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Chris Hayes says Kamala Harris is ‘underpriced’ for 2020

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MSNBC host Chris Hayes.
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  • MSNBC host Chris Hayes predicted that the US is about to
    experience “two of the most remarkable, consequential years in
    the Republic’s history” at Business Insider’s IGNITION conference
    on Tuesday.
  • The liberal political commentator argued that entering and
    living in the US without documentation is less dangerous than
    driving over the speed limit; that President Donald Trump’s
    positions on international trade are rooted in a “sincerely felt
    and long held” worldview; and that California Sen. Kamala Harris
    could be the next president.

MSNBC host Chris Hayes predicted that the US will experience “two
of the most remarkable, consequential years in the Republic’s
history” in the second half of President Donald Trump’s first
term during a wide-ranging discussion on Tuesday at Business
Insider’s annual IGNITION
conference

The liberal host of the nightly primetime program “All In With
Chris Hayes” made a host of arguments — among them his assertion
that entering and living in the US without documentation is less
dangerous than driving over the speed limit; that Trump’s
positions on international trade are rooted in a “sincerely felt
and long held” worldview; and that California Sen. Kamala Harris
could be the next president. 

Hayes told INSIDER CEO Henry Blodget that while it’s reasonable
for some Americans to believe that millions of people shouldn’t
live in the country without documentation, much of this sentiment
“often emanates from a true lack of familiarity of the way the
system works.”

The cable news host said that if there’s one area of agreement he
has with Trump it’s that “a posture of trade hawkishness against
China is not at all crazy and not at all unjustified.” Hayes
argued that the president’s positions on trade and his support
for tariffs are “sincerely felt and long held” and rooted in
Trump’s “deeply mercantilist” worldview that “everything is zero
sum.” 

But Hayes also said he doesn’t trust the president to navigate
complicated diplomacy with the world’s third-largest economy, the
mishandling of which could lead to a cold war with China.


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On 2020: Kamala Harris is ‘underpriced’

Many political pundits are asking whether the Democratic 2020
presidential nominee should be a centrist or a leftist. Hayes
said this is the wrong question in the Trump era and that
“candidate quality” and “building broad and inclusive messages”
is more important to the majority of American voters than the
candidate’s political ideology. 

“I do think there’s a conventional wisdom that being too far to
the left is a kind of dispositive attribute for a candidate and I
think ideological dispositive blockers are off the table,” he
said. “There is no position, in an ideological fashion, that a
candidate can take that would render them unelectable.” 

Hayes wouldn’t predict who the 2020 nominee will be, but said a
potential bid by Harris — California’s former attorney general
who said this week that she’ll make her decision about whether to
run in the next month — has been underestimated thus far. 

“If you asked me to place a $100 bet based on the field and the
candidate, I think Kamala Harris is underpriced,” he said.

Hayes also argued that conservatives are often hypocritical when
it comes to political correctness — and that public discourse
should be polite, but not suffocating. 

“No one thinks about ‘don’t criticize George H.W. Bush because he
just died’ as an example of political correctness, but of course
it is. It’s exactly the same sort of thing,” Hayes said, pointing
to the criticism he received for evaluating the former
president’s legacy shortly after his
death on Friday

You can watch Chris Hayes talk with Henry Blodget at
IGNITION here:

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