Al Sharpton is nothing but a political opportunist and he may have just hinted at his next big score.
Sharpton has run for office in the past – usually to get some concession after he makes a big stink and then throws what little support he has behind the other candidate – and never won.
One could imagine the deal he could strike if he threw his hat in the ring and actually got traction…
I will say this – none one on the DEm field looks capable of beating Trump so they may cast a wider net.
From Buzzfeed: Rev. Al Sharpton said he isn’t ruling out a run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, just two days after some of his most pointed public critiques of President Donald Trump.
“I never rule anything out,” said Sharpton, adding that he isn’t currently exploring a run for the nomination.
Sharpton’s feeling about where the Democratic Party is in relation to Trump is no secret. This year, on a recent visit to the United Kingdom, Sharpton told the Guardian Trump would likely Keep America Great because Democrats are “too tame to deal with an untamed opponent.” And he’s run before, citing among other things, a need to insert his voice at a time where the party had seemed insincere about its declared direction. That year, he also gave one of the more memorable speeches at the 2004 Democratic convention, saying he ran in part to show poor children who grew up like he did that they can also run for president of the United States.
Of likely candidates, none thus far come from the civil rights wing of the party, although several of the likely candidates, including Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, are black.
During the 2016 primary, young black protesters forced both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders to address their issues head-on, and the Trump era has broadened out the protest movement, especially in a larger black cultural moment that could strengthen a civil rights–style candidate.
If he does run, Al Sharpton is going to have problems if this Baltimore video of Al getting heckled starting at the 5:50 mark in the video below but the whole things is worth watching) is any indication.
From The Daily Wire:
When asked about President Trump’s comments, one of the men answered, “Me personally, I want him to say things like that because it’s true. … I don’t have no problems with the man. I really respect him as a man because he’s upfront, he’s truthful. They keep wanting to say, ‘he a racist, he a racist, he a racist’; that’s not the problem, especially with black people, because I don’t see white men killing my own kind, you know what I mean.”
The woman with a firearm on her hip told the interviewer, “It’s sad but it’s true.” She later added, “I’m still ‘Team Obama,’ but with that being said, he’s (Trump) a powerful man and I believe he can make a lot of changes happen.”
“I don’t want to make a comment on the president, but he has a point,” the man working at the convenience store said. “Crime is very high and something has to be done.”
Two other locals had a back-and-forth over Trump suggesting “no human” would want to live in the area. “That’s true! I moved. I moved out of there. I can take you, right now, where there’s no running water in a whole block — ten minutes from Elijah Cummings’ block,” one of them said.
In another part of the video, men living in West Baltimore heckled Mr. Sharpton while he was giving a speech about Trump’s comments, painting the president as racist.
“You go back to New York! You bring that s*** to New York! You ain’t do nothing for Baltimore! You a phony!” an elderly man yells at the political figure.
“Our schools are failing us! Where are you when our schools are failing us? You’re just a hustler,” another man yells at Sharpton.