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Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) wasted over $14 million on his failed presidential campaign, according to estimates based on federal election records.

The latest campaign finance report filed on September 30, showed that Booker spent $13,981,713 on his campaign, according to Open Secrets. Millions more were likely spent in the following months, but the full amount will not be publicized until later in January.

Booker said that fundraising had dried up, particularly after failing to appear on the Democratic debate stage due to low polling numbers.

He wrote:

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 raised $6.6 million in the fourth quarter, after barely clearing $6 million in the third quarter.

Booker announced his decision just days after former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro announced his exit from the race, after spending about seven million on his failed campaign.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) spent over $25 million on her failed presidential campaign and former Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) spent about $14 million on his attempt to win the presidency.

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Cory Booker Spent Over $14 Million on Failed Presidential Campaign

Democrat Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey officially announced his decision to switch political parties and pledged his support for President Donald Trump on Thursday.

“I believe that this is just a better fit for me,” Van Drew told reporters on Thursday at the White House. “This is who I am. It’s who I always was, but there was more tolerance of moderate Democrats, of Blue Dog Democrats, of Conservative Democrats, and I think that’s going away.”

Van Drew met with Trump in the Oval Office together with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Vice President Mike Pence to discuss his decision.

Trump called his decision a “big deal” noting that it had been about ten years since a member of Congress switched parties to become a Republican.

“It’s a very big deal,” McCarthy agreed. “Because he’s going from the majority to the minority. It normally doesn’t go that way.”

“Yeah, but he’s very smart because he knows it’s not going to be the minority for long,” Trump replied. “I have a feeling we’re going to do very well in 2020.”

Van Drew noted that one of his political heroes continued to be former President Ronald Reagan.

“He said, ‘I didn’t leave my party, my party left me,” Van Drew said. “I’m saying the same thing.”

The former Democrat pledged his support for Trump in the next election.

“You have my undying support, and always,” Van Drew said.

“By the way, same way,” Trump replied shaking Van Drew’s hand and adding, “I’m endorsing him.”

Vice President Mike Pence praised Van Drew for being a strong voice in the impeachment debate.

“I just want to tell you how grateful we are for your voice of reason and common sense in the days leading up to your decision,” Pence said. “You showed personal and political courage and I know the people of your district will be as grateful as we are today.”

Van Drew voted against the two articles of impeachment against Trump during the House of Representatives vote on Wednesday along with Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN). Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME) also joined Peterson and Van Drew to vote against the second article of impeachment.

McCarthy also thanked Van Drew and welcomed him to the Republican Party.

“If there’s anyone else that feels like you if there are other people out there that feel that this new socialist Democrat wing of the party has left them behind, join with us,” he said.

Van Drew explained that he was told by a state Democrat official in a meeting that he could not vote against impeachment or that he would be destroyed politically, which prompted his decision.

“That kind of hurt and it kind of made me think a little bit,” he said.

He also said that he was attacked by progressive Democrats in New Jersey for supporting the idea of flying the American flag without restrictions and supporting the phrase “In God We Trust.”

“That’s a very Republican thing, by the way,” Trump replied.

Van Drew said that he was a capitalist and a believer in American exceptionalism, something that Democrats were increasingly critical of. He also criticized the proposed “new green deal” by radical elements in the party.

“I believe with what you’re doing with the economy, it’s a better stronger economy,” he said to Trump.

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: It’s Official: Rep. Van Drew Flips Republican and Pledges ‘Undying Support’ for Donald Trump

President Donald Trump denounced the Democrat-led impeachment process in a strongly worded letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday.

“I write to express my strongest and most powerful protest against the partisan impeachment crusade being pursued by Democrats in the House of Representatives,” Trump wrote in his six-page letter to Pelosi.

The president argued that the impeachment process was “an unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power” from Democrats, criticizing the articles of impeachment for failing to match the Constitutional standard of high crimes and misdemeanors.

“You have cheapened the importance of the very ugly word, impeachment!” Trump wrote.

Trump accused Democrats of violating their oath of office and going against the Constitution. He also attacked Pelosi personally for a “false display of solemnity” during the partisan process.

Trump admitted that it was highly unlikely that Pelosi would be swayed by his letter.

“While I have no expectation that you will do so, I write this letter to you for the purpose of history and to put my thoughts on a permanent and indelible record,” Trump concluded.

Read the full letter below:

Letter From President Trump to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Denouncing Impeachment by charliespiering on Scribd

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Read Donald Trump’s Historic Impeachment Takedown Letter to Nancy Pelosi

Amidst the hubbub of the impeachment hearings and the release of the Department of Justice’s Inspector General report on Monday, President Donald Trump took the time to focus on school choice.

“Now is the time to fight for the forgotten child, and that’s what we’re doing with respect to education,” Trump said during a White House roundtable meeting on Monday afternoon. The event lasted nearly an hour.

The president talked about the importance of opening up choices for children stuck in failing public schools.

“For decades, countless children have been trapped in failing government schools,” Trump said. “In my administration, these children are forgotten no longer.”

Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Mike Lee attended the roundtable event with the president as well as Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida and several Trump administration officials.

Trump pointed to school choice efforts in 44 different states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC, pointing to the successful programs that empowered parents and students.

In Pennsylvania, Trump noted Governor Tom Wolf was trying to block school choice, after issuing several executive orders to increase requirements for charter schools, demanding that they pay new fees and comply with additional regulations.

“Sadly, not everyone wants to give these students the education and freedom that they deserve,” he said. “They’re locked into a school system that’s terrible, and we’re working on that very hard.”

He also praised Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for signing into law the Family Empowerment Scholarship for low-income families.

“We believe that every parent should have educational freedom for their children,” Trump said.

The president praised Education Secretary Betsy Davos for continuing to work on the concept, despite widespread opposition from Democrats and teacher unions.

Several parents and students enjoying the freedom of school choice, spoke with the president about how the ability to choose their schools with support from scholarships changed their lives.

“School choice opens up doors that would otherwise be slammed shut,” one student said, noting that it helped him succeed despite living in a low-income neighborhood.

Another mother spoke about how a special needs scholarship helped her get the proper education for her son, after struggling in public school programs.

One student, Walter Blanks. spoke about how hard it was to avoid the school-to-prison pipeline growing up in Columbus, Ohio.

“While some of my friends were going to sleep to lullabies, I was going asleep to gunshots,” he said. “And so my education was my way out of that.”

He explained how school choice helped him escape the tough area that he grew up in, calling it a life or death opportunity.

“There were people that I grew up with that are either in prison now or six feet under, in the grave,” he said. “And the only difference is: I had a way out. My education allowed me to get out of that situation.”

Watch the full event below:

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Donald Trump Fights for the ‘Forgotten Child’ in Push for School Choice

President Donald Trump announced Sunday that ISIS founder and leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has died as the result of a raid conducted by United States special forces.

“He died like a dog, he died like a coward,” Trump said on Sunday. “The world is now a much safer place.”

The president announced the news in a statement to the nation from the White House.

“Last night, the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice,” Trump said. “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead. He was the founder and leader of ISIS, the most ruthless and violent terror organization anywhere in the world.”
Trump said that al-Baghdadi detonated a suicide vest as he was trapped in a tunnel with his three children as American forces approached.

“He died after running into a dead-end tunnel, whimpering and crying and screaming all the way,” Trump said.

He said that the tunnel caved in on al-Baghdadi’s mutilated body but that test results proved that it was him.

Trump said that American special forces landed with eight helicopters and blew holes into the side of the terrorist compound.

He described that raid as “absolutely perfect, as though you were watching a movie.”

Trump said that no American troops were wounded in the operation, but that “a beautiful dog, a talented dog” that was part of the canine units was wounded but brought back for treatment.

“They did a lot of shooting, and they did a lot of blasting,” Trump said, praising the Special Forces.

The president also singled out American intelligence agencies for praise.

“Thank you, as well, to the great intelligence professionals who helped make this very successful journey possible,” he said.

Trump used the occasion to send a message to all radical Islamic terrorists in the world.

“These savage monsters will not escape their fate, and they will not escape the final judgment of God,” he said.

The military operation was conducted by American Special Forces Delta Force after it was approved by Trump, according to reports, after Al-Baghdadi was discovered by American intelligence in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province.

Al-Baghdadi first appeared in 2014 establishing the ISIS caliphate with him as the caliph. For five years, ISIS and al-Baghdadi inspired terrorist attacks around the world against Western forces.

The world has spent years trying to capture or kill al-Baghdadi, a major step in the ongoing fight against the Islamic State and radical Islamic terrorism.

Trump said that he was adamant about finding al-Baghdadi as soon as he took office as president.

“Capturing or killing Baghdadi has been the top national security priority of my administration,” he said.

The president thanked also thanked several foreign countries for their assistance, singling out Russia, Turkey, Syria, and Iraq for their cooperation and the Syrian Kurds for their support.

Trump said that he did not inform Democrat Congressional leaders about the Saturday raid, for fear of leaks that would endanger the troops in the operation.

“We were going to notify them last night but we decided not to do that because Washington leaks like I’ve never seen before,” Trump said. “There is no country in the world that leaks like we do and Washington is a leaking machine.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reacted to the news of the death of the terrorist by calling for the House to be, “briefed on this raid, which the Russians but not top Congressional Leadership were notified of in advance.”

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: ‘He Died Like A Coward’ — Donald Trump Confirms Death of ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

President Donald Trump suggested Monday that Rep. Adam Schiff be arrested for treason after the House Intelligence chairman presented a false narrative of his conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“It bore NO relationship to what I said on the call,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Arrest for Treason?”

He said that Schiff’s attempt to falsify the facts last Thursday deserved closer scrutiny from the law.

“His lies were made in perhaps the most blatant and sinister manner ever seen in the great Chamber,” Trump said. “He wrote down and read terrible things, then said it was from the mouth of the President of the United States. I want Schiff questioned at the highest level for Fraud & Treason.”

Schiff was caught lying about Trump’s conversation with Zelensky, which the House Intelligence chairman defended as “parody.”

Trump argued that Zelensky’s statement that he felt no pressure from Trump to investigate Joe Biden should end the entire impeachment effort by the Democrats.

“Again, the President of Ukraine said there was NO (ZERO) PRESSURE PUT ON HIM BY ME,” he wrote. “Case closed!”

Trump again criticized Democrats and the establishment media for trying to influence the 2020 election.

“These Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats, are doing great harm to our Country,” he wrote. “They are lying & cheating like never before in our Country’s history in order to destabilize the United States of America & it’s upcoming 2020 Election. They & the Fake News Media are Dangerous & Bad!”

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Donald Trump: Investigate Adam Schiff for ‘Fraud & Treason’

President Donald Trump began his rally in Green Bay Wisconsin on Saturday with condolences to the victims of the synagogue shooting in California.

“Our entire nation mourns the loss of life, prays for the wounded, and stands in solidarity with the Jewish community,” Trump said. “We forcefully condemn the evil of antisemitism and hate, which must be defeated. Just happened. Must be defeated.”

Trump thanked law enforcement officials for responding to the shooting, including an off-duty patrol officer who returned fire as the shooter tried to flee the scene.

“I especially want to recognize a certain off-duty border patrol agent who bravely returned fire and helped disrupt the attack and saved so many lives,” Trump said as the crowd cheered. “Border patrol!”

Trump also spoke about the shooting with reporters as he left the White House.

“Obviously looks right now, based on my last conversations, looks like a hate crime,” he said. “Hard to believe. Hard to believe. We’re doing some very heavy research. We’ll see what happens, what comes up.”

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Donald Trump Praises Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Who Helped Disrupt Synagogue Shooting

President Donald Trump signed an executive order promoting free speech on university campuses on Wednesday at the White House in front of conservative student activists.

“Today, we are delivering a clear message to the professors and power structures trying to suppress, to keep young Americans and all Americans from challenging ridged far left ideology,” Trump said. “People who are confident in their beliefs cannot censor others.”

The executive order signed by the president requires universities to certify that they support free speech on campus in order to receive federal research grants.

“Taxpayer dollars should not subsidize anti-First amendment institutions, and that’s exactly what they are,” Trump said. “Universities that want taxpayer dollars should promote free speech, not silence free speech.”

The president said that the $35 billion in federal government research grants would only be given to colleges that could certify their support of free speech and the open exchange of ideas.

“If a college or a university does not allow you to speak, we will not give them money, it’s very simple,” Trump said.

He welcomed three student activists on stage to speak, following news of their public fights against university bureaucrats who tried to silence them.

“Under the guise of speech codes and safe spaces and trigger warnings, these universities have tried to restrict free thought, impose total conformity and shut down the voices of great young Americans like those here today,” Trump said. “All of that changes starting right now.”

Students for Life’s Ellen Whitman spoke about her fight with her college after administrators tried to block her from installing an exhibit of crosses representing the lives lost because of abortion.

Turning Point USA chapter President Katie Mullen, a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who was harassed and bullied by administrators for running a conservative booth, also spoke.

Polly Olsen, a student at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, sued after administrators tried to restrict her from handing out “Jesus Loves You” Valentines inspired by scripture.

“It’s really the core of America’s freedom and without freedom of speech, we don’t have America anymore,” Olsen said. “And so I challenge America to learn to love one another as Christ did on the cross for each one of us and to speak your differences, it’s ok, we’re in a country of freedom.”

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Donald Trump Signs Executive Order to Defend Free Speech on Campus

President Donald Trump made an unscheduled stop at Arlington National Cemetery on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

Although it was not on his official schedule, the president traveled via motorcade to the cemetery, where Wreaths Across America volunteers were placing wreaths at the graves of soldiers.

The group coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at veterans cemeteries all across the country, every year on December 15.

Volunteers help to lay holiday wreaths at graves at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Saturday Dec. 15, 2018, during Wreaths Across America Day. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

“They’re doing a great job,” Trump commented to the press after talking briefly with volunteers under an umbrella in the rain.

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Donald Trump Visits ‘Wreaths Across America’ Volunteers at Arlington Cemetery

President Donald Trump continued advocating Wednesday for significant funding for his promised wall on the southern border.

“The Democrats and President Obama gave Iran 150 Billion Dollars and got nothing, but they can’t give 5 Billion Dollars for National Security and a Wall?” Trump asked on Twitter.

The president was referring to former President Barack Obama’s controversial $1.7 billion settlement with Iran including a special delivery of $400 million in pallets of cash to the country on the same day that Iran released American prisoners.

Trump demanded Tuesday that Democrats support a deal that includes additional border security funds in a meeting with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

The president also pointed to the recent terrorist attack in France as proof that the United States needed a secure wall on the border.

“We are going to strengthen our borders even more,” he wrote. “Chuck and Nancy must give us the votes to get additional Border Security!”

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Donald Trump: Barack Obama Gave Iran $150 Billion; Why Not $5 Billion for Wall?

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