USA TODAY’S protection of the 2020 election continues this week as states put together to complete certifying their vote counts after President-elect Joe Biden’s victory within the hard-fought presidential race. President Donald Trump has but to concede the race as Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris put together to take workplace in January.
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Michigan GOP House Speaker Chatfield enjoys drinks at Trump Hotel
Public skepticism that Michigan’s Republican legislative leaders targeted on COVID-19 help after they met with President Donald Trump was amplified Saturday as state House Speaker Lee Chatfield was seen socializing at the Trump Hotel in Washington and the president posted tweets that implied the election was additionally a subject of dialogue.
Chatfield and Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey met with Trump Friday afternoon at the White House. After the assembly, the pair issued an announcement that stated, the assembly targeted on COVID-19 help and that “we have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan.”
But critics of the assembly had been already doubtful that the president didn’t attempt to persuade the lawmakers in his ongoing efforts to subvert the election outcomes earlier than pictures surfaced of Chatfield ingesting and sitting, unmasked, with others at the Trump International Hotel. Their issues had been amplified when the lawmakers didn’t elaborate on what, if something, the president requested about Michigan election outcomes
Trump hopes the state’s Republican-controlled state legislature will flip Michigan’s 16 Electoral Colleges vote to him regardless that President-elect Joe Biden earned roughly 154,000 extra votes within the state than Trump.
Trump tweeted twice Saturday, responding to each lawmakers with extra unfounded allegations of fraud and misconduct in Michigan.
“We will show massive and unprecedented fraud!” Trump tweeted in response to Shirkey tweeting out his assertion.
In response to a Chatfield tweet, Trump tweeted, “Massive voter fraud will be shown!”
– Dave BoucherClara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press
Ben Carson says he’s ‘out of the woods’ after being ‘desperately in poor health’ from COVID
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, who examined optimistic for COVID-19 earlier this month, was “extremely sick” and “desperately ill,” in line with a publish on his Facebook web page Friday morning.
“Thank you everyone for your support and prayers as Candy and I battled COVID-19. I was extremely sick and initially took Oleander 4X with dramatic improvement. However, I have several co-morbidities and after a brief period when I only experienced minor discomfort, the symptoms accelerated and I became desperately ill,” Carson wrote.
Oleander 4x makes use of an extract from the oleander plant, which is an unproven remedy advocated by My Pillow founder Mike Lindell who has made unsubstantiated claims about its effectiveness in treating COVID-19. In September, the Food and Drug Administration rejected a request to label the oleander extract as a dietary complement ingredient, citing “significant concerns.”
Lindell is the one who introduced this unproven remedy for COVID-19 to Carson’s consideration. Carson later known as the drug the “real deal” regardless of not being an professional in infectious ailments.
Carson additionally shared that the president was following his situation and cleared him for the antibody remedy Trump acquired when he had COVID. Carson additionally wrote that he’s satisfied the remedy “saved my life.”
Carson believes that he’s “out of the woods at this point” and recovering from the virus.
– Sarah Elbeshbishi
Trump Jr. to spend COVID isolation watching Netflix, cleaning guns
After news broke that he tested positive for COVID-19, the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr. shared a video on Instagram, asking for movie and book recommendations
“If you have any book Netflix recommendations, anything as it relates to movies or any good ebooks since I can’t go out and buy a book, but give me your thoughts because, you know, I might have a couple days of solo time and there’s only so many guns I can clean before that gets bored,” Trump shared within the video.
He also shared with followers that he’s asymptomatic but following protocol.
“You may have seen it by now but apparently I got the ‘rona. You wouldn’t know it based on anything I have felt or seen – I guess I’ve been totally asymptomatic,” Trump said. “But out of an abundance of precaution, I’ll quarantine. I’ll follow the protocols, you know take it seriously, there’s no reason to take it otherwise.”
The president also tweeted about son Saturday amid a flurry of baseless voter fraud tweets, saying, “My son Donald is doing very properly. Thank you!”
Trump, like his father, has continuously downplayed the virus even as cases and deaths have risen to record numbers across the country.
– Sarah Elbeshbishi
Blackburn staff says senator misspoke when she called Biden president-elect
Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., a stalwart supporter of President Donald Trump, on Friday referred to Joe Biden as the country’s “president-elect,” a comment her staff later said was a mistake.
Blackburn made the comments Friday evening live on ABC News, where she was being interviewed by Juju Chang. The remark placed her among just a handful of Republican senators signaling acknowledgment of Biden’s projected victory.
“I’ve not spoken with the president-elect,” Blackburn told Chang. “We did have the vp come to the ground, the vice president-elect come to the ground this week to forged a vote. I used to be presiding at the time. Didn’t get to talk together with her.”
But Blackburn walked back her remark later in the interview insisting, without evidence, that “if each authorized vote is counted, Donald Trump would get 4 extra years.”
When asked about the reference to President-elect Biden, Abigail Sigler, a campaign spokesperson for Blackburn, said, “She merely misspoke – it is nothing extra.”
– Natalie Allison, Nashville Tennessean
Gov. Cuomo to get Emmy for coronavirus briefings
ALBANY – And the International Emmy goes to: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Cuomo, a Democrat whose daily briefings at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic received extensive airplay across the nation, will receive the International Emmy Founders Award on Monday.
The governor is being recognized in part for his use of television to inform people of the latest coronavirus updates at the height of the state’s outbreak in March and April, according to The International Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences, which granted him the award.
Cuomo held more than 100 consecutive days of COVID-19 briefings, many of which were broadcast on cable news networks internationally.
The governor will receive the International Emmy during a virtual award ceremony Monday. It’s a separate ceremony from the better-known Primetime and Daytime Emmys, which focus on American television.
– Jon Campbell, New York State Team