Former Pence Aide Says Trump ‘Continues To Undermine the Doctors’ on the Coronavirus Task Force

Olivia Troye, former top homeland security and coronavirus adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, is doubling down on her criticism of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus response. Co-host of “The View” Joy Behar asked Troye what the breaking point was for her during her time with the administration and why she is revealing details of her experience now. “I think the breaking point for me was the fact that the president seems unwavering in his rhetoric about things that matter when it comes to the response to the COVID pandemic, I mean he continues to undermine the doctors on the task force,” Troye said. She added, “This has been going on for over six months.” Check out her comments below: Former coronavirus task force member @OliviaTroye on why she’s speaking out: “[Trump] seems unwavering in his rhetoric about things that matter when it comes to the response to the COVID pandemic, he continues to undermine the doctors on the task force.” https://t.co/BT5kJp6S28 pic.twitter.com/sRBPnf8JBj — The View (@TheView) September 25, 2020 She claimed “not a day went by” where Trump did not hinder the good work being done by the coronavirus task force. Troye revealed her motive behind speaking out now. “I decided now is the time, where really we’re going into a couple of weeks into an election where the vote and the way that people vote is going to really matter,” Troye said. She continued, “Because this is going to be if we don’t stop this four more years of the continued lying, and we could be in this pandemic for a much longer time, and we’re going into the fall into the winter. This will be a remaining serious concern.” Troye told the Washington Post she would vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden because of what she has witnessed during her time with the administration, as IJR previously reported According to Troye, she sat in on “every single” coronavirus task force meeting from February to July. She said the president was not focused during the meetings. White House spokesman Judd Deere told the Washington Post, her “assertions have no basis in reality and are flat out inaccurate.” He added, “The truth is President Trump always put the well-being of the American people first.” .

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Former Director of Intelligence Agency Rails Against Trump: ‘Four More Years Would Be Devastating’

Robert Cardillo, former director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency, is warning Americans if voters reelect President Donald Trump in November, the nation will suffer. Cardillo penned a scathing op-ed in The Denver Post where he criticized Trump for his national security policy decisions and his failed coronavirus response. He noted he had never voiced his opinion on any other president, until Trump. “Since I have been eligible to vote, I have never registered with a political party. I remain an independent with a history of voting for candidates I believe in — I focused on their policy and not their party,” Cardillo wrote. He added, “Before this election, I have never spoken out for or against a candidate for any office. But I can be silent no longer.” Cardillo went on to explain the American people have been “very well served by those they elected to fill critical national security positions.” The one exception is Trump. Cardillo detailed his experience with Trump and claimed the person Americans see during coronavirus press briefings is the same as the one in the privacy of his own office. “He has little patience for facts or data that do not comport with his personal world view. Thus, the conversations are erratic and less than fully thoughtful,” Cardillo wrote. He argued Trump’s relationship with Vladimir Putin “is an unprecedented betrayal of his oath to the Constitution.” According to Cardillo, Trump’s leadership comes up “tragically short” and pointed to his failure to protect American soldiers and his belittlement of them. He stressed Trump downplayed the coronavirus pandemic. “And as damaging as his faulty leadership has been, four more years would be devastating,” Cardillo said. He went on, “We must elect a thoughtful, moral, responsible, respectful leader on Nov. 3. Our current president is not that leader.”

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Trump Claims the Black Lives Matter Movement Is ‘Really Hurting the Black Community’

President Donald Trump is blaming the Black Lives Matter movement for violence associated with some protests calling for the end to racial injustice. During a campaign event to appeal to Black voters, Trump railed against the movement and claimed it is doing more harm than good. “Many of those who are spreading violence in our cities are supporters of an organization called Black Lives Matter or BLM,” Trump said. He added, “It’s hurting the Black community. This is an unusual name for an organization whose ideology and tactics are right now destroying many Black lives.” Trump claimed the goal of the Black Lives Matter movement is to “achieve the destruction of the nuclear family,” abolish the police, prisons, border security, capitalism, and school choice. Check out his remarks below: President @realDonaldTrump: Black Lives Matter is not the agenda of the Black Community, their organization and tactics are destroying black lives#BlackVoicesforTrump pic.twitter.com/FSAGMRitRp — Team Trump (Text VOTE to 88022) (@TeamTrump) September 25, 2020 “This is not the agenda of the Black community. This is the agenda of an extreme socialist, or worse, you know what the other word is, marxist, communist,” Trump said. He went on, “This is the extreme socialist left, but beyond that in my opinion. That’s why the founders of the organization call themselves trained Marxists.” Protests continue to erupt after a grand jury decided to bring no direct charges against police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, as IJR previously reported. The police shot Taylor in front of her boyfriend after entering her apartment using a “no-knock” warrant. The death of Taylor, along with that of George Floyd, a Black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis, launched demonstrations nationwide. Two police officers were shot during protests in Louisville following the news of the decision in the Taylor case, as IJR previously reported. Police Chief Robert Schroeder predicted demonstrations would be going on through the weekend. According to Schroeder, the two police officers who were shot were expected to recover and a suspect was taken into custody.

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John Legend Weighs Leaving US If Trump Is Reelected: Americans May Want to Go ‘Somewhere Else’

Singer John Legend is considering leaving the United States if voters reelect President Donald Trump, and he is also encouraging Americans to think about doing the same. Legend told Cosmopolitan this week Trump is a danger to democracy and suggested Americans may want to flock to a country that protects democracy. “At some point, if that project [to destroy democracy] was to be in any way successful, you’d have to think about going somewhere that is a true democracy, that has respect for the rule of law and human rights,” Legend said. He added, “If America chooses to be that place then people will have to start thinking about going somewhere else. It is truly disturbing and concerning.” Legend explained while it would be difficult to leave the United States, he may have no other choice. “Every once in a while you think about it,” Legend said. He went on, “We were born and raised here, all of our families are here. It would be hard to leave. But I don’t know what one’s supposed to do when you have a leader who is trying to destroy democracy.” Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigan have voiced their criticism of Trump in the past. Trump previously took to twitter to fire back at Legend. He called the singer “boring” and his wife “filthy mouthed.” Legend told the magazine he is not concerned about the upcoming election because he believes Americans are tired of a Trump presidency. “I’m not nervous. I strongly believe America is exhausted from three and a half years of Donald Trump. Exhausted from the daily efforts to destroy democracy and the free press,” Legend said. He slammed Trump for his coronavirus response and called it “embarrassing.” Legend reiterated the nation cannot handle another four years of Trump. “We can’t bear another four years of this. As Michelle Obama said, we have to vote like our lives depend on it. I honestly think the American people will do it. I truly don’t know if we would be a democracy when we were done if we went another four years,” he said. Legend is not the only celebrity to threaten to leave the United States if Trump is reelected. Actors Samuel L. Jackson, Lena Dunham, and singers Cher and Miley Cyrus are among several who said they would relocate if Trump won the White House in 2016.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Lindsey Graham Has ‘a Spine Kept in a Box Somewhere Else’

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is taking aim at Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). MSNBC’s Chris Hayes mentioned the push by Republicans to quickly fill the Supreme Court vacancy after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The push comes 39 days until the 2020 presidential election, as of Friday. Graham has indicated that Senate Republicans have the votes to confirm a replacement, and this week he also blew off criticism of hypocrisy as some pointed to his previous remarks regarding filling a Supreme Court vacancy in 2016. In response, Warren said during Thursday evening’s interview, “Lindsey Graham has simply said, ‘Donald Trump has my proxy on this. The Senate doesn’t need to look at it.’” She continued, “If the President is good, Lindsey Graham is good. Man, there’s a man with a spine. A spine kept in a box somewhere else because he certainly doesn’t have it to exercise for himself.” Watch Warren’s interview below: [embedded content] During her MSNBC interview, Warren also took a swing at President Donald Trump and his recent remarks where he would not commit to a peaceful transition of power if he loses the election. “When Donald Trump says that he is not necessarily going to accept the will of the voters, he’s flirting with treason,” she said. “He’s saying peaceful transition of power doesn’t matter to him. All that matters to him, once again, is Donald Trump and whatever Donald Trump wants.” She added, “And for Republicans, once again, to step up, these Republican senators to enable him in that, to support him in that and to start to talk about the November 3rd election, as if this isn’t about voters getting their choice, but it is about Supreme Court justices getting their choice means that they are a party to it.” As the president was leaving the White House on Thursday, he was asked, “Are the election results only legitimate if you win?” “We have to be very careful with the ballots. The ballots that’s a whole big scam,” he responded, adding, “We want to make sure the election is honest, and I’m not sure that it can be. I don’t know that it can be.”

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Trump: I Want an ‘Honest’ Election, but ‘I’m Not Sure That It Can Be’

President Donald Trump is raising concerns that the election may not be “honest” because of mail-in ballots. As he left the White House for a healthcare event on Thursday, Trump was asked, “Are the election results only legitimate if you win?” He responded, “We have to be very careful with the ballots. The ballots that’s a whole big scam.” He referenced a new announcement from the Justice Department that seven ballots in Pennsylvania were discarded that had been cast for him. He also claimed that other ballots were found in a river. “We want to make sure the election is honest, and I’m not sure that it can be. I don’t know that it can be,” he added. Watch the video below: Q: "Are the election results only legitimate if you win?President Trump: "We want to make sure the election is honest and I'm not sure that it can be…" pic.twitter.com/5MQbfqCeEV — CSPAN (@cspan) September 24, 2020 On Wednesday, Trump said he believes the election results would wind up before the Supreme Court because of “this scam that the Democrats are pulling.” Trump has repeatedly claimed, contrary to the evidence, that expanding access to mail-in ballots would lead to massive voter fraud in the upcoming election. And on Wednesday, he was asked if he would commit to ensuring that there is a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election in November. “We’re going to have to see what happens. You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots. And the ballots are a disaster,” he said, adding, “Get rid of the ballots, and you’ll have a very peaceful … there won’t be a transfer, frankly, there’ll be a continuation.” His comments led the U.S. Senate to pass a resolution to affirm the senators’ commitment to a peaceful transfer of power. Speaking about the resolution, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) said, “Sometimes we hear things that challenge that, and we heard that yesterday, and we were very concerned about that.” “For the president to even address the subject of maybe not knowing if he would accept or not is beyond all of our comprehension that that could ever happen in America,” he added.

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FBI Director Dismisses Claims of Widespread Mail-in Voting Fraud

While FBI Director Christopher Wray is acknowledging there have been instances of voter fraud, he is suggesting it does not happen at the national level as often as some Republicans believe it does. During a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Wray was asked if voting by mail is secure. “We take all election related threats seriously, whether it’s voter fraud, voter suppression, whether it’s in person, whether it’s by mail, and our role is to investigate the threat actors,” Wray said. He continued, “We have not seen, historically, any kind of coordinated national voter fraud effort in a major election whether it’s by mail or otherwise. We have seen voter fraud at the local level from time to time. So my comments should in no way be construed as minimizing how seriously we take our responsibility to investigate such incidents.” Check out his comments below: FBI Director Christopher Wray on voting by mail: "We have not seen historically any kind of coordinated national voter fraud effort in a major election, whether it's by mail or otherwise. We have seen voter fraud at the local level from time to time." https://t.co/T8eHUNRjEl pic.twitter.com/g5hgwMi7y5 — ABC News (@ABC) September 24, 2020 Wray reiterated voter fraud is an issue the FBI monitors closely. He explained voter fraud “is on our radar, certainly to change a federal election outcome by mounting that kind of fraud at scale would be a major challenge for an adversary, but people should make no mistake, we’re vigilant as to the threat and watching it carefully because we are in uncharted new territory.” He stressed incidences of voter fraud would be investigated seriously and aggressively by the FBI. Wray warned Americans one of the biggest threats to the upcoming election is Russia, as IJR previously reported. He told the House Homeland Security Committee, “I think the intelligence community’s consensus is that Russia continues to try to influence our elections primarily through what we could call malign foreign influence.” President Donald Trump has previously criticized Wray for focusing on Russia, as IJR previously reported. “I said, ‘What about China? What about North Korea? What about Iran’ They don’t mention anybody else. The narrative seems to be Russia,” Trump said.

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Obama to Join Harris for Biden Campaign Fundraising Events

Former President Barack Obama and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) are teaming up to raise money for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign. Obama and Harris will come together for fundraising events on Friday, Oct. 2, as reported by Bloomberg on Thursday. The events include a virtual fundraiser for smaller donations and a virtual fundraiser for larger contributions. Donors can purchase tickets for $100,000 or $250,000. Obama praised Biden for selecting Harris as his running mate, as IJR previously reported. He said Biden “nailed this decision.” Biden’s first fundraiser with Obama raked in $7.6 million from more than 175,000 people, as IJR previously reported. His campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) raised $364 million in August alone, which included a record-breaking $205 million from online, smaller donations. Ahead of the upcoming November election, Biden is sitting on $141 million more than Trump. Biden, the Democratic National Committee, and other fundraising groups have a total of $466 million in the bank. President Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee have $325 million in the bank. At the end of August, Biden had totaled $181 million while Trump stood at $121 million. “Give me one day and a telephone, I could get all these rich people that I know very much to all put up millions of dollars a piece,” Trump said during a Fox News interview. Democratic candidates and causes raised more than $46 million following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Trump said on Monday he would announce his nominee to fill her seat on Saturday. The president and First Lady Melania Trump went to the Supreme Court on Thursday to pay their respects to Ginsburg. They were met with opposition as those who were there began booing and chanting, “Vote him out!” Democrats have voiced their disapproval of Trump’s efforts to fill her seat ahead of the election.

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Senate Approves Resolution Reaffirming Commitment To a Peaceful Transfer of Power

The U.S. Senate is affirming its commitment to a peaceful transfer of power. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) introduced a resolution that was approved by unanimous consent on Thursday — which means no senator objected to it — just one day after President Donald Trump did not commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the upcoming election. In a speech on the Senate floor, Manchin said, “It’s a shame that we have to come and reaffirm our commitment to our country, to our Constitution and who we are as a people. And how we became the greatest country on earth. And the freedoms that we all take for granted.” “Sometimes we hear things that challenge that, and we heard that yesterday, and we were very concerned about that,” he added. Manchin continued to say that his resolution affirms that the “bedrock of democracy” is the peaceful transfer of power and that “there should not be a question.” “For the president to even address the subject of maybe not knowing if he would accept or not is beyond all of our comprehension that that could ever happen in America,” he said. Manchin continued to read the resolution, “We reaffirm as the Senate our commitment to the orderly and peaceful transfer of power called for in the Constitution of the United States … there should be no disruptions by the president or any person in power to overturn the will of the people.” Watch the video below: .@Sen_JoeManchin resolution: "We reaffirm as the Senate our commitment to the orderly and peaceful transfer of power called for in the Constitution of the United States…there shall be no disruptions by the president or any person in power to overturn the will of the people…" pic.twitter.com/n619bSzH2R — CSPAN (@cspan) September 24, 2020 On Wednesday, Trump was asked whether or not he would confirm to making sure that there is a peaceful transfer of power if he loses in November, as IJR reported. He responded, “We’re going to have to see what happens. You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots. And the ballots are a disaster.” “Get rid of the ballots, and you’ll have a very peaceful … there won’t be a transfer, frankly, there’ll be a continuation,” he added. But during a press on Thursday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said, “The president will accept the results of a free and fair election.”

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Cuomo Reveals New York Will Conduct Its Own Review of the Safety of a COVID-19 Vaccine

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is not willing to put his trust into the federal government when it comes to the approval process for a COVID-19 vaccine. Cuomo revealed during his press briefing on Thursday New York will conduct its own review of a coronavirus vaccine approved by the federal government amid fears surrounding the politicization of the process. He cited a poll proving 54% of Americans say they would not take a coronavirus vaccine before the election. Cuomo noted President Donald Trump claims the the Food and Drug Administration is attempting to politicize the approval process. He suggested Trump’s political interest in the approval of a vaccine is more pressing than that of FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn. Watch his comments below: [embedded content] Cuomo moved on to discuss the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. “Frankly, I’m not going to trust the federal government’s opinion, and I wouldn’t recommend to New Yorkers, based on the federal government’s opinion,” Cuomo said. He explained in order to participate in the state’s own review process, there will be a review committee headed by the department of health. There will also be a group of hospitals and research facilities to determine if the vaccine is safe. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention head Robert Redfield said during his testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee he expects most Americans to be vaccinated by July 2021, as IJR previously reported. Redfield anticipates 700 million doses of vaccines by late March or April, which is enough for enough for 350 million Americans. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) pressed Dr. Anthony Fauci on whether someone could contract the coronavirus through a vaccine, as IJR previously reported. “Absolutely not. That would be impossible,” Fauci said. He stressed the risk of contracting the coronavirus through a vaccine “does not exist.”

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Mary Trump Sues POTUS and His Siblings for Fraud: ‘Fleeced Her of Tens of Millions of Dollars’

Mary Trump, the niece of President Donald Trump, is filing a lawsuit against the president, his sister Maryanne Trump Barry and their brother Robert Trump accusing them of committing fraud. According to the lawsuit, when Mary Trump’s father died in 1981, she inherited “valuable minority interests in the family business.” The lawsuit alleges rather than protect her interests, “They designed and carried out a complex scheme to siphon funds away from her interests, conceal their grift, and deceive her about the true value of what she had inherited.” It argues when Mary’s grandfather died in 1999, the Trump family “moved to squeeze Mary out altogether.” The lawsuit added, “All told, they fleeced her of tens of millions of dollars or more.” Mary Trump’s lawsuit comes a little more than two months after she published her book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.” In her book, she claims the president paid someone to take his SAT for him, as IJR previously reported. White House deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews slammed Mary Trump for her motives behind publishing the book. “Mary Trump and her book’s publisher may claim to be acting in the public interest, but this book is clearly in the author’s own financial self-interest,” Matthews said. Mary Trump called her uncle’s pathologies “so complex” and “his behaviors so often inexplicable that coming up with an accurate and comprehensive diagnosis would require a full battery of psychological and neurophysical tests.” During an exclusive interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Mary Trump called on her uncle to “resign,” as IJR previously reported. The president took to Twitter to attack Mary Trump just days after she published her book. He called her a “mess.” During an interview with Dean Obeidallah on his SiriusXM show, Mary Trump weighed in on his coronavirus response. She suggested he should be charged with “negligent homicide.”

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Biden: Kentucky Grand Jury’s Indictment in Breonna Taylor’s Case ‘Does Not Answer’ the Call of Justice

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is reacting to a Louisville grand jury’s decision to indict only one police officer in Breonna Taylor’s case, who was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department officers in her home on March 13. The officer was charged with wanton endangerment, but not directly related to Taylor’s death. “Breonna Taylor was a beloved daughter, member of her community, and an essential worker who served as an E.M.T. as COVID-19 began to spread. But she died, shot in her own home by the police,” Biden said in a statement on Wednesday. He said that he is mourning with Taylor’s family and questioned if “justice could be equally applied in America.” The former vice president declared that Wednesday’s decision by a Louisville grand jury to indicate one of the three police officers involved in the case “does not answer that call” of justice. His statement continued: “A federal investigation remains ongoing, but we do not need to wait for the final judgment of that investigation to do more to deliver justice for Breonna. We know what is necessary.” Biden listed out things that need to be addressed such as “excessive force, banning chokeholds, and overhauling no-knock warrants.” He then added that he understands Americans are frustrated and they have the right to peacefully protest but he condemned violence as “never acceptable.” “We must continue to speak Breonna Taylor’s name, support her family still in grieving, and never give up on ensuring the full promise of America for every American,” he said. Biden also spoke out on violence and protests when speaking to reporters, “Do not sully her memory or her mother’s by engaging in any violence.” Joe Biden on Breonna Taylor protests: “Do not sully her memory or her mother's by engaging in any violence." https://t.co/Dc0dfQJE1P pic.twitter.com/5rSQit17oq — The Hill (@thehill) September 24, 2020 We must continue to speak Breonna Taylor’s name, support her family still in grieving, and never give up on ensuring the full promise of America for every American. https://t.co/KJU21tQq4B — Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 24, 2020 Taylor’s family responded to the decision by a Louisville grand jury, as the attorney who represents the family wrote on Twitter, “Jefferson County Grand Jury indicts former ofc. Brett Hankison with 3 counts of Wanton Endangerment in 1st Degree for bullets that went into other apartments but NOTHING for the murder of Breonna Taylor. This is outrageous and offensive!” The attorney, Benjamin Crump, continued, “If Brett Hankison’s behavior was wanton endangerment to people in neighboring apartments, then it should have been wanton endangerment in Breonna Taylor’s apartment too. In fact, it should have been ruled wanton murder!” President Donald Trump was asked by a reporter during Wednesday’s press conference about the decision, to which he said Attorney General of Kentucky Daniel Cameron is a “star” and is “doing a fantastic job.” He then read the attorney general’s statement, saying justice “answers only to the facts and to the law.”

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GOP Lawmakers Say There Will be a Peaceful Transition of Power Regardless of November Outcome

Republican lawmakers uniformly came out in support of a peaceful transition of power after President Donald Trump declined to say on Wednesday whether he would commit to such a transition. Asked if he would commit to a peaceful transfer, Trump said “Well, we’re going to have to see what happens.” He added, “There won’t be a transfer, frankly, there’ll be a continuation. The ballots are out of control.” On Thursday morning, Republican leaders were blunter. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) tweeted, “The winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th. There will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792.” The winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th. There will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792. — Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) September 24, 2020 House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wy.) echoed McConnell’s statement, writing, “The peaceful transfer of power is enshrined in our Constitution and fundamental to the survival of our Republic. America’s leaders swear an oath to the Constitution. We will uphold that oath.” The peaceful transfer of power is enshrined in our Constitution and fundamental to the survival of our Republic. America’s leaders swear an oath to the Constitution. We will uphold that oath. — Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) September 24, 2020 During a Thursday morning appearance on “Fox & Friends,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that he is pushing for a ninth justice on the Supreme Court before the election and added, “People wonder about the peaceful transfer of power. I can assure you it will be peaceful. Now, we may have litigation about who won the election but the court will decide and if the Republicans lose, we will accept that result.” Lindsey Graham: "People wonder about the peaceful transfer of power. I can assure you it will be peaceful. Now we may have litigation about who won the election, but the court will decide, and if Republicans lose, we'll accept that result. But we need a full court." pic.twitter.com/mVBGtMXiBF — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 24, 2020 Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), who has sometimes broken with the president wrote on Twitter, “Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; without that, there is Belarus. Any suggestion that a president might not respect this Constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable.” Earlier this week, Trump said that he believes the result of the 2020 election will end up before the Supreme Court. “I think it’s better if you go before the election because this scam that the Democrats are pulling — it’s a scam — this scam will be before the United States Supreme Court,” he said.

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Chants of ‘Vote Him Out’ Break Out as Trump Pays His Respects To Ginsburg at SCOTUS

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump went to the Supreme Court this week to pay their respects to late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but it was met with resistance from those who were mourning the late justice. When the president arrived at the Supreme Court, those who were there began booing then chanted, “Vote him out!” Shortly after the chant started, the president and first lady could be seen walking away. Watch the video below: JUST IN: Pres. Trump arrives at the Supreme Court to pay respects to judicial icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as onlookers shout "Vote him out!" https://t.co/Isvic44Ag5 pic.twitter.com/452rZ0hDjA — ABC News (@ABC) September 24, 2020 Ginsburg died at the age of 87 on Sept. 18 from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer. The public is able to pay tribute to her at the Supreme Court, and Friday she will make history as the first woman to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol. Chief Justice John Roberts said at a private ceremony on Wednesday, “Her voice in court and in our conference room was soft. But when she spoke, people listened.” The boos the president received on Thursday come as Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers have pushed for a nominee and vote to fill the vacancy in the Supreme Court. This has been met with opposition from Democrats. The president has said that he will announce his nominee on Saturday.

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Romney Weighs in After Trump Does Not Commit To a Peaceful Transition of Power

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) is offering his thoughts after the president would not commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the election if he loses. The Utah senator, who is a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, called it “both unthinkable and unacceptable” for any president to “not respect this Constitutional guarantee.” “Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; without that, there is Belarus,” Romney tweeted Wednesday evening, adding, “Any suggestion that a president might not respect this Constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable.” Romney did not specifically mention Trump in his tweet. Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; without that, there is Belarus. Any suggestion that a president might not respect this Constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable. — Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) September 24, 2020 Trump was asked by a reporter during Wednesday’s press conference, “Win, lose, or draw in this election, will you commit here today for a peaceful transferral of power after the election? … Will you commit to making sure that there is a peaceful transferral of power after the election?” However, the president responded, saying, “Well, we’re going to have to see what happens.” He continued, “You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots. And the ballots are a disaster.” When pressed again if he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses, Trump responded, “Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful… there won’t be a transfer, frankly, there’ll be a continuation. The ballots are out of control.” Trump seemingly referred to the mail-in ballot, which he has repeatedly slammed, claiming without evidence that it leads to widespread voter fraud. See Trump’s comments below: JUST IN: Asked if he'd "commit to making sure that there is a peaceful transferral of power after the election," Pres. Trump says, "Well, we're going to have to see what happens." https://t.co/BURjYQhYGU pic.twitter.com/3sRTVIlsh3 — This Week (@ThisWeekABC) September 23, 2020 Romney was not the only one who weighed in on Trump’s remarks at Wednesday’s press conference. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) tweeted, “President Trump: You are not a dictator, and America will not permit you to be one.”

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Schiff Calls on ‘Any Republican of Good Conscience Working in the Administration’ To Resign

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is calling on Republicans working in the Trump administration who have a “good conscience” to do one thing — resign. After Schiff was asked about the president’s recent remarks about not committing to a peaceful transfer of power after the election if he loses, he said during Wednesday night’s MSNBC interview, “This is a moment that I would say to any Republican of good conscience working in the administration, it is time for you to resign.” “If you have been debating about whether you can continue to serve the country by serving this president, you can’t,” he added. “It is time to resign.” Schiff then turned to those who have been on the “sidelines maintaining a dignified silence” after leaving the administration, “You cannot maintain your silence any longer,” he said. He continued, “You have to maintain dignified speech now. You have to speak out.” “Do not wait until after the election, do not wait until we have the chaos the president wants after the election when he seeks to, as he said, get rid of the ballots. Because if you do wait and knowing what is to come, you will share some of the burden and responsibility for the chaos that comes.” Watch Schiff’s interview below: [embedded content] The Democratic lawmaker then blasted Trump directly, saying that there is “no longer any question” about the president’s “autocratic intentions,” as he put it. Schiff’s remarks come shortly after Trump was asked by a reporter during Wednesday’s press conference “win, lose, or draw in this election” if he would “commit here today for a peaceful transferral of power after the election,” as IJR reported. However, Trump responded, “Well, we’re going to have to see what happens,” before going on to argue that “the ballots are a disaster.” “Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful … there won’t be a transfer, frankly, there’ll be a continuation,” he said. “The ballots are out of control.” Trump’s comments also garnered reaction from Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) who tweeted, without specifically naming the president, “Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; without that, there is Belarus. Any suggestion that a president might not respect this Constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable.”

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Mark Kelly: Winner of Arizona Senate Race Should Be ‘Promptly’ Sworn in Amid Supreme Court Battle

Mark Kelly, the Democratic candidate in the Arizona Senate race, says the winner of the election should be immediately seated as Republicans move toward filling the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “Regardless of who wins, once the vote is certified here in Arizona, in accordance with the law, that person should be promptly seated to work for Arizonans. We have incredibly challenging issues we’re facing here and I think Arizona’s ready for some independent leadership,” Kelly said. He added, “They’re concerned about health care, pre-existing conditions. They’re concerned about protecting Social Security and Medicare. So in accordance with the law, when the election is done, I think it’s important that if I was to win that I get sworn.” Co-host Sunny Hostin noted there had been calls by Democrats to “fight back.” They are also discussing expanding the Supreme Court in the future or getting rid of the filibuster. She asked Kelly if it would be the right move. “I don’t think so. I mean, this really shouldn’t be part of the discussion. It’s also very hypothetical and it’s kind of more of the same stuff from a broken Washington,” Kelly said. Watch his comments below: .@CaptMarkKelly reflects on the legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, calling her an “icon” and applauding her accomplishments “with regards to women’s rights and civil rights.” https://t.co/uQGC4j7Fby pic.twitter.com/L5Vv9AQeAv — The View (@TheView) September 23, 2020 He added, “I think what they should be focused on is how about a COVID relief bill. These threats are not what Washington should be focused on at this time. Republicans and Democrats should be really focused on trying to solve this crisis.” Efforts by Democrats to stop President Donald Trump from filling Ginsburg’s seat have not gone unrecognized by his administration. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters during her press briefing on Tuesday if they do not get their way, “Democrats will blow up the system. They will change the system. They will trample on the Constitution.” Trump said on Monday he would announce his pick on Saturday, as IJR previously reported.

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Murkowski Clarifies She Will Not Rule Out Voting on Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is not ruling out voting on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick to fill the seat left vacant by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “I know everybody wants to ask the question, ‘Will you confirm the nominee?'” Murkowski said on Tuesday. She added, “We don’t have a nominee yet. You and I don’t know who that is. And so I can’t confirm whether or not I can confirm a nominee when I don’t know who the nominee is.” While she is not ruling out voting on Trump’s nominee, she reiterated she does not support a confirmation ahead of the upcoming November election. “I do not support this process moving forward. Now, having said that, this process is moving forward with or without me,” Murkowski said. She continued, “If I had felt that there was a rush to move this through because you’re up against a deadline that is hard and fast, like an election, and that a nominee had not been thoroughly and fairly evaluated through our process, then I’m going to have to look at that.” Murkowski’s comments come just days after she released a statement to voice her disapproval of taking up a potential Supreme Court vacancy this close to the election, as IJR previously reported. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) similarly voiced her concern with filling the seat prior to the election. She made it clear in her statement she believes the seat should be filled by the next president. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) — who has been critical of Trump in the past — said he will support holding a vote on Trump’s potential pick, as IJR previously reported. “I intend to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the president’s nominee. If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications,” Romney said. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) claimed Republicans have enough votes to confirm Ginsburg’s replacement.

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Trump Pressed on Whether He Would Commit To a Peaceful Transfer of Power

President Donald Trump did not commit to ensuring there is a peaceful transfer of power after the presidential election in November.  During a press conference on Wednesday, Trump was asked, “Win, lose, or draw in this election, will you commit here today for a peaceful transferral of power after the election? … Will you commit to making sure that there is a peaceful transferral of power after the election?” “Well, we’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump responded. “You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots. And the ballots are a disaster.” He added, “Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful … there won’t be a transfer, frankly, there’ll be a continuation. The ballots are out of control.” Watch the video below: JUST IN: Asked if he'd "commit to making sure that there is a peaceful transferral of power after the election," Pres. Trump says, "Well, we're going to have to see what happens." https://t.co/BURjYQhYGU pic.twitter.com/3sRTVIlsh3 — This Week (@ThisWeekABC) September 23, 2020 Trump appeared to refer to mail-in ballots, which he has regularly railed against, as IJR reported.  Speaking to reporters on Sept. 16, Trump said, “Our biggest threat to this election is governors from opposing parties controlling ballots, millions of ballots.” “To me, that’s a much bigger threat than foreign countries because much of the stuff coming out about foreign countries turned out to be untrue,” he added. The president has also claimed that “because of the new and unprecedented massive amount of unsolicited ballots which will be sent to ‘voters’ or wherever, this year, the Nov 3rd Election result may NEVER BE ACCURATELY DETERMINED.” Because of the new and unprecedented massive amount of unsolicited ballots which will be sent to “voters”, or wherever, this year, the Nov 3rd Election result may NEVER BE ACCURATELY DETERMINED, which is what some want. Another election disaster yesterday. Stop Ballot Madness! https://t.co/3SMAk9TC1a — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 17, 2020 While there is little evidence to prove that mail-in ballots are susceptible to fraud, Trump has repeatedly claimed the election will be rigged. Additionally, he told reporters on Wednesday that he believes the results of the election be contested and end up before the Supreme Court. “I think this will end up in the Supreme Court, and I think it’s very important that we have nine justices,” he told reporters. He continued, “I think it’s better if you go before the election because this scam that the Democrats are pulling — it’s a scam — this scam will be before the United States Supreme Court, and I think having a 4-4 situation is not a good situation if you get that.”

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Trump on Meghan Markle Telling Americans to Vote for Biden: ‘I Wish a Lot of Luck to Harry’

President Donald Trump is criticizing Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, after hearing reports of the couple urging Americans to vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for president. “I’m not a fan of hers and I would say this, and she probably has heard that. I wish a lot of luck to Harry cause he’s gonna need it,” Trump said. Watch his comments below: President Trump is asked about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle telling people to vote for Joe Biden:"I wish a lot of luck to Harry cause he's gonna need it." pic.twitter.com/9OCBeSMguZ — Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 23, 2020 This is not the first time the royal couple has faced criticism from the president. When the couple relocated from Canada to Los Angeles, Trump made it clear the United States will not cover the cost of security for them, as IJR previously reported. “Now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!” Trump said. A spokeswoman for the couple responded in a statement. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have no plans to ask the U.S. government for security resources. Privately funded security arrangements have been made,” she said. Markle criticized Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign and called it misogynistic and divisive. Trump responded to her criticism in 2019, “I didn’t know that. What can I say? I didn’t know that she was nasty.” The couple recently struck a deal with Netflix earlier this month to produce documentaries, docu-series, feature films, scripted shows, and children’s programming, as IJR previously reported. “Our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope,” they said in a statement. “As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us.” Prince Harry and Markle said Netflix’s “unprecedented reach will help us share impactful content that unlocks action.” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s co-chief executive and chief content officer, said the streaming service is “incredibly proud” they chose Netflix as their “creative home.” The couple made the deal just six months after relocating to the United States.

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Trump on Meghan Markle Telling Americans to Vote for Biden: ‘I Wish a Lot of Luck to Harry’

President Donald Trump is criticizing Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, after hearing reports of the couple urging Americans to vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for president. “I’m not a fan of hers and I would say this, and she probably has heard that. I wish a lot of luck to Harry cause he’s gonna need it,” Trump said. Watch his comments below: President Trump is asked about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle telling people to vote for Joe Biden:"I wish a lot of luck to Harry cause he's gonna need it." pic.twitter.com/9OCBeSMguZ — Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 23, 2020 This is not the first time the royal couple has faced criticism from the president. When the couple relocated from Canada to Los Angeles, Trump made it clear the United States will not cover the cost of security for them, as IJR previously reported. “Now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!” Trump said. A spokeswoman for the couple responded in a statement. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have no plans to ask the U.S. government for security resources. Privately funded security arrangements have been made,” she said. Markle criticized Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign and called it misogynistic and divisive. Trump responded to her criticism in 2019, “I didn’t know that. What can I say? I didn’t know that she was nasty.” The couple recently struck a deal with Netflix earlier this month to produce documentaries, docu-series, feature films, scripted shows, and children’s programming, as IJR previously reported. “Our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope,” they said in a statement. “As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us.” Prince Harry and Markle said Netflix’s “unprecedented reach will help us share impactful content that unlocks action.” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s co-chief executive and chief content officer, said the streaming service is “incredibly proud” they chose Netflix as their “creative home.” The couple made the deal just six months after relocating to the United States.

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Trump Says He Thinks 2020 Election Results ‘Will End Up in the Supreme Court’

President Donald Trump believes the 2020 election “will end up before the Supreme Court” and that he feels it’s best to have nine justices sitting on the Court before the election. During a roundtable on Wednesday, Trump was asked repeatedly about the Supreme Court, which has eight justices after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Trump told reporters, “I think this will end up in the Supreme Court and I think it’s very important that we have nine justices.” He added, “I think the system’s going to go very quickly.” The president said that he will be announcing his nomination for the seat on Saturday afternoon. He told reporters, “We have a lot of time. You have before the election and then you have after the election too. But in terms of time, we go to January 20th.” Trump also attacked Democrats saying, “I think it’s better if you go before the election because this scam that the Democrats are pulling — it’s a scam — this scam will be before the United States Supreme Court and I think having a 4-4 situation is not a good situation if you get that.” He added, “I think it’s very important to have a ninth justice.” .@POTUS: "I think this will end up in the Supreme Court. & I think it's very important that we have 9 Justices. & I think the system is going to go very quickly. I'll be submitting at 5 o'clock on Saturday, the name of the person I chose for this most important of positions." pic.twitter.com/v1veiqU2Mm — CSPAN (@cspan) September 23, 2020 President Trump seems assured to be able to easily push his Supreme Court justice through the Senate. Without the votes to block his nominee, Democrats will be powerless to stop him. On Tuesday, Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah), who has been willing to break with the president previously said that he will support a vote on Trump’s nominee. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said this week that Senate Republicans have the votes necessary to hold put Trump’s nominee on the Supreme Court before the election. Meanwhile, Democratic nominee Joe Biden has said that if he wins the November election, he believes that Trump’s nominee should be withdrawn.

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Ilhan Omar Swipes Back at Trump After POTUS Takes Aim at Her During Campaign Rally

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) is swiping back at President Donald Trump after he criticized her during his campaign rally. “She’s telling us how to run our country,” Trump said of Omar during his campaign rally in Moon Township, Pa., on Tuesday evening, after he said that he will win Minnesota “because of her.” The president added, “How did you do where you came from? How was your country doing?” Before that, Trump also took aim at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), claiming she is “not good at anything” but has “a good line of crap…She’s got a hell of a lung.” The crowd burst out of cheers after Trump’s remarks hitting Ocasio-Cortez. He later said, “We’ve got the great country on earth, and we’re going to keep it that way. We don’t need socialists and we don’t need communists telling us how to run our country.” See his comments below: It’s the booing and dissing congresswomen of color portion of Trump’s speech pic.twitter.com/QyZr0iUMG7 — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 22, 2020 Omar hit back, declaring on Tuesday night, “Firstly, this is my country [and] I am a member of the House that impeached you.” She continued, “Secondly, I fled civil war when I was 8. An 8-year-old doesn’t run a country even though you run our country like one.” The Minnesota lawmaker has been a U.S. citizen for 20 years. She was born in Somalia. Omar was elected to Congress in 2016. See Omar’s reaction below: Firstly, this is my country & I am a member of the House that impeached you.Secondly, I fled civil war when I was 8. An 8-year-old doesn’t run a country even though you run our country like one. https://t.co/zcKKjdC8ju — Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) September 23, 2020 She then posted a follow-up tweet with a meme from “Mean Girls” and a caption that reads, “These cult-like rallies leave me wondering one thing,” before the meme reading, “Why are you so obsessed with me?” These cult-like rallies leave me wondering one thing: pic.twitter.com/58VjLl4II0 — Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) September 23, 2020 Omar along with Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) have been vocal critics of the president since they were elected to Congress.

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Planned Parenthood Launches Swing State Ad Campaign To Oppose Trump Filling Ginsburg’s Seat

As Republicans and Democrats battle over whether or not to fill the Supreme Court vacancy that opened up in the wake of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, various organizations are working to gin up support or opposition to filling the vacancy. Planned Parenthood announced that it is launching an ad campaign against filling the seat that will target several swing states, including Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. “An American icon. A champion of women’s rights. Donald Trump wants to replace her with another Supreme Court justice before the election, against her dying wish,” a narrator says in the ad. The narration continues, “Threatening coverage for preexisting conditions and reproductive freedom, just like he said he would. We can’t let it happen. Not to her legacy. Not to her seat. Not to our health. Not now. Not ever.” Finally, the ad implores viewers, “Take action. Vote.”  Watch the ad below: [embedded content] President Donald Trump has said he plans to announce a nominee to the Supreme Court on Saturday, and that he would like the Senate to hold his confirmation vote before the election.  However, Democrats have urged their Republican colleagues to hold off on confirming a nominee before the election, as IJR reported.  The Supreme Court currently has a 5-3 conservative majority. However, if Republicans confirm Trump’s nominee, it could alter the balance of the court for decades. In a statement, Jenny Lawson, executive director of Planned Parenthood Votes, said, “This is the fight of our lives for tens of millions of people across the country. A week after the election, the Supreme Court is set to hear a case that could dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the biggest advance for sexual and reproductive health in a generation.” “If Trump succeeds in filling this seat, his pick could be the deciding vote on civil rights, environmental protections, and access to health care, including abortion,” she continued. Finally, she said, “If we are to protect Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy, our health, and our rights, we must kick Donald Trump out of office and take back the Senate. Planned Parenthood Votes and our supporters will not rest until we do.” As of Tuesday evening, it appears that Senate Republicans have the votes to confirm Trump’s nominee. 

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FBI, DHS Warn That ‘Foreign Actors’ Could Try To Disseminate Misinformation About Election Results

As the November, 3 general election draws near, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) are issuing a warning about the potential for the spreading of disinformation about the election results. The two agencies released a public service announcement on Tuesday that read, “Foreign actors and cybercriminals could create new websites, change existing websites, and create or share corresponding social media content to spread false information in an attempt to discredit the electoral process and undermine confidence in U.S. democratic institutions.” “State and local officials typically require several days to weeks to certify elections’ final results in order to ensure every legally cast vote is accurately counted. The increased use of mail-in ballots due to COVID-19 protocols could leave officials with incomplete results on election night,” the announcement added. The agencies said malicious actors could try to “exploit” the period it takes for state officials to certify the election results. The announcement also said that individuals could share misinformation about voter suppression, ballot fraud, or cyberattacks aimed at election infrastructure. “The FBI and CISA urge the American public to critically evaluate the sources of the information they consume and to seek out reliable and verified information from trusted sources, such as state and local election officials,” the announcement added. Additionally, the announcement encourages Americans to “verify through multiple reliable sources any reports about problems in voting or election results, and consider searching for other reliable sources before sharing such information via social media or other avenues.” The announcement also said Americans should “rely” on state and local officials for information on final election results, and report “potential election crimes—such as disinformation about the manner, time, or place of voting” to the FBI. Finally, the announcement stressed that even if foreign actors “change an election-related website,” the “underlying data and internal systems would remain uncompromised. The announcement did not identify any specific country that may try to spread false information about the results.

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Americans’ Eagerness To Jump on First Generation of COVID-19 Vaccine Falls

While President Donald Trump suggests a coronavirus vaccine could be ready before the election, some Americans are not willing to be the first to receive it. According to an Axios-Ipsos poll, Americans’ eagerness to try the first generation of a coronavirus vaccine has continued to decline over the past month. Several Americans feel the risk involved with receiving the first generation of the vaccine is too high and want to see how others do with it. Only 13% of Americans say they would want to try it immediately. Six in 10 Americans are not willing to take the vaccine as soon as it becomes available, which is an increase from 53% in August. Americans’ resistance to the vaccine has increased. Now only 9% are “very likely” to get the first available vaccine, which is a significant decrease from 17% in August. A total of 33% say they are “not likely at all” to take a first generation vaccine, which is an increase from 26%. A few months after the vaccine becomes available, 30% said they would be willing to receive it. While 38% believe their health insurance will cover the vaccine, 11% believe the government will provide coverage. Only 4% believe they will have to pay out of pocket. Democrats are more likely to try the first round of the vaccine at 43% compared to 33% of Republicans. During his press briefing on Friday, Trump told reporters he predicts there will be enough vaccine doses for every American by April of next year, as IJR previously reported. He said at least 100 million vaccine doses will be manufactured by the end of the year and “likely much more than that.” The number of coronavirus related deaths exceeded 200,000 in the United States on Tuesday, as IJR previously reported. The nation is losing, on a weekly average, about 800 lives each day, according to a Reuters tally.

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Biden Pushes Back on Claim That He Will Adopt a Socialist Agenda If He Wins the Election

Throughout the campaign, President Donald Trump has claimed that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden would implement a socialist agenda and a massive tax hike for Americans. During an interview with Fox 11 News, Biden was asked to address concerns that he would pass socialist policies if elected. “I beat the socialist. That’s how I got elected. That’s how I got the nomination,” Biden said referring to his former primary challenger and self-described democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) He added, “Do I look like a socialist? Look at my career, my whole career. I am not a socialist.” He continued to address his tax plan, “I’m not trying to punish to anybody, but the idea that 19 corporations making billions of dollars pay zero and taxes?” “[Trump] knows these guys know how to game the system, the gaming is going to be over when I’m elected,” he added. Biden has vowed that if he wins the election, Americans making less than $400,000 a year will not have their taxes raised.  Watch the video below: Biden tells @fox11news: "I beat the socialist, that's how I got elected, that's how I got the nomination. Do I look like a socialist? Look at my career, my whole career. I am not a socialist."https://t.co/uE9VjrfrJB pic.twitter.com/AeYLpNB0Fy — Johnny Verhovek (@JTHVerhovek) September 22, 2020 Trump has repeatedly claimed that Biden would be “trojan horse for socialism,” as IJR reported. During his speech at the Republican National Convention, Trump claimed, “Biden is a Trojan horse for socialism. If Joe Biden doesn’t have the strength to stand up to wild-eyed Marxists like Bernie Sanders and his fellow radicals, then how is he ever going to stand up for you?” He added that if Biden wins the election, “the radical left” will gain power and move to defund police departments around the country and “make every city look like Democrat-run Portland, Oregon.” It is worth noting that Biden has not called for defunding police departments. Instead, he has called for police reforms. Biden has previously pushed back on Trump’s claim that he supports a socialist agenda, as IJR reported. During a speech in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in August, Biden said, “You know me, you know my heart. You know my story, my family’s story. Ask yourself, do I look like a radical socialist with a soft spot for rioters? Really?” “I want a safe America, safe from COVID, safe from crime and looting. Safe from racially motivated violence, safe from bad cops. Let me be crystal clear, safe from four more years of Donald Trump,” he added.

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Fauci: Trump Saying COVID-19 ‘Affects Virtually Nobody’ Is ‘Very Disrespectful’

The nation’s top infectious disease expert is pushing back on President Donald Trump’s false claim that COVID-19 “affects virtually no one.”  Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was asked about Trump’s claim during an interview on CNN on Tuesday. He said, “It’s very disrespectful to me because I’m in my 70s … It isn’t just the elderly and those with underlying conditions. It can be serious in young people.” “Quantitatively, for sure, it’s much, much, much less serious as a group in young individuals,” he added. However, he admonished Americans to remember that COVID-19 poses a threat to elderly individuals and people at “any age” with underlying conditions. He added that a “substantial portion” of the population that has an underlying condition.  Fauci continued: “If you’re a younger person, you know, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and you have diabetes, obesity, hypertension, heart disease, you are in the risk category for a serious disease. And if you look at the number of Americans — and it’s stunning — who have these underlying conditions, such as obesity, you know there are you know somewhat 25, 30% of the population can fall into that.” “So, don’t just think the elderly are the problem. True, people with underlying conditions, but those are not just isolated to the elderly. There are plenty of younger people who have underlying conditions that put them at risk,” Fauci added. Watch the video below: “It’s very disrespectful to me, because I'm in my 70s … It isn't just the elderly and those with underlying conditions. It can be serious in young people,” Dr. Fauci says. Yesterday, President Trump falsely claimed that coronavirus affects “nobody young.” https://t.co/Xe5VqjIyl1 pic.twitter.com/8IEURsxSoP — CNN (@CNN) September 22, 2020 During a rally in Swanton, Ohio, on Monday night, Trump erroneously claimed that COVID-19 “affects virtually nobody,” as IJR reported. The president told his supporters that “we now know the disease” and that it “really affect” elderly individuals who have “heart problems and other problems.” He continued, “In some states, thousands of people — nobody young. Below the age of 18, like, nobody. They have a strong immune system, who knows? Take your hat off to the young, because they have a hell of an immune system.” Trump then added, “But it affects virtually nobody. It’s an amazing thing.” The president’s comments come as the U.S. has reported more than 7 million coronavirus cases and over 200,000 deaths due to the virus. 

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Bloomberg Raises Millions To Restore Voting Rights to Over 30,000 Ex-Felons in Florida

Former New York mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg has helped raise over $20 million in an effort to restore voting rights to former felons in Florida. In 2018, Floridians voted to restore voting rights to felons who finished their prison sentence. Bloomberg’s cash infusion follows a 2019 Republican bill signed into law by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) that requires felons to pay fines before they are eligible to vote. The law was found unconstitutional in May but an appeals court overturned that ruling on Sept. 11th. NBC projects that Florida will pass Amendment 4, restoring voting rights to felons. pic.twitter.com/Sr6Z9DtxzB — Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) November 7, 2018 But Bloomberg quickly swept in and pumped millions into an effort to pay the outstanding fines and restore voting rights to tens of thousands of felons. In a statement, Bloomberg said, “The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy and no American should be denied that right. Working together with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, we are determined to end disenfranchisement and the discrimination that has always driven it.” The Florida Rights Restitution Commission (FRRC) raised around $5 million before Bloomberg’s cash infusion which totaled over $17 million. This restores roughly 31,100 people’s voting rights. FRRC Director Desmond Meade shot down the idea that this is a political play, saying, “To hell with politics, to hell with any other implications or insinuations, at the end of the day it’s about real people, real lives, American citizens who want to be a part of this.” Bloomberg previously committed to spending $100 million to help elect Democratic nominee Joe Biden in Florida. Bloomberg advisor Kevin Sheekey said in early September, “Mike Bloomberg is committed to helping defeat Trump, and that is going to happen in the battleground states.” Sheekey added that Bloomberg’s funding “will mean Democrats and the Biden campaign can invest even more heavily in other key states like Pennsylvania, which will be critical to a Biden victory.” After that announcement, President Donald Trump bashed Bloomberg on Twitter, writing, “Mini Mike Bloomberg, after making a total fool of himself as he got badly beaten up by Pocahontas and the Democrats in the Primaries, is at it again. He tried to buy an Election and went away with a major case of Depression. Now he’s throwing money at the Dems, looking for a job!”

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Sen. Graham: Senate GOP Has the Votes To Confirm SCOTUS Replacement Before the Election

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is claiming Senate Republicans have enough votes to confirm a replacement following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This comes amid a fight between Republicans and Democrats on whether to quickly push a nominee in an effort to fill the Supreme Court vacancy ahead of the 2020 presidential election. Speaking with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Monday evening, Graham said of Democrats, “It’s pretty obvious that if they want an outcome, they’ll just destroy anybody’s life to keep the seats open.” He continued to blast congressional Democrats, saying, “They said they tried to destroy Brett Kavanaugh so they could fill the seat — they were dumb enough to say that.” “I’ve seen this movie before. It’s not going to work, it didn’t work with Kavanaugh,” the South Carolina lawmaker added. The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman then suggested that Republicans “got the votes” to confirm a justice: “We’ve got the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg’s replacement before the election. We’re going to move forward in the committee, we’re going to report the nomination out of the committee to the floor of the United States Senate so we can vote before the election. That’s the constitutional process.” Watch Graham’s interview below: [embedded content] Graham has come under fire for backing President Donald Trump in filling the Supreme Court vacancy. People gathered outside his Washington, D.C., home early Monday to protest, where some signs called the lawmaker out for his previous remarks back in 2016. In 2016, Graham said, “I want you to use my words against me. If there’s a Republican president in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say Lindsey Graham said let’s let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination.” However, he pushed back against those criticizing him, as he tweeted on Sunday, “Being lectured by Democrats about how to handle judicial nominations is like an arsonist advising the Fire Department.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) blasted congressional Republicans for being “disrespectful” in moving ahead on Friday, the same night Ginsburg died, in vowing to vote on her replacement. She said during an MSNBC interview Monday, “It’s important to uphold the Constitution of the United States. It should be done with care, whoever the president is. So, the hypocrisy of the Republicans on this is really not important in people’s daily lives, but it is indicative that they don’t keep their word.” Pelosi added, “They want to get it done so they can overturn the Affordable Care Act. And you know what?  They’re going to be paying this price for elections to come, elections to come. Everyone is looking at what makes a difference in these senatorial races. We’ll see. But what they don’t really understand is they’re going to see 2018 again and again and again in terms of defeats in the Congress.”

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Sen. Chuck Grassley Tosses His Support Behind Filling SCOTUS Vacancy

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) announced that he supports filling the Supreme Court seat left open with the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the 2020 election. Grassley, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee said in a statement on Monday, “In 2016, with an open seat on the U.S. Supreme Court and a window into the type of justice he’d nominate, the American people elected Donald Trump president of the United States.” He added, “In 2018, having witnessed President Trump appoint two justices to the Court, as well as the ugly tactics deployed by Senate Democrats during the confirmation process, the American people reaffirmed their support for the President by expanding the Republican majority in the Senate, the body tasked with evaluating the President’s nominees to the court.” Grassley continued, “Over the years, and as recently as July, I’ve consistently said that taking up and evaluating a nominee in 2020 would be a decision for the current chairman of the Judiciary Committee and the Senate Majority Leader. Both have confirmed their intentions to move forward, so that’s what will happen. […]  In this case the people have spoken, putting power to appoint and confirm a nominee to the Supreme Court in one party.” “While there was ambiguity about the American people’s will for the direction of the Supreme Court in 2016 under a divided government, there is no such ambiguity in 2020.” But Democrats have spent the past few days resurfacing clips from 2016 in which Republicans defended blocking Merrick Garland, the judge that President Barack Obama nominated to the Supreme Court in 2016. In April of 2016, Grassley said, “The American people should be afforded the opportunity to weigh in on this very important matter.” He continued at the time, “Our side, meaning the Republican side, believes very strongly that the people deserve to be heard and they should be allowed to decide through their vote for the next president, the type of person that should be on the Supreme Court.” See his past remarks below: pic.twitter.com/yiAmCH2dOq — Senate Democrats (@SenateDems) September 22, 2020 Grassley is not the only Republican Senator who defended keeping a court vacancy through the 2016 election but is now pushing to fill the vacancy less than two months before the 2020 presidential election. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) also defended that decision, but when accused of hypocrisy, Graham quipped, “Being lectured by Democrats about how to handle judicial nominations is like an arsonist advising the Fire Department.”

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McConnell Declares There Is ‘More Than Sufficient Time’ To Confirm Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is showing no signs of caving to pressure to hold off on filling the Supreme Court vacancy that opened up in the wake of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. During his first speech on the Senate floor since the court announced Ginsburg’s death, McConnell said, “President Trump’s nominee for this vacancy will receive a vote on the floor of the Senate.” He continued to claim that “the same individuals who tried every conceivable dirty trick to obstruct Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh are lining up to proclaim the third time will be the charm.” “The American people are about to witness an astonishing parade of misrepresentations about the past, misstatements about the present, and more threats against our institutions from the same people… who’ve already been saying for months they want to pack the Court,” he added. Watch the video below: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: "President Trump's nominee for this vacancy will receive a vote on the floor of the Senate." https://t.co/58wHr1kiD0 pic.twitter.com/cTjrpAKjuG — ABC News (@ABC) September 21, 2020 The Supreme Court announced on Friday that Ginsburg, 87, died due to complications from pancreatic cancer, as IJR reported. Her death and the vacancy that has opened up on the court has touched off a new political battle over whether Republicans in the Senate should move to hold hearings and a confirmation vote on President Donald Trump’s nominee. Democrats have strongly warned Republicans against pushing through a confirmation with just over a month left till the election. However, McConnell said, “We’re already hearing incorrect claims that there is not enough time to examine and confirm a nominee. We can debunk this myth in about 30-seconds.” “As of today, there are 43-days until November 3 and 104-days until the end of this Congress. The late, iconic, Justice John Paul Stevens was confirmed by the Senate 19-days after this body formally received his nomination,” he continued.  McConnell also noted that Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s confirmation process took 33-days, and Ginsburg’s confirmation process took 42 days.  “Justice Stevens’ entire confirmation process could have been played out twice, twice, between now and November 3, with time to spare,” he said. Finally, McConnell argued, “The Senate has more than sufficient time to process a nomination. History and precedent make that perfectly clear.”  Mitch McConnell: "The Senate has more than sufficient time to process a nomination. History and precedent make that perfectly clear." https://t.co/xZL9CpTuVh pic.twitter.com/BmN17u5tCq — This Week (@ThisWeekABC) September 21, 2020 Former President Barack Obama released a statement after Ginsburg’s death in which he said, “Four and a half years ago, when Republicans refused to hold a hearing or an up-or-down vote on Merrick Garland, they invented the principle that the Senate shouldn’t fill an open seat on the Supreme Court before a new president was sworn in.” “A basic principle of the law — and of everyday fairness — is that we apply rules with consistency, and not based on what’s convenient or advantageous in the moment,”  he added. Still, some Senate Republicans voiced their desire to move forward with the confirmation process “without delay.”

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Manchin Voices Opposition To Voting on a Supreme Court Nomine Before the Election

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) is speaking out to oppose holding a confirmation vote on a Supreme Court nominee before the November 3 general election.  As Republicans appear poised to move forward with the confirmation process on President Donald Trump’s forthcoming Supreme Court nominee, Democrats say the process should wait until after the election. In a statement on Monday, Manchin said, “For the sake of the integrity of our courts and legal system, I do not believe the U.S. Senate should vote on a U.S. Supreme Court nominee before the November, 3, election.” “For Mitch McConnell and my Republican colleagues to rush through this process after refusing to even meet with Judge Merrick Garland in 2016 is hypocrisy in its highest form,” he added. He also warned that “pursuing an overtly partisan approach to confirming a Supreme Court Justice will only deepen the political tribalism we are witnessing across this country.” “I implore every Senator, regardless of party, to honor their responsibility to act in a manner that brings this country together rather than feed a cycle of endless political division,” he added. Read his statement below: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) opposes a vote on a Supreme Court nominee before the election. "For Mitch McConnell and my Republican colleagues to rush through this process after refusing to even meet with Judge Merrick Garland in 2016 is hypocrisy in its highest form." pic.twitter.com/2ggyXkJHCd — Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) September 21, 2020 Manchin’s comments come amid a new political battle over whether lawmakers should move to fill the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat before the election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Monday that there is “more than sufficient time to process a nomination,” as IJR reported. Citing Republicans’ decision in 2016 to hold open a vacancy on the Supreme Court until after the election, Democrats have urged their colleagues to wait until after the 2020 election to hold a confirmation vote. It’s unclear if Republicans will have enough votes to confirm a nominee before the election. Currently, they hold a 53-47 seat majority in the Senate. So far, two Republican senators have voiced their opposition to holding a confirmation vote before the election, meaning Republicans can only afford to lose one more vote to confirm a nominee and have Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote. Otherwise, they would need Democratic support to confirm the nominee.

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Ohio Governor Booed at Trump Rally in His State

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) received a cold reception at President Donald Trump’s rally in Dayton, Ohio, on Monday.  “We’re joined today by a real good friend of mine, somebody who’s been with me from the beginning, and I’ve been with him from the beginning,” Trump said at his campaign event. After the attendees began to boo, Trump added, “He’s opening up … he’s a good man.” Watch the moment below: Whoa. Trump introduces Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine — and the crowd boos him!“He’s opening up,” Trump says, to try to placate the audience. pic.twitter.com/3G9AN8897b — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 21, 2020 CNN’s Jeremy Diamond reported that before Trump spoke, the state’s Lt. Gov. Jon Husted encouraged the crowd to wear face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and was met with boos. “I’m trying to make masks in America great again, and I’ve got President Trump’s masks,” Husted said. However, as the crowd booed, he continued, “I know we all don’t like wearin’ em … Hang on now, hang on. I get it.” Even as he showed off several Trump 2020 branded masks, Husted was repeatedly booed by the mostly maskless crowd that is tightly packed into an airplane hangar in Vandalia, OH"I know we all don't like wearin' em," he said as he face more boos. "Hang on now, hang on. I get it." — Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) September 21, 2020 In July, DeWine issued a state-wide mask-wearing mandate to help curb the spread of the virus.  While he implemented strict mitigation efforts, DeWine has received good marks for his handling of the outbreak. In late-July, he had a 75% approval rating, according to The Washington Post, which was up from 44% last year. 

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Trump Met With Chants of ‘Fill That Seat’ During Ohio Rally

President Donald Trump’s supporters in Swanton, Ohio, expressed their desire for him to fill the new vacancy on the Supreme Court. During a rally on Monday night, Trump began to address the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg when supporters interrupted with chants of “fill that seat.” “As our nation mourns the loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, I will soon announce a nominee for the United States Supreme Court,” he said, adding, “They say it’s the most important thing a president can do.” The crowd continued to chant “fill that seat” and wave signs that had the slogan on them. “We will fill that seat … probably announce the person … I don’t want to make the men too angry, it will be a woman,” he added. Watch the moment below: Before RBG’s memorial service has even occurred, Trump basks in “fill that seat!” chants at his rally in Swanton, Ohio pic.twitter.com/WB3EEEGcZr — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 22, 2020 CBS News’ White House Correspondent Mark Knoller tweeted that the president’s campaign distributed signs that read “fill that seat” at the rally. Trump Campaign handed out “fill that seat!” signs to supporters at Ohio rally to back Trump nomination to the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/QlG8A09dbW — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 22, 2020 As he left the White House on Monday, Trump revealed that he had narrowed down the list of potential nominees to five women and would announce his nominee later this week.  While Trump said he wants to fill the vacancy before the presidential election, Democrats have urged their Republican colleagues in the Senate against holding a confirmation vote before the election.  Former President Barack Obama (D) cited Senate Republicans’ decision to hold up his Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garlandm in 2016 due to that year’s upcoming president election. In a statement, Obama said, “Four and a half years ago, when Republicans refused to hold a hearing or an up-or-down vote on Merrick Garland, they invented the principle that the Senate shouldn’t fill an open seat on the Supreme Court before a new president was sworn in.” “A basic principle of the law — and of everyday fairness — is that we apply rules with consistency, and not based on what’s convenient or advantageous in the moment,” he added.

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Key GOP Senator Reveals He Will Vote for a ‘Qualified’ Supreme Court Nominee

A key Republican senator says he would vote to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy that opened up in the wake of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. On Monday evening, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) said in a statement, “When a President exercises constitutional authority to nominate a judge for the Supreme Court vacancy, the Senate must decide how best to fulfill its constitutional duty of advice and consent.” “I have and will continue to support judicial nominees who will protect our Constitution, not legislate from the bench, and uphold the law. Should a qualified nominee who meets this criteria be put forward, I will vote to confirm,” he added. Read Gardner’s statement below: Read my full statement on the Supreme Court vacancy ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/n2YNP8O0Bz — Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) September 21, 2020 Republicans currently hold a 53-47 seat majority in the Senate and can afford to lose three senators to confirm Trump’s nominee. If three senators vote against confirming the president’s nominee, Vice President Mike Pence can cast the tie-breaking vote. So far, Republican Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) have voiced their opposition to holding a confirmation vote before the election, as IJR reported.  “For weeks, I have stated that I would not support taking up a potential Supreme Court vacancy this close to the election. Sadly, what was then a hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed,” Murkowski said. She added, “I did not support taking up a nomination eight months before the 2016 election to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Justice Scalia. We are now even closer to the 2020 election – less than two months out – and I believe the same standard must apply.” Gardner, who is running for re-election, is considered one of the more endangered Republican incumbents this year. Another senator who could impact the outcome of the confirmation vote is Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah). So far, he has not stated whether he would or would not vote to confirm a nominee before the election. Despite the slim margin, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said he believes Republicans will have enough votes to confirm a nominee before the election, as IJR reported.  Trump said he has narrowed his list of potential nominees down to five women and will reveal his pick later this week. 

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AOC Warns McConnell Amid SCOTUS Fight: ‘Playing With Fire’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) issued a warning to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Republican lawmakers as they move forward with expediting their plans to fill the Supreme Court vacancy following the death of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. On Sunday evening, Ocasio-Cortez appeared with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) as she expressed concern about McConnell’s latest push to quickly fill Ginsburg’s seat in time for the upcoming general election. With just weeks until the presidential election and early voting already underway in multiple states, Ocasio-Cortez is stressing the importance of using their voice. “This is one of the most important times that we have had for everyday people to stand up,” Ocasio-Cortez said, adding, “We all need to be more courageous and we all must act in unprecedented ways to make sure that our rights are stabilized.” She continued with a warning to McConnell as she insisted that he is “playing with fire” with the stance he has taken. “And to Mitch McConnell, we need to tell him that he is playing with fire. We need to make sure that this vacancy is protected, that our election continues and that the American people have their say,” she said. See Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks below: Rep. @AOC: "We need to tell [Mitch McConnell] that he is playing with fire." pic.twitter.com/CSgI2dBBmy — The Hill (@thehill) September 20, 2020 Schumer also both expressed concern about McConnell’s attempt to replace Ginsburg before the election. Schumer highlighted all of the laws and government policies that could be reversed if McConnell can get the number of votes needed to confirm President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. The top-ranking Democrat called on American voters to stand up and fight back so their voices can be heard. “If you care about all these rights, if you don’t want big, powerful, wealthy special interests to turn the clock back 100 years, please, our fervent plea, our fervent wish is that you call your senator,” Schumer said. See Schumer’s remarks below: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” —RBGI’m standing with @AOC at James Madison HS—RBG’s alma mater and mineDems are united in fighting to honor RBG’s last wish and all that’s at stake for health care and Americans' rights pic.twitter.com/C3dqm0So8J — Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 21, 2020 Ocasio-Cortez and Schumer’s latest remarks come just days after Ginsburg’s death and the series of events that followed. Just hours after Ginsburg’s death made headlines, McConnell released a statement vowing to fill the newly-vacated Supreme Court seat as soon as possible — most likely before the presidential election.

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Tom Cotton Vows the Senate Will ‘Move Forward Without Delay’ on Trump’s SCOTUS Nominee

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) says the Senate will not drag its feet when it comes to processing President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” on Sept. 20, Cotton said, “The Senate will exercise our constitutional duty. We’ll process that nomination. We’ll conduct hearings. We’ll be thorough and deliberate and careful.” “We will move forward without delay,” he added. When asked if Cotton believes that there will be a confirmation before the general election, he said, “There will be a vote.” “It’s too soon to say right now, but we will move forward without delay,” he said.  He went on to assure voters that Republicans will not “cut corners” during the confirmation process. He also noted that while the average time it takes for a Supreme Court nominee to be confirmed is around 70 days, there are examples where the process has been shorter. However, he said he believes the Senate will confirm Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.  Watch the video below: [embedded content] Cotton was also pressed on his apparent shift from his view in 2016 that a Supreme Court vacancy should be held open during a presidential election year.  He responded, “In 2014, the American people elected a Republican majority in the Senate to put the breaks on President Obama’s judicial nominations. In 2018, we had a referendum on this question. Just a month before the 2018 mid-terms, we had the vote on Justice Kavanaugh. There could not have been a clearer mandate because the American people didn’t just re-elect Republicans — they expanded our majority.” “The defeated four Democratic senators who voted against Justice Kavanaugh, they re-elected the one Democratic senator who did vote for Justice Kavanaugh, so we have a clear mandate to perform our constitutional duty,” he added. Cotton did not answer if he believes it would be proper to confirm Trump’s nominee during a lame-duck session if the president lost re-election and Democrats regained control of the Senate. The path to a confirmation vote for a Trump nominee is unclear at this point. Republicans currently hold a narrow 53-47 majority, and so far, two Republican senators have voiced their belief the president elected on Nov. 3 should choose the next Supreme Court nominee.  However, Cotton said he believes Republicans may have the votes to confirm a nominee before the election and even suggested that some Democratic senators may cross party lines to fill the vacancy.

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WH Testing Czar Pressed on Why Trump Continues to Hold Rallies Amid Pandemic

Assistant Secretary for Health Adm. Brett Giroir suggests the coronavirus will do what it “wants to do” while President Donald Trump continues to hold campaign rallies. During Giroir’s appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” host Jake Tapper noted those attending Trump’s rallies are not wearing masks and his gatherings serve as “super spreader events potentially.” Giroir stressed the spread of the coronavirus does not depend on whether Trump holds rallies or not. “Biology is independent of politics. The virus will do what the virus wants to do,” Giroir said. Tapper interrupted Giroir, “Don’t tell me. Tell President Trump.” Giroir argued Trump encourages mask-wearing. “We always encourage the wearing of a mask because it is a very important, it’s a critical step to prevent the spread and we want people to understand that,” Giroir said. He added, “This needs to be echoed from the local, from the state, from the public and certainly all of us on the task force want to make sure that people understand that.” Watch his comments below: CNN’s @jaketapper: “President Trump is doing these rallies. The people are not wearing masks. I mean these are super spreader events potentially.”Adm. Brett Giroir: “… Biology is independent of politics.”Tapper: “Don’t tell me. Tell President Trump.” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/QMFUFZKPiJ — State of the Union (@CNNSotu) September 20, 2020 He claimed they provide governors with recommendations every week on how to control the spread of the coronavirus. Giroir explained they are “very encouraged” by a vaccine and there are new treatments so if someone does contract the coronavirus they are “much more likely to have a great outcome.” He reiterated wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, and hygiene are critical to preventing the spread. During his press briefing on Friday, Trump told reporters there would be enough doses of a vaccine for every American by April, as IJR previously reported. According to Trump, there will be at least 100 million vaccine doses manufactured by the end of the year and “likely much more than that.” More than 6,808,400 Americans have been infected with the coronavirus, and at least 199,300 have died as of Sunday afternoon.

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Bill Clinton Addresses Whether Dems Should Have Discussed Replacing Ginsburg Before Her Death

Former President Bill Clinton is weighing in on whether Democrats should have discussed a replacement on the Supreme Court before Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. Host of CBS’s “Face the Nation” Margaret Brennan asked Clinton if Democrats are missing an opportunity by failing to consider a replacement sooner. “Probably, but we all respected Justice Ginsburg a lot and we thought we had no business talking about her as if she were already gone. And we were hoping she would live for longer,” Clinton said. He added, “I don’t think there’s anything to be done about that.” Watch his comments below: Should Democrats have discussed a replacement on the Supreme Court sooner? "Probably…we had no business talking about her as if she were already gone. And we were hoping she would live for longer," @BillClinton tells @margbrenan pic.twitter.com/rocYP7kEc3 — Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) September 20, 2020 Clinton argued if one more Republican is added to the court, “They’re giving up the health care bill for 20 million people’s health insurance.” Other Democratic leaders, including former President Barack Obama, urged Republican lawmakers to wait until after the November presidential election to fill Ginsburg’s seat, as IJR previously reported.  Ginsburg’s “most fervent wish” prior to her death was she “will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” as IJR previously reported. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) revealed on Sunday Democrats “have arrows in our quiver” should President Donald Trump attempt to push a nominee through in a lame-duck session if Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is elected. Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton called efforts to fill the seat “another blow to our institutions.” During a speech on Sunday, Biden said if he is elected, “Trump’s nominee should be withdrawn, and as a new president, I should be the one who nominates Justice Ginsburg’s successor.” Two key Republican senators have voiced their opposition to a nomination ahead of the election. Both Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) released statements to voice their disapproval of the efforts to push a nomination through. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told ABC he believes Senate Republicans will have the votes to confirm Trump’s selection before the election.

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