Barring a completely unforeseen new development, business mogul Donald Trump will be the Republican presidential nominee. Leaders within the Democratic Party have swiftly condemned the GOP for the candidate and pledged to defeat him.
On May 3, Trump won the crucial Indiana primary, putting him comfortably on track to securing the 1,237 delegates to lock in the party nomination. His rival, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, dropped out of the race, dashing the hopes of those opposed to Trump within the GOP. Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio dropped out the following day.
The Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, issued a statement that officially kicked off the party’s opposition to Trump, The Hill reports.
“Tonight, Donald Trump is the Republican Party ... Democrats will hold him accountable for his offensive rhetoric, dangerous ideas, and lack of judgment every single day between today and Nov. 8th,” Wasserman Schultz declared.
Wasserman Schultz signaled that the DNC would reach out to Independents and Republican voters who strongly disapprove of Trump, hoping to turn them away from voting for all Republicans across the ballot. The DNC chair stressed that GOP policy and ideology “laid the groundwork for Donald Trump."
Wasserman Schultz added, “The Republican Party sold hardworking Americans the empty promise of trickle-down prosperity, while strangling America’s middle class with backwards economic policies that only enrich those already at the top. Donald Trump’s looming nomination will be the ultimate, destructive culmination of the results of that strategy."
The DNC chairwoman added that her party will “hold Republicans on the ballot at every level accountable for their standard bearer.”
Meanwhile, an unofficial leader of the progressive wing of the Democratic party, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, took to social media to blast Trump, CNN reports.
“There’s more enthusiasm for [Donald Trump] among leaders of the KKK than leaders of the political party he now controls,” Warren messaged on Twitter. The senator added “I’m going to fight my heart out to make sure [Trump’s] toxic stew of hatred & insecurity never reaches the White House.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont may have won Indiana, but delegate math has firmly placed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the presumptive Democratic nominee. Having studied the Republican primary, her team contends it will not take Trump lightly.
“What happened on the other side is instructive, but what you’ve seen there is a lot of folks on that side let his attacks go unanswered,” Clinton campaign pollster and chief strategist Joel Benenson told The Washington Post. “What happens going forward, I think you’ll see, is that when he does this, we’ll be aggressive.”