Establishment Democrats and many in the mainstream media are freaking out that socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders is likely to secure the Democratic nomination.
And one top Democrat is warning that if Sanders is the nominee, it could cost them control of the House of Representatives in November.
While speaking with ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) said having Sanders at the top of the 2020 ticket would make it extremely difficult for the Democrats to keep their majority in the House.
“As far as Bernie Sanders goes, he built out that coalition in the state of Nevada, a broader coalition than he had in New Hampshire and in Iowa, but you’re already starting to see these attacks for his background as a democratic socialist,” Stephanopoulos said. “How deep will that cut in South Carolina and, if he’s the nominee, do you think it could put the House majority in danger?”
“I do think it’ll be an extra burden for us to have to carry,” Clyburn explained. “This is South Carolina and South Carolinians are pretty leery about that title ‘socialist,’ and so I think that would be a real burden for us in these states or congressional districts that we have to do well in.”
The House Majority Whip reminded Stephanopoulos that the districts Democrats won in the 2018 midterm elections were moderate and conservative, not “liberal or progressive.”
“And in those districts, it would be tough to hold onto these jobs if you have to make the case for accepting a self-proclaimed democratic socialist,” Clyburn said.
Clyburn, the most powerful Democrat in South Carolina, said he will not endorse one of the presidential candidates until after the South Carolina debate on Tuesday.
Clyburn has made campaign appearances on behalf of former Vice President Joe Biden, so it seems obvious that he plans to endorse him in the race.
This comes after betting aggregator Oddschecker.com has Trump’s chances at 59.99 percent of winning re-election and serving a second term in office.
Trump’s odds of victory are now 5-7, according to Oddschecker.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Far behind is Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has a 16.7% chance of winning the White House, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg with an 11% chance.
But with the Democratic race in turmoil after Iowa flubbed its caucuses and indications showing a strong first- or second-place finish for former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, gamblers are scrambling to fine-tune their bets among the sites Oddschecker examines.
Notably, those betting on the outcome of the New Hampshire primary next week have started to pull the bets for former Vice President Joe Biden, rejected again by Iowa Democrats, and put more on Sanders and Buttigieg.
The firm’s spokesman, Pete Watt, said, “Trump is at an all-time high.”
The more Democrats go after Trump, the more he wins.