In a speech unsparing in its attacks on the GOP with contours that went far beyond Illinois’ parochial borders, the billionaire progressive Democrat and Hyatt Hotel heir called himself a “warrior” ready to take on former Republican President Donald Trump and Trump allies in the years ahead.
“Here we are, two years into cleaning up the wreckage of Donald Trump’s presidency, poised to watch this man announce his return to national politics within days,” Pritzker said.
“You know why? Because GOP politicians, with the exception of only a few souls, are too cowardly, too simpering to support the best interests of the nation because they’re afraid of being called insulting nicknames by a whiny bully,” Pritzker said.
The ballroom stage at the Marriott Marquis in Chicago’s South Loop before hundreds of supporters is not the same as the platform of a Democratic National Convention, as was the case in 2004 in Boston when a youthful Illinois state senator delivered the keynote address that propelled Barack Obama to the presidency four years later. Pritzker’s oratorical skills also lack the dimension of Obama.