You might not know it, but President Donald Trump has a few primary challengers for 2020. But there may be more people reading this article than people supporting those pathetic challengers.
The loudest mouth of the bunch is former congressman and former talk show host Joe Walsh. Walsh has been all over the map on Trump. He started out as a never-Trumper. Then morphed into a yes-Trumper-because-Hillary, then realized that there weren’t any other right-leaning talk show hosts who were anti-Trump, so he morphed again into a Trump hater. But when he began losing supporters, he jumped to Trump primary challenger just ahead of being kicked off the air.
Walsh has been on just about every side of every issue during his decades-long hunt for elective office. In the late 1990s he was anti-gun and socially liberal, but by the 2000s he became a hard-charging Tea Party conservative and stayed that way as a one-term congressman from Illinois until the Democrats re-districted him out of office. Then he played around with trying to topple members of his own party by eyeing a primary challenge against other Republicans in his area before settling for a talk radio career. Now he is a virulent, spittle-specked, anti-Trumper.
Walsh announced his primary challenge at the end of August with great flourish and appearances all over left-wing cable TV. The fawning attention by TV brought in a flurry of donations to his campaign. But since that big splash he has faded to almost obscurity.
By September, Walsh was reporting $115,429 cash on hand, and received $234,991 in contributions on top of a personal loan. He had spent $119,561 in the third quarter.
Seems like a lot, huh? Not so much for a national campaign. By contrast another 2020 primary opponent, Rep. Mark Sanford, already had $1.4 million cash on hand by September 30.
Speaking of Sanford, he may have more cash, but he doesn’t seem to have any more traction than Walsh. This week Sanford held a big rally in Philadelphia and the turnout was amazing ,not for its size but for its hilarity. Aside from the media, a whole one person showed up to celebrate the South Carolinian’s campaign.
Even funnier, the man who showed up knows Mark, and is pulling for his candidacy against Trump… but is a Democrat and won’t be voting for Sanford, regardless.
Sanford is used to crashing and burning. He was a rising conservative congressional star in 2009 but then one day he seemed to disappear from view. When he finally turned up, he claimed he was “hiking the Appalachian Trail,” but it was later revealed that he had flown to Buenos Aires to meet with his girlfriend… even though he was married.
That set off a mess so huge that he was driven from Congress. But a few years later he made a comeback and in 2013 won election to another term in congress. But it wasn’t to last.
He has also attempted to make a name for himself as a virulent anti-Trumper even though his constituents are not on that same page. Unsurprisingly, he lost his re-election bid in 2018.
Still, even as Sanford has more cash than any of these three primary challengers, it is a pittance that won’t much help him get on the ballot in 50 states.
Speaking of the three challengers, that brings us to joker number three: Bill Weld.
Weld, a former liberal Republican governor of Massachusetts, has nearly nothing in the bank, either.
Weld raised $457,428 since July and had $208,043 cash on hand for the last reporting period. While that is more than the pitiful amount Walsh has raised, it is still a joke.
In the end, Trump has three primary challengers… but he doesn’t really have three primary challengers.
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Bernie Sanders Floats Conspiracy Theory: Trump Won’t Leave Office If He Loses
Camp Bernie’s pot of paranoia has spilled out into the mainstream this week.
Bernie Sanders’ glut of young supporters don’t need much prodding to start looking for evidence of a conspiracy theory against the Vermont Senator, especially after their worst fears came true during the 2016 primary election.
In the aftermath of that particular contest it was discovered that Hillary Clinton had colluded with the DNC in order to essentially rig the primaries against Bernie. This sin is something that the young Democratic voters aren’t likely to let slide, at least not anytime soon.
During this 2020 election, the Bernie Bros have been hyper-vigilant regarding the machinations of the Democratic Party, worried still that some plan is afoot to railroad the nomination back into the hands of the centrist establishment. Back into the Dem’s deep state.
Now it appears as though Bernie is dabbling in conspiracy theories directly, but this time the nonsensical narrative involves the Commander in Chief.
From his appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher:
Sanders responded to a question from host Bill Maher on what he’ll do if President Trump won’t leave office if he loses by stating that you have to mobilize voters.
He added, “So, you know, what you’re describing is a nightmarish scenario with regard to democracy in America. Do I think you’re crazy and off-the-wall? I suspect not.”
This isn’t the first time that the mainstream media has aired this sort of speculation, as the tyrant trope simply plays better with fiction-obsessed members of the “resistance”.
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Joe Biden Makes Wild Prediction About 2020 Democratic Convention
And what sort of wild ideas will this conjure among Bernie Sanders’ supporters?
Believe it or not, there is still a 2020 presidential race happening, just below the surface of this smothering coronavirus monopoly on headlines.
As one would imagine, the race itself has been pretty quiet. There are no physical rallies to attend or report on, given that the very nature of a rally is the anthesis to social distancing. President Trump is getting his campaign messages across during his daily virus task force briefings. He certainly isn’t hurting for exposure any way.
On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders has all but extinguished his campaign. He is using his time and resources to spread information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic instead, effectively sealing Joe Biden’s reputation as the presumptive nominee.
But this virus crisis is far from over, and Sanders doesn’t plan on stepping aside anytime soon. That’s why Joe Biden thinks that a drastic move may be coming from the DNC.
Former Vice President Joe Biden thinks that the date of the Democratic National Convention will be pushed back a month to August, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I doubt whether the Democratic Convention is going to be able to be held in mid-July, early July. I think it’s going to have to move into August,” the all-but-certain Democratic presidential nominee said Wednesday night in an interview with Jimmy Fallon on NBC’s “The Tonight Show.”
Biden pointed out that “even then, the Republican and Democratic Convention, we’re going to have to … we just have to be prepared for the alternative and the alternative.”
Supporters of Bernie Sanders will undoubtedly find some vast conspiracy hidden within this possible plan, further dividing the Democratic Party at a very crucial time in the election cycle.
Joe Biden Using Edited Podcasts to Hide His Worrisome Mental Lapses
This is getting to be a bit desperate, don’t you think?
The Democratic Party is still trying to convince the nation that former Vice President Joe Biden is the chosen one, for some reason or another.
Never mind the fact that the most vocal demographics within the party itself are that of the younger generations who simply despise Biden and all that he stands for. Not only is he an establishment figure if there ever was one, but he is now facing credible accusations of sexual assault from a former female staffer – something that certainly isn’t going to play well a great many liberal voters.
Then, to top it all off, Biden has been a mishap machine over the course of recent weeks, issuing gaffe after embarrassing gaffe, and throwing temper tantrums when confronted by town hall attendees, (back before the virus when we could have several dozen people in a room together). The frequency of these blunders has become so alarming that Twitter has been filling with memes claiming the Biden is suffering from dementia.
i haven’t slept and i’m in tears. i don’t want dementia. i don’t wanna have anything in common with joe biden
— babe E. boye (@bean_head_mcgee) March 31, 2020
The positive side of Joe Biden’s doomed campaign is that many Americans are learning how rapidly and sadly dementia can strike and reduce a rapist to a mumbling pile of mush.
— Neoliberal Death Cult® (@Prof_Infierno) March 29, 2020
Oh boy. Dementia onset getting worse. This is sad to watch and listen. pic.twitter.com/evWdjYHVZ5
— Cristian (@cmoreno0101) March 24, 2020
Now, in an effort to conceal these linguistic lurches, Biden’s campaign team is employing a new tactic: Prerecorded podcasts that allow for multiple takes and audio editing.
John Nolte over at Breitbart breaks it down rather succinctly, if not a bit dramatically:
So now we have been gifted with Joe’s “Here’s the Deal” podcasts, and it can be no accident that Joe’s retreated into the safety of a podcast; the safety of a platform where video of Joe’s hilariously disturbing (I’m so bad) brain freezes cannot go viral because there is no video; the safety of a format where Joe’s hilariously disturbing (I’m going to Hell) brain freezes can now be edited out because he’s hiding behind a platform that’s edited before it’s released; the safety of a format where we cannot see if Joe is reading a teleprompter or script.
Nevertheless, he still slurs and sounds exhausted.
Worse still, Hunter’s Dad does take “If you were president” questions from “real people” during the podcast, but the questions are pre-screened and recorded, which allows Joe to prepare for them.
Of course, much of the anti-Biden bickering could be coming from the depths of the Bernie Bros’ playoff, as they continue to tear the Democratic Party in two.
Biden Operative Accused of Stealing $1 Million from Union
A close ally of Joe Biden is accused of stealing $1 million from a union pension fund.
A close ally of Joe Biden is accused of stealing $1 million from a union pension fund according to an internal probe published by the Washington Free Beacon.
According to the Beacon:
Harold Schaitberger, the president of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), which represents more than 300,000 firefighters, is facing accusations of corruption and gross financial malpractice from his closest deputies. Edward Kelly, the general secretary-treasurer and the number two of the union, detailed the findings of his team’s audit in a March 20 internal memorandum. According to the 105-page document, the audit has thus far found that Schaitberger and Thomas Miller—Kelly’s predecessor as the general secretary-treasurer—illegally earned millions of dollars from the union pension fund over the last two decades.
Kelly accused Schaitberger’s people of intentional obfuscation and purposefully bad record keeping to hide the theft.
Kelly’s audit also found that the union misreported millions of dollars in union funds while diverting millions of dollars for a purpose unrelated to their original designation. As a result of this rampant financial malpractice, roughly $6 million in union funds remain unaccounted for, according to the memorandum.
New Haven Fire Department battalion chief Frank Ricci is demanding a full investigation.
“If these allegations are proven true through the appropriate due process, Harold A. Schaitberger, General President, should be removed from office. Kelly talks about ‘turning over couches’ to find money, I think it’s time to turn over the couches and chase the rats out,” he told the Beacon.
Schaitberger is one of Biden’s longest labor allies and was the main force for the IAFF to endorse Biden for president.
The Biden ally earns $388,000 a year as a union leader, but he was also pulling in an additional $5,105 a month from the pension system. The additional amount seems to violate the union’s contract as well as federal pension laws.
The probe also accused Schaitberger of reaping millions in unearned pension benefits.
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Trump Weighs in on Democrats’ Possible Plan to Replace Biden for 2020
The President exuded his signature confidence in assessing the possibility of facing someone other than the former veep.
The Democratic Party has a bit of an embarrassing problem on their hands at the moment, and President Trump isn’t going to waste this opportunity to throw a light verbal jab their way on account of it.
You see, the liberal left wants no part of a Joe Biden nomination. They see the former Vice President as too much of a centrist, for starters. Then there’s the fact that he has been virtually MIA on the campaign trail as of late, emerging every so often to say that he doesn’t think he should have to participate in any more debates before being crowned the nominee.
On top of all that, Biden has now been credibly accused of sexual assault by a former staffer – a turn of events that the mainstream media seems to want no part of covering.
It’s likely thanks to all of this that there are serious rumors that Biden could be replaced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on the 2020 tickets, perhaps during a contentious battle at the Democratic National Convention later this summer.
And President Trump seems to be actually encouraging this.
The president spoke about Cuomo and Biden during an interview with Fox and Friends on Monday morning.
Cuomo’s performance as governor of New York during the coronavirus crisis has boosted his approval ratings, prompting comparisons between him and Biden as leaders of the Democrat party. A new poll shows that 87 percent of New Yorkers now approve of Cuomo’s job performance, up from 44 percent in February.
“I think probably Andrew would be better,” Trump said when asked about Cuomo. “I’m telling you right now, you know, I want somebody in this country that’s going to do a great job.”
But the President certainly wasn’t worried about the prospect of facing the often-adversarial Empire State politician.
“I wouldn’t mind running against Andrew. I don’t mind running against Joe Biden.”
At this point, Trump may just be rooting for the Democrats to go ahead and choose someone so he can get on with his strategizing for the general election.
New Poll Shows Disastrous News For Biden
A new poll from ABC News and the Washington Post shows disastrous news for Joe Biden but will greatly delight Trump supporters.
Registered voters opted for Biden by 49 percent over Trump’s 47 percent, the Washington Post-ABC News poll shows with President Trump closing a 7 percentage point gap from February as he responds to the coronavirus outbreak.
.@ABCNews @washingtonpost poll spells DISASTROUS news for @JoeBiden and GOOD news for @POTUS @realDonaldTrump https://t.co/7cf1DSdDaD #KAG #Trump2020 #KAG #Trump2020 #MAGA #Trump2020LandslideVictory#Trump2020Landslide #Trump2020NowMoreThanEver #Biden2020 #Biden
— Deplorable CStevenTucker (@CStevenTucker) March 29, 2020
We may be paying most of our attention to the coronavirus crisis, but the 2020 election continues nonetheless. In the race’s latest twist, a shock new poll from ABC News and the Washington Post spells very bad news for Joe Biden, yet it will delight supporters of President Trump.
The poll surveyed national support among registered voters, given the option of a head-to-head choice between Trump and Biden. It found that while the former vice president had a 7-point lead in February, that has since winnowed to 2 points, putting Trump and Biden at essentially a statistical tie among registered voters. This alone is a big boost for the president, but the poll’s specifics are even better news for Trump supporters.
In recent weeks, Biden has framed his campaign pitch against Trump simply, arguing that he would be better suited than the current Oval Office occupant to deal with a national crisis such as the pandemic and/or a recession that follows. But this poll suggests voters aren’t buying it.
Only 43% of voters say they would trust Biden more to handle the coronavirus, while 47% say they would trust Trump more to manage the crisis. And on the economic front, a whopping 52% of registered voters say they’d prefer Trump to manage the economy, with just 42% thinking Biden would do a better job on that front. More
The economy is going to take a huge hit with all this. The main question is how people will translate that at the ballot box. Do we need someone like President Trump who built it to heights to stay in there and rebuild again or the Democrats who are notoriously bad for it?
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