In an interview with Breitbart on Monday, President Donald Trump was asked whether he believes that the United States is headed down the socialist road given what the 2020 Democrats are currently out there supporting on the campaign trail.
But while Trump acknowledged that his would-be challengers are pushing for free this and free that, he said that he feels “very strongly” that the U.S. will never be seduced by the siren song of socialism.
“Now with that being said, you always have to be very careful, because socialism is easy to campaign on but tough to govern on, because the country goes down the tubes,” Trump said. “But when you tell people free medical, free education, no more student loans—all of the different things that you say—it’s a great thing to campaign on, but then ten years later the country is down the tubes. It’s gone.
“You talk about single-payer, it sounds very seductive,” he continued. “But it means you’re not going to have good healthcare, it means the country is not going to be able to afford it. Not only is the country not going to be able to afford it, but it’s more than the entire revenue stream taken in for the entire—it’s like not even close right? But nobody thinks about that. They think, free healthcare isn’t that wonderful? But the truth is when you’re up on the debate stage, and they say we’re giving you free education, we’re giving you free healthcare, we’re giving you everything you want and a Rolls-Royce in everyone’s pocket, it’s not an easy situation. But what happens is ten years later the country is gone. Okay, whether it’s this country or any other country.”
President Trump famously vowed during the 2019 State of the Union address that the United States would “never” become a socialist country, drawing rabid cheers from Republicans and tepid, reluctant clapping from the Democrats. That scene alone told the tale of where the left is headed over the next couple of years. With Bernie Sanders now leading in the polls and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez capturing more media attention than any other Democrat on Capitol Hill, it’s not a phenomenon we can ignore.
Trump noted that we would only be able to know whether the U.S. is taking a turn towards socialism “in an election,” and he has a point. The only problem is that if you get a Democrat candidate with enough momentum and charisma behind them, there is always the possibility that they will win an election that has little to do with the popularity of their policies.
You might remember this happened not that long ago, when a young, idealistic senator who was long on charisma and short on ideas won the 2008 election. Such a thing could easily happen again, and put this country on a very dark road towards oblivion.