- Early voting expands throughout the US, virtually 20 million have already voted.
- Donald Trump is to talk to seniors in Florida earlier than heading to Georgia as we speak.
- Joe Biden focuses on healthcare at marketing campaign occasions in Michigan.
- Biden’s marketing campaign outraised Trump’s by $135m in September.
Friday, October 16:
10:00 ET – It has been one yr since Trump and Pelosi have spoken
An emblem of political polarisation in Washington: Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi haven’t spoken straight since October 16, 2019, precisely one yr in the past.
On that date, Pelosi and different Democratic leaders walked out of a gathering on the White House about Trump’s determination to withdraw US troops from Syria. As tensions rose, Trump known as Pelosi a “third-rate politician” and shortly thereafter, the Democratic leaders left the assembly.
Nancy Pelosi wants assist quick! There is both one thing unsuitable together with her “upstairs,” or she simply plain doesn’t like our nice Country. She had a complete meltdown within the White House as we speak. It was very unhappy to observe. Pray for her, she is a really sick individual!
— Donald J. Trump (@actualDonaldTrump) October 17, 2019
Pelosi this week stated any negotiations she has with the White House are by way of Trump’s intermediaries, not with Trump himself.
09:45 ET – White House was warned Russia focused Giuliani as misinformation messenger: Report
The Washington Post is reporting the White House was warned final yr that Trump’s lawyer and adviser, Rudy Giuliani, was the goal of a Russian intelligence disinformation operation.
The warnings led National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien to alert Trump that any info Giuliani introduced again from his journeys to Ukraine – together with details about Joe Biden’s son Hunter’s enterprise dealings – needs to be thought of as having Russia’s fingerprints on it. Trump reportedly “shrugged his shoulders” and dismissed the considerations.
Giuliani is reportedly one of many sources of a disputed New York Post report that was revealed this week about Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine.
09:30 ET – Biden considerably outraises Trump in September
Joe Biden and the Democrats have introduced their record-breaking September fundraising haul: $383m, and it was suspected this might put him far forward of Trump’s marketing campaign. Now we all know how a lot additional forward Biden is.
Trump’s marketing campaign and Republicans raised $247.5m in September and ended the month with $251.4m money available. Biden’s marketing campaign introduced having $432m within the financial institution as of September 30.
The campaigns could have one closing pre-election fundraising disclosure subsequent week which is able to give a snapshot of how a lot they’ve available as of October 14.
09:15 ET – Trump’s smile and Mister Rogers
Two moments from final night time’s duelling Trump-Biden city halls touched on one unlikely topic: Smiles.
Before asking a query about immigration, a voter stated to Trump: “I have to say, you have a great smile … You’re so handsome when you smile,” prompting a large grin from the president.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 16, 2020
Interestingly, after the city corridor, the Miami New Times caught up with that voter, Paulette Dale, who informed the newspaper that she is voting for Biden. “I wish he would smile more and talk less,” she stated about Trump.
As for Biden, the Trump marketing campaign senior adviser, Mercedes Schlapp, was rising pissed off with the tone of the Biden city corridor and in contrast it with “watching an episode of” Mister Rogers Neighborhood. She was referring to Fred Rogers, the late kids’s tv present host who continues to carry smiles to the faces of youngsters and adults and is lauded for his kindness and endurance.
— Mercedes Schlapp (@mercedesschlapp) October 16, 2020
Her remarks induced Mister Rogers to development on Twitter with many responses discovering humour in Schlapp’s try at an insult turning into an inadvertent praise of Biden.
So you’re saying Biden was nice? Because most Americans would favor mr Rogers at this level
— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) October 16, 2020
09:00 ET – Twenty-one million Americans have already voted
Turnout totals for early voting – expanded throughout the US as a result of pandemic – has shot previous 21 million, far outpacing this level in earlier elections.
The US Elections Project, which tracks early voting throughout the nation, has reported that 21,231,821 folks have already voted forward of Election Day, November 3. In 2016, the whole variety of Americans who voted early by mail or in-person early voting was 47 million.
More Democrats than Republicans have forged their ballots up to now, nonetheless, election consultants warning that it’s unknown precisely who these voters voted for till these votes are counted. In addition, Republicans traditionally have participated much less in early voting and historically end up in bigger numbers in individual on Election Day.
Read yesterday’s updates right here.