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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.”

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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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2020 Road to the White House

‘First Major Shakeup’: Warren ‘Has Surged’ to First Place Ahead of Biden and Sanders in Iowa Caucuses Poll

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U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) “has surged” in Iowa, jumping ahead of both former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the just -released Des Moines Register poll of likely Iowa Caucuses voters.

It is the first time Warren has placed first. She comes as the first choice of 22% of voters. Biden grabbed 20%, and Sanders falls to third place with just 11%.

“This is the first major shakeup,” said J. Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Co., which conducted the poll, the Des Moines Register reports. “It’s the first time we’ve had someone other than Joe Biden at the top of the leader board.”

Iowa is considered a crucial state for primary candidates to win.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg comes in fourth with 9%, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) is at 6%. U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) are each at 3%.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

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Two LGBTQ Democratic Presidential Candidate Events – Bernie Sanders and Andrew Yang Won’t Participate in Either

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Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Andrew Yang are the only two top Democratic presidential candidates who are declining to participate in both LGBTQ candidate forums. The first, hosted by GLAAD, The Advocate, The Gazetteand One Iowa, will be held Friday evening in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The second, hosted by HRC and CNN will take place in October in Los Angeles.

The ten Democratic presidential candidates who agreed to participate in Friday’s LGBTQ Presidential Forum are Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Julián Castro, Amy Klobuchar, Tulsi Gabbard, Joe Sestak, and Marianne Williamson, according to The Advocate. Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke appears to be the only other top Democratic candidate who will not be participating in Friday’s event, but he is slated to participate in the second event.

The LGBTQ Presidential Forum can be watched live via YouTube (video embedded below) starting at 7PM Central, 8 PM Eastern.

The evening will be hosted by “Pose” star Angelica Ross, who wasn’t shy about comments she was receiving about Senator Sanders’ decision to decline to participate.

She later tweeted this explanation:

The Advocate reported Senator Sanders is “the only frontrunner who will miss both events aimed at discussing LGBTQ equality and rights,” noting his “team has cited ‘scheduling conflicts’ for both events.”

Friday’s LGBTQ Presidential Forum is open to all Democratic presidential candidates. Next month’s HRC/CNN LGBTQ Town Hall is limited to only those who meet the DNC’s debate requirements. Nine candidates have agreed to participate in October. They are: Tom Steyer, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), former HUD Secretary Julián Castro.

Watch Friday’s LGBTQ Presidential Forum here:

 

 

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Warren Wins Endorsement of Progressive Organization That Backed Sanders in ’16

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A top progressive organization that backed Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the 2016 presidential primary over Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday announced it is endorsing Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The Working Families Party’s endorsement, The New York Times reports, is “a boon to her candidacy as she attempts to position herself as the main challenger to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.”

The Times adds that “Warren continues to make inroads among the party’s progressive base.” And it call the endorsement “one of the few by an influential progressive organization this early in the primary,” which “is sure to turn heads among left-leaning Democrats who are desperate to defeat the current front-runner, Mr. Biden, in a primary election where their party’s ideological future is at stake.”

Tens of thousands of  Working Families Party members chose to throw their weight behind Sen. Warren on the first ballet, with the Massachusetts Democrat earning more than 60 percent of the vote.

“Senator Warren knows how to kick Wall Street kleptocrats where it hurts, and she’s got some truly visionary plans to make this country work for the many,” Working Families Party’s national director Maurice Mitchell said.

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