Self-made billionaire businessman and influential presidential candidate Ross Perot has died after a five-month long battle with cancer at the age of 89.
“The pioneer of the computer services industry, who founded Electronic Data Systems Corp. in 1962 and Perot Systems Corp. 26 years later, was just 5-foot-6, but his presence filled a room,” reports the Dallas News.
“Perot was diagnosed with leukemia in February. A massive secondary infection the next month nearly killed him, according to the family,” adds the newspaper.
Perot ran for President in 1992, gaining 19% of the popular vote across the USA but failed to secure a single electoral vote.
‘MOTHER OF ALL MAGA’: Supporters from All Over the US Descend on Orlando, 800 Watch Parties Organized
President Trump is set to officially kick-off his 2020 re-election campaign in Orlando Tuesday night, with supporters describing the event as the ‘Mother of All MAGA rallies’ and an estimated 800 watch parties organized all across the USA.
“The Fake News doesn’t report it, but Republican enthusiasm is at an all time high. Look what is going on in Orlando, Florida, right now! People have never seen anything like it (unless you play a guitar). Going to be wild – See you later!” tweeted Trump.
The Fake News doesn’t report it, but Republican enthusiasm is at an all time high. Look what is going on in Orlando, Florida, right now! People have never seen anything like it (unless you play a guitar). Going to be wild – See you later!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2019
“Thousands of people are already lined up in Orlando, some two days before tomorrow nights big Rally. Large Screens and food trucks will be there for those that can’t get into the 25,000 capacity arena. It will be a very exciting evening! Make America Great Again!” added the President.
“There’s going to be a bunch of people, and it’s going to be pretty intense,” said one supporter. “The electricity is going to be high. It’s time for America to get back on its feet and be made better than it’s ever been before.”
Quick look at the Trump rally in Orlando as of 11:15 am. About 9 hours till president speaks. pic.twitter.com/71EftHeEXb
— Caroline Glenn (@bycarolineglenn) June 18, 2019
.@realDonaldTrump supporters begin lining up 40 hours before Tuesday's reelection rally in Orlando, FL.
Almost 800 watch parties have also been scheduled nationwide.https://t.co/WXV6wF1RNY
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 17, 2019
.@realDonaldTrump tweeted this morning the so-called "Fake News" doesn't focus on enthusiasm for Republicanism across the country.
Fox News sent a reporter to Orlando to talk to people who have been camped out to see Trump since yesterday afternoon for tonight's rally. pic.twitter.com/TtoHhqCqpQ
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 18, 2019
‘NOT ON BOARD’: House Dems Debate ‘Slavery Reparations,’ 60% of Americans ‘Oppose’ the Payments
House Democrats will hold hearings Wednesday on potential “reparations” for the descendants of slaves living in the US despite recent polling that shows the vast majority of Americans oppose the cash payments.
“House Judiciary Democrats on Wednesday were holding a hearing in the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties subcommittee on H.R. 40 — a proposal by Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Texas, to set up a commission to study and develop a response to the question of reparations for slavery,” reports Fox News.
Recent polls show that 60% of Americans oppose reparations, while just 32% support it.
The date of the hearings -June 19th– marks the day in 1865 when Union troops arrived in Texas to declare the end of the US Civil War.
“However, in a finding that could put 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls in a bind, the Fox poll found that among Democratic primary voters, 54 percent said they were likely to support a candidate who backed reparations, while 33 percent said they were not likely,” adds Fox.
Nearly all Democratic presidential candidates have offered their support for a “national conversation” on the controversial issue.
Failing presidential candidate Cory Booker introduced legislation earlier this year that would create a commission to study the topic.
“This bill is a way of addressing head-on the persistence of racism, white supremacy, and implicit racial bias in our country. It will bring together the best minds to study the issue and propose solutions that will finally begin to right the economic scales of past harms and make sure we are a country where all dignity and humanity is affirmed,” said Booker.
“Since slavery in this country, we have had overt policies fueled by white supremacy and racism that have oppressed African-Americans economically for generations,” Booker added. “Many of our bedrock domestic policies that have ushered millions of Americans into the middle class have systematically excluded blacks through practices like GI Bill discrimination and redlining.”
The issue of federal reparations has taken center stage in the 2020 Democratic primary fight in recent weeks, with top candidates -including Beto O’Rourke and Elizabeth Warren- saying new legislation is required to study the potential payments.
Read the full report at Fox News.