It is crunch time for the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, with the all-important Iowa causes now only a stone’s throw away.
Iowa has long been one of the first “official” contests of any general election, and, as such, allows the nation to gauge just how well the in-fighting of the candidates has gone so far. Will the frontrunners hold up to the scrutiny that they have faced so far? Are the pollsters completely and utterly full of it? Can a dark horse candidate pull off the upset? The answers to questions such as these could be answered in the coming days.
That’s why it is almost essential for any candidate with any inkling of a shot to win it all stays in the race until Iowa…even if it means doing so on a shoestring budget or without any endorsements to speak of. Only the truly despondent find themselves unable to inch across this threshold.
Cory Booker’s campaign just couldn’t seem to eek it out this go-round.
“It’s with a full heart that I share this news — I’ve made the decision to suspend my campaign for president,” Booker wrote to supporters in an email. “It was a difficult decision to make, but I got in this race to win, and I’ve always said I wouldn’t continue if there was no longer a path to victory.”
“Our campaign has reached the point where we need more money to scale up and continue building a campaign that can win — money we don’t have, and money that is harder to raise because I won’t be on the next debate stage and because the urgent business of impeachment will rightly be keeping me in Washington,” the senator added. “So I’ve chosen to suspend my campaign now, take care of my wonderful staff, and give you time to consider the other strong choices in the field.”
His departure now leaves a field that was once the most diverse in history with just one remaining African American candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.
The battle for the Democratic nomination looks like a two-sided one as it stands today, with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders inching ever closer to usurping perpetual frontrunner and former Vice President Joe Biden by the day.
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Warren and Sanders Share Testy Post-Debate Moment: ‘You Called Me A Liar’
The fiery moment could have major implications on the already tense race.
Much has been said about the Democratic civil war that continues to rage, particularly in the realm of the 2020 race to the White House.
The left simply hates President Trump. They loathe him. They’ve even gone so far as to rage under the “resistance” moniker, as though they are some sort of unified force against the evil that they perceive in the President.
Nothing could be further from the truth, and one only needs to examine the 2020 field of candidates to realize this.
The most recent flare up among these progressive combatants has come from the far left side of the spectrum, with Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders now arguing with one another over something the latter may have said to the former in a private 2018 meeting.
As the story goes, Bernie told Liz that “a woman can’t win” in 2020. Warren, who just this week saw Bernie eclipse her fully in Iowa’s polling, dug this gem out of her war room in order to force the issue onto the debate stage on Tuesday night. When Sanders denied the claims, Warren was forced to confront him after the structured broadcast ended in a tiff caught on a hot mic.
“I think you called me a liar on national TV,” Warren told Sanders on stage after they both offered perfunctory “good job” greetings to other rivals, according to audio captured by CNN, which co-hosted the debate with the Des Moines Register.
“What?” Sanders replied, according to CNN’s report.
“I think you called me a liar on national TV,” she said again.
“You know, let’s not do it right now. If you want to have that discussion, we’ll have that discussion,” Sanders responded,
Warren replied: “Anytime.”
That appeared to have irked Sanders who then said: “You called me a liar.”
He added: “You told me — all right, let’s not do it now.”
Progressive Democrats have lamented the burgeoning feud, believing that this internal rift accomplishes nothing, and only bolsters the outlook of moderate candidates such as Joe Biden.
Bernie Bros Whining After ‘Rigged’ Debate…But Was This The Plan All Along?
The slighting of Sanders is playing right into the progressive politician’s hands.
It appears as though the Bernie Sanders campaign is looking to score the sympathy vote ahead of the Iowa caucuses.
Sanders and his supporters have a chip on their shoulder after being unceremoniously cheated out of the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination by Hillary Clinton’s collusion with the DNC. For many within the party, it was this unfathomable electoral meddling that allowed Donald Trump to easily trounce Clinton in the general election, as Democratic voters were simply disenfranchised and despondent after the rigging scandal was exposed by Wikileaks.
Bernie’s handlers certainly understand that his supporters are wary of yet another establishment assault on the Democratic Socialist’s 2020 run, and have already begun to whine about his treatment during last night’s televised debate…particularly at the hands of CNN, who seemed to be in rival Elizabeth Warren’s corner.
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— Secular Talk (@KyleKulinski) January 15, 2020
Going after @BernieSanders again…is it just me or does this look completely rigged to take Bernie down??
— Darren Cosgrave 🧢🇮🇪🇺🇸 (@DarrenCosgrave) January 15, 2020
— Boomer Advice ~ Vote for Bernie (@MimiTexasAngel) January 15, 2020
Another rigged election against Bernie #CNNisTrash
— Pearce Pedro (@truzakar) January 15, 2020
Of course, it stands to reckon that this may be all a part of the plan.
Sanders being “cheated” during the debate last night fits into the storyline that the Vermont Senator’s team has been working to construct; one of an anti-establishment outsider being completely stonewalled by a corrupt and archaic Democratic Party.
Make no mistake about it – Bernie’s campaign is relishing in the controversy, hoping to use this perceived slight to separate Sanders from the rest of the field who are allegedly colluding against him.
Russian Hackers Who Infiltrated DNC in 2016 Just Hacked Biden-Linked Burisma
Putin is back at it, hoping to again neuter Americans’ democracy.
Mother Russia is sticking her nose back into America’s business yet again, this time rather blatantly attempting to influence yet another American election.
During the 2016 presidential election, the Kremlin waged a fairly serious war on American democracy, with their battles being fought on the fertile, young battlefields of cyberspace. Not only were Russian hackers implying the tried and true methods of “phishing” and old-fashioned encryption-assault, but Putin’s ploy also included massive farms of online trolls, bots, and provocateurs who flooded social media with whatever messages the Kremlin wanted to see make headlines in the United States.
Now, as 2020 looms large, the same bad actors within the Russian cyber warfare space are at it again, and they are now presumably targeting Democratic nominee Joe Biden via his son Hunter’s job at Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma.
Russian hackers recently targeted the Ukrainian gas company that was at the center of President Trump’s impeachment — and they succeeded in gaining access to its email accounts, according to California cybersecurity firm Area 1 Security.
The hackers are said to have infiltrated Burisma Holdings months after Trump urged Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who had served on Burisma’s board.
“What we’ve uncovered is that the same Russian cyber actors who targeted the [Democratic National Committee] in 2016 have been actively launching a phishing campaign against employees of Burisma Holdings and its subsidiaries, to try to steal their email usernames and passwords,” Area 1 co-founder Oren Falkowitz tells NPR’s Morning Edition.
Those involved were already infamous for their work in 2016.
The hacking operation was the work of the GRU, the Russian military spy agency, according to Area 1, which has published its findings online. The company says Russian hackers sent seemingly legitimate emails pointing to malicious websites that looked like authentic Burisma sites to try to dupe employees into sharing private login information.
Election interference has been a prevailing political topic in American for the better half of a decade now, and it doesn’t appear as though we’ll be rid of this menace for some time still.
Bernie Team Member Busted by Project Veritas Spouting Violent Rhetoric
One can only wonder if Sanders will be forced to respond to this revelation during tonight’s debate.
They say that you are only as good as the people who support you, and if that’s that case, Bernie Sanders could be in serious trouble.
The Vermont Senator has suddenly found himself on top of the dog pile of Democratic candidates with only a few short weeks until the Iowa caucuses. But, as with all things in our topsy-turvy political world, this newfound popularity is a double-edged sword, and anti-Bernie actors are coming out of the woodwork to torpedo the Democratic Socialist’s campaign.
First, there was the incredibly troubling assertion by the Elizabeth Warren campaign that Sander, during a private meeting back in 2018, said that “a woman can’t win” in 2020.
Now, just a day later, the undercover journalists over at Project Veritas have released a hidden camera video that shows a Bernie Sanders campaign worker admitting to some ridiculous and terrifying beliefs.
The video begins with a Project Veritas journalist asking an individual identified as Sanders organizer Kyle Jurek if “MAGA people” could be re-educated if Sanders wins the White House. “We gotta try,” Jurek replies. “In Nazi Germany, after the fall of the Nazi Party, there was a s***-ton of the populace that was f***ing Nazified.”
“Germany had to spend billions of dollars re-educating their f***ing people to not be Nazis,” he continues. “We’re probably going to have to do the same f***ing thing here.”
“That’s kind of what all Bernie’s whole f***ing like, ‘hey, free education for everybody’ because we’re going to have to teach you to not be a f***ing Nazi,” he added.
And that’s not all…
The video also shows Jurek warning that Milwaukee, host of this year’s Democratic National Convention, will “burn” if Sanders fails to win the party’s nomination. “If Bernie doesn’t get the nomination or it goes to a second round at the DNC convention, f***ing Milwaukee will burn,” says Jurek. “It’ll start in Milwaukee and then when the police push back on that, other sites will f***ing [explode].”
The footage concludes with Jurek issuing the chilling prediction that Milwaukee could see riots akin to the 1968 convention in Chicago, where left-wing activists engaged in violent riots in the streets. “Be ready to be in Milwaukee for the DNC convention. We’re going to make  look like a f***ing girl’s scout f***ing cookout,” warns the Sanders field organizer. “The cops are going to be the ones f***ing beaten in Milwaukee.”
Bernie Sanders was colluded against during his 2016 campaign for the presidency by Hillary Clinton and the DNC, according to emails released by whistleblower organization Wikileaks.
This violent revolutionary rhetoric isn’t contained to just Jurek either. In 2017, a former Bernie Sanders campaign worker named James T. Hodgkinson attempted to assassinate the entire GOP charity baseball team, nearly killing Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise before being shot and killed by Capitol Police.
Pelosi Accused of Using Impeachment Timing to Sabotage Bernie Sanders’ 2020 Campaign
Is the Democratic Party really this scared of Bernie Sanders?
There have been countless theories offered as an explanation as to why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi chose to withhold the already-passed articles of impeachment from the Senate, but the latest out of Washington DC may be the most bizarre yet.
By not submitting the articles to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Pelosi may have believed that she was leveraging President Trump’s embarrassment over impeachment against McConnell’s hopes to railroad the Senate into an acquittal of the President without so much as a single witness being deposed by the higher chamber. If Trump is never acquitted, he can never claim vindication, and Pelosi believed that the President may be far too proud for that.
Then there’s the idea that withholding the articles would create such a tumult in the capital that other possible witnesses would come forward on their own. Former national security adviser John Bolton’s latest announcement seems to lend some credibility to this theory as well.
The latest theory, from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy no less, has a much more sinister tone to it.
McCarthy suggested during an appearance on Sunday Morning Futures that the speaker’s decision to withhold the articles of impeachment from the Senate may have been more strategic than Democrats have indicated, involving the Democrat primary race.
If Pelosi releases the articles this week, as she has indicated to her caucus, the Senate trial’s kickoff would coincide with the upcoming Iowa caucus, which will compromise several senators’ ability to campaign in the Hawkeye State, thereby giving a clear advantage to more “moderate” candidates like Joe Biden (D) and Pete Buttigieg (D).
Remember what happened in the last nomination process, where the DNC chairman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, had to resign the night before the nomination convention started because they had found out they had cheated Senator Bernie Sanders from the opportunity to become the nominee.
In the 2016 election, former First Lady Hillary Clinton was discovered to have influenced the work of the DNC in order to shun Sanders and catapult herself to the nomination, leaving many Democratic insiders wary that a similar scam could play out again in 2020.
Sanders to Warren in Private 2018 Meeting: A Woman Can’t Win 2020
The Democratic Civil War just took a terribly nasty turn.
The knives are definitely out now in the 2020 race, and a number of those in the “top tier” of candidates are turning unfathomably vicious as we near the Iowa caucuses.
The infighting isn’t really anything new. The extravagantly large size of the 2020 Democratic field has led to spats of all shapes and sizes, from the rigorous Joe Biden/Bernie Sanders healthcare debate, to a number of lesser known candidates lambasting former First Lady Hillary Clinton after she insinuated that Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard was a “Russian asset”.
While much of the previous turbulence has been objectively silly, things are taking a nasty turn this week as the Warren campaign accuses the Sanders campaign of sexism.
The stakes were high when Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren met at Warren’s apartment in Washington, DC, one evening in December 2018. The longtime friends knew that they could soon be running against each other for president.
The two agreed that if they ultimately faced each other as presidential candidates, they should remain civil and avoid attacking one another, so as not to hurt the progressive movement. They also discussed how to best take on President Donald Trump, and Warren laid out two main reasons she believed she would be a strong candidate: She could make a robust argument about the economy and earn broad support from female voters.
Sanders responded that he did not believe a woman could win.
The description of that meeting is based on the accounts of four people: two people Warren spoke with directly soon after the encounter, and two people familiar with the meeting.
Sanders issued a stern response.
“It is ludicrous to believe that at the same meeting where Elizabeth Warren told me she was going to run for president, I would tell her that a woman couldn’t win,” Sanders said. “It’s sad that, three weeks before the Iowa caucus and a year after that private conversation, staff who weren’t in the room are lying about what happened. What I did say that night was that Donald Trump is a sexist, a racist and a liar who would weaponize whatever he could. Do I believe a woman can win in 2020? Of course! After all, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump by 3 million votes in 2016.”
Sanders is currently on a collision course with former Vice President Joe Biden for the top spot in the race, making the timing of these allegations all the more suspicious.
Trump Turns Ire Toward Bernie as Biden’s Lead Continues to Topple
Bernie is on the rise, and you best believe that Donald Trump has noticed.
We are now less than a month away from the Iowa caucuses, and America couldn’t be more ready to get this election over with.
With Donald Trump in the White House, politics have been a daily focus for many here in the United States. Before the Trump era, it was much simpler to get away from the dirge of DC drivel. Under Trump’s guidance, however, the political drama of The Beltway has become prime time entertainment and the only water cooler conversation that anyone is having on particularly testy days.
Many can only hope that this sort of gravitational pull toward government affairs relaxes after we cross the 2020 election’s threshold, and Iowa’s early voting process is the first major step toward achieving this peace of mind.
For months on end, it has appeared as though former Vice President Joe Biden was going to waltz promptly into his party’s nomination, but recent polling has shown that he’s suffering from a bit of setback after national attention was given to he and his son Hunter’s business dealings in Iran. This political power vacuum has allowed Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders to make some serious moves toward the pole position, and President Donald Trump has certainly noticed.
The Trump campaign put out two statements centered on Sanders this week, and the Vermont senator was at the top of the list of people the president attacked at his first rally of the year in Toledo, Ohio, on Thursday night.
“Bernie Sanders — crazy Bernie! — has condemned the US military strike on Soleimani, the world’s top terrorist,” Trump said in his first mention of a Democratic candidate at the rally. Sanders has led the Democratic field in unequivocally condemning the strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani last week, solidifying his position as the anti-war candidate.
“Bernie is going up. He’s surging. Crazy Bernie is surging,” Trump said in Toledo.
Bernie could be a hard sell for the national electorate, however, as his penchant for democratic socialism is an easy political philosophy to pick apart and demonize. Biden’s appeal, whatever is left of it, was that the former VP could scoop up some centrist midwesterners that would have otherwise voted for Donald Trump – something that Bernie Sanders hasn’t yet proven himself capable of.
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