Bakari Sellers: If Election Was Held Today, Donald Trump Would Be Elected For Another Four Years

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CNN political commentator and Democratic strategist Bakari Sellers warned President Trump is on track for another term.

"If the election was today regardless of what the polls say, I think that Donald Trump will be elected for another four years and I think Democrat have to get that in their head and begin to focus soundly on beating the president of the United States," Sellers said Tuesday night on CNN.





JOHN BERMAN, CNN HOST: He does have a chance to do it tonight if he wants to deliver that economic message, but the message he chose to hit on today as he woke up or before he went to sleep last night, throughout the day, was this message, Bakari, of undocumented immigrants and the notion that there's going to be some massive roundup of undocumented immigrants in this country.

Aside from the policy, again, if the issue here, if the goal is to reach other voters to expand his base, do you think Democrats are actually excited he's focusing on immigration? Do you think his focus on that helps him?

BAKARI SELLERS, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: You know, I don't think Democrats have much to be excited about right now. I think if the election was today and this may throw people off, but if the election was today regardless of what the polls say, I think that Donald Trump will be elected for another four years and I think Democrat haves to get that in their head and begin to focus soundly on beating the president of the United States.

We can have these arguments over his economic policies and talk about how the tariff that he's imposed have destroyed formers in Iowa, Ohio and Illinois throughout the Midwest, we can talk about the fact that there's not promises made and promises kept. In fact, many of the manufacturing jobs he promised to bring back have left.

But what the president does best is actually talk to what is cultural anxiety. I think that we all know now the economic anxiety that the media and I'm part of that helped create this narrative that somehow there was economic anxiety throughout this belt in the Midwest and these working class voters, that's simply not the case and what we're seeing is that cultural anxiety play out, and that's why he goes to these cultural issues.

The president of the United States is going to harp on culture wars. He's going to continue to talk about these cultural issues and I take no solace in that, although it's very divisive and would divide the country. He's won the presidency like that and he's trying to do it again.

BERMAN: Can I ask you, Bakari, as well, a follow up on this, where you said if the election were held today, the president would win. Are you just trying to set the bar intentionally low and scare Democrats or do you actually believe that?

SELLERS: Well, I'm trying to do a little bit of both. I want to scare Democrats into not being complacent. But I mean, I think that we're looking at polls for example that down in Florida where I saw that Joe Biden was up nine points. It's the same poll that had Andrew Gillum, my good friend, up seven points.

I mean, we can't take anything for granted. And we're not calling him Governor Gillum tonight.

And so, I think that one of the things Democrats have to do is begin to energize our base.

One of the things the Republican Party has going for it right now is when you look in Orlando, you see a base that's so, so excited.

We're relying on Donald Trump for that excitement. That is not a winning formula. We have to make sure our base is excited about whatever candidate is going to be, that's why the debate and that's why this primary, even the sparring between the candidates is very healthy. We have a long way to go as a party.

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