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Potential 2020 Dem Candidate Sherrod Brown: Russophile

How will he reconcile with the Democrats’ hatred of Russia?

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U.S. Senator from Ohio and potential 2020 Democratic candidate for president Sherrod Brown is a Russophile, according to a profile in The Atlantic. 

The profile said that Brown’s third-favorite quote is from Leo Tolstoy, famed 19th century Russian author of “War and Peace.” The quote is about the “equality and brotherhood of men,” which is the sort of collectivist propaganda that led to Stalin’s slaughter of 60 million innocent people in the 20th century.

According to the piece, though, Brown does not outwardly want to be seen as a collectivist like some of his younger lawmaking colleagues.

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“You don’t hear politicians talk about ‘the equality and brotherhood of men’ any more,” the piece said. “It sounded to me like Eugene Debs, the great socialist leader of the early-20th century. ‘Jeez, don’t put that down,’ Brown said, before acknowledging that with Debs pretty much forgotten, the comparison would have no effect one way or the other.”

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Brown also studied Russian in college, and not just the language. Russian Studies was his major.

“Brown grew up comfortably in Mansfield, Ohio—his father was a doctor and his mother a social activist—and he attended Yale, where he majored in Russian studies. (Schultz forbids him from speaking Russian in public.)” the piece said.

Brown finds himself in an odd position for a Democrat in 2019. His party has decided that Russia is an enemy to be destroyed – a nation that subverted America’s democracy in order to bolster the candidacy of President Donald J. Trump.

“In other words, Brown discovered Tolstoy before he discovered the working class,” the piece said. “In the shallow version of American politics, he would have had to choose between bookish idealism and the cause of ordinary people. Instead, his love of the first nourished his commitment to the second.”


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President Donald Trump Will Move the 2020 Republican Convention Out of North Carolina

The state had interfered in the convention.

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President Donald Trump confirmed that he will move the 2020 Republican Convention away from Charlotte, North Carolina in a series of tweets Tuesday night. The state’s Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, had refused to allow the Republican Party to conduct the event at full capacity, citing supposedly necessary coronavirus social distancing restrictions.

The event was slated to be held in late August, well after the apex of the national coronavirus epidemic. Cooper still refused to allow the Republican Party to proceed with its plans to hold a full-sized major party political convention.

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The loss of the Republican convention is set to cost North Carolina millions of dollars in revenue for the state’s economy. Major party conventions are regularly sought by governors and mayors, but it appears that Cooper’s desire to restrict the GOP convention overrode his desire for the benefits of the event.

The President had earlier been threatening to move the convention if North Carolina failed to give the Republican Party the green light to proceed in organizing for its convention as planned.

Sources indicate that GOP officials are already scouting out potential alternative locations for the party’s convention. Early reports suggest that either Arizona or Florida could be selected as possible replacement locations for the event, with both states set to be competitive electoral battlegrounds in the fall presidential election.

Arizona Republican Debbie Lesko called for the RNC to move the convention to her Glendale-area district, and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has suggested that the state would be willing to welcome the President and Republicans across the country for the crucial political event.

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