Let’s Not Repeat The Mistake Of 2016 In 2019

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Published on 1 Jan 2019, 18:00
The New Year is upon us, and so too are many of the themes that emerged during the 2016 presidential primaries and election. Those old tropes need to be put to rest, as they are neither factual or helpful for the Democratic Party as it attempts to move forward. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains the importance of moving on from the 2016 election while also making sure that the lessons of that election were learned.

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*This transcript was generated by a third-party transcription software company, so please excuse any typos.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, here we are first day of the New Year, 2019 and I would love to begin on a positive note, send you out there with a positive message, but I'm not going to do that. I couldn't, but I'm not. Instead, I am going to issue a warning to everyone for the year 2019 and beyond, and that is, can we please not repeat the same mistakes that we made in 2016? I know that was three years ago, but the mistakes that were made in 2016 for some reason still keep playing themselves out all the way up to today. This is the warning. If we do not learn from those mistakes of 2016 and Beyond and now move on from them, we're doomed and here's what I mean by that. Within the next couple of weeks, we will officially start getting people declaring that they're officially finally running for president right now.

There's a lot of speculation about a lot of different people. There's a lot of different polls showing a lot of different things and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. We're going to get actual people saying yes, 100%. I'm running for president on the democratic side within the next few weeks, and that's great. You know what? We want a big democratic field. We do not want it to be like last time where it's one person versus the other person because everybody else dropped out halfway through the first democratic debate. We need lots of people and when I say don't repeat the same mistakes, here's exactly what I mean. Do not focus on personality. Do not focus on is this the person to beat Donald Trump? Focus on issues. Focus on voting records, focus on policy. The only way that any Democrat, regardless who it is you support or who you want to see, carry that mantle to the 2020 election.

The only way that human being is going to win is if they embrace policy. The only thing we can do is to push them to the policies that we know they will need in order to win policies like Medicare for all debt, free college, a green, new deal. Those are winning issues that a majority of people on either side of the aisle actually support. Expanding. Social Security is another one. Republicans and Democrats, the voters actually support that. Any Democratic candidate that does not support those ideas is a lost cause, but we cannot have this cult of personality that defined the 2016 election. We cannot corporate centrist. Third Way Democrats to spread lies about any of the candidates right now. They're telling us, Bernie Sanders has a problem with African Americans in any non white, non male voter. The Poles, the statistics, the demographics show that that is a lie. He is actually doing best among those folks. He is the only politician in the United States with a net positive approval rating from everyone.