- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Rep. Pramila Jayapal has a message for far-left Americans who are worried that Joseph R. Biden will ignore them if elected president: “He is movable.”

The Democrat assured Seattle constituents and progressives around the nation of the former Vice President’s receptivity to their ideas while on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.” 

“You have been pro-Bernie [Sanders],” Mr. Noah said Monday. “You have been one of the people pushing the party predominantly to the left. And now Joe Biden, as you’ve commented on in the past, is someone where people aren’t enthusiastically wanting to vote for — but will vote for — because Donald Trump is the alternative. … Going into the election, how are you going to balance that message of saying to people, ‘Yes, Joe Biden is not as progressive as we wanted, but you’ve got to go out and vote for him’? Do you think that balance is something you can achieve?”

Ms. Jayapal said with confidence that Mr. Biden is politically malleable on a whole host of issues favored by the most liberal voters. 

“I will be pushing him,” she said. “As soon as we get him in the White House, and even before with these task forces that we had, we were able to significantly push Joe Biden to do things that he hadn’t signed on to before. So he is movable, he is listening, and he does understand that we need turnout from young people, from folks of color.”

The Democrat added that it was incumbent for liberals to vote for Mr. Biden because his Republican rival is a “fascist xenophobe who is destroying our Constitution.”

“We have to get [Trump] out,” she implored. “This is a critically important election.”  

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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