A supporter of President Donald Trump spoke out at an Iowa rally for Democrat 2020 hopeful Bernie Sanders on Saturday, saying he voted for Sanders in 2016 but is now fully behind the current president’s re-election bid.
The young man got the mic to ask a question of Sanders, but addressed Trump instead. “Mr. Trump, keep going, man. You’re doing a good job,” he said, according to Fox News. “You know what, I’m a liberal.”
The crowd began to boo him, but Sanders told them to let him finish. “I don’t agree with anything you say. I used to. I voted for you in 2016,” the now-Trump supporter told Sanders. “And I’ve been to Vietnam and seen what socialism has done. It’s destroyed the lives [of many].”
The crowd then laughed at the man, but he finished: “You can laugh all you want… Donald Trump is helping our country. All right? He’s a good man… Socialism does not work.”
It appeared that the man’s last statement against socialism finally triggered Sanders, and the two shouted over each other for a few more seconds before the man was escorted out of the rally by what looked like law enforcement, according to Fox.
For his part, Sanders openly admits to being a socialist, which may explain why he can’t break double digits in Iowa or national polling. Although many young people appear to be embracing socialism, they represent only a small minority of voters on the Democrat side.
Proposals like “Medicare for All” would cost trillions of taxpayer dollars, and other nations that have universal single-payer health care end up with long wait times for basic procedures and a lower quality of care than currently exists in America, according to data published by the National Institutes of Health.
Innovation to find new treatments is also stifled under these policies because of the government’s control over how health care is delivered.
Support for Trump
The Saturday incident at Sanders’ Iowa rally shows that Trump’s economic accomplishments are causing some liberals to come around and support him — as usually happens when a president is up for re-election and the economy is especially good. Trump’s tax cuts and deregulation are the exact opposite of what Sanders advocates, and have produced the lowest unemployment numbers in about 50 years.
Wages are also rising under Trump, and the stock market has reached numerous record highs while Trump has been in office. And while some liberals want to give former President Barack Obama credit for the upturn, the economic recovery was lethargic at best when he was in charge.
In the war of economic ideas, it’s clear that Trump is winning. It remains to be seen, however, whether enough people will abandon openly socialist candidates like Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to keep us on the right economic path over the next four years.
Trump’s poll numbers are looking very good right now, but it’s still too early to tell what will happen after impeachment is voted on in the House next week and how poll numbers might change when there the Dems actually name their nominee. All we can do for now is hope more Americans, like this man who took on Bernie, come to their senses and vote red come 2020.