The democratic socialist revolution comes to a crossroads

Atlanta (CNN)On the night Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016, the Democratic Socialists of America had about 8,000 dues-paying members. By the time the group opened its 2017 convention the next summer, its ranks had grown threefold. But in entering the current election cycle with such gusto, DSA also ramped up the internal divisions simmering within its rank and file. Many of those disputes mirror the ones facing the Democratic Party — the very party DSA is dedicated to radicalizing from the inside out. After Bernie, who? Ideology repeatedly clashed with electoral pragmatism during this year’s convention, which veered between a giddy celebration of the group’s previously unfathomable successes, delegates’ passage of Green New Deal and open borders initiatives, …

Virginia black caucus, state Democrats boycott commemorative events over Trump’s attendance

(CNN)Black state lawmakers in Virginia are planning to boycott an event commemorating the 400th anniversary of the first representative legislative assembly in the western hemisphere because President Donald Trump plans to attend. “The VLBC will not in good conscience sit silently and support his inclusion in this event. It is impossible to ignore the emblem of hate and disdain that the President represents,” the 20-member caucus said, adding, “Those who have chosen to attend and remain silent are complicit in the atrocities that he incites.” Trump on Tuesday appeared unbothered by the boycotts, downplaying it as “all a fix.” “That’s OK. Well I think if that’s the case I’d be shocked, but if that’s the case, they’re fighting against their …

Group aimed at electing LGBTQ public officials backs Buttigieg at personal event

Miami (CNN)Victory Fund, a political action committee whose sole aim is electing LGBTQ politicians to office, endorsed South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Friday in New York, validating the mayor’s rise from small-city mayor who was not out when he was first elected to an upstart presidential candidate to a gay political icon. Annise Parker, the head of Victory Fund and a former mayor of Houston who was one of the first gay mayors of a major US city when she was elected in 2010, opened the event and announced the endorsement, telling the audience of primarily white, gay men that Buttigieg is “redefining what is possible in American politics and LGBTQ Victory Fund is ready to stand with …

Trump’s 4th of July ‘Salute to America’ event to include ticketed section for VIPs

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump’s July Fourth celebration on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, will include a ticketed area in front of the Lincoln Memorial where he’ll deliver remarks. Since attending the Bastille Day parade in Paris in 2017, Trump has pushed for a military display in Washington, DC, similar to one he witnessed in France. Early last year, Trump’s administration was planning for a military parade for Veterans Day, but the event was canceled due to its high costs and Trump blamed local Washington officials. In February, Trump told Americans via Twitter to “HOLD THE DATE!” for his July Fourth plans: “Major fireworks display, entertainment and an address by your favorite President, me!” Trump and other recent presidents have …

Sadiq Khan hits back at Trump, calling him ‘six-foot-three child’

Comment is latest retort in long-running feud after US president called London mayor a loser Sadiq Khan has described Donald Trump as a six-foot-three child in the White House in an ongoing war of words with the US president. The mayor of London made the comment in a room of teachers at the Together for Education event at Central Hall in Westminster on Saturday. Khan joked that he had made sure to switch his phone off. He said: For those of you that have your phones on, if somebody starts tweeting about me a 6ft 3 child in the White House can you let me know? It is the latest insult to be fired between Khan and Trump, in what …