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Good morning. Virus instances attain new peaks in 17 states. YouTube cracks down on QAnon. And Biden and Trump maintain dueling T.V. occasions.
It was a metaphor for a divided nation.
Somewhat than debating one another final night time — earlier than an enormous tv viewers spanning the political spectrum — President Trump and Joe Biden held dueling occasions, every on a separate community. It occurred as a result of Trump, who rejects so most of the traditions of American politics, had pulled out of a scheduled debate. Every candidate as an alternative spoke to an viewers that was in all probability dominated by his personal supporters.
Biden’s occasion was pretty low-key, with him talking intimately about his coverage concepts, below questioning from ABC’s George Stephanopoulos and Pennsylvania voters. Trump’s was extra combative, as he made a number of deceptive statements and NBC’s Savannah Guthrie pressed him on them.
The important thing moments:
Trump mentioned he would settle for a peaceable switch of energy if he misplaced, however adopted with false claims about voter fraud, together with that “1000’s of ballots” forged for him had been “dumped in a rubbish can.”
Biden mentioned components of a decades-old crime invoice he helped go had been a “mistake,” but additionally blamed states for a way they’ve carried out crime coverage.
Trump questioned the worth of masks, suggesting scientists are divided about their value. That’s largely false. “Masks are usually not good, however they provide vital safety,” as Apoorva Mandavilli, a Occasions science reporter, instructed me.
Biden dodged questions on whether or not he would attempt to add justices to the Supreme Courtroom, saying he needed to maintain the concentrate on Republicans’ try and jam by way of a nominee. Biden added that he would make clear his place after the Senate votes on Decide Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination.
Trump disavowed white supremacists, however refused to denounce the QAnon conspiracy concept, which claims that distinguished Democrats are working little one sex-trafficking rings. He as an alternative praised its followers.
Biden pledged to reverse Trump administration insurance policies that discriminate in opposition to transgender individuals.
Trump appeared to substantiate a latest Occasions report that he has $400 million in excellent money owed.
Biden mentioned the president deserved “a little bit” credit score for an accord between Israel and Arab nations, however accused Trump of abandoning American allies, emboldening autocrats and having “no coherent plan for overseas coverage.”
Trump shrugged off a query about his latest retweet spreading a false story about Biden’s report on army coverage, saying he was merely making an attempt to “put it on the market.” Guthrie replied: “You’re the president. You’re not like somebody’s loopy uncle who can retweet no matter.”
Requested what it would say about the country if he loses, Biden mentioned: “It may say that I’m a awful candidate, that I didn’t do an excellent job. However I believe, I hope, that it doesn’t say that we’re as racially, ethnically and religiously at odds because it seems the president desires us to be.” Biden continued to reply voters’ questions, from afar, after the occasion ended.
Will the occasions matter? Most likely not. Presidential debates not often trigger main shifts within the polls, and these occasions had been much less memorable than a debate. Nevertheless it’s all the time onerous to know what issues in presidential politics.
Evaluation: “My focus group applauds Biden’s humility tonight. If this race had been about persona, Biden would win the overwhelming majority of those undecided voters — however his insurance policies scare a few of them,” Frank Luntz, the conservative pollster, wrote.
Maggie Haberman, The Occasions: “The president feels aggrieved, in case that isn’t clear. He is aware of the polling reveals he’s trailing Biden and he’s consumed by it, as a result of he doesn’t respect Biden, and might’t think about dropping to him.”
David Freedlander, Politico Journal: “Having separate televised interviews is far more attention-grabbing and informative than having these guys on stage on the similar time.”
For extra: See The Occasions’s essential story; an extended listing of highlights; a truth examine; and Occasions Opinion writers on the night time’s finest and worst moments.
What’s subsequent: Trump and Biden have each signaled they may present up for subsequent week’s debate — on Thursday — which is the ultimate one scheduled.
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IDEA OF THE DAY: Motherhood on show
For a Supreme Courtroom nominee, Amy Coney Barrett didn’t spend an uncommon period of time speaking about her household at her affirmation listening to. Every of the earlier two nominees to the Supreme Courtroom — Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch — talked about his household greater than Barrett did, as you’ll be able to see in our evaluation beneath.
Partly, the sample appears to mirror altering instances: Because the Supreme Courtroom has turn into extra politicized, household has turn into a strategic solution to humanize a nominee. Antonin Scalia had much more kids than Barrett — 9 — and but they performed solely a modest position in his 1986 nomination listening to.
After all, Barrett and Scalia are additionally totally different in one other approach: She is a mom, not a father.
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