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Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is desperately clinging to the lead in the race to earn the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, is desperate for cash and, over the weekend, his campaign had to beg donors to “dig deep.”

A “close confidante” of Biden’s has reportedly been reaching out to the candidate’s most generous donors, asking them to pony up more money before Biden’s campaign has to scale back, and in a “confidential memo” sent to Biden’s top bundlers last week, Biden’s campaign manager, Greg Schultz, begged for more cash for ads in key states, according to MSN.

“We will have the resources we need to execute our plan,” Mr. Schultz reportedly wrote, according to the memo published by The New York Times. “We’re asking you to dig deep.”

Biden’s campaign started strong after launching in April, raising an astounding $21.5 million in the first few weeks — second only to South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg, who was then enjoying a honeymoon among well-connected Democrats and hopeful progressives enchanted by his platform and demeanor and eager to support the first Millennial candidate for President of the United States.

When Biden reported his second quarter numbers in July, he was well ahead of both Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), both considered Biden’s top rivals for the 2020 nomination, according to USA Today. Biden’s third quarter reports weren’t as rosy; he raised just $15 million over the summer, falling behind both Buttigieg and, this time, Sanders, NBC News reports.

At the moment, it is believed that Biden has only $9 million cash on hand — far too little to last until the Iowa Caucus in 100 days at Biden’s current burn rate, and far less than his top rivals. Sanders has more than $30 million on hand, thanks to a very lean campaign strategy, and Warren, whose profile has surged in recent weeks, has $27 million. Even Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who, after a significant bump in late summer is now polling in the doldrums — the low single digits — has more cash on hand than Biden.

The problem seems to be Biden’s expenditures and not his fundraising skills or Democratic excitement, though both of those factors are also significant. The Daily Beast reported last week that Biden’s campaign was running through money like water, spending close to a million dollars on private jet travel (even though Biden labeled himself the “Amtrak candidate” in a speech about his commute down the Acela corridor while he was a Senator).

He’s also splashed out on high-dollar campaign consultants: $230,000 on “fundraising consultants,” $228,378 on research consultants, $150,400 on “strategic consultants,” and $122,000 for polling. And he hasn’t skimped on his accommodations, staying in five-star hotels from New York to Idaho.

Not all campaigns are able to sustain their spending, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are doomed to failure. But there’s growing concern, it seems, that Democratic donors are giving less to Biden because they’re hedging their bets on who will come out on top in the nomination contest.

To that end, Biden is reportedly stepping up his fundraising game, traveling to high dollar fundraisers intead of letting his staff handle them, scaling back expenses, and focusing on online donations, which have ticked up for Biden recently, and which seem to increase every time he’s targeted by President Donald Trump.

Whatever strategy he uses, he should make it quick: national polls are now trending towards Warren and her lead is growing in Iowa. Although Biden’s campaign has maintained that he can win the nomination without some of the early states, that strategy will only hold out as long as Biden has the money to push hard in Democratic strongholds like California, and Warren is moving in on his territory there. She just bought more than $2 million in ads in California this week.

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Nikki Haley Breaks with Trump: ‘We Shouldn’t Have Followed Him, and We Shouldn’t Have Listened to Him’

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Nikki Haley, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, believes that former President Donald Trump “let us down.”

Haley’s remarks come as the former president’s legal team prepares to present its defense of Trump during his second impeachment trial in the Senate.

In a Politico interview published Friday, Haley, former South Carolina governor, said that “we shouldn’t have followed” Trump.

“We need to acknowledge he let us down,” she said in an extensive profile. “He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him. And we can’t let that ever happen again.”

She also told the outlet that she has not spoken to Trump since the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, and takes issue with his remarks condemning former Vice President Mike Pence’s refusal to reject the Electoral College vote.

“When I tell you I’m angry, it’s an understatement,” she expressed. “I am so disappointed in the fact that [despite] the loyalty and friendship he had with Mike Pence, that he would do that to him. Like, I’m disgusted by it.”

The former ambassador, who many people are speculating may run for the White House in 2024, also added that Trump will never accept the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“There’s nothing that you’re ever going to do that’s going to make him feel like he legitimately lost the election,” she explained. “He’s got a big bully pulpit. He should be responsible with it.”

Haley also warned that many people still love the former president and will not stop supporting him just because he is out of office.

“I know how much people love Donald Trump,” she admitted. “I know it. I feel it. Whether it’s an RNC room or social media or talking to donors, I can tell you that the love they have for him is still very strong. That’s not going to just fall to the wayside. Nor do I think the Republican Party is going to go back to the way it was before Donald Trump. I don’t think it should.”

Haley added that people, instead, should “take the good that he built, leave the bad that he did, and get back to a place where we can be a good, valuable, effective party.”

“[I]t’s bigger than the party,” she insisted. “I hope our country can come together and figure out how we pull this back.”

Referring to Haley’s possible 2024 ambitions, Politico’s Tim Alberta wrote, “Since last fall, I’ve spent nearly six hours talking with Haley on-the-record. I’ve also spoken with nearly 70 people who know her: friends, associates, donors, staffers, former colleagues. From those conversations, two things are clear. First, Nikki Haley is going to run for president in 2024. Second, she doesn’t know which Nikki Haley will be on the ballot.”

Haley also said that she didn’t believe Trump had a chance of winning in a 2024 election scenario.

“I don’t think he can,” she admitted. “He’s fallen so far.”

“I think his business is suffering at this point,” she added. “I think he’s lost any sort of political viability he was going to have. I think he’s lost his social media, which meant the world to him. I mean, I think he’s lost the things that really could have kept him moving.”

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WATCH: Trump’s Defense Team Absolutely Ruins Democrats With 13 Minute Montage of “Fight” Word Like Trump Did

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The Democrats demonized President Trump for using the word ‘fight’. Trump’s attorneys responded today with a collage of clips from each of the Democrats in the room using the word ‘fight’.

This portion of today’s events on Capitol Hill was excellent. The Democrats claim that because President Trump used the word ‘fight’ in his speech on January 6th in Washington D.C. However, what every Democrat in that room forgot was that they too had used the word previously in political speech.

The montage went on for 13 minutes. (The video montage starts at 7:10 timeframe.)

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WATCH: Trump Attorneys Destroy House Managers on Lying to American Public and Using Manipulated Tweet as Evidence

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President Trump’s defense team took the floor of the US Senate on Friday in defense of President Trump in the Senate impeachment trial.

Trump Attorney David Schoen absolutely destroyed the House Managers when he took to the floor of the US Senate.

At one point Schoen played video of the Democrat lawmakers lying about a Trump tweet.

House Impeachment Manager Eric Swalwell gave a riveting performance on Wednesday reading off Trump’s tweets with emotional appeal.

During this theatrical performance, Swalwell read off a Trump retweet by Jennifer Lynn Lawrence.

But there was one problem with the tweet. It was photoshopped.

Jennifer Lynn Lawrence has never been verified by Twitter. Democrats faked that to make it look more important.

On Friday Trump Attorney David Schoen destroyed Democrats for lying about this to the American public.

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White House Suspends Deputy Press Secretary For Allegedly Sexually Harassing, Threatening Reporter

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The White House announced on Friday that it was suspending Deputy Press Secretary TJ Ducklo after a report surfaced alleging that he sexually harassed and threatened a female reporter who was getting ready to publish a report revealing that he was dating a reporter who had previously been tasked with covering Democrat Joe Biden.

“The confrontation began on Inauguration Day, January 20, after [Politico reporter Tara] Palmeri, a coauthor of Politico’s Playbook, contacted [Axios political reporter Alexi] McCammond for comment while one of her male colleagues left a message for Ducklo,” Vanity Fair reported. “Ducklo subsequently called a Playbook editor to object to the story, but was told to call the Playbook reporters with his concerns. But instead of calling the male reporter who initially contacted him, Ducklo tried to intimidate Palmeri by phone in an effort to kill the story. ‘I will destroy you,’ Ducklo told her, according to the sources, adding that he would ruin her reputation if she published it.”

“During the off-the-record call, Ducklo made derogatory and misogynistic comments, accusing Palmeri of only reporting on his relationship—which, due to the ethics questions that factor into the relationship between a journalist and White House official, falls under the purview of her reporting beat—because she was ‘jealous’ that an unidentified man in the past had ‘wanted to f***’ McCammond ‘and not you,’” the report added. “Ducklo also accused Palmeri of being ‘jealous’ of his relationship with McCammond.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said following the report that Ducklo has been suspended for a week over the incident.

“TJ Ducklo has apologized to the reporter, with whom he had a heated conversation about his personal life,” Psaki wrote on Twitter. “He is the first to acknowledge this is not the standard of behavior set out by the President.”

“In addition to his initial apology, he has sent the reporter a personal note expressing his profound regret,” she continued. “With the approval of the White House Chief of Staff, he has been placed on a one-week suspension without pay. In addition, when he returns, he will no longer be assigned to work with any reporters at Politico.”

Reporters called out the administration over the incident, highlighting how the Trump administration did not treat reporters that way as well as issues with the timeline of events with regard to the White House taking action to address the incident.

“The Vanity Fair piece indicates that Politico editors reached to the WH after the incident first occurred and the WH acknowledged it was inappropriate,” Spectator editor Amber Athey wrote on Twitter. “But they clearly didn’t have any interest in disciplining Ducklo until his behavior was made public.”

New York Magazine reporter Olivia Nuzzi wrote on Twitter: “I covered Donald Trump for 6 years. It is saying something that this behavior — from a Biden official — shocks me.”

Grabien founder Tom Elliott highlighted the following remarks that Biden made a few weeks ago: “If you’re ever working with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect, talk down to someone, I promise you I will fire you on the spot, on the spot. No if, ands, or buts. Everybody — everybody is entitled to be treated with decency & dignity.”

CNN anchor Jake Tapper responded to the quote, writing: “Standards that are not upheld are not standards. They’re lies.”

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