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Trump says Kamala Harris 'can't' be the first woman president because she 'comes in through the backdoor'
  • President Donald Trump said Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris "can't" become the first woman president because she "comes in through the back door."
  • "This is not what people want and she comes in through the backdoor, this would not be what people want, especially because it’s her," Trump said during a campaign rally in Wisconsin on Thursday evening.
  • Trump has dug into Joe Biden's running mate ever since she became the first Black woman to be on a major party's presidential ticket.

All the ex-Trump officials who have publicly vowed not to vote for him in November
  • President Donald Trump has experienced record-setting turnover during his time in office.
  • Many of these former officials have not only gone on to publicly criticize the president, but also create anti-Trump groups and voice their support for Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden.
  • The list of ex-Trump employees who say they will not vote for Trump continues to grow.
  • Olivia Troye, Vice President Mike Pence's former homeland security, counterterrorism, and coronavirus adviser
  • Miles Taylor, former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff
  • Josh Venable, former chief of staff for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos
  • Elizabeth Neumann, former assistant secretary of counterterrorism and threat prevention at DHS
  • Anthony Scaramucci, former White House communications director
  • John Bolton, former national security adviser

Trump sued by parents of toddlers featured in doctored 'racist baby' video
The parents of two toddlers who were featured in a doctored "racist baby" video that President Donald Trump tweeted in June are suing the president, his campaign, and conservative meme-maker Logan Cook (better known as Carpe Donktum). The filing was submitted Thursday to the New York Supreme Court.

The lawsuit, filed by Michael Cisneros, Alex Hanson, Erica McKenna, and Daniel McKenna individually and on behalf of their children, alleges that Cook "manipulated and adulterated" a video of their children without their written consent, and is seeking unspecified damages, according to The Wrap.

The video in question, which is still available on YouTube, contained manipulated footage that appeared to show a Black child running away from a white child, edited to appear to have originated from a CNN news segment, with a banner that, per the lawsuit, read "Terrified Todler [sic] Runs From Racist Baby" and "Racist Baby Probably A Trump Voter."

Racist Baby Video (Banned Trump Video)

The original video, which was featured on CNN, features the two toddlers hugging.
Trump shared the video on his personal social media accounts, and Facebook and Twitter both removed it in response to a copyright claim from the children's parents. Twitter also labeled the video as "manipulated media," signifying that it had been significantly edited.

Cook's Twitter account, Carpe Donktum, was permanently banned by Twitter after the incident, following "repeated" copyright violations. The lawsuit alleges that the Trump campaign account, @Team Trump, also retweeted the video.

The lawsuit alleges that Cook created the video "with reckless disregard of the true nature of the original video." It also alleges that both Trump and his campaign used Cook's memes, including the video, to seek donations for his re-election campaign.

The Trump Campaign and representatives for Trump and Cook did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

This is what happens when a Supreme Court justice dies or steps down before the election
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday, opening up a vacancy on the Supreme Court in an election year.
  • After Justice Antonin Scalia's death in 2016, President Barack Obama's pick was unable to even get a floor vote in the Senate, thwarted by the Republican majority leader, Mitch McConnell.
  • McConnell made clear that should another vacancy arise, he would not follow that precedent.
  • Democrats have few tools at their disposal to prevent McConnell and President Donald Trump from installing another conservative on the bench.

Biden demands the GOP-led Senate block any Trump Supreme Court nominee before the election
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden remembered the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as "not only a giant in the legal profession but a beloved figure," in a Friday night tribute.
  • The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate made clear, however, that the Republican-controlled Senate must not consider a new nominee for the court, following the same precedent that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set in blocking then-President Obama's nominee.
  • "The voters should pick the president, and the president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider," he said.

Democrats' last hope to stop Trump from replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg rests with a handful of Republican senators
  • The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has reignited critical questions about whether President Donald Trump will be able to force through a nominee to replace Ginsburg, and what, if anything, Democrats can do to stop it.
  • Given the current makeup of the US Senate — 53 Republicans, 45 Democrats, and two Independents who caucus with Democrats — the minority party has no power to stop the president and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell if they decide to push a confirmation through.
  • With 46 days until Election Day, Democrats' hopes rest on a handful of Republican senators who may break ranks to stop the president from being able to get a third Supreme Court justice confirmed.
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska, said hours before Ginsburg's death that she would not vote to confirm a Trump nominee until after November 3.
  • Maine Sen. Susan Collins, who is facing a tough reelection fight, said she would not vote to confirm a Supreme Court justice in October, and she would also not vote to seat a justice in the lame-duck period if Trump loses the election.
  • Retiring Sens. Lamar Alexander and Pat Roberts, as well as Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, have all been floated as potential swing votes along with Collins and Murkowski.
  • And Sen. Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee, said in October 2018 that "if an opening comes in the last year of President Trump's term, and the primary process has started, we'll wait to the next election."

The voter who shut down Trump for interrupting her at a town hall says she 'broke down' and cried after their exchange
  • Kutztown University professor Ellesia Blaque was the center of a tense back-and-forth with President Donald Trump at an ABC News town hall earlier this week.
  • Blaque called the president out when he started to interrupt her question about healthcare.
  • In interviews after the town hall, Blaque said she was so frustrated with Trump's answer that she cried after the event.
  • While she had not been sure whether she wanted to vote at all before the town hall, she says she now knows she wants to vote for Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

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Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by US President Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

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