After a MAGA rally in Henderson, Nevada near Las Vegas on Sunday, September 13, President Donald Trump headed to Phoenix for a “Latinos for Trump” event the following day — and one Trump ally who was conspicuously absent from that event, according to Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire, was Sen. Martha McSally of Arizona.
During a Tuesday, September 15 appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Lemire told hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski that while Republican Gov. Doug Ducey was at the “Latinos for Trump” event, McSally was nowhere to be found — despite the fact that she is one of Trump’s most high-profile supporters in Arizona, where the president has been trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in recent polls. McSally’s office, Lemire noted, has said that she was unable to attend because she was busy with some Senate-related obligations, but Lemire was skeptical and speculated that the real reason for McSally’s absence was her fear that being in Trump’s presence in Phoenix would damage her already-struggling campaign.
McSally, who lost to Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in 2018 but was later appointed to Arizona’s other U.S. Senate seat — the one held for many years by Sen. Barry Goldwater and, after that, Sen. John McCain — has been trailing her Democratic opponent, Mark Kelly, in poll after poll. Polls released in September have found that in Arizona’s 2020 U.S. Senate race, McSally is trailing Kelly by 17% (Fox News), 15% (Redfield & Wilton Strategies), 7% (CBS News/YouGov) and Gravis Marketing (5%). And Lemire, on “Morning Joe,” speculated that McSally dodged the “Latinos for Trump” event because she feared it would make things even worse for her troubled campaign.
Lemire speculated that another possible reason for McSally’s absence was the coronavirus pandemic and concerns about the lack of social distancing at Trump’s recent events.
“Either she was concerned that she didn’t want to be on a stage with Donald Trump in a tight election in the state of Arizona, or perhaps she was concerned for her own safety as many others were in a tightly packed room,” Lemire told Scarborough and Brzezinski.
Brzezinski interjected that “one way to avoid” being infected with COVID-19 is “not to go to a superspreader event where people are all clustered together and breathing all over each other.”
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.