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Longtime GOP voters flee Trump: ‘I’m willing to pay more taxes just to be away from him’

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President Donald Trump addressed the nation following the Florida school shooting. (AFP / Mandel NGAN)

The New York Times has conducted a series of interviews with traditionally conservative voters who now say they’re willing to support former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 election, even if it means their taxes will go up.

In the interviews, many of these voters said they’ve simply had enough of President Donald Trump.

“Just the lying, just the craziness, the bullying — I’d rather pay more money than be with him for another four years,” said 56-year-old Arizona resident Lorena Burns, who couldn’t bring herself to vote for either Trump or Hillary Clinton in 2016, but who will now support Biden. “I’m willing to pay more money in taxes just to be away from him. He’s corrupting the country.”

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Longtime New Hampshire Republican Peter Spaulding, meanwhile, tells the Times that he will most likely support Biden even though he backed Libertarian Gary Johnson four years ago.

While he would normally feel reservations about backing a Democrat, Spaulding said that was not the case “when the stakes are as high as they are this year.”

And 85-year-old Barbara Hill tells the Times that she will be backing Biden after she “wasted” her vote in 2016 by backing a third-party candidate.

Read the whole profile here.


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Mormons fed up with Trump’s vulgar rhetoric and behavior are flocking to the Democratic Party

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Mormons in the United States have traditionally been reliable Republican voters, but some members of the conservative church put off by President Donald Trump are switching sides and backing veteran Democrat Joe Biden.

Support for Trump among members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which emphasizes family values and morals, is especially lagging among women.

Experts say that could have a significant impact in some key battleground states -- notably Arizona and Nevada, where Mormons represent six percent of the population.

"There are things about Biden that I don't agree with, but I think it's more important not to vote for Trump," said Melarie Wheat, a 36-year-old mother of five who lives in the western state of Utah, where the LDS Church is headquartered.

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‘He blew it!’ Keith Olbermann erupts over Trump’s ‘stupid and dull’ debate performance — ‘the oxygen of his rise to power was gone’

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On his new political show on YouTube, commentator Keith Olbermann ripped into President Donald Trump for his performance during the final presidential debate. Olbermann said that Trump "ran out of bullsh*t" as he tried to attack his rival Joe Biden.

"I don't mean to say that he was honest," he clarified. "It seems he was lying and manipulating reality at an even higher rate than usual. But with a few momentary exceptions, the salesmanship, the oxygen of his rise to power, was gone."

Olbermann said Trump needed "a debate knockout." Instead, the incumbent president just appeared "stupid and dull."

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Trump argues Biden is the candidate of ‘needless death’ — on the ‘worst day of the pandemic’

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President Donald Trump attempted to brand former Vice President Joe Biden as the candidate of "needless death" during a Friday night campaign rally in Pensacola, Florida.

"Biden is the candidate of endless wars and needless deaths," Trump argued, as coronavirus fatalities continue to mount.

"The United States is in the midst of one of the most severe surges of the coronavirus to date, with more new cases reported across the country on Friday than on any other single day since the pandemic began," The New York Times reported Friday.

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