• Donna Brazile Tells RNC Chair to ‘Go to Hell’ on Fox News Over ‘Rigged’ Primary Comment
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    Donna Brazile Tells RNC Chair to ‘Go to Hell’ on Fox News Over ‘Rigged’ Primary Comment

    Former interim Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile clapped back at Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel Tuesday, responding to her comment about the Democratic primary being “rigged” against Sen. Bernie Sanders.In fact, Brazile told McDaniel to “go to hell.”Earlier on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” McDaniel discussed the ongoing Super Tuesday voting and what the evening’s vote tallies will mean for remaining campaigns: “It does depend on how big a lead that Sanders takes out of California is, if he picks up a huge proportion of delegates. I don’t see anybody getting out soon and it’s leading towards, potentially, a brokered convention, which will be rigged against Bernie if those superdelegates have their way on that second vote.”Also Read: Joe Biden Wins South Carolina Democratic Primary; Sanders Is Distant Second“First of all, I want to talk to my Republicans. First of all, stay the hell out of our race,” she said after co-hosts Ed Henry and Sandra Smith rolled the clip of McDaniel’s comments. “I get sick and tired, Ed and Sandra, of listening to the Republicans tell me and the Democrats about our process.”After she lambasted the GOP for, in her estimation, not having its own primary process, she concluded, “Ronna, go to hell!”Henry audibly said, “Whoa,” so Brazile doubled down: “No, go to hell! I’m tired of it, Ed. We’re not trying to prevent anyone from becoming the nominee. If you have the delegates and win, you will win.”Her comments came one day after Sen. Amy Klobuchar dropped out of the Democratic race and endorsed former vice president Joe Biden, just as former Democratic candidates Pete Buttigieg and Beto O’Rourke did.On NBC’s “Today” Tuesday morning, Klobuchar denied that the coalition of former candidates behind Biden was an attempt to quash Sanders’ progressive campaign.Read original story Donna Brazile Tells RNC Chair to ‘Go to Hell’ on Fox News Over ‘Rigged’ Primary Comment At TheWrap

  • MSNBC’s Scarborough Questions If Warren Should Drop Out to Help ‘Efforts Against Bernie Sanders’
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    MSNBC’s Scarborough Questions If Warren Should Drop Out to Help ‘Efforts Against Bernie Sanders’

    On Monday’s “Morning Joe,” MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough questioned a number of Democratic presidential candidates and whether they should continue to fight for the nomination on the grounds that their ambition could bolster the campaigns of President Donald Trump or Sen. Bernie Sanders.First, Scarborough took on Tom Steyer, the billionaire who continues to run ads in spite of not qualifying for debates. He questioned why Steyer, with all his money, hasn’t made the decision to fund other candidates’ races, before concluding, “It is a vanity project and been a vanity project for a very long time.”He added that Steyer’s campaign is “a vanity project that could help re-elect Donald Trump.”Also Read: Bernie Sanders Declared Winner of Nevada CaucusesLater on the show, he went after Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar. He said people are questioning whether it’s time for the women to “get out” of the race, especially given how they’ve been doing in early primary states compared to Sanders, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg. If they’re not going to “get out,” they need to “over-perform,” according to the former GOP congressman.“Amy Klobuchar — boy, she either has to really over-perform in South Carolina like she did in New Hampshire or she’s going to… It would make sense for her to get out of the race. Again, this isn’t my first rodeo,” he said.Sanders won the weekend’s Nevada caucus, making the Democratic Socialist the frontrunner in the race against Trump’s reelection.Read original story MSNBC’s Scarborough Questions If Warren Should Drop Out to Help ‘Efforts Against Bernie Sanders’ At TheWrap

  • Amy Klobuchar Tells Bill Maher How She’d Handle It if Trump Loses the Election but Refuses to Leave Office
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    Amy Klobuchar Tells Bill Maher How She’d Handle It if Trump Loses the Election but Refuses to Leave Office

    In recent months, Bill Maher has asked a lot of his guests on “Real Time,” including some politicians, what they’d do if Donald Trump loses the presidential election this November and refuses to step down. But on Friday’s episode he got the chance to ask an actual presidential hopeful, Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who maintained that she’s confident things won’t come to that.“It’s very hard for me to imagine you winning the electoral vote fair and square, and him sending out a congratulatory telegram,” Maher told Klobuchar at the top of Friday’s episode of “Real Time.” “He’s not leaving. These people are not going to give up power. What is the plan if,” he continued, Trump said something like “‘I have to stay, it was rigged'”?“The first thing you do is now, you start now, and that is to win big, which I believe will help,” Klobuchar replied. “You win all these states in the country and it’s harder for him to stay.”Also Read: Trevor Noah Uses 'Game of Thrones' to Explain the Presidential Election and Bloomberg's Rise (Video)“Secondly, you make sure that we have backup paper ballots, you do everything to protect our election” said Klobuchar, who appeared on the show days after her surprisingly strong showing in the New Hampshire primary.Maher countered, “We’re living in the era of fake news. There’s no facts anymore, there’s just power.”“We have always had a peaceful transition of power,” Klobuchar said.“Always have had, correct. We are now in a different world,” Maher responded.But as far as Klobuchar is concerned, Maher’s nightmare scenario isn’t that likely “when you have the people on your side in a big way.” To that, Maher countered that Trump “has a lot of people on his side — the ones with the guns.”Also Read: Joe Biden Responds to Rush Limbaugh: Pete Buttigieg Has 'Courage' and Is 'Smart as Hell'Klobuchar said that she thinks the Democratic nominee will win the election handily, but said that “what we have to unite around as a country is that the rule of law cannot handle four more years of a guy that thinks he’s above it.”However, Klobuchar did have a witty explanation for why she’s optimistic things will work out — at least if she ends up as the Democratic nominee: “Every single Republican that I’ve run against, in my entire career, has left politics for good.” So now you know.Read original story Amy Klobuchar Tells Bill Maher How She’d Handle It if Trump Loses the Election but Refuses to Leave Office At TheWrap

  • Meghan McCain: ‘I Was Laughing My Ass Off’ at NYT Presidential Endorsement
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    Meghan McCain: ‘I Was Laughing My Ass Off’ at NYT Presidential Endorsement

    Meghan McCain says she reacted to the New York Times editorial board’s dual endorsement of senators Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar by “laughing my ass off.”“First of all, you’re endorsing two women with two completely ideologically different views on their platforms,” “The View” co-host said on the show Tuesday, before adding that everyone will have to “choose one” of the two very different candidates.“This is not how this works,” continued McCain, who worked on her father’s John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. “Also, on the final point of this, you chose both of the women. Just say, ‘I want a woman. I don’t really care about politics. I don’t care about anything else.’ Just double down on identity politics.”Also Read: New York Times Endorses Both Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren for 2020 Democratic PrimaryShe called the two-way endorsement a “huge act of cowardice” and noted she didn’t expect much else from a “garbage publication.” That caused co-host Joy Behar to chime in, arguing she didn’t agree the Times is a “garbage publication.”“It is now,” McCain said, but Behar cautioned against condemning the whole newspaper for “one incident.”The Times’ editorial board put all pre-endorsement presidential candidate interviews on the record for the first time ahead of the big double endorsement. Last week, deputy editorial page editor Kathleen Kingsbury announced the intention to make it the “most transparent” endorsement in the editorial board’s history.‘NY TIMES’ ENDORSES WARREN, KLOBUCHAR: After ‘The New York Times’ editorial board broke tradition by endorsing two presidential candidates, the co-hosts question if they made the right decision. https://t.co/1091s9WYqN pic.twitter.com/kzHKtIjkRE\- The View (@TheView) January 21, 2020Read original story Meghan McCain: ‘I Was Laughing My Ass Off’ at NYT Presidential Endorsement At TheWrap

  • New York Times Endorses Both Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren for 2020 Democratic Primary
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    New York Times Endorses Both Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren for 2020 Democratic Primary

    In a radical break from convention reflecting the divided state of the Democratic Party, the New York Times on Monday endorsed both Senators Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren in the 2020 primary.“Both the radical and the realist models warrant serious consideration. If there were ever a time to be open to new ideas, it is now. If there were ever a time to seek stability, now is it,” the Times editorial board wrote. “That’s why we’re endorsing the most effective advocates for each approach. They are Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar.”The Times praised Warren, the former Harvard law professor turned senator from Massachusetts as “a standard-bearer for the Democratic left” who “speaks elegantly of how the economic system is rigged against all but the wealthiest Americans.”Also Read: 2020 Presidential Contenders: Who's Still Challenging Donald Trump and Who's Dropped Out (Photos)After discounting other centrists in the Democratic field, including former vice president Joe Biden and former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg, the Times offered praise for Klobuchar, calling the Minnesota Democrat “a standard-bearer for the Democratic center” whose “vision goes beyond the incremental” and who is “the very definition of Midwestern charisma, grit and sticktoitiveness.”The Times issued its endorsement just two weeks ahead of the Iowa caucuses, the first polling in the Democratic primary process.The paper acknowledged that critics might be “dissatisfied that this page is not throwing its weight behind a single candidate, favoring centrists or progressives” and concluded its editorial by saying, “May the best woman win.”Read original story New York Times Endorses Both Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren for 2020 Democratic Primary At TheWrap

  • Latest Democratic Debate on CNN Tops Previous Two With 7.3 Million Viewers
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    Latest Democratic Debate on CNN Tops Previous Two With 7.3 Million Viewers

    CNN’s Democratic presidential debate Tuesday drew 7.3 million total average viewers with 2.1 million in the key demographic between 25 and 54, according to the network. Additionally, the live stream of the debate had a total of 4 million live starts, translating to an average audience of 467,000 total viewers.Tuesday’s debate, co-hosted with the Des Moines Register in Iowa, was CNN’s third ahead of the  2020 election and was the seventh overall. It was broadcast live on CNN, CNN en Español and CNN International, as well as streamed on CNN.com and DesMoinesRegister.com. The 7.1 million viewers tuned in to see former vice president Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, billionaire Tom Steyer and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.Also Read: Warren and Sanders Spar, Bloomberg's Twitter Trolls and 2 Other Highlights From 7th Democratic DebateIn November 2019, 10 candidates debated in Atlanta, Georgia, during the sixth Democratic debate, hosted by MSNBC. With 6.506 million overall viewers, it was the least-watched of the debates. CNN’s debate, the first of the year, outscored it Tuesday.Part of the appeal of Tuesday’s debate was its status as the last debate before the Iowa caucuses, the first nominating contest in the Democratic presidential primary process in 2020. The caucus takes place Monday, Feb. 3.Entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who appeared in the December debate, reached the donor requirement for the January debate but not the polling threshold (5 percent in at least four national or early-state surveys approved, or 7 percent in two early-state polls). He is still in the running.The debate was held one day after New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker suspended his bid. Booker failed to qualify for the December debate.Read original story Latest Democratic Debate on CNN Tops Previous Two With 7.3 Million Viewers At TheWrap

  • Warren and Sanders Spar, Bloomberg’s Twitter Trolls and 2 Other Highlights From 7th Democratic Debate
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    Warren and Sanders Spar, Bloomberg’s Twitter Trolls and 2 Other Highlights From 7th Democratic Debate

    Just weeks away from the Iowa caucuses, six candidates appeared on stage in Des Moines for the seventh Democratic debate. Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Tom Steyer fielded questions about tensions with Iran, climate change, trade, and more.Getty Images1\. Sanders and Warren on a woman winning the presidencySanders and Warren declined to argue over who was correct about a 2018 meeting where Sanders allegedly told Warren that a woman could not win the presidency.“I didn’t say it. And I don’t want to waste a whole lot of time on this, because this is what Donald Trump and maybe some of the media want,” Sanders said at the debate. “Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 3 million votes. How could anybody in a million years not believe that a woman could be president of the United States?”“If any of the women on this stage, or any of the men, win the nomination — I hope that’s not the case, I hope it’s me — I will do everything in my power to make sure they are elected to defeat the most dangerous president in the history of the country,” he added.Warren, who has said Sanders did, in fact, make those comments, said she “disagreed” with him but attempted to de-escalate the situation.“Bernie is my friend, and I’m not here to try to fight with Bernie,” she said. “Can a woman beat Donald Trump? Look at the men on this stage. Collectively, they have lost ten elections. The only people that have won every single election they have been in are the women: Amy and me.”Spencer Platt / Getty Images2\. DemDebateSoWhiteNo candidates of color were on stage for Tuesday’s debate. Andrew Yang, who was the only person of color who qualified for the December debate, missed the polling threshold (5 percent in at least four national or early-state surveys approved, or 7 percent in two early-state polls) for the January debate.The debate also took place one day after New Jersey Senator Cory Booker dropped out of the race.Scott Olson / Getty Images3\. Klobuchar’s small stumbleAmy Klobuchar reminded voters why she’s still in the race: her victories against Republican candidates, her Midwest working-class roots and her ability to pass bills.But the Minnesota senator had a stumble that social media jumped on after struggling to recall the first name of Kansas Governor Laura Kelly when discussing women in higher office.“Kansas has a woman governor right now, and she beat Kris Kobach,” Klobuchar uttered. “And her name is … I’m very proud to know her … and her name is uh, um Gov. Kelly.”AMY KLOBUCHAR: Kansas has a woman governor right now, and she beat Kris Kobach, and her name is — I’m very proud to know her — and her name is Governor Kelly. pic.twitter.com/czfpgtBPGI— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) January 15, 2020After the mishap, Kelly tweeted at Klobuchar in support, “You’re right. Democratic women can win red states.”@Mike2020 / Twitter4\. Bloomberg’s campaign trolls the debateFormer New York City mayor turned presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg wasn’t on stage for Tuesday’s Democratic debate — but his campaign’s Twitter account was having fun taking the piss out of the night.The @Mike2020 account began the evening by sharing outlandish “BloombergFacts” about the presidential hopeful, including that he would sing “Shallow” with Lady Gaga in lieu of an inaugural address and would be the “first president with functioning gills.” And not to be outdone by itself, the campaign shared a cursed image of Bloomberg’s face edited onto a meatball.Test your political knowledge: SPOT THE MEATBALL THAT LOOKS LIKE MIKE. pic.twitter.com/CkzdgwpzdI— Team Bloomberg (@Mike2020) January 15, 2020Read original story Warren and Sanders Spar, Bloomberg’s Twitter Trolls and 2 Other Highlights From 7th Democratic Debate At TheWrap

  • Democratic Debate: Sanders Denies Telling Warren a Woman Could Not Be President
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    Democratic Debate: Sanders Denies Telling Warren a Woman Could Not Be President

    Bernie Sanders denied telling Elizabeth Warren that a woman could not win the presidency during Tuesday’s debate in Des Moines, Iowa.On Monday, CNN reported that during a private meeting in 2018, Sanders had told Warren that he didn’t believe a woman could win the presidency. Sanders disputed the piece and said it was “ludicrous” that he would say that to Warren, and that “of course” he believed a woman could win. Warren, meanwhile, issued her own statement disputing his account: “I thought a woman could win; he disagreed.”At Tuesday’s debate, the two candidates declined to argue over who was correct about the meeting but continued to stick with their respective stances.“I didn’t say it. And I don’t want to waste a whole lot of time on this, because this is what Donald Trump and maybe some of the media want,” Sanders said. “Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 3 million votes. How could anybody in a million years not believe that a woman could be president of the United States?”“If any of the women on this stage, or any of the men, win the nomination — I hope that’s not the case, I hope it’s me — I will do everything in my power to make sure they are elected to defeat the most dangerous president in the history of the country,” he added.Warren, who stuck with her prior statement and said she “disagreed” with Sanders’s alleged comments, also attempted to de-escalate the situation.“Bernie is my friend, and I’m not here to try to fight with Bernie,” she said. “Can a woman beat Donald Trump? Look at the men on this stage. Collectively, they have lost 10 elections. The only people that have won every single election they have been in are the women: Amy and me.”Klobuchar also weighed in to highlight her past track record: “Every single person that I have beaten, my Republican opponents, have gotten out of politics for good. And I think that sounds pretty good with the guy we have in the White House right now.”Joining Sanders, Warren, and Klobuchar on stage were Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and Tom Steyer — the smallest debate stage this election cycle. And with less than three weeks to go before the Iowa caucuses, Tuesday’s debate offered candidates another chance to make their case to voters.Read original story Democratic Debate: Sanders Denies Telling Warren a Woman Could Not Be President At TheWrap

  • CNBC Misidentifies Andrew Yang and Tulsi Gabbard in Candidate Lineup
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    CNBC Misidentifies Andrew Yang and Tulsi Gabbard in Candidate Lineup

    CNBC’s “Squawk Box” misidentified two Democratic presidential candidates Monday morning. In a pictorial lineup shown on the program, the networked showed incorrect pictures for entrepreneur Andrew Yang and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.The photo lineup, which showed individual candidate fundraising for Q4, correctly used pictures of President Donald Trump, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former vice president Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Cory Booker. Above Yang’s name, however, was a picture of Redpoint Ventures founding partner Geoff Yang. Where Gabbard’s photo should have been, there was a picture of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who suspended her presidential campaign in August.Gabbard retweeted a viewer who called out the error without additional comment. Yang — Andrew, not Geoff — responded on Twitter with a simple emoji that was laughing and crying. The error came moments after the campaign announced an endorsement from actress Teri Hatcher.Also Read: Andrew Yang Criticizes Cable Network News: 'Americans Around the Country Know Different'Representatives for both campaigns didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment, nor did a representative for CNBC. The video of the segment was unavailable on CNBC’s YouTube channel.BoycottMSNBC trended on Twitter in November after Yang — again, Andrew, not Geoff — announced he wouldn’t be going on the network until he got an on-air apology for coverage of his campaign. MSNBC, a sister network to CNBC, issued corrections for inaccuracies in its reporting.Scott Santens, a Yang supporter who tracks inaccuracies in reporting on the campaign, tweeted about the moment, “This actually just happened. This is not fake.”Read original story CNBC Misidentifies Andrew Yang and Tulsi Gabbard in Candidate Lineup At TheWrap

  • Andrew Yang Criticizes Cable Network News: ‘Americans Around the Country Know Different’
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    Andrew Yang Criticizes Cable Network News: ‘Americans Around the Country Know Different’

    Andrew Yang came out swinging during Thursday’s Democratic debate by criticizing the ways cable news networks have covered the Trump administration.“If you turned on cable network news today, you would think [Trump’s] our president because of some combination of Russia, racism, Facebook, Hillary Clinton, and emails all mixed together. But Americans around the country know different,” Yang said.His statement came after an awkward on-stage interaction with moderator Judy Woodruff.Also Read: MSNBC Has Corrected Reporting on Andrew Yang, So Why Is He Still Snubbing the Network?As candidates were asked about their response to President Donald Trump’s impeachment, Woodruff began to address a question to Yang but was looking toward the opposite end of the stage toward billionaire Tom Steyer.“I’m over here,” Yang said, while clapping at Woodruff to get her attention.Woodruff apologized and said she meant to address her question to Steyer, not Yang. And after Steyer finished his response, Yang offered a differing stance on the impeachment news.“The more we act like President Trump is the cause of all our problems, the more Americans lose trust that we can see what’s going on in our communities,” Yang said. “We need to stop being obsessed with impeachment and start actually digging in and solving the problems that got Donald Trump elected in the first place.”Yang is one of the seven Democratic candidates who qualified for this month’s debate, co-hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico.Andrew Yang on loss of manufacturing jobs: "If you turned on cable network news today, you would think (Trump's) our president because of some combination of Russia, racism, Facebook, Hillary Clinton and emails all mixed together. But Americans around the country know different." pic.twitter.com/jcHJm8mXdG— Axios (@axios) December 20, 2019Read original story Andrew Yang Criticizes Cable Network News: ‘Americans Around the Country Know Different’ At TheWrap