Walter Mondale, former Vice President under former President Jimmy Carter and 1984 presidential candidate known for his frank honesty, has died at the age of 93; plus, more of today’s top stories in Democratic politics.
Walter Mondale, former Vice President Under Jimmy Carter, dies at 93
Known as a champion of liberal causes, Walter Mondale, who served as vice president under Jimmy Carter, died on Monday at the age of 93.
Walter Frederick Mondale, who was also known as “Fritz,” served as vice president under Carter from 1977 to 1981. He also was a former Minnesota senator, ambassador and attorney general. Mondale died at his home in downtown Minneapolis surrounded by family, CNN reported.
“Today I mourn the passing of my dear friend Walter Mondale, who I consider the best vice president in our country’s history,” former President Jimmy Carter said in a statement on Twitter. “During our administration, Fritz used his political skill and personal integrity to transform the vice presidency into a dynamic, policy-driving force that had never been seen before and still exists today.”
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden called Mondale one of “our nation’s most dedicated patriots” adding that “there have been few senators, before or since, who commanded such universal respect,” NBC reported.
former President Bill Clinton credited Mondale for his “deep policy knowledge, a tireless work ethic, and uncommon decency.”
Goodbye letter 2 days before his death
Mondale seemed to have a sixth sense that his time was short. Two days before his death, on Saturday, Mondale wrote:
“Well my time has come. I am eager to rejoin Joan and Eleanor. Before I go I wanted to let you know how much you mean to me. Never has a public servant had a better group of people working at their side! Together we have accomplished so much and I know you will keep up the good fight. Joe in the White House certainly helps. I always knew it would be okay if I arrive some place and was greeted by one of you! My best to all of you! Fritz.”
Mondale’s late wife, Joan, died in 2014 at the age of 83, while his late daughter, Eleanor, died of brain cancer in 2011 at the age of 51, the Huffington Post reported.
Mondale’s honesty cost him the 1984 election
Mondale was a long shot Democrat presidential candidate who ran against former Republican president Ronald Reagan in 1984. So pronounced was Mondale’s penchant for telling voters the hard truths they didn’t want to hear, that he did what many thought was the most costly political mistake you could make. During Mondale’s acceptance speech at the 1984 Democratic convention, he said something that Joe Biden himself said in his campaign against Trump, but things were different back in 1984. Mondale told the voters that, if elected, he would raise taxes, the New Yorker reported. This was part of his argument against Reagan’s promise to slash taxes and trickle-down economics that were later dubbed Reaganomics.
“Mr. Reagan will raise taxes, and so will I,” Mondale said during his speech. “He won’t tell you. I just did.”
Biden bans terms “illegal alien,” “alien,” and “assimilation” and more regarding immigrants
The Biden administration issued a memo to immigration officials on Monday banning the use of certain terms and replacing them with “preferred terminology and inclusive language,” the Daily Wire reported.
The memo orders the use of “noncitizen or migrant” for “alien,” “undocumented” for “illegal,” and “integration” for “assimilation.”
“In response to the vision set by the Administration, ICE will ensure agency communications use the preferred terminology and inclusive language,” said Tae Johnson, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) acting director and a memo.
Rep. Waters’ comments at protest could be grounds for appeal in Derek Chauvin trial, judge says
Comments made at a protest in Minneapolis last Saturday night by representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) that called for protesters to “get more confrontational” and “stay on the street” if former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin is acquitted in the killing of George Floyd’s caused the judge in the trial to comment that it could be grounds for appealing a verdict.
“I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned,” Judge Peter Cahill told defense attorney Eric Nelson on Monday, AZ Family reported.
Republicans are calling for ethics charges against Waters, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has said that she doesn’t believe Waters should apologize for her comments. However, reportedly, some Democrats are unhappy with the comments of both Pelosi and Waters.