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Tonight Is The First Democratic Debate Of 2016 – Not That The DNC is Doing Much To Tell Anyone

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Trump gets thousands of hours of free advertising called cable news stories, the GOP has had twice as many debates as the Democrats have – why is the DNC not working hard to energize Democrats and promote democratic candidates?

You’ve heard the criticisms before, that Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC are trying to hand the election to Hillary Clinton by not scheduling many debates and scheduling them at times most people aren’t around to watch. 

Who knows if that’s true. But whether you’re a Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton or Martin O’Malley supporter, you have to agree that while the intent of the DNC is anyone’s guess, it’s clear the Democratic National Committee has done far too little to promote its presidential candidates.

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Personally, this isn’t about picking winners or losers, this is about getting as many people as possible excited about where progressives want to take this country, and about advancing important liberal ideas and policies that will advance the nation. And, quite frankly, as a matter of pride, it’s about showing the country as a whole that any Democratic presidential candidate is a far better choice than any Republican to lead America.

Today, Sunday, January 17, at 9:00 PM is the first Democratic presidential debate, and yet, you might not even be aware of it.

The DNC has “promoted” the event over the past 24 hours with all of two Facebook posts and four tweets.

Sadly, even the few social media posts the DNC has put out are ho-hum, boring:

Sure, Democrats are the adults in the political sphere, by far especially this presidential cycle, but there are so many important issues Democrats are passionate about. Why hasn’t the DNC does much to mention them? It’s like they’re not even trying. 

And the network that’s carrying the debate tonight, NBC, has done far less than Fox News does when it hosts a GOP debate. 

Even Fox Business – not even the main Fox News channel, but Fox Business – which hosted the last GOP debate this past Thursday, worked much harder in TV ads and on social media to attract an audience than NBC News and MSNBC have.

And the numbers from previous debates certainly show.

“Missed last Saturday’s Democratic debate?,” PBS asked nearly a month ago, about the December 19 debate – that was, yes, the Saturday before Christmas, traditionally one of the busiest holiday shopping days. “You’re not alone: 6.7 million people tuned into the New Hampshire face-off, according to Nielsen ratings. By contrast, 18 million viewers watched the Republican debate, which was held four days earlier in Las Vegas.”

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It wasn’t only those two debates where viewership – a credible measure of interest in candidates, issues, parties, and campaigns – were dramatically, if not exponentially different.

“The first two Republican debates of this cycle – in August and September of this year – each topped 23 million viewers, a new high,” PBS reports, adding that the October Democratic debate hit 15 million viewers.

On Tuesday, November 10, the GOP debate drew 13.5 million viewers. By contrast, the Saturday night, November 14 Democratic debate drew 8.5 million viewers.

This tweet from political pundit Gottalaff perfectly puts these numbers in perspective:

You might think, given these pathetic viewership numbers, the DNC (and the networks carrying the debates, for that matter) would pull out all the stops to get voters interested and maybe even excited in watching the debate.

Sadly, you’d be wrong.

UPDATE: As several of our readers on Facebook have noted, there’s an NFL game that could run over and take away viewers, and tonight is the premiere of the final season of Downton Abbey, just to make it even harder to get viewers to watch the debate.

 

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‘I’m Not Suicidal’: Kari Lake Pushes Hillary Clinton Murder Conspiracy Theory

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kari Lake is promoting a conspiracy theory suggesting Hillary Clinton wants to assassinate her. Her remarks came just one day before she lost her attempt to have the Supreme Court review what some have called her conspiracy-theory fueled lawsuit about electronic voting machines.

“Lake, who filed the lawsuit during her failed campaign for governor in 2022, challenged whether the state’s electronic voting machines assured ‘a fair and accurate vote.’ Two lower courts dismissed the suit, finding that Lake and former Republican state lawmaker Mark Finchem had not been harmed in a way that allowed them to sue,” CNN reported Monday.

Also on Monday Law&Crime reported that when she filed her lawsuit, a Dominion Voting Systems spokesperson “rejected Lake’s cybersecurity claim, telling Law&Crime it was ‘implausible and conspiratorial.'”

Democracy Docket, founded by top Democratic elections attorney Marc Elias, called it “the end of the road for a conspiratorial lawsuit,” and Lake and Fincham, “election deniers.”

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Lake, a far-right conspiracy theorist who has yet to concede the 2020 election, which she lost to Democrat Katie Hobbs, has a history of pushing exaggerated and baseless claims.

On Sunday, as MeidasTouch Network reported, Lake promoted an old, anti-Clinton conspiracy theory but twisted it to try to make it appear she was in danger from former U.S. Secretary of State and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Lake on Newsmax listened to a clip of Secretary Clinton calling Trump’s fondness for Russian President Vladimir Putin a “bromance,” and saying the ex-president is “just gaga over Putin, because Putin does what he would like to do: kill his opposition, imprison his opposition, drive, you know, journalists and others into exile, rule without any check or balance.”

Then Lake promoted a thoroughly debunked conspiracy theory by responding, “Oh, boy. Oh, that’s really rich coming from a woman like Hillary Clinton, who’s, how many of her friends have just like, mysteriously died or committed suicide?”

“I mean, honestly, that’s rich of her. What President Trump wants is to root out the corruption and deliver our government back to We The People and she looks very nervous. She talked about her friend Mark Elias, Mark Elias has meddled in in his and his cohorts have meddled in the elections.”

She called Democratic policies, “destructive, deadly and frankly, in some ways, diabolical,”and added, “it’s almost comical that Hillary Clinton is talking about Trump wanting to kill his opponents.”

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“I just want to say as I’m as I’m speaking about this topic, I want everyone out there to know that my brakes on my car have recently been checked and they work. I’m not suicidal. And Hillary, I don’t mean any harm to you. Please don’t send your henchmen out to me. We understand what you’re about. ”

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‘Old and Tired and Mad’: Trump’s Demeanor in Court Detailed by Rachel Maddow

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MSNBC top host Rachel Maddow, inside Manhattan’s Criminal Courthouse on Monday declared Donald Trump appeared “old and tired and mad,” as she delivered observations about the ex-president on trial for 34 counts of falsification of business records alleged in the alleged pursuit of election interference to protect his 2016 presidential run.

Trump “seems considerably older, and he seems annoyed. Resigned, maybe, angry. he seems like a man who’s miserable to be here,” the award-winning journalist told MSNBC viewers Monday afternoon.

“I’m no body language expert,” she conceded, “and this is just my observation. He seemed old and tired and mad.”

The New York Times’ Susanne Craig, from inside the courthouse Monday morning reported: “Trump is struggling to stay awake. His eyes were closed for a short period. He was jolted awake when Todd Blanche, his lawyer, nudged him while sliding a note in front of him.”

The Biden campaign was only too happy to pick up and report Craig’s observation, adding “feeble.”

Former Obama senior advisor David Axelrod, pointing to his piece at The Atlantic, wrote of Trump: “He has charmed & conned, schemed & marauded his way through life. He was bred that way. But the weariness & vulnerability captured in courtroom images betray a growing sense in Trump that he could wind up as the thing his old man most reviled:
A loser.”

Watch Maddow’s remarks below or at this link.

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‘Election Interference’ and ‘Corruption’: Experts Explain Trump Prosecution Opening Argument

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Prosecutors for the State of New York in their opening statement drew a direct line between the October 2016  “Access Hollywood” leaked audio and Donald Trump’s alleged “hush money” payoff to two women, including the adult film actress Stormy Daniels, telling the jury it was “election fraud, pure and simple.”

Legal experts are dissecting the prosecution’s opening argument. Professor of law, MSNBC contributor and former FBI General Counsel Andrew Weissmann summed it up, saying New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg “squarely places the NY criminal trial in the election interference/corruption bucket– exactly what the DC and GA indictments allege, just 4 years later.”

“And the NY alleged ‘cover up’ is reminiscent of the two MAL [Mar-a-Lago] alleged obstruction schemes post-presidency, to keep prosecutors from uncovering evidence of that scheme,” Weissmann added.

Prosecutor Matthew Colangelo late Monday morning in his 45-minute opening argument told jurors, “This case is about criminal conspiracy and a cover up,” according to MSNBC’s Joyce Vance.

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“The defendant, Donald Trump, orchestrated a criminal scheme to corrupt the 2016 presidential election,” Colangelo told jurors, CNN reports. “Then he covered up that criminal conspiracy by lying in his New York business records over and over and over again.”

“This was a planned, coordinated long-running conspiracy to influence the 2016 election, to help Donald Trump get elected through illegal expenditures,” Colangelo, a former U.S. Department of Justice Acting Associate Attorney General, told jurors.

“Another story about sexual infidelity, especially with a porn star, on the heels of the Access Hollywood tape would have been devastating to his campaign,” Colangelo added. “’So at Trump’s direction, Cohen negotiated the deal to buy Daniels’ story,’ and prevent it from becoming public before the election.”

“It was election fraud, pure and simple.”

Vance, an MSNBC legal analyst, professor of law and former U.S. Attorney, explains: “The scheme the prosecution is outlining is catch & kill to elect Trump-awful but lawful. Trump crossed the line into illegality when he created false business records to conceal his payments to Cohen to cover up the payments to Stormy Daniels.”

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“It’s always the cover up,” she adds.

Professor of law and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Harry Litman adds, the prosecution told jurors “a straight election-interference story.”

Colangelo, Litman says, told jurors that Trump’s then personal attorney Micheal Cohen “then discussed the [Stormy] situation with Trump who was adamant he did not want the story to come out. Another story…on the heels of the Access Hollywood tape would have been devastating to his campaign.”

MSNBC legal contributor Katie Phang describes Colangelo’s opening argument, saying he is “working methodically and chronologically through the conspiracy, identifying the main characters and their involvement. He speaks clearly and succintly [sic].”

Trump has been criminally indicted in four separate cases and is facing a total of 88 felony charges, including 34 in his New York criminal trial for alleged falsification of business records to hide payments of hush money to an adult film actress and one other woman, in an alleged effort to suppress their stories and protect his 2016 presidential campaign, which could be deemed election interference.

Watch an MSNBC clip below or at this link.

 

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