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Chicago’s mayor, Lori Lightfoot, had an odd explanation for the gun violence gripping the city Sunday, suggesting that lax gun laws and coronavirus-related lockdowns were largely to blame for the spike in shootings, which has left at least four children dead and dozens of Chicago residents wounded.

Speaking to a press conference, Lightfoot said the violence problem is “complicated,” according to the Washington Examiner.

“That’s a complicated question,” Lightfoot told media. “We have way too many guns on the streets.”

“Lightfoot also suggested that the coronavirus shutdowns that kept people inside for months played a role in creating a ‘perfect storm’ while also pointing out the death of George Floyd as an event that sparked anger in the community,” the Examiner reported.

That “perfect storm” is responsible for a nearly record-breaking streak of violence in the city. As of late June, “329 people have been killed in Chicago, an increase of about 34% from the 246 homicides during the same period last year, according to police. Shootings in that period rose by about 42%, from 978 in 2019 to 1,384 in 2020,” NBC Chicago reports. Crime, overall, is down by 9%.

There have been only five days in July, but already this month 84 people have been shot and wounded in the city, and 18 have been shot and killed. In just the last three weeks, several children have been murdered by gun violence, one as young as a year old.

Although the Chicago city government pledged to put 1,200 additional officers on the streets through the Fourth of July holiday, at least 16 people were killed – including a 7-year-old girl who was celebrating the holiday at her grandmother’s house on the city’s south side – and 63 were wounded. Two incidents of gun violence had more than eight victims, making them “mass shootings.”

Lightfoot responded to the weekend’s violence on social media.

“Tonight, a 7-year-old girl in Austin joined a list of teenagers and children whose hopes and dreams were ended by the barrel of a gun,” she tweeted Sunday. “We cannot grow numb to this. We are making progress in slowing shootings, but we have to do better, every single one of us.”

Chicago residents are not strictly prohibited from owning guns, but Illinois requires each gun owner to submit to an intensive background check and obtain a Firearm Owners Identification (or FOID) card before purchasing their first gun. The state prohibits open carry (and concealed carry, in many circumstances), and there are tight restrictions on gun sales in the city.

Neighboring states, like Indiana and Wisconsin, have looser gun laws, and authorities are typically quick to blame a lack of federal oversight in weapons trafficking for the continued gun violence problem inside the city of Chicago. Part of the issue may also lie with the Cook County States Attorney, Kim Foxx, whose “bail reform” program has seen violent offenders returned to the streets quickly, often in as little as 24 hours after being arrested, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Blames Guns, Coronavirus For City’s Spike In Violence

CHOP organizers have delivered the final blow to the two-week-long protest in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, asking the remaining protesters to please pack up and leave, and announcing that the “mission” of CHOP is shifting to its “next phase.”

Fox News reports that in a statement addressed to “comrades in the struggle,” CHOP organizers and at least one anti-police brutality activist ordered CHOP residents to vacate the six-block “autonomous zone” and return home in order to engage more fully in the “next phase” of CHOP’s activism — a phase that will be mostly online, safe from the looming threat of gun violence that has dogged the CHOP for the last several days.

“The CHOP project is now concluded,” the note from leaders said. “While we expect a very small handful of holdouts may try to remain in the CHOP no further organizing will be occurring to support this presence and the number on-site will be too small to be more than an annoyance for pedestrians rather than a zonal blockade.”

The note explains that remaining members of the CHOP “solidarity committee” now feel that remaining in the CHOP is too dangerous for most activists and that, given that only a handful of hardcore protesters remain to hold down CHOP’s borders in the overnight hours, “it is time we shift to the next phase of our organizing and move from direct action to virtual activism.”

The Capitol Hill Occupied Protest will “continue the struggle through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.”

The group also notified remaining CHOP residents that those who choose not to leave will be forcibly evicted by members of the Seattle Police Department who intend to “retake” their East Precinct headquarters by the end of this week.

“We have been briefed that full rehousing of the SPD East Precinct staff into the station will occur no later than early next week and will be preceded by the removal of barriers and the reopening of streets to traffic,” the note says.

CHOP organizers appear to be the last group to get on board with the plan to dismantle the ongoing protest. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and other city officials said, over the weekend, that they believe the time has come for CHOP’s protesters to move on, even though, Durkan explained, she believes that CHOP had the right intentions at heart.

While decrying the several shootings that have occurred since last Thursday, leaving at least one person dead, one critically injured, and at least two others wounded, Durkan suggested that the CHOP had once been a place of “healing” and “education” before violence took over the “no cop co-op.”

CHOP organizers hope that their mission to rid the world of police violence won’t be “tied to a place” that now has a reputation for gun violence.

“CHOP is an idea and with that idea, you can take this idea around this country and then around this world,” one organizer said. “Ideas can’t be killed.”

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: SAD: CHOP Organizers Break The Bad News: It’s Time To Go Home, Move To ‘Virtual Activism’

Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, a key member of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force, admitted Tuesday that health experts, including himself, downplayed the efficacy of face masks in preventing the spread of COVID-19 out of concern that Americans would snap up the available stock and there would be none left for health care workers.

Speaking to The Street, Fauci discussed the need for face masks to keep coronavirus infections low, particularly in states where large protests and rallies have made social distancing difficult and suggested that individuals who use early expert recommendations that cautioned against masks as an excuse to leave the face coverings at home may want to revisit the science now that masks are widely available.

“[We] were concerned the public health community, and many people were saying this, we’re concerned that it was at a time when personal protective equipment, including the N95 masks and the surgical masks, were in very short supply,” Fauci said, referring back to early anti-masking guidelines.

“We wanted to make sure that the people, namely the health care workers, who were brave enough to put themselves in a harm way, to take care of people who you know were infected with the coronavirus and the danger of them getting infected,” Fauci said.

Fauci was far from the only official who cautioned against face masks in the early days of the pandemic. The World Health Organization, which has been largely unreliable on the topic of the virus, also suggested that masks should not be worn or would in any way hinder the spread of the virus — at least early on.

The United States Surgeon General has the most cited advice on the issue, once tweeting that masks are “NOT effective in preventing the general public from catching coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!”

Now, Fauci, like others, has become an advocate for masks, as he noted in a previous interview.

“Masks are not 100 percent protective. However, they certainly are better than not wearing a mask,” Fauci said in a press conference. “Both to prevent you, if you happen to be a person who maybe feels well, but has an asymptomatic infection that you don’t even know about, to prevent you from infecting someone else, but also it can protect you a certain degree, not a hundred percent, in protecting you from getting infected from someone who, either is breathing, or coughing, or sneezing, or singing or whatever it is in which the droplets or the aerosols go out. So masks work.”

States and other entities are also requiring masks to be worn when social distancing is not possible, such as in indoor dining rooms and retailers, in medical offices, and in most workplaces.

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Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: Dr. Fauci Admits That Public Health Experts Initially ‘Downplayed’ Face Masks Over Concerns About Supply

In a landmark 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court decided Monday that Title VII, which protects workers from employment discrimination on the basis of gender, can be interpreted to include discrimination based on sexual orientation, extending the protections of federal employment law to LGBT individuals.

The ruling was unexpected, given the largely conservative makeup of the Supreme Court, and will likely give rise to further cases testing the limits of Title VII protections for LGBT workers, The Associated Press reports.

Justice Neil Gorsuch, a Trump appointee, wrote for the majority, which included the four “liberal” Justices — Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg — and Supreme Court Justice John Roberts. Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas dissented, as did the court’s most recent addition, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who wrote his own dissenting opinion separate from the other two.

“An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex,” Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in his opinion. “Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids.”

Alito and Thomas argued that, while the Court may believe it is achieving a judicious result, that same result could have — and should have — come through legislation and a specific, Congressional change to Title VII, rather than through the courts, and that the word “sex” cannot be read to include “sexual orientation” or “gender identity.”

“The Court tries to convince readers that it is merely enforcing the terms of the statute, but that is preposterous,” Alito wrote. “Even as understood today, the concept of discrimination because of ‘sex’ is different from discrimination because of ‘sexual orientation’ or ‘gender identity.’”

“During the Obama years, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had changed its longstanding interpretation of civil rights law to include discrimination against LGBT people,” the AP adds. “The law prohibits discrimination because of sex but has no specific protection for sexual orientation or gender identity.”

The decision covers only those employees who claim to have been fired for their sexual orientation in jobs with no other conditions for employment. The plaintiffs whose cases were joined under the Bostock v. Clayton County decision include Donald Zarda, a former skydiving instructor who claimed to have been fired after his employers discovered he was gay; Gerald Bostock, a civil employee of Clayton County, Georgia; and Aimee Stephens, a transgender individual who was fired from a job at a Detroit-area funeral home after coming to work wearing women’s clothing.

The court did not specifically address whether religious organizations, many of whom prohibit openly gay individuals from serving as employees, will receive a carve-out exception to the ruling, or whether transgender individuals who have not had gender-reassignment surgery can be considered members of the opposite sex — an issue at the forefront of women’s athletics.

There are cases pending in lower courts on both of those issues, and both could come before the Supreme Court as early as next term.

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Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: Gorsuch Sides With Liberal Justices In Landmark LGBT Case; Alito Slams Ruling: ‘Preposterous’

Joe Biden, the Democrats’ presumptive 2020 presidential nominee, told “The Daily Show” Wednesday that he expects President Donald Trump to try to “steal” the presidential election and expressed hope that the United States military would remove Donald Trump from the White House if he refused to vacate.

Echoing conspiracy theorists, including failed 2016 presidential contender Hillary Clinton, Biden explained vague comments he’d made previously, telling “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah that he believes Trump will not accept a loss at the ballot box and that the president will try to create chaos around the election.

“This president’s going to try to steal this election,” Biden said.

The answer was in reference to the Georgia primary, held Tuesday, which turned into an unqualified disaster after confused voters submitted mail-in ballots and precincts were reordered and moved.

“This is a guy who said that all mail-in ballots are fraudulent, voting by mail, while he sits behind the desk in the Oval Office and writes his mail-in ballot to vote in the primary,” Biden added.

Support for voting via absentee ballot is, of course, different from supporting a fully mail-in election, and even Twitter, which fact-checked the president’s claims of vote fraud stemming from mail-in elections, admitted that there are problems with vote-by-mail programs. The president and other Republican officials have expressed concerns that Democrats are looking to sow confusion and manipulate November’s election results by pressing for a fully mail-in vote.

Biden and others, like Clinton, have previously expressed concern that President Trump may try to “move” the November elections over fears of a second wave of coronavirus infections. Since the presidential election date is set by Federal law as the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, such a move would require an act of Congress — a Congress that is none too friendly to the president.

Biden did express hope, though, that if Trump resisted an unfavorable election outcome that the United States military would conspire to forcibly eject him from the White House.

“You have four chiefs of staff coming out and ripping the skin off of Trump, and so many rank-and-file military personnel saying, ‘Whoa, we’re not a military state. This is not who we are,’” Biden said. “I promise you, I’m absolutely convinced they will escort him from the White House with great dispatch.”

There is no indication that Trump would refuse to accept election results declaring Biden the winner. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany went further on Fox News Thursday morning, calling Biden a conspiracy theorist.

“This president is looking forward to November. This president is hard at work for the American people,” she said. “And leave it to Democrats to grandstand and level these conspiracy theories.”

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: Biden Warns Trump Will ‘Steal This Election,’ Predicts Military May Have To Remove Trump From White House

Senate Republicans will investigate the Obama administration’s decision to target national security adviser Michael Flynn following the 2016 presidential election, but they do not intend to subpoena former President Barack Obama or require him to testify in front of a panel, Politico reports.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told media Tuesday that his committee is prepared to investigate former Obama administration officials, particularly officials affiliated with the Department of Justice, and the FBI over their targeting of Flynn in light of Attorney General William Barr’s decision to drop perjury charges against the former national security advisor. Barack Obama will likely be left off the list of those asked to testify.

“I’m not anticipating calling President Obama,” Graham said, adding that it was likely the panel will question FBI Director James Comey and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates.

President Donald Trump was direct in his criticism of Obama, tweeting Monday that he believed Obama committed the “biggest political crime in American history, by far!” He also cited conservative radio and television host Buck Sexton, who noted that it appears Obama “used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration.”

“Hope you had fun investigating me. Now it’s my turn.” the president warned.

Senate Republicans, however, want to leave investigating Obama up to U.S. Attorney John Durham, who, at the direction of Attorney General Barr, is still investigating the origins of the FBI investigation into “Russian collusion” — an investigation that turned up next to no evidence that the Trump administration in any way coordinated with Russian officials to impact the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

“That’s already being looked at, and we’ve got relevant committees up here that are talking a look at some of those issues too. I always think that at the end, eventually the truth comes out, and I’m sure it will here too,” Sen. John Thune (R-SD) told Politico.

“[Trump] was accused of being a stooge for Putin and then subject to the appointment of a special counsel,” added Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). “I understand why the president feels like he’s under assault. But I think we need to do our own independent investigation. Obviously, Mr. Durham is doing his. We’ll hear from them. But I think we have an important role to play in terms of congressional oversight.”

Last week’s revelations about Michael Flynn drew a number of Obama administration officials into the spotlight. The plan to target Flynn appears to have included everyone from Comey and Yates, to former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and then-Vice President Joe Biden who, according to Rice’s notes, was present at a meeting where Comey briefed top Obama administration members — and the president — about the ongoing investigation.

Biden, Tuesday, initially denied knowing about the Flynn case but then later admitted he was “aware” of the probe.

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: Senate Republicans Will NOT Question Barack Obama Over Michael Flynn, Despite Trump Request

Womens groups that came out in force to support Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in leveling her unsubstantiated sexual assault allegations against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, are nowhere to be seen now that a sexual assault allegation has been leveled at former Vice President — and presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee — Joe Biden.

The Daily Beast attempted to contact 10 women’s rights organizations, including Planned Parenthood, NARAL, Emily’s List, the National Organization for Women, and others to get their comments on Tara Reade’s claim that Joe Biden sexually assaulted her while she worked as an aide in his Senate office in the early 1990s. Reade made the claim several years ago and repeated it on a progressive podcast earlier in April.

Reade has little to prove her allegations, but does have some evidence that she gave contemporaneous accounts of the attack to her brother, coworker, and neighbor, all of whom seem to substantiate Reade’s story. Reade’s mother, who has since passed away, cannot directly corroborate Reade’s claims, but in a newly resurfaced tape from the mid-1990s, a woman, believed to be Reade’s mother, can be heard asking a “Larry King Live” panel how to handle a powerful man in Washington with whom her daughter had an “issue” — and whether to bring that issue to authorities.

The Daily Beast says all ten organizations refused comment.

“The Daily Beast contacted 10 top national pro-women organizations for this story, including Emily’s List, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and the National Organization for Women,” the outlet reported Wednesday. “Most organizations did not respond to a detailed request for comment about the allegation by Tara Reade, a former staff assistant in Biden’s Senate office who has accused the former vice president of forcibly penetrating her with his fingers in the early 1990s. Others replied and did not provide a statement.”

“One prominent women’s political group cited a scheduling conflict and asked to be kept ‘in mind for other opportunities!’ When pressed if the following day would work better, an associate said it would not, citing another scheduling conflict,” the Daily Beast continued.

The outlet labeled the incident a “near-total lack of acknowledgement.”

The code of silence extends to Biden’s slate of potential running mates. The Washington Post reports that despite several recent appearances on network news programs, neither Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), nor Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) have commented on Reade’s allegations.

Planned Parenthood, NARAL, NOW, and Emily’s List were all actively involved in anti-Kavanaugh efforts and held near-constant protests outside of the U.S. Capitol, and in a number of state capitals, during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings. Planned Parenthood was one of the primary sponsors behind the final “Cancel Kavanaugh” protest that drew out celebrities like Amy Schumer and Whoopi Goldberg, among thousands of other demonstrators.

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Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: Planned Parenthood, NARAL, Emily’s List REFUSE To Comment On Biden Allegations

Dr. Deborah Birx, an infectious disease expert who has been one of the White House’s top advisors on the coronavirus pandemic, rushed to the president’s defense in an appearance on Fox News Saturday night and again in an appearance on CNN Sunday morning, taking the media to task for pushing misinformation about President Donald Trump’s comments on using disinfectant to treat the novel coronavirus.

“I think the media is very slicey and dicey about how they put sentences together in order to create headlines. …We know for millennials in other studies that some people may only read the headlines. And if there’s not a graphic, they’re not going to look any further than that,” Birx said on Fox News Saturday night, accusing the media of getting in the way of — and even burying — useful information about the virus.

“And I think we have to be responsible about our headlines. I think often, the reporting maybe accurate in paragraph three, four, and five. But I’m not sure how many people actually get to paragraph three, four, and five,” she said.

She was even more adamant about the media’s role in spreading disinformation during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday morning, blasting the media for taking joy in the president’s verbal pitfalls, even when they turn out to be innocuous.

CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Birx about comments the president made Thursday during his daily coronavirus briefing, allegedly suggesting — at least according to mainstream media sources — that Americans consider injecting or otherwise ingesting bleach or other chemical disinfectants to protect against the virus. The full comments show the president mulling over the idea in his head, asking Dr. Birx about the possibility of an internal disinfectant treatment, not openly suggesting Americans consume Clorox.

Headlines, however, blared that Trump had suggested drinking various household cleaners.

“I think it bothers me this is still in the news cycle,” Birx said, laying the blame for the viral comments squarely at the feet of the media. “I think we’re missing the bigger pieces of what we need to be doing as an American people to continue to protect one another.”

Dr. Birx was the focus of the president’s remarks, when he asked, Thursday, “So, supposing we hit the body with a tremendous — whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light — and I think you said that hasn’t been checked but you’re going to test it. And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside of the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way. And I think you said you’re going to test that too. Sounds interesting.”

Although initially reports suggested the president was alluding to a UV treatment he’d been briefed over previously, Trump later claimed he was being “sarcastic.”

Dr. Birx told Tapper the reason behind the comments is immaterial.

“I think as a scientist and public health official and researcher, sometimes I worry that we don’t get the information to the American people that we need when we continue to bring up something that was from Thursday night,” she said. “I think the source of misinformation is not the news media on this.”

She added that the president was clearly “musing,” and that she corrected him immediately.

“We have made it clear, and when he turned to me, I made it clear and he understood that it was not as a treatment. And I think that kind of dialogue will happen,” she added. “I think what got lost in there, which is very unfortunate in what happened next, is that study was critically important for the American people.”

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: Dr. Deborah Birx Comes To President’s Defense, Accuses Media Of Being ‘Slicey And Dicey’ Over Trump’s Disinfectant Comments

Democrats may have gotten concessions on an emergency relief package to refill the Paycheck Protection Program, which ran out of money late last week as small businesses scrambled to apply for the PPP’s forgivable-interest loans, but it may have come at a cost: there will be no fourth coronavirus relief package anytime soon, despite Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) plans and efforts.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) “hit the breaks” on a fourth relief package Wednesday morning, according to The Hill, telling a press conference that the emergency relief bill was enough for now, particularly given that it included further handouts to hospitals and health care facilities.

McConnell added that lawmakers must begin to address the idea that increased spending may not slow the spread of coronavirus or save a swiftly declining economy.

“I think it’s also time to begin to think about the amount of debt we’re adding to our country and the future impact of that. … Until we can begin to open up the economy, we can’t spend enough money to solve the problem,” McConnell said, noting that businesses unable to operate also won’t be paying taxes.

“Let’s weigh this very carefully because the future of our country in terms of the amount of debt that we’re adding up is a matter of genuine concern,” he added.

On Tuesday, the Senate passed a $450 billion emergency aid bill, close on the heels of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act that passed in late March, before Congress went on hiatus. The CARES Act, though the first named coronavirus relief bill, was actually the third such legislation; the first two cost $8 billion and $104 billion, respectively.

Initially, McConnell wanted a simple, $250 billion cash injection for the PPP, passed by unanimous consent, and with no frills. Democrats objected, demanding that any emergency relief package also include suffering hospitals, and put minority- and female-owned business at the front of the line for further loans. The package ballooned into a half billion dollar monster — a monster McConnell now believes should preclude a fourth bill, anticipated in Congress at the end of this month.

Pelosi, who pushed the add-ons to the PPP bill, is already drafting the fourth coronavirus relief package — an estimated $1.1 trillion bill — and had hoped to bring it to the floor in April, as soon as Congress returns from recess.

“Pelosi said it’s clear the next tranche of relief funds should be an expansion of the massive $2 trillion package the president signed into law last week — more money to aid states, cities and small businesses, expand unemployment benefits and another round of direct cash payments for Americans,” The Hill reported earlier in April.

McConnell now says that’s not happening: “Unless we get our economy up and running again, there’s not any way we can spend enough to continue to prop up the country.”

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Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: McConnell Halts Fourth Coronavirus Relief Package, Warns About Growing Debt

Former Vice President Joe Biden was well ahead of President Donald Trump in the Fox News national poll just last week, even though Biden had all but disappeared from the airwaves amid the coronavirus pandemic.

This week, though, things have changed significantly. Biden’s lead has disappeared, Fox News reports Monday, and the pair are now tied in the outlet’s 2020 presidential tracking poll.

“According to a new Fox News Poll of registered voters, the incumbent president and presumed Democratic nominee now tie with 42 percent support apiece,” Fox says. “Some 16 percent would vote for a third-party candidate or are undecided. Trump’s 42 percent support is, by a narrow margin, his highest ever against Biden, while Biden’s mark is his lowest by far.”

“According to a new Fox News Poll of registered voters, the incumbent president and presumed Democratic nominee now tie with 42 percent support apiece,” Fox says. “Some 16 percent would vote for a third-party candidate or are undecided. Trump’s 42 percent support is, by a narrow margin, his highest ever against Biden, while Biden’s mark is his lowest by far.”

The change is signifiant — a nearly ten-point shift from an identical poll taken last week — and comes just as some news outlets are reporting that Trump’s approval rating, which shot up to record highs in the first weeks of the national coronavirus response, has begun to decline back to more natural numbers.

Experts had predicted a fall for the president, particularly as coronavirus-related lockdowns wear on and the toll to the economy worsens, but few predicted that the same issues might have a similar effect on the Democrats’ presumptive 2020 presidential nominee.

It turns out, Fox News finds, Democrats are losing faith in their presidential candidate.

“Two weeks ago, Biden was up by 49-40 percent (March 21-24),” Fox reports. “Some of the most significant declines in his support come from women (-9 points) and non-whites (-11). Yet, the most troublesome shift is among Democrats, as just 80 percent back him, down from 87 percent in March.”

Experts who spoke to Fox say that Biden is suffering from his inability to command headlines and hold rallies. The presidential campaigns have moved largely online and, although Biden is now the only Democratic candidate left in the field, he hasn’t been able to capitalize off the change. It’s also been difficult for Biden to gain traction on cable news networks; his few appearances have been rife with issues — mostly of the candidate’s own making — and his attempts to hold “shadow” coronavirus briefings and competing question-and-answer sessions have fallen flat.

It probably doesn’t help that Biden still looks weak against other Democrats in the wider field.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) dropped out only last week and refused to endorse Biden for president, saying, instead, that he’ll remain on the ballot in order to collect delegates and influence the Democratic party platform. The Democratic Socialists of America have refused to endorse Biden, as well, alluding to the idea that the party nomination was “fixed” to avoid a socialist nominee.

Even regular Democrats are unconvinced. A poll taken last week showed support for replacing Biden with New York governor Andrew Cuomo, who is leading New York through the nation’s most significant coronavirus outbreak. Former president Barack Obama, who was expected to come out in support for his former Veep once the nomination was all but squared away has also been silent — a sore spot President Trump tried to take advantage of last week in comments made to the press.

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: Biden’s National Lead Over Trump EVAPORATES, Pair Now Tied In Presidential Poll

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