Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) is introducing legislation to study reparations for African Americans.
Booker announced on Twitter,”I will be introducing a bill to study reparations proposals for African-Americans – the Senate companion to @JacksonLeeTX18’s HR40 bill. Our hope is this will finally begin to right the economic wrongs of persistent racism, white supremacy & implicit racial bias in our nation.”
Politico reports: The bill, H.R. 40, by Lee (D-Texas) would create a congressional panel to study the possibility of reparations for the descendants of slaves. Former Rep. John Conyers of Michigan first introduced the legislation in 1989.
The Daily Caller reports:
Carlson more than doubled the MSNBC town hall with Gillibrand, both in total viewers with approximately 3.1 million viewers tuning in, and with 570,000 in the key 25-54 age demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research. Gillibrand’s town hall, by comparison, garnered only 1.2 million viewers and 224,000 in the key age range.
Hannity also more than doubled the ratings of CNN’s 9 p.m. town hall with Warren–with 2.9 million viewers and 494,000 in the 25-54 target audience.
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Yesterday, McConnell told reporters, “I’ve noted with great interest the Green New Deal. And we’re going to be voting on that in the Senate. We’ll give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal.”
The Green New Deal proposal has come under fire by many on the right for its unrealistic and radical agenda and embarrassing “frequently asked questions” (FAQ) paper.
The FAQ document–which has since been scrubbed from Ocasio-Cortez’s website–promised to make air travel “unnecessary,” guaranteed a job for every person in America, and “economic security” for those “unwilling” to work.
The FAQ document also tackled the dire issue of “farting cows.” It states, “We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast.”
Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) seemed dismissive of the plan, telling Politico last week, “It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive. The green dream, or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they’re for it, right?”
Fox News points out that the Senate vote will have implications for Democrats running in the 2020 presidential race:
“But McConnell’s move to bring the plan to a vote on the Senate floor will be a key test for Democratic presidential candidates such as Sens. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, who are running on the progressive platform in 2020.
While backing of the far-left proposal will ultimately improve their liberal bona fides and their support from the Democratic base, the support of the plan will undoubtedly be the target of attacks during the general election.”
“I would love to run against him. He’s been fighting me hard. He spent $100 million against me – that didn’t work. He spent a lot of money last night against Cindy Hyde-Smith. That didn’t work out so well,” he told the Post.
The President laughed off a question from the Post reporter about whether or not he could lose to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), or Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).
When asked about Gillibrand, Trump pointed out that she used to “love” guns as a congresswoman from upstate New York, however once she ran for Senate, her views changed.
“She’s the only person I’ve ever seen who loved guns more than any human being on earth when she was a congresswoman from upstate New York back then,” he said. “She loved guns more than any person, anywhere in the United States. The day she announced she was running for the Senate. All of the sudden, ‘Gun? I’ve never heard that word before.’”
“She’s not going to make it, she’s not going to make it,” he added.
Of Booker, Trump said, “He ran Newark into the ground. And he decided not to live there, which was illegal. So I’m sure they’ll look into that situation. He did such a bad job in Newark that he didn’t live there. No, he’s not going to be a problem.”Trump’s comments come after a Bloomberg article earlier this week revealed the strategies Democrats are going to use for the 2020 presidential race.
The article points out that the 2018 midterm candidates largely steered clear from engaging with Trump’s colorful rhetoric and instead focused on topics such as health care and economics. This–the article states–led to “sweeping victories, taking control of the House and picking up seven governor’s mansions.”
Former Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer says what Democrats need in order to win in 2020 is a candidate who has their own compelling story “that doesn’t feature Trump as the main character.”
“Trump’s greatest political strength is the ability to move the political conversation off topics that matter to Democratic and swing voters and onto topics that excite his base,” Pfeiffer said to Bloomberg in an email. “The challenge for the Democrats is not allow Trump to drive the conversation every day. We have to think creatively and strategically about how and what we communicate and do it with relentless discipline.”
Another large focus for Democrats will be the small town rural vote.