‘I believe very firmly that you can’t lead the people if you don’t love the people, all of the people…’
(Lionel Parrott, Liberty Headlines) The presidential campaign of Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, is all about love—but so far, his message hasn’t gotten traction with Democratic voters, said a newspaper from the senator’s home state.
According to the Bergen Record, Booker is struggling to gain ground in the earliest stages of the primary.
Most polls have him somewhere “between the middle and the back of the pack of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates,” said the article.
It’s particularly notable the New Jersey senator is doing so poorly because Booker is a veritable fundraising powerhouse, with a compelling biography, who is perceived to have been a successful mayor of Newark.
Some say it’s not the candidate, but the message, that’s the problem.
Booker claims his campaign is all about love and national unity—and that it even extends to loving Trump supporters.
“I believe very firmly that you can’t lead the people if you don’t love the people, all of the people,” Booker said during a CNN town hall.
“The only way to beat hate is not to bring in more hate, but to bring in love and hope and uniting people in solving the persistent injustices in our country.”
So far, Booker’s noble pleas have fallen on deaf ears.
Consumed by Trump Derangement Syndrome, many progressives seem to be done with pretending to play nice and are now openly out for blood.
They don’t want a lover—they want a warrior who will take revenge on Trump and his voters.
Yet, in a year when socialism has pushed the fringes of the Left past its former limits, once-radical liberals like Booker are now jockeying for the coveted “centrist” label.
The senator’s supporters think his message might resonate in a general election against Trump.
“If you believe people are looking for an opposite of what they got in [Trump], his message is probably spot-on,” said Jeff Link, a longtime Democratic consultant in Iowa.
Of course, that’s assuming Booker makes it out of the primary.
RealClearPolitics shows him getting only 3.2 percent in the average of polling.
Love trumps hate? That sentiment is downright unfashionable among today’s Democrats.