Here’s a little more analysis about the anger directed at NBC for giving Trump a 60-minute town hall, which competes directly with Biden’s 90-minute town hall.
Again, tonight was supposed to be a debate between two candidates, but that was canceled after Trump refused a virtual-only debate. The virtual debate was offered to protect all involved, after Trump contracted Covid-19.
Dr Anthony Fauci, America’s foremost expert in infectious disease, has warned Americans they, “have to be careful” during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, just a couple weeks after the upcoming election.
If you have vulnerable people, the elderly or people that have underlying conditions, you better consider whether you want to do that now or maybe just forestall it and wait,” Fauci said on ABC’s Good Morning America.
CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield warned US governors that Americans were contracting Covid in small, household gatherings.
Today, President Trump holds a rally in Greenville, North Carolina at 1pm ET, with “hundreds” of supporters. The campaign is reportedly checking temperatures at the door and giving supporters masks, though few appear to be wearing them.
The American Bar Association, which prior to the Trump administration assessed the qualifications of judicial nominees before they were formally nominated, is now testifying in supreme court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing.
Since the Trump administration, the ABA has been largely sidelined, as the administration has confirmed several judges rated as “unqualified”.
Nineteen days from the election, Covid-19 is spreading at high levels across the United States, including in sparsely populated states such as Kansas, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
But the president is still holding rallies with thousands of people, even as the CDC director warns against small gatherings.
Here’s an account of his rally Wednesday evening from the Des Moines Register:
Several thousand attendees gathered closely together to cheer on the president Wednesday in disregard of state and federal guidance to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Chairs had been set up less than six feet apart, and attendees filled bleachers that had been erected.
Not only are these rallies considered a threat to spread of Covid-19, but even small gatherings are now seen as a threat.
“What we’re seeing as the increasing threat right now is actually acquisition of infection through small household gatherings,” said CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield during a call with the nation’s governors on Tuesday, according to a report from CNN.
A group of more than 100 top Hollywood stars and showrunners oppose Trump’s separate, NBC town hall tonight, and said so in a letter to NBCUniversal CEO Brian Roberts.
Plans for a presidential debate were upended after Trump caught Covid-19, and refused to participate in a virtual debate to protect everyone from spread of the virus.
Here’s more from the Hollywood Reporter:
The petition — sent to Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, NBCUniversal chairman Jeff Shell and NBCUniversal News Group chairman Cesar Conde — told the execs, “you are enabling the president’s bad behavior while undercutting the Presidential Debate Commission and doing a disservice to the American public.”
They continued: “This is not a partisan issue. This is about the political health of our democracy.” The group includes such current top NBC talent as Chris Meloni and This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown as well as heavyweights Aaron Sorkin, Greg Berlanti, Ryan Murphy and Seth MacFarlane.
A new poll from a critical state in the election, just 19 days away.
While we listen to the nomination hearings of supreme court justice Amy Coney Barrett, Trump and Biden are gearing up for dueling town halls tonight. Trump tells a Fox Business anchor Stuart Varney, “I’m sure that will be fair”.
Back to the nomination hearing of supreme court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, Democratic US Senator Cory Booker is now discussing the erosion of democratic norms.
“We are eroding our norms to the point we are all bemoaning it,” said Booker. “But this isn’t happening in a vacuum, it’s happening in a time of terrible crisis for our country.”
Attacks on the post office, the census results, and the president’s failure to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, the fear of civil unrest after the election and plots to abduct elected officials in the United States are, he said, “stunning”.
“While we are doing this we are failing as a body to lead in a time of crisis.”
A new survey from the Associated Press shows just how important reacting to Covid-19 will be during this pandemic, as the Biden-Harris campaign cancels upcoming travel “out of an abundance of caution”.
WASHINGTON (AP) Less than three weeks from Election Day, majorities of Americans are highly critical of President Donald Trump’s handling of both the coronavirus pandemic and his own illness, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
The Rev. Joseph Wiseman, a 49-year-old registered Republican and Biden supporter from Wichita, Kansas, is among them. Wiseman said he was turned off by the president’s “cavalier attitude” toward the pandemic and what he saw as Trump’s “disregard for the health and well-being” of people around him who were exposed to the virus at White House events, as well as when the president drove in a vehicle with Secret Service agents to greet supporters during his hospital stay.
Harris wore N95 mask during flight with Covid-19 positive individuals
Here’s more information on Senator Kamala Harris’s contacts who tested positive for Covid-19.
Harris was on a flight with both individuals two days before their positive Covid-19 tests. The individuals were Harris’s communications director, Liz Allen, and a “non-staff flight crew member”.
Because Harris and these contacts wore N95 masks during the flight and they were not within six feet of the vice presidential nominee for more than 15 minutes, they do not meet the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s definition of “close contact”.
For that reason, Harris does not meet quarantine criteria, but “out of an abundance of caution” the campaign has canceled her events through Sunday. She will still attend virtual campaign events.
The individuals were not in contact with the Democratic president nominee Joe Biden.
Harris cancels travel after Biden campaign members test positive for coronavirus – report
Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris has reportedly canceled her travel after two people associated with the Joe Biden’s campaign test positive for coronavirus.
Outside of the Coney Barrett hearings, the Daily Beast is reporting conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch believes Democratic nominee Joe Biden will win the election.
… He is now firmly of the mindset that the next president will be Biden, telling one associate, “after all that has gone on, people are ready for Sleepy Joe.”
Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said the senate committee learned little from Coney Barrett’s testimony: “I’d be afraid to ask her about the presence of gravity on earth… We really don’t know what she thinks on many issues,” he said.
“She hides behind originalism,” said Durbin. “… We can’t get a direct answer from the nominee. We get direct answers every day from the president.” Durbin later said, Trump “picked a nominee he believed would achieve his political goals.”
“This nomination at this moment in time is no usual, not normal and beneath the dignity of this committee,” said Durbin.
The Senate Judiciary committee is scheduled to vote on Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination for supreme court on 22 October. The general election is 3 November.
Today’s hearing begins with speeches from Republican members. Coney Barrett will not actually be at the hearing today. Instead, we are expecting to hear debate from members of the committee.
“After [Brett] Kavanaugh, everything’s changed for me,” said Lindsey Graham, about the now supreme court justice, whose had a bruising nomination process.
Graham infamously opposed former President Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland because, he argued, the vacancy happened during an election year. He went on to say Democrats should use his words “against him”.
Other Republicans were also making the case that this nomination process, just weeks before the general election, is in line with history.
The nomination is “consistent with two centuries of precedent and tradition in the Senate,” according to Ted Cruz, one of the Senate’s most conservative members.