WASHINGTON – In one of the most illuminating 24 hours of the general election and election day sprint, a presidential candidate condemned violence and destruction from all sides of the political spectrum.
“Violence will not bring about change, only destruction. It’s wrong in every way. It divides instead of unifying, ”said Joe Biden on Monday in Pittsburgh.
The other presidential candidate appeared to be defending the violence from the right.
“That was an interesting situation where you saw the same tape as me and he was trying to get away from you. I think it looks like this,”
A candidate spoke to the family of Jacob Blake, the Kenosha, Wisconsin, a man who was shot in the back by police.
The other has not. “They wanted me to speak, but they wanted to involve lawyers, and I found that inappropriate, so I didn’t,” Trump said.
One candidate called for better police practices. “The violence we’ve seen time and time again from unjustified police shootings and excessive violence,” Biden said.
The other compared Blake’s shooting to a golfer missing a putt. “They can do 10,000 great acts, whatever they do, and a bad apple or a joker – a choker – choker. Shoot that guy in the back a lot of times … It’s a whole big deal, but just like a golf tournament they choke, they miss a 3-foot … “
And one presidential candidate decided to stay away from Kenosha – at least for the time being.
The other is on his way there today, even though the mayor and governor of the state asked him not to come.
The NBC / WSJ Crime and Race Survey
With his comments yesterday and his visit today, Trump aims to make urban unrest and violence an integral part of the last nine weeks of the presidential contest.
According to our own polls, this problem is balanced at best for Trump.
And in the worst case, it’s another liability for him.
According to our NBC News / WSJ poll in August (conducted before the Kenosha violence), Trump had a 4-point advantage over Biden when it comes to which candidate is better at dealing with crime. 43 percent voted for Trump and 39 percent for Biden.
When the country was unified, Biden’s lead over Trump was 23 points, 49 to 26 percent.
In terms of racial relations, Biden’s lead over Trump is 24 points, 53 to 29 percent.
Despite common wisdom, it is not at all clear that this topic is a winner for Trump.
Data Download: The Numbers You Need To Know Today
6,055,732: The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the US, according to the latest data from NBC News and health officials. (That’s 35,031 more than Monday morning.)
184,776: The number of deaths in the United States from the virus so far. (That’s 467 more than Monday morning.)
77.7 million: The number of coronavirus tests carried out in the US to date, according to researchers from the COVID Tracking Project.
1.1 million: The number of children (plus 75,000 teachers) in the New York City public school system that will reopen next week.
52 percent: The number of Americans who say they’ll vote in person or by mail early this year, according to NBC’s new weekly tracking poll | SurveyMonkey.
40: The number of states that signed up for the expanded unemployment program as part of President Trump’s executive actions.
Vision 2020: Mass (achusett’s) roll call
It’s Primary Day in Massachusetts, where Democrats have two very different primaries.
At the Massachusetts Senate General Assembly, incumbent Senator Ed Markey – one of the longest serving members of Congress (first in the House of Representatives in 1973)) and the offspring of the Kennedy family can be seen in Joe Kennedy III.
From the start, Kennedy was part of the next generation of progressive voices, an implicit confrontation with Markey despite little real political differences. And in the first few months of the campaign, Kennedy seemed to be ahead of the curve.
But Markey filled the void over the past few months with a hard hug from his progressive minds, some strong moments of debate, viral videos, and a boost from progressives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and affiliated groups gathering around their ally and promoting his work on topics like the Green New Deal.
Now, all of the recent public polls show that Markey is ahead.
In the Massachusetts competitive house area code, Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass. – Chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee – faced a major challenge by Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, from left.
Earlier this month, UMass-Amherst students accused Morse of inappropriate relationships with college students, but evidence later came that the allegations may have been fabricated by Neal supporters, although the Neal campaign has denied any involvement.
Neal has endorsements from Pelosi and Republican Governor Charlie Baker.
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Ad Watch by Ben Kamisar
Today’s Ad Watch tries to answer a question that has been raised for weeks: Why isn’t the Trump campaign running television ads in Michigan or Pennsylvania?
Team Trump announced a new purchase in Wisconsin, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Minnesota on Monday and again skipped two of the Rust Belt states that were instrumental in Trump’s 2016 win.
According to Advertising Analytics, the campaign hasn’t spent a penny on the radio waves in either state in over a month. And on Monday, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien let us know why – he told reporters on a conference call that if Trump can hold all of the states he won in 2016, he only needs to win one out of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to get back to win election.
That’s right: by turning the pages of Michigan and Pennsylvania Blue, Trump gets exactly 270 votes. But especially given the low profit margins Trump made in these states in 2016, this strategy is quite a needle to thread.
The Trump administration scored a victory against Congress on Monday when a federal appeals court ruled that the House Judiciary Committee had no power to sue former White House attorney Don McGahn for refusing to testify. You can read more from NBC’s Pete Williams here.
The House Justice Democrats had said they wanted McGahn to testify about the actions of President Trump mentioned in Robert Mueller’s report. McGahn didn’t respond to voluntary requests for documents and then the committee issued a subpoena. However, the appeals court said Congress never gave the committees the power to bring such suits.
“We note that this decision does not prevent Congress (or any of its chambers) from ever enforcing a subpoena in federal court,” the verdict said. “It just rules it out without first enacting law authorizing such a lawsuit.”
ICYMI: What else is happening in the world?
After the eviction moratorium in Pennsylvania expires, residents worry about their future.
American, Delta and United have all dropped change fees to get back on the road in the coronavirus.
With the president focused on winning Minnesota, strategists say the state is tightening.
In California, coronavirus deaths rose 18 percent from July to August, with August being the state’s deadliest month.