Al Sharpton: Trump on course to win in 2020 because Dems are ‘too tame’ to deal with him
September 20, 2020
The Rev. Al Sharpton reportedly said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE is set to win reelection in 2020 because Democrats are “too tame to deal with an untamed opponent.”
Sharpton told The Guardian during a visit to the United Kingdom that Democrats likely to face off against Trump in 2020 are failing to excite opposition to the president.
He said a lack of leadership would lead to a bad result for Democrats in the midterm elections and noted that mobilization is needed for a landslide win.
“They’ve lost the ability to dramatize,” Sharpton said. “He understands spectacle and drama and they don’t.”
Sharpton said that Democrats should be deliberately “getting themselves arrested” by Immigration and Customs Enforcement over the current controversy concerning the policy of separating migrant parents from their children at the border.
“What was the Civil Rights movement if not drama? Martin Luther King was the master of street theatre,” Sharpton said. “No one would have listened if he just gave speeches.”
According to Sharpton, one candidate who “could beat Trump in a heartbeat” in 2020 is Oprah Winfrey because she is capable of speaking to poor workers. Winfrey has repeatedly said she has no interest in a White House bid.
Sharpton also said black voters would likely support former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE if he were to run for president because “he covered Obama’s back for eight years.”
Sharpton said Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) failed to get black support during his 2016 Oval Office run because he focused on class and not race. He predicted Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) could get more support from blacks because she was more attuned to the “racial dimension.”
Democrats need to get an effective message based on “rights, jobs and healthcare” instead of going after Trump for his scandals, Sharpton told The Guardian.
“You got to get the message right; then you’ll get the messenger,” he said, adding that Democrats can’t just wait for the president to self-destruct.