Tag: Election 2020

The Republicans’ Crimes Against Democracy

The result is an all-out campaign by Trumpworld against mail-in voting. Last weekend, lawmakers in Nevada approved a bill that would send absentee ballots to every registered voter in the state. The move drew a furious response from Trump on Monday morning. “In an illegal late night coup, Nevada’s clubhouse Governor made it impossible for […]

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The Anti-Election Party

The nightmare scenario for liberals across America—what if a defeated Donald Trump refuses to leave office?—reared its head last week, when the president floated the idea of delaying the election. “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history,” he tweeted, and then […]

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The Washington Media Is Starting to Treat Trump Like a Clown

The most jarring thing about Donald Trump is that he is president. Nearly every press conference, public event, and interview is awash with contradictions. On the one hand, there is the man in the office: grotesque, incoherent, malicious, dumb. On the other, there are the rituals and aesthetic trappings that have grown around the office […]

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Sheriff Joe, Kris Kobach, and Rashida Tlaib Are on the Ballot in 2020’s Last Big Primary Night

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. WASHINGTON — The 2020 general election is less than three months away, but primary season isn’t quite done — and Tuesday’s elections include some major contests to determine the future of both parties. The race with the biggest national implications is going down in […]

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The Tide Is Turning Against the Filibuster

At Thursday’s funeral for Georgia Representative John Lewis, former President Barack Obama delivered a eulogy that’s made political waves and might very well shape a Biden presidency. The best way to honor Lewis, Obama said, would be to continue the fight for the democratic rights he’d stood up for during the civil rights movement. That […]

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Trump Calls To ‘Re-Run’ New York House Race Over Discarded Mail-In Ballots

TOPLINE At a White House press conference on Monday, President Trump called to “re-run” the Democratic primary in New York’s 12th Congressional District, a race in which one candidate has refused to concede citing a large number of discarded and unreceived mail-in ballots. WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 03: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a […]

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Donald Trump Truly Is the Heir to the Legacy of Andrew Jackson

Alexis de Tocqueville was appalled by the perversion of law to exterminate the Indians, but he was also impressed by its ability to accomplish relatively peacefully what war had not. As he wrote in Democracy in America: The Spaniards, by unparalleled atrocities which brand them with indelible shame, did not succeed in exterminating the Indian […]

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Inside the Project Veritas Plan to Steal the Election

The purpose of Diamond Dog, as one source close to the organization put it, is “literally to get Trump reelected.” Last year, Project Veritas’s donor development team solicited big-ticket funders with a pitch deck—frequently tailored to a given patron’s pet ideological grievances and personal hang-ups—offering tantalizing details about the group’s undercover operations for the 2020 […]

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Rumored VP Candidate Rep. Karen Bass Explains Video of Her Praising Church of Scientology, Denounces Fidel Castro

Screenshot: scientology.org Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) is doing plenty of walking back this weekend after increased media scrutiny into her past statements, amid reports that she is one of a few Black women under consideration for Joe Biden’s running mate position. Advertisement On Saturday, the Congresswoman responded to a video recently unearthed by The Daily […]

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Conservative Media Is Really Struggling With the Possibility That Trump Killed Herman Cain

How did Herman Cain die? Tweets commemorating the former presidential candidate and pizza magnate, including from President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, didn’t mention a cause of death. They said he was an “American success story” and a “great friend” who just happened to die of … something. As someone who […]

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The Future of Trust-Busting Is in Joe Biden’s Hands

Throughout the hearing, the figures who really came off looking inept were the federal antitrust enforcement agencies—the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) antitrust division. These agencies already had most of the evidence Congress had on hand. Representative Jerrold Nadler presented an email showing Mark Zuckerberg bought Instagram out of fear […]

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Let’s Cancel the Presidential Debates Forever

No one, except perhaps the swampiest of DC hacks, is likely to mourn the loss of the Republican or Democratic conventions, both of which have been digitized and locked down due to America’s abysmal failure at containing the coronavirus pandemic. The quadrennial political gatherings are a relic of a bygone era. Today, they’re boring and […]

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Donald Trump Is Terrified of Voters

Trump’s claim that mail-in voting is “fraudulent” but absentee voting is “good” is also nonsensical. The distinction only exists because Republican voters, apparently swayed by the president’s rhetoric, are turning against absentee voting in general and imperiling the party’s voter-turnout operation in November. These contradictions are inescapable for a party whose electoral fortunes rely on […]

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The 2020 Election Doesn’t Really Matter to Republicans

On Tuesday, The New York Times ran a piece summarizing a new paper by the political scientists Christopher Warshaw, Lynn Vavreck, and Ryan Baxter-King on the impact local coronavirus deaths might have on Republican candidates. Reviewing survey data from the Democracy Fund and the University of California, Los Angeles’s “Nationscape” project, they concluded that a […]

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Bill Barr Battles Democrats to a Draw

Barr, for his part, left no illusions about his central role in the Trump administration. He described the Russia investigation as “bogus” in his opening statement, insisted that there was no systemic racism in American law enforcement, and claimed his interventions in the Roger Stone and Michael Flynn cases were in defense of the rule […]

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It’s Shaping Up to Be a Horrific Election Season for Republican Women

Democrats have attained these heights not just by identifying women of uncommon political abilities but also by carefully easing their path to high office with institutional support in the form of money and endorsements. Take Duckworth, who has emerged over the last month as a major foil for the right: She was originally tapped to […]

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The Bloody, Manufactured Crisis in Portland

The chaos on the streets of Portland, Oregon, where President Donald Trump’s deployment of federal agents has resulted in violent unrest, was made for TV—or, perhaps more accurately, for Twitter. “Trump’s campaign officials say that the president wants to amplify his law-and-order message to show he is a last bastion of safety for a reeling […]

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The Lincoln Project Doesn’t Matter

Many have argued that the Project should be understood as an even more ambitious effort to repair the moral standing of the Republican Party and the conservative movement in general. “The more that liberals refuse to hold right-wing operatives like the Lincoln Project brain trust accountable for their past behavior and contribution to the current […]

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For a Glimpse of the Republican Party After Trump, Look to California

Throughout the Golden State’s Republican ascendency, Democrats nearly always held majorities in the state legislature and among California’s congressional delegation. But in the aughts, those majorities ballooned. According to Los Angeles Times columnist George Skelton, Democratic officeholders haven’t wielded this much power in California since 1882. The only political conversation in the state that matters […]

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Black Athletes Donate $100,000 to Help Pay Debts of Former Felons in Florida So They Can Vote in 2020

Photo: Logan Cyrus (Getty Images) Black athletes and entertainers are standing up in a major way to make sure the voices of Black people matter in this year’s elections. Advertisement More Than A Vote, a group founded by LeBron James and others in June to fight against voter suppression, says it will donate $100,000 to […]

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Stacey Abrams To Feature In Upcoming Documentary From Amazon Studios on Voter Suppression

Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez (Getty Images) Former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who lost to Georgia Governor Brian Kemp in an election rife with evidence of voter suppression, will feature in a new documentary about that same pervasive issue in America’s democracy premiering in September. Advertisement All In: The Fight for Democracy will open in select […]

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Trump’s Greatest Liability Is His Own Incumbency

Then the pandemic and the protests upended Trump’s case for re-election. Boasting about a 2017 tax-cut package or a rising stock market is unlikely to sway most of the millions of voters who’ve lost their jobs in recent months or known someone who died from COVID-19. This perhaps explains why polls show Trump losing considerable […]

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Donald Trump Has Permanently Changed the Publishing Industry

Since 2017, a great number of bestsellers have been published about President Trump. Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury, published in early 2018, has sold several million copies. (Its less splashy sequel, Siege, was also a bestseller the following year, though it lagged far behind its predecessor.) Bob Woodward’s Fear sold 1.1 million copies its first […]

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A Trump Ad Used a Photo of Protesters Beating Up a Cop — in Ukraine, 6 Years Ago

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. A series of Trump campaign ads that ran briefly this week featured a photo of protesters assaulting a police officer to represent “chaos and violence” in the United States, but it turns out the photo was actually taken several years ago during […]

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Trump’s Polling Decline Is Tying the Conservative Media in Knots

On Monday, Limbaugh added that Biden could also be brought down by unforeseen events, including an unexpectedly rapid recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. “What happens if the numbers start reversing and the number of cases goes way down, the number of deaths goes way down?” he asked. “Anything can happen between now and Election Day.” […]

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The Only Person Who’s Figured Out How to Interview Trump

You see many of these qualities in Wallace’s Sunday exchanges with the president. When Trump complained, “Now they want to make it the 1619 project. Where did that come from? What does it represent?” Wallace interrupted his train of thought by saying, “It’s slavery.” When Trump insisted that Joe Biden wants to defund the police, […]

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Nikema Williams Chosen to Replace Rep. John Lewis on the November Ballot

Photo: John Bazemore (AP) The tragic passing of John Lewis last Friday has left a massive hole in the U.S House of Representatives. Lewis was up for re-election this year and won the Democratic nomination for 5th Congressional District seat during Georgia’s June primary. In the wake of his death, a group of Georgia Democrats […]

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I Scored Worse Than Donald Trump Did on That Brain Test

At the time I was constantly worried that my internet habits had impaired my ability to think and remember things; spending hours on Twitter, training my brain to absorb and quickly purge thousands of tiny pieces of information, is probably not that healthy. I held out hope, however, that the answer would involve my medication, […]

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