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Donald Trump Claims Joe Biden Wants to Cancel Remaining Debates—He Doesn’t – Newsweek

President Donald Trump said during a Minnesota campaign event that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was ready to cancel the two remaining presidential debates.

Trump’s comments the day after his first presidential debate with Biden, which many criticized as chaotic and lacking in substantive policy discussions. Trump offered no proof for his debate cancellation allegations, which Biden’s campaign had already repudiated.

“Joe Biden is too weak to lead this country,” Trump said to a crowd at Duluth International Airport. “You know Biden lost badly when his supporters are saying he should cancel the rest of the debates. Now I understand he’s canceling the rest of the debates. Let’s see what happens. I think that’s not gonna be a good move for him.”

Biden’s campaign said that Biden has no intention of canceling the debates. “I don’t know how many different ways we can say it,” Biden deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield said in a press call after the Tuesday debate. “Yes, we are going to do the debates.”

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Biden’s running mate California Senator Kamala Harris said in a Tuesday interview with CNN that Biden would go through with the scheduled debates.

“Joe Biden’s never going to refuse to talk to the American people and have any opportunity that he can to speak directly to American families and speak about the issues, speak the truth, and address the facts of where we are now, but also address the hopes and dreams of the American families and where we could be and Joe’s got a plan for dealing with those hopes and aspirations as well,” Harris said.

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President Donald Trump claimed on Wednesday that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was going to cancel the remaining presidential debates, but Biden’s camp denied that allegation.
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Newsweek reached out to the Biden campaign for further comment.

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Trump and Biden’s first scheduled debate was marked by moments of confusion. The two candidates often spoke over each other, sometimes raising their voices, leaving debate moderator Chris Wallace struggling to restore order.

Trump expressed frustration with Wallace’s attempts to guide the debate. “I guess I’m debating you, not [Biden],” Trump told Wallace.

On Wednesday, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) said it was looking at instituting new guidelines for upcoming debates.

During a Wednesday campaign stop, Biden criticized Trump’s debate performance. “I think it was just a national embarrassment,” Biden told reporters. “I just hope that the American people and those undecided voters try to determine what each of us has an answer for their concerns, and allows us to actually speak.”

“Last night’s debate made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues,” read a Wednesday statement from the CPD. “The CPD will be carefully considering the changes that it will adopt and will announce those measures shortly.”

In a Wednesday statement, Trump’s re-election campaign communication director Tim Murtaugh said the CPD was only considering changes because Biden lost the debate. “President Trump was the dominant force and now Joe Biden is trying to work the refs,” Murtaugh said. “They shouldn’t be moving the goal posts and changing the rules in the middle of the game.”

Trump and Biden are scheduled to meet again in October for the second presidential debate, expected to take place at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County in Miami, Florida.

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Did Donald Trump Condemn the Proud Boys and White Supremacists? – Newsweek

President Donald Trump told the Proud Boys to “stand back” after being asked by Fox News moderator Chris Wallace to condemn white supremacists and militia groups during the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday night.

“Are you willing tonight to condemn white supremacists and militia groups to say that they need to stand down and not add to the violence in a number of these cities as we saw in Kenosha and Portland?” Fox News moderator Chris Wallace asked the president.

“Sure I’m willing to do that,” Trump responded. “I would say almost everything I see is from the left wing, not the right wing. I’m willing to do anything. I want to see peace.”

“Then do it, sir,” Wallace pressed. “Say it,” Democratic nominee Joe Biden added.

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“Proud Boys, stand back and stand by,” Trump said. “But I’ll tell you what, somebody’s gotta do something about Antifa and the left. This is not a right wing problem. This is a left-wing problem.”

Gavin McInnes, co-founder of Vice Media turned prominent far-right figure, launched the the Proud Boys in 2016. Members of the group, who describe themselves as “western chauvinists,” are frequently seen in coordinated clothing consisting of black Fred Perry polo shirts with yellow stripes and red MAGA hats.

Shortly after the debate ended, the Proud Boys appeared to celebrate Trump’s remarks on their social media networks. On Telegram, a cloud-based instant messaging service, the group reportedly shared an image with the phrase “stand back and stand by” surrounding its logo.

In 2018, the FBI listed the Proud Boys as an “extremist group with ties to white nationalism.” The group has also been called a hate group “known for anti-Muslim and misogynistic rhetoric” by The Southern Poverty Law Center.

The far-right group has hosted several rallies in Portland, Oregon in recent months to condemn Black Lives Matter protests and the ongoing unrest following the May death of George Floyd in police custody.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency in Portland earlier this month ahead of an organized Proud Boys rally over fears that “white supremacist groups from out of town will “intimidate, instigate and inflame” tensions in the city.

But the Saturday rally, held at Portland’s Peninsula Park, ended without the violence that is often seen at gatherings held by the group. While organizers had estimated that as many as 10,000 supporters would attend, only a fraction of that figure turned up and a large portion of the group dispersed after only a few hours.

Newsweek reached out to Trump’s campaign for further comment.

U.S. President Donald Trump participates in the first presidential debate against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University on September 29, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Donald Trump tells supporters to vote twice – by mail and in person – The Telegraph

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Neil Young Sues Donald Trump Campaign for Copyright Infringement – Hollywood Reporter

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Neil Young to Donald Trump: Not so fast on rockin’ in the free world.

On Tuesday, the legendary musician filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Trump’s campaign for playing his songs at campaign rallies.

“This complaint is not intended to disrespect the rights and opinions of American citizens, who are free to support the candidate of their choosing,” states the complaint filed in New York federal court. “However, Plaintiff in good conscience cannot allow his music to be used as a ‘theme song’ for a divisive, un-American campaign of ignorance and hate.”

Young alleges that Trump’s campaign lacks license to publicly perform the compositions entitled “Rockin’ in the Free World” and “Devil’s Sidewalk.” The musician notes that Trump has used his music for years dating back to the last campaign and played both songs at his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 20.

Young has been musing about suing Trump since his first presidential campaign, but he had a change of heart after previously being told that the campaign venues had obtained public performance licenses from ASCAP and BMI.

But as more and more musicians objected to politicians using their music, these performance rights organizations began allowing songwriters to exclude their music for political use. Now, ASCAP and BMI warn candidates that a performance license might not cover all claims by a musician. Whether or not that is allowed under the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees — the long-lasting rules for music licensing that emanated from a DOJ antitrust suit in the 1940s — is a subject that has yet to be explored in court.

Young is now willing to test out the notion that Trump is committing copyright infringement and demands that Trump be enjoined from further playing his songs. Young, represented by Robert Besser, also demands statutory damages.

Often, copyright suits against politicians settle before judgment, as the legal process is slow, and the end of campaign season obliterates the incentives for the parties to play out a case. As a result, although politicians have found limited success in the courtroom, there remains a lot of ambiguity about copyright in the political context.

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Donald Trump claims Anthony Fauci ‘wrong’ about cause of Covid-19 surge – The Guardian

Donald Trump launched an extraordinary attack on his own top infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, arguing against the doctors claim that high rates of infection in the US stem from a less agg…
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The 1 thing NOT to expect from Donald Trump’s daily coronavirus briefings – CNN

(CNN)On Monday, President Donald Trump totally reversed course on how he is handling the ongoing coronavirus pandemic — posting a picture wearing a mask and announcing that he would restart the coronavirus daily(ish) briefings that ended in late April.

“I was doing them and we had a lot of people watching, record numbers watching in the history of cable television. There’s never been anything like it,” Mr. Trump said of the briefings. “It’s a great way to get information out to the public as to where we are with the vaccines, with the therapeutics.” (When Trump ended the daily briefings a few months back, he said they were “not worth the time & effort” because “the Lamestream Media asks nothing but hostile questions, & then refuses to report the truth or facts accurately.”)
On Tuesday, we learned more details about the briefings — the first of which is set for Tuesday at 5 p.m.
According to CNN’s Kaitlan Collins and Kevin Liptak, there are no current plans for any members of the White House coronavirus task force to join Trump at the podium — although that could change. They also report that the way White House aides convinced Trump to restart these briefings was to tell him he could talk about more than just the coronavirus. Which brings me to the most delicious detail we know about the planned briefings — courtesy of press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Fox News Tuesday morning (bolding is mine):
These are going to be short briefings, of the President mainly, delivering information to the American people that’s needed on therapeutics and vaccines. There will be other information tied into these briefings. We have a lot of plans over the next three months. So you’re going to be hearing about other topics as well. The President may, at times, bring someone with him, maybe not. That will be his decision. But these will be very newsy briefings with a lot of information the American — the American people will hear.”
Oh, and she also noted that Trump will take questions from reporters.
OK, let’s break down what McEnany told us there:
1) The briefings will cover coronavirus and other topics
2) They will mostly feature the President
3) He will take questions
4) They will be short.
Quick: Name the last time that Trump went “short” when dealing with the press? Was it the 50-plus minute opening speech he delivered in the Rose Garden on July 14 before taking roughly two questions from the media? Or the rambling press conferences he held in April to address the growing coronavirus pandemic? Or every campaign speech he has ever given?
Of all the things these coronavirus briefings will be, they almost certainly will NOT be short.
The dirty little secret about President Trump is that for all of his “fake news” rhetoric, we haven’t ever had a President who enjoyed the banter with reporters — or cared more about what the media thought of him — than this one. When Trump gets in front of the media — with the bright lights on and the cameras running — it’s right where he wants to be, at the center of attention. It’s why he can never break away, taking questions before he leaves on Marine One, taking questions when he gets of Air Force One, taking questions at every pool spray and photo op.
Trust me when I tell you that Trump’s top aides would like him to talk to the media far less than he does. But Trump believes himself to be his own best messenger and, again, he loves the attention. So he talks and talks and talks.
Why would that suddenly change now, with Trump facing major political problems as he seeks to win a second term? Trump has always believed he can talk himself out of any corner, and this is the tightest corner he has ever been in. And the White House only got him to agree to these briefings by promising he could talk about more than the coronavirus! And they say he plans to take questions!
Add all of those things up and there is no way that Trump is going to provide “short” updates about the coronavirus — or anything else. Quite the contrary. My guess is that Trump goes long — at least an hour — for as long as he thinks it makes sense to continue to do these briefings. (I’m skeptical they last all that long, because Trump will want to see immediate improvement in his poll numbers by doing them and I don’t think that’s at all likely.)
So buckle up. We are in — at least in the short term — for a torrent of Trump talking.

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Donald Trump Pushes North Carolina To Make Call On Hosting GOP Convention, Or He’s Moving It – Deadline

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Monday to openly warn North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper that if he doesn’t make a call on whether Charlotte can accommodate the Republican National Convention this summer, Trump will move it elsewhere.

The GOP convention is currently scheduled for August 24-27. The Democratic National Convention remains scheduled for August 17-20 in Milwaukee.

North Carolina on Friday moved into Phase 2 of lifting its coronavirus restrictions, which the state said runs through at least June 26 unless changed or canceled. Those guidelines restrict the use of large venues, arenas and stadiums, which would rule out large-scale events like political conventions.

Trump, noting that Cooper is a Democrat, tweeted today that Cooper is “unfortunately…still in Shutdown mood & unable to guarantee that by August we will be allowed full attendance in the Arena.”

“Plans are being made by many thousands of enthusiastic Republicans, and others, to head to beautiful North Carolina in August,” Trump continued. “They must be immediately given an answer by the Governor as to whether or not the space will be allowed to be fully occupied. If not, we will be reluctantly forced to find, with all of the jobs and economic development it brings, another Republican National Convention site.

“This is not something I want to do,” he concluded. “Thank you, and I LOVE the people of North Carolina!”

To date, North Carolina is No. 18 nationally in confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 23,222 confirmed cases and 744 deaths, the CDC said Monday.

“State heath officials are working with the RNC and will review its plans as they make decisions about how to hold the convention in Charlotte,” a Cooper spokesperson said today in response to Trump’s urging. “North Carolina is relying on data and science to protect our state’s public health and safety.”

I love the Great State of North Carolina, so much so that I insisted on having the Republican National Convention in Charlotte at the end of August. Unfortunately, Democrat Governor, @RoyCooperNC is still in Shutdown mood & unable to guarantee that by August we will be allowed…

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 25, 2020

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Donald Trump, Jr. “joked” that Joe Biden is a pedophile. –

President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump, Jr., tweeted and Instagrammed a reference to the widespread “Creepy Joe” meme on Friday — one labeling former Vice President Joe Biden a pedophile.

The meme, which has been circulating online in right-wing meme forums as well as communities and hashtags devoted to the “Creepy Joe” meme, highlights the fact a number of women have said the presumptive nominee touched them inappropriately. It depicts Biden saying, “See you later alligator,” with an alligator responding, “In a while, pedophile.” On Instagram, Trump, Jr. initially framed the meme as a joke, and later repeated the claim on Twitter.

But even as he insisted that he was joking, Trump, Jr. pushed the idea further, commenting that the Democratic presidential candidate should “stop the unwanted touching and keep his hands to himself,” comparing Biden’s public appearances with children to his heavily criticized interactions with women.

1. The 3 emojis in the caption should indicate to anyone with a scintilla of common sense that I’m joking around.

2. If the media doesn’t want people mocking & making jokes about how creepy Joe is, then maybe he should stop the unwanted touching & keep his hands to himself?

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 16, 2020

There is, of course, no evidence anywhere that Joe Biden has ever had inappropriate contact with children. But that hasn’t stopped the “Creepy Joe” meme from proliferating all over the internet, as a nagging but persistent thorn in the side of Biden’s campaign.

Accusations of pedophilia against Biden are entirely unfounded — but the meme that encompasses them is everywhere

The “Creepy Joe” meme was born out of media images of Biden apparently standing much too close to a litany of women at public appearances. Such images have floated through the media for years, usually framed as jokes.

In 2019, several women came forward to say they felt Biden’s behavior was nonconsensual. However, one woman depicted in the memes, Stephanie Carter, has objected to the meming of the photo she appeared in, writing in March 2019 that “The Joe Biden in my picture is a close friend helping someone get through a big day, for which I will always be grateful. So, as the sole owner of my story, it is high time that I reclaim it – from strangers, Twitter, the pundits and the late-night hosts.”

The meme has seen increased popularity in recent weeks, after former Senate staffer Tara Reade filed a criminal complaint against Biden for a sexual assault she alleges Biden committed in 1993; Biden has denied the allegation. (President Trump has similarly denied accusations made by 22 women of sexual assault or misconduct.)

This is all a stark contrast to the caricature of Biden that dominated the internet during the Obama administration: that of a fun-loving, relatable sidekick. But even as Biden’s campaign has remained focused on drafting policies and building coalitions, the “Creepy Joe” caricature has only grown stronger over the months. Trump, Jr. didn’t have to look hard to find a handy example of the meme: they’re everywhere. The image he used in his follow-up tweet, for instance, has been circulating broadly since at least 2018.

For his part, Trump, Jr. has constantly joked about Biden’s unfitness for president on his social media, with most of his cracks taking aim at Biden’s alleged senility or lack of intellect. He has also referenced the “Creepy Joe” meme a number of times, as recently as a month ago:

Of course, there’s a huge leap from “hair-sniffing” to “child molester” or even “inappropriate behavior” to “child molester” — at least there should be. But in a world where the “creepy uncle” stereotype, in which an older man can’t help but engage in socially unacceptable behavior, is one we have been conditioned to accept (and make light of), that leap becomes an easier one for Trump, Jr. to make. And the image the president’s son used — just one of a cavalcade of “Creepy Joe” memes — uses that conditioning to make its assertions seem at least possible to casual observers, if not true.

It shouldn’t be necessary to say that it’s unconscionable for a member of the sitting president’s family to make such a grim assertion about a presidential candidate without any evidence whatsoever, even as a joke. But the truth is that we’re well past the point at which such flagrant accusations make a dent in a media cycle that’s constantly inundated with President Trump’s anger and attacks on his opponents, especially given that studies have found Trump fans don’t care that such accusations aren’t true.

In fact, in the strange disinformation-saturated culture of 2020, it’s not only useless to say that the meme isn’t true — it’s probably perversely useful. That’s because Trump, Jr. has a history of sharing such memes, serving as “dad’s ambassador to the fringe.”

And on the fringe, ideas that initially read as false tend to attract true believers.

Trump, Jr. uses the familiar tactic of “just joking” to help damaging extremist memes spread in all seriousness

Trump, Jr. used a tactic often seen at the beginning of a false idea’s adoption by fringe groups, particularly extremists.

Facing backlash over the meme, the president’s son claimed he was “joking” while semi-seriously promoting preposterous and unfounded ideas. This echoes the strategies of the right-wing extremists and white supremacists whose content he routinely amplifies, some of which are ultimately amplified by President Trump himself. Perhaps nowhere is this technique seen as often as with the spreading of racist memes and conspiracies — it has long been the cornerstone of the alt-right playbook. The strategy is essentially a three-step process:

  1. The meme initially circulates as a “joke”
  2. The public gets distracted, angry, upset, curious, and generally confused or sidetracked as people debate the intent behind the meme
  3. This public furor helps the meme to spread, in turn spreading awareness of the serious message the joke never really concealed to begin with.

That might sound brazen and overly simple, but it’s proven an effective tactic to spread everything from genocidal white supremacy to actual neo-Nazi propaganda. As one neo-Nazi YouTuber bluntly put it when asked how to convert people to his ideology: “Pretend to joke about it until the punchline /really/ lands.”

It’s tempting to assume Trump, Jr. was just making a joke and that anything beyond that is an overreaction — but that’s exactly the purpose of memes like these, and exactly the type of dismissal that allows them to foment public reaction and spread further. It doesn’t help that Instagram itself, where Trump, Jr. initially posted, has evolved into a platform where extremist memes proliferate.

Trump, Jr. chose to drop the “pedophile” meme just days after the New York Times reported that President Trump’s staff is worried about his dwindling support among voters over 65. And while it’s unlikely that voters over 65 are checking Instagram for dank memes, it is possible that a completely unfounded meme that begins as a “joke” could evolve into a conspiracy theory, one that could get enough attention to warrant serious “debate” from platforms senior voters do pay attention to, like Fox News. After all, we’ve seen such conspiracies get mainstream air time before — and by “before” I mean just last week, when the nonsensical conspiracy theory “Obamagate” became a topic of discussion.

So, whether or not Trump, Jr. was really joking, his sharing of the “pedophile” meme could give the idea a push into the mainstream right, despite being unfounded. With so much on the line in an unprecedented election year, even a totally baseless accusation like this against the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate is a messy, nasty complication that could derail more salient topics along the campaign trail.

After all, President Trump is still amplifying social media that promotes Pizzagate, the false pedophile conspiracy against his 2016 opponent which, along with innumerable similar extremist memes, arguably helped him win the election.

Given how well that strategy turned out for the president, it’s highly unlikely he’ll let a false pedophilia accusation against his 2020 opponent go to waste.

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Donald Trump’s attacks on Joe Biden risk blowing back on him –

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign released two new ads in recent days that take aim at apparent Democratic nominee Joe Biden for defending China and for lying about his achievements in the 1980s.

Of course, Trump himself has also defended China and lied about his achievements in the 1980s.

The new spots are part of a pattern by the Trump campaign of hitting Biden on issues where the president is also notably vulnerable, from China to his resume, from nepotism to allegations of sexual assault to verbal blunders.

In some cases, the strategy appears aimed at neutralizing weaknesses by muddying the waters. But it risks backfiring by drawing attention to Trump’s equal or larger vulnerabilities. As the coronavirus crisis reshapes the political landscape, the president’s campaign is throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks to his rival, who leads in recent national and battleground state polls.

A new Trump campaign ad says “Biden stands up for China,” playing footage of the former vice president last year downplaying China’s economic threat to the U.S. and saying “they’re not bad folks.” It’s designed to capitalize on public sentiment turning negativeon China, where the virus is said to have originated.

But Trump repeatedly praised China, including offering plaudits for its response to the virus outbreak. On Jan. 24, he tweeted, “China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well.” On Feb. 23, he told reporters that “President Xi is working very, very hard” and “doing a very good job.”

Lies and mental fitness

The second new Trump ad plays footage of Biden in his 1988 presidential campaign telling voters he graduated in the top half of his class at law school, had three college degrees and was named “outstanding political science student.” The ad then cuts to TV reporters who said none of those claims were true.

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A damning indictment — from an odd messenger.

Trump has been caught embellishing his own achievements dating back to the same era. A former reporter for Forbes 400 revealed that Trump, using the alter ego John Barron, lied about his wealth in the 1980s as part of an “elaborate farce” to make it on the magazine’s list of America’s richest people. A Washington Post investigation found that inflating his net worth would become a pattern.

As president, he has exaggerated his approval ratings and crowd sizes and made easily disprovable claims about his achievements. For example, he often says he enacted the “biggest tax cut in U.S. history” (it’s actually the fourth or eighth largest since 1918, depending on the metric used) and recently took credit for “confirming 448 federal judges” (the real number is 193).

The Trump campaign has gone all-in on a portrayal of Biden, 77, as old and mentally deteriorating. Video clips shared online feature Biden mangling his words or losing his train of thought. Trump tweeted in March, “Sleepy Joe doesn’t know where he is, or what he’s doing. Honestly, I don’t think he even knows what office he’s running for!”

While age is a real vulnerability for Biden, Trump, who is not much younger at 73, would be better-positioned to capitalize if he didn’t have his own history of meandering remarks and verbal blunders, from calling Apple CEO Tim Cook “Tim Apple” to mixing up 9/11 and 7-Eleven to confusing FEMA with the world soccer governing body FIFA.

So far, the issue appears to be a wash. A recent Republican National Committee poll of 17 swing states found that voters were torn on which of the two candidates was more “weak or confused,” with 45 percent picking Biden and 44 percent seeing Trump that way, according to the Washington Post.

Nepotism, pandemics and sexual assault

A common Trump critique involves Hunter Biden, whom his campaign describes as the beneficiary of nepotism by gaining a well-paying position on the board of a Ukrainian natural gas company while his father was vice president. “Biden and his son are stone-cold crooked,” Trump said last fall, declaring that the younger Biden “knows nothing” about the industry.

It is an awkward criticism from a president who has given senior White House positions to his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, neither of whom had government experience, while entrusting the latter with a vast portfolio that includes making peace in the Middle East, solving the opioid epidemic and bolstering the medical supply chain during the coronavirus crisis.

The pushback led a Trump campaign aide to publish an op-ed headlined, “Dear Democrats: Hunter Biden Is No Ivanka Trump.”

More recently, Biden has landed in hot water after allegations of sexual assault from former Senate staffer Tara Reade in 1993, which the Democrat says “never, never happened.” Although Trump himself has refrained from attacking his rival over the accusations, his campaign has aggressively highlighted them to embarrass Biden and charge him with hypocrisy.

Those attempts have reactivated the relatively dormant national conversation about the many women who have accused Trump of sexual harassment or assault. Before the 2016 election, a tape from 2005 was unearthed that featured him boasting about grabbing women’s genitalia.

In other cases, Trump’s attacks on Biden are an apparent attempt to deflect criticism of his handling of the COVID-19 crisis, taking a page from Republican strategist Karl Rove’s playbook of attacking an opponent’s strengths. Trump slammed Biden’s handling of the H1N1 swine flu outbreak in 2009, while falsely saying he was “in charge” of the Obama administration’s response.

Still, Trump may not want the 2020 election to become a referendum on pandemic management. Surveys show voters trust Biden over Trump to handle a crisis. The initial “rally around the flag” boost he enjoyed has dissipated, and new polls by Reuters/Ipsos and the Economist/YouGov show that more Americans disapprove than approve of his handling of COVID-19.

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