At a speaking engagement with black MPs in London Wednesday, MSNBC host and civil rights leader Al Sharpton told reporters that unless Democrats make a show of themselves in the near future, Trump could win a second term in 2020.
“They’ve lost the ability to dramatize,” Sharpton lamented, adding “He [Trump] understands spectacle and drama and they don’t.”
Sharpton cited the peaceful protests led by Martin Luther King as the kind of drama the Democrats need.
“What was the civil rights movement if not drama? Martin Luther King was the master of street theatre. No one would have listened if he just gave speeches,” he said.
The civil rights leader also expressed hope that talk show host and actress Oprah Winfrey would run against Trump in 2020.
“She’s been broke longer than she’s been rich,” Sharpton said, adding that Winfrey “could beat Trump in a heartbeat.”
However, Winfrey has said in the past that she does not see herself as a presidential candidate.
“I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not. And so it’s not something that interests me. I don’t have the DNA for it.”
Sharpton also said that if he chose to run, former vice president Joe Biden would have the black community’s support because “he covered Obama’s back for eight years.”
On Twitter, President Trump celebrated a seemingly “Red Wave” in the California primaries, tweeting, “Great night for Republicans! Congratulations to John Cox on a really big number in California. He can win.”
The president cited “Fake News CNN” as downplaying the “Trump impact,” saying it was “much bigger than they ever thought possible.”
“So much for the big Blue Wave, it may be a big Red Wave. Working hard!” He wrote.
Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich said Tuesday that the “blue wave” prediction was touted before the Trump agenda actually took effect.
“However, the “blue wave” storyline was created before many of the benefits of the Trump-Republican agenda began to take hold, and it’s going to be increasingly difficult to convince Americans their lives aren’t getting better.”
“I have no doubt the elite media and the left will continue to prop up their “blue wave” message and keep attacking President Trump and the Republicans at every opportunity. However, this will only widen the gap between them and the rest of the country,” he wrote.
During her victory speech Tuesday night Former New Mexico Democratic Party Chairwoman Debra Haaland cautioned the president and other Republicans in regard to the upcoming November elections.
“Donald Trump and the billionaire class should consider this victory a warning shot: the blue wave is coming,” she said.
Sharpton told reporters that if Democrats want to win in November, they need to be focusing on more relevant issues such as “rights, jobs and healthcare," rather than spending so much time on the Russia investigation.
“You got to get the message right; then you’ll get the messenger,” he said.