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Sen. Perdue's Racist Insult To Kamala Raises $2 Million --  For His Opponent

At a rally for Donald Trump on Friday, Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) mocked Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) for her name. By Sunday, Perdue's Democratic opponent had raised nearly $2 million off of the racist comments.

Perdue intentionally mispronounced Harris' name at the Trump rally in Macon, Georgia.

"The most insidious thing that Chuck Schumer and Joe Biden are trying to perpetuate, and Bernie [Sanders] and Elizabeth [Warren] and Kamala — Kah-ma-la, or Kah-mah-la, or Kamala-mala-mala, I don't know, whatever," he said, drawing laughter from the rally's attendees.

"Well that is incredibly racist," Sabrina Singh, Harris' press secretary, responded in a tweet.

On Friday evening, Jon Ossoff — Perdue's Democratic opponent — tweeted the video clip of Perdue mispronouncing Harris' name, adding, "We are so much better than this."

Perdue's viral moment backfired in a major way. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ossoff raised more than $1.8 million from 42,000 donors between Friday and Sunday.

This fundraising haul came just days after Ossoff announced raising a record-breaking $21.3 million in the third quarter of 2020. Perdue raised roughly $5.6 million over the same period.

Harris and Perdue have served in the Senate together for four years. Perdue has even cosponsored two of Harris' bills.

Rather than quickly apologize for the racist slur of Harris, Perdue's campaign pretended it was an inadvertent error. "Sen. Perdue simply mispronounced Sen. Harris' name. He didn't mean anything by it," Perdue's spokesperson, Casey Black, tweeted on Friday.

Perdue's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This isn't the first time Perdue has made a bigoted attack against a political opponent. In July, the Perdue campaign made a Facebook ad featuring a distorted photo of Ossoff, who is Jewish, with his nose enlarged — a common anti-Semitic trope.

The moment was reminiscent of another Senate race 14 years ago. Then, Sen. George Allen (R-VA) was recorded harassing a 20-year-old Democratic tracker named S.R Sidarth — a Virginia native whose parents immigrated from India.

"This fella here over here with the yellow shirt. Macaca or whatever his name is," Allen said, using a racist term comparing Sidarth to a monkey. "Let's give a welcome to Macaca here. Welcome to America and the real world of Virginia."

Allen, who had been favored in the race, lost to Democrat Jim Webb after the story broke.

Ossoff is not alone among Democratic candidates in his massive 2020 fundraising advantage. Across the country, Democrats running for Senate have broken records and raised far more than Republicans in competitive races. In Maine and Iowa, Democratic challengers have outraised GOP incumbents by about a four-to-one margin over the past three months.

Polls show the race between Ossoff and Perdue to be close. RealClear Politics' average puts Perdue up by just one point, though two recent polls gave Ossoff the lead.

If no candidate receives an outright majority in November's election, the top two finishers will face off in a January runoff election.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

Refusing To Condemn Violent Extremism, Trump Feigned Ignorance Of QAnon

Donald Trump said that he knows "very little" about a group the Federal Bureau of Investigation has labeled a domestic terrorism threat.

It's not the first time Trump has claimed ignorance about violent right-wing extremists.

In an NBC News town hall Thursday night, Trump was asked to denounce QAnon, the widely debunked conspiracy theory that claims a cabal of powerful politicians — mostly Democrats — run an international child trafficking ring.

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WATCH: Trump Contradicts Himself Within Seconds After Warning Of 'Draconian Unscientific Lockdowns'

Donald Trump warned Pennsylvania voters on Tuesday that if Democrats win in November, they will implement "draconian" lockdowns to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

Seconds later, he claimed that Democrats will lift all lockdowns the day after the election, as they are merely a ploy to make him look bad.

At a rally in Johnstown, Trump claimed that if Joe Biden wins the White House, he will "terminate our recovery, delay the vaccine, prolong the pandemic, and annihilate the economy with draconian unscientific lockdowns like you're having right now in Pennsylvania, with this governor who is killing you."

Biden has said that he would do "whatever it takes to save lives," but that he would only consider a shutdown if it was recommended by scientists.

Trump then accused Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and other Democratic governors who have not lifted COVID-19 safety restrictions of conspiring to end lockdowns as soon as the election is over.

"Come on, Tom. Open up Pennsylvania, Tom. Open it up! You know what's going to happen, Nov. 4 — they'll open it up," he said. "You know that, they're doing it. They want to keep the numbers as bad as possible. Here's the problem: The numbers are going to come out just before the election. So we have Nov. 3, the numbers are going to come out. And Pennsylvania is a late-voting state. You actually believe in going to a poll, 'cause you see all the shenanigans."

The two conspiracy theories would not seem to be compatible: Democrats cannot lift all of the restrictions the day after Trump loses and simultaneously "annihilate the economy" with new "draconian unscientific lockdowns."

Trump has been pushing for states to ignore spiking coronavirus cases and simply reopen everything.

Last week, in announcing that he would leave Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after his hospitalization with the coronavirus, Trump told Americans, "Don't be afraid of COVID. Don't let it dominate your life."

On Monday, he tweeted, "Lockdowns are killing countries all over the world. The cure cannot be worse than the problem itself. Open up your states, Democrat governors. Open up New York."

But the pandemic continues to get worse. This past week the nation has seen the highest new case rates since August. With Trump's botched response to the spread of the virus, more than 7.7 million Americans have contracted it.

Pennsylvania's average daily number of new cases per 100,000 residents (9.19 over the past two weeks) is lower than that of the United States as a whole (14.55).

Ironically, Trump claimed credit for shutdowns in response to the pandemic back in April — even though he actually refused to shut down anything and left it up to the governors to handle the response to the virus themselves.

"Despite reports to the contrary, Sweden is paying heavily for its decision not to lockdown," he tweeted on April 30. "As of today, 2462 people have died there, a much higher number than the neighboring countries of Norway (207), Finland (206) or Denmark (443). The United States made the correct decision!"

Trump's refusal to take the virus seriously has been a factor in 215,000 American deaths so far. It has also led to his own infection and hospitalization, as well as a cluster of cases among his own staff and allies thought to stem from the ceremony held in the Rose Garden in September to introduce his nominee to the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett.

Trump is trailing Biden in Pennsylvania, a swing state with 20 electoral votes, by an average of 7 points. Since the start of June, not a single major poll has shown Trump with a lead in the state.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

Barrett Is Least Popular Supreme Court Nominee Since 1987

Only 42 percent of Americans believe the Senate should confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, according to the results of a CNN poll conducted Oct. 1-4 and released Wednesday. This puts her about even with Justice Brett Kavanaugh for the lowest level of initial support for any nominee since 1987.

The poll found that 46 percent of Americans say the Senate should not approve Trump's pick for a lifetime appointment, putting her at a net negative four percent. Initial polls found Kavanaugh at a net negative three percent or four percent — the worst numbers of any nominee since Ronald Reagan unsuccessfully tried to put Robert Bork on the high court.

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Refusing To Wear Mask, COVID-Infected McEnany Briefed Reporters

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced Monday that she tested positive for the coronavirus, joining numerous other Trump-connected people. Like most of the Trump administration, she has consistently flouted safety protocols.

"I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning while experiencing no symptoms," she wrote. "With my recent positive test, I will begin the quarantine process and will continue working on behalf of the American People remotely."

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Proud Boys? Trump Says ‘I Don’t Know Them’ (He’s Lying Again)

Donald Trump claimed on Wednesday that he had never heard of the violent white nationalist group he had egged on the night before. Such feigned ignorance was right out of his typical playbook.

During the first 2020 presidential debate on Tuesday night, Trump had been asked to condemn white supremacists and white militias, and when he asked for a specific name, Joe Biden volunteered, "Proud Boys," designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group. Trump instead encouraged the group by name, saying, "Proud Boys, stand back and stand by."

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From GOP Senators, A Deafening Silence On Trump And White Supremacists

Most Republican senators facing challengers in their races for reelection in 2020 were silent Wednesday about Donald Trump's latest embrace of white nationalists.

During the first presidential debate of the race on Tuesday, Trump was asked by moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News whether he would denounce white supremacists and white militia groups. Though he answered that he was "willing to do that," he did not, instead telling them to "stand by."

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How Lindsey Graham Turned Into Trump’s Snarling Poodle

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has been under fire this week for a major flip-flop after he reneged on a 2016 pledge to oppose any Supreme Court nomination in an election year, backing Donald Trump's push to rush through a replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. But this is hardly the first time he has abandoned his stated principles to appease Trump.

"I want you to use my words against me," Graham said during a Senate hearing in March 2016. "If there's a Republican president in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say Lindsey Graham said let's let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination." He reiterated that view in 2018.

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Nearly Every Poll Shows Trump Trailing In Key Swing States

Three states that narrowly swung from Barack Obama in 2012 to Donald Trump in 2016 seem likely to swing back in 2020. Polling currently gives a consistent and solid lead to Democrat Joe Biden in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Should Biden carry all three of these swing states and keep all of the states Hillary Clinton won in 2016, he will win an Electoral College majority and the presidency.

According to RealClear Politics' polling average, Biden currently enjoys a 4-point lead in Pennsylvania, a 6.4-point lead in Michigan, and a 6.7-point lead in Wisconsin.

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Collins Lagging In Every Poll As She Buckles On Supreme Court Nominee

With 43 days to go before the November elections, it appears that Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) is in major trouble. She has trailed Maine state House Speaker Sara Gideon, her Democratic opponent, in every major poll since the start of July.

On Monday, Suffolk University and the Boston Globe released a poll that found Gideon leading Collins by five points, 46 percent to 41 percent. When taking into account Maine's ranked-choice voting system, Gideon's lead is even higher. Among those planning to vote for a candidate other than those two, Gideon was the second choice of 48 percent, Collins of just 19 percent

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Susan Collins Mildly Disappointed By Trump’s Misconduct (Again)

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) mildly criticized Donald Trump for deliberately misleading the nation about the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Friday evening, Collins faced off against her general election opponent, Democratic state House Speaker Sara Gideon, in their first debate. Analysts have called the Maine Senate race a "toss-up" that could be key to deciding which party controls the Senate come January.

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Lindsey Graham Scapegoated For Trump’s Disastrous Woodward Interview

Fox News host Tucker Carlson told the nation who to blame for Donald Trump's admission that he deliberately downplayed the COVID-19 pandemic: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

On Wednesday, author Bob Woodward released audio recordings of Trump talking about the virus. In a February conversation, Trump admitted that the coronavirus was "more deadly than even your most strenuous flus," contradicting his public claims. In a March recording, Trump said that he "wanted to always play it down."

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House Majority Leader McCarthy Raising Funds For QAnon Republicans

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy headlined a fundraiser last week for Lauren Boebert, a candidate in Colorado's Third Congressional District who has embraced QAnon conspiracy theories.

Just weeks before, McCarthy had said there was no room in the Republican Party for the widely debunked and dangerous movement.

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Unemployment Remains High As Republicans Block Relief Bill

Thursday's unemployment data showed that 1.6 million Americans filed new unemployment or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims last week, even as Senate Republicans continue to block a House-passed bill that would provide trillions in emergency relief funds.

While the number of people filing traditional unemployment claims — about 881,000 — was down a bit from the previous week, layoffs remained high. When combined with Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims, the number of total new unemployment claims was higher than the previous week.

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Double Standard: Trump Excoriates Black Lives Matter But Defends Kenosha Killer

Donald Trump attacked the Black Lives Matter movement as "discriminatory" but defended the man accused of murdering two anti-racism protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last week.

In an interview with Fox News' Laura Ingraham, Trump said the anti-racism movement is Marxist and racist.

"The first time I ever heard of Black Lives Matter, I said, 'That's a terrible name. It's so discriminatory. It's bad for Black people, it's bad for everybody,'" Trump said. He called the group "a lot of thugs."

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Big Credit Card Firms Silent As ‘Christian’ Outfit Raises $265K For Kenosha Killer

Supporters of a man charged with homicide in the shooting deaths of two anti-racism protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last week have collected more than $265,000 for his legal defense via a Christian crowdfunding website. The four credit card companies being used to raise the funds have so far stayed silent on the campaign.

Police arrested 17-year-old Illinois resident Kyle Rittenhouse and charged him with multiple felonies, including two counts of first-degree homicide, one count of attempted first-degree homicide, and one count of endangering safety with a deadly weapon.

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Condemning Violence, Biden Says Trump Has 'Forfeited Any Moral Leadership'

Joe Biden lambasted Donald Trump in a speech on Monday, blaming him for fomenting violence and fueling tensions in American cities.

Biden's comments, made in Pittsburgh, came after Trump refused to condemn the man charged with murdering two anti-racism protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, but cheered on right-wing counter-protesters who have been traveling to Portland, Oregon, to violently clash with anti-racism demonstrators.

At last week's Republican National Convention, Trump and his supporters attempted to blame Biden and other Democrats for the rise in urban violence on Trump's watch. They repeatedly cited recent problems to argue that people "won't be safe in Joe Biden's America."

But Biden responded by noting that America's problems have been exacerbated by Trump:

Fires are burning and we have a president who fans the flames, rather than fighting the flames. But we must not burn. We have to build.
This president long ago forfeited any moral leadership in this country. He can't stop the violence — because for years he has fomented it.
You know, 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 how weak he is.
Does anyone believe there will be less violence in America if Donald Trump is reelected?
We need justice in America. We need safety in America.
We are facing multiple crises — crises that, under Donald Trump, keep multiplying. COVID. Economic devastation. Unwarranted police violence. Emboldened white nationalists. A reckoning on race. Declining faith in the birth of the right American future.
There's no reason why we can't just do so much more than we're doing.
The common thread? The incumbent president who makes things worse, not better. An incumbent president who sows chaos rather than providing order.
An incumbent president who fails in the basic duty of the job, which is to advance the truth that all of us know, that we're all born with the right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.