The Top 10 Democrats Who Should Run In 2020

The Top 10 Democrats Who Should Run In 2020

In the age of Donald Trump, we are all desperately searching for a competent replacement.
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In the age of Trump, Democrats and even some Republicans are all desperately looking for who will challenge Donald Trump. After researching electoral trends in presidential elections and the candidates themselves, I've picked 10 Democratic candidates who could be strong challengers to Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

They are listed in order of my preferences, and I even included some extra candidates since I am expecting the Democratic Primary debate stage in 2020 to be as crowded as the Republican Primary debate stage in 2016. Likely, many of the candidates will not be well-known, which could play out to be a huge advantage for Democrats.

1. Amy Klobuchar

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is the ideal candidate for 2020. She is a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor party – a branch of the Democratic party. Klobuchar is progressive and, given her home states’ location, has the best chance of winning in the Rust Belt.

In her Minnesotan political races, she consistently wins by huge margins. Her family’s background of being immigrants, miners, teachers, and sports columnists gives her a broad appeal to people on both the left and right.

2. Kamala Harris

California Senator Kamala Harris is likely the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in 2020, and for good reason. If anyone would fight tooth and nail to save the country, it would be this determined Senator.

We all know if any person would be America’s saving grace, it would be a black woman, and Harris could very well be the one. She has quickly climbed through the ranks of California politics, and, as a Senator, has been very candid about her opposition to Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees.

3. Gavin Newsom

This California Lt. Governor and businessman has expressed no interest in pursuing the White House (as he is running for the governors), but he would definitely be a tough challenger to Donald Trump – especially given that the charming Newsom gives us serious JFK flashbacks. He is popular among California progressives for being an early advocate for same-sex marriage and the legalization of recreational marijuana.

4. Kirsten Gillibrand

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is often cited as Hillary Clinton 2.0; however, she is much more outspoken and implacable than Clinton. This friend of the F-Bomb is most notoriously known for saying “We must resist and push back on every horrible thing this president is trying to do. Fundamentally, if we are not helping people, we should go the fuck home.” in an address to the Popular Democracy Forum at NYU.

Obviously, she would never hold back in a debate against Trump and let’s face it, we’d all love to see a powerful woman say “Fuck you.” to Trump on national television.

5. Julian Castro

Before serving in President Obama’s cabinet as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Castro served as the Mayor of San Antonio, Texas. His name was also tossed into possible contenders to be Hillary Clinton’s running mate in the 2016 election.

With the high population of Hispanic Americans in Texas and given his home state advantage, Julian Castro could be a breakthrough star as a candidate by turning Texas blue. This would be a huge Electoral College lead for Democrats and would make Republicans rethink their Nixon-Reagan-Trump strategy of appealing to mainly white evangelicals.

6. Elizabeth Warren


Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, touted as Hillary Clinton's "Sister in a Traveling Pantsuit" is likely the most well-known potential candidates on this list and for good reason. She was thrown around as a possible 2016 candidate, but Warren decided to sit the race out given that Hillary Clinton was the obvious frontrunner.

She is very popular among the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, often referenced as the female Bernie Sanders. She’s also been given one of Trump’s trademark insulting nicknames – hers being “Pocahontas.”

7. Chris Murphy

Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy is definitely someone I would trust to do the work of creating and enforcing gun regulations as President. After the tragic Sandy Hook shooting on Dec. 14, 2012, Murphy went raging against the country’s lack of courage to stand up to the NRA and demand action to prevent anymore gun-ridden horrific scenes. If fixing the terrible issue of mass gun violence, Murphy is a strong contender for 2020.

8. Joe Kennedy III

Massachusetts Representative Joe Kennedy III is the grandson of Robert “Bobby” F. Kennedy, JFK’s younger brother. While bearing the Kennedy name, which has proven to be an asset to win almost any election, Joe also carries the charisma of his grandfather and his great-uncle.

He has expressed no interest in running for president in 2020; although he has flirted with running for Massachusetts Governor in 2018, a possible move to build a longer resume for when America is ready for another President Kennedy.

9. Terry McAullife

Virginia’s current Governor Terry McAuliffe is not seeking reelection in 2018, possibly opening up a bid for the presidency in 2020. McAuliffe knows the ropes of presidential campaigns, having worked on the campaigns of Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton (McAuliffe has been a very close ally to the Clintons).

If anyone knows how to win, it would be McAuliffe. Since he is from Virginia, he carries the advantage of practically guaranteeing that swing state, which, given Virginia’s locality to North Carolina, he has a good chance of winning there too.

10. Sherrod Brown

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown is the best choice if Democrats want to go the populist route. Before serving as Senator, Brown served as a US Representative and Ohio’s Secretary of State, so his resume is impressive.

While he is relatively unknown, he carries the policies of Bernie Sanders while also being from a swing state in the Rust Belt – a huge pro for progressives looking to experiment with FDR-esque policies in the modern era.

Honorable Mentions:

Andrew Cuomo, New York Governor

Cory Booker, New Jersey Senator

Deval Patrick, Massachusetts Governor

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The Trump Presidency Is Over

Say hello to President Mike Pence.

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Remember this date: August 21, 2018.

This was the day that two of President Donald Trump's most-important associates were convicted on eight counts each, and one directly implicated the president himself.

Paul Manafort was Trump's campaign chairman for a few months in 2016, but the charges brought against him don't necessarily implicate Trump. However, they are incredibly important considering was is one of the most influential people in the Trump campaign and picked Mike Pence to be the vice presidential candidate.

Manafort was convicted on five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud, and one count of failure to file a report of a foreign bank account. And it could have been even worse. The jury was only unanimous on eight counts while 10 counts were declared a mistrial.

Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer, told a judge that Trump explicitly instructed him to break campaign-finance laws by paying two women not to publicly disclose the affairs they had with Trump. Those two women are believed to be Karen McDougal, a Playboy model, and Stormy Daniels, a pornstar. Trump had an affair with both while married to his current wife, Melania.

And then to no surprise, Fox News pundits spun this in the only way they know how. Sara Carter on Hannity said that the FBI and the Department of Justice are colluding as if it's some sort of deep-state conspiracy. Does someone want to tell her that the FBI is literally a part of the DOJ?

The Republican Party has for too long let Trump get away with criminal behavior, and it's long past time to, at the very least, remove Mr. Trump from office.

And then Trump should face the consequences for the crimes he has committed. Yes, Democrats have a role, too. But Republicans have control of both chambers of Congress, so they head every committee. They have the power to subpoena Trump's tax returns, which they have not. They have the power to subpoena key witnesses in their Russia investigations, which they have not.

For the better part of a year I have been asking myself what is the breaking point with Republicans and Trump. It does not seem like there is one, so for the time being we're stuck with a president who paid off two women he had an affair with in an attempt to influence a United States election.

Imagine for a second that any past president had done even a fraction of what Trump has.

Barack Obama got eviscerated for wearing a tan suit. If he had affairs with multiple women, then Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell would be preparing to burn him at the stake. If they won't, then Trump's enthusiastic would be more than happy to do so.

For too long we've been saying that Trump is heading down a road similar to Nixon, but it's evident now that we're way past that point. Donald Trump now has incriminating evidence against him to prove he's a criminal, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller is just getting started.

Will Trump soften the blow and resign in disgrace before impeachment like Nixon did? Knowing his fragile ego, there's honestly no telling what he'll do. But it's high time Trump leaves an office he never should have entered in the first place.

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I'm Proud To Be A Liberal, Even Though It's Hard In A Small, Southern Community

"So, what do you think about *insert controversial topic here*?"

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Growing up in rural North Carolina, having a different political stance was hard, to say the least. I grew up in a conservative home with my parents and my sister. Whenever I entered high school, I began to explore politics and developed my own views, rather than rely on my parents.

Being a liberal in high school, I was often bombarded with questions from my peers and members of my community. Every time something would happen in the world that was controversial, I would always get asked, "what do you think about it?" The truth is, it made me super anxious since I didn't like discussing my political views because it made me feel so out of place.

When the 2016 Presidential Election came around, I had a teacher that surveyed us on our political views. I didn't answer the questions truthfully because I didn't want her to judge me. When the election results came out, my small rural high school was full of "Make America Great Again" propaganda. We had a class discussion the next day but I kept quiet since I didn't want to discuss my feelings because honestly, it was no one's business. I couldn't vote at the time, but I still had my own opinions.

I attended the Red4Ed rallies and I was told, it wasn't doing anything but causing a disruption. But, we made a DIFFERENCE!

People were always SO SURPRISED to find out that I am a liberal. They would instantly assume I was the worst, the stereotypical Democrat. During class discussions that were politically motivated, it was usually me against the rest of the class. But you know, I learned to deal with it.

I learned how to avoid political topics, I learned how to bite my tongue, I learned how to respectfully disagree, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, I learned to be open-minded.

If you have something that you want to talk about as adults, sure, I am open to listening, but listen to my side too. I have conservative friends and family. I have learned to not indulge in the latest political topics with them. We have respectfully agreed, to disagree.

I am proud to be a liberal, even in a small, southern community.

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