Bernie Sanders Gets Shouted Down While Trying to Explain How He Will Appeal to Black Women


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Independent Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders whiffed badly when asked how he will appeal to black women in the race, and the audience let him hear it. At the She the People forum in Houston Wednesday afternoon, moderators Aimee Allison and Joy Reid welcomed Sanders to the stage, and after several other questions, Reid asked Sanders how he plans to win over supporters of Hillary Clinton. “In order to consolidate the nomination, you have to win over Hillary Clinton voters,” Reid said, and asked “What are you doing to try to win over those voters, which includes a substantial share of the women of color, of the black women who voted in 2016?” “Good question, let me answer it in a couple of ways,” Sanders said, and began with a crowd-pleasing chunk about defeating “the most dangerous president in the modern history of this country.” Continue reading "Bernie Sanders Gets Shouted Down While Trying to Explain How He Will Appeal to Black Women"

Shots Fired! NYT Reports Mayor Pete Called Bernie Sanders a ‘Novelty’


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The New York Times injected some drama into the 2020 Democratic presidential race by reporting that Mayor Pete Buttigieg escalated his attacks on Bernie Sanders by calling his 2016 run a “novelty,” and casting doubt on Sanders’ ability to win this time around. That’s how NYT reporter Jonathan Martin characterized Buttigieg’s remarks in a tweet promoting his lengthy profile of Beto O’Rourke and Buttigieg campaigning in New Hampshire. The “NEWS,” Martin wrote, is that after suggesting Sanders and Trump “are different sides of same coin,” Buttigieg “escalates” by saying “Bernie lacks the ‘novelty’ he had in ‘16 & doubts he can win general.”

Kellyanne Conway Mocks Democrats For ‘Old White Male’ 2020 Candidates


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Kellyanne Conway, adviser to President Donald Trump, mocked Democrats on Wednesday for the “old white male” candidates the party is putting forward in 2020. During an interview with Fox News, Conway took shots at Joe Biden while saying Democrats are anticipating the former vice president’s entry into the race because they’re “desperate to find an alternative to Bernie Sanders.” Conway continued that Democrats frequently talk about identity politics, and yet, Sanders and Biden are leading the polls among Democratic voters “Old, white, male career politicians like Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden is not exactly what the Democratic Party had in mind for 2020,” Conway said. “The women are complaining too. I see women on TV complaining about the female candidates aren’t covered the same. That’s hogwash. They just have terrible ideas.” Watch above, via Fox News.

Cuomo and Lemon Rip Democrats Giving Voting Rights Back to Convicted Terrorists: ‘These People Are Way Out There’


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CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon wonder what 2020 Democrats are playing at with their recent statements about giving voting rights back to felons who’ve been convicted of serious crimes. Felony voting has been a recurring question for aspiring Democratic candidates ever since Bernie Sanders said at a town hall event that voting rights should extend to prisoners, even terrorists like the Boston Marathon bomber. Cuomo was the one who asked Sanders that question, and when Lemon joined him on Tuesday night to talk about this, Lemon congratulated his colleague for sparking new conversations among Democratic campaigns. However, Lemon said he was also “stunned” since he isn’t so sure Americans would want to give voting rights back to people who committed crimes as horrific as the Boston Marathon bombing.
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CNN’s Night of 2020 Town Halls Scores in Key Demo, But Underwhelms in Total Viewers


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Much to the credit of programming executives at CNN, Monday night was a remarkably informative evening that featured hour-long town halls featuring five Democratic presidential candidates. But as is often the case in cable news programming, smart and informative rarely translates to strong ratings. And that appears to be the case once again, as overnight ratings indicate that the five-hour slate of town halls was a dud in terms of overall viewers. According to Nielsen data, CNN finished third overall to its competitors Fox News and MSNBC on average. The network did pull off a rare feat, however: between the hours of 9 p.m. and midnight, it beat Fox News and MSNBC in the advertiser-coveted 25-54 demo. For the night, FNC delivered 2.26 million total viewers and 380,000 in the advertiser-coveted 25-54 demo; MSNBC delivered 1.81 million total viewers and 285,000 in the demo and CNN pulled Continue reading "CNN’s Night of 2020 Town Halls Scores in Key Demo, But Underwhelms in Total Viewers"

Biggest Winners From CNN’s Democratic Town Halls: Elizabeth Warren and the Boston Marathon Bomber


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The biggest winners from CNN’s five hours of Democratic presidential town halls were Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who delivered the most consistently substantive and engaging performance, and the Boston Marathon bomber, whose right to vote has now somehow become a boilerplate issue in the race. On Monday night, CNN hosted five town halls featuring the following candidates, in order of how I had ranked them going into the night: California Senator Kamala Harris, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, Warren, Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg. The night began with Klobuchar, whose overall performance was a lot like her answer on impeachment: sensible, well-stated, but not attention-getting. But Klobuchar’s lane, as a tough center-left pragmatist, will be much better suited to the debate stage. In this format, her best weapons remained in the holster. I believe the same is true of Continue reading "Biggest Winners From CNN’s Democratic Town Halls: Elizabeth Warren and the Boston Marathon Bomber"

Ex-Obama Campaign Manager: Bernie Can’t Beat Trump


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The manager of the last winning Democratic Presidential campaign believes Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) cannot win the next one. In an interview on ABC’s Powerhouse Politics, Jim Messina — who served as former President Barack Obama‘s campaign manager in 2012 — completely wrote off the chances of the Vermont senator. “Can Bernie Sanders beat [President] Donald Trump?” Host Jonathan Karl asked. “No,” Messina replied. Messina elaborated. “I think if you look at swing voters in this country they are incredibly focused on the economy,” Messina said. He added, “The winner of the economic argument in the last five Presidential elections with swing voters has won the presidency. I think today you look at it and say that Bernie Sanders is unlikely going to be able to stand up to the constant barrage that is Donald Trump on economic issues.” Despite dismissing his chances in the general Continue reading "Ex-Obama Campaign Manager: Bernie Can’t Beat Trump"

Fox & Friends Warns 2020 Democrats: You’re ‘Not Smart’ If You Don’t Come on Fox


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Fox & Friends took something of a victory lap on Wednesday, in light of 2020 Democrats warming to the idea of following Bernie Sanders‘ example of going on Fox News for a town hall. Fox News scored big ratings from their town hall event with Sanders this week, and in return, the Independent Vermont senator bolstered his status as a frontrunner among candidates pursuing the 2020 Democratic nomination. Meanwhile, recent reports suggest that candidates like Pete Buttigieg, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), and Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) are expressing interest in having their own events with Fox as well. While Fox & Friends noted that Donald Trump wasn’t pleased with Sanders’ appearance on his favorite network, Brian Kilmeade said “you should be able to put candidates everywhere,” noting that the president used to go on CNN and MSNBC before they “went unhinged and wasn’t giving him a fair shot. Continue reading "Fox & Friends Warns 2020 Democrats: You’re ‘Not Smart’ If You Don’t Come on Fox"

Stephen Colbert Mocks Fox News for Being ‘Dominated’ By Bernie: ‘Just Remember the Safe Word’


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Late night host Stephen Colbert had some fun with Independent Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and Fox News, kidding Sanders about his newfound wealth and mocking Trump’s favorite news network for being “dominated” by Sanders during a town hall event. On Tuesday night’s edition of CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Colbert joked about Sanders’ recently-released tax returns, which reveal that Sanders became a millionaire following his 2016 presidential campaign. Colbert did his impression of Sanders’ “slightly modified rhetoric on the campaign trail.” “The top 1% in this country has as much wealth as the bottom 90%,” Colbert said with his best Sanders voice. “And I’m crotch deep in ducats — dollar, dollar bills, y’all. I will make it rain up in this be-yotch.” He also promoted Sanders’ next book, “$ociali$m: Your way to the top 1%! How you can go from Burlington Continue reading "Stephen Colbert Mocks Fox News for Being ‘Dominated’ By Bernie: ‘Just Remember the Safe Word’"

CNN’s Don Lemon Calls Out Trump For Attacking Bernie Sanders Over Tax Returns


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CNN anchor Don Lemon slammed Donald Trump for attacking Independent Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, saying it’s “pretty rich” for Trump to comment on Sanders’ tax returns when Trump refuses to release his own. During the second hour of Tuesday night’s CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, the host discussed one of Trump’s latest attacks on Sanders, a late-evening tweet that restated the premise of one of the Fox News town hall questions that Sanders was asked. “Bernie Sanders and wife should pay the Pre-Trump Taxes on their almost $600,000 in income,” Trump wrote. “He is always complaining about these big TAX CUTS, except when it benefits him. They made a fortune off of Trump, but so did everyone else – and that’s a good thing, not a bad thing!” After reading the tweet, Lemon pointed out that Sanders “voted against the tax cuts,” and Continue reading "CNN’s Don Lemon Calls Out Trump For Attacking Bernie Sanders Over Tax Returns"

Trump Rips ‘Crazy Bernie’ After Fox Town Hall; Sanders Responds: Looks Like He’s ‘Scared’


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In addition to taking shots at Fox News, President Donald Trump has also been blasting Senator Bernie Sanders after Monday night’s Fox News town hall. Trump swiped at “Crazy Bernie” this morning in his first tweet about the town hall, and tonight he ripped the Vermont senator over his tax returns: The president also tweeted he thinks his 2020 opponent will either be “Crazy Bernie” or “Sleepy Joe Biden,” weirdly adding at the end “May God Rest Their Soul!”

Chris Cuomo Mocks Trump As ‘Jilted Lover’ Who Was ‘Cheated On’ By Fox News


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CNN anchor Chris Cuomo mocked Donald Trump‘s over-the-top reaction to the Fox News Bernie Sanders town hall by posing Trump as a “jilted lover” who felt “cheated on” by the network, and called Trump out for using the word “we” in reference to himself and Fox. On Tuesday night’s edition of Cuomo Prime Time, Cuomo introduced his usual end-of-show segment with Don Lemon by talking about the angry tweets Trump posted about the Fox town hall. Noting that Sanders “laid into Trump” several times during the event, Cuomo said “Oddly, the president seemed offended that this was even happening. Like he was being cheated on.” He then read one of Trump’s tweets, which read “So weird to watch Crazy Bernie on @FoxNews. Not surprisingly, @BretBaier and the “audience” was so smiley and nice. Very strange, and now we have @donnabrazile?” “Why did I emphasize ‘we’?” Continue reading "Chris Cuomo Mocks Trump As ‘Jilted Lover’ Who Was ‘Cheated On’ By Fox News"

‘What’s With Fox News?’ Trump Accuses Network of Barring His Supporters From Bernie Sanders Town Hall


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President Donald Trump is still unhappy with Fox News over the Bernie Sanders town hall, and now he’s accusing the network of keeping his supporters out. Bret Baier noted last night that the crowd was a mix of “a lot of Democrats,” as well as “Republicans, independents, Democratic socialists, [and] conservatives.” This morning POTUS remarked upon how “strange” the town hall was, but tonight he accused Fox News of keeping his supporters out and keeping the venue “stuffed with Bernie supporters.” It’s unclear where the president is getting this from. Reports on the town hall noted some Continue reading "‘What’s With Fox News?’ Trump Accuses Network of Barring His Supporters From Bernie Sanders Town Hall"

Lessons Learned from the Bernie Sanders Fox News Town Hall


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Independent Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders bucked many of the network’s critics by appearing at an hourlong town hall moderated by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum Monday, and the result was clarifying on a number of fronts. Here are the lessons Democrats should learn from the Sanders town hall. Sanders is getting generally high marks for his performance, and I would agree with analysts who say that overall, the net effect was positive for Bernie, politically. Particularly on the issue of health care, Sanders was effective at countering right-wing (Fox News) talking points. Democrats can learn a lot from his successes, as well as his missteps. But there are also lessons to be learned about the Fox News moderators, and how their performance relates to the separate questions of whether Democrats should appear on the network, and whether the Democratic National Committee should reconsider allowing the Continue reading "Lessons Learned from the Bernie Sanders Fox News Town Hall"

Fox News Anchor: Bernie Sanders Took a Lot of Unnecessary Swipes at Fox During Town Hall


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Fox News today covered the network’s town hall with Bernie Sanders last night, from his answers on capitalism to the swipes he took at the network. Sanders didn’t trash Fox during the town hall, but he knocked the network a few times, told moderators Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum they should ask President Donald Trump about his tax returns too, and got in a critique of Fox and the media in general that led to Baier saying, “We’re very grateful that you’re here. We are giving you an hour of substance and talk on our airwaves. So we can get over the Fox thing. If you’re alright with that?” This afternoon, Julie Banderas––filling in for Dana Perino on The Daily Briefing––spoke with Perino, Jesse Watters, and Donna Brazile about the town hall. At one point, Brazile credited Sanders for coming on Fox News and congratulated Continue reading "Fox News Anchor: Bernie Sanders Took a Lot of Unnecessary Swipes at Fox During Town Hall"

Fox News Scores Big With Bernie Sanders Town Hall, Posts Highest Ratings of Any 2020 Forum to Date


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Fox News’ town hall featuring presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) marked the top-rated such event in the 2020 election so far, per data accumulated by Nielsen Media Research. The town hall, which was held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. ET, accumulated 2,554,000 viewers total and 489,000 viewers in the key 25-54 demographic. CNN’s competing numbers for that hour were 913,000 and 281,000 in the demo, while MSNBC recorded 1,441,000 and just over 200,000 in the 25-54 range. Sanders’s appearance on the network set the record for top-rated weekday cable news program this year. Most of the declared 2020 candidates have already held similar events on CNN, with more to follow. South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg is reportedly in talks to participate in a Fox News town hall of his own. The Democratic candidate held the event several weeks after the DNC announced they would not hold a Continue reading "Fox News Scores Big With Bernie Sanders Town Hall, Posts Highest Ratings of Any 2020 Forum to Date"

Ex-Hillary Aide ‘Dumbfounded’ By Bernie’s Response to Being a Millionaire: ‘His Message is Capitalist’


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Former senior Hillary Clinton aide and current CNN political commentator Jess McIntosh slammed Independent Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders‘ defensive responses to his newfound wealth, noting that after having years to come up with a response, “his message is capitalist.” On Monday night’s edition of CNN’s OutFront with Erin Burnett, McIntosh began by actually defending Sanders against the charge of hypocrisy, telling Burnett, “I actually don’t see too much of a contradiction between being a millionaire and railing against a class that produces millionaires.” That supposed contradiction was the subject of heated exchanges during Monday night’s Fox News town hall event with Sanders. “Where I’m totally dumbfounded is that he’s had two years to come up with the ‘So now I’m a millionaire’ message, and his message is capitalist,” McIntosh said. “He’s literally saying ‘I made a product the market wanted, and I Continue reading "Ex-Hillary Aide ‘Dumbfounded’ By Bernie’s Response to Being a Millionaire: ‘His Message is Capitalist’"

Trump Mocked For Referring to Fox News as ‘We’


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President Donald Trump is catching some stick on Twitter after he used an odd turn of phrase, describing Fox News as “we.” The “offending” tweet was a dig at the network’s decision to air a town hall with progressive Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, which he found to be remarkably chummy. Trump tweeted: Trump’s apparent passive aggressive criticism echoes similar comments made by Sean Hannity during his show that followed the Sanders’ town hall. Hannity dismissed the event, insisting that the town hall was full of “communist” ideas spouted by “crazy Bernie.” But it was the literary use of the “royal we” that caught the attention of Twitter users whose comments assembled below
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Fox Host Goes Off on Bernie Sanders After Town Hall: ‘He’s a Millionaire and He’s a Socialist!


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Fox Business’ Stuart Varney accused Bernie Sanders of hypocrisy on Tuesday in light of the Vermont senator’s defense of his own wealth at a contentious town hall on Fox News. Sanders was asked at the town hall about the revelation from his tax returns that he is a millionaire — and he turned the question against Fox News by saying the network should scrutinize President Donald Trump‘s taxes. When Varney reacted to the town hall on Fox & Friends Tuesday morning, he accused Sanders of hypocrisy. “He’s a one-percenter, he’s a millionaire, and he’s a socialist,” Varney said. “I’ve got a problem with that, He’s trying to make sure that we, the rest of us on our way up, don’t accumulate the kind of pile that he already has!” Varney continued by calling Sanders’s estate tax proposal “outrageous.” “Where is the fairness in this?” Varney asked. Continue reading "Fox Host Goes Off on Bernie Sanders After Town Hall: ‘He’s a Millionaire and He’s a Socialist!"

Fox Host Goes Off on Bernie Sanders After Town Hall: ‘He’s a Millionaire and He’s a Socialist!


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Fox Business’ Stuart Varney accused Bernie Sanders of hypocrisy on Tuesday in light of the Vermont senator’s defense of his own wealth at a contentious town hall on Fox News. Sanders was asked at the town hall about the revelation from his tax returns that he is a millionaire — and he turned the question against Fox News by saying the network should scrutinize President Donald Trump‘s taxes. When Varney reacted to the town hall on Fox & Friends Tuesday morning, he accused Sanders of hypocrisy. “He’s a one-percenter, he’s a millionaire, and he’s a socialist,” Varney said. “I’ve got a problem with that, He’s trying to make sure that we, the rest of us on our way up, don’t accumulate the kind of pile that he already has!” Varney continued by calling Sanders’s estate tax proposal “outrageous.” “Where is the fairness in this?” Varney asked. Continue reading "Fox Host Goes Off on Bernie Sanders After Town Hall: ‘He’s a Millionaire and He’s a Socialist!"