IT BEGINS: First Democrat Formally Files 2020 WH Bid

ABC News reports:

Democrat Richard Ojeda may have lost his bid for Congress in West Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District but the man who’s been called “JFK with tattoos and a bench press” still has plans to run — for president. Fresh off his defeat last week, Ojeda made the news official Monday morning.

It’s a long-shot bid for the White House from one of the most colorful candidates of the 2018 election. Ojeda campaigned across the coalfields of Southern West Virginia and won support from the left and right for his brash, outspoken style.

The Democrat also defended his vote for Donald Trump in the 2016 election, saying that he was the only candidate who came to West Virginia and spoke to the economic concerns of the state’s citizens.

The Intercept reports:

“I have been a Democrat ever since I registered to vote, and I’ll stay a Democrat, but that’s because of what the Democratic Party was supposed to be,” he told The Intercept. “The reason why the Democratic Party fell from grace is because they become nothing more than elitist. That was it. Goldman Sachs, that’s who they were.”

Ojeda turned on Trump early in his term, concluding that the president’s interest in improving the lives of working people like those Ojeda grew up with in West Virginia, or served with in the military, was fake. Now, he wants to break the spell Trump still holds on half the country.

“We have a person that has come down to areas like Appalachia and has tried…and has convinced these people that he is for them, when in reality the people that he has convinced couldn’t even afford to play one round of golf on his fancy country club,” Ojeda said.