Giancarlo Sopo


He has a ‘massive enthusiasm gap’

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s national lead over President Donald Trump has nearly evaporated according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll that shows the Democratic frontrunner facing a “massive enthusiasm gap” in the November general election.

Although Biden maintains a solid lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination, he finds himself in a statistical tie with the president in a head-to-head matchup, only slightly ahead by two points (49-47%) among registered voters. The pollsters noted that Biden’s standing has deteriorated since their last survey in February which found him with a more comfortable 7-point (52-45%) over Trump.

Meanwhile, among Democratic primary voters who support Sanders for the nomination, 15% said they’d back Trump over Biden in November.

Biden trails Trump on key issues and enthusiasm

A major red flag for the Democrats is that the ABC News/Washington Post survey found Trump’s supporters far more energized than Biden’s backers. While 53% of Trump voters described themselves as “very enthusiastic” about supporting him, only 24% of Biden’s backers said the same. Trump also leads Biden on key issues.

Despite the economic standstill resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, 57% of voters approve of Trump’s handling of the economy, the highest ever in ABC/Post surveys. Biden also trails Trump, 42-50%, when it comes to who voters trust to manage the nation’s economy.

Meanwhile, Trump and Biden are about even (45-43%) in terms of who voters trust to handle the coronavirus outbreak.

Biden is even trailing Clinton, on par with other losing presidential candidates

Another ominous sign for Democrats is that the poll suggests Biden may be a weaker general election candidate than Hillary Clinton was in 2016.

For instance, on the question of voter enthusiasm, the ABC/Post surveys taken September-October 2016 found that, on average, 46% of Clinton’s supporters described themselves as “very enthusiastic” about her candidacy, nearly twice the percentage of Biden’s backers who said the same. In races that are decided by the slimmest of margins, voter enthusiasm is considered a key indicator of which candidate’s supporters are likeliest to show up to the polls.

As the poll’s analysis shows, the lack of enthusiasm surrounding Biden’s candidacy is on par with that of other recent losing presidential campaigns. “As few as 17% of former Republican presidential nominee and Arizona Sen. John McCain’s supporters were very enthusiastic about his candidacy in 2008, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney saw 23% in 2012,” Sofi Sinozich wrotefor ABC.

“Indeed, strong enthusiasm for Biden among his supporters – at just 24% – is the lowest on record for a Democratic presidential candidate in 20 years of ABC/Post polls,” she added.

Methodology: The ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted March 22-25, 2020 among a random national sample of 1,003 adults with a partisan composition of 30-24-37%, Democrats-Republicans-independents. Results have a margin of error of 3.5 points.

Author: Giancarlo Sopo

Source: The Blaze: Biden’s lead evaporates in new poll that finds him weaker vs. Trump than Hillary Clinton was in 2016

As President Donald Trump reaches record-high approval ratings for his handling of the coronavirus and overall job performance, a growing number of liberal news networks have begun bailing out on his daily press briefings on the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the Daily Beast, journalists and executives at NBC and CNN are beginning to call for the networks to stop broadcasting the sessions with some privately telling reporters they believe Trump is benefiting politically from them.

Who’s calling for this?

Among the most outspoken figures insisting the news organizations begin filtering Trump’s comments or end transmitting them entirely are MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Rachel Maddow.

On Monday, Scarborough tweeted there was “no public benefit to this briefing,” and said the cable network should “cut away.” Maddow has echoed similar calls for censorship, under the guise the president’s daily briefings are misleading the public.

“If it were up to me, and it’s not, I would stop putting those briefings on live TV,” she said on her show last week.

MSNBC employees are also concerned they may be unwittingly contributing to Trump’s re-election.

“Sunday was like open-mic night,” a staffer told the Daily Beast, adding that Trump might be benefiting politically from the pandemic because “people want to believe he’s got this. So they crawl toward the mirage, and when they realize it’s a mirage, they eat the sand.”

Meanwhile, one news agency has already decided to stop their live transmissions. A public radio station in Washington state, KUOW-FM, will no longer air the White House’s press briefings on the coronavirus “due to a pattern of false or misleading information provided that cannot be fact checked in real time.”

Why now?

The calls to censor the president’s daily coronavirus briefings could be the result of numerous polls showing Americans rallying around him during the national crisis. A Gallup study released Tuesday found that 49% of Americans approve of Trump’s overall job performance, matching the highest figure ever of his presidency.

Gallup analyst Jeffrey Jones noted:

Trump’s response to the novel coronavirus pandemic may be behind his higher overall approval rating. Americans give the president generally positive reviews for his handling of the situation, with 60% approving and 38% disapproving. Ninety-four percent of Republicans, 60% of independents and 27% of Democrats approve of his response.

The poll also found that Americans are likely to trust the Trump administration and Congress’ handling of the situation than they are the media. Only 44% of the survey’s respondents approve of the news media’s response to coronavirus, while 55% disapprove. This is compared to 60% and 61% who said the same of Trump and Pence, respectively.

A Harris Insights study found similar results with 50% of Americans approve of the job the country’s 45th commander-in-chief is doing as president.

Author: Giancarlo Sopo

Source: The Blaze: Liberal networks face pressure to bail on Trump’s coronavirus briefings as his poll numbers surge

Pelosi wanted to create a federal ‘slush fund’ for abortions

According to the Daily Caller, senior White House officials say that during negotiations with the Trump administration regarding a coronavirus economic relief package, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) sought to include a loophole that would guarantee federal funding for abortion services.

The officials claimed the California Democrat attempted to lobby for “several” provisions that slowed down a bipartisan working group in her talks with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. Among Pelosi’s demands, according to the Daily Caller, was $1 billion to reimburse laboratory claims. White House officials told the publication that if approved, this would create a precedent of health spending that circumvents a federal ban on taxpayer-sponsored abortions.

‘Slush fund’ for abortions

The ban, known as the Hyde Amendment, does not allow clinics or medical centers that perform abortion services to receive federal dollars.

“A new mandatory funding stream that does not have Hyde protections would be unprecedented,” a White House told the Daily Caller. “Under the guise of protecting people, Speaker Pelosi is working to make sure taxpayer dollars are spent covering abortion — which is not only backwards, but goes against historical norms.”

Pelosi’s provision was described as a “slush fund” by another White House official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to the Daily Caller. Another questioned the logic of the House Speaker’s condition: “What the Hyde Amendment and abortion have to do with protecting Americans from coronavirus?”

In a tweet Thursday, Planned Parenthood attacked Republicans for wanting the Hyde Amendment included in the coronavirus relief bill: “Using this very real public health emergency to attack abortion coverage shows a despicable lack of concern about the severity of this crisis.”

Bill will be voted on

According to Politico, Republican and Democratic leaders eventually “resolved issues” concerning the Hyde Amendment provision and that the matter will be voted on as part of a separate bill.

House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy pushed back against the Democrats’ bill Thursday morning, indicating he wanted the legislation re-written within the next 24 to 48 hours. It remains unclear when the coronavirus economic relief package will be brought to the floor of the House for a vote or if the Senate will support it.

President Donald Trump has indicated he would sign any coronavirus relief package that is brought to his desk.

Author: Giancarlo Sopo

Source: The Blaze: Report: Pelosi attempted to sneak taxpayer-funded abortions into the coronavirus relief bill

Sen. Bernie Sanders had a rough night.

After getting shellacked by former Vice President Joe Biden in the South Carolina primary, the democratic socialist presidential candidate is said to have boarded the wrong private jet during a campaign stop on Saturday.

According to TMZ, Sanders suffered “a momentary case of a campaign brain fart” as he accidentally boarded the wrong private jet during a campaign stop between South Carolina and Massachusetts. He is said to have been spotted making his way off of a Gulfstream jet before heading to the “Bay State” for a rally in the Boston Common. The Democratic frontrunner is campaigning in fellow rival Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s home state ahead of Super Tuesday, which polls show he is well-positioned to win.

Not the first time

This would not be the first time that Sanders is mocked for flying private.

As ABC News reporter Adam Kelsey tweeted in early February, both Sanders and Warren — who spend a considerable amount of time railing against jet-set billionaires on the campaign trail — were spotted using private jets following the Iowa Caucus.

‘Not 1, not 2, but 3 Gulfstream jets’

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, a Twitter user claimed that Sanders and his campaign staff took not just one but three private jets to travel between Charleston and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, which is only a two-hour drive according to Google Maps.

“[Sanders] and his entourage flew from Charleston to Myrtle Beach in not 1, not 2, but 3 Gulfstream jets today. It took them 10 minutes to fly. Who is the elitist?? #BernieIsACommunist,” twitter user “CarolinaGirl” wrote.

TheBlaze has been unable to independently verify the veracity of these claims.

Author: Giancarlo Sopo

Source: The Blaze: ‘First Class Commie’ Sanders boards wrong private jet and used 3 to travel to campaign event: TMZ

Sen. Bernie Sanders often points to northern Europe as a prototype of the kinds of economies and societies he wants to build as president of the United States of America. At Wednesday night’s Democratic debate, for instance, the 78-year-old candidate from Vermont said, “Let’s talk about democratic socialism (…) let’s talk about what goes on in countries like Denmark!”

The presidential hopeful’s comment was in response to former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg describing Sanders’ agenda as “communism” during a heated exchange.

“We’re not going to throw out capitalism. We tried that. Other countries tried that,” Bloomberg told Sanders. “It was called communism, and it just didn’t work.”

Denmark or Cuba?

Sanders says his policies are just like Denmark’s; Bloomberg says Sanders’ agenda looks like something out of the Soviet Union. Who’s right?

It’s difficult to reduce entire economies to soundbites, but one thing is clear: On issue after issue, when you move past Sanders’ bumper sticker slogans and study the details of his policies, they are often well to the left of what they have in Europe and closer to the practices of former Soviet states, like Cuba.

Here are some examples:

Health care: Sanders’ marquee proposal is his Medicare For All system where the government would play the role of a public insurance company that covers every American (and undocumented immigrants) from cradle to the grave. Such a system is indeed common in much of Europe and Canada, but the similarities begin to end when you look at the details of his proposal. For instance, Sanders calls for banning private health insurance — this is unheard of Scandinavia and most of Europe. Sanders also says that under his plan Americans would have no co-payments, but European patients typically have co-payments (albeit, often modest ones). Under the Danish system, for instance, psychological treatments are not covered and patients still have to pay for prescription drugs. In fact, as TheBlaze reported last week, very few countries have anything that resembles Sanders’ health care plan. The closest one that comes to mind — where private health insurance is banned and the government even covers medication, vision, mental health and dental care — is Cuba.

Taxes: Sanders says he would raise the U.S. corporate tax rate from 21% to 35%. Sounds European, right? Not really. Here, again, he employs a sleight of hand. While Americans correctly associate Europe with high taxes when it comes to personal income and sales taxes, Sanders’ corporate tax rate would be far higher than the European average. Denmark and Sweden, for instance, only have a 22% corporate tax rate, almost the same as ours. The only European country with a corporate tax regimen resembling what Sanders is pitching is France (34.5%). The French have a lovely country, but it’s hardly a model for a desirable business environment. According to the 2018 Financial Complexity Index by TMF Group, France has one of the most complex business climates in the world. In practical terms, that means it’s among the hardest countries to comply with local business regulations and tax policies — making it a less desirable destination for companies and investors who create jobs. Oh, you know what other country does have a 35% corporate rate? Cuba, which imposes a 35% tax on foreign companies operating on the island.

Corporate Governance: Sanders’ “Corporate Accountability and Democracy” plan would require publicly traded companies and corporations of a certain size to have 45% of their boards elected by workers and to give up 20% ownership to employees. As the Cato Institute’s Ryan Bourne explained in a recent article, this is “far more radical than [British leftist Jeremy] Corbyn’s Labour” proposals which only pitched 1/3 of corporate boards and 10% of company stock to be controlled by workers. It also runs well to the left of similar requirements in Scandinavia. In effect, Sanders’ plan mandates moving toward collective control of the means of production and nationalization of major industries, the textbook definition of Cuban-style socialism.

Denmark: Stop calling us socialists!

Not only are Sanders’ policies fundamentally different than Denmark’s in key ways, the country’s former prime minister has even explicitly rejected his characterization of their economy.

In a 2015 speech, then-Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen said, “I know that some people in the US associate the Nordic model with some sort of socialism. Therefore, I would like to make one thing clear. Denmark is far from a socialist planned economy. Denmark is a market economy.”

Given the major policy differences between Sanders’ proposals and what’s commonly practiced in most of Europe, and the similarity to those of communist countries, Americans would be wise to view the Democratic front-runner’s pitch for what it is: a bait-and-switch scam that must be rejected.

Author: Giancarlo Sopo

Source: The Blaze: Bernie Sanders said his ‘socialism’ is just like Denmark’s, but it’s actually more like Cuba’s

Rudy Giuliani declared on Saturday night that he has three witnesses who are ready to “name names” in an investigation into Hunter Biden and his dealings with Ukraine.

Giuliani told Fox News host Jesse Watters that the revelations will result in President Donald Trump being “totally vindicated” following the partisan-led impeachment proceedings in Congress which resulted in the president being acquitted by the Senate.

“I want to prove what happened,” the former New York City mayor and federal prosecutor said, “because I believe if we prove what happened, he will be totally vindicated.”

According to Fox, Watters pressed Giuliani on whether he had documentation of the younger Biden’s business relationships in Ukraine while noting that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) will be probing the matter.

“Lindsey, get started,” Giuliani said, while adding he possessed “what I used to call when I was U.S. attorney, the smoking gun.”

Watters described Giuliani’s “smoking gun” as “an international wire to avoid detection disguised as a loan.”

Giuliani said his revelations will also show that former Vice President Joe Biden should have been investigated after bragging back in 2016 that he got Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin fired as he was looking into the business practices of Burisma, the energy company where Hunter Biden sat on the board.

“Look, the government has been so lax in investigating, it’s pathetic,” Giuliani said. “I mean, when I was a U.S. attorney, the day Joe Biden made that boastful announcement, the investigation would have begun the next day for bribery.”

Author: Giancarlo Sopo

Source: The Blaze: Giuliani reveals he has the ‘smoking gun’ in the Hunter Biden case with witnesses ready to ‘name names’

She would be an extremist in other countries, too

It seems like one of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s New Year’s resolutions is to continue pushing the Democratic Party farther to the left.

In an interview with New York Magazine, the brash freshman congresswoman from the Bronx, who has endorsed socialist Bernie Sanders for president, said that in a different setting, she would not share a political party with former Vice President Joe Biden when asked she would play in Congress should Barack Obama’s number two man were to win the presidency.

“Oh, God. In any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party, but in America, we are,” she said, implying that Biden would be considered right-wing in other nations.

AOC’s views would be considered ‘fringe’ in other countries

In her comments, Ocasio-Cortez was pushing a common narrative among progressive pundits and politicians trying to normalize democratic socialists’ extremism by arguing their views would be mainstream in other nations. However, this is untrue.

Ocasio-Cortez is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, a group that openly calls for the government nationalizing major industries and eliminating private ownership of most businesses. Its leaders have explicitly stated their goal is to end the free enterprise system, which Ocasio-Cortez has echoed.

In 2017, this writer presented a dozen Norwegian economists with a summary of DSA’s views and asked them to rate where they would fall in their country’s political spectrum. Eleven of the 12 said they would describe them as “fringe/far left.”

Similarly, in 2016, the prime minister of Denmark remarked in a speech that, contrary to the claims of Sanders and other democratic socialists, his country had a capitalist market economy.

“I know that some people in the US associate the Nordic model with some sort of socialism. Therefore I would like to make one thing clear. Denmark is far from a socialist planned economy. Denmark is a market economy,” he said.

Wants to continue pushing Democrats to the left

Still, Ocasio-Cortez also noted that the Democratic Party is too deferential toward fellow freshmen who flipped districts in 2018 that supported President Trump in 2016 and needs to be more radical.

“For so long, when I first got in, people were like, ‘Oh, are you going to be basically a tea party of the left?’ And what people don’t realize is that there is a tea party of the left, but it’s on the right edges, the most conservative parts of the Democratic Party,” she added.

She also credited herself, and fellow members of the Squad, with pushing the Democrats farther to the left.

“I think I have created more room for dissent, and we’re learning to stretch our wings a little bit on the left,” Ocasio-Cortez.

Author: Giancarlo Sopo

Source: The Blaze: AOC isn’t happy about sharing a political party with Joe Biden

He set him straight

That one’s going to leave a mark.

In a scathing letter, House Intelligence Committee ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) told committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) that he is “in need of rehabilitation” after the Department of Justice inspector general report on the FBI’s Russia investigation directly contradicted several of Schiff’s previous assertions.

“After publishing false conclusions of such enormity on a topic directly within this committee’s oversight responsibilities, it is clear you are in need of rehabilitation, and I hope this letter will serve as the first step in that vital process,” Nunes wrote before pointing out a series of false statements by Schiff.

‘Your rehabilitation will be a long, arduous process’

Nunes went on to praise Schiff for acknowledging the FBI committed errors in its FISA warrant process, but noted he “dramatically” downplayed “the scale of the abuse the IG uncovered.” Still, Nunes said it was “a valuable first step—a baby step, but a step nonetheless—in your rehabilitation.”

The California Republican then cited Schiff’s criticisms of Attorney General Bill Bar and U.S. Attorney John Durham expressing concern over the IG report as evidence that his “rehabilitation will be a long, arduous process.”

Nunes added that “when the IG identified gross abuses in [Schiff’s] jurisdiction,” the Democrat “expressed full faith” in the agencies he was supposed to be “vigilantly monitoring” and “rejected any oversight whatsoever of their supposed clean-up efforts.”

Schiff is ‘hijacking the Intelligence Committee for political purposes’

Nunes also wrote that if the agencies with “a documented, severe abuse problem” are to be trusted to police themselves, it’s fair to ask why this committee even exists” aside from “being exploited by [Schiff] as a launching pad to impeach the president for issues” outside of his jurisdiction.

“As part of your rehabilitation,” Nunes added, “it’s crucial that you admit you have a problem—you are hijacking the Intelligence Committee for political purposes while excusing and covering up intelligence agency abuses.”

Nunes invited Schiff to work with him on his rehabilitation and asked that he schedule a committee hearing with Inspector General Horowitz in the near future:

I understand taking action on this issue will be difficult for you, as it will be an implicit acknowledgment that you were wrong to deny these abuses and that you were complicit in the violation of an American’s civil liberties. I also understand that such an acknowledgment is made even more difficult by the fact that you’ve already been discredited by your years-long false claim that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to hack the 2016 presidential election.

Nevertheless, I refuse to believe you are beyond redemption. I invite you to work closely with me on your rehabilitation program, and look forward to your scheduling a committee hearing with IG Horowitz at the nearest opportunity.

Author: Giancarlo Sopo

Source: The Blaze: Nunes destroys Schiff in scathing letter: You need to go to rehab for lying and ‘admit you have a problem’

‘I am not a person of color,’ she now says

At a town hall meeting with voters at a Petersborough, New Hampshire, bowling alley on Friday, a voter confronted Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) about her past claims of Native American ancestry in reference to her asserting she was part Cherokee throughout her career.

“What do I say to my Native American relatives regarding the confusion around the Native American ancestry issue?” the woman asked Warren who a DNA test showed is approximately 1/1024th Native American.

The Massachusetts senator responded, “I grew up in Oklahoma, and my three older brothers and I learned about our family same way most people do, from our mom and from our dad. My family is very important to me and that’s why many years ago I sometimes identified as Native American.”

Warren denies Native American claims boosted her career

Warren went on to note that her asserting Native American ancestry did not help her career.

“Boston Globe did a big investigation about this, gosh what about a year and a half ago, never had anything to do with any job I ever got or any benefit, but even so, I shouldn’t have done it,” she told the voter. However, Warren did describe herself once as a Cherokee native in a cookbook titled “Pow Wow Chow” where she submitted a recipe for Mexican oatmeal soup.

It is worth noting that Cherokee natives do not have a strong presence in Mexico.

‘I am not a person of color’

Throughout the campaign, the progressive Democrat has faced criticisms that she is inauthentic, a charge that some political analysts say is her greatest vulnerability.

“If she’s the nominee and says, ‘Trump’s dishonest,’ that’s just the immediate counter: You’re dishonest about the most fundamental thing, who you were and how you got to your positions,” Republican strategist Chuck Warren (who has no relation tot he candidate) told Politico in August.

Warren seems to recognize that her lack of candor about her background is affecting other areas of her presidential campaign, which polls show has been declining in recent months. For instance, Warren has been criticized for failing to accurately disclose how she intends to pay for her litany of proposals, including Medicare For All, which she is now down-playing in her stump speeches.

The Massachusetts senator is now apologizing for having fudged her ancestry. “I am not a person of color, I am not a citizen of a tribe, and I have apologized for confusion I’ve caused on tribal citizenship, tribal sovereignty and for any harm that I’ve caused,” Warren said to the New Hampshire voter who pressed her on the issue.

“Now before I go any further, I want to say this. Like anyone who’s been honest with themselves, I know that I have made mistakes. I am very sorry for harm I have caused. I have listened and I have learned a lot and I am grateful for the many conversations that we’ve had together,” Warren said.

Author: Giancarlo Sopo

Source: The Blaze: VIDEO: Voter confronts Elizabeth Warren over her phony Native American ancestry claims

‘I don’t see the value in taking him out of office’

Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.) told a Michigan radio show Monday morning that she now favors censuring President Donald Trump, rather than impeaching him, over his dealings with Ukraine.

According to the Washington Examiner, Lawrence told “No BS News Hour” show host Charlie LeDuff that she does not favor impeaching and removing the president from office.

‘I want to censure’

“We are so close to an election. I will tell you, sitting here knowing how divided this country is, I don’t see the value of taking him out of office,” she said. “I do see the value of putting down a marker saying his behavior is not acceptable.”

The representative added, “I want to censure. I want it on the record that the House of Representatives did their job and they told this president and any president coming behind him that this is unacceptable behavior and, under our Constitution, we will not allow it.”

The Examiner also noted that Lawrence told the radio program host that she would have a “discussion with the party and with the caucus” to make her current sentiments known on impeachment, which apparently, have changed over the past month.

On Oct. 4, Lawrence appeared in a different radio program and seemed to back impeachment at the time.

Washington Post: House Democrats are getting ‘cold feet’

Lawrence’s change of heart comes as Washington Post reporter Rachel Bade said that some House Democrats are increasingly hesitant to impeach Trump.

“We are hearing behind the scenes there are more moderate getting cold feet and it all comes back to these [anti-impeachment] ads and people being afraid of being punished for voting to impeach the president,” Bade told CNN.

At least one poll taken in Lawrence’s neighboring state of Wisconsin showed voters opposed to impeaching Trump. A survey released last week by Marquette University found that 40 percent of Wisconsinites back impeaching the president while 53 percent oppose. Several national polls have also found public opinion moving in Trump’s favor.

Also, there has been significant movement among independents who, according to a comparison of Emerson College surveys taken in November and October, have swung 24 points against impeaching the president over the last month.

Author: Giancarlo Sopo

Source: The Blaze: Bad sign for Pelosi and Schiff: Swing state Democrat just changed her mind on impeachment

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