The Democratic National Committee has just released the list of qualifications Democratic presidential candidates will have to meet in order to appear in the next debate. Those qualifications could eliminate three of last night’s seven candidates.
The new, higher bar means candidates must have “at least 5 percent support in four qualifying polls, or 7 percent in two early-state polls,” according to The New York Times, along with other donor requirements.
That means Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Pete Buttigieg are the only ones who currently meet the new requirements. And Amy Klobuchar, Tom Steyer, and Andrew Yang, who participated in Thursday night’s debate, currently do not qualify. They would have until January 10 to do so, which is just weeks away and includes two major national holidays when Americans are focused on other issues and political activity tends to slow down.
Some have noted that for a party built on African American and women voters, having no candidates of color and just one woman on stage would be problematic.
The announcement “came despite intense public and private lobbying from Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey and his allies to lower the barrier to participate in the party’s debates, a cause that gained momentum after just one person of color, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, qualified for Thursday’s debate in Los Angeles.”
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Pence Signs Big 2-Book Deal Focusing on His Christian Faith and Four Years With Trump in Prep for 2024 Run
Former Vice President Mike Pence has just signed a two-book deal with Simon & Schuster, including a hefty advance, as he3 paves the road for an expected 2024 presidential run. The books will be one on his Christian faith and public service, and the other a “memoir” of his time in the Trump White House.
“The first,” according to Axios, “to be published by 2023, is mainly a memoir of his four turbulent years in the White House with President Trump. The second will be more broadly autobiographical.”
Pence has been the consummate “loyal soldier” so supporters and opponents should not expect any major revelations.
A Simon & Schuster vice president says the former vice president, governor, and congressman’s “life and work, his journey as a Christian, the challenges and triumphs he has faced, and the lessons he has learned, tells an American story of extraordinary public service.”
That public service includes decades attacking the LGBTQ community, including his signing of an extremist pro-discrimination “religious freedom” law that tore his state of Indiana and the nation apart when he was governor.
Donald Trump Is Defeated – Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Projected to Win White House in ‘Massive’ Landslide
MSNBC and NBC News report Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are projected to be the winners of the 2020 presidential election.
Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris have beat President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to take the White House. NBC News and MSNBC have called the election for the Democrats.
Biden is expected to walk into the White House with 306 Electoral College votes. In 2016 Trump called his 304 Electoral College win a “MASSIVE landslide victory.”
Congratulations to all of the ”DEPLORABLES” and the millions of people who gave us a MASSIVE (304-227) Electoral College landslide victory! pic.twitter.com/7ifv5gT7Ur
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2017
But at noon on January 20, 2021 President Donald Trump will be president no longer. Joe Biden, who served his country every day for 44 years from 1973 to 2017, will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. Kamala Harris, the former San Francisco District Attorney and California Attorney General, will be the nation’s first woman Vice President and first Vice President who is a person of color.
January 20, 2021 is the four-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration speech, in which he chillingly promised the “American carnage stops right here and stops right now.”
Trump would go on to inflict carnage on a wide swath of the American people, land, air, water, economy, and reputation.
He ignored intelligence reports warning of an impending global pandemic in its infancy, allowing the deadly, airborne virus to kill hundreds of thousands of Americans, infect millions more, devastate the economy, force Americans into hiding or into hospitals, force children out of schools and parents into substitute teachers, and force disinformation into the general public so dangerous some tried injecting bleach or drinking hydroxychloroquine.
Trump’s carnage extended to the daily lives of America’s women, and minorities – its Black and Brown people and other people of color, its LGBTQ people, and its children. Trump’s actions removed protections from groups of people who need protection the most.
He rescinded protections for LGBTQ people, for workers, for children, for the handicapped. He focused his most extreme attacks on transgender people, first stripping protections and guidance from transgender school children, then literally declaring – in a series of tweets – he was kicking every transgender service member out of the U.S Armed Forces.
Trump would go on to throw out protections enforced by nearly every cabinet agency, causing quiet and often under reported devastation to Americans who already were struggling.
As President, Trump employed the worst Americans, treated the White House as his personal palace and the executive branch as his mafia empire, one that frequently declared gang war against the other branches of the U.S. government – especially House and Senate Democrats.
Among the casualties of Trump’s fascist four-year rein: the mental health and spirt of many, if not the majority of Americans.
It took seven writers and editors at McSweeney’s to catalogue the atrocities that Donald Trump has inflicted upon America and the world. To date they have collected 964. It was last updated one day before the November election.
“Lest We Forget the Horrors: A Catalog of Trump’s Worst Cruelties, Collusions, Corruptions, and Crimes,” is its catchy title.
Trump brought out the worst in America and Americans. He gave Republicans license to feel and voice their hate, then championed that hate. He told the white nationalists, the white supremacists, the racists, the homophobes, the anti-government extremists, the religious extremists, the anti-Islam extremists, the neo-Nazis, and his favorites group, “the poorly-educated,” that they are the victims, and that he is their savior.
And they believed him. They believed the rapist, criminal, white supremacist cloaked in a blue suit, too-long red tie, and too much bronzer. They believed the lying “billionaire,” the tweeting reality TV host, the paranoid narcissistic personality-disordered president.
Four years is a long time. The carnage is massive. It will take many more years, if not decades, to recover.
This article has been updated.
Biden Takes the Lead in Pennsylvania – Could Be Decisive in Presidential Race
The Biden-Harris team has taken the lead in the 2020 presidential race in Georgia and Pennsylvania. President Donald Trump cannot stay in the race without both those states.
Biden is now in the lead in Pennsylvania, by 5587 votes, turning the state blue, with 87% of the recent vote dump, according to CNN.
There are more votes to be counted, but if his lead holds, Biden takes Pennsylvania’s 20 Electoral votes, putting him in the White House.
One news outlet has just called the presidential race for Biden. Others are waiting for more votes to be counted.
Decision Desk HQ projects that @JoeBiden has won Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral college votes for a total of 273.
Joe Biden has been elected the 46th President of the United States of America.
Race called at 11-06 08:50 AM EST
All Results: https://t.co/BgcQsEyt3j
— Decision Desk HQ (@DecisionDeskHQ) November 6, 2020
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