The president sparked fresh anger and disbelief on Thursday after he refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. Some Republicans, long criticized for allowing and enabling Trump to trample on political norms, did seek on Thursday to reassure the public that, in the event of a Biden victory, the transfer of power will go ahead.
Donald Trump has suggested that people in the state of North Carolina should vote twice in the November election. “Let them send it in and let them go vote,” Trump said in an interview with WECT-TV in Wilmington, North Carolina, on Wednesday when asked about the security of mail-in votes. “And if the system is as good as they say it is then obviously they won’t be able to vote” in person.
Two members of a key congressional committee have asked the FBI to open a criminal investigation of the leadership of the US Postal Service (USPS), alleging that the postmaster general has slowed mail delivery in an attempt to rig the 2020 presidential election. The letter referred to reports that postmaster general Louis DeJoy, a mega-donor to Donald Trump, and the USPS board of governors “have retarded the passage of mail”.
Donald Trump has floated the idea of delaying November’s presidential election, repeating his false claim that widespread voting by mail from home would result in a “fraudulent” result. The suggestion prompted swift and fervent rejections from experts and critics, as well as high-profile members of his own party. The US constitution grants the power to set an election date to Congress, not the president.
President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has rejected claims that a social media campaign by Tik-Tok users and K-Pop fans was behind lower-than-expected turnout for Saturday night’s Oklahoma rally. Teenagers are said to have booked tickets without intending to turn up so as to produce empty seats. But the Trump 2020 team said it had weeded out bogus reservations.
Donald Trump sought Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s help to win the 2020 presidential election during a private meeting, former national security adviser John Bolton has claimed. The allegation was among a series of bombshell claims made in a new book by Mr Bolton, who the US president fired in September after 17 months in the White House job.
Barack Obama has endorsed Joe Biden for president, casting his former vice-president as the experienced statesman and unifying leader that will be needed to confront the public health and economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “Joe has the character and the experience to guide us through one of our darkest times and heal us through a long recovery,” Obama said in his endorsement video.
Bernie Sanders endorsed his former rival Joe Biden for president on Monday, during a surprise appearance on a live stream related to the US response to the coronavirus pandemic. Sanders’ support of the former vice-president comes at a critical moment in the 2020 campaign, as Biden attempts to unify the party after a fiercely contested primary.
Bernie Sanders, a democratic socialist whose progressive agenda pushed the Democratic Party sharply to the left, ended his White House campaign on Wednesday, clearing the way for a Nov. 3 election battle between former Vice President Joe Biden and Republican President Donald Trump. The independent U.S. senator from Vermont said the coronavirus outbreak required a broad response and urgent attention in Congress.
Joe Biden increased his delegate lead with a sweep of Florida, Illinois and Arizona. With Biden currently leading by about 39 points in Florida. The former vice-president’s delegate lead over Bernie Sanders is starting to look insurmountable. A number of Democratic strategists have declared the nominating contest to be effectively over and have suggested Sanders should withdraw and allow Biden to focus on the general election.