JOE Biden's running mate Kamala Harris accused Donald Trump of failing to take coronavirus seriously.
During her joint address with Biden, Harris cited Trump's supposed "failure to take it seriously from the start."
Later that day, Trump said he was "surprised" Biden picked Harris because she's "told many many stories that weren't true" and is "into raising taxes."
Following primaries, polling, virtual press conferences and a pandemic, the 2020 presidential election is less than three months away.
We’ll be with you for the next 82 days and beyond, through the daily ups and down, the debates, and the election day itself to see who will walk into the Oval Office in February 2021 as US president.
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TRUMP'S RNC SPEECH
Legislation can't prevent Donald Trump from giving his Republican National Convention speech from the White House lawn, reports say.
Fox News reported that House Oversite Committee Ranking member Rep. James Comer, a Republican, said the Hatch Act can't stop Trump from speaking there.
“Truth be told, Democrats should be comforted knowing that the President can deliver his acceptance speech from home since they are so concerned about him traveling for events these days,” Comer said.
Joe Biden released a video of the moment he asked Kamala Harris to become his running mate.
The Democratic presidential nominee shared the footage on Twitter on Wednesday evening, describing Harris and her lawyer husband Doug Emhoff as “honorary Bidens.”
“I'm looking forward to working with you guys every day,” Harris can be heard telling Biden over the phone. “We're going to get this done.”
However, Donald Trump has described Harris as “as liar” since Biden announced her role.
“One of the reasons that it surprised me, she was probably nastier than even Pocahontas [Elizabeth Warren] to Joe Biden,” he told reporters this week. “She lied, she said things that are untrue.”
KAMALA CHANNELS MARGE SIMPSON?
A Trump aide didn't hold back on Twitter when Kamala Harris made her first appearance with Joe Biden as his running mate.
Trump campaign senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis said Harris “sounds like Marge Simpson” in a thinly-veiled dig at Biden's VP pick.
The beloved Simpsons character soon started trending on Twitter in the US as Harris fans lambasted Ellis.
“Marge Simpson is trending and liberals are outraged and vociferously protecting,” Ellis responded a few hours later. “Probably because Kamala’s terrible record speaks for itself and is indefensible. But great pick, Joe! Sorry, Marge.”
HARRIS COULD GALVANIZE VOTERS
A Reuters poll has indicated that Kamala Harris could get votes for Joe Biden from women, young people – and even some Republicans.
Nearly nine out of 10 Democrats approve of Harris, 55, as his VP nominee, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday.
The survey also found that 60 percent of Americans – 87 percent of Democrats and 37 percent of Republicans – thought considered the selection of Harris was a “major milestone” for the US.
TECH GIANTS TO 'SECURE ELECTION'
Facebook, Google and other major tech giants are trying to secure the US presidential election and prevent online meddling, reports say.
They have added new partners and met with government agencies to do so – 82 days before Americans cast their ballots, according to The New York Times.
Along with Mark Zuckerberg's social network and Google, the group includes Twitter, Microsoft, and the Wikimedia Foundation.
'HEROIC AND AMBITIOUS WOMEN'
Joe Biden's VP pick Kamala Harris has reiterated that she's grateful to the women who came before her.
A few hours after their joint address at a Delaware high school, she took to Twitter to emphasize just how thankful she was to those “heroic and ambitious women before me.”
Read more about Harris' appearance in Biden's home state here.
AMY KLOBUCHAR SHIPS BIDEN
Former presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar issued her support for Biden and his VP pick Kamala Harris on Twitter.
“Seven months and over 5 million cases of coronavirus later, and the Trump administration still doesn’t have an adequate national testing strategy,” the Minnesota senator wrote. “That’s why we need @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris in the White House.”
KAMALA CLAPS BACK
During her joint address in Delaware with Biden, Kamala Harris issued a stinging rebuke to Trump.
Biden said the president called Harris “'nasty,' whining about how she's 'mean' to his appointees,” after she was announced as his running mate on August 11.
But Harris clapped back, blaming Trump for the extent of the coronavirus crisis in the United States and its economic consequences.
“His refusal to get testing up and running, his flip-flopping on social distancing and wearing masks. His delusional belief that he knows better than the experts. All of that is reason and the reason that an American dies of Covid-19 every 80 seconds,” Harris said.
'BATTLE FOR THE SOUL' OF AMERICA?
Joe Biden today recalled Donald Trump's response to the Charlottesville Unite The Right rally on August 2, 2017.
“Three years ago today, white supremacists descended on Charlottesville with torches in hand and hate in their hearts,” he tweeted. “Our president said they were 'very fine people.'
“It was clear then, and it's clear now: We are in a battle for the soul of our nation, and we must win.”
At the time, Trump condemned the “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.”
HARRIS BLAMES TRUMP
Joe Biden's VP pick has laid the blame for the extent of the COVID-19 pandemic in the USA on Donald Trump.
During her Delaware address, she said the reason country had it “worse than any other advanced nation” is “because of Trump’s failure to take it seriously from the start.”
“He inherited the longest economic expansion in history from Barack Obama and Joe Biden,” she told the near-empty high school gymnasium. “And then, like everything else he inherited, he ran it straight into the ground.”
TRUMP: BIDEN WILL DESTROY SURBURBS
During his press briefing on Wednesday, Trump made some sensational claims about a possible Biden presidency.
When asked what he meant by an “invasion” in the suburbs if Biden is elected, Trump told reporters “they're going to destroy suburbia.”
“And 30 percent of the people in suburbia are minorities,” he replied. “They say 35 percent, but I like to cut it lower.”
BIDEN SLAMS 'WHINY' TRUMP
Biden slammed Trump as “whiny” during his first appearance with his newly announced running mate Kamala Harris.
“You could have set your watches to it,” Biden said, describing how the president has called Harris “nasty,” “whiny,” and “mean.” “Whining is what Donald Trump does best.”
President Trump stressed that getting kids back to school is his first priority.
He added: “only about 20% of single parents are able to telework, and so to open up America again, we've got to open up America's schools.”
Meanwhile, Kellyanne Conway cited new research, saying that “over 65 percent of America's parents are very concerned that their children falling academically and socially if they don't get back to school.”
The Counselor to the President also mentioned that risk for contracting/mortality rate from COVID-19 is low among children.
GOD HELP US
A pro-Donald Trump pastor has called for a national prayer to save America from socialism.
“It’s incredible what the socialists are doing in this country. The power that they have. Socialism is a precursor to communism,” Pastor Franklin Graham told listeners on the Todd Starnes Radio Show.
Read the full story here.
Kamala Harris promoted a Minnesota nonprofit after George Floyd's death that used donations to bail out alleged violent criminals.
The Minnesota Freedom Fund received well over $35 million, thanks in part to the sharing and free press it received from Harris and other celebrities, including Steve Carell, Cynthia Nixon, and Seth Rogen.
Read the full story here.
NEW YORK'S FINEST
President Trump demanded NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio rehires “incredible” police officers who were laid off amid a Democrat-backed “defunding” movement and crime spike.
“You have excellent police and law enforcement, but you have to let them do their job,” the president said during a press briefing on Tuesday.
The NYPD Anti-Crime Unit was shut down in June, according to NYC Police Commissioner Dermot Shea.
Read the full story here.
Joe Biden and his new running mate Senator Kamala Harris will make their first appearance as a ticket on Wednesday in Wilmington, Delaware.
The two are scheduled to deliver remarks just days before Biden formally accepts the Democratic presidential nomination
The Republican convention, where President Donald Trump is set to be nominated to seek a second four-year term, follows a week later on Monday August 24
TUCKER CARLSON CALLS HARRIS 'UNTRUSTWORTHY'
Carlson slammed Joe Biden's newly announced running mate, Kamala Harris, as 'untrustworthy' and called the duo 'entirely hollow and empty.'
His comments came hours after Harris was chosen as Joe Biden's pick to run as the Democratic vice presidential nominee in the November election.
He went on and called Biden's decision “inconceivable,” because the former VP selected someone who is so “transparently one-dimensional as Kamala Harris, someone as empty as he is.”
Read the full story here
'THE MOST RADICAL RUNNING MATE'
Kamala Harris was ripped by Sean Hannity as “the most radical running mate ever” because she “supports socialism.”
Speaking on his Fox News show Tuesday night, Hannity mocked Joe Biden for choosing Kamala Harris as his Vice Presidential pick.
Harris was announced as the VP pick on Tuesday – making her the first black woman and Asian-American on a major presidential ticket.
Read the full story here.
SUSAN RICE MAY JOIN BIDEN TEAM
Former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice hints at a possible Joe Biden administration role.
“I'm glad that I'm going to be able to support them and do my utmost to elect Biden-Harris and help them govern when the time comes,” Rice said on NBC News' Today show Wednesday morning.
Rice was said to be on the shortlist of potential running mates the Biden campaign was considering.
QANON FAN WINS GA SEAT
Marjorie Taylor Greene won a GOP runoff election for a US House seat in northwest Georgia today.
Taylor has supported the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon, which promotes an unfounded secret plot by an alleged “deep state” against Trump and his allies.
She's also been criticized for racist comments, like complaining about an “Islamic invasion” in government and claiming black and hispanic men are held back by “gangs and dealing drugs.”
FINAL PREZ PRIMARY CONCLUDES
On Tuesday, Connecticut voters rubber-stamped Trump and Biden in the primary elections.
State officials were expecting large numbers of absentee ballots as a result of COVID-19 after the virus had already twice delayed the contest.
This marked the final presidential primary of election season this year, noted the Statesville Record & Landmark.
PALIN: 'TRUST NO ONE'
Former Republican running mate Sarah Palin urged Kamala Harris to “trust no one” and “ignore” handlers who will try to change her.
In a lengthy Instagram post, Palin issued her congratulations and six points of advice – including “out of the chute trust no one new” and to “fight mightily to keep your own team with you.”
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Congrats to the democrat VP pick 🇺🇸 Climb upon Geraldine Ferraro’s and my shoulders, and from the most amazing view in your life consider lessons we learned: 1) out of the chute trust no one new; 2) fight mightily to keep your own team with you – they know you, know your voice, and most importantly are trustworthy; 3) don’t get muzzled – connect with media and voters in your own unique way. Some yahoos running campaigns will suffocate you with their own self-centered agenda so remember YOU were chosen for who YOU are. So stay connected with America as you smile and ignore deceptive “handlers” trying to change you; 4) some fun terms you may learn: “OTR” – an orchestrated campaign stop that’s meant to look un-orchestrated where you “normalize” in front of voters. (I’d remembered not packing my running shoes, they turned it into a whole campaign stop with media detailing my every move trying on shoes.) OTR’s get bizarre (try eating in front of vultures looking for the “gotcha” shot!) but my team made OTR’s the second most fun thing! “Ropeline”: thee MOST fun thing! Every single handshake and holler and hug and smile melted my heart, energized my soul, and gave me the utmost hope in the greatest country on earth! The ropeline is often the only way to literally touch those whom you wish to serve, so be sincere in looking in their eyes, understanding why they’re there, never forgetting they represent the innumerable Americans putting their trust in you to serve for the right reasons. It’s who and what they represent that is all that matters! 5) don’t forget the women who came before you; 6) have fun! This IS the greatest country in the world and hopefully you’ll be blessed beyond belief, like I was, with meeting new people from all walks of life and see just how great it is! 🇺🇸 more to come… including one of the funniest things in my life, right before my debate with Sen. Joe Biden… stay tuned! – Sarah Palin
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TRUMP: HARRIS WAS 'NASTY' TO BIDEN
Trump decried Kamala Harris' attitude towards Joe Biden who announced she was his VP pick today.
Biden's and Harris clashed over racial issues during one of the democratic presidential debates last year – something Trump's 2020 campaign and the president zeroed in on today.
“She was very, very nasty to – one of the reasons it [the appointment] surprised me, she was very –she was probably nastier than even Pocahontas to Joe Biden,” he told reporters. “She said things … that were horrible about Sleepy Joe. And I would think that he wouldn't have picked [her].”
During the Dem debate, Harris decried the fact that Biden worked with senators “to oppose busing [of black students into white school districts].”
Although Harris said she did “not believe you are a racist” beforehand, Biden insisted that he “did not praise racists.”
TRUMP BLAMES DEM 'DESTRUCTION'
During his daily coronavirus press briefing on Tuesday, Trump blamed the civil unrest in Portland, Seattle, New York, and Chicago on Democrats.
He described the Black Lives Matter protests and riots there as “really the Democrat roadmap for America” as the election looms.
“These acts of destruction are not isolated incidents, but demonstrate the pattern of violent, leftwing extremism that you get to see if you're watching the right news program,” he said.
“[Democrats] want every city in America to resemble Portland, in a form,” Trump continued. “If the left gains power, no city, town, or suburb in our country will be safe.”