President Donald Trump has been attempting to blame China for his ineffective response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
That messaging was evident in a new 2020 campaign ad by Trump’s re-election campaign that attacks former Vice President Joe Biden and China.
The ad features a montage of Biden meeting with Chinese officials. However, as Edward-Isacc Dovere of The Atlantic noted, among the montage is Gary Locke.
Locke is of Chinese American descent but is an American who was born in Seattle.
For decades, Locke was a prominent American politician.
He served as ambassador to China and Secretary of Commerce during the Obama administration. Before that, he served two terms as the governor of Washington. Prior to that, he served as executive for the largest county in the state.
Locke is definitely standing with Chinese flags, and the event pictured in fact happened in Beijing in 2013.
But Locke is an American and was an official of the administration at the time, who seems to have been thrown in to the ad because it was assumed he was Chinese too.
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) April 9, 2020
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) April 10, 2020
A Biden win will likely strip Mitch McConnell of all his power: CNN
According to CNN polling analyst Harry Enten, should Joe Biden win the election on Nov. 3rd it will likely be part of a Democratic tidal wave that will also flip to the Senate to Democratic control -- and strip current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) of his power.
Citing polls in which GOP incumbents are tied or trailing their Democratic opponents, Enten noted that Biden holds leads in those states and his popularity could sweep the down-ticket Democrats into the office too, handing Democrats control of the Senate to go along with the House where they are expected to remain in control.
Will pollsters let us down in 2020?
If the polls are to be believed, Democratic nominee Joe Biden is the favorite to win the 2020 election against his Republican opponent, President Donald Trump. At the time of this writing, FiveThirtyEight.com, which aggregates and analyzes polls, gives him a 76 percent chance of winning; all eleven of the most recent polls listed at RealClearPolitics predict a Biden victory with an average spread of almost six points.This article first appeared in Salon.
‘Lacks basic self-control’: Former GOP lawmakers lambaste Trump as they endorse Joe Biden
Two former Republican lawmakers have joined the long list of Republicans planning to vote against President Donald Trump in the upcoming general election.
In an op-ed published for Roll Call, Reps. Charles Djou (R-Hawaii) and Mickey Edwards (R-Okla.) urged the American public to "choose unity over continued division" when casting their ballot for the November election.