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National Review Slams Trump’s Refusal To Concede As ‘A Bid For Infamy’

The conservative National Review minced no words in a Friday editorial that denounced President Donald Trump’s attempts to undermine the Nov. 3 election, calling the president’s actions a “bid for infamy.”

The magazine focused special attention on the Thursday news conference at the Republican National Committee by Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Guiliani, and lawyer Sidney Powell.

The two claimed a widespread voter fraud conspiracy, based on unproven allegations, which the National Review called “the most outlandish and irresponsible performance ever by a group of lawyers representing a president of the United States.” It dismissed the unproven theories of voter fraud and called their “lawyering worthy of the comments section of Breitbart News.’”

“If there’s serious evidence for any of this, Giuliani and co. need to produce it immediately,” the magazine said. “Waving around affidavits at a press conference without allowing anyone to examine them doesn’t count. … This magazine has always taken voter fraud seriously, and we hope that any that occurred in this election is exposed and prosecuted. But it’s important to recognize that the broad contours of the 2020 presidential vote make sense.”

National Review editors pointed out that “same-day ballots strongly favoring Republicans were counted first, and early votes strongly favoring Democrats were counted last.” Politics aside, “across the country, the basic picture is the same, without any notable anomalies — Trump excelled in rural areas, got wiped out in urban areas but often by slightly smaller margins than in 2016, and lost soundly in suburban counties, which proved decisive.”

The magazine also urged Republicans to speak out against the Trump team’s “profoundly undemocratic gambit,” adding that the president was only making his loss to President-elect Joe Biden worse by putting on such a charade.

“He’s turning a narrow election defeat into a bid for infamy,” the magazine said.

The National Review has repeatedly criticized Trump’s policies as perversions of conservatism since the president’s term began, notably in a February 2016 issue with “Against Trump” featured prominently on its cover.

The magazine’s latest editorial echoed one by the Washington Examiner, another conservative magazine, which urged the president on Friday to “move on” and concede.

Read the full National Review editorial here.


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Where Biden and Trump stand in the polls 2 days out from the election

  • In the Real Clear Politics national polling average, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden maintains a steady 7.2% lead over President Donald Trump (51.1%-43.9%).
  • Biden led in the final New York Times/Siena College surveys for Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
  • Two new polls from Iowa reveal the difficulties that Democrats may face in reclaiming the state in their column.
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We're just two days away from Election Day and final polling numbers are pouring.

In the Real Clear Politics national polling average, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden maintains a steady 7.2% lead over President Donald Trump, with Biden is averaging 51.1% of the vote, compared to Trump's 43.9%.

The final NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows Biden ahead of Trump nationally 52%-42%.

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Some key takeaways from the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll:

  • Trump has a job approval rating of 45%, with 52% of voters disapproving.
  • Voters approve of Trump's economic record 55%-41%, but give him low marks for his handling of the coronavirus, with 40% approving and 57% disapproving.
  • Trump leads with white voters overall by a relatively narrow 6 points (51%-45%). In 2016, he won this group by 20 percentage points (57%-37%).
  • Biden leads with Black voters (87%-5%), seniors (58%-35%), women (57%-37%), and political independents (51%-36%).

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo survey also showed Biden ahead 62%-29% with Latino voters.

The New York Times/Siena College released their final swing state polls on Sunday:

  • Biden has a 6-point lead over Trump in Arizona (49%-43%).
  • Biden leads Trump in Florida by 3 points (47%-44%).
  • Biden is ahead of Trump by 6% in Pennsylvania (49%-43%).
  • Biden has a double-digit lead (+11%) over Trump in Wisconsin (52%-41%).

Trump won all four states in 2016, which powered his win over Clinton. Biden is looking to restore the "blue wall" of states that voted for every Democratic presidential nominee from 1992 to 2012, so Wisconsin and Pennsylvania will continue to be a focus for the former vice president.

How do other statewide polls look for the candidates?

  • Trump won Florida by 1.2% in 2016, and the 2020 race looks to be just as close. The final ABC News/Washington Post poll for the Sunshine State showed Trump ahead 50%-48%. This pollster has an A+ rating from FiveThirtyEight.
  • A new ABC News/Washington Post poll for Pennsylvania showed Biden ahead 51%-44%, in line with his steady lead in the state. However, despite Biden being ahead in Pennsylvania, voters approve of Trump's handling of the economy by 6 points (49%-43%).
  • Biden has a 7 point lead over Trump in Michigan (48%-41%) in the final EPIC-MRA of Lansing poll conducted for the Detroit Free Press.
  • Emerson College released three Midwestern state polls, showing Biden ahead in Michigan (52%-45%) and Ohio (49%-48%), with Trump ahead in Iowa (47%-46%). 
  • Last night, the Des Moines Register/Selzer & Co. poll showed Trump leading Biden 48%-41%, a huge turnaround from polls showing a Biden surge in the state over the past few weeks. Selzer & Co. has long been considered the "gold standard" of Iowa polls. Despite this result, a competitive race in Iowa should not be written off.
  • Emerson College also released two Western polls, with Biden leading Trump narrowly in Nevada (49%-47%) and Arizona (48%-46%). Nevada has always been part of Biden's calculus for winning the White House, but he also wants to secure Arizona, a state that hasn't voted for a Democratic presidential nominee since Bill Clinton in 1996. Trump would like to keep Arizona's 11 electoral votes in his column to offset a possible loss in Wisconsin (10 electoral votes).

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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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