The Democrats' treatment of former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg on the stage of last week's presidential debates is a commentary about the state of the party and how far left it has gone, Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy told Newsmax TV on Tuesday, before the candidates were to take the stage once again in South Carolina.
"I think he was bad in the sense he was arguing common sense at certain points," Ruddy told Tuesday's "Greg Kelly Reports." "He's for capitalism; he's for American success."
However, the Democratic Party has "gone so far left, that someone like Michael Bloomberg is sneered at, derided," Ruddy said. "They were ready to throw him off the stage, so I think it's a commentary about the Democratic Party."
Ruddy said he does not know Bloomberg well, having met him just a few times. He does think he was a "good mayor" for New York City.
But, Ruddy hastened to add, President Donald Trump has been a "spectacular president of the United States."
"You know, there's a rule," Ruddy told Kelly. "You never trade in a Mercedes for a Honda.
"He's done an incredible job," Ruddy continued. "I think his record is much better than Michael Bloomberg's here in New York City."
Though there has been recent talk about the potential of a brokered Dem convention this summer, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., the frontrunner after early primary and caucus successes, will be "unstoppable" if he gets 30% of the vote in the upcoming Super Tuesday races, Ruddy said.
Democrats, however, are "really trying to deny" Sanders his victories, even though he has already won the races in Iowa, Nevada, and New Hampshire, Ruddy said, because "they don't like what he represents."
Sanders, a self-declared Democratic socialist, has a "huge base" that will be angry if he is mistreated like he was in the 2016 race, Ruddy added, when the Democrats' servers were hacked into and people like then-Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and others were "conniving, scheming" to keep him from winning.
There have also been some comparisons made between Sanders and 1972 Democratic Party nominee George McGovern, another party outsider, but Ruddy said Sanders makes McGovern "look like a conservative."
Sanders has "embraced Fidel Castro" and has said it is "OK to call him a Marxist, a Communist," Ruddy said. "The Democratic Party is one-third to 50% socialist. If we had a bad economy, it is scary to think a socialist might win."
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