Presidential election in the news ticker: Trump and Biden are to be muted in the TV duel
US election 2020 in the news ticker: On November 3, US President Donald Trump is standing for re-election. Former Vice President Joe Biden wants to replace him. You can find out everything you need to know about the 2020 US election in the news ticker from FOCUS Online.
Trump and Biden are said to be on TVduel be muted
06:23 a.m .: In the TV duel between US President Donald Trump and his challenger Joe Biden on Thursday, the candidates’ microphones are to be switched off after their speaking time has expired. The commission responsible for the event hoped “that the candidates will respect their respective speaking time in this way, which will promote a civilized debate and thus increase the benefit for the audience,” said a statement on Monday (local time).
Each candidate should have two minutes to answer a question from the moderator. Then the microphone is muted. In the open discussion that followed, the microphones remained switched on.
Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien reacted angrily to the announcement. Trump is determined to debate with Biden, regardless of “last minute rule changes made by the biased commission to give their favored candidate an advantage.”
Trump and Biden had a chaotic television duel at the end of September, in which the president interrupted his Democratic challenger incessantly. The TV duel on Thursday will be the last before the election on November 3rd.
A few weeks before the election, Trump, who is massively criticized for his handling of the corona pandemic, is behind his challenger Biden in polls. The Republican is not only around ten percentage points behind in the national survey average. Trump is also behind Biden in particularly important key states such as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Los Angeles Times: “Future of American Democracy is at Stake”
5.10 p.m .: The Los Angeles Times newspaper is concerned about American democracy with the upcoming US elections. In the event of a narrow victory for the Democratic candidate Joe Biden, it is quite conceivable that he would “question the legitimacy of the election”.
Because Trump had repeatedly “expressed his preference for authoritarian rulers and disgust for constitutional norms.”
According to current surveys, Biden is currently both a sovereign victory and a clear victory for Trump. All Americans should therefore remember the electoral officials’ prayer, “Lord, don’t make it a close choice.”
Trump attacks party critics: “Have some stupid people”
11.20 a.m .: Donald Trump sharply attacked internal party critics at an election rally in the US state of Nevada. “We have some stupid people,” he said in Carson City on Sunday. “The Republicans need to stick together better,” he said. Trump was referring to statements made by Republican Senator Ben Sasse.
The latter recently declared that the president “kiss the asses of dictators”, abuse women and use the White House for business. Because of Trump, the Republicans threatened to lose their majority in the Senate in the presidential and congressional elections on November 3, warned the politician from the state of Nebraska.
Sasse’s statements reflect the concerns of many Republicans that they will not only lose the White House in the elections – but also the Senate because of Trump’s unpopularity with many voters. Senator Ted Cruz warned of a “bloodbath” on November 3rd. Even Trump’s close ally, Senator Lindsey Graham, recently said the Democrats had a “good chance” of winning the election.
The presidential party currently has a majority of 53 of the 100 senators in the upper house of Congress. Around a third of the senators will be elected on November 3rd. According to polls, the Republicans could then lose their Senate majority, even if that is anything but agreed.
A few weeks before the election, Trump, who is massively criticized for his handling of the corona pandemic, is behind his challenger Joe Biden in polls. The Republican is not only around ten percentage points behind in the national survey average. Trump is also behind Biden in particularly important key states such as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Biden shoots Trump because of corona statement: “Not all cups in the closet”
Record turnout: Around 28 million citizens have already voted in the US
Monday, October 19, 7:48 a.m .: Around 27.9 million US voters have already cast their votes by mail or in person. This resulted in an election project by the University of Florida, as reported by the Reuters news agency. This means that more citizens have already cast their votes than ever before a US election. In North Carolina, one of the swing states, 1.4 million people or 20 percent of the eligible voters have already cast their votes, the report said. In the 2016 presidential election, Trump just won here. A head-to-head race is expected this year as well.
Trump intensifies attacks against Biden’s family ahead of the election
Saturday, October 17th, 2020, 4.30 p.m .: Two and a half weeks before the US presidential election, incumbent Donald Trump has stepped up his attacks on the family of his challenger Joe Biden. “Joe Biden is a corrupt politician,” said the Republican on Friday (local time) during a campaign appearance in Ocala, Florida. “And the Biden family is a criminal company.” He added: “The Bidens got rich while America was robbed.” Trump described the “mainstream media” as “enemies of the people” and accused them of not reporting on “the world’s greatest story” – referring to the alleged corruption of the Democrat Biden.
Trump supporters chanted “Lock him up” when Biden’s name was mentioned – this was the slogan that Trump supporters had used in the election campaign four years ago to challenge Hillary Clinton. Trump has long been alleging corruption against ex-Vice President Biden and his son Hunter without evidence
Tabloid fuels allegations against Joe Biden
The allegations have now been fired by the tabloid “New York Post”. The newspaper tried in recent days to link Joe Biden to his son Hunter Biden’s previous deals in Ukraine and China. The paper published emails alleging that Hunter Biden was trying to profit from his father’s office as vice president at the time. The newspaper also evaluated the emails as evidence that Joe Biden, contrary to his testimony, had known about his son’s controversial foreign business. Joe Biden denies that he was guilty of anything. The authenticity of the mails has not been confirmed.
It is also questionable how the emails found their way to the public. They are said to have been found on a laptop in a repair shop. The “New York Post” said it received a copy of the hard drive last weekend from Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s longtime personal lawyer and close confidante. The copy was made by the owner of the repair shop before the laptop was confiscated by the FBI in December 2019, the newspaper reported.
Hunter Biden was a member of the supervisory board of the gas company Burisma between 2014 and 2019. Trump accused Biden, among other things, of using his office as Vice President in the Barack Obama administration (until 2017) to try to protect his son from the Ukrainian judiciary. Biden rejects that. Trump wanted to get investigations in Ukraine. The conflict sparked impeachment proceedings against Trump, which failed in February due to a Republican majority in the Senate.
Twitter shut down because of Biden report? Trump falls for satire website
3:55 p.m .: US President Donald Trump fell for a satirical article on Friday that called for Twitter to be shut down completely to stop the spread of a negative report about his challenger Joe Biden. “Wow, that has never happened in history,” Trump commented in a tweet during his morning Twitter activity. “Draws more attention to the sleepy Joe and Big T.” By “Big T” he probably meant “Big Tech”, the big technology companies that Trump and other Republicans accuse of suppressing conservative views.
Trump linked in his tweet to a report on the satire website “Babylon Bee”, which dealt with the brief Twitter outage on Friday night. It said, among other things, that Twitter boss Jack Dorsey had tried to demolish the servers with a sledgehammer. The satire followed on from events on Wednesday: Twitter blocked links to an article in the New York Post that allegedly reported an email from Biden’s son Hunter. The online service justified the procedure with the fact that documents with personal data such as e-mail addresses were also shown in the report.
The tweet came a day after Trump had to defend his Twitter activity at a televised question time with voters. Moderator Savannah Guthrie spoke to him on his retweet claiming that US soldiers only killed the doppelganger of top terrorist Osama bin Laden. Trump pointed out that this was just a retweet and that everyone could form their own opinion. Guthrie countered, “You are the president, you are not anyone’s crazy uncle.”
Meanwhile, the “Babylon Bee” provided Trump with material for the next article. “President Trump declares the Babylon Bee to be his most trusted news source,” the website announced on Friday.
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