MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow returned from vacation to host the Tuesday evening edition of her MSNBC show.
Maddow noted, “in 91 days we all get to decide if the guy who’s currently in charge of how we’re responding to this epidemic should stay in the job for four more years or if Democratic candidate Joe Biden would do better at this.”
“It’s honestly hard to know what it will be like for a president to stand for re-election with 200,000 dead Americans as a key metric from his first term, while he asks for a second term, but we’re going to talk tonight about how some of that is going to work and some of what we can see coming down the pike,” she explained. “And a lot of it is very worrying, in terms of the institutions of our democracy and what we count on to keep us a constitutional republic.”
“We’re going to be talking tonight, for example, about what appears to be one sort of shocking sign that the White House doesn’t expect President Trump to be here for a second term,” she noted.
“Back in April, the administration went to Congress and told them that because of COVID they were going to need some more time to get the census done,” Maddow reminded. “Instead of basically finishing up the census and turning in the results of it by the end of this year, they wanted a few months’ extension, an extension into next spring, to be able to get the thing done and compiled.”
“The administration has suddenly just announced that they’re not only going to take that extra time they asked for, they’re actually going to wrap up the whole census thing early. They’re going to stop the count a month early,” she reported.
“But in terms of this decision being made late by the Trump administration, I think they’ve also realized that by wrapping this thing up early, right, rather than taking the extension that they were going to, by wrapping this thing up early, that also means they’re going to be handing over the census data to the president who is in office this term. Not the one who will be in office next spring,” she explained.
“So, I mean, what this looks like is that the White House thinks President Trump is going to lose or at least they’re hedging their bets,” she noted. “And that means cutting the census short from even what they said they needed, thus making sure that it’s Trump who will get the census data before Biden is sworn in in January, so it will be Trump who can proclaim, ‘census looks good to me’ and he can proclaim who has been counted where and which states get additional congressional seats and which states lose them based on who was counted and who was left out.”
Trump has a serious problem with women voters — even in red states
In the past, Texas and Georgia were reliably Republican in presidential elections. But recent polls show that in the 2020 presidential election, Democratic nominee Joe Biden is surprisingly competitive in those light red states — and New York Times reporters Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin, analyzing some recent polling in an article published on September 24, cite female voters as a key reason.
According to newly released New York Times/Siena polls, Trump is leading Biden by 3% in Texas — while Trump and Biden are in a dead heat in Georgia. In Iowa, the Times and Siena found that Biden is ahead by 3%. The last Democratic presidential nominee to win Texas was Jimmy Carter in 1976; the last Democratic presidential nominee to win Georgia was Bill Clinton in 1992.
CNN presents damning list of all the times Trump has refused to accept election results
President Donald Trump triggered outrage at his Wednesday press briefing for refusing to commit to a peaceful transition of power.
But his attitude is nothing new, wrote Kevin Liptak for CNN, who listed all the times in the last few months Trump has expressed similar sentiments.
On July 19, for instance, Trump told Fox News Sunday, "I'm not going to just say 'yes'" when asked if he'll accept the election results. On July 30, he tweeted that mail ballots are "INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT" and suggested "Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote." On August 17 at a rally, he suggested staying in office beyond two terms, saying "we'll go for another four years because they spied on my campaign. We should get a redo of four years." Three days later, at another rally, he said of Democrats, "they're trying to steal the election, and everybody knows that. Because the only way they're going to win is by a rigged election."
McConnell’s re-election campaign slapped with FEC flag over suspected accounting errors
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) re-election campaign is facing scrutiny from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and he is now being required to answer questions regarding suspected accounting errors.
The letter and a 60-page report, written by FEC campaign analyst Susan Worthington to McConnell’s Senate Committee, were sent to McConnell’s campaign treasurer, Larry J. Steinberg on Monday. The committee pointed out “Apparent Excessive, Prohibited, and Impermissible Contributions” regarding donations recorded in McConnell’s July quarterly report that suggests multiple contributions may have exceeded the legal limits.