With the surge of former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, many candidates have left the race — including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar. The race is now, essentially, a two-person competition between Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, and when filmmaker/activist Michael Moore was interviewed by MSNBC’s Ali Velshi over the weekend, he explained why he is still hoping that Sanders receives the nomination.
Moore stressed that the next Democratic presidential debate will mark the first time that voters will have a chance to see Biden and Sanders debating one-on-one as opposed to having to share the stage with five or six other candidates. The next debate is scheduled for March 15.
“We really need to see the two of them go at the issues,” Moore told Velshi. And health care, Moore asserted, is one of the areas in which Sanders is a stronger candidate.
Velshi brought up some of the more vociferous Sanders supporters who have attacked Warren on Twitter — and Moore responded that it’s unfair to blame the Vermont senator for what only a small minority of people do.
Moore told Velshi, “It’s Twitter. It’s a swamp…. Why are we talking about this when 87 million Americans have no health insurance or are underinsured? This is a non-issue. Bernie is the opposite of all of that.”
Moore went on to say, “We need an FDR,” implying that he views Sanders as someone who, like President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1930s, would fight for the American working class.
Velshi is originally from Canada, which has universal health care. And the MSNBC host asserted, “In the environment that we’re in with coronavirus, my system would actually work better than America’s system…. Every other major democracy in the world has universal health care.”
Moore agreed, asserting, “I love how Trump’s coronavirus people at those press conferences tell people that if they feel they’re sick, don’t go to work. Oh, really? This isn’t a European country where, when you’re sick, you’re going to stay home and get your full pay. Not here. You’re telling Americans, half of whom are living paycheck to paycheck, ‘Just stay home.’ They’re not going to stay home. And this is why we’re going to have — hopefully not — more people infected because more people will go to work …. They’re gotta pay the rent.”
Trump-loving media’s attacks on Joe Biden have all been epic flops so far: data
Pro-Trump media websites have been trying to pull the same trick on Joe Biden that they pulled on Hillary Clinton in 2016 -- but so far, none of their attacks on the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee have gained traction.
Axios reports that data from right-wing news websites shows that reader engagement on three key anti-Biden stories -- his alleged mental decline, his son Hunter Biden's former job with Ukrainian energy company Burisma, and sexual assault allegations by Tara Reade -- have all fizzled.
Trump aides frustrated by his ‘nonsensical’ Biden attacks in Ohio: AP reporter
During a segment on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Associated Press White House correspondent Jonathan Lemire stated that aides close to President Donald Trump thought the president made some good points about the U.S. economy on Thursday -- only to have his message overlooked when he attacked former Vice President Joe Biden.
Speaking with co-host Willie Geist, Lemire said there were other problems with the Ohio visit -- including Republican Gov. Mike DeWine being unable to attend because he tested positive for COVID-19 -- but Trump stating Biden "hurts God" made the economic points the president made secondary in a state where he needs votes.
Expert: Trump playing ‘whack-a-mole’ in attempt to salvage states he should be winning
A top political analyst says President Donald Trump seems to be flying blind as he heads toward an electoral loss.
Dave Wasserman, the U.S. House editor for the Cook Report, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that demographic changes had turned formerly reliable red states into competitive congressional races, and that same dynamic had made Trump's re-election campaign even more challenging.
"Pennsylvania, Florida and North Carolina, if you talk to the Trump data people they'll hang their hat on the gap getting narrower in those states," Wasserman said. "What's happening is that a lot of the older voters who, for lack of a better term, are exiting the electorate. They are disproportionally registered Democrats who are conservative and voted for Trump in 2016. Yes, the registration gap is narrowing, fewer voters are registering to vote this year than did in 2016 because we're in a pandemic. That doesn't mean the states are getting more favorable to Trump."