WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has spoken about the upcoming presidential election in conspiratorial and often violent ways, as liberal New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie notes.
“I want to start by saying that Democrats are trying to control this election because it’s the only way they want to win,” Trump said over the weekend in Nevada. (Regardless of the national and battlefield polls that are currently showing Trump afterwards.)
“[T]he only way [Democrats] can win is by doing very bad things. That’s the only way, ”he said last week in North Carolina.
It has become easy for the political community to dismiss this as your normal Trump rhetoric; after all, he says this kind of thing all the time, even when he followed Hillary Clinton four years ago.
But it’s a different thing when the President of the United States says it, and when his supporters and allies also begin to say it.
“The top communications official of the powerful cabinet responsible for fighting the coronavirus on Sunday made false accusations that career government researchers are engaging in ‘upliftment’ in their handling of the pandemic and that left-wing groups are preparing for armed uprisings. the election, ”the New York Times reported yesterday.
We do not know if Trump will do that. But he will certainly say so.
And it is just as dangerous for America’s democracy.
Data transfer: The numbers you need to know today
6,585,191: The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States per The latest data from NBC News and health officials. (That’s 40,957 more than yesterday morning.)
195,755: The number of deaths in the United States so far from the virus. (That’s 583 more than yesterday morning.)
87.56 million: The number of coronavirus tests that have been administered in the United States so far, according to researchers at the COVID Tracking Project.
400,000: The number of immigrants who could be affected by a new court ruling that allows the president to terminate legal protection for immigrants fleeing their home countries under “Temporary Protected Status.”
Vote: 52 percent do not trust Trump on vaccines
Last night’s Senate debate in North Carolina, Democratic candidate Cal Cunningham said he would be hesitant to get a COVID-19 vaccine if the FDA approves it.
“Yes, I would be hesitant, but I will ask many questions,” he said. “I think it’s incumbent on all of us right now – in this environment with the way we’ve seen politics intervene in Washington.”
Cunningham is not alone.
According to the latest weekly NBC News | SurveyMonkey tracking poll says 52 percent of U.S. adults do not trust President Trump’s comment on the vaccine, while only 26 percent say they do.
Another 20 percent say they are “not sure if they trust what the president has said about a vaccine
And those numbers come as the percentage of Americans who say they would get a government-approved vaccine has dropped, the poll also finds.
Only 39 percent of adults say they would get a vaccine – down from 44 percent a month ago.
2020 Vision: Last primary dance in 2020
Today brings us the last primary day on the 2020 election calendar – Delaware’s primary, just 49 days before election day.
And NBC’s Ben Kamisar writes that the best race to watch in Delaware tonight is the Democratic Senate race between incumbent Democrat Chris Coons and progressive challenger Jess Scarane.
Coons, the heavyweight favorite, is a relatively moderate Democrat who is a close ally of former Vice President Joe Biden. He is not as moderate as a Joe Manchin, but he has sought to work across party lines at key times.
Scarane, a 34-year-old digital marketing professional, supports progressive platforms such as Green New Deal and Medicare for All. She’s hit Coons over issues like taking money from big industries / fossil fuel companies and for Coons’ compromises with Republicans.
There is no recent public vote in Delaware given its heavy democratic tilt and the lack of fireworks during the race. On TV / radio, Kamisar adds, Coons has spent approx. $ 562,000 to Scaranes $ 39,200 per. Advertising Analytics. The American Chemistry Council ran $ 217,000 last year on TV ads that also increased Coons.
On the campaign path today
Joe Biden is in Florida, where he is holding a roundtable with veterans in Tampa and a Hispanic Heritage Month event in Kissimmee. President Trump is recording an ABC News town hall that airs at 6 p.m. 21:00 ET. Kamala Harris is in Nevada.
President Trump and Joe Biden both spoke on Monday about climate change and the still-burning fires on the West Coast. But their two messages could not have been more different.
In his speech, Biden called Trump a “climate fire foundation”. “If you give a climate fire foundation four more years in the White House, why should anyone be surprised if we have more America on fire?” he said. “If you give a climate denier four more years in the White House, why would anyone be surprised when more of America is underwater? We need a president who respects science. ”
During a briefing on California fires with Democratic Gavin Newsom, Trump was confronted with remarks he made about forest management causing fires by California natural resource Wade Crowfoot:
Crowfoot: “If we ignore that science and kind of put our heads in the sand and think it’s about vegetation management, we will not succeed in protecting Californians.”
Trump: “Okay. It’s getting cooler. You just look.”
Crowfoot: “I wish science agreed with you.”
Trump: “Well yes, I do not think science knows that actually.”
Ad monitoring from Ben Kamisar
Today’s Ad Watch takes a look at a new patchwork of the Trump campaign, another attempt to bring together soft Republicans with a focus on the economy.
The two new spots hit Biden for trade deals campaign says “put China first” over US workers and includes a statement from a woman who says “Joe Biden could never handle the economy after Covid” and that “President Trump has been the greatest president we have ever seen. “
In a press release, the campaign announced that the new ads were part of an expanded TV purchase as the campaign increases its advertising by “nearly 50 percent”, with these new locations running in North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arizona and Pennsylvania as well as 2nd Congress districts in Nebraska and Maine.
The increased spending is likely to be welcomed by allies who have signaled frustration over the campaign’s financial situation. But the recent gap has been so large – since Labor Day, Joe Biden’s campaign has spent more than $ 31 million on television and radio per year. Advertising Analytics, while the Trump campaign has spent $ 9.4 million – that the increased spending is likely to still keep Trump’s spending significantly behind Biden’s pace.
The lid: Stormy weather
Do not miss the podcast from yesterday as we looked at where public opinion stands on climate change.
ICYMI: What else is happening in the world
A group of two parties is trying to kickstart negotiations on the halted bill on coronavirus help.
Trump is betting on Minnesota. And he also hopes to get into Latinos.
Gavin Newsom cautiously confronted the president about climate change (although others in his administration took a blunter tone.) Meanwhile, Biden calls Trump a “climate arsonist.”
DOJ IG examines the sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone.
Not all of Trump’s allies thought his indoor meeting in Nevada was a good idea.
Some downballot Dems return to traditional door knocking.
A Trump ad urging Americans to “support our troops” contains a stock image of Russian jets.
Where will climate refugees move? The New York Times takes a deep dive.