Trump Takes Aim At Joe Biden Amid Misconduct Allegations

CivicForumPAC Chairman Ford O’Connell and liberal commentator Danielle McLaughlin discuss how President Trump slammed Joe Biden, after multiple women accused the former vice president of inappropriately touching them.

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Democrats' 2020 Outrage Machine Targets Buttigieg's Gayness, Biden's Past

Now that the 675 Days of Russian “collusion delusion” is over, the Democratic outrage machine is no longer satiated with just destroying President Donald Trump. Yes, many Democrats continue to pursue the Russian witch hunt, and it could ultimately doom their party’s 2020 chances. But others have decided to turn their appetite for perpetual outrage inward, finding no Democrat pure enough to live up to their own cartoonishly absurd purity tests.

Those battling it out in the “who can destroy America first” primary for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination are currently all in a twit over that mayor whose name you can’t pronounce from that city you don’t know.

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-Ind.) appears to be climbing in the polls and raking in the campaign cash.

Now I know I am a member of what "the woke" refer to as the white cis-gender heteronormative patriarchy, but I would be the first to argue that an openly gay man rising in the polls for his party's presidential nomination is kind of a big deal. And evidently, I am not alone.

But don’t tell that to Slate staff writer Christina Cauterucci.

According to Cauterucci, Buttigieg doesn’t quite make the blue team’s diversity cut because “Buttigieg isn’t just gay – he’s also white, male, upper-class, Midwestern, married, Ivy League-educated, and a man of faith.”

Let that sink in for a minute. Mayor Pete is essentially doomed in the “oppression Olympics” of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary because he is a white male who shares some traits with the oppressive overlords of intersectionality.

But Buttigieg is not the only target of escalating Democratic outrage. A quick check of the headlines indicates that the intra-party feeding frenzy is now squarely focused on fellow white male and former Vice President Joe Biden (D-Del.), who has yet to officially enter the 2020 fray.

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2020 Democrat 'Feeding Frenzy' Now Underway, GOP Pundit Says

A leading GOP strategist tells Newsmax a major “dog fight” and “feeding frenzy” among Democrats fighting for the party’s 2020 nomination is now inevitable.

In recent weeks, insiders say they’ve seen a growing number of negative stories about Democrat candidates popping up on left-leaning sites. Ford O’Connell says the reports appear to reflect opposition research by 2020 contenders directed at their colleagues.

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Surprise ObamaCare Move Puts GOP In Bind

The Trump administration’s surprise call for the courts to strike down ObamaCare upended Capitol Hill on Tuesday, putting Republicans in a bind while giving Democrats new talking points on one of their favorite issues for the 2020 elections.

GOP lawmakers for the most part were reluctant to even talk about the Justice Department’s decision to call for all of ObamaCare to be struck down in a court filing.

If the courts agree with the Justice Department, it would dramatically change the way health care is now delivered in the country. Insurance companies were among those criticizing the administration’s decision.

For the GOP, it shifted the political discussion from a more welcome storyline about the end of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe to health care — the issue Democrats believe helped them win back the House majority last fall.

Ford O’Connell, a GOP strategist, said that because most legal experts do not think the anti-ObamaCare lawsuit will ultimately succeed, the issue will eventually be moot. At the same time, he acknowledged the administration’s filing creates a positive story for Democrats.

“Internally in their mind they’re breathing a sigh of relief,” O’Connell said of Democrats who can now talk about health care instead of Mueller’s findings.

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Biden, Sanders Lead Pack Of 2020 Democratic Candidates: Fox News Poll

CivicForumPAC Chairman Ford O’Connell and New Heights Communications President Christy Setzer discuss the upcoming 2020 presidential election and which Democrat has the best chance of defeating President Trump.

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Mueller Findings May Shake Up 2020 Landscape In Trump's Favor, Experts Say

The conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation without accusing President Donald Trump or those around him of colluding with Russia during the 2016 election lifts perhaps the biggest cloud hanging over Trump’s 2020 re-election bid, but Democrats say many other concerns remain about his conduct and fitness for office that could derail his run for a second term.

After 675 days of exhaustive investigation, Mueller submitted his final report to the Department of Justice Friday, recommending no additional indictments. Attorney General Bill Barr relayed Mueller’s findings in a four-page letter to congressional leaders Sunday, stating that the special counsel’s investigation did not find the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or cooperated with Russia to influence the election.

“No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!” Trump tweeted in response.

Despite Trump’s exultations, Mueller’s report explicitly did not provide “Complete and Total EXONERATION.” According to Barr, Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice. However, Barr wrote he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined there was insufficient evidence to support an obstruction charge.

For Republicans, Barr’s letter put to rest all lingering questions. For Democrats, it just raised new ones. Lawmakers on both sides are already girding for new battles over the public release of Mueller’s full report and possible congressional testimony by Barr and Mueller.

Republican strategist Ford O’Connell said Democrats are “grasping beyond straws” at this point, and none of the other inquiries carry the same weight as the collusion allegations. However, he doubts the president’s critics will back down.

“We’ve been doing this for 675 days,” O’Connell said. “No one is going to have more ability to investigate these things than Mueller, but that’s not going to stop Democrats from pushing this agenda.”

Trump has already labeled Democratic subpoenas and demands for information as “presidential harassment,” and experts say they do face serious risks of looking partisan and petty as they pursue other avenues of investigation.

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GOP Eager To Exploit Dem Court-Packing Fight

Republicans are seizing on the Democratic fight over expanding the Supreme Court as they look for leverage in the 2020 White House fight.

The intra-party debate is seen by Republicans as a political gift that could pay dividends after several presidential candidates signaled they are open to adding justices to the bench or imposing term limits.

GOP strategists and conservative activists say the progressive push to expand the Supreme Court fits nicely into the broader Republican narrative about Democrats swinging too far to the left. And it’s an issue they view as a political boon.

Long considered a fringe idea, reforming the nation’s highest court has vaulted into the spotlight with the backing of progressive outside groups and high-profile leaders like former Attorney General Eric Holder, who served during the Obama administration.

GOP lawmakers are quickly moving to weaponize the fight by introducing legislation that would force Democrats to go on the record on a constitutional amendment to keep the number of Supreme Court justices at nine.

An amendment is likely to go nowhere in the Democrat-controlled House. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) hasn't weighed in on the current Supreme Court fight, or the prospect that he would bring legislation on the issue up for a vote. He previously dismissed talk of expanding the courts as Democrats “scrounging through the ash-heap of American history” for their ideas.

“McConnell is very savvy about these sorts of things and he knows … that he wants to have all this stuff documented before Democrats have a nominee,” said Ford O'Connell, a GOP strategist.

O'Connell added that forcing Democratic senators to vote on a constitutional amendment, even though it has little chance of being enacted, would allow Republicans to help define the Democratic Party before they are able to unite behind a 2020 strategy.

“A lot of this stuff that is being thrown around the Democratic primary, the Republicans want to capture now regardless of who the nominee is because the nominee will then try to pivot, duck, dodge and dive this stuff,” he said. “If Trump and the Republicans can define the Democrats before the Democrats have a nominee that’s how they’re going to win this race.”

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Trump's Golan Heights Tweet May Further Complicate Situation, Escalate Tensions, Experts Say

U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday on Twitter that it is time for the United States to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, which it seized from Syria in 1967.

Trump's unexpected announcement, which came on the heels of controversies over U.S. planned withdrawal from Syria, may further complicate the situation and escalate tensions in the region, U.S. experts said.

In a surprise tweet, Trump said that "after 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel's Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!"

In response, Israeli Prime Minister Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has asserted that the Israeli presence in the Golan is "thwarting" Iran's ambitions of expansion, tweeted that "at a time when Iran seeks to use Syria as a platform to destroy Israel, President Trump boldly recognizes Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights."

U.S. Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt also tweeted that Trump's move is "another bold, courageous, and historic decision" and the U.S. president "understands Israel and its security needs."

Israel seized the Golan Heights in the third Middle East war in 1967 and annexed it in the 1980s, but the international community never recognized the move.

Ford O'Connell, a Republican strategist, told Xinhua that Trump is "one of the few people who's pretty outwardly pro-Israel," and "when it comes to Israel, Trump wants to come up with a solution there."

"And remember, he's the first person after five presidents who said we were going to move the embassy (to Jerusalem), who actually moved the embassy. For him, this is a long term project," he said.

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Trump's McCain Comments: Has Nothing To Gain By This, Should Be On The Economy 24/7, Fmr. McCain Campaign Director Says

Former McCain campaign director Ford O'Connell on concerns President Trump's comments on the late Sen. John McCain will distract from his economic successes.

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Trump Already Amassing Huge War Chest For 2020 – Challengers Beware

While President Trump is facing murmurs of a primary challenge – as well as a massive field of Democratic candidates jockeying to take him on – the incumbent president enters the 2020 melee with an undeniable advantage: a war chest that would be the envy of any modern president.

Unlike most incumbents, Trump started his re-election bid on day one of his presidency. He filed papers with the Federal Election Commission within hours of being inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2017. Many saw it as a comical – albeit in character – step for the audacious Trump. Yet, by doing so he was able to raise huge sums of money four years before the election.

According to recent FEC data, the Trump campaign has raised over $67 million from 2017 to 2018, with nearly $20 million on hand. Combined with the hauls from two major joint fundraising groups – Trump Victory and the Trump Make America Great Again Committee – the president has raised over $130 million as of the end of 2018, with over $35 million on hand.

By contrast, former President Barack Obama had raised only $4 million in the first two years of his presidency and didn’t file for re-election until April 2011. Former President George W. Bush had raised $3 million by the end of his second year in office and filed for re-election in May 2003.

Despite the fundraising totals, the president still faces serious election challenges. His approval rating has remained stagnant in the mid-40s, with the latest Fox News poll showing him at 46 percent. The 2018 midterms had historically high participation and enthusiasm on the Democratic side, which helped the party flip the House.

These vulnerabilities have led some Republicans to think there’s room for a primary challenge. Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland has done several interviews insinuating that he’s interested in a run.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, meanwhile, has already formed an exploratory committee, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said that Republicans deserve “a choice” in 2020.

But Trump’s cash would stand as a sizeable deterrent to any Republican hoping to start a primary bid from scratch – while going up against not only his war chest but the GOP establishment.

Analysts say while there are obvious vulnerabilities for Trump, particularly if Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team concludes their investigation with incriminating evidence, they do not see a clear way forward for a primary challenger.

Ford O’Connell, a Republican strategist who also chairs the conservative CivicForumPac, said the party is committed to win and they see Trump as their path to victory.

“There are two chances that Trump won’t be the nominee -- and they are slim and none and slim has already left town,” said O’Connell.

Democrats, of course, hope none of this dissuades primary challengers from jumping in.

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