- Sanders says he was briefed on Russian effort to help campaign
The Hill reports that Bernie Sanders knows that Russians have schemed to help his campaign.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Friday acknowledged that he was briefed by U.S. intelligence officials about Russian attempts to interfere in the 2020 elections, with The Washington Post reporting that Russia has sought to help his presidential campaign.
The Post’s report was published the day after The New York Times reported that House lawmakers were told by U.S. officials last week that Russia was also attempting to interfere in the 2020 elections to help the campaign of President Trump.
Sanders told reporters on the campaign trail Friday that he was briefed on Russian interference efforts “about a month ago,” speculating that the news of potential Russian interference efforts came out now because it was on the eve of the Nevada caucuses.
“It was not clear what role they were going to play. We were told that Russia, maybe other countries, are gonna get involved in this campaign,” Sanders said.
“The ugly thing that they are doing, and I’ve seen some of their tweets and stuff, is they try to divide us up. That’s what they did in 2016,” he added.
Sanders described Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “thug” in a statement on Friday, emphasizing that he stands “firmly against” Russian interference efforts.
(Read more at The Hill)
Other reports have Sanders claiming no involvement by the Russians
Other sources suggest that Sanders either denies or deflects any suggestion that Russians might be influencing people to vote for him (as we have heard about President Trump by the main stream media for over four years). This, along with a lack of questions from the main stream media on how many of his policies will limit our rights and kill our economy, show how journalists are actively covering for Bernie Sanders.
However, if the “journalists” wanted to scare up the real sleeper Soviet agents, why don’t they look at the guy who recently praised Fidel, who honeymooned in Moscow, and who claimed Russian-style bread lines were a good thing?
- Washington Post reports Russian help for Bernie
Townhall points to the Washington Post as they report on Russian help for the Bernie campaign.
Are we seeing a pattern here yet, liberal media? Are we starting to get it when it comes to Russia? No. You people are still a bunch of insufferable morons on this stuff. For years, you thought the Trump campaign and the Kremlin colluded during the 2016 election, despite there being zero evidence to back up that allegation. It was a myth. It was a hoax. It was based on a shoddy piece of political opposition research funded by the Clinton campaign that was exposed as bunk not by one, but two reports. Ex-Special Counsel Robert Mueller trashed it as did the Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz. Still, the Left has been consumed by Russophobia. Collusion delusion is still a thing, but now the shots are being fired inside the ship. U.S. officials informed Sen. Bernie Sanders, the frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic nomination, that the Russians are trying to help his campaign (via WaPo):
U.S. officials have told Sen. Bernie Sanders that Russia is attempting to help his presidential campaign as part of an effort to interfere with the Democratic contest, according to people familiar with the matter.
President Trump and lawmakers on Capitol Hill have also been informed about the Russian assistance to the Vermont senator, according to people familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence.
It is not clear what form that Russian assistance has taken. U.S. prosecutors found a Russian effort in 2016 to use social media to boost Sanders campaign against Hillary Clinton, part of a broader effort to hurt Clinton, sow dissension in the American electorate and ultimately help elect Donald Trump.
“I don’t care, frankly, who Putin wants to be president,” Sanders said in a statement to The Washington Post. “My message to Putin is clear: stay out of American elections, and as president I will make sure that you do.
That’s it. Based on the Left’s rules on this nonsense, Bernie is a Russian agent. His trips to the USSR in the past were really meetings with his KGB handlers.
(Read more at Townhall)
It seems only fair that chants of “Bernie, Bernie, Bernie” should be countered with “Russia, Russia, Russia”
Photos of Bernie in his underwear at a Russian restaurant should be unfurled at every Bernie rally. Chants of “Russia, Russia, Russia” should meet Bernie as he enters the stage.
Just to be fair, the protesters should also include some of Bernie’s words of wisdom like “bread lines can be a good thing,” “wartime occasionally necessitated undemocratic measures,” and other choice bits of knowledge.
- Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez push bill to ‘ban fracking nationwide’ by 2025
Breitbart reported in a 3 February 2020 article that Sanders and AOC want to ban fracking by 2025.
An anti-fracking bill crafted by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) aims to end the practice altogether, making it illegal “on all onshore and offshore land in the United States” by Jan. 1, 2025.
Left-wing actor Mark Ruffalo teased the bill last week, allowing Sanders to jokingly knock him for “ruining the surprise” of the new fracking legislation.
“I don’t mind if @MarkRuffalo spoils his own movies. But please, don’t ruin the surprise of our new legislation with Rep. @AOC, @SenJeffMerkley and @RepDarrenSoto,” Sanders wrote with an accompanying clip of the Avengers actor evidently “spoiling” the upcoming legislation:
The bill, according to the Hill, aims to end fracking altogether, revoking permits for “wells where fracking takes place and that are within 2,500 feet of a home, school or other ‘inhabited structure’” beginning February 1, 2021. It would also “immediately prevent federal agencies from issuing federal permits for expanded fracking, new fracking, new pipelines, new natural gas or oil export terminals and other gas and oil infrastructure.”
It would make the practice, which Ocasio-Cortez has identified as the “leading contributor to our climate emergency,” illegal by January 1, 2025.
“Fracking is a danger to our water supply. It’s a danger to the air we breathe, it has resulted in more earthquakes, and it’s highly explosive,” Sanders said in a statement, according to the Hill. To top it all off, it’s contributing to climate change.”
“If we are serious about clean air and drinking water, if we are serious about combating climate change, the only safe and sane way to move forward is to ban fracking nationwide,” he continued.
Critics of Sanders have defended the practice, warning that its elimination would “spike household energy costs and hurt farmers and manufacturers.”
American Petroleum Institute spokeswoman Bethany Aronhalt told the Hill:
Banning a safe, successful method of developing energy would erase a generation of American energy progress and in the process destroy millions of U.S. jobs, spike household energy costs and hurt farmers and manufacturers.
“Thanks to fracking, the United States is the global leader in reducing carbon emissions,” Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) tweeted in response to the announcement:
Sanders has long maintained the need for the elimination of fracking, promising to ban it during his presidential bid in 2016.
(Read more at Breitbart)
Rather than banning fracking, maybe start by forcing all socialists to register their party affiliation at their employers
Maybe even the union leadership might want to know who has decided to vote away their Cadillac-health care packages. Surely the owners of the bus company or trucking company might want to know who voted to exponentially increase their costs of operation (electric buses and semi-trucks don’t fall off of the lemon tree). What’s more, I am sure that the biggest employers in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Louisiana would be interested in who voted to put them out of business.
- Bernie Sanders has already drafted ‘dozens of executive orders’ to bypass Congress if elected President
Lifezette pointed out in a 30 January 2020 article that Bernie had already drafted dozens of executive orders to bypass Congress.
Disturbing campaign documents have just come to light showing that 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ staffers have already begun preparing “dozens of executive orders” so that he can bypass Congress in the first days of his presidency, should he win the election in November.
The documents, which were obtained by the Washington Post, show that Sanders’ has executive orders prepared on a wide range of issues that include the environment, immigration, and the economy.
Sanders’ team has prepared over a dozen options for reversing President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, with one of them being the immediate halting of construction on the border wall. Another potential executive order would remove the limit for the number of refugees that could be admitted to the United States, while a third would reinstate Barack Obama’s DREAMER program, which granted legal status to undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children.
This is just the beginning of the executive orders that Sanders has planned. One order legalizes marijuana in the entirety of the United States, and another would allow the U.S. to import prescription drugs from Canada. Sanders would also declare climate change to be a national emergency as soon as he took office, and he would ban the export of crude oil.
This shows that Sanders is anticipating that Republicans will keep control of the Senate come November, and that he has no intention of letting this stop him from achieving his radical agenda.
Another document obtained by the post was written by Faiz Shakir, Sanders’s campaign manager; Warren Gunnels, a senior adviser; and Josh Orton, the campaign policy director, who all urge him to use the executive orders to undo the many “wrongs” of Trump’s presidency.
“We cannot accept delays from Congress on some of the most pressing issues, especially those like immigration where Trump has governed with racism and for his own corrupt benefit,” they said.
(Read more at Lifezette)
For all who claimed Trump to be a dictator, they had better speak up here
For all of the freedom-loving people who protested Obama’s and Trump’s use of executive order, I hope that you will stand up against this misuse of executive power.
However, I also have a number of issues against the things that it seems that Mr. Sanders would write his orders on. On these items, there are several contentions that I have with Mr. Sanders’ issue on the “Muslim ban.” First, Mr. Sanders knows that the restriction on travel to the United States only held back peoples from countries that acted as sources of terrorism (Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, North Korea, and Venezuela). Second, for Mr. Sanders to call this a “Muslim ban” ignores the majority religions of the last two countries on the list.
Regarding the rest of your laundry list of executive orders, Mr. Sanders, you need to go to Congress to propose laws and have them work their way through Congress. Despite your adoration of socialism, this is not a dictatorship, yet.
- A problem in the Nevada caucuses
Townhall mentions through a 22 February 2020 article the problems in the Nevada caucuses.
The results during the Iowa Caucuses were nothing shy of a mess and a large part of that had to do with the math worksheets used to calculate how delegates were awarded. There appeared to be some rounding errors and confusion about what happens when the number of potential delegates a precinct had versus how many were actually awarded.
Fast forward a few weeks later and we’re seeing issues yet again. This time they’re somewhat math-based.
According to MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki, Democratic voters’ initial preferences were for Sen. Bernie Sanders (35 percent), former Vice President Joe Biden (17 percent) and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (15 percent). Once votes had to be reallocated, Sanders’ preference spiked to 42 percent, Biden’s jumped to 19 percent and Buttigieg remained the same. Those numbers were based on 10 spotters throughout the state. As of now the Democratic Party has yet to call any precincts.
The National Election Pool, a consortium of various media outlets, have reporters stationed across the Silver State. According to Kornacki, six reporters have reported issues with the caucus process.
“They have reports from six of their reporters, six of their reporters out of 63 sites that they have these reporters at. Six out of 63 or about 10 percent, who have said that they have witnessed issues at precincts with incorporating the early vote with the same-day caucus activity,” the MSNBC reporter explained. “Remember, 75,000 early votes cast statewide. They’re trying to take those results from folks who voted days ago and merge it with what’s happening in real-time with the people who show up and break up with these groups. So at 10 percent of these locations where the National Election Pool has folks witnessing this activity, they say they have been seeing this issue.”
Kornacki said those issues could be part of the reason the Nevada Democratic Party has failed to call any precincts. The projects are based on spotters who watched the vote take place, recorded the results and called it into the National Election Pool.
(Read more at Townhall)
The article above more accurately points to a Democrat party where nobody got 50% of the votes from socialist Democrats
With Joe Biden in the headlines weeks ago due to his bragging about forcing the Ukraine government into firing the prosecutor who was investigating Burisma and Biden’s son, Hunter — one wonders how many moderates who would have voted for him have now decided to throw in the towel.
Considering that Buttigieg wrote an essay praising the socialist Bernie (or all of the similar answers that came from any of the Democrat contenders at the debates), maybe we should not expect a dime’s worth of difference between Bernie and Mayor Pete.
- Three of the five takeaways from the Nevada caucuses
The Hill points to five takeaways it thinks can be derived from the Nevada caucuses. Here are excerpts from the first three takeaways that The Hill supposes.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) won a resounding victory at the Nevada caucuses on Saturday, putting together a coalition of young people, Latinos and working-class voters to cement his status as front-runner in the race for the Democratic nomination.
Here are five takeaways from the Nevada caucuses.
Sanders has a diverse coalition that could carry him to the nomination
In the 2016 primary, Sanders struggled mightily with voters of color, who broke in large numbers for Hillary Clinton and ultimately propelled her to the nomination.
Since then, Sanders has invested heavily in outreach to racial minorities and he’s accumulated a diverse team of dynamic surrogates.
Those efforts are paying off in 2020, as Sanders has built a diverse coalition of Latinos, young people, and union members, who drove him to a huge victory in Nevada, the most diverse state to vote so far.
With 60 percent of precincts reporting, Sanders stood at 46 percent support, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden at 19.6, former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 15.3, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 10.1.
And Sanders’s diverse base of support makes him even more imposing heading into Super Tuesday on March 3, when about one-third of the delegates will be allocated, with most of them coming from the racially diverse states of California and Texas.
Rivals have an uphill climb in stopping Sanders after decisive Nevada victory
There is not much positive news coming out of Nevada for the also-rans.
Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg has dramatically outperformed expectations so far, narrowly winning more delegates at the Iowa caucuses and barely falling short in New Hampshire.
But those predominantly white states are not reflective of the racial make-up of the states that have yet to vote. Buttigieg, along with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), the third-place finisher in New Hampshire, have not shown an ability to make inroads with voters of color.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) raised an astonishing amount of money in the days since she took down former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg at the Las Vegas debate. But she’s poised to finish a distant fourth place in Nevada, and it’s unclear where she’ll be able to defeat Sanders, who will be looking to win in her home state of Massachusetts on Super Tuesday.
Biden’s support among black voters appears to be on the decline.
Bloomberg has unlimited money and is the only candidate on the airwaves in all 14 Super Tuesday states, but his disastrous debate performance raises real questions about whether he’ll be able to compete.
The Buttigieg and Bloomberg campaigns are already warning that Sanders might be headed for an “insurmountable” delegates lead by March 3.
Democrats are enthusiastic and turning out in record numbers
Democrats can breathe a sigh of relief — the lower than expected turnout for the Iowa caucuses was a mirage.
More than 176,000 people caucused in Iowa earlier this month, a slight increase from 2016, but nothing close to the blowout numbers from 2008, when the Hawkeye State sent former President Obama on his way to the nomination.
Democrats assumed that caucus and primary turnout would be gangbusters, driven by grassroots energy to defeat President Trump.
But New Hampshire painted a different picture, with a record 300,000 people turning out, blowing past the 288,000 who voted in the 2008 primary.
(Read more at The Hill)
In many ways, this paints too rosy a picture for Bernie
However, a too-rosy picture of Bernie might motivate Trump supporters to get off of dead center. That would be one of the better outcomes of this article.
- MSNBC contributor calls Bernie supporters racist liberals
One America News Network reports how Jason Johnson called Bernie supporters racist liberals.
An MSNBC contributor sparked backlash this week after he referred to some of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (D-Vt.) campaign staffers as “an island of misfit black girls.”
During a recent interview, Jason Johnson spoke at great length about Sanders’ supporters and, more specifically, the demographics involved.
“I do find it fascinating that racist, liberal whites seem to love them some Bernie Sanders. (They) consistently and always have a problem with any person of color who doesn’t want to follow the orthodoxy of their lord and savior, Bernie Sanders. The man cares nothing for intersectionality. I don’t care how many people from the island of misfit black girls you throw out there to defend you on a regular basis, it doesn’t mean your campaign is serious.” – Jason Johnson, MSNBC contributor
(Read more at the One America News Network)
This assessment fits with the words of the Bernie staffer
If you refer back to the words of Kyle Jurek, Bernie staffer who was recorded by Project Veritas, this assessment somewhat fits.
- MSNBC’s Chris Matthews compares Sanders’ Nevada win to France’s fall to Nazis, draws calls for his firing
Fox News relays the words of MSNBC‘s Chris Matthews who suggested Sander’s Nevada win was like the Nazi win over France.
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews drew ire on social media Saturday after he compared the Nevada Democratic caucus victory of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders to France’s fall to the Nazis during World War II.
“I’m reading last night about the fall of France in the summer of 1940,” Matthews said during the network’s caucus coverage. “And the general calls up Churchill and says, ‘It’s over,’ and Churchill says, ‘How can it be? You got the greatest army in Europe. How can it be over?’ He said, ‘It’s over.’”
The backlash on Twitter was swift and severe, with many commenters calling for Matthews to resign or be fired. Many pointed out that Sanders’ family includes survivors of the Holocaust.
(Read more at Fox News)
Here, however, Mr. Matthews could have made his point without using a Nazi reference
If he had just said “the race is over” or told a story about the ending of some central event, he could have made the same point. Reference to Nazis cannot be justified.
- Buttigieg takes aim at intractable socialist Sanders
Townhall comments on Mayor Pete’s suggestion that Bernie is an intractable socialist.
It did not take long for the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, to target the winner of Saturday’s Democratic caucuses in Nevada. Socialist Bernie Sanders is projected to win a decisive victory in the Silver State, sending the media into a frenzy over renewed concerns that nominating a socialist would all but guarantee a second term for President Trump. In a speech following his apparent loss in Nevada, Buttigieg told a crowd of supporters that nominating Bernie Sanders would not sit well with the American people.
Buttigieg said he believes the best way to defeat President Trump “is to broaden and galvanize the majority that supports [Democrats] on the critical issues.”
“Senator Sanders believes in an inflexible, ideological revolution that leaves out most Democrats, not to mention most Americans,” Buttigieg warned. “I believe we can defeat Trump and deliver for the American people by empowering the American people to make their own health care choices with medicare for all who want it. Senator Sanders believes in taking away that choice, removing people from having that option of a private plan and replacing it with a public plan whether you want it or not. … but that is different from Senator Sanders’ vision of capitalism as the root of all evil that would go beyond reform and reorder the economy in ways that most Democrats, not to mention most Americans, don’t support.”
It’s going to be harder for Pete Buttigieg to say most Democrats don’t support the Vermont socialist the longer Sanders remains the party’s front-runner. Buttigieg called for an end to the so-called “viscousness and bullying” of the Trump era, warning that a Sanders’ presidency would only continue the toxicity and polarization of our nation’s politics.
(Read more at Townhall)
Prior to the Bernie wins, Buttigieg and Sanders were singing from the same sheet
In the last few weeks, both Mayor Pete and Bernie suggested that Democrats must be exclusively pro-abortion. Both Mayor Pete and Bernie (and all of the Democrats on the debate stage) want to extend health benefits to illegal aliens.
- Bernie Sanders Says U.S. Is Worse than Communist China in Jailing People
Breitbart quotes Bernie Sanders in a 22 February 2020 article where Bernie says the USA is worse than the communist Chinese in jailing people.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said during a rally in Texas on Saturday evening that the United States was worse than Communist China in regards to the number of people in jail — a figure that does not count Muslim Uyghurs and others detained in China’s detention camps.
“This is the United States of America. We should not be having more people in jail than any other country on earth including Communist China four times our size,” the self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist said.
According to the World Prison Brief’s website, the U.S. has more than two million people in jail, while China has 1,700,000 in jail.
However, China’s figure does not count pre-trial detainees and those in administrative detention. The website said that China had more than 650,000 people held in detention centers in China in 2009, and if still true, that would mean the total prison population would be at least 2,350,000 — surpassing the U.S.
NBC News reported in October that approximately a million Uyghur Muslims are detained in China, according to the U.S. government and human rights organizations.
Nonetheless, Sanders suggested the U.S. was worse than China, for its “racist and broken criminal justice system.”
“The people in jail, as everybody here knows, are disproportionately African American, Latino, and Native Americans,” he said.
He said he would invest in more education for kids instead of “more jail and incarceration,” and he would end the cash bail system in the U.S.
(Read more at Breitbart)
This is nothing but a lie
Considering that this lie about the level of jailing is so blatantly false, it is amazing that it comes from the guy who says “the president lies all the time.”
- Sarah Sanders warns Trump backers about Bernie’s momentum: ‘We can take nothing for granted’
Fox News quotes Sarah Sanders in a 23 February 2020 article where Sarah Sanders reminds us that we cannot take anything for granted (since we know of the Democrat penchant for election fraud, counting “hanging chads,” and other issues).
Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders warned supporters of President Trump on Saturday night not to underestimate Sen. Bernie Sanders following his projected victory in the Nevada Democratic caucuses.
“I think [Bernie Sanders] is looking like the presumptive Democrat nominee at this point. He’s certainly moving in that direction,” Sanders said on “Justice with Judge Jeanine.” “And I think Republicans have to be extremely careful. We can take nothing for granted at this point. The stakes have literally never been higher.”
Bernie Sanders, who is no relation to Sarah Sanders, will win the Nevada caucuses, Fox News projected Saturday, furthering the democratic socialist’s lead over his Democratic rivals and raising the question of whether he can be stopped on his path to the Democratic nomination.
Sarah Sanders noted the importance of Republicans voting in November to combat Bernie Sanders.
“If crazy socialist Bernie Sanders is the Democrat nominee, as he is well on track to be, literally the way of life and our very freedom is at stake at the election in November and Republicans have to come out in full force and make sure that they get Donald Trump reelected,” Sanders said.
(Read more at Fox News)
As I said before, we must work to the end
We can never take anything for granted. We have to work to the moment that the polls close.
- New FEC Filings Show Financial Woes For Democratic Candidates
The Daily Caller reports in a 21 February 2020 article how the FEC filings show how Democrat presidential candidates have experienced financial woes.
Democratic presidential candidates spent more money than they raised in January, new Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings show.
Independent Vermont Bernie Sanders stood out as the leading fundraiser thanks to a high volume of small donations while billionaire Michael Bloomberg continued to spend away, The Washington Post reported. Democratic Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren struggled financially early on but is showing signs of recovering, while the more moderate candidates appear to be sinking financially, Politico added.
Here’s how each campaign did financially.
Sanders, who is the current frontrunner in the race, had the most funds of any non-billionaire candidate going into February with nearly $17 million, according to The Washington Post.
Sanders spent $26 million and raised $25 million in January, with a majority of donations being less than $200, The Post reported. The only other candidate to raise more than $10 million was Warren.
Warren had a rollercoaster of a month, starting with the lowest amount of money headed into February with only $2.3 million, according to Politico. The shortage of funds led her to pull ads from Nevada and South Carolina while also taking out a $3 million line of credit.
Still, Warren spent the second-most excluding the two billionaire candidates. To help cover this, Warren turned to PACs. Persist PAC was formed Tuesday to help aid her campaign. This is a flip from her previous opposition to taking PAC money. She told reporters that she would support efforts to weaken PACs in the future, but that in the current state of the campaign, taking money from PACs is “how it has to be.”
(Read more at the Daily Caller)
This all sounds good, but we still need to work
If you look at all the numbers (especially Trump’s), this can be encouraging. Still, we don’t need to take anything for granted.