Trump news live: Latest 2020 election updates and polls as president calls Black
Donald Trump lashed out at Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris during a campaign rally in North Carolina, saying “nobody likes her” and that it would be an insult if she became the country’s first female president. The president also said Ms Harris was spreading anti-vaxxer conspiracy theories that would prevent uptake of a coronavirus vaccine.
The airport campaign stop came after an earlier event in Florida where Mr Trump claimed he is the most environmentally friendly president since Theodore Roosevelt despite taking 74 actions to weaken environmental standards.
Michael Cohen, meanwhile, claimed the president once said “only the blacks” could live in the difficult conditions of Chicago as they drove through a predominantly black neighbourhood. The allegations came after Mr Trump repeated attacks on Black Lives Matter supporters as “thugs” and “anarchists” on Tuesday.
As the postmaster general faces a congressional investigation over his former company allegedly making contributions to GOP candidates, Mr Trump said he would spend his own money on his re-election campaign.
It’s a campaign the president appeared to predict would end in a landslide win in November after he shared a poll on Twitter showing the his approval ratings among Black voters rising to 45 per cent – in contrast to most other polling.
Elsewhere, the widower of former Joe Scarborough staffer Lori Klausutis condemned Donald Trump for spreading conspiracy theories about his wife’s death in 2001, saying “it’s just inhuman”.
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Anti-vaxxer conspiracy theorists Harris and Biden will prevent people from taking coronavirus vaccine, according to Trump
Trump today said that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris playing politics would prevent people taking a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine.
“Joe Biden and Kamala Harris… are undermining science and risking countless lives with their reckless anti-vaccine rhetoric,” Trump said.
“So now they know we have it, it’s only a question of weeks or a small amount of time, so instead of saying ‘that’s a great thing we’re going to save lives’, they’re trying to disparage it. They’re trying to make it politics.”
He added: “The Biden-Harris effort to spread anti-vaccine conspiracy theories only because they know we are close to putting it out, getting it out, and we’re going to get it out fast, the vaccine will be safe.”
Justin Vallejo9 September 2020 01:00
BREAKING: AstraZeneca pauses coronavirus vaccine trial after ‘unexplained illness’ in UK participant
The clinical trial of a high-profile coronavirus vaccine from AstraZeneca has been paused after one of the UK participants suffered a “potentially unexplained illness”, according to a company statement.
While the participant had a suspected “serious” adverse reaction, it was possible the illness was not caused by the vaccine, according to the statement first reported by Stat.
“As part of the ongoing randomised, controlled global trials of the Oxford coronavirus vaccine, our standard review process triggered a pause to vaccination to allow review of safety data,” the statement said.
“This is a routine action which has to happen whenever there is a potentially unexplained illness in one of the trials, while it is investigated, ensuring we maintain the integrity of the trials.”
Justin Vallejo9 September 2020 00:36
‘An insult to our country’: Trump recoils at idea of Kamala Harris as first female president because ‘nobody likes her’
Donald Trump took a hard shot at Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, saying “nobody likes her” and declaring “it would be an insult to our country” if she one day became the first female American president.
“Ka-ma-la,” the president said over and over during a campaign rally at an airport in Winston-Salem in battleground North Carolina, saying she is “farther left” than progressive hero Senator Bernie Sanders. “Ka-ma-la. Ka-ma-la,” he said as a crowd of supporters laughed and cheered.
As he moves the state of the US economy to a secondary issue, Mr Trump said Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden opposes law enforcement and supporters “rioters” and “looters” causing trouble in major US cities during protests of racial inequality.
Mr Trump is selling himself as the “law-and-order” candidate in the race, contending “we don’t have crimes, we don’t have violence” in cities run by Republican officials.
John T Bennett has the stroy.
Justin Vallejo9 September 2020 00:32
Pro-Trump and BLM protesters clash in violent scenes as experts warn election will bring social unrest
Violent clashes between right- and left-wing groups broke out following the 102nd day of unrest in Oregon and just over a week after the conflict escalated with the Antifa killing of a Patriot Prayer member.
State police arrested two…