Trump Boasts About Crowd Sizes as Death Toll Nears 160,000

As the number of Americans who’ve died from the novel coronavirus nears 160,000, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to boast about crowd sizes.

“My visits last week to Texas and Florida had massive numbers of cheering people gathered along the roads and highways, thousands and thousands, even bigger (by far) than the crowds of 2016,” the president wrote. “Saw no Biden supporters, and yet some in the Fake News said it was an equal number. Sad!” read more

Opinion: Obama Resurrects Hope In His Eulogy to John Lewis

During this past week many of us mourned the loss of John Lewis and the kind of greatness he had.  The iconic civil rights leader was a man who refused to give up or give in after being beaten within an inch of his life.  Those who knew him described him as someone you just had to love. Even Moscow Mitch had to take a moment to speak well of John Lewis. read more

Campaign Legal Center: “No, Trump Doesn’t Have the Authority to Delay the Election”

Trump proclaims himself the best president for black Americans since Lincoln

In a statement, Trevor Potter, president of Campaign Legal Center (CLC), and a former Republican Chairman of the Federal Election Commission, responded to President Donald Trump’s suggestion to delay the November election.

“The President does not have the authority to delay the election. Federal law mandates that the General Election take place on the first Tuesday of November. Suggesting the possibility of moving the General Election is an extraordinary statement from a sitting President and is sure to create confusion amongst voters about presidential powers in relation to the election,” Potter said.

He added: “The country has voted in general elections in the middle of a Civil War, two World Wars and the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, not to mention the Great Depression. Delay of the November election would violate both federal law and the Constitution. It is critical that members of Congress from both parties forcefully condemn Trump’s statement.”

Potter concluded that Congress “has the responsibility to make sure that the election takes place safely and smoothly, and that requires the Senate to include funding for state election activities in the coronavirus bill they are currently debating so that states can be prepared to handle a surge in mail voting for November.”

Earlier today, the president suggested the election should be delayed to halt mail-in ballot fraud.

“With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”

With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote??? read more

Polls: Biden Continues to Lead Trump in Swing States

Democrat Joe Biden continues to lead President Donald Trump in two crucial swing states.

Biden leads Trump by nine points in the swing state of Pennsylvania, according to the latest Franklin and Marshall College poll. 55 percent of Biden’s supporters in Pennsylvania saying they are voting against Trump. 78 percent of Trump supporters say they are voting for Trump because they support him and not because they’re voting against Biden.

95 percent of liberals said they plan to vote for Biden and 86 percent of conservatives said they plan to vote for Trump. Among moderates, Biden leads Trump 63 to 22 percent.

Biden continues to enjoy a lead over Trump in Florida, according to the Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy of Jacksonville. The poll showed Biden leading 50 percent to 46 percent. Four percent of respondents said they are undecided.

Biden’s favorability rating is 45 percent (favorable) to 37 percent (unfavorable). Trump’s favorability rating is 51 percent unfavorable to 41 percent favorable.

Key findings:

  • Biden leads among independents (52 percent to 43 percent)
  • Biden leads among women (53 percent to 43 percent)
  • Biden leads among Hispanics (56 percent to 39 percent)
  • Trump leads among men (49 percent to 47 percent)
  • Trump leads among whites (57 percent to 40 percent)
  • Trump leads in North Florida, Southwest Florida and Central Florida (54 percent to 42 percent)
  • Biden leads in Tampa Bay (52 percent to 42 percent)
  • Biden leads in South Florida (65 percent to 31 percent)
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    Majority of Swing State Voters Want Enhanced Unemployment Benefits to Be Extended Despite GOP Complaints

    62 percent of voters in the battleground states of Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin believe enhanced unemployment benefits should be extended, according to polling published Wednesday by CNBC/Change Research. All of the aforementioned states are swing states in play for November’s general election.

    42 percent “strongly” supported extending the payments, while 20 percent “somewhat” supported an extension. Additionally, 80 percent of respondents said they support sending another $1,200 economic stimulus check to most Americans.

    Republican legislators have proposed cutting the $600 unemployment benefit approved in the early days of the pandemic, arguing that some people are making more staying at home than they were when they were working. Their Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act would reduce the benefit to $200 per week, an amount that would later rise to no more than 70 percent of former wages, with a cutoff at $500.

    Yesterday, the GOP faced heavy criticism for adding $8 billion in military equipment spending to their relief package, news that immediately received bipartisan opposition.

    “The Republican measure includes billions for F-35 fighters, Apache helicopters and infantry carriers sought by Washington’s powerful defense lobby,” the Associated Press reported yesterday. “Overall, the proposal stuffs $8 billion into Pentagon weapons systems built by defense contractors like Boeing, Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics — corporate titans that sit atop the Washington influence industry.”

    Former Navy Seal Says Trump Has “No Such Respect” for Constitution in New Lincoln Project Ad

    The Lincoln Project has made many headlines in recent weeks as it ramps up its ad campaign against President Donald Trump’s reelection efforts, and its latest ad features a former Navy SEAL who said the president is not a real conservative.

    “I’m an American combat veteran and a conservative. I don’t agree with Joe Biden on many issues. But One thing that we agree on is we are a nation of laws and the Constitution is a sacred document. It’s a document I fought for and some of my friends died for,” says Dan Barkhuff, a former Navy Seal and ER doctor who founded Veterans for Responsible Leadership.

    Trump shows “no such respect for the Constitution,” he continues, adding: “He and his cronies disrespect freedom of assembly, due process, and states rights.” Video clips then show footage from recent Black Lives Matter demonstrations as well as federal officials detaining demonstrators.

    “President Trump is lost. He’s lashing out, and has resorted to displays of force in American cities to fire up his base,” said Reed Galen, co-founder of The Lincoln Project, said in a press release. “While Donald Trump thinks federal thugs harassing peaceful American citizens makes him look strong, all we see is weakness.”

    The Trump campaign soon responded.

    “This is the swamp – yet again – trying to take down the duly elected President of the United States,” spokesperson Erin Perrine

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    LeBron James’ Nonprofit is Paying Debts for Former Felons Looking to Vote in Florida

    Basketball star LeBron James is raising funds to help people in Florida with felony records pay outstanding court debts that prevent them from voting. The initiative is part of More Than a Vote, an organization that has dedicated at least part of its efforts to safeguarding African-American voting rights since James and a team of other black athletes and entertainers formed it last month.

    “The right to vote should not come with a price tag,” more than a vote announced on Twitter.

    The right to vote should not come with a price tag. #MoreThanAVote @morethanavote is stepping up to help @FLRightsRestore’s efforts to pay these fines and restore our democracy: https://t.co/48p39iS1fA pic.twitter.com/mbhoLeVgii read more

    Trump’s Campaign Manager Disputes President’s Slide in the Polls

    Trump Pandemic Plan

    President Donald Trump’s new campaign manager Bill Stepien disputed suggestions that the president is sliding in the polls. Stepien warned that the president’s opponents are placing too much stock in poll numbers.

    “These trends are going to go unnoticed until election night, when we’re right and they’re wrong,” Stepien said.

    Stepien said the campaign’s internal polling data tells a different story.

    “We know here at our headquarters what our internal numbers say and it’s why we exude the quiet confidence in our plan and in our mission,” Stepien said.

    He added: “This will be a knockdown dragout fight to the very end. I spent election night 2016, not in the hotel ballroom, but rather in election headquarters sending recount lawyers to states because the races were so tight in so many places. I expect our campaign will be doing the same exact thing in just about 100 days.”

    Biden has risen in the polls as the president grapples with heated criticism about his response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed the lives of nearly 150,000 Americans nationwide.

    Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll Biden an 8-point lead over Trump. 46 percent said they would back the Democratic candidate compared to 38 percent who said they’d vote for the incumbent. The remaining 16 percent say they’re undecided over who to pick. Some indicated they might vote for a third-party candidate. Others indicated they might not vote at all.

    Biden also holds a decisive lead over Trump among registered voters, with 61 percent said they would choose Biden over Trump if they had to choose between the two.

    The Rasmussen Reports/Pulse Opinion Research poll, a favorite of the president’s, found Biden is leading Trump by four points among likely voters in Pennsylvania and Ohio, two states he won in 2016. In the former state, Biden leads Trump 47 percent to 43 percent. In the latter, Biden leads Trump 48 percent to 45 percent. Rasmussen polls have been noted to skew heavily toward Republicans, which makes these findings even more troubling for the president.