Last week, three separate yet fundamentally unifiable stories broke. And for once, not one of those stories directly involved President Trump.

Just that alone is an achievement; if Trump has learned anything during his tenure, it’s that the best week is not one in which he is the main focus of the news cycle, but one in which his rivals exemplify their insanity and immorality and steal the spotlight.

The first of these stories broke on Sunday evening, in which it was announced that Howard Schultz, the ex-Starbucks CEO, will run in the next presidential election as an independent. This immediately drew allusions to past elections, including the 2000 presidential election — in which it’s arguable that then-independent candidate Ralph Nader allowed then-candidate George W. Bush to win due to Nader splitting the vote among left-leaners.

In his 60 Minutes interview, Schultz criticized both parties, saying that “both parties are consistently not doing what’s necessary on behalf of the American people.”

Immediately after the announcement, Democrats responded angrily to the possibility of Schultz splitting the vote and allowing Trump to be re-elected. Democrat Julian Castro — who announced he’s running in 2020 — spoke about this plausibility, saying in an interview on CNN that Schultz running “would provide Donald Trump with his best hope of getting re-elected.”

This provides the first damning story of the week for the Democrats. To them, the purpose of the upcoming election isn’t to promote good policy, good beliefs, or good practices. It’s focused on only one thing: defeating Trump.

Then came Virginia. Following New York’s newest law which legalized abortion up until birth so long as the mother can convince the doctor that the abortion is “necessary” to protect her health — which includes and is not limited to emotional well-being –, Virginia followed suit, proposing a bill that would allow the murder of a born infant if the baby had “severe foetal abnormalities,” according to the Governor of Virginia’s spokeswoman.

When asked about whether the bill would allow a woman to request an abortion mere moments before giving birth, Kathy Tran — a major proponent of the bill and a member of the Virginia House of Delegates — said that her “bill would allow that, yes.” Shortly after proposing a bill that would essentially allow infanticide, she submitted a bill that would help save an endangered species of caterpillar.

Fortunately, the abortion bill did not pass.

While Virginia was already in the limelight, the third damaging story for the Democrats surfaced. On Friday, a photo emerged of the Governor of Virginia, Democrat Ralph Northam, who just days before admitted he supported the abortion of infants following their birth. The photo, originating from a page dedicated to him in his medical-school yearbook, depicts two men — one dressed in a Ku Klux Klan costume, the other wearing “blackface”. In addition, a separate page in the yearbook writes that Northam’s nickname was “coonman“, an ostensibly racist epithet.

Shortly after the bombshell dropped, Northam released a statement, admitting that the picture is indeed authentic; he did not disclose which racist figure he was in the picture.

Immediately realizing the negative effects that will soon lay down on them, certain Democrats voiced their support in Northam resigning. Kamala Harris — another Democrat who announced she is running in 2020 — wrote on Twitter that the “Governor of Virginia should step aside so the public can heal and move forward together.” Some Democrats, however, did not voice their support in his resignation. Both Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine — who served as then-candidate Hillary Clinton’s vice president pick in 2016 — released statements, stating nowhere that Northam should resign.

Governor Northam then released a short video, announcing that he will not resign, despite even his own party calling for his resignation.

During the 2017 gubernatorial election, then-candidate Northam ironically touted his opponent as a racist who fearmongers. During a 2013 televised debate, candidate Northam — who was running for Virginia lieutenant governor at the time — refused to shake his black opponent’s hand. No Democrat bigwig ever spoke out about that.

While the aforementioned three stories are separate by definition, they all have something in common: they all exemplify the hypocrisy, the smugness, and the condescension of the Democratic party.

With regards to the Schultz story, the Democratic party showed that they don’t actually want to improve the country or spread good policies. They only care about one thing: power. That’s what elections mean to them. That’s what getting rid of Trump means to them. That’s why Schultz poses a threat to them.

Regarding Virginia’s failed abortion bill, it perfectly exemplifies the underlying hypocrisy and immorality of the Democratic party. I have a good enough memory to remember that just weeks ago, the Democrats lambasted Trump’s wall as an immoral medieval device utilized only by evil men. I remember when Democrats claimed that Trump was the evilest man in the world to allow the separation of illegal immigrant children from their parents.

The murder of life mere moments before birth and even following birth, however, is perfectly moral and just.

And finally, Northam’s “hidden” racist past showcases one of the biggest themes in the Democratic party: smugness. The Democrats purport they’re the party of anti-racism, despite being the founders of the KKK, the proponents of the Jim Crow laws, and being adamant opposers to the Civil Rights Acts in the 20th century. The Democratic party claims they’re the party for African Americans, despite unfulfilling promise after promise given to them, perpetually incentivizing them to not work and resort to crime, and constantly dividing people based on the color of their skin.

We should aim for a country that prioritizes morals rather than power; a country in which life, regardless of what stage it is in, matters. We should strive for a nation in which people are free to run for president if they wish to, not be lambasted due to them threatening the balance of power. We should aim for a country in which ideas, not the race, are the defining attributes of a person.

After all, let us not forget the unalienable and imprescriptible rights we all entail, the rights the Declaration of Independence reminds us of: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

UPDATE: Shortly after the publication of this article, Governor Northam has, as of 3:40 pm EST on February 2, 2019, denied being in the aforementioned picture, shortly after admitting he was in the picture.

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Written by Daniel Schmidt
Daniel Schmidt is a 15-year-old political commentator from Nashville, Tennessee. In his freshman year of high school, he founded The Young Pundit, with the goal of establishing a hard-hitting, fact-based conservative commentary outlet.