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‘Why don’t you say the words law enforcement?’: Trump says Biden afraid to support police

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — President Donald Trump accused Joe Biden of abandoning the nation’s law enforcement during Tuesday’s first presidential debate, saying the Democratic nominee was under the thumb of the party’s progressive left wing.

“We believe in law and order and you can’t even say the words because if you say those words, you’re going to lose all of your radical supporters,” the commander in chief said to Biden on the debate stage in Cleveland, Ohio.

“Why aren’t you saying those words? Why don’t you say the words law enforcement?” he went on.

“They’ve got you wrapped around their finger to the point where you won’t say anything about law and order,” Trump continued.

The nation’s police departments have faced intense scrutiny following the shooting of several black Americans at the hands of white police officers, sparking a movement to “defund the police” supported by many prominent Democratic lawmakers.

The deaths have also led to nationwide protests, the yanking of $1 billion from the NYPD budget, and months of deadly riots in cities such as Portland.

Biden batted away claims that he didn’t support the nation’s cops, telling Fox News moderator Chris Wallace, “The vast majority of police officers are good, honorable, decent people.”


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President Trump participates in the first presidential debate against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

When pushed on rioting in cities like Portland and Seattle, Biden criticized the president’s decision to send in the National Guard to squash protests.

“They could in fact take care of it if they had just stayed out of the way,” Biden claimed as Trump scoffed.

“Riots and violence and chaos help his cause,” he went on, “That’s why he wants to rile everything up.”

Wallace struggled to stop the two septuagenarian candidates from talking over each other.

“Are you in favor of law and order?” Trump asked his Democratic opponent.

“Law and order with justice,” Biden replied.


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Biden forced to defend Democrats, Pelosi over COVID-19 relief inaction

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Biden forced to defend Democrats, Pelosi over COVID-19 relief inaction

Joe Biden was squeezed on his party’s failure to pass coronavirus relief at Thursday’s presidential debate — as Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi comes under increasing fire for failing to reach a deal.

“You are the leader of the Democratic Party: why have you not pushed the Democrats to get a deal for the American people?” NBC News moderator Kristen Welker asked Biden in Nashville, Tenn.

“Well, I have,” Biden claimed. “They passed this act all the way back in the beginning of the summer… This Heroes Act has been sitting there,” he said of the Democratic Party’s $3.3 trillion grab-bag which was killed in the Senate five months ago.

“Mitch McConnell said let them go bankrupt. Come on!” he said, blaming the GOP Senate Majority Leader.

But Trump accused Pelosi (D-Calif.) of being the one to hold out on a deal after Democrats have repeatedly spurned smaller, targeted bills with unemployment assistance and relief for small businesses.

“Nancy Pelosi doesn’t want to approve it. I do. Nancy Pelosi doesn’t want to approve anything because she’d love to have some victories on a day called Nov. 3,” the commander-in-chief said.

“We are ready, willing and able to do something,” he said.

It’s increasingly likely another aid package won’t be passed before the presidential election in just 12 days, with Trump calling Democratic demands a “bailout” for Democratic-run states.

“This was a way of spending on things that had nothing to do with COVID, to answer your question, it was really a big bailout for badly run Democratic parties and states,” Trump told Welker.

Biden said he didn’t see red and blue states, telling the audience all states were in financial trouble following months-long lockdowns prompted by the pandemic.

The septuagenarian candidates were also pressed on whether they supported raising the minimum wage to $15.

Trump said he didn’t, calling for a state option because the cost of living is very different between New York and Vermont.

“How are you helping small business when you’re forcing wages?” he said, claiming small business owners would be forced to lay people off if they were had to pay their employees more.

Biden, meanwhile, gave a full-throated endorsement of the measure.

“Anything below that puts you below the poverty level and there is no evidence that when you raise the minimum wage businesses go out of business. That is simply not true,” he said.


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Did Joe Biden actually call Trump xenophobic?

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Did Joe Biden actually call Trump xenophobic?

President Trump slammed Joe Biden for calling him “xenophobic” in the early days of the coronavirus outbreak during their debate on Thursday night.

But the two sparred over why Biden had lobbed the insult.

The president said Biden had called him xenophobic over the restrictions on travel from China that he had imposed.

“When I closed and banned China from coming in… months later he was saying I was xenophobic, that I did it too soon,” Trump said, “and now he’s saying I should have moved quicker.”

In response, Biden said: “He is xenophobic, but not because he shut down travel to China.”

Biden did in fact call the president “xenophobic” in a tweet on Feb. 1, but did not specifically reference the travel restrictions.

“We are in the midst of a crisis with the coronavirus. We need to lead the way with science — not Donald Trump’s record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering,” Biden tweeted.

“He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency.”


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Protesters gather after Polish court supports almost total ban on abortion

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Curbing access to procedure a long-standing ambition of country’s ruling party

Protesters gathered across Poland on Thursday after the Constitutional Tribunal ruled that abortion due to fetal defects was unconstitutional, banning the most common of the few legal grounds for ending a pregnancy in the largely Catholic country.

After the ruling goes into effect, abortion will only be permissible in Poland in cases of rape, incest or when a mother’s health and life are in danger, which make up only about two per cent of legal terminations conducted in recent years.
 
“[A provision that] legalizes eugenic practices in the field of the right to life of an unborn child and makes the right to life of an unborn child dependent on his or her health … is inconsistent … with the constitution,” said Julia Przylebska, president of the Constitutional Tribunal.
 
Hundreds marched toward the house of governing party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski on Thursday night after the ruling, some carrying candles and signs that read “torture.” Most wore face masks to comply with coronavirus pandemic restrictions.
 
Police in riot gear had cordoned off the house, and private broadcaster TVN showed police using tear gas as protesters threw stones and tried to push through the police line.
 

Small protests also took place in the cities of Krakow, Lodz and Szczecin.
 
“It’s sick that such controversial things are being decided at a time when the entire society lives in fear [of the pandemic] and is afraid to go into the streets,” said 41-year-old, Marianna Dobkowska.

A ‘devastating sentence’ for women

Conservative values have played a growing role in public life in Poland since the nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party came into power five years ago on a promise to defend what it sees as the nation’s traditional, Catholic character.
 
Curbing access to abortion has been a long-standing ambition of the party, but it has stepped back from previous legislative proposals amid widespread public backlash.
 

A group of right-wing lawmakers asked the tribunal in December 2019 to rule on the legality of abortion when there is serious, irreversible damage to the fetus.

“Today Poland is an example for Europe, it’s an example for the world,” said Kaja Godek, a member of the Stop Abortion public initiative.
 
Women’s rights and opposition groups reacted with dismay.
 
“The worst-case scenario that could have come true has come true. It is a devastating sentence that will destroy the lives of many women and many families,” said lawyer Kamila Ferenc, who works with an NGO helping women denied abortion.
 

“It will especially force the poor to give birth to children against their will. Either they have no chance of surviving, or they have no chance of an independent existence, or they will die shortly after giving birth.”
 
Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatovic called it a “sad day for women’s rights.”
 
“Removing the basis for almost all legal abortions in Poland amounts to a ban and violates human rights. Today’s ruling of the Constitutional Court means underground/abroad abortions for those who can afford and even greater ordeal for all others.”

Critics allege courts are politicized     

Opponents say the Constitutional Tribunal may have acted on the ruling party’s behalf. While the tribunal is nominally independent, most of its judges have been nominated by the Law and Justice party, some to replace candidates picked by the opposition but whose appointment was refused by President Andrzej Duda, a party ally.
 
“To throw in the subject of abortion and produce a ruling by a pseudo-tribunal in the middle of a raging pandemic is more than cynicism. It is political wickedness,” said Donald Tusk, head of the main centre-right group in the European Parliament and a former prime minister of Poland.
 
PiS denies trying to influence the court or taking advantage of the pandemic to push through the changes. Its justice reforms, which included the tribunal, have attracted wide international accusations of undermining democratic norms.
 

Abortion rights activists say access to the procedure was often declined in recent years in Poland, even in cases when it would be legal.
 
Many doctors in Poland, which already had some of the strictest abortion rules in Europe, exercise their legal right to refuse to terminate pregnancies on religious grounds. Some say they are pressured into doing so by their superiors.
 
“We are glad with what the Constitutional Tribunal ruled because one cannot kill a child for being sick,” Maria Kurowska, a lawmaker from the United Poland party, said.

“This is not a fetus, it is a child.”


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Trump: ‘I get along very well’ with Anthony Fauci

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President Trump claimed at the final presidential debate on Thursday that he gets along well Dr. Anthony Fauci, despite his recent public criticism of him.

“I’m listening to all of them, including Anthony,” Trump said of the nation’s top infectious disease expert.

“I get along very well with Anthony,” Trump added, calling him a “good person.”

The president then criticized Fauci, saying he flip-flopped on issues like mask wearing, but added: “he’s allowed to make mistakes.”

In a conference call earlier this week, Trump said Fauci was a “disaster.”

“People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots, these people that have gotten it wrong. Fauci is a nice guy,” Trump said.

“Every time he goes on television there’s always a bomb, but there’s a bigger bomb if you fire him. Fauci’s a disaster. If I’d listened to him, we’d have 500,000 deaths,” he added.


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Injunction against First Nations land reclamation camp sparks skirmish with police

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Camp spokesperson says judge is ‘pitting Canada against Indigenous people’

Blazing wooden pallets and tires blocked one side of a street leading into a southern Ontario community on Thursday, after a skirmish between police and members of a First Nation land reclamation camp. 

The confrontation in Caledonia, Ont., came hours after a judge granted a permanent injunction against the camp’s presence, which has stopped construction of a subdivision. 

A electrical power pole was also set on fire by members of the Six Nations of the Grand River.

People at the blockade said officers with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) used a Taser on one person and fired at least one rubber bullet.

The OPP said police cruisers parked on the street were “heavily damaged” by the protest and that officers responded with “appropriate non-lethal force.” There were no injuries and an investigation is underway, the force said on Twitter. Several cruisers had been used to create a buffer zone between the burning blockade and the public.

Earlier, Ontario Superior Court Justice R.J. Harper granted the injunction sought by Foxgate Development and Haldimand County, the municipality that oversees Caledonia, after removing Skyler Williams, a spokesperson for the camp, from the proceedings.

Harper, who insisted that Williams was the leader of the effort, said Williams showed “contempt” for the court by refusing to obey the previous, temporary injunctions, and by insisting the Cayuga, Ont., courtroom was part of the “colonial” court system.

Harper said the court must acknowledge the “abuses that have been put upon the Aboriginal community.”

However, he added, “claims and grievances in our society … must be done respectfully, must be done in compliance with the orders.”

Williams said later the judge is “is pitting Canada against Indigenous people” and that the camp would remain.

“We are committed to defending our territory, that includes staying on the land and it also means we will file an appeal immediately,” he said in a statement to CBC News.

“It’s clear that we’re facing racism and discrimination in this process. From the beginning, we’ve stated that the colonial court process is inherently unfair and it’s clear that is what is playing out today.” 

Members from Six Nations of the Grand River, which sits next to Caledonia about 22 kilometres south of Hamilton, set up the camp in July to stop the construction of the McKenzie Meadows development.

The camp, dubbed 1492 Land Back Lane, was raided by the OPP on Aug. 5, triggering a day of road and railway blockades. Demonstrators set tires ablaze and threw rocks and police fired rubber bullets. 

A senior OPP officer said, in an affidavit filed as part of the injunction, that a second enforcement operation could trigger a stronger reaction that could see railways, bridges and power stations “attacked and damaged in retaliation.” The affidavit also said infrastructure could be targeted in other parts of the country.

“The violence that was brought here was brought here by the guys with guns,” said Williams, speaking to reporters from the 1492 Land Back Lane site, after the hearing.

“The OPP came in here shooting rubber bullets, Tasering … That’s what’s violent. As much as I don’t encourage any type of violent action, I certainly had no blame for folks that engage in it, any of the things going on in the world that has seen hundreds and hundreds of years of oppression and hate and racism, over-criminalization, residential schools. This is what can be expected from oppressing a people for so long.” 

Call for chief to step in

Six Nations member Gowenetoh said she wants to see elected council Chief Mark Hill take a stronger role in the evolving situation and approach the traditional government, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council, to find a solution.

“He hears our cries,” she said. “He could rectify this. All he needs to do is go knock on the Confederacy door and say, ‘I’m willing to help us get our lands back.'”

The Six Nations members of the reclamation camp have historical records they say show that the land the development sits on was sold by a squatter to a settler who then received a land patent from the colonial authorities in 1853.

The property is part of the Haldimand Tract granted to Six Nations of the Grand River in 1784 for allying with the British during the American Revolution. The granted land encompassed 10 kilometres on both sides of the 280-kilometre Grand River which runs through southern Ontario and into Lake Erie. Six Nations now has less than five per cent of its original lands.

The Six Nations elected council has stated that, according to Ontario court decisions, there was no requirement for a private entity like a developer to accommodate Six Nations for developing lands that were taken illegally in the 1800s. Yet, the council said, Foxgate had transferred 17 hectares of land and $352,000 to Six Nations for accommodation.

Foxgate never consulted with the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council, the traditional Six Nations government, before commencing its project. The Confederacy Chiefs Council has supported 1492 Land Back Lane and deems the property to be in a red zone of land over which it contests title.

The Six Nations elected council has an ongoing court case, filed in 1995, against Ottawa and Ontario over lost lands. It is scheduled to go to trial in 2022.

The Six Nations elected council did not respond to a request for comment.

The Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council could not be reached for comment.

Haldimand County Mayor Ken Hewitt said the blame fell on the federal government for allowing the situation to fester for decades. 

“The federal government has a huge role to play,” he said.

“It has abdicated its duties over the years in giving the people of Six Nations a platform for them to voice their concerns and push those concerns through a process. That is why we are here today.” 

Hewitt said if Ottawa stepped in to negotiate, it may create a path away from what the OPP says will lead to conflict. 

“I would hope there is enough respect between the two communities and ties between the two communities that we can find a better way to bring this to the front of the federal government,” he said. 


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Kid Rock in attendance for Nashville presidential debate

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Kid Rock’s in the house.

The musician, who has roots in Nashville, was spotted at Thursday night’s presidential debate hosted in the city.

The 49-year-old was seated in the stands of Belmont University next to PGA pro golfer John Daly.

Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, was asked by NBC News if he was there to cheer on Trump.

“I think being here says it all, right?” he told the outlet. “Happy to be invited.”

The musician was wearing a mask over his mouth, but still had his nose exposed.

Last month, Kid Rock headlined a campaign rally for President Trump in Michigan.


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Ivanka campaigning to bring suburban women back to President Trump

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President Trump is turning to White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump in the final stretch of the 2020 campaign to try and shore up the support of suburban women — who carried him across the finish line in 2016.

Over the past six weeks, the first daughter and senior adviser to the president has made 17 campaign stops for her father, according to Politico.

From tweets to pleas at rallies, the commander in chief pledged repeatedly in recent months that he would save the ‘burbs as part of a larger effort to secure the support of suburban women.

“Finally! Suburban women are flocking over to us. They realize that I am saving the Suburbs – the American Dream! I terminated the Regulation that would bring projects and crime to Suburbia. Not on my watch!” the president tweeted Thursday morning, adding that a President Biden would oversee an increase in regulation.

In total, Ivanka has visited 10 battleground states — Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nevada and Arizona. She plans to visit Pennsylvania, Florida and North Carolina again before Election Day, a Trump aide told the outlet.

From August through late September, she brought in a staggering $15 million to the campaign by holding a mere four fundraisers, according to CNN.

Citing a Trump aide, Politico reported Wednesday that the campaign expected to raise $35 million from the first daughter’s fundraising and campaigning efforts from August through the election.

Behind the commander in chief himself, Ivanka is the most requested campaign surrogate for events, White House officials say.

President Trump’s eldest daughter will host a fundraiser alongside her father in Nashville on Thursday, just prior to his final debate appearance against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

In a statement to Politico on Ivanka’s campaign efforts, Trump campaign senior adviser Mercedes Schlapp said, “As a working mother who has dedicated her career to the improvement of women’s lives, Ivanka intrinsically understands the issues facing American families today. Ivanka Trump can speak to President Trump’s success from the perspective of both a policy adviser and close family member — a remarkably effective combination on the campaign trail.”

Ivanka’s fundraising prowess is not lost on the minds of those in her father’s orbit.

After bringing in $4 million at a single fundraiser in August that a mere 100 people attended over Zoom, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel released a statement showering praise on the first daughter’s ability to mobilize donors.

“Ivanka is a tremendous voice for the re-election effort. Supporters across the country are eager to hear from her on issues ranging from the economy to workforce development and paid family leave,” she said at the time.

One White House official told CNN of Ivanka’s appeal, “The fact is, she’s talking about issues at these events that other surrogates are not. She can talk about paid family leave, or workforce development, or the child tax credit — issues that a lot of voters frankly haven’t heard Republicans talk about as much this campaign.”

For his part, President Trump has spent much of his 2020 reelection effort placing a heavy emphasis on “the suburbs” and how he would protect them.


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Plexiglass removed from debate stage after Trump, Biden test negative for COVID-19

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Plexiglass removed from debate stage after Trump, Biden test negative for COVID-19

Thursday night’s presidential debate will not feature plexiglass partitions after all.

The campaigns of both President Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden supported the removal of the barriers that were installed on the Nashville debate stage as a coronavirus precaution, Frank Fahrenkopf, the head of the debate commission, told CNN.

But with news that Trump and Biden both tested negative for COVID-19 hours ahead of their final debate, medical advisers to the debate commission felt the measure was unnecessary, the report said.

White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci was also consulted — and gave the move his blessing, Fahrenkopf said.

Fauci “agreed that the plexiglass wouldn’t do anything,” according to Fahrenkopf.


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