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Spike Lee And Bernie Sanders Reunite For Post-Election Conversation

A meeting of the minds.

Filmmaker Spike Lee and one-time Presidential hopeful, Sen. Bernie Sanders, discussed the post-election results in a new interview with The Guardian. The White Men Can't Jump director discussed that he believed Hillary Clinton and her team celebrated her non-victory far too early.

"You know I love sports," he said.  "I’ve seen it too many times, when a team thinks they’ve got it all won, just wrapped up, and you see players go down the sideline and start celebrating, and then they reach the goal line and fumble...what do the great coaches always say? Keep playing until there is no time on the clock! And it seems to me the Clintons were celebrating before the day was up.”

Sanders, who has been vocal about his thoughts regarding a Donald Trump presidency, agreed with Lee. However, he suggested that the DNC is the real problem.

"No one can deny that Trump was holding three or four rallies a day, he was running all over this country, working 20 hours a day. And that’s the truth," he said. "But I think that speaks to, Spike, something that goes beyond Hillary Clinton. It really goes to the very nature of the Democratic party."

I think the DNC needs an entirely new direction," he continued. "I think it needs leadership, and I think it needs to be very clear about the fact that it stands with working families and is prepared to take on the billionaire class and Wall Street, and corporate America, and the drug companies and the insurance companies."

Spike Lee asks Mr. Sanders where the American people go after this controversial election, to which Sanders suggests that the Democratic party needs to come together for the people in order to really make a change.

"The hope is to understand that the Democratic party has stumbled very significantly in the last number of decades," he said. "...the Republican party controls the Senate, controls the US House, controls something like two-thirds of the governor seats in this country, and that the Democrats have lost over 900 state legislature seats in the last eight years...Our party is not about having fancy fundraisers, it’s about going into union halls, veterans’ halls, farm communities, the inner cities. It has to bring people together around the progressive agenda and make government work for all of us and not the 1%."

Check out the entire interview here.

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Barack Obama, Bill Clinton React To Death Of George H.W. Bush

George H.W. Bush has died, his office confirmed Friday (Nov. 30).  The 94-year-old former president, who had been battling health issues as of late, died in Houston. The cause of death was not specified.

Former President George W. Bush shared a statement on behalf of the Bush family calling their father “a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for.” Bush Sr.’s wife, Barbara Bush, died earlier this year.

Barack Obama and Bill Clinton reacted to the death with lengthy messages pointing to Bush’s service to the country. “America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush,” Obama tweeted. “While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude. Our thoughts are with the entire Bush family tonight – and all who were inspired by George and Barbara’s example.”

Clinton, who defeated Bush in the 1992 presidential election wrote, “Hillary and I mourn the passing of President George H. W. Bush, and give thanks for his great long life of service, love and friendship.” Clinton added that he was “grateful” for his moments with the elder Bush.

The World War II veteran born in Mitlon, Mass. in 1924, served as vice president to Ronald Regan from 1981 to 1989. The 41st president held office from 1989 to 1993. He advocated for a “kinder and gentler” nation but during his time in office, Bush Sr. fended off his share of criticism over the Gulf War, appointing Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court despite sexual harassment allegations, his speech on “restoring order” during the L.A. Riots, the failed “no new taxes” promise and more.

The Sr. Bush is one of two presidents in history whose sons also took office. He was also tied with Jimmy Carter as the oldest living former president.

Read Obama and Clinton's statement on Bush Sr. below.

America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush. While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude. Our thoughts are with the entire Bush family tonight – and all who were inspired by George and Barbara’s example. pic.twitter.com/g9OUPu2pjY

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 1, 2018

Hillary and I mourn the passing of President George H. W. Bush, and give thanks for his great long life of service, love and friendship. I am grateful for every minute I spent with him and will always hold our friendship as one of my life’s greatest gifts. https://t.co/1CYdrIeKmz

— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) December 1, 2018

READ MORE: Barack Obama, George W. Bush Solicited By John McCain To Give Eulogy At His Funeral

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Barack Obama Suggests Donald Trump Has "Mommy Issues"

Barack Obama may not have mentioned Donald Trump's name during a recent speech, but the critique of the president was no less obvious.

During the Obama Foundation's second annual summit in Chicago, the former president spoke to the crowd about why the country's problems haven't been solved, and what he thinks can be done to bring about needed change.

“We are still confused, blind, shrouded with hate, anger, racism, and mommy issues,” Obama said to a crowd that erupted in laughter. “We are fraught with stuff, and so if that is the case, then the single most important thing we have to invest in is … people. We have got to get people to figure out how they work together in a cooperative, thoughtful, constructive way.”

Now that the midterm elections are over and the Democrats have taken control of the House, Obama's jabs at Trump will remain nameless, but no less subliminal.

“You literally can remake the world right now, because it badly needs remaking,” Obama said making another critique at the Trump administration.

According to a Politico article examing Trump's relationship with his mother Mary Anne Trump, the author writes how the Scottish immigrant's inability to bond with her son had a profound effect on him and seeped its way into the many failed relationship he's had with women.

The article states Trump's mother sustained an unspecified life-threatening illness when he was a child, prohibiting them from developing a relationship. Trump's father Fred was absent from the home as he was building the Trump real estate empire. Young Donald was in awe of his father and was reportedly detached from his mother.

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Stacey Abrams To Sue Georgia For “Gross Mismanagement” Of State Elections

Stacey Abrams has ended her bid to become governor of the state of Georgia, but she’s not slowing down. During a speech from her Georgia headquarters Friday (Nov. 16), Abrams thanked supporters and announced plans to file a federal lawsuit against Georgia for “gross mismanagement” of state elections.

Abrams made it clear that she wasn't conceding the race to opponent Brian Kemp. "Concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true or proper," she explained. "As a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot concede that. But, my assessment is the law currently allows no further viable remedy.

"Now, I can certainly bring a new case to keep this one contest alive, but I don't want to hold public office if I need to scheme my way into the post," Abrams continued. "Because the title of governor isn't nearly as important as our shared title -- voters. And that is why we fight on and why I want to say thank you to those of you who organized your community and shattered records."

In a series of tweets Friday, Abrams reiterated her plan to take legal action.“Today, I announce the launch of Fair Fight Georgia, an operation that will pursue accountability in Georgia’s elections and integrity in the process of maintaining our voting rolls,” Abrams revealed. “In the coming days, we will be filing a major federal lawsuit against the state of Georgia for the gross mismanagement of this election and to protect future elections from unconstitutional actions.”

The statement aligns with the Democrat’s campaign against her Republican opponent, whom she called out for voter suppression tactics against disenfranchised communities.

Kemp was Georgia’s sectary of state at the time of the campaign, and was in charge of overseeing the same election that he ran in against Abrams.  The 55-year-old politician resigned from the position one day after declaring himself the “clear and convincing” winner in the November 6 midterms.

The governor's race triggered a recount of previously rejected absentee ballots, which a Georgia state judge ruled had to be counted before the winner could be determined. Since Abrams ended her campaign, Kemp is the automatic victor.

Read Abrams’ tweets below.

Because of your support, a little Black girl from the Deep South was within striking distance of a sitting Republican Secretary of State to be Georgia's 83rd Governor.

— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 17, 2018

The movement we built together is only the beginning. We must keep fighting for the people who have always felt left behind, and for the communities whose security and status are now in question.

— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 17, 2018

In the coming days, we will be filing a major federal lawsuit against the state of Georgia for the gross mismanagement of this election and to protect future elections from unconstitutional actions. #gapol

— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 17, 2018

Because these votes are our voices. We are each entitled to our choices. As Georgians, we have always been at the forefront of speaking truth to whatever power may lay claim to leadership – if only for the moment. We will win because we are Georgia. And we WILL get it done. - SYA

— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 17, 2018

READ MORE: Oprah On Campaigning For Stacey Abrams: “I’ve Earned The Right To Do Exactly What I Want To Do”

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