Courts Trump

Trump courts Hispanic voters in Florida amid tight race with Biden | TheHill – The Hill

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It ‘isn’t worth the paper it’s signed on’ Trump ‘no longer angry’ at Romney because of Supreme Court stance MORE on Friday courted Hispanic voters in Florida, arguing he had delivered record-low unemployment for Hispanic Americans before the coronavirus pandemic and would do so again while attacking Joe BidenJoe BidenPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It ‘isn’t worth the paper it’s signed on’ Hillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Fox News poll: Biden ahead of Trump in Nevada, Pennsylvania and Ohio MORE over the Democratic nominee’s economic agenda.

Trump hosted a “Latinos for Trump” roundtable at his Doral golf resort in Miami, Fla. In remarks to a crowd of about 150 supporters, he also claimed that the United States would resemble Venezuela under a potential Biden administration, describing himself as a “wall between the American dream and chaos.”

“This would be a Venezuela on major steroids,” Trump warned. “With me, it doesn’t happen. You put the wrong people in office, it could happen rapidly.”

The president touted his administration’s sanctions on Cuba just days after announcing new measures blocking American travelers from staying at Cuban government-owned properties and limiting imports of Cuban alcohol and tobacco.

The president also criticized Biden over the Obama administration’s efforts to normalize relations with Cuba and knocked the former vice president for meeting with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in 2015.

Trump and his campaign have made a concerted effort to court Hispanic voters in states like Florida, Arizona and Nevada in recent weeks by staging similar roundtable events as the November election draws nearer. Nationally, Biden holds a significant lead over Trump among Latino voters, though he has a smaller edge in the swing state of Florida.

A Washington Post-ABC News poll released this week found Trump leading Biden 51 percent to 47 percent among likely voters in the Sunshine State. The poll found Biden with 52 percent support among Latinos registered to vote in Florida compared to Trump’s 39 percent.

Hispanics comprise a significant portion of Florida’s population, and shoring up his support among the key voting bloc could help Trump win the Sunshine State, which is seen as crucial to his reelection chances. Still, Biden maintains a significant lead over Trump in national polling and has an edge in other swing states.

On Friday, Trump touted the low unemployment rate among Hispanic Americans before the coronavirus pandemic, promising a quick recovery should he remain in office.

He claimed that Biden would institute a “nationwide lockdown” if he became president, an exaggeration of remarks that the Democratic nominee made earlier this year when he said he would follow the advice of health experts were they to recommend another shutdown.

“Joe Biden would terminate our recovery with a crippling nationwide lockdown and a $4 trillion tax hike,” Trump said, referencing Biden’s pledge to raise taxes on Americans making over $400,000.

The coronavirus has infected nearly 7 million Americans in total and caused over 200,000 domestic deaths. Studies have shown that the virus disproportionately impacts Black and Latino Americans.

In a statement released prior to Trump’s event, Biden criticized the Trump administration’s effort to get the Supreme Court to strike down the Affordable Care Act, the prior administration’s signature health care law, noting that a significant percentage of those in Miami-Dade County who receive coverage through the exchanges are Hispanic.

“Fighting to rip away health care during a pandemic isn’t leadership. It’s weak and it’s cruel,” Biden said. “My promise to you is simple: health care is a right, not a privilege, and a Biden-Harris Administration will work every day to expand access to quality health care for all Americans.”

Trump insisted Friday that his administration’s actions in response to COVID-19 saved “millions of lives” and blamed the virus on China, where it originated.

Trump’s roundtable event in Doral followed an outdoor campaign rally in Jacksonville, Fla., Thursday evening that was packed with hundreds of supporters. Trump is stopping in Atlanta for another campaign event on his economic agenda for Black Americans before returning to Washington, D.C.

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Google Duo Courts the PG Crowd With Addition of ‘Family Mode’ – Gizmodo

On Friday, Google announced it’s rolling out some new features for its video chat app. No, not that one, the other one. No, the other other one.

This latest update adds a “family mode” to Google Duo, the search giant’s mobile-friendly answer to Apple’s FaceTime and an app that you’d be forgiven for confusing with Google’s other video and text chat services, Meet and Hangouts.

Once activated via the menu icon, this mode lets you doodle on the screen and play around with effects and masks in the same vein as those you’d find on SnapChat or Facebook’s video calls. These masks and effects are also available in one-on-one calls, Duo project manager Humberto Castaneda announced in a company blog post Friday, and Google plans to roll out future additions themed to holidays and whatnot. Hopefully, they’re less disturbing than the one the Duo team cooked up for Mother’s Day, as seen below.

Make your mother regret telling you “You can be anything!” this Mother’s Day by becoming a sentient flower vase.
Gif: Google

“We hope these features help you better connect with your nearest and dearest, and also bring a little bit of fun to your conversations,” Castaneda wrote.

Within the next few weeks, Google also plans to add web group video calls to Duo. It’s a feature already available on Google’s other video chat apps, and something tells me this new level of redundancy won’t do much to help clear up which one is which among users.

With so many people stuck inside under stay-at-home orders, Google—like many other video chat services—has been folding in a score of updates to help delineate Duo from the dozens of other video chat services available. Last month, it increased Duo’s maximum number of participants to 12 on Android and iOS to accommodate the sudden influx of users. The addition of a dedicated “family mode” seems like Google’s bid to market Duo as the family-friendly option on the market, especially with one of the most popular video conferencing platforms, Zoom, recently making headlines for a wave of security failures and disturbing troll attacks on virtual school classrooms.

In what could be read as a dig, Friday’s blog post makes a point to highlight that Duo features end-to-end encryption “as always,” a subject that’s caused Zoom significant embarrassment over the last few months after experts found the company’s encryption protocols didn’t quite stack up to i
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