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Andrew Yang Files Lawsuit Against New York Over Cancellation of Democratic Primary

The New York State Board of Elections removed Sanders from the ballot earlier this week, which cancelled the primary election.

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Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang has filed a lawsuit against the state of New York for cancelling the primaries.

The New York State Board of Elections removed Bernie Sanders from the ballot earlier this week, which effectively cancelled the primary election.

“I think that it’s time for us to recognize that the presidential contest is over,” said chairman of the Board of Elections Doug Kellner on Monday. “Joe Biden is the only candidate and therefore, he has effectively won the New York primary.”

Yang is joined in the lawsuit by seven New Yorkers who planned to serve as his delegates to the Democratic National Convention. He says that despite suspending his campaign, he still met all qualifications to remain on the ballot and did not ask to be removed.

“This unprecedented and unwarranted move infringes the rights of Plaintiffs and all New York State Democratic Party voters, of which there are estimated to be more than six million, as it fundamentally denies them the right to choose our next candidate for the office of President of the United States,” the lawsuit reads.

The presidential primary was originally scheduled to take place on April 28, but was postponed to June 23, before being halted due to concerns about the coronavirus. This means that former Vice President Joe Biden will automatically receive all 27 delegates from the state.

Yang’s lawsuit argues that his removal from the ballot will result in “disenfranchising hundreds of persons” and “suppressing voter turnout” for down ballot candidates.

Jeff Weaver, a senior adviser to Bernie Sanders’ campaign, has also expressed his dismay with the Board of Elections’ decision. He said it was an “outrage, a blow to American democracy and must be overturned” by the Democratic National Committee.

“Just last week Vice President Biden warned the American people that President Trump could use the current crisis as an excuse to postpone the November election. Well, he now has a precedent thanks to New York state,” Weaver said.

Lawyers from the Sanders campaign have sent a letter to the New York State Board of Elections asking to remain on the ballot.

“Senator Sanders wishes to remain on the ballot, and is concerned that his removal from the ballot would undermine efforts to unify the Democratic Party in advance of the general election,” Malcolm Seymour, an attorney representing the Sanders campaign, wrote to Andrew Spano, the commissioner for the New York State Board of Elections.

Though Sanders suspended his campaign on April 8, he never terminated his candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission and intended to hold on to his delegates until the convention.

In prior years, the candidates would not have been automatically removed from the ballot if they suspended their campaigns, but on April 13, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an appropriations bill with a new provision that gave the State Board of Elections discretion to do so.

“His involuntary erasure from the ballot, on grounds of a law that was not in effect when he announced his campaign’s limited suspension, would sow needless strife and distrust, impeding Senator Sanders’ efforts to unify the Democratic Party in advance of November elections,” the letter continues. “Senator Sanders has collaborated with state parties, the national party and the Biden campaign, to strengthen the Democrats by aligning the party’s progressive and moderate wings. His removal from the ballot would hamper those efforts, to the detriment of the party in the general election. The Board should exercise its discretion to avoid such interference.”

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WATCH: Someone Farted During Joe Biden’s Campaign Live Stream

Well… that’s embarrassing.

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The internet is going crazy over a clip from former Vice President Joe Biden’s livestreamed campaign event with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf in which someone appears to have passed gas.

The Trump campaign will probably have an absolute field day with this clip.

Social media users speculated that the culprit was Biden, as Governor Wolf appeared to grimace slightly at the sound.

“[Mitch McConnell] says they should declare bankruptcies if you can. And this isn’t some math exercise. This is about people. It’s about making sure you don’t have to cut those teachers and firefighters, police officers, and cut critical healthcare programs,” the former vice president said before the flatulence sound. “Or stop work on roads and bridges. So, what does the human cost of lack of state and local fiscal relief look like in Pennsylvania?”

Wolf, despite his seemingly involuntary facial response, continued to discuss issues in his state and did not comment about the noise.

“Leader of the free world can’t control his bowels for 3 minutes,” one Twitter user snarked.

This incident is just the latest in a long line of gaffes for the aging candidate and career politician. From discussing enjoying children hopping on his lap, to forgetting the name of the coronavirus and how many grandchildren he has, it seems as though Biden just can’t stop giving fodder to his rivals.

The incident reminded people an incident with Rep. Eric Swalwell where it sounded as though he passed gas during an interview with MSNBC. He denied that he did it, but social media users were skeptical.

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“It was not me!!!!!” Swalwell told reporters at the time. “Ha. And I didn’t hear it when I was speaking.”

The Biden campaign has not yet commented on the apparent flatulence. We will update this post if and when they do.

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Joe Biden: ‘If You Don’t Vote For Me, You Ain’t Black’

The contentious interview lead to Biden asserting that his campaign was doing enough to reach out to black voters before he made the jaw-dropping remark.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden told African-Americans that “if you don’t vote for me, you ain’t black” during a shocking appearance on the Breakfast Club on Friday morning.

The contentious interview lead to Biden asserting that his campaign was doing enough to reach out to black voters before he made the jaw-dropping remark.

The radio show’s host Charlamagne had asked Biden about rapper Sean Combs, also known as Diddy, claiming that that Democrats take black voters for granted. In response, Biden pointed to his overwhelming win in South Carolina.

“I kicked everybody’s — excuse me,” Biden said,stopping himself from swearing.

“I need you to say that!” Charlamagne fired back.

“I won every single county. I won the largest share of the black vote that anybody had, including Barack,” Biden continued. “They’re the folks that, as they say up my way, brung me to the dance. That’s how I get elected every single time.”

Biden also addressed his support for the controversial crime bill that implemented harsher penalties for minor drug offenses, which has largely been credited for more people of color being sent to prison.

“The crime bill didn’t increase mass incarceration, other things increased mass incarceration,” Biden said.

“I know a lot of weed smokers,” Biden also claimed.

He also told the host that he is considering “multiple” black women to be his running mate.

At the end of the interview, a staffer told Biden that he was out of time.

“You can’t do that to black media!” Charlamagne said.

“I do that to white media and black media,” Biden replied, promising to come back on the show.

“If you have a problem figuring out if you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” Biden said.

“It don’t have nothing to do with Trump — it has to do with the fact that I want something for my community,” Charlamagne countered.

Naturally, the racist comment has drawn fierce criticism from the black community, as well as the Trump campaign and RNC.

 

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Editor of ‘Non-Partisan’ VA Paper Accidentally Emails GOP Senate Candidate Calling Her a ‘Dimwit’

Witzke is an ‘America First’ conservative.

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The publisher of the Virginia News-Gazette emailed Republican Delaware Senate candidate Lauren Witzke and mistakenly sent along an conversation in which the editor called her a “dimwit.”

Witzke is an ‘America First’ conservative who is running on similar policies to what President Donald Trump campaigned on. She is also promising to fight for a full 10 year moratorium on all immigration and restoration of the American nuclear family.

Some how, the editor of the News-Gazette accidentally ended up on Witzke’s donor email list by mistake. After sending out a campaign email opposing the Delaware governor’s lock down orders, the Witzke campaign received an email from Matt Paxton, publisher of The News-Gazette.

It appears that the editor had forwarded the email to Paxton, adding “I’m not sure how we got on this dimwit’s mailing list.” When tried to email the Witzke campaign asking to be removed from the list, he replied to all, which forwarded along the chain where the editor called her a dimwit.

 

Witzke responded to the email, saying “thanks for letting us know. Are you aware that you forwarded the original message from your editor along with this thread? Not a great look for the ‘non-partisan’ media.”

Paxton responded by claiming that it was sent on purpose.

“I am aware. and sending unwanted, inapplicable emails willy-nilly to every little media outlet within hundreds of miles, not even in a contiguous state, meets the definition in my mind, and I’d say that whether this came from a candidate of the Democrat, Republican, Whig, Prohibition, Green, Libertarian or Socialist Worker Party,” Paxton responded. “We get enough spam as it is. I am not ‘non-partisan’ when it comes to spam.”

The District Herald called Paxton to ask whether or not the paper is indeed meant to be non-partisan. He claimed that they are and that he had never even heard of Witzke prior to the email being sent to him. He also claimed, contrary to his response to Witzke, that the email was sent by mistake.

“Umm… I think that was an internal email, a forwarded email, that inadvertently was sent,” Paxton responded.

When asked again if the paper is considered to be non-partisan, Paxton asserted that “I don’t even know who this person is. This Lauren Witzke.”

“She sent an email to us, we’re three states away,” Paxton added, seemingly frustrated.

The District Herald again asked if the paper is considered to be Democrat-leaning or if it is non-partisan.

“We’re non-partisan. We’re a community newspaper. We really don’t cover anything that is doesn’t happen in Rockbridge County, Virginia.

Witzke, for her part, told the District Herald that the paper should be ashamed of itself.

“As if it wasn’t obvious enough, the far-left news media once again tipped its partisan hand. The staff at The News-Gazette, which lost any credibility it had left with one single email today, ought to be ashamed of itself,” Witzke said. “The paper’s management should be immediately fired and replaced with those who will report the news honestly.”

She added that it is “little surprise that a Democrat paper in Virginia owned by people from Illinois is as sexist as Ralph Northam is racist, or that this level of frothing hate seems to be the norm in the small town that kicked Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her family out of a chicken dinner restaurant for being associated with the Trump campaign.”

In 2018, Sanders was kicked out of the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington for working at the White House. The owner of the restaurant, Stephanie Wilkinson, said that she was taking a stand against a person who defends “inhumane and unethical” presidential policies.

The incident caught the attention of President Donald Trump himself, and the restaurant claimed they had to close for two weeks because of all the negative attention. Still, the media largely defended their actions, even continuing to write glowing portraits of the incident a year later.

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