In an interview published on Friday, Democratic presidential candidate Seth Moulton said that Trump voters “know” that the president is an “a**hole,” The Hill reports.
Moulton suggested that other Democrats running for president appear to believe that they can persuade Trump voters to vote against the president in 2020 by convincing them that he is not a moral person.
“I think a lot of Democrats think, ‘You know, these Trump voters, what we need to do is we just need to educate them, and we’re going to get it through their heads that this guy is a bad guy,'” he opined, proceeding to suggest that Trump supporters understand what the commander-in-chief is like, but simply don’t mind.
“OK, Trump voters are not idiots. We don’t need to give America a moral education; they know that he’s an a**hole. They get it. They’ve just baked that in.”
Moulton warned the Democratic party against launching a “moral crusade” against Trump, suggesting that such a strategy would not be effective. Instead, in order to appeal to the average Trump voter, the Democrats need to present a real alternative, according to the presidential candidate.
“I’m voting for him anyway because you don’t give me a better alternative,” is how Trump voters feel, the Massachusetts congressman warned, arguing that they understand that the president is “immoral.”
As The Hill notes, Moulton is competing against more than 20 other Democrats. So far, he has failed to make an impact, failing to qualify for the debates. In order to qualify, the congressman has to either meet the 1 percent threshold in three polls from a pre-approved list by the Democratic National Committee, or collect donations from 65,000 Americans.
A Business Insider analysis of Moulton’s voting record and stances on a number of issues suggests that he is one of the more moderate Democrats in the race.
The 40-year-old former Marine does not support Medicare for All, although he supports a public option for healthcare. He is centrist on the issue of immigration, but he has criticized the Trump administration’s immigration policy in the past.
2020 Democratic candidate and veteran Rep. Seth Moulton says Pres. Trump will be "harder to beat" than Democrats may think: "I'm running a campaign based on service, on reclaiming patriotism from the right-wing politicians that think that they own it." https://t.co/S6LtS4NNVp pic.twitter.com/eQ3Jfru4sO— ABC News (@ABC) July 7, 2019
Moulton is progressive when it comes to climate change, given that he has co-sponsored the Green New Deal, publicly blasting President Trump for being a climate science denier. The congressman is also progressive when it comes to abortion rights and LGBT issues.
Moulton is also in favor of gun control, but opposes marijuana legalization, and thinks that prison inmates should not have the right to vote.
Heck of a kicker from @NateSilver538: "It’s a weird world where Gabbard becomes the Democratic nominee. But I’m not sure there’s any world where, say, Seth Moulton does.”— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) July 11, 2019
(Moulton has five days to qualify for the debates, and he’s probably not going to.)https://t.co/JcETXNeGyC
When it comes to foreign policy, the Massachusetts Democrat considers Russia to be an immediate threat to the United States, and he has also described China as a long term problem that needs to be dealt with, stopping short of endorsing President Trump’s tariffs on the country’s exports.
According to Moulton, a NATO-like alliance needs to be formed in Asia in order to counter China, which needs to be scrutinized by the World Trade Organization.