January 23, 2017

Steyer Doubles Down: “We Reflect the Will of the People”


The Hill interviewed billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer over the weekend. Nearly three months from the presidential election, Steyer continues to demonstrate he has not learned any lessons from his failures in 2016.

Steyer asserted to The Hill‘s Reid Wilson that he has “no doubt” his extreme policies are supported by the people, “to an overwhelming extent”:

[Steyer] said he still believes most voters agree with Democratic ideals, though the party didn’t effectively convey them in November.

“I think there’s no doubt that we reflect the will of the people to an overwhelming extent. I don’t think we were successful in conveying the spirit behind those policies, and I don’t think we were successful in transmitting the urgency behind those policies,” Steyer told The Hill.

This flies in the face of coventional wisdom. National Journal‘s Josh Kraushaar wrote in December that Democrats’ extreme stands on energy helped sink them in 2016. In fact, Steyer’s $163 million has earned him no better than a sub-.500 record in federal races from 2014 through 2016.

On the one hand, Steyer showed in this latest interview he is wildly out of touch with Americans. On the other, his continued delusions about extreme policies will ensure he continues to have a subpar record – despite spending big money.

Steyer did concede one point: Trump’s election caused him to rethink a likely gubernatorial bid in the 2018 California governor’s race.