Fox News host and The Hill opinion contributor Juan Williams has some advice for liberals who wish to take over the White House in 2020.
According to Williams, while the left is unified on their opposition of President Donald Trump and independent voters are also leaning away from the current president, conservatives are gaining momentum to come after each Democratic 2020 presidential hopeful.
“Right-wing websites and Trump cheerleaders on talk radio are attacking possible Democratic candidates as budding socialists who will increase taxes and let every illegal immigrant run across open border,” Williams wrote in his opinion piece for The Hill.
“Trump’s white, working-class base is being warned on racial grounds that any Democratic nominee will ignore them while playing ‘identity politics’ that favor blacks, Latinos, immigrants, women and gays.
“What is surprising is that Democrats are too often fueling the Trump camp’s caricature by insisting on a race-based review of their candidates.”
Williams then outlined the way Joe Biden is attacked for his support of a 1994 crime bill that he later attempted to apologize for.
“That bill had support from the Congressional Black Caucus at the time, being seen as an answer to high crime rates in black neighborhoods. But the old crime bill is now condemned by today’s activists, who take their cues from the Black Lives Matter movement.”
Williams then addressed recently announced candidate Kamala Harris:
“Next in line for allegedly failing the racial test is a black woman, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).
“Her sin is that she was a prosecutor and California’s attorney general.
“Also in line for the gauntlet of race-shaming are white candidates who did not show an interest in racial injustice early enough in their careers,” Williams said, and named Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg along with Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, all of whom are attempting to offset their whiteness.
“Blacks, Latinos and liberal women are at the heart of today’s Democratic base,” Williams said, and went on to talk about the 2016 Democratic primary which saw Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders in a battle for the minorities.
“Democratic strategists know that Sanders would have beaten Hillary Clinton for the 2016 nomination if he had won more black and Latino votes.
“Democrats across the racial spectrum have to keep in mind that they have far more in common with each other than they do with Trump, a man whose racist rhetoric and white identity policies are damaging people of every color daily.
“The most important ‘something’ to get done right now is beating Trump.
“As liberal comedian Bill Maher is fond of saying, there is a big difference between a disappointing friend and a deadly enemy.”