It should be simple for the Democrats to make themselves more appealing to the American public than Trump – especially when the President seems to be more focused on starting Twitter fights than actually governing. However, they are sliding ever further towards the far-left of the political spectrum, seemingly to satisfy an angry but relatively small band of ‘woke’ progressives.
Throughout the debates so far, some candidates have proposed the complete abolishment of private health insurance (despite roughly 70% of Americans being satisfied with their personal healthcare). Pete Buttigieg has made comments that imply that abortion up to the moment of birth should be legal, despite only 9% of Americans viewing this as being morally acceptable. This is in addition to the absolute clown show that was the LGBTQ town hall event this month, where, among other things, flustered CNN host Chris Cuomo – who identifies as a male - told a live audience that his pronouns were ‘she/her/hers’. Predictably, he was attacked by blue-tick Twitter en masse, despite his obvious commitment to LGBTQ equality.
America will inevitably end up with either four more years of a corrupt, prejudiced man-child, or a new president who will only appeal to the fringes of their party and whose only real virtue and selling point is that they aren’t Donald Trump.
Frankly, it is too early to tell whether the Democrats or Republicans will win the election, but it is hard to look at the 2020 field without feeling pessimistic. In a polarized environment where both sides try to convince voters to hate their opponents rather than appealing to the electorate, America will inevitably end up with either four more years of a corrupt, prejudiced man-child, or a new president who will only appeal to the fringes of their party and whose only real virtue and selling point is that they aren’t Donald Trump. Principled liberals, centrists, and conservatives with a brain are largely unrepresented, and so it isn’t surprising that almost 70% of Americans – the ‘exhausted majority’ - feel ideologically isolated.