Trump showing midterm worries, report

confused trumpPresident Donald Trump is acting like it’s 2016 in hopes that it can be 2020 already.

Some Democrats are acting like it’s 2020 in hopes they can forget 2016.

But in between is 2018, with an election both parties simultaneously eagerly anticipate and cannot wait to be over.

As for the president, real worries are coming through about the midterm races that — whether he accepts it or not — will be viewed as a referendum on his presidency. He is back on the attack on immigration, with a fresh threat to seal the border against a supposed “assault on our country” he says Democrat-supported laws are responsible for.

He’s vowing that all Republicans will protect pre-existing conditions, notwithstanding his and his party’s attempts to repeal, have the courts overturn, or otherwise gut Obamacare, with its protection for pre-existing conditions. (Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s stated wish to “completely start over” on dismantling the Affordable Care Act doesn’t help make the president’s case, either.)

Trump still trusts his instincts. But that’s driving him to call some audibles and play more defense than he’s used to.

The RUNDOWN with MaryAlice Parks

The last five days, both domestically and abroad, have raised serious questions about American norms and values.

Across the country, from North Dakota to Georgia to Tennessee, Americans, especially minorities, have worried they could be unfairly stripped of their right to vote.

The number of vulnerable voters is so big, it could swing elections.

The global community, meanwhile, was left wondering if the White House would put the hammer down and demand answers on what seems to be the murder of a U.S.-based Saudi journalist — a man known for calling out foreign regimes that limit free speech and curtail freedoms of the press.

And then there were those ads, the racially-charged tweets, and side-comments, all week. A Republican in California, who himself is under criminal indictment, ran an ad calling his Democratic opponent, who is an ethnic minority, a security risk, because of his grandfather’s past.

Leader Mitch McConnell, too, used a racial slur this week about one of his own colleagues, a breach of norms for the Senate, let alone the nation.

The TIP with John Verhovek

Early voting is underway in 20 states, and already there are signs of a significant uptick in the number of Americans casting their ballots before November 6.

Current data, from University of Florida political science professor Michael McDonald, shows that more than 2.6 million Americans have cast their votes early, a nearly 40 percent increase from 2014, when 1.9 million ballots were cast by the same date.

In Georgia, turnout tripled on the first day of early voting earlier this week, compared to 2014.

The trend could be a sign that we are in for unusually high turnout for a midterm cycle, but it also reflects a number of state efforts to make early voting easier by adding more locations and methods to cast ballots.

“We’ve seen that when states expand the opportunity to vote early,” McDonald told ABC News, “the number of people doing so only goes up.”



  • Niemals

    Donald Trump and his children are sued for fraud, so he have a reason to show midterm worries.

    US President Donald Trump and his three children Eric, Donald Jr. and Ivanka, are sued by four people who feel they have been fooled to make bad investments, reports the US media.

    The mood was filed yesterday in a court in New York, according to the New York Times and CNN. The president and his children should have marketed three companies as “promising business opportunities” in exchange for secret payments.

    To be deliberately mislead
    The companies have been engaged in, among other things, vitamins and health products, and offered seminars that would teach what was behind Trump’s successes.

    According to the lawsuit, Trump will “deliberately mislead” people as to how well investment in the companies could be expected, when in fact, they caused investor damage, which in many cases already had a financial crunch.

    Appealed to be politically motivated
    The four people behind the mood have been kept anonymous by their legal representatives. Since the mood is funded by the non-profit association Tesseract Research Center, whose chairman has supported several candidates for the Democrats, many believe that there are political motives behind it. The people behind the mood mean, however, that it is coming now because it is ready.

    Donald Trump has been accused of similar fraud before.

    Shortly after the 2016 presidential election, he paid 25 million dollars in conciliation after the Trump University program, which promised students to learn Trump’s business secrets, was accused of fake marketing.