The Past 24 Hours or So – Presidential Campaign Update

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  • The backlog of citizenship applications in President Trump’s administration could prevent some people hoping to cast their first ballots from voting in the November election, according to a new report.
  • Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) blasted Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe’s announcement that his office will no longer deliver in-person election security briefings to Congress, saying it “looks like a pre-cover-up.” “I can’t get into the head of these people, but we have a president who never likes to hear the word ‘Russia,’ at least not in the context of the relationships or of Russia meddling in our elections/.,”
  • Former Maryland Lt. Governor and Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele announced he would be joining other disenfranchised Republicans and join The Lincoln Project, a political action committee formed in late 2019 by several current and former Republicans. The goal of the committee is to prevent the reelection of Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election and defeat his supporters in the United States Senate.

“More and more of the men and women who once stood on the front lines of moving the party into the future were forced to retreat from that future and watch Donald Trump turn the Republican Party from an honorable political movement rooted in principle and core philosophies into a cult of personality. Instead of fighting for that future, Republicans gave credence to a man who traffics in conspiracies, fear, racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and believes that he can rewrite the Constitution in his own image.

That is why I am joining the Lincoln Project; to work alongside other senior Republicans to restore fidelity to the Constitution and to defeat Donald Trump.”

  • “I am not banning fracking,” Joe Biden said. “Let me say that again: I am not banning fracking no matter how many times Donald Trump lies about me.”
  • For years, mail-in ballots have included important pre-filled information that voters may not know off-hand such as one’s voting pin number, without it adding to fraud. But as President Trump attacks the voting method, many Republicans have begun challenging the practice. 

Now, in Iowa, the Democratic Party and several groups are suing the state’s GOP Secretary of State for blocking county auditors from sending pre-filled absentee ballot request forms to voters, alleging it will disenfranchise numerous people.

  • A federal judge has ruled that Georgia absentee ballots postmarked by Election Day must be counted, adding a new wrinkle to ongoing discussions about mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Twitter flagged a short clip tweeted by the Trump campaign of a brief segment of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s speech Monday as “manipulated media” after it appeared to misleadingly edit Biden’s speech to misquote him. The campaign, once called out, claimed it was a “joke.”
  • Joe Biden is blaming President Trump for escalating violence at protests in cities across the country, while condemning the destructive elements of the racial justice demonstrations that he said are counterproductive to the cause.

“This president long ago forfeited any moral leadership in this country,” Biden said. “He can’t stop the violence because for years he’s fomented it.”

  • “Just watched what Biden had to say. To me, he’s blaming the Police far more than he’s blaming the Rioters, Anarchists, Agitators, and Looters, which he could never blame or he would lose the Radical Left Bernie supports!” Trump tweeted, claiming broadly that radical-left demonstrators have been behind the violence in American cities.
  • The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Democratic nominee Joe Biden for president on Monday in the pro-business organization’s second presidential endorsement in its 20-year history.
  • The Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA and Milwaukee Brewers of MLB announced today that each team will open their facilities as early voting sites ahead of the 2020 general election.
  • New York State Senator Brad Hoylman (D) and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried (D) called for the passage of their two bills that would allow the state board of elections to introduce mail-in ballot drop boxes amid the pandemic and ongoing postal service delays.

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