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September 27, 2022

7 Democrats Most Likely to Run for President in 2024

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1908: Henry Ford’s first Ford Model T automobile leaves the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan.

President Joe Biden recently said that it “remains to be seen” if he will seek reelection in 2024, prompting more speculation about who might run instead.

Here are the seven individuals most likely to seek the Democratic nomination if Biden doesn’t run again, according to The Hill.

Vice President Kamala Harris

Despite underwhelming approval numbers during her tenure as VP, Harris remains the top possibility to run in Biden’s stead in 2024.

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg

Buttigieg’s current role as Transportation secretary “has sent him around the country to boast about popular infrastructure projects —something that can only help him down the road,” the outlet noted.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI)

The Hill noted that the Michigan governor “came closer than many realize to being Biden’s pick for vice president.”

The 51-year-old is currently leading her Republican gubernatorial opponent by 16 points.

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA)

The California governor has been making himself known nationwide. Earlier this month, he ran aggressive billboards in states that have outlawed abortion, advertising that the procedure is still available in California.

One Democratic strategist said that Newsom still has “a lot to prove, but he has certainly made Democrats pay attention.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

Warren has expressed that her main focus in 2024 is her Senate reelection campaign, but Democrats still say there would be a spot for her if Biden doesn’t run again.

But the Senator has avoided participating in 2024 presidential speculation.

“We’ve got to stop the catnip about 2024,” Warren told Axios this summer. “If we start getting tangled up on 2024, and fail to pay attention to business in 2022, that is not only going to hurt us in 2022. It is going to bite us on the rear end in 2024.”  

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

Sanders is currently 81 years old, but strategists point out that his stances on certain issues resonate with their base.

The Hill noted that Sanders “has become such a staple of the Democratic Party since his first White House bid in 2016 that it’s hard to rule out a run.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)

AOC would be barely eligible for a presidential run in 2024 since she turns 35 just a month before the election. But she’s one of the most well-known figures within the Democratic party.

However, there are questions over whether her policies are too liberal to win her party’s nomination or the general election.


Source: The Hill

September 26, 2022

Hot Mic: South Korean President Caught Insulting US Lawmakers

A live microphone caught South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol insulting the United States Congress.

The incident occurred after President Joe Biden pledged $6 billion to the Global Fund. The first $2 billion installment is part of Biden’s proposed 2023 budget, but Congress ultimately decides how the funds are spent, according to The Hill.

The Washington Post published a translation of Yoon’s hot-mic remark: “It would be so humiliating for Biden if these idiots don’t pass it in Congress.”

However, the South China Morning Post had a different translation: “How could Biden not lose damn face if these f—ers do not pass it in Congress?” Yoon said.

Video of the exchange quickly went viral in South Korea, WaPo noted. Yoon took office in May, his first role as an elected official.


Sources: The Hill | The Washington Post | South China Morning Post

September 26, 2022

“The View” Host Suggests Minorities Can’t Be Republicans

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1580: Francis Drake completes circumnavigation of the world, sailing into Plymouth aboard the Golden Hind.

“The View” co-host Sunny Hostin insinuated that racial minorities should only vote for Democrats, saying that Latino Republicans are voting “against their own self-interest.”

“That’s what’s so interesting to me that there are so many Latinos that vote Republican because they vote against their own self-interest,” Hostin said during Friday’s episode. “If you really are interested in these types of issues, then you’re a Democrat.”

This isn’t the first time Hostin has insinuated that racial minorities should only vote for Democrats. In May, she had a spat with co-hosts Ana Navarro and Lindsey Granger over their political stances.

“I don’t understand either of you,” Hostin said at the time. “I don’t understand Black Republicans, and I don’t understand Latino Republicans.” She said being a Black Republican is an “oxymoron.”

Hostin came under fire earlier this week over remarks about former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, suggesting she changed her name to conceal her Indian heritage.

The remarks caused controversy, with critics accusing Hostin of racial prejudice, Fox News reported.


Source: Fox News

September 25, 2022

Actor Sentenced to Life in Prison for Matricide

Actor Ryan Grantham has been sentenced to life in prison for the fatal shooting of his mother, CBC reported.

Grantham, known for his brief roles in the 2010 movie “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and the popular CW show “Riverdale,” had pled guilty to second-degree murder for the 2020 shooting of his mother, Barbara Waite.

On March 31, 2020, Grantham shot his 64-year-old mother in the back of her head while she played piano in their British Columbia home. The then-21-year-old recorded a GoPro video shortly after the murder, in which he confesses to the killing and films his mother’s body. The video was shown in the courtroom.

Prosecutors said Grantham left the crime scene with Molotov cocktails and firearms, planning to kill Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He also considered committing a mass shooting before surrendering to police, CBC reported.

Grantham, 24, will be eligible for parole in 14 years. Second-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence under Canadian law.


Source: CBC

September 25, 2022

“Plain Creepy”: Biden Criticized Over Friendship with 12-Year-Old Girl

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1789: U.S. Congress proposes the Bill of Rights.

President Joe Biden raised eyebrows with a remark about a friendship he had with a 12-year-old girl.

Biden was delivering a speech to the National Education Association when he went off-script to address a woman in the crowd that used to know.

“You gotta say hi to me,” Biden said while pointing into the crowd. “We go back a long way. She was 12 and I was 30, but anyway. This woman helped me get an awful lot done. Anyway.”

“This is just plain creepy,” tweeted conservative commentator Kyle Becker.

“What a creep,” said author Buzz Patterson.

Tim Graham, the executive producer of NewsBusters, said the remark was an example of “why Biden frustrates handlers.”

Biden has previously faced criticism for being “creepy” over his repeated habit of sniffing women and young girls.


Source: Fox News

September 24, 2022

Trans Teacher with Massive Prosthetic Breasts Sparks Uproar

A trans high school teacher sparked backlash after photos and videos show her teaching while sporting massive “clownish” prosthetic breasts — but the Canadian school board is “standing behind” the vilified teacher.

Kayla Lemieux, a shop teacher at Oakville Trafalgar High School in Ontario, recently went viral after students shared videos and images of her school attire, which includes giant fake breasts with protruding nipples.

The Halton District School Board Chair Margo Shuttleworth said the board is committed to protecting any person’s “gender rights” and “they are standing behind the teacher.”

“This teacher (who teaches shop) is an extremely effective teacher,” Shuttleworth said. “All the kids really love being in the class.”

But the Toronto Sun reported that at least one disturbed student shared their thoughts on social media.

The student said, “the kids here most definitely don’t think it’s normal… but realistically we can’t say anything. Last year, the teacher was a man. I don’t think the school can fire him.”

Last year, the teacher was known to students and staff as a male and went by a man’s name.

Shuttleworth emphasized that “the teacher is completely accepted and welcomed into the school community as far as the staff is concerned.”

Meghan McCain wrote an op-ed for the Daily Mail, saying that the school district’s stance is “final proof we are paralyzed by insane political correctness.”

“This is not about gender rights or tolerance or transgenderism. Of course, adults are free to express their gender identity and sexuality in a way of their choosing,” McCain wrote.

“This is about political correctness and the overwhelming fear of offending going so far beyond anything resembling reason that absolutely anything and everything is now accepted, no matter how bizarre it is, or in this case, harmful to children’s education,” she continued.

“Society must weigh the right of this teacher to dress like an Asian porn character against a child’s right to learn in a safe and sane environment. And this school has sided with the teacher.”


Sources: Toronto Sun | Daily Mail

September 24, 2022

Bizarre Onstage Moment Renews Concerns Over Biden’s Cognitive Health [Video]

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1789: The Federal Judiciary Act passes, creating a six-person Supreme Court in the United States.

President Joe Biden appeared “lost” and confused on stage after a speech, sparking renewed questions over his mental fitness.

After Biden finished delivering his speech at the Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment Conference in New York, he wandered to the right edge of the stage before stopping and putting his hands out. He then staggered with his hands out before stopping again and standing still. He appeared to interact with someone off stage, looking unsure about what to do, where to go, and whether or not he should leave the stage.

Videos of Biden’s bizarre movement quickly spread online, with many questioning Biden’s cognitive abilities.

“Joe Biden is completely lost on stage. Scary and sad,” said Steve Guest, communications advisor to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

“Joe Biden has no idea what’s going on. The guy can’t even get on and off the stage,” said political author Clay Travis.

The embarrassing moment follows Biden’s recent interview with 60 Minutes, wherein he was questioned on his physical and mental fitness.

“Some people ask whether you are fit for the job. And when you hear that, I wonder what you think,” 60 Minutes anchor Scott Pelley asked Biden.

“Watch me. And ma— honest to God, that’s all I think. Watch me. If you think I don’t have the energy level or the mental acuity, then— then, you know, that’s one thing. It’s another thing, you just watch and— and, you know, keep my schedule,” Biden responded.

“How would you say your mental focus is?” Pelley pressed.

“Oh, it’s focused. I’d say it’s— I think it’s— I— I haven’t— look, I have trouble even mentioning, even saying to myself, my own head, the number of years. I no more think of myself as being as old as I am, than fly. I mean, it’s just not— I haven’t— observed anything in terms of— there’s not things I don’t do now that I did before, whether it’s physical, or mental, or anything else,” Biden answered.


Sources: Newsweek | Daily Mail | Yahoo News

September 23, 2022

News Anchor Fired After Curse-Filled Tirade Against Female Co-Host

A local news anchor in Missouri was fired after he launched an off-air, curse-filled tirade against a female co-host.

Anchor Vic Faust berated Crystal Cooper, the co-host of his morning local radio show, on Sept. 13. While the profanity-laden outburst occurred off-air, it was still digitally recorded and sent anonymously to a local news outlet’s tip line.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Faust used profanity against Cooper at least 40 times. Faust made derogatory comments about Cooper’s weight and parenting abilities “and repeatedly addressed her by a curse word most commonly directed at women,” according to the outlet.

“Your kids have a [expletive] terrible mom. I feel sorry for them,” he said. Faust also called Cooper “fat,” “stupid,” and “nasty.”

He also told Cooper not to come back to the show.

“If you come back, I’m going to be in your [expletive] every [expletive] day,” Faust said, adding that he would “call you a [expletive] every day.”

Faust, who served as one of the local Fox affiliate’s main news anchors for more than seven years, posted a public apology on Wednesday.

“I am very sorry. My words hurt Crystal, my colleagues and family. I made a huge mistake and I’m ashamed,” Faust wrote on Twitter.

“As I work to earn trust again, I hope we can have an open dialogue about respect in the workplace and forgiveness. My mistake is not my kids’. Please respect their privacy,” the post read. He later deleted his Twitter account.


Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

September 23, 2022

“Disconnected From Reality or She’s Blatantly Lying”: Tulsi Gabbard Blasts Kamala Harris

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1957: U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower orders troops to support the integration of nine black students at Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas.

Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) rebuked Vice President Kamala Harris for claiming that the U.S.-Mexico border is secure.

“Kamala Harris’ statement that ‘we have a secure border’ is further evidence that she’s either completely disconnected from reality or she’s blatantly lying,” Gabbard wrote on Twitter.

“Either way, she has no business being a heartbeat away from the presidency,” added Gabbard, who was a Democratic presidential nominee in 2020.

VP Harris raised eyebrows when she declared that “the border is secure” during an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.

“The border is secure,” Harris told Chuck Todd.

“We’re going to have 2 million people cross this border for the first time ever,” Todd responded. “You’re confident this border’s secure?”

“We have a secure border in that that is a priority for any nation, including ours and our administration,” Harris said. “But there are still a lot of problems that we are trying to fix given the deterioration that happened over the last four years.”


Source: Washington Examiner

September 22, 2022

Migrants File Class-Action Lawsuit Against Ron DeSantis

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) by a group of migrants who were transported from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard last week.

The suit alleges that the move was “cruelty akin to what they fled in their home country” of Venezuela.

The lawsuit, filed in a federal court in Massachusetts, also names the state’s transportation secretary as a defendant.

“Defendants manipulated them, stripped them of their dignity, deprived them of their liberty, bodily autonomy, due process and equal protection under law, and impermissibly interfered with the Federal Government’s exclusive control over immigration in furtherance of an unlawful goal and a personal political agenda,” the suit reads.

However, DeSantis’s camp says that the relocations were “voluntary.” The governor’s office provided a copy of consent forms allegedly signed by the migrants, with “Massachusetts” listed as the final destination.

“The immigrants were homeless, hungry, and abandoned – and these activists didn’t care about them then,” said Taryn Feske, DeSantis’s communications director.

“Florida’s program gave them a fresh start in a sanctuary state and these individuals opted to take advantage of chartered flights to Massachusetts. It was disappointing that Martha’s Vineyard called in the Massachusetts National Guard to bus them away from the island within 48 hours.”


Source: The Hill

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