On Saturday’s edition of CNN’s “Smerconish,” American University history professor Allan Lichtman, whose election-modeling system based on 13 “key” factors predicted President Donald Trump’s win in 2016 and now predicts former Vice President Joe Biden will defeat him, discussed the two possible ways he believes — contrary to his model — that Trump could potentially turn things around and manage a victory.
“The keys are in granite. He has seven keys against him. It takes six to predict the loss of the incumbent White House party,” said Lichtman. “However, there are two things outside the realm of the keys or any prediction system, Michael, that keep me up at night.”
“One is voter suppression,” said Lichtman. “Look, Trump depends on old white guys like me. Can’t manufacture more old white guys. That’s the most shrinking part of the electorate. But you can try to make it hard for the rising Democratic base of minorities and young people. We heard your earlier speaker [Trump campaign official Hogan Gidley], who is sowing fear and confusion. But, Michael, he never answered your question about what the Trump administration is doing, if anything, to make this a full and fair vote.”
“Second thing that keeps me up at night is Russian intervention,” said Lichtman. “We know they’re back. They learned a lot in four years. They may even try to get into the registration rolls this time. We know for certain, just as in 2016, Donald Trump will welcome and exploit any Russian intervention on his behalf. So the keys are set. We live in such an uncertain world. There’s an old Chinese saying, some call it a curse: ‘May you live in interesting times.'”
Biden ‘needs to put Trump on trial for 205,000 Americans dead’ during Tuesday’s debate: CNN’s Begala
CNN's Paul Begala on Tuesday said that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden needs to keep the focus during the upcoming debate on President Donald Trump's handling of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Begala said that Biden needs to zero in on Trump's multiple misstatements about the seriousness of a disease that so far has killed 205,000 Americans with no end in sight.
CNN host threatens to end interview after Trump spokesperson smears the New York Times
CNN host Poppy Harlow lost patience with a White House spokesperson on Monday afternoon after he deflected questions about the New York Times reporting on Donald Trump's taxes by trying to smear the paper and the reporters behind the bombshell report.
After White House Deputy Press Secretary Brian Morgenstern tried to smirk his way through an attack on the report and the journalists who compiled it, Harlow warned him the interview would end immediately if he didn't stick the subject and answer her questions.
"In 2017, Brian, in 2017, according to all of these documents, it appears the president paid more in taxes to Panama, India, and the Philippines than he did to Uncle Sam. How is that America first?" the CNN host pressed.
‘This is the smoking gun’: Carl Bernstein claims Trump’s taxes expose his ‘grifter presidency’
Appearing on CNN on Monday morning, Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein called revelations exposed in the New York Times report on Donald Trump's taxes the "smoking gun" that could end his presidency.
Speaking with "New Day" hosts Alisyn Camerota and John Berman, the author and journalist declared the current administration is the "first grifter presidency."
"The two numbers that jump off the page, the $750, that's what the president paid in taxes his first two years in office, but then, Carl, the other number that I think people need to know is $421 million. this is what the president owes," Camerota prompted. "These are the loans that will come due over the next four or five years. So when you see this article, Carl, what's your major takeaway?"