Dec 8, 2019

Trump brings pardoned soldiers on stage at closed-door fundraiser

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President Trump brought a pair of recently pardoned soldiers who had been facing a sentence and a possible conviction for war crimes on stage at a closed-door fundraiser for Florida's state Republican Party on Saturday, the Miami Herald reports.

What we know: The men Trump bought on stage were Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance and Maj. Mathew Golsteyn — both of whom were pardoned by the president last month. Lorance had been serving a 19-year sentence for ordering his unit to shoot unarmed men in Afghanistan. Golsteyn was set to stand trial for the 2010 extrajudicial killing of a suspected bomb maker.

  • With roughly 1,000 attendees, the "Statesman's Dinner" raised $3.5 million for the Florida Republican Party. Press was barred from the event and attendees were required to leave their phones at the door, but at least six attendees spoke to the Herald.
  • Trump spent a majority of the dinner praising the party's work in Florida. The governorship, House and Senate in Florida are currently under GOP leadership.

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Biden only Democrat beating Trump in Florida, Virginia polls

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Former Vice President Joe Biden is the only 2020 Democratic candidate beating President Trump in polls of Florida and Virginia published by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy on Tuesday.

Why it matters: The 42 electoral votes between the two swing states could prove pivotal in the 2020 election. Trump carried Florida by about a point in 2016, while his opponent Hillary Clinton won by about 5 points in Virginia.

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Trump says on Christmas Eve Pelosi "hates the Republican Party"

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President Trump on Tuesday at his Mara-a-Lago estate in Florida lashed out against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats involved in his impeachment after exchanging holiday greetings with soldiers stationed around the globe, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: Trump said Pelosi "hates the Republican Party," and "all of the people who voted for me and the Republican Party" in the 2016 elections. He said the speaker is "doing a tremendous disservice to the country" for impeaching him.

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Republicans vastly out-raise Dems ahead of 2020

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The RNC goes into the presidential election year with more than seven times as much cash on hand as the DNC — $63 million vs. $8.3 million, according to the parties' FEC filings.

Why it matters: Far from putting Republicans back on their heels, impeachment is energizing Trump's base just as the 2020 march to Election Day kicks off.

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