President Trump and Joe Biden are both focused Thursday on raising money for the final stretch of the race, with the Republican incumbent heading to his golf club in New Jersey and the Democratic nominee holding a virtual event.
Meanwhile, both of their running mates are seeking to shore up support in the Midwest, with Vice President Pence planning to head to Iowa in person while Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) is scheduled to virtually address a Democratic dinner in Minnesota.
Trump’s debate-stage call for volunteers to stand watch at voting locations has prompted an enthusiastic response from known neo-Nazis and right-wing activists, leading many state election and law enforcement officials to prepare for voter intimidation, arrests and even violence on Election Day.
In his debate Tuesday night with Biden, Trump did not explicitly condemn white supremacists or armed right-wing groups when asked to do so, and he falsely accused election officials in Philadelphia of improperly keeping poll watchers out of voting locations this week. The president provoked particular outrage when he was asked to condemn the Proud Boys, an all-male group associated with street violence, but instead said its members should “stand back and stand by.”[Trump’s ‘stand by’ remark puts the Proud Boys in the spotlight]
The Trump campaign and Republican National Committee for months have promised to recruit as many as 50,000 poll watchers to monitor voting locations on Election Day. The campaign’s “Army for Trump” website has contributed to that effort, urging supporters to join the “army of supporters fighting to re-elect him in 2020.”
Biden stiff-armed the Green New Deal liberal climate plan at Tuesday’s debate and offered a pointed reminder of his opposition to Medicare-for-all. He boasted of defeating Sen. Bernie Sanders “by a whole hell of a lot” and sidestepped calls from the left to expand the Supreme Court.
And on Wednesday, Biden said he has not recently spoken to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the leader of his party’s young generation of ascendant liberals.
During his first debate against Trump, and again the next day, the Democratic nominee distanced himself from his party’s left wing in some of his starkest terms yet, pushing back against Trump’s efforts to brand him a puppet of “radical socialists.”
Former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale is stepping away from his job at the campaign, officials said Wednesday night.
Parscale was hospitalized for his own safety Sunday after threatening suicide while holding a handgun during a confrontation with his wife at his Florida home.
“We hope only for the best for Brad and his family,” campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said.
Parscale could not be reached for comment.
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