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    Donald Trump considers spending $100 million of personal wealth to fund re-election bid: “Whatever it takes”

    Donald Trump considers spending $100 million of personal wealth to fund re-election bid: “Whatever it takes”

     

    The 45th President of the United States of America said on Tuesday that he is willing to shell out millions of dollars of his own to fuel his second term campaign to the White House, Bloomberg News confirms.

     

     

     

    With different polls showing how the incumbent president lagged against presidential rival, Joe Biden on key issues hurting his administration, Donald Trump firmly believes that he could regain the Oval office this November and could beat Joe Biden.

     

     

    "If I have to, I will," the billionaire president told reporters about the said self-funding before boarding Air force 1 to Florida. He added, "whatever it takes. We have to win. This is the most important election in the history of our country," when asked how much money he was willing to spend. According to personalities closed with the internal deliberations, Trump has opened up about this idea with multiple people, but he hasn’t yet committed to any self-funding. On the contrary, because of successful grassroots campaigns and fundraising events, the former Vice President Joe Biden and his Democratic team raised more than Trump and his supporters. The blue side of the race reportedly raised a record-shattering monthly haul of $364.5 million in August alongside the Democratic National Committee.

    When asked about the chances of the president using his wealth on this campaign, Trump’s campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh responded via email to Bloomberg News. He claimed that “President Trump’s fundraising is breaking records and we are paying close attention to the budget, allowing us to invest twice as much from now until Election Day than we did in 2016.” Murtaugh added, “President Trump has also built the world’s greatest digital fundraising operation, a dominant ground game, and a third advantage Joe Biden can never match – enthusiasm.”

     

     

     

     

    Fox News recalls that during the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump contributed $66 million to his campaign. He and his allies raised about $400 million less than Hillary Clinton did four years ago.

     

     

     

     

    As of press time, Trump and the Republican National Committee have not released their fundraising numbers for the month. However, based on available resources, it suggests that Trump’s re-election effort has spent more than $800 million of the $1.1 billion that it's raised from the beginning of 2019.

    CBS News Latest National Poll: Biden maintains a strong 10-point lead over Trump

    CBS News Latest National Poll: Biden maintains a strong 10-point lead over Trump

     

    With about two months until the presidential election, the Democratic frontrunner remained ahead by 10 points against Republican President Donald Trump in a recent CBS National Poll.

     

     

     

     

    The CBS News/YouGov conducted the latest poll from September 02 to 04, which showed that Joe Biden performed best against presidential rival Donald Trump with a 10-point advantage, as voters pick the former Vice-President over the incumbent Republican President – 52% versus 42%. The poll presented that 3% of the respondents were “not sure” on who they would vote, and another 3% said they would cast their ballot for someone else.

    The said poll released on Sunday surveyed 2,493 registered voters nationwide and has a margin of error of 2.4 percentage points.

     

     

    Here’s a quick summary of issues included in the said poll (for full-blown results, see CBS News Battleground Tracker report).

    Biden’s rating came mostly on voters who opposed Trump to be re-elected this November with forty-nine percent of them favoring him with only 32% like the former President thus, rooting for him to be named as the next President.

    On the other hand, the favorability factor for Trump came from 18% who oppose Biden to take charge at the White House and 73% of the registered voters like the President, thus giving him another shot at the Oval Office.

    In the case of managing the economy and the issues circling the Coronavirus pandemic,  Biden earned 50% of the respondents' trust and confidence to handle the respiratory disease better than, Trump who only 38% agreed on his handling of the outbreak. On topic concerning the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine, forty-seven percent who took the survey agreed that Biden is most trustworthy on making sure the coronavirus vaccine, available in the U.S, is safe. And only 34% favored Trump to come up with a decision to make sure the vaccine is not compromised. However, 45% sided Trump as the one who handles the Economy better in these times compare to Biden’s 44% approval.

     

     

    Since last week, political advertisements aired with themes of attacking each other’s credibility. Which features clips of the recent protest and unrest in the country - that highlights messages on who could cause safety and order in the country - 48% of potential voters said that they feel more protected in Biden, compared to the 43% who feel secured under Trump.

    Lastly, regarding the nationwide protests that took place across the country, and recent police shootings of Black Americans, 47% believe that Trump “encourages the fighting” while 39% thinks he “calm the situation.” As for the opinion of voters for Biden, 49% agree that Joe Biden “calm the situation” and just 30% sees him to “encourage fighting.”

    With Biden consistently remained favored by voters on different polls, Vox noted that there are still two months until Election Day, and any number of unforeseen circumstances could lead to dramatic changes in polling. It suggested that the recent polls hinted most voters have made up their minds who they want to vote for this year — the CBS News/YouGov poll found only 3 percent of voters are uncertain — but that does not mean Biden will have a 7 point lead on Election Day. These polls simply show how voters were thinking about the race over the last few weeks, not how they will feel on November 3 — or even if they will vote at all.

    The Department of Homeland Security warns about Russia's scheme to undermine public trust in the electoral process

    The Department of Homeland Security warns about Russia's scheme to undermine public trust in the electoral process

     

    Just days after news broke of the Department of Homeland Security withholding a July bulletin bearing information targeting Joe Biden’s campaign, the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis released a record, labeled “For official use only” warning that Russia plots to threaten public’s trust and confidence in the upcoming election.

     

     

     

     

    The said bulletin, according to Reuters, circulated on Thursday, stated that Russia is “likely to continue amplifying criticism of vote by mail and shifting voting processes amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to undermine public trust in the electoral process.” A source revealed that media outlets and proxy websites in mid-August published criticisms about mail-in voting’s integrity, claiming that it would lead to widespread fraud. These claims have been repeatedly raised by the Republican contender Donald Trump who recently encouraged voters to vote twice – in person and once by mail – to test the system’s validity.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The record prophesied that Russia would continue promoting allegations of corruption pointing at the US election system and sow doubts to voters. Russians declared that in the previous caucuses in Iowa, the results were allegedly fixed in favor of “establishment candidates,” and the voting system has been manipulated.

     

     

    The House Intelligence Committee Chaired by a Democrat Adam Schiff, told Reuters, that “Russia is echoing destructive and false narratives around vote by mail that President Trump and his enablers, including Attorney General (William) Barr, have been aggressively promoting.” This bulletin, he added, validated his concern about Russia’s scheme to put in jeopardy in the State’s electoral process.

    On the other hand, Russia denied allegations of interfering with the US election.

    Trump and Biden to commemorate 9/11 anniversary in Shanksville

    Trump and Biden to commemorate 9/11 anniversary in Shanksville

     

    Both Presidential candidates might have crossed paths in this year’s commemoration of the 19th anniversary of the September 11 attacks in rural Pennsylvania at the site of the Flight 93 National Memorial, the White House, and Biden’s camp announced Wednesday.

     

     

     

     

    Though no thorough information released on the public on their itinerary, this might have been the closest outing both candidates after months of the campaign and throwing jabs at each other.

     

    Associated Press shared that the National Park Service, which co-hosts the annual memorial event, is planning an abbreviated ceremony this year to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. The agency plans a 20-minute, “Moment of Remembrance" set to begin at 9:45 a.m., without a keynote speaker or musical guests. According to the agency's website, the name of each passenger and crew member from Flight 93 will be read aloud with the ringing of the “Bells of Remembrance."

    In 2018, Trump went to Shanksville for the 9/11 anniversary and attended memorial services at the Pentagon in 2017 and 2019 while then-Vice President Joe Biden attended memorials in Shanksville during his years in office.

    The memorial The 2,200-acre Flight 93 National Memorial marks the spot in rural Pennsylvania where the hijacked flight crashed, killing all 40 people on board. Three other planes hijacked that day were crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks, CBC News reports

    Trump encourages supporters to commit fraud by voting twice to test Mail-in voting’s system

    Trump encourages supporters to commit fraud by voting twice to test Mail-in voting’s system

     

    In his month-long debate against mail-in voting as it would result in electoral fraud, President Trump encourages supporters in North Carolina on Wednesday to vote twice to test the mail-in voting system.

     

     

     

     

    The Republican President contending for a second term in this 2020 general elections have placed serious doubts over voting by mail in this entire course of the campaign trail. Based on unfounded claims, he argued that it might produce questionable election results and pushed Americans for in-person voting this November amidst concerns brought by the coronavirus pandemic.

     

    Donald Trump tried to undermine the public’s trust and confidence towards mail-in voting because a record number of American voters opted this system during this pandemic, but went too far, in his latest interview, by encouraging his followers to vote twice – in person and once by mail – to check, the validity of the mail-in voting’s system. “They will vote, and then they are going to have to check their vote by going to the poll and voting that way because if it tabulates, then they won’t be able to do that. So, let them send it in, and let them go vote,” Trump said in his interview with North Carolina news station, WECT. He added, “And if the system is as good as they say it is, then obviously they won’t be able to vote.” Donald Trump just suggested voters commit a fraudulent act to support his fraud accusations over this voting option. While election laws vary by state, ABC News stated that voting twice in North Carolina would amount to a Class I felony offense.

     

     

     

     

    In defense to the President, U.S. Attorney General William Barr told CNN that he “was trying to make the point that the ability to monitor this system is not good.” And when told about voting twice is illegal, he responded, “I don’t know what the law in the particular state says.” While Trump’s campaign official cleared this statement of the President by telling NBC News that, "President Trump encourages supporters to vote absentee-by-mail early, and then show up in person at the polls or the local registrar to verify that their vote has already been counted." He added, "It’s amazing that the media can go from insisting that voter fraud doesn’t exist to screaming about it when President Trump points out the giant holes in the Democrats’ voting schemes.” Previously, news circulated that Trump and his wife, Melania requested an absentee ballot to vote in this year’s Florida primary.

     

     

    HuffPost shared that Trump has accused Democrats of trying to steal the election by pushing the use of mail-in voting. The re-election campaign of Trump has recently sued states like New Jersey and Nevada for expanding access to mail-in voting. Democrats have said Trump and fellow Republicans are attempting to suppress the vote to help their side. After the president's remarks on voting twice this election, North Carolina's State Board of Elections released a statement: