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 attacks party critics: “Have some stupid people”
11.20 a.m .: Donald Trump sharply attacked internal party critics at an election campaign event 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 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.
Record turnout: Around 28 million citizens have already voted in the USA
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 electorate have already cast their votes, the report continues. 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 to link Joe Biden with earlier deals of his son Hunter Biden in Ukraine and China in articles in the past few days. 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. There it was 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.
Moderator of the canceled US presidential duel suspended because of tweets
11.44 a.m .: A US TV presenter who was supposed to lead the fancy TV duel between President Donald Trump and his election challenger Joe Biden has been suspended from duty because of a Twitter message. Steve Scully lied when he said that his account with the Internet service had been hacked, the news channel C-Span justified the decision after an internal investigation on Thursday.
The journalist was supposed to moderate the second TV debate between Trump and Biden on Thursday. The duel was canceled after the organizers wanted to virtually carry out the debate after Trump’s coronavirus infection, but the President refused.
Scully did a Twitter exchange with former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci. Trump had accused Scully via Twitter of being negative against him.
The moderator asked Scaramucci, who repeatedly expresses himself critical of Trump and supports Joe Biden, then on Twitter whether he should answer the president. The journalist later denied ever sending this tweet. He claimed his account was hacked.
Trump responded with satisfaction to Scully’s suspension: “I was right again! Steve Scully has just admitted that he lied about the fact that his Twitter was hacked. The debate was rigged!” tweeted the President.
The last TV duel between Trump and Biden before the election on November 3rd is planned for October 22nd. So far it has not been canceled. Trump is less than three weeks before the election in polls, in some cases significantly behind Biden: In nationwide surveys, the incumbent is on average ten percentage points behind. The Republican is also behind the Democrat in particularly important key states such as Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Election campaign on TV: Trump cross-examined, Biden remorseful
8.27 a.m .: What did he think was going to happen? The short-term question time on the liberal US broadcaster NBC turns into a catastrophe for Donald Trump.
In contrast, opponent Joe Biden offers long-awaited boredom at a distance of 2000 kilometers.
First vote battle goes to Biden: 17 million Americans have already voted
Friday, October 16, 2020, 7:13 am: In the USA, more than 17 million votes have already been cast for the presidential election – and so far this has been of particular use to Joe Biden, as reported by the editorial network Germany (RND), citing American political scientist Michael McDonald, for his research project at the University of Florida Currently data from election officers from all parts of the United States converge. McDonald heads the United States Election Project and is considered a leading expert in the field of electoral law, electoral systems and political statistics in the USA.
“Never in US history have so many Americans cast their vote so early before an election,” McDonald told the RND. The background are concerns with a view to possible irregularities in the postal vote. The virus crisis also plays a role. But there is also good news: Americans’ general confidence in the institutions has not been shaken.
According to McDonald’s data, the Democrats clearly dominate the voters who have cast their votes so far, even in a two-to-one ratio. Voter data is available from 15 countries, sorted according to party affiliation according to the respective electoral law. Of these, 4,315,790 votes are from Democrats and only 1,827,032 from Republicans. In the important “swing state” Florida, 1,043,514 Democrats have already cast their vote, but only 623,395 Republicans.
“These first impressions should not be misunderstood as a trend report for a later election result,” warned McDonald in an interview with the RND. Recently, President Donald Trump has often discredited the postal voting system and thus slowed down his supporters. At the moment, the Democrats in particular were making use of the various options for early voting. “There will be even more Republicans at polling stations on November 3rd,” said McDonald.
The rush to polling stations in the US continues
9:51 p.m .: Long queues, hours of waiting: Less than three weeks before the actual date of the US presidential election, the rush to the polling stations continues. In the meantime, more than 17.8 million US citizens have made use of the opportunity to cast their ballot before November 3rd, as stated on Thursday on the specialized website US Elections Project. The real number is likely to be much higher: not all states publish data on ongoing voting.
Most US states allow their citizens to submit their ballot papers in person or by mail before the actual election date. This week the polling stations opened in Texas and Georgia, among others. Long queues formed in many places and voters sometimes waited more than ten hours.
Trump uses his son’s corona infection to advertise the reopening of schools
9 p.m .: Donald Trump is now trying to use the recently revealed corona infection of his 14-year-old son for the election campaign. At a campaign rally in Iowa, the US President said: “Barron Trump had the virus for such a short time that he didn’t even notice it. Because he’s young and his immune system is strong. “Trump demanded:” Bring the children back to school, we have to bring the children back to school. “
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), however, a significant increase in the number of infections was demonstrated when the schools reopened.
President Trump and his wife had tested positive for the corona virus themselves almost two weeks ago. Barron was initially tested negative, later he also had a positive test result.
Because of corona cases in the area: US Vice Presidential candidate Harris is suspending campaign travel
Thursday, October 15, 4:16 p.m .: The Democratic US Vice-Presidential candidate Kamala Harris is temporarily suspending her campaign trips after two corona cases in her environment. Her campaign team said Thursday that Harris’ communications director Liz Allen and a member of an airplane crew had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Presidential candidate Joe Biden’s runner-up was not in close contact with the two of them in the two days before the positive tests and therefore does not have to be in quarantine. As a purely precautionary measure, all campaign trips up to and including next Sunday have been canceled. Harris will temporarily make a virtual election campaign and resume her travels next Monday, said the campaign team.
Biden and Harris are driving a cautious course in the Corona crisis. You are deliberately setting yourself apart from President Donald Trump, who after his corona infection is again holding campaign appearances in front of thousands of supporters, most of whom are not wearing masks. Biden is just under three weeks ahead of Trump in surveys, in some cases well – both in national surveys and in surveys in particularly competitive states.
Trump files urgency motion – to stop publishing his tax return
3.15 p.m .: Donald Trump has filed an urgency petition with the Supreme Court to block his tax return from being published. This is reported among other things by “CBS News”. Last week, a court granted access to Trump’s business records and tax returns through Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.
Trump’s lawyers are now calling for this decision to be overturned. The “New York Times” recently revealed that the US president only paid $ 750 in taxes in 2016 and 2017.
Sign at election campaign event: “Trump’s Covid Superspreader Event”
11.48 a.m .: Donald Trump is back on an election campaign tour after recovering from corona. His appearances are controversial.
First it is not yet clear whether Trump is really no longer contagious. Secondly Thousands of people meet at his events without distance and without masks.
At an event in Iowa, a sign was put up that seems particularly ignorant, as reported by “CNN”: “Trump Covid Superspreader Event,” it said, along with an arrow pointing towards the venue.
Trump had also repeatedly downplayed the virus recently. At another event, he said he would now “give everyone a big kiss” in the audience.
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