The Democrats Have a Relatability Problem

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019


With several candidates preparing to announce their intentions to challenge President Trump in 2020, Democrats should reflect on their party’s weaknesses that may cost them the election. Most of the candidates that are expected to announce their presidential campaigns are extreme leftists and, perhaps, their biggest problem will be finding a candidate that relates to the American people. Several of the candidates have had significant gaffes in public, which Trump will likely have no problem exposing on the national stage.

Elizabeth Warren

The U.S. Senator from Massachusetts announced her exploratory committee on New Year’s Eve. Warren’s most recent embarrassment involved her awkwardly drinking a beer on an Instagram live following the announcement of her exploratory committee. While this seems small, she was one of the many Senators condemning then Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh over drinking beer during the confirmation hearings and she voted no on his confirmation. Another gaffe that Warren and several Democrats are guilty of is calling President Trump’s proposed border wall “stupid.” One of the times she did this was while she was surrounded by a fence for security purposes at the 2016 DNC in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

However, Warren’s biggest gaffe and relatability problem is lying about her heritage for years. She lied about having Cherokee heritage to gain an advantage as a professor at Harvard and to her political advantage running for Senate in 2012. She was called out on lying about it by President Trump and, after taking a DNA test finding below average Native American heritage, her claims were debunked.

Hillary Clinton

Many would argue that Ms. Clinton is the most unrelatable person in the history of modern U.S. politics. She morphs into whatever her supporters want her to be that day and it was exceptionally noticeable after Bernie Sanders endorsed her in the 2016 election. Hillary Clinton took a sharp turn left to try and pick up the hard left but it obviously did not work.

She also claims to be a champion for women’s rights but the women who were abused by her husband would beg to differ. Hillary Clinton worked to destroy their lives and silence them instead of believing them and listening to their stories. Her attempts to relate to millennials during the 2016 election failed as well, especially with the cringe worthy ‘Pokémon go to the polls’ comment.

What happened with Hillary Clinton and her attempts to be relatable should be a lesson to future candidates all across the political spectrum.

Joe Biden

Among Democratic primary voters, Biden may not be the furthest left politically, but his awkward character is right on par with his fellow unrelatable Democrats. Leaders in the Democratic Party want someone who is young, full of energy, and diverse, all of which Biden lacks. He will be 78 years old on Inauguration Day in 2021, which would make him the oldest President ever if elected in 2020.

Another one of Biden’s issues could be within the #MeToo movement, especially with the video clips of him rubbing women’s and children’s shoulders during swearing in ceremonies in congress and several other events. The movement has already taken down someone considered to be one of President Trump’s biggest threats in 2020, former Minnesota Senator Al Franken.

 

While these three have their issues connecting and being relatable with the American public, most of the Democratic candidates in 2020 will have a hard time relating to policy issues as well. The Democrats’ move to the far left will hurt them in the general election, especially if someone like Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, or Beto O’Rourke gets the nomination.

The problem the Democrats will have is in the general election, where voters will take someone perceived to be more moderate on most positions as opposed to an extreme leftist who wants to raise taxes and offer free healthcare and education without plans to pay for it. The Democrats have less than two years to fix this problem. They need to focus on policy issues instead of instagram live streams of themselves drinking beer and getting their teeth cleaned.

Matthew Edwards graduated from Illinois State University in December 2017 with a degree in political science and mass media. While he isn’t writing he is watching sports, going to concerts, and active in several church activities. He hopes to work for Fox News someday in production or as an on-air personality.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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Matthew Edwards graduated from Illinois State University in December 2017 with a degree in political science and mass media. While he isn’t writing he is watching sports, going to concerts, and active in several church activities. He hopes to work for Fox News someday in production or as an on-air personality.

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