Former President Barack Obama is reportedly prepared to mount a last-ditch effort to prevent a Bernie Sanders nomination if the socialist Vermont Senator appears set to win the Democrat Primary.
The former President was quoted in Politico as holding out to do so in a scenario in which Sanders runs up a sizable lead in the primary campaign.
Obama is still popular with Democrat voters, and possibly would be utilized as last ditch effort to pull the party’s voters away from Sanders, should the need arise.
The establishment Democrat circles that carry over from Obama’s presidency have already made their distaste for the democratic socialist Senator clear. The DNC all-but-rigged their 2016 presidential primary against Sanders, coordinating to damage his campaign and elevate Hillary Clinton.
Should Obama mount an effort against Sanders, it’s likely Bernie’s supporters would cry afoul, accusing the Democrat National Committee of using the same old biased, underhanded tactics against the leftist presidential candidate.
Obama has generally avoided criticizing Sanders since he rose to prominence during his 2016 campaign, aware of the socialist’s popularity with populist segments of the Left. If he abandoned his pretense of neutrality in the primary, it would be clear that the former President’s loyalties lie with the establishment neoliberal wing of the Democrat Party.
When an Obama spokesman was asked about Politico’s report, he replied that the ex-President would campaign for whoever the Democrat nominee would be, without ruling out an effort to squelch the Sanders campaign.
The same report indicated that Obama was critical of Democrat fad candidate Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris, both candidates who have struggled to appeal to black voters, a crucial demographic in the Democratic primary.
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WATCH: Tucker SLAMS Lindsey Graham For EB5 Visa Giveaway Scheme Amidst Coronavirus Epidemic
Graham wants to use the crisis to boost immigration visas.
Tucker Carlson took South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham to task in a segment on his show Thursday night, blasting the opportunistic Senator for seeking to insert an immigration visa giveaway into upcoming Coronavirus stimulus legislation.
Graham is attempting to enact a raise in the annual level of EB-5 visas. The controversial program allows wealthy foreigners to enter the United States on the basis of supposed investment they make into the economy.
Graham is lobbying President Trump to agree to a massive boost to the program-raising annual EB-5 visa levels from a current total of 10,000 to 75,000. Graham also seeks to lower the threshold of investment for an EB-5 from $900,000 to $450,000.
In a display of tone-deaf politics taken to a new level, the EB-5 program Graham seeks to expand is currently commonly used by wealthy Chinese citizens to purchase American residency and citizenship. Allowing a free path to residency for China’s richest multi-millionaires and billionaires almost certainly would provide the Chinese government a means of entryism into major American institutions and society, in an age where the American public is more distrustful and skeptical of Chinese influence than ever before.
Watch the segment here:
Graham has also gone on record advocating for a bailout of big businesses and private companies, while opposing direct basic income transfers to everyday working American families.
American citizenship is not a mere bauble to be offered for sale in a time of crisis, especially considering the EB-5’s dubious benefits on the American economy. The verification mechanisms for the visa recipients’ investments in American jobs are notoriously weak, to the extent that both major parties agreed to scale back the program last year.
America is a country, not merely an economy. It’s well past time Senator Graham gives up his constant attempt to retcon old globalist policies into President Donald Trump’s administration, especially in times of national emergency.
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