Progressive journalist: Democrats don’t want to believe Sanders can beat Trump

Progressive journalist Ryan Grim argued Monday that Democrats don’t want to believe that top-tier presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has a real shot at winning the Democratic nomination and beating President Trump.

“The electorate that he’s running in is the worst possible for him … specifically, the idea that so many Democrats are just hellbent on beating Trump,” Grim, who is Washington bureau chief for The Intercept, told Hill.TV.

“You can give them all the polls that have ever been conducted that show that Bernie Sanders would beat Trump, they just don’t want to believe it,” he added.

Grim’s comments come after a CBS poll released Sunday showed Sanders leading the Democratic presidential primary field in New Hampshire with 27 percent support.

Former Vice President Joe Biden trails Sanders, at 25 percent support, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) garnered 18 percent support. Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg placed fourth at 13 percent.

The survey also found Sanders in a three-way tie with Biden and Buttigieg in Iowa.

In Iowa, Sanders, Biden and Buttigieg each received 23 percent support. Warren received 16 percent in the new CBS poll.

The Sanders campaign also received a huge fundraising boost, raking in $34.5 million during the fourth quarter of 2019, the most among White House hopefuls during the last three months of the year.

In comparison, Biden raised $22.7 million and Warren raised $21.2 million.

—Tess Bonn

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