Describing President Donald Trump as a “career criminal,” the Democratic Party as “out in some goofy la-la land” and calling Trump’s defeat the “one moral imperative in this world right now,” political operative James Carville spared virtually no one as he unloaded on the current state of American politics Saturday.
Carville, the architect behind former President Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign, pulled even fewer punches than he did during his decades long-career of being a bombastic commentator and Democratic strategist.
“The real issues are the Earth is melting. The budget deficit is soaring. People can’t afford prescription drugs. People in the United States can’t talk to each other anymore. Everybody is rude. We’re abandoning every ally we had. We have no idea what we’re doing in the world. We’re making enemies that we don’t need and we’re being friendly with people that we shouldn’t be friendly with, and the level of corruption that’s going on in Washington is at a breathtaking, staggeringly all-time high,” Carville said. “But other than that everything is fine.”
Carville openly mocked the party that he spent decades working for.
“The Democratic Party is out in some goofy la-la land waiting on Bernie Sanders’ revolution or the proletariat to rise up or some other (expletive),” he said.
Perhaps the only person spared by Carville was Democratic presidential candidate and Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, who Carville said he is endorsing as the man most able to defeat Trump.
And he called for a single-minded effort to do just that.
“I fundamentally believe Trump and Trumpism is the most dangerous virus to effect this country since the fall of communism, and I think it has to be beaten badly and decisively at the polls. There is one moral imperative in the world right now, and that’s to get this guy outta there, open an investigation, have him arrested and have him put in jail.”
But Carville appeared to have little faith that current Democratic strategy is poised to accomplish his imperative. He said Democrats recorded historical victories in 2018 congressional and gubernatorial campaigns by “stressing real things to real people.”
“Start doing that,” he said. “Don’t argue about giving illegal people health insurance or felons voting from jail cells. No one gives a crap.”
Asked about the transition of historically Democratic-leaning states like Pennsylvania and Michigan to toss up states, Carville said states like North Carolina, Georgia and Texas should be pursued by Democrats as well. And he said Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is not the man to lead that charge.
“If Amy McGrath is running against Mitch McConnell, do you think she’s going to want Bernie Sanders in Kentucky campaigning with her,” he said. “Do you think Jaime Harrison, who’s running against Lindsey Graham, is going to want Bernie Sanders in South Carolina trying to get a Senate seat?”
“Come on people, get real. We’ve got real work to do here,” Carville said. “We don’t have time for left-wing fantasies in this country. That’s what I think.”
Again pointing to the Democrats success in 2018, Carville expressed frustration that so many 2020 presidential candidates have pursued different strategies.
“Everyone wants to be a theoretical 188 IQ genius, and me all I’m saying is we ran one play and we went 75 yards and scored a touchdown, then we got back in the huddle and someone said lets run a triple reverse. No! Lets run the same (play) we did,” Carville said. “What’s so (expletive) difficult about this? It drives me nuts. I cannot get it through anyone else’s head.”
Carville also did not pause when asked by Sun Senior Editor Tom Shattuck if he thinks Hillary Clinton may still join the 2020 race. “Hell no,” he exclaimed.
Carville, who once compared former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to Judas Iscariot, was especially brutal when asked what he would say to those who do not believe in climate change.
Carville said he would be willing to pay for birth control for anyone who denies climate change.
“Get a vasectomy or something. Just don’t have kids. We don’t need you in the gene pool,” Carville said. “if you’re that stupid just don’t have any kids. That’s it. Go home and sit in the corner.”
And yet despite the vitriol he unleashed at both Democrats and climate deniers, Carville saved his most cutting criticisms for President Trump.
“That we have a career criminal as President of the United States, who is destroying every alliance we have, who is destroying the way that we treat each other, that people who try to influence and mentor young people have no example in the office of the President of the United States. The earth is on fire,” Carville said. “He (Trump) has completely decimated the entire diplomatic corps. He’s completely decimated the CIA. The senior military can hardly be in the same room with him. The (Environmental Protection Agency) is an instrument to help polluters, not to regulate polluters. But otherwise I’m a happy camper.”
Asked to confirm that he thinks beating Trump is the most important issue in 2020, Carville was unequivocal.
“Nothing else matters,” he said.