(TheFreedomFlag.com) – Tom Steyer has consistently argued against President Donald Trump’s “version” of the economy. The Democratic candidate for president believes Trump is misleading people into thinking the economy is doing well when it’s actually not.
But when Steyer was called out on an ABC News program on Sunday, he didn’t really know how to respond.
Anchor Martha Raddatz brought up a recent poll by Quinnipiac that showed 70 percent of people feel the economy is either in “excellent or good” shape. That’s slightly lower than the 73 percent mark back in December, but that number set an all-time high.
After introducing the poll to Steyer, she asked him a simple question: “How do you convince them [voters] that a change is needed when they think they’re doing so well under Donald Trump?”
It was a poignant question. No matter what Steyer believes of the economy himself, a majority of the American people think it’s in great shape. So how, then, does Steyer plan to convince them otherwise?
At first, Steyer side-stepped the question a bit, saying Trump talks about how good the economy is, but his talking points were “a lie.” He said unemployment rates disguise a lack of wage growth, and stock market performance mostly benefits the wealthy.
Raddatz attempted to get him back on point, pointing to the approval rating of the economy and saying not all the people who responded to the survey were wealthy.
Steyer’s response: “Here we are on a show, and you’re standing up for Mr. Trump’s version of the economy.”
Raddatz quickly fired back, cutting in on Steyer and saying: “I’m telling you about a national poll. I’m not standing up for anybody.”
Still, Steyer persisted with his point:
“There is a different story of this economy and this country that has to be told. Mr. Trump has to be faced down about what he’s saying on the economy … He’s going to say, ‘I’m great on the economy and Democrats stink.’ … I can take him on in that because it has to be shown that this economy actually isn’t working for the vast bulk of Americans.”
Again, Steyer dodged the main question Raddatz brought up, which was neither slanted toward any candidate nor leading in any way. How does Steyer plan to convince people who believe the Trump economy is good that it’s actually bad?
It seemed during the ABC News broadcast that he didn’t have a good answer to that question, just like he hasn’t had a good answer to any other Democratic in the primary thus far. He’s among eight candidates who still remain in the race, despite a complete blanking in the first two primaries thus far.
In fact, Steyer — who is a billionaire — spent roughly $36.4 million on advertising ahead of the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, but he wasn’t able to capture even one delegate.