Top Trump ally says Bloomberg would be toughest 2020 opponent

A 2020 match-up between President Trump and fellow New Yorker Michael Bloomberg would make for "very, very competitive race," former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Wednesday.

Bloomberg is among the growing number of Democrats who are considering challenging Trump in the next presidential election. The billionaire former New York City mayor has pledged to spend $80 million to help elect congressional Democratic candidates in the fall midterm elections, and has reportedly told confidantes he's weighing a White House bid after declining to run as an independent in 2016.

Though the 76-year-old was a staunch supporter of Hillary Clinton in 2016, he has developed a positive reputation among progressives for his left-of-center positions on gun control, immigration, and climate change. Bloomberg left the Republican Party in 2007 and has reportedly told friends he would run as a Democrat in 2020 if he decides to run.

"He checks many, many boxes in the progressive movement: he's exceptionally wealthy, has 100 percent name I.D. [and] he's willing to self-fund a race because he put $100 million dollars into his own race for mayor of New York City," Lewandowski told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

Lewandowski was responding to a question about Trump's potential challengers, and who would make the most formidable opponent on the Democratic side.

Because Bloomberg is similar to the president in many ways, and doesn't carry the baggage of "being part of the culture in D.C.," the White House should be scared if he enters the race next year, Lewandowski said.

"He has a history of running the nation's largest city, and he doesn't have the same problems that senators have, which is the schedule of being in the U.S. Senate," Lewandowski said. He said Bloomberg, who has an estimated net worth of $52 billion, "could literally write a check for $250 million dollars tomorrow – and as a rounding error in his bank account."

Besides being competitive, Lewandowski said a Trump vs. Bloomberg race would give voters more opportunities to hear from both candidates as both men would be less likely to spend significant time raising money for their campaigns.

"It would be a very, very competitive race and it would be a race that wouldn't require an en

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Chris Cuomo Nails Why Trump Supporters Defend Everything He Does

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CNN anchor warns Trump’s defenders: “He’s playing you.”

CNN’s Chris Cuomo is calling on President Donald Trump’s supporters to demand higher standards from their leader. 

So far, however, they’ve refused to do so. Cuomo wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that their support has “a religious quality” that leads them to defend the president almost as a matter of faith: 

Christopher C. Cuomo ✔@ChrisCuomo

The lying is unprecedented. That’s clear. What is also clear is that trump support has a religious quality to it: their belief in him is not about fact but faith in some set of expectations it seems. So it doesn’t matter what he says or who lies abt it.

Abby D. Phillip ✔@abbydphillip

Last night on Fox @KatrinaPierson denied that she said "he said it" on a conference call about the alleged "n-word tape."

Now, she's acknowledging that there was a call. The audio seems clear: she said "he said it. He's embarrassed by it."

Credibility problems on all fronts. 

3:50 PM - Aug 14, 2018

Earlier in the day, Trump called former White House aide and “Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman a “dog” after she published a book critical of him and said the president had used a racial slur. 

Cuomo said the president seems to get away with insults and language that most people ― even his supporters ― wouldn’t accept: 

“If my 12-year-old, Mario, called someone a ‘dog,’ he would not say it again in my presence. I guarantee you he would apologize. In fact, if he said most of the things that the president says about people he’s threatened by or doesn’t like, his cheeks would be glowing.” Read more:

Fired FBI Agent Peter Strzok is Already Raking in Major Cash For His Corruption

Disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok was finally fired Monday morning after a Department of Justice Inspector General report revealed wide spread bias during his time working on the Clinton email investigation and Robert Mueller's Special Counsel. 

“Mr. Strzok was subject to the standard FBI review and disciplinary process after conduct highlighted in the IG report was referred to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). OPR reviewed the investigative materials, as well as the written and oral responses of Mr. Strzok and his counsel, and issued OPR's decision," the FBI released in a statement. "The Deputy Director, as the senior career FBI official, has the delegated authority to review and modify any disciplinary findings and/or penalty as deemed necessary in the best interest of the FBI.”

Right on cue, Strzok pulled out his victim card and created a GoFundMe account. 

That account has raked in more than $250,000 in less than 24-hours. 

Strzok isn't the first fired bureaucrat to capitalize on their much deserved termination. When Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe was fired earlier this year, he too started a fund and raked in more than $500,000 dollars. McCabe was fired for being serial liar during his time at the Bureau, which included making false statements under oath to federal investigators. 

"The OIG found that then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe lacked candor, including under oath on multiple occasions in connection with describing his role in connection with a disclosure to the WSJ, and that this conduct violated FBI Offense Codes 2.5 and 2.6. The OIG also concluded that McCabe’s disclosure of the existence of an ongoing investigation in the manner described in this report violated the FBI’s and the Department’s media policy and constituted misconduct," a DOJ inspector general report states.

Amazing how bureaucrats, even the rare ones who end up getting fired, always seem to fall up.


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Trump Signs Act Named After John McCain Without Mentioning McCain Once

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The president couldn’t say one nice thing about the senator before signing the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act.

President Donald Trump couldn’t manage to say a single nice thing about Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) at an event on Monday where he signed a defense bill named for the former prisoner of war. 

Trump went to Fort Drum in New York to sign the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act but did not mention the senator at all in his speech. The president has frequently insulted McCain, a Vietnam veteran and prisoner of war, even as the senator battles an aggressive form of brain cancer. 

The president did, however, boast about creating a new military branch, the Space Force. 

“It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space,” Trump told troops at Fort Drum. “We must have American dominance in space.” 

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"It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space," Pres. Trump brings up Space Force to troops at Fort Drum, New York. 

3:24 PM - Aug 13, 2018

McCain became one of Trump’s favorite targets on the presidential campaign trail in 2015 when Trump told supporters he “liked people who weren’t captured.” Trump continually attacked McCain’s status as a war hero, despite having dodged the Vietnam draft multiple times himself for “bone spurs.”

Trump has been critical of McCain since long b

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