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Sen. Bernie Sanders Leads The Democratic Field After Raising $34.5 Million In Fourth Quarter

Running for president isn’t for the faint of heart, and that goes for people light in their pockets. The presidential office in the United States costs a pretty penny, and even the most sincere and most qualified candidates don’t have a shot at winning a presidential election if they don’t have the money to back them up. That’s why it was so hard to see Julian Castro and Beto O’Rourke leave the race. You know they had good intentions, and they were definitely qualified, but if you can’t get big backers, you practically have no hope. Now that the race is hitting up, it’s kicking off 2020 sort of the way it did back in 2016. 

Sen. Bernie Sanders is, as of now, the top Democratic presidential candidate that has raised the most money. In the fourth quarter of 2019, he generated $34.5 million topping all other candidates.

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Sen. Sanders “is proving each and every day that working-class Americans are ready and willing to fully fund a campaign that stands up for them and takes on the biggest corporations and the wealthy,” Sen. Sanders’ campaign manager Faiz Shakir said to The New York Times. “You build a grass-roots movement to beat Donald Trump and create a political revolution one $18 donation at a time, and that’s exactly why Bernie is going to win.”

And those gains are just from the fourth quarter. Overall, in 2019, Sen. Sanders raised $96 million. 

“I’m incredibly proud to announce we raised $34.5 million from 1.8 million contributions in the fourth quarter,” Sen. Sanders tweeted. “Our average contribution: just $18. Together, we’re proving you don’t need to beg the wealthy and the powerful for campaign contributions in order to win elections.” He went on to tweet, “Ours is the only campaign in this Democratic primary with more donations than Donald Trump.” Ouch. 

Here is how the rest of the candidates fared in the last quarter:

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  • Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg raised more than $24.7 million.
  • Former President Joe Biden raised $22.7 million. 
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren raised $21.2 million. 
  • Entrepreneur Andrew Yang raised more than $16.5 million.
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar raised $11.4 million.
  • Sen. Cory Booker raised $6.6 million. 

Things are looking pretty good for the Democratsas a whole, but there’s one issue: President Donald Trump has raised more than all of them combined.

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The New York Times reports that Trump raised $143 million in 2019 and has a whopping $102.7 million in cash. We’ll wait until you pick up your jaw off the floor. 

While those values are pretty staggering, it’s important to note that Trump gets money from anyone, and that includes corporations and Super PACs. The Democratic candidates, with the exception of a couple, are raising money from individuals like you and me, not billion-dollar institutions. However, here’s a cool signal that the Democrats could win, if you do the math, the Democrats raised a lot more money together than Trump. Politico reports, “Democratic presidential contenders and the Democratic National Committee combined raised over $480 million in the last year.” That’s a lot more than Trump did, which means there’s still a chance to beat him. 

People on social media are very thrilled to see Sen. Sanders at the top, considering some weren’t too keen on having Biden as their only choice for a Democratic presidential candidate.

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Claire Sandberg, the National Organizing Director for the Bernie Sanders campaign, tweeted that we may or may not be going to war with Iran but that Sanders is giving people hope that the future can still be a positive one.  

“Things feel pretty damn bleak this morning, but something giving me hope in the face of this nightmare is the fact that every day thousands of volunteer leaders are putting in long hours organizing around a vision of a fundamentally transformed society.”

We’ve seen so much momentum coming out of the Sanders campaign with massive crowds at each of his rallies.

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Last month, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined Sen. Sanders, after she officially endorsed the candidate, out on the West Coast. She wanted to reach out to the Latino community and made a very significant effort to speak to them in Spanish. 

“Bernie knows that he’s not going to be able get all of these things done himself. He’s going to have to empower hundreds of thousands of people, which he already has successfully I would say,” Belén Sisa, Sanders’ Latino Press Secretary, told BuzzFeed News last month. “But with minority communities, it takes more. You have to be authentic, you have to be consistent, because we can see through efforts to only gain our vote when you need it.”

READ: Although She’s Still Too Young To Serve As VP, Bernie Sanders Says AOC Will Service In His Administration If He Wins

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Biden Says He Will Introduce An Immigration Bill “Immediately” But What Will Be In It?

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Biden Says He Will Introduce An Immigration Bill “Immediately” But What Will Be In It?

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During the 2020 election, Latinos were a massive electoral voting bloc. In fact, for the first time ever, the Latino vote outnumbered the Black vote. According to the Pew Research Center, there are now 32 million eligible Latino voters and that accounts for 13 percent of all eligible voters. 

And, Latinos helped deliver the presidency to Joe Biden. So it can be expected that the community has high expectations for Joe Biden to deliver on his campaign promises of immigration reform.

During a recent speech about his first 100 days in office, Joe Biden outlined his priorities once he’s sworn in on January 20th, and said he would “immediately” send an immigration bill to congress.

Joe Biden promises swift action on immigration reform as soon as he takes office.

Over the weekend, President-Elect Joe Biden promised he would take swift action when it comes to immigration reform and rolling back many of the cruel and dangerous policies put into place by the Trump administration.

“I will introduce an immigration bill immediately,” he said in a news conference on Friday.

Although he didn’t go into detail regarding the proposed legislation, he’s previously committed to ending Trump’s ban on immigration from predominantly Muslim nations, and that he wants a path to citizenship for Dreamers, and an increase in guest worker permits to help bring undocumented agricultural workers – many of whom are now considered “essential workers” – out of the shadows.

Biden had already promised an immigration overhaul within the first 100 days of his presidency but this commitment definitely increases the pressure on him and congress to get things done.

Biden also said his justice department will investigate the policy of child separation.

During the same press conference, Biden said that his Justice Department will determine responsibility for the family separation program, which led to more than 2,600 children being taken from caregivers after crossing the U.S. southern border, and whether it was criminal.

“There will be a thorough, thorough investigation of who is responsible, and whether or not the responsibility is criminal,” Biden said. That determination will be made by his attorney general-designate, Merrick Garland, he added.

During the campaign, Biden finally took responsibility for many of his administration’s immigration failures.

Nicknamed the “Deporter in Chief,” Obama deported more immigrants than any other president in U.S. history with over 3 million deportations during his time in office. 

But as part of that administration, Joe Biden is also complicit. That’s why during the campaign he seemed to acknowledge at least some of the pain the duo caused.

“Joe Biden understands the pain felt by every family across the U.S. that has had a loved one removed from the country, including under the Obama-Biden Administration, and he believes we must do better to uphold our laws humanely and preserve the dignity of immigrant families, refugees, and asylum-seekers,” Biden’s immigration plan reads. 

While Obama’s methods pale in comparison to the cruel tactics like family separation, inhumane conditions, and targeted raids, the impact the deportations have had on families is cannot be quantified.

Biden, like any Vice President, is put in the position of having to defend his president, but also himself as the future president. This isn’t a bad thing, Biden must distinguish himself from his predecessor but if the shadow of Obama’s legacy is buying him goodwill, it might be difficult to undermine that administration’s stances.

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Latino Congressman Lou Correa Fights Back at Insurrectionist Trump Supporters Who Harassed Him at a D.C. Airport

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Latino Congressman Lou Correa Fights Back at Insurrectionist Trump Supporters Who Harassed Him at a D.C. Airport

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As the nation still struggles to come to grip with the horrific events that took place at the Capitol on last Wednesday, the aftermath of the debacle threatens to be just as horrifying as the event itself.

Videos are still continuing to pop up of unhinged far-right Trump supporters making public spectacles of themselves. But one such video became viral when the target of their hate refused to lie back and take it.

Recently, a video went viral of Democratic California Congressman Lou Correa being harassed by a crowd of Trump supporters right after the storming of the Capitol.

The incident took place at the Washington Dulles International Airport right outside of D.C. Based on the location and the timing, its safe to assume that these enraged Trump supporters were part of the insurrectionist mob that stormed the Capitol.

In the video, we see Rep. Correa defend himself against an irate mob who is getting in his face and hurling vitriolic insults at him.

Videos if the confrontation were posted by various right-wing social media pages, ostensibly trying to “expose” Correa for standing up for himself.

The video begins with various Trump supporters raving to Correa about “communist China” and “antifa”. When Correa explains that he was in Washington, D.C. to defend democracy, one of the Trump supporters tells him that the U.S. “isn’t a democracy, it’s a republic.”

The video then shows a large, deep-voiced many getting in Correa’s face and bellowing “Who are you?” and calling Correa a “F–ker”. Off screen, another man yells at Correa: “Nobody here voted for you. We don’t want you,” to which Correa responds: “That’s okay! 70% of people in my district did.”

In the face of such hatred, Correa held his own, refusing to be cowed by a group of bullies who recently showed themselves to be no better than terrorists.

In various interviews since the video went viral, Correa described the events that led up to the incident.

Correa told The OC Register that he had had roughly 15 minutes of sleep the night before after having stay up late to ratify the electoral votes after the process was interrupted by an angry mob.

He says he turned the corner to head towards his gate when the angry Trump-supporters recognized him as a lawmaker. “They picked me out, and boy, they came at me,” he told CNN.

Correa added that he was “surprised” at how “brazen” the hecklers were.

“They started lobbing all kinds of statements and just getting in my face, and I wouldn’t back off,” he said to the Register. “It was a situation where they were amped up and I have no idea why they came at me. Then I was surrounded by them and I stood my ground.”

But Correa, who was born in East LA and spent much of his youth in Mexico, says that he wasn’t intimidated by the bullies.

In the same interview with the Register, Correa described himself as from “the hood” and said that he is used to having angry citizens confront him for one reason or another. But this incident was unlike anything he’s ever experienced.

“I’ve never seen our nation so divided,” he said. “I’m OK with people coming up and expressing their anger and what have you. It’s another thing when people go out of their way to surround you and go after you.”

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