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Reprinted with permission from Alternet

President Donald Trump was in a "particularly foul mood" last week after his re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale showed him internal polling revealing he is losing to his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, in key swing states. New state and nationwide polls released over the past day confirm Biden is currently beating Trump, by as much as ten points in some polls.

Trump, Josh Dawsey of The Washington Post reports, "berated," "used profanities," and even threatened to sue Parscale during "a series of calls and meetings last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday." Those also included White House Senior Advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner, and RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. The Post notes the threat to sue Parscale may or may not have been in jest.


The call was "part of an effort by aides to curtail Trump's freewheeling daily briefings on the coronavirus pandemic." It apparently worked. Trump's Friday briefing was only 22 minutes long and the president took no questions at the end. He also skipped his regular Saturday and Sunday briefings, and attempted a new format on Monday, which was essentially the same as his usual press conferences.

Aides and GOP officials say the briefings are hurting Trump. Last week on Thursday his suggestion that doctors investigate if an "injection" of disinfectant could cure coronavirus exploded across the country, its effects still being felt nearly one week later.

But Trump "resisted the pleas, saying people 'love' the briefings and think he is 'fighting for them,' a person with knowledge of the Wednesday conversation said. Trump has long been distrustful of polling data presented to him when the numbers are not positive, aides say."

Sen. Kamala Harris

Joe Biden announced late Tuesday afternoon that he has selected Sen. Kamala Harris as his vice presidential running mate. The ascendance of Harris, as the first Black woman on the national ticket of a major party, represents a historic advance for gender and racial equality.

Harris has drawn favorable notices for her performance in the first Democratic presidential debate and her tough questioning of Trump officials in the Senate, including Attorney General William Barr. She departed the 2020 presidential primaries last winter when her own campaign faltered.

"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, and one of the country's finest public servants — as my running mate," wrote Biden in a tweet naming his choice.


Harris brings both Capitol Hill and law enforcement experience to the Democratic ticket. Before running for the Senate in 2018, she served as California's attorney general and as San Francisco's district attorney.