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    Herman Cain had died from Covid-19 at the age of 74.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/30/us/politics/herman-cain-dead.html

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    A friend informed me that people who acquire their knowledge of the world through the MSM are constantly subject to censorship and manipulation and distortion of facts .  They would not know about this,

    From WND:

    Bernell Trammell was a well-known black businessman and supporter of President Trump. He was gunned down in broad daylight last week sitting in a lawn chair out front of his Milwaukee shop.

    Trammell was regarded as “a community elder and beloved figure” by many in his community, yet not a single news story reported about his death from CNN, MSNBC, NYT or other liberal media outlets. Trammell was even a vocal proponent for the BLM movement and a supporter of Democratic state Sen. Lena Taylor’s campaign to become Milwaukee mayor. Police still haven’t found his killers. A federal investigation has ensued because they expect his murder was “politically motivated.”

    This past week  conservative journalist Andrew Duncomb,  a news reporter, who is also a Trump supporter, was stabbed by an Antifa radical in Portland. Odds are you didn’t gear about it as mainstream media outlets didn’t report on this anti-conservative, politically motivated assault either.

    Speaking of law and order, recall the tragic end of small-town police chief David Dorn, who was a 77-year-old African American retired St. Louis police officer who served 38 years on the force He was shot and killed by looters a few months ago in front of a pawn shop. Nothing was heard about Chief Dorn from BLM, CNN, MSNBC, NYT, etc.

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    ‘Masks Make Us Slaves’: Massive Anti-Lockdown Protest in Berlin

    About 20,000 people — many of them maskless — marched in the streets of Berlin, Germany, protesting against government lockdown measures.

    It was an eclectic coalition of groups that marched, including anti-vax activists, libertarians, and people who were just sick and tired of government-imposed restrictions. But they all declared “The End of the Pandemic — Day of Freedom” — and demanded a return to a more normal life.

    New York Post:

    Protesters who came from across the country held up homemade signs with slogans like “Corona, false alarm,” “We are being forced to wear a muzzle,” “Natural defense instead of vaccination” and “We are the second wave.”

    They chanted, “We’re here and we’re loud, because we are being robbed of our freedom!”

    Police used bullhorns to chide participants to adhere to social distancing rules and to wear masks, apparently with little success. They tweeted that they drew up a criminal complaint against the rally’s organizer for failing to enforce hygiene rules, then said shortly afterward that the organizer had ended the march.

    The media was busy trying, and failing, to turn the rally into a neo-Nazi event.  Just as a point of interest,  anyone to the right of Karl Marx is considered a “neo-Nazi” in Germany, the media has an easy time discrediting protests like this.

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    50% of Americans don’t want to take a coronavirus vaccine

    The reason for this may be because the actual rate of serious harm from vaccines is 2.4%.  There’s a 1 in 40 chance that you will get injured by vaccines and today’s kids have to take up to 70 vaccines.

    Big Pharma was protected from being sued for their vaccines.  Today not a single vaccine has been tested against a placebo and Big Pharma is pushing through the coronavirus vaccine at a record pace, despite numerous individuals in the initial testing sample getting violently ill and the testing given to the healthiest people in the country.

    I’ll pass

     

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    Sweden’s Top Epidemiologist: ‘We See No Point In Wearing Masks’

    Sweden’s top epidemiologist says he sees “no point” in mandating masks in public across the country, which has seen its COVID-19 numbers plunge in recent months.

    “With numbers diminishing very quickly in Sweden, we see no point in wearing a face mask in Sweden, not even on public transport,” Anders Tegnell said, according to Fortune.

    Newsweek reports that as of Sunday, “the latest death rate in Sweden (deaths per 100,000 people) was reported to be 56.40. The figure is lower than that reported in the U.K. (69.60), Spain (60.88) and Italy (58.16), according to the latest report Sunday by Johns Hopkins University.”

    “That Sweden has come down to these levels is very promising,” Tegnell told reporters in Stockholm on Tuesday. “The curves are going down and the curves for the seriously ill are beginning to approach zero.”

    The Swede’s comments follow those from Holland’s top scientist, who have examined data and research about COVID-19 and declared there is no clear evidence that wearing face masks protects — anyone.

    In fact, the scientists say wearing masks may actually hamper the fight against virus.

    Writes the Daily Mail:

    Holland’s position is based on assessments by the Outbreak Management Team, a group of experts advising the government. It first ruled against masks in May and has re-evaluated the evidence several times, including again last week. It believes they detract from a clear three-pronged message that has kept deaths from coronavirus down to less than half the rate in Britain: wash hands regularly, maintain social distancing of 1.5 metres and stay at home if suffering any symptoms.

    The one exception outside of the medical frontline has been on public transport, where masks are mandatory on the basis it is difficult to stay apart on crowded buses, ferries and trains. ‘We have seen this approach works,’ said Christian Hoebe, a professor of infectious diseases in Maastricht and member of the advisory team. ‘Face masks should not be seen as a magic bullet that halts the spread.

    ‘The evidence for them is contradictory. In general, we think you must be careful with face masks because they can give a false sense of security. People think they’re immune from disease or stop social distancing. That is very negative.’

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    Ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse linked to catastrophic Beirut explosion

    (CNN) Beirut was declared a “disaster city” by authorities on Wednesday, in the wake of a huge explosion in the port of the Lebanese capital that left at least 135 people dead and 5,000 injured. The number of deaths is expected to climb amid ongoing search and rescue efforts.

    Many people were still missing the day after the Tuesday blast, and 300,000 have been displaced from their homes. The city’s emergency services, already under strain due to the Covid-19 pandemic, were operating at decreased capacity after four hospitals were damaged. The explosion’s shockwave damaged buildings up to 10 kilometers (6 miles) away.

    A warehouse storing thousands of tons of an unsecured and volatile chemical compound has emerged as a possible source of the blast. It’s still not exactly clear what led to the ignition that wiped out entire streets, but questions swirled Wednesday over whether the authorities had failed to act on warning signs.

    Prime Minister Hassan Diab said that 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate — typically used as an agricultural fertilizer — had been stored for six years at a warehouse in the Beirut port without safety measures, “endangering the safety of citizens,” according to a statement.

    Unheard warnings

    Initial reports in state media blamed the blast on a major fire at a firecrackers warehouse near the port. Later, the country’s general security chief Abbas Ibrahim said a “highly explosive material” had been confiscated years earlier and stored in the warehouse, just minutes’ walk from Beirut’s shopping and nightlife districts.

    The Director General of Beirut Port Hassan Kraytem said Wednesday he knew the materials stored “in warehouse number 12” were dangerous, “but not to that extent.” Maintenance was conducted on Warehouse 12’s door hours before the blast on Tuesday, according to Kraytem.

    “Customs and State Security sent letters [to the authorities] asking to remove or re-export the explosive materials six years ago, and we have been waiting since then for this issue to be resolved, but to no avail,” Kraytem told the local television channel OTV.

    Maritime traffic services and documents obtained by CNN describe a shipment of 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate that was detained in Beirut in 2013. The Russian-owned ship, named the MV Rhosus, was destined for Mozambique but stopped in Beirut due to financial difficulties that also created unrest with the ship’s Russian and Ukrainian crew.

    The Director of Lebanese Customs, Badri Daher, told CNN that officials had written to legal authorities six times calling for that cargo be removed from the port, but the requests went unheeded.

    On Wednesday, Lebanese Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad Najd said there are papers and documents dating back to 2014 proving the existence of an exchange of information about the “material” confiscated by Lebanese authorities. She told Jordan’s state-owned channel Al Mamlaka that the exchange is being considered in relation to the potential cause of the deadly Beirut blast.

    Asked in a telephone interview if there are any early findings in the investigations related to the cause of the explosion, she said, “There are no preliminary results or clarification.”

    The Lebanese cabinet has ordered an unknown number of port officials to be placed under house arrest in the coming days, pending the results of an investigation into the blast, according to Ghada Shreim, the minister for displaced people. Those involved in “the storage, guarding and investigating of Hangar 12 from 2014 until today” will be included in the arrests, Shreim said.

    Lebanese President Michel Aoun promised a transparent investigation into the causes of the explosion, vowing Wednesday that those responsible would be held accountable and face “severe punishment.”

    Calls have been growing for an international investigation into the blast. “Former Prime Ministers Najib Mikati, Fouad Siniora, Saad Hariri, and Tammam Salam find it necessary to ask the United Nations or the Arab League to form an international or Arab investigation committee,” according to a joint statement released by Hariri’s office.

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    Donald Trump Signs Executive Order: Payroll Tax Holiday, Enhanced Unemployment Checks

    The president said that the payroll tax holiday would apply to Americans earning less than $100,000 a year.

    “If I am victorious on November 3, I plan to forgive these taxes and make permanent cuts to the payroll tax,” he said.

    Trump added that he might even “terminate” the tax or make permanent changes. A group of supporters joined the president at his press conference announcing the news and cheered as the president signed the orders.

    “Biden probably won’t be doing that. You’ll have to ask him. I don’t think he knows what he’s doing,” he said, as his supporters chuckled.

    The president also said he would provide a federal unemployment enhancement of $400 per week but that states would pay for 25 percent of the cost. He also signed an extension of the moratorium on evictions and deferred student loan payments.

    Trump said he had to act on his own after negotiations with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer ground to a halt.

    “The Democrats have obstructed people from getting desperately needed help,” Trump said.

    The president said he would find ways to use existing funds already passed by Congress for coronavirus relief to help Americans fight the virus and the economic struggles from the lockdowns.

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    Gingrich: We’re Seeing the ‘Dumbing Down of America for Three Generations’

    Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich discussed the push made by the progressive left in America to undermine the traditional education system.

    The effort to eliminate grammar and history because of racism concerns is a product of the “dumbing down” of the country through three generations of indoctrination and groupthink in America’s education system.

    This could help to explain the existence of such imbecility as antifa and blm and the green new deal and defund the police and gender/identity politics and the cancel culture and numerous other leftist fails, along with the most idiotic of all being vote for

    JOE BIDEN.

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    BREAKING NEWS

    Kamala Harris Is Biden’s V.P. Pick

    by Alexander Burns and Katie Glueck
    Aug. 11, 2020
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    Joseph R. Biden Jr. selected Senator Kamala Harris of California as his vice-presidential running mate on Tuesday, embracing a former rival who sharply criticized him in the Democratic primaries but emerged after ending her campaign as a vocal supporter of Mr. Biden and a prominent advocate of racial-justice legislation after the death of George Floyd in late May.

    Ms. Harris, 55, is the first Black woman and the first person of Indian descent to be nominated for national office by a major party, and only the fourth woman in history to be chosen for one of their presidential tickets. She brings to the race a far more vigorous campaign style than Mr. Biden’s, including a gift for capturing moments of raw political electricity on the debate stage and elsewhere, and a personal identity and family story that many find inspiring.

    Mr. Biden announced the selection over text message and in a follow-up email to supporters: “Joe Biden here. Big news: I’ve chosen Kamala Harris as my running mate. Together, with you, we’re going to beat Trump.’’ The two are expected to appear together in Wilmington, Del., on Wednesday.

    After her own presidential bid disintegrated last year, many Democrats regarded Ms. Harris as all but certain to attempt another run for the White House in the future. By choosing her as his political partner, Mr. Biden may well be anointing her as the de facto leader of the party in four or eight years.

    A pragmatic moderate who spent most of her career as a prosecutor, Ms. Harris was seen throughout the vice-presidential search as among the safest choices available to Mr. Biden. She has been a reliable ally of the Democratic establishment, with flexible policy priorities that largely mirror Mr. Biden’s, and her supporters argued that she could reinforce Mr. Biden’s appeal to Black voters and women without stirring particularly vehement opposition on the right or left.

    While she endorsed a number of left-wing policy proposals during her presidential bid, Ms. Harris also showed a distinctly Biden-like impatience with what she characterized as the grand but impractical governing designs of some in her party.

    “Policy has to be relevant,” Ms. Harris said last summer in an interview with The New York Times. “That’s my guiding principle: Is it relevant? Not, ‘Is it a beautiful sonnet?’”

    For all the complexity of Mr. Biden’s vice-presidential search, there is a certain foreordained quality to Ms. Harris’s nomination. She has been regarded as a rising figure in Democratic politics since around the turn of the century, and as a confident representative of the country’s multiracial future. Ms. Harris sought to capture that sense of destiny in her own presidential campaign, announcing her candidacy on Martin Luther King Day in 2019 and paying frequent homage to Shirley Chisholm, the first Black candidate to seek a major party’s nomination.

    Throughout her rise, Ms. Harris has excited Democrats with a personal story that set her apart even in the diverse political melting pot that is California: she is the daughter of two immigrant academics, an Indian-American mother and a father from Jamaica. Ms. Harris was raised in Oakland and Berkeley, attended Howard University and pursued a career in criminal justice before becoming only the second Black woman ever elected to the Senate.

    Still, Ms. Harris was far from a shoo-in for the role of Mr. Biden’s running mate, and some of Mr. Biden’s advisers harbored persistent reservations about her because of her unsteady performance as a presidential candidate and the finely staged ambush she mounted against Mr. Biden in the first debate of the primary season. Jill Biden, the former second lady, called Ms. Harris’s debate stage remarks a “punch to the gut” at a fund-raiser in March.

    In the end, however, Mr. Biden may have come to see the panache Ms. Harris displayed in that debate — when she confronted him over his past opposition to busing as a means of integrating public schools — as more of a potential asset to his ticket than as a source of lingering grievance. Indeed, even in the bleaker periods of her presidential candidacy last year, Ms. Harris maintained an ability to excite Democratic voters with the imagined prospect of a debate-stage clash between her and President Trump.

    Mr. Biden’s choice drew immediate praise Tuesday afternoon from some of his former rivals for the Democratic nomination. Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, herself a onetime candidate for the vice-presidential slot, called it a “historic moment’’ and praised Ms. Harris’s leadership, experience and character.

    After leaving the presidential race in December, Ms. Harris turned her attention back to the Senate and found new purpose amid a wave of nationwide protests this spring against racism and police brutality. She marched beside protesters and forcefully championed proposals to overhaul policing and make lynching a federal crime, often speaking with a kind of clarity that had eluded her in the presidential primaries on economic issues like health care and taxation.

    Ms. Harris is likely, however, to face some skepticism from the left — and attacks from Mr. Trump — over her record as district attorney of San Francisco and attorney general of California. She has struggled in the past to defend her handling of some highly sensitive cases, including one involving a death-row inmate seeking to obtain DNA evidence for his case, as well as her decision to defend California’s death penalty in court despite her stated opposition to capital punishment.

    In perhaps her worst moment of the 2020 primary race, Ms. Harris during a debate appeared entirely unable to rebut searing criticism from an obscure rival, Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who demanded that Ms. Harris apologize for having prosecuted so many people for marijuana infractions. At other times, Ms. Harris struggled to articulate clear positions on litmus-test issues like single-payer health care.

    But if Mr. Biden’s selection of Ms. Harris is met with a cold shoulder by some on the left, she is likely to be embraced by Mr. Biden’s most important electoral constituency within the Democratic Party: Black voters.

    Indeed, his choice reflects an emphatic recognition of the diversity of the Democratic political coalition and the foundational role that Black women in particular play within the party. Black women are among the most loyal Democratic constituencies, and without their overwhelming support Mr. Biden would have been unlikely to secure the Democratic nomination in the first place. By nominating a Black woman for national office, Mr. Biden appears to be acknowledging the immensity of that political debt.

    He considered at least five Black women for the job, including Susan Rice, the former national security adviser to former President Barack Obama, and Representative Karen Bass, before ultimately settling on Ms. Harris. While Mr. Biden never described race as a central criterion in his decision-making, he stressed repeatedly throughout the process that he was reviewing a highly diverse group of candidates, including Latina and Asian-American candidates.

    Mr. Biden faced only limited pressure from voters and Black elected officials to select an African-American running mate, and polls found that even liberals and Black voters themselves mostly believed that race should not be a factor in his decision. But the political atmosphere that took hold after the killing of Mr. Floyd in Minneapolis seemed to demand a running mate who could speak with great authority on matters of racism, law enforcement and social inequity — and there is little doubt that Ms. Harris will be called upon to do just that.

    Some Democratic leaders also urged Mr. Biden to choose a Black running mate for purely strategic reasons, arguing that an increase in Black turnout across the South and Midwest could improve both Mr. Biden’s chances of winning the Electoral College and his party’s odds of winning a majority in the Senate. Still, it remains an open question how much Ms. Harris will help Mr. Biden and his party in that respect: Last year, she never garnered strong support in the diverse primary states of South Carolina and Nevada, and opinion research conducted by Mr. Biden’s team in recent weeks suggested she was not especially compelling to Black voters.

    The question of Mr. Biden’s potential running mate was an urgent issue even for his core admirers, some of whom supported him in the Democratic primaries because they believed he could win the election but worried about whether he would be able to generate passionate enthusiasm for his candidacy. Part of Ms. Harris’s task now may be to stir the energy of Mr. Biden’s coalition in a way he has seldom managed to do himself.

    The immediate political impact of Ms. Harris’s selection could be relatively muted in a campaign shaped so heavily by forces of extraordinary scale, most of all a global pandemic that has claimed many tens of thousands of American lives and pushed the economy into a painful recession.

    Yet it has been clear for months that Mr. Biden’s vice-presidential decision would have unusually weighty implications for the Democratic Party, and for national politics in general.

    If he wins in November, Mr. Biden would become the oldest president ever to hold the office, and few senior Democrats believe he is likely to seek a second term that would begin after his 82nd birthday. As a result, when Democrats formally approve Ms. Harris as Mr. Biden’s running mate this month, they may well be naming her as a powerful favorite to lead their party into the 2024 presidential race.

    Mr. Biden’s advanced age — 77 — also may have heightened the importance of finding a running mate with thoroughly convincing political credentials. Mr. Biden himself seemed sensitive to that reality, reiterating often that he wanted a vice president who would be ready to assume the top job immediately.

    “The first and most important attribute is, if something happens to me, the moment after it does, that that person is capable of taking over as President of the United States of America,” he said at a fund-raiser in May.

    The vice-presidential search was at once highly public — involving tryouts on television and in online campaign events for more than half a dozen candidates — and surprisingly discreet for a campaign that has weathered a sizable number of leaks over the last 15 months.

    Much of the process was carried out by a committee of four trusted advisers named by Mr. Biden in late April: former Senator Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut, Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester of Delaware, Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles and Cynthia C. Hogan, Mr. Biden’s former chief counsel.

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    Here’s why Joe Biden chose Kamala Harris as his VP

    (CNN) Joe Biden thinks he is going to win the White House in 84 days’ time.

    That’s the unmistakable message he sent just after 4 p.m. Eastern time when, via text, his campaign announced that he had picked Sen. Kamala Harris of California as his vice presidential nominee.

    Harris, who ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic presidential nomination earlier this year, had been the front-runner to be Biden’s pick for months because, well, she simply made sense.

    Consider:

    * She’s been vetted on the national stage due to her own 2020 bid

    * She has experience in government — as both the California attorney general and as a US senator since 2017

    * At 55 years old, she represents a younger generation of leader — something that Biden, who will be 78 on Inauguration Day 2021, said was a major factor in his choice

    * She is a historic pick as the first Black and South Asian American woman to appear on a major party’s national ticket

    * She’s from California, a massive treasure trove of both Democratic votes and Democratic donors

    * She emerged as an outspoken voice on race — and the need for police reform — following the death of George Floyd in May and the subsequent protests it sparked around the country

    There was no one else on Biden’s VP shortlist that checked so many boxes.

    What’s telling is that Biden — and his team — didn’t feel the need to reach for a less predictable pick. They knew that while picking Harris would draw considerable attention, it would also be the thing most people expected them to do. Despite the historic nature of putting Harris on the ticket, Biden and his advisers knew that selecting Harris might be described by some as unsurprising.

    But one man’s “unsurprising” is another man’s “safe.” And that’s exactly what Harris is — and what Biden believes he needs.

    See, if you are Joe Biden, making your third run for president and ahead in virtually every swing state and nationally over President Donald Trump, every day between now and November 3 you want to do nothing that threatens to change the underlying dynamics of the race. And those underlying dynamics are that this election is a referendum on Trump’s first term in office and, more specifically, the deeply haphazard and erratic way in which he has handled the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

    Under that theory of the case, Biden needs to spend most of his time convincing voters that Trump deserves to be fired and a (relatively) small amount of time making sure they believe he could do the job in the incumbent’s place.

    What that all means is that Biden wants the race to be about him as little as possible. He doesn’t want to turn this into 2016 all over again, in which Hillary Clinton was forced by Trump to play defense over her time (and emails) at the State Department. He doesn’t want the race to turn into a war of words or a battle to see who can sink lower in terms of personal attacks.

    And so, in making the most important decision of his campaign, Biden abided by that approach. He wanted to, above all, do no harm.

    Picking former US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, who saw her fortunes soar in the finals days of the veepstakes, undoubtedly appealed to Biden, since he had the closest personal relationship with her and believed she could help him heal the wounds, internationally, that Trump has created. But Rice’s ties to the attacks in Benghazi, Libya — not to mention her presence in a January 20, 2017, meeting on Michael Flynn — created clear attack lines for Trump’s campaign to turn the spotlight from his flailing bid to Biden and Rice.

    Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was, without question, one of Biden’s most trusted, effective and loyal surrogates throughout the 2020 race. She was with him when no one thought he could come back from dismal finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire. But with her time as mayor of Atlanta being her highest level of experience in elected office, Biden would open himself up to questions about whether she would be ready to take on the top job at a moment’s notice.

    California Rep. Karen Bass’ time as speaker of the State Assembly in California and her ability to appeal to Democrats of all ideological stripes made her an attractive choice. But past comments about Fidel Castro and Scientology — and Bass’ shaky responses when pushed on those comments — suggested that she might not be ready for the full glare of the national spotlight.

    Harris, by contrast, had no obvious weakness that the Trump campaign would exploit.

    Yes, it would note — as it did shortly after the pick was announced! — that she had slammed Biden’s stance on segregated busing in a June 2019 presidential debate. (“Not long ago, Kamala Harris called Joe Biden a racist and asked for an apology she never received,” said Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson.) But it’s hard to see that attack doing much damage, given that Biden made history by picking Harris.

    Is the he’s-a-secret-racist message really going to resonate given not only that but also a series of examples of Trump weaponizing White animosity toward minorities during his time in office? No way. And, while her prosecutor past in California might rankle some liberals who believed she was too aggressive in policing, it’s equally hard to imagine that liberals — faced with the prospect of four more years of Trump — would abandon Biden because of it.

    What Biden did is make the pick that maximized his chances of continuing to make the race a straight referendum on Trump while also selecting someone, in Harris, whose resume suggests will be ready to step in if and when Biden decides to step aside.

    This is the VP choice of a confident candidate, and campaign, who believe they are winning. And who believe that, as long they execute the basics of the campaign between now and November 3, Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president on January 20, 2021.

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    Trump reverts to stereotypes as campaign fumbles to respond to Harris pick

    (CNN) It took President Donald Trump less than two minutes to reach for the word “nasty” as he reacted to California Sen. Kamala Harris’ historic selection as the first Black woman to join a major-party ticket.

    A few minutes later, the President added “meanest” and “most horrible” to his characterization of Harris and claimed she was “disrespectful” in her attacks on Biden during the Democratic primary, when they stood on the debate stage as equals.

    The insults all played into racist and sexist stereotypes about Black women and made clear that Trump does not intend to throw away a playbook filled with misogynistic attacks and dog-whistle racism that have imbued his political career, even as the Biden campaign advances a barrier-breaking ticket.

    Trump’s limited political career has brought him up against only one previous Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, whom he called a “nasty woman” during a presidential debate. And since taking office, Trump hasn’t moderated his tone, digging into a public persona that recoils from political correctness while embracing the divisiveness he believes thrills his supporters and provides them validation.

    Facing his first question on Harris during a White House news conference, Trump seemed unfamiliar with the line of attack his campaign had prepared to use on her — and that he had tweeted himself only a few minutes earlier.

    “You had an ad out that said she was phony and I wanted to drill down,” a reporter asked before Trump interrupted: “That she was a what?”

    Looking down, Trump tried to tick through a list of talking points etched before him in black Sharpie: “She’s very big into raising taxes, she wants to slash funds for our military at a level that nobody would ever believe, she’s against fracking … ”

    But he quickly veered away from the staid talking points, shooting instead from the hip and calling her “extraordinarily nasty.”

    Harris pick recasts Democratic power structure for years to come

    While the President claimed Harris was his “No. 1 draft pick,” his attacks and the apparent deficiency of the issue-focused talking points revealed a President and his team who would have preferred Biden pick just about any other vice presidential nominee.

    It also put into sharp relief the challenge inherent for Trump in lining up against a Black woman on the Democratic ticket at the same time as he tries to win back moderate suburban women turned off by his divisive rhetoric.

    Harris was one candidate that several Trump campaign advisers said they did not want, according to two sources familiar with the discussions. Several Trump campaign advisers told CNN they would have preferred to see Biden pick from the other finalists on his shortlist, with a preference for former national security adviser Susan Rice and Rep. Karen Bass, both viewed as lightning rods for controversy.

    “She is certainly formidable,” a source close to the campaign said. “She will inject some much-needed energy into the campaign.”

    The advisers fear the attacks risk distracting from the Trump campaign’s official strategy and highlighting the President’s history of racist and sexist rhetoric at a moment when he is desperately trying to win back voters turned off by those very attributes.

    Others close to the President’s reelection bid insist he is fully prepared to take on a ticket that includes Harris, who had long been considered one of the likeliest running mate options — even if Trump himself appeared both subdued and unprepared when responding to the pick on Tuesday.

    A strong contender

    When Harris mounted her own bid for the Democratic nomination last year, Trump told advisers he thought she was a strong candidate who would pose a real challenge to Biden, people familiar with the conversations said. He stated recently that Harris would make a “fine choice” as Biden’s running mate.

    And along with his daughter Ivanka, he donated thousands of dollars to Harris’ campaigns for attorney general between 2011 and 2013 — after he’d largely stopped contributing to Democrats.

    Others in Trump’s orbit pushed back on the notion that Harris would prove difficult for Trump to counter, with a senior Trump campaign aide arguing Harris’ high-energy persona would “show up Biden and make him look weak,” amplifying Trump’s attacks questioning Biden’s fitness to serve as President.

    “Would I have preferred actual communist Karen Bass? Sure,” one Trump campaign adviser said, hyperbolically. “But this isn’t that much harder.”

    Still, the challenges are clear as the campaign enters a new phase and as Trump and his team take stock of a reshaped contest that polls currently show him losing.

    Harris is widely viewed as a center-left politician who has faced criticism from the left-wing of the Democratic Party for being insufficiently progressive, complicating the Trump campaign’s efforts to paint Biden and his vice presidential pick as members of the “radical left.”

    A senior adviser close to the President’s reelection effort predicted that his team will have a difficult time shaping Harris in the eyes of voters. By her nature, she is a historic pick who impressed voters on the campaign trail. Clips of her grilling Attorney General William Barr and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh as they testified on Capitol Hill have both gone viral.

    But most of all, this adviser said, it will be difficult to label Harris as a member of the “radical left” that the Trump campaign has warned will influence Biden if he wins. The attack hasn’t stuck to Biden and some advisers aren’t hopeful it will with Harris either.

    That did not stop the Trump campaign from releasing a digital video and statement within minutes of the announcement, accusing Harris of charging left during the Democratic primary and branding her “Phony Kamala.”

    Painting a picture

    One dilemma the campaign faced immediately Tuesday was whether to portray Harris as an overzealous prosecutor or anti-police leftist. In its first statements on Biden’s pick, the campaign did both.

    In a call with reporters later, Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson and Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn struggled to differentiate between the competing arguments that Harris is both not tough enough on crime and was overzealous in her prosecution as California’s attorney general.

    “What you’re going to see is a lot of security moms that are all across this nation who are going to say, ‘You know what, law and order is important to me and I don’t want a vice president who is out there, marching in the streets with the BLM organization,'” Blackburn said.

    Moments later, Pierson called Harris’ record as California attorney general “abysmal” for the exact opposite reason, arguing Harris “fought to keep inmates locked up in overcrowded prisons” and “championed laws that put parents in jail for truancy.”

    Later, during an telephone interview on Fox News that was arranged ostensibly so Trump could respond to Biden’s running mate selection, the President repeatedly became waylaid in his attacks on Harris. Even as host Sean Hannity launched a series of leading questions about Harris’ record, Trump quickly reverted to old grievances about Hillary Clinton, the Russia investigation and — his consistent bête noire — windmills.

    When he did return to Harris, his attack lines were similar to the grab bag of liberal accusations he lobbed earlier in the day without highly specific nods to her record.

    While Trump has never directly faced a Black woman as a political rival, he has repeatedly antagonized lawmakers, mayors, former allies and journalists of color — many of them female — using coded or highly charged language.

    He has told Black reporters who are women that they are asking “stupid” questions, described their queries as “racist,” and called one a “loser.” He has repeatedly labeled Rep. Maxine Waters, a California Democrat, as “low IQ” and attacked his former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman as “that dog” and a “crazed, crying lowlife.”

    And as racial tensions increased this summer after the murders of unarmed Black Americans, Trump went after Washington, DC, Mayor Murial Bowser, claiming she was constantly asking the federal government for “handouts” while mismanaging the nation’s capital.

    Trump did nothing to project a message of racial reconciliation amid the protests; instead, he dug into a “law and order” message that relied heavily on racist themes, including a defense of Confederate statues and the Confederate flag and a reliance on language that harkened to the Civil Rights era.

    While Trump believed the approach would enthuse his supporters, polls showed him losing ground among key constituencies who disapproved both of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and of his racial tensions.

    That was particularly true among women — including white women — who said they viewed Trump as unhelpful in improving the parallel crises.

    Trump has been working to try and win some of those women back, including by touting efforts to roll back Obama-era anti-segregation rules for the suburbs. In promoting his efforts, he has encouraged the “Housewives of America” to read up on his actions.

    CNN’s Betsy Klein, Kaitlan Collins, Jim Acosta and DJ Judd contributed to this report.

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    Biden and Harris set to deliver speech together as Democratic ticket in Delaware

    (CNN) Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, are set to make their first appearance together Wednesday afternoon for a speech in Delaware.

    The speech comes the day after Biden chose Harris after a months-long vice presidential vetting process, making her the first Black woman and first person of Indian descent to be tapped for a major political party’s ticket.

    Their spouses, Jill Biden and Doug Emhoff, will also attend the speech in Wilmington, Jill Biden spokesperson Michael LaRosa said.

    In a tweet that could preview their message, Biden tweeted Wednesday morning that if he and Harris win, “we’re going to inherit multiple crises, a nation divided, and a world in disarray. We won’t have a minute to waste.”

    “That’s exactly why I picked her: She’s ready to lead on day one,” he tweeted.

    Harris on Wednesday tweeted a biographical video that started with Biden asking her to join the ticket and echoed Biden’s core message.

    “We are in a battle for the soul of this nation. But together, it’s a battle we can win,” Harris tweeted.

    After the speech, Biden and Harris are set to appear together at an online fundraiser for “grassroots” small-dollar donors.

    Whether and how the two can hit the campaign trail, together or separately, remains to be seen. Next week’s Democratic National Convention would ordinarily kick off a frenetic two-and-a-half month sprint to the November 3 election, but the coronavirus pandemic has effectively sidelined Biden from campaigning. He spent July delivering weekly speeches detailing planks of his economic agenda.

    The last time Biden held a campaign rally — March 9 in Detroit, on the eve of the Michigan primary — Harris appeared with him on stage, as the 77-year-old former vice president called himself a “bridge” to a new generation of Democratic leaders.

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    THE FUTURE IF BIDEN WINS

    There is none

    I am afraid for the world

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    All of the Biden/Harris non believers need to get with the program.

    Our country is in turmoil. Trump needs to be voted out of office.

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    Biden-Harris means high debilitating taxation.

    Biden-Harris means a lemming rush off the progressive cliff.

    Biden-Harris means President Harris.

    Biden-Harris means goodbye to America.

    In addition:

    As soon as you register as a Democrat your self-awareness is surgically removed.

    — SFK (@stephenkruiser) August 14, 2020

     

     

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