Donald Trump has again publicly mused on the possibility of serving more than two terms as president, during a wild and at-times abusive campaign rally in Minden, Nevada.
He suggested that “based on the way we were treated, we’re probably entitled to another four” during an address in which he announced his intention to be “vicious” toward his election opponents, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
Thousands of people, few wearing face masks, packed into Minden-Tahoe airport, near Reno, on Saturday. The president has a second even in Nevada today and will go on to visit California amid scenes of devastation caused by wildfires.
Boris Johnson ‘fascinated’ by Trump’s use of language
The UK prime minister is fascinated by the direct manner in which Mr Trump uses language, according to the ousted British ambassador Sir Kim Darroch.
Sir Kim’s illustrious diplomatic career imploded in July 2019 when the Mail on Sunday published leaked confidential memos in which he described Mr Trump’s White House as dysfunctional, incompetent, clumsy and inept.
He says Johnson, who shares a ruthless streak and an intense ambition with Trump, is “fascinated” by his opposite number, “particularly by Trump’s use of language”.
“He does speak with a simplicity and a directness, also sometimes a divisiveness, that is kind of unique.”
There’s a similar directness to the simple slogans – “Take Back Control” and “Get Brexit Done” – that helped Mr Johnson win the 2016 Brexit referendum and the 2019 election.
Sir Kim also told the Associated Press Mr Johnson may be emulating Mr Trump in his combative approach to Brexit negotiations.
The ex-diplomat described a Johnson speech in 2018 in which the PM said “that if Donald Trump had been asked to negotiate Brexit, he would have made some apparently outrageous and provocative demands right at the start. There would have been total chaos, lots of harsh words in both directions, lots of noise. But eventually things would have settled down. And maybe he will have got a very good outcome”.
“It’s the chaos theory of negotiating,” Sir Kim said. “Making your negotiating partner think that you’re so crazy that you’d better give him what he wants, because who knows what he will do next.”
Sir Kim added in his interview with AP that he believed Mr Johnson could be Mr Trump’s best friend in Europe if the latter wins re-election in November. “That relationship could be very close,” the former ambassador said. “I think you’d get a free trade deal quite quickly, though one that involves us making some serious concessions on agriculture,” he said – such as accepting chlorine-washed chicken, something many in Britain find hard to swallow.
Jon Sharman13 September 2020 12:37
#icymi Pence swerves rally hosted by QAnon conspiracists
Mike Pence has cancelled plans to attend a Trump campaign fundraiser in Montana following revelations that the event’s hosts had expressed support for the QAnon conspiracy theory.
Donald Trump’s re-election campaign told The Associated Press on Saturday that Pence’s schedule had been changed, but the campaign did not provide a reason or say whether the fundraiser might be held at a later time.
Jon Sharman13 September 2020 12:16
Sanders ‘worried about Biden’s campaign’ and fears he may lose
Senator Bernie Sanders is privately expressing concerns about Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, according to three people with knowledge of the conversations, urging Biden’s team to intensify its focus on pocketbook issues and appeals to liberal voters.
Sanders, the runner-up to Biden in the Democratic primary, has told associates that Biden is at serious risk of coming up short in the November election if he continues his vaguer, more centrist approach, according to the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe sensitive talks.
Jon Sharman13 September 2020 11:44
Tweets show scale of Minden rally and packed crowds
Earlier I posted a couple of tweets from a Fox News correspondent with images of last night’s rally crowd.
NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell has a few more – and if you’re a public health official they’ll make you cringe.
Jon Sharman13 September 2020 11:33
Full report on last night’s rally
Donald Trump has said he is “probably entitled” to serve more than two terms as president of the United States and claimed the only way he will lose this year’s election is because his opponents are trying to rig it, writes Emily Goddard.
Opening a campaign rally in Nevada on Saturday night, the president told the gathered crowd of several thousand, mostly maskless people that he is going to win the state and win four more years in the White House in November.
He then appeared to suggest he would be interested in serving a third term, saying: “And then after that we’ll negotiate because we’re probably, based on the way we were treated, we’re probably entitled to another four after that.”
Jon Sharman13 September 2020 11:11
Californians refusing to budge in face of wildfires
Some California residents are standing their ground and refusing to leave their homes as fires continued to burn across the state.
Nine people are so far confirmed dead, and 19 are missing, after weeks of record heat fueled the continuing crisis, with almost 15,000 firefighters currently up against 28 major wildfires.
At his rally last night, Donald Trump expressed his condolences to victims of the many blazes spreading across the US west.
Jon Sharman13 September 2020 10:54
US senator Ted Cruz has tweeted a response to criticism from The Daily Show’s host Trevor Noah about gender reveal parties, writing that “Many liberal males never grow balls”.
Mr Cruz had retweeted a post from the conservative news outlet, The Daily Wire, which was reporting on a segment from Noah’s show where he was discussing how one of California’s wildfires had supposedly been sparked during a gender reveal party. Noah argued that gender reveal parties are “starting to feel very outdated”.
Mr Cruz’s decision to do battle with a comedian proved a poor one, however. Read Mr Noah’s response below:
Jon Sharman13 September 2020 09:58
Trump supporters less likely to evacuate before hurricane, survey claims
Supporters of Donald Trump are 11 per cent less likely to evacuate the path of a hurricane after conservative media introduced “hurricane scepticism”, according to a new study.
Researchers found that 34 per cent of Florida residents who likely voted Republican in the 2016 election evacuated their homes ahead of Hurricane Irma in 2017, they said in the paper published in Science Advances on Friday.
By contrast, of those who likely voted for Hilary Clinton in the 2016 election, 45 per cent were estimated to have evacuated before the September storm.
Jon Sharman13 September 2020 09:53
Video: Trump jokes about third term
Jon Sharman13 September 2020 09:11
Masks not the order of the day
Thousands of people packed into the Minden-Tahoe airport to hear Mr Trump’s address, according to reports.
Images and video from the scene show few were wearing masks and that there was no attempt at social distancing.
Jon Sharman13 September 2020 09:08