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    ^ I saw one on twitter, he was dancing to the Beatles "I'm a Loser"
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    Source: CNN

    Election officials in at least two states contact law enforcement after threatening emails sent to voters

    (the CNN clip is not on Youtube, but I found a related one from a local station)

    Elections officials in Florida and Alaska contacted law enforcement Tuesday after registered voters reported receiving threatening emails that said, "Vote for Trump or else!"

    The emails came from an address that appeared to be affiliated with a far-right group, though an analyst who reviewed one email obtained by CNN said it had been sent using foreign internet infrastructure.
    One email seen by CNN sent to a voter in Florida included the person's home address. "You will vote for Trump on Election Day or we will come after you," the email read.

    Another voter, Roxanne Palmer -- a resident of Alachua County, Florida, who is a Democrat -- said she found one of the emails in her spam folder.
    The email was sent from "" and demanded that she vote for Trump, according to a copy she forwarded to CNN.
    "I'm not worried about it," said Palmer, who said she interpreted the message to more likely be a scam or stunt than an actual threat. "I'm sure it's just someone taking advantage of a lot of the fear and tension."
    The identity of the person or group behind the messages was unknown, said TJ Pyche, a spokesperson for the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections in Florida.
    Pyche said his office "got flooded with phone calls and emails" from dozens of voters about the messages Tuesday and immediately reached out to local, state and federal law enforcement, including the FBI.
    University of Florida spokesperson Steve Orlando said 183 people, including students, staff and alumni, received the emails.
    The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law received about three dozen reports of voters getting similar email messages Tuesday and at least one of those was from Arizona, said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the organization. "Regardless of who is behind this effort it seems the goal is to discourage people from freely casting their ballots," Clarke said.
    A spokesperson for the Alaska Division of Elections, Tiffany Montemayor, said the state is aware of Alaskans receiving similar emails and said, "We've forwarded that information to the appropriate federal agencies for their review."
    The FBI did not respond to a request for comment.
    A spokesperson for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said in a statement that it is aware of the emails.
    "While we are looking into the emails, we can tell you this: your vote IS secret," the spokesperson said. "These emails are meant to intimidate and undermine American voters' confidence in our elections. Don't fall for sensational and unverified claims. Visit to get more facts about elections and election security. #Protect2020"
    Enrique Tarrio, the chairman of the Proud Boys, said the email "is definitely not" from the Proud Boys.
    "We have spoken to the FBI and are working with them. I hope whoever did this is arrested for voter intimidation and for maliciously impersonating our group," Tarrio said.
    Tarrio said the website is one of their official websites but it has not been updated for weeks and is down because they have migrated to another website.
    "We don't send emails. This is someone spoofing our emails and website," Tarrio told CNN.
    Lt. Becky Butscher of the Alachua County Sheriff's Office said her office is "trying to do the best we can to track down the originator" of the messages but she said a deeper investigation of the emails is happening at "a higher level."
    CNN asked John Scott-Railton, a senior researcher at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab, to review metadata contained in the email sent to Palmer.
    He said the email had been sent using internet infrastructure in Saudi Arabia. Vice News earlier reported that it had obtained an email that had been sent using infrastructure in Estonia.
    "This isn't someone with a fake email account sending messages. This is an operation. The questions will be: how big was it, how many were targeted, and how well were tracks covered," he said.
    "It appears that the operators likely leveraged multiple insecure servers that they probably didn't own in different countries, including Saudi Arabia, to send messages."
    He said it would take a careful investigation to determine who might be behind the emails or whether they are operating inside the US or abroad.

    "To investigate this properly will likely require cooperation between major platforms, researchers, and US law enforcement," he said, noting that a platform like Google, which runs Gmail, would need to track down other messages that were sent.
    "We have to be careful with hot takes but recognize this for what it is. A warning sign that the shenanigans have begun and that this case needs investigating. Many other things like this may be inbound," he added.

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    Who is this terri person?

    Could it be that you're spreading bot disinformation?

    funny, innit?
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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy2.0 View Post
    Who is this terri person?

    Could it be that you're spreading bot disinformation?

    funny, innit?
    Interesting. So many bots out these days. Is anything still real? Oh yeah, about 220,000 COVID deaths. Or....... nah.
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    Trump Presented CBS With Book On His Health Care Record – Opened To A Blank Page

    President Trump on Wednesday tweeted photos of 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl holding a large book ostensibly documenting his healthcare accomplishments – but one photo showed Stahl opening the book to a blank page, underscoring Democratic attacks against Trump’s health care record.

    Key Facts

    “Kayleigh McEnany presenting Lesley Stahl (@60Minutes) with some of the many things we’ve done for Healthcare. Lesley had no idea!” Trump tweeted along with four photos of Stahl holding and opening a large book handed to her by White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.

    But the only photo in which the book is open appears to show a page that is at least partially blank, something commentators and reporters were quick to point out.

    Asked whether the book was empty, McEnany said in a statement to Forbes the book contains “everything President Trump has signed – executive orders and legislation – to improve healthcare for Americans” during his presidency, adding, "All of these items are public, just compiled in one place in this book."

    The tweet comes as part of Trump’s ongoing feud with Stahl after he abruptly ended a 60 Minutes interview with her on Tuesday before tweeting a video of her without a mask and threatening to post the interview ahead of its scheduled airtime.

    Forbes has reached out to CBS for comment.

    Key Background

    Trump famously held a press conference in 2017 flanked by what appeared to be stacks of blank papers, which he said were documents focused on transitioning control of the Trump Organization to his sons. During Trump’s stay at Walter Reed for a coronavirus infection earlier this month, the White House released a photo – captioned “President Donald J. Trump Works from Walter Reed” – that appeared to show him signing his name to a blank sheet of paper.
    Chief Critic

    “It is appropriate that the volumes of books printed by the White House detailing trump's health care plan are all blank,” tweeted Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), a reference to a long-time Democratic critique of Trump that he lacks a replacement plan if his push to eliminate the Affordable Care Act succeeds.
    Big Number

    59%. That’s the share of likely voters in a CNN poll released earlier this month who favor Democratic candidate Joe Biden on health care, while just 39% favor Trump. That makes health care Biden’s strongest issue in the poll aside from the coronavirus pandemic, on which he leads Trump 59% to 38%.
    Crucial Quote

    “For much of his first term, President Trump has claimed that significant proposals would be coming ‘soon’ or ‘in a few weeks’ or, often, ‘two weeks’ — notably health care,” wrote Yahoo News senior writer Christopher Wilson on Tuesday. “With two weeks until Election Day — and millions of votes already cast — the clock is ticking for Republicans as Democrats reprise their successful midterm strategy of warning that the administration and the GOP want to end mandated coverage for preexisting medical conditions.”

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    Donald Trump releases pictures from 60 Minutes interview before he walked out of it as his Chief of Staff Mark Meadows accuses Lesley Stahl of being an 'opinion journalist'

    Donald Trump tweeted out a series of photographs from his '60 Minutes' interview with Lesley Stahl on Wednesday
    The dump came after the president threatened to released portions of the program before its airtime on Sunday after he stopped the interview early
    It also appeared to show that one of the pages of a huge book including his healthcare initiatives, which Stahl was looking over, was blank
    The White House did not deny it was blank, but said, 'It was a very large book of everything President Trump has signed... to improve healthcare for Americans'
    White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Wednesday that CBS News reporter Stahl is 'more like an opinion journalist than a real reporter'
    'Listen, when you have a '60 Minutes' reporter, they should be a reporter, not an opinion journalist,' Meadows told Fox Business
    Also claimed president didn't 'walk out' since he spent 45 minutes with Stahl
    Trump said Tuesday that he would release parts of the interview ahead of them airing to shed light on the 'fake and biased' nature of the interview
    The president reportedly did not like Stahl's questions as she quizzed him on his response to the coronavirus pandemic and the size of his campaign rally crowds

    Donald Trump dumped a series of photos of CBS News host Lesley Stahl from their disastrous '60 Minutes' interview on Twitter Wednesday as his Chief of Staff Mark Meadows claimed the reporter is 'more like an opinion journalist.'
    Trump vowed Tuesday that he would post portions of the program before its airtime on Sunday to show the 'biased' nature of Stahl's interview, which the president abruptly ended after 45 minutes when faced with a tough line of questioning.
    Instead of posting any clips Wednesday, the president shared several pictures, including one showing Stahl looking at a very large book of what Trump says are his accomplishments and work regarding healthcare since taking office.

    But the internet was quick to point out that the page Stahl was looking at in the massive book was blank.
    'It was a very large book of everything President Trump has signed – executive orders and legislation – to improve healthcare for Americans over the past three and a half years,' White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement to 'All of these items are public, just compiled in one place in this book.'
    She did not confirm or deny that the particular page Stahl was gazing over had text on it.
    Chief of Staff Mark Meadows also denied the depiction that Trump 'walked out' of the interview with Stahl.
    'He didn't walk out,'Meadows claimed during an interview with Fox Business Wednesday morning. 'I mean, the characterization of that, he spent over 45 minutes with Leslie Stahl, I've looked at every single minute of the interview and then some. We have tape of every single minute.'
    'Listen, when you have a '60 Minutes' reporter, they should be a reporter, not an opinion journalist. And she came across more like an opinion journalist than a real reporter,' Meadows said in his interview with Fox's Maria Bartiromo. 'Journalism should have standards and we need to get to the bottom of it. So, I think the American people will be able to see it.'

    Donald Trump dumped a series of photographs of CBS News reporter Lesley Stahl at the White House Tuesday, bragging that she 'had no idea' how much he had done for healthcare since taking office

    He also posted images from the interview, which resulted in the president walking out after 45 minutes and not returning for his planned walk-and-talk with Vice President Mike Pence

    White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Wednesday that '60 Minutes' host Lesley Stahl is 'more like an opinion journalist than a real reporter'

    On Wednesday afternoon, the president tweeted out a series of images of Stahl, including White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany showing her a huge book of what Trump has done in regards to health care and handling the coronavirus pandemic

    Social media users were also quick to point out that the huge book of Trump's healthcare related initiatives appeared to be blank – and the White House did not deny this

    Meadows' claims came after the president said he was going to release portions of the interview with Stahl ahead of its air date after it devolved.
    'All right, so then the president will release that interview then before Sunday, when they show it on '60 Minutes?' Bartiromo asked Meadows.
    'Yes. There's a high probability, but more to come,' he said.
    Just hours later, the president tweeted out a series of photographs of his interview with Stahl.
    The Wednesday afternoon photo dump included four consecutive images of Stahl combing over a huge book the White House created compiling the president's contributions to health care and handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    'Kayleigh McEnany presenting Lesley Stahl (@60Minutes) with some of the many things we've done for Healthcare. Lesley had no idea!' Trump tweeted of the reporter and the White House press secretary.
    Trump tweeted shortly after prematurely ending the interview Tuesday that he would release it before it airs on CBS News to expose how 'fake and biased' the interview was.
    Trump tweeted shortly after prematurely ending the interview that he would release it before it airs on CBS News to expose how 'fake and biased' the interview was.
    Trump abruptly walked out of his '60 Minutes' interview at the White House on Tuesday after 45 minutes because he did not like the topics. He did not return for a planned walk-and-talk with Vice President Mike Pence.
    Stahl quizzed him on his response to the coronavirus pandemic and questioned the size of his campaign rally crowds, according to a new report.
    Upon deciding to end the interview early, Trump told the network he believed he had given them enough material before accusing them of being biased towards Democratic rival Joe Biden.
    Trump went on to tease the television special during a campaign rally in Pennsylvania, urging his crowd of supporters to tune in and watch the awkward exchange unfold.
    'You have to watch what we do to 60 Minutes, you'll get such a kick out of it,' Trump said. 'You're gonna get a kick out of it. Lesley Stahl's not gonna be happy.'
    Trump threatened on Twitter to release footage of the encounter without further elaborating on what went wrong.
    'I am pleased to inform you that, for the sake of accuracy in reporting, I am considering posting my interview with Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes, PRIOR TO AIRTIME!' Trump wrote. 'This will be done so that everybody can get a glimpse of what a FAKE and BIASED interview is all about.'
    'Everyone should compare this terrible Electoral Intrusion with the recent interviews of Sleepy Joe Biden!' the president added.
    He also tweeted a video of Stahl at the White House, pointing out that she wasn't wearing a mask.

    Trump promoted his upcoming 60 Minutes interview during a campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, telling them they'll 'get a kick out' what he did to CBS journalist Lesley Stahl

    He threatened to release his entire '60 Minutes' interview with Lesley Stahl before the show is broadcast on Sunday. Trump called the interview an 'Electoral Intrusion'

    Sources told The Washington Post late Tuesday that Trump cut the interview short because he was unhappy with Stahl's hardball approach and was worried the discussion would be edited to portray him in an unflattering light.
    Stahl had reportedly prefaced the conversation by asking Trump if he was 'ready for a tough interview', before grilling him on his administration's handling of the pandemic and his exchanges with Dr. Anthony Fauci.
    She also is said to have confronted him over his rhetoric about Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who authorities say was the intended victim of an alleged kidnapping plot which was foiled by cops last month.
    She also brought up the allegations against Joe Biden's son Hunter, which the president has seized on during his campaign rallies just days before the election, seeking to portray the Bidens as a 'crime family'.
    Stahl during the interview told Trump the claims against Hunter were unverified and also said the Obama administration did not spy on his campaign, insiders told the publication.
    About 45 minutes later, Trump told his staff, 'I think we're done, do you guys agree?' before leaving the room to complain to his aides.
    Trump reportedly told them that Biden, who was interviewed by the network earlier, had had an easier interview and believed the video footage of his discussion with Stahl was going to be cut to 'make him look bad.'
    He also expressed to his staff that he wanted to go after Stahl in return and began floating ideas around with his aides in the Oval Office, a senior White House official said.

    According to sources close to the president, Stahl had reportedly prefaced the discussion by asking Trump if he was 'ready for a tough interview', before grilling him on his administration's handling of the pandemic, his clashes with Dr Anthony Fauci (left) and his remarks about Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (right)

    Trump (pictured during a coronavirus press briefing in March) was allegedly not pleased with Stahl's aggressive approach during the interview and her 'tough' questions

    Stahl had also told Trump the claims against his Democratic rival's son Hunter Biden were not verified despite the president repeatedly promoting the allegations as fact during his campaign rallies

    'The interview was not that bad,' a White House staff member told the Post. 'It wasn't a bad interview. She just had a tone he didn't like.'
    The president has fumed that Biden's pool of reporters asked the Democratic nominee what kind of milkshake he bought during a recent campaign stop.
    'He's committed crimes and they ask him about a milkshake,' the president said on his Tuesday morning 'Fox & Friends' call-in.
    The first indication something had gone awry with Stahl was the six-second video Trump shared that showed the broadcaster bare-faced talking to two masked men holding a bundle of papers, presumably interview notes.
    'Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes not wearing a mask in the White House after her interview with me. Much more to come,' the president wrote.

    Supporters cheer as President Donald Trump departs following a campaign rally at Erie International Airport, Tom Ridge Field in Erie, Pennsylvania on Tuesday

    President Donald Trump walked out of a '60 Minutes' interview early on Tuesday CNN reported and then tweeted about how interviewer Lesley Stahl was at the White House not wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19

    President Donald Trump shared a clip of '60 Minutes'' Lesley Stahl standing around bare-faced at the White House lobbing criticism at her for appearing unmasked. Both Trump and Stahl have already contracted and recovered from COVID-19

    Press aide Karoline Leavitt, who has also tested positive and since recovered from the coronavirus, suggested in a tweet after President Donald Trump's that Lesley Stahl was a hypocrite, saying the '60 Minutes' anchor chided her for not wearing a mask at work

    The New York Times later reported that Stahl wore a mask up until the interview and the video Trump posted was taken directly afterward.
    The Times also noted that Stahl was talking to two CBS News producers in the clip.
    Trump and Pence were both interviewed by Stahl Tuesday at the White House.
    Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, were also interviewed by the program, for an episode to be broadcast Sunday.
    Trump's tweet was followed up by a tweet from press aide Karoline Leavitt.
    'This is moments after she criticized me for not wearing a mask while working at my desk,' Leavitt wrote. 'Rules for thee but not for me, Lesley?'
    The pile-on continued when White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany retweeted Leavitt's commentary.

    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany also posted this image of Lesley Stahl holding what McEnany called what President Donald Trump 'has done for healthcare in the United States'

    The Trump campaign's senior adviser Jason Miller called CNN's reporting 'fake news,' saying that 'we have the receipts from the interview.' CNN had reported that President Donald Trump left the sit-down with '60 Minutes' abruptly

    Leavitt is among the group of White House press aides who tested positive for COVID-19 on the heels of the announcement that the president and first lady Melania Trump had the virus.
    McEnany tested positive too.
    McEnany later tweeted out an image of Stahl holding a large binder handed to her by the press secretary.
    'Handing Lesley Stahl just a small part of what President Donald Trump has done for healthcare in the United States. She couldn't believe how HUGE it was and said, 'I can hardly lift this,'' McEnany wrote.
    Additionally, Campaign adviser Jason Miller pushed back on CNN's reporting labeling it 'fake news.'
    'No drama, interview was not ended abruptly and we have the receipts from the interview - all of them!' Miller tweeted. 'Maybe we need to put the whole thing out so people can see for themselves?'
    'Lesley's a bad example for mask wearing, Kaitlan - don't follow her lead!!!' Miller wrote in a tweet directed at CNN's Collins.

    President Donald Trump has been on a media-insulting bender, including calling a Reuters reporter a 'criminal' Monday but has continued to engage in interviews and appearances. Here he's photographed talking to reporters Monday night on a return trip from a campaign swing

    In early May, Stahl revealed she had been hospitalized for the coronavirus.
    'After two weeks at home in bed, weak, fighting pneumonia, and really scared, I went to the hospital,' she said. 'I found an overworked, nearly overwhelmed staff. Every one of them kind, sympathetic, gentle and caring from the moment I arrived until the moment days later when I was wheeled out through a gauntlet of cheering medical workers.'
    'In the face of so much death, they celebrate their triumphs,' Stahl said.
    A spokesperson for CBS News did not immediately return's request for comment.
    Trump has been famously critical of mask-wearing, chiding Biden for doing so while on the campaign trail, while falsely claiming the Dr. Anthony Fauci initially said masks don't work.
    Fauci was reluctant to endorse widespread mask-wearing in the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic to ensure there wasn't a shortage for medical and frontline workers.
    The president has also been on a media-insulting bender - calling a Reuters White House correspondent Monday a 'criminal,' suggesting Thursday night's debate moderator, NBC's Kristen Welker, will be 'unfair' and sparring on the Las Vegas tarmac with NBC's Kelly O'Donnell for defending Welker as a legitimate reporter.
    Yet he continues to talk to the press daily, speaking to reporters on board Air Force One Monday night, after participating in two gaggles on the ground.
    He also agreed to the '60 Minutes' segment.
    And he headlined a more Trump-friendly Sinclair broadcasting town hall on the White House grounds Tuesday.
    Trump did, however, ignore shouted questions Tuesday night after his threat via Twitter to release the '60 Minutes' interview early.
    Stahl revealed that she spoke off-camera during his 2016 presidential run to Trump about why he frequently attacks the media.
    'He said, 'You know why I do it? I do it to discredit you all and demean you all so when you write negative stories about me, no one will believe you.' He said that,' Stahl said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tulip View Post
    As we continue to live through the scary crazy that is 2020. Here's a little laugh:
    I saw this one on Twitter and it is my favourite.
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    I didn't watch the first debate and I have the sound off, just looking at them. Trump is making faces into the camera as Biden speaks. Just waiting for anyone's critique cause I just can't do this.

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    biden didn't do great.

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    The commentary i'm here is that Biden did do well. He was innoculated against the Biden story by the fact that his hidden Chinese bank account was revealed this week. Biden also said he never took a penny from a foreign entity, and then mentioned that he had revealed 22 years of tax returns while Trump hadn't even revealed one. And then said Trump was taking money from China and Russia and god knows who else.

    Plus, the withering assault on Trump's COVID record.
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    I think Biden did a good job.

    Trump presented well, but every other word was a lie. He was much more measured and composed this time.

    The moderator did well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tulip View Post
    I think Biden did a good job.

    Trump presented well, but every other word was a lie. He was much more measured and composed this time.
    Lied outrageously. Here is a fact check on the debate from Business Insider:


    Trump: "We closed up the greatest economy in the world in order to fight this horrible disease that came from China. The mortality rate is down 85%, the excess mortality rate is way down and much lower than almost any other country. There are some spikes and surges in other places, they will soon be gone. We have a vaccine ... it's going to be announced within weeks. Now they say I'm immune, whether it's four months or a lifetime, nobody's been able to say that, but I'm immune. I've been congratulated by the heads of many countries on what we've been able to do. We're rounding the turn, we're rounding the corner. It's going away."
    Fact check: Trump's statement that the US's mortality rate is "way down and much lower than almost any other country" is inaccurate. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, more than 223,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, and the number of US deaths as a proportion of the population is higher than many any other countries.
    Trump has also repeatedly said that a new COVID-19 vaccine will be released within weeks, but CDC Director Robert Redfield recently told Congress: "If you're asking me when is it going to be generally available to the American public so we can begin to take advantage of vaccine to get back to our regular life, I think we're probably looking at late second quarter, third quarter 2021."

    The president's claim that he is "immune" from COVID-19 is also misleading. As Business Insider previously reported, scientists say there is no reliable indicator of immunity from the novel coronavirus.
    On Trump's contention that the US is "rounding the corner," Forbes reported that as of last week, Trump made the same statement on 28 out of the last 46 days. The majority of US states are continuing to see sharp increases in new cases and hospitalizations.
    Trump: The president repeatedly attacked Biden over the handling of the swine flu, known as H1N1.
    Fact-check: Biden wasn't president when the H1N1 pandemic struck the US in 2009, and he wasn't spearheading the federal response to it; President Barack Obama was. H1N1 also killed far fewer Americans — 14,000 — than COVID-19 has.

    National security

    Biden: "His own national security adviser told him that what is happening with his buddy, Rudy Giuliani, he's being used as a Russian pawn, he's being fed information that is Russian — that is not true. And then what happens? Nothing happens. And then you find out that everything that's going on here about Russia is wanting to make sure that I do not get elected the next president of the United States because they know I know them and they know me."
    Fact check: Biden was referring to a recent Washington Post report that said US officials warned the White House last year that Russian operatives were using Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to funnel disinformation to Trump.
    One source told The Post that the message to Trump was, "Do what you want to do, but your friend Rudy has been worked by Russian assets in Ukraine."
    According to the report, Trump responded by shrugging and saying, "That's Rudy."

    Trump: "Joe got $3.5 million from Russia and it came through Putin because he was very friendly with the former mayor of Moscow. Your family got $3.5 million. I never got any money from Russia. I don't get money from Russia."
    Fact check: Trump's claim Biden received $3.5 million from Moscow refers to uncorroborated allegations from a Republican Senate report last month that said an investment firm linked to Hunter Biden took in $3.5 million from Yelena Baturina, the widow of the late Mayor Yury Luzhkov of Moscow.
    Biden's lawyer, George Mesires, told Politico in a statement that the Senate report held no merit because Hunter Biden did not have any "interest in" and was not the "cofounder" of the investment firm, Rosemont Seneca Thornton, "so the claim that he was paid $3.5 million is false."

    Trump's claim that he does not "get money from Russia" has been contradicted by his son, Donald Trump Jr., who said in 2008 that a lot of the Trump family's assets come from Russia.

    "In terms of high-end product influx into the US, Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets," Trump Jr. said at a real-estate conference that year. "Say, in Dubai, and certainly with our project in SoHo, and anywhere in New York. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia."
    Trump: "I was put through a phony witch hunt for three years. They spied on my campaign. [The special counsel Robert] Mueller and 18 angry Democrats and FBI agents all over the place spent $48 million, they went through everything I had, including my tax returns. And they found absolutely nothing: no collusion and nothing wrong."
    Fact check: The Justice Department inspector general concluded after an internal investigation last year that there is no evidence the FBI "spied" on Trump's campaign, as he has repeatedly alleged. Mueller also did not obtain Trump's tax returns, and he did not conclude that there was "no collusion and nothing wrong" related to the Trump campaign.
    Mueller's team determined that it did not have sufficient evidence to charge anyone on the campaign with conspiracy connected to Russia's interference in the 2016 election. But prosecutors prefaced that statement with a significant caveat, that "the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts."

    The special counsel also declined to make a "traditional prosecutorial judgment" on whether Trump obstructed justice, citing a 1973 Justice Department memo that said a sitting president cannot be indicted. However, his team emphasized that "if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state." The team continued: "Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment."
    Biden: "With regard to Ukraine, we had this whole question about whether or not because he was on the board" of Burisma Holdings, "that somehow I had done something wrong. Yet every single, solitary person when he was going through his impeachment ... said I did my job impeccably. I carried out US policy. Not one single, solitary thing was out of line. Number two, the guy who got in trouble was this guy trying to bribe the Ukrainian government into saying something negative about me. My son has not made money in terms of this thing about ... China. The only guy who made money from China is this guy. He's the only one."
    Fact check: Biden was alluding to Trump and his allies' claim that when Biden was vice president, he inappropriately leveraged his position to force the ouster of the Ukrainian prosecutor general in order to shut down a criminal investigation into Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian natural gas company whose board Hunter Biden was serving on at the time.
    As Business Insider has previously reported, there are a number of holes in this claim. For one, the Burisma investigation was largely dormant at the time that the prosecutor general, Viktor Shokin, was fired. Also, government officials and Ukrainian anticorruption advocates said Shokin had hampered the investigation into Burisma long before Joe Biden even stepped into the picture, The Wall Street Journal reported. In other words, Biden was doing the opposite of what Trump and Giuliani have implied: He was trying to oust a prosecutor who was slow-walking the investigation into Burisma, rather than actively targeting the company.

    Most important, Biden represented the US's official position on the matter, one that was shared by many other Western governments and anticorruption activists in Ukraine, The Associated Press reported.
    Trump: "His son didn't have a job for a long time. As soon as [Biden] became vice president, Burisma ... I hear they paid him $183,000 a month. And they gave him a $3 million upfront payment."
    Fact check: Hunter Biden was paid $83,000, not $183,000, per month while working at Burisma. And although the Biden campaign and multiple current and former career officials have said that the former vice president did not engage in wrongdoing connected to his son's work, they also say the ethics of Hunter Biden working for Burisma given his father's policy work in Ukraine may have blurred ethical lines.
    Biden: "I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life. We learned that this president paid 50 times the tax in China [that he paid to the US government], has a secret bank account with China, does business in China, and in fact is talking about me taking money? I have not taken a single penny from any country whatsoever."

    Fact check: Biden was referring to a recent New York Times report which found that Trump had a previously undisclosed account at a Chinese bank. It also said Trump ran an office in China and was partnered with a government-controlled company in the country. It added that Trump paid $188,561 in taxes to the Chinese government from 2013 to 2015. Meanwhile, he paid just $750 in taxes to the US in 2016 and 2017.
    Biden: Trump "has legitimized North Korea. He talks about his good buddy who's a thug. A thug. And he talks about how we're better off. And they have much more capable missiles able to reach US territory much more easily than they ever did before."
    Fact check: Trump has repeatedly met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Kim has sent the US president multiple "love letters," according to the veteran journalist Bob Woodward's latest book, "Rage."

    Trump, meanwhile, has boasted about his relationship with Kim on multiple occasions, once stating that he and the North Korean letter "fell in love" over Kim's "beautiful letters."

    Trump and Kim have had two formal summits as well as an impromptu meeting at the demilitarized zone that separates North and South Korea. The meetings were meant to foster the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, but that hasn't yet occurred. On the contrary, Pyongyang has continued escalating its aggression in the region and recently created an ICBM that could target the US.
    American families

    Trump: "We have 180 million people out there that have great private healthcare. Joe Biden is going to terminate all of those policies. They have 180 million plans, 180 million people — families. Under what he wants to do, which will basically be socialized medicine ... they want to terminate 180 million plans."
    Fact check: It's not true that Biden's healthcare plan would kick 180 million people off their insurance. Biden has proposed a "public option," which would allow people to voluntarily join a government-run healthcare program similar to Medicare. But if they want to keep their current insurance, under Biden's plan, they would be able to.
    Trump: "They did it. We changed the policy. They built the cages."

    Fact check: Trump made these remarks in response to questions about his administration's "zero tolerance policy," which separated thousands of migrant families at the US-Mexico border. As The New York Times reported, the Obama administration rarely separated families at the border and only did so if the relationship between a child and the adult accompanying them was not immediately clear.
    By contrast, the Trump administration's "zero tolerance policy" was explicitly articulated, and The Times reported that then Attorney General Jeff Sessions specifically told prosecutors who expressed opposition to the policy, "We have to take away the children."
    However, Trump's claim that the Obama administration built cages for migrant children is true.
    Biden: "What did the president say? He said [of coronavirus], 'Don't worry, it's going to go away. Be gone by Easter. Don't worry. Maybe inject bleach.' He said he was kidding when he said that, but a lot of people thought it was serious." Trump replied that he was, in fact, "kidding."

    Fact check: Here's what the president said during the April task-force briefing, according to a transcript and video recording of his remarks:
    "So, supposing we hit the body with a tremendous, whether it's ultraviolet or just very powerful light, and I think you said, that hasn't been checked but you're going to test it. And then I said, supposing it brought the light inside the body, which you can either do either through the skin or some other way, and I think you said you're going to test that too, sounds interesting. And I then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in one minute, and is there a way you can do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning. Because you see it gets in the lungs, and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it'd be interesting to check that. So you're going to have to use medical doctors, but it sounds interesting to me, so we'll see. But the whole concept of the light, the way it goes in one minute, that's pretty powerful."

    Trump: The president said that Biden called Black Americans "superpredators" in connection to the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act.
    Fact check: This is untrue. Hillary Clinton made the remark in 1996, not Biden.

    Trump: "You know, Joe, I ran because of you. I ran because of Barack Obama. Because you did a poor job. If I thought you did a good job, I would have never run."
    Fact check: As several current and former Trump associates have pointed out, he did run because of Obama but it didn't have to do with Obama's record. Instead, they said, it was because Obama made fun of Trump at the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner.
    "I think that is the night he resolves to run for president," the longtime GOP operative Roger Stone told PBS' Frontline. "I think that he is kind of motivated by it: 'Maybe I'll just run. Maybe I'll show them all.'"
    "I thought, 'Oh, Barack Obama is starting something that I don't know if he'll be able to finish,'" Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former White House aide and Trump confidant, told PBS.

    Trump: "Nobody has done more for the Black community than Donald Trump. If you look, with the exception of Abraham Lincoln, possible exception, nobody has done what I've done."
    Fact check: "This may well be the president's most audacious claim ever," Michael Fauntroy, a professor of political science at Howard University, told The New York Times in June. "Not only has he not done more than anybody else, he's done close to the least."
    The majority of historians and experts believe Lincoln and former President Lyndon B. Johnson have had the most legislative achievements in advancing civil rights, according to The Times. Johnson, in particular, advocated for the passage of the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, and the Fair Housing Act.
    Other presidents like Ulysses S. Grant, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Harry Truman, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton also took action to protect and enforce the constitutional rights of Black Americans, as well as diversify the federal government and the judiciary, the report said.

    Climate change

    Trump: "We have the best carbon emission numbers that we've had in 35 years."
    Fact check: The Times reported that this is a misleading claim because although the US pollutes less now than it did when Trump came into office, that's largely because of lower natural gas prices and policies that were rolled out under the Obama administration.
    Also, as Business Insider reported, "the Environmental Performance Index, a metric from environmental scientists at Yale and Columbia that ranks 180 countries around the world, puts the US in 10th place when it comes to overall air quality (Australia is first)."
    Moreover, contrary to Trump's claims, "air in the country is actually getting dirtier and more dangerous to breathe under his administration," the report said.

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