Today’s Democrat “moderates” are no moderates at all.
When placed next to a socialist like Bernie Sanders, fellow Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg may seem less extreme. But he is no moderate, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee pointed out this week in a column for Fox News.
Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is now a front-runner in the Democratic primary. Though he has been touted as one of the more moderate candidates, his actual political positions are quite extreme.
As Huckabee wrote, the Indiana Democrat is “so far to the left that it would have been unimaginable in the Democratic Party of President Barack Obama, let alone that of President Bill Clinton.”
Clinton, for instance, won the White House in 1992 while calling for abortion to be “safe, legal, and rare” – a strategy that also worked for Obama 16 years later. That constitutes a moderate position, at least within the Democratic Party.
So-called “moderate” Pete Buttigieg, however, has taken a much more aggressively pro-abortion approach, opposing restrictions on abortion right up to the moment of birth. If that makes Mayor Pete a “moderate” then let’s call Col. Sanders a vegan!
A 2018 Gallup poll found that only a truly tiny minority of Americans – 13 percent – believe abortion should generally be legal in the third trimester. Even among Democrats, only 18 percent think abortion should generally be legal in the third trimester, making Mayor Pete’s position truly extreme.
Similarly, a recent poll by Marist found that six in 10 Americans (62%) say that if the Supreme Court revisits Roe v. Wade, it should allow states to determine restrictions (46%) or make abortion illegal (16%). Only 33% of Americans say Roe should be interpreted to allow for legal abortion any time without restriction.
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Liz Harrington, Republican National Committee spokeswoman, also pointed out that Buttigieg and fellow “moderate” candidate Amy Klobuchar, a senator from Minnesota, want to force Americans to pay for abortions. Both also promised to appoint pro-abortion judges, and Buttigieg has a plan to pack the U.S. Supreme Court by increasing it from nine to 15 judges.
Neither position is popular among voters. In 2016, when Hillary Clinton campaigned on the same issue, a Harvard University poll found that only 36% of likely voters support overturning the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer-funded abortions in Medicare.
“Today’s ‘moderate’ Democrats are the focus-grouped version of socialism. They are trying to sell the radical ideas in a more appealing package, through a small-town mayor and former junior consultant or a (not so) ‘Minnesota nice’ female senator,” Harrington wrote at Fox News. “The choice for Democrats now is whether they want a 78-year-old socialist to tell them how to live their life or a 38-year-old son of an alleged communist to tell them how to live their life.”
If the polls are any indication, Americans will reject these radical extremists and vote to re-elect President Donald Trump who has developed a strong record of protecting unborn babies, defunding abortion groups and strengthening religious freedom for pro-life Americans.