Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ chances of winning the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination this year may have just taken a turn for the worst.
According to a new report from The Washington Times, a “new centrist ‘dark money’ group” aligned with “never-Trump” Republicans is working to make sure Sanders won’t get the opportunity to face President Donald Trump this November. The group “aims to boost more moderate Democratic voter turnout that would support anyone other than Mr. Sanders,” the Times reported Saturday.
“The center must hold”
The group behind this push is called Center Action Now.
“The center must hold,” the group’s website states. “Radical partisanship is crippling America’s ability to find political consensus. Progress comes from building ourselves up, not tearing everything down.”
Headed by Tim Miller, who was once the communications director for Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential campaign, the group is looking to deter voters from voting for extremist candidates like Sanders. However, the group would also put President Donald Trump on that list.
Roughly a week before the recent New Hampshire primary, Center Action Now launched a series of Facebook ads targeting Sanders and Trump.
The Washington Times reports: “The Facebook ads fell into three categories: anti-Sanders ads featuring his praise of socialist politics, anti-Trump ads featuring angry-looking supporters of the president, and ads boosting anyone but Mr. Sanders featuring the image of the late President John F. Kennedy.”
According to the Times, one of the ads said, “The Soviet Union already tried Bernie’s vision: It failed,” and showed pictures of Russia and Cuba. Another, the outlet reports, had a picture of a Trump supporter with the line: “He’s voting. Are you?”
Center Action Now is said to have spent $8,278 on such ads during the final week before the New Hampshire primary.
Is it working?
Whether or not the group is succeeding in its mission is unclear at this point. But 2020 hopeful and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (MN), who is more of a centrist candidate, did do better than expected in New Hampshire, according to The New York Times.
The group is also expected to put up a big effort ahead of the upcoming Nevada caucuses.
Sanders’ life is certainly getting more difficult. Not only does he have to fight off establishment Democrats, but now, “never-Trump” Republicans are coming after him, too.