Centrist Democrats Willing To Work With A President Trump

Donald Trump’s policy is America first. He is known as the Blue Collar Billionaire. Democrats are ditching and switching to Trump in large numbers. With Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton supporters at odd’s with each other there’s a good chance this trend will continue.

They might be seeing the writing on the wall or they might be coming to the realization that we are all American’s first. Our political party Republicans, Democrats or Independents second. No matter the reason Centrist Democrats in office say they are willing to work with a President Trump. Via Politico:

“As Democrats portray Donald Trump as a dangerous leader for his party, most of them barely acknowledge he could be president. But some centrist Democrats say they’re ready and willing to work with the business mogul should he defeat their party’s nominee.

“The people will have a chance to vote. If Donald Trump is elected president there will be a great opportunity to sit down and have a conversation about what that agenda looks like,” explained Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), who has long backed Hillary Clinton. “If he’s president, we’re going to have disagreement. But we’d better all figure out how to come up with an agenda for the American people.”

Getting ready for a potential Trump presidency in their home states may just be good politics for moderate senators such as Heitkamp, Jon Tester of Montana and West Virginia’s Joe Manchin. They’ll be top targets for Republicans in 2018, a midterm year that could favor the GOP if recent trends of lower turnouts in nonpresidential elections continue. And it’s a good bet that they’ll need Trump voters to keep their jobs.

Trump should easily win North Dakota and neighboring Montana this fall if past is prologue: Montana went to Bill Clinton in 1992, while North Dakota hasn’t gone Democratic since 1964. He’ll also certainly win West Virginia and be favored to win Missouri as well: Both states have been in the GOP column since 2000.

For Democrats in those states, ignoring Trump’s political success, and by extension his supporters, would be a risky move. So some Democrats say they can see some opportunities for working together during a hypothetical Trump presidency, given that the Republican front-runner has based his campaign on being a deal maker — unlike any other prominent GOP candidate this cycle.

Take Tester, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, whose job description calls for retaking the Senate by relentlessly linking incumbent Republicans to Trump in purple and blue states this year. But should Trump shock the pundits and win, Tester acknowledges that there are “for sure” things he can come together with Trump on, “as long as they’re good deals for America.”

“This place doesn’t work very well unless you’re able to work with folks. So I would hope so. I mean he’s got some pretty goofy opinions, but hopefully we’ve got some stuff we can work on,” Tester said.

Trump is driving away some Republicans with his departures from party orthodoxy, including calls for a higher minimum wage, more infrastructure spending and health care coverage, but Democrats would have a hard time resisting similar calls from a President Trump if he came to Capitol Hill with those priorities. Blockading such a Trump agenda wouldn’t be easy after Democrats have relentlessly attacked Republicans for refusing to improve Obamacare, craft a big deal on roads and bridges, and provide a higher wage for the working class.” Read the rest