On Friday evening, President Donald Trump abruptly announced on Air Force One a controversial decision to attempt to ban TikTok in the United States.
“The popular app that has 100 million users in the U.S. has proved especially vital to many during the coronavirus pandemic as a source of entertainment, community and education,” NBC News reported Saturday, based on a half-dozen interviews. “Some said that if Trump does ban the app, it could motivate many young TikTokers to vote against the president in the November election.”
Kaylyn Elkins, 18, was one of those interviewed.
“If it hasn’t already, I think this will definitely be a game-changer in young voters going out and voting for sure,” Elkins predicted.
In fact, some TikTok users attempted to change the decision by sarcastically praising the president.
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) August 1, 2020
Other users are openly criticizing the administration.
“It kind of feels like our freedom of speech is being taken away,” Anekha Singh, 18, told NBC. “Our ability to express ourselves is something he doesn’t want.”
But in a Fox News appearance on Saturday evening, White House aide Peter Navarro, 71, said TikTok users should praise Trump for the decision and “get on the Trump train.’
Peter Navarro says people who use Tik Tok should get on the Trump Train. He also attempts to tie Microsoft to China. pic.twitter.com/wNKgtiu3ai
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) August 2, 2020
If Trump loses two more states it’s ‘ballgame over’: AP reporter
Appearing on MSNBC's " Morning Joe," Associated Press White House correspondent Jonathan Lemire explained Donald Trump's chances of being re-elected have reached the point where, if he loses the electoral votes of one more, he will be out of luck and out of office.
Speaking with co-host Joe Scarborough, Lemire was asked where Trump stands in the battleground states he so desperately needs.
"Both campaigns agree that there are six battleground states to decide this election: Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, North Carolina, Florida," he began. "Now the president has to play defense and has had to spend resources and had to go the past week to places like Ohio, Texas -- Georgia is another one where he has to play defense. We don't see, outside of perhaps New Hampshire, a place where Democrats have to do the same now that the Trump campaign has ceded Michigan."
Morning Joe busts Trump for trying to scam the public with a fake tax cut proposal
Taking up the executive orders signed by Donald Trump on Saturday, MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough pointed out a big loophole in the president's proposal for a tax cut, saying he is hiding the fact that voters will be on the hook for deferred taxes after the election.
After first pointing out the president's contempt for Americans struggling to make ends meet during the coronavirus pandemic that has crippled the economy.
"It was a huge, gigantic nothingburger when you look through the policies at the end," Scarborough began. "In fact, some of the policies he put forth are going to hurt people, hurt small business owners the most. Again I go back to the payroll tax cuts -- economists, Republicans, Democrats, everybody is opposing this.
Lawmakers demand removal of Postmaster General DeJoy over ‘nefarious’ efforts to ‘aid Trump re-election’
"He is working to dismantle a fundamental institution of our democracy. He needs to resign or be removed, now."
On the heels of a "Friday Night Massacre" at the U.S. Postal Service that deeply alarmed lawmakers, activists, and ordinary citizens nationwide, two House Democrats are demanding the immediate removal of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy over his sweeping operational changes to the beloved government service that have slowed the delivery of essential packages and jeopardized mail-in voting.