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Buttigieg says Trump campaign has given up on 'persuading voters' and is instead 'turning to the idea of suppressing voters'
  • Former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg slammed President Donald Trump's campaign for "turning to the idea of suppressing voters" in an interview with CNN on Sunday.
  • Buttigieg cited the "move to try to disenfranchise 100,000 Texans" and "maneuvers to try to make it harder to get absentee ballots" as examples of the Trump campaign's efforts to suppress voters.
  • With record numbers of voters casting their ballots by mail ahead of Election Day, the president and his campaign have claimed against widespread evidence the process is prone to fraud and called for this year's results to be based on what is counted by the end of November 3.

Videos show Trump supporters slow and shut down traffic on a portion of the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey
  • Videos posted to social media Sunday show a large group of supporters of President Donald Trump slowing and stopping traffic in the northbound lanes of a portion of the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey.
  • The video showed vehicles flying Trump flags stopped on the highway as their occupants loudly cheer and blow their car horns.
  • The videos come after a Friday incident in Texas involving a caravan of Trump supporters who closely followed a Biden-Harris campaign bus, leading to a collision and the cancelation of several Democratic Party events.
"We shut it down baby, we shut it down," one person says in a 16-second video that's circulated on social media. In the background, people can be heard shouting, blowing their horns, and playing music. While cars in the express lanes appear entirely stopped, the video shows traffic in the other lanes — separated from the stopped traffic by a barrier —appears to be moving.

... In another video, posted just after 1 p.m., a supporter of the president claims that New Jersey state police were not allowing he and other members in the parade to exit the highway, claiming that the "Trump train" was "miles long."

... Several other people on Twitter expressed irritation about the traffic caused as a result of the apparent parade.

The incident in New Jersey Sunday followed a Friday incident where videos showed Trump supporters closely following a Biden-Harris campaign bus as it traveled from San Antonio to Austin, Texas. The incident led to a collision, Democratic officials said. And following the Friday incident, three Democratic campaign events were canceled in the state, with Democrats citing "security concerns," BuzzFeed News reported.

While the president appeared to praise his supporters who were involved, the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Saturday announced it was investigating the Texas incident, the Texas Tribune reporter.

Trump said supporters who surrounded a Biden campaign bus 'did nothing wrong' as the FBI investigates the incident
  • President Donald Trump said a group of his supporters who surrounded a Biden-Harris campaign bus on a highway in Texas "did nothing wrong" in a tweet on Sunday.
  • The Biden campaign cancelled events on Friday due to security reasons after a convoy of trucks flying Trump flags surrounded their bus and tried to force it off the road, according to local officials.
  • The FBI announced Sunday it was investigating the incident.
  • "In my opinion, these patriots did nothing wrong. Instead, the FBI & Justice should be investigating the terrorists, anarchists, and agitators of ANTIFA, who run around burning down our Democrat run cities and hurting our people!" Trump wrote in a tweet responding to the FBI's announcement.
  • No one was injured during the incident, and no arrests were made, but local Democratic officials said events scheduled that day were cancelled due to security concerns.
Katie Naranjo, chair of the Travis County Democratic Party, wrote in a tweet that the Trump supporters followed the bus "throughout central Texas to intimidate Biden supporters." She also said they "ran into a person's car" and were yelling swears and threats.

No one was injured during the incident, and no arrests were made, but local Democratic officials said events scheduled that day were cancelled due to security concerns.

... "Folks, that's not who we are," Biden said, citing the NBC News report. "We are so much better than this."

Some Christians said Trump has pushed some young people away from their churches — and his impact on Christianity could last well beyond his presidency
  • President Donald Trump has been closely associated with Christians throughout his presidency, earning a majority of votes from Catholics, Protestants, and Evangelicals in 2016.
  • But for some Christians, Trump has shaken their relationship to their religion so much so that many have broken ties with family, friends, and even their churches.
  • "You're either a Christian who's conservative and supportive of Trump, or a Christian that's really confused and hates the situation you're in," Maria Felix told Business Insider.
  • Felix is still looking for a church that she feels shares her values, but she has a lot of friends that have given up looking all together.
  • She said they no longer feel like they can count on their churches to support them, so they leave and find other communities that work better for them.
Michael Wear, who served as a faith advisor to former President Barack Obama, told Business Insider he has talked to Christians on college campuses across the US who are dismayed by the impact Trump has had on their relationship to religion.

He said Christians of all ages told him they can no longer enjoy some of the most basic aspects of their religious communities, like coffee after church and small group discussions, because of the divisions that exist now.

An Evangelical Christian himself, Wear is part of Not Our Faith, a new bipartisan political action committee of Christians who oppose Trump's re-election. He said the goal of the PAC is to "be a voice for the majority of Christians who do, and will, oppose Trump's re-election."

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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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