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Trump, at Fox News town hall, says mail-in voting is ‘biggest risk’ to fair election, says ‘radical left’ taking over Biden
President Trump’s Fox News town hall with Sean Hannity on Thursday night presented a rare opportunity for the nation’s commander-in-chief to answer questions coming directly from everyday Americans.
Town hall audience members in Green Bay, Wis., didn’t hold back, asking the president about numerous topics, including mail-in voting, the recent rioting in America’s cities — and what Trump considered to be his greatest accomplishment since taking office.
Addressing one audience member’s inquiry, Trump said he thought mail-in voting posed the “biggest risk” to a fair election come November.
“I think it’s the most important question I’ll be asked,” Trump said after the audience member wanted to know how the president will make sure the election is “free from fraudulent and absentee votes and mail-in ballots.”
Trump raised his concerns about states like California that plan to do an all-mail-in ballot election this fall because of coronavirus concerns. The president said mail-in ballots would raise questions about the integrity of the election.
Another audience member asked the president what the administration would do to keep the streets safe after the unrest in Wisconsin this week. The president responded by saying that if former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, were still running the state, it wouldn’t have happened. (Wisconsin’s current governor is Tony Evers, a Democrat.)
“You happen to have a Democrat governor right now,” the president said. “Democrats think it’s wonderful that they’re destroying our country. It’s a very sick thing going on, nobody’s ever seen it.”
Trump also claimed the “radical left” was manipulating presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and would soon “take him over.” Click here for more on our top story.
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Biden ‘greeted’ by Trump fans, makes big gaffe, during campaign stop
It was hard to tell if Joe Biden or President Trump would be appearing in south central Pennsylvania on Thursday by the looks of crowds gathered near the presumptive Democratic nominee’s campaign stop.
Pro-Trump supporters were out in force in Lancaster, holding Trump signs and chanting “Four more years!” and “U-S-A!” as they gathered roughly 100 yards from where Biden unveiled his proposals on health care.
At one point, a large semi-truck, bearing photos of Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, pulled up outside a local recreational center where a pro-Trump crowd was assembled.
To make matters worse during the campaign stop, Biden also mistakenly claimed that 120 million people had died from the novel coronavirus — overstating the number by about 100 times.
“People don’t have a job, people don’t know where to go, they don’t know what to do,” Biden said Thursday. “Now we have over 120 million dead from COVID.”
The U.S. has seen at least 124,000 deaths — not millions — from COVID-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Worldwide, more than 488,824 fatalities from the virus have been reported.
Biden’s comments were immediately questioned by Republicans and the Trump 2020 campaign team, as they called the former vice president “very confused.” Click here for more.
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