The Democratic primary race seems to have whittled its way down to just two contenders who actually have any shot at winning the party’s nomination: the purportedly moderate former Vice President Joe Biden and the openly-declared democratic-socialist senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders. But not all Dems are willing to accept that Sanders could be their pick to take on President Donald Trump.
According to Breitbart, a former senior adviser to Biden and current friend of the former VP, Moe Vela, warned Monday that Sanders’ nomination would be “disastrous” for the party. “We cannot let this man be the nominee,” he added in his interview with SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight on Monday.
Vela joined co-hosts John Hayward and Rebecca Mansour on Monday to discuss the latest developments in the Democratic primary process. According to Vela, at this point, the party needs to coalesce around Biden and prevent Sanders from winning the nomination for a number of reasons.
First and foremost, in Vela’s view, is the fact that Sanders isn’t even officially a Democrat — even though he is running as a candidate in the Democratic Party’s primary. Vela’s second major concern is Sanders’ openly declared socialist policy prescriptions.
“Most of us in the Democratic Party — and certainly all of you on the other side of the aisle…don’t support socialism,” Vela told Breitbart News Tonight. “My major concern is that there will be a mass rejection of this socialism that Bernie’s peddling.”
Vela also noted that, despite many years as a lawmaker in Washington, Sanders has no real legislative achievements to speak of and seems incapable of building coalitions, which is vital in order to get anything done.
Hurting Dems down-ballot
Arguably Vela’s biggest concern about a potential Sanders nomination, however, is the impact it might have more broadly for other Democratic candidates.
“[Sanders] will be disastrous for down-ballot races,” Vela predicted, according to Breitbart. “From sheriff to school board to mayor, all the way up to the U.S. Senate and the House, he will be absolutely disastrous for down-ballot Democratic races.”
Simply put, “we cannot let this man be the nominee of the Democratic Party,” Vela insisted. “It would be like giving Donald Trump a gift with a bow on it, and Republicans would be jumping up and down if Bernie Sanders was the nominee because they know, as we say in Texas, you can just open up a can of whoop-a**,” he said, according to Breitbart.
“He will destroy Bernie”
Indeed, Vela characterized the president as “a master at defining his opponent and “a master at using names and staying on message.”
“He will have an absolute heyday with a socialist opponent,” Vela added of Trump. “He will destroy Bernie. By the time he’s done, [Sanders] will be stuck in a corner crying somewhere.”
Of course, that would certainly be a sight to see.