If we are to believe polls, according to a new Fox News poll of 1,013 registered voters released last Thursday, August 15, 2019, each one of the top four Democratic presidential candidates would defeat President Trump in the 2020 election if it were held today (Daily Wire):
Joe Biden (50%), Donald Trump (38%)
Bernie Sanders (48%), Donald Trump (39%)
Kamala Harris (45%), Donald Trump (39%)
Elizabeth Warren (46%), Donald Trump (39%)
What is more interesting and more believable than the Fox News poll is this astounding news from Seattle Times, August 16, 2019, about blue-city Seattle and blue-state Washington:
President Trump has received more donations from residents of Washington than the top six Democrats combined.
With nearly 15 months to go before the 2020 election, Trump has received more donations from Seattle residents than he did during the entire 2016 campaign.
Billionaire investment adviser Ken and Sherrilyn Fisher each gave the maximum $5,600.
Daryl Miller, Fischer Plumbing CEO who is on the board of Seattle Pacific University donated $5,600.
Seattle developer Martin Selig donated $5,600.
Seattle Times reporter Danny Westneat, who calls Trump’s behavior “increasingly unhinged,” points out that:
I’m not talking about total dollars raised — though on that front Trump is a juggernaut, too. But the total number of donations reflects how many people are inspired enough by a candidate to send any amount of money, sometimes repeatedly….
Well, now Trump, of all candidates, has nearly three times as many donations from Washington state as Bernie Sanders does. The Vermont senator has 8,080 itemized donations here, while Trump has the most ever recorded at this point in an election, by any candidate in either party, 21,657.
What’s more, these are “itemized donations” — meaning the donors were required to list their names, occupations and addresses, and risk the backlash….
So you can look through the list and see that just in Seattle, Trump has the support of a seamstress, an airline pilot, a crane operator, a teacher, a nurse, a city of Seattle firefighter, a UW professor, a longshoreman and about a thousand others. In total they’ve given $93,042.
Already Trump has surpassed his total 2016 pool of donors from Washington state, by 31%.
So what, you may be saying, Trump’s not going to win out here anyway. True. But when your fundraising is breaking records, it indicates an intense passion for the candidate, as it did for Bernie Sanders. That counts for a ton in politics — and likely means Trump is stronger right now than his dismal polls indicate.
The Seattle Times‘ article is closed to comments “due to a high number of comments that violated our terms of service,” whatever that means.
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Already a bastion of the Left, in 2016 Berkeley, CA, a “sanctuary” city, tilted further to the left when residents voted as mayor 32-year-old Jesse Arreguín, who had no prior government or administrative experience and had never held a private-sector job.
Jesse Arreguín (l) was endorsed by socialist Bernie Sanders (Photo courtesy of Arreguín; Source: Berkeleyside)
Although Arreguin is a homeless advocate “passionately committed to social justice,” Berkeley’s homeless marked his election as mayor by smearing feces on and around city hall.
Under Arreguin’s far-left city government, Berkeley’s homeless population increased 13% in just two years. City Councilwoman Sophie Hahn actually celebrates the increase as good news. She wrote:
Oakland [is] up 47%. Countywide 43%. SF up 30%. Berkeley [is] only up 13%. That means we are growing at less than half the rate of SF and about ¼ the rate of Oakland. That’s not random. I have a lot of confidence in our strategies.
Along with the number of homeless, Berkeley’s crime rate and pedestrian and bicyclist deaths/injuries have soared. People sitting in cafés and walking in streets are regularly robbed of their laptop computers and cell phones, often in broad daylight. In 9 out of 10 cases where photos are posted, the robbers and muggers are young black men.
A recent incident is particularly galling.
As reported by Emilie Raguso for Berkeleyside, on the morning of Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at around 7:30 a.m., a woman walking her dog near the infamous People’s Park about 3-4 blocks from the U.C. Berkeley campus in an area of student residential housing, was approached by a man armed with a gun.
The man, later identified as 36-year-old Demetrius Johnson, took the woman’s phone and forced her to go with him to a secluded location where he “sexually assaulted” her, according to Officer Byron White of the Berkeley Police Department.
White said officers responded quickly and arrested Johnson “as he was running away” on suspicion of forced oral copulation, kidnapping with intent to commit a sex crime and robbery. The unnamed woman was taken to a local hospital for medical evaluation
Police say Johnson’s address is “unknown” — which means he’s homeless. He is being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin without bail, and is scheduled for arraignment today at the Wiley Manuel Courthouse in Oakland.
Reporter Emilie Raguso wrote in a comment: “Just wanted to clarify that this was a sexual assault — not rape.”
The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.
A Berkeleyside reader, anposter, actually feels sorry for the rapist. Anposter wrote:
I do have empathy for the sexual assaulter. He is a victim of a society which increasingly views people like him not as a brother in our larger human family but as a pawn in our culture wars. I don’t know Mr Johnson or anything about him or his history as an individual. I can only comment on what I see as the social dimension of these sadly common stories. Rather than using the plights of both Mr Johnson and his victims as impetus to address the proximal causes effecting his personal development and antisocial values, he is either dismissed as a hopeless criminal deserving of complete removal from society, or provided excuses, encouraged to define his identity entirely along tribal lines, and utilized as a martyr in our growing war on human commonality.
With voters like anposter, you can be sure Berkeley will continue to vote radical leftists into government, whose priority is to impeach President Trump and ban the word “manholes”, and who care more about outlaws than the wellbeing of law-abiding taxpayers.
To paraphrase French philosopher/diplomat Count Joseph-Marie de Maistre (1763-1821): “Every people have the government they deserve”.
Joel B. Pollak reports for Breitbart, July 19, 2019, that although self-identified socialist and 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) said he supports a federal minimum wage of $15 per hour, workers on his presidential campaign complain they are making “poverty wages” and demand that he pay them a $15/hour minimum wage.
In a letter to Sander’s campaign manager Faiz Shakir, the unionized workers complained that field organizers “cannot be expected to build the largest grassroots organizing program in American history while making poverty wages” of an average hourly pay of less than $13, leaving many “barely managing to survive financially”. That, in turn, “is severely impacting our team’s productivity and morale. Some field organizers have already left the campaign as a result.” The workers remind Sanders that “Given our campaign’s commitment to fighting for a living wage of at least $15.00 an hour, we believe it is only fair that the campaign would carry through this commitment to its own field team.”
This is not the only complaint. Last year, staffers on Sanders’s 2016 campaign finally came forward with allegations of “sexual violence and harassment.”
Meanwhile, on Thursday, July 18, the Democrat-majority House of Representatives voted 231-199 to raise the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour over six years.
Democrats contend the bill would raise wages for millions of Americans, but the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found that a $15 per hour minimum wage “would lift 1.3 million people out of poverty but also put an estimated 1.3 million Americans out of work.
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Frustrated by the performance of the 20-some odd Democrat candidates in their first round of debates, Satan has decided to throw his hat, err, horns into the ring and seek the 2020 Democrat nomination for President of the United States.
He’s granted his first interview to this publication, the Washington Possessed. The transcript appears below, and we’re sure that you’ll find it informative.
Question: Satan, the obvious first question is: what made you decide to run?
Satan: Well, as you know, normally I prefer to operate through stealth and deception; luring souls to do my bidding through temptation and, well, let’s just get it out there, capitalizing on their own stupidity and greed.
After all, if I were open about “yes, I really exist” and “yes, my intention is to have your soul condemned to the eternal fires of Hell,” my soul-yield to date would have been negligible.
But now, thanks to those knucklehead Democrats my hand is being forced; I must give-in to a long-held temptation that I’d resisted until now – that is, to “come out of the closet,” so to speak.
Question: Could you elaborate?
When Donald Trump was running against Hillary, my followers and I were absolutely convinced that we had it in the bag. Yes, there were prayer groups across the country praying for a miracle, for a Trump victory – but since I don’t believe in the power of prayer, I just knew that the efforts of those silly “Deplorables” would be for naught. Well, they really did get their miracle. So yes, I have to admit that even I didn’t see Trump’s victory coming – heaven really got one over on me with that one!
In hindsight, I guess our great victory in deceiving the American people to elect Barack Hussein Obama – twice! – led us into the temptation of becoming simultaneously cocky and complacent.
So for those of us on the dark side, recovering lost ground is critical; if Trump wins again in 2020 and secures the border and appoints more Constitutionally-loyal Supreme Court justices and cements an economy that works for the middle-class, our cause will be set back for decades, if not longer.
Question: I see. But why you, and not one of your many human followers who have already declared their candidacies to become the Democrat nominee for President?
Satan: [Sighs.] Well, as CEO – Chief Evil Officer – of this enterprise, I understand the value of delegating tasks. And while some of my followers openly worship me, most are unwitting dupes that have been led to believe that they’re actually “doing good,” even as they advance the forces of darkness. Their “social justice” is my “stopping Jesus.”
Though many of my followers have high IQ’s and have graduated from Ivy League colleges, they’re still idiots. While this makes accomplishing evil ends through delegation more complicated, they’re still very useful to me. Which, of course, explains the origin of the phrase “useful idiots.”
But when you employ useful idiots they’re going to sometimes, well, do somereally idiotic things. Unfortunately, that’s been the hallmark of this coven of 2020 Democrat candidates. Let me give you some examples:
Openly advocating for open borders and mass amnesty followed by mass “pathways to citizenship” is idiotic.
Openly advocating free health care for illegal aliens at a nationally televised Democrat debate is idiotic.
Openly advocating destroying jobs and America’s prosperity, and decimating standards of living through a “Green New Deal” is idiotic.
Openly advocating for stripping Americans of their Second Amendment rights is idiotic.
Openly advocating for abortion up to the moment of birth – and even after birth – is idiotic.
While I support all that and more, to be open about it is beyond idiotic, it’s crazy. Average Americans from coast-to-coast are now realizing that those Progressive candidates are not only nuts, but also that electing any one of those Democrat candidates will destroy America. The very opposite of “Make America Great Again.”
So the 2020 campaign is already on the trajectory that many Americans, perhaps even a plurality, are going to accurately conclude that Democrats are evil people pursuing an evil agenda. So itʼll become a referendum – a “binary choice” – between Donald Trump and America’s “Divinely Inspired” founding, and out-of-the-closet evil.
Given that, my side is now compelled to bring out our biggest gun: me and my extraordinary talent for deception and enticement through temptation.
Question: I see. But isn’t it risky for you to come out in the open as the candidate for the Democrat Party’s nomination?
Satan: Look, this country has been a thorn in my side since the beginning; ever since what you call “the Founding Fathers” wrote: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator …”
Every time I hear those words, and phrases like “one nation, under God,” I want gag, and then stick a pitchfork right through The Declaration of Independence. In fact, your country is second only to Israel on my Satanic sh** list.
Look, I’ve been on this a long time. After decades of Progressivism and Cultural Marxism and “separation of church and state” – and two terms of Barack Obama – we were finally on the cusp of irreversibly usurping this so-called “Divinely Inspired” country!
Trump’s election upended that. That’s caused my useful idiots to panic, and in their panic they’ve started to show America what’s really behind our curtain. So now there’s no turning back; sometimes you just have to throw the dice and hope you don’t come up snake eyes (though I do have a soft-spot for things snake-related, if you get my drift).
Question: But do you really believe that an openly evil candidate can get elected President in this country?
Satan: Sure. I’ve got a great shot at winning. The Democrat base will vote for me; they’ve been a solid Satanic voting bloc for some time.
Oh, by the way, I’m pondering rebranding the party and changing its name to “The Demonic Party.” Kind of catchy, don’t you think? In fact, I’ve already had a modified Democrat Party logo made up:
I really like it! And it’ll appeal to “Bernie” supporters. But I digress …
Speaking of voting blocs, have you listened to Alexandra Ocasio Cortez? My academics and media have succeeded in creating an entire generation of useful idiots; enthusiastic ones at that.
They’re so idiotic that they actually believe that they’re smart and enlightened and fighting for a historically inevitable victory over the retrograde forces of the “Deplorables.” I mean – while I’d never admit it to them – but really, how stupid can they be? Well, stupid enough to vote for me, en masse, and then feel self-righteous about it!
Plus, the news media, and Silicon Valley’s social media will be behind me, 100%. Already are; have been for years. [Interviewer nods approvingly.]
Also, we’ll offer the illegal aliens amnesty and citizenship in the here and now – and it won’t occur to them that we won’t be offering them amnesty from eternal damnation. So they’ll vote Democrat. Put America on a pathway to Hell? Sí se puede!
And for the ultimate blow, I’ll be promising “free stuff.” Lots and lots and lots of “free stuff!” Medical care, college tuition, food, housing, hair transplants, breast implants – you name it. Whatever it takes.
You can label that “fraud” or “social justice” or “Democratic Socialism” or whatever you want. Doesn’t matter. I’ve learned over the millennia that fostering “coveting thy neighbors’ goods” is one of the most effective ways of seducing souls. In fact, that’s why I ghost wrote “The Communist Manifesto” for Karl Marx.
So you can be sure that in some form or another, I will be the Democrat candidate for President of the United States of America. Even if I don’t get the Party’s nomination, my platform is the Democrat Party’s platform.
Question: I see. One final question: is your campaign going to have a theme song?
Satan: Why yes, as a matter of fact. As you know, Donald Trump has been using The Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” – which is a song I’ve always hated, because in a way its title alone tells the listener to reject greed and temptation.
For our campaign, we’re going to use The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil.” One of my all-time faves!
Question: Well, thank you for your time; and especially for the first time being so open concerning your ultimate plans and objectives.
Satan: You’re welcome. Oh, and I’ve noted that you’re with the mainstream media. So I’ll see you again – in Hell.
From Yahoo: President Trump held a rally in Orlando on Tuesday night billed as the kickoff to his reelection campaign. And according to the Republican National Committee, he received nearly $25 million in contributions in less than a day.
RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel announced Wednesday that Trump raised a “record breaking $24.8M in less than 24 hours for his re-election.”
“The enthusiasm across the country for this President is unmatched and unlike anything we’ve ever seen!” she tweeted.
RNC chief of staff Richard Walters told Yahoo News that the total is a combination of the amount raised by the Trump campaign and Trump Victory, the joint fundraising arm for the campaign and the RNC.
The RNC took in $10.8 million from major donors at two fundraising events, while the Trump campaign raised $8 million through a phone drive and about $6 million in online donations. (The average online donation was $44, Walters said.)
Trump’s one-day haul is nearly four times the amount former Vice President Joe Biden raised in the first 24 hours after announcing his 2020 presidential campaign.
Biden took in $6.3 million, the largest first-day total for any of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. According to Biden’s campaign, the money was raised from nearly 97,000 individual donors across all 50 states.
The former vice president’s campaign raised slightly more in its first 24 hours than former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke ($6.1 million) and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders ($5.9 million).
Biden, though, has faced criticism among Democratic rivals for his embrace of high-rolling donors and top-dollar fundraisers.
“I don’t spend time at fancy fundraisers,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted earlier this week. “Instead, I spend my time meeting voters and thanking grassroots donors who chip in what they can.”