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
Florida sheriff ordered his officers to not wear face masks — and then banned the safety gear
A Florida sheriff ordered his officers to not wear face masks -- and banned the safety gear from his office -- even as the southern US state has hit record daily coronavirus death tolls.
Sheriff Billy Woods, of central Florida's Marion County, emailed deputies Tuesday to tell them of the new mask prohibition, according to local paper the Ocala Star Banner, citing the message.
"My order will stand as is when you are on-duty/working as my employee and representing my Office – masks will not be worn," the email read.
The sheriff allowed for certain exceptions, including for officers who work in prisons, schools, hospitals or with people suspected of being infected with the virus.
Fast-moving brush fire north of Los Angeles has prompted mandatory evacuation orders for some 500 homes
A fast-moving brush fire north of Los Angeles prompted mandatory evacuation orders for some 500 homes on Wednesday as firefighters battled the flames that had burned 10,000 acres by early evening, authorities said.
The Lake Fire erupted at around 3:30 pm (2230 GMT) near Lake Hughes, about a 90-minute drive from Los Angeles.
Rapidly-spreading flames had scorched some 10,000 acres (4,050 hectares) within a little more than three hours, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
"Multiple agencies are battling a brush fire near the Lake Hughes area in the Angeles National Forest," the department said in a tweet.
‘Trump should know how to be in public with a woman who publicly humiliated him’: Trevor Noah jokes
"The Daily Show's" Trevor Noah couldn't help but notice President Donald Trump's confusion during the Q&A of his daily coronavirus press briefing. Trump was asked about Vice President Joe Biden's pick as Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his running mate. In his attacks on Harris, Trump seemed to be spending more time defending Biden than he did attacking him.
Trump claimed the reason he was surprised Biden picked Harris is that she was "very very nasty to Joe Biden," he said she was "probably nastier even than Pocahontas," his nickname for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). "She was very disrespectful to Joe Biden."