Trump invokes ‘socialist nightmare’ ahead of 2020


>>Sreenivasan: JOINING US NOW FROM WASHINGTON, D.C., IS OSITA NWANEVU, A REPORTER FOR THE “NEW YORKER” WHO COVERS POLITICS AND POLICY AND WHO HAS BEEN COVERING THE EVENTS AT THE CONSERVATIVE POLITICAL ACTION CONFERENCE. WHAT WAS THE BIG THEME THIS YEAR?>>WELL, THE BIG THEME THIS YEAR I THINK WAS BASICALLY SOCIALISM. THAT WAS A THROUGHLINE THROUGH EVERY MAJOR SPEECH THAT YOU HEARD, NOT ONLY FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP AND VICE PRESIDENT PENCE, BUT ALL OF THE SORT OF “B-LIST” SPEAKERS, AS WELL. THERE WAS A BIG INTRO VIDEO THAT THEY SHOWED MULTIPLE TIMES DURING THE CONVENTION THAT FEATURED CLIPS OF BERNIE SANDERS, ALEXANDRA OCASIO-CORTEZ AND OTHER DEMOCRATIC FIGURES WHO THEY THINK ARE EMBRACING LEFT-WING POLICIES THAT ARE GOING TO BE TOO FAR LEFT FOR THE ELECTORATE. WHETHER THAT’S TRUE OBVIOUSLY REMAINS TO BE SEEN.>>Sreenivasan: THE REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN DOING THAT AND USING SOCIALISM AS A MEANS TO TAR THE LEFT WITH FOR A LONG TIME. NOW, WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? THAT THEY HAVE EVIDENCE? THAT THEY HAVE MEMBERS OF THE OTHER PARTY CLAIMING MEMBERSHIP?>>WELL, THEY DO HAVE SOME CANDIDATES LIKE BERNIE SANDERS, OBVIOUSLY, WHO ACTUALLY STARTED HIS CAMPAIGN WITH AN EVENT IN BROOKLYN TODAY, WHO’S GOING AROUND CALLING HIMSELF A DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST FOR A LONG TIME. PEOPLE LIKE ALEXANDRA OCASIO- CORTEZ. I PERSONALLY WOULD BE VERY SKEPTICAL THAT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT’S GOING TO SEEM NEW AND FRESH TO THE ELECTORATE WHO HEARD THESE KINDS OF CLAIMS. YOU KNOW, IF YOU WANT TO LOOK AT THE RECORD OF PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS, THE PAST THREE, THEY CALLED OBAMA “TOO FAR LEFT” IN 2008. DIDN’T WIN. THEY CALLED HIM THE SAME IN 2012. THEY DIDN’T WIN. BY CONTRAST, TRUMP, WHO DID SPEND A LITTLE BIT OF TIME CALLING HILARY TOO FAR LEFT, ACTUALLY FOCUSED MOST OF HIS CAMPAIGN IN CALLING CLINTON CORRUPT AND A MEMBER OF SORT OF THE POLITICAL ELITE– IF ANYTHING, TOO CLOSE TO THE RICH. TODAY, HE TALKED ABOUT THE RULING CLASS IN HIS SPEECH TO CPAC, AND THAT KIND OF APPROACH SET HIM APART FROM OTHER REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES. AND HE DID, OBVIOUSLY, WIN THE ELECTION. SO, IF I WERE TRUMP OR PEOPLE ADVISING TRUMP, I’D BE VERY SKEPTICAL OF DITCHING THAT KIND OF ORIGINAL MESSAGE.>>Sreenivasan: THE CONSERVATIVES HAVE A FAIR AMOUNT TO CELEBRATE. I MEAN, THEY CAN LOOK AT THE ADMINISTRATION’S RECORD ON DEREGULATING THINGS. THEY CAN CERTAINLY LOOK AT THE SUCCESSFUL NOMINATION OF TWO SUPREME COURT JUSTICES NOW THAT THINK A LOT MORE LIKE THEM THAN THE PREVIOUS APPOINTEES.>>I THINK THAT’S TRUE. OBVIOUSLY, THE TAX CUTS, AS WELL. THEY TALKED A LOT ABOUT THAT DURING THE CONFERENCE. THERE ARE THINGS THEY CAN TICK OFF. I THINK THE REAL QUESTION NOW IS, WITH THE DEMOCRATS IN CONTROL OF THE HOUSE, HOW MANY MORE VICTORIES ARE THERE GOING TO BE FOR THE ADMINISTRATION? SO, IT WILL BE REALLY INTERESTING TO SEE HOW TRUMP CONTINUES TO TRY TO STOKE HIS BASE AND THE ABSENCE OF REAL VICTORIES HE CAN DELIVER THEM. OBVIOUSLY, HE’S TRYING TO DO THAT WITH THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY HE DECLARED OVER THE WALL. WE’LL SEE IF THAT ACTUALLY PANS OUT INTO ANYTHING THAT’S GOING TO GET SECTIONS OF THAT WALL REALLY BUILT. BUT HE’S REALLY GOING TO STRUGGLE TO DELIVER NOT ONLY CAMPAIGN PROMISES BUT SORT OF ON THE MOOD THAT HE TRIED TO CULTIVATE HERE AT CPAC. I THINK THAT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT’S GOING TO BE CENTRAL IS, AGAIN, THIS IDEA THAT THERE IS A RISING TIDE OF SOCIALISM ON THE LEFT THAT CONSERVATIVES HAVE TO SORT OF BAND TOGETHER AND COMBAT. THEY’RE GOING TO BE IN A MORE COMBATIVE MOOD, AND MAYBE THAT SORT OF TAKES THE PRESSURE OFF TRUMP TO ACTUALLY DELIVERS THINGS.>>Sreenivasan: FINALLY, I WANT TO ASK, YOU SPENT SEVERAL DAYS THERE TALKING TO YOUNG PEOPLE, YOUNG CONSERVATIVES. WHAT’S YOUR SENSE? IS THERE A NEWFOUND ENERGY BECAUSE OF TRUMP? DO THEY… ARE THEY MORE OPTIMISTIC OF THEIR OWN FUTURES?>>WELL, I THINK THERE IS A LOT OF ENERGY BECAUSE OF TRUMP. I THINK THAT HE SEEMS LIKE A DIFFERENT KIND OF REPUBLICAN POLITICIAN TO YOUNGER CONSERVATIVES, CAMPUS CONSERVATIVES, SOMEBODY WHO’S WILLING TO POKE LIBERALS IN THE EYE. AND THERE ARE A LOT OF YOUNG CONSERVATIVES WHO REALLY ENJOY THAT. ONE OF THE MOST STRIKING PRESENCES, I THINK, AT THE CONFERENCE THIS YEAR WAS A GROUP CALLED TURNING POINT U.S.A., FOUNDED IN 2012, THAT’S EXPLODED OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS. AND THEIR AGENDA IS BASICALLY SORT OF RIBBING LIBERALS ON CAMPUS IN A WAY THAT IS FRANKLY QUITE SIMILAR TO THE KIND OF JOUSTING THAT TRUMP DOES RHETORICALLY ON THE NATIONAL POLITICAL STAGE. CHARLIE KIRK IS THE GROUP’S FOUNDER. HE HAD A BIG, BIG SPEAKING SLOT AT CPAC THIS YEAR, AS DID CANDICE OWENS, THEIR COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR. AND, YOU KNOW, THERE IS A LOT OF INTEREST IN THAT GROUP. AND IT, YOU KNOW… IT WAS GIVEN A LOT OF SPACE, AND CERTAINLY A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE JOINING.>>Sreenivasan: ALL RIGHT, OSITA NWANEVU, A REPORTER FOR THE “NEW YORKER.” THANKS SO MUCH.>>THANK YOU.




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