In the 2016 presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders become something of a darling to the far left, and nearly rode that wave to the Democratic presidential nomination.
This time around, he might have a bumpier road to travel.
Sanders this week officially announced his candidacy for president in 2020, and almost immediately, The New York Times listed several reasons why he’s unlikely to get as far as he did four years earlier.
As The Times pointed out:
Mr. Sanders is the longest-serving independent in congressional history, a point of pride for him but one of consternation and annoyance for some Democrats who are quick to suggest he does not have the party’s interests at heart. Some Democrats blame him for Mrs. Clinton’s loss in 2016, saying his anti-establishment rhetoric during his campaign inflamed divisions in the party that proved insurmountable.
Mr. Sanders largely avoided scrutiny during his 2016 presidential run but he will likely face more direct attacks from his opponents and more attention from the news media in a second bid for the White House.
What’s more, in the intervening years, Sanders has run into some trouble over charges of his campaign’s poor treatment of women, prompting him to issue two public apologies.
Also in the meantime, Sanders’ radical socialist message has been coopted by the likes of Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and her ilk, and the more feminist branch of Democratic socialists is unlikely to lend any backing to a rich old white guy.
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