CAN BIDEN GET THE YOUNGER VOTE?

CAN BIDEN GET THE YOUNGER VOTE?

SOME SAY HE HAS ALREADY LOST THE YOUNG DEMS VOTE

Over the past few weeks, Joe Biden has become the overwhelming frontrunner in the Democratic presidential race.

His string of primary victories has been powered by support from voters across racial, economic and geographic groups.

There’s one demographic, however, that has overwhelmingly thrown its support behind his opponent Bernie Sanders: young voters.

On Super Tuesday, Sanders received 58 percent of support from voters under 30 to Biden’s 17 percent.

Despite winning Michigan’s primary a week later by a substantial margin, Biden lost the youth vote in the state by 57 points.

The dynamic flips with older voters, who overwhelmingly support Biden over Sanders.

CAN BIDEN GET THE YOUNGER VOTE?

This enormous divide between generations has worked in Biden’s favor in the primary because older voters have made up a much larger share of the electorate.

Sanders has built much of his case on creating a wave of enthusiasm that compels millions of young people to vote for the first time.

Biden has collected a commanding lead in the race in part because that boom in youth turnout hasn’t come to pass.

Why there’s debate

Biden can win the primary without young voters, but he’ll almost certainly need them to defeat Donald Trump in the general election.

While it’s unlikely too many young Sanders supporters would flip to Trump, enough of them may stay home on Election Day to tip the scales.

Younger voters are generally more liberal, antiestablishment and more likely to support sweeping changes to American democracy.

Many of them may be turned off by Biden’s center-left policies and long history as a Washington insider.

Biden has also made comments that have upset some young people. “The younger generation now tells me how tough things are. Give me a break,” he said in 2018.

CAN BIDEN GET THE YOUNGER VOTE?

Others see reasons for optimism that Biden might overcome his poor performance with young voters by November.

It’s possible his low numbers are more of a testament to Sanders’s popularity than a widespread dislike of the former vice president.

In the likely event that Biden locks up the nomination, many young voters might still support him — perhaps grudgingly — when he’s the only alternative to Trump.

Some political analysts have suggested that Biden should make bold moves to appeal to younger voters, such as picking a young progressive as a running mate.

Biden could also pivot his policy platform to the left by adopting some of Sanders’s policy proposals, many of which are broadly popular.

More progressive positions on climate policy or student debt relief could increase Biden’s appeal with young voters without alienating his current moderate support.

Sanders can also help, some suggest, by enthusiastically endorsing Biden’s bid once the two are no longer competing head-to-head.

What’s next

Biden has shown some early signs of a tack to the left since emerging as the likely nominee.

He’s adopted a bankruptcy plan originally proposed by Elizabeth Warren, backed a policy to make public college free for some families and announced he would name a woman as his running mate.

Whether these are the first steps in a larger shift to the left on policy — and whether they’ll be effective in courting young voters — remains to be seen.

Perspectives

The Problem

Even Sanders has struggled to turn out young voters

“While the relative lack of enthusiasm from voters in their teens and 20s is bad news for Sanders in the short term, it could also be worrisome for Biden in the long term.

CAN BIDEN GET THE YOUNGER VOTE?

In the general election, Democratic presidential candidates rely on huge margins among younger voters to counteract the conservative tilt and higher turnout rates of middle-aged and older Americans.” — Russell Berman, Atlantic

Democrats are at risk of losing an entire generation of voters

“My great fear is how a Biden nomination has the potential to alienate large swaths of younger voters from the Democratic Party for generations.” — Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue

It’s difficult to speak to old and young voters using the same message

“The age gap creates problems for how Democrats communicate, the style and tenor of campaign messages and what’s considered civil in political discourse.

Young progressives, frustrated by the Establishment, relish the chance to match President Trump’s brash style and in-your-face tone. …

Yet, that style is what’s driving independent older voters away from Trump.

It won’t be easy for Democrats to reconcile those radically different approaches.” — Justin Wallin, Real Clear Politics

CAN BIDEN GET THE YOUNGER VOTE?

Biden’s partnership with Barack Obama isn’t as appealing to younger voters

“Biden’s strategy of positioning himself as Obama’s heir, while probably not costing him voters, may not help him court younger Democrats.” —  Perry Bacon Jr., FiveThirtyEight

Young voters want very different things than the rest of Biden’s core constituency

“More younger voters want Medicare for All, while older voters already have Medicare.

Younger voters are seeking new kinds of job security; older voters care more about Social Security.

Younger voters want a safe environment in the future, while older voters are often more worried about their electricity bills today.” — Jeffrey Sachs, CNN

Biden is a tough sell to young people

“It’s difficult to imagine a worse standard-bearer for young Democrats with anti-Establishment leanings than Joseph R. Biden Jr., a fixture of national politics for more than 50 years.

In that time, he has been an active participant in damn near every major policy failure that’s plagued the millennial generation’s existence, from mass incarceration to the Iraq War to the student-debt crisis.” — Eric Levitz, New York

CAN BIDEN GET THE YOUNGER VOTE?

Solutions 

Young people may mobilize to defeat Trump regardless of who the Democratic nominee is

“Politics and economics are complex, but in times of crisis they follow simple rules.

Older people want safety. Younger people want change. Everyone wants leaders they can trust.” — Robert Reich, Guardian

A subtle shift to the left on policy could bring in young voters

“Here’s what Joe Biden ought to be doing now: moving left. Not full-tilt left, not Bernie left, not Beto ‘I’ll confiscate your guns’ left.

But credibly and sensibly left. As far left as he can go and still be Joe Biden.” — Michael Tomasky, Daily Beast

Biden’s choice for vice president will be crucial

“To build a successful coalition, the candidates on the ballot should reflect those who are voting.

The Democratic Party and the broader spectrum of voters needed to beat Trump is racially diverse, disproportionately female and mostly younger than Biden.

The ticket should be, too.” — Brian Klaas, Washington Post

CAN BIDEN GET THE YOUNGER VOTE?

Sanders could help bring his young supporters over to Biden

“Sanders continues to say that he likes Biden and that defeating Trump is the most important thing this year.

Sanders has pledged unequivocally to support his opponent if he himself loses the nomination, something he has done more vigorously and more often than he did in 2016.

Sanders is clear that he does not want to hand the election to Republicans.” — Arnie Seipel, NPR

Climate change is particularly important to young people

“Biden can make a distinctive case for a cause of paramount importance to the young: saving the planet.

He should go beyond his pledge to rejoin the Paris accord by extolling all the projects that a Green New Deal would cause to be built.

Trump hasn’t delivered on his promise of rebuilding our infrastructure; Biden could more credibly vow to bring together disparate constituencies — across class and generational lines — by rebuilding it green.” — Harold Meyerson, Los Angeles Times

CAN BIDEN GET THE YOUNGER VOTE?

Biden should be careful not to lose his base in an attempt to attract young voters

“While Biden needs to mull and put in place strategies to do better with young voters than he has done to date, he shouldn’t get so carried away that the effort becomes an easily lampooned charade.

That would undercut his authenticity, and Sanders’s problems in the primaries prove that you can count only so much on people in their 20s and 30s to get to the polls.” — Frank Bruni, New York Times


MICHAEL FLYNN CHARGES DROPPED……

MICHAEL FLYNN CHARGES DROPPED

TIMELINE OF CASE

A LONG READ BUT IMPORTANT TO SEE WHAT THE ISSUES ARE HERE AND HOW LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS GONE ASKEW IN SOME AREAS

The Justice Department dropped its case against Michael Flynn — more than three years after the former national security adviser’s initial interview with federal prosecutors that ignited the federal case against him.

A bombshell dropped in the case on April 29 when internal documents from the FBI were unsealed revealing that top bureau officials discussed their motivations for interviewing Flynn in the White House in January 2017–and openly questioned if their “goal” was “to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired.”

President Trump has previously floated a “full pardon” of Flynn, who pleaded guilty as part of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe to making false statements to FBI agents during his Jan. 24, 2017, interview about his conversations with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, after the Justice Department said in a court filing that they had lost the initial FBI 302 from that interview.

Here’s a look back at everything that’s happened in the case so far:

Jan. 24, 2017

Flynn, who at the time was national security adviser to Trump, was approached by a pair of FBI agents for an interview at the White House. They wanted to discuss his communications with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak regarding sanctions in December 2016, which unbeknownst to Flynn had been picked up in wiretapped discussions. This interview would later form the basis for a false-statement charge and guilty plea.

Feb. 13, 2017

Flynn resigned from his White House post. The resignation came as he was accused of misleading Vice President Pence and other senior White House officials about those same communications with Kislyak. Pence, after being briefed by Flynn, had said in television interviews that Flynn did not discuss sanctions with the ambassador.

May 17, 2017 

Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to take over the investigation of Russian meddling and possible collusion with Trump associates in the 2016 election.

MICHAEL FLYNN CHARGES DROPPED TIMELINE OF EVENTS

Dec. 1, 2017

As part of the Mueller investigation, Flynn pleaded guilty to making false statements in his FBI interview regarding his talks with Kislyak. Flynn was charged with lying to federal investigators about whether he had talked to Kislyak about limiting the Russian government’s response to former President Barack Obama’s sanctions for election meddling.

His plea deal involved his full cooperation with investigators in the special counsel’s office.

According to the charging document, the false statements were that:

“On or about Dec. 29, 2016, FLYNN did not ask the Government of Russia’s Ambassador to the United States…to refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions that the United States had imposed against Russia that same day; and FLYNN did not recall the Russian Ambassador subsequently telling him that Russia had chosen to moderate its response to those sanctions as a result of his request.”

“On or about Dec. 22, 2016, FLYNN did not ask the Russian Ambassador to delay the vote on or defeat a pending United Nations Security Council resolution; and that the Russia Ambassador subsequently never described to FLYNN Russia’s response to his request.”

Flynn agreed to “cooperate fully, truthfully, completely and forthrightly” with the investigation, with sentencing delayed until those efforts “have been completed.”

Flynn was told he could be sentenced to federal prison for up to five years.


Flynn gave his guilty plea to Judge Rudolph Contreras of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, but days later, Contreras recused himself from the case. Contreras is also a judge on the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

Feb. 1, 2018

Two months after Flynn initially pleaded guilty, Mueller and Flynn’s attorneys filed a “joint status report” to Judge Emmet G. Sullivan requesting more time.

“Due to the status of the special counsel’s investigation, the parties do not believe that this matter is ready to be scheduled for a sentencing hearing at this time,” the filing from Mueller and Flynn attorneys Robert Kelner and Stephen Anthony read. “The parties shall file a joint status report by no later than May, 2018, stating whether the matter should be scheduled for sentencing or whether a deadline should be set for filing another joint status report.”

MICHAEL FLYNN CHARGES DROPPED TIMELINE OF EVENTS

April-May 2018 

A Republican-authored House Intelligence Committee report on the Russia probe was released. The eventually unredacted report said FBI agents did not believe that Flynn intentionally lied about talks with Russia’s ambassador.

“Director [James] Comey testified to the Committee that ‘the agents…discerned no physical indications of deception,” the report said. “They saw nothing that indicated to them that he knew he was lying to them.'”

Comey, though, disputed the claims, saying “someone misunderstood something I said. I didn’t believe that and didn’t say that.”

May 1, 2018

The special counsel and Flynn’s attorneys filed another joint status report, requesting yet another 90-day delay for Flynn’s sentencing.

June 29, 2018

The special counsel and Flynn’s attorneys filed yet another joint status report.

Sullivan demanded information about why both sides had repeatedly asked for Flynn’s sentencing to be delayed.

Aug. 21, 2018

Another joint status report was filed by Mueller and Flynn’s attorneys, signaling that the former national security adviser was continuing to cooperate with the special counsel.

In July, Flynn’s attorneys said their client was “eager” to wrap up and proceed to sentencing.

September 2018

The special counsel and attorneys for Flynn said in a joint filing that the “matter is now ready to be scheduled for sentencing.”

Both sides asked the judge to set a date for sentencing.

Dec. 4, 2018

Mueller filed a memorandum recommending a lenient sentence, with the possibility of no prison time, for Flynn, stating that he has offered “substantial” help to investigators about “several ongoing investigations.”

“Given the defendant’s substantial assistance and other considerations set forth below, a sentence at the low end of the guideline range, including a sentence that does not impose a term of incarceration—is appropriate and warranted,” the memo said.

Flynn sat for 19 interviews with Mueller’s team and other Justice Department attorneys, according to the memo, and a heavily redacted supplemental filing attached. The documents did not provide specifics about what exactly Mueller had learned from Flynn but indicated that he provided “documents and communications” about his time working with the Trump administration during the transition period.

Dec. 9, 2018

In a panel appearance with MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, former FBI Director Comey was asked how FBI agents ended up at the White House on Jan. 24, 2017, to interview Flynn. Comey’s response provided new details about the circumstances that fueled criticism of the bureau’s conduct:

“I sent them,” Comey said, adding that it was “something I probably wouldn’t have done or maybe gotten away with in a more … organized administration.”

The interview was arranged directly with Flynn, which was not typical protocol.

“If the FBI wanted to send agents into the White House itself to interview a senior official, you would work through the White House counsel, and there would be discussions and approvals of who would be there,” Comey said, describing how things normally would work.

Regarding his decision to bypass those steps, he said: “I thought: ‘It’s early enough, let’s just send a couple guys over.'”

Dec. 12, 2018

Flynn’s attorneys said in a court filing that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe nudged Flynn not to have an attorney present during the questioning that led to his guilty plea.

The document revealed that the FBI took a significantly more aggressive tack in handling the Flynn interview than it did during other similar matters, including the agency’s sit-downs with Hillary Clinton and ex-Trump adviser George Papadopoulos, who was also charged with making false statements to federal investigators.

Flynn’s attorneys alleged that the FBI agents in his case did not instruct Flynn that any false statements he made could constitute a crime, and decided not to “confront” him directly about anything he said that contradicted their knowledge of his wiretapped communications with Kislyak.

If “Flynn said he did not remember something they knew he said, they would use the exact words Flynn used . . . to try to refresh his recollection,” FBI agents wrote in the so-called “302” witness interview report cited by the filing. “If Flynn still would not confirm what he said . . . they would not confront him or talk him through it.”

MICHAEL FLYNN CHARGES DROPPED TIMELINE OF EVENTS

Dec. 14, 2018

Mueller faces an afternoon deadline to produce the sensitive FBI documents related to Flynn’s interviews.

Sullivan’s brief order stated that Mueller can choose to file the materials under seal if necessary.

Sullivan also ordered the Flynn team to turn over the documents backing up their assertions.

Sullivan has the authority to toss Flynn’s guilty plea and the charge against him if he concludes that the FBI interfered with Flynn’s constitutional right to counsel, although he has given no indications that he intends to do so.

March 2019

By early March 2019, Flynn sought another delay in his sentencing, saying that he could potentially cooperate further with the Justice Department.

March 24, 2019

Attorney General Bill Barr released the “principle conclusions” of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s completed Russia probe. Barr revealed that Mueller “did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated” with Russians who worked on hacking efforts in the 2016 presidential election, “despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign.”

April 18, 2019

After two years of suspense, Mueller’s report was released into Washington’s partisan scrum Thursday showing investigators did not find evidence of collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia – as Barr declared in March– but revealing an array of controversial actions by the president that were examined as part of the investigation’s obstruction inquiry.

May 29, 2019

Mueller announced the investigation was complete, and that the special counsel’s office had been closed.

June 6, 2019

Michael Flynn fired his legal team as he awaited sentencing, ending his relationship with Covington & Burling lawyers Robert Kelner and Stephen Anthony.

June 12, 2019

Flynn, after firing his legal team, hired a vocal-Mueller critic to represent him: his current attorney, Sidney Powell.

Powell, a former federal prosecutor, upon joining Flynn’s defense said he would continue to cooperate with the government.

August 2019

Powell filed a motion saying Flynn’s case was still “not ready for sentencing,” citing her position as “new counsel” and the timeline of receiving necessary files and documents that would be critical to the defense of her client.

Powell also claimed in the filing that the government was denying her request for security clearances needed to review classified material pertaining to Flynn, including transcripts and recordings of phone calls that “supposedly underpin the charges against” him.

MICHAEL FLYNN CHARGES DROPPED TIMELINE OF EVENTS

October 2019

Justice Department attorneys Brandon Van Grack, Jocelyn Ballantine and U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Jessie Liu fired back against Powell and Flynn’s defense, saying that their various information requests from the government were “either irrelevant or seek information that has already been provided to them.”

The DOJ attorneys said Powell’s filing in August was “in fact an effort by the defendant to have his case dismissed.”

“Since the beginning of their involvement, the defendant’s new counsel, have sought to get the charges dropped, professed their client’s actual innocence, and perpetuated conspiracy theories, all while stating that the defendant does not intend to withdraw his guilty plea,” they wrote.

Oct. 25, 2019

Powell filed a motion urging the court to “dismiss the entire prosecution for outrageous government misconduct.”

Powell, at the time, alleged that FBI officials manipulated Flynn’s FBI 302 from his initial January 2017 interview with federal prosecutors. 302s are forms used by agents to report or summarize interviews.

Oct. 29, 2019

Days later, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan canceled a hearing, citing Powell’s motion demanding that the government produce all evidence related to Flynn and dismiss the prosecution altogether.

November 2019

Sullivan agreed to postpone Flynn’s sentencing—again—until the release of Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on the Russia probe.

December 2019

Sullivan set a Jan. 28 sentencing date for Flynn but rejected his legal team’s requests for exculpatory information that may have been withheld by the FBI. Sullivan also said that Flynn waived his fundamental constitutional rights by pleading guilty to making false statements in the first place.

Flynn’s guilty pleas, Sullivan wrote, “effectively bar him from raising claims based on any evidence obtained in violation of the Fourth Amendment.” Even if Flynn had not waived his Fourth Amendment rights, Sullivan argued that Flynn still needed to “establish that the requested information is favorable” to his defense in order to obtain it — something he has “failed” to do, the judge said.

Jan. 7, 2020

The Justice Department recommended up to six months of prison time for Flynn, claiming he has refused to “accept responsibility” for his actions.

“Given the serious nature of the defendant’s offense, his apparent failure to accept responsibility, his failure to complete his cooperation in—and his affirmative efforts to undermine—the prosecution of [ex-Flynn associate] Bijan Rafiekian … the government recommends that the court sentence the defendant within the applicable Guidelines range of 0 to 6 months of incarceration,” federal prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memo on Tuesday.

The filing represents a stark change from a prior Justice Department recommendation, which suggested that Flynn “receive a sentence at the low end of the Guidelines range.” Federal prosecutors, in earlier suggesting that Flynn not serve any prison time, had cited his cooperation with other federal cases, including Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.

MICHAEL FLYNN CHARGES DROPPED TIMELINE OF EVENTS

Jan. 14, 2020

Flynn moved to withdraw his guilty plea for lying to the FBI, citing “bad faith, vindictiveness, and a breach of the plea agreement” by the government.

“The prosecution has shown abject bad faith in pure retaliation against Mr. Flynn since he retained new counsel,” Powell wrote in the filing. “This can only be because with new, unconflicted counsel, Mr. Flynn refused to lie for the prosecution.

Jan. 16, 2020

Sullivan pushed back Flynn’s sentencing again, bumping the date to Feb. 27, after Flynn motioned to withdraw his guilty plea.

Feb. 9, 2020

Federal prosecutors proposed delaying approaching deadlines in the Flynn case.  Prosecutors argued that Flynn’s former attorneys should testify after he claimed to receive ineffective assistance from them.

“The government requests that the Court suspend the current briefing schedule concerning the defendant’s [motion] until such time as the government has been able to confer with Covington regarding the information it seeks,” prosecutors wrote.

Feb. 10, 2020

Sullivan indefinitely postponed Flynn’s sentencing date after federal prosecutors filed their motion to delay the deadlines.

Feb. 14, 2020

Barr tapped U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, Jeff Jensen, to review Flynn’s case.

Jensen was assigned to work hand-in-hand with the lead prosecutor of Flynn case, Brandon Van Grack.

March 15, 2020

President Trump said he was “strongly considering” a pardon for Flynn after reports that the Justice Department misplaced the records from Flynn’s January 2017 initial interview with federal prosecutors.

“So now it is reported that, after destroying his life & the life of his wonderful family (and many others also), the FBI, working in conjunction with the Justice Department, has ‘lost’ the records of General Michael Flynn,” Trump tweeted. “How convenient. I am strongly considering a Full Pardon!”

April 29, 2020

New internal FBI documents were unsealed in late April, revealing that top bureau officials discussed their motivations for interviewing then-national security adviser Flynn in the White House in January 2017—and openly questioned if their “goal” was “to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired.”

The handwritten notes—written by the FBI’s former head of counterintelligence Bill Priestap after a meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey and then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Fox News is told—further suggested that agents planned in the alternative to get Flynn “to admit to breaking the Logan Act” when he spoke to then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition period.

The Logan Act is an obscure statute that has never been used in a criminal prosecution; enacted in 1799 in an era before telephones, it was intended to prevent individuals from falsely claiming to represent the United States government abroad.

“What is our goal?” one of the notes read. “Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?”

“If we get him to admit to breaking the Logan Act, give facts to DOJ + have them decide,” another note read. Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley called the document’s implications “chilling.”

The memo appears to weigh the pros and cons of pursuing those different paths. “I don’t see how getting someone to admit their wrongdoing is going easy on him,” one note reads. Flynn did not ultimately admit to wrongdoing in the interview.

FBI DISCUSSED INTERVIEWING MICHAEL FLYNN ‘TO GET HIM TO LIE’ AND ‘GET HIM FIRED,’ HANDWRITTEN NOTES SHOW

The document indicates that the agents at least discussed the merits of a by-the-book approach: “If we’re seen as playing games, WH [White House] will be furious.”

Flynn’s attorney, Sidney Powell, told Fox News after the document release that “this persecution will have to be thrown out entirely.”

May 7, 2020

The Justice Department dropped its case against Flynn.

“The Government has determined, pursuant to the Principles of Federal Prosecution and based on an extensive review and careful consideration of the circumstances, that continued prosecution of this case would not serve the interests of justice,” the filing said.

DAWG SAYS: I KNOW A LONG READ BUT IT IS IMPORTANT TO SEE THE ACTIVITIES OF THE TOP LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY IN THE COUNTRY, THE FBI, HANDLES THEIR BUSINESS WITH BIASED BASED ON POLITICS NOT THE FACTS.

I AM CURIOUS WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE INVOLVED, STILL WORKING?

SOUNDS FAMILIAR TO SOME RECENT CASES IN STANISLAUS COUNTY OF LATE.


MILEY CYRUS ADMITS PRIVLEDGE

MILEY CYRUS ADMITS PRIVILEGED DUE TO CELEBRITY STATUS

Actress and pop star Miley Cyrus admitted she has ‘no idea’ what the coronavirus pandemic is truly like. (Miley Cyrus for WSJ. Magazine)

“This isn’t Covid-19, what I’m experiencing.

My life has been pushed pause on, but really I have no idea what this pandemic is like,” Cyrus told WSJ. Magazine for its June cover story.

Cyrus, who has welcomed Elton John, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, and even politicians like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

They were on her show for candid conversations touching on mental health and staying positive amid global crisis, insisted she knows full well she is not witnessing the impact of the pandemic as others are.

“I am comfortable in my space and able to put food on my table and [I am] financially stable

And that’s just not the story for a lot of people,” Cyrus continued from her California home.

Cyrus confessed she’s been able to book high-profile stars for the show by simply “sliding in” their direct messages on social media.

Other times, fellow A-listers reach out to her, but she’s cognizant of the fact that many entertainers may be hesitant to participate in an effort to not come across as tone-deaf.

“I’m sure a lot of the hesitation for other people saying yes to doing the show is because it almost doesn’t feel right for celebrities to share our experience.

Because it just doesn’t compare,” she said.

MILEY CYRUS ADMITS PRIVLEDGE DUE TO CELBRETY STATUS

Back in mid-March, at the height of the coronavirus surge in the United States, “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot and other celebrities including Kristen Wiig, James Marsden and Natalie Portman, came under fire for posting a cover of John Lennon’s famous song “Imagine” on social media in an effort to inspire hope.

The initiative backfired rather quickly, with Twitter users dubbing the video “cringy” as a song didn’t appear to provide relief for those actually fighting for their lives.

Cyrus credited her past hosting gigs on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” for equipping her the experience and importance of remaining sensitive.

Miley Cyrus said she’s grateful her grandmother is still ‘with us’ given the difficult circumstances surrounding COVID-19. (Miley Cyrus for WSJ. Magazine)

Still, welcoming “Bright Minded” guests comes with the pressures of mastering the craft, she said.

“This show makes people nervous because it’s not the usual talk show format. It’s intimate, and you don’t have your team when you’re [filmling] at home,” Cyrus said.

“You don’t have your publicist and your glam and all the things. You’re letting people into your space, and you’re controlling the tech and all that stuff.”

Cyrus feels a dedication to protecting her guests “no matter how famous or how not.”

“I want people to shine,” she said.

Cyrus’ show began with a peek into how celebrities are managing their time bunkering down at home.

And while it’s been on a brief hiatus, she plans for its return to shine a light on heroes around the world and what society will look like in the aftermath of the pandemic once it begins to recede.

Cyrus shared upcoming segments will take a closer look at deeper-rooted issues in society, such as the housing crisis and financial instability.

“None of that’s going away,” Cyrus said. “Many of these issues are being highlighted because of Covid-19, but they existed before and they’re going to continue to exist and get worse.”

MILEY CYRUS ADMITS PRIVLEDGE DUE TO CELBRETY STATUS

Personally, Cyrus said she’s thankful to be able to communicate in new ways with loved ones, but this period has been “the longest” she’s gone without physically seeing her mom, Tish Cyrus, and her grandmother.

With the success of “Bright Minded,” Cyrus’ platform has brought on questions about her future, such as if she’d ever transition into hosting gigs in addition to being a chart-topping artist.

“A lot of what I’ve represented in my entire career is individuality and gender identity and sexual identity.

So yeah, I would love to create a platform where individuality is highlighted and a place for good news and light and activism and optimism and highlighting the folks doing really big work who don’t always get the attention that is deserved.”

DAWG SAYS: GEE YA THINK


SEALANDER TRAILER AND BOAT

SEALANDER TRAILER AND BOAT

A CARAVAN AND BOAT IN ONE

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As such, it can remain stable on both terrains despite being lightweight.

Thanks to its light weight, you can tow or pull it even with a midsize vehicle.

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From there, Sealander’s curated add-ons can turn the trailer into a solid living option.

DAWG SAYS: I LOVE IT BUT NOT WILLING TO PAY THE PRICE