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Biden Enlists January 6 Police Officers For Swing State Campaigns As Democrats Reportedly ‘freaking Out’ Over Poor Polling – Live

Democrats’ anxiety over Biden’s chances rises after Trump gains fundraising edge – reportThe latest development rattling Democrats is the edge in fundraising that Donald Trump gained over Joe Biden last month, Politico reports.

The former president’s fundraising last month was $25m more than Biden, Politico reports, though the Democrat maintains his edge in cash on hand. The story is otherwise full of alarming quotes from nameless Democratic insiders warning that Biden’s in a far weaker position than he should be, especially considering the stakes of this election.

From one Democratic operative Politico describes as being in touch with the White House:

This isn’t, “Oh my God, Mitt Romney might become president.” It’s “Oh my God, the democracy might end.”

And a Democratic adviser:

The list of why we “could” win is so small I don’t even need to keep the list on my phone.

The response from Biden campaign spokesman Kevin Munoz:

The work we do every day on the ground and on the airwaves in our battleground states — to talk about how President Biden is fighting for the middle class against the corporate greed that’s keeping prices high, and highlight Donald Trump’s anti-American campaign for revenge and retribution and abortion bans — is the work that will again secure us the White House.

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Biden campaign to hold press conference outside Trump business fraud trialJoe Biden’s campaign just announced they will hold a press conference this morning outside the New York City courthouse where closing arguments have begun Donald Trump’s trial on charges related to falsifying business records to cover up hush money payments.

Here is the latest on the closing arguments:

Washington DC police officer Daniel Hodges, US Capitol police officer Aquilino Gonell and Capitol police officer Harry Dunn listen during a hearing of the January 6 committee in 2022. Photograph: Elizabeth Frantz/ReutersThe Biden campaign has enlisted a trio of police officers who fought the rioters that attacked the Capitol on January 6 as campaign surrogates.

Washington DC police officer Daniel Hodges and former Capitol Police officers Harry Dunn and Aquilino Gonell will make their first appearance on behalf of the campaign in Arizona, the Arizona Republic reports.

“If I can tell that story a million times, I will. If I can do that, I’ll just be doing my part to save democracy,” Dunn told CNN in an interview. The former officer ran for Congress in Maryland as a Democrat, but last week lost his primary:

I just got off the phone with Senator Elfreth, congratulating her on her hard-fought victory. I look forward to ensuring that we send Senator Elfreth to Congress this November.

Although tonight’s results may not have gone like we hoped, all I can feel right now is gratitude.…

— Harry Dunn (@libradunn) May 15, 2024 Democrats’ anxiety over Biden’s chances rises after Trump gains fundraising edge – reportThe latest development rattling Democrats is the edge in fundraising that Donald Trump gained over Joe Biden last month, Politico reports.

The former president’s fundraising last month was $25m more than Biden, Politico reports, though the Democrat maintains his edge in cash on hand. The story is otherwise full of alarming quotes from nameless Democratic insiders warning that Biden’s in a far weaker position than he should be, especially considering the stakes of this election.

From one Democratic operative Politico describes as being in touch with the White House:

This isn’t, “Oh my God, Mitt Romney might become president.” It’s “Oh my God, the democracy might end.”

And a Democratic adviser:

The list of why we “could” win is so small I don’t even need to keep the list on my phone.

The response from Biden campaign spokesman Kevin Munoz:

The work we do every day on the ground and on the airwaves in our battleground states — to talk about how President Biden is fighting for the middle class against the corporate greed that’s keeping prices high, and highlight Donald Trump’s anti-American campaign for revenge and retribution and abortion bans — is the work that will again secure us the White House.

Biden enlists January 6 police officers to campaign in swing states as reports of Democratic ‘freakout’ over poor polling emergeGood morning, US politics blog readers. With less than six months to go until the 5 November presidential election, Politico has published yet another report about Democrats being nervous about Joe Biden’s chance for re-election against Donald Trump. That the president is unpopular, and has been for year, is practically old news, but his allies have more recently been rattled by successive waves of polls showing him trailing Trump in most of the swing states he will need to win. Citing anonymous sources, Politico reports that some Democrats are in “freakout” mode over Biden’s chances, with the president facing persistent public concerns about his handling of issues as varied as inflation, immigration, and the relative unpopularity of his running mate Kamala Harris.

The Biden campaign has plenty of cards up its sleeve, including reminding voters of the violence at the Capitol on January 6, and Trump’s role in instigating it. Three police officers who fought the insurrectionists will soon be hitting the road to campaign for Biden in battleground states, and warn voters that Trump would pose a threat to the country’s democracy, if he returned to the White House.

Here’s what else is going on:

The big news of today is happening in New York City, where closing arguments are scheduled in Trump’s business fraud trial. Follow our live blog for more.

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A majority of voters support filing lawsuits again oil companies for deceiving the public about the climate crisis, new polling shared with the Guardian finds.

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