Delaney: 'It feels like some Democrats are cheering on a recession'

Delaney: 'It feels like some Democrats are cheering on a recession'
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Democratic presidential candidate John DelaneyJohn Kevin Delaney2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum The Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Analysis: 2020 digital spending vastly outpaces TV ads MORE said some members of his party seem to be "cheering on a recession" in hopes of weakening President TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' 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.

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"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) MaherMaher: Republicans 'right' to say Democrats 'never got over Trump's behavior' Krystal Ball tears into 'Never Trump' Republicans Media and candidates should be ashamed that they don't talk about obesity 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 Elizabeth ConwayGeorge Conway rips Trump: Ukraine allegations are 'over the top' Clarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump George Conway: If Trump pushed Ukraine to investigate Biden, he 'should be impeached and removed from office' 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.