With the entrance Tuesday of Montana Democratic Governor Steve Bullock in the 2020 presidential race, Democratic voters are urging the nearly two dozen White House hopefuls to reconsider their campaigns and set their sights on a Senate seat instead of the Oval Office.
Former Vice President Joe Biden admitted his strategy was to wait for all the other Democrats to enter the race before declaring his candidacy. That was nearly three weeks ago, and two more candidates have since announced their candidacy.
Some Americans, presumably Democrats, are taking to Twitter to urge some of the 23-candidate strong field to reconsider, and run for the Senate instead. Others are made a plea asking party favorites, like Stacey Abrams, to run for Senate.
It’s not an unreasonable request for candidates who want to serve the public.
The 2020 elections will include 34 U.S. Senate seats. 22 of them are currently held by Republicans, and many Republicans are rather unpopular, especially those who have tied their fates to President Donald Trump.
And given that the Senate is currently under the control of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, many on the left desperately want to grab control of the chamber. McConnell has greatly enabled President Trump, and is packing the federal courts with his extremist nominees, and at a rate not seen in modern history. He’s also said many bills from the Democratically-controlled House will be DOA, bragging he will be the “Grim Reaper.”
Here’s the current list of 23 top tier Democrats running for President. In bold are seven current sitting U.S. Senators:
Daniel Nichanian offers this example:
O’Rourke, Hickenlooper, Bullock, and Castro, who could run for Senate against GOP incumbents (in TX/CO/MT/TX) but are running for president instead, are polling at 2%, 1%, 0%, and 0%. https://t.co/M35Toxuxs2
— Taniel (@Taniel) May 12, 2019
And here’s a look at some others urging Democrats to withdraw from the presidential race and run for Senate:
There are only four or five Dems that have any shot at the nomination. Probably fewer than that. If you are one of the other 17 or 18 running and you can, please go run for the Senate in your home state and beat a Republican.
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) May 14, 2019
Can some of these folks running for president PLEASE run for Senate instead?
— Holy Bullies (@holybullies) May 14, 2019
Democrats you can run for Senate you know
— Adam P (@Pulvinator) May 14, 2019
👖 DEMOCRATIC PARTY
🗣 WHITE MEN
💵 ITCHING FOR
forget about the presidency. go run for the Senate and make sure you make saving Voting Rights and abolishing the Electoral College part of your platform
— Liza Sabater 🇵🇷👸🏾🌹 (@blogdiva) May 14, 2019
Dear Democrats: YOU'RE LEGALLY ALLOWED TO RUN FOR SENATE INSTEAD OF PRESIDENT.
— Willow 🍞🎪🔥 (@RockShrimp) May 14, 2019
can people please run for senate and not president pic.twitter.com/OiqzECNXtN
— Adam J. Smith (@AdamJSmithGA) May 14, 2019
Beto, just fucking run for Senate, my dude. Everybody will go back to loving you, I promise.
— Henry Kraemer 🌹🌇🚎 (@HenryKraemer) May 14, 2019
Beto is polling at 2%. He could beat Cornyn in TX.
Hickenlooper is polling at 1%. He could beat Gardner in CO.
Bullock is polling at 0%. He could beat Daines in MT.
Stacey Abrams isn’t even running. She could beat Perdue in GA.
We *need* the Senate in 2020.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) May 12, 2019
Beto: you’re job here is done. You paved the way for Buttigieg. Now back home and run for Senate instead.
— John Bechard (@JohnBechard) May 14, 2019
And lest we believe twitter is not real life, these are exactly the comments you hear over and over again in Montana if you talk to people outside the governor's immediate bubble.
— Kathleen McLaughlin (@kemc) May 9, 2019
Almost every reply to this is "run for Senate" https://t.co/S4unETucaj
— Brett LoGiurato (@BrettLoGiurato) May 14, 2019
Republican Steve Daines of Montana is up for reelection. Fucking run for Senate, not president, @GovernorBullock
— The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit) May 13, 2019
Yes! Run for the senate
— Carol Layne (@keddle01) May 14, 2019
Dem 2020 candidates ranked:
— Cameron Walkup (@cbwalkup) May 14, 2019
Buffalo has a long history of protecting cops from criminal charges: report
On Saturday, The Daily Beast documented the recent history of use of force in the Buffalo Police Department, which is reeling from controversy as two officers face assault charges for shoving a 75-year-old protester to the ground.
"As shocking as this all may be to outsiders, the shoving of demonstrator Martin Gugino and the defiant response of officers to an effort to discipline two of their own is indicative of the state of police affairs in Buffalo," wrote Jim Heaney. "Has been for a long time, not that you have to go back too far to find other episodes of brutality that have been captured on video."
Internet disgusted after Buffalo first responders cheer cops charged with assaulting 75-year-old protester
Commenters on Twitter expressed both contempt and disgust for Buffalo firefighters and police officers who turned out in front of Buffalo City Court to support two suspended police officers with applause and cheering.
Moments after officers Aaron Torglaski and Robert McCabe were charged with second-degree assault and then released without having to post bail, they were greeted as heroes outside the courthouse.
After a video was posted showing the celebration, commenters on Twitter vented at cops and firefighters for defending the two officers who assaulted the 75-year-old man who had to be rushed to a hospital after they shoved him to the ground where he sustained a head injury.
Donald Trump’s lurch toward fascism is backfiring spectacularly
Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.
During the 2016 campaign, as Donald Trump railed against "Mexican rapists" and other "criminal aliens," pollsters found that the share of Americans who said that immigrants worked hard and made a positive contribution to our society increased significantly, and noticed a similar decline in the share who said they take citizens' jobs and burden our social safety net. After Trump was elected and began pursuing his Muslim ban, the share of respondents who held a positive view of Islam also increased pretty dramatically. I'm not aware of any polling of the general public about transgender troops serving in the military before Trump decided to discharge them, but Gallup found that 71 percent of respondents opposed his position after he did.