The United States presidential election is in 49 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.
Trump Ignores Covid-19 Restrictions, Holds Indoor Campaign Rally
President Donald Trump held an indoor campaign rally in Henderson, Nevada, despite a state directive limiting indoor gatherings to 50 people. The event was held in an indoor manufacturing plant with thousands of attendees. Social distancing was not practiced and few attendees wore masks.
In response to the rally, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, wrote on Twitter, “Tonight, President Donald Trump is taking reckless and selfish actions that are putting countless lives in danger here in Nevada.”
Tim Murtaugh, a Trump campaign official, defended the decision to hold an indoor rally stating, “If you can join tens of thousands of people protesting in the streets, gamble in a casino or burn down small businesses in riots, you can gather peacefully under the First Amendment to hear from the president of the United States.”
Biden Builds Legal Team in Preparation for the Election
According to the New York Times, former Vice-President Joe Biden has hired a legal team consisting of hundreds of lawyers and two former solicitors general to prepare for the expected fight over voting issues and the election results. The Biden campaign claims this is “the largest election protection program in presidential campaign history.” According to campaign officials, this move was necessary in order to protect the integrity of the election and to combat “President Trump’s baseless accusations of widespread fraud.”
Biden Criticizes Trump’s Responses to the West Coast Wildfires
In response to the record-breaking wildfires burning throughout the west coast, Biden gave a speech in Wilmington, Delaware, centered around his plans to combat climate change. He also criticized President Trump for “his disdain for science and facts.”
Biden explained, “Donald Trump’s climate denial may not have caused these fires and record floods and record hurricanes, but if he gets a second term these hellish events will continue to become more common, more devastating and more deadly.”
In California, Trump deflected questions related to climate change and attributed the increase in wildfires to poor forest management.
Philanthropist Susan Sandler Donates $200,000,000 USD to Racial Justice Organizations
Liberal Philanthropist Susan Sandler announced she will give $200,000,000 USD ($274,472,000 AUD) to racial justice organizations that are “trying to build political power in states that are undergoing rapid demographic change,” such as, Texas, Virginia, Florida, and Arizona.
According to the New York Times, her donation to such organizations, along with the increase in small-dollar donations from individuals, “have reshaped the landscape of Black political and civil rights organizations, and made clear that race and identity will remain at the center of American politics.”
Your Tuesday Political Poll – New York Times/Siena College Poll on Swing States
According to a recent New York Times poll, Joe Biden leads President Trump in key swing states, including the critical state of Wisconsin where both candidates have invested tremendous campaign resources.
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