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ABC reporter doubles down after calling Trump a liar to his face: ‘There’s no other way to put it’

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Jonathan Karl and Donald Trump appear at a White House briefing (CNN/screen grab)

ABC White House correspondent Jonathan Karl on Sunday revealed why he finally relented and used the word “lie” to describe how President Donald Trump withheld information about COVID-19 from the American people.

At a press conference on Friday, Karl had confronted Trump about an audio tape in which the president admits that he publicly downplayed the virus even though he knew it was much more serious.

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“Why did you lie to the American people and why should we trust what you say now?” Karl asked the president, who responded by calling the reporter a “disgrace.”

On Sunday, CNN’s Brian Stelter asked Karl why he chose to use the word “lie.”

“I’ve resisted using that word for five years of covering Donald Trump, as a candidate and as president,” Karl explained. “But I went in there feeling that there was no other way to put it.”

According to the ABC reporter, audio tapes recorded by journalist Bob Woodward make it clear “that the president knew what the truth was and, in fact, explained to Woodward his reason for not telling the truth.”

“That is by definition a lie,” Karl observed. “So, I just felt I needed to ask the question as directly and plainly as possible.”

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Trump is already complaining about losing to Biden

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During his latest rally, President Donald Trump lamented that former Vice President Joe Biden is at 50 percent in the polls.

Speaking to a Wisconsin crowd on Saturday, Trump said that they would joke that Biden was "1 percent Joe," seemingly tying Biden's television ratings to approval ratings.

"He's at 50 percent," said Trump. "And at 50 percent he wins. You explain: Is politics crazy or what?"

The moment came after Trump alleged that the coronavirus was already "going away" and that the day after the election all of the states would reopen.

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‘Chaos and confusion’: Election head in solid GOP state bashes Trump for ‘undermining’ their mail-in voting efforts

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Donald Trump's attempts to cast doubt on the result of the 2020 presidential election -- which appears to not be going his way -- is causing headaches and grief in Utah where voters who have overwhelmingly voted by mail are now in a panic over whether their votes will be counted.

According to a report from Washington Post, Weber County -- a rock-ribbed Republican district of 260,000 -- began using mail-in voting in 2013 with no complaints. In fact, according to the report, 'more than 99 percent of ballots cast in the [2020] primary were placed in the mail or deposited in a dropbox."

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Republicans have more to gain from losing the election — and they know it: Columnist

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On Saturday, writing for The Week, Matthew Walther argued that Congressional Republicans' recent behavior shows they have made peace with losing the election — that, indeed, they are looking forward to it, and have mapped out what they will do next as the party out of power.

"Faced with the possibility of losing both the White House and possibly even the Senate in a year in which Democrats are also expected to consolidate control of the House as well, Republicans have resigned themselves to a half decade or so of opposition," wrote Walther. "Many of them are relieved at the thought of not even having to pretend to govern as members of a minority party — better yet, in the case of those who expect to lose their seats, at the not very remote possibility of a well-remunerated position with a lobbying or consulting firm."

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