WARREN: “Because we want to get the word out about this man on race and about what he does to women. The Democrats should not appoint someone who has a history of embracing racially outrageous practices like stop-and-frisk and redlining, and we should not have a nominee who has — we don’t know how many times he’s been charged with discrimination against women or with sexual harassment, and has just shoveled some of his money in to cover it up.”
President Trump’s polling numbers have reached their all-time high.
The RealClearPolitics average shows Trump’s approval hitting 46 percent.
The last time the public opinion of Trump’s performance as commander in chief was at that level was in February 2017.
The new mark is derived from a RealClearPolitics average of nine recent Trump job-approval polls.
A Rasmussen Reports poll, conducted from Sunday to Tuesday, earned the president the highest job-approval rating of all — 50 percent.
Trump took advantage of the favorable numbers, tweeting the results of the Rasmussen poll on Tuesday with the caption, “THANK YOU! #MAGA #KAG2020,” acronyms for his campaign slogans Make American Great Again and Keep America Great.
GOP operative Roger Stone was sentenced to more than three years in prison on Thursday after days of drama ensnaring career prosecutors, the attorney general and the president over how severe Stone’s punishment should be for making false statements to investigators during the Trump-Russia probe.
U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, while taking a firm stance toward Stone in the courtroom, also said the up to nine years originally sought by federal prosecutors was excessive. Her sentence of 40 months in prison was considerably less than that — but still tough enough to keep speculation alive about a possible pardon from President Trump.
In court, Jackson repeatedly made clear that she holds Stone responsible for his circumstances, as his lawyers sought leniency.
Former national security adviser John Bolton argued that President Trump would have been acquitted in the Senate’s impeachment trial even if he had testified in front of the chamber.
Bolton refused to testify in the impeachment trial unless he was subpoenaed by the Senate despite relevant excerpts from his book being leaked during the trial. After the Senate voted against bringing in additional witnesses, which would have included the former national security adviser, Trump was acquitted by the Republican-controlled chamber.
“People can argue about what I should have said and what I should have done,” Bolton said at an event with Susan Rice, another former national security adviser, at Vanderbilt University on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. “I would bet you a dollar right here and now, my testimony would have made no difference to the ultimate outcome.”
People are practically giddy with the economic improvement under President Trump, and they believe by a 2-1 margin that it will only get better.
The latest Gallup survey also found that the good feelings have helped Trump to sustain his highest approval rating at 49%, which “greatly increases Trump’s chances of being re-elected.”
In the survey, 45% are satisfied with the state of the nation. It hasn’t been that high since 2005, shortly after former President George W. Bush’s second inauguration.
“Trump’s elevated job approval rating comes at a time when Americans are increasingly positive about the state of the nation. The percentage who are satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S. had already improved from 36% to 41% in a Jan. 3-16 poll, before the rise in Trump’s job approval rating in late January. The latest survey finds a further increase in national satisfaction, with 45% now satisfied, the highest since February 2005,” said the Gallup analysis.
Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is hiring an “army” of low-level digital strategists, according to The Wall Street Journal, to help spread the good word about him on social media ahead of Super Tuesday.
The 500 “deputy digital organizers” will earn an estimated $2,500 per month — more than some campaigns pay senior staff — to “to promote Mr. Bloomberg to everyone in their phones’ contacts by text each week and make social-media posts supporting him daily,” the Journal reports. Organizers are expected to spend between 20 and 30 hours per week actively promoting Bloomberg on all of their social media platforms and making personal contacts where appropriate.
“‘The Fight for Equal Rights Has Been One of the Great Fights of Mike’s Life,’ reads one such suggested prompt regarding Mr. Bloomberg’s early support for same-sex marriage,” but the message can be tailored however the “digital organizer” thinks is best — whatever they believe will sway their family and friends to vote for Bloomberg in California’s primary on March 3rd.
SANDERS: “All of us remember 2016. And what we meant — what we remember is efforts by Russians and others to try to interfere in our election. And divide us up. I’m not saying that’s happening. But it would not shock me. I saw some of those Tweets regarding the culinary workers union. I have a 30-year, 100% pro-union voting record. Do you think I would support or anybody supports me would be attacking union leader?”
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — When residents of this city’s impoverished West Side reflect on Pete Buttigieg’s two terms as mayor, a few things come to mind:
A spike in violent crime, development that largely ignored the African American community and how their only well-lit street is the one that leads to the University of Notre Dame.
So how, they wonder, can Buttigieg possibly be trusted to run the country?
“If he’s the next president, I fear for our country. He couldn’t run our city. How can he run the United States?” said Michelle Burger, 42, a stay-at-home mom who lives in South Bend’s impoverished and predominantly black West Side.
President Donald Trump is expected to name U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell to be the acting director of national intelligence, sources have confirmed to The Daily Wire.
“He would take over from Joseph Maguire, who has served as the acting director of national intelligence since the resignation last summer of Dan Coats, a former Republican senator from Indiana,” The New York Times reported. “Mr. Grenell, who has pushed to advance gay rights in his current post, would apparently also be the first openly gay cabinet member.”
Trump later confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, “I am pleased to announce that our highly respected Ambassador to Germany, @RichardGrenell , will become the Acting Director of National Intelligence. Rick has represented our Country exceedingly well and I look forward to working with him. I would like to thank Joe Maguire for the wonderful job he has done, and we look forward to working with him closely, perhaps in another capacity within the Administration!”
MSNBC host Chuck Todd is under fire for “shoddy journalism” ahead of Wednesday night’s Democratic debate, which he will help moderate.
Todd is being criticized for failing to ask the president of liberal advocacy group Center for American Progress about a New York Times bombshell report that 2020 Democratic hopeful Mike Bloomberg avoided critical coverage from the group after giving them money.
“It appears the left is following the Golden Rule — the one with the gold makes all the rules,” Media Research Center vice president Dan Gainor told Fox News. “It’s shoddy journalism to let them get away with this.”
The New York Times published a feature on Saturday detailing how Bloomberg has built a powerful army of allies through philanthropic spending. According to the report, Bloomberg’s donations put institutions in a position where they are afraid to criticize the former New York City mayor over fears of jeopardizing future financial support.
This is pretty deceptive, and allegedly one of the reasons some are now considering Bloomberg because they believe Obama endorsed him.
Michael Bloomberg "didn't endorse Obama in 2008. He only reluctantly endorsed Obama in 2012. And in 2016 he blamed Obama for racial division in the country after Trump was elected." -me on @CNN on Bloomberg's shameless TV ads implying Obama is backing him:pic.twitter.com/z7XbGYhY7i