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The Investigation of Donald Trump and Trumpism

August 8, 2022 4:05 am

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Trump Investigations

1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Donald Trump | The Guardian: US election 2020: Biden holds lead over Trump in tense wait for results – live updates

There’s been a lot of conspiracies and disinformation flying around about the election and vote counting. This appears to be from the “Well, this is awkward” files…

A conservative “news” site reports catching a man wheeling in “suspicious” equipment to the Detroit convention center, implying it was used to steal ballots.

The “ballot thief” was my photographer. He was bringing down equipment for our 12-hour shift.

Whichever way you look at it, it has been quite a phenomenal vote in America this week. Record turnout, the two candidates with the highest voting tallies in history, and possibly the biggest margin of victory since Ronald Reagan swept Jimmy Carter out of the White House in 1980.

if this estimate proves correct, Joe Biden will have received a higher percentage of the popular vote than Ronald Reagan received in his landslide victory over President Jimmy Carter in 1980

It isn’t of course, just the president that was on the ballot yesterday. As well as Senate and House races, lots of states were also asking residents to vote on other legislative issues. One of those was abortion, and it’s worth picking up this from Kate Smith from CBS News, looking at the very different outcomes in Colorado and Louisiana. She writes:

In Colorado, voters protected access to abortion later in pregnancy, striking down a ballot measure that would have banned nearly all abortion procedures after 22 weeks of pregnancy. But in Louisiana, anti-abortion rights groups saw a major victory: 62% of voters approved a constitutional amendment that clarifies the state’s Declaration of Rights does not protect the right to an abortion, an addition that would make it nearly impossible to keep abortion legal in the state if Roe v. Wade was overturned.

Those starkly different positions — in one state maintaining expanded access to abortion and another moving towards a complete ban — highlight what Elizabeth Nash, interim associate director for state policy at the Guttmacher Institute, called a “divided country.” They also offer a preview of how states may react if the Supreme Court decides to reverse Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

Election Day was Tuesday. It’s Thursday and we still don’t know who the next president of the United States is going to be. Here’s how the key states are looking now…

Arizona: 11 electoral votes
Called for Biden by AP and Fox News, but seems still in play.
Biden leads 50.5-48.1, with 86% counted.
Trump needs to win nearly two-thirds of the remaining votes.
Next update: Expected Thursday night local time (that’s late in the UK).

Here are some of the most striking images from overnight of exhausted election workers, protesters on the street, and police in riot gear across the US.

Donald Trump’s press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was getting an uncharacteristically tough time on Fox News last night as she tried to outline the legal action the Trump campaign is taking in Pennsylvania.

She was repeatedly pressed on whether the plan was to throw out ballots that had been cast in good faith on election. She was asked “Even if they voted on 3 November [by mail], in Pennsylvania, because they were told that was ok to do, you’re going to toss their ballot out?”

Kayleigh McEnany says if Trump loses PA they will go to the supreme court to get ballots mailed before or on election day thrown out

What’s going on with Arizona? Good question. Well, yesterday Associated Press and Fox News both called the race for Biden. But they may have been premature. Other outlets were more cautious. Biden did have a significant lead, but it is down to 68,000, and the Trump campaign still insist they will win it. That could throw the election right back up in the air.

At the moment, if Biden wins Arizona, he just needs to win one more state. If Trump takes Arizona, the math starts to look more complicated, although it still slightly favors the Democrat nominee if he can take Nevada, where he leads, and Georgia, where he is closing on a narrow Trump lead. Nevada will report its results today, around about 5pm UK time, or noon in New York.

Trump would have to receive at least 57 percent of votes that remain to be counted in other parts of the state as well, including counties that tend to vote Democratic.

Biden’s narrow edge underscored a profound political shift in Arizona, a longtime Republican bastion that has lurched left in recent years, fueled by rapidly evolving demographics and a growing contingent of young Latino voters who favor liberal policies.

Welcome to our continued live coverage of the US election. Here’s where we are up to…

Related: US election live updates: Biden expands lead as vote counting continues into the night

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Donald Trump | The Guardian

1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites)