by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Joe Biden may have won the Democratic presidential nomination, but the Bernie Sanders wing of the party will prevail in the White House. That’s the message President Trump’s reelection campaign is honing in on in the homestretch.
It is the theme of two ads the Trump campaign launched in early-voting states on Monday. The first ad “exposes Joe Biden as a tool of the radical left for his pledges to raise taxes by trillions of dollars, grant amnesty for 11 million illegal aliens, and cut police funding,” according to the Trump campaign. The second “features a woman silently displaying cue cards that describe her fear that Biden is too weak to stand up to the extremists in control of his agenda: higher taxes, amnesty for illegal aliens, and trade deals that hurt Americans.”
“Joe Biden has embraced the policies of the radical Left,” said the narrator in one of the 30-second spots, as the presumptive Democratic nominee appears surrounded by Sanders and “Squad” members Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “Trillions in new taxes, crushing middle-class families.”
“The radical Left has taken over Joe Biden and the Democratic Party,” concludes the ad. “Don’t let them take over America.”
It’s a strategy Trump has flirted with for months, dating back to the competitive phase of the Democratic primaries. Speaking to the Conservative Political Action Conference in February, Trump said voters would have to ask whether Sanders was a “communist” but should also have questions about Biden. “With Joe, he’s sort of down the middle,” he said. “You know, the difference is Joe is not going to be running the government, he’s just going to be sitting in a home someplace, and people are going to be running it for him, and they will be radical-left socialists.”