One of the Democratic Party’s top donors, pro-abortion billionaire Tom Steyer, is considering challenging Donald Trump for president.
CNBC reports Steyer publicly said he would not rule out running in 2020, and several people close to him confirmed he is exploring the possibility.
There is no doubt that Steyer, the single largest donor to the Democratic Party in recent years, would support abortion on demand if elected. Last summer, as the party debated welcoming pro-life Democrats, he announced that he would donate money only to pro-abortion candidates.
“We do not work for a single candidate who is not pro-choice,” Steyer said at the time. “I think people like to have litmus tests. We are explicitly pro-choice. We work a lot with Planned Parenthood, we work a lot with NARAL. We are absolutely committed to it.”
Sources close to Steyer said he is waiting to see if Democrats win the U.S. House in November before he makes a final decision.
“There’s no secret he’s going to be running for president, especially if Democrats take the House,” an anonymous source told CNBC. “Anyone who says this movement of his is purely about saving the country from Trump and not about any future political ambitions, is just out of touch.”
The news outlet interviewed five other people close to Steyer who also confirmed his intentions.
Here’s more from the report:
From the outset of his campaign to remove Trump from office, friends and supporters have noticed how much Steyer enjoys the notoriety and name recognition he’s gained from the onslaught of attacks he’s laid upon the White House, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.
With voters growing more aware of Steyer, his allies believe that his efforts to visit different parts of the country could give him the confidence he needs to take on a growing pool of potential Democratic presidential candidates. Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., are often mentioned as possible candidates.
“I think he’s enjoying his notoriety and the celebrity piece to all of this,” said a friend of Steyer’s. “He loves going on TV, going in front of all these groups and people applauding. Don’t forget one final piece of the puzzle: he’s been right more than not. He’s been right about Trump, energy issues and health care, and those are things to consider as well.”
Steyer is worth about $1.61 billion, according to Forbes. He runs the NextGen America PAC, which supports liberal, pro-abortion candidates. He spent $90 million to back pro-abortion candidates in the 2016 election and about $75 million in the 2014 election, Politico reports.
Some of the biggest abortion supporters are rich, privileged old white men like Steyer. George Soros has donated $247 million to liberal and pro-abortion groups in the past few years, and Warren Buffett has given nearly $2 billion to pro-abortion groups in less than two decades.