CNN contributor says Democrats targeting Bloomberg was ‘tactically really dumb’

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg gestures as he speaks during campaign event, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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A CNN contributor has questioned some Democrat presidential candidates’ strategies ahead of the Nevada caucus. Democrat strategist Paul Begala ripped Wednesday night’s Democrat debate to shreds, calling it a “gift to Bernie Sanders.”

He noted back-to-back hits were directed at former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg instead of the party’s front runner, Sen. Sanders (D-Vt.).

“It was a rough night for Mike Bloomberg,” said Begala. “Man, Elizabeth Warren just gutted him like a flounder on Long Island Sound.”

Democratic presidential candidate, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg speaks as Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., gestures during a Democratic presidential primary debate Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas, hosted by NBC News and MSNBC. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The former adviser for Bill Clinton went on to say that this was the Democrats’ one chance to stop Sanders from winning Nevada. He argued they instead went after “a guy who’s not on the ballot.”

“We are two days away from the voting in Nevada and they attacked a guy who’s not on the ballot,” stated Begala. “It was, I thought, tactically really dumb for the Democrats.”

He concluded by saying President Trump will likely be happy with these results.

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Democrats expected to slam Bloomberg in debate

Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg gives his thumbs-up after speaking during a campaign event at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond, Va., Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (James H. Wallace/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

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A Democrat presidential candidate will be stepping into the debate ring for the first time in more than a decade. On Tuesday, Mike Bloomberg qualified for Wednesday’s Democrat debate in Las Vegas. However, the former New York City mayor is expected to face serious heat from his fellow candidates.

Bloomberg’s Democrat opponents have a number of debates under their belt and a person working on his campaign recently said their team is concerned with the billionaire’s lack of experience in that arena. His campaign said it’s expecting to receive a lot of negative attention from other candidates.

For instance, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Miss.) took to social media Tuesday to blast Bloomberg for being an “egomaniac billionaire,” who allegedly bought his way into the debate.

However, Bloomberg’s senior campaign adviser suggested this is not the case. In a recent interview, Timothy O’Brien promised the former New York City mayor would release his tax returns and sell his company if he’s elected.

“There will be no confusion about any of his financial holdings, blurring the line between public service and personal profiteering,” he stated. “We will be 180 degrees where Donald Trump is on these issues.”

Meanwhile, Bloomberg’s biggest rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), could potentially benefit from his late entrance in the debate. According to Business Insider, candidates are expected to shift their attention off Sanders and onto Bloomberg.

Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to hundreds of people on the campus of the University on Nevada, Reno, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, before leading several dozen on a two-block march to the student union to cast their ballot on the final day of early voting ahead of Saturday’s presidential caucuses. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)

Bloomberg will not be on the ballots for Nevada’s caucuses, which are set to be held this Saturday. He will prepare for Wednesday’s debate for now, which will be a crucial battle ahead of Super Tuesday on March 3rd.

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Democrats hope to limit president’s powers to recall ambassadors

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., speaks with aide on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Senate Democrats are working on a number of proposals to limit the president’s powers to recall ambassadors. According to reports, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) is drafting new rules aimed at limiting the president’s power over the State Department, including one which would grant Congress more authority to question the president over their decision to recall ambassadors.

This comes amid speculation President Trump recalled former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovich last year after she was suspected of impeding an investigation into corruption in Ukraine. Democrats have argued this constitutes an abuse of power by President Trump. They have also alleged he kicked Yovanovitch out for political gain.

However, opponents of the rules have argued they would go too far to limit the executive branch. Former Afghanistan Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann weighed in on the proposals by saying it’s important the president has the ability to remove ambassadors at their discretion.

The controversy over the treatment of Yovanovitch by the Trump administration came to a head during the House’s impeachment hearings, following her testimony.

It was also alleged that President Trump had private associates of his follow the Ukraine ambassador, which prompted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to launch a probe into the incident. He said he doesn’t think the claims will prove to be true.

“We will do everything we need to do to evaluate whether there was something that took place there,” said Pompeo. “I suspect that much of what’s been reported we’ll ultimately prove wrong, but our obligation, my obligation as Secretary of State, is to make sure that we evaluate, investigate anytime there’s someone who poses there may have been a risk to one of our officers, we’ll obviously do that.”

Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, during the second public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

In recent weeks, there have been similar calls from Democrats to rein in the president’s power over the executive branch, specifically on President Trump’s decision to defy subpoenas for White House officials to testify in the House’s impeachment inquiry. This is something the president is allowed to do exerting executive privilege.

Either way, it appears the Democrat’s fight to limit the powers of the executive branch and to attack President Trump are far from over.

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VA. Democrats push to ban assault weapons fails Senate vote

FILE – This Monday an. 20, 2020 file photo shows pro gun demonstrators holding signs in front of the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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The Virginia State Senate rejected a measure to ban the sale of some semi-automatic weapons and large magazines. State senators rejected the measure in a 10-to-five vote Monday, postponing the bill for the rest of the year and asking the State Crime Commission to study the issue.

The state of Virginia has been known as the center of all the gun debates. Protesters have been gathering at the state’s capital the past couple of weeks to showcase their right of keeping their legal weapons.

Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran argued that Americans apparently have no right to carry firearms because those guns are made for war.

On the other hand, the NRA was delighted to hear the news of Virginia’s rejected bill.

A group of four moderate Democrats joined their Republican counterparts in voting against the measure. The bill would have prohibited the sale of AR-15 style rifles and banned the possession of magazines holding more than 12 rounds.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and his allies believe this bill could potentially save lives and help prevent future mass murders.

A spokeswoman for the governor said his office would be back next year in a renewed push for the bill.

RELATED: Joe Biden Emphasizes His Legislative Record On Gun Control In New Campaign Ads.

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President Trump: Failed impeachment inquiry shows Democrats are ‘crooked’

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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According to President Trump, the main take-away from the impeachment process is that Democrat lawmakers are corrupt. While speaking to reporters at the White House Wednesday, he suggested top Democrats are guilty of wrong doing.

The president was reiterating his previous claim that the impeachment process should have never started. He pointed out that Democrats have spared no effort to attack his administration for no reason at all with help from the media.

When asked what he learned from the impeachment process, President Trump didn’t hesitate to say the main thing he gathered was simply that the Democrats are crooked.

“They got a lot of crooked things going…that they’re vicious…that the shouldn’t have brought impeachment,” he stated. “And my poll numbers are ten points higher because of fake news like NBC, which reports the news very inaccurately. ”

The president has continued his calls to investigate the origins of the Russia investigation as well as impeachment and said those responsible must be held accountable.

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President Trump: Failed impeachment inquiry shows Democrats are ‘crooked’

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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According to President Trump, the main take-away from the impeachment process is that Democrat lawmakers are corrupt. While speaking to reporters at the White House Wednesday, he suggested top Democrats are guilty of wrong doing.

The president was reiterating his previous claim that the impeachment process should have never started. He pointed out that Democrats have spared no effort to attack his administration for no reason at all with help from the media.

When asked what he learned from the impeachment process, President Trump didn’t hesitate to say the main thing he gathered was simply that the Democrats are crooked.

“They got a lot of crooked things going…that they’re vicious…that the shouldn’t have brought impeachment,” he stated. “And my poll numbers are ten points higher because of fake news like NBC, which reports the news very inaccurately. ”

The president has continued his calls to investigate the origins of the Russia investigation as well as impeachment and said those responsible must be held accountable.

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Pollster: Impeachment will cause Democrats to lose House in 2020

President Donald Trump holds up a newspaper with a headline that reads “Trump acquitted” during an event celebrating his impeachment acquittal, in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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According to pollster John McLaughlin, the impeachment process in the House has backfired on Democrats. While speaking in an interview Sunday, he predicted the proceedings will cause Democrats to lose their House majority in 2020.

McLaughlin added, former Vice President Joe Biden was also a big loser in the trial as more evidence surfaced throughout the process of the corruption allegations levied against him.

“He was the front-runner and when they went after President Trump on impeachment, on Ukraine, they really took down Joe Biden, because we knew there was video of him saying he got a prosecutor fired and we knew that there were corruption problems with Hunter Biden and the Biden family,” he explained.

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign rally, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Hudson, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

This comes after a recent Gallup poll showed President Trump’s approval rating has jumped to the highest it has ever been, following his acquittal in the Senate.

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President Trump slams Democrats for handling of Iowa caucuses, impeachment

President Donald Trump pauses as he speaks to reporters before boarding Marine One at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, for the short flight to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then on to Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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President Trump is mocking Democrats after their major failure in Iowa. On Friday, the president tweeted he thinks Democrats should blame Russia again for their problems.

Attached to his statement was a report by the Associated Press, which said they could not determine a winner from the Iowa caucuses. The outlet has said this was due to too many irregularities in the process as well as the tight margin between presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders.

President Trump noted no one “knows who the real winner is.”

The president further questioned how Democrats will be able to run U.S. healthcare if they can’t even count votes properly.

“They couldn’t even take a simple tabulation, and yet, they’re telling you how to run the country and how to run healthcare,” he said. “Think of it, all the money the Democrats spent and the votes are fried – they have no idea who won.”

In this Feb. 4, 2020 photo, a pedestrian walks past a sign for the Iowa Caucuses on a downtown skywalk, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The president also spoke out against Democrats’ latest lawsuit against him, which was rejected in D.C.’s Circuit Court of Appeals.

Earlier in the day, he took aim at Democrats in general, saying they have “Trump derangement syndrome.” He said this was on full display when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped up a copy of his State of the Union speech.

“Well, I thought it was a terrible thing when she ripped up the speech,” said President Trump. “I thought it was very disrespectful to the chamber, to the country.”

He went on to say the House’s impeachment against him should be expunged because it was “a total political hoax.”

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82 percent of Independents, 30 percent of Democrats approve of President Trump’s address

President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, as Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker Nancy Pelosi look on. (Leah Millis/Pool via AP)

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A new poll found an overwhelming majority of Independent voters approved of President Trump’s latest State of the Union address. According to a survey released on Wednesday, 82 percent of Independents said they liked the president’s speech.

97 percent of Republican voters approved of his address while 30 percent of Democrats said they agreed with the president’s points. Overall, 76 percent of registered voters said they supported President Trump’s message.

According to experts, the president’s speech was aimed at easing partisan tensions, both on Capitol Hill and nationwide.

“He didn’t mention impeachment, which was wise (because) he didn’t need to,” said former speechwriter Paul Glastris. “It (was) really a standard issue State of the Union.”

The poll also found the majority of respondents endorsed the president’s view of immigration and foreign policies.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., tears her copy of President Donald Trump’s s State of the Union address after he delivered it to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Meanwhile, many longtime Democrats are reportedly quitting their party after Nancy Pelosi’s inflammatory behavior during the president’s speech.

“What I’ve seen tonight at the Democrat Party, I am changing my mind,” stated one Democrat.

On Tuesday, the House speaker gave President Trump a very brief introduction, ripped up her copy of his speech, and declared his remarks a “manifesto of mistruths.”

A number of Democrats reportedly called Pelosi’s behavior “despicable” and said they will never vote Democrat again.

“Nancy Pelosi, the whole time, she’s sitting up there with a disgusting look on her face,” said another Democrat. “It’s outrageous, I will never vote Democrat again.”

They praised the tone and the message of the president’s address, saying there are a lot of good things happening in the country. They added the speaker’s actions pushed them towards the Republican Party and added she made the case for President Trump’s reelection.

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Democrats respond to President Trump’s State of the Union address

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers her State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

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The governor of Michigan delivered the Democrat Party’s official response to President Trump’s 2020 State of the Union address. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer revealed that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would be giving the response late last month.

While speaking Tuesday night, Gov. Whitmer rebuked many of the president’s claims, including his statements on Democrat health care plans and the U.S. economy. She said Democrats are trying to make health care better and accused Republicans in Washington of trying to take it away. The Michigan governor also claimed the economy under the Trump administration’s doesn’t work for the American people.

“Doesn’t matter what the president says about the stock market,” she stated. “What matters is that millions of people struggle to get by or don’t have enough money at the end of the month after paying for transportation, student loans or prescription drugs — American workers are hurting.”

However, the president’s recently approved USMCA and China trade deals directly help American workers. Additionally, the average unemployment rate under the administration is lower than any other in history.

Immediately following her speech, Gov. Whitmer prompted a wave of backlash from the Republican Governors Association. She’s now facing heat from the association in a new digital ad campaign called “Broken Roads, Broken Promises.”

The group looks to put a spotlight on what they claim are failures to get anything done when it comes to infrastructure. It also touches on her vetoing of hundreds of millions of dollars in infrastructure funding. The ads will reportedly air on both Facebook and Instagram, and are targeted toward those in the Lansing area.

President Trump has previously called out Gov. Whitmer by suggesting she was failing the residents of Michigan.

“I understand she’s not fixing those potholes, that’s what the word,” he stated. “It was all about roads and they want to raise those gasoline taxes — we don’t want to do that, but she’s not fixing the potholes.”

Polls show Gov. Whitmer’s approval ratings falling in recent months with a seven point dip in her job approval since the passage of an auto insurance reform last year.

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NRA, Democrats reject Bloomberg Super Bowl ad

A supporter of Democratic presidential candidate former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wears an “I Like Mike” button during a campaign event, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Burlington, Vt. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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Billionaire presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg’s Super Bowl ad campaign is facing scrutiny from both sides of the aisle. The former New York City mayor’s ad on Sunday was meant to promote gun control and was blasted by NRA activists as well as some Democrats.

The ad in question references a 2013 case in which 20-year-old George Kemp was fatally shot in front of a home in Fullshear, Texas. It received backlash almost immediately after it aired with the NRA posting people’s responses to it.

According to Breitbart News, a top DNC strategist has also spoke out against the ad by saying Bloomberg acts like he’s the only Democrat candidate working to tackle gun violence.

All-in-all, Bloomberg spent $10 million to put his ad in the Super Bowl.

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Dershowitz, Purpura downplay Democrats’ case against President Trump

In this image from video, Alan Dershowitz, an attorney for President Donald Trump, speaks during the impeachment trial against Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

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Attorney and Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz laid out his case in favor of President Trump, while arguing the House’s charges don’t count as high crimes and misdemeanors. He gave opening statements Monday, stating that Congress chose the wrong charges to impeach the president on.

Dershowitz went on to stress his position as a non-partisan actor and a defender of the Constitution. He also said this is a dangerous precedent for how Congress oversees the presidency.

“I am here today because I love my country and our constitution – everyone in this room shares this love,” he stated. “I will argue that our Constitution and its terms high crimes and misdemeanors do not encompass the two articles charging the abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.”

The attorney continued by saying the Senate needs to determine whether the House provided enough proof of the charges, whether the charges constitute an abuse of power or obstruction of Congress, and whether they would warrant impeachment.

Dershowitz was backed-up by White House deputy counsel Mike Purpura, who said the impeachment case presented by Democrats fully exonerates President Trump.

While speaking on the Senate floor Monday, Purpura said hard evidence disproves both articles of impeachment. He then added, the White House proposed a meeting with the Ukrainian president three times without preconditions and while Ukraine did not know aid was being withheld.

In this image from video, White House deputy counsel Mike Purpura speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Purpura stressed that Democrats have failed to back up their claims with evidence. The deputy counsel went on to say the case depicts Ukraine as a desperate and needy country, but diplomatic records show this is a misrepresentation of U.S.-Ukrainian relations.

The president’s defense team will continue its opening arguments Tuesday.

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Dershowitz, Purpura downplay Democrats’ case against President Trump

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Attorney and Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz laid out his case in favor of President Trump, while arguing the House’s charges don’t count as high crimes and misdemeanors. He gave opening statements Monday, stating that Congress chose the wrong charges to impeach the president on.

Dershowitz went on to stress his position as a non-partisan actor and a defender of the Constitution. He also said this is a dangerous precedent for how Congress oversees the presidency.

“I am here today because I love my country and our constitution – everyone in this room shares this love,” he stated. “I will argue that our Constitution and its terms high crimes and misdemeanors do not encompass the two articles charging the abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.”

The attorney continued by saying the Senate needs to determine whether the House provided enough proof of the charges, whether the charges constitute an abuse of power or obstruction of Congress, and whether they would warrant impeachment.

Dershowitz was backed-up by White House deputy counsel Mike Purpura, who said the impeachment case presented by Democrats fully exonerates President Trump.

While speaking on the Senate floor Monday, Purpura said hard evidence disproves both articles of impeachment. He then added, the White House proposed a meeting with the Ukrainian president three times without preconditions and while Ukraine did not know aid was being withheld.

In this image from video, White House deputy counsel Mike Purpura speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Purpura stressed that Democrats have failed to back up their claims with evidence. The deputy counsel went on to say the case depicts Ukraine as a desperate and needy country, but diplomatic records show this is a misrepresentation of U.S.-Ukrainian relations.

The president’s defense team will continue its opening arguments Tuesday.

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Sen. Rick Scott: Democrats are skipping over Joe Biden’s shady business in Ukraine

Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., arrives at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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UPDATED 6:00 PM PT — Friday, January 24, 2020

Florida Sen. Rick Scott took a hit at Democrat lawmakers during day three of the Senate impeachment trial. On Thursday, Scott called out House impeachment manager Adam Schiff for trying to keep President Trump from being reelected. He emphasized that Schiff doesn’t trust American voters.

The lawmaker went on to say Schiff and his colleagues’ arguments were completely flawed. Scott also pointed out the hypocrisy of Democrats portraying Joe Biden as someone who could do no wrong while presenting President Trump as a criminal.

“It didn’t matter that his son had a job at Burisma. Didn’t matter that he had, you know, got the prosecutor he had no control over removed. Joe Biden did the right thing. But Donald Trump, even though there’s no evidence, had to be sinister to get rid of an ambassador he had a right to get rid of.” – Rick Scott, U.S. Senator (FLA.)

He went on to say the House managers’ arguments are nothing the Senate hasn’t heard before. The lawmaker added every time they hear Democrats’ position, it’s like “Groundhog Day all over again.”

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Sen. Ernst blasts Democrats over double standards when it comes to Ukraine aid

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, walks in the U.S. Capitol on the first full day of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) is slamming Democrats for applying a double standard when it comes to how the Obama administration handled Ukraine aid compared to President Trump.

While taking to Twitter Thursday, she called Democrat House managers hypocrites and slammed them for criticizing the president over his decision to withhold aid to Ukraine when multiple Democrats voted against the very same bill that granted aid to the country in the first place.

Democrats have made President Trump’s brief decision to stop aid from entering Ukraine last year the key talking point in their impeachment trial. The Iowa senator also told reporters outside the hearings, the president has actually done more to help the people of Ukraine than the Obama administration did. He made the following comments:

“When did Russia roll their tanks into Crimea? That was 2014: Obama administration. How did the Obama administration react to that invasion of ukraine? they reacted by sending blankets. Blankets don’t throw lead down range. this administration, President Trump, provided lethal aid to the Ukrainian people, actually provided them an opportunity to defend themselves.”

While the Trump administration has sent what Sen. Ernst calls “lethal aid” to Ukraine, including high-powered anti-tank missiles, Obama opted to sent non-lethal aid during the 2014 invasion of Crimea.

The Iowa lawmaker also blasted multiple House Democrats for voting against numerous defense spending and aid bills, which would have provided military assistance to Ukraine. This included Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), who has been extremely vocal against the president throughout the impeachment process.

Although the Obama administration did send millions of dollars in aid to Ukraine between 2014 and 2016, Republicans have argued the aid was non-lethal materials such as blankets, gas masks and night vision goggles. This is something Ukraine’s previous president blasted by saying, “one cannot win a war with a blanket.”

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President Trump says Democrats are ignoring that Obama held aid from several countries, including Ukraine

U.S. President Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump, right, arrive at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The 50th annual meeting of the forum is taking place in Davos from Jan. 21 until Jan. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

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President Trump blasted Democrat lawmakers, following their opening statements in day two of the Senate impeachment trial. He took to Twitter Thursday to state that their arguments, specifically those of lead impeachment manager Adam Schiff’s, were full “lies and misrepresentations.”

During Wednesday’s hearings, Schiff called President Trump’s decision to withhold foreign aid to Ukraine funds highly unusual.

“It was President Trump himself who originally authorized additional financial military assistance to Ukraine in 2017 and 2018, without reservation,” said Schiff. “Making his abrupt decision to withhold assistance in 2019, without explanation, all the more surprising to those responsible for Ukraine policy.”

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., accompanied by the impeachment managers House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo. speaks to reporters, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

However, President Trump said that Schiff, along with his colleagues, are refusing to state that the Obama administration withheld aid from many countries in an effort to side-step the fat that the measure is common practice for presidents. He further noted that Obama withheld aid to several countries undergoing political strife, including Ukraine as well as Pakistan, the Philippines, Egypt, Honduras and Mexico.

This comes as President Trump maintains there was no pressure in his communications with Ukraine and gave this explanation on releasing aid to the country:

“That’s the whole case right there. There was no pressure whatsoever. I do say two things: we have to check corruption and we also have to find out why is it that the United States is always giving foreign countries money.”

The president concluded his Thursday tweet, noting that the Democrat impeachment efforts are a “witch hunt!”

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Democrats seek creative ways to campaign amid impeachment trial

Democratic presidential rivals Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders link arms during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day march on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

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The ongoing impeachment trial has presented a challenge for 2020 hopefuls who are seeking to ramp-up campaign efforts before early voting begins next month.

This week, senators are stuck in Washington sitting in as jurors in the impeachment trial for President Trump. This means Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar will miss out on crucial campaign days during a key stretch in their campaigns.

“I would rather be in Iowa today, there’s a caucus there in two and a half weeks,” said Sen. Sanders. “I’d rather be in New Hampshire and in Nevada, and so forth.”

In an effort to make up for lost time, Democrats are forced to get creative with their campaign tactics. Sanders, Warren and Klobuchar are now deploying surrogates across early primary states.

Behind Sanders is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is set to appear in Iowa on his behalf. Meanwhile, the daughter of Klobuchar will be hosting so-called “hot-dish house parties” in the state. Plus, residents who endorse her campaign will even offer office hours for local supporters.

While candidates such as Bernie Sanders have said that they would rather be in Iowa, some voters believe the impeachment trial is more important.

“What we have to do is protect the Constitution of the United States, that’s more important, even in this moment, than what happens at the next elections because if we don’t protect that Constitution it won’t matter who the next president is.”

— Ann Valentine, retired higher education executive – Iowa

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg arrives at the Iowa State Education Association Candidate Forum at the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in West Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Meanwhile, former Vice President Joe Biden and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg appear to have the upper hand as they continue to campaign in early primary states. However, some supporters argue the creative efforts put forth by the other candidates are helping shed a different light on their campaigns.

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As primaries near, some 2020 Democrats putting greater focus on faith

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Democrats swarm Iowa as caucus looms; Peter Doocy reports from Des Moines.

COLUMBIA, S.C.– As the holidays near and the early-state primaries loom, several Democratic candidates are courting religious voters and bringing up their faith more regularly on the campaign trail — especially in the rural and southern political turf that's critical to the first leg in 2020.

Take South Carolina. The state that holds the “first in the South” primary and has been a virtual polling lock for former Vice President Joe Biden ever since the start of the race has seen other candidates make an open appeal to the faithful in recent weeks.

"I'm not running for pastor," Sen. Cory Booker told a room of African-American men during his “Man-to-Man Conversation” event in Columbia earlier this month.

The topic came up after an attendee urged him to provide the moral leadership he felt America was missing. Booker has been one of the most vocal when it comes to delivering messages of faith. His campaign speeches often include Bible verses or biblical references. At one event, when a gust of wind blew open the doors of a venue, he exclaimed, “This is the spirit of Elijah coming … We are not alone.”

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South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg often mentions his faith during speeches as well. “God has been very, very good to me,” said Buttigieg during an AME Zion Regional Conference worship service in Rock Hill, S.C., in late October.

Later that day, Buttigieg hosted an inter-faith forum just down the road where he elaborated on the influence of faith in his candidacy.

“Faith also inspires hope, and hope is the lifeblood of my campaign,” the Democratic hopeful said as he explained to the crowd that he believed running for office was the ultimate “act of hope.”

Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang credits his family's Christian faith to his wife Evelyn, who was raised Christian.

"Our boys are in Sunday school and are being brought up Christian, and I'm thrilled with that … it’s a source of real strength and joy for me," said Yang. "I would be the first to say that my own journey is still in progress."

While Buttigieg has ticked up in South Carolina polls in recent weeks, he's still in single digits along with Booker and Yang. Biden enjoys a commanding lead as he has for months, followed by Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

Whether the appeals to faith will resonate, and change hearts and minds, remains to be seen.

Democratic strategists note members of the party have long tried to pitch to religious voters. Capri Cafaro, who’s also served as a top Democratic Ohio state senator, pointed to the prominent role the evangelical vote played in former Republican President George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election.

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“I think at that point Democrats were really looking inward to see how they could appropriately engage and include their own faith and faith narrative on the campaign trail and how to best connect with those individuals of faith,” said Cafaro.

An AP poll shows only 37 percent of Democrats feel it’s moderately important for a candidate to have strong religious beliefs compared with roughly two-thirds of Republicans.

But, religion could be more influential in early states like Iowa or South Carolina, where more than 75 percent of people practice some form of Christianity, according to Pew Research.

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“Religious values are extremely important to people here in Iowa, especially to the crowd that are one-issue voters,” said Marcus Anderson, a resident of Windsor Heights, Iowa. He added there might be a greater emphasis on religion this election cycle because of President Trump, alleged that the president is an "affront" to "anyone with a moral value or a Christian conscience."

Trump's relationship with the evangelical community has been front and center lately after a scathing editorial in Christianity Today called for his removal, one day after the House of Representatives passed two articles of impeachment against him.

That prompted a rebuke from Trump himself, and nearly 200 evangelical leaders later wrote to the Christian magazine's president condemning the editorial, saying it “offensively questioned the spiritual integrity and Christian witness of tens-of-millions of believers who take seriously their civic and moral obligations."

Some voters say they focus not so much on a candidate’s religion but on how he or she manifests those religious values in their platforms.

“I’ve often felt a conflict between candidates who profess their religious beliefs. I felt it really important to keep church and state separate. What I’ve come to now is if somebody professes to have a religious belief, then it needs to inform their action and their values,” said Rose Sloven, during a campaign event for Booker in Adel, Iowa.

In fact, an AP poll shows 57 percent of Americans want the influence of religion on government policy to extend beyond traditional culture war issues and into policies addressing poverty.

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“Economic justice and health care access and certainly the sort of human rights aspect surrounding the issue of immigration, particularly when it comes to children, these are all issues that I think Democrats of faith consider in the context of a sort of faith-based candidate,” said Cafaro.

Meanwhile, former priest Jonathan Morris believes transparency and sincerity are what truly matters for a religious-minded voter.

“We want a leader who's going to help us not only in the economy but also to lead us toward something bigger and better,” said Morris, a Fox News contributor. “Not necessarily somebody who shares all of my theological views but somebody who can say we can be better as a nation and let's pursue God as we pursue also a better common life as citizens of the United States of America.”

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President Trump mocked House Democrats on Saturday during a Turning Point USA event in West Palm Beach, Fla., for voting to impeach him without providing any evidence of a crime.

“They had nothing. There’s no crime. There’s no nothing," Trump said. "How do you impeach? You had no crime. Even their people said there was no crime. In fact, there’s no impeachment. Their own lawyer said there’s no impeachment. What are we doing here?”

Trump then briefly turned his focus to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and called her "crazy Nancy" before criticizing her for delaying the process by withholding the articles of impeachment from the GOP-controlled Senate.

"The world is watching," Trump said. "Crazy Nancy. She’s crazy. So now she says she has no case. She has no case, so let’s not submit it. That’s good, right? That’s good, but you know what? So unfair. It’s so unfair. She has no case."

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The commander in chief accused Democrats of violating the Constitution and claimed his poll numbers have benefited from their divisive rhetoric.

"They are violating the Constitution, totally. Totally. They’re violating the Constitution. In the meantime, our polls have gone through the roof," Trump said.

Later in the speech, the president questioned the patriotism of congressional Democrats and accused them of not believing in democracy.

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"When all else fails, they pursue an illegal, unconstitutional and hyperpartisan impeachment," he said. "They go with the impeachment thing. Some of these extremists may call themselves Democrats, but they really don't believe in democracy. They can't. They can't believe in democracy."

He added, "Generations of patriots before us did not work, fight and sacrifice so that we could surrender our country to a raging, left-wing mob. And that's what's happening. While they want to punish America, we will fight to preserve America… Together we will stand up to socialists, we will defend our nation — the greatest and most glorious republic in the history of this world."

"And you know what? The best is yet to come," he added.

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Trump campaign launches ‘Democrats for Trump,’ seeking disaffected liberals

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The Trump reelection campaign is betting that “disaffected Democrats” have had enough of radical progressivism, launching the “Democrats for Trump” coalition on Thursday.

“From the sham impeachment to the outright embrace of socialism, the Democrat party of today is unrecognizable and leaving moderate Democrats behind,” said President Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, in a statement. “For Democrats who feel abandoned by the socialist radicalization of their party, there is room for you on Team Trump and we welcome you to join the movement and a President that are putting America first.”

Parscale also took to Twitter to release campaign internal polling showing the possibility of Democrats holding House seats in districts won by Trump in 2016.

He tweeted: “House Dems sitting in @realDonaldTrump won districts know a vote for impeachment is a vote to lose their seats in 2020. Internal polling shows voters in those districts OPPOSE impeachment by 10 points. ⬇️”

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The campaign said its new coalition is for moderate liberals who want to work with Trump-led conservatives on lowering prescription drug costs, passing strong trade deals and fixing America’s infrastructure.

“President Trump speaks for a generation of Democrats who feel abandoned by today’s partisan tactics,” said Tony Mace, Cibola County, New Mexico, sheriff, in a statement from the campaign. “Coastal elitists and left-wing radicals have seized the Democrat Party.”

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Also Thursday, Jeff Van Drew, the New Jersey congressman who broke with the Dems to vote against Trump’s impeachment, officially switched parties and became a Republican.

“Jeff will be joining the Republican Party,” Trump announced during an Oval Office event with Van Drew. “It’s a big deal.”

“I believe that this is just a better fit for me,” Van Drew said of his decision, promising Trump his “undying support.”

“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,” said Van Drew, “and I think that’s going away.”

Van Drew on Wednesday broke with his party and voted against impeaching Trump — a move that bolstered GOP attempts to depict Democrats as divided on the matter. Republicans voted unanimously against it.

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Wednesday night’s House vote, almost entirely along party lines, made the president just the third in U.S. history to be impeached. The House impeached Trump on two charges — abusing his presidential power and obstructing Congress — stemming from his pressure on Ukraine to announce investigations of his political rival as Trump withheld U.S. aid.

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Impeachment may prove increasingly unpopular among moderates in key battleground states.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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