Democrats' Biggest Donor Urges Shift To Bernie's Platform: "Being Never-Trump Is Not Nearly Enough"

Tom Steyer, a California hedge fund billionaire, had the dubious honor of being the largest donor to the Democratic party - spending a whopping $87 million on Democratic candidates and causes in 2016 and endorsed Clinton after the primaries. With Schumer and the Democrats pushing their 'new better deal' and admitting the Russians didn't do it (and being anti-Trump is not enough), Steyer is supporting his party's perspective and dumping Hillary's 'but but but it was the Russians... and Comey' narrative'.

Steyer recently spoke to's Jake Horowitz to discuss the state of play for Democrats in the Trump era - the good, bad and yes, the ugly...

“Democrats have to move from resistance to offense,” Steyer said.


"Being not-Trump is not nearly enough. We have to put forward our positive vision for the future. If we can’t do that, then I don’t understand the point.

Today however, Steyer is now an unabashed supporter of Sanders’ progressive vision...

“When people say Bernie is crazy, no. Bernie is talking about inequality. That is the burning issue in the United States.”


“There is an absolute, unspoken war between corporate interests and the American people,” he said. “That’s the underlying subtext for all of the public discussions within the Democratic party.”


“We’re seeing a deliberate attempt to take away [working families’] future by really rich people. Until we address that, I don’t think we’re dealing with the reality Americans are facing today,” he continued.

But Democrats, Steyer said, have yet to develop a compelling and positive message to channel the energy Sanders generated on the campaign and help the party win back working class voters in the Rust Belt who flipped for Trump - let alone turn their own base out at the polls on Election Day. For Steyer, that message must start with inequality, not jobs.

“Before you freak out on the jobs question, which everyone loves to do, understand that we [only] have 4.3% unemployment,” Steyer said.


“But what we do have is a whole bunch of people who have jobs they can’t live on,” he added, a reference to the thinking behind the Fight for $15 and other progressive campaigns to raise working class wages.

Steyer, who said he considers himself a Democrat but “not part of the party apparatus in any shape or form,” was the largest individual funder of the 2016 election. The results were obviously quite disappointing. Of the seven candidates for national office that Steyer supported through NextGen’s Action Committee, four lost — including, of course, Clinton.

Coming off those bruising defeats, Steyer has only redoubled his efforts.

He recently announced on Mic the launch of NextGen Rising, a new voter registration campaign to mobilize young voters in eight key states ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

“One of the absolute necessities for Democrats in 2018 is going to be to recruit credible and good candidates that line up well with their districts,” Steyer said.

Still, aside from Sanders, it’s not immediately obvious who would be the best candidate to advance the economic message Steyer is championing, between the dozen or so names that are frequently mentioned as 2020 contenders — from Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren, to outsiders like Howard Schultz. But one thing is clear: Steyer has his eyes on 2018 and 2020, and he’s in favor of the party adopting a solidly progressive agenda, rather than just running on an anti-Trump platform or trying to fight for the center.

Well it can't get much worse?

We suspect,. however, that no matter what Steyer and Schumer say, Maxine Waters and her ilk will be unable to change their narrative... like this little beauty over the weekend...


Cognitive Dissonance Mon, 07/31/2017 - 18:52 Permalink

When you have decided to speak lies, all you can do is dance around the truth.Eventually you die by the same sword you have used to skewer the truth.<This applies to both political parties. Republicans don't have the 'truth' market cornered.>

PT WorkingFool Mon, 07/31/2017 - 22:16 Permalink

"Never Trump" not good enough?  If only they worked that out a year ago.   (Thank goodness they didn't).  Give the Ds another decade or two and they might decide on a new slogan like, ummm, I dunno, ... "Make America Great Again"?  Oh but that's right, they assured us that America was already great.  Might take them a bit longer then ...

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junction Cognitive Dissonance Mon, 07/31/2017 - 18:54 Permalink

When your party's leaders are all ready to take seats in a senior citizen assisted care facility day room, you are in real trouble.  Candidates in their 70s and 80s who have done nothing but make speeches for over 30 years and who represent no one but the NWO and their corporate fronts.  The vote last week in the House against Russia, where only three House members, all Republicans, voted for illegal sanctions against Russia, shows you what a bunch of neocon lowlives Democratic politicians have become.  Voting in lock step with Republicans.  Party leader Nancy Pelosi is worth over $100 million. Hillary Clinton has a roving death squad at the ready to bump off anyone who questions her degenerate ways.  A guy posts on the Internet that she has vascular dementia and he is bumped off in a mini-Iron Man triathalon.  The only treatment for her brain cancer is an extract obtained from harvesting the pineal glands from murdered children.  Which is what Hillary's doctors do without hesitation.  The United States is in a nightmare world where our politicians are analogue to "the walking dead".  

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Son of Loki junction Mon, 07/31/2017 - 18:59 Permalink

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Lore Normalcy Bias Mon, 07/31/2017 - 19:19 Permalink

It's much, much darker than that. Would you knowingly give a dime to a fund manager who supported Clinton?  Does that not cast just a little doubt upon his powers of analysis?  To endorse Hillary, my perception is that you must be either cosmically naive, or a crony. As a prospective client, I would run from a Hillaryite as fast as my legs could take me.Damn right, "It's not enough."  If you don't want your nation to collapse, you need to start rounding up ringleaders, convicting them, imprisoning them for a good long time, and be seen to be doing so.  The very social fabric is at stake.  BUILD A PLATFORM AROUND THAT. Oh, and cut out the progressivism and interventionism and start paying off your debt.  There's some homework for you, Mr. Hedge Fund Manager.

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Team_Huli Mon, 07/31/2017 - 18:42 Permalink

This song is dedicated to Tom Steyer...Desperado, why don't you come to your sensesYou been out ridin' fences for so long nowOh, you're a hard oneI know that you got your reasonsThese things that are pleasin' youCan hurt you somehow  

two hoots Mon, 07/31/2017 - 18:47 Permalink

His $87M would have been better served downsizing himself to more equal, giving his money to other than political parties?  Nothing is stopping him from going all the way or does he/they really believe their BS?  

dark pools of soros Mon, 07/31/2017 - 18:47 Permalink

Are they going to make nice with the working deplorables now??  How does that fit together with the free shit army? and btw..  Tom, who is a hedge fund guy that didn't hedge on the election??   Give this guy VIP Zero Hedge status!!   No hedge for you!!!  Well done 

Mena Arkansas Mon, 07/31/2017 - 18:51 Permalink

The dems are the party of hate.They hate white people.They hate traditional america.They hate christian values.So adopting the platform of a commie jew should be right up their alley.I suggest Steyer donate his billions to the core democratic base of blacks, browns, jews and the gender-confused.To do otherwise would be rayciss. Besides he probably needs to check his #jewprivilege at the door.No surprise his father was a partner at Sullivan & Cromwel - the Dulles brothers CIA law firm.…

Doom Porn Star roadhazard Mon, 07/31/2017 - 19:47 Permalink

The only two types that I know of who were rooting for Bernie were all under 25-year-olds with assloads of college debt and no skills to show for it; and a few washed up and disillusioned military vets.I'm sure you know exactly know the ranks broke when the contest devolved into Trump v. Clinton....There ya go! The funny thing was actually all the self-described 'Jewish' NYC metro males that were scared to death of Clinton and thus 'closet Trump supporters'.  There was apparently very heavy social pressure to conform to and vote the Democratic/Zionist platform, and thus Clinton..They all to a man knew that if they voiced their opposition to Hilllary that they would be ostracised -or worse; and only admitted this in private to vocal anti-establishment advocates such as myself.  The hushed discussions were so eerily similar to guys coming out of the closet it was not even remotely humorous....And: yes; all men.   NO women came forward.   NONE.    Ponder that one....

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pippi68 roadhazard Mon, 07/31/2017 - 19:45 Permalink

Bernie was the weakest of all. He would have been destroyed against Trump. Imagine a guy who can't even keep control of his microphone at his OWN RALLY take on the scumbags around every corner in D.C. Bernie would have been at the precise conrol of the puppetmasters from day one. No real different than Hillary except he wouldn't have been making as much on the side. Even his crimes are beta by comparison. If you haven't seen it yet, this is emblematic of what you would have gotten with Bernie.

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konadog roadhazard Tue, 08/01/2017 - 00:28 Permalink

It's not the outcome I would have wanted, but I agree that Bernie would have squashed Trump. People didn't vote for Trump, they voted against career criminal, walking corpse, disgusting piece of crap, Hyena Rodent. Scumbag politicians like "Free Shit Sanders" have been getting elected by promising idiots something for nothing for time immemorial. It would have worked just as well this time as it always does.

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thinkmoretalkless Mon, 07/31/2017 - 18:50 Permalink

Hey Steyer, why not out "bernie" Bernie and institute a wealth tax and leave you with a 50k stipend annually and an Obamacare policy? You would still keep up your work because it's for the people and all.

Oh I forgot going full Bernie retard is for the peons, the elite like you are not to be messed with.

HRClinton Mon, 07/31/2017 - 18:50 Permalink

He's 100% correct in saying that "There is an unspoken war between Corporate interests and the American people."It's been that way for a loooong time.Swapping politicians won't change that. Not under the current, crony election laws. 

EmeraldWI Mon, 07/31/2017 - 18:51 Permalink

Let's get 40 million more on the payrolls, tax them from the first dollar, cut defense spending in half and fund SSI and Medicare for all and pay down the deficit. Bernie could do it. This Trump thing doesn't seem so great.

EmeraldWI dark pools of soros Mon, 07/31/2017 - 20:31 Permalink

Expand your mind. Lost defense jobs would be a multiplier gain if workers did almost anything else. Rather than the best and brightest building bombs then blowing them up, how about affordable sustainable ag, housing and transportation? Why do citizens put up with an hour commute to travel 20 miles? How many would return to the land if given the chance? Since the 1970's when D.C. started to try to save the "family farm", WI alone has lost 50,000 farms. The dollar isn't down by chance, ag loans are in the 3rd year of sketchiness. Seems like more than half ZH has been stockpiling ammo, silver and seeds since 2008. Opposing economic viewpoints are just means. We always did feel the sameWe just saw it from a different point of view

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power_shift Mon, 07/31/2017 - 18:56 Permalink

Is it just me or do any people take billionaire assholes like this guy seriously? If he believes in inequality so much why doesn't he just give away all his stolen fiat?

IRUL-UBLO Mon, 07/31/2017 - 18:57 Permalink

Once Trump and the GOP have burned this country down, the average Murican will be begging for a Bernie platform.  Steve is correct, either the dumbocrats go that way or the average person in this country is hosed, as the GOP reps already have their millions and health care.  You think they give two shits about you?  You're dillusional.