Former NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg’s first presidential debate performance is being widely panned by pundits.
The Root’s Dr. Jason Johnson told MSNBC viewers just how bad he thought Bloomberg did at the Democratic debate in Las Vegas: “The most expensive night in Vegas I’ve ever seen. He lost everything.”
"This probably was the most expensive night in Vegas I've ever seen. Bloomberg lost everything.
— Alexis Goldstein 🏳️🌈 (@alexisgoldstein) February 20, 2020
CNN’s Van Jones called Bloomberg’s performance “a disaster,” comparing him to the Titanic:
— Van Jones (@VanJones68) February 20, 2020
Vox’s Aaron Rupar posted video of the first blow Bloomberg suffered, saying “He was unable to come back from this.”
Warren’s opening salvo on Bloomberg set the tone for the rest of the debate. He was unable to come back from this. pic.twitter.com/tHwoRL7Soc
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 20, 2020
Here’s how some journalists characterized Bloomberg’s debate performance.
Esquire’s political writer:
I am stunned at how really bad Bloomberg is at this .
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) February 20, 2020
HuffPost Senior Reporter:
#DemDebate takeaway: Elizabeth Warren hit Michael Bloomberg in the face with a sledgehammer for an hour and then people debated stuff for another hour.
— Zach Carter (@zachdcarter) February 20, 2020
Editor-in-Chief of Mother Jones:
The runaway winner was Warren.
Bloomberg turned in a horrifically bad debate performance.
The Bernie vetting began. He punched back but some still landed.
Biden was sort of washed out.
Not clear if Pete and Amy's squabbling helps either.
— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) February 20, 2020
Boston Globe columnist:
Warren crushed: Best debate so far.
Biden: He ain't dead yet
Sanders: skated but came across as arrogant
Mayor Pete: Aggressive but solid
Bloomberg: Clean up on Aisle 6
— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) February 20, 2020
My tentative power ranking for tonight's #DemDebate
Literally everyone else in Nevada
Hold a sec I know there's someone else
— John Iadarola (@johniadarola) February 20, 2020
Bloomberg News reporting on a tough night for Bloomberg: https://t.co/dMZOBR0EsB
— Michael M. Grynbaum (@grynbaum) February 20, 2020
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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
Biden: ‘When the Count Is Finished We Believe We Will Be the Winners’ but Refuses to Declare Victory Yet
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in a national address told the American people Wednesday afternoon that “we believe that we will be the winners” of the 2020 election, but was quick to add, “I am not here to declare that we’ve won.”
“It is clear that we’re winning enough states to win the presidency,” he noted.
Biden noted that “once this election is finalized,” it will be time to put “harsh rhetoric” behind us, as he called for healing.
He also noted that he and Sen. Kamala Harris would be one of three tickets to unseat an incumbent president, and won more votes than any candidate in history.
Biden’s comments are in polar opposition to those made by President Donald Trump at 2:30 in the morning, falsely declaring victory.
Joe Biden: "It's clear that we're winning enough states to reach 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. I'm not here to declare that we've won. But I am here to report, when the count is finished, we believe we will be winners." https://t.co/EFfyeyUMQ9 pic.twitter.com/JLeFjv4wQi
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 4, 2020
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