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Sanders campaign distances itself from ‘divisive’ plan by delegates to challenge Kaine nomination

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The campaign manager for Bernie Sanders’ campaign called plans by some of his own delegates to challenge the nomination of Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as Hillary Clinton’s running mate a “divisive” idea that should be abandoned.

Speaking with Buzzfeed, campaign head Jeff Weaver dismissed the idea, saying had Sanders won the nomination he would have expected delegates to respect his choice.

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“It’s very divisive,” Weaver explained. “She’s the presidential nominee. If Bernie were the nominee, would you want the conservatives trying to nominate our vice president? So, that’s what I would say.”

Progressive activists have been unhappy with the selection of the more moderate Kaine, hoping instead that Clinton had tapped the more liberal Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA-D), Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, or even Sanders himself.

According to the Norman Solomon of the Bernie Delegates Network, the group has been working on rounding up enough delegates to challenge the nomination on the floor, but acknowledged that it likely would not happen.

“We’re not delusional,” Solomon said. “We know Tim Kaine will be the nominee.”


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Columnist zeroes in on the ‘biggest deceptions of all’ in Trump’s RNC speech

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During this year’s Republican National Convention, the fact-checkers at MSNBC and CNN kept very busy thanks to all of the lies and distortions that came from the speakers — including President Donald Trump. Greg Sargent, in his Washington Post column, stresses that although Trump told a variety of lies during the convention, the ones that stand out centered on the coronavirus pandemic.

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Trump grants pardon to Alice Johnson one day after she praises him in RNC primetime speech: ‘God bless President Trump’

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President Donald Trump on Friday afternoon granted a full pardon to Alice Marie Johnson, less than 24 hours after she all but endorsed him him in a speech during the final night of the Republican National Convention.

Here's the President with Johnson just an hour ago:

Trump has completely politicized his pardon power. Here he is framing a pardon for Alice Johnson around her showing at the RNC. pic.twitter.com/h9fp2RtRks

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 28, 2020

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‘Everybody is going to catch this thing eventually’: Senior Trump official brushes off criticism of maskless crowd at RNC

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"This is Covid denial on another level entirely."

A White House official's flippant response to concerns about the maskless crowds of attendees at the Republican National Convention—and the GOP's ignoring of the coronavirus's horrific toll—have sparked widespread outrage this week.

"Everybody is going to catch this thing eventually," a senior White House official told CNN's Jim Acosta Thursday.

Reporting on the fourth night of the convention, Acosta said, "We not only heard a lot of gaslighting tonight, we possibly saw and witnessed some superspreading from this event."

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