In her column for the Washington Post, conservative never-Trumper Jennifer Rubin implored Republicans to look deep down inside themselves and stop defending Donald Trump after the president bizarrely declared himself the “chosen one” while speaking to the press on Wednesday.
Under a headline, “Trump’s unhinged display should frighten everyone,”
Rubin ticked off comments made by the president in the past week since he returned from vacation including expressing a desire to buy Greenland, proposing — then backing off — new tax policies and calling Jews “disloyal” and wondered what it will take for people to see that the president is “nuts.”
“This is nuts. I don’t mean, nuts like, ‘Allowing the deficit to expand to a trillion dollars is nuts,’ or ‘pretending personal diplomacy with Kim Jong Un works is nuts,'” she wrote. I mean, in the non-medical sense, he is erratic, narcissistic, unhinged, unable to control his anger, illogical and forgetful.”
“You say that we knew all this?” she continued. “I’d argue his ability to conceal these habits has considerably diminished and the period over which the rants has lengthened. The craziness is swallowing the moments of lucidity, and given the real potential for a recession, his incoherence carries frightening risks.”
Stating, “All presidential candidates (Republican challengers and Democrats) should express grave concern about his mental and emotional fitness, as should members of Congress,” Rubin suggested congressional hearings on Trump’s instability with an eye on impeachment.
“Will these [hearings] compel Republicans to turn on him (e.g., join the call for resignation, vote to impeach) or convince Trump to resign?” she concluded. “In all likelihood, they won’t, but the voters deserve to know before the election (and hopefully sooner than November 2020) what is going on and the danger in retaining a mentally and emotionally unfit president. And if Trump’s conduct gets worse (as we imagine it will) and a recession or other national crisis arises, everyone will be glad that the process had begun.”
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‘Disqualifying’: Pete Buttigieg faces backlash for praising right-wing Tea Party movement in resurfaced 2010 video
"I believe we might find that we have a lot in common," Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said during an event hosted by Citizens for Common Sense.
South Bend, Indiana Mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is facing backlash over a resurfaced video from 2010 in which he offered words of praise for the right-wing Tea Party movement and expressed a desire to find common ground.
During an October 2010 forum in Indiana hosted by the Tea Party-affiliated group Citizens for Common Sense, Buttigieg—then a candidate for Indiana state treasurer—told the audience that "there's some, especially in my party, who think the Tea Party's a wholly owned subsidiary of the Republican Party."
Sanders becomes fastest presidential candidate in history to reach 4 million individual donations
"This is damn impressive," said progressive strategist Rebecca Katz.
Sen. Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential campaign announced Tuesday morning that it reached four million individual contributions faster than any presidential candidate in history, a milestone the campaign touted as evidence that the Vermont senator is surging with less than 80 days to go before the Iowa caucuses.
"This is what momentum looks like," Faiz Shakir, Sanders' campaign manager, said in a statement.
Optimistic Democrats are lining up to run for Texas’ high courts in 2020
The depth of the bench for non-marquee statewide races, like the state’s two high courts and the Railroad Commission, is a measure of how high Democratic hopes have soared ahead of the 2020 election.
For Brandon Birmingham, a state district judge in Dallas, the 2020 race for Texas Court of Criminal Appeals started on election night 2018.
As he watched Beto O’Rourke win more votes than any Texas Democrat ever had in a statewide race, Birmingham — who won reelection that night with 100% of the vote in his countywide district — began to mull his own chances at winning Texas. Within weeks, he’d reached out to the state Democratic Party. By December, he’d sat down with party officials over breakfast in Dallas to discuss a possible run.