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Here We Go! Teen Not Old Enough To Vote Running For Governor For Stricter Gun Control



Now I think we can freely say that we have seen everything!

Down Trend is now reporting that one of the four Vermont Democrats trying to win the party nomination to run for governor in the fall election in the state of Vermont isn’t even old enough to vote for himself. Or even drive for that matter.

14-year-old Ethan Sonneborn of Bristol Vermont met the requirements to be on the primary ballot and is taking his place with the state’s more age-appropriate candidates on the Tuesday primary ballot. This place also includes multiple forums and debates which are scheduled.

Sonneborn said, “I think Vermonters should take me seriously because I have practical progressive ideas, and I happen to be 14, not the other way around,” Sonneborn said in a recent televised gubernatorial forum. “I think that my message and my platform transcend age.”

Here is more via Seven Days:

Ethan Sonneborn has never run for elected office before — assuming you don’t count his stint on Bristol Elementary School’s student council. He’s never been employed, other than mowing lawns and walking neighbors’ dogs. And he’s never even voted — though, in fairness, Sonneborn isn’t eligible to do so for another four years.

But none of these hurdles is preventing the Bristol teen from making a bold bid for the state’s highest elected office. Last September, the then-13-year-old middle school student announced, via press release, that he was running for governor. He’s the youngest candidate ever to do so in the history of Vermont and, likely, the country. In June, Secretary of State Jim Condos confirmed that Sonneborn had garnered enough signatures to appear on the August ballot for the Vermont Democratic Party primary.

“People may tell you that your voice doesn’t matter because you’re too young,” Sonneborn told a crowd of several thousand people from the steps of the Vermont Statehouse during the January 20 March for Our Future youth rally. “But the truth is, democracies are centered around the idea that every individual can make a difference. It doesn’t matter what color your skin is, or your gender, or even your age. What matters is your willingness to speak up and share your opinions with others.”

On August 14, Sonneborn faces three older challengers in the Democratic primary: James Ehlers, Christine Hallquist and Brenda Siegel. To date, Sonneborn has participated in at least one candidates’ forum, which was held in June and sponsored by the group Rights & Democracy.

Regardless of the election’s outcome, the 14-year-old, who will be a freshman at Mt. Abraham Union High School this fall, has already left his mark on Vermont politics. Some of the state’s most seasoned politicians describe him as an articulate and intelligent young man whose grasp of the issues is advanced for his years.

“I’ve got to tell you, I really like the kid. He’s engaging, he’s smart [and] he’s curious,” said Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan, who met Sonneborn at a Vermont Democratic Party fundraiser in May. Donovan said he was impressed by the teen’s poise in “working the room” while his mother waited in the wings.

“She was letting him sink or swim on his own, doing what every candidate has to do,” Donovan added, “and I just thought it was a great lesson for this young guy in life.”

When Kesha Ram, a former member of the Vermont House and a 2016 candidate for lieutenant governor, first met Sonneborn, she admitted to behaving like “another patronizing adult” by asking him about the “learning experience” of running for office.

“He launched right into why the issues matter and what he’s focused on and how we need more diversity of voices at the table,” recalled Ram, who was herself elected to the state legislature at age 21. “He reminded me a little bit of me at that age!”

Indeed, while most of his peers are attending summer camps and going on family vacations, Sonneborn is spending his time giving interviews to reporters from CNN, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, People and Newsweek. He’s also traveling the state — with his parents as chauffeurs — talking to Vermonters about clean water, rural economic development, sensible gun-control legislation and “making sure that we have an economy that works for everyone by raising the minimum wage.”

Kids VT recently interviewed Sonneborn on the Bristol village green where, despite the 90-degree heat, he showed up wearing a sport coat, dress shirt, slacks and tie. Lest anyone suspect that Sonneborn’s parents pushed him into this campaign as a stunt, a half hour with the former legislative page — six months ago, he was delivering phone messages to lawmakers he could soon outrank — will quickly disabuse them of that notion.

“Actually, my dad has never voted,” he said. (His father, Dan Sonneborn, confirmed by email that he considers himself “politically agnostic” with a “fuzzy voting record.”) How does Sonneborn feel about his father’s lack of interest in politics?

“People like my dad are part of the reason I’m running,” he continued. “For a long time, there’s been this stigma around … politicians, that they’re all lying cheaters. I want to reach out to people like my dad who say, ‘What’s the difference? Why should I vote? What does it matter?’ Because our process is overrun with big money and politicians [who] support their donors and lobbyists over constituents.”

The reason this boy is even allowed to be on the ballot is because the Vermont State Constitution doesn’t actually have a stated age requirement for people seeking the state’s highest office. The only prerequisite is that the candidate has lived in the state for at least four years prior to the election date. That apparent mistake by the state’s founders which took place more than 225 years ago was enough to encourage the politically precocious teen to collect the signatures needed to place himself on the primary ballot. Odd how progressives do understand constitutions when it benefits them.

In an interview for the local news, the boy said he’s “always” (14 years old) been fascinated with the concept of building coalitions and touted Robert F. Kennedy as the politician who most embodies that for him. He also added that his decision to run grew out of his frustration with state and national politics. The teen learned he could, and then decided to do so as a gut reaction to clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, one year ago.

His July finance report shows Ethan has raised just over $1,700, which probably means his Parents, Grand Parents, and Uncles have all donated to his campaign. This is not even close to being enough to make him competitive in a world where the winning candidates will undoubtedly have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not more, for ads, mailings, staff and other miscellaneous political expenses before the November general election.

White House Guests KNEEL During National Anthem, Trump Makes Them Immediately Regret It




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The Marine Corp band in their bright red uniforms were on the south balcony of the White House on a bright, sunny Tuesday in Washington, DC. The Army Chorus sang, beginning the event with ‘America the Beautiful’ and concluded with ‘God Bless America’. At least two people who were guests at President Trump’s Celebration of America event yesterday knelt, showing exactly why so many Americans are ticked over the National Anthem controversy.

The event replaced a celebration at the White House in honor of the Super Bowl win for the Philadelphia Eagles. These two disrespectful idiots took a knee as the “Star Spangled Banner” rang out across the South Lawn of the White House. Simply disgraceful. These aren’t social justice warriors… these are unpatriotic jerks.

A video was posted to Twitter by a reporter for SVT, the Swedish national public TV broadcaster. It shows a man, wearing a light blue button down, kneeling as the National Anthem played, before clapping and ultimately coming to his feet after the song finished. I guess he thought that was his five minutes of fame or something.

What it really amounted to was making a fool out of himself internationally. President Trump showcases all of these liberal dimwits for what they are… America-hating, radical leftists who are far more interested in hating our brave police officers and our country than they are in respecting America and taking national pride in their country and President.

When President Trump took the podium, he blew his audience away with his love for our country, military, police, flag and the National Anthem. He made every single person who disrespects them like this look like the small, craven liberals that they really are. The man, who did not identify himself, left the event immediately after the United States Marine Band performed the anthem, according to a news anchor for TV2 Denmark. Gee, crawling away with his tail between his legs like the lowly cur he his. Guess he couldn’t stand patriotism after he showed how much he hates his own country.

There was a second man who was pictured kneeling as well. That was posted to Twitter by a CNN White House producer. He was wearing a light blue checkered shirt and had a little American flag. This guy was right up front. He was also apparently the same person who reportedly heckled Trump. That guy was roundly booed by everyone around him. CNN’s analyst April Ryan posted false news on Twitter yesterday claiming people were booing Trump when it was the heckler they went after. She eventually retracted what she said after her own colleagues called her out on the lie. “Stop hiding behind the armed services and the National Anthem,” the guy yelled to a chorus of boos, according to the Daily Mail. “Let’s hear it for the Eagles.” “Go home,” one person shouted at the heckler.

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The President didn’t engage the heckler, but looked in his direction and pursed his lips. He looked like he wanted to smack him. Right there with ya.

President Trump disinvited the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House after they at first said they had more than 70 players coming to the People’s House to celebrate. By this week, that number had dropped to less than ten and then to only one player. They kept trying to change the date to one where President Trump would be out of the country. I don’t blame the President in the least for canceling the visit. That was totally appropriate. If you insist on being ungrateful and insulting a sitting President of the United States, then you don’t deserve the honor of going to the White House period.

Trump claimed on Monday that the team disagreed “with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country.” Eagles players denied that accusation, pointing out that no one on the team knelt for the anthem during last season. But that has nothing to do with how each individual on the team states his beliefs and shows his disrespect for President Trump.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused the team of a “political stunt” just minutes before Tuesday’s alternative event began, claiming the players had chosen to “abandon their fans.” That’s exactly what they did. “If this wasn’t a political stunt by the Eagles franchise then they wouldn’t have committed to attend the event and then backed out,” she said in her Tuesday press briefing. “And if it wasn’t a political stunt, they wouldn’t have attempted to reschedule the visit while the President was overseas.”

Trump was brief in his remarks and only spoke for about four minutes. He began by explaining why it’s an issue of patriotism for Americans to stand for the National Anthem. “We love our flag and stand for our National Anthem,” Trump said to great applause from the crowd on the South Lawn of the White House. “We stand to honor our military and to honor country and to honor the fallen heroes who never made it back home.” Yes, we do… and those that don’t can take a hike.

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Melania Unveils This Year’s White House Christmas Decorations That Libs Are SURE To Hate




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Melania Trump’s first year in office was marked by immense criticism of our incredible first lady, who in the eyes of the Trump family’s numerous detractors, Melania could do nothing right, or at least as well as her predecessor, Michelle Obama. This included her full Christmas decor plan, which was stunning in silver and white, and a beautiful modern take on the same tired style that Michelle un-creatively came up with.

This year’s decorations will likely be no different, if not worse.

Last year, liberals claimed she decked the halls in depression and gloom, likening it to looking more like a haunted house than a holiday home. So, what will they say about this year’s new look?

Chicks On The Right reports:

FLOTUS doesn’t just slay on the fashion front. Her decorating skills are off the charts. (Yes, yes– I know she didn’t do this by herself, but if you really believe she didn’t have a say, you’re nuuuuuuuuuuuuts.)

ANYWHO. She finally unveiled this year’s White House Christmas decorations, and they’re GORGEOUS.

You have no idea how much I want to stroll through those halls of beautifully decorated trees. Oh well. I’ll have to settle for the aisles of Hobby Lobby.

It all looks great. I’m obsessed. TY, that is all.

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