(PresidentialWire.com) – Count Nancy Pelosi as another Democrat who would throw her support behind Bernie Sanders if he ended up winning the party’s nomination for president.
The Speaker of the House said as much as she was leaving a meeting this week, despite a lot of other people in her party and other liberals hesitating to back the socialist candidate. As she further stated:
“I think whoever our nominee is, we will enthusiastically embrace and we will win the White House, the Senate and the House.”
Earlier in the week, Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader, said he would throw his support behind Sanders as well if he were selected as the Democrat’s nominee.
“We have a lot of strong nominees. I’m not supporting one over the other, but I think every one of them will beat President Trump,” he said.
Neither of those sound like ringing endorsements of Sanders, but as two of the top Democratic leaders in Congress, it would be hard for either Pelosi or Schumer to show their hand and pick sides now. The last thing they would want to do is further divide a party that is already in shambles.
Sanders is currently in the lead over all the other contenders for the Democratic nomination for president. In addition to winning the first few states’ primaries, he is leading the national polls at 29.2%. The next closest legitimate contender is Joe Biden, who has 18% support so far.
Despite being the frontrunner so far, Sanders has drawn the ire of a lot of Democrats and Democratic supporters. His socialist views and expansive — and expensive plans — aren’t exactly what the Democratic establishment would consider the best representation of the party.
Just this week, Sanders’ past history and his comments about Cuba and deceased dictator Fidel Castro raised some eyebrows. Instead of going back on his words, though, it seemed he doubled down. Talking to CBS this past weekend, he said:
“We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba, but, you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad.”
He also praised Cuba’s “massive literacy program,” questioning, “Is that a bad thing even though Fidel Castro did it?”
Florida congresswomen fired back at Sanders following those comments, especially since they represent a rather large Cuban population in their home state.
It’s positions like that on authoritarian rules and socialism in general that have a lot of people worried inside the Democratic party.
Right now, though, the leadership within the party is in a tough position. It would be hard for them to come out against Sanders and his positions now, because that would put them in an awkward spot if he were to end up winning the party’s nomination. They are forced to say in public that they’d support Sanders, even if somewhere deep inside they are rooting against him in the primary.
You can almost read between the lines of what Pelosi and Schumer are saying. It wouldn’t be a surprise if they’re thinking, “We don’t want Bernie, but he’s better than Trump!”