Bernie Sanders Declines to Condemn Protesters Confronting Republicans: ‘We Have to Mobilize People’

As anti-GOP protesters amp up their tactics, confronting officials in restaurants and other public spaces, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) skirted around any condemnation of the behavior in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper Sunday. “I am very strongly in favor of mobilizing the American people to stand up and fight for economic justice and social justice and racial and environmental justice, and I think we have to mobilize people,” he told the State of the Union host, adding that he’s “not a great fan of being rude or disrupting activities.” Continuing, Sanders said what mattered in elections was voter turnout, urging those upset with the status quo to speak out at the ballot box. “If you are out there and you’re sick and tired of what’s going on, of the very rich getting richer while the middle class continues to struggle, then you are going to have to not Continue reading "Bernie Sanders Declines to Condemn Protesters Confronting Republicans: ‘We Have to Mobilize People’"

Jake Tapper Rips Trump Op-Ed: ‘It’s Only an Hour-Long Show, We Can’t Get Into Every Lie’

CNN’s Jake Tapper slammed President Donald Trump‘s recent USA Today op-ed on Medicare for All, stating it was rife with more falsehoods than he had time to debunk in his program. “It’s only an hour-long show,” he said during a Sunday morning broadcast. “We can’t get into every lie that President Trump told in that op-ed.” However, Tapper teamed up with Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) to take a crack at the controversial editorial, calling it “suffused with lies and factual errors” on healthcare reform proposed by the left. In the Wednesday write up, Trump bashed the single-payer system as a massive money pit that would yank benefits from seniors. “He said we are going to weaken Medicare coverage for the elderly. That is an outrageous lie,” the senator said. “We expand coverage to include dental care, vision care and hearing aids.” USA Today pointed out Trump’s misleading Continue reading "Jake Tapper Rips Trump Op-Ed: ‘It’s Only an Hour-Long Show, We Can’t Get Into Every Lie’"

Bernie Sanders Praises Jeff Bezos for Amazon Minimum Wage Hike: He’s ‘Leading the Way’

As Amazon and Whole Foods undergo a minimum wage hike to $15, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) praised Jeff Bezos for the change, hoping it would push other major corporations to do the same. Responding to the new policy Tuesday, Sanders said Bezos’ previous wages for workers “were so low that many of them were forced to go on food stamps, Medicaid, subsidized housing and other governmental programs.” However, the senator gave him props for “doing exactly the right thing” in upping pay rates. “What Mr. Bezos has done today is not only enormously important for Amazon’s hundreds of thousands of employees, it could well be — and I think it will be — a shot heard around the world,” he said. “Mr. Bezos and Amazon are now leading the way.” Sanders also tweeted out his support for Bezos, receiving a message of gratitude back from the CEO.

After Beto, Who Will be the Next Punk Rock Lawmaker?

Illustrations by Garth von Ahnen

Beto O’Rourke was a punk rocker.

If you didn’t know that by now, then you haven’t read any of the many profiles penned on Texas’ Democratic Senatorial candidate.

While his state’s Republican party has tried to turn that factoid into a slam, it clearly hasn’t been working.

If anything, the visuals of O’Rourke playing bass or skateboarding in a Whataburger parking lot have only given the Congressman an aura of reckless, Joey Ramone-like cool.

It seems like it’s only a matter of time before other politicians try to boost their popularity by turning to punk rock themselves.

Here are a few we think will try.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)

Bob Corker will start a heart-felt indie band to show that he’s evolved beyond the raw, populist rage he took advantage of back when he supported Trump.

Expect him to drive the point home with

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When Asked What He Admires About Beto O’Rourke, Ted Cruz Compares Him to Bernie Sanders

A fiery debate between Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) came to end on what was supposed to be a “positive note.” The moderator wrapped up the debate by asking both Senate candidates to say something they “admire” about the other, which similarly took place during the second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in 2016. O’Rourke responded by complimenting Cruz’s work ethic, saying and the admires the “sacrifice” he makes by being away from his family, adding that despite their differences on policy, he knows that Cruz “wants to do the best for America.” Cruz agreed with O’Rourke’s sentiments and expressed the same to his Democratic opponent. However, Cruz then seemed to give a backhanded compliment by comparing O’Rourke with a particular Democratic Socialist. “I think Congressman O’Rourke is passionate, he is energetic, he believes what he is fighting for,” Cruz said. Continue reading "When Asked What He Admires About Beto O’Rourke, Ted Cruz Compares Him to Bernie Sanders"

Michael Moore Rips Obama, Blames Him For Allowing Trump to Win Michigan in 2016

On Friday night, liberal documentary filmmaker Michael Moore criticized former President Barack Obama for actions he made during the 2016 election. Promoting his new film Fahrenheit 11/9, Moore began by pointing out how Hillary Clinton lost his home state of Michigan by “about two votes per precinct” and that she “never should have lost a blue state.” He added that the people of Flint felt they were “used as props” after it was learned that Clinton received debate questions in advance during the primaries and not Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Moore also noted that more people voted in the April primary in Michigan than did in the general election. He then “sadly” pivoted to President Obama, who he previously noted was the “greatest” president of his lifetime. “In the film, I show something that sadly President Obama did by coming to Flint and telling the people the water Continue reading "Michael Moore Rips Obama, Blames Him For Allowing Trump to Win Michigan in 2016"

Tucker Carlson Channels Bernie Sanders, Shames Amazon’s Jeff Bezos For Not Paying Employees Enough

On Thursday night, Tucker Carlson may have found his inner Bernie Sanders as he targeted numerous billionaires for not paying their employees enough. Carlson began by invoking Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his net worth (roughly $150 billion), making him one of the richest people on the planet. However, he insisted that Bezos had enough to “pay his employees well.” “A huge number of Amazon workers are so poorly paid, they qualify for federal welfare benefits,” Carlson told his viewers. “Nearly 1-3 Amazon employees in Arizona, for example, was on food stamps last Continue reading "Tucker Carlson Channels Bernie Sanders, Shames Amazon’s Jeff Bezos For Not Paying Employees Enough"