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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

‘Democrats Are Angry’: Polling Shows ‘Massive Blue Wave’ Rising in America’s Cities

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Reuters has conducted an extensive review of polling data and has found that interest in voting in 2020 is surging in urban areas dominated by Democrats faster than in Trump-supporting rural areas.

“Even as Trump commands rock-solid support among Republicans, voters’ interest in going to the polls appears to be growing faster among those who disapprove of Trump than among those who approve of him,” Reuters reports. “The advantage in urban political engagement extends deep into the most competitive battleground states that Trump won by razor-thin margins four years ago.”

One factor that led to Trump’s defeat of Hillary Clinton in 2016 was lower turnout in Midwestern cities such as Detroit and Milwaukee — but there are indications that trend is reversing four years later.

“In large urban areas of the upper Midwest, a region that includes swing states Michigan and Wisconsin, for example, the number of people who said they were ‘certain’ to vote in the upcoming presidential election rose by 10 percentage points to 67 percent compared with survey responses from 2015,” Reuters reports.

Nicholas Valentino, a political scientist at the University of Michigan who helped Reuters review and analyze the polling data, said that the results show unmistakable signs that Democratic voters are still furious about President Donald Trump.

“Democrats are very angry,” he said. “Many see this administration as an existential threat to the constitutional order. They’re standing ready to participate to try to change the course of this country.”

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Warren Loudly Cheered for Saying the Only Candidates on Stage ‘Who Have Won Every Single Election They’ve Been in Are the Women’

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U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren appears to have had the best moment of the night at Tuesday Democratic debate. When asked to discuss the current story of the day – can a woman become president in the United States? – Warren appears to have scored big, based on the debate audience’s reaction.

“Senator Warren, what did you think when Sen. Sanders told you a woman could not win the election?” she was asked.

“I disagreed,” Warren said, appearing to take a breath before responding. “Bernie is my friend, and I’m not here to try to fight with Bernie.”

“But look. This question about whether or not a woman can be president has been raised and it’s time for us to attack it, head on. I think the best way to talk about who can win is by looking at people’s winning records. So, can a woman beat Donald Trump? Look at the men on this stage. Collectively they have lost ten elections. The only people on this stage who have won every single election that they’ve been in are the women.”

Warren was greeted with loud cheers.

Warren also added that “the real danger that we face as Democrats is picking a candidate who can’t pull our party together or someone who takes for granted big parts of the Democratic constituency.”

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Trump Tries to Manufacture a Warren-Sanders ‘Feud’ While Falsely Claiming ‘Everybody Knows Her Campaign Is Dead’

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President Donald Trump, under fire for assassinating Qasem Soleimani then apparently lying about why he made the decision to kill the top Iranian general is trying to change the national narrative by targeting his Democratic opponents.

After attacking billionaire Mike Bloomberg earlier Monday morning while lying about protecting Americans with pre-existing conditions, Trump turned his attention to his two of his top political rivals.

Taking advantage of the current media narrative that Democratic Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren – who some claim share a supporter base – have started to “attack” each other, Trump tried to manufacture an all-out “feud.”

After misspelling his racist nickname for Senator Warren, Trump lied about the state of her presidential prospects.

“Everybody knows her campaign is dead,” he tweeted, which is false. “Elizabeth is very angry at Bernie. Do I see a feud brewing?”

In fact, in poll after poll, when asked who their second-choice candidate is, Warren tops the list. While recently losing several points in nationwide and state polls, Warren is consistently in the top three, as RealClearPolitics proves.

Currently FiveThirtyEight places the chances of Biden winning the Democratic presidential nomination at 2 in 5. Sanders at 1 in 4. Warren at 1 in 8. And Buttigieg at 1 in 10.

MSNBC’s Shannon Pettypiece on-air reports that the Trump campaign has decided to attack Sen. Sanders “policies” and “character.”

“It seems,” she said Monday morning,” that this is essentially the Trump campaign “trying to put their finger on the scale of the Democratic primary.”

But Pettypiece says Trump targeting Sanders is more of an attempt to give the Vermont Independent Senator “a boost in the primaries,” given that any time Trump attacks a Democrat it tends to strengthen their poll numbers.

 

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