Scandal Time Brewing Before the 2020 Presidential Election
WASHINGTON - January 17, 2019
Twenty-two months left before the Presidential Election: it's time for a series of announcements about the beginning of election campaigns. Following Mass. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, several more Democrats have announced their presidential ambitions — as always, not without scandals.
Former San Antonio mayor and former head of the Department of City Planning Julian Castro called himself the "antidote" to Trump's policies. At a meeting with voters in New Hampshire, he promised to support the incumbent President’s impeachment and not to pardon Trump in the case of winning the election. Castro also pointed to the two main points of his program: the introduction of universal state health insurance and free kindergartens.
Julián Castro: "I see myself as the antidote to Trump. My story is an immigrant story. It's a testament to what immigrants have contributed to this country." https://t.co/eHhqD5Tqy2 pic.twitter.com/sjbNpZxjAZ— The Hill (@thehill) January 13, 2019
Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke has not yet announced the creation of an Election Committee, however, he's in full contact with voters in the states of early voting at the primaries. Recently, O'Rourke made a scandalous statement that he doubts the need to follow the U.S. Constitution, saying the document is 230 years old, and it doesn't reflect the realities of the modern world.
"I think that's the question of the moment: Does this still work?" O'Rourke asked during a taped conversation with two friends, which he aired to thousands in response to President Trump's Oval Office address to the American people about the border wall.
"Can an empire like ours with military presence in over 170 countries around the globe, with trading relationships… and security agreements in every continent, can it still be managed by the same principles that were set down 230-plus years ago?" O'Rourke reportedly asked.
In addition, O'Rourke blamed Trump for the death of illegal migrants at the US-Mexico border. According to O'Rourke, instead, it is necessary to help the migrants’ families.
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has broken her promise to voters not to run for President. Two weeks before the midterms, she said she was going to be a Senator for six years. But a month after her re-election, she opened an electoral headquarters for presidential nomination. Gillibrand plans to make feminism and #MeToo the main theme of her campaign. This is probably the only chance for her to somehow rise in the rankings. At the moment, only 3-4 percent of the voters of the Democratic Party are ready to support her in the primaries.
When it comes to doing the right thing and helping people, I’ve never backed down from a fight – and I won’t start now. pic.twitter.com/yo7soDhRRk— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) January 16, 2019
Earlier, a scandal arose between Trump and Gillibrand because of the sharp pressure drop in communication. In particular, Gillibrand demanded that the President quit over sexual misconduct allegations last year.
Trump responded by claiming Gillibrand had come "begging" to him for donations and "would do anything" for cash.
Perhaps the most unusual candidate among the Democrats is the Congresswoman from Hawaii Tulsi Gabbard. A staunch isolationist, Gabbard consistently criticizes foreign policy hawks from both parties. She actively opposed the build-up of the American presence in the Middle East and supported Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria.
In addition, she's the only Democrat supporter of limiting the flow of refugees from the Middle East to the United States. For such positions, Gabbard has already been branded as a "far-right candidate" by representatives of the establishment of the Democratic Party and liberal columnists. However, it should be noted that her views are very popular among voters.