Democratic New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand became the latest Democrat to announce a campaign for President in 2020 on Tuesday.
However it seems that this will come as a surprise to many of the New York voters who elected her to another Senate term in November- as Gillibrand had plainly stated that she was going to serve a full six-year term during the 2018 election.
When asked by a moderator during a campaign debate for New York’s 2018 U.S Senate election if she would “get out of the race, not run for President, and you will serve your six year term,” Gillibrand plainly stated that she would “serve her six year term.” This pledge during a campaign event was merely three months ago- an outright and red-handed lie to New York voters, if not a convenient and equally dishonest “change of heart” on the part of the New York senator.
Several progressive commentators expressed their doubt that Gillibrand’s pledge to serve a six-year term in the Senate was ever genuine, merely serving as a rhetorical tool to secure the support of New York’s mostly left-leaning voter base.
Gillibrand is known for her close ties to Wall Street and the billionaire donor class of the Democratic Party. Some Democrats and progressives remain irritated with her role in the resignation of former Minnesota Senator Al Franken, who was accused of sexual misconduct. Her insistence on Franken’s resignation- who remains a popular figure in many left-leaning circles- could pose a road block for the prospects of her already dubious presidential campaign.
Gillibrand became a source of controversy when she claimed that the future of the United States was explicitly “female,” as if Americans of both genders no longer had a place in an “intersectional” vision of the country’s future. She’s been labeled by many progressives as the quintessential “corporate feminist,” representing the union of socially “progressive” and big business interests.
As of Wednesday morning, the lack of enthusiasm for Gillibrand’s entry into the increasingly crowded Democratic primary seemed clearly indicated by a surprisingly potent “ratio” in response to her tweet announcing the move. As of Wednesday morning, it’s received a grand total of twenty-one retweets, and more than 1,400 responses- mostly from progressives incensed by the presidential campaign of a Democrat they see as beholden to elite donor interests and hostile to insurgent movements with the party.
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Joe Biden Admits He Wasn’t “Arrested” In South Africa After Exaggerated Claims
Biden said he was arrested trying to visit Nelson Mandela.
Joe Biden is walking back an exaggerated campaign talking point, after being questioned on his claims of being ‘arrested’ in apartheid-era South Africa trying to visit Nelson Mandela in prison.
Biden all but admitted his claims of being arrested were false in an interview on CNN Friday.
He’s claimed that he was “arrested” in several South Carolina campaign speeches trying to visit the South African political leader.
“This day 30 years ago, Nelson Mandela walked out of prison and entered into discussions about apartheid. I had the great honor of meeting him. I had the great honor of being arrested with our UN ambassador on the streets of Soweto trying to get to see him on (Robben) Island,” Biden claimed at a Columbia campaign event earlier this month. He’s repeated the claims two times since then.
Biden admitted to CNN’s Joe Berman that he was merely stopped by customs police at the airport for a short period of time when arriving in the country with the Congressional Black Caucus for a visit in the 1970’s.
His claims of being arrested during a direct attempt to visit Mandela are equally dubious, considering he was merely stopped in the city of Soweto. Soweto is hundreds of miles away from Cape Town’s Robben Island, where Mandela was imprisoned for decades by the apartheid-era government.
For what it’s worth, the western political leaders such as Joe Biden who were acutely interested in South Africa during the Apartheid era of political repression have largely forgotten about the country and its declining standard of living since then.
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