Biden campaign deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield on Tuesday claimed that President Donald Trump’s team asked debate moderator Chris Wallace not to mention the number of people who have died from COVID-19 during his presidency.
Bedingfield revealed the detail of debate negotiations after the Trump campaign reportedly demanded that Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s ears be inspected for listening devices, a conspiracy theory that was quickly repeated on Fox News.
“If we’re playing that game then the Trump team asked that Chris Wallace never mention the number of COVID deaths once during the debate,” Bedingfield said, according to reports.
“You can consider that confirmed from the Biden campaign. See how easy that was to try to throw up a distraction?” she added.
It was not immediately clear if Bedingfield was serious about her allegation or if she made it to make a point about the wild claims made by the Trump team.
The Biden campaign pushed back on this saying he won’t be wearing an earpiece and they never asked for breaks.
Deputy CM Kate Bedingfield: “If we’re playing that game then the Trump team asked that Chris Wallace never mention the number of COVID deaths once during the debate.” https://t.co/4SitfRTWDI
— Daniel Strauss (@DanielStrauss4) September 29, 2020
In addition to Trump’s request that debate officials *inspect Biden’s ear for an earpiece* pre-debate, Biden comms director @KBeds said the Trump camp also asked Chris Wallace not mention the 200K US COVID deaths.
Bedingfeld calls it an attempt to win on process over substance.
— Kara Voght (@karavoght) September 29, 2020
Biden spox @KBeds appeared to deny Trump camp claims that Biden reneged on an agreement to allow a 3rd-party inspection to ensure he’s not wearing an earpiece to receive talking points. She made a wild claim: Trump’s camp demanded moderator not mention the 205k+ covid deaths 1/x
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) September 29, 2020
Biden campaigns’s @kbeds, responding to Trump claims that Biden won’t agree to an ear inspection and wants breaks ever 30 minutes: “Of course he’s not wearing an earpiece and we never asked for breaks.”
— Matt Viser (@mviser) September 29, 2020
“If we’re playing that game, then you know, the Trump team asked Chris Wallace not to mention the number of deaths from covid once during the debate,” adds @kbeds. “You can consider that confirmed from the Biden campaign. See how easy that was to try to throw up a distraction?”
— Matt Viser (@mviser) September 29, 2020
Trump’s attacks on voting ‘backfired and only inspired people to march early to the polls’: report
Clark County Registrar of Voters Joseph Gloria has had three decades of election experience in Nevada, but had never seen a "perfect storm," as he called it, like this before. With all hands on deck for this election cycle, Gloria helped put together an entire mail-in voting system in less than 90 days to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’m as comfortable as I can be because I have an excellent staff,” Gloria said. “We learned some things in the primary and are feeling good about this cycle, but unfortunately we have people at the national level who are encouraging people to do things that disrupt the polling place and make it a challenge for us to process votes.”
Watch Kamala Harris laugh out loud when 60 Minutes asks her if Trump is racist
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) laughed when asked if President Donald Trump was racist during a 60 Minutes interview that aired Sunday evening on CBS.
"Do you think the president is racist?" Nora O'Donnell asked.
"Yes, I do," Harris replied, with a laugh. "Yeah, I do."
"You can look at a pattern that goes back to him questioning the identity of the first Black president of the United States," she said, referring to the racist "birther" conspiracy theory he pushed against Barack Obama.
"You can look at Charlottesville, when there were peaceful protesters and on the other side neo-Nazis and he talks about fine people on either side," she continued. "Calling Mexicans rapists and criminals? His first order of business was to institute a Muslim ban?"
Lesley Stahl takes Trump to task for still not having a health care plan as 60 Minutes airs interview
CBS News' Lesley Stahl took heat from President Donald J. Trump for asking him "tough questions" during their interview for 60 Minutes and the train wreck will air Sunday night in primetime.
But in the meantime, there's this:
Lesley Stahl: But you're okay with some tough questions?
President Donald Trump: No, I'm not. I mean--
Lesley Stahl: (LAUGH) You're not okay with tough questions?