In one he warns that the two runoff US senate elections in Georgia could throw the senate to the Democrats if he does not win the presidency, making his win all the more important, he asserts.
When you are warning about two Democratic senate candidates winning runoff elections in Georgia, some people would say, that is an indication that you realize the desperation of your circumstance and are stretching ever further for an argument that will stick.
In any case the importance of Trump’s win to any person or group of people does not matter, now, to the outcome. The votes and the die have been cast.
Trump also tweeted about “illegal votes”, employing caps lock, and wrote “Twitter is out of control,” a sentiment with which no citizen of the United States or indeed the globe could disagree.
Rick Santorum is a former two-term Republican senator from Pennsylvania who appears frequently on CNN:
Be reminded that this kind of a wait for the result in Pennsylvania – meaning the wait for the overall result – never needed to happen. The bottleneck was created by the state’s Republican-led legislature’s refusal to allow local elections officials to begin processing mail-in ballots early in the middle of a pandemic. You can read more about that here.
MSNBC halted its live stream of the speech just a few minutes in, with host Brian Williams saying: “Here we are again in the unusual position of not only interrupting the president of the United States but correcting the president of the United States.
“It was not rooted in reality – and at this point, where our country is, it’s dangerous.”
Elsewhere in TV land, Trump’s call to stop counting votes in Pennsylvania hit home on a personal basis for CNN anchor Jake Tapper:
Explaining that he was wearing black because he suspected that Trump would launch such an assault, Colbert said, “We all knew he would do this,” continuing (at around 2:00):
What I didn’t know is that it would hurt so much…for him to cast a dark shadow on our most sacred right, from the briefing room in the White House, our House, not his. That is devastating.
According to the coronavirus resource center at Johns Hopkins University, the United States recorded 1,097 deaths from Covid-19 on Thursday.
The states that recorded the most new cases were Texas (9,509), Illinois (7,538), Wisconsin (5,936) and California (5,519). It’s an open question whether voting activity will emerge as a significant driver of new cases in the coming weeks.
- The US presidential race remains too close to call. We’ve been following along closely as elections officials continue to count ballots in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and North Carolina. Joe Biden currently holds a popular vote lead and is 6 electoral college votes away from victory.
- Trump spewed a series of lies during an evening press conference at the White House. After the president falsely declared victory, several TV news networks cut away.
- Of Trump’s allies, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie was the only one to (mildly) chastise the president for his inflammatory comments about the elections. “Show us the evidence,” he said on ABC News. “We heard nothing today about evidence.”
- On Fox News, the Republican senators Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz amplified the president’s false narrative that the election is being stolen from him. Cruz, a Republican of Texas, baselessly alleged – as the president has done – that election officials are “finding” votes. In fact, they are counting votes.
- In Georgia and Pennsylvania, Trump’s lead is slipping as more ballots are counted. In Georgia, Biden is trailing by about 1,700 votes. In Pennsylvania, where Biden is trailing by about 22,500 votes, secretary of state Kathy Boockvar said counting would continue into the evening.
- Meanwhile, Biden’s lead in Arizona is slipping. The president is trailing his opponent by 47,000 votes. Voters in Arizona still have time to “cure” ballots that contain signature errors.
- Biden has urged calm. “We have no doubt that when the count is finished, Senator Harris and I will be declared the winners,” he said earlier today. “I ask everyone to stay calm.”
The Secret Service is sending reinforcements to Wilmington, Del., starting Friday to help protect former vice president Joe Biden as his campaign prepares for the possibility he may soon claim victory in his bid for the White House, according to two people familiar with the plans.
The Secret Service summoned a squad of agents to add to the protective bubble around Biden after his campaign alerted the Secret Service the Democratic nominee would continue utilizing a Wilmington convention center at least another day and could make a major speech as early as Friday, according to the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the security protocols.
Secret Service spokeswoman Catherine Milhoan declined to comment, stressing that the agency does not publicly discuss security planning for the president or candidates it protects.
Read more here.
In Georgia, Joe Biden is trailing Donald Trump by 1,709 votes.
In Pennsylvania, Biden is trailing by 22,576 votes.
In Arizona, Trump is trailing Biden by 47,052 votes.
The races in all of these states remain extremely close.
The two candidates are neck-and-neck, with Trump carrying 49.59% of the vote, and Biden carrying 49.26%.
6abc Action News reports that law enforcement took a man into custody. “Action News has learned that police got a tip about a group, possibly a family, driving up from Virginia in a Hummer to unleash an attack at the Convention Center,” the network reported.
No injuries have been reported. Read more here.
The Guardian has not yet independently verified the report.
Since the AP, Fox News and other news organizations projected Biden the victor in Arizona on election night, the Democratic candidate’s lead has been shrinking as officials count mail-in ballots.
On Friday afternoon, faith leaders will hold a vigil for those who died during the coronavirus pandemic and offer thanks “prayerfully calling for peace and perseverance in the Holy work to build justice”, according to the union.
The union “activated 300 people to canvass through the hardships of a deadly pandemic and this summer’s record-breaking heat to knock on nearly 800,000 doors and have 200,000 conversations with voters, as well as make 2.5m phone calls,” per a statement.
Arizona law says a voter whose mail-in ballot has a mismatched signature has five business days after election day to fix the issue.
Party leaders had expressed certainty that Trump’s divisiveness and mishandling of the pandemic would help them expand their majority with wins in GOP-held districts — and yet they lost at least a half-dozen seats and failed to retake the Senate. The explanation laid out by centrists, according to multiple people who were on the call and spoke on the condition of anonymity, is that Republicans were easily able to paint them all as socialists and radical leftists who endorse far-left positions such as defunding the police.
“We need to not ever use the word ‘socialist’ or ‘socialism’ ever again. . . . We lost good members because of that,” Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.), who narrowly leads in her reelection bid, said heatedly. “If we are classifying Tuesday as a success . . . we will get f–ing torn apart in 2022.”
Other centrists, including Rep. Marc Veasey of Texas, made similar points. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, a Florida Democrat who suffered an unexpected loss to a Republican challenger, argued through tears that the party’s infighting on Twitter needs to stop.
Liberals, meanwhile, fired back. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, argued that Democrats shouldn’t single out people and ideas that energize the party base. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), a self-described democratic socialist, grew angry, accusing her colleagues of only being interested in appealing to White people in suburbia.
“To be real, it sounds like you are saying stop pushing for what Black folks want,” she said.
Read more here.
Biden leads the electoral college vote tally 264-214 after he was declared the winner in Michigan and Wisconsin on Wednesday and Trump gained one vote in Maine. Adding Alaska for Trump – which had not been called but where the result is not in doubt – gives the president 217.
From there, four states remained to be called: Nevada, North Carolina, Georgia, and Pennsylvania.
For Trump to find the 53 electoral votes he needs, he would need to win Pennsylvania, plus all three other states.
But a huge Democratic vote share remained to be tallied in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, meaning Trump could have difficulty hanging on to a narrow lead gained elsewhere in the state.
Biden has more paths to find his remaining six electoral votes. One path lies through Pennsylvania, which would net 20 votes.
Without Pennsylvania, Biden could win by winning Nevada, where he held a clear but narrow lead. A Biden victory in either of the two reddest states in the mix – Georgia or North Carolina – would almost certainly foretell wins elsewhere and a Biden victory.
Downtown Atlanta businesses have boarded up in fear of trouble when Georgia finally completes the count of presidential votes that has narrowed the president’s lead to just 1,775 votes. But when that will come remains highly uncertain amid counting problems in at least one county and the arrival of overseas and military ballots until 5pm on Friday.
Software issues in Gwinnett county have caused problems with the counting of about 4,400 absentee ballots and required additional adjudication of thousands more that delayed the process. County officials say they have worked through a lot of the ballots but they decline to discuss when it might be complete. However they are retaining staff until Sunday just in case.
Another county, Clayton, was expected to deliver the result of about 5,700 votes at around midnight. Clayton leans very strongly to Biden and could push him into the lead in Georgia. But there is no guarantee that he will keep it, particularly if more overseas and military ballots arrive on Friday after about 8,000 were delivered Thursday.
Groups of Trump supporters rallied outside the count inside Atlanta’s State Farm Arena on Thursday to back the president’s demand for a halt to the count or to “protect the vote”.
“I’ve been seeing and hearing a lot of things that are not being broadcast,” Kimberly Aikland told Georgia Public Radio. “I think this election is in jeopardy of being tampered with.”
But there was no trouble.
People carried signs that said “Four more years” and demanding a “fair” election.
Tom Haas, 50, told the AP, “There’s obvious voter fraud, and it’s coming out of the larger Democratic-run cities. Atlanta is one of them.”
As batches of mail-in ballots are being processed, Joe Biden has been winning between 60% and 90 (or more) percent of the votes. Democrats in the state were more likely to vote by mail, while Republicans tended to favor in-person voting. That’s why Trump initially appeared to have a huge lead in Pennsylvania – in-person votes were counted first.
Officials only began processing mail-in or absentee ballots on election day, and have been working to count all of those votes as fast as possible since then.
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