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Trump plans to hold a series of events next week in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Arizona as Democrats nominate Joe Biden for president.
Trump's latest attacks on Biden exemplifies his dependence on race-baiting — a racist trope that seems largely out-of-touch in the 21st century.
On Wednesday night, Trevor Noah took aim at Marjorie Taylor Greene, a woman who recently won the Georgia Republican primary and will surely be elected to Congress in her deep red 14th Congressional District. “Congress is about to get a lot crazier,” offered Noah.Greene, 46, has a long history of racism and pushing conspiracy theories. She’s recently called the Jewish businessman George Soros a “Nazi”; compared the elections of Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib to Congress to “an Islamic invasion”; said minorities find themselves unemployed because they are “lazy”; accused the Democratic Party of keeping Black people in “a modern-day form of slavery”; and said Black people should be “proud” of Confederate monuments. Greene has also been endorsed by a number of prominent white supremacists. On top of all that, Greene is an adherent of QAnon—a wild conspiracy theory alleging that an anonymous secret agent named “Q” is dropping insider information revealing that Hollywood and Democratic Party elites (Hillary Clinton, Oprah, etc.) are operating an underground child sex-trafficking ring and that President Donald Trump is waging a one-man war on them.“That’s right: A QAnon conspiracy theorist is about to become a member of Congress,” Noah explained. “And if you’re wondering, what’s QAnon? Well, it’s a movement that believes that Hollywood and the Democratic Party are actually a secret worldwide child sex-trafficking ring whose members harvest the blood of children for its life-extending properties, and that the only person protecting the world from this evil is Donald Trump.” No, Tom Hanks Did Not Flee to Greece to Avoid Pedophilia Charges, You SickosFake Jeffrey Epstein Flight Logs Lead QAnon Crazies to Target Chrissy Teigen and BeyoncéYes, Donald Trump: a man who’s made lewd comments about his baby daughter’s breasts; stands accused of walking in on teens changing while in charge of Miss Teen USA; had a close friendship with Jeffrey Epstein; and recently wished Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s accused sex-trafficking accomplice, “well.”“So let me get this straight. The Democratic Party is so smart and powerful that they can run a secret shadow organization—but they’re also stupid enough to be outsmarted by Donald Trump?” said Noah, adding, “Also, Donald Trump was BFFs with Jeffrey Epstein, aka The White R. Kelly, so how the hell is he going to protect [from] something that he’s a part of? I mean, that’s like Cardi B trying to protect the world from people who make bird sounds.”At the time of Greene’s incendiary comments, which were made two years ago, a spokesperson for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said, “These comments are appalling, and Leader McCarthy has no tolerance for them.” This week, Rep. McCarthy applauded Greene’s primary victory. And the Trump camp is supporting her too. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
“We are using a bazooka to go after a housefly here,” a Democratic lawmaker said after the Republican-led assembly approved the measure.
Vice President Mike Pence cannot contain his excitement (or dread?) about facing off against Kamala Harris on the debate stage. In an interview with Sean Hannity on Wednesday night, half grimacing and half apparently swallowing back a little sob, the former Indiana governor told the Fox News host he “can’t wait” to take on Harris during the vice presidential debate in Utah on Oct. 7. “I just have to tell you, I like the matchup. It’s on, Sean,” he said with a pained expression. After claiming the Democratic ticket had been “overtaken by the radical left,” Pence spent most of the interview regurgitating Trump campaign talking points and gushing over the president, who he said is a sure bet to win the Nov. 3 election. “I can’t wait to get back out there. I’ll be in Iowa tomorrow telling the story of what this president has done, how we made this country stronger, more prosperous in our first three years, how President Trump has seen us through the worst pandemic in 100 years ...” “I think the American people are going to vote for four more years of President Donald Trump in the White House,” he said, citing recent unrest in Chicago and Portland as a reason for voters to avoid “radical” Harris and Biden. Asked about Harris’ infamous takedown of Biden during the Democratic debates, Pence told Hannity the former California attorney general’s ruthless prosecutorial skills are no match for Trump’s dazzling track record: “I think she is a skilled debater, but I can’t wait to get to Salt Lake City and be on the stage with her—to compare Joe Biden’s nearly 50 years in public life, the agenda of the radical left, the agenda that she’s embraced throughout her political career—with the results of this president and this administration.” “I truly do believe that President Trump’s vision in our first three years was proven out,” he said. Pence’s completely convincing enthusiasm for the debate came just hours after Harris and Biden offered a scathing rebuke of Trump and Pence during their debut together as a historic Democratic ticket. “The case against Donald Trump and Mike Pence is open and shut, just look where they’ve gotten us,” Harris said earlier Wednesday, pointing to the “more than 16 million out of work” and “millions of kids who cannot go back to school” amid a pandemic that Trump has repeatedly insisted would just “disappear.” “And tragically, more than 165,000 lives that have been cut short, many with loved ones who never got the chance to say goodbye,” she said, noting the COVID-19 death toll that Pence did not mention in his glowing assessment of Trump’s “vision” for America. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
The Trump administration has filed a motion asking a court to dismiss a lawsuit against the president's executive order targeting social media companies, calling it a "profound misunderstanding," according to a copy of the motion seen by Reuters. The lawsuit was brought in June by the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), a Washington-based tech group funded by Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc's Google and Twitter Inc. It marked the first major legal test of President Donald Trump's directive. Trump issued an executive order in May against social media companies in an attempt to regulate platforms where he has been criticized, just days after Twitter took the rare step of fact-checking one of his tweets about mail-in voting.
Nearly nine out of 10 Democrats approve of U.S. Senator Kamala Harris as their party's vice presidential nominee, and she is more popular than presidential candidate Joe Biden among women, young voters and some Republicans, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday. The Aug. 11-12 public opinion survey also found that 60% of Americans, including 87% of Democrats and 37% of Republicans, considered the selection of Harris - the first Black woman and Asian American nominated for vice presidency - to be a "major milestone" for the United States. The U.S. Senator from California is viewed about as favorably or better than Biden in most major demographic groups, the poll showed, highlighting her potential to help the former vice president expand his support in November's election.
Biden touts his new running mate and says he's proud to have her by his side in the battle for the "soul of the nation."
With Joe Biden tapping a woman as his running make, Trump is offering a divisive message to women voters that some Republican operatives are questioning.
WILMINGTON, Delaware—The gravity of the moment wasn’t lost on the Democratic ticket hoping to beat President Donald Trump, even if the cheers were muted through masks outside. On a historic day, which ordinarily would have been a major campaign commemoration filled with a supportive crowd, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden welcomed Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his running mate into the pandemic era with stinging criticism of the Republican president’s tenure and a promise to restore economic and societal stability. “This election isn't just about defeating Donald Trump or Mike Pence,” Harris said. “It's about building this country back better. And that's exactly what Joe and I will do.”While others followed science during the pandemic, Harris said, Trump embraced “miracle cures he saw on Fox News.” "This virus has impacted almost every country,” Harris said. “But there's a reason it has hit America worse than any other advanced nation. It's because of Trump's failure to take it seriously from the start.” And amid his own barbs sent at the president for the mismanagement that Democrats say has defined Trump’s tenure, Biden made clear that Harris was exactly the person he wanted by his side as vice president. “Her story is America's story, different from mine in many particulars, but also not so different in the essentials,” Biden said. “She's worked hard. She's never backed down from a challenge and she has earned each and every of the accolades and achievements that she has gained, many of them often in the face of obstacles that others put in her way, but never quit.” Wearing a navy blue suit and white shirt coordinated with Biden’s own, Harris smiled, very slightly, when the former vice president said he made the right running mate choice. When Biden referenced the importance of having a “fair shot” at success in America, the senator nodded in unison. When he quoted Trump contending that she was, in his words, “mean,” Harris remained still, keeping her attention focused exclusively on the presumptive Democratic nominee. “It's no surprise, because whining is what Donald Trump does best, better than any president in American history,” Biden said. “Is anyone surprised Donald Trump has a problem with a strong woman, or strong women, across the board?” Kamala Harris Built a ‘Digital Army’—Now She Gets to Use ItAnd on a day where Biden and Harris presented themselves in a united front as the Democratic standard bearers, Biden’s son Beau, who died of brain cancer in 2015, wasn’t far from either leaders’ minds. It was Beau who both leaders honored Wednesday as the presumptive nominee declared his running mate’s family “all honorary Bidens,” pointing to Harris as someone who’s had that status “for quite some time.” Biden got to know Harris through Beau, he said, because of the two being friends when they served as attorney generals in their respective states and “took on the same big fights together.” “I know how much Beau respected Kamala and her work," Biden said. “And that mattered a lot to me, to be honest with you, as I made this decision.” Harris too reflected on her friendship with Beau, who she recalled speaking to on the phone "practically every day," during the Great Recession, calling the younger Biden "the best of us." Biden’s choice of Harris as his running mate means the California senator will be both the country’s first Black woman and first Asian-American vice presidential nominee, a remarkably historic feat in a year where vocal unrest and anger over racial inequity have played out alongside the coronavirus pandemic. “I am incredibly honored by this responsibility and I am ready to get to work,” Harris said after Biden spent more than 15 minutes introducing his running mate.Harris spoke about her own background and the historic symbolism of her new role, keeping in mind “all the heroic and ambitious women before me whose sacrifice, determination and resilience makes my presence here today even possible.” Her parents "came from opposite sides of the world," to the United States, Harris said, with one coming from India and the other moving from Jamaica. They were united by the civil rights movement of the 1960s, she said, as they both called for justice. Harris reminisced about having a role from a young age, including being taken to protests in a stroller. “[M]y mother, Shyamala, raised my sister Maya and me to believe that it was up to us—and every generation of Americans—to keep on marching,” she said. “ She’d tell us, ‘Don’t just sit around and complain about things. Do something.’ So, I did something.”After detailing her career as a prosecutor, California attorney general, and now, junior senator, she launched into a cutting examination of the Trump administration’s handling of coronavirus at a time when the country is seeing “a moral reckoning with racism and systemic injustice.” “The case against Donald Trump and Mike Pence is open and shut, just look where they've gotten us,” she said. “More than 16 million out of work, millions of kids who cannot go back to school, a crisis of poverty, of homelessness afflicting Black, brown, and indigenous people the most. A crisis of hunger afflicting one in five mothers who have children that are hungry. And tragically, more than 165,000 lives that have been cut short, many with loved ones who never got the chance to say good-bye.” “It didn't have to be this way,” she said, noting that only two people in the U.S. died during an Ebola outbreak six years ago during the Obama-Biden administration.“That is what's called leadership,” she said.Wednesday’s event was the formal culmination of what was at times a complex relationship between the two Democratic leaders during the 2020 cycle. Over a year ago, Harris bristled at questions when the idea of sharing the ticket with Biden was occasionally mentioned as a possibility. “If people want to speculate about running mates, I encourage that,” Harris said in May 2019, according to The Associated Press. “Because I think that Joe Biden would be a great running mate. As vice president, he’s proven that he knows how to do the job.”At the following month’s primary kickoff debate in Miami, Harris highlighted Biden’s past approach on busing and his friendliness towards a pair of segregationist senators in a moment that left the former vice president reeling. But by the fall, the Harris campaign had lost much of its momentum and eventually folded in December. After Biden won clear victories on Super Tuesday, she endorsed him less than a week later. Harris has already faced attacks from Republicans immediately following Biden’s announcement launching a series of scattershot and, at times, sexist accusations that Harris was “phony” and “power hungry.” But Trump himself seemed reluctant to gin up base enthusiasm with his own attacks during a Tuesday afternoon press briefing at the White House. "I thought she was the meanest, the most horrible, most disrespectful of anybody in the U.S. Senate," Trump said, pointing to the senator's challenging of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation process. While Biden’s selection of Harris, 55, was seen, in the later parts of the vice presidential search process, as a likely choice among a dynamic field of possible female contenders, the selection is also expected to give the campaign an uplift as Trump continues to struggle in his handling of the coronavirus. The pandemic has continued to change the landscape of the campaign process, as traditional in person events have largely been abandoned. The joint appearance here was no exception. Press were temperature-checked and asked a series COVID-19-related questions about symptoms and contact. A bigger selection of media members, including reporters and production teams, gathered, socially distanced, in the school’s gymnasium, separated by white circles drawn on the floor as markings. By the podium, where a person whipped down ahead of the speech, two basketball hoops were folded upwards, as not to distract from the non-recreational purpose of the event. Outside, police vans, one with flashing head and roof lights, served as a barricade from a medium-sized crowd of people casually dressed with masks gathered to catch a bit of the excitement from afar.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
“America is crying out for leadership," Harris said of Trump's presidency in her first appearance as Biden’s running mate in Delaware.
The U.S. government proposed rule changes on Wednesday that would allow shower heads to boost water pressure, after President Donald Trump repeatedly complained that bathroom fixtures do not work to his liking. The Department of Energy plan followed comments from Trump last month a White House event on rolling back regulations. Last December, Trump said environmental regulators were looking at sinks, faucets and toilets to revise rules meant to conserve water and fuel that heats it.
Rep. Ilhan Omar savored a decisive primary victory Wednesday, saying she plans to use her organization to keep President Donald Trump from carrying Minnesota and to keep fighting for deep structural change in America during her second term in Congress. Omar must still get past another well-funded opponent, but it has been 60 years since a Republican last won her Minneapolis-area district. “In Minnesota we know that organized people will always beat organized money,” Omar said on a conference call with reporters.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger condemned QAnon, saying it has "no place in Congress" on the heels of several GOP candidates who espouse the theory winning primaries.
Biden introduced his running mate as someone ready to take on the Democratic ticket’s opponents in a “life-changing election.”
China's consulate in Houston had long been on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's radar as a base for Chinese efforts to steal U.S. intellectual property, the U.S. Justice Department's top national security official said on Wednesday. In a discussion presented by a Washington think tank, John Demers, the Assistant U.S. Attorney General for National Security, said that Houston was "not chosen at random" when the administration of President Donald Trump last month moved to shut down the consulate. Demers told the Center for Strategic and International Studies that the U.S. government's move to close the consulate was intended to disrupt "what we had been tracking for some time."
Up until Beau Biden's death in 2015, Kamala Harris had a friendship with the Delaware politician — and by extension his father Joe Biden.
President Donald Trump is planning to visit four election battleground states next week as the Republican competes for attention with Democrats who will formally nominate Joe Biden as their presidential candidate. A source familiar with the planning said Trump plans stops in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arizona and Pennsylvania, all of them states that may prove crucial to determining the winner of the Nov. 3 election. Democrats are holding their mostly virtual convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, next week.
Joe Biden has vowed to put a “quick end” to the controversial Title IX policy change if he becomes the next president.
By bringing U.S. Senator Kamala Harris onto the ticket, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has signaled support for the enforcement of U.S. anti-pollution laws and for suing companies that pollute, environmental groups said. Biden emphasized Harris’ environmental credentials when he announced the senator from California as his choice for vice president on Tuesday, noting lawsuits she had launched both as San Francisco’s district attorney from 2004 to 2011 and then as the state's attorney general until January 2017. "As Attorney General, Kamala sued corporations like Chevron and BP for damaging the environment, and won," said a fact sheet detailing Harris’ experience released by Biden’s campaign.
The Trump campaign and a top House Republican group are rallying around a QAnon conspiracy theorist expected to win a seat in the House this November, even attacking a GOP lawmaker who criticized the conspiracy theory that the FBI considers a domestic terrorism threat. QAnon believer Marjorie Taylor Greene won a Republican primary run-off in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District on Tuesday. Because Greene’s district is heavily Republican, her primary win all but guarantees that a QAnon supporter will take a spot in Congress in November.Until now, leading Republicans have typically avoided openly embracing the party’s QAnon supporters, who follow a series of internet clues that have been posted by a mysterious figure called “Q” since October 2017. QAnon believers embrace a theory of the world that imagines Trump is engaged in a secret war against a pedophile-cannibal “cabal” in the Democratic Party, Hollywood, and other institutions. The Shocking Secret Past of One of QAnon’s Most Toxic StarsQAnon believers are obsessed with a moment called “The Storm,” the much-awaited day they believe Trump will order mass-arrests of his political opponents and either imprison them in Guantanamo Bay or subject them to military execution. The FBI considers QAnon a potential domestic terror threat, and QAnon believers have allegedly committed two murders, a terrorist incident, and plotted two child abductions, among other crimes. Top GOP leaders have embraced Greene now that she has won the nomination. Donald Trump praised her in a tweet on Tuesday, calling her a “future Republican Star.” > Congratulations to future Republican Star Marjorie Taylor Greene on a big Congressional primary win in Georgia against a very tough and smart opponent. Marjorie is strong on everything and never gives up - a real WINNER!> > — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2020The National Republican Congressional Committee, the House GOP’s campaign arm, defended Greene, deflecting media requests about Greene and QAnon by comparing her to Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).“And then why hasn't the media asked every House Democrat if they will support racist anti-Semite @IlhanMN after she won her primary last night?” NRCC spokesman Chris Pack tweeted, suggesting that Greene’s conspiracy theories were only being highlighted because she’s a Republican. “What’s the (D)iffe(R)ence between the two?”> THIS 👇 -- And then why hasn't the media asked every House Democrat if they will support racist anti-Semite @IlhanMN after she won her primary last night? What's the (D)iffe(R)ence between the two? https://t.co/v7VJMXdUcp> > — Chris Pack (@ChrisPack716) August 12, 2020Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) was the only House Republican to publicly push back on the idea of a QAnon believer winning a congressional seat, tweeting after Greene’s primary win that QAnon is a “fabrication” that has “no place in Congress.” Kinzinger also suggested that QAnon could be a Russian disinformation operation. In response, a senior Trump campaign official attacked Kinzinger. Rather than address Greene’s support for QAnon, the campaign’s deputy communications director Matt Wolking tweeted that Kinzinger should focus instead on the dossier former British spy Christopher Steele produced on Trump’s campaign.“That actually WAS Russian propaganda,” Wolking wrote. > When will @RepKinzinger condemn the Steele Dossier fabrications and conspiracy theories pushed by Democrats? That actually WAS Russian propaganda. https://t.co/NzVjbkkk8l> > — Matt Wolking (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@MattWolking) August 12, 2020Republican leaders had initially been more hostile to Greene. Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) initially denounced her when she placed first in a June primary, after Politico reported remarks Greene had made calling Black voters “slaves” to Democrats, questioning whether Muslims should be allowed to hold public office, and accusing billionaire Democratic donor George Soros, a Holocaust survivor, of being a Nazi.Trump’s embrace of Greene represents his latest sign of support for QAnon believers. Over the years, as he has increasingly crossed paths with QAnon believers in person and on Twitter, Trump has gained a passing familiarity with the wide-ranging conspiracy theory. Occasionally, he's seen segments bubble up on cable-news programs about QAnon, leading him to ask close advisers what it is and what they think about it.At times, he’s expressed confusion when discussing the subject with others. “I tried explaining the phenomenon to him as best I could, and told [Trump] it would be wise to stay the hell away from it," said a source who'd briefly spoken to Trump about QAnon in the past year. "When I tried giving a one- or two-sentence explanation of what QAnon was, he said something like, ‘So it’s about [James] Comey being a dirty cop?’ and I said it was more complicated than that.”Trump hasn't taken that advice to keep QAnon at a distance—at least not enough to keep one of the batshit theory’s top adherents, a YouTuber who goes by Lionel Lebron, out of an Oval Office photo op, grinning side-by-side the president, just two years ago. The bizarre incident created a weekend headache for some of Trump's top aides, who scrambled to figure out how, exactly, a QAnon promoter managed to score an intimate audience with the leader of the free world.In the intervening years, QAnon has become something of a supporting cast member in Trumpworld, to the point that Trump’s former national security adviser and MAGA cause célèbre Michael Flynn has publicly bear-hugged his fervent Q-related following by filming himself taking the “QAnon oath.”Trump frequently retweets QAnon fans, which the conspiracy theory’s promoters use as proof that their outlandish ideas are true. Last year, a video from the Trump reelection campaign featured multiple Q signs, and diehard supporters of the president wouldn’t stop showing up to his mega-rallies sporting Q gear, for themselves, their friends, and sometimes their babies and small children. In June, Eric Trump posted a QAnon meme on Instagram, though he later deleted it.The QAnon presence at Trump events became so undeniable that unidentified personnel at the rallies began ordering them to turn their shirts inside out and to put away their Q swag. “No non-Trump-related political messaging is permitted inside the venue. We do our best to ensure this rule is fully enforced,” Michael Glassner, then-chief operating officer of Trump 2020, told The Daily Beast at the time, though making sure not to mention the term “QAnon.”Late last year, when QAnon was rapidly becoming a recurring nuisance for the president’s team, one senior Trump campaign official said that the standard operating procedure among staff had been to “ignore them” and not “make a big deal out of” it, largely in the hopes of avoiding “pissing off the crazy” people and depriving them of further media coverage or attention.On Wednesday, though, Trump heralded one of their own as a rising star in the Republican Party.Still, not every heavy-hitter or fan favorite in the president’s orbit is sold on Q. Former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka, for instance, has clashed with believers online, railing against the conspiracy theory as “GARBAGE.” Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. 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In the moment's leading up to Joe Biden announcing Kamala Harris as his running mate, his campaign built the suspense.
The two top Democrats in the U.S. Congress said on Wednesday that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin sought a new meeting on coronavirus aid but showed no sign of moving from his stated position on new legislation. "An overture was made by Secretary Mnuchin to meet ... (but) the White House is not budging from their position concerning the size and scope of a legislative package," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement. Mnuchin initiated contact with Pelosi just before 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT), according to a source familiar with the matter.
“It may be a campaign tactic, but older workers, be forewarned. Ageism runs deep in our culture.”
“Genuine concerns about the capacities of people who want the world’s most powerful job mingle bizarrely with insults.”
“Joe Biden and Donald Trump are both old. But the media should not be making mental illness a campaign issue, on either side.”
“The Trump campaign is now betting his reelection’s already slim chances on Biden proving Trump’s diagnosis is right.”
“The nightmare scenario for Democrats is that, at a pivotal moment, Biden will struggle to put together a coherent thought.”