Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), according to Fox News, reiterated on Monday the need for far-left leaders, like himself, to push Joe Biden, if elected, to the left.
Sanders’s comments came in an interview that he did with the four members of the so-called squad: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).
“Our first task we’ve got to defeat the worst president in modern history in this country and number two we organize our people to make sure that Biden becomes the most progressive president since FDR,” Sanders said.
It is no secret that, in order to win on Election Day, Biden needs both “progressive” and establishment Democrats to vote for him. It is also no secret what Sanders and these four congresswomen were up to with this interview: it was a last-ditch effort to get progressive enthusiastic about voting for Biden.
Nevertheless, should Biden be elected, one of the most important questions will be whether or not he caves to the far left.
Thus far, other than having, in Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), the farthest left politician that he could as a running mate, Biden has tried to distance himself from the likes of Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez. In recent months, he has repeatedly claimed that he has no intention of pushing for socialist policies like Medicare-for-All.
The progressives, despite this, have continued to campaign for Biden, at times, like on Monday, stating openly their intention of pushing him, should he be elected, to the left. After all, they obviously have a better chance of pushing Biden to the left than President Donald Trump.
Ocasio-Cortez, for example, recently said that young Americans will vote for Biden not because he is “their favorite person,” but because he can be more easily influenced.
“They are not here with the intent of voting for their favorite person or voting for, you know, someone they think is perfect as president,” she said. ” I think young people are actually quite disciplined and quite realistic and pragmatic in their vote and they want to vote for who they are going to lobby.”
This is not the only kind of lobbying that a Biden administration would have to put up with from the progressives, either. Recent reports have indicated that both Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are pushing to become members of a potential Biden cabinet. Whereas Sanders would like to become Secretary of Labor, Warren is aiming for the Secretary of the Treasury seat.
There is no indication that Biden would be willing to grant those wishes.
So, will Biden be able to #resist the far left? All signs seem to indicate that, if elected, this will be one of the defining questions of his presidency.