Glenn: Ferguson "the very beginning" of what will happen in America if we don't change course

Last night, the grand jury declined to indict police officer Darren Wilson on any charges related to the shooting of black teenager Michael Brown. Events surrounding the shooting have heightened racial tensions in Ferguson, MO, and across the country the protestors have held the case up as a high profile example of a racially biased justice and law enforcement system. Protestors took the streets in several major cities, and Ferguson descended into riots. On radio this morning, Glenn called for peace while also chastising those who would use the grand jury decision and the protests to further divide the country, including President Obama.

Glenn: Last night, we were all together for Thanksgiving. We were watching Godzilla. And halfway through, I said to my family, I'd rather live in this world. I'd rather live in the world where giant lizards are climbing out of the sea because I think I would understand this a little more. It would make sense to me. And nobody would be saying those big things that crushed Las Vegas would be good. We would all have some idea of what good and bad, right and wrong. Right now, the world is so screwed up. You don't know what up is and down is. You have no idea what good and bad, right and wrong is.

Last night, when Ferguson came out and we started setting things on fire, when you're watching Fox News and you're seeing one of their reporters just try to report the news and somebody in a Guy Fawkes mask comes up and they pull the camera down to the ground, you wonder and you worry about the reporters. You wonder and you worry and you start to think, if you're me, is this when they're starting to pull reporters out of their seats in the newsrooms? Is this the beginning of that?

Because I'm telling the press, you think when you put a sign on your back that says "press," that's always meant 'friend, don't bother me'. I'm telling you now, the rebels and the revolutionaries that want to be on the streets, they don't look at you as an ally or as a friend. That's why they're pulling your cameras down. This is the very beginning of what will happen to the press.

This is the very beginning of what will happen to our cities if we don't change course. If we don't do what Abraham Lincoln did right after the Gettysburg address, and that is, turn our faces to God at Thanksgiving. At Thanksgiving is when he did it. And it turned the war. We were losing everything up at to that point, but it turned the world. Because he said, we need to humble ourselves. Are we not a nation that needs to be humbled? My gosh, I don't even know what we stand for anymore, except for money and power and greed and corruption. That's not the America I know or love.

People out on the streets -- the president gives a speech last night -- Pat, do we have the audio of the president? Can we play a little of this?

PAT: Yeah, he was terrific. As usual.

GLENN: You know what went through my mind?

'And Barack knows we have to change our traditions'.

You know what we've changed our traditions to? It's Thanksgiving week where we don't have to worry about anything. We just worry about the upcoming food fest. We worry about, will we be able to make it to the mall and get the things we want to make? If we're struggling because of our finances -- which happens in every economy -- you're struggling and you worry about Christmas and what it will be like for the kids. Those are our traditions.

But Barack knows. Here we are -- if we all try to gather with our family, we now have to talk about politics. We now have to talk about what he's done. He's already -- he's just started to release the illegals. He's now started that this week. So we have to talk about that, and we have to talk about Ferguson, and we have to talk about what one senator is calling a race war. Perfect.

OBAMA: First and foremost, we are a nation built on the rule of law. And so we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury's to make. There are Americans who agree with it and there are Americans who are deeply disappointed, even angry.

PAT: This week we're a nation of laws, last week, not so much. Not so much a nation of laws.

GLENN: That's the way it works.

STU: It's a flip of a coin. They happened to say he was innocent, but it could have gone either way. If you think that it's a complete BS decision, you're just as right as someone who looked at the facts.

PAT: That's how he presented it.

OBAMA: We need to recognize this is not just an issue for Ferguson. This is an issue for America. We have made enormous progress in race relations over the course for the past several decades. I've witnessed in that in my own life, and to deny that progress, I think, is to deny America's capacity for change.

But what is also true is that there are still problems. And communities of color aren't just making these problems up. Separating that from this particular decision, there are issues in which the law too often feels as if it's being applied in a discriminatory fashion.

PAT: Why would you say that in this case, when that is clearly not the situation here? Why would you even bring that up? That's not the case here.

GLENN: This is so unbelievably outrageous. This president -- first of all, I think this is the first time I've heard him say, hey, we've come a long way, and I'm evidence of it. I'm evidence of it. Have you heard him say that before?

PAT: I haven't.

GLENN: Neither have I.

By the way, this is the most time any president has had to prepare a speech, so this should have been the best speech, the most well-thought out, most eloquent speech of all -- this could have been his Gettysburg address.

There was no rush to a speech here. All of us knew what the verdict was going to be because all of us could see the evidence as it was presented. We didn't even have access to everything the grand jury had, but we had enough to know it's probably not going to prosecution.

Not because of some race thing. The president should have gotten up and said, look, this is the system. And, yes, despite what I did last week where I made myself emperor, we are a nation of laws. And because of that, we believe in the system. And it's never perfect. In this case however, it looks like the grand jury may have gotten this one right. Now, sometimes in the past it has been wrong. And he can even talk about some of the cases, the civil rights cases, where you had grand jury members who were on the grand jury who were clearly intimidated or part of the clan. But those cases happened in the 1960s. And I'm evidence that this nation is not a racist nation.

Now, here's the thing, if you look at the evidence that the grand jury apprehend, you will see that this guy, the cop. There are witnesses. Black witnesses, that said they saw him charge the cop and say, you're too much of a cat to do anything about it. You're too much of a "cat" to shoot me. (He didn't actually say cat). You'll have to figure it out. He was taunting the cop.

And why was he he taunting the cop? He was taunting the cop because the streets have turned. The same reason that Europe has a problem with no-go zones. We've created no-go zones. If you're of a specific race or religion, you're already in a no-go zone, America. There's no such thing as equal application of the law anymore. All men are created equal and endowed by their creators. The president could have, since he's a constitutional scholar, could have said all men are created equal. Which means you're born equal. You have an equal shot in America. But you have to do something about it. It depends on how you react to life. Not what happens in life, but how you react in life that sets the course of this nation.

Now, how we react to it, because all men are created equal, but we don't have equal outcomes and we obviously don't respond the same way. So now is your moment of choosing. How will you respond to what life has dealt to you. And I'm specifically talking about the Brown family, and the Brown family has so far behaved admirably. They're hanging out a little too much with Al Sharpton for my taste, but they're saying peace on the streets.

Now, let me ask you, besides the Brown family, how have you been affected exactly? How have the Palestinian activists been affected in Ferguson?

I'm sorry. How have the communists, how has Occupy Wall Street personally been affected? There's something in our law called standing.

I can't bring a lawsuit against someone I don't have a standing. If someone sells somebody a car and it's a piece of crap, I can't go and sue the car dealer or the car maker. I don't have any standing. I didn't buy the car. I don't have the car. It didn't affect me. Where is your standing?

Well, all men, all men -- really? Show me the evidence that any wrong has been done here. Because the grand jury just deliberated and said it didn't. Now, that doesn't mean grand juries get it right all the time, but show me the actual evidence in this case that shows you, you should be burning down a city.

The President of the United States by not being outraged, by lecturing us -- and that's what he did. White America, black America, conservative America, liberal America, he got on last night and he lectured us.

See, you don't understand. I understand. They're not making this up. They're burning down our city for a reason. What reason? What reason, Mr. President? Mr. African-American president, what reason? You were elected twice. You were elected the first time by offering hope of change. Real change.

The second time you were elected out of fear-mongering, out of spite, out of divisions. But you still were elected, Mr. President. So tell me how racist this country is. Tell me -- tell me how racist it is.

Were you elected by only Hispanics? Were you elected by only black people? Were you? Were there any Jews? Were there any Mormons that voted for you? Were there any Catholics that voted for you? Were there any evangelicals that voted for you? Were there any black people that voted against you? Were there any Native Americans that voted against you? Who voted for you, Mr. President? Because right now you're supposed to represent all of us.

See, this is the biggest problem with our nation right now. We have no healing time because our parties have figured out, if we continue to divide, we can continue to grab power. So there's no healing power. There's no time where the president becomes everyone's president. They tried to do this under George W. Bush, but a tragedy lead us all together. A tragedy brought us all together. You know what, I didn't vote for that guy, but I don't care. He's my president. And it lasted for a while. Do we really need a tragedy to do it? That's the wrong way.

Tragedies lead progressive presidents like Woodrow Wilson and FDR to round people up. I would suggest with a progressive president, and that would include someone like Newt Gingrich or John McCain, I would suggest we avoid tragedies because you never know what those guys will do.

At least we didn't know what the two big progressive presidents were going to do during World War I and World War II. God help us all if we have a progressive president and it's World War III, which brings me to Chuck Hagel, but we'll wait.

Anything you guys want to add before we take a quick break?

STU: Let me add this: The stupid idiot that I am, I sat there and watched the president make the speech and thought, I wonder if this time he'll come out and say something uniting. I wonder if he'll come out and say, sure, there are injustices, but this isn't one of them.

PAT: And he probably had more access than the grand jury did to all the evidence. He knows what happened here. He knows.

STU: Well, Eric Holder was involved in this investigation. He was on the ground constantly. The prosecutor mentioned --

PAT: Well, he knows there was a witness who said that Michael Brown ran at the cop with his head down like a football player. And even though there were three bangs -- three shots rang out, he just kept coming. He didn't have his hands up. He didn't have his hands in the air. He was running headlong this officer -- he already scuffled with him in his car and beaten him there and two shots went off there. He had all this evidence. He knows this isn't one of those cases like during the civil rights era, there were absolutely miscarriages of justice. This wasn't one of them. He never said that.

GLENN: Do me a favor, Pat. See if you can find the Francis Fox Piven where she was saying, where are all the riots in the streets? Where are the riots in the streets?

This is all this is. I want you to know, America. They're trying to ignite an American Spring. That's all they're trying to do. If we can get the American people to riot, if we can just get them to stop being who the American people truly are. Don't you see?

Everything about what they're trying to do to us is to rip us away from the good, peaceful, charitable, kind people we truly are. That's not how we always are. But historically America always rights itself. It always leans back towards decency, courage, and kindness and charity. We always right ourselves.

For the love of Pete, look at our history and see who we truly are. Don't see just the mistakes. See the good things. All they're trying to do is separate us from the good things. This is a prime example early on of why we must reconnect with God. We must reconnect with ourselves. We must reconnect with history. We must know who they are because they're trying do separate us from our history. They're trying to separate us from the goodness in our heart by making us angry. They want us -- they want us to rise up.

We must rise up with hearts full of reconciliation. Go ahead, brother. Strike me down. To quote 'Star Wars', you will only make me more powerful. Strike me down. Strike me across the face. I will turn the other cheek.

You tell me, which would have more power, which would the American people stand up for right now, if people were locked arms, singing hymns walking down the streets of Ferguson, would the American people -- because the case is not on their side, the facts are not on their side, it would really be hard to get the American people to stand with them.

However, if they were all standing together shoulder-to-shoulder marching like Martin Luther King and singing hymns and talking about the real problems in our country, do you think maybe a few people would listen to them more than the people burning businesses down.

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It's time for our April 29, 2019 edition of our Candidate Power Rankings. We get to add two new candidates, write about a bunch of people that have little to no chance of winning, and thank the heavens we are one day closer to the end of all of this.

In case you're new here, read our explainer about how all of this works:

The 2020 Democratic primary power rankings are an attempt to make sense out of the chaos of the largest field of candidates in global history.

Each candidate gets a unique score in at least thirty categories, measuring data like polling, prediction markets, fundraising, fundamentals, media coverage, and more. The result is a candidate score between 0-100. These numbers will change from week to week as the race changes.

The power rankings are less a prediction on who will win the nomination, and more a snapshot of the state of the race at any given time. However, early on, the model gives more weight to fundamentals and potentials, and later will begin to prioritize polling and realities on the ground.

These power rankings include only announced candidates. So, when you say "WAIT!! WHERE'S XXXXX????" Read the earlier sentence again.

If you're like me, when you read power rankings about sports, you've already skipped ahead to the list. So, here we go.

See previous editions here.

20. Wayne Messam: 13.4 (Last week: 18th / 13.4)

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A former staffer of Wayne Messam is accusing his wife of hoarding the campaign's money.

First, how does this guy have "former" staffers? He's been running for approximately twelve minutes.

Second, he finished dead last in the field in fundraising with $44,000 for the quarter. Perhaps hoarding whatever money the campaign has is not the worst idea.

His best shot at the nomination continues to be something out of the series "Designated Survivor."

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19. Marianne Williamson: 17.1 (Last week: 17th / 17.1)

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Marianne Williamson would like you to pay for the sins of someone else's great, great, great grandparents. Lucky you!

Williamson is on the reparations train like most of the field, trying to separate herself from the pack by sheer monetary force.

How much of your cash does she want to spend? "Anything less than $100 billion is an insult." This is what I told the guy who showed up to buy my 1989 Ford Tempo. It didn't work then either.

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18. John Delaney: 19.7 (Last week: 15th / 20.3)

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Good news: John Delaney brought in $12.1 million in the first quarter, enough for fifth in the entire Democratic field!

Bad news: 97% of the money came from his own bank account.

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17. Eric Swalwell: 20.2 (Last week: 16th / 20.2)

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The Eric Swalwell formula:

  • Identify news cycle
  • Identify typical left-wing reaction
  • Add steroids

Democrats said there was obstruction in the Mueller report. Swalwell said there “certainly" was collusion.

Democrats said surveillance of the Trump campaign was no big deal. Swalwell said there was no need to apologize even if it was.

Democrats said William Barr mishandled the release of the Mueller report. Swalwell said he must resign.

Democrats say they want gun restrictions. Swalwell wants them all melted down and the liquid metal to be poured on the heads of NRA members. (Probably.)

16. Seth Moulton: 20.6 (NEW)

Who is Seth Moulton?

No, I'm asking.

Moulton falls into the category of congressman looking to raise his profile and make his future fundraising easier— not someone who is actually competing for the presidency.

He tried to block Nancy Pelosi as speaker, so whatever help he could get from the establishment is as dry as Pelosi's eyes when the Botox holds them open for too long.

Moulton is a veteran, and his military service alone is enough to tell you that he's done more with his life than I'll ever do with mine. But it's hard to see the road to the White House for a complete unknown in a large field of knowns.

Don't take my word for it, instead read this depressing story that he's actually telling people on purpose:

"I said, you know, part of my job is take tough questions," Moulton told the gathered business and political leaders. "You can ask even really difficult questions. And there was still silence. And then finally, someone in the way back of the room raised her hand, and she said, 'Who are you?' "

Yeah. Who are you?

15. Tim Ryan: 21.6 (Last week: 14th / 20.7)

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When you're talking to less than sixteen people in Iowa one week after your launch, you don't have too much to be excited about.

Ryan did get an interview on CNN, where he also talked to less than sixteen people.

He discussed his passion for the Dave Matthews Band, solidifying a key constituency in the year 1995.

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14. Tulsi Gabbard: 25.2 (Last week: 14th / 25.9)

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Tulsi Gabbard torched Kamala Harris in fundraising!!!!! (Among Indian-American donors.)

No word on who won the coveted handi-capable gender-neutral sodium-sensitive sub-demographic.

She received a mostly false rating for her attack on the Trump administration regarding its new policy on pork inspections, a topic not exactly leading the news cycle. Being from Hawaii, the state which leads the nation in Spam consumption, she was probably surprised when this didn't go mega viral.

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13. Andrew Yang: 27.2 (Last week: 12th / 27.1)

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Yang has a few go-to lines when he's on the campaign trail, such as: "The opposite of Donald Trump is an Asian man who likes math." Another is apparently the Jeb-esque "Chant my name! Chant my name!"

Yang continues to be one of the more interesting candidates in this race, essentially running a remix of the "One Tough Nerd" formula that worked for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

I highly recommend listening to his interview with Ben Shapiro, where Yang earns respect as the only Democratic presidential candidate in modern history to actually show up to a challenging and in-depth interview with a knowledgeable conservative.

But hidden in the Shapiro interview is the nasty little secret of the Yang campaign. His policy prescriptions, while still very liberal, come off as far too sane for him to compete in this Stalin look-alike contest.

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12. Jay Inslee: 30.4 (Last week: 11th / 30.4)

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If you read the Inslee candidate profile, I said he was running a one-issue climate campaign. This week, he called for a climate change-only debate, and blamed Donald Trump for flooding in Iowa.

He also may sign the nation's first "human composting" legalization bill. He can start by composting his presidential campaign.

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11. John Hickenlooper: 32.2 (Last week: 10th / 32.0)

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John Hickenlooper was sick of being asked if he would put a woman on the ticket, in the 0.032% chance he actually won the nomination.

So he wondered why the female candidates weren't being asked if they would name a male VP if they won?

Seems like a logical question, but only someone who is high on tailpipe fumes would think it was okay to ask in a Democratic primary. Hickenlooper would be better served by just transitioning to a female and demanding other candidates are asked why they don't have a transgendered VP.

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10. Julian Castro: 35.7 (Last week: 9th / 36.2)

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Lowering expectations is a useful strategy when your wife asks you to put together an Ikea end table, or when you've successfully convinced Charlize Theron to come home with you. But is it a successful campaign strategy?

Julian Castro is about to find out. He thinks the fact that everyone thinks he's crashing and burning on the campaign trail so far is an "advantage." Perhaps he can take the rest of the field by surprise on Super Tuesday when they finally realize he's actually running.

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9. Kirsten Gillibrand: 38.1 (Last week: 8th / 37.8)

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Gillibrand wants you to know that the reason her campaign has been such a miserable failure so far, is because she called for a certain senator to step down. The problem might also be that another certain senator isn't a good presidential candidate.

She also spent the week arm wrestling, and dancing at a gay bar called Blazing Saddle. In this time of division, one thing we can all agree on: Blazing Saddle is a really solid name for a gay bar.

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8. Amy Klobuchar: 45.1 (Last week: 7th / 45.5)

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Klobuchar is attempting a run in the moderate wing of the Democratic primary, which would be a better idea if such a wing existed.

She hasn't committed to impeaching Donald Trump and has actually voted to confirm over half of his judicial nominees. My guess is this will not be ignored by her primary opponents.

She also wants to resolve an ongoing TPS issue, which I assume means going by Peter Gibbons' desk every morning and making sure he got the memo about the new cover sheets.

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7. Elizabeth Warren: 45.3 (Last week: 6th / 46.0)

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Elizabeth Warren is bad at everything she does while she's campaigning. I don't really even watch Game of Thrones, and the idea that Warren would write a story about how the show proves we need more powerful women makes me cringe.

Of course, more powerful people of all the 39,343 genders are welcome, but it's such a transparent attempt at jumping on the back of a pop-culture event to pander to female voters, it's sickening.

We can only hope that when she's watching Game of Thrones, she's gonna grab her a beer.

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6. Cory Booker: 54.9 (Last week: 5th / 55.5)

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Booker is tied with Kamala Harris for the most missed Senate votes of the campaign so far. He gets criticized for this, but I think he should miss even more votes.

Booker is also pushing a national day off on Election Day—because the approximately six months of early voting allowed in every state just isn't enough.

Of course, making it easier to vote doesn't mean people are going to vote for Booker. So he's throwing trillions of dollars in bribes (my word, not his) to seal the deal.

Bookermania is in full effect, with 40 whole people showing up to his appearance in Nevada. Local press noted that the people were of "varying ages," an important distinction to most other crowds, which are entirely comprised of people with the same birthday.

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5. Robert Francis O’Rourke: 60.2 (Last week: 4th /62.6)

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Kirsten Gillibrand gave less than 2% of her income to charity. The good news is that she gave about seven times as much as Beto O'Rourke. Robert Francis, or Bob Frank, also happens to be one of the wealthiest candidates in the race. His late seventies father-in-law has been estimated to be worth as much as $20 billion, though the number is more likely to be a paltry $500 million.

He's made millions from a family company investing in fossil fuels and pharmaceutical stocks, underpaid his taxes for multiple years, and is suing the government to lower property taxes on a family-owned shopping center.

He's also all but disappeared. It's a long race, and you don't win a nomination in April of the year before election day. If he's being frugal and figuring out what he believes, it might be a good move.

But it's notable that all the "pretty boy" hype that Bob Frank owned going into this race has been handed over to Mayor Pete. Perhaps Beto is spending his time working on curbing the sweating, the hand gestures, and the issues with jumping on counters like a feline.

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4. Pete Buttigieg: 62.9 (Last week: 3rd / 62.9)

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When we first put candidates in tiers earlier this year, we broke everyone into five categories from "Front Runners" to "Eh, no." In the middle is a category called "Maybe, if everything goes right," and that's where we put Pete Buttigieg.

Well, everything has gone right so far. But Mayor Pete will be interested to learn that the other 19 candidates in this race are not going to hand him this nomination. Eventually, they will start saying negative things about him (they've started the opposition research process already), and it will be interesting to see how Petey deals with the pressure. We've already seen how it has affected Beto in a similar situation.

The media has spoken endlessly about the sexual orientation of Buttigieg, but not every Democratic activist is impressed. Barney Frank thinks the main reason he's getting this amount of attention is because he is gay. And for some, being a gay man just means you're a man, which isn't good enough.

When you base your vote on a candidate's genitals, things can get confusing.

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3. Kamala Harris: 68.6 (Last week: 1st / 69.1)

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There are a couple of ways to view the Harris candidacy so far.

#1 - Harris launched with much fanfare and an adoring media. She has since lost her momentum. Mayor Pete and former Mayor Bernie have the hype, and Kamala is fading.

#2 - Harris is playing the long game. She showed she can make an impact with her launch, but realizes that a media "win" ten months before an important primary means nothing. She's working behind the scenes and cleaning up with donations, prominent supporters, and loads of celebrities to execute an Obama style onslaught.

I tend to be in category 2, but I admit that's somewhat speculative. Harris seems to be well positioned to make a serious run, locking up more than double the amount of big Clinton and Obama fundraisers than any other candidate.

One interesting policy development for Harris that may hurt her in the primary is her lack of utter disgust for the nation of Israel. There's basically one acceptable position in a Democratic primary when it comes to Israel, which is that it's a racist and terrorist state, existing only to torture innocent Palestinians.

Certainly no one is going to mistake Harris for Donald Trump, but a paragraph like this is poison to the modern Democratic primary voter:

"Her support for Israel is central to who she is," Harris' campaign communications director, Lily Adams, told McClatchy. "She is firm in her belief that Israel has a right to exist and defend itself, including against rocket attacks from Gaza."

Just portraying the rocket attacks as "attacks" is controversial these days for Democrats, and claiming they are responses to attacks indicates you think the Jeeeewwwwwwwws aren't the ones responsible for the start of every hostility. Heresy!

Someone get Kamala a copy of the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion' before she blows her chance to run the free world.

2. Bernie Sanders: 69.2 (Last week: 2nd / 68.3)

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If Bernie Sanders hates millionaires as much as he claims, he must hate the mirror. As a millionaire, it might surprise some that he donated only 1% to charity. But it shouldn't.

It's entirely consistent with Sandersism to avoid giving to private charity. Why would you? Sanders believes the government does everything better than the private sector. He should be giving his money to the government.

Of course, he doesn't. He takes the tax breaks from the evil Trump tax plan he derides. He spends his money on fabulous vacation homes. He believes in socialism for thee, not for me.

Yes, this is enough to convince the Cardi B's of the world, all but guaranteeing a lock on the rapper-and-former-stripper-that-drugged-and-stole-from-her-prostitution-clients demographic. But can that lack of consistency hold up in front of general election voters?

If Bernie reads this and would like a path to credibility, clear out your bank account and send it here:

Gifts to the United States
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Funds Management Branch
P.O. Box 1328
Parkersburg, WV 26106-1328


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1. Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.: 78.8 (NEW)

Joe has run for president 113 times during his illustrious career, successfully capturing the presidency in approximately zero of his campaigns.

However, when the eternally woke Barack Obama had a chance to elevate a person of color, woman, or anything from the rainbow colored QUILTBAG, he instead chose the oldest, straightest, whitest guy he could find, and our man Robinette was the beneficiary.

Biden has been through a lot, much of it of his own making. Forget about his plagiarism and propensity to get a nostril full of each passing females' hair, his dealings while vice president in both Ukraine and China are a major general election vulnerability— not to mention a legal vulnerability for his children. But hey, win the presidency and you can pardon everyone, right?

His supposed appeal to rust belt voters makes him, on paper, a great candidate to take on Trump. The Clinton loss hinged on about 40,000 voters changing their mind from Hillary to Donald in a few states—the exact areas where victory could possibly be secured by someone named "Middle Class Joe" (as he alone calls himself.)

No one loves Joe Biden more than Joe Biden, and there's a relatively convincing case for his candidacy. But we must remember this unquestionable truth: Joe Biden is not good at running for president.

He's a gaffe machine that churns out mistake after mistake, hoping only to have his flubs excused by his unending charisma. But, will that work without the use of his legendary groping abilities? Only time, and a few dozen unnamed women, will tell.

Also, yes. Robinette is really his middle name.

If only Karl Marx were alive today to see his wackiest ideas being completely paraded around. He would be so proud. I can see him now: Sprawled out on his hammock from REI, fiddling around for the last vegan potato chip in the bag as he binge-watches Academy Awards on his 70-inch smart TV. In between glances at his iPhone X (he's got a massive Twitter following), he sips Pepsi. In his Patagonia t-shirt and NIKE tennis shoes, he writes a line or two about "oppression" and "the have-nots" as part of his job for Google.

His house is loaded with fresh products from all the woke companies. In the fridge, he's got Starbucks, he loves their soy milk. He's got Ben & Jerry's in the freezer. He tells everyone that, if he shaved, he'd use Gillette, on account of the way they stand up for the Have-Nots. But, really, Marx uses Dollar Shave Club because it's cheaper, a higher quality. Secretly, he loves Chic-Fil-A. He buys all his comic books off Amazon. The truth is, he never thought people would actually try to make the whole "communism" thing work.

RELATED: SOCIALISM: This is the most important special we have done

Companies have adopted a form of socialism that is sometimes called woke capitalism. They use their status as corporations to spread a socialist message and encourage people to do their part in social justice. The idea of companies in America using socialism at all is as confusing and ridiculous as a donkey in a prom dress: How did this happen? Is it a joke? Why is nobody bursting out in laughter? How far is this actually going to go? Does someone actually believe that they can take a donkey to prom?

Companies have adopted a form of socialism that is sometimes called woke capitalism.

On the micro level, Netflix has made some socialist moves: The "like/dislike" voting system was replaced after a Netflix-sponsored stand-up special by Amy Schumer received as tidal wave of thumb-downs. This summer, Netflix will take it a step further in the name of squashing dissent by disabling user comments and reviews. And of course most of us share a Netflix account with any number of people. Beyond that, they're as capitalist as the next mega-company.

Except for one area: propaganda. Netflix has started making movie-length advertisements for socialism. They call them "documentaries," but we know better than that. The most recent example is "Knock Down the House," which comes out tomorrow. The 86-minute-long commercial for socialism follows four "progressive Democrat" women who ran in the 2018 midterms, including our favorite socialist AOC.

Here's a snippet from the movie so good that you'll have to fight the urge to wave your USSR flag around the room:

This is what the mainstream media wants you to believe. They want you to be moved. They want the soundtrack to inspire you to go out and do something.

Just look at how the mainstream media treated the recent high-gloss "documentary" about Ilhan Omar, "Time for Ilhan." It received overwhelmingly bad ratings on IMDb and other user-review platforms, but got a whopping 93% on the media aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

This is exactly what the media wants you to think of when you hear the word socialism. Change. Empowerment. Strength. Diversity. They spend so much energy trying to make socialism cool. They gloss right over the unbelievable death toll. BlazeTV's own Matt Kibbe made a great video on this exact topic.

Any notion of socialism in America is a luxury, made possible by capitalism. The woke companies aren't actually doing anything for socialism. If they're lucky, they might get a boost in sales, which is the only thing they want anyway.

We want to show you the truth. We want to tell you the stories you won't hear anywhere else, not on Netflix, not at some movie festival. We're going to tell you what mainstream media doesn't want you to know.

Look at how much history we've lost over the years. They changed it slowly. But they had to. Because textbooks were out. So people were watching textbooks. It was printed. You would bring the book home. Mom and dad might go through it and check it out. So you had to slowly do things.

Well, they're not anymore. There are no textbooks anymore. Now, you just change them overnight. And we are losing new history. History is being changed in realtime.

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You have to write down what actually is happening and keep a journal. Don't necessarily tell everybody. Just keep a journal for what is happening right now. At some point, our kids won't have any idea of the truth. They will not have any idea of what this country was, how it really happened. Who were the good guys. Who were the bad guys. Who did what.

As Michelle Obama said. Barack knows. We have to change our history. Well, that's exactly what's happening. But it's happening at a very rapid pace.

We have to preserve our history. It is being systematically erased.

I first said this fifteen years ago, people need clay plots. We have to preserve our history as people preserved histories in ancient days, with the dead see scrolls, by putting them in caves in a clay pot. We have to preserve our history. It is being systematically erased. And I don't mean just the history of the founding of our country. I mean the history that's happening right now.

And the history that's happening right now, you're a problem if you're a conservative or a Christian. You are now a problem on the left, if you disagree and fall out of line at all. This is becoming a fascistic party. And you know what a fascist is. It doesn't matter if you're a Democrat or a Republican or an independent. If you believe it's my way or the highway, if you believe that people don't have a right to their opinion or don't have a right to their own life — you could do be a fascist.

Christianity might seem pretty well-protected in the U.S., but that's not the case in many parts of the globe.

On Easter Sunday, suicide bombers made the news for killing 290 innocent Christians in Sri Lanka and injuring another 500. On Tuesday, ISIS claimed responsibility for the massacre. Of course, the Western world mourned this tragic loss of life on a holy day of worship, but we forget that this isn't an isolated incident. Indeed, Christians are discriminated at extreme levels worldwide, and it needs to be brought to light. And whenever we do highlight brutal persecutions such as the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka, we need to call them what they are — targeted attacks against Christians. Sadly, many of our politicians are deathly afraid to do so.

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A 2018 Pew Research Center study found that Christians are harassed in 144 countries — the most of any other faith — slightly outnumbering Muslims for the top of the list. Additionally, Open Doors, a non-profit organization that works to serve persecuted Christians worldwide, found in their 2019 World Watch List that over 245 million Christians are seriously discriminated against for their religious beliefs. Sadly, this translates into 4,136 Christians killed and 2,625 either arrested, sentenced, imprisoned, or detained without trial over the year-long study period. And when it comes to churches, those in Sri Lanka were merely added to a long list of 1,266 Christian buildings attacked for their religion.

These breathtaking stats receive very little coverage in the Western world. And there seems to be a profound hesitation from politicians in discussing the issue of persecution against Christians. In the case of the Sri Lanka bombings, there's even a reluctance to use the word "Christian."

After the horrific Pittsburgh Synagogue and New Zealand Mosque shootings, Democrats rightfully acknowledged the disturbing trend of targeted attacks against Jews and Muslims. But some of these same politicians refer to the Sri Lanka bombings with careless ambiguity.

So why is it so hard for our leaders to acknowledge the persecutions Christians face?

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, for instance, certainly did — calling the incursions "attacks on Easter worshippers." Understandably, the term confused and frustrated many Christians. Although, supporters of these politicians argued the term was appropriate since a recent Associated Press report used it, and it was later picked up by a variety of media outlets, including Fox News. However, as more Democrats like 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro and Rep. Dan Kildee continued to use the phrase "Easter worshippers," it became clear that these politicians were going out of their way to avoid calling a spade a spade.

So why is it so hard for our leaders to acknowledge the persecutions Christians face? For starters, Christianity in democratic countries like the U.S. is seen differently than in devastated countries like Somalia. According to Pew Research, over 70% of Americans are Christian, with 66% of those Christians being white and 35% baby boomers. So while diverse Christians from all over the world are persecuted for their faith—in the U.S., Christians are a dominant religion full of old white people. This places Christians at the bottom of progressives' absurd intersectional totem poll, therefore leaving little sympathy for their cause. However, the differing experiences of Christians worldwide doesn't take away from the fact that they are unified in their beliefs.

By refusing to name the faith of the Sri Lankan martyrs, politicians are sending a message that they have very little, if no, concern about the growing amount of persecution against Christians worldwide.

Martyrs don't deserve to be known as "Easter worshippers." They should be known by the Christian faith they gave their lives for. Decent politicians need to call the tragedy in Sri Lanka what it is — a vicious attack on the Christian faith.

Patrick Hauf (@PatrickHauf) is a writer for Young Voices and Vice President of Lone Conservative. His work can be found in the Washington Examiner, Townhall, FEE, and more.