BOOKER BAILS: Another Dem withdraws from race as Trump steps up reelection efforts

WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Corey Booker on Monday announced his intent to withdraw from the race, citing campaign finance woes as the primary cause.

In a letter to his supporters, Booker, who formally announced his campaign in February 2019, said a lack of financial support made it impossible for his campaign to continue.

“Our campaign has reached the point where we need more money to scale up and continue building a campaign that can win — money we don’t have, and money that is harder to raise because I won’t be on the next debate stage and because the urgent business of impeachment will rightly be keeping me in Washington,” Booker said. “If we can’t raise more money in this final stretch, we won’t be able to do the things that other campaigns with more money can do to show presence.”

“Nearly one year ago, I got in the race for president because I believed to my core that the answer to the common pain Americans are feeling right now, the answer to Donald Trump’s hatred and division, is to reignite our spirit of common purpose to take on our biggest challenges and build a more just and fair country for everyone,” Booker continued. “I’ve always believed that. I still believe that. I’m proud I never compromised my faith in these principles during this campaign to score political points or tear down others.”

“And maybe I’m stubborn, but I’ll never abandon my faith in what we can accomplish when we join together,” he added. “I will carry this fight forward — I just won’t be doing it as a candidate for president this year. Friend, it’s with a full heart that I share this news — I’ve made the decision to suspend my campaign for president.”

Booker is the latest Democratic presidential candidate to withdraw from the race as President Donald Trump continues to step up his efforts at reelection with rallies planned nationwide for the next several weeks.

In a message to his followers posted to his official Facebook page, Trump mocked Booker’s withdrawal, writing: “Really Big Breaking News (Kidding): Booker, who was in zero polling territory, just dropped out of the Democrat Presidential Primary Race. Now I can rest easy tonight. I was sooo concerned that I would someday have to go head to head with him!”

According to poll numbers published by Real Politics, Booker polled at an abysmal 2 percent nationally, which made him ineligible to participate in debates in recent months. Author Marianne Williamson and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro also departed from the race this month.


JOE SCARBOROUGH: President Trump a ‘far greater threat to America’ than 9/11 hijackers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Tuesday referred to President Donald Trump as a ‘far greater threat’ to American safety than terrorists.

The controversial “Morning Joe” host made the outlandish comments during a special edition of his morning show commemorating the seventeenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.

Scarborough, who’s made no secret of his disdain for Donald Trump claimed events such as 9/11 have worked to bring Americans closer together, while Trump continues to “tear them apart”.

“If you strip America of its ideas, forget about knocking down buildings in the financial district — forget about running planes into the Pentagon. Those are tragedies, but those tragedies bring us closer together,” he said. “America is an idea. You gut America of that idea, that’s when you do the most harm to America.”

Scarborough then went on to detail what he called the “negatives” of the Trump administration which he deemed a “threat” to the United States.

“You have just this week, Brett Kavanaugh who wants to be on the Supreme Court refusing to answer whether people should be banned from coming to the United States because of their race — and his reading of the Constitution,” Scarborough continued.

“The accumulation of that, the retweeting of neo-Nazi videos, Charlottesville, I mean I could go on and on, what he said about the majority black countries — that is tearing more at the fabric of America than attacks on the Twin Towers did. We rebuilt from that. We became stronger because of that,” he said. “But this seems to me a far graver threat to the idea of America.”

Scarborough’s comments follow an op-ed he wrote for Tuesday’s Washington Post Tuesday, where he proclaimed that Trump is harming America “more than any foreign adversary every could.”

“For those of us still believing that Islamic extremists hate America because of the freedoms we guarantee to all people, the gravest threat Trump poses to our national security is the damage done daily to America’s image,” he wrote.

Scarborough’s comments drew almost immediate criticism from both sides of the political spectrum with Real Clear Politics issuing a piece stating that he owed both Trump and the American people an apology.

“September 11 should not be about politics, nor about Donald Trump, and surely not about Joe Scarborough,” Real Clear Politics’ Steve Cortes wrote Tuesday. “Only 17 years separated from that incredibly painful day, the solemnity of our national remembrance should remain particularly poignant and reservedly reverent. After all, there are many thousands of still-school-aged young Americans who lost parents on that fateful day or in the global military struggle that followed.”

“But MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” callously used the calamity of 9/11 to take cheap political shots at President Trump, writing in a Washington Post op-ed that he “is harming America more than any foreign adversary every could” and declaring on-air that Trump presents a “graver threat” to America than the 2001 attacks did,” Cortes continues. “Such hyperbole would be ridiculous and disqualifying coming from some anonymous troll on Twitter, but is jaw-dropping from a former congressman and prominent cable news morning host.”

“Scarborough’s comments revealed not just a hardness of heart and total lack of decorum but also an abject hypocrisy that has marked his media career,” Cortes went on. “Scarborough should apologize for denigrating our national day of remembrance with his shameful clickbait.”



MARKED FOR DEATH: Man arrested after threatening to kill Kentucky Senator Rand Paul; Suspect allegedly threatened to ‘chop up his family with an ax’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the latest event targeting Republicans for violence, police say Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was the subject of threats against himself and his family.

In a tweet thanking U.S. Capitol Police, Paul said the suspect, who has not yet been identified, “threatened to kill my family and me”.

While police officials refused to comment on the ongoing investigation, Paul, while speaking Monday at an event in Litchfield, Kentucky, opened up about the horrifying event.

“Capitol Police have issued an arrest warrant for a man who threatened to kill me and chop up my family with an axe,” said Paul. “It’s just horrendous that we have to deal with things like this.”

The threats against Paul are just the latest in a series leveled against lawmakers and government appointees recently.

Last week, Democratic Representative Maxine Waters came under fire for encouraging her followers to corner members of the Trump administration and other Republicans when they saw them pin public and “push back on them”.

“If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd,” Waters said while speaking at a rally in Capitol Hill. “You push back on them. Tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere!”