Sports stars react to shooting at Donald Trump rally

Gunshots rang out Saturday in what has been called an assassination attempt on former President Trump.

The former president held a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, before several shots rang out, and the Secret Service told him to “get down.”

Trump gave the crowd a fist before heading off the stage. He went to a medical facility and was “safe,” his campaign said.

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Republican presidential candidate former President Trump is surrounded by U.S. Secret Service agents at a campaign rally on Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Butler, Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

In the aftermath of the incident, several of sports’ biggest stars reacted, both condemning the acts and showing support for Trump.

A UFC fighter, Evan Elder, also gave Trump a shout-out after he won a fight just hours after the shooting.

The shooter was killed by the Secret Service counter sniper team, sources told Fox News.

Trump confirmed he was “shot with a bullet that pierced the upper part of my right ear.”

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Republican presidential candidate and former President Trump is assisted by security personnel after gunfire rang out during a campaign rally at the Butler Farm Show in Butler, Pennsylvania, on July 13, 2024. (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

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“I want to thank The United States Secret Service, and all of Law Enforcement, for their rapid response on the shooting that just took place in Butler, Pennsylvania. Most importantly, I want to extend my condolences to the family of the person at the Rally who was killed, and also to the family of another person that was badly injured,” he said in a statement. 

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A campaign rally site for Republican presidential candidate former President Trump is empty and littered with debris on Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Butler, Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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“It is incredible that such an act can take place in our Country. Nothing is known at this time about the shooter, who is now dead. I was shot with a bullet that pierced the upper part of my right ear. I knew immediately that something was wrong in that I heard a whizzing sound, shots, and immediately felt the bullet ripping through the skin. Much bleeding took place, so I realized then what was happening. GOD BLESS AMERICA!”

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Enes Kanter Freedom says Bronny James was only drafted because of his dad, the 'dictator of the NBA'

Add Enes Kanter Freedom to the list of people who are calling out nepotism in the NBA.

In case you missed it, Bronny James, LeBron’s son, was drafted by his father’s Los Angeles Lakers with the 55th overall.

That came despite one scout calling him “not an NBA prospect” after he averaged less than five points per game in his lone season at USC.

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Bronny James Jr., #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers, shoots a foul shot against the Sacramento Kings during the second half of the 2024 California Classic summer league game at Chase Center on July 6, 2024, in San Francisco, California.  (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The 19-year-old did have a cardiac arrest over the summer that stunted his progression, but nonetheless, scouts weren’t too kind to him in the process.

Considering that it was the Lakers who drafted Bronny, Kanter Freedom had to call it like he saw it.

“He might be a good dude, but he’s not good enough to play in the NBA. The reason he got drafted is because of LeBron, the reason JJ Redick is the coach is because of LeBron,” he told OutKick’s “Don’t @ Me.”

He took it a step further, saying that Bronny is the only person that wants to play with LeBron.

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Bronny James Jr. (9) scores a basket against the Sacramento Kings during the second quarter at Chase Center.  (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)

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“No other player wants to go play with LeBron. You had so many other free agents. . . . No one wanted to go play with him, because they know that it’s all about LeBron,” he continued. “They’re gonna get zero clout. . . . When the Lakers’ season fails, LeBron tries to find a player to blame, and he blamed the whole season on Russell Westbrook, so he is not a good teammate. Obviously, he runs the media, and he tries to control this narrative, but when you actually know and have a conversation inside of the NBA and its players, nobody wants to play with him. . . .

“When I see a dictator, I know it – LeBron is literally like the dictator of the NBA. He controls the media, he controls his narrative, if you go against his agenda, you get traded, everybody knows it.”

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LeBron James, #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers, shouts to his son, Bronny James #6, of the USC Trojans, during Bronny’s game against the California Golden Bears at Haas Pavilion on February 7, 2024, in Berkeley, California. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Bronny has scored four, five and three points in his three Summer League games.

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Five people escape SUV after it plunges into inactive Yellowstone geyser

Five people were taken to the hospital after swerving their vehicle into an inactive geyser in Yellowstone National Park. 

The group’s SUV went off the road in the Wyoming section of the famous park on Thursday between Mammoth Hot Springs and Norris Junction.

Out of control, the SUV plunged into the hot, acidic waters of the Semi-Centennial Geyser. 

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In this photo provided by the National Park Service, a sports utility vehicle is pulled from the inactive Semi-Centennial Geyser in the Wyoming area of Yellowstone National Park. 

Passengers managed to scramble out of the 9-foot deep waters, which hover around 105 degrees Fahrenheit. 

They were taken to a nearby hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, according to a park spokesperson. 

Recovery crews with the National Park Service arrived to the scene on Friday to pull the vehicle out of the geyser. 

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The passengers were able to get out of the acidic, 105 degree Fahrenheit (41 degrees Celsius) water on their own and were taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries after the crash Thursday morning, park spokesperson Morgan Warthin said in a statement. (National Park Service via AP)

The operation shut down traffic for several hours as crews used a large crane to pull the SUV out of the geyser’s waters.

President Ulysses S. Grant established Yellowstone National Park on March 1, 1872, by signing the Yellowstone Protection Act into law for “the benefit and enjoyment of the people.”

The federally operated park includes territory across three states —  Wyoming (96%), Montana (3%) and Idaho (1%).

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Recovery crews with the National Parks Service were dispatched on Friday to pull the SUV out of the geyser waters with a large crane. The operation shut down nearby roads for several hours. ((National Park Service via AP))

Its geothermal features make it a world-famous destination for tourists interested in volcanic activity, geysers, natural hot springs, mud pots and more. 

Geothermic water features harm more visitors to Yellowstone than any other aspect of its terrain.

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Homeless person allegedly abducts 4-year-old at California restaurant amid uptick of crime

A 4-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped from a California restaurant by a suspected homeless woman, police said.

The Santa Monica Police Department said a “frantic” grandmother called police at 12:11 p.m. local time when she and her 4-year-old granddaughter were having lunch at a Panda Express restaurant.

Police were on the scene “within minutes” desperately searching for the disappeared child, authorities said.

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A woman said that her 4-year-old granddaughter was abducted while they were eating at Panda Express. (Universal Images Group/Getty)

Authorities quickly gathered video images of potential suspects and began sending additional units to the general area of the restaurant.

Police said there were more than 30 law enforcement officers searching for the suspect.

Video footage revealed that the suspect was a heavyset white female in her 30s.

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People walking, shopping. Santa Monica Downtown, pedestrian street. (iStock)

At 12:37 p.m., officers located the suspect and child in a room at the Holiday Motel.

“Thankfully, the child was unharmed, and the suspect was taken into custody,” police said.

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Police said “no stone was left unturned” in their investigation.

“Our heartfelt best wishes go out to the child and her family as they deal with the shock of this ordeal,” police said. “We will do everything we can to make sure they are helped through this time and also to make sure no stone is left unturned in the investigation.”

Authorities, who did not immediately release the name of the suspect, said she was booked on suspicion of kidnapping.

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A 73-year-old woman was assaulted in May by a homeless person. (Morgan Lieberman/Getty Images)

The alleged abduction comes after a 73-year-old woman was assaulted by a homeless man in May.

The woman said she was on her daily morning walk and tried to get out of his way so he could pass, but “he intentionally pushed her to the ground,” resulting in a back injury and cuts on her hands, police said. 

About a week beforehand, a homeless man was arrested for the attempted rape of a female jogger.

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Santa Monica residents said that the town is “not what it was.” (Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office/Facebook)

One Santa Monica resident said that the once-idyllic coastal town is “not what it was.”

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“Everybody knows that Santa Monica is not what it was three or four years ago,” one resident told FOX 11. “Every day is something new.”


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Richard Simmons celebrates 76th birthday, says he's 'grateful' to be 'alive for another day' after skin cancer

Richard Simmons shared that he is “grateful” to be “alive” as he celebrated his 76th birthday Friday.

In a rare interview, the fitness guru, who stepped away from the spotlight 10 years ago, told People magazine he will blow out a candle to mark the occasion. 

“But the candle will probably be on a zucchini,” Simmons said. “You know, I’m a vegetarian.” 

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Richard Simmons is celebrating his 76th birthday. (Rodrigo Vaz/Getty Images)

When asked how he feels about turning 76, Simmons exclaimed, “I feel good!”

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“I am grateful that I’m here, that I am alive for another day,” he continued. “I’ll spend my birthday doing what I do every day, which is to help people.”  

Simmons already has big plans for the year ahead. His representative told Fox News Digital the “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” instructor is at work on his Broadway musical and has aligned with acclaimed producer and composer Patrick Leonard, who previously worked with music icons Madonna, Elton John, Bon Jovi and Michael Jackson, to compose the music.

The former “The Richard Simmons Show” host’s birthday celebration comes months after he had a health scare. Though Simmons has mostly retreated from the public eye, he stays in touch with his fans on social media and shares updates about his life. 

In March, Simmons revealed to his followers he had been diagnosed with skin cancer. He took to Facebook to detail the moment he found out about the diagnosis and the procedure he underwent in an attempt to remove the cancer cells. 

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The fitness guru said he is “grateful” to “be alive for another day.” (Bobby Bank/WireImage)

“Mirror mirror on the wall what’s that blemish which is so small? There was this strange looking bump under my right eye. I had a tube of neosporin which I would put on in the morning and the evening…. it was still there. It was time to call my dermatologist,” Simmons wrote in the lengthy post. 

“I sat in his chair and he looked at it through a magnifying mirror. He told me he would have to scrape it and put it under the microscope. Now I am getting a little bit nervous.

“He comes back about 20 minutes later and says the C word. You have cancer,” he continued. “I asked him what kind of cancer and he said. Basel Cell Carcinoma. I told him to stop calling me dirty names. He laughed.”

Simmons said he was advised to seek treatment from a “cancer doctor” as soon as possible. 

The former fitness coach paid a visit to Dr. Ralph A. Massey and underwent a procedure in which the doctor had to “burn” his skin with a small instrument to “remove the cancer cells.”

“As he started burning my skin a tear dropped down my cheek,” Simmons wrote. “You can’t cry during this and he wiped my tear. The burning really hurt my skin. It lasted about 30 minutes.”

Simmons said he was told to return in “an hour and a half” to see if the cancer had been removed successfully. 

“After driving around the city, I went back to some sad news,” he concluded. “I didn’t get it all out. He burned my face again. This time was worse than before… It was deeper. I did not cry this time but I did grit my teeth. ‘Come back in another hour and a half.’… .to be continued…”

The following day, Simmons shared a positive update with his fans on Facebook. “Well the third time was a charm,” Simmons wrote, adding that his doctor told him, “We got all the cancer cells out.”

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He explained that his doctor then stitched up his face, noting “it took about 45 Minutes and I was done.”

“Because of his fine work I don’t have a scar,” Simmons added of his doctor.

Simmons concluded his post by imploring his fans to be proactive about their health.

“I know some of you reading this have had cancer or have known someone in your life who has had cancer. Promise me you will see your doctor and get a complete check up,” he wrote.

Simmons revealed his diagnosis one day after he worried his fans when he shared a cryptic message on Facebook saying, “I have some news to tell you. Please don’t be sad. I am…. dying.” 

He added, “Oh I can see your faces now. The truth is we all are dying. Every day we live we are getting closer to our death.”

Simmons continued his post by asking a question. 

“Why am I telling you this? Because I want you to enjoy your life to the fullest every single day. Get up in the morning and look at the sky… count your blessings and enjoy.”

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Simmons previously revealed he had been diagnosed with skin cancer but later shared the cancer cells had been successfully removed. (Getty Images)

He also shared his recommendations for leading a healthy lifestyle, which included the advice to “once in a while, have dessert.”

“There is something else very important that you must do,” he added. “Tell the ones that you love that you love them. Hug those people and children who you really care for. A big hug really goes a long way.”

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During his interview with People magazine, Simmons said he planned to allow himself a small dessert in honor of his birthday.

“OK, fine. Maybe one Pepperidge Farm Milano cookie,” Simmons said. “But just one.”

Fox News Digital’s Christina Dugan Ramirez contributed to this report.

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FLASHBACK: Ex-Dem lawmaker supporting Biden invoked his dad’s age in 2019 attack on Biden’s stamina

A former Democrat lawmaker in South Carolina, who has donated thousands of dollars to President Biden’s re-election campaign and has recently defended his mental acuity, warned about Biden’s age in 2019 while supporting Vice President Kamala Harris’s failed presidential campaign. 

“Joe Biden has been running for president since before I was born,” Bakari Sellers told Politico in 2019 while serving as a surrogate for the Harris campaign. “Joe Biden is nearly 80 years old and he’s running to be president of the United States,” Sellers said. “My dad was president of an HBCU and will be 75 this year and his doctors told him he couldn’t do it anymore.”

Sellers, a CNN political analyst who formerly served in South Carolina’s House of Representatives from 2006 to 2014, said his dad, who served for 7 years as the president of Voorhees College, a South Carolina historically black college, “didn’t have the energy and strength to lead that campus anymore.” He went on to say it “doesn’t mean he wasn’t a great man and a great leader and a great visionary.”

“It is a justifiable conversation,” he continued.

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CNN contributor Bakari Sellers warned about Biden’s age in 2019 (Getty Images)

Sellers also took aim at presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren over age concerns during the Democratic presidential primary in 2019 saying, “The three front-runners are all older than Ronald Reagan was when he took over.”

“Democrats are afraid of criticism, which is silly to me. But we are going to have a contentious primary on vigor and issues about fitness to be president.”

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President Joe Biden stands at his podium during the first presidential debate of the 2024 elections between himself and former president Donald Trump at CNN’s studios in Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday, June 27, 2024. (Kevin D. Liles for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Sellers, who donated $10,000 to the Biden Victory Fund and $6,600 to Biden’s re-election campaign last year, making him a maxed-out donor, is now defending Biden against criticisms about his age in recent weeks, including this week when he said it was “patently absurd” to be having a discussion about a Parkinsons specialist visiting the White House.

One of Sellers’ most notable defenses of Biden occurred less than an hour after the CNN debate between Biden and former President Trump.

“Biden ain’t going nowhere. It’s June. Let go of your pearls and dry your bed. He lost a debate. Bad. But it’s June. You’re not replacing him,” Sellers posted on June 27 on X. “So leave your random combinations in your chats. You’re not nominating Gretch or Gavin or Wes over Kamala. Stop it. Organize. Vote. We are winning every swing state senate race and gubernatorial race (NC). Relax.”

“Choice is Trump, Biden or couch. I choose Joe. Night. Night,” he continued.

On Thursday night, Sellers responded to Biden’s hour-long press conference by posting on X that Biden was “doing well” and reposted a post from NBC analyst Vin Gupta, a doctor, defending Biden’s press conference.

“[Biden] demonstrated tonight that he continues to function at a high-level for his age,” Gupta said. “Yes, he had gaffes, which he’s been prone to throughout his career. Yet the substance was there after a series of tough questions, ably demonstrating breadth of experience. Strong performance.”

“Biden would not only have to not run but he’d have to resign. Neither of which is happening,” Sellers said last week. “Any article about his age that is absent the fact he’s accomplished bipartisan, put black woman on Supreme Court, brought economy back from brink after COVID is an emotional play. Because it’s clear even in his age he can do the job of POTUS.”

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Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at a campaign rally on June 28, 2024, in Las Vegas.  (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

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Fox News Politics: Biden's 'Big Boy Press Conference'

Welcome to Fox News’ Politics newsletter with the latest political news from Washington D.C. and updates from the 2024 campaign trail. 

What’s happening…

-House passes bill requiring proof of citizenship to vote

-Huge number of Democrats say Biden must step aside in new poll

-Obama silent on reports that he’s pushing Biden out of the race

Politicians’ Predictions

Congressional lawmakers departed Washington, D.C., around noon on Thursday, hours before President Biden’s pivotal press conference, where the 81-year-old leader is tasked with fighting off concerns that he is not fit for another four years in office.

Some Democrats were relatively muted in their responses to Fox News Digital on whether the president would do a good job at the press conference, while others insisted the president would pull it off.

Republicans, who have long argued Biden is not mentally fit for office, largely said Biden would show more of the same signs of aging he showed at last month’s CNN Presidential Debate against former President Trump…Read more

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 U.S. President Joe Biden speaks at a post-debate campaign rally on June 28, 2024 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

White House

LONG TIME COMING: Biden’s last solo presser was held 8 months ago …Read more

RARE REJECTION: Biden nominee blocked amid controversy over transgender inmate recommendation …Read more

DIAGNOSIS: DENIAL: White House continues to spurn media requests to talk to Biden’s doc …Read more

‘NOT SURPRISING’: ‘Obama bro’ breaks silence about Biden’s mental fitness at Hollywood fundraiser after damaging Clooney op-ed …Read more

‘THIS IS CONCERNING’: Biden admin grilled over countries refusing to take back migrants …Read more

Capitol Hill

‘SAFEGUARD’: House passes bill requiring voters prove citizenship in federal elections …Read more

‘BIG BOY PRESS CONFERENCE’: Dems quiet on Biden’s NATO speech ahead of solo press conference …Read more

FINE FAILS: House rejects bill to make Garland pay $10,000 per day for Biden-Hur audio tapes …Read more

‘REAL DISGRACE’: All but 5 Democrats undermined Democracy with just one vote last night: GOP Rep …Read more

‘CLOSER AND CLOSER’: Dem rep leaning towards urging Biden to drop out, would back Harris nomination or open convention …Read more

Tales from the Campaign Trail

TIED TO BIDEN: Battleground Dem feels heat after Biden’s debate as party turmoil continues …Read more

‘VERY STRONG STANCE’: Trump says Burgum’s pro-life record is an ‘issue’ for VP possibilities …Read more

CRISIS OF CONFIDENCE: Huge majority of Democrats say Biden must step aside even as Biden-Trump horse race is tied: poll …Read more

‘NOTHING ELSE TO OFFER’: Trump campaign fires back at ‘fear-mongering’ Dem strategy in aftermath of disastrous Biden debate …Read more

‘SCHEDULING CONFLICT’: Battleground Dems skipping Biden adviser meeting as concerns over preisdent’s candidacy grow …Read more

‘GET OUT OF POLITICS’: Trump calls George Clooney a ‘rat’ for turning on President Biden …Read more

CASH DRYING UP: Biden fundraising takes a big hit amid rising chorus of calls from Democrats for president to end re-election campaign …Read more

‘LAST WEEK OF EMPLOYMENT’: Trump roasts Biden with clip from Clooney movie after actor calls for new Dem nominee …Read more

SAY IT AIN’T SO: Obama silent over reports he’s working ‘behind the scenes’ to force Biden out of the 2024 race …Read more

‘FESS UP’: Republican challenger calls on red state Dem to come clean on Biden …Read more

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Michael Cohen makes his way to Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

Trials and Tribulations

‘FACELESS LEVIATHAN’: Major SCOTUS decision praised by Republicans strips power of ‘unelected bureaucrats’ …Read more

STRONG ARM OF THE LAW: Michael Cohen goes to the Supreme Court against Trump …Read more

Across America

‘BASICALLY A VEGETABLE’: Portnoy mocks Clooney for waiting to admit Biden’s ‘gone’ …Read more

HOME OR AWAY?: California gov hit for putting state’s woes on backburner while barnstorming for Biden …Read more

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Blumenthal says some concerns 'deepened' after meeting with Biden camp advisers

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said some of his concerns were “deepened” on Thursday, and he needs to see more from President Biden and his campaign to address the concerns about his candidacy in the November election against former President Trump. 

“I need to see more analytics and data that show a path to victory,” he told reporters after the special meeting with top Biden campaign advisers on Thursday. 

According to Blumenthal, “Some of my concerns are allayed. Some others have been deepened,” after the discussion at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) with senior Biden advisers Mike Donilon and Steve Ricchetti, and campaign chair Jen O’Malley Dillon. 

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Sen. Blumenthal said he still has concerns after the meeting with Biden’s advisers, and some of them had “deepened.” (Getty Images)

He explained that Biden’s solo press conference on Thursday evening at the conclusion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit will be “important” and “potentially a turning point.”

“But it has to be more than one, more than just one press conference in a week,” he added. 

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President Biden has said he is staying in the race. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The event will notably be Biden’s first such solo news conference of 2024. 

“Joe Biden has to continue effectively and aggressively meeting the concerns of the American people,” Blumenthal said. 

The senator emphasized that Biden must do press conferences and interviews, similar to those he is “doing right now.”

BATTLEGROUND DEM FEELS HEAT AFTER BIDEN’S DEBATE AS PARTY TURMOIL CONTINUES

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Blumenthal wants to see more data about Biden’s path to victory. (Yuriy Dyachyshyn/AFP via Getty Images)

While he noted the concerns he still has, Blumenthal said, “as of now, he is the Democratic nominee. He has my support.”

The Democratic senator also made a point to note that Biden must revive his campaign himself. “It can’t be done for him, his advisers or staff can’t do it for him,” he said of the changes the president needs to make. 

FIRST DEM SENATOR CALLS FOR BIDEN TO DROP OUT ‘FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY’

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Sen. Peter Welch was the first Democratic senator to call on Biden to drop out of the race. (Getty Images)

Sen. Peter Welch, D-Vt., who became the first Democratic senator to call on Biden to exit the race on Wednesday, attended the meeting at the DSCC as well. “This was an opportunity for the campaign to come and tell us where they’re at and for senators to ask questions [and] make comments,” he said afterward. 

When reporters asked if he now felt differently about Biden’s candidacy after hearing from the advisers, he said, “I’m where I’m at, you know.” He said in a Washington Post op-ed on Wednesday that he didn’t believe Biden was the best Democratic candidate to beat Trump. 

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Sen. Bernie Sanders said the Biden campaign needs to be “stronger.” (Getty Images)

Also following the discussion, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said, “The Biden campaign has got to be stronger and clear, not only in defending their own record, but in creating an agenda for the future, especially for the needs of the working class of this country.”

A smiling Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., was asked by Fox News Digital if he was happy after the meeting. He responded that he is a “happy person” in general.

Fox News’ Anne Marie Riha contributed to this report. 

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Jury begins deliberations in Hunter Biden's federal gun trial

Hunter Biden watches as his daughter Naomi Biden testifies in court on Friday in Wilmington, Delaware.

It was clear that speaking about her father was a very painful subject for Naomi Biden. And even though she is a graduate of Columbia Law School, she appeared very uncomfortable on the stand after the defense called her to testify Friday in the trial against Hunter Biden. 

Naomi Biden entered the court on Friday with her husband, and first lady Jill Biden immediately motioned for him to come sit next to her among the Biden family and friends who make up at least the first two rows of the courtroom.  

Naomi Biden’s testimony focused on two instances in 2018 when she saw her father.  

The first was in August or September, when she went to visit her dad in Los Angeles. Hunter Biden had reached out to her to come visit him amid his stint in rehab. He offered to arrange the trip, and Naomi Biden said she agreed to go, even though she had not seen him in quite some time.  

On the stand, Naomi Biden came across as genuine and compelling as the child of an addict.  

She then testified about a trip to New York City, where Hunter Biden came to pick up a car. She described seeing him at the end of October, and said she felt “hopeful.” Naomi Biden said her father seemed the same as when she had seen him in Los Angeles. 

On cross-examination by prosecutor Leo Wise, she again testified about how she had not seen her father recently because “after my uncle died, things got bad,” around 2015.  

Prosecutors got her to concede that she really did not know what he was like when he was using drugs, because she had not seen him for quite some time.  

Prosecutors seemed to catch Naomi and defense attorney Abbe Lowell off guard when they introduced her to a series of texts she exchanged with her father during the trip to New York.    

Naomi Biden seemed a little confused and reticent when confronted with texts appearing to show her father to be somewhat erratic and non-communicative when trying to arrange the hand off of his car.  

She did not remember the exchange and started to appear increasingly uncomfortable when talking about texts her father sent her in the wee hours of the morning about exchanging his car.  

As she left the stand, Naomi Biden gave her dad a cool embrace, a kiss on the cheek, and was seen trembling and wiping away tears as she exited the courtroom. 

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