Which Democrats can credibly call out Trump's corruption in 2020?

The president's pervasive corruption and reversal on positions like campaign finance should be a gift to his opponent

President Trump, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders.
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There are few issues in America that seem to unite voters like money in politics. The vast majority of Americans believe that political corruption is a major problem that must be confronted for the sake of our democracy. According to one study from a nonpartisan research group at the University of Maryland, three-fourths of Americans — including 66 percent of Republicans — support overturning Citizens United, while 88 percent want to "reduce the influence [that] large campaign donors wield over lawmakers." Pew Research Center has similarly found that nearly 8-in-10 Americans agree that there should be "limits on the amount of money individuals and organizations" can spend on political campaigns. Anyone who has followed this issue closely over the years knows that this is not a new trend.

Political corruption was perhaps the key issue during the 2016 election, and it ironically ended up benefiting Donald Trump, the corrupt billionaire who had previously bragged about buying off politicians (including his Democratic opponent, who he donated to years earlier). One of the major appeals of Trump in 2016 was his supposed ability to self-finance his own campaign, which he claimed made him incorruptible and immune to the influence of lobbyists and corporate interests. "I don't need anybody's money ... I'm using my own money. I'm not using the lobbyists. I'm not using donors. I don't care. I'm really rich," he said (before going on to benefit from more than $300 million dollars from lobbyists and donors).

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