Election 2020 updates: Trump Jr. uses COVID isolation to clean guns; Blackburn walks back President-elect Biden reference

USA TODAY’S coverage of the 2020 election continues this week as states prepare to finish certifying their vote counts after President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the hard-fought presidential race. President Donald Trump has yet to concede the race as Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris prepare to take office in January.

Be sure to refresh this page often to get the latest information on the election and the transition.

Trump Jr. to spend COVID isolation watching Netflix, cleaning guns

After news broke that he tested positive for COVID-19, the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr. shared a video on Instagram, asking for movie and book recommendations

“If you have any book Netflix recommendations, anything as it relates to movies or any good ebooks since I can’t go out and buy a book, but give me your thoughts because, you know, I might have a couple days of solo time and there’s only so many guns I can clean before that gets bored,” Trump shared in the video.

He also shared with followers that he’s asymptomatic but following protocol.

“You may have seen it by now but apparently I got the ‘rona. You wouldn’t know it based on anything I have felt or seen – I guess I’ve been totally asymptomatic,” Trump said. “But out of an abundance of precaution, I’ll quarantine. I’ll follow the protocols, you know take it seriously, there’s no reason to take it otherwise.”

The president also tweeted about son Saturday amid a flurry of baseless voter fraud tweets, saying, “My son Donald is doing very well. Thank you!”

Trump, like his father, has continuously downplayed the virus even as cases and deaths have risen to record numbers across the country.

– Sarah Elbeshbishi

Blackburn staff says senator misspoke when she called Biden president-elect

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., a stalwart supporter of President Donald Trump, on Friday referred to Joe Biden as the country’s “president-elect,” a comment her staff later said was a mistake.

Blackburn made the comments Friday evening live on ABC News, where she was being interviewed by Juju Chang. The remark placed her among just a handful of Republican senators signaling acknowledgment of Biden’s projected victory.

“I have not spoken with the president-elect,” Blackburn told Chang. “We did have the vice president come to the floor, the vice president-elect come to the floor this week to cast a vote. I was presiding at the time. Didn’t get to speak with her.”

But Blackburn walked back her remark later in the interview insisting, without evidence, that “if every legal vote is counted, Donald Trump would get four more years.”

When asked about the reference to President-elect Biden, Abigail Sigler, a campaign spokesperson for Blackburn, said, “She simply misspoke – it’s nothing more.” 

– Natalie Allison, Nashville Tennessean

Gov. Cuomo to get Emmy for coronavirus briefings 

ALBANY – And the International Emmy goes to: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo, a Democrat whose daily briefings at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic received extensive airplay across the nation, will receive the International Emmy Founders Award on Monday. 

The governor is being recognized in part for his use of television to inform people of the latest coronavirus updates at the height of the state’s outbreak in March and April, according to The International Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences, which granted him the award.

Cuomo held more than 100 consecutive days of COVID-19 briefings, many of which were broadcast on cable news networks internationally.

The governor will receive the International Emmy during a virtual award ceremony Monday. It’s a separate ceremony from the better-known Primetime and Daytime Emmys, which focus on American television. 

– Jon Campbell, New York State Team

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