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Barack Obama Isn’t Hiding It Anymore, Comes Out With Major Announcement

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“The Democratic Party has always made the biggest difference in the lives of the American people when we lead with conviction, principle, and bold, new ideas,” Obama said in a statement sent to reporters.

Former President Barack Obama endorsed Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday in her New York congressional race.

The former president did not include Ocasio-Cortez in his first round of endorsements in the congressional midterms but included her in his second round of over 250 additional endorsements announced on Monday.

“Our incredible array of candidates up and down the ticket, all across the country, make up a movement of citizens who are younger, more diverse, more female than ever before,” Obama said. “They’re Americans who aren’t just running against something, but for something.”

Ocasio-Cortez shocked the political establishment after she defeated an entrenched House Democrat voicing a political platform of socialism. The former president also endorsed Democratic socialist candidate Andrew Gillum, who is running for Governor of Florida.

Obama also endorsed current Sen. Bill Nelson in Florida for re-election, as well as Sen. Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin and Sen. Tina Smith in Minnesota. He also endorsed Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, who is running for Sen. Jeff Flake’s seat after the Arizona Republican announced his retirement.

However, not all dems were on board with Obama as he announced back in September of his first rounds of endorsements

Obama has kept a low political profile since leaving office, but sources familiar with his plans say he will soon hit the campaign trail to help Democrats in their quest to take back the House, protect vulnerable Senate incumbents and win state legislative races.

The former president will kick off his push by delivering a speech at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Friday. In the weeks ahead, Obama will also campaign in California, Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania, a person familiar with his schedule said.

Not all Democrats want Obama’s help.

Democratic candidates running in states that President Trump won by double digits in 2016 would prefer that the former president stay far away.

Some Democrats in pro-Trump states, such as Sens. Bob Casey Jr. (Pa.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) and Sherrod Brown (Ohio), say they hope Obama will campaign for them.

Others, such as Sens. Jon Tester (Mont.) and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), want to keep the race locked on the battle between themselves and their state rivals, fearing a high-profile surrogate like Obama could distract from the strategy.

“We’re not going to use any surrogates. Surrogates are fine but we don’t need them. The race is myself and Matt Rosendale and that’s the way we want to keep it,” Tester told The Hill, referring to his GOP challenger.

Asked if she thought Obama might show up in North Dakota, Heitkamp said: “Nope, no.”

“He threatened to campaign against me once so I don’t think he’s coming out there,” she said.

While the former president remains extremely popular with the Democratic base, especially among African-American voters, Democrats fear his entrance into some battleground states could inadvertently rev up conservatives and pro-Trump voters.

“Trump wants nothing more than a foil. He knows he can activate the other side,” said a source familiar with Obama’s thinking.

The former president is “going to be involved this fall in a very Obamaesque, smart way,” the source added.

Democrats say that one way Obama can have a big impact on races is by urging infrequent voters to show up to the polls in November, something that will be a major theme of the former president’s speech on Friday.

“He will echo his call to reject the rising strain of authoritarian politics and policies. And he will preview arguments he’ll make this fall, specifically that Americans must not fall victim to our own apathy by refusing to do the most fundamental thing demanded of us as citizens: vote,” said Obama communications director Katie Hill.

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), said the party welcomes Obama’s help but noted it’s up to individual candidates whether to invite him to their states.

We welcome his participation in these races as a DSCC. Every Senate candidate will decide in conversation with President Obama whether it makes sense for him to come to their states,” Van Hollen said on CSPAN’s “Newsmakers” program last month.

Van Hollen noted that Obama held a joint fundraiser for the DSCC and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee last year.

Obama also held a fundraiser in May for Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who is running in a state Trump won by 19 points.

Still, the former president has held off on endorsing Democratic senators running in states won by Trump, even though he has backed Democratic candidates down the ballot in some of those states.

For example, while he endorsed Richard Cordray, Betty Sutton and Steve Dettelbach, the Democratic candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general in Ohio, respectively — as well as two U.S. House candidates and a slew of state House candidates in the Buckeye State — he did not endorse Brown, the incumbent U.S. senator.

Asked why his name was missing from Obama’s endorsement list, Brown said, “I don’t have any idea” but added, “I make nothing of that.”

The Democratic senator noted that Obama is likely to make additional endorsements and said he would welcome his support.

“I’d love for him to come to Ohio and help us with voter turnout for Cordray and for me,” he said.

Democratic sources say Obama will campaign with Casey in Pennsylvania, even though the former president also didn’t include him on the list of candidates from the Keystone State he endorsed last month.

Obama announced his support for two House candidates in Pennsylvania, Madeleine Dean and Susan Wild, and three state House candidates, but not Casey.

Trump carried both Ohio and Pennsylvania over Hillary Clinton in 2016. He won Ohio by 8 points and Pennsylvania by less than 1 point.

When Obama made his first round of endorsements in August, he stayed away from Democratic Senate candidates with the exception of Rep. Jacky Rosen (D), who is running to unseat Sen. Dean Heller (R) in Nevada — the only Senate battleground that Trump lost.

Obama’s endorsement in state and local races is less likely to hurt Democratic candidates because those contests are often less partisan than federal races. The GOP strategy in Senate races in red states is to tie the centrist Democratic incumbents to party leaders in Washington.

One Democratic strategist said the lack of endorsements from Obama falls under the ‘do no harm’ category.

“Both of those senators are doing well their respective states and they don’t exactly need Obama’s seal of approval. In fact, it might do more harm than good,” the strategist said. “Obama is still popular with certain folks in those states but he’s not exactly popular with some others.”

But Chuck Rocha, a Democratic strategist, said he doesn’t think it has to do with unpopularity but a focus on races that need his support.

“There are others who have tougher races than Sherrod’s and Casey’s,” he said. “Those races are shaping up to be easier than some others … And they have robust war chests so they don’t really need Barack Obama’s endorsement.”

Rocha said he wouldn’t expect Obama to endorse senators like Tester and Heitkamp. “Places like that, they’re probably not advocating to get that endorsement.”

A person familiar with Obama’s thinking cautioned against reading too much into his endorsements, noting that he will come out with another round before Election Day.

Casey expects to receive Obama’s support and to campaign with him in the next few weeks.

“We look forward to campaigning with him, we hope, in the fall. I hope to. I don’t know what the schedule will be,” he said.

Casey said he thinks Obama would help Democrats up and down the ballot if he campaigns in Pennsylvania and noted that Obama has made it a priority to focus on local races in order to give Democrats more leverage in future congressional redistricting.

Patrick Rodenbush, communications director for the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, said Obama has been very helpful in trying to give Democrats more influence over future congressional district maps.

“He helped us with fundraising since we were launched in 2017,” he noted. “He cut a video for us in July about the stakes of redistricting and why these elections in November matter.”

“He’s going to hit the road in September. We expect he’ll talk about the issue of redistricting when he’s out on the trail,” he added.

Obama also headlined fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee in September of last year and this past June.

 

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Ocasio’s ‘Squad’ Implodes At Press Conference On Trump Tweets

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The “Squad” held a press conference to bash President Trump on Monday concerning tweets that he put out that they are now claiming are racist. None of that is true by the way… what is true is that these are socialists and communists and they hate America… all of which Trump correctly pointed out. The four Marxist radicals literally melted down in front of reporters while making multiple false statements and refusing to answer specific questions from reporters.

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) hosted the press conference to address recent attacks by Trump, who has highlighted their behavior and said they are anti-American. The truth hurts and there is no arguing with that premise… Trump is right on all of it.

Omar was the worst of the lot during the conference. She told one lie after another. For instance, she said, “This is a president who has called black athletes ‘sons of b*****s.’ This is a president who has called people who come from black and brown countries ‘sh–holes.’ This is a president who has equated neo-Nazis with those who protest them.”

All of that is untrue and is targeted propaganda from the left. Trump referred to athletes who kneel during the National Anthem as “sons-of-b*****s,” not black athletes. Context is everything here and words matter. Trump referred to certain countries as “sh-tholes,” not black and brown people. Trump did not equate neo-Nazis with those who protest them, he specifically condemned them.

From The Daily Wire:

“Omar went on to claim that Trump was accused of criminally colluding with Russia to undermine the U.S. election, despite the fact that Special Counsel Robert Mueller stated in his report on his Russia investigation that the Trump campaign did not conspire with Russia.

“Omar also spread conspiracy theories, claiming without evidence that Trump was trying to promote “an agenda to allow millions of Americans to die from a lack of health care.”

“Omar also refused to deny that she was a communist and that she is pro-al-Qaeda, a question that emerged after footage of her emerged from 2013 where she laughed when talking about ISIS and al-Qaeda.

“Omar defended her past anti-Semitic remarks when pressed by a reporter on if her past comments gave legitimacy toTrump’s criticisms against her. Omar said that everything she says comes “from a place of extreme love for every single person in this country.”

“Pressley also made remarks that stirred controversy, as she refused to refer to Trump as the president, saying, “I will always refer to him as the occupant.”

“Ocasio-Cortez tried to claim that Trump was attacking them because he is not competent enough to defend his policies.

“Weak minds and leaders challenge loyalty to our country in order to avoid challenging and debating the policy,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “This president does not know how to make the argument that Americans do not deserve health care. He does not know how to defend his policies, so what he does is attack us personally.”

“Trump’s attacks come as a new Democrat internal poll revealed that Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, and their socialist agenda are extremely unpopular in swing states, with voters only approving at 22%, 9%, and 18% respectively.

“In reaction to the poll, a top Democrat involved in the 2020 congressional races told Axios: “If all voters hear about is AOC, it could put the [House] majority at risk. [S]he’s getting all the news and defining everyone else’s races. Socialism is toxic to these voters.”‘

One thing became glaringly apparent during the press conference – this “Squad” hates America and everything she stands for just as President Trump pointed out. They imploded during the press conference and gave a tremendous gift to Trump. He can now bludgeon the left with the truth about their Marxist underpinnings. He has successfully moved the Overton Window once again.

Trump has successfully linked Pelosi and the rest of the Democrats to the uber radical “Squad” and their disastrous socialism. It’s actually quite brilliant and I am impressed. They don’t even realize that they are in fact a “Suicide Squad.”

“This fight w/ the squad is exactly where Trump wants 2020 fought,” tweeted Amy Walter, a political analyst for the Cook Political Report, a campaign handicapping tip sheet, on Tuesday. “The more media/Dems engage him, the better for him. All this fight does is re-polarize the partisans and leaves the up-for-grabs voters (who want to hear about bread-butter issues) tuned out.”

Even CNN and others that lean left are now saying that the “Squad” is actively helping Trump earn a second term. “The Dems were trying to distance themselves from the four ‘progressives,’ but now they are forced to embrace them,” tweeted Trump on Monday night. “That means they are endorsing Socialism, hate of Israel and the USA! Not good for the Democrats!” And that is a winning platform for the 2020 presidential race for Trump.

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WATCH: Ilhan Omar Laughs When Reporter Asks Her To Condemn Antifa Violence

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Doing the actual reporting the MSM won’t do. Keean Bexte from Rebel Media cornered the radical members of the Squad and asked them if they would condemn an attempted terror attack by a self-identified far-left Antifa member against an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Tacoma, Washington on Saturday. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) refused to do so. Instead, they seemed to find it very amusing.

Omar actually laughed when she was asked about the far-left violence. “Will you condemn Antifa?” Bexte asked Ocasio-Cortez and Omar. “Do you feel like you have any sort of responsibility for their actions?” Both remained silent in their solidarity with a communist Antifa terrorist and his violent actions. Bexte doubled down and it was epic: “It’s just like your brother — when you ignore the questions about you marrying your brother, you couldn’t answer it,” he said. “Do you feel responsible for the violent attack abasing the ICE facility?” Crickets.

“It’s easy to condemn terrorism, will you condemn it?” he said. “Antifa firebombed a facility in Tacoma over the weekend – it’s an ICE facility. Will you condemn them for that? I mean, firebombing a concentration camp is kind of a laudable thing, if it actually is a concentration camp. You must be happy that they did it, no? Are you pleased? Should more people do it? It’s easy to say no. It’s really easy to say no.”

From The Daily Wire:

“As reported by The Daily Wire last month, questions surrounding Omar’s apparent marriage to her alleged brother resurfaced when newly-discovered documents suggested the representative lived with her current husband, Ahmed Abdisalan Hirsi, while being legally married to Omar’s alleged brother, Ahmed Nur Said Elmi.

“It kinda blew up in your face when you didn’t respond about your brother — it made it look like you married him,” Bexte said. “You could finish that question now, if you have an answer. Did you marry your brother?”

“Omar, stone-faced, again refused to answer.

“Do you feel like you bear any responsibility for what happened?” the reporter continued. “Ms. Cortez, do you feel responsible at all?”

“Directing his attention to both representatives, Bexte against asked: “Will you tell Americans not to be violent anymore?”

“This is when Rep. Omar, holding her Starbucks drink, is seen and heard laughing on video.

“As noted by The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra on Monday, the man who attacked the ICE facility over the weekend reportedly “used the same ‘concentration camp’ rhetoric” popularized by Ms. Ocasio-Cortez in his manifesto.

“The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are,” Ocasio-Cortez said in June. “They are concentration camps. And, um, if that doesn’t bother you, I don’t, I don’t know, I like, we can have, okay whatever.” The open socialist then mentioned the phrase, “Never Again,” a reference to the Holocaust.”

Willem Van Spronsen, 69, was shot and killed by police outside Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington, on Saturday after he hurled Molotov cocktails at the building and cars. He also had a rifle – he was armed. One of Spronsen’s friends described him as an “anarchist” and “anti-fascist,” according to the Seattle Times.

Van Spronsen was a violent member of Antifa that had attacked police at that facility previously. He was also a member of the Puget Sound chapter of the John Brown Gun Club, a militant communist organization promoted by CNN. The John Brown Gun Club was promoted by CNN as recently as April where a commentator claimed the organization was “white, liberal, progressive people, inclusive, friendly to the world.” A man appearing to be Van Spronsen can be seen four seconds into a promotional clip released by CNN for their segment.

On Twitter, Bexte wrote: “After repeatedly asking @Ilhan and @AOC if they would condemn the Antifa firebomber, and if they felt partly responsible, the two got into their SUV and Omar (likely thinking she was off camera) burst into ear to ear laughter.” He added, “Was there ever a doubt Omar hated America?” Nope, none at all.

Over the weekend, President Trump suggested Omar and her comrades should consider leaving the United States if they hate the country, and he was roundly accused of racism as a result. Omar, who previously referred to those who perpetrated the horrific terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, as “some people” who “did something,” has a long track record of appearing to loathe the United States.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) backed the president on Monday morning, calling the so-called Squad a “bunch of communists” who are “anti-Semitic” and hate the United States. Which is what Trump called them as well and it is exactly what they are. Trump doesn’t silently support violent revolutionaries and terrorists and he has the stones to come out and say what he means and then stand by it. Not blow people off and laugh over supporting terrorists.

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