, rail, airports, inner city schools.
If he does so, he could create millions of jobs,
Indeed, he could be the most significant president since FDR.
While progressives would applaud such a program, Trump’s success would mean progressives would have little influence in the Democratic party.
The effect of Trump enacting major jobs programs would be that the working poor and middle class workers would support Trump’s populist Republicans.
Establishment Republicans would be forced to the Democrats. The infusion of conservatives, Republican donors, and big business interests would marginalize progressives in the Democratic party. Progressives would have no practical place to land.
Jill Stein’s pathetic performance in 2016 demonstrates the absurdity of a third party option
When Hillary and her DNC cohorts captured the Democratic nomination, many progressives embraced the #DemExit move to leave the Democratic party. The abysmal performance of Jill Stein’s Greens is testament to how poor a strategy #DemExit was.
It is time for progressives to rejoin the Democrats. #DemEnter!
We need to takeover the Democratic party. We need to primary every Democratic hack who backed Hillary over Bernie.
We must begin working NOW on the 2018 midterms and lay the groundwork for a Sanders run in 2020. And it MUST be Sanders! We have many excellent potential progressive candidates (like Tulsi Gabbard and Nina Turner), but Sanders has the name ID, the ground game, the donors, and the popularity to win the nomination. And if he wins the nomination he wins the presidency!
But we need every progressive to be there for Bernie. And we need you NOW!
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