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Monday News: Trump Supporters Refuse to Admit Their Hero’s “Sheer Awfulness”; Gillespie Will Have Uphill Race

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, May 1.

  • How many of these Dem candidates can you identify? (photo by Mike Beaty from last night’s PW County Dems’ “Blue Victory Dinner”)

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  • Robert Reich:

    In an interview broadcast earlier today on “CBS This Morning,” Trump grew agitated as CBS’s John Dickerson pressed him on a number of issues. When Dickerson asked Trump about his Twitter post from early March alleging that Obama wiretapped him, and describing Obama as a “sick” man, Trump cut Dickerson off midsentence:

    TRUMP: “You don’t have to ask me.”
    DICKERSON: “Why not?”
    TRUMP: “Because I have my own opinions. You can have your own opinions. O.K., it’s enough.” [At this, Trump abruptly terminated the interview.]

    No, President Trump. It’s not a matter of you being entitled to your “own opinions” regardless of how far-fetched and baseless they are. You’re President of the United States, and your opinions influence the views of millions of Americans. If you can’t defend your opinions publicly, you shouldn’t be expressing them. Or you shouldn’t be president. As the saying goes, if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.

  • Not sure what the impetus behind this press release was, but for the record…from the Platt campaign:

    Platt Invites Fairfax and Rossi to Sign “Democrats Deed” and Reject Negative Campaigning

    Great Falls, Virginia — Today, former Joe Biden chief of staff and candidate for lieutenant governor Susan Platt sent a letter to Democratic primary opponents Justin Fairfax and Gene Rossi inviting them to sign the “Democrats Deed” and pledge to not engage in negative campaign tactics against one another.

    Platt’s letter, along with the text of the “Democrats Deed” is below.

    May 1, 2017

    Mr. Fairfax and Mr. Rossi:

    I am someone who has recruited, trained, and managed campaigns for Democratic candidates in Virginia, and I know how devastating negative campaigning by fellow Democrats can be to our Party.

    We may disagree on some of the issues facing the Commonwealth, or we may agree on the issues but advocate different solutions. These debates are healthy for our Party. But tearing each other down between now and June 13 will not help us win in November.

    That’s why I’m asking both of you to join me in signing “The Democrats Deed” to keep this campaign positive and focused on Virginia’s future.

    As our former First Lady Michelle Obama said, “When they go low, we go high.” By signing this Deed, we will stand in strong contrast to the Republican candidates and send a strong message to voters.

    Thank you for your consideration,
    Susan Platt

    “The Democrats Deed”

    We, the undersigned Democratic candidates for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, pledge to do the following:

    1. Refrain from negative campaign tactics including negative advertising.
    2. Refrain from push polling or “testing” negative messaging.
    3. Refrain from misleading whisper campaigns.

    The above parameters shall apply to us as candidates, to our campaigns, and to groups supporting our respective candidacies.

    [candidate signature lines and dates]

  • Northam Campaign Announces Endorsements of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Virginians

    Richmond, VA – Today, the Northam for Governor campaign announced the endorsements of a coalition of emerging leaders who are behind Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam’s vision for the Commonwealth. They know Ralph Northam is going to make progress every day for all Virginians, no matter who you are, no matter where you live.

    Delegate Mark Keam said of their endorsement:

    “As our Commonwealth becomes more diverse, we need leaders who embrace the change by valuing contributions from all Virginians. Ralph Northam’s vision for the Commonwealth is one that welcomes and respects people of all backgrounds, faiths and views. Ralph’s inclusive vision and his proven record of working with others stand in stark contrast to the divisive action and rhetoric coming out of Washington and from the other party. That is why I am proud to support my friend Ralph to be our next Governor.”

    Mayor Jeanette Rishell said of their endorsement:

    “With Ralph leading the Commonwealth as governor, every Virginian will have a seat at the table and their voices heard in Richmond. That’s how we take Virginia to the next level.”

    Kannan Srinivasan said of their endorsement:

    “Ralph talks all the time about making sure that in Virginia our doors are open and are lights are on to people of every color, faith, country, and background. That’s how you know it matters to him. I’m supporting him because he will make sure that our commonwealth remains open and welcoming to any person who wants to be a part of it.”

    Nupa
    Agarwal
    Attorney
    Sangho
    Ahn
    GW Korean-American Association Member
    Naila
    Alam
    Community Leader, Pakistani-American Leader; President of Express Care, Humanitarian
    Organization
    Dimi
    Barot
    Physician
    Zaki
    Barzinji
    Former Obama Administration Senior Associate Director of Public Engagement
    Irene
    Bueno
    Lifelong Democratic Activist
    Anjan
    Chimaladinne
    Former Candidate for Loudoun County Supervisor
    Eunhee
    Choi
    Vice President of National Unification Advisory Council for the Republic of Korea
    Jeff
    Choi
    Korean-American Society of Virginia, Secretary General
    Moon
    Choi
    Korean-American Community Leader
    Chanda
    Choun
    Cambodian Association President
    Rose
    Chu
    Chinese-American Community Leader
    Hoan
    Dang
    Physician
    Joe Nam
    Do
    Vietnamese American Community Leader
    Ali
    Faruk
    Senior Policy Analyst, Virginia Department of Medical Assistant Services
    Rida
    Fatima
    Artist
    Sunita
    Gupta
    Chief Operating Officer, eHealthObjects
    Amitava
    Gupta
    Physician
    Letty
    Hardi
    Falls Church City Council
    Linh
    Hoang
    Vietnamese American Community Organizer
    William
    Hwang
    Korean Community Center Organizing Committee Chairman
    Kyung
    Jun
    Chair of the Board of Korean-American Senior Service Association
    David
    Kang
    Local Democratic Activist
    Mark
    Keam
    Delegate HD 35
    Rida
    Khan
    Emerging Leader
    Young Cheon
    Kim
    40th Korean-American Association of the Washington Metropolitan Area President
    Eunsu
    Kim
    Sorichang; Korean Traditional Opera Center, President
    Peter
    Kim
    Voice of Korean-Americans; President
    Satish
    Korpe
    Indian-American Forum for Political Education VA
    Alan
    Krishnan
    President, BSDC Inc / Director, Britepaths
    Latha
    Kumar
    Indian-American Community Leader
    Michael
    Kwon
    Fairfax County Commision Member
    Sami
    Laurie
    Washington Coalition for Comfort Women Issues, Inc
    Junghwa
    Lee
    Korea Bell Garden; Community Leader
    Jungsil
    Lee
    Washington Coalition for Comfort Women Issues, Inc
    Eunae
    Lee
    Korean Community Center Organizing Committee; Vice Chair
    Daniel
    Lee
    Korean-American Association of the Washington Metropolitan Area, Communication Director
    Hyun
    Lee
    Korean-American Community Leader
    Jennifer
    Lee
    Former Board of Directors Arlington Free Clinic
    Sojung
    Lim
    39th Korean-American Association of the Washington Metropolitan Area President
    Yan
    Liu
    Chinese-American Community Leader
    Praveen
    Meyyan
    Korean-American Community Leader
    Sanjay
    Mittal
    Founder, Virginia Chapter of American India Foundation
    Ilryong

    Rupa

    Moon

    Murthy

    Fairfax County School Board, Member at Large

    Democratic Activist

    Kim
    Myunkok
    Korean-American Association of the Washington Metropolitan Area Board Member
    Susan
    Oh
    Korean Community Center Organizing Committee Member
    Rosa
    Park
    KORUS Planning Chair
    Silvia
    Patton
    Senior Advisor; Korean American Democratic National Organization
    Mihn
    Pham
    Managing Partner PSK Creative
    Jay
    Reddy
    Indian-American Community Leader
    Jeanette
    Rishell
    Mayor of Manassas Park
    Bimaljit
    Sandhu
    Physician
    Sunny
    Shah
    Hospitality Entrepreneur
    Hari
    Sharma
    Nepalese Association Community Leader
    Baljit
    Sidhu
    Physican
    Jatinder
    Sidhu
    Physician
    David
    Sohn
    President, Iglobal University
    Jalmeen
    Soni
    Indian-American Community Leader
    Kannan
    Srinivasan
    Indian-American Community Leader
    Francis
    Stevens
    Former Petersburg City Councilmen
    Ting
    Tai
    Vice-President, 80-20 Asian American Political Action Committee DC Chapter
    Jason
    Tengco
    Executive Director at National Federation of Filipino-American Associations
    Svinder
    Toor
    Physician
    Jungki
    Un
    Chairman, Voice of Korean-Americans
    Becky
    Wang
    SEIU Leader, Northern Virginia Homecare Unit
    Grace
    Wolf
    Herndon Town Council
    Taechang
    Woo
    President, Korean-American Society of Virginia
    Haipei
    Xue
    Founder, UCA; United Chinese-Americans
    Robert
    Xue
    Chinese-American Community Leader
    Yan
    Yuan
    Chinese-American Community Leader
    Shirley
    Zhao
    Chinese-American Community Leader
    Paul
    Zhu
    Pender Professional Center President