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Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders work to elect first Muslim governor

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Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are joining forces to elect an underdog but potentially history-making candidate on the ballot in Michigan next week: Abdul El-Sayed, a 33-year-old physician who would be the nation’s first Muslim governor.

Sanders is spending the final weekend of the race in the state, and Ocasio-Cortez was there last week to campaign with El-Sayed ahead of Tuesday’s Democratic primary. He also has a constellation of hard-left groups in his corner, including MoveOn.org, Justice Democrats and Our Revolution, the offshoot of Sanders’ failed presidential campaign.

After a July lull in primary season, the race in Michigan represents the first opportunity for insurgent liberals to shove Democrats leftward since Ocasio-Cortez’s upset victory over Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) six weeks ago. Tuesday is also the first real test of the burgeoning alliance between Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez, who have also campaigned for two congressional candidates on the ballot next week in Kansas.

El-Sayed, a first-time candidate who’s trailed in public polls, has emerged as a threat to the front-runner, former state Sen. Gretchen Whitmer. Whitmer is a favorite of most elected Democrats as well as organized labor and women’s groups such as EMILY’s List, which backs Democratic women who support abortion rights.

Every public poll of the primary has shown Whitmer leading El-Sayed and entrepreneur Shri Thanedar, a self-funder who has blanketed the airwaves with television ads but hasn’t caught fire. But with Sanders parachuting into Michigan this weekend, El-Sayed backers and Sanders allies see a parallel in recent history.

“Bernie was written off” going into the 2016 presidential primary in Michigan, said Democratic strategist Julian Mulvey, whose firm worked for Sanders on that campaign. “I think Nate Silver predicted that Hillary Clinton had a 99 percent chance of winning in Michigan, and Bernie was able to pull it out. So the best thing you can do is have Bernie going in there to help try to close.”

Attorney General Bill Schuette is the favorite to win the Republican primary and has been endorsed by President Donald Trump. Schuette has worked to distance himself from unpopular term-limited Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican. The state is seen as a prime pickup opportunity for Democrats.

According to a Democrat close to her campaign, Whitmer’s most recent internal polling showed her with a 16-point lead in the primary. She has raised more money than El-Sayed, and she has more institutional support: In addition to local politicians, unions and EMILY’s List, Whitmer was just endorsed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

But El-Sayed, a former executive director of the Detroit Health Department and a public-health expert, has built a significant support base by presenting himself as a Sanders-aligned progressive alternative to the more mainstream Whitmer. Some of the same outside groups that backed Sanders in 2016 are behind El-Sayed, as are Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and grass-roots favorites like Ocasio-Cortez and activist Michael Moore. El-Sayed has also received donations from Ben Affleck and received praise from the hosts of the liberal podcast Pod Save America.

Sanders endorsed the candidate only this week, even though El-Sayed had embraced the Vermont senator and many of his core issues, like a $15 minimum wage, single-payer health care and tuition-free college for families making less than $150,000 a year. Sanders is planning to appear at two El-Sayed rallies on Sunday, in Detroit and Ypsilanti.

“Abdul has run a campaign — win or lose — that speaks explicitly to the policies that Bernie talked about during the 2016 campaign and continues to talk about in the Senate,” said Ari Rabin-Havt, a senior adviser to Sanders. “Abdul lines up so perfectly on these values that the endorsement is a testament to running a campaign based on that.”

El-Sayed hasn’t shied from his religion in the campaign, even as he’s had to swat away rumors that he’s a George Soros plant sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood. He’s happily described the immigrant story of his father moving to the United States from Egypt and spending time with his stepmother, whose family history in Michigan goes back to before the Civil War.

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Sanders is spending the final weekend of the race in the state, and Ocasio-Cortez was there last week to campaign with El-Sayed ahead of Tuesday’s Democratic primary. He also has a constellation of hard-left groups in his corner, including MoveOn.org, Justice Democrats and Our Revolution, the offshoot of Sanders’ failed presidential campaign.

After a July lull in primary season, the race in Michigan represents the first opportunity for insurgent liberals to shove Democrats leftward since Ocasio-Cortez’s upset victory over Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) six weeks ago. Tuesday is also the first real test of the burgeoning alliance between Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez, who have also campaigned for two congressional candidates on the ballot next week in Kansas.

El-Sayed, a first-time candidate who’s trailed in public polls, has emerged as a threat to the front-runner, former state Sen. Gretchen Whitmer. Whitmer is a favorite of most elected Democrats as well as organized labor and women’s groups such as EMILY’s List, which backs Democratic women who support abortion rights.

Every public poll of the primary has shown Whitmer leading El-Sayed and entrepreneur Shri Thanedar, a self-funder who has blanketed the airwaves with television ads but hasn’t caught fire. But with Sanders parachuting into Michigan this weekend, El-Sayed backers and Sanders allies see a parallel in recent history.

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“Bernie was written off” going into the 2016 presidential primary in Michigan, said Democratic strategist Julian Mulvey, whose firm worked for Sanders on that campaign. “I think Nate Silver predicted that Hillary Clinton had a 99 percent chance of winning in Michigan, and Bernie was able to pull it out. So the best thing you can do is have Bernie going in there to help try to close.”

Attorney General Bill Schuette is the favorite to win the Republican primary and has been endorsed by President Donald Trump. Schuette has worked to distance himself from unpopular term-limited Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican. The state is seen as a prime pickup opportunity for Democrats.

According to a Democrat close to her campaign, Whitmer’s most recent internal polling showed her with a 16-point lead in the primary. She has raised more money than El-Sayed, and she has more institutional support: In addition to local politicians, unions and EMILY’s List, Whitmer was just endorsed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

But El-Sayed, a former executive director of the Detroit Health Department and a public-health expert, has built a significant support base by presenting himself as a Sanders-aligned progressive alternative to the more mainstream Whitmer. Some of the same outside groups that backed Sanders in 2016 are behind El-Sayed, as are Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and grass-roots favorites like Ocasio-Cortez and activist Michael Moore. El-Sayed has also received donations from Ben Affleck and received praise from the hosts of the liberal podcast Pod Save America.

Sanders endorsed the candidate only this week, even though El-Sayed had embraced the Vermont senator and many of his core issues, like a $15 minimum wage, single-payer health care and tuition-free college for families making less than $150,000 a year. Sanders is planning to appear at two El-Sayed rallies on Sunday, in Detroit and Ypsilanti.

“Abdul has run a campaign — win or lose — that speaks explicitly to the policies that Bernie talked about during the 2016 campaign and continues to talk about in the Senate,” said Ari Rabin-Havt, a senior adviser to Sanders. “Abdul lines up so perfectly on these values that the endorsement is a testament to running a campaign based on that.”

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El-Sayed hasn’t shied from his religion in the campaign, even as he’s had to swat away rumors that he’s a George Soros plant sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood. He’s happily described the immigrant story of his father moving to the United States from Egypt and spending time with his stepmother, whose family history in Michigan goes back to before the Civil War.

But foremost, El-Sayed and his liberal supporters are betting that campaigning on a Sanders-style platform isn’t just good politics in a primary: They’re trying to prove that a candidate can tout these issues and win one of the three states that Trump flipped in 2016.

“Michigan is ground zero for the debate over how you win back power from Trump and Trumpism,” said Ben Wikler, the Washington director of MoveOn.org, which is backing El-Sayed. “And Abdul El-Sayed is the living avatar of the idea that to defeat Trump you don’t move right.”

In addition to El-Sayed, Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez are backing two congressional candidates on the ballot Tuesday in Kansas. The two New York natives traveled last month to the state to stump with two candidates: Brent Welder, a former Sanders campaign staffer running for a battleground seat in the Kansas City suburbs, and James Thompson, a repeat, liberal challenger for a more solidly Republican seat.

Welder is running in a crowded, six-candidate Democratic primary for the right to take on Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) in a district Clinton narrowly won in 2016. But in a sign that Republicans see Welder’s ties to Sanders as a liability, a conservative group began running last-minute ads on Friday that appear designed to boost Welder in the Democratic primary, meddling that Welder’s opponents decried, blaming Yoder and the GOP.

Back in Michigan, while El-Sayed is rallying with Sanders, Whitmer will be campaigning with prominent Michigan Democratic politicians, including Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Rep. Brenda Lawrence.

Whitmer’s surrogates and supporters remain bullish about her chances but also are familiar with their state’s history of upsets in gubernatorial races. Democrat Jennifer Granholm wasn’t the front-runner when she ran for governor in 2002.

“There’s polling data, but primaries are tough to poll,” said former Gov. Jim Blanchard, a Whitmer supporter, adding that he still expects Whitmer to win.

EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock painted the primary as an ultimately constructive argument about how to win a general election fight in a battleground state. The differences between Whitmer and El-Sayed, Schriock said, pale in comparison to the contrast between either of them and Schuette, the front-runner in the Republican primary.

“The values all these Democrats share is the same,” Schriock said. “What we’re having is a very active debate on how to get there. I’ll take that. That’s what we’re talking about there. You’ve got Schuette on the other side, who wants to tear it all down.”

El-Sayed echoed that sentiment on Friday, promising that Democrats will come together, despite the intraparty battle playing out in the final days before the primary.

“Four days out, things can get heated,” El-Sayed tweeted Friday. “I admire [Whitmer and] the vigorous debate we share. While I deeply disagree on health care [and] corporate money in politics, I admire her work [and] commitment to serve. We will walk in lockstep, whoever wins, to a blue wave in November.”

 

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IT’S OVER: Trump Just Released His First Re-Election Campaign Ad & it’s Going Viral

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President Trump tweeted out what is seemingly the first re-election campaign ad for 2020 and it went viral overnight. This will give you chills.

It’s about 2 minutes long and it starts by playing audio of President Trump’s 2016 campaign promises from different speeches. Then, it shows the images of him keeping these promises.

Then, in the final minute of the video, you hear President Trump deliver a message directly to the “forgotten man” and “forgotten women” in a truly emotional way that sums up President Trump and the patriots who support him.

Never ever ever give up. Never stop fighting for what you believe in, and for the people who care about you.

Carry yourself with dignity and pride.

Relish the opportunity to be an outsider. Embrace that label because it’s the outsiders who change the world and who make a real and lasting difference.

Treat the word impossible as nothing more than motivation.

I am asking all citizens to embrace this renewal of the American spirit. Seize this moment. Believe in yourselves. Believe in your future. And believe once more in America.

I will fight for you with every breath in my body. And I will never ever let you down.

The forgotten man and the forgotten woman. You’re not forgotten anymore.”

 

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Al Sharpton Doesn’t Rule Out Running For President, Criticizes Trump

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Rev. Al Sharpton, one of the most visible figures of Black Lives Matter, has not ruled out running for president in 2020.

Sharpton said he wasn’t currently exploring a presidential run but did not rule out running, BuzzFeed News reported Tuesday.
“I never rule anything out,” Sharpton said.

Sharpton was in Florida Sunday leading protests against Florida’s stand your ground laws after the death of Markeis McGlockton. Michael Drejka shot and killed McGlockton in July. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri did not charge Drejka due to Drejka claiming he feared for his life.

Sharpton has been highly critical of President Donald Trump, calling him a racist at a Sunday rally because Trump stumped for Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis of Florida and didn’t mention McGlockton’s name.

“You want to know why we call you a racist? [You] talk like a racist and you walk like a racist and you act like a racist!” Sharpton said at the rally, according to BuzzFeed News.
Sharpton also criticized Pastor Darrell Scott, who called Trump “the most pro-black president that we’ve had in our lifetime,” on Aug. 3. He also argued that black ministers were cowards for not bringing up McGlockton’s name when they visited the White House that day.

“I won’t bow to Pharaoh, and I won’t bow to Donald Trump,” Sharpton said.

If Sharpton were to run, he would join a crowded Democratic primary. Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and former Vice President Joe Biden are just a few high-profile Democrats who have hinted at running for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.
Sharpton has run for office before. He ran for the Senate three times in the 1980s and 1990s and the presidency in 2004.

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Antifa Thugs Furious After Police Release Their Pics — Let’s Make Them Famous!

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Police in Berkeley, California and Portland, Oregon, arrested several members of Antifa over the weekend. Now, the Berkeley Police Department has released the names and headshots of many of the individuals arrested during a Sunday protest, posting their pictures and making the unhinged leftists furious. Let’s make these fools famous!

According to The Daily Caller, police in Berkeley released the names and headshots on Twitter of several people arrested during a Sunday protest, and Antifa and its allies are not pleased. The Berkeley Police Department published the information for 15 out of 20 individuals they arrested, resulting in much criticism from left-wing activists. Berkeley Police’s tweets included arrested individuals’ names, ages, city of residence, as well as the charge on which they were arrested.

The arrests were made at a Sunday event billed as a “No to Marxism in Berkeley” rally by conservative activists. What should have been a peaceful demonstration, however, was disrupted by Antifa members hell-bent on breaking the law.

Before the rally, the city issued broad rules prohibiting “weapons” in the area and “anything … that can be used for a ‘riot’.” Officials also banned protesters from wearing masks. As usual, though, the Antifa failed to follow these rules, and thus, many of them were arrested.

Jason Wallach, 41-year-old male from Oakland, charged with possession of a banned weapon.
Kate Brenner, 69-year-old female from Oakland, charged with possession of a banned weapon.
Kristen Edith Koster, 50-year-old female from Berkeley, charged with possession of a dangerous weapon.
Maria Lewis, 29-year-old female from Emeryville, charged with carrying a banned weapon and working with others to commit a crime.
Thomas Parker, 22-year-old male from Berkeley, charged with working with others to commit a crime
Caitlin Boyle, 27-year-old female from Oakland, charged with working with others to commit a crime.
Blake Griffith, 29-year-old male from Oakland, charged with vandalism.
Sarena Perez, 39-year-old female from Oakland, charged with possession of a banned weapon.
David Chou, 26-year-old male from Santa Cruz, charged with possession of a banned weapon and working with others to commit a crime.
Freddy Martinez, 31-year-old male from Berkeley, charged with battery.
Ericka Sokolower-Shain, 28-year-old female from Berkeley, charged with possession of a banned weapon.
Javier Cruz-O’Connell, 22-year-old male from Berkeley, charged with possession of a banned weapon.
Jamie Hill, 30-year-old female from Emeryville, charged with possession of a banned weapon.
Bella Podolsky, 27-year-old female from San Francisco, charged with possession of a banned weapon.
Andres Gonzalez, 35-year-old male from Oakland, charged with five counts of carrying a banned weapon.
Jeffrey Garten, 28-year-old male, from Oakland, charged with a single count of carrying a banned weapon.
The Guardian, which was among the left-leaning outlets that were clearly disgusted by the Berkeley Police Department’s move to release the Antifas’ names and headshots, reported:

Berkeley police have arrested more than a dozen anti-fascist activists and posted their names and photos on Twitter, raising concerns that the department was encouraging harassment and abuse.

Law enforcement’s unusual decision to immediately publicize the personal information and faces of arrested leftwing demonstrators on social media has sparked intense backlash. Critics have accused police of aiding the far right and endangering counter-protesters with “public shaming” and targeted arrests for alleged minor offenses.

The California police agency said it had arrested 20 people on Sunday at an “alt-right” rally, citing many of them for “possession of a banned weapon” or “working with others to commit a crime”. Most, if not all, of the people arrested were counter protesters, according to lawyers and activists working with demonstrators.

The department posted many of their names, photos and cities of residence on its official Twitter account on Sunday before anyone was formally charged. As of early Monday afternoon, a spokesperson for the local district attorney told the Guardian that Berkeley police had not yet brought the cases to prosecutors for consideration.

“This is very disturbing,” said Veena Dubal, a University of California law professor and former Berkeley police review commissioner. “It seems like a public-shaming exercise, which is not the role of the police department … They are making it really accessible for folks who might wish these people harm to locate them.”

 

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