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
Five things to watch for at the Grammys
Music's glitterati will sparkle on the red carpet at this Sunday's Grammy awards, which honors the top hits and artists of the year.
Scandal at the Recording Academy, which puts on the show, has overwhelmed the lead-up to the glam event, but there are still plenty of musical moments to watch for.
Here is our quick guide to the event, which will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles:
- Women poised to lead -
Women dominated at last year's gala and are leading the pack this year as well, with the twerking flautist Lizzo and the teenage goth-pop phenomenon Billie Eilish expected to battle for the top awards.
Mexican children take up arms in fight against drug gangs
With baseball caps and scarves covering their faces, only their serious eyes are visible as a dozen children stand to attention, rifles by their side.
In the heart of the violence-plagued Mexican state of Guerrero, learning to use weapons starts at an early age.
In the village of Ayahualtempa, at the foot of a wooded hill, the basketball court serves as a training ground for these youths, aged between five and 15.
The children practice with rifles and handguns or makeshift weapons in various drill positions for a few hours every week.
"Position three!" yells instructor Bernardino Sanchez, a member of the militia responsible for the security of 16 villages in the Guerrero area, which goes by the name of Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities (CRAC-PF).
Delta fined $50,000 for discriminating against Muslim passengers
Delta Air Lines was Friday fined $50,000 by the US Department of Transportation to settle allegations it discriminated against three Muslim passengers who were ordered off their planes.
In its consent order, the department said it found Delta "engaged in discriminatory conduct" and violated anti-discrimination laws when it removed the three passengers.
In one incident on July 26, 2016, a Muslim couple were removed from Delta Flight 229 at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris after a passenger told a flight attendant their behavior made her "very uncomfortable and nervous".
"Mrs X" was wearing a head scarf and the passenger said "Mr X" had inserted something into his watch.