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.”
Hillary Clinton says Democrats should frame fight for Supreme Court seat around health care
Democrats should amp up the political messaging on health care access in the fight for the next Supreme Court pick, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in a conversation that aired Wednesday as part of the 2020 Texas Tribune Festival.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the high court, died last week due to complications from cancer. Republicans, including U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, both of Texas, have signaled support for Trump quickly appointing her successor. Democrats have argued that the seat shouldn’t be filled so close to an election, especially since Republicans refused to hold a vote on former President Barack Obama’s nominee in 2016.
Another shoe drops: Divisive Supreme Court fight upends another must-win senate race for a vulnerable Republican
North Carolina is among the swing states that reporters will be keeping an especially close eye on between now and November 3. Polls have been showing a close presidential race in North Carolina, which is also where incumbent GOP Sen. Thom Tillis and his Democratic challenger, Cal Cunningham, are battling for a U.S. Senate seat. And North Carolina's U.S. Senate race, according to Associated Press reporter Gary D. Robertson, has become even more intense following the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on September 18.
Texas Republicans sue to stop Gov. Greg Abbott’s extension of early voting period during the pandemic
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is facing a lawsuit over his extension of early voting for the November election from prominent members of his own party — including state party Chair Allen West, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and members of the Texas Legislature.
In July, Abbott added six days to the early voting period, moving the start date up to Oct. 13 from Oct. 19, citing the coronavirus pandemic. In the lawsuit, filed Wednesday with the state Supreme Court, Abbott's intraparty critics say the move defied election law that requires early voting to start on the 17th day before the election.