U.S. Presidential elections are set to run in 2020, however the Democrats and Republicans already seemed to have launched a full-fledged civil war.
This war was triggered by the impeachment inquiry into Trump’s presidency launched by the Democrats, who make up the majority of the House of Representatives.
So far, around 25 Democrats have already put their names in the hat for the presidential race.
But with Beto O’Rourke withdrawing his candidacy, this number fell under 15.
Trump really doesn’t have any serious competition running against him amongst the Republicans.
Even though some names have declared that they will campaign for the presidency, this situation doesn’t seem likely to change.
The top three democratic nominees for president are former Vice President Joe Biden and senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.
Sanders represents the Democratic Socialists within the party which roughly equates to the Social Democrats in Europe.
This trend which draws its strength from the House of Representatives is supported by a young electorate.
The Democrats are biting their nails in concern that this trend will further gain influence.
The Republicans on the other hand are accusing the Democrats of leaning towards socialism.
This accusation reminds middle aged and older voters about the Soviet Union during the Cold War era.
The Republicans are trying to milk this as much as they can in a bid to influence the Liberals.
Polls aimed at the younger generations demonstrate that sympathy for socialism is on the rise.
The most significant factor impacting this increase is that the inequality in income distribution in the U.S. is higher than that of other Western capitalist countries.
These polls indicate that the American Dream no longer exists for young generations.
Elizabeth Warren, for her part, positions herself somewhere between “mainstream Democrats” and “Democratic Socialists.”
She wants the support of both these groups, so in contrast to Sanders she identifies herself as a Democratic capitalist.
Joe Biden on the other hand is trying to appeal to new generations all the while staying true to his party’s mainstream line.
One of the most debated topics is the “wealth taxes” proposed by Warren and Sanders.
This notion is being met with fire from Liberal- capitalist circles.
Warren and Sanders’s wealth tax proposal was harshly criticized in the Clinton era by the State Treasury and in Obama’s era by Lawrence Summers, who was the president of the national Economy Council.
Summers took it a step further and claimed that wealth taxes would take its toll and have a negative effect on investments and that antisemitism would increase in the country.
The Democrats want a presidential candidate that won’t scare away the new generations and simultaneously won’t turn their back on mainstream voters to face off against Trump.
Younger generations represent an important chunk of the electorate that will vote in 2020. The non- White Americans of the younger generations are increasing by the day.
As the Democratic party gets younger, the Republicans seem to age.
Hence, some Republicans are requesting that the party be restructured according to the diversifying population.
Among the Republicans in the House of Representatives, there is but one black lawmaker from Texas.
Will Hurd, the only Black deputy, had announced that he would not put forth his candidacy again. This should serve as a serious warning to his party.
The majority of black and non-white electorate in the U.S. votes for the Democrats with Trump’s migrant policies scaring away non-White voters.
The fact that Trump’s discourse is being associated with the rise of shootings carried out by White Supremacists against blacks, Muslims, Jews and Hispanics is negatively affecting the Republicans.
In reality the Republicans should be garnering more votes from non-White Americans, whereas the Democrats should be winning those of the White Americans.
This power equation will be more actively discussed within the context of the U.S.’s changing demographic structure in the upcoming days.