Machine blows a gasket in Queens...Busboys and Poets event tonight...A guide to Trump's roundup
Donald Trump tweeted out a threat to begin a mass roundup of undocumented immigrants next week, but what he’s capable of is far less than that, if still frightening. Maryam Saleh has a good guide to what people should know about what’s possible, and what isn’t.
Tiffany Cabán, the insurgent Queens DA candidate we’ve been covering at The Intercept, is surging in the last week of the campaign, having just been endorsed by the New York Times, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren -- and Chapo Trap House. You don’t see that combo often. The election is Tuesday, and none of this means she is a sure thing, but she’s very much in the hunt. Rep. Greg Meeks, who like much of the non-AOC New York congressional delegation, has endorsed the machine candidate, Melinda Katz, lashed out angrily at Sanders and Warren. Endorsing Cabán without speaking to elected leaders in Queens was “patronizing” and “arrogant,” claimed Meeks.
“Warren and Sanders saw fit to endorse without even considering what African Americans thought,” Meeks said. Bear in mind that Katz is white, but some of her supporters are indeed black. The plurality of voters in Queens are Hispanic. The machine is really reaching here. My story on the latest in the race is here.
I’ll be at Busboys and Poets tonight for an event with Sarina Prabasi, author of The Coffeehouse Resistance, from 6:30 to 8 pm. (The one on 14th and V St. NW, in Washington.) I’m excited to do it, because she’s the type of person I wrote a lot about in my own book -- somebody who was interested in politics before 2016, but was radicalized by the election of Trump. She went from the Women’s March to participating more regularly in local politics, to then turning her coffee shop into a staging ground for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s challenge to Joe Crowley. Details on the event here.