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Biden and Trump could end up both claiming to be president-elect at the same time in a contested race, according to reports
  • President Donald Trump and former Vice-President Joe Biden could both end up declaring victory in the presidential election in certain scenarios.
  • Axios reported that Joe Biden's team plans on clearly claiming victory by addressing the nation and appointing staff if media outlets assess his victory as a mathematical inevitability.
  • This is not the same as formally winning the Electoral College, which can take far longer, and is subject to challenge.
  • Axios also reported over the weekend that Trump hopes to declare victory as early as Tuesday night early results seem to show him ahead.
  • The two scenarios could coincide, leading to both candidates arguing that the presidency is theirs.
  • Axios said that Biden's camp is wary of a repeat of the 2000 election, in which Democratic candidate Al Gore did not aggressively claim victory.

Trump appeared to back away from claims that he will declare victory in the election as soon as possible: 'No reason to play games'
  • President Donald Trump appeared to back away from reports that he's planning on declaring himself winner before sufficient votes have been counted.
  • In an Election Day appearance on Fox News, he said he would declare victory "only when there is victory. You know, there is no reason to play games."
  • But in the same interview Trump continued to groundlessly attack mail-in ballots, and said he wanted a result declared on election night.
Two Republican strategists on Saturday told The New York Times that Trump is hoping for election night wins in states such as Ohio, depriving Biden of a early path to victory, and that he would then focus on disputing mail-in ballots.

'It doesn't exist': A top Republican economist says Trump has no economic plan for a 2nd term
  • Trump hasn't laid out an economic plan for a second term, according to a top GOP economist.
  • "He has no economic plan. I don't mean that I don't like it. It doesn't exist," Glenn Hubbard, former chair of the Council of Economic Advisors under President George W. Bush, told Bloomberg.
  • Trump has struggled to lay out a second term agenda throughout the year.
  • A recent analysis from a nonpartisan group indicated permanently extending parts of the 2017 Trump tax cuts would grow the federal deficit by $1.1 trillion.

I've seen firsthand that Trump has a 'woman problem' in Wisconsin — and it could be his undoing in the state
  • National news outlets are underestimating Democratic chances in the Milwaukee suburbs most critical to Trump's success in Wisconsin.
  • Suburban women activists have helped Democratic candidates win key races and make substantial inroads in these areas since 2016.
  • Trump has a "women problem" in Wisconsin, and suburban women are a serious threat to his victory on Election Day.

Some of tech's biggest names donated millions of dollars ahead of the 2020 election, and most of it went to Democrats
  • Tech industry executives have donated millions during this election cycle, mostly to Democratic campaigns and PACs, CNBC found.
  • Asana CEO Dustin Moskovitz donated $24 million and was a major contributor to the pro-Biden super PAC Future Forward USA.
  • Other executives, like Netflix co-CEO Reed Hastings, donated more $5 million to Democratic PACs.
  • Silicon Valley has historically leaned left, and both CNBC and Protocol found few donations to Republicans: Venture capitalist Peter Thiel donated $2 million to a Republican Senate candidate, while an Apple executive contributed $150,000 to the Trump Victory Fund.

19 financial perks of being the president of the United States
  • Presidents receive a six-figure salary.
  • Presidents get to live in the luxurious White House.
  • Presidents get $100,000 for redecorating the White House.
  • Residents have access to the White House garden's fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Presidents get to have food cooked and baked by an executive chef and executive pastry chef.
  • On-hand cooks and housekeepers help out around the house.
  • Presidents can enjoy leisure activities in their own bowling alley, billiard room, and other sports areas.
  • Presidents get to watch movies at home.
  • The president also has access to a country home in Maryland.
  • The president has full access to Air Force One.
  • The president also has access to the smaller helicopter, Marine One.
  • The president is fully protected at all times, even into retirement.
  • The president rides around in a fleet of armored cars, called 'The Beasts.'
  • A 60,000-square-foot guest house
  • Former presidents also get a vacation budget.
  • Presidents get access to premier health insurance.
  • Presidents get pretty hefty pensions.
  • The White House covers the cost to transition from one administration to another.
  • Presidents and their immediate family members are honored with a state funeral.

Trump privately reminded an American prisoner that 'Obama failed' and he wanted to take credit for her release, former captive says
  • A former aid worker imprisoned in Egypt said President Donald Trump demanded credit for her safe return back to the US and said Americans "deserve" a better leader.
  • Trump's administration pushed for a meeting 48 hours after Aya Hijazi's release, where she claims Trump leaned over to remind her that he managed to free her after "Obama failed."
  • She told Insider she "was honestly torn and disappointed."
  • "On the one hand I felt beholden," she said."After all, he did release me. On the other hand, I didn't want to meet him and was forced to the meeting. Could I have a choice of words in this situation?"
Hijazi also disputed Trump's assertion and said that her release might been imminent after a bipartisan group of US lawmakers and senior White House officials during President Barack Obama's administration had advocated on her behalf.

"There was already so much pressure when Trump took office," Hijazi said. "It was unfair to claim all the credit."

"If roles were reversed, Obama would've never done that," she added. "[Trump] also seemed not to care about the huge power imbalance: Him, the president of the US. Me, still learning what it's like to be free after three years in prison."

Hijazi said in a tweet on Tuesday that she voted for Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election because "we deserve better."

Trump's relationship with el-Sisi has been heavily scrutinized. El-Sisi — a general who overthrew the country's elected president in a 2013 military coup — has been accused of human-rights violations, including jailing thousands of political opponents on trumped-up charges of extremism.

Trump described el-Sisi as his "favorite dictator" during the G7 summit in France, in 2019, according to several witnesses cited in a Wall Street Journal.

He later told reporters that the two leaders "understood each other very well."

"He's a very tough man, I will tell you that," Trump said at the time. "But he's also a good man, and he's done a fantastic job in Egypt. Not easy."

Barbara Res helped build Trump Tower. She says she saw Donald Trump ignore experts and disrespect employees in her 18 years working with him.
  • Barbara Res, a real-estate executive who led the construction of Trump Tower, is the author of the new book "Tower of Lies," a recounting of almost two decades working alongside Donald Trump.
  • Res, who has more than 40 years of experience in construction and development and spent nearly half of her professional career working with Trump, shared her view of Trump's leadership and management style with Business Insider.
  • Trump was often unwilling to listen to experts and informed advice when it came to key projects, said Res, who started working with Trump as a contractor in the 1970s and later became a full-time Trump Organization executive.
  • She said she questioned his treatment of people of color and blue-collar workers, adding that she felt he often displayed disrespectful or dismissive attitudes.
  • Res said she left the Trump Organization by 1992 because of what she felt was Trump's mistreatment of herself and other employees.

Twitter flags Trump's baseless claim about election theft
  • President Donald Trump tweeted early Wednesday morning falsely claiming "they are trying to STEAL the Election."
  • Twitter immediately flagged the post as "disputed" and possibly "misleading."
  • Trump has repeatedly argued against counting all votes cast in the election, which remains undecided.

Trump, Biden Results Overshadowed by 'Too Early to Call'
It's become an all-too-common answer for a deeply divided country whose voters are exhausted after years of campaign ads, accusations and warnings of Armageddon by both parties.

Too early to call.

Any hoped-for result Americans – not to mention the candidates – expected about who would be president next January did not come election night. Neither President Donald Trump nor Democratic nominee Joe Biden had yet sewn up the 270 Electoral College votes needed for a general election win.

Pennsylvania lived up to its moniker of the Keystone State, and its 20 Electoral College votes are still up in the air as elections officials count mail-in ballots. Under Pennsylvania law, mail-in ballots could not be counted until after polls closed Tuesday evening.

Michigan, too, was working to finish counting votes and would probably not have a result until Wednesday evening, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson told reporters in a news conference at Ford Field in Detroit.

And in Wisconsin, elections officials were allowed to start counting absentee ballots when polls opened. But because there were so many absentees – 1.9 million, more than double the number from 2016, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission – it will take some time to count them all.

While Americans are used to knowing results on election night, the shift to early voting because of the coronavirus pandemic upended that process, if not voters' expectations. A record 100 million-plus people voted early this year.

... Tuesday night, both campaigns hunkered down for another protracted election. The decision – as occurred in 2016 – will be determined by Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

Trump Calls for Halt to Vote Count, Claims Victory Over Biden
President Donald Trump early Wednesday addressed supporters at a White House gathering, asserting election fraud on the part of Democrats and boasting of an inevitable victory, all the while appearing intent on girding his base for fights that he threatened to take to the Supreme Court.

... By early Wednesday, neither Trump nor Joe Biden had reached the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win. Yet Trump touted his victories in Florida, Texas and Ohio and predicted future wins in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.

... His vague pronouncements that voting had continued after Election Day deadlines and that the counting of ballots should be halted did not sit well even with some Republicans.

... "We want the law to be used in a proper manner, so we'll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court," Trump said. "We want all voting to stop. We don't want them to find any ballots at 4 o'clock in the morning and add them to the list. It's a very sad moment."

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... "We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election," Trump tweeted. "We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed!"

But Twitter was quick to slap a warning on the tweet, saying: "Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process."

Trump has been attempting to cast doubt on the election by raising questions about voter fraud through mail-in ballots.

Democratic voters watching the 2020 election recall same sense of dread and uncertainty from watching the results of the 2016 election
  • President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden are locked in a neck-in-neck race for the White House as the results of the 2020 election continue to roll in late Tuesday night.
  • Democratic voters described their experience watching the 2020 election, and how they're reliving the same apprehension they went through in the 2016 election.
  • Democratic voters told Business Insider that they were met with the same level of dread and uncertainty that they felt watching the race between Trump and then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
  • Several states still have yet to be called, and both candidates delivered optimistic (if not downright false by Trump) remarks to supporters late Tuesday night.

Trumpism
or Trump-ism

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.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.