The suspended Bernie Sanders campaign slammed the decision by New York election officials to cancel the state’s presidential primary election on Monday, which the state is justifying on the basis of the coronavirus epidemic.
The state had previously been planning to hold a primary election on June 23rd. While Sanders is being stripped from the state’s primary ballot, two-thirds of the state’s counties are conducting primary elections for local offices on the same day that won’t be cancelled.
Sanders campaign advisor Jeff Weaver slammed the decision by election officials to prevent millions of New York Democrats from exercising their democratic franchise.
Sanders campaign advisor Jeff Weaver releases statement blasting the NY Board of Elections for canceling its presidential primary, calling "an outrage," "a blow to American democracy," and says, "if this is not remedied, New York should lose all its delegates to the [DNC]" pic.twitter.com/bqBZQVFPz0
— Grace Panetta (@grace_panetta) April 27, 2020
“Today’s decision by the state of New York Board of Elections is an outrage, a blow to American democracy, and must be overturned by the DNC. Just last week Vice President Biden warned the American people that President Trump could use the current crisis as an excuse to postpone the November election. Well, now he has a precedent thanks to New York state.”
Sanders dropped out from the race earlier in the month, but still hopes to marshal his delegates to influence the Democratic Party at the planned August convention. Governor Andrew Cuomo dismissed his concerns in a radio interview Monday, pointing out he suspended his campaign weeks ago. State primary elections have almost always included ballot selections for candidates who have dropped out of primary elections, and it only became legal for New York to boot Sanders from the ballot due to byzantine language slipped into this month’s state budget.
The primary had been originally scheduled for Tuesday, but was initially pushed back to June 23rd when New York became the epicenter of the national Chinese coronavirus epidemic.
The Democratic Party should be renamed at this point.
“Moderate” Democrat Senator Joe Manchin Wants Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz Removed From the Senate
So much for moderation and unity…
Conventional wisdom can often be misleading and at times dangerous if we believe in it too strongly.
Take for example West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. He is constantly marketed as the Democrats’ most moderate Senator. There is a grain of truth to this. Manchin has publicly stated that he opposes ending the filibuster and has also poured cold water on $2,000 stimulus checks. But that’s where the moderation ends.
Manchin is now saying that the Senate should entertain the idea of expelling Senators Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) by using the 14th Amendment over their recent decision to challenge the Electoral College results.
On PBS’s Firing Line, Manchin said the Senate should look into the option after right-wing activists stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Manchin is of the opinion that President Donald Trump and Senators like Hawley and Cruz “incited” these demonstrators.
“That should be a consideration,” Manchin stated. “He understands that. Ted’s a very bright individual, and I get along fine with Ted, but what he did was totally outside of the realm of our responsibilities or our privileges.”
According to the 14th Amendment, no elected official “shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”
Hyped up leftist pundits believe that the 14th amendment is applicable to Cruz and Hawley due to how they allegedly “incited” the riot by talking about electoral fraud and pointing out electoral irregularities.
“I’m totally convinced it was done because of political reasons. This was all politically motivated. This was calculated,” declared Manchin. “I believe that all my colleagues truly made a decision that was politically best for them and expedient for them. It was not what they believed to be true or false.”
Unquestionably, Manchin is an establishment hack through and through. He may have reasonable views on gun policy, in part due to West Virginia’s strong gun culture, but Manchin is still a member of the D.C. swamp. His recent statements demonstrate this. Republican nationalists should relieve him of the burden of holding public office in 2024.
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