Our man David Smith is on White House pool duty today. It remains to be seen if he finds himself off to the golf course again, but given his description of the weather down in Washington, you’d have to think it likely.
Greetings from the White House on a crisp and sunny day. POTUS has no public events scheduled.
Numerous people with ‘Trump’ flags and other regalia are in downtown Washington ahead of today’s march.
This is a picture of one such Trump supporter yesterday which is too unusual not to share:
Friday – another new Covid cases record
The US set yet another daily record for new coronavirus cases on Friday, topping 184,000, while Donald Trump promised imminent distribution of a vaccine – except to New York, which he threatened to leave out for political reasons – and President-elect Joe Biden pleaded with Americans to follow basic mitigation measures.
According to Johns Hopkins University, 184,514 new cases were recorded on Friday, up from 153,496 on Thursday. More than 10.7 million cases have been recorded in total and more than 244,000 people have died. Deaths are also increasing: 1,431 were reported on Friday, the highest toll in 1o days if more than a thousand less than the highest such toll, from April.
…and welcome to another day of politics coverage in the US, a land where the president won’t concede electoral defeat, where state TV is backing him up, but where the president-elect is continuing to prepare for his inauguration regardless. Or if not regardless – there is the small matter of transition funding and national security briefings being held up by the toddler in the White House – then with determined speed. There are 67 days left until Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States of America.
Supporters of Donald Trump are expected to rally in Washington today, under a number of event titles but essentially in support and furtherance of the president’s baseless claim that the election was stolen from him in key battleground states.
(In fact he lost the popular vote to Joe Biden by more than 5m ballots and the electoral college by 306-232, as it happens the same result he said represented a landslide, when it was in his favour against Hillary Clinton.)
According to the Anti-Defamation League, extreme rightwing groups are expected to show up in Washington, for events under titles including “Stop the Steal” and “Million Maga March”.
“Some of these extremists are known for inciting violence,” the ADL said. “Their presence may inspire counter-protesters to show up as opposition.”
On Friday, Trump saluted organisers and said he “may even try to stop by and say hello. This Election was Rigged, from Dominion all the way up & down!
Marchers are expected to start out at the US supreme court. Where they’ll finish remains unclear. We’ll have coverage here.
In the meantime, some further reading:
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