On Saturday, the New York Times reported that a key White House adviser cautioned President Trump and other top Republicans that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) may lose his Senate race to upstart Democrat Beto O’Rourke. The key issue, according to White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, is that Cruz is unlikable.
On Sunday night, one of Cruz’s top former aides agreed that Beto O’Rourke looks like he might have pole position.
Rick Tyler is a veteran political consultant who served as the spokesman for Cruz’s failed 2016 presidential bid.
Tyler was asked for his assessment of the race by MSNBC host Kasie Hunt on her show Kasie DC.
“As the former Cruz strategist, it does seem as though the signs are that Ted Cuz might actually lose this race?” she said.
“It’s possible—people say no, it’s not possible because you look at Texas and say ‘it’s a red state and it’s never going to happen’ but Beto O’Rourke has consistently out-fundraised him two-to-one, and he doesn’t take PAC money,” he said. “It should be a 10 to 15 point race and it’s not, it’s a zero to four point race. And Beto O’Rourke is running an interesting campaign. He’s grabbed national attention. So it’s a race.”
Watch the segment below.
WATCH: John Oliver exposes Trump’s lies about vote-by-mail — and the Fox News ‘cult’ claiming the election is already ‘rigged’
"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver's main story Sunday refuted President Donald Trump's latest crusade against vote-by-mail. Trump announced on Twitter that the more people who vote in an election, the more Republicans tend to lose. So, he wants fewer people to have access to the ballot in November, even if people are too scared to go out during the coronavirus crisis.
Oliver called out Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO), who outright told people not to vote if they were too afraid to vote in the local elections next week.
"Well, hold on there," Oliver interjected. "Voting is a right. It has to be easy to understand and accessible to anyone."
John Oliver rips Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for urging ‘order’ from people of color — but never demanding it of police
John Oliver opened his Sunday show, shredding Fox News host Tucker Carlson for uring "order" among protesters, but refusing to urge "order" to police and "wannabe police" who can't stop killing people.
It's a lot, Oliver explained. "How these protests are a response to a legacy of police misconduct, both in Minneapolis and the nation at large and how that misconduct is, itself, built on a legacy of white supremacy that prioritizes the comfort of white Americans over the safety of people of color."
While some of it is complicated, Oliver conceded, most of it is "all too clear."
Cars set on fire blocks from White House as DC protests turn violent
The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.
The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.
Lights that normally shine on the White House have also been turned off, reporters revealed.