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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Donald Trump | The Guardian: US election live: TV networks cut away as Trump lies again about result

Steve Bannon, Trump’s former top adviser, has been suspended from Twitter and had a YouTube removed after he called for the beheading of Anthony Fauci and Christopher Wray.

Bannon urged violence against the nation’s leading coronavirus expert and the FBI director on his “war room” show where he asserted that the president would win re-election and that he should fire the two officials in his second term, Media Matters reported. Bannon then said: “I’d put the heads on pikes, right, I’d put them at the two corners of the White House as a warning to federal bureaucrats. You either get with the program or you’re gone – time to stop playing games.”

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It’s happened before, but the decision by three TV networks to cut away from Trump’s speech has come as a surprise to many, given the president was addressing the nation on the evening the election may be called.

But Trump’s lies about the election result proved too much. Here was how the moment played out on MSNBC, with host Brian Williams saying, “It was not rooted in reality – and at this point, where our country is, it’s dangerous”:

MSNBC cut away from Trump in about 30 seconds

President Trump just spoke at the White House, as key states continue to count votes.
Shep has the facts: “What the President of the United States is saying, in large part, is absolutely untrue.” #Election2020

Extraordinary moment. The broadcast networks all cut away from the president’s lies. I’m actually surprised.

Brian williams cutting him off was the hottest thing I’ve ever seen a man do in my entire life and I’ve been watching Steve Kornacki exist ALL DAY

Brian Williams just actually cut off Donald Trump’s speech less than a minute in because the President started lying incessantly.

A federal judge has denied the Trump campaign’s motion to stop ballot counting in Philadelphia. This is the third campaign legal challenge to the vote count that has been dismissed.

The president’s chances of winning reelection appear to be shrinking as states continue to count ballots. His increasingly desperate campaign has launched a series of lawsuits that are unlikely to have any bearing on the election results, but have served as a means to sow doubt in the legitimacy of the whole elections system.

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After Donald Trump falsely declared victory at his White House press conference, claiming, “If you count the legal votes, I easily win” – Joe Biden responded: “No one is going to take our democracy from us.”

Several news outlets cut away from Trump and the Associated Press – which the Guardian relies on to project election results – swiftly clarified that it “has not declared a winner in the presidential race, with several states still too early to call”.

No one is going to take our democracy away from us. Not now, not ever.

America has come too far, fought too many battles, and endured too much to let that happen.

We have a few more results coming in from Arizona:

Biden’s lead has continued to slightly shrink after Cochise county released new results. Biden got 40% of about 6,000 ballots processed in that county. The president trails his Democratic challenger by 57,986 votes.

Jon Henley explains:

What usually happens?

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Hello and welcome. My name is Maanvi Singh, and I’ll be bringing you updates throughout the night as we await more election results. You can also find me on Twitter @maanvissingh.

Moments ago, I covered Donald Trump’s first televised press conference since he delivered remarks post-election day. He falsely claimed victory in an address full of anti-democratic lies. I’ll be covering reactions to the president’s comments, and updating you on the electoral math in the coming hours. Stay tuned.

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