Democratic Strategist Paul Begala proved to be a full-throated champion of President Joe Biden in the face of criticism within his own party and slammed “pain-in-the-a** white liberals on Twitter” who don’t like the president, claiming they aren’t “real Democrats.”
Appearing on CNN, Begala was responding to 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, who questioned whether Biden had the “vigor” to mount another run.
“I spoke before or after Joe Biden half a dozen times,” Yang said, referring to the 2020 primary debates. “And the fact is, when he came off that stage, you know what people were not saying? That guy has the energy, the vigor–”
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“All of a sudden he developed it,” Begala interrupted. “You’re missing the most important thing, Andrew. The early states are full of white liberals. They don’t like Joe. And then we move to real Democrats – African Americans in the south, they loved him. And he steamrolled everybody because, in my party, the heart and soul of the party are people of color, not pain-in-the-a** white liberals on Twitter. I’m sorry to use bad language.”
Prior to that exchange, Yang suggested that if Biden runs for reelection, he will likely avoid a primary challenge from more notable Democrats but would probably have unconventional candidates mount a run.
“So, you know who might run if they actually have an open process?” he said. “People who are already outside of the establishment. Someone like Nina Turner, someone like Marianne Williamson. And if you have just a Nina Turner versus Joe Biden, Nina Turner ends up gathering a significant amount of support, just ideologically. And the last thing the DNC is going to want is for Joe Biden to have to debate Nina turner six times. So, they’ll shut that thing down.”
Turner, now an Ohio state senator, was formerly a campaign aide for Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“So, bring it on,” an unimpressed Begala countered. “What the hell are you worried about? You’re not a Democrat anymore, but I am. And as a guy who loves Joe Biden, that’s fine. He’ll steamroll any potential Democrat and then go on and beat Trump.”
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