Increasingly alarmed that 78-year-old Bernie Sanders could become their party’s presidential nominee, establishment Democrats are warning primary voters the democratic socialist would struggle to defeat President Trump and hurt the party’s chances in key congressional and governors’ races. The urgent warnings come as Sanders shows new strength in the first two primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire, and a dominant fundraising operation. Sanders has escaped close scrutiny as rivals doubt he can win the nomination. Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel warned Sanders’ status as a democratic socialist and support for “Medicare for All” won’t play well among swing voters.“You need a candidate with a message that can help us win swing voters in battleground states. The degree of difficulty dramatically increases under a Bernie Sanders candidacy. It just gets a lot harder.”
The Fox network says it’s officiall: Jussie Smollett won’t returning for the “Empire” finale. Nearly a year ago, Smollett was canned from the hit drama amid charges he concocted a wild story about being robbed at gunpoint by two, homophobic men on the streets of Chicago – charges that were later dropped by Cook County state’s attorney Kim Foxx. Since then, there’s been speculation Smollett would return in the finale episode. However, Fox entertainment head, Michael Thorn, said that’s not happening, according to TheWrap. Producers wrote Smollett’s character, Jamal Lyon, out of the show at the end of season five. Chicago police built its case on the theory Smollett staged his attack to promote his career. Currently on a midseason break, “Empire’ will return in the spring to run its final episodes.
Comedian and actor Martin Lawrence said recently the sexual harassment lawsuit brought by former “Martin” sitcom co-star Tisha Campbell 20 years ago was…B.S.! Lawrence made the claim while promoting the upcoming “Bad Boys for Life.” In 1997, Campbell, who played Lawrence’s girlfriend Gina in the sitcom, made allegations that she had experienced “obsessive” physical and emotional abuse by Lawrence, which included “repeated and escalating sexual harassment, sexual battery and violent threats.” Lawrence has always vehemently denied the claims and alluded in an interview how the tension on set led to him leaving the show, even though it was originally reported that it had been canceled. I have nothing but love for her, and I always have.”