The United States presidential election is in 16 days.
Here is a summary of the top 5 political issues making headlines today.
1. Women’s Marches protest Trump, Supreme Court nominee
Women’s Marches took place Saturday in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of cities across the United States with defeating U.S. President Donald Trump’s bid for reelection on November 3 and protesting the likely confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the Supreme Court the main focus of the demonstrations.
The Associated Press reported that a mostly young, diverse crowd of masked women, due to the coronavirus pandemic, rallied in the U.S. capital in an event that was first held after Trump’s 2017 inauguration.
With the U.S. Senate moving toward a confirmation vote on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Barrett, many marchers see her conservative record and views as a threat to a woman’s constitutionally protected right to an abortion, healthcare for all Americans and civil liberty protections.
Barrett would replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a feminist icon. The thought of that happening has also fuelled the rhetoric of the protesters.
Rachel O’Leary Carmona, executive director of Women’s March, talked about the power of women to end Trump’s presidency.
“His presidency began with women marching and now it’s going to end with women voting. Period,” she said.
a. History of Marches and Mass Actions – National Organization for Women
b. How Much of an Impact Did the Women’s March Have? – Daily Kos
2. Trump takes on Biden and Michigan governor
Trump tried to paint Biden as part of the radical left at a rally outside an airport hangar in Muskegon.
“They crave power, and God help us if they get it,” Trump said.
Thousands listened as Trump also took aim at the state’s Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer, who he has criticized for the restrictions she has had enforced to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Trump joined the crowd in a chant of “lock her up,” regarding Whitmer, who had been the target of a recent kidnapping plot.
“The schools have to be open, right? Lock them all up,” Trump said.
Most polls have Biden leading in Michigan, which has 16 electoral votes.
a. Biden needs to win Michigan to beat Trump. These regions are key to a 2020 election victory – Detroit Free Press
b. Trump calls Whitmer a ‘dictator,’ misleads about Michigan COVID-19 orders – Detroit Free Press
3. More top Republicans turning against Trump
Republican U.S. Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska said during a telephone town hall event with constituents this week that U.S. President Donald Trump “kisses dictators’ butts” and “has flirted with white supremacists” and warned that there would be a “Republican bloodbath” in the Senate if Trump loses the White House.
Maryland Republican Governor Larry Hogan told The Washington Post he had cast a write-in vote for the late Ronald Reagan in the 2020 election. “I know it’s simply symbolic. It’s not going to change the outcome in my state. But I thought it was important to just cast a vote that showed the kind of person I’d like to see in office,” Hogan said.
The two politicians’ sentiments are part of a growing backlash against Trump’s reelection less than three weeks before voters go to the polls.
Trump fired back at Sasse’s bloodbath comment but certainly did not alleviate the concerns of Republicans as Election Day fast approaches.
a. The Election That Could Break America – The Atlantic
4. Bloomberg spending millions more to help Biden in Florida
Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is spending more money — a lot of it — to help Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden win the major battleground state of Florida on November 3.
Bloomberg and the Latino Victory Fund have started a $2.4 million digital ad campaign aimed at encouraging Latino voters in the state to vote for Biden.
Hispanics or Latinos make up about 26% of Florida’s population, which is why Bloomberg notes: “Voter turnout among Latinos in Florida could mean the difference for a Biden-Harris win in Florida.”
Bloomberg has previously donated $40 million for an ad buy in the Sunshine State in support of Biden’s presidential bid.
Trump and Biden are running a tight race in Florida, which has 29 electoral votes, with the latest polling averages showing Biden up by several percentage points. Many political analysts say it would be very hard for Trump to win reelection without a victory in Florida.
5. Giuliani’s daughter urges voters to end Trump ‘nightmare’
The daughter of US President Donald Trump’s personal attorney and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani is urging Americans to “end this nightmare” by voting for Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris.
“I may not be able to change my father’s mind, but together, we can vote this toxic administration out of office,” Giuliani, who is a filmmaker, wrote.
She accused Trump “and his enablers” of using the presidency to “stoke the injustice that already permeated our society,” “In Joe Biden, we’ll have a leader who prioritizes common ground and civility over alienation, bullying, and scorched-earth tactics,” she wrote.