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US elections 2020 HIGHLIGHTS: If you can protest in person, you can vote in person, says Trump

A Democratic National Convention like no other began on Monday, with virtual guests beamed in from across the country, prerecorded speeches delivered straight to camera in order to urge citizens to vote for Biden instead of President Donald Trump.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 20, 2020 10:12:42 pm
US presidential elections 2020 LIVE Updates: If you can protest in person, you can vote in person, says TrumpThe US President has publicly talked about the need to keep his hair “perfect". (Source: Reuters/File)

Continuing his barrage against the ‘vote by mail’ system, United States President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that: “IF YOU CAN PROTEST IN PERSON, YOU CAN VOTE IN PERSON!”.

Meanwhile, in a sign of the growing political prominence of Hindus in America, the Trump and Biden campaigns are wooing this small religious minority community like never before. Hinduism is the fourth largest faith in the US, representing approximately one per cent of the US population in 2016.

While the Trump campaign promises that re-electing President Donald Trump will reduce obstacles to religious freedoms or Hindus in America, the rival Biden campaign on Tuesday said former vice president Joe Biden has made outreach to the Hindu faith community a priority. For the first time in an American presidential election, the Trump Campaign on August 14 announced the formation of the ‘Hindu Voices for Trump’.

A Democratic National Convention like no other began on Monday, with virtual guests beamed in from across the country, prerecorded speeches delivered straight to camera and a handful of Republicans urging fellow conservatives to vote for Biden instead of President Donald Trump.

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01:11 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Kamala Harris's sister, step-daughter, niece to deliver speeches to nominate her as VP

Kamala Harris's sister, step-daughter and niece will deliver the vice-presidential nominating speeches for the Indian-origin senator, who is poised to make history on Wednesday as the first-ever American of Indian and African descent to be nominated by a major party for the top post. Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) in a statement said Harris's sister Maya Harris, neice Meena and step-daughter Ella Emhoff will make nominating speechs for her.

The stage for the historic convention night would be set by former US President Barack Obama, who was the first non-White president of the United States from January 2009 to January 2017. Obama, 59, delivering the convention speech, immediately before Harris being formally nominated is apt, as during the eight years of his presidency, he mentored the Indian-American Senator for the bigger role. (PTI)

00:24 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Ex-FBI lawyer admits to false statement during Russia probe

A former FBI lawyer pleaded guilty Wednesday to altering a document related to the secret surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser during the Russia investigation.

Kevin Clinesmith is the first current or former official to be charged in a special Justice Department review of the investigation into ties between Russia and Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

Attorney General William Barr appointed John Durham, the US attorney in Connecticut, to scrutinize decisions made by officials during that probe.
Clinesmith pleaded guilty via audio conference to a single false statement charge, admitting that he doctored an email that the FBI relied on as it sought court approval to eavesdrop on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page in 2017.

The sentencing guideline calls for zero to six months in prison, but the punishment is ultimately up to US District Judge James Boasberg, who accepted Clinesmith's plea. (AP)

22:27 (IST)19 Aug 2020
 Obama to warn that democracy itself is on the line in this election

The Guardian reported that Barack Obama has planned to warn on Wednesday night that “democracy itself is on the line” in the approaching presidential election contest between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, Obama’s former vice-president. In a speech on the third night of the Democratic national convention, airing after Senator Kamala Harris was due to officially accept the party’s nomination to be vice-president, Obama was expected to attack Republican efforts to sabotage mail-in voting and ballot access.

“President Obama will highlight the cynical moves by the current administration and the Republican party to discourage Americans from voting,” a spokeswoman, Katie Hill, was quoted as saying. “He’ll make a pointed case that democracy itself is on the line – along with the chance to create a better version of it.”

22:20 (IST)19 Aug 2020
WATCH: Democrats strategy to beat Trump

19:52 (IST)19 Aug 2020
If you can protest in person, you can vote in person: Donald Trump

Continuing his barrage against t he 'vote by mail' system, United States President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that: "IF YOU CAN PROTEST IN PERSON, YOU CAN VOTE IN PERSON!".

19:36 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Jill Biden defends Joe against Trump's attacks

Jill Biden is pushing back against President Donald Trump's claims her husband, Joe Biden, lacks the stamina to serve as president and is calling a Trump campaign ad questioning his mental fitness 'ridiculous'. Speaking on NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday, Jill Biden defended the Democratic presidential nominee against Trump's allegations. She says Joe Biden is 'on the phone every single minute of the day'  talking to governors.

Jill Biden says her husband spends time on Zoom chats and doing fundraisers and briefings and "he doesn't stop from 9 in the morning till 11 at night."

18:53 (IST)19 Aug 2020
WATCH: He Predicted a Trump Win in 2016. What's His Forecast For 2020?

18:50 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Biden says online DNC a convention of the future

Democrat Joe Biden says virtual gatherings are the conventions of the future and that he doubts they will go back to what they did before the coronavirus pandemic. The presumptive presidential nominee made the comment Tuesday while addressing an online group of delegates from Florida.

He called this week's virtual Democratic National Convention 'the most creative, inclusive convention we've ever had'. He says, "I doubt we'll ever go back to the same, exact convention we had in the past." Also on Tuesday's call, Biden questioned whether President Donald Trump is smart enough to be president.

17:52 (IST)19 Aug 2020
How Black women cleared a path for Kamala Harris to be the VP pick

When Hazel Dukes stepped onto the Democratic National Convention stage in 1972 to second Shirley Chisholm’s presidential nomination, it amounted to more than history.

It was a moment of hope. The legacy of Chisholm, who famously said she was “unbossed and unbothered,” was cemented that day as the first Black woman to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

Dukes said Chisholm and others hoped her historic run would lay the foundation for future generations of Black women to ascend into powerful political roles to usher in systemic change within their communities. READ MORE

17:16 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Democrats hope unconventional travelogue entices viewers

An unexpected travelogue connected as a television event during the second night of the Democrats' virtual convention, livening up a show that so far is struggling in the ratings.

The roll call vote that formally sealed Joe Biden's nomination as the Democratic candidate for president Tuesday came from sites in the 50 states and territories.

Biden received votes from the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Alabama and from the parents of murdered hate crime victim Matthew Shepard in Wyoming 'It became a guessing game for viewers: Where will my state's delegates speak from? Washington Post editor Tanya Sichynsky tweeted that it was 'the most any of us have traveled in months'.

16:18 (IST)19 Aug 2020
WATCH: Best moments from the second night of DNC
15:28 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Trump and Biden campaigns woo Hindus in US

In a sign of the growing political prominence of Hindus in America, the Trump and Biden campaigns are wooing this small religious minority community like never before. Hinduism is the fourth largest faith in the US, representing approximately one per cent of the US population in 2016. While the Trump campaign promises that re-electing President Donald Trump will reduce obstacles to religious freedoms or Hindus in America, the rival Biden campaign on Tuesday said former vice president Joe Biden has made outreach to the Hindu faith community a priority. For the first time in an American presidential election, the Trump Campaign on August 14 announced the formation of the 'Hindu Voices for Trump'.

Two days later, prominent Hindu leader Neelima Gonuguntla participated in an interfaith service to kick off the Democratic National Convention, which the Biden campaign said was another sign of the growing political prominence of Hindus in America. The details of the new coalition of the Trump Campaign to woo the Hindu-American community in the US is expected to be announced during the Republican National Convention next week. "Hindus for Trump honours contributions by millions of Americans of Hindu faith," said the campaign which has taken a lead ahead of the Biden campaign.

"The inclusive economy, commitment to building up US-Indian relations, and fierce support for religious liberties for all is unmatched. Re-electing President Trump will reduce obstacles to religious freedoms for Hindus in America," asserted the Trump campaign.

15:09 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Five takeaways from Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention on Tuesday showcased the party’s elder statesmen, up-and-coming political stars and delegates from colorful locations across the country all pressing to make Joe Biden the next US president.

A TENTATIVE TRUCE

The Democratic Party’s moderates and progressives have declared a truce to establish a unified front against President Donald Trump. But it may last only as long as Biden’s presidential campaign, win or lose.

ROLL-CALL ROAD TRIP

If the Democratic convention reverts to normal in four years with an in-person gathering, the one element viewers may miss most will be the virtual roll call that formally handed Biden the party’s nomination. A diverse group of delegates from each state stood before local backdrops and recited delegate counts for Biden and Sanders in a manner that felt like a quick, coronavirus-safe road trip with some humorous and sobering reminders of the nation’s history.

SUFFERING AND RESILIENCE

In a year when lives and livelihoods have been upended by the pandemic, Jill Biden closed out Tuesday night by serving as an ambassador to all the American families in pain. She detailed her family’s slate of unimaginable losses, then shared their story of recovery and resilience. Joe Biden has credited Jill for rebuilding his family after his first wife and young daughter died in a car accident. His older son, Beau, succumbed to brain cancer in 2015.

A CROWDED KEYNOTE

The keynote speech that opened Tuesday’s program featured 17 voices, a departure from a tradition that most famously anointed Barack Obama as a rising Democratic star at the 2004 convention. That speech, in which Obama argued there was no true Red-Blue divide in the country, paved the way for the largely post-partisan presidential campaign he tried to run in 2008.

AN IRONIC MODEL

Jimmy Carter and Trump could not be more different people, but there was a certain irony to the former Democratic president speaking at the virtual convention. Carter’s tenure as president from 1977 to 1981 is the model that Democrats hope now fits the Republican Trump, a single term marked by economic turmoil and a loss of U.S. standing in the world.

(Reuters)

15:03 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Television viewership down for unconventional convention

Preliminary estimates show that viewership for the first night of the Democrats' virtual convention was down compared with the opening of Hillary Clinton's nominating party four years ago.

An estimated 18.7 million people watched coverage between 10 and 11 p.m. on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC, the Nielsen company said. Four years ago, opening night drew just under 26 million viewers. Nielsen's preliminary numbers did not include streaming or networks like PBS and CSPAN; a more comprehensive estimate is due later Tuesday.

MSNBC and CNN, which aired the Democrats' two-hour prepared telecast essentially in its entirety, were rewarded with the biggest audiences. MSNBC had 5.1 million viewers and CNN had 4.78 million, roughly twice what the broadcast networks reached. Fox News Channel's audience of 2.1 million viewers was smaller than what time slot occupant Laura Ingraham reaches on a typical night, perhaps explaining why Fox didn't preempt Tucker Carlson or Sean Hannity earlier in the evening.

11:08 (IST)19 Aug 2020
For Trump, US Presidency means spending hours watching TV: Bill Clinton

Former US president Bill Clinton has launched a scathing attack on Donald Trump, saying the Oval Office under him is a chaotic "storm centre" instead of being a "command centre" and for him, the presidency is about spending hours a day watching TV and "zapping" people on social media and not taking responsibility for his actions. "Donald Trump says we're leading the world. Well, we are the only major industrial economy to have its unemployment rate triple," Clinton said in his address to the 2nd day of the 2020 Democratic National Convention that formally nominated former vice president Joe Biden as the party's presidential candidate. (PTI)

09:31 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Joe Biden thanks Democrats for officially nominating him

Joe Biden accepts the formal nomination of the Democrats to take on current President Donald Trump in the upcoming US presidential elections. 'It is the honour of my life to accept the Democratic Party's nomination for President of the United States of America,' Biden tweeted.

09:16 (IST)19 Aug 2020
With no love for Trump, John McCain's widow praises Democrat Joe Biden

The widow of Republican Senator John McCain will speak at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday on behalf of presidential candidate Joe Biden, offering a reminder of her late husband's bitter relationship with President Donald Trump. The prerecorded segment will add to the parade of Republicans invited to speak about Biden's life and career at the four-night political convention and sketches an implicit contrast with the Republican Trump.

Biden and McCain became friends after meeting in the 1970s, when the young Democratic senator traveled on work trips with the former Navy captain and Vietnam War prisoner of war. The relationship endured through the Republican's own Senate career and as the two competed on rival White House tickets when McCain, as the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, faced Barack Obama, who won the election with Biden as running mate."They would just sit and joke," Cindy McCain said in a clip of the video about the Biden-McCain relationship released by convention organizers. (Reuters)

09:07 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Clinton says Trump sees job as lobbing insults

Bill Clinton has delivered a stinging attack on President Donald Trump, saying the nation knows what he'd do with four more years in the White House: "Blame, bully and belittle." The former president addressed the second night of the virtual Democratic National Convention on Tuesday and said Trump "defines the job as spending hours a day watching TV and zapping people on social media."

Clinton said, "Denying, distracting, and demeaning works great if you're trying to entertain and inflame. But in a real crisis, it collapses like a house of cards." He also praised Democratic candidate Joe Biden but spent far more time on the offensive against Trump, who defeated his wife, Hillary, to clinch the presidency in 2016. (AP)

09:03 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Democrats make it official, nominate Biden to take on Trump

Democrats formally nominated Joe Biden as their 2020 presidential nominee Tuesday night, as party officials and activists from across the nation gave the former vice president their overwhelming support during his party's all-virtual national convention. The moment marked a political high point for Biden, who had sought the presidency twice before and is now cemented as the embodiment of Democrats' desperate desire to defeat President Donald Trump this fall.

The roll call of convention delegates formalized what has been clear for months since Biden took the lead in the primary elections' chase for the nomination. It came as he worked to demonstrate the breadth of his coalition for a second consecutive night, this time blending support from his party's elders and fresher faces to make the case that he has the experience and energy to repair chaos that Trump has created at home and abroad. (AP)

01:15 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Postmaster general to appear before Senate over mail delays

Backlash mounting, President Donald Trump's embattled Postmaster General Louis DeJoy will appear Friday before the Senate to testify on mail delivery delays and service changes that lawmakers and others are warning could imperil the November election.

Trump has flatly denied he was asking for a slow-walk of the mail. But his newly-installed postmaster, a Republican donor with no previous postal management, is facing pressure by Democrats to halt any changes as millions of Americans prepare to vote by mail during the COVID-19 crisis. Demonstrations are being held Tuesday in several cities.
Key Republicans are now sounding the alarm.

In the pivotal swing state of Ohio, Attorney General Dave Yost pleaded with Trump to postpone any needed changes to the Postal Service until after Election Day. GOP Sen. Rob Portman and other Republicans in Ohio's congressional delegation urged DeJoy to "ensure timely and accurate delivery of election-related materials."

(AP)

President Donald Trump at a news conference on Saturday. (Photo: AP)

Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the United States is all set to vote in the upcoming presidential elections due in November. The elections are seen as a direct contest between sitting US President and Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who was vice-president during the Barack Obama presidency.

Presumptive Democratic party presidential nominee Joe Biden named California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, making history by selecting the first Black woman to compete on a major party’s presidential ticket and acknowledging the vital role Black voters will play in his bid to defeat President Donald Trump. He will today make his first appearance with Harris.

Trump has hit the right chord with India, Indian-Americans, say his campaign officials

US President Trump has hit the right chord with India by standing up to China and never intervening in the Kashmir issue, officials of his presidential campaign have asserted.

Seeking re-election for a second consecutive term, Trump, 74, is pitted against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, 77, in the November 3 presidential elections.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the US, there was a record drop in unemployment rate of Indian-Americans under the Trump administration, his Indian-American supporters said.

President Trump elevated India's stature on the world stage, stood up to China in support of India and has never intervened in the Kashmir issue, they claimed.

"In a nutshell, Trump has hit the right chord with India and Indian-Americans," said Al Mason, the co-chair for the Trump Victory Indian-American Finance Committee and for the recently created Indian Voices for Trump.

Further reading:

In Kamala Harris, a choice at once safe and energising

From policy to family: How the Kamala Harris nomination is relevant to India

After Kamala Harris’ nomination — Your mother would be proud: In Delhi, an uncle remembers

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