Trump news live: Latest election updates as president goes on frantic Twitter spree
Trump news live: Latest election updates as president goes on frantic Twitter spree
Donald Trump tweeted over 30 times on Tuesday morning before 7am, having last posted on the site at approximately 1am, as his re-election campaign appears to be giving him sleepless nights.
The president, who was discharged from hospital just a week ago following his coronavirus diagnosis, returned to the campaign trail in Sanford, Florida, on Monday night and insisted he felt “powerful”, even dancing awkwardly to “YMCA” by the Village People.
“I’ll walk into that audience. I’ll walk in there, I’ll kiss everyone in that audience. I’ll kiss the guys and the beautiful women… everybody. I’ll just give you a big fat kiss,” the president said to cheers from his red-capped supporters, most of whom were not wearing masks or social distancing.
Trump ‘misled Fox News’ over when he heard about Hope Hicks’ Covid-19 result
The president continues to risk his friendship with a key media ally, it appears, after again disparaging Fox on Twitter last night.
As you will no doubt recall, Trump called into Sean Hannity’s show on the evening of 1 October, hours before announcing his own coronavirus diagnosis, and, when asked about his senior aide Hope Hicks testing positive for coronavirus, said he had “just” heard about it.
However, a report by The Washington Post claims that Hicks received her positive test result in the morning and that she immediately informed the president.
Even after learning of her diagnosis, Trump appears to have continued with his activities for the day, which included attending a fundraiser, without a mask, at his golf club in New Jersey.
What’s more, he had already returned a positive test before he spoke to Hannity and declined to tell him about it, denying his bread-and-butter network a major exclusive.
Joe Sommerlad13 October 2020 10:28
Trump discovers Brigette Gabriel’s Twitter account
No fewer than 12 (!) of the president’s fever dream retweets this morning have been from this right-wing national security nut’s account.
You can almost smell the fresh crazy.
Joe Sommerlad13 October 2020 11:35
Sleepless Trump tweeting at 6am
Is he definitely well? Taking his meds? Those retweets look nasty from where I’m standing.
Swine flu deaths? You don’t want to go there Donald…
According to the CDC, 12,469 Americans died of H1N1 under the Obama administration.
You’re now on, oh let’s see, 215,000 and counting for coronavirus.
Joe Sommerlad13 October 2020 11:09
‘The data speaks for itself’: Fauci raises alarms about Trump’s planned blitz of campaign rallies
Poor old Dr Anthony Fauci, having yesterday had to distance himself from Team Trump’s dishonest use of an old interview quote in a campaign video, is now having to sound the alarm over the president’s ill-advised superspreader rallies.
“When you look at what’s going on in the United States, it’s really very troublesome,” the doc told Jake Tapper on CNN on Monday. “It’s going in the wrong direction right now. If there’s anything we should be doing, it’s doubling down on the public health measures that we’ve been talking about for so long.”
With the White House Coronavirus Task Fask now well and truly sidelined by this administration, despite the US coronavirus crisis only getting worse, the low morale of Fauci was there for all to see.
Meanwhile, the Joe Biden campaign has drawn attention to his disavowal of Trump’s latest ad with a clip of their own:
Here’s John T Bennett on the disillusioned director of the National Institute for Infectious Diseases who finds himself a reluctant political pawn in the final weeks of this election cycle.
Joe Sommerlad13 October 2020 10:22
President ‘almost as unpopular as Hillary Clinton in 2016’
Back to Trump, who followed last night’s Florida rally by claiming on Twitter that the World Health Organsation now agrees with his opposition to national lockdowns (it absolutely doesn’t), deridin’ Biden, berating Fox and insisting his re-election war chest is not empty.
Here’s some more reporting he won’t like – the polls are indicate he is almost as widely disliked as his nemesis was in 2016.
Joe Sommerlad13 October 2020 09:50
Five takeaways from Day One of the Amy Coney Barrett hearings
There was plenty to wade through yesterday and more coming later so here’s a crib sheet for the latecomers.
Joe Sommerlad13 October 2020 09:25
Kamala Harris accuses GOP of ‘bypassing the will of voters’ to get Obamacare scrapped
Also taking part remotely was Joe Biden’s running mate, the senator for California, who characterised Coney Barrett as “a Supreme Court nominee who will take healthcare away from millions of people during a deadly pandemic that has already killed more than 214,000 Americans” – referring to the alleged Republican plot to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare.
“Republicans finally realised that the Affordable Care Act is too popular to repeal in Congress. So now they are planning to bypass the will of the voters and have the Supreme Court do their dirty work,” she said.
Here’s Griffin Connolly again.
Joe Sommerlad13 October 2020 09:22
Democrats attack GOP as Amy Coney Barrett hearings open
The Senate Judiciary Committee convened yesterday to consider Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court as Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s successor, a session that saw Republican and Democratic senators argue back and forth in their opening statements for and against proceeding with the week-long hearings.
Republicans took umbrage at what they said were unfair attacks against the deeply conservative Judge Barrett over her devout Christian faith while Democrats said the nomination should not be happening before the 3 November election and that their opponents were attempting to rush it though in the interests of having the court dismantle the Affordable Care Act before potentially losing the White House and their Senate majority.
“Bottom line here is that the Senate is doing its duty constitutionally,” he said.
“There have been 19 vacancies filled in election years. Seventeen of the 19 were confirmed to the court when the party of the president and the Senate were the same.”
Monday’s session began with controversy as Utah GOP senator Mike Lee arrived to participate in person despite testing positive for the coronavirus a little over a week ago (his colleague and fellow sufferer, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, took part via Zoom).
The atmosphere didn’t improve.
Democrats like Pat Leahy, Dianne Fienstein, Dick Durbin, Amy Klobuchar, Cory Booker all made impassioned pleas against any assault on healthcare on behalf of their constituents as the likes of Ted Cruz, Mike Crapo and Josh Hawley rolled their eyes and accused their rivals of playing politics, while the judge herself remained inscrutable behind a black face mask.
Griffin Connolly has this report.
Joe Sommerlad13 October 2020 09:08
First US case of Covid-19 reinfection recorded
While Trump might continue to insist that he is now “immune” to coronavirus – and fancy himself as Superman – it is becoming increasingly clear that catching the disease once is no guarantee that you can’t get it again.
Just yesteday, in fact, US scientists reported the country’s first case of reinfection.
A study published by The Lancet showed that a 25-year-old man from Nevada was infected with two distinct variants of Sars-CoV-2 within a 48-day span.
The patient’s second infection was more severe, the researchers at the University of Nevada said, resulting in hospitalisation with oxygen support.
At least four other reinfection cases have been confirmed globally – in Belgium, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, and Ecuador – though scientists have suggested the true figure is likely to be much higher.
Samuel Lovett has more on this.
Joe Sommerlad13 October 2020 08:53
‘Coronavirus? It was just a big old scare’
Before last night’s rally in Sanford, Richard Hall took the temperature of the MAGA crowd and found some pretty alarming sentiments expressed.
“I do believe the coronavirus is over exaggerated. I’ve had many friends who have tested positive for it, they didn’t show any symptoms, they were never really sick,” said Brittany Howard, 22.
“It seems like it was just a big old scare. I don’t know if the numbers are real or not. I’ve heard a lot about hospitals skewing paperwork, they get paid, get government funding if they put that it was coronavirus based.”
Incredible, given the year we’ve had.
Joe Sommerlad13 October 2020 08:47