Charlottesville mayor: Virginia is 'a wall against Trump and Trumpism'

The mayor of Charlottesville, Va., celebrated the results of the highly-anticipated governor’s race on Tuesday, calling Virginia “a wall against [President] Trump and Trumpism.”

“The eyes of the country are on the Commonwealth of Virginia,” Mayor Mike Signer (D) tweeted. “As they should be. We are a wall against Trump and Trumpism.”

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) was projected to win the Virginia governor’s race Tuesday, defeating Republican Ed Gillespie in a major victory for Democrats.


Gillespie adopted similar techniques to Trump during the race, focusing on identity politics and issues like immigration. He blasted Northam on “sanctuary cities” and ran ads featuring his support for Confederate monuments throughout the state.

Northam, who led in a series of polls in the state carried by Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE last year, called Gillespie’s campaign “divisive” and “fear-mongering.” Northam countered with ads seeking to link Gillespie to Trump, particularly in Northern Virginia, which voted overwhelmingly for Clinton.

Signer was a strong critic of Trump following the deadly violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in August. Signer ripped Trump for his response to the clash, which left one person dead and dozens injured, in which Trump blamed “many sides” for the violence.

“People are dying, and I do think that it’s now on the president and on all of us to say enough is enough. This [white nationalist] movement has run its course,” Signer said at the time.

Vicente Fox: ‘I really thought the United States could not have a president like Donald Trump’

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox was in Dubai on election night when the results came through.

“It was terrible for me that night. I didn’t go to bed, I couldn’t go to sleep,” he said.

Fox, a brash former businessman-turned-politician, had reason to lose sleep over Trump’s election. As soon as Trump announced his candidacy in June 2015, bashing Mexico and Mexicans, Fox became one of Trump’s most outspoken Mexican critics.


“That’s my character, that’s the way I am and I don’t like to be offended like that and I decided to do something,” Fox said.

“I really thought he would not win. I really thought the United States could not have a president like Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE,” he said.

Trump’s populist message was especially jarring to Fox, who’s spent his political career fighting against populism in Latin America.

“What was my feeling? First of all, sadness. I really felt sad,” he said. “Because the United States, this great nation, this leading nation of the world, had elected a leader that, if [he has] any qualification, it’s that he’s not a leader.

“So sadness. … And then, I got my courage out.”

Since the election, Fox has kept up his taunts to Trump over border wall funding. In September, he announced a fake presidential bid against Trump in 2020.

“It’s like in boxing. He is my punching bag. So that brings me joy,” Fox said.


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Cassidy pulls endorsement of Moore

Republican Sen. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidySenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote GOP senators dodge on treatment of White House protesters The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – US virus deaths exceed 100,000; Pelosi pulls FISA bill MORE (La.) announced Saturday that he is pulling his support of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) following allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

“Based on the allegations against Roy Moore, his response and what is known, I withdraw support,” Cassidy tweeted.

Two other lawmakers have pulled their endorsements following a bombshell report in The Washington Post Thursday, in which Moore was accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl in 1979, when he was 32.


GOP Sens. Mike Lee (Utah) and Steve Daines (Mont.) both announced Friday night that they would no longer endorse Moore for Senate.

Other lawmakers from both parties have said Moore should step out of the race if the allegations are true.

The newspaper also found three other women who said that Moore had approached them around a similar time, when they were between the ages of 16 and 18.

Moore has denied the allegations regarding the 14-year-old, saying they are “completely false.”

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National poll: Majority says Moore should drop out

A majority of voters across the U.S. in a new Morning Consult/Politico poll say Republican Alabama Senate nominee Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreSessions goes after Tuberville’s coaching record in challenging him to debate The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip Sessions fires back at Trump over recusal: ‘I did my duty & you’re damn fortunate I did” MORE should drop out of the race amid sexual misconduct accusations. 

Sixty percent of voters say Moore should end his Senate bid due to the accusations, while 16 percent said he should continue his campaign. Twenty-four percent said they did not know or did not have an opinion.


Sixty percent of registered voters find the accusations levied against Moore to be “very credible” or “somewhat credible.” Six percent said they do not find the allegations to be at all credible, while 11 percent said they believe the accusations are “not too credible.” Twenty-three percent said they did not know or did not have an opinion.

The poll was conducted after The Washington Post last week reported an accusation from a woman who said she had sexual contact with Moore in 1979, when she was 14 years old. Moore, who would have been 32 at the time, has denied this allegation.

The Post’s report also included accounts from three other women who claim Moore pursued them around the same time, when they were between 16 and 18 years old. Moore in an interview last week admitted he may have dated women in their later teens at that point in this life, but that he did not “remember anything like that.”

Another woman on Monday publicly accused Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was 16 years old. The new Politico/Morning Consult survey was conducted prior to the most recent allegation.

The online survey of 1,993 registered voters across the country was done from Nov. 9-11. It has a margin of error of 2 percentage points.

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Majority of Americans Unconvinced Trump Can Handle Nation's Top Job

With his inauguration now less than three weeks away, a new survey shows a majority of the American people are far from confident that Donald Trump, a former reality television star who won the Electoral College but lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, is up to the major tasks entrusted to the President of the United States.

According to results released by Gallup on Monday, “less than half of Americans are confident in [Trump’s] ability to handle an international crisis (46%), to use military force wisely (47%) or to prevent major scandals in his administration (44%).”

Those numbers are far lower than measures taken on Trump’s most recent predecessors—Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton—all of whom had percentages close to 70% in each of those categories prior to their taking office.

Even in areas where those polled expressed higher confidence in Trump, he still came up with much lower ratings than those who came before him.


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