Opinion: Now that Trump Killed American Exceptionalism, Will Americans Reflect and Change?

Trump Scared Off Stage

When a reporter asked Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a news conference last Tuesday what he thought about Donald Trump’s threat to use armed forces to suppress the mass protests occurring in the wake of the police murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and in response to unceasing state violence against African Americans, Trudeau’s answer spoke volumes about the global standing of the United States. read more

Democrats Brand Trump’s Threat to Use the Military “The Words of a Dictator”

Democrats have harshly criticized Donald Trump for threatening to use the U.S. military against protesters. Several high profile lawmakers also expressed anger at events in Washington, D.C.

Turning the army on protestors is what dictatorships do,” Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy said.

Turning the army on protestors is what dictatorships do.

It’s literally the antithesis of America.

Republicans of good faith and decency need cannot let their party’s position become pushing for an American Tiananmen Square. read more

Opinion: Obama’s Endorsement Challenges Biden, Re-Imagines Presidency for the Future

Last Tuesday, former President Barack Obama gave his much-anticipated endorsement of his former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential candidacy. 

The endorsement was expected, of course, despite the wait Obama imposed, which seemed likely attributable to his preference to time his speech in the wake of Bernie Sanders’ own endorsement of Biden, creating a crescendo effect. read more

Alan Dershowitz: Republicans Won’t Cancel 2020 Election Because It Would Risk Making Bernie Sanders President

Conservative legal scholar Alan Dershowitz has written a bizarre op-ed warning Republicans not to cancel the November elections. The former Harvard professor says doing so could result in a Bernie Sanders presidency.

Dershowitz published the comment piece in The Hill newspaper on Thursday amid some speculation about the 2020 elections. He argues that cancelling the elections would be bad for the GOP and therefore won’t happen.

“What does the Constitution provide in the event that an emergency precludes an election before the end of a president’s term?” he asks.

“It has never happened before, and it probably won’t happen this year,” Dershowitz writes, before diving into the hypothetical.

Dershowitz imagines a scenario where the presidential and congressional elections don’t happen and one third of senate seats go unfilled.

“Unlike when a president is impeached or dies, there is no clear succession plan in place for a situation in which there has been no voting.”

“But there would be no House speaker if there were no election, because there would be no House, all of whose members would be up for election in November,” he writes.

“The terms of all members of the House would end, according to the Constitution, on January 3.”

Dershowitz, who has been a staunch defender of President Donald Trump, goes on to suggest that the remaining two thirds of senators would then be able to choose the president by appointing the president pro tem.

He warns that a Democratic senate majority could choose anyone to fulfill that role – “even Bernie Sanders.”

“This prospect undoubtedly is frightening enough to Republicans to assure that they will do everything in their power not to cancel the 2020 election.”

As experts have already pointed out,

there is no provision for cancelling constitutionally mandated federal elections read more

Joe Biden: “We Have to Make Our Democracy” Function While Fighting the Pandemic

Joe Biden says the presidential election must take place in spite of fighting Coronavirus. The former Vice President stressed that the U.S. can and must do both.

Biden spoke to the third hour of NBC’s TODAY show on Tuesday. The Democratic front runner told Craig Melvin that he welcomed alternatives to in person voting.

Melvin asked Biden what would happen if Coronavirus was not contained by election day, 2020.

“We’re going to have to conduct the election on November 3,” Biden said.

“We have to make our democracy, as well as dealing with disease, function,” he said.

Watch the video:

TOMORROW on @3rdHourTODAY: @JoeBiden talks to @craigmelvin about the upcoming election: "We’re going to have to conduct the election on November 3rd…We have to make our democracy, as well as dealing with disease, function. We can do both. We should be thinking now ahead." pic.twitter.com/uFKvSzfIPY read more

Opinion: Let’s Not Forget the Virulent Sexism Pandemic in Face of Coronavirus

Some of the most recent weeks in American history alert us, if we’re paying the least bit of attention, to the fact that sexism is alive and well, indeed robustly thriving, in U.S. culture and society.

Last March 11 brought a moment of victory and also frustration in the struggle for women’s rights, for human rights, in the U.S.

Notable Hollywood producer and notorious serial sex offender Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison for multiple sexual assaults against women, a victory pending a probable appeal.

Weinstein, while not testifying during his trial, did speak up at his sentencing hearing, unleashing a spate of sexist commentary which we should understand not as idiosyncratic to the mind of man in weakened and aging state, arguably on his last leg, but as sadly and dangerously symptomatic of a prominent strain of sexism characteristic of, dominant in, American life and institutions.

Here’s one of Weinstein’s comments in which he credits himself for the rise of the Me Too Movement and also excuses himself and men in general for basically being confused, not understanding that sexually harassing and hating women is wrong, a violation of human rights:

“You know, the movement started basically with me, and I think what happened, you know, I was the first example, and now there are thousands of men who are being accused and a regeneration of things that I think none of us understood.” read more

3 Weeks From Next Contest, Bernie Sanders Assesses Path Forward After Losses On Tuesday

After a rout of losses on Tuesday evening to former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is reportedly questioning his next moves in the Democratic Party’s primary contests to determine a nominee for president.

Biden won in all three states up for grabs Tuesday, including Florida, Illinois, and Arizona. His total delegate count right now sits at 1,153, while 861 delegates are pledged to Sanders at this time.

To win the nomination outright on the first ballot, a candidate must get 1,991 delegates, a simple majority of the total that are allocated. It’s possible that Biden won’t reach that number, but could wind up with the plurality win.

Previously, when Sanders had a temporary lead in the delegate count, he said that whoever wound up with the plurality win should also win the nomination. To his credit, when he lost that lead, he stood by his previous comments.

Many have been calling for Sanders to drop out, especially in light of the current coronavirus outbreak. Sanders’ campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, said the candidate had plenty of time to think things over.

With remaining Democratic primaries likely to be diminished by coronavirus, Bernie Sanders should drop out to grant Joe Biden a clean victory and clearer path to ousting President Trump, the Sun-Times Editorial Board writes. https://t.co/jKxjTbonRk read more

With Promises Made Of A Woman VP Nominee, Who Do Voters Want Picked To Run?

Healthcare reform, coronavirus, and who could beat President Donald Trump in a general election matchup were all obvious topics that viewers should have expected to be discussed in the debate between Democratic Party candidates Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders on Sunday night.

But a promise from Biden also made headlines — the pledge that a woman vice-presidential candidate would run alongside him, should he get the nomination.

Sanders made a similar promise, saying he was going to highly consider a woman to run with him too, but Biden’s words were more committal.

“If I’m elected president, my cabinet, my administration will look like the country and I commit that I will, in fact, appoint a woman to be vice president,” he said in the debate.

Biden didn’t give any details on who he was thinking of. But according to polling from last month, there are a few names that top the list of Democratic voters’ opinions that he should give strong consideration toward.

An Emerson poll from mid-February asked respondents who should be the Democratic candidate for vice president. A clear plurality, 20 percent, said it should be current U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, who also ran for president in the Democratic primary but dropped out early due to losing momentum during her campaign.

The poll, which also included men in its questioning, placed Andrew Yang in second place, with 18 percent. Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton came in third, with 16 percent saying she should be VP, and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams came in fourth, with 8 percent saying she should be the nominee.

Women are the majority of the U.S. population, but we’ve never had a woman president.

There are plenty of inspiring, qualified women in American politics who could be president.

One of them must be on the Democratic ticket in November. https://t.co/9AgienhXhd read more