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Beto Returns: Failed Candidate Teams with Bloomberg Group in Bid To Turn Texas Blue: Report

Some people never get tired of losing — former Democratic presidential candidate Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke is proof of that. He failed in his bid to unseat Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, before failing to secure the Democratic nomination for president. Now, The Little Engine That Couldn’t is reportedly joining forces with a gun control…

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Is This Tiny Texas House Race a Sign of Things to Come in November?

Beto O’Rourke is livestreaming again. Joe Biden and Julián Castro are making their presence felt. Mike Bloomberg has knocked on doors and outside groups are running TV attack ads. On the brink of 2020’s first big contest, it all screams high stakes. Not in Iowa. This is just for a single Texas House seat. “This…

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The Fallen: 15 Democrats Who Dropped Out Before a Single 2020 Vote Was Cast

One by one, 15 of the president’s fiercest critics have dropped out of the race, unable to garner support to take on the man they believe is public enemy number one.

Marianne Williamson Lasted 38 Days Longer Than Harris, 70 Days Longer Than Beto

Author and spiritual guru Marianne Williamson dropped out of the 2020 Democratic presidential race Friday, outlasting such candidates as Beto O’Rourke and Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.).

Williamson, a non-factor in polling who had failed to qualify for a debate since July, announced her decision to withdraw in a letter to supporters, saying she believed “love will prevail.”

In her longshot bid for the nomination, the eclectic candidate outlasted O’Rourke—who quit Nov. 1—by 70 days. She outlasted Harris—who ended her campaign Dec. 3—by 38 days. Williamson is the 15th Democrat to drop out of the race.

Williamson has never held office, but her self-help books and lectures had a large following. She met the polling and fundraising thresholds for the first Democratic debate earlier than seasoned lawmakers like Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.).

She drew attention for oddball moments during debates. She said her first call as president would be to New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern to challenge Ardern’s promise to make her country the best place in the world for a child to grow up.

“I would tell her: ‘Girlfriend, you are so on, because the United States of America is going to be the best place in the world for a child to grow up,'” Williamson said.

Williamson further set herself apart by saying the other candidates’ policy proposals were not going to be enough to defeat President Donald Trump.

“If you think any of this wonkiness is going to deal with this dark psychic force of collectivized hatred that this president is bringing up in the country, then I’m afraid Democrats are going to see some very dark days,” she said in July.

Williamson also drew criticism for receiving advice from an anti-vaccination attorney, and for falling for an online hoax claiming that Trump had pardoned deceased murderer Charles Manson.

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After Armed Churchgoer Saves Lives, Liberals Move to Disarm Them

In Texas this weekend, a gunman took a firearm into a church service intending to shoot up the place. He killed two people before the church’s head of security killed him. The Lone Star State has a law, passed in 2017, that explicitly allows for churches to have armed volunteer security teams.  (A separate law,…

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Beto O’Rourke Politicizes Texas Church Shooting, Can’t Quite Thank the Heroes Who Stopped It

On Sunday, two churchgoers in White Settlement, Texas were shot dead. However, things could have been a lot worse had there not been law-abiding concealed carriers in the congregation. According to Fox News, the gunman was shot dead by heroic parishioners “within seconds” of opening fire on the 240-odd congregants at the West Freeway Church…

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Fournier: Students Know More About Firearms–and Rights–than Gun-Grabbing Politicians

My generation knows that leaving a single mother defenseless to protect herself and her children isn’t the solution. We know that banning standard capacity magazines won’t stop criminals from getting them. We know that banning firearms suppressors won’t stop the next crazy gunman. Heck, not a single one of Gov. Northam’s gun control schemes would have stopped the Virginia Beach gunman from doing what he did last summer. We know that gun control doesn’t work.

Lawyer Accused of Defrauding BP Oil Spill Settlement Hosts Biden Fundraiser

Former Vice President Joe Biden attended a fundraiser hosted by a high-profile trial lawyer, once accused of defrauding the settlement allotted for BP’s Gulf Coat oil spill, during a recent swing through Texas.

Gun-Rights Groups Celebrate as Gun Control Recedes From 2020 Debate

Gun control has increasingly taken a back seat in coverage of the 2020 primary, upsetting proponents and causing celebration among opponents, who believe the drop-off shows the issue is a loser even in the Democratic primary.

In interviews with the Washington Free Beacon, gun-rights groups argued that the media have downplayed gun control and candidates have avoided it because 2020 hopefuls who have run on the issue have failed. A Free Beacon analysis lent credence to this claim, finding that gun control is no longer drawing the same media attention it did in the aftermath of the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. The issue was all but absent from the most recent Democratic debate, a fact lamented by gun-control advocates.

These changes, the gun-rights supporters argued, indicate that gun bans and confiscation schemes are a losing issue even among Democrats.

“Even in a Democratic presidential primary, every candidate who campaigned primarily on extreme gun ban platforms has been rejected,” Catherine Mortensen, an NRA spokesperson, told the Free Beacon. “While the remaining candidates and their media allies may try and sweep this issue under the rug, rest assured the NRA knows that they share those same out-of-the-mainstream views and we will appropriately inform all voters.”

A Free Beacon review of cable news interviews confirmed that mentions of gun control have declined. In the time between former candidate Beto O’Rourke’s pivot to gun confiscation and the end of his campaign, the terms “gun control” and “gun safety” were mentioned an average of 19 times per day. In the time between the end of O’Rourke’s campaign and the November Democratic debate, they were only mentioned seven times per day on average.

The nearly three-fold drop in discussion of the gun issue on cable news coincides with a drop in candidates mentioning it during interviews. Candidates were four times more likely to mention guns during cable news interviews between the mass shooting in El Paso on August 3 and the last day of O’Rourke’s campaign on October 31. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.), billionaire Tom Steyer, and Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) were the only candidates who mentioned guns in cable news interviews after O’Rourke dropped out.

This decline may reflect other trends, including a fall in the number of mass shootings and an increase in media attention on impeachment. Gun-rights proponents, however, interpreted the findings as a shift in priorities.

“The Democrats and their friends in the media realized that the terms gun control and so-called gun safety became equated to gun prohibition and confiscation in the battleground states,” Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation told the Free Beacon.

The decline culminated in an all-but-total absence of gun control from November’s Democratic debate. Gun-control groups—including Everytown, Moms Demand Action, Giffords, and March For Our Lives—decried this absence, arguing that guns should have been a top priority during the MSNBC debate.

“Gun violence was not a topic of discussion at tonight’s Democratic Debate,” March For Our Lives tweeted. “But it was the main topic of conversation in hospital beds, back yards, schools, football games and neighborhoods this week. It’s on the forefront of our minds. It should have been brought up tonight.”

But Democrats might know something March For Our Lives does not, argued Mark Oliva, director of public affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation—that gun control is a losing issue.

“What was noticeable was the most vocal supporters for radical control, those who openly called for outright confiscation of firearms, weren’t on the stage,” Oliva said. “Democratic candidates are learning the hard way their anti-gun and anti-rights messages don’t resonate beyond their cocktail parties.”

Gun-rights supporters pointed to O’Rourke and Rep. Eric Swalwell (D., Calif.) as the top examples of failed presidential candidates who pinned their electoral hopes on gun control. Swalwell ran almost exclusively on a plan to confiscate “assault weapons” but failed to garner any support before dropping out. In the wake of the El Paso shooting and with his campaign support stuck in the low single digits, O’Rourke pivoted towards a similar scheme. After failing to gain any momentum, he also dropped out at the end of October.

Gun-rights groups did, however, raise concerns about billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s entrance into the race. The former New York City mayor has bankrolled much of the gun-control movement in the United States over the last few decades. He pumped $110 million dollars into pro-gun-control candidates’ campaigns in 2018 alone, according to his campaign website. Bloomberg’s entrance, combined with his abundant resources, could cause renewed interest in the gun debate.

“Now that Michael Bloomberg has entered the race he will force the gun-control issue back to the top of their talking point list,” Gottlieb said. “He is the number one person in America that funds and promotes the attack on Second Amendment rights.”

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New Poll Shows Texas Going Blue Is a Giant Lie

It was the sign for Republicans that the atomic clock of conservatism was at a half-minute to midnight: If Texas wasn’t turning blue, it was at least going purple. That meant 38 electoral votes would go up in a puff of blue smoke — and with them, any chance of winning a presidential contest under…

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Gun Owners on MSNBC Focus Group Laugh at Idea of Buybacks

Several gun owners on an MSNBC focus group laughed at the notion of “buybacks,” a confiscation proposal made by two failed Democratic presidential candidates.

“Who thinks that’s a good idea?” MSNBC host Ali Velshi asked the group of eight Wisconsin gun owners. Some laughed and smirked, and one quipped, “I bought mine for a million bucks, so if they’re willing to pay me that.”

The gun owners’ derision reflects the soured political prospects for radical gun-control proposals, including those advanced by former presidential contender Beto O’Rourke. The former representative’s pivot to gun control did not bolster his flagging poll numbers or forestall his exit from the race.

Retired police officer Gregory Phillips, said changing gun laws would be “silly” and told Velshi the issue was his top concern when picking a presidential candidate.

“Don’t mess with my rights to protect my family by trying to take away my firearms,” he said.

After the segment, which aired Thursday, Velshi said that the undercurrent of the conversation was that gun owners felt misrepresented by the media, members of which frequently advocate for gun control in the wake of mass shootings.

Velshi’s co-host Stephanie Ruhle—who once mocked hunters on the air for using silencers—asked Velshi what he took away most from his interview. Velshi replied the gun owners did not understand why they are associated with mass murderers on television simply because they own firearms.

“So why not disassociate themselves with the NRA?” Ruhle asked.

“A lot of them didn’t feel that the NRA necessarily speaks for them,” Velshi said. “These are people who are sports enthusiasts, they’re hunting enthusiasts, but a lot of them did say it was about self-defense, and that disarming responsible gun owners, you’re not going to disarm the bad gun owners.”

Ruhle dramatically raised her eyebrows when Velshi noted one of the men in the focus group owned more than 100 guns.

Gun confiscation became a topic of debate during the Democratic primary, with candidates O’Rourke and Rep. Eric Swalwell (D., Calif.) calling for confiscation before bowing out of the race.

O’Rourke, reversing a position he had when he ran for Senate in 2018, declared he would take AR-15s and AK-47s from their owners through a buyback program. He said any owners who did not comply would be prosecuted under his administration, in a proposal echoing Swalwell’s.

Sens. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) and Cory Booker (D., N.J.) have also expressed support for mandatory buybacks of “assault weapons” in their presidential campaigns.

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Joy Behar: Beto Shouldn’t Have Revealed Gun Confiscation Plans Before Being Elected

Why did Beto O’Rourke’s presidential candidacy fail? I suppose you could come up with a whole panoply of reasons if given the chance. For me, I would say it likely had something to do with the former Texas congressman’s woefully uninspiring campaign in which he told an identity politics-obsessed Democratic electorate that what they really…

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Tulsi Gabbard on Hillary Clinton: ‘This Is Not a Personal Spat Between Two Women’

Fresh off of her headline-making appearance on “The View,” Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) headed straight to Variety’s Salute to Service luncheon presented by History, where she was honored, alongside other servicepeople and media figures who support veterans’ causes. Before the luncheon, Gabbard spoke to Variety about the biggest issues facing the military, and why she believes her service […]

Beto’s Gun Confiscation Gamble Failed

Beto O’Rourke’s exit from the Democratic presidential primary on Friday makes clear his decision to center his campaign on gun confiscation was a failure, and shows it is an increasingly dangerous political position for candidates to take.

The RealClearPolitics average of 2020 polls shows that O’Rourke lost support between the September debate—where he declared “hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47″—and the end of October. Before committing to the unprecedented confiscation scheme, O’Rourke had polled at 2.6 percent support. In the last polls taken before he announced the end of his campaign, O’Rourke had the support of just 1.6 percent of respondents.

O’Rourke’s failed gun confiscation gambit shows the limits of gun control as a winning issue, even within the Democratic primary. Additionally, it serves as a cautionary tale for the remaining Democrats, and may even come back to haunt the eventual nominee as Republicans and gun rights activists reuse video clips of his declaration.

Even O’Rourke’s September and October highs were down from April, when he peaked at 9.5 percent. Between the September debate and the end of October, O’Rourke’s RealClearPolitics average remained between 3.3 percent and 1.6 percent. The most recent USA Today/Suffolk University poll found him polling at 0 percent.

The pivot to confiscation also failed to bolster O’Rourke’s fundraising. While his third quarter totals were higher than those in the second quarter—from $3.6 million up to $4.5 million—he brought in far less than his rivals, and underperformed his own early fundraising hauls, which saw him raising $6.1 million in the first 24 hours of his campaign.

In fact, his comments about taking away AR-15s, the most popular rifle in the country, appear to have boosted his political opponents. The National Rifle Association’s PAC saw a threefold increase in daily giving after O’Rourke’s declaration, ending September with more than three times as much cash on hand as O’Rourke’s campaign had.

O’Rourke’s pivot to gun confiscation followed the playbook of fellow failed candidate Rep. Eric Swalwell (D., Calif.), whose promise to nuke Americans in order to confiscate their firearms failed to pull him above 0 percent in the polls. Senators Cory Booker (D., N.J.) and Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) are the only other candidates who have expressed support for mandatory buybacks of AR-15s. Both campaigns are also polling in the single digits, with Harris laying off campaign staff to stay afloat.

Prior to his debate declaration, O’Rourke had supported other gun control policies, such as a ban on future sales of AR-15s. However, he only began to support a mandatory buyback—with threats of police action and jail time for failure to comply—after dropping in the polls, and in the wake of a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.

O’Rourke’s embrace of confiscation prompted pushback from across the political spectrum. MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell said the move hurt efforts on Capitol Hill to come up with a gun control deal. Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire funding much of the gun control movement, called it “so impractical.” Democratic senator Joe Manchin (W. Va.) even declared, “Beto O’Rourke’s not taking my guns away from me.”

Police groups were equally unenthused by O’Rourke’s proposal to use law enforcement officers to take Americans’ guns en masse. One representative said many officers would not comply with O’Rourke’s plan if it passed. Another called it “asinine.”

“It’s ironic that Beto O’Rourke, who was slamming police as ‘the new Jim Crow’ just a year ago, now finds a need for police when he wants to disarm individuals,” Bill Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations, told the Washington Free Beacon last month. “Maybe poor Beto should spend less time live-streaming his visits to the dentist and attend a basic civics class instead. He’d be reminded that the very first law every police officer swears to uphold is the Constitution.”

National Fraternal Order of Police executive director Jim Pasco’s assessment of O’Rourke’s gun confiscation plan, and the prospects for his campaign after he pivoted to it, proved particularly prescient.

“Any such legislation, if it passed, would no doubt be vigorously litigated with a view to its apparent inconsistency with the Second Amendment,” Pasco told the Free Beacon. “In view of the foregoing, and in view of Mr. O’Rourke’s current standing in the polls, we do not view this as an issue we will have to grapple within the foreseeable future.”

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The Price Tag for Beto’s Hapless Presidential Run Is In: $14 Million (A Lot of AR-15s)

Even for a Democrat, Robert “Beto” O’Rourke knows how to blow money. The former Texas congressman brought his bid for the White House to a close on Friday, ending a long-shot run at an office he never deserved in the first place. But he didn’t do it without running through $14 million in campaign spending…

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‘The View’ Audience Applauds as Joy Behar Says Democrats Need To Lie To Get into Office

For Democrats, honesty isn’t the best policy after all. The news from Friday that former Texas Rep. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke had dropped his doomed bid for the Democratic presidential nomination added one refreshing element to the usual cackling on the ABC talk show “The View” on Monday. It got the shrewish Joy Behar to blurt…

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Behar to Dems: Don’t Announce Gun Bans — Wait Until You Get Elected, Then Take Them

On Monday’s broadcast of ABC’s “The View,” while discussing the failed 2020 presidential candidacy of former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), co-host Joy Behar commented on O’Rourke’s calls for a ban on assault-style weapons.

Beto O’Rourke’s ‘Passion’ for Gun Control ‘Inspiring’ for Joe Biden

Hours after Robert “Beto” O’Rourke ended his campaign for the Democrat presidential nomination, Joe Biden tweeted that O’Rourke’s “passion” for gun control was “inspiring.”