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President Trump expressed his confidence in North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday, indicating that the strongman’s rogue nation may have tried to send him a “signal” with a new editorial critical of former Vice President Joe Biden.

“I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me, & also smiled when he called Swampman Joe [Biden] a low IQ individual, & worse. Perhaps that’s sending me a signal?” he tweeted on Saturday.

He was referring to an editorial, published on Tuesday, that lobbed a series of insults at Biden, the 2020 contender leading in the race to challenge Trump for the presidency. The editorial, posted by the Korean Central News Agency, called Biden “self-praising” and suggested it was laughable for Biden to consider himself the most popular presidential candidate.

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“He is self-praising himself as being the most popular presidential candidate. This is enough to make a cat laugh,” the piece read.

Trump’s tweet came at a time when National Security Adviser John Bolton has been unequivocal in saying that recent North Korean missile launches violated U.N. Security Council resolutions. “U.N. Security Council resolutions prohibit North Korea from firing any ballistic missiles,” he said. “In terms of violating U.N. Security Council resolutions, there is no doubt about that.”

Kim and Trump met during a historic summit in 2018, following an aggressive pressure campaign at the beginning of Trump’s presidency. Another summit in February ended with Trump walking away after North Korea demanded the U.S. lift all of its sanctions on it,

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Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Bradford Betz contributed to this report.

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is blasting President Donald Trump for “chest-thumping militarism” and warned that rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran “could very quickly get away from this president.”

At a campaign event Friday night in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire, the one-time long shot for the nomination — who has surged the past two months to become a credible contender — also vowed that “I’m going to win” as he took an indirect jab at former Vice President Joe Biden, the clear front-runner in the Democratic 2020 race.

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The South Bend, Indiana mayor and Afghanistan War veteran criticized the Republican president just hours after the Pentagon said that 1,500 additional U.S. forces and firepower are headed to the Middle East as the specter of potential conflict with Tehran increases.

The Trump administration has been ringing alarms the past month over what it calls “troubling” and “escalatory” moves by Iran. The U.S. has been raising the volume on Iran ever since the president took the country out of a multilateral nuclear deal with Iran a year ago.

Trump has spent weeks alternating between tough talk towards Tehran while still insisting he’s open to negotiating with the Islamic Republican. On Friday, the president told reporters before departing on a trip to Japan that “we’re going to be sending a relatively small number of troops, mostly protective.”

Buttigieg, speaking at a campaign event in Exeter, New Hampshire, claimed that Trump “now seems to be setting us on a course that could lead to violent confrontation.”

He later told reporters that “I’m very worried because we have steps towards confrontation in Iran that almost make it seem as though we learned nothing from the experience in Iraq.”

And he warned that “what we’re seeing right now is a set of escalations that could very quickly get away from this president to where he’s not even in control.”

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For the third time in two days, Buttigieg took aim at Trump accusing him of faking a disability decades ago in order to avoid military service in the Vietnam War.

Speaking to a crowd jam-packed into Exeter’s historic town hall that his campaign estimated at 680 people, the candidate charged Trump “used his privilege to avoid serving when it was his turn.”

He made similar comments at a campaign event with veterans in Londonderry, New Hampshire earlier in the evening.

Trump received five deferments from the draft for military service during the Vietnam War. Four were education deferments while he was a college student and the fifth – in 1968 after he graduated – was a medical exemption.

Two daughters of a New York podiatrist told The New York Times recently that 50 years ago, their father diagnosed Trump with bone spurs in his heels, as a favor to the doctor’s landlord, millionaire real estate developer Fred Trump.

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On the campaign trail in 2015, as he was running for president, Trump said: “It was a long time ago … I had student deferments and then ultimately had a medical deferment because of my feet. I had a bone spur.”

Trump told reporters at the time that he couldn’t remember which foot had the problem. His campaign later said the bone spurs affected both feet.

Minutes after once again charging that Trump used his “privilege” to avoid military service, Buttigieg emphasized to the audience that “we can’t spend all our time thinking up a zinger that’s going to knock the president flat. Because any energy that goes his way, any attention that goes his way, even in the form of criticism, it’s kind of like food, he just takes it in and gets bigger off of it.”

Asked later by Fox News how he could square those comments with his repeated attacks on Trump the past two days over his Vietnam War deferments, the candidate answered “we absolutely need to say exactly what we think about the president’s wrongdoing, malfeasance and lies. It’s just that that can’t be our message. As soon as we say that, we’ve got to return to the question of how we’re going to make American lives better.”

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Buttigieg also appeared to take a shot at the former vice president during the town hall. In an obvious reference to Biden – who many voters feel may be the most electable candidate of the two-dozen Democrats currently running for president, Buttigieg argued that “sometimes we pick somebody who is less inspiring that we think will also be less risky and we wind up getting somebody that’s neither.”

“The point is you can move people. It’s not just about ideology. It’s not just about where your dot is on the political spectrum. It is about offering something new, offering something different,” the 37-year old candidate emphasized.

Asked by a member of the crowd why they should support him, Buttigieg declared “two reasons, I’m going to make a really good president and I’m going to win.”

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Sen. Bernie Sander’s presidential campaign is once again taking aim at Joe Biden for the former vice president’s numerous top-dollar fundraising events from coast to coast.

In a fundraising email to supporters titled “We risk falling behind,” Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir wrote Friday that Biden’s “raising huge sums of money at large fundraising events all across the country. And these are not grassroots fundraising events.”

BIDEN CAMPAIGN TOUTS DIGITAL FUNDRAISING

He said “these are high-dollar functions hosted and attended by corporate lobbyists, health care executives, a Republican casino-CEO, and a union-busting lawyer among others.”

Faiz stressed the independent senator from Vermont’s small-dollar and grassroots approach to fundraising, highlighting that “the truth of the matter is that the American people are pretty sick and tired of the billionaire class of this country buying up our candidates and our elections. We can win elections without begging those people for money.”

Biden has been raising big bucks through small-dollar online donations – his campaign this week touted their online contributions and said those kinds of contributions made up the lion’s share of the whopping $6.3 million it raised in the 24 hours after the former vice president announced his candidacy last month.

But Biden’s also been holding some high-profile, high-end fundraisers. On his first night as a White House contender, he raised $700,000 at the Philadelphia home of a Comcast executive. He also hauled in big bucks at a Hollywood finance event earlier this month and at two Florida fundraisers this week.

The former vice president’s expected to hold two major fundraisers in Boston on June 5, and two more in New York City on June 17, sources close to Biden’s inner circle told Fox News.

Fundraising was far from then-Sen. Biden’s wheelhouse in his unsuccessful White House runs in the 1988 and 2008 presidential cycles. But so far, the third time appears to be the charm, as Biden’s raking in big bucks both at traditional fundraisers with deep-pocketed donors — which he’s opened up to media coverage in a move for transparency — as well as through online contributions.

Biden adviser Brandon English touted in an email earlier this week that the campaign’s “fundraising has been driven by rapid, massive growth over the last month.”

The courting of wealthy donors used to be commonplace, but this time around, the two progressive leaders in the Democratic nomination race — Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts — have criticized Biden and sworn off those types of donations.

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But Sanders reportedly has decided to now hold in-person fundraising events and has hired an official to oversee such finance events.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden maintains his front-runner status, but a new national survey in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination indicates a drop in support for Sen. Bernie Sanders and a rise by Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

According to a Monmouth University public opinion survey released Thursday, 33 percent of Democrats or independents who lean toward the Democratic Party say they support Biden, up from 27 percent in Monmouth’s April poll.

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Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont who’s making his second straight White House bid, registers at 15 percent support, down 5 percentage points from a month ago and a drop of 10 points from Monmouth’s March poll, when the senator stood at 25 percent.

The new poll differs from a Quinnipiac University survey released a day earlier, which suggested Sanders on the rise.

Harris, the former California attorney general, is in third place in the survey at 11 percent, up slightly from 8 percent in April. Warren, the populist senator who’s put out one progressive policy proposal after another, stands at 10 percent, up 4 points from a month ago.

Two other national surveys released in the past week, from Fox News and Quinnipiac University, also indicated Warren’s poll numbers on the rise. The Monmouth poll also suggested a slight collective rise in support for the other female candidates: Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, and best-selling spiritual author Marianne Williamson.

“Women are commanding a larger slice of Democratic support than they were a few weeks ago and we are seeing bumps in their individual voter ratings. We can’t parse out the exact reasons from this one poll, but recent efforts by certain states to restrict access to abortion services may be playing a role in the closer look these candidates are getting right now,” Monmouth University Polling Institute director Patrick Murray said.

The survey also indicated a rise in favorable ratings for Warren, Harris and Klobuchar.

South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg, a one-time long-shot who’s surged this spring, stands at 6 percent in the survey, down 2 points from last month. The Monmouth survey follows this week’s Quinnipiac poll in suggesting a slight edging down of Buttigieg’s support since April.

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas stands at 4 percent in the poll, with Klobuchar at 3 percent. Everyone else in the historically enormous field of two-dozen candidates registered at 1 percent or less.

This latest survey comes with more than eight months to go until the first votes are cast in the presidential primary and caucus calendar.

“One thing we need to remember is that huge pockets of Democratic voters, particularly moderates, have yet to tune in to the campaign,” Murray emphasized.

The Monmouth University poll was conducted May 16-20, with 802 adults questioned by live telephone operators. The survey included 334 registered voters who identified as Democrats or independents who lean towards the Democratic Party. The sampling error for Democratic primary questions was plus or minus 5.4 percentage points.

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg raised the volume Thursday on his criticism of President Trump, accusing him of using his “privileged status to fake a disability” decades ago in order to avoid military service in the Vietnam War.

The South Bend, Indiana mayor also likened the GOP president to a “crazy uncle” and effectively called Trump a racist during an hour-long interview with The Washington Post.

EVEN PETE BUTTIGIEG SURPRISED BY HIS 2020 SURGE

The one-time long-shot for the Democratic nomination, who has surged the past two months, also indirectly criticized former Vice President Joe Biden, the clear front-runner in the primary race, over Biden’s support for the now-controversial 1994 crime bill.

Buttigieg, an Afghanistan War veteran, said, “I have a pretty dim view of his [Trump’s] decision to use his privileged status to fake a disability in order to avoid serving in Vietnam.”

Trump received five deferments from the draft for military service during the Vietnam War. Four were education deferments while he was a college student and the fifth – in 1968 after he graduated – was a medical exemption.

Two daughters of a New York podiatrist told the “New York Times” recently that 50 years ago, their father diagnosed Trump with bone spurs in his heels, as a favor to the doctor’s landlord, millionaire real estate developer Fred Trump.

“This is somebody who I think it’s fairly obvious to most of us took advantage of the fact that he was the child of a multi-millionaire in order to pretend to be disabled so that somebody could go to war in his place,” Buttigieg charged.

But on the campaign trail in 2015, as he was running for president, Trump said, “It was a long time ago … I had student deferments and then ultimately had a medical deferment because of my feet. I had a bone spur.”

Trump told reporters at the time that he couldn’t remember which foot had the problem. His campaign later said the bone spurs affected both feet.

Buttigieg, meanwhile, also slammed the president as a racist.

“If you do racist things and say racist things, the question of whether that makes you a racist is almost academic. The problem with the president is that he does and says racist things and gives cover to other racists. It’s not an accident that hate crime rose disproportionately in places that his campaign visited,” the candidate argued.

“It’s almost like a sort of crazy uncle management,” Buttigieg added. “Like, he’s there. You’re not going to disrespect his humanity. But he thinks what he thinks. There’s not much you can do about it.”

The president has repeatedly denied being a racist.

The latest comments ratchet up the tit-for-tat between Buttigieg and Trump, who recently likened him to the Mad magazine mascot in an attempt to knock him down a peg.

“Alfred E. Neuman cannot become president of the United States,” the president said in a Politico interview. He later questioned the young mayor’s ability to hold his own in negotiations with foreign governments like China.

“I want to be in that room, I wanna watch that one,” Trump joked at a recent rally.

Buttigieg on Thursday also defended athletes who have created controversy by kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and the mass incarceration of African-Americans.

“I felt that I was watching Americans exercise a right that I had put my life on the line to defend,” said Buttigieg, who served in the U.S. Navy Reserve in Afghanistan in 2014.

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Buttigieg is averaging in the mid-to-upper single digits in most 2020 Democratic nomination polls, which puts him near the top in a historically massive field of nearly two-dozen candidates.

Biden is far ahead of the rest of the field in the latest public opinion surveys but Buttigieg sought Thursday to dispel the notion that the former vice president has earned the nomination.

“I think you earn the nomination by winning it,” he emphasized. “Nobody’s earned the nomination in 2019.”

Buttigieg also disagreed with Biden over the effects of the 1994 crime bill, which has been criticized in recent years by many Democrats for spiking incarcerations, particularly among minorities.

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Biden, who as a senator from Delaware helped craft the sweeping legislation, last week defended the law’s gun control provisions, which he said helped him “beat the NRA.”

“I’m the only guy ever nationally to beat the NRA,” Biden said in defending the law. “Because when we did the crime bill — everybody talks about the bad things. Let me tell you about the good thing in the crime bill.”

“It’s the one that had the assault weapons ban, a limited number of bullets in a clip. It made sure that cop-killer bullets, Teflon bullets, weren’t available any longer. It opened up the whole effort to make sure there is background checks for the first time in American history,” he added.

Buttigieg said that “from a South Bend perspective, the bad outweighs the good,” adding that there’s a broad consensus “that that bill contributed to mass incarceration in a country that is the most grievously incarcerated in the world.”

“I think the incarceration did so much harm that I would think that even those who were behind the ’94 crime bill, at least many of them, would do it differently if they had a chance to do it again,” he said.

Asked if those responsible for the bill –  like Biden – should be held to account, Buttigieg quickly answered: “That’s what elections are for.”

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Buttigieg, whose difficulties in attracting support from African-American voters so far have been widely documented by the press, said that “it is important, especially in these times, that the next administration be the most gender-balanced, racially-diverse ever. And that you would see that reflected in all of my decisions, including the selection of a running mate.”

Asked if he would firmly say he’d name a female or minority as his running mate should he win the nomination, Buttigieg answered: “I’ll certainly lean in that direction. I’m just not going to make a declaration in May of 2019 that would rule any individual in or rule them out.”

Buttigieg, who if elected would become the nation’s first openly gay president, did seem to rule out a West Wing role for his husband, Chasten Buttigieg.

“I’ve never hired a family member,” he noted.

Asked about the role of Trump’s daughter and son-in-law Ivanka and Jared Kushner as top advisers to the president, Buttigieg said, “I don’t endorse in that kind of family situation.”

But he did compliment his husband, saying “in South Bend and on the campaign trail, Chasten has done an amazing job in my view of modeling what a first spouse can be like.”

And he added that his husband “helps me govern right now.”

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says former Vice President Joe Biden is a “doofus” who will become a “very radical Democrat” by the time of the general election against President Trump.

Gingrich weighed in on the 2020 presidential race and Biden’s chances during a Thursday appearance on “Fox & Friends,” assuring that Trump is set to win re-election.

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“Unless something dramatic happens the president is going to win, period,” Gingrich said, particularly pointing to the strength of the economy, which has defied experts’ expectations.

“If you remember, he is the most underestimated campaigner in modern America. He is practicing every day. And the country will have a choice between very radical Democrats whose positions are all unpopular,” he added.

The former House Speaker went on to say that Biden, who’s viewed as a moderate Democrat by some, is moving further to the left and by the time of the election he’ll no longer be a moderate.

“Joe Biden will be a very radical Democrat by the time he gets there,” Gingrich said, reiterating his claim that Biden is a “doofus.”

“Joe Biden will be a very radical Democrat by the time he gets there.”

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“Of course he is a doofus. This is a guy who had to drop out of his first presidential campaign because he adopted the entire speech from Neil Kinnock about growing up in Wales,” he continued, referring to the plagiarism scandal in which Biden lifted portions of the speech by Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock who then ran against Conservative Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s.

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During the same appearance, Gingrich said Democrats are only concerned about beating Trump, with House Democrats being forced to be confrontational with Trump to appease their base, leaving House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a box.

“I think Pelosi is in a box because I think she went into her meeting to say, look, guys, this is really stupid and they collectively said to her, ‘we are doing it,’” Gingrich said in relation to the Democrats’ efforts to begin impeachment efforts.

“The Democrats are saying we have to do this. So, her base is so hungry to take on Trump that they would just run over her if she said no. So she is not trying to dance to a point where she can explain why her earlier no has now led to a yes,” he added.

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“Look, I think the Democrats only have one item on their agenda, that’s to beat Trump. I think they are going to run for re-election on the grounds they are not him. And that’s going to be the totality.”

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Anita Hill has expressed her concern that female presidential candidates for the 2020 election are not being taken as seriously as their male counterparts, calling the situation “deeply troubling.”

Hill, who accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual misconduct in 1991, lamented what she believes to be indirect sexism directed towards female politicians who have announced presidential bids, in an interview with the New York Times,

Among the women who are running for president in 2020 are Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. Hill said they are “are not being taken seriously as presidential candidates.”

“I think if we don’t take them seriously as presidential candidates, we are not going to hear those voices, and that would be a tragedy,” she continued.

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Much of the focus centering female candidates for president seems to be around the possibility that they could run as vice president on a ticket with the Democratic nominee. Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, both white men over the age of 70, are currently leading the polls.

Harris responded to such assumptions earlier this month, agreeing that she and former vice president Biden would be a good match for a ticket, but not perhaps in the way people expect.

“I think that Joe Biden would be a great running mate,” Harris said. “As vice president, he’s proven that he knows how to do the job.”

Renewed criticism of Biden has been unearthed in recent months regarding his involvement with Anita Hill’s 1991 testimony against Clarence Thomas. Biden chaired the all-white, all-male Senate Judiciary Committee which heard her testimony and ultimately ruled to confirm Thomas to the Supreme Court.

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After the announcement of his campaign for the presidency, Hill told the New York Times that a week prior, Biden had called her and attempted to “express regret” for her experience. Hill said she wasn’t satisfied with the conversation.

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“I cannot be satisfied by simply saying, ‘I’m sorry for what happened to you,’” she said. “I will be satisfied when I know that there is real change and real accountability and real purpose.”

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Amid policy diversity and a left-leaning Democratic Party, Fox News anchor Bret Baier argues that Joe Biden may hit some bumps in the road that will hinder his path to the nomination.

During an interview with “America’s Newsroom” on Wednesday, Baier argued that it’s too early to say Biden is “unstoppable” — but the former vice president clearly has a monumental lead.

“You have a long way to go,” Baier told hosts. “We are 8 1/2 months away from the first person voting and along the way you have these debates which will be big moments in the primary.”

Beginning next month, Democratic debates will kick off in Miami, giving the nearly two dozen candidates an opportunity to formulate their platforms and set themselves apart from each other.

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“There will be some of the 24 candidates who will be swinging for Biden in various ways, whether he is not progressive enough, whether he is tied to some bad things in the past,” Baier commented.

“So you have moments here that could potentially be big speed bumps for the former vice president. But clearly, he is the frontrunner,” he continued.

Many politicians and prominent figures on both sides of the aisle have criticized Biden for his current and past initiatives, most recently including his “middle ground” approach to climate change and the revival of his work with the 1994 crime bill, which is considered to have contributed to mass incarceration.

However, as a former vice president having spent 40 years in Washington, it’s no surprise that Biden has made both friends and enemies.

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“Obviously, personally, he has a lot of friends and a lot of goodwill on Capitol Hill really with both sides of the aisle,” Baier said.

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“But as policy specifics in a Democratic field that clearly is going further to the left in the more progressive vein of the Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, who, by the way, are the only other candidates in the double digits, there are potential pitfalls along the way,” he continued.

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Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer argued that 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden has historically missed the mark on key issues and alienated crucial voter bases.

During an appearance on “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday morning, Fleischer prefaced his statements by saying that he knows Joe Biden well but the former vice president is “always wrong.”

“He is an affable, enjoyable fellow but is he always wrong,” Fleischer said. “You can look at his voting record for the last 40 years, he gets almost every big issue backwards.”

His comments came in light of a 2007 clip shown on “Fox & Friends” that shows Biden expressing resistance to sanctuary cities. Biden has also been criticized in recent months for his role in developing the 1994 crime bill, which many believe increased rates of mass incarceration, particularly for people of color.

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Fleischer also argued that Biden has been divisive especially in regard to race, condemning a speech Biden gave in 2012 attended by a large number of African-Americans in which he said that Mitt Romney’s policies would allow banking and finance companies to “put y’all back in chains.”

“This man who is supposed to be a moderate, who is supposed to be a unifier said the most divisive thing you can possibly imagine,” Fleischer said. That I and other Republicans want to recreate slavery, put blacks back in chains? You cannot call him a unifier when he speaks like that. I will never forgive him for it,” he continued.

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Whether Biden’s intent was to make the comment about slavery or directed towards a specific race is unclear, but the phrasing was widely condemned by both Republicans and Democrats.

Fleischer added that Biden “can be beaten” for the Democratic nomination, despite his lead in the polls.

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One person in a “strong position” to jump Biden is Bernie Sanders, Fleischer said.

“He has so much support from liberals,” he said.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden remains the clear front-runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, but a new national poll is the latest to indicate a recovery by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

The Quinnipiac University public opinion survey also appears to suggest a drop in support for rising star Pete Buttigieg.

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Biden stands at 35 percent among Democrats or Democratic-leaning voters questioned in the survey, which was conducted May 16-20. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is in second place, at 16 percent. The former vice president edged down 3 percentage points from Quinnipiac’s previous poll, which was conducted in April, with Sanders jumping 5 points.

Warren stands at 13 percent in the survey, up from just 4 percent in Quinnipiac’s March poll. A Fox News Poll released last week also indicated a surge of support for the populist senator who’s putting out one progressive policy proposal after another. Warren jumped from 4 percent in the March Fox News poll to 9 percent in May.

The Quinnipiac survey indicates Buttigieg at 5 percent. The South Bend, Indiana mayor stood at 10 percent in Quinnipiac’s April poll.

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“Cleary the race got more crowded,” Quinnipiac University Poll assistant director Tim Malloy told Fox News. There are now nearly two-dozen Democrats running for the party’s nomination.

Pointing to Buttigieg and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, Malloy noted that “these are two young rising political stars and maybe the star faded a little bit with the arrival of so many candidates on the scene and the ascendancy of Joe Biden.”

O’Rourke registers at just 2 percent in the latest survey, down from 12 percent in Quinnipiac’s March poll.

The poll also shows Sen. Kamala Harris of California at 8 percent, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey at 3 percent, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota at 2 percent. Everyone else in the survey registered at 1 percent or less.

Republican President Trump’s approval rating remains deeply underwater in the new poll. The survey indicates Trump stands at 38 percent approval and 57 percent disapproval among American voters.

Fifty-four percent of all voters say they “definitely” won’t vote for the president in next year’s general election, with just 31 percent saying they “definitely” will vote for Trump.

But the president’s far from the only White House candidate with underwater ratings.

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With a 49-39 percent favorability rating, Biden is the only White House hopeful with a clear positive score. The favorability ratings for other Democrats are negative or mixed.

The most negative rating appears to go to the latest entry into the race – two-term New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

He stands at 8 percent favorable and 45 percent unfavorable in the survey.

The Quinnipiac University poll surveyed 1,078 voters nationwide, with a sampling error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points. The survey included 454 Democrats and Democratic leaners, with a margin of error of plus or minus 5.6 percentage points for questions on the Democratic presidential nomination race.

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