April 18, 2024

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Donald Trump turned to 2020 when the coronavirus got closer to him

Trump meets with military leaders. No one wears a mask
Throughout the afternoon on Saturday, in an attempt to cause concern among his supporters, he tweeted unfounded suspicions about the potential for voter fraud in ballot papers and direct elections in California’s special congressional elections on Tuesday. His focus on vote counting came two days after he met with political advisers to refine their strategy to increase aggressive legal challenges to Democratic efforts to turn to the ballot via ballot this fall.

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’

Former President Barack Obama emerged, perhaps unintentionally, as a new force in shaping the Democratic case against Trump after remaining silent for months (and not taking sides during the Democratic primary, even though Joe Biden was his vice president).
During a personal call with his former aide who worked in his administration late Friday, Obama described the Trump administration’s handling of the crisis as “an absolute catastrophe of chaos.” In a 30-minute call with members of the Obama Alumni Association, the former president said the pandemic had strengthened the need for strong leadership in the White House.
“The upcoming elections – at every level – are very important because what we will fight is not just certain individuals or political parties,” Obama said in his appeal, which first reported by Yahoo News, which gets an audio recording. “What we are fighting against is a long-term trend of being selfish, of being a tribe, of being divided, and of seeing others as enemies – which has become a powerful impetus in American life.

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.

Biden also refined his own argument against Trump on Friday when the US posted the worst employment report in history with 14.7% unemployment. Biden increasingly sought to tie the Trump administration’s slow and stalled response to the virus to the economic disaster it had created. Biden’s aggressive attitude when he opposed what he said was an unfounded accusation by his former Senate assistant Tara Reade, who accused Biden of sexual violence against him in 1993. Biden firmly denied the allegations.

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.

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“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

Armed with a huge casket for the November elections, Trump and his allies poured their efforts into voter contact and moved their entire operations into the virtual realm. In a column at Townhall.com This past week, Trump’s political director, Chris Carr noted that GOP campaign operations had shifted their focus “from traditional ground-to-face, face-to-face operations to completely virtual operations.”

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.”

Biden's campaign is in a hurry to blunt Trump's digital benefits
At the same time, Trump and his allies are mobilizing their forces to challenge the developing movements by several key countries for the transition to a voting system by mail amid a pandemic, CNN’s Abby Phillip reported on Saturday. The RNC has doubled its initial expenditure of $ 10 million to fight the legal battle over ballot by mail to $ 20 million.
Newsom entered the debate on Friday when he announced California would send ballots to each of the 20.6 million voters in the state during the November election, to reduce concerns about the security of the ballot itself. With his executive order, the Democratic governor made California the first state to adopt an electoral approach during a pandemic.
All California voters will receive a ballot for the November election, but a private vote will remain

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.

Trump appears to be linking the move by Newsom to expanding voter participation in the efforts of local Los Angeles County officials to expand participation in Tuesday’s special elections in California’s 25th District, a major swing district that includes Santa Clarita and parts around San Fernando and Antelope in the surrounding valleys .
Former Representative Katie Hill, a Democrat who reversed the district in 2018, stepped down last fall amid accusations that he had inappropriate relations with staff.

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.

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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.

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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.”

Growing such suspicion will clearly be a long-term theme for Trump this year as he seeks to make Democrats a corrupt party. But his desire for a police election is another example of politically motivated interference for the President as Americans struggle with shocking economic losses and the virus that killed more than 78,000 people on Saturday night.

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