Joe Biden spoke to his staff about the protests and Trump’s response in a video call that lasted nearly two hours.
Ruby CramerHere is a small glimpse at a painful last two weeks for Black campaign aides who are processing their own feelings and trauma, all while continuing to work at the center of politics & helping their non-Black colleagues navigate the moment
People who worked for Biden in 1993 say they’re skeptical of Reade’s allegations — but they also barely knew her. Inside an office culture 27 years later.
Ruby CramerJoe Biden’s Senate Staffers Were Close. Tara Reade Stood Alone.
w/ @RosieGray: Biden staffers who worked with Reade have visceral memories of 1993 & a changing Capitol Hill. Inside that tight-knit office, they viewed Reade as something of an outsider.
Ruby Cramer@RosieGray Savage worked closely with Reade in Biden's mailroom, where they managed the intake/outake of his mail together. He says she caused repeated problems that he eventually brought to Dennis Toner, laid out here in explicit detail for the first time
Ruby Cramer@RosieGray The colleague who spent the most time with Reade, Ben Savage, directly disputed her claim that she left as a result of retaliation — saying she was pushed out over concerns he remembers bringing to his supervisor about her performance
Activists and women’s rights advocates have urged Mr. Biden to address a former aide’s allegation that he sexually assaulted her in 1993. His lack of response has angered them.
Ruby Cramer“the group put the letter on hold as it began pressuring Biden advisers to push the candidate to make a statement himself before the end of April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.”
The coronavirus pandemic has put the mental and physical health of an already vulnerable group at far greater risk.
Ruby Cramer"In interviews with BuzzFeed News, trans students described the experience of being trapped in a pandemic with families who do not accept them — a whiplash change from a college campus where they are openly trans, most for the first time in their lives"
The 2020 primary has ended, but the 2016 primary never will. “He’s finally gone (again!)”
Ruby Cramer“Invitation: Bye, bye Bernard (HFA celebration toast),” the email to former Hillary Clinton staffers read on early Wednesday afternoon.
“He’s finally gone (again!). Join for a celebratory toast if you can! And yes, you can loop :)”
Ruby CramerFormer Clinton Staffers Invited To “Bye, Bye Bernard” Zoom Call (It’s Now Canceled)
and that concludes the 2020 Democratic primary
Asked whether the candidate will eventually deliver the speech, a spokesperson said, “TBD.”
Ruby CramerBernie Sanders’ Campaign Said He Would Give A Speech On Race. Then He Scrapped It.
The scene tonight from a sudden turn of events in Flint, Mich. “He does not have those experiences. He is a white Jewish man," a Sanders spokesman told reporters.
Two dozen aides and allies let loose on what might have been.
Ruby Cramer“If she had been that Warren — fierce, direct, naming names — then yes, there would have been other issues including sexism to navigate. But it also would have been more true to her."
@AlxThomp on the Warrenworld diagnosis of what went wrong
The incident comes at a time of increasing concern about the rise of white nationalism in the country and as Sanders runs to become the first Jewish president.
Ruby CramerA Man Unfurled A Nazi Flag And Shouted Jewish Slurs At A Bernie Sanders Rally
More details from @MiriamElder and me on a disturbing incident last night in Phoenix, where a man shouted “Heil Hitler” and did the Nazi salute behind Bernie Sanders on stage
Ruby CramerSanders said he's seen plenty of protesters at his events — many of them Trump supporters — "but this was something different," he told reporters in Phoenix today, describing the swastika as "unspeakable" & the "most detestable symbol in modern history."
Warren, once a top contender for the Democratic nomination, is dropping out of the race after a disappointing month of primaries.
Ruby CramerElizabeth Warren tells her staff this morning: “We also did it by having fun and by staying true to ourselves. We ran from the heart. We ran on our values. We ran on treating everyone with respect and dignity."
Running for president is a weird and lonely experience. At least Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar, two salty candidates, had their own kind of friendship.
Ruby CramerShe did not endorse him yesterday... But Amy Klobuchar & Bernie Sanders, two pols who agree ideologically on almost nothing, share a certain saltiness, a playful repartee, and a little-known friendship dating back a decade.
Please indulge me and @mollyhc