Donald Trump has told Fox News Radio that only a Supreme Court ruling that Joe Biden has won November’s election will convince him of his defeat, predicting once again that ballot fraud will result in “a horror show”.
That follows his refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power during a White House press conference on Wednesday, saying: “We’re going to have to see what happens… There won't be a transfer frankly. There'll be a continuation."
Those comments were condemned by Republicans and Democrats alike, with senator Mitt Romney saying President Trump’s statement was “unthinkable and unacceptable" and congressman Adam Schiff calling for mass GOP resignations in protest.
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Crowd chants 'vote him out' as Trump pays respects to late Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Wow. This is the scene outside the Supreme Court just now.
Joe Sommerlad24 September 2020 15:14
Trump tells Fox Radio only Supreme Court ruling will convince him of election result and says Chris Wallace ‘controlled by radical left’
The president called into Brian Kilmeade’s Fox News Radio this morning and said only a Supreme Court verdict that Biden had won would convince him of November’s election result, not backing down on his comments yesterday.
"Oh, that I would agree with, but I think we have a long way before we get there. These ballots are a horror show," the president told the host.
Even more absurdly, he warned that Fox’s own Chris Wallace, due to moderate the first debate between the two candidates next Tuesday, is “controlled by the radical left”, which even Kilmeade wouldn’t stand for.
There was also this attack on Michael Bloomberg:
Joe Sommerlad24 September 2020 14:49
Biden warns women’s rights will ‘be gone’ if Republicans seat Trump’s rumoured nominee
The Democratic challenger has taken aim at the president’s presumed frontrunner to succeed the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett, warning that the devout Catholic would seek to end access to abortions.
“Women’s rights, as it relates to everything from medical healthcare, is going to be gone”, he said from the campaign trail in North Carolina.
Joe Sommerlad24 September 2020 14:17
Trump calls FDA’s plan for tougher vaccine standards a ‘political move’
During his press conference yesterday, the president attempted to put pressure on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by saying its move to place tough new standards on the emergency approval of any forthcoming coronavirus vaccine "sounds like a political move", warning that the White House might reject it.
Trump said he had "tremendous trust in these massive companies" developing prospective vaccines and suggested that they, not federal regulators, could best determine when a vaccine should be made available to the American people.
“When you have great companies coming up with these vaccines, why would they [the FDA] have to be, you know, adding great length to the process? We want to have people not get sick.
"I don't see why it should be delayed further," the president said. "That is a lot of lives you're talking about."
Joe Sommerlad24 September 2020 14:13
The deep regrets of Mueller investigator Andrew Weissmann
For Indy Voices, here’s the latest from Kim Sengupta on a man wishing the FBI had done more to pursue the president’s ties to Russia.
‘Had we given it our all — had we used all available tools to uncover the truth, undeterred by the onslaught of the President’s unique powers to undermine our efforts? I know the hard answer to the simple question: we could have done more’
Joe Sommerlad24 September 2020 12:44
A new election ‘doomsday': Could Trump send in the troops?
Voting rights advocates are mulling “doomsday” election scenarios, expecting contested election results and protracted legal battles around mail-in ballots and voter intimidation.
That uncertainty – amid a pandemic, chaos at the US Postal Service and a renewed battle over the future of the US Supreme Court – has prompted election analysts and legal scholars to brace for worst-case scenarios, aggravated by threats from Donald Trump and his Republican allies to deploy active-duty military into American streets while falsely accusing vote-by-mail efforts of enabling widespread voter fraud.
Joe Sommerlad24 September 2020 12:34
What can we expect from first debate moderator Chris Wallace?
Trump’s first face-off with Biden takes place next Tuesday night in Cleveland, Ohio, and promises to be seismic.
The man tasked with overseeing it is the Fox News Sunday host - one of the few independent voices on the right-wing network who has proved himself by no means afraid to challenge this blustering, bullying president.
Oliver O’Connell has this profile.
Joe Sommerlad24 September 2020 11:57
'Trump's refusal to commit to the election result is his ultimate assault on US democracy’
For Indy Voices, Chris Stevenson says this president has just peaked.
Joe Sommerlad24 September 2020 11:25
Mike Pompeo claims China seeking to influence American state and local governments
Trump’s secretary of state was in the battleground state of Wisconsin yesterday and warned the state Capitol that China was aggressively attempting to influence state and local governments, including via seemingly innocuous sister-city agreements.
“Telling the truth about China isn’t partisan,” Pompeo insisted, as the administration continues to deflect concerns about Russian interference in American democracy towards Beijing, with whom it is engaged in a bitter trade war and upon whom it has tried to pin the blame for the global spread of the “Wuhan virus” on.
Pompeo has also imposed sanctions against Chinese officials over human rights and other issues, including Hong Kong, Tibet and Taiwan, closed the Chinese consulate in Houston, Texas, and accused the country of spying.
Wisconsin Democratic senator Chris Larson dismissed Pompeo’s appearance as a “campaign speech disguised as a foreign policy address.”
Joe Sommerlad24 September 2020 11:24
Eric Trump must testify in New York probe before election, judge rules
The president’s middle son must testify before an investigation into the family’s businesses ahead of the November presidential election, a judge ruled on Wednesday, rejecting lawyers’ claims that the lad’s “extreme travel schedule” on the campaign trail warranted a delay.
New Yorkm State judge Arthur Engoron said that Eric must comply with a subpoena for his testimony no later than 7 October, adding that the investigation and the court are not “bound by the timelines of the national election.”
Big Apple attorney general Letitia James, a Democrat, went to court to enforce the subpoena after Eric's lawyers abruptly cancelled a July interview with investigators in a probe about whether the family’s company, the Trump Organisation, lied about the value of its assets in order to get loans or tax benefits.
Joe Sommerlad24 September 2020 11:06
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