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Watch ‘Fox & Friends’ Try to Knock Down Beto O’Rourke: ‘As if It’s a Big Plus That He Reads Books’

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Kilmeade Clearly Upset – That Beto Reads Books, and That Vanity Fair Mentioned It

Fox News tried to take down former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke Thursday morning, just after the Texas Democrat announced he is entering the race for the White House.

Vanity Fair published a lengthy, nearly 9000-word profile of O’Rourke this week, in advance of his expected announcement, and the “Fox & Friends” crew couldn’t help but try to mock the 46 year old who came surprisingly close to unseating Senator Ted Cruz this past November.

But out of all that nearly 9000 words in the Vanity Fair profile, it was this sentence that appeared to really bother “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade:

“A candidate of honesty and basic decency, à la Jimmy Carter, is in high demand among a lot of Democrats looking for optimal results in 2020, as is that sense of generational shift that powered Democratic campaigns dating back to John F. Kennedy (whose Profiles in Courage is in O’Rourke’s library).”

Kilmeade was clearly upset – that Beto reads books, and that Vanity Fair mentioned it.

Vanity Fair has a huge article and feature on [Beto O’Rourke], it’s almost as if they helped launch his campaign,” Kilmeade says, as Media Matters reports.

“They also point out that he has this huge library. As if it’s a big plus that he reads books. We would assume that. And he talks all the presidential libraries there, and the writer writes, there’s always a sense that he belongs on that, as if a book of a president’s going to be in there.”

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Kilmeade, who is probably the most Trump-supporting “Fox & Friends” co-hosts, did manage to mention O’Rourke’s “charisma.”

As far as presidents and books, we know the current president has said he doesn’t have time to read. President Barack Obama was a voracious reader, and even his predecessor, President George W. Bush, reportedly was an avid reader.

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President to Get Heavy-Duty Primary Challenger: Former Tea Party Congressman and Trump-Supporter Turned Never-Trumper

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President Donald Trump is now facing a heavy-duty, rough-and-tumble, loud-mouthed primary challenger. He’s a former Tea Party U.S. Congressman, a former Trump supporter, who “got woke” a year ago and transformed into a “Never-Trumper” morally opposed to the nation’s current president.

Joe Walsh “is expected to announce he is running for president as early as this weekend,” The New York Times reports. He has already “hired a senior political adviser” and “organized meetings with high-profile Trump antagonists in New York City.”

Politico reports Walsh will mount a primary challenge against President Trump. He calls Trump “absolutely unfit,” and says he thinks he can get enough funding to mount a considerable challenge.

“I think if there is an alternative out there,” Walsh says, “the money will follow.”

As a Congressman, Walsh was frequently in the news, often for ugly comments and he lasted only a year representing the people of Illinois’ 8th district. He became a conservative political  talk radio show host calling himself “the new voice of freedom.”

Related: Trump May Soon Find Himself Battling 5 Republicans for Re-Election – They Could Help Democrats Win the White House

In the lead up to the 2016 election Walsh made headlines when he posted this tweet:

He’s come a long way. Now calls Trump “a danger to this country,” and posts tweets like this:

Apparently, Trump’s all-too-cozy relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Helsinki Summit was the last straw for Walsh.

“He lost me for good in Helsinki, when he stood in front of the world and said, ‘I believe Putin and I don’t believe my fellow Americans,’”

A week ago Walsh penned an op-ed that ran in The New York Times, apologizing for his past support of Trump and for his past behavior – and making what he called “a strong case for President Trump to face a Republican primary challenger.”

Walsh has little chance of winning the nomination, much less the White House, but as NCRM reported Wednesday, history shows presidents who get serious primary challenges are usually weakened and lose re-election.

 

 

 

 

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Trump May Soon Find Himself Battling 5 Republicans for Re-Election – They Could Help Democrats Win the White House

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A same-party primary challenge against a sitting president is not unheard of. Five members of a sitting president’s party would be extraordinary.

Currently, only former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld has officially declared he is running for the Republican nomination for president.

But as The Washington Post just reported, there are four more Republicans in the wings, “inching” closer to declaring their candidacies.

Former Tea Party Congressman Joe Walsh, whose journey over the past year has found him moving from disturbing support for Trump to joining the anti-Trump camp (while occasionally offering up some common sense takes on current issues,) is among the four. He “is preparing a Republican primary challenge to President Trump that he previewed as a daily ‘bar fight’ with the incumbent over his morality and competency.”

Former South Carolina governor and congressman Mark Sanford, who lost his seat after he criticized Trump and the president’s machine went into action against him, “said he is inching closer to a bid of his own by sounding out activists in New Hampshire and other early-voting states about an insurgency focused on the ballooning deficit.”

Former Arizona senator Jeff Flake, who was also the target of the Trump machine, “said he has taken a flurry of recruitment calls in recent days from GOP donors rattled by signs of an economic slowdown and hungry for an alternative to Trump.”

Former Ohio governor John Kasich, who ran for president in the 2016 primaries and earned The New York Times’ endorsement for the GOP nomination, “will head to New Hampshire next month to ‘take a look at things’ after experiencing ‘an increase’ in overtures this summer.”

While the chances of any Republican winning the Republican nomination over Trump are slim, primary challengers take up a campaign’s time, money, energy, and focus, and that can help the opposing party unseat an incumbent.

For example, in 1992 Pat Buchanan’s primary challenge against sitting President George H.W. Bush led to the 41st president losing the White House to then-governor Bill Clinton. In 1980 Senator Ted Kennedy challenged sitting Democratic President Jimmy Carter, helping put Ronald Reagan into the Oval Office.

As Business Insider noted in May, “Throughout the 20th century, sitting presidents who faced challenges from within their own party went on to lose in the general election after being severely weakened.”

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Susan Sarandon Scorched for Throwing Shade at Elizabeth Warren During Bernie Sanders Event (Video)

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Susan Sarandon is still a pariah to many Democrats who believe her very active support of extremist Jill Stein during the 2016 presidential election helped elect Donald Trump president. And she’s under fire once again.

The Academy Award winning actress and activist on Monday spoke at an event supporting Senator Bernie Sanders, who is once again running for president as a Democrat. Sarandon appeared to throw shade at Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is currently battling the Vermont independent lawmaker for the number two slot in the polls.

“He is not someone who used to be a Republican,” Sarandon told Sanders supporters as she introduced him at an Iowa ice cream social, according to a Politico reporter.

The Bernie Sanders campaign posted this video that includes Sarandon’s remarks:

Many on the left were furious with Sarandon in the run up to the 2016 election, and definitely after Trump took the White House. Some said she was an example of white privilege run amok: She would be inoculated from whatever policies Trump would institute, given her vast wealth.

Related: Susan Sarandon Still Glad She Voted for Jill Stein, Told Her Gay Friends Hillary Has ‘Been Terrible to Gay People’

Those feelings surfaced again, as Democrats blasted Sarandon, especially since Sanders is not a Democrat, and Warren cemented her allegiance to the Democratic party decades ago.

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