Democrat Stacey Abrams, the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives and the first Black woman major-party gubernatorial nominee in U.S. history will be delivering the official Democratic response. Abrams will also make history as the first Black woman to do so.
Many on social media expressed anger and outrage when Sen. Sanders made his announcement, which he did by retweeting news of Abrams’ SOTU response.
Stacey Abrams is a great choice to deliver the Democratic response. I’m very much looking forward to her speech.
For the third year in a row, following the Democratic rebuttal I’ll be on Facebook Live, Twitter and YouTube to respond to Trump. https://t.co/4xOCjkNwtF
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 4, 2019
Veteran journalist and CNN political analyst Joan Walsh, who is the author of the book, “What’s the Matter with White People?” blasted Sanders for “upstaging” Abrams:
— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) February 4, 2019
Political analyst and activist Leah McElrath:
AW NO NO AND HELL NO https://t.co/M7ZdtjeIC6
— Leah McElrath 🏳️🌈 (@leahmcelrath) February 4, 2019
HRC’s Charlotte Clymer:
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) February 4, 2019
Esquire political opinion writer:
Read the fcking room, man. https://t.co/n30b6MRROd
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) February 4, 2019
Bernie Sanders is doing his State Of the Union response to speak to all the white people who are uncomfortable watching Stacey Abrams’ SoTU response. 😏
— Ragnarok Lobster (@eclecticbrotha) February 4, 2019
Big mistake by Bernie Sanders in doing his own state of union response and in process stepping on official response by Stacey Abrams.
— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) February 4, 2019
hopping mad that Bernie Sanders is doing a YouTube livestream after the dem state of the union response and not respecting the mandatory media blackout that traditionally occurs immediately after
— Matt Binder (@MattBinder) February 4, 2019
Bernie Sanders, go fucking knit people.
Now you’re trying to out shine STACEY ABRAMS who will be delivering the official State of the Union response to Bigot Trump.
This man is drenched in his privilege of being a white man thinking hes really the great white hope. https://t.co/FsKhm8QZ92
— Mr. Weeks 🤴🏾 (@MrDane1982) February 4, 2019
one time, just one time, can you pic.twitter.com/Fohx5BOIhL
— Rebecca Curry (@RebeccaCurry_) February 4, 2019
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) February 4, 2019
Even though Stacey Abrams, a strong, progressive, black woman is already delivery the Democratic response, Bernie Sanders just stated he is releasing his own response to Trump’s State of the Union address.
— TOᑭ ᖇOᑭE TᖇAViS (@TopRopeTravis) February 4, 2019
I know Bernie fans are going to fill up my mentions with their love and best wishes for this take, but Sanders insisting on his own personal SOTU response speech makes him look arrogant and small.
— Steve Singiser (@stevesingiser) February 4, 2019
This is why I have no respect for Bernie Sanders and wish he would retire already. His ego is almost as big as Trump’s.
It’s not Bernie’s message that I have a problem with – it’s the messenger. https://t.co/kNylRqAB5l
— Picard🏳️🌈🇨🇦 (@Picard_Resists) February 4, 2019
So now Bernie will try to upstage @staceyabrams?
Ha! Good luck @BernieSanders
Twice as many people (including me) watched Stormy Daniels folding her laundry than watched Bernie Sanders give his response after the Trump shutdown speechpic.twitter.com/VEol6gYRAa
— ☇RiotWomenn☇ (@riotwomennn) February 4, 2019
What would Russia prefer to happen in the UK election?
The UK election comes against the background of one of the worst periods in Russian-British relations since the end of the Cold War. Badly shaken by the 2006 poisoning of the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in London, relations spiralled further down in the aftermath of Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. The poisoning of another former spy, Sergei Skripal, in March 2018 in Salisbury then killed off any hopes of a recovery in bilateral relations.
Why New Zealand’s White Island erupted and why there was no warning
Five people have been confirmed dead, 18 have been rescued and are injured, some seriously, and several remain unaccounted for after a sudden volcanic eruption on Whakaari/White Island off the east coast of New Zealand.
The island is a tourist destination and around 50 people were on it when it erupted on Monday afternoon. Volcanologists at GeoNet, which operates a geological hazard monitoring system, described the eruption as impulsive and short-lived, with an ash plume that rose to more than three kilometres above the vent.
‘Pathetic weenie’ Ted Cruz buried by Morning Joe’s Donny Deutsch for latest suck-up to Trump
Members of the "Morning Joe " panel were both appalled and disgusted after watching a video of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) pushing Russian propaganda and defending Donald Trump over the weekend, recalling the ugly campaign the president ran against the Texas Republican in 2016.
Addressing Cruz's appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," where he accused Ukraine of meddling in the 2016 election, host Joe Scarborough marveled out at how the senator debased himself in the service of Trump after what happened to him in 2016.
After the host brought up the interview, MSNBC regular Donny Deutsch had a few things to say about Cruz.