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Biden-led US Gov’t backs Okonjo-Iweala as WTO DG.

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Donald Trump had blocked Okonjo-Iweala’s chances of becoming director-general of the organisation

The United States of America under President Joe Biden has affirmed its support for Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

The office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) disclosed this in a statement made available by the U.S Mission in Nigeria on Saturday.

The Biden-Harris administration expressed its support for Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance following the withdrawal of Korea’s Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee as a candidate for the same position.

Recall with NoRM that past U.S President Donald Trump had blocked Okonjo-Iweala’s chances of becoming director-general of the organisation.

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“The U.S takes note of today’s decision by the Republic of Korea’s Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee to withdraw her candidacy for Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

“The Biden-Harris administration is pleased to express its strong support for the candidacy of Okonjo-Iweala as the next Director-General of the WTO.

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“Okonjo-Iweala brings a wealth of knowledge in economics and international diplomacy from her 25 years with the World Bank and two terms as Nigerian finance minister.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 15, 2020 Nigerian former Foreign and Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala attends a press conference on July 15, 2020, in Geneva, following her hearing before World Trade Organization 164 member states’ representatives, as part of the application process to head the WTO as Director General. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)

“She is widely respected for her effective leadership and has proven experience, managing a large international organisation with a diverse membership.

“The Biden-Harris administration also congratulates Minister Yoo Myung-hee on her strong campaign for this position.

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“She is a trailblazer as the Republic of Korea’s first female trade minister and the first candidate from Korea to advance this far in the DG selection process.

“The U.S respects her decision to withdraw her candidacy from the director-general race to help facilitate a consensus decision at the WTO,” the statement read.

The statement noted that It was particularly important to underscore that two highly qualified women made it to the final round of consideration for the position of WTO D-G.

This, it added, was the first time that any woman had made it to this stage in the history of the institution.

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The U.S expressed commitment to stand ready to engage in the next phase of the WTO process for reaching a consensus decision on the WTO D-G.

“The Biden administration looks forward to working with a new WTO Director-General to find paths forward to achieve necessary substantive and procedural reform of the WTO,” it said.

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US Inauguration: Trump’s final speech. (Details)

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Donald Trump on Wednesday, left the White House as the 45th President of America.

Trump lost to Joe Biden of the Democratic Party in the presidential election held on November 3.

Although he rejected the result, all the cases he filed in courts and other efforts to upturn the result in his favour proved abortive.

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Biden and his Vice, Kamala Harris were sworn in on Wednesday in the absence of Trump, who had vowed not to be present at the ceremony.

However, Trump who refused to attend the inauguration and had also refused to congratulate his successor, did not fail to release his farewell speech to Americans

Full text of Trump’s farewell address to America:

“My fellow Americans: Four years ago, we launched a great national effort to rebuild our country, to renew its spirit, and to restore the allegiance of this government to its citizens. In short, we embarked on a mission to make America great again — for all Americans.

“As I conclude my term as the 45th President of the United States, I stand before you truly proud of what we have achieved together. We did what we came here to do — and so much more.

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“This week, we inaugurate a new administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous. We extend our best wishes, and we also want them to have luck — a very important word.

“I’d like to begin by thanking just a few of the amazing people who made our remarkable journey possible.

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“First, let me express my overwhelming gratitude for the love and support of our spectacular First Lady, Melania. Let me also share my deepest appreciation to my daughter Ivanka, my son-in-law Jared, and to Barron, Don, Eric, Tiffany, and Lara. You fill my world with light and with joy.

“I also want to thank Vice President Mike Pence, his wonderful wife Karen, and the entire Pence family.

“Thank you as well to my Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows; the dedicated members of the White House Staff and the Cabinet; and all the incredible people across our administration who poured out their heart and soul to fight for America.

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“I also want to take a moment to thank a truly exceptional group of people: the United States Secret Service. My family and I will forever be in your debt. My profound gratitude as well to everyone in the White House Military Office, the teams of Marine One and Air Force One, every member of the Armed Forces, and state and local law enforcement all across our country.

“Most of all, I want to thank the American people. To serve as your President has been an honor beyond description. Thank you for this extraordinary privilege. And that’s what it is — a great privilege and a great honor.

“We must never forget that while Americans will always have our disagreements, we are a nation of incredible, decent, faithful, and peace-loving citizens who all want our country to thrive and flourish and be very, very successful and good. We are a truly magnificent nation.

“All Americans were horrified by the assault on our Capitol. Political violence is an attack on everything we cherish as Americans. It can never be tolerated.

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“Now more than ever, we must unify around our shared values and rise above the partisan rancor, and forge our common destiny.

“Four years ago, I came to Washington as the only true outsider ever to win the presidency. I had not spent my career as a politician, but as a builder looking at open skylines and imagining infinite possibilities. I ran for President because I knew there were towering new summits for America just waiting to be scaled. I knew the potential for our nation was boundless as long as we put America first.

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“So I left behind my former life and stepped into a very difficult arena, but an arena nevertheless, with all sorts of potential if properly done. America had given me so much, and I wanted to give something back.

“Together with millions of hardworking patriots across this land, we built the greatest political movement in the history of our country. We also built the greatest economy in the history of the world. It was about “America First” because we all wanted to make America great again. We restored the principle that a nation exists to serve its citizens. Our agenda was not about right or left, it wasn’t about Republican or Democrat, but about the good of a nation, and that means the whole nation.

“With the support and prayers of the American people, we achieved more than anyone thought possible. Nobody thought we could even come close.

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“We passed the largest package of tax cuts and reforms in American history. We slashed more job-killing regulations than any administration had ever done before. We fixed our broken trade deals, withdrew from the horrible Trans-Pacific Partnership and the impossible Paris Climate Accord, renegotiated the one-sided South Korea deal, and we replaced NAFTA with the groundbreaking USMCA — that’s Mexico and Canada — a deal that’s worked out very, very well.

“Also, and very importantly, we imposed historic and monumental tariffs on China; made a great new deal with China. But before the ink was even dry, we and the whole world got hit with the China virus. Our trade relationship was rapidly changing, billions and billions of dollars were pouring into the U.S., but the virus forced us to go in a different direction.

“The whole world suffered, but America outperformed other countries economically because of our incredible economy and the economy that we built. Without the foundations and footings, it wouldn’t have worked out this way. We wouldn’t have some of the best numbers we’ve ever had.

“We also unlocked our energy resources and became the world’s number-one producer of oil and natural gas by far. Powered by these policies, we built the greatest economy in the history of the world. We reignited America’s job creation and achieved record-low unemployment for African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, women — almost everyone.

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“Incomes soared, wages boomed, the American Dream was restored, and millions were lifted from poverty in just a few short years. It was a miracle. The stock market set one record after another, with 148 stock market highs during this short period of time, and boosted the retirements and pensions of hardworking citizens all across our nation. 401(k)s are at a level they’ve never been at before. We’ve never seen numbers like we’ve seen, and that’s before the pandemic and after the pandemic.

“We rebuilt the American manufacturing base, opened up thousands of new factories, and brought back the beautiful phrase: ‘Made in the USA.’

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“To make life better for working families, we doubled the child tax credit and signed the largest-ever expansion of funding for childcare and development. We joined with the private sector to secure commitments to train more than 16 million American workers for the jobs of tomorrow.

“When our nation was hit with the terrible pandemic, we produced not one, but two vaccines with record-breaking speed, and more will quickly follow. They said it couldn’t be done but we did it. They call it a ‘medical miracle,’ and that’s what they’re calling it right now: a ‘medical miracle.’

“Another administration would have taken 3, 4, 5, maybe even up to 10 years to develop a vaccine. We did in nine months.

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“We grieve for every life lost, and we pledge in their memory to wipe out this horrible pandemic once and for all.

“When the virus took its brutal toll on the world’s economy, we launched the fastest economic recovery our country has ever seen. We passed nearly $4 trillion in economic relief, saved or supported over 50 million jobs, and slashed the unemployment rate in half. These are numbers that our country has never seen before.

“We created choice and transparency in healthcare, stood up to big pharma in so many ways, but especially in our effort to get favored-nations clauses added, which will give us the lowest prescription drug prices anywhere in the world.

“We passed VA Choice, VA Accountability, Right to Try, and landmark criminal justice reform.

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“We confirmed three new justices of the United States Supreme Court. We appointed nearly 300 federal judges to interpret our Constitution as written.

“For years, the American people pleaded with Washington to finally secure the nation’s borders. I am pleased to say we answered that plea and achieved the most secure border in U.S. history. We have given our brave border agents and heroic ICE officers the tools they need to do their jobs better than they have ever done before, and to enforce our laws and keep America safe.

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“We proudly leave the next administration with the strongest and most robust border security measures ever put into place. This includes historic agreements with Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, along with more than 450 miles of powerful new wall.

“We restored American strength at home and American leadership abroad. The world respects us again. Please don’t lose that respect.

“We reclaimed our sovereignty by standing up for America at the United Nations and withdrawing from the one-sided global deals that never served our interests. And NATO countries are now paying hundreds of billions of dollars more than when I arrived just a few years ago. It was very unfair. We were paying the cost for the world. Now the world is helping us.

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“And perhaps most importantly of all, with nearly $3 trillion, we fully rebuilt the American military — all made in the USA. We launched the first new branch of the United States Armed Forces in 75 years: the Space Force. And last spring, I stood at Kennedy Space Center in Florida and watched as American astronauts returned to space on American rockets for the first time in many, many years.

“We revitalized our alliances and rallied the nations of the world to stand up to China like never before.

“We obliterated the ISIS caliphate and ended the wretched life of its founder and leader, al Baghdadi. We stood up to the oppressive Iranian regime and killed the world’s top terrorist, Iranian butcher Qasem Soleimani.

“We recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

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“As a result of our bold diplomacy and principled realism, we achieved a series of historic peace deals in the Middle East. Nobody believed it could happen. The Abraham Accords opened the doors to a future of peace and harmony, not violence and bloodshed. It is the dawn of a new Middle East, and we are bringing our soldiers home.

“I am especially proud to be the first President in decades who has started no new wars.

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“Above all, we have reasserted the sacred idea that, in America, the government answers to the people. Our guiding light, our North Star, our unwavering conviction has been that we are here to serve the noble everyday citizens of America. Our allegiance is not to the special interests, corporations, or global entities; it’s to our children, our citizens, and to our nation itself.

“As President, my top priority, my constant concern, has always been the best interests of American workers and American families. I did not seek the easiest course; by far, it was actually the most difficult. I did not seek the path that would get the least criticism. I took on the tough battles, the hardest fights, the most difficult choices because that’s what you elected me to do. Your needs were my first and last unyielding focus.

“This, I hope, will be our greatest legacy: Together, we put the American people back in charge of our country. We restored self-government. We restored the idea that in America no one is forgotten, because everyone matters and everyone has a voice. We fought for the principle that every citizen is entitled to equal dignity, equal treatment, and equal rights because we are all made equal by God. Everyone is entitled to be treated with respect, to have their voice heard, and to have their government listen. You are loyal to your country, and my administration was always loyal to you.

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“We worked to build a country in which every citizen could find a great job and support their wonderful families. We fought for the communities where every American could be safe and schools where every child could learn. We promoted a culture where our laws would be upheld, our heroes honored, our history preserved, and law-abiding citizens are never taken for granted. Americans should take tremendous satisfaction in all that we have achieved together. It’s incredible.

“Now, as I leave the White House, I have been reflecting on the dangers that threaten the priceless inheritance we all share. As the world’s most powerful nation, America faces constant threats and challenges from abroad. But the greatest danger we face is a loss of confidence in ourselves, a loss of confidence in our national greatness. A nation is only as strong as its spirit. We are only as dynamic as our pride. We are only as vibrant as the faith that beats in the hearts of our people.

“No nation can long thrive that loses faith in its own values, history, and heroes, for these are the very sources of our unity and our vitality.

“What has always allowed America to prevail and triumph over the great challenges of the past has been an unyielding and unashamed conviction in the nobility of our country and its unique purpose in history. We must never lose this conviction. We must never forsake our belief in America.

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“The key to national greatness lies in sustaining and instilling our shared national identity. That means focusing on what we have in common: the heritage that we all share.

“At the center of this heritage is also a robust belief in free expression, free speech, and open debate. Only if we forget who we are, and how we got here, could we ever allow political censorship and blacklisting to take place in America. It’s not even thinkable. Shutting down free and open debate violates our core values and most enduring traditions.

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In America, we don’t insist on absolute conformity or enforce rigid orthodoxies and punitive speech codes. We just don’t do that. America is not a timid nation of tame souls who need to be sheltered and protected from those with whom we disagree. That’s not who we are. It will never be who we are.

“For nearly 250 years, in the face of every challenge, Americans have always summoned our unmatched courage, confidence, and fierce independence. These are the miraculous traits that once led millions of everyday citizens to set out across a wild continent and carve out a new life in the great West. It was the same profound love of our God-given freedom that willed our soldiers into battle and our astronauts into space.

“As I think back on the past four years, one image rises in my mind above all others. Whenever I traveled all along the motorcade route, there were thousands and thousands of people. They came out with their families so that they could stand as we passed, and proudly wave our great American flag. It never failed to deeply move me. I knew that they did not just come out to show their support of me; they came out to show me their support and love for our country.

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“This is a republic of proud citizens who are united by our common conviction that America is the greatest nation in all of history. We are, and must always be, a land of hope, of light, and of glory to all the world. This is the precious inheritance that we must safeguard at every single turn.

“For the past four years, I have worked to do just that. From a great hall of Muslim leaders in Riyadh to a great square of Polish people in Warsaw; from the floor of the Korean Assembly to the podium at the United Nations General Assembly; and from the Forbidden City in Beijing to the shadow of Mount Rushmore, I fought for you, I fought for your family, I fought for our country. Above all, I fought for America and all it stands for — and that is safe, strong, proud, and free.

“Now, as I prepare to hand power over to a new administration at noon on Wednesday, I want you to know that the movement we started is only just beginning. There’s never been anything like it. The belief that a nation must serve its citizens will not dwindle but instead only grow stronger by the day.

“As long as the American people hold in their hearts deep and devoted love of country, then there is nothing that this nation cannot achieve. Our communities will flourish. Our people will be prosperous. Our traditions will be cherished. Our faith will be strong. And our future will be brighter than ever before.

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“I go from this majestic place with a loyal and joyful heart, an optimistic spirit, and a supreme confidence that for our country and for our children, the best is yet to come.

“Thank you, and farewell. God bless you. God bless the United States of America.”

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Cooperate with Biden’s transition – Trump asks Administration

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The decision frees up millions of dollars in financing to support the transition, as well as formally allows Biden to coordinate with current government officials.

President Donald Trump said Monday he no longer opposes government aid for Joe Biden’s transition team in his closest statement yet to finally conceding he lost the US election.

Trump’s tweet that the General Services Administration should “do what needs to be done” came after the agency’s head, Emily Murphy, said she was releasing the long-delayed assistance.

Trump has spent the last three weeks since the November 3 election claiming without any evidence that Biden’s convincing victory was the result of fraud.

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Murphy, who denies acting under political pressure, has refused until now to release the standard package of aid that her agency manages to Biden’s incoming team.

Biden’s team welcomed the decision, saying in a statement it will provide the incoming administration “with the resources and support necessary to carry out a smooth and peaceful transfer of power.”

“Today’s decision is a needed step to begin tackling the challenges facing our nation, including getting the pandemic under control and our economy back on track. This final decision is a definitive administrative action to formally begin the transition process with federal agencies.”

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Murphy, who had faced harsh criticism over her previous refusal to act, said in her letter to Biden obtained by various US news outlets that “contrary to media reports and insinuations, my decision was not made out of fear or favoritism.”

The step by her GSA is usually a routine one following a US presidential election, but Trump’s continuing efforts to overturn the results of the vote and refusal to concede have complicated the process.

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President Donald Trump came his closest yet to admitting election defeat Monday after the government agency meant to ease Joe Biden’s transition into the White House said it was finally lifting its unprecedented block on assistance.
 Trump acknowledged it was time for the General Services Administration to “do what needs to be done.”
 In the same tweet he insisted that he was still refusing to concede, saying: “Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail!”
 But for the Republican to sign off on the GSA’s decision to work with the Biden transition team signaled that even he sees the writing on the wall after three weeks of evidence-free claims that the November 3 election was stolen from him.
 This means that Biden’s team will now have access to funds, office space and the ability to meet with federal officials.
 Biden’s office, which hours earlier announced a highly experienced group to be nominated for top US foreign policy and security posts, said the GSA would now allow “support necessary to carry out a smooth and peaceful transfer of power.”
 “In the days ahead, transition officials will begin meeting with federal officials to discuss the pandemic response, have a full accounting of our national security interests, and gain complete understanding of the Trump administration’s efforts to hollow out government agencies,” Biden’s transition director Yohannes Abraham said in a statement.
 The sudden break in Trump’s dogged attempt to deny Biden’s win came after Michigan became the latest state to certify its results and more powerful Trump supporters came out demanding that the impasse end.
 Biden To Shift Diplomacy
 Earlier, Biden announced a foreign policy and national security team crammed with veterans from the Barack Obama years, teeing up an end to the upheaval under Trump and a return to traditional US diplomacy.
 Top of the list was former State Department number two Antony Blinken, tapped for secretary of state.
 Biden also named the first female head of intelligence, the first Latino chief of Homeland Security, the first woman as treasury secretary, and a heavyweight pointman on climate issues — Obama-era top diplomat John Kerry.
 The list put out by Biden’s team ahead of a formal announcement Tuesday demonstrated a push to bring back the US role of leader in multilateral alliances, in contrast to Trump’s “America first” regime.
 “They will rally the world to take on our challenges like no other — challenges that no one nation can face alone,” Biden tweeted. “It’s time to restore American leadership.”
 Blinken, a longtime advisor to Biden, will spearhead a fast-paced dismantling of Trump’s go-it-alone policies, including rejoining the Paris climate agreement and the World Health Organization and resurrecting the Obama-crafted Iran nuclear deal.
 Biden named the first woman, Avril Haines, as director of national intelligence, and Cuban-born Alejandro Mayorkas to head the Department of Homeland Security, the agency whose policing of tough immigration restrictions under Trump was a frequent source of controversy.
 Signaling the Democratic president-elect’s campaign promise to raise the profile of global warming threats, he named Kerry as a new special envoy on climate issues.
 And in a further message of US reengagement with the international community, Biden named career diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador.
 Jake Sullivan, who also advised Biden when he was vice president under Obama, was named national security advisor.
 Picked to manage the world’s biggest economy as Treasury secretary was Janet Yellen, who will make history as the first woman in the job if confirmed. The 74-year-old was confirmed as Federal Reserve chairwoman under Obama in 2014 and replaced by Trump four years later.
 The picks underline an emphasis on professionals whom Biden already knows well, in contrast to the Trump White House where officials were often picked without having traditional background for the job or proved incompatible and departed in acrimony.
 Dwindling Options
 The president, meanwhile, has largely halted at least his public work duties, while heading out to a golf course he owns in Virginia half a dozen times since the election.
 He has also not taken questions from reporters since the election — a previously unimaginable silence from a president who for most of his time in office sparred near daily with the press.
 His options for overturning the election, however, are dwindling rapidly in the face of repeated court defeats.
 With Biden having won a comfortable victory, Trump’s last card is to disrupt the normally routine process of state-by-state certification of results, followed by the formal December 14 vote by the Electoral College. However, that too is bearing little fruit.
 More cracks appeared in the facade of Republican unity on Monday when Senator Rob Portman said it was “time to expeditiously resolve any outstanding questions and move forward.”
 Senator Lamar Alexander, a senior Republican and close ally of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, said “it seems apparent that Joe Biden will be the president-elect.”
 “My hope is that President Trump will take pride in his considerable accomplishments, put the country first and have a prompt and orderly transition to help the new administration succeed,” he said after having issued a similar if less forthright statement a few days earlier.
 There was also a push from Trump’s highest profile Wall Street backer, Stephen Schwarzman, head of the Blackstone private equity group, who told Axios “the country should move on.”
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Nigerians attack FFK after calling Biden’s vice-elect, Kamala Devil’s incarnate

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FFK who is a diehard supporter of Donald Trump has never hidden his dislike for US President-elect, Joe Biden and Kamala.

Nigerians are currently reacting to a tweet posted by former Nigerian Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, in which he described US Vice President-elect, Kamala Harris, as ‘Jezebel’.

In the Tweet posted this afternoon, FFK wrote

”I know Jezebel when I see her. Look into Kamalla’s eyes. Kaballa + Kundalini= Kamalla. Biden is a puppet and a smokescreen. A Biden presidency is a Kamalla Presidency. A Kamalla Presidency is satan’s Presidency. May God deliver.”

Nigerians react to FFK referring to US president-elect Kamala Harris as

Nigerians on Twitter are now reacting to his tweet. Many called him out for referring to someone’s wife and mother as a ”Jezebel” just because they differ in political views. See the reactions below


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US Election: Joe Biden speaks, impresses muslims. [More topics..]

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Supporters take to street across the US as Biden passes 270 electoral votes needed for victory.


Muslims hail Joe Biden after promising to end Muslim ban in United States


The Council on American-Islamic Relations National and the No Muslim Ban Ever grassroots coalition have congratulated Biden, while urging him to follow through on his pledge to end the Trump-era Muslim travel ban.

“President-elect Biden has pledged to end the Muslim Ban on his first day in office, include Muslims at every level of his administration and address issues of racial and religious discrimination,” CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad

“We plan to join other American Muslim leaders and organizations in ensuring that the Biden administration fulfills these promises. We also plan to continue holding our government accountable when it errs,” he said.

In 2018, the Supreme Court upheld a Trump policy that banned travelers from several Muslim majority countries, saying it was allowed if done for national security. Trump’s initial 2017 order separated families and left travelers stranded around the world, and has been derided as Islamophobic.

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Biden to name COVID-19 task force on Monday


Biden plans to name a 12-member task force to combat and contain the spread of the coronavirus, Axios has reported.

The task force will be led by three co-chairs: former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler and Dr Marcella Nunez-Smith from Yale University, according to the news site.

The plan, which comes before Biden has appointed his cabinet or White House staff, is an apparent attempt to signal the pandemic will be histop priority.

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New viral trend of Twitter: “You’re Fired”


“You’re fired” – Trump’s catch phrase from his days on the reality show The Apprentice trended on social media shortly after news organisations projected Biden’s victory on Saturday.

The phrase had been tweeted 384,000 times.

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Reactions from the Globe amid Biden’s win


World reacts to Biden projected victory
From Canada to Iran, world leaders have reacted to Trump’s victory.

In Canada, Justin Trudeau tweeted to Harris and Biden: “I’m really looking forward to working together and building on that with you both”.

In Iran, Hesameddin Ashena, an adviser to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, tweeted that Iranians “stood their ground bravely until that coward left” in an apparent reference to Trump.

Relations between Iran and the US have taken a turn for the worse since Trump in 2018 pulled Washington out of a major nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and reimposed sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy.

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“America Detrumped” – PLO leader tweets


Palestinian Liberation Organization member and leader Hanan Ashrawi tweeted “America Detrumped” following the declaration.

“The world also needs to be able to breathe,” she added.

“Trumpism must be carefully scrutinized and remedied to restore the human, moral & legal equilibrium within and beyond the US”.

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Sultan of Oman felicitate with President-elect, Joe Biden


Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al-Said has congratulated Biden on winning the election, the state news agency reported on Saturday.

Haitham bin Tariq sent a letter to Biden expressing “his sincere congratulations for winning the confidence of the American people and for his election as President of the upcoming presidential term”, the state news agency added.

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India leader congratulate Biden, Kamala


India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Joe Biden on his White House victory, and called his Indian-American running mate Kamala Harris a source of “immense pride.”

“Congratulations @JoeBiden on your spectacular victory!” Modi tweeted.

In a separate tweet to Harris, the prime minister wrote: “Your success is pathbreaking, and a matter of immense pride not just for your chittis, but also for all Indian-Americans.”

“Chitti” is a Tamil term of endearment for the younger sisters of one’s mother, which Harris used in her acceptance of the Democratic nomination for vice president. She is the first woman of color elected to the US vice presidency.

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Emir of Qatar congratulate Joe Biden on his win


Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani has congratulated Biden and Harris for winning the US election.

“Congratulations to President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris. My best wishes to the people of the United States and I look forward to working together to continue strengthening the friendship between our countries,” Qatar’s Emir tweeted on Saturday.

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Republican, Mitt Romney congratulate Joe Biden


Republican Senator Mitt Romney, one of the few Senate Republicans who has publicly criticised Trump, has congratulated Biden.

Romney was the only Republican to vote to convict Trump during a Senate trial after the president was impeached by the House.

“Ann and I extend our congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. We know both of them as people of good will and admirable character. We pray that God may bless them in the days and years ahead,” Romney wrote.

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European list expectation, cheers with Biden


European Union leaders Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen hailed Biden’s election as president of the US on Saturday and called for stronger trans-Atlantic ties.

“I warmly congratulate Mr Joe Biden on his victory in the US presidential election and look forward to meeting him at the earliest possible opportunity,” European Commission president von der Leyen said. “The European Union and the United States are friends and allies, our citizens share the deepest of links.”

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Jubilation in Biden’s hometown, Wilmington Delaware


Writing from Wilmington, Delaware, where Biden is set to address the nation at 20:00 ET (01:00 GMT) on Saturday, NRM said the scene was joyful and celebratory.

“People have begun to celebrate. It is still a small crowd, but it occasionally lets its voice be heard with celebrations… and cheers whenever more people join in,” he said.

“As much as this is a victory for Joe Biden and a defeat for Donald Trump, it is also a victory for Kamala Harris, a victory for the diversity and opportunity that the US has always prided itself in,” he added. “That being said, there are huge challenges that exist, there is discrimination that is endemic and institutionalised, as Biden himself has described it.”

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German, France leaders reacts to Biden’s win


The leaders of Germany and France have congratulated Biden on his projected victory. Both leaders have had tumultuous relationships with Trump, who has taken an adversarial approach to NATO, while pulling the US out of the Paris Climate Accord and the Iranian nuclear deal.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel tweeted: “I look forward to future cooperation with President Biden,” she said in a statement posted on Twitter. “Our transatlantic friendship is irreplaceable if we are to master the great challenges of our time.”

Tweeted French President Emmanuel Macron: “The Americans have chosen their President. Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris! We have a lot to do to overcome today’s challenges. Let’s work together!”

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Barrack Obama Speaks


Obama has tweeted his congratulations to Biden, noting that the election results show the country is “deeply and bitterly divided”.

Obama urged all citizens to give Biden a chance, adding: “It will be up to not just Joe and Kamala, but each of us, to do our part – to reach beyond our comfort zone, to listen to others, to lower the temperature and find some common ground from which to move forward”.

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Bernie Sanders, Alexandria tweets CONGRATULATIONS


Influential progressive Senator Bernie Sanders, who was the last Democrat to drop out the presidential primary, has tweeted his congratulations to Biden and Harris.

Sanders endorsed Biden, and advocated for his progressive base to embrace the more centrist candidate.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, an influential progessive in the House of Representatives, also tweeted her congratulations:

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Omar, Pelosi Warren sends message to Biden


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said Biden’s victory over Trump is a “mandate for action”.

The Democratic leader said in a statement Saturday: “Today marks the dawning of a new day of hope for America”.

Meanwhile, progressive primary challenger Elizabeth Warren tweeted: “Americans chose Joe and Kamala to lead us forward with purpose and moral clarity.”

Progressive Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who represents Minnesota, tweeted: “We have not only voted out the most corrupt, dangerous president in modern history but have the opportunity to carry out the most progressive agenda our country has ever seen. Let’s get to work!”

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Donald Trump’s Campaign reacts to Joe Biden’s win


A Trump supporter who attended Giuliani news conference reacted to the news of Biden’s projected victory to Noble Reporters Media

“It’s not done yet. Investigations are going to have to take place. There’s too many examples of tampering with the ballots, that kind of stuff,” Daren Sutter said. “In Philly especially. And Trump knew all this, Trump knew this was going to happen.”


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US Election: Joe Biden hijack ‘White House’ from Donald Trump

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In US elections, it is common practice for news organisations, after determining that a candidate no longer has a path to victory, to project a winner in the race.

Joe Biden is now projected to have 284 Electoral College votes, the Associated Press (AP) news agency said on Saturday, above the threshold needed to clinch the hard-fought United States presidential election.

The president-elect was projected to have surpassed the 270 electoral vote-threshold after the AP called Pennsylvania in his favour.

US President Donald Trump did not immediately acknowledge the AP’s projection and his campaign has vowed to challenge the result, particularly in the states of Georgia, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Michigan.

The Republican leader’s campaign announced plans to seek a recount in Wisconsin and filed lawsuits to suspend the vote counts in several states.

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Separately, Georgia also announced a recount of votes.

Ballot counting continues in a number of key battleground states where the margins are razor thin.

In a statement by his campaign, Trump said Biden is “rushing to falsely pose as the winner” of the US election, while Biden had not yet commented on the projection.

“The simple fact is this election is far from over. Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor,” the statement said.

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The Trump campaign has said they will challenge the results in several states. Biden flipped battlegrounds Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Arizona, all states Trump won in 2016, according to the Associated Press.

“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated,” the statement by by Trump’s campaign wrote. “The American People are entitled to an honest election: that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots.”

With Biden’s projected win, Kamala Harris will be heading to the White House as his vice-president, and is set to create new records along the way.

Harris has had a trailblazing career, and will now be the first African-American, first woman and first person of Asian descent to serve as vice president.


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US Election: Police arrest over 50 Anti-Trump protesters in L.A, Manhattan

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The protest, which was organised by the group Refuse Fascism, was held nationwide against Trump’s response to the election results.

About 63 protesters taking part in a march against President Donald Trump have been arrested in Manhattan and Los Angeles as the nation waits a second night for an outcome to the presidential election.

According to the New York Police Department spokesperson, 60 of the protesters were arrested around 8:00pm as protesters made their way through streets in the borough’s West Village neighborhood in Manhattan.

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Three protesters were also arrested in downtown Los Angeles’ Pershing Square Wednesday evening for an unlawful assembly.

“(Trump) claims victory demanding that the counting be stopped immediately — with millions of ballots yet to be counted, overwhelmingly from the urban cores where Black and Latino voters are concentrated,” Refuse Fascism said in a news release on Wednesday.

The protest began at around 3:30pm as police called the crowd “large and unruly,” and at around 7:30pm, an unlawful assembly was declared at Fifth and Hill streets and Los Angeles police officers surrounded the protesters.

“You have five minutes to disperse,” one LAPD officer was heard telling the protesters over a megaphone.

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Officers cleared the scene by 9:00pm, police said.

Police arrested three people, two for failure to disperse and one for assault on an officer.

There were no injuries.

Trump had on Wednesday morning falsely asserted election fraud, pledged to mount a legal challenge to official state results and made a premature claim of victory in a bitterly contested race that may take days to resolve.

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In remarks at the White House, Trump claimed that he won several states that were still counting ballots including in Georgia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

On Wednesday, his main challenger and candidate of Democratic Party in the US election, Joe Biden, said he was confident that his party will secure the required electoral votes to win the race while thanking Americans for their support.

He currently has 264 electoral college votes while President Donald Trump, his rival, has 214 electoral votes.

A minimum of 270 votes are needed to win the election.


#Newsworthy…

US Election: All campaign enter final sprint.

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With just two full days of campaigning left, the candidates are doubling down in key battleground states.

  • Democratic candidate Joe Biden spent Sunday in Pennsylvania, a battleground state that has become increasingly significant to both candidates.
  • Donald Trump held rallies in five states, in last-minute, breakneck appeals to energise voters – a strategy that helped him ride to victory in 2016.
  • With just two days until election day, more than 92 million US citizens have already cast their votes, far outpacing early voting in any past elections and accounting for 67 percent of all votes counted in 2016.

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US Election: I will not participate in debate with Biden – Trump spills

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Second debate on October 15 will be virtual, with Trump and his challenger Biden participating from remote locations.

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday he would not participate in a debate with Democrat Joe Biden under a new format announced by the debates commission in which each candidate would appear at remote locations.

In an interview with Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo, Trump said the new virtual format announced by the Commission on Presidential Debates was not acceptable to him.


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“I’m not going to do a virtual debate,” he said.

The commission said that the debate, planned on October 15, would see the audience, who typically ask the candidates questions in the town-meeting format, and moderator Steve Scully would gather in one spot in Florida, Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

The decision was made “to protect the health and safety of all involved,” the commission added.

Last Thursday Trump tested positive for COVID-19, raising concerns that during the first debate on the preceding Tuesday he had infected Biden and moderator Chris Wallace. Biden has tested negative.


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US Election: Biden calls Trump ‘Weak’ – Says he has fomented United States

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Democratic White House hopeful Joe Biden on Monday castigated President Donald Trump as a “weak” and morally deficient leader who has sown chaos and fomented the violence that has recently gripped US cities.

“This president long ago forfeited any moral leadership in this country. He can’t stop the violence — because for years he has fomented it,” the Democratic presidential nominee will say in a speech in Pittsburgh, according to excerpts released by his campaign.

“He may believe mouthing the words ‘law and order’ makes him strong, but his failure to call on his own supporters to stop acting as an armed militia in this country shows you how weak he is,” Biden will say.

Two US cities in particular — Kenosha, Wisconsin and Portland, Oregon — have been battered by fierce protests and accompanying deadly violence, with supporters of Trump and Biden facing off in dangerous encounters.

Biden is expected to address the multitude of crises currently affecting the United States, including the coronavirus pandemic that has now left more than 183,000 Americans dead, the resulting “economic devastation,” and violent incidents by “emboldened” white nationalists.

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He will also present a counter-argument to Trump’s messaging during last week’s Republican National Convention when he warned that people would not be safe “in Joe Biden’s America.”

(FILES) In this file photo Democratic presidential hopeful and former Vice President Joe Biden takes a selfie with supporter Margarita Rebollal after speaking at a Nevada Caucus watch party on February 22, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada, during the Nevada caucuses. – Joe Biden said August 27 he will soon campaign in person in battleground states that could decide the US presidential election, a change of course for the Democrat who has largely hunkered down during the coronavirus pandemic.
The new events, expected beginning next month, would be the first substantial campaign stops for Biden since March when he, nomination rival Bernie Sanders and President Donald Trump abruptly suspended in-person campaigning due to the health crisis. (Photo by Ronda Churchill / AFP)

“Does anyone believe there will be less violence in America if Donald Trump is reelected?” Biden will say in his speech.

The common thread to the multiple crises is “an incumbent president who makes things worse, not better. An incumbent president who sows chaos rather than providing order,” Biden will say.

Trump has repeatedly tweeted “LAW & ORDER!” in recent days, accused Portland’s “radical left” Democratic mayor of losing control of his city, and threatened to “go in” with federal forces to restore order.


#Newsworthy…

Black Panther: Harris, Obama, Others pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman

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Tributes pour in for the Black Panther actor, who portrayed Black icons throughout his career and died on Friday.


Former President Barack Obama has paid tribute to actor Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed Black American icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before launching to a new level of fame as the lead in the Black Panther superhero franchise, one of the few films in the Marvel universe to feature a predominantly Black cast.

Boseman died on Friday at the age of 43 after a four-year battle with colon cancer.

“Chadwick came to the White House to work with kids when he was playing Jackie Robinson. You could tell right away that he was blessed,” Obama wrote on Twitter, referring to the first Black American professional baseball player who Boseman portrayed in the film “42”.

“To be young, gifted, and Black; to use that power to give them heroes to look up to; to do it all while in pain – what a use of his years,” he wrote.

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The president’s words were among a litany of memorials posted on social media from elected officials, actors, musicians on Saturday.

“A consummate professional, he absorbed every story, every memory and every photo and film excerpt he could consume to help translate the soul of an American hero,” said a statement from the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

“And now, Chadwick will be etched in history as a hero in his own right, especially have shown millions of Black and brown children the power of a superhero who looks like them. Chadwick – may you rest in peace eternally. Take your place among the greats. You earned it,” the statement.

Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice-presidential candidate, noted that she and Boseman had attended the same university.

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“Heartbroken. My friend and fellow Bison Chadwick Boseman was brilliant, kind, learned, and humble,” she wrote, referencing the mascot for the Howard University.

“He left too early but his life made a difference,” she wrote.

“The true power of @ChadwickBoseman was bigger than anything we saw on screen. From the Black Panther to Jackie Robinson, he inspired generations and showed them they can be anything they want – even super heroes,” Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden wrote on Twitter.

Chadwick Boseman died on Friday after a four-year battle with colon cancer [File: Jordan Strauss/The Associated Press]

Meanwhile, the governor of Boseman’s home state of South Carolina, Henry McMaster, said all flags at the statehouse had been ordered to fly at half-staff on Sunday to “honor the life, contributions and memory” of the actor.

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Colleagues also remembered Boseman.

“Chadwick was not only a deeply soulful and powerful actor, but he was such a kind, thoughtful, funny and gentle person. He brightened every ones day every time he walked into our hair and makeup trailer or on set with his beautiful smile,” actress Scarlett Johansson, who co-starred with Boseman in three Marvel films, said in a statement.

“Chadwick…..no words to express my devastation of losing you. Your talent, your spirit, your heart, your authenticity……..It was an honor working beside you, getting to know you….Rest well prince…May flights of angels sing thee to thy heavenly rest. I love you!” wrote actress Viola Davis, who co-starred in, Get on Up, and the upcoming adaptation of August Wilson’s, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, with Boseman.

“This broke me,” tweeted actor and writer Issa Rae.


#Newsworthy…

US Election: Trump accept Republican nomination; tag Biden threat to ‘American Dream’

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President Donald Trump tore into his election challenger Joe Biden as a threat to the “American Dream” in a bruising speech Thursday accepting the Republican nomination for a second term against a backdrop of racial tensions and the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

The former celebrity real estate developer spoke at a grandiose event staged at the White House — the first time a president has ever held a party convention at the executive mansion — and followed up with a vast fireworks display on the National Mall.

In his 70-minute address, Trump went after Biden as hard as he could, attacking him by name dozens of times in an attempt to define the veteran centrist former vice president, who leads in polls ahead of the November 3 election, as a radical leftist.

“No one will be safe in Biden’s America,” he said.

“This election will decide whether we save the American Dream,” Trump said, rejecting Biden’s main campaign slogan about saving America’s soul.

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“He’s the destroyer of America’s jobs and given the chance, he’ll be the destroyer of American greatness.”

The relentless verbal assault contrasted with Biden’s own acceptance speech at the Democratic nomination last week, which lasted only 25 minutes and, while delivering caustic critiques of the Trump presidency, avoided mentioning his name.

Despite Trump’s warnings of chaos, his bid for reelection is already taking place amid levels of turmoil the country hasn’t seen for decades.

Covid-19 has killed more than 180,000 Americans so far, while the nation’s painful reckoning over racial justice was playing out outside the White House where a Black Lives Matter protest, complete with shouting and vuvuzela trumpets, was audible inside the fences.

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– Trampling over etiquette –

Trump spoke from the White House’s South Lawn, which he had transformed into a flashy event centre for the final night of the Republican convention.

Trampling over long-running presidential custom to separate the so-called “people’s house” from political campaigning, Trump had some 1,500 white chairs laid out in front of the stage bedecked with rows of US flags and two giant video screens.

The immense fireworks displayed featured Trump’s name written in fiery letters in the sky.

Before Trump appeared from the White House in a made-for-Hollywood moment alongside his wife Melania, warm-up speakers including his powerful daughter Ivanka prepped the message of Democratic mayhem.

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And when Trump finally came to deliver the main speech, he did not hold back.

“If the left gains power, they will demolish the suburbs, confiscate your guns,” he said, branding Biden as a man with a history of “betrayals” and “blunders.”

Republican strategist Matt Mackowiak said the party had hit the right buttons at its four-day convention. “Trump significantly broadened his coalition this week. He will get a considerable polling bump,” he tweeted.

But Biden mocked Trump’s apocalyptic warnings.

“When Donald Trump says tonight you won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America, look around and ask yourself: How safe do you feel in Donald Trump’s America?” Biden tweeted.

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– Law and order? –

The hardline message comes as the country reels in shock at the videotaped shooting by a police officer of an African American man during an attempted arrest in front of his children — and at the sometimes violent protests erupting afterwards.

Days of demonstrations and rioting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, have transformed the small town into a national arena for America’s tensions over racial justice, police violence, and gun rights. When a teenaged vigilante — reportedly a Trump fan — allegedly killed two people and seriously wounded a third at a protest Tuesday night, the perfect storm was complete.

Struggling in opinion polls after what almost two-thirds of Americans say is his unsatisfactory handling of the Covid-19 crisis, Trump is latching on to what he calls the “law and order” strategy.

Democrats assert that police forces across the country are plagued by institutional racism. Trump is leading Republican pushback, banking on the idea that Americans will be angrier at scenes of rioting than at police abuses.

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“If Biden is elected, along with the Democrats who are unwilling to speak out against this anarchy, then the crime wave will intensify and spread from cities and towns to suburbs and beyond,” Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor and current personal lawyer to Trump, said in his warm-up speech.

“When President Trump is re-elected the damage will stop,” he said.

– Milking the violence? –

In addition to soaring racial tensions, the United States is still struggling to master the coronavirus outbreak or get schools and businesses back fully open.

But Trump emphasized what he said had been his administration’s constant success, predicting a vaccine would be available “this year.”

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“Together we will crush the virus,” he said.

At the Republicans’ South Lawn party, there was no effort to enforce social distancing and many people did not wear masks.

Biden’s team accuses Trump of being derelict on the coronavirus. On the race front, Biden goes further.

“He views this as a political benefit to him,” Biden told Media (known to Noble Reporters Media) on Thursday. “He is rooting for more violence, not less. He is pouring gasoline on the fire.”


#Newsworthy…

US Election: Republicans to make case for Donald Trump.

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The Republican Party is to make its case next week for four more years of President Donald Trump after his Democratic opponent Joe Biden wrapped up his party’s convention with a vow to end what he called a “chapter of American darkness.”

With the nation digesting the impact of an unprecedented all-virtual gathering due to the coronavirus pandemic, Trump on Friday intensified his attacks on Biden as Republicans sought to flesh out their counterprogramming to the Democratic convention.

The Democratic Party released figures Friday that suggest it set a high bar for its event, raising $70 million during the four days and generating 122 million views on network and cable television as well as digital livestreams.

Accepting the Democratic presidential nomination with an impassioned 25-minute speech, Biden said the United States was facing a “life-changing election” in November.

And he issued a somber warning: “The current president has cloaked America in darkness for much too long. Too much anger. Too much fear. Too much division,” the 77-year-old former vice president said.

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“May history be able to say that the end of this chapter of American darkness began here tonight as love and hope and light joined in the battle for the soul of the nation.”

Trump, 74, also framed the contest in apocalyptic terms, accusing the Democrats of holding the “darkest, angriest and gloomiest convention in American history.”

“Where Joe Biden sees American darkness, I see American greatness,” he said.

Vice President Mike Pence also took aim at the Democratic convention, where a parade of speakers denounced Trump’s character, his handling of protests against racial injustice and accused him of mismanaging the coronavirus pandemic.

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“So many of the speeches at the Democratic national convention were so negative,” Pence said on “CBS This Morning.” “They presented such a grim vision for America.”

“Joe Biden last night said that democracy’s on the ballot, that character’s on the ballot” and the economy will not recover until after the coronavirus pandemic, Pence said.

“Newsflash to Joe Biden: the economy is coming back. The only real threat to our economy is a Joe Biden presidency.”

The Republican convention begins Monday in North Carolina and, like the Democratic event, it will be mostly online because of the COVID-19 outbreak which has left 175,000 people dead across the United States.

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Trump will accept the Republican nomination Thursday in a speech at the White House, shrugging off criticism over the use of the presidential residence for campaign purposes.

‘We must come together’
Trump dismissed Biden’s acceptance speech in a tweet.

“In 47 years, Joe did none of the things of which he now speaks. He will never change, just words!” Trump said, alluding to Biden’s long record in politics as a senator from Delaware and Barack Obama’s vice president for eight years.

Trump, who has been waging a campaign against mail-in voting, which polls show Democrats are more likely to use during the pandemic, also expressed concern that a result may not be known on election night, the latest step in what critics say is an effort to undercut confidence in the US election.

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“You’re not going to be able to know the end of this election, in my opinion, for weeks, months, maybe never,” he said.

Unlike four years ago, when Hillary Clinton emerged as the Democratic nominee after a bitter primary battle with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the Democrats appear more united this time around.

WILMINGTON, DE – AUGUST 12: Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) arrive to deliver remarks at the Alexis Dupont High School on August 12, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Sanders, who also challenged Biden for the nomination and remains a favorite of the party’s progressive wing, has unabashedly thrown his support behind the nominee.

“We must come together, defeat Donald Trump and elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as our next president and vice president,” Sanders said. “My friends, the price of failure is just too great to imagine.”

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Biden’s White House run — his third — features a historic first with his choice of a black woman, California Senator Harris, to be his running mate.

Biden has been leading in the polls and Republicans will be looking to their convention to give Trump a bounce.

The latest RealClearPolitics average of national polls has Biden with a 7.4 point advantage over Trump and slight leads in several of the battleground states which are a key to victory in the Electoral College.

The candidates are scheduled to hold three debates, the first on September 29, before Americans cast their ballots on November 3.


#Newsworthy…

US Election: Biden ‘Voters worst Nightmare’ – Trump warns.

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President Donald Trump told voters near his opponent Joe Biden’s Pennsylvania birthplace on Thursday that the Democrat has sold out American workers and would be a “nightmare” if he got into power.

Biden is “your worst nightmare,” Trump told the crowd in an extraordinarily dark speech in Old Forge, just down the road from Biden’s old hometown of Scranton, in the heart of the key election battleground state.

“He spent the last half-century in Washington selling out our country and ripping off our jobs and letting other countries steal our jobs,” Trump said hours before Biden was to address the nation and accept the Democratic nomination for the White House.

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Trump used his speech to snatch the limelight on Biden’s big day, blasting the Democrat as someone who would raise taxes, open borders to “let in violent mobs” and abandon American workers.

Indicating the flavour of his reelection campaign in the next two and a half months, Trump claimed that recent crime spikes in big cities and sometimes violent protests against police abuses would engulf the country under Biden.

“If you want a vision of your life under a Biden presidency, think of the smouldering ruins in Minneapolis, the violent anarchy of Portland, the blood-stained sidewalks of Chicago, and imagine the mayhem coming to your town,” he said.

Trump referenced everything from his walling off of part of the Mexican border to military funding and what he claimed was greater international respect for the United States.

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Often, his speech veered into a less standard territory, describing the Democrats as something like out of a dystopian novel.

They “turn your family against you for speaking your mind while they indoctrinate your children with twisted, twisted world views,” he said at one point.

“They’re coming to get you,” he said.

“Me, we, we’re the wall between the American dream and total insanity and destruction of the greatest country in the history of the world.”


#Newsworthy…

US Election: Joe Biden accepts Democratic nomination

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Joe Biden promised Thursday to end the “darkness” of Donald Trump’s presidency in a speech accepting the Democratic nomination with an impassioned call for unity and a return to optimism.

“The current president has cloaked America in darkness for much too long. Too much anger, too much fear, too much division,” Biden said.

“If you entrust me with the presidency, I will draw on the best of us, not the worst. I will be an ally of the light, not the darkness,” he said.

“It’s time for us, for we the people, to come together.”

Speaking in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, but with an audience almost entirely online or on television, Biden’s acceptance speech reflected the enormity of the shutdown that has upended life across the United States in the battle against the deadly coronavirus.

File photo: Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a “Build Back Better” Clean Energy event on July 14, 2020, at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware. Olivier DOULIERY / AFP

And Biden, 77, urged Americans in blistering terms to punish Trump for the chaos that has seen more than 170,000 deaths and economic calamity.

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“We lead the world in deaths,” he said in the 22-minute speech, calling Trump’s performance “unforgivable.”

“On day one” of his own presidency, Biden said, he would implement a national COVID-19 plan and mandate mask wearing.

Biden is on his third White House bid after failing to win the nomination in 1988 and 2008.

But after months of relentless mockery from Trump and other Republicans who claim Biden is senile, the veteran politician’s speech was markedly fluent and always full of passion.

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Democrats hope the strong performance, as well as the vice-presidential nomination of Kamala Harris — the first black woman ever to make it onto the White House ticket of a major party — will deflate those attacks.

– Trump hits Pennsylvania –

Biden leads in almost every national opinion poll and also in the crucial swing states.

File photo: Former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden meets with clergy members and community activists during a visit to Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Delaware on June 1, 2020. JIM WATSON / AFP

But Trump is fighting hard in what is shaping up to be an election of unprecedented ferocity and division.

Speaking to Media personnel (known to Noble Reporters Media) as the Democratic convention was in full swing, Trump repeated his claim that increased mail-in voting — which Democrats say is needed due to coronavirus fears — will lead to fraud.

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“They’re trying to steal the election,” said Trump, who has pointedly refused to confirm that he will accept the result if he loses.

Earlier, Trump also tried to overshadow Biden’s thunder with a visit just outside his challenger’s birthplace in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

In a dark speech, Trump falsely claimed that Biden had abandoned the blue-collar town — he, in fact, moved out with his family when he was a child — and warned that Democrats would usher in an era of “violent mobs” and “blood-stained sidewalks.”

Pennsylvania is exactly the kind of place that used to be reliably Democratic but is now divided, with many seduced by Trump’s economic nationalism and vows to defend traditional white, working-class values.

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The state will be fiercely contested on November 3.

– Unified Democrats –

Trump’s shock win in 2016 over Hillary Clinton was partly helped by divisions within the Democrats. This time, the party is doing everything to emphasize unity, with many of Biden’s primary rivals appearing in a friendly joint video call during the convention.

One by one, guests ranging from comedian Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Democratic heavy hitters came out to rip Trump while praising Biden’s ability to connect with people who are suffering at a time when the country is going through twin health and economic crises.

“Joe Biden cares,” said a 13-year-old boy, who movingly recounted to the convention how he overcame stuttering thanks to encouragement from lifelong stutterer Biden.

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If that was the rawest, emotionally wrenching moment, former New York mayor and billionaire entrepreneur Mike Bloomberg landed one of the sharpest punches against the Democrats’ nemesis Trump.

“Would you rehire or work for someone who ran your business into the ground?” Bloomberg asked, addressing small business owners around the country.

Senator Tammy Duckworth, a badly wounded Iraq war veteran, branded Trump the “coward in chief” who lets “tyrants manipulate him like a puppet.”

That was a point Biden then echoed, saying that under his administration the days of the United States “cozying up to dictators is over.”


#Newsworthy…

US Election: Trump suffers low poll number as Joe Biden shines.

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The latest poll by NBC news and Wall Street Journal released on Sunday shows US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden leading President Donald Trump by 9 points.

Th poll result came on the eve of the start of the Democratic national convention where Biden is expected to be formally nominated presidential candidate.

Fifty-one per cent of polled voters said that they would vote for Biden over Trump, while only 41 per cent said that they would vote for Trump.

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Biden had an 11-point lead in the same poll conducted the month before.

Half of the NBC News and Wall Street Journal poll was conducted after Senator Kamala Harris was announced as Biden’s running mate and the vice presidential nominee.

It is a long-standing tradition for the party’s nominee for president to announce his or her running mate before the party convention.

The four-day Democratic national convention begins on Monday and is set to largely take place online.


#Newsworthy…

US Election: Trump’s fans drops false claims about Biden’s runmate, Kamala Harris.

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United States President Donald Trump has stoked false claims that Democratic vice-presidential contender Kamala Harris is ineligible to hold that office because her parents were foreign-born.

The claims about Harris — who was born in the United States, making her constitutionally eligible to be both vice president and president — echo a baseless theory that Trump long promoted about his predecessor Barack Obama.

“I heard it today that she doesn’t meet the requirements,” Trump said at a White House news conference on Thursday, referring to an August 12 opinion piece in Newsweek.

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The article by conservative law professor John Eastman says that “before we so cavalierly accept Senator Harris’ eligibility for the office of vice president, we should ask her a few questions about the status of her parents at the time of her birth.”

Trump said that Eastman, of Chapman University “is a very highly qualified, very talented lawyer. I have no idea if that’s right.”

Eastman was also an unsuccessful Republican challenger, losing in the primary for the 2010 California attorney general’s election won by Harris, who served in that post before becoming a US senator.

Harris, 55, was born in Oakland, California to a mother from India and a father from Jamaica. She is the first black woman and woman of South Asian heritage to be granted the honor of a place on the ticket of a major US party.

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Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden, 77, who on Tuesday named Harris as his running mate, blasted Trump’s rhetoric Friday, with his campaign calling the false claim “abhorrent.”

– A historic choice –
Eastman’s article followed claims shared thousands of times on Facebook that Harris could not become president because her parents hailed from abroad.

Article 2, Section 1 of the US Constitution says that “no person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States” shall be eligible for the presidency. They must also be at least 35 years old.

And Section 2 of the 14th Amendment says that: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States.”

Under that clause and an 1898 Supreme Court ruling, “anyone born on US soil and subject to its jurisdiction is a natural born citizen, regardless of parental citizenship,” Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute says.

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Harris could not become vice president if she failed to meet requirements for the presidency.

David A. Super, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Economics at the Georgetown University Law Center, said that “no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States,” according to the 12th Amendment to the Constitution.

This means, Super said in an email to AFP, that “someone who is not a native-born US citizen, or someone who is not 35 years old, could not take office as vice president.”

As Trump parlayed his TV fame into a political career, he adopted and promoted the “birther” lie that Obama, America’s first black president, was not born in the United States.

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Obama was born in Hawaii to a Kenyan father and a white American mother. Trump grudgingly acknowledged late in his 2016 presidential campaign that Obama was American-born.

Since then, Trump has faced accusations of racism, and has embraced other conspiracies.

Polls show him losing the November vote.

On Wednesday, he praised Georgia Republican congressional candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene, a follower of the QAnon conspiracy theory who has called white men the most oppressed group in America.


#Newsworthy…

US Election: Joe Biden, Kamala Harris strikes campaign; taunts Trump.

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Democratic White House hopeful Joe Biden and his vice presidential pick Kamala Harris — the first black woman tapped by a major party for the post — rolled out their campaign Wednesday with a call to restore a broken nation.

Biden, speaking alongside Harris in his Delaware hometown of Wilmington, said it was time after one term of President Donald Trump to “rebuild this country.”

“Everything we care about,” Harris said, “it’s all on the line.”

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Harris — a 55-year-old senator who would also be the first woman elected to the White House if the Democratic duo wins — pummeled the Republican president, saying he “just isn’t up for the job.”

Harris, the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants to the United States, also sought to tap into the nationwide upheaval over police violence and racial disparities.

WILMINGTON, DE – AUGUST 12: Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) listens to Biden make remarks at the Alexis Dupont High School on August 12, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Harris is the first Black woman and first person of Indian descent to be a presumptive nominee on a presidential ticket by a major party in U.S. history. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

“We’re experiencing a moral reckoning with racism and systemic injustice that has brought a new coalition of conscience to the streets of our country demanding change,” she said.

And referring to her courtroom experience as a veteran prosecutor and California attorney general, Harris said of the president and his vice president: “The case against Donald Trump and Mike Pence is open and shut.”

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Trump and Pence have left the country “in tatters,” she said.

Biden, who leads in polls against Trump despite running his campaign almost entirely from his Delaware home due to the coronavirus shutdown, said the president had failed to lead through the crisis.

WILMINGTON, DE – AUGUST 12: Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) arrive to deliver remarks at the Alexis Dupont High School on August 12, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Harris is the first Black woman and first person of Indian descent to be a presumptive nominee on a presidential ticket by a major party in U.S. history. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP)

But the 77-year-old promised that he and Harris, who had sought the Democratic presidential nomination herself before rallying to his side, would fix “the mess that President Trump and Vice President Pence have created at home and abroad.”

And he said that Harris’ story as the child of immigrants and a person of color who fought her way to the top ranks of US legal and government circles would inspire the country.

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“Her story’s America’s story,” he said. “She’s worked hard, she’s never backed down from a challenge and she has earned each and every of the accolades,” he said.

“All across America, little girls woke up” with new hope, Biden said. “Today, just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as the stuff of presidents and vice presidents.”

WILMINGTON, DE – AUGUST 12: The new campaign logo is displayed at the podium before Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) arrive to deliver remarks at the Alexis Dupont High School on August 12, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Harris is the first Black woman and first person of Indian descent to be a presumptive nominee on a presidential ticket by a major party in U.S. history. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Biden sniped at Trump, who has called Harris “nasty” for her combative questioning of Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh during Senate hearings in 2018.

“Whining is what Donald Trump does best,” Biden said, asking if anyone was “surprised Donald Trump has a problem with a strong woman?”


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US Election: Trump tags Harris ‘Horrible’ – shocked at Biden’s pick, to make her run mate

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday called Kamala Harris the “most horrible” member of the US Senate and said he was “surprised” Joe Biden had picked her as his vice-presidential candidate.

Trump told reporters at the White House that Harris did not impress him when she was vying for the Democratic nomination in primaries eventually won by Biden.

“I was more surprised than anything else because she did so poorly,” he said.

He also said that during the bruising 2018 Senate confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Harris was “the meanest, the most horrible, the most disrespectful of anybody in the US Senate.”


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US Election: Joe Biden declares Kamala Harris as running mate.

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White House hopeful Joe Biden on Tuesday named Kamala Harris, a black US senator from California, as his choice for vice president, capping a months-long search for a Democratic partner to challenge President Donald Trump in November.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden, 77, said on Twitter.

His team stated that the two Democrats will deliver remarks on Wednesday in Wilmington, Delaware as they kick off their campaign to defeat the Republican Trump.


I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate.

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 11, 2020


Taking to Twitter shortly after the announcement, Harris said she was “honored” to join Biden as nominee for vice president, and would “do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Biden (L) and Harris greet each other ahead of the second round of the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan. Jim WATSON / AFP

“@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals,” she wrote.

For Harris, being elevated onto a Democratic presidential ticket is the political moment of a lifetime. And if they win, the 55-year-old Californian becomes the automatic frontrunner in the race for the 2024 or 2028 Democratic nomination.

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Harris has been a barrier-breaker for much of her political career.


.@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals.

I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 11, 2020


Her parents were immigrants to the United States — her father from Jamaica, her mother from India. She was the first black woman elected as California’s attorney general, and only the second black woman, and the first woman of South Asian heritage to be elected to the US Senate.

In this file photo taken on March 09, 2020, US Senator Kamala Harris (L) hugs Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden after introducing him at a campaign rally at Renaissance High School in Detroit, Michigan. SCOTT OLSON / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Biden’s team stated that the two Democrats will deliver remarks Wednesday in Wilmington, Delaware as they kick off their joint campaign.

Harris had clashed with Biden during the first Democratic debate of the 2020 race, chiding the former senator over his opposition to 1970s busing programs that forced integration of segregated schools.

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It provided her with a breakout moment which proved short-lived: Harris dropped out of the race in December 2019 and endorsed Biden in March.

Despite their debate clash, Biden has made it clear he does not hold a grudge, describing Harris as a “first-rate intellect, a first-rate candidate and a real competitor.”

The Republican National Committee swiftly reacted to the announcement, saying Harris has “extreme” political positions that are far more leftist than the more moderate Biden’s.

A career of firsts
Harris has been a trailblazer all her life.

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“My mother used to have a saying,” the 55-year-old Harris is fond of recounting. “She would say to me ‘You may be the first to do many things but make sure you’re not the last.’”

Harris was the first black attorney general of California, the first woman to hold the post, and the first woman of South Asian heritage to be elected to the US Senate.

She is now seeking to become the first female vice president of the United States.

And with the 77-year-Biden expected to serve only a single term if elected, Harris would be favored to win the Democratic presidential nomination four years from now.

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That could give her a shot at more history-making — as the first female president of the United States.

“Senator Harris is a tenacious and trailblazing leader who will make a great partner on the campaign trail,” said Susan Rice, who served as national security advisor under president Barack Obama and was also under consideration to be Biden’s running mate.

Harris (D-CA) speaks during a hearing before Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee at Dirksen Senate Office Building August 6, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Alex Wong / POOL / AFP

Since ending her White House run and endorsing Biden, Harris has stepped up her criticism of President Donald Trump on a host of issues — from his handling of the COVID-19 outbreak to race to immigration.

“Trump’s repeated racist rhetoric tries to place blame for his coronavirus failures on anyone but himself,” she tweeted recently.

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“It’s dangerous and it’s wrong — and has real life consequences for Asian Americans and Asian immigrants.”

Harris’s own parents were immigrants to the United States — her father from Jamaica, her mother from India — and their lives and her own have in some ways embodied the American dream.

Close to Beau Biden
Harris was born on October 20, 1964 in Oakland, California.

Her father, Donald Harris, was an economics professor and her mother Shyamala Gopalan, was a breast cancer researcher.

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Her parents separated when Harris was about five years old and she and her sister Maya were raised by her mother, who died in 2009.

Harris earned her undergraduate degree at historically black Howard University in Washington and is a proud member of “Alpha Kappa Alpha,” the oldest African-American sorority.

She earned her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, became a prosecutor and served two terms as a district attorney in San Francisco.

She was elected attorney general of California in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, the same year she married Douglas Emhoff, a lawyer with two children from a previous marriage.

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As attorney general, Harris developed a working relationship with Biden’s late son Beau, who held the same position in the state of Delaware. Beau Biden died of cancer in 2015.

Her failure, however, to enact bold criminal justice reforms while attorney general dogged her presidential campaign and did not sit well with many black voters during the primaries.

Harris was elected to the Senate in November 2016, becoming just the second black female senator ever.

As a senator, she has employed tough questioning skills honed as a prosecutor, notably during the Senate confirmation hearing of Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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‘That little girl was me’
Harris launched her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination on Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday in January 2019 at an event attended by 20,000 people in Oakland.

She clashed with Biden during the first Democratic debate, chiding the former senator over his opposition to 1970s busing programs that forced integration of segregated schools.

“There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public school, and she was bused to school every day,” she said. “And that little girl was me.”

It provided her with a breakout moment and a bump in the polls but it was to prove short-lived. Harris dropped out of the race in December 2019 and endorsed Biden in March.

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Despite their debate clash, Biden has made it clear he does not hold a grudge, describing Harris as a “first-rate intellect, a first-rate candidate and a real competitor.”

Harris voted for Trump’s impeachment at his Senate trial and to defeat him she has invoked the need to rebuild the “Obama coalition” — African Americans, Hispanics, women, independents and millennials.

A tireless campaigner, Harris has a knack for personal connection and a steely demeanor that can give way to a million-watt smile.

Along with her experience in the judicial, executive and legislative branches of government, Harris is expected to provide a jolt of energy to a White House campaign overshadowed by the coronavirus and economic crisis.


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