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Democrats Worry Attacks on Biden Could Help Elect Trump

Party leaders are warning people like Cory Booker to stop attacking Biden’s remarks about segregationists.

By NTK Staff | 06.21.2019 @9:14am
Democrats Worry Attacks on Biden Could Help Elect Trump

Democratic leaders in Washington are growing increasingly concerned that attacks against presidential primary front runner Joe Biden could wind up helping to reelect President Trump next year.

The concerns are mounting after Biden told a Manhattan fundraiser this week that the Senate was more “civil” when Southern Democrats, who were segregationist leaders, served in the upper chamber.

Nearly every Democrat running for the White House blasted Biden for the comments, but some Democrats are saying “that’s enough,” and at least a few are saying these attacks could help Trump in the long run.

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), who has endorsed Biden, warned that further attacks on the front-runner by Booker and other candidates could wind up helping Trump win reelection.

“It doesn’t help our cause as Democrats who hope for a next administration that is Democrat to spend time going back and forth,” he said. “To the extent we get into endless internecine back and forth, that is really harmful to the cause of defeating Donald Trump in 2020.”

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) said, “We need to defeat Trump, that is a major goal for all of us.”

Those two Democrats aren’t alone. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who endorsed Biden, lamented that the Democratic field and the press appears to be “picking on him.” Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) said it’s “not helpful to Democrats to attack each other at this stage.”

November 2020 is a long way off, but virtually no candidate can withstand the kinds of attacks that Biden is sustaining for a prolonged period of time. Democrats will need to find a way to move past this or find a new front runner.

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