The United States presidential election is in 50 days. Here at UKUFU, we cut through the noise and deliver the nonpartisan news you need to stay informed about this election. Here is a summary of the political issues making headlines today.
Mike Bloomberg Pledges $100,000,000 USD to Support the Biden Campaign in Florida
Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg pledged to spend $100 million ($137,287,500 AUD) in the swing-state of Florida to help defeat President Trump. According to a Bloomberg spokesperson, the money “will be used to turn out voters for former Vice President Biden in Florida.”
In response to Bloomberg’s spending, Trump tweeted: “In the highly competitive world of high tech, how come nobody has ever challenged Mini Mike Bloomberg and his very average, & supposedly outdated, “stuff” that he sells to so many? Did he use his position as Mayor of New York to create what is now a monopoly? Just askin’?”
Chances of a Coronavirus Relief Package Before Election Day Decrease
In a 52-47 vote in the U.S. Senate, Democrats and Senator Rand Paul (Republican – Kentucky) voted against a $300 billion Republican coronavirus aid package, decreasing the likelihood of a bipartisan agreement passing before the Presidential election.
According to Democrats, they will not a support an aid package with less than $2.2 trillion in aid. They previously sought to pass a $3 trillion package that included $1 trillion for state and local governments, stimulus checks of $1,200, $25 billion for the Postal Service, and $3.6 billion to support a secure election.
Twitter Flags Trump’s Tweet Encouraging Voters to Vote in-Person and by Mail
Despite being illegal, Trump used his Twitter account to direct North Carolina voters to vote in person after submitting a mail-in ballot. Twitter responded by placing a warning label on his tweet for violating its rules on civic and election integrity.
In response to Trump’s tweet, North Carolina’s Attorney General Josh Stein urged residents to ignore Trump, starting on his Twitter account: “Do NOT do what the President directs. “To make sure your ballot COUNTS, sign and send it in EARLY. Then track it ONLINE with BALLOTTRAX. Do NOT vote twice (it’s a felony), or waste your time, or unnecessarily risk exposure to more people.”
President Trump Makes a Campaign Stop in Nevada
Over the weekend, President Trump took his reelection campaign to Nevada, a swing set that Hillary Clinton narrowly won in 2016.
During his campaign speech, Trump repeatedly attacked Joe Biden, claiming he “cannot lead our country ’cause he doesn’t really believe in our country.” He also reiterated that “sleepy” Biden would ruin our suburbs, allow churches to burn during riots, and appease domestic terrorist.
He also stated, “the only way he would lose the election in November is if Democrats rig it.”
Colorado Secretary of State Threatens to Sue the U.S. Postal Service Over “Misleading” Election Mailer
Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold is threatening to sue the U.S Postal Service over a misleading pre-election postcard. According to Griswold, “The mailer incorrectly asks that voters request a mail ballot 15 days before the election and return their ballots by mail at least seven days before the election.” In Colorado, voters do not request a mail-in ballot and they are urged “to return their ballots sooner than seven days.” Griswold requested the Postal Service not to mail the postcard and since they refused, Colorado plans to take legal action.