A pair of top rivals to President Trump have already run into significant challenges as the 2020 presidential election starts to take shape.
Kirsten Gillibrand and and Kamala Harris, female Democratic senators from New York and California respectively, have been hit with reports that may cast a serious blow against their chances to replace Trump.
Gillibrand, who has questionable #MeToo associations in her past, led the charge that ultimately forced former Sen. Al Franken to resign amidst a groping scandal, and as a result, left many a leftist feeling he was treated unfairly. Meanwhile, Harris may lose a key seat on the Senate Judiciary Committee due to Democrat losses during the 2018 midterms.
The news leaves two top female challengers to Trump’s reelection with some issues to tackle before they mount a serious run in 2020.
Franken Supporters Think Gillibrand Is a Traitor to the Cause
Believe and support all women — unless you’ve been groped by a Democrat. That’s the message some liberals are sending to their party leaders, distraught over Gillibrand’s handling of the Franken scandal.
Gillibrand called on Franken to resign, saying she “believe[d] the women” who had made numerous accusations of forcible kissing against him. Which was on the heels of photographic evidence showing Franken had groped radio host Leeann Tweeden.
Democrat supporters, however, are willing to overlook Franken’s transgressions and look upon Gillibrand with disdain for ending his career in Washington politics.
“It was said not in front of Al to impress him; it was said privately in a corner,” Politico reported regarding a gathering of supporters shortly after his resignation. “A group of us were standing there talking about it. He was one of our best weapons against this administration, his presence on these committees.”
Today, nearly a year after Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand led the charge in calling for Al Franken's resignation, the anger is fresh on the minds of major donors across the country https://t.co/kMZLKqN9id
— POLITICO (@politico) November 26, 2018
Gillibrand, they concluded, “did the damage that Republicans could not do themselves,” and one attendee concurred that multiple Democrats had declared, “Absolutely, I will never do anything for her.”
Gillibrand attempted to quell the inner-party hostility toward her by calling for President Trump to resign amidst his own allegations a week later, though the demand was unrealistic and in any case insufficient to placate the Minnesota Democrat’s followers.
Even today, Democratic donors refer to Gillibrand as “opportunistic” and “shrewd at the expense of others to advance herself,” according to the Politico report — a characterization she earned again when she turned on longtime friend and mentor Bill Clinton at the height of the #MeToo movement.
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) July 25, 2016
Kamala Getting a Demotion?
Senate Republicans, as they head towards a new term, are considering a move to reduce the size of the Senate Judiciary Committee, something that could leave Kamala Harris on the outside looking in unless Democrats are able to strike a deal with the Senate’s Republican majority.
Liberal advocacy groups such as Demand Justice have already begun playing the race card as a means to keep her on the committee. “It [would] be unconscionable to remove the only African American woman from the committee,” executive director Brian Fallon told The Washington Post.
Harris expanded her brand previously on the committee as she pandered to her base during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. At one point, in a demonstration of her partisan delusion, Harris’s office refused a courtesy call from the White House about the Supreme Court nomination, saying, “We want nothing to do with you.”
They have lost their manners and their decency https://t.co/vm2u3PL1w8
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) July 10, 2018
Now, the Senate Judiciary Committee may want nothing to do with her, striking a major blow against raising Harris profile prior to the election.
Other Democratic Contenders with Major Flaws
A number of other potential Trump opponents in 2020 have flaws that could derail their attempts to stop the Trump train. Cory Booker, aside from his ridiculous “Spartacus moment,” also, by his own admission, groped a friend during his teenage years even “after having my hand pushed away.”
Former vice president Joe Biden gropes just about anything and everything, while Elizabeth Warren has her “Pocahontas” scandal to contend with, in which she embellished her American Indian heritage to further her career.
And Michael Avenatti, the creepy porn lawyer who used a woman to make a false allegation against Kavanaugh, will be fighting a referral for a criminal investigation over allegedly providing false statements, obstructing a congressional investigation, and conspiracy.
Cross posted at the Mental Recession