Today is Saturday, April 20, and here are the top stories I am watching.
FROM THE RIGHT
BREITBART is reporting: Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) on Friday declared he is “sickened” by the conduct of President Donald Trump and his aides as described in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
“I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President,” Romney said in a statement shared to social media.
I have now read the redacted Mueller report and offer my personal reaction: pic.twitter.com/ACnExskqXJ
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) April 19, 2019
MY TAKE: Romney is the poster boy of the SWAMP, and a perfect example of why people hate politicians.
YOU are the SWAMP. YOU took Trump’s $ & endorsement yrs ago when it served your needs. But now your “sickened”? Well I’m sickened by ALL of you do-nothing politicians from both sides. What do any of you do aside from TWEET? Americans need to elect one of their own. Maybe #DML2024
— Dennis Michael Lynch (@realDennisLynch) April 20, 2019
FROM THE LEFT
Axios is reporting 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is calling for the impeachment of President Trump 1 day after the Mueller report was released.
Details: This is the furthest a 2020 presidential hopeful has gone in response to the report. Last Sunday, Warren said Trump “may not even be a free person,” by the 2020 elections, reports Politico. This is also Warren’s first bout with Trump since she announced her bid for the presidency.
What others are saying: House Oversight Committee chairman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) told CNN he may move forward with the articles of impeachment proposed by Warren, but “I want to make sure that I’ve got all my facts in a row.” Cummings said he wants to wait for Attorney General William Barr and Special Counsel Robert Muller to openly discuss the report first.
MY TAKE: The president should NEVER tweet about Mueller or his report, and any reference to the report again. He can help dump cold water on this fire by ignoring it. Sadly, I don’t think he will listen to this advise.
FROM THE MIDDLE
The Free Beacon reports Bernie vs. Dems. In part: Among the Democrats who are declared presidential candidates, Sanders is in the lead. And he’s not a Democrat. Sanders is second only to Biden, who hasn’t announced his intentions. In one poll, Sanders is ahead of the former vice president. He leads the money race. Like Trump, his support comes from donations under $200. That’s not only a sign of appeal outside the major cities. It means Sanders has room to grow because the overwhelming majority of his donors have not given the maximum contribution.
Just as Trump did beginning in 2015, Sanders has established the ground of intra-party debate. Trump turned the 2016 Republican primary into a referendum on immigration, trade, and foreign policy. He came out ahead. Sanders has defined the parameters of the 2020 Democratic primary through his advocacy of Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and much higher taxes on upper incomes. The antithesis of Trump’s nationalism is Sanders’s socialism. And socialism is hot right now thanks to Millennials and to Sanders’s Mini-Mes: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib.
The discourse surrounding Bernie Sanders’s campaign has a familiar ring. “‘Stop Sanders’ Democrats Are Agonizing Over His Momentum,” read a headline in The New York Times this week. Where have I heard that before? “From canapé-filled fund-raisers on the coasts to the cloakrooms of Washington,” reports Jonathan Martin, “mainstream Democrats are increasingly worried that their effort to defeat President Trump in 2020 could be complicated by Mr. Sanders, in a political scenario all too reminiscent of how Mr. Trump himself seized the Republican nomination in 2016.”
MY TAKE: The Free Beacon must be watching the Walk & Talk. They are spot on correct. If you did not see the W&T last night, click here to watch.