Washington – Joe Biden formally secured his Democratic presidential nomination on Friday despite shoot them in the leg controversy , preparing for a blunt challenge to President Donald Trump, which unfolds in the unprecedented context of a pandemic, economic collapse and civil unrest.
Joe Biden won enough delegates to officially secure the Democratic nomination for president, it was projected on Saturday.
Biden has been the only Democratic candidate since April, when Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders withdrew from the primaries. His electoral victory in Guam on Saturday allowed him to exceed the 1,991 delegates needed to claim the candidacy in the first vote of the party’s convention, to be held in August. Biden currently has 1,992 delegates, according to an expert tally.
A little over three months ago I stood on a stage in South Carolina and told the American people that ours was a campaign for all those who have been brought down, excluded and abandoned.RELATED
Those words take on greater resonance today, at a time when so many Americans are suffering and have suffered so many losses, “Biden said in a statement.
“Many feel demolished by the economic and public health crisis that we are going through. Many feel excluded and abandoned by a society that for too long has considered them less than equal, that has considered their lives as less than precious, “he added.
Then he added:
It was an honor to compete alongside one of the most talented candidate groups the Democratic Party has ever put forward,” Biden said in a statement Friday night, “and I am proud to say that we will participate in these general elections for a united party. I’m going to spend every day from now until November 3 fighting to win the votes of Americans across this great country so that together we can win the battle for the soul of this nation, and make sure that as we rebuild our economy, everyone unite.
This moment comes after the coronavirus pandemic postponed most of the primaries scheduled for April and May and stopped the face-to-face campaign.
Seven states – Indiana, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and South Dakota – as well as Washington DC held presidential primary elections last Tuesday, in which Biden took a large number of delegates.
He is expected to earn more this coming Tuesday, when Georgia and West Virginia celebrate their primaries.
Joe Biden says he wants cops who have someone running at them with a knife to “shoot them in the leg.” pic.twitter.com/uhtj8gQa6l
— Adam Shaw (@AdamShawNY) June 1, 2020
Joe Biden was critized on Fox News for his speech in Wilmington, Delaware where he suggested that cops should shoot in the leg addressing police brutality discussions.
Attacks like this are ofter portrayed by Trump news networks supporters.
Biden secured the 1,991 delegates needed to become the official presidential candidate
The former vice president has effectively been the leader of his party since his last rival in the Democratic primary, Bernie Sanders, withdrew his campaign in April, but Biden secured the 1,991 delegates needed to become the official presidential candidate after seven states and the District of Columbia will hold presidential primaries on Tuesday.
The latest third party polls of the general election between President Donald Trump and Biden finds that 51% of registered voters across the country support Biden, while 41% support Trump. That represents a shift in Biden’s favor since April, when the poll showed an average of 48% support for Biden and 43% for Trump.
Folks, tonight we secured the 1,991 delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination. I’m going to spend every day fighting to earn your vote so that, together, we can win the battle for the soul of this nation. – Said Biden
These results come after more than a week of turmoil in the United States , with protests against racism and police brutality in the country following the death of a black man in police custody in Minnesota.
Folks, tonight we secured the 1,991 delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination. I'm going to spend every day fighting to earn your vote so that, together, we can win the battle for the soul of this nation. https://t.co/sl3wFGabpg
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 6, 2020
Biden, on his first trip out of Delaware in months, delivered a speech Tuesday in Philadelphia condemning Trump and referring to protests taking place across the nation.
I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe. ‘ The last words of George Floyd. But they did not die with him. They are still listening. They are resonating across the nation, They speak to a nation where too often only the color of your skin already puts your life at risk. They speak to a nation where more than 100,000 people have lost their lives to a virus and 40 million Americans have applied for unemployment benefits, with a disproportionate number of these deaths and job losses concentrated in black and minority communities” – Said Joe Biden “And they are heading to a nation where every day millions of people, not at the moment of losing their lives but in the course of living their lives, say to themselves ‘I can’t breathe,'” he added.
Trump’s base begins to crack for his response to nationwide protests
After a poll published by Monmouth University shows an 11 percentage point lead by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden over Donald Trump on voting estimates for the United States presidential election .
In addition, Biden generates more confidence for the management of racial tensions in the country, according to this survey, carried out between May 28 and June 1, when protests began nationwide over the death of George Floyd.
The defeat of the controversial Republican legislator Steve King in Iowa known for racist rhetoric loses primary race in Iowa to the state senator Randy Feenstra, after the election day last Tuesday is an indication that voters are begining to stand against racism and bigrotry.
General James Mattis dropped a bomb on Donald Trump and his presidency.
Donald Trump is the first president in my life who is not trying to unite the American people, not even trying to try. Instead, it tries to divide us, ”said Trump’s former defense secretary in a statement.
Mattis described the president as a threat to the Constitution saying:
We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership. We can unite without it, taking advantage of the inherent strengths of our civil society. This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens, to past generations who bled to death to defend our promise, and to our children.
Mattis has kept quiet about his criticism of the president after resigning over political differences last year.
But as President Trump despairs of being distracted by lies and bravado in the context of a clumsy pandemic response, protests across the country against police violence and his own sluggish poll numbers, silence between the central right where is becoming increasingly unsustainable.
Even Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska broke ranks to say she agreed with Mattis and said she was fighting over whether to support Trump in November or not.
The turning point was Trump’s autocratic trick of violently dispersing a peaceful protest outside the White House for a photo shoot with a bible minutes after suggesting that he would invoke the Insurrection Act to use the U.S. military against U.S. citizens.
This sparked a storm of unusual disagreement among respected national security and military figures, who have been trained to remain silent on matters of partisan politics.
A former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Martin Dempsey, felt compelled to write on Twitter:
“The United States is not a battlefield. Our fellow citizens are not the enemy.”
America’s military, our sons and daughters, will place themselves at risk to protect their fellow citizens. Their job is unimaginably hard overseas; harder at home. Respect them, for they respect you. America is not a battleground. Our fellow citizens are not the enemy. #BeBetter
— GEN(R) Martin E. Dempsey (@Martin_Dempsey) June 1, 2020
President of the Bush and Obama-era Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, wrote an opinion piece for The Atlantic , saying:
“Whatever Trump’s goal in conducting his visit, he exposed his disdain for the rights to peaceful protest in this country, gave relief to the leaders of other countries who are comfortable with our internal conflicts and risked further politicizing the men and women of our armed forces. ” Retired Navy General John Allen said referring to Trump’s threats of military force may be “the beginning of the end of the American experiment . “
Former CIA analyst Gail Helt told the Washington Post:
“ This is what autocrats do. This is what happens in countries before a collapse. It really makes me nervous . “
This is not partisan swagger. This is the sound of lifelong patriots warning that this president’s autocratic impulses are a threat to the republic.
The military often sympathizes with Republican presidents, with military veterans voting for Trump by a nearly 2-to-1 margin over Hillary Clinton in 2016, according to third party exit polls .
Despite dodging recruitment in the Vietnam era with claims of “bone spurs” Trump has repeatedly tried to claim that he is the “most militaristic” candidate and president (watch Seth Myers’ monologue for some cuts).
There is no obvious precedent for your actions. Even the oldest enlisted man in the Air Force, Chief Master Sgt. Kaleth O. Wright felt compelled to speak in solidarity with protesters.
“I am a black man who happens to be the Chief Master Sgt. Of the Air Force. I am George Floyd… I am Philando Castile, I am Michael Brown, I am Alton Sterling, I am Tamir Rice. ”
Who am I?
I am a Black man who happens to be the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force.
I am George Floyd…I am Philando Castile, I am Michael Brown, I am Alton Sterling, I am Tamir Rice.
— Kaleth O. Wright (@cmsaf18) June 1, 2020
Wright’s tweet was in stark contrast to President Trump’s calls to shoot looters and ” vicious dog ” warnings , though he has claimed he wants justice for Floyd.
These profiles of courage represent cracks in Trump’s fundamental base of support at a time of national crisis.
A recent Monmouth University poll shows that President Trump is two digits less than former Vice President Joe Biden (other polls have shown Trump to be the leader despite his insistence to the contrary ).
But almost all Republicans in the supposedly egalitarian branch of the government known as the United States Senate have essentially continued their routine of not seeing evil, pretending to ignore that their emperor has no clothes.
When journalists asked about their reaction to Trump’s brutal response to peaceful protesters outside the White House, they offered a series of almost comical dodges , with Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson saying
“I really didn’t see it,”
while Sen. . Rob Portman of Ohio said,
“I’m late for lunch.”
The sad trombone soundtrack plays.
There were a handful of dissidents, including Senator Murkowski, who said,
” I didn’t think what we saw last night was the United States I know, “
while Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse stated,
” I am against cleaning up a peaceful protest for a photo shoot that treats the word of God as a political accessory . “
Republicans are caught in a hyperparty trap of their own making.
They are afraid to provoke the president’s anger and the anger of the base even though what Trump is doing is against everything they once said they believed.
Republicans once protested the rampant executive branch, groundlessly calling former President Obama a ” king ” and denouncing his dependence on the decrees.
They don’t mention Trump’s much more extreme claims about executive power and the use of decrees.
Remember the Republican concerns about the generational theft of the deficit and debt and the cries of the “tea party” against bailouts at the start of the great recession?
Apparently they don’t, or expect no one to notice the biggest deficits, debts, and bailouts under Trump. Fear not, they will resurrect the issue under a Democratic president.
During the Obama years, a marginal conspiracy theory, known as “Jade Helm” unfoundedly accused former President Obama of conspiring to use the military against US citizens, drawing the interest of Senator Ted Cruz and famous anti Obama actor Chuck Norris.
— The Hill (@thehill) June 2, 2020
Now that President Trump has asked for something that looks a lot like that actually, the Republican response is shut and quiet like a cricket during the day time.
The unfortunate but obvious answer is that these alleged Republican principles were only about the partisan quest for power.
Too many of them were willing to sell them in a second, amidst a surge of all that and free denial of fact for short-term political gain.
But that deal looks like it could end in an electoral disaster if enough voters realize the violation of their constitutional rights
There is a reflective drive in the right to demonize Donald Trump’s detractors.
But this meets with a buzz when it comes to high-ranking members of the military who denounce the president’s violations of democratic norms.
The boast of “owning the liberals” loses a bit of its luster as it addresses former Trump cabinet members and Pentagon chiefs who know the president far better than the work of fiction his staunch supporters have embraced.
The partisan economy creates its own club among agents who agree to ignore its libertarian principles, as long as paychecks keep coming.
As we move closer to November, more center-right politicians may begin to show their desire not to fall off the Trump train with a derailment.
Others will come with convenient amnesia cases, but the military voices already speaking remind us that protecting our country is far more important than falsely hard loyalty to partisan hyper party politics.