The New York Times editorial board compared Sen. Bernie Sanders’s rigidity to compromise and apparent divisiveness with President Trump while discussing its Democratic primary endorsements.
The paper broke with its precedent and endorsed two candidates for 2020, Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. The decision came after all of the candidates were interviewed, and in discussing its choice, the board highlighted some similarities between the Vermont senator and Trump.
Although Sanders, 78, is seen as one of the front-runners in the Democratic race, the New York Times said that not only is his health a “serious concern,” but also that his approach to politics is a problem.
“He boasts that compromise is anathema to him,” the editorial reads. “Only his prescriptions can be the right ones, even though most are overly rigid, untested and divisive. He promises that once in office, a groundswell of support will emerge to push through his agenda.”
“Three years into the Trump administration, we see little advantage to exchanging one over-promising, divisive figure in Washington for another,” the editorial continued.
The board went on to endorse Warren, 70: “Good news, then, that Elizabeth Warren has emerged as a standard-bearer for the Democratic left.”
It also endorsed Klobuchar, 59, and said that she “has emerged as a standard-bearer for the Democratic center.”
A RealClearPolitics national average of polls has Joe Biden leading with 28.4% support, followed by Sanders at 20.4%, and Warren at 14.8%. Klobuchar is near the back of the pack, registering only 3% support.