It was the latest test of how the 2020 presidential election is slowly taking shape at a time when both candidates are off the track and America is still gripped by fears about the pandemic and its alarming economic and human budget.
Obama defines Trump’s coronavirus response as “chaotic disaster”
In response to reports, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement that “Trump’s coronavirus response has been unprecedented and has saved American lives.”
“There has been a bipartisan recognition of President Trump’s leadership, and the American people have noticed,” said McEnany.
After the new data came out on Friday, showing 20.5 million jobs lost in April, Biden launched strong criticism of Trump’s economy – which he said was leaning towards the wealthy and powerful before the pandemic – claiming that income disparity only widened during the crisis as job losses disproportionately affect low-income Americans. Pointing to these disparities, Biden also sought to highlight Republican efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act at a time when it states that Americans need health care most.
“Covid is the game that has kindled the fire. But Donald Trump has spent the past three years fueling, igniting and undermining the fundamental pillars of our economic strength,” Biden said during a virtual fundraiser with California Governor Gavin Newsom and former Obama adviser David Plouffe on Friday evening.
“Yes, many small businesses have closed because of Covid, but the reason why many will not open is because, in the past three years, Donald Trump has put America very wealthy and corporate aside, and presented plans without” no constraints, no supervision, no responsibility, “Biden said.
Battle for the ballot box
Carr said that Trump Victory, the joint field effort between Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee, now has 800 paid employees in 23 states. They are training around 2 million volunteers through the “Trump Victory Leadership Initiative” which teaches volunteers to become organizers in their communities.
“Over the past six weeks, our team has made over 20 million voter contacts and involved over 1 million volunteers across the country. In addition, over 31,000 Americans have used tools like voting.gop to register to vote or receive an absentee vote, “Carr said in his column. “The move to a virtual campaign has been seamless.”
Newsom said that the vote in person will still take place and asked state officials to put together a plan that details how California can do it safely.
On Sunday, Trump reiterated his support for Republican candidate Mike Garcia, stating that the former Navy fighter pilot had his “full and total support”.
The president also tried to raise concerns about voter fraud by suggesting that a decision by Los Angeles County election officials to add an additional in-person voting center in the district – in the different city of Lancaster – would somehow “rigged” the elections favor democrats.
“So in California, the Democrats, who fought like crazy to get all the mail just in the vote, and they succeeded, have just opened a polling booth in the most democratic area of the state. They are trying to steal another election. It’s all rigged there. These votes don’t count. SCAM! “Trump tweeted Saturday.
Numerous aspects of Trump’s tweet were actually inaccurate. Far from being democratically secure, California’s 25th district is one of the most disputed chamber districts in the country and there is no credible evidence of voter fraud.
On March 20, Newsom ordered state electoral officials to send all voters a mail-order vote for the May 12 special election, a step intended to encourage participation while voting was also allowed in a number of voting centers. open for person voting throughout Los Angeles County.
On Friday, Los Angeles County Chancellor Dean Logan announced that an additional in-person voting site would be added to Lancaster to remedy the fact that those voters did not have walk-in sites in the immediate area. The request to add the voting center, Logan said in a press release, came from Republican Mayor R. Rex Parris of Lancaster.
Trump sought to sow confusion in a series of tweets, appearing to blame Newsom for a decision that was under the jurisdiction of local election officials.
“The Governor @GavinNewsom of California will not leave restaurants, beaches and shops open, but installs a voting system in a highly democratic area (it should only be put to the vote) because our great candidate, @ MikeGarcia2020, is winning a lot. CA25 Rigged Election! “Trump tweeted Saturday afternoon, once again misleading the political composition of the district and Newsom’s role, and suggesting that Tuesday’s election is a ballot election – it is not.
“Transform your grades now and follow them, observing dishonesty,” Trump warned on Twitter last month. “Report to law enforcement.”
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