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Trump snapped at a reporter quizzing him about his election defeat and said: 'Don't ever talk to the president that way'

  • President Trump snapped at a White House reporter on Thursday, calling him a 'lightweight' after he was asked if he would concede to President-elect Joe Biden.
  • 'Don't talk to me that way. You're just a lightweight. Don't talk to — I'm the president of the United States. Don't ever talk to the president that way,' Trump told the reporter Jeff Mason.
  • During the exchange, the president said that it would be a "very hard thing to concede" to Biden, but said he would "certainly" leave the White House in January if the Electoral College voted for Biden next month.
  • Trump tweeted on Monday that he had told the General Services Administration to begin the formal process of transition, but said afterwards that he would "never concede."
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President Trump snapped at a White House reporter and called them a "lightweight" after they asked him whether he would concede the election to President-elect Joe Biden.

"Don't talk to me that way. You're just a lightweight. Don't talk to — I'm the president of the United States. Don't ever talk to the president that way," President Trump told Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason on Thursday.

 

It came after a heated exchange at the White House during which Mason asked the outgoing president whether he would concede if the Electoral College voted for Biden after winning the election earlier this month.

During the exchange, the president also said that it would be a "very hard thing to concede" to President-elect Biden, but said he would leave the White House in January if the Electoral College voted for Biden on December 14.

"Certainly I will. Certainly I will, and you know that," Trump told a reporter who asked him if he would leave the White House.

 

Trump tweeted on Monday that he had told the General Services Administration to begin the formal process of transition, but said afterwards that he would "never concede."

The president has consistently refused to concede the election to Biden, citing conspiracy theories and false information which suggests the election was rigged against him.

Trump repeated those claims on Thursday, falsely saying that "massive fraud has been found" in the voting process and likening the US to a "third-world country."

Biden won the election by 306 electoral college votes to Trump's 232 and is also projected to have won the popular vote by a margin of more than 6 million.

He reportedly allowed the process of transition to begin after he was assured by aides that he would never formally have to concede defeat to Biden.

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A bipartisan group of Georgia teens is trying to flip the Senate by enlisting thousands of students to vote in the January runoffs

  • A bipartisan group of Georgia teens, StudentsFor2020, wants to help flip the Senate by enlisting thousands of students to vote in the January runoffs.
  • About 23,000 Georgia teens who were not eligible to vote in the general election on November 3 will turn 18 and become eligible in time to participate in the runoff elections on January 5, according to The Civics Center.
  • StudentsFor2020, which estimates they helped 65,000 students register for the general election, is mobilizing hundreds of volunteers in high schools across the state to register new voters, and to try to sway existing moderate voters.
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A bipartisan group of Georgia teens is trying to flip the Senate by enlisting thousands of students to vote in the January runoffs.

The political organization, StudentsFor2020, was founded by four high school students, two Trump supporters and two Biden supporters, with the goal of registering young voters across the US in the places where their votes would matter most in the general election. They estimate they helped 65,000 students register to vote.

Now they're focusing their efforts on flipping the Senate by registering thousands of newly eligible voters and mobilizing hundreds of teen volunteers to have real conversations with high school students across the state.

The runoff elections include two Senate races, and the outcome will determine whether or not President-elect Joe Biden has a Democratic majority in the Senate, something experts say he may need in order to accomplish much of his policy agenda at the outset of his first term.

23,000 newly eligible voters

About 23,000 Georgia teens who were not eligible to vote in the general election on November 3 will turn 18 and become eligible in time to participate in the Georgia runoff elections on January 5, according to The Civics Center, a nonprofit dedicated to youth civic engagement.

With that in mind, StudentsFor2020 set an ambitious goal: register almost all of them.

"We're focusing on getting those newly eligible voters," Edward Aguilar, one of the founders of the group, told Business Insider.

He said the group has partnered up with 30 other high school-run political organizations across the state to get those students registered, similar to voter registration initiatives commonly seen on college campuses.

While those newly eligible voters could make significant gains for Democrats, they would not be enough to surpass the lead the Republican candidates held in the November vote.

So Aguilar, 17, said he is really excited about the group's second goal: flip moderate student voters who voted for Republican candidates in the past.

'Voting for policy over party'

A 2020 survey conducted by the Alliance for Youth Action found 59% of young voters said they voted in order to make a difference on the issues that matter to them, rather than for, or against, one party. Aguilar said the group, like many other young people, believe in "voting for policy over party."

"We might actually have the possibility of changing minds here," Aguilar said. "Especially given how many student-first policies Jon Ossoff has."

Ossoff, one of the Democratic Senate candidates the group is working to elect, is running against the Republican incumbent, Sen. David Perdue. StudentsFor2020 is particularly excited by Ossoff, 33, as their long-term goal is to elect more young politicians, or those under the age of 34.

The group is planning a deep-canvassing campaign with hundreds of formerly Republican student-voters who are supporting Democratic candidates in the runoffs. The plan is to have those students talk to young Republican voters to convince them to change their vote.

"I don't want to text people. I don't want to run social media ads. I want to have real conversations with real voters," Aguilar said. He said the goal isn't to just get young people to vote one way in this election, but to get them thinking about the policies that matter to them in a way that will last.

Voting for change

When Aguilar and his colleagues started StudentsFor2020 in September, they began by researching residency laws in all 50 states, eventually determining that more than 3 million college students could legally choose between registering to vote in their home state, or in the state where they attend college.

"We were able to empower people by telling them the best place for them to vote," Aguilar said.

He said a student in California, a reliably blue state, is a lot more interested in voting when they realize they can vote in their home state of Michigan, a swing state.

The group estimates that of the 65,000 students their initiative helped register, some 45,000 of those students changed the state in which they were already registered or planning to register.

Despite young people having a relatively low voter turnout, Aguilar challenged the idea that they are apathetic to the political process. "If you tell them that their vote can actually make change, they're all over it."

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Arizona's secretary of state is the latest election official to receive death threats, and she's ripping Trump and Republican leaders for their baseless claims of fraud

  • Katie Hobbs, Arizona's secretary of state, said in a statement she has received "ongoing and escalating" threats of violence.
  • She ripped the president and other Republican officials for their unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud.
  • She said Trump and other officials "are perpetuating misinformation and are encouraging others to distrust election results in a manner that violates the oath of office they took."
  • She also called out Doug Ducey, the Republican governor of Arizona, for his "deafening silence," calling on him and other state leaders to "stand up for the truth."
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Katie Hobbs, Arizona's secretary of state, said in a statement she has received "ongoing and escalating" threats of violence, and she ripped the president and other Republican officials for their unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud.

Hobbs, a Democrat, said threats have been directed at her, her family, and her staff. She said she anticipated this reaction from people who feel "powerless and angry" but called the actions "utterly abhorrent."

"They are a symptom of a deeper problem in our state and country — the consistent and systematic undermining of trust in each other and our democratic process," she said in her statement.

She then tore into officials who she says are contributing to the current climate.

"But there are those, including the president, members of Congress and other elected officials, who are perpetuating misinformation and are encouraging others to distrust election results in a manner that violates the oath of office they took," she said. "It is well past time that they stop. Their words and actions have consequences."

She specifically called out Doug Ducey, the Republican governor of Arizona, for his "deafening silence" that has "contributed to the growing unrest," calling on him and other state leaders to "stand up for the truth."

One of the threats Hobbs has received was shared on the social media site Parler and read, "Let's burn her house down and kill her family and teach these fraudsters a lesson," according to The Associated Press. Local news station 12 News reported the threat is being investigated by law enforcement.

Video footage shared by 12 News also showed a group outside Hobbs's home chanting "we are watching you."

Arizona's vote count currently projects President-elect Joe Biden as the winner, marking the first time the state has elected a Democratic presidential candidate since 1996.

But President Donald Trump and his allies have called vote counts into question across the country with many baseless claims of voter fraud, while many of his supporters rally behind those claims.

Brad Raffensperger, Georgia's Republican secretary of state, said in an interview with The Washington Post that he has also received death threats as other Republican leaders have pressured him over the vote count. Georgia also flipped for Biden.

A Republican city commissioner in Philadelphia, another focus of Trump's baseless voter fraud claims, said he too was receiving death threats for "counting votes." Pennsylvania flipped for Biden as well.

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'We're gonna win this race': Biden doesn't declare victory in Friday-night speech, instead focusing in on on unity and combatting the COVID-19 pandemic

  • At the Biden-Harris campaign headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, on Friday, President-elect Joe Biden spoke with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris by his side.
  • Biden did not declare victory but urged patience and trust in the vote-counting process.
  • Biden's message revolved around unity, the mounting COVID-19 crisis, and the work ahead.
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President-elect Joe Biden spoke on Friday night at the Biden-Harris campaign HQ in Wilmington, Delaware. Biden and his campaign did not declare victory but stressed the former vice president's lead.

Insider and Decision Desk HQ called the race for Biden after projecting a win in Pennsylvania putting him over the 270 electoral vote threshold. (You can read why Decision Desk HQ and Insider called it for Biden.)

As Vice President-elect Kamala Harris stood by his side, Biden began by saying, "we don't have a final declaration of victory yet, but the numbers tell a clear and convincing story — we're gonna win this race."

In his speech, Biden talked about his mounting leads in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Nevada. "We're on track to 300 electoral votes, the clear majority of the nation behind us," Biden said, adding that he had received the most votes of any candidate ever.

Biden also touched on the slow burn of the electoral vote count and noted with his confirmed victories, "We rebuilt the blue wall that crumbled a few years ago."

While conceding that the slow vote counting — the result of increased use of mail-in ballots due to the coronavirus pandemic — can be "numbing" he urged Americans to be patient with the democratic process and assured viewers that every vote would be counted.

This did not stop him from laying out his vision for the future, and explain that he and Harris had already started work on combatting the coronavirus pandemic that has killed 236,000 and infected 9.7 million in the US, according to Johns Hopkins University data. During his speech, his main focus was largely on the new daily records of coronavirus cases in the US, and on the economic recovery ahead.

"There are 240,000 empty chairs at the dinner table, and we will never be able to measure all that pain," Biden said. Trump did not mention the rising COVID-19 cases in his speech yesterday.

"Our hearts break with you, we are with you," Biden said, adding that their future administration "can save a lot of lives" in the months ahead, underscoring the economic crisis gripping Americans. 

Biden's speech also revolved heavily around the need to be united and his immediate vision in governing. 

"Our journey is to a more perfect union," Biden said, appealing to Trump voters, calling them opponents and not enemies. "The purpose of our politics isn't total unrelenting warfare, not to fan the flames of conflict, it's to solve problems," Biden said.

Biden's tone and message struck a vastly different chord than President Trump's over the course of the week after Election Day.

Trump held an early electoral college lead after winning Ohio and Florida on November 3. Many battleground states, including Georgia, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Nevada have yet to finish counting votes, and the tallies coming in mainly from mail-in ballots have been in Biden's favor, though only Pennsylvania was called for Biden by Insider and DDHQ.

Trump, who has been in the White House occasionally tweeting today, suggested several times in the weeks leading up to the election that he would not accept the outcome, that the process was "rigged" against him, and that the increase in mail-in voting amid the COVID-19 pandemic would result in widespread voter fraud.

Sonam Sheth contributed to this report.

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U.S. Politicians React To Joe Biden-Kamala Harris Win: Sanders, Pelosi, AOC, Buttigieg, Romney, Schumer & More

Politicians from across America offered congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their victory Saturday.

The Democratic establishment was well represented. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were among the first. Read their statements here. A jubilant Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tweeted saying, “We kept the republic! Congratulations to Joe Biden on his victory for the soul of our country.”

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Biden’s onetime opponent for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, called the Biden-Harris win “historic,” and called out the need for “economic, social, racial and environmental justice.”

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York brought the celebration to the president-elect, calling Biden and holding his cell phone up for a cheering Brooklyn crowd to share their excitement.

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Plaudits also poured in from other former presidential hopefuls such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sen. Corey Booker of New Jersey, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Andrew Yang, former Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah.

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Romney — along with Kasich — was one of the few prominent Republicans to weigh in on Saturday morning. The Utah senator and his wife Ann offered congratulations, prayers and a testimonial to the newly-elected President and VP saying, “We know both of them as people of good will and admirable character.”

Rising Democratic star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez expressed her congratulations to Biden and Harris.

Ocasio-Cortez went on to defend the party’s progressive wing from those — like Kasich — who said they almost cost Democrats the election. In a series of five tweets she decried, “the blind impulse to blame activists.”

The new president and vice president also received messages from other prominent politicians across the country, the most surprising of which might be former candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, onetime Florida governor and relative of two prior presidents, Jeb Bush. Bush said he would be praying for Biden and hoping the country’s deep wounds would be healed.

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Nithya Raman, Progressive Hollywood Favorite, Wins Los Angeles City Council Seat

Nithya Raman has won a fiercely contested race for Los Angeles City Council, beating incumbent council member David Ryu.

“The voters of district four have spoken, and I respect the outcome of this election,” Ryu said in a statement Friday.

Raman won 52.5% of the vote in contrast to Ryu’s 47.5%, according to the L.A. Times tally.

Raman, an urban planner who also co-founded SELAH Neighborhood Homeless Coalition, mobilized an estimated 2,000 young and progressive voters to work on her campaign in a rare show of enthusiasm for a city council race.

Former councilman and supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky told the L.A. Times that her election represents “a political earthquake” for City Hall.

With her platform, she argued that the council, which is made up of 13 Democrats and one independent, has failed to make significant changes to policing, homelessness, rent control and clean energy.

Raman is also the former director of Time’s Up’s entertainment division, which attracted a slew of celebrity and industry endorsements to her campaign.

Natalie Portman and Jane Fonda were both featured in videos supporting her candidacy. Mike Schur, Nick Offerman, Adam Scott and Aubrey Plaza took part in a virtual fundraiser in early September.

“Girls” writer Jenni Konner tweeted “The Nithya Raman win makes me feel so hopefully for the city.”

“I think I was guilty like a lot of people of focusing a bit too much on national-level issues,” Jesse Zwick, a film and TV writer who has volunteered on Raman’s campaign, told Variety in September. “But as the homelessness crisis kept getting worse, I felt I had to do something. Nithya has done a good job of showing how much we could be doing if we paid attention and expected more of city officials.”

Ryu was first elected five years ago, becoming the first Korean American on the city council. He captured 44.7% of the vote in the March primary, while Raman came in second with 41.1%.

The City Council 4 district runs from Silver Lake to Sherman Oaks, covering many wealthy neighborhoods popular with industry insiders.

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White Castle is closing restaurants and giving workers paid time off to vote on election day, in a move few fast-food giants are willing to make

  • White Castle will close all restaurants from 7 am to 11 am on November 3 to give employees a chance to vote in the election. 
  • Ben & Jerry's and Shack Shake are two of the few other chains to give employees paid time off to vote, as well as free food deals for customers around the election.
  • Other chains that have celebrated voting and attempted to boost voter registration, including McDonald's, Krispy Kreme, and Starbucks, are not giving workers paid time off to vote. 
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White Castle is closing restaurants on election day, in a rare move among fast-food giants. 

The burger chain will close all restaurants from 7 am to 11 am on November 3 to give employees a chance to vote in the election. White Castle employees scheduled to work in restaurants during this time, as well as employees in the home office and manufacturing plants, will be given four hours of paid time off. 

"Starting this year and going forward, White Castle will give team members time to exercise their right to vote in presidential elections," CEO Lisa Ingram said in a statement. "We believe voting is a right of responsible citizenship, and we want all our team members to have that opportunity." 

White Castle is known for being open all hours of the day and does not close for any other holidays, except Christmas Day. 

More companies are giving workers time off to vote, but chains are lagging behind

More than 1,300 companies have signed a pledge to give employees time to vote. Apple, Walmart, and Best Buy are among the retailers taking action, as some experts argue that paid time off could be key to encouraging more low-wage service workers and people of color to vote. 

However, few major restaurant chains are giving workers time off around election day. 

There are some rare exceptions. Ben & Jerry's is closing all company-owned and operated facilities, from headquarters to ice cream factories, on November 3 to encourage employees to vote. The vocally progressive company supports making Election Day a national holiday. 

The ice cream chain is offering free waffle cone upgrades to "people who pledge to vote for justice." Ben & Jerry's set up stations to allow customers to check their voter registration status and register online in stores. It also launched a podcast about the history of racism in America. 

Shake Shack is another rare company giving people time off to vote, with workers getting three hours of paid time off and eight hours of paid time off if they volunteer to work the polls. The burger chain also gave away free fries on its app over the weekend, using the code FRYVOTED to highlight early voting options. 

Other chains are celebrating voting, but stopping short of giving workers time off

Few other restaurant chains are joining White Castle, Shack Shack, and Ben & Jerry's, although many have made efforts of some sort to encourage voter turnout. 

Starbucks is not giving workers paid time off to vote, but is providing all employees a free one-way Lyft ride to vote, volunteer as a poll worker, or drop off their ballot. The coffee giant is also using its app to share voter-registration materials with customers. 

Read more: Starbucks is making an unprecedented effort to get people to vote. Here's how the coffee giant approaches politics, from its ex-CEO's presidential aspirations to its spending on lobbying.

Krispy Kreme announced on Tuesday that it will give customers free doughnuts if they visit on election day. The doughnut chain is giving away "I Voted" stickers, which the company said in a press release may be harder to get this year due to a rise in mail-in voting and pandemic safety precautions. 

McDonald's has already quietly given out thousands of voter registration forms, stuffed into customers' bags of food. Franchisees had the option to distribute the information on voting or to choose not to, an employee told Business Insider. McDonald's declined to comment on the initiative. 

Some within the restaurant industry wish companies would stay silent on anything remotely political. At McDonald's, at least a few franchisees took issue with the voter registration push, with one saying in Kalinowski Equity Research's recent survey that the "recent distribution of 'Get Out The Vote' flyers is another lame attempt by Corporate to be politically correct."

"Social Justice Warriors are now running McDonald's Corporation," another franchisee said in the survey. "Stuff that has nothing to do with selling Big Macs."

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Joe Biden appeared to mix up Donald Trump and George Bush at a campaign event

  • Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden appeared to mix up President Donald Trump and former President George Bush on Sunday.
  • Speaking at a virtual campaign event, he warned against "four more years of George" when telling people why they should vote for him. It's not clear which former president Biden was referring to.
  • Biden has been open about his stutter and previously described himself as a "gaffe machine."
  • On Monday, Trump seized on the gaffe to attack Biden on Twitter. His campaign has long sought to portray Biden as mentally unfit for office.
  • In a separate Sunday interview, Biden said he was happy to have his mental and physical capabilities compared to Trump's.
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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden appeared to mix up President Donald Trump and former President George Bush in a gaffe during a campaign event.

Biden was speaking with his wife, Jill Biden, at a virtual concert in support of his campaign on Sunday.

"Because of who I am running against, this is the most consequential election in a long, long, long time. And the character of the country, in my view, is literally on the ballot," he said.

"What kind of country are we gonna be? Four more years of George — George, uh, he, we're gonna find ourselves in a position where if Trump gets elected we're gonna be in a different world."

Jill Biden can be seen opening her mouth twice after Joe Biden said "George," but it is not clear if she was speaking. Some news outlets speculated that she may have been saying "Trump" to her husband.

You can watch the moment here, at 12 minutes and 20 seconds into the video:

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It's not entirely clear which George Biden was referring to.

George W. Bush was president between 2001 and 2009, when Biden was a Democratic senator for Delaware.

Bush's father, George H.W. Bush, also served as president from 1989 to 1993. Biden ran for Democratic candidate for president in 1988, but did not get the nomination.

George was also the name of the first US president, George Washington, who served between 1789 and 1797.

Business Insider has contacted the Biden campaign for comment.

On Monday, Trump seized on the gaffe to attack Biden, saying: "Joe Biden called me George yesterday. Couldn't remember my name. Got some help from the anchor to get him through the interview."

"The Fake News Cartel is working overtime to cover it up!" the president also claimed. It's not clear what news outlets he was referring to.

Trump and his campaign have long sought to portray Biden as mentally unfit for office, jumping on any gaffes made by Biden and claiming them as evidence that Biden is senile or losing cognitive function.

But Biden has defended his mental acuity and has been open about having a stutter. In 2018, he even described himself as a "gaffe machine."

"I am a gaffe machine, but my God what a wonderful thing compared to a guy who can't tell the truth," he told an audience in Missoula, Montana, at the time.

In a separate interview on Sunday with CBS News' "60 Minutes," Biden said would be happy for people to compare his mental and physical performance to Trump's.

Anchor Norah O'Donnell said to Biden: "Donald Trump says you have dementia and it's getting worse," O'Donnell told Biden."

Biden responded by noting that Trump regularly makes errors, saying: "Hey, the same guy who thought that the 911 attack was a 7-Eleven attack. He's talking about dementia?"

"All I can say to the American people is watch me, is see what I've done, is see what I'm going to do," he added. "Look at me. Compare our physical and mental acuity. I'm happy to have that comparison."

In a town hall event earlier this year, Biden said of his stutter: "Things that people cannot control, it's not their fault. No one has a right, no one has a right to mock it and make fun of it, no matter who they are."

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A former GOP lawmaker is facing charges related to the alleged assault of a poll worker amid Trump's calls to his supporters to 'watch' polling places as Election Day approaches

  • A former Republican lawmaker in North Carolina was charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly assaulting a poll worker on Friday while he was observing an early voting site.
  • He was at the polling site on behalf of his party to ensure no illegal voting activity was taking place.
  • President Donald Trump has made multiple false statements about this year's election, and has repeatedly called on his supporters to go to voting sites and "carefully watch" the polls.
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A former Republican lawmaker in North Carolina was charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly assaulting a poll worker on Friday while he was observing an early voting site, the Associated Press reported.

Gary Pendleton, 73, worked in the state House and served as Wake County commissioner. He confirmed the charges to AP, saying he pushed an election official because the person had blocked him from entering the early voting location. He was trying to enter at 7:30 a.m. local time, 30 minutes before the polls opened. 

He said he was at the polling location in Wake Forest at the direction of the county Republican Party, in order to monitor the site and ensure no illegal voting activities were taking place. 

He was initially refused entry by a security guard. Then, after trying to enter again, he was blocked by an elections official.

"He was on one side, and I said, 'Well, I'll just go around you,'" Pendleton said. "So I went around, he jumped over in front of me about 3 feet (away) mouth to mouth. I pushed him back because I don't want to get COVID-19."

The incident was denounced by the North Carolina Republican Party.

"Our training specifically prohibits any attempt to obstruct a voter or inhibit the election process," Tim Wigginton, he party's press secretary, said in a statement. "Gary Pendleton violated our policy with his actions today, and he will no longer be volunteering. He acknowledges his mistake and apologizes for his action."

After the polls opened, police arrived on the scene to cite Pendleton with the Class 3 misdemeanor.

Pendleton, who felt the incident had to do with this political party, said, "This is a Democrat-Republican thing, and I'm probably one of the most well-known Republicans in the county."

President Donald Trump has made multiple false or erroneous statements about this year's election, calling on his supporters to carefully watch polling locations.

"I am urging my supporters to go into the polls and watch very carefully, because that's what has to happen," Trump said during the presidential debate held late last month. "I am urging them to do it."

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