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Trump Campaign Levels Post-Debate Attack on 2020 Democrats

Pete Buttigieg warned his fellow Democrats that Republicans would attack them as “crazy socialists” regardless of the positions they take and, right on cue, President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign leveled just that attack against the candidates who appeared on the Democratic debate stage Tuesday night.

“Same radical Democrats. Same big government socialist message. Same winner of tonight’s debate: President Donald Trump,” Trump national press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement just after the debate ended.

Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., had said earlier in the night that “is time to stop worrying about what the Republicans will say” about any Democratic policy positions.

“It’s true that if we embrace a far-left agenda, they’re going to say we’re a bunch of crazy socialists,” he said. “If we embrace a conservative agenda, you know what they’re going to do? They’re going to say we’re a bunch of crazy socialists.“

So, he said, “let’s just stand up for the right policy, go out there and defend it.”

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