Just hours after appearing at Monday’s Poor People’s Campaign event in Washington, D.C. and promising to work for the less fortunate, 2020 Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden went straight to a Wall Street fundraiser in New York City where he solicited donations from, among others, a pro-Trump billionaire.
The fundraiser was held at the Manhattan penthouse apartment of investor Jim Chanos. According to CNBC reporting, Biden told wealthy attendees “you guys are great” and “you guys are incredibly important” before singing the praises of working class Americans.
Biden also “suggested” to the crowd that he had raised nearly $20 million already for his campaign, citing 360,000 donors that have contributed an average of $55, approximately $19.2 million.
At one point during the evening, CNBC reported, the former vice president asked supermarket magnate John Catsimatidis for help, but the plea didn’t result in any benefit for the Democratic frontrunner. Catsimatidis told Biden he was set on Trump and, on Tuesday, tweeted that he and his family—major figures in New York Republican circles—were all in for the president.
Biden’s appearance at Chanos’s apartment came on the same day the former vice president took the stage in Washington to wax on his strategies to end poverty. But the former vice president’s remarks concentrated mainly on his relationship with former president Barack Obama, The Washington Post reported, and his desire to work with the GOP—at one point leaning over moderator Joy Ann Reid to tell her that it was possible to “shame” Republicans into working with Democrats.
“Joy Ann, I know you’re one of the ones who thinks it’s naive to think we have to work together,” said Biden. “The fact of the matter is, if we can’t get a consensus, nothing happens except the abuse of power by the executive branch. Zero.”
Biden also used his time onstage to take issue with those calling for real change rather than incrementalism.
“Folks, look, if you start off with the notion there’s nothing you can do, well, might you all go home then, man?” Biden said. “Or let’s start a real, physical revolution if you’re talking about it.”
Biden continued to attend fundraisers in New York on Tuesday, according to Newsday‘s Emily Ngo, though it was unclear if he courted any additional deep-pocketed Trump backers.
Trump administration’s national security offices hampered due to ‘blacklisting’ of experts who opposed his election: report
In a report on a gathering of conservative national security experts at a gathering at a private Reagan Institute retreat in Beaver Creek, Colorado, the Washington Post reports that many of those attending who might provide counsel to Donald Trump are being iced out for the crime of opposing his election in 2016.
According to the report, "Republican national security heavyweights blacklisted from his administration for signing a pair of 'never Trump' letters in 2016 face a crossroads — remain opposed or support him in 2020."
"The White House has shown little willingness to tap into this wellspring of expertise, even as Trump cycles through national security aides and faces a dwindling pool of experienced staffers for a potential second term," the report continues, adding that some who criticized the president when he was still a candidate are wondering if they made the right decision.
Did Donald Trump just play the press like a virtuoso?
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.
On Thursday morning, news broke that Donald Trump planned to crap all over the Constitution that afternoon by announcing that he was issuing an executive order directing the Treasury Department to add a citizenship question to the Census despite the fact that the Supreme Court had just put the kibosh on the GOP's latest attempt to rig the system in its favor. (The Constitution empowers Congress, not the president, to determine the "manner" in which the Census is conducted.)
Democrats are taking a page from the GOP playbook to snatch control of the Senate from Mitch McConnell
There is no single reason why Democrats managed to win control of the House in the 2018 midterm elections, and insofar as there is a key reason, it is of course that Republicans were on the defensive with President Donald Trump in the White House.
But another key reason is that Democrats beat the GOP at their own patriotism game. 19 Democratic candidates targeting Republican House seats last year were veterans; among the winning candidates with a military or intelligence background were Reps. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), Andy Kim and Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ), Max Rose (D-NY), Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA), and Elaine Luria and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA).