That is the most recent evidence of how the 2020 presidential election was quietly formed when both candidates stepped off the campaign track and America is still gripped by worries about worrying pandemics and economic and human losses.
Obama denounces Trump’s coronavirus response as ‘chaotic disaster’
Responding to the report, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement that “Trump’s corona virus response was unprecedented and saved the lives of Americans.”
“There has been bipartisan recognition of President Trump’s leadership, and the Americans have been paying attention,” McEnany said.
After new figures came out on Friday showing 20.5 million jobs lost in April, Biden issued a sharp criticism of Trump’s economy – which he said tilted toward the rich and powerful before the pandemic – arguing that income differentials only widened during the crisis because Job loss disproportionately affects low-income Americans. Pointing to the difference, Biden has also tried to highlight Republicans’ efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act when he said Americans most needed health care.
“Covid is a match that lights a fire. But Donald Trump has spent the last three years lighting and igniting and destroying the core pillars of our economic strength,” Biden said during a virtual fundraiser with California Governor Gavin Newsom and former Obama adviser David Plouffe Friday night.
“Yes, many small businesses are closed because of Covid, but the reason why many won’t open is because, over the past three years Donald Trump has placed very wealthy Americans and companies first, and has put forward plans with ‘no strings attached, no supervision, no there is no accountability, ‘”said Biden.
Battle for ballots
Carr said Trump Victory, a joint field effort between Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee, now has 800 paid staff in 23 states. They train 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 more than 20 million voter contacts and involved more than 1 million volunteers across the country. In addition, more than 31,000 Americans have used tools such as vote.gop to register to vote or receive absentee ballots, “Carr said in his column. “The transition to virtual campaigns is seamless.”
Newsom said a direct vote would still take place and asked state officials to draw up a plan detailing how California could do it safely.
On Sunday, Trump reiterated his support for Republican candidate Mike Garcia, saying the former Navy fighter pilot had “full and total support.”
The president also sought to ignite concerns about voter fraud by suggesting that the decision by Los Angeles County election officials to add an additional direct election center in the district – in the diverse city of Lancaster – would somehow “rig” the election to support the Democrats.
“So in California, Democrats, who fight insanely to get all the papers with only ballots, and succeed, have just opened voting booths in the most Democratic areas in the State. They are trying to steal other elections. All rigged there. Votes this should not be counted. SCAM! “Trump tweeted on Saturday.
Some aspects of Trump’s tweets are factually inaccurate. Far from being a safe Democrat, California’s District 25 is one of the most contested House districts in the country and there is no credible proof of voter fraud.
On March 20, Newsom ordered state election officials to send ballots by mail to each voter for the May 12 special election, a move intended to encourage participation while voting was also permitted in a number of voting centers open to voters all over Los Angeles County.
On Friday, Los Angeles County Registrar Dean Logan announced that additional people voting sites would be added in Lancaster to improve the fact that voters did not have sites running at close range. Requests to add polling centers, Logan said in a news release, came from Republican Mayor Lancaster R. Rex Parris.
Trump tried to sow confusion in a series of tweets, apparently blaming Newsom for decisions under the jurisdiction of local electoral officials.
“The governor of @GavinNewsom of California will not leave restaurants, beaches and shops open, but he installed a voting booth system in a very Democratic area (should only be by ballot) because our great candidate, @MikeGarcia2020, won by CA25 Rigged Election! , “Trump tweeted Saturday afternoon, again misrepresenting the political arrangements of the district and the role of Newsom, and suggested Tuesday’s election was a letter-in-vote election – no.
“Turn over your ballot now and track it, watch for dishonesty,” Trump warned on Twitter last month. “Report to Law Enforcement.”