Democratic presidential candidate John DelaneyJohn DelaneyDirect air capture is a crucial bipartisan climate policy Lobbying world Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Rodney Davis MORE said some members of his party seem to be "cheering on a recession" in hopes of weakening President TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event MORE.
“It feels like some Democrats are cheering on a recession because they want to stick it to Trump,” the former Maryland congressman told reporters Wednesday. “I don’t want a recession because I don’t want these workers in here to face a recession.”
“But I worry that Trump's policies are bringing one on,” he added.
Delaney declined to name which Democrats he was referring to when pressed.
"I'm not gonna name names, but you just get a sense," he said before pivoting and repeating his point that he hopes a recession doesn't happen but that he believes Trump's policies could lead to one.
"I just think it's very important that we be clear as a party that we don't want a recession, right, because his economic policies are bad," he said. "I think they're ultimately going to unwind. I don't want that to happen. I'm an American, I want the country to do well."
"Do you think members of the Democratic Party are actively looking for a recession?" a reporter asked.
"I didn't say that," Delaney responded.
Economists have warned about growing signs of a possible recession, though it was unclear which Democrats or presidential candidates Delaney might have been referring to on Wednesday.
A Delaney campaign spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.
Trump previously accused the media of playing up economic worries in hopes of hurting him politically.
"The Fake News Media is doing everything they can to crash the economy because they think that will be bad for me and my re-election," the president tweeted earlier this month.
Liberal comedian and commentator Bill MaherWilliam (Bill) MaherThe Jan. 6 insurrection election distraction What's at stake if Trump wins in 2024? Single-party authoritarian rule Bill Maher hits back at Whoopi Goldberg over 'Black national anthem' MORE has been among few figures to openly express a desire for a recession, arguing that the country could survive an economic slowdown but could not survive another Trump term.
Trump and administration officials have dismissed warnings about a possible recession, with White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne ConwayEthics watchdog accuses Psaki of violating Hatch Act Biden administration competency doubts increase Cook Political Report shifts Virginia governor's race to 'toss-up' MORE telling reporters this week that "the fundamentals of the economy are very strong."
Administration officials have also defended Trump’s tariffs on China, claiming they will hurt only China and not American consumers and farmers as many economists have said.