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Trump again declines to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he lost the election
Trump again declines to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he lost the election
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President Donald Trump has again declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he lost the election when asked by reporters.

"We want to make sure that the election is honest, and I’m not sure that it can be," the President told reporters before heading to a campaign rally in Florida.

Meanwhile, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany assured that Trump would "accept the results of a free and fair election" and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell stated that the "winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th."

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Trump claims Covid-19 only affects the elderly at Ohio rally
Trump claims Covid-19 only affects the elderly at Ohio rally
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During Monday's rally in Ohio, President Donald Trump incorrectly claimed that Covid-19 only affects the elderly.

"Now we know it affects elderly people. Elderly people with heart problems and other problems. If they have other problems, that’s what it really affects. That’s it. In some states nobody young. They have a strong immune system - who knows. Take your hat off to the young because they have a hell of an immune system. It affects virtually no one. Open your school," so the president.

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Nevada governor condemns Trump's indoor campaign rally

Nevada governor Steve Sisolak (D) has publicly spoken out about Sunday's Trump campaign indoor rally in his state where Covid-19 regulations were hardly followed.

“He only cares about himself," so Sisolak about Trump. "He knew what the rules were. He chose to show callous disregard in a reckless, selfish irresponsible way. There's no other way to put it."

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Trump held indoor rally and defied his administration's pandemic health guidelines
U.S. President Donald J. Trump Nevada Rally
U.S. President Donald J. Trump Nevada Rally Credit: Donald Trump (Twitter Reproduction)

The Trump campaign hosted its first indoor rally since June on Sunday. The event, held in Nevada, violated both the Trump administrations pandemic health guidelines and the state's Covid-19 regulation, which bans gatherings of more than 50 people. While temperature checks were performed upon entrance and masks were encouraged, most of the attendees didn't wear masks and social distancing rules were not followed.

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Trump suggests a Covid-19 vaccine could be ready "before a very special date"
Trump suggests a Covid-19 vaccine could be ready "before a very special date"
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During a White House press conference, President Trump suggested that a Covid-19 vaccine could be ready "before a very special date". While Trump did not mention a specific date, he previously claimed a vaccine could be available before the US election day.

"We're going to have a vaccine very soon, maybe even before a very special date. You know what date I'm talking about, " so Trump, who had asked journalists to take off their masks when addressing him.

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Osama Bin Laden's niece Noor Bin Ladin endorses Trump

Noor Bin Ladin, the niece of Osama Bin Laden, has voiced her support for Donald Trump in the 2020 election, claiming that another 9/11-style attack could happen under a Biden presidency.

"ISIS proliferated under the Obama/Biden administration, leading to them coming to Europe. Trump has shown he protects America and us by extension from foreign threats by obliterating terrorists at the root and before they get a chance to strike," so Bin Ladin who calls herself "an American at heart" even though she's living in Switzerland.

I have been a supporter of President Trump since he announced he was running in the early days in 2015. I have watched from afar and I admire this man’s resolve. He must be reelected… It’s vital for the future of not only America, but western civilization as a whole."

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Trump claims BLM is "bad for Black people" during interview with Fox News' Laura Ingraham
Trump claims BLM is "bad for Black people" during interview with Fox News' Laura Ingraham
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President Donald Trump decried Black Lives Matter as a "Marxist organisation" that is "so discriminatory" and "bad for Black people."

"Black Lives Matter is a Marxist organisation. The first time I ever heard of Black Lives Matter, I said, 'That’s a terrible name.' It’s so discriminatory. It’s bad for Black people. It’s bad for everybody," so Trump.

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Trump interviewed by Fox's Laura Ingraham, claims Biden is controlled by people in "dark shadows"
President Donald Trump on "The Ingraham Angle"
President Donald Trump on "The Ingraham Angle" Credit: FoxNews, Video Screenshot

During Monday's interview with Fox News' Laura Ingraham, President Donald Trump alleged that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was controlled by people in "dark shadows".

When asked by Ingraham to elaborate, Trump answered: "There are people that are on the streets, there are people that are controlling the streets. People you haven’t heard of. We had somebody get on a plane from a certain city this weekend, and in the plane it was almost completely loaded with thugs wearing these dark uniforms, black uniforms with gear and this and that. They’re on a plane."

Trump claimed he couldn't say any more as it was "under investigation right now," but that those people were coming "from a certain city" to do "big damage" and that they were funded by "some very stupid rich people."

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Trump attacks Kamala Harris, says she's "not competent"
Trump attacks Kamala Harris, says she's "not competent"
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At his campaign rally Friday, President Donald Trump said Democractic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris was "not competent" and suggested Ivanka Trump would be a better contender.

"You know, I want to see the first woman president also, but I don't want to see a woman president get into that position the way she'd do it -- and she's not competent. She's not competent. They're all saying, 'We want Ivanka.' I don't blame you," so Trump.

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RNC, Night 4: Trump officially accepts Republican nomination
Trump speaking at the Republican National Convention in 2016
Trump speaking at the Republican National Convention in 2016 Credit: Voice of America / Public domain

On Thursday night during the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump officially accepted the Republican party's presidential nomination, "brimming with confidence in the bright future we will build for America over the next four years!"

Trump promises to make "America into the manufacturing superpower of the world," to "end our reliance on China once and for all," and to "create 10 million jobs in the next 10 months." Other points on his agenda including ensuring "equal justice for citizens of every race, religion, color and creed," protect medicare and social security and to land the first woman on the moon.

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RNC, Night 4: Ivanka Trump introduced Donald Trump, praises his leadership
Ivanka Trump at the RNC 2016
Ivanka Trump at the RNC 2016 Credit: Michael Vadon / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

On the fourth day of the Republican National Convention, Ivanka Trump introduced her father Donald Trump, saying: "Four years ago, I introduced you to a builder, an entrepreneur, an outsider and the people's nominee for president of the United States. Tonight, I stand before you as the proud daughter of the people's president."

Ms Trump called her father the "champion of the American worker, defender of common sense and our voice for the forgotten men and women of this country," and describes that she has witnessed "him make some of the most difficult decisions of his life" and "seen the pain in his eyes when he receives updates on the lives that have been stolen by this plague."

Addressing his tweets, Ms Trump said that the president's tweets "can feel a bit unfiltered," but "the results speak for themselves."

"America doesn't need another empty vessel who will do whatever the media and the fringe of his party demands. Now more than ever, America needs four more years of a Warrior in the White House," she ended her speech.

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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: Melania Trump addresses pandemic and voices her sympathy for Covid-19 victims
First Lady Melania Trump at the U.S. Department of Justice National Opioid Summit
First Lady Melania Trump at the U.S. Department of Justice National Opioid Summit Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

During Tuesday's second night of the Republican National Convention, Melania Trump directly referenced the Covid-19 pandemic, offering her "deepest sympathy goes out to everyone who has lost a loved one and my prayers are with those who are ill or suffering," while other speakers mentioned it only as a vanquished threat. The first lady further claimed that "Donald will not rest until he has done all he can to take care of everyone impacted by this terrible pandemic."

Addressing the BLM protests, Mrs. Trump called to "stop the violence and looting being done in the name of justice" and urged people to "never judge anyone based on the color of their skin."

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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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Republicans officially nominate Trump for 2020
Republicans officially nominate Trump for 2020
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President Donald Trump has been renominated as the Republican presidential candidate for the 2020 election. While the crowd was chanting "four more years", Trump urges the crowd to say "12 more years".

Trump claimed that "they are trying to steal the election", attacking the Democratic party throughout his speech, and calling the 2020 election "the most important election in the history of our country."

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Trump tweets that mail drop boxes are a "voter security disaster"
Trump tweets that mail drop boxes are a "voter security disaster"
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On Sunday, President Trump claimed on Twitter that mail drop boxes for voting were a "voter security disaster" and that they were "not Covid sanitized."

"So now the Democrats are using Mail Drop Boxes, which are a voter security disaster. Among other things, they make it possible for a person to vote multiple times. Also, who controls them, are they placed in Republican or Democrat areas? They are not Covid sanitized. A big fraud!," so Trump's full tweet.

Twitter has since placed a "public interest notice" on the tweet "for violating our Civic Integrity Policy for making misleading health claims that could potentially dissuade people from participation in voting."

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Trump hosts press conference at his New Jersey Golf Club, claims Covid-19 is disappearing, accuses Democrats of election cheating
Trump hosts press conference at his New Jersey Golf Club, claims Covid-19 is disappearing, accuses Democrats of election cheating
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On Friday, President Donald Trump hosted a press conference at his New Jersey golf club where he spoke to a group of patrons, most of which were not social distancing nor wearing masks, a violation of New Jersey's Covid-19 gathering capacity limit.

During his speech, Trump claims that the Coronavirus was "disappearing", even though the US reported over 42,000 cases on Friday, and again attributed the number of cases to the large number of tests, stating that more tests lead to more cases. When asked about social distancing, Trump said it was a "political activity" and called his audience a "peaceful protest."

Trump further accused Democrats of "election cheating", saying that "the Democrats are cheating on the election. Because that's exactly what they're doing. If you look at what they're doing even with these negotiations. That's an influence, and an unfair influence, on an election."

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Ohio Gov. DeWine tests positive for Covid-19 before planned Trump visit
DeWine at  at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, 2019
DeWine at at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, 2019 Credit: (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock) / Public domain

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine (R) has tested positive for Covid-19. DeWine was scheduled to greet President Donald Trump at the Cleveland airport but was tested hours before the planned meeting as part of a standard screening protocol. He did not meet with Trump.

DeWine is currently asymptomatic and will be self-quarantining for the next 14 days, so his office.

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Facebook deletes a post by Trump campaign for "spreading misinformation"
Facebook deletes a post by Trump campaign for "spreading misinformation"
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Facebook has deleted a video shared by the Trump campaign for violating its policy against spreading misinformation about Covid-19. The video, a segment of an interview with Fox News, President Donald Trump falsely claimed that children were "virtually immune" to the novel Coronavirus and pressed to reopen schools. It was the first post by the Trump campaign that was deleted by Facebook.

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Neil Young is suing Donald Trump over use of his music at campaign rallies
Neil Young in 2011
Neil Young in 2011 Credit: Ross from hamilton on, Canada / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Neil Young has filed a claim in US federal court in the Southern District of New York against Donald Trump for copyright infringement over the use of his music at Trump's campaign rallies, which the artist refers to as a "campaign of ignorance and hate". The lawsuit further names two songs specifically: "Rockin' In The Free World" and "Devil's Sidewalk" that both have been used "numerous times at rallies and political events for the entertainment and amusement of those attending those rallies and political events."

"This complaint is not intended to disrespect the rights and opinions of American citizens, who are free to support the candidate of their choosing. However, [Young] in good conscience cannot allow his music to be used as a ‘theme song’ for a divisive, un-American campaign of ignorance and hate," so the complaint.