During a phone call with the campaign, officials accused the non-partisan committee of political bias and listed a number of online polls that claimed Donald Trump won the first presidential debate.
The White House has been asked to denounce white supremacy, especially the Proud Boys group, “unequivocally” at Thursday’s press conference. But Kayleigh McEnany initially dodged the question by reading past statements from the president instead of specifically denouncing the group.
The clarification came after Donald Trump was asked about white supremacy in the first presidential debate, and he told the Proud Boys to “step back and be ready.”
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Donald Trump is the biggest source of coronavirus misinformation, researchers say
Donald Trump is the biggest single source of coronavirus misinformation, new study finds.
Researchers at Cornell University found that mentions of the president were responsible for 38% of the overall “disinformation conversation” and the most important factor in what they called “infodemic.”
“The biggest surprise was that the President of the United States was the main driver of disinformation around Covid,” said Sarah Evanega, director of the Cornell Alliance for Science and lead author of the study. New York Times.
Danielle ZoellnerOctober 1, 2020 9:35 PM
BREAKING NEWS: Trump campaign launches fiery attack on Debates Committee as moderator Wallace accuses President of debacle
Donald Trump’s campaign was in collapse mode during a press call regarding the Presidential Debates Commission on Thursday, accusing the non-partisan organization of political bias and triggering obscure online polls showing the president won Tuesday’s debate.
At around the same time on Thursday, the first debate moderator, Fox News host Chris Wallace, said on his show that Mr. Trump “bears primary responsibility for what happened” during the debate. which has been widely criticized as a national disgrace for its chaotic format, relentless interruptions, and general lack of political substance.
The president “was determined to step in and dismiss Joe Biden,” Wallace said, adding that he initially – and wrongly – believed the rules of the debate would lead to a productive evening of presidential speeches.
Griffin Connolly reports:
Danielle ZoellnerOctober 1, 2020 9:08 PM
Chris Wallace “sad” after leading the chaotic Trump-Biden debate: “A terrible missed opportunity”
Chris Wallace said he was sad after hosting the first presidential debates between Donald Trump and Joe Biden earlier this week, describing the event as “a terrible missed opportunity”.
The Fox News presenter who moderated the debate on Tuesday night said he had “no way” of knowing in advance how the president would regularly interrupt him and Mr. Biden, adding that he didn’t had “never experienced something like this” in an interview with the New York Times.
Danielle ZoellnerOctober 1, 2020 8:56 PM
Senator Scott comments on Trump’s comments on white supremacy
Senator Tim Scott, a Republican from South Carolina, has reportedly spoken to both the White House and Chief of Staff Mark Meadows about his concerns over Donald Trump’s comments on white supremacy.
Mr. Trump made headlines during the debate when he was asked to condemn white supremacy. But the president was unable to make an unambiguous statement on the matter.
“Senator Scott immediately raised his concerns to the White House after the debate, heard from the White House earlier today and spoke with Mark Meadows recently,” the statement read.
Mr. Scott is the only Republican senator to be black.
Asked about Mr. Trump’s comments on white supremacy, particularly the Proud Boys, the senator said the president had “misspoken”.
But White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters on Thursday that the president was right during the debate. She claimed he had clearly condemned white supremacy. But the president’s comment to the debate, “step back, be ready” seemed to appeal to members of the Proud Boys.
Danielle Zoellner1 October 2020 20:30
White House cannot identify mysterious river where Trump claims ballots were thrown
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany bowed to a simple question regarding a claim by Donald Trump that mail-in ballots for the 2020 US election were being dumped into rivers and streams.
“Where’s the river?” Asked the reporter.
Ms McEnany, rather than answering the question, embarked on a defensive tirade accusing the reporter of “missing the forest for the trees” and accusing him and others of lacking “journalistic curiosity”.
” The other day [Mr Trump] said “they found a lot of ballots in a river”. Who are they? “Asked the reporter.” Who are ‘they’ who found these ballots and where is this river, anywhere in this country?
Danielle ZoellnerOctober 1, 2020 8:17 PM
The Commission has “not ruled out” the changes it could make for the next presidential debate
The Commission on Presidential Debates “has not ruled out” anything it may adopt for the next two presidential debates, CNN reports.
A source told the news site that the committee was considering various options for what the next two debates might look like. No firm decision has been taken.
It comes after Tuesday’s first presidential debate turned into a shouting match between the two candidates. Moderator Chris Wallace tried to prevent candidates, especially Donald Trump, from interrupting their competitor.
After the debate, people called for a format change or cancellation of the next two debates.
Critics said the debate failed to understand what each candidate stood for, making it unnecessary for undecided voters.
Mr Trump tweeted Thursday that he would not agree to any rule changes in the upcoming debates because he “easily won” first, but polls for who won have suggested otherwise.
Here is The independent analysis of the first presidential debate:
Danielle ZoellnerOctober 1, 2020 8:09 PM
Quinn Simmons: US cyclist suspended from team after pro-Trump comments
An American cyclist has been suspended from Team Trek-Segafredo after posting several comments on social media in support of President Donald Trump, which the team deemed divisive, inflammatory and damaging.
Quinn Simmons, 2019 junior road world champion, was suspended Thursday after responding to a Dutch reporter on Twitter who was critical of the US president.
“Trek-Segafredo is an organization that values inclusiveness and supports more diverse and equitable sport for all athletes. While upholding the right to freedom of expression, we will hold people accountable for their words and actions, ”the Trek-Segafredo statement read.
Danielle ZoellnerOctober 1, 2020 6:35 PM
Trump tells supporters again to commit voter fraud
Donald Trump not only called on white supremacists as he debated with Joe Biden this week, but also his supporters to “go to the polls and watch” the debates.
In making that plea on Tuesday night, the president again hinted at widespread electoral fraud taking place in the United States, without any base, as he called on his base to stage an intervention.
For Trump supporters, this would amount to election fraud in itself, with official poll officials typically requiring certification.
Danielle ZoellnerOctober 1, 2020 6:09 PM
White House media briefing derails as McEnany argues with media over Trump’s white supremacist comments
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s relationship with the media appeared to hit a new low on Thursday as she repeatedly hurled insults at the press as reporters urged her to speak out “unequivocally” white supremacy.
Given the multiple opportunities at the press conference to condemn groups such as the Proud Boys on behalf of Donald Trump, Ms. McEnany declined, instead pointing to numerous past statements by Mr. Trump and the White House calling for the federal execution of a white supremacist and more severe prosecutions. for members of the Ku Klux Klan, among other similar fields.
“He has condemned white supremacy more than any president in modern history,” Ms. McEnany said.
Griffin Connolly has the complete presser report:
Danielle ZoellnerOctober 1, 2020 6:04 PM
White House press secretary says Trump condemns white supremacy “more than any president in modern history”
Kayleigh McEnany: Trump condemned white supremacy “more than any president in modern history”
Danielle ZoellnerOctober 1, 2020 5:48 PM