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Mayor says it would be better if Trump postponed Kenosha visit

After the White House announced Trump would visit Kenosha on Tuesday to survey the damage caused by last week's protests following the shooting of Jacob Blake, Mayor John Antaramian (D) said: "from our perspective, our preference would have been for him not to be coming at this point in time."

"All presidents are always welcome and campaign issues are always going on. But it would have been, I think, better had he waited to have for another time to come." Antaramian added.

Antaramian further stated that the city supports peaceful protests and that the people had "every right to protest," and added that "our biggest problem really did come from people coming from outside the area and causing a great deal of damage and destruction."

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Portland Mayor denounces violence, calls out Trump for creating "hate and divison"
Portland, Oregon mayor Ted Wheeler (l) during the 2020 George Floyd protests in Portland, Oregon, in front of projection stating "THEODORE RESIGN"
Portland, Oregon mayor Ted Wheeler (l) during the 2020 George Floyd protests in Portland, Oregon, in front of projection stating "THEODORE RESIGN" Credit: Tedder / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Portland mayor Ted Wheeler has denounced Saturday's act of violence in downtown Portland, where a man was shot during a clash between right-wing supporters and protestors.

Wheeler further blamed President Donald Trump for having created an America that sees a level of violence not seen in decades, saying that it's Trump who has created "the hate and the division."

"President Trump, for four years we've had to live with you and your racist attacks on black people. We learned early about your sexist attitudes towards women. We've had to endure clips of you mocking a disabled man; we've had to listen to your anti-democratic attacks on journalists; we've read your tweets slamming private citizens to the point of receiving death threats; and we've listened to your attacks on immigrants," so Wheeler.

"You bring no peace. You bring no respect to our democracy," Wheeler added. "You've tried to divide us more than any other figure in modern history and now you want me to stop the violence you helped create. What America needs is for you to be stopped so that we can come back together as one America."

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RNC, Night 4: Trump attacks Biden, calls him the "destroyer of America's jobs"
RNC, Night 4: Trump attacks Biden, calls him the "destroyer of America's jobs"
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During the fourth night of the Republican National Convention, President Donald Trump took various swings at Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

"Joe Biden is not the savior of America’s soul," so Trump. "He is the destroyer of America’s jobs, and if given the chance, he will be the destroyer of America’s greatness."

Trump claimed that his response to the Covid-19 pandemic was based "the science, the facts, and the data" and that Biden would surrender to the virus with the result of "drug overdoses, depression, alcohol addiction, suicides, heart attacks, economic devastation, job loss."

Biden would also "demolish the suburbs, confiscate your guns, and appoint justices who will wipe away your Second Amendment and other Constitutional freedoms," so Trump. He paints Biden as the "Trojan horse for socialism," who "wouldn't have the strength to stand up to Marxists like Bernie Sanders and fellow radicals."

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RNC, Night 3: Mike Pence attacks Biden, calls him "Trojan horse for radical left", praises administration's Covid-19 response
Mike Pence applauding Donald Trump at the 2016 RNC
Mike Pence applauding Donald Trump at the 2016 RNC Credit: Ali Shaker/VOA / Public domain

During the third night of the Republican National Convention, Vice President Mike Pence heavily attacked Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, saying people "won't be safe in Joe Biden's America" and that a vote for Biden would be "nothing more than a Trojan horse for the radical left."

Praising the Trump administration's handling of Covid-19, Pence said: "Before the first case of the coronavirus spread within the United States, the president took unprecedented action and suspended all travel from China, the second largest economy in the world." According to the New York Times, "40,000 people had traveled to the United States from China" between the start of the travel ban on Jan 31 and the beginning of April.

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RNC, Night 2: Eric Trump praises his father, criticises Democrats and media
Donald Trump's son Eric delivers a speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention
Donald Trump's son Eric delivers a speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention Credit: Ali Shaker/VOA / Public domain

During the second night of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, Eric Trump heavily criticises Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, claiming that Biden did "not know the slightest thing about the American worker or the American business" and had accomplished "nothing" during his entire governmental career. He further added that Biden was "a total pushover for Communist China" whose presidency would be "a giant relief for terrorists."

Eric Trump also accused Democrats of wanting to "disrespect our national anthem by taking a knee, while our armed forces lay down their lives every day to protect our freedom" and to "destroy the monuments of our forefathers."

Voting for Donald Trump would be a vote for "the American spirit, the American dream and the American flag," and would ensure that "freedom will never be a thing of the past," so Eric Trump.

"In closing, I’d like to speak directly to my father," Trump said during the end of his speech. "I miss working alongside you every day but I’m damn proud to be on the front lines of this fight. I am proud of what you are doing for this country."

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27 prominent Republicans announce they’ll endorse Joe Biden
Jeff Flake
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More than two dozen former Republican members of Congress officially announced Monday, before the start of the Republican National Convention, that they would endorse Joe Biden.

Former Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona and former Representative Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania are among those supporting the Democratic presidential nominee through "Republicans for Biden."

Trump is still overwhelmingly popular among Republicans, a point made by Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh, who dismissed the significance of the endorsements.

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Biden says he'd "do whatever it takes to save lives" if elected president
Biden says he'd "do whatever it takes to save lives" if elected president
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In an interview with ABC News' David Muir, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said that he was "prepared to do whatever it takes to save lives, because we cannot get the country moving until we control the virus," including shutting the country down if deemed necessary by scientists.

"That is the fundamental flaw of this administration's thinking to begin with. In order to keep the country running and moving and the economy growing, and people employed, you have to fix the virus, you have to deal with the virus," so Biden. "I would shut it down. I would listen to the scientists."

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Kamala Harris accepts Democratic vice presidential nomination
Kamala Harris accepts Democratic vice presidential nomination
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On the third night of the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, Californian Sen. Kamala Harris accepted the party's vice presidential nomination, as the first Black and South Asian woman to do so in history.

In her speech, Harris addressed her late mother, stating: "Oh, how I wish she were here tonight. But I know she’s looking down on me from above. I keep thinking about that 25-year-old Indian woman, all of five feet tall, who gave birth to me at Kaiser hospital in Oakland, Calif. On that day, she probably could have never imagined that I would be standing before you now and speaking these words: I accept your nomination for vice president of the United States of America."

Harris said that she and Biden both share "a vision of our nation as a beloved community, where all are welcome, no matter what we look like, where we come from, or who we love," and that Americans are "united by the fundamental belief that every human being is of infinite worth, deserving of compassion, dignity and respect."

Addressing racism and police brutality, Harris said that there was no vaccine for racism, therefore "we've got work to do. For George Floyd. For Breonna Taylor. For the lives of too many others to name. for our children, for all of us."

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Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris as his running mate
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has announced Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. She will be the first black woman to serve in the role.

Harris, once a rival for the Democratic nomination, had long been considered the front-runner for the VP position. She was born in Oakland, California to two immigrant parents: an Indian-born mother and Jamaican-born father.

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Joe Biden will not travel to the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee
Joe Biden will not travel to the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee
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Democratic National Committee announced Wednesday Joe Biden would not travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to accept the Democratic presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention due to concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic.

Biden will accept his nomination virtually from his home state of Delaware, and the other scheduled speakers will also address the convention remotely. The DNC announcement, in effect, makes the event all-virtual.

Biden told attendees of a virtual fundraiser Wednesday afternoon that he felt the move was "the right thing to do."

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Biden campaign announces $242 million in campaign funds, closing gap to Trump campaign
Official portrait of United States Vice President Joe Biden in his West Wing Office at the White House.
Official portrait of United States Vice President Joe Biden in his West Wing Office at the White House. Credit: David Lienemann / Public domain

The presidential campaign of Joe Biden has announced that entering July that had raised $242 million in funds for the already running election campaign. At the beginning of April, the campaign had less than $60 million. With the increase in funds, the Biden campaign is closing in on his competitor Donald Trump who is running for re-election and has reported $295 million in July.

Multiple donors for the campaign of Joe Biden include the widow of Steve Jobs and outspoken philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs, the former Republican candidate for the governor of California Meg Whitman, the co-founder of Facebook Dustin Moskovitz and multiple others.

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Trump campaign plans New Hampshire rally
Donald Trump at a "Keep America Great" rally at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona.
Donald Trump at a "Keep America Great" rally at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona. Credit: Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

The Trump campaign has scheduled a rally in New Hampshire on Saturday. In a statement, the campaign promised "there will be ample access to hand sanitizer and all attendees will be provided a face mask that they are strongly encouraged to wear." The rally will be taking place at an airplane hanger at the Portsmouth International Airport, with visitors inside the hangar.

"Trump is flying in for a political rally that will only further highlight the chaos he has caused," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley in a response to Trump's planned rally.

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Democrats call for California's John Wayne Airport to be renamed due to actor's racist views
John Wayne's statue at John Wayne / Orange County Airport
John Wayne's statue at John Wayne / Orange County Airport Credit: Dave & Margie Hill / Kleerup (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The John Wayne Airport in California’s Orange County is the subject of a potential name change after the Democratic Party of Orange Country has passed an emergency resolution calling for the airport to revert back to its original name of Orange County Airport.

The resolution reads "The Democratic Party of Orange County condemnsJohn Wayne’s racist and bigoted statements, and calls for John Waynes’ name and likeness to be removed from the Orange County airport, and calls on the OC Board of Supervisors to restore its original name: Orange County Airport."

In a 1971 Playboy interview, John Wayne advocated derogatory views of African Americans, Native Americans and movies with gay characters. He even admitted to being a believer in white supremacy.

The final decision is up to the Orange County Board of Supervisors to make.

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"George Floyd" police reform bill passed by the House of the United States
"George Floyd" police reform bill passed by the House of the United States
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The United States House of Representatives, in which the Democratic party has a majority, has passed a police reform bill named after George Floyd. The chamber voted 236-181 in favor of the bill, but Donald Trump has already threatened to veto the legislation. If the legislation would be put into law, police officers could be held personally liable for lawsuits, ban no-knock warrants and stop the cash flow of the military surplus towards the police. The Republicans in the senate are also presenting a reform bill, though the senate one is far less reaching.

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AOC to defeat Michelle Caruso-Cabrera in Democratic primary
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the Women's March NYC, 2019
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the Women's March NYC, 2019 Credit: Dimitri Rodriguez / CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) will most likely defeat Michelle Caruso-Cabrera in the Democratic primary in New York’s 14th District, which includes parts of Queens and the Bronx. AOC was leading with 74 percent against Caruso-Cabrera, but mail-in ballots have yet to be counted. Counties have until July 1 to release the results of the absentee ballots.

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All Confederate statues on Capital grounds will be removed in North Carolina
Memorial to Zebulon Baird Vance by Henry Jackson Ellicott. North Carolina State Capitol, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.
Memorial to Zebulon Baird Vance by Henry Jackson Ellicott. North Carolina State Capitol, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. Credit: Daderot / Public domain

In a statement on Saturday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced the removal of all Confederate statues and monuments on Capitol grounds, as "monuments to white supremacy don't belong in places of allegiance, and it’s past time that these painful memorials be moved in a legal, safe way."

Cooper issued a statement on Twitter, writing: "I have ordered the Confederate monuments on the Capitol grounds be moved to protect public safety. I am concerned about the dangerous efforts to pull down and carry off large, heavy statues and the strong potential for violent clashes at the site."

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Amy Klobuchar withdraws from VP consideration, urges Biden to "put a woman of colour on that ticket"
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar at the 2019 Iowa Democratic Wing Ding at Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar at the 2019 Iowa Democratic Wing Ding at Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. Credit: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Democratic senator Amy Klobuchar announced her withdrawal from the list of possible running mates for former Vice President Joe Biden. In a phone call with Joe Biden on Wednesday night, Klobuchar urged him to choose a woman of colour. Klobuchar told CNN: "After what I’ve seen in my state and what I’ve seen across the country, this is a historic moment and America must seize on this moment," adding that she truly believes "that this is a moment to put a woman of colour on that ticket".

Biden praised Klobuchar in a tweet late Thursday, writing: "Amy — from the moment you announced you were running for president in a snowstorm, it wasn't hard to see you had the grit and determination to do anything you set your mind to. You know how to get things done. With your help, we’re going to beat Donald Trump."

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Illinois declares election day a state holiday, expands vote by mail
A permanent outdoor ballot box
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Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed two new laws to make it easier for residents to vote. New voters will be able to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot via a modified voter registration system, and all registered voters should receive their ballot by October 6, if their VBM application is submitted by October 1.

Additionally, the state has declared election day as a state holiday, meaning Government offices will be closed on November 3, 2020.

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Joe Biden had best fundraising month in May
Joe Biden walking with supporters in Clear Lake, Iowa.
Joe Biden walking with supporters in Clear Lake, Iowa. Credit: Gage Skidmore (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Joe Biden’s presidential campaign announced it raised $80.5 million in May, fueled by his rise in the polls against President Trump and growth in his online fundraising operation.

“I’m in awe of this sum of money. Just a few months ago, people were ready to write this campaign off,” Biden said in a statement.

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Joe Biden calls for racial justice in video message shown at George Floyd's funeral
Joe Biden calls for racial justice in video message shown at George Floyd's funeral
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Former Vice President and presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden did not attend George Floyd's funeral in person but spoke to attendees via a video link. In his speech, Biden called for racial justice, saying "Now is the time for racial justice. That’s the answer we must give to our children when they ask why. Because when there is justice for George Floyd, we will truly be on our way to racial justice in America."

Biden also addressed Gianna, George Floyd's 6-year-old daughter, telling her: "When there is justice for George Floyd, we will truly be on our way to racial justice in America. Then, Gianna, your daddy will have changed the world."