Programming note: Trump’s press conference, which was scheduled to start at any moment, has been pushed back by 45 minutes.
The Guardian’s Daniel Strauss reports:
The outdoor clothing company Patagonia has sown a message into some of its apparel: “vote the assholes out.”
The line was stitched into its Stand Up Shorts. It’s the latest example of the company’s political activism and liberal leanings. Patagonia’s founder, Yvon Chouinard, is an outspoken liberal. The message is meant to urge voters to vote Donald Trump out of office.
“Yvon Chouinard has been saying ‘vote the assholes out’ for several years and it refers to politicians from any party who deny or disregard the climate crisis and ignore science, not because they aren’t aware of it, but because their pockets are lined with money from oil and gas interests,” spokesperson Tessa Byars said in a statement.
In 2018 Patagonia endorsed two Democrats for Senate, Jacky Rosen in Nevada and Montana senator Jon Tester. Both Democrats won their races that cycle.
The company has been especially invested in environmental causes and has fought with the Trump administration over it. When Trump rolled back protections on national monuments Bear Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, the company ran a message on its website saying “The President Stole Your Land.”
The message is just in Patagonia’s 2020 Men’s and Women’s Road to Regenerative Organic Stand Up Shorts. It’s unclear if Patagonia will do something similar again. “As for whether we’ll make them again: We hope we can help elect climate leaders on November 3, 2020, and that we don’t have to make them again next year … or ever again,” Byars said.
Joe Biden has just wrapped up his event on the development of a coronavirus vaccine, during which he repeatedly criticized Trump’s handling of the pandemic.
Shortly before leaving the podium, Biden was asked how he believed a coronavirus vaccine should be distributed once it is developed.
The Democratic nominee responded, “It has to be done fairly and well. It can’t be based on your tax returns, figuratively speaking. It’s got to be based on who is most vulnerable.”
Joe Biden mocked Trump for suggesting during yesterday’s town hall that Democrats had failed to implement a national mask mandate to limit the spread of coronavirus.
The Democratic nominee said in a stage-whisper, “I’m not the president. He’s the president.”
Biden has previously used this line to push back against Trump’s claims that Democrats would make the country less safe.
Biden and his team have repeatedly sought to remind voters that the current pandemic and resulting financial crisis are happening on Trump’s watch.
Joe Biden is taking questions from reporters, who pressed the Democratic nominee on his comment that Trump’s comments about a coronavirus vaccine cannot be trusted.
Biden emphasized the scientists should be trusted, and he called for “total transparency” in the development of a vaccine to give Americans reassurance that the vaccine meets safety standards.
Asked whether he trusted officials at the CDC and FDA, Biden said he distrusted certain officials’ efforts to muzzle scientists at those agencies.
Biden specifically referenced HHS spokesperson Michael Caputo, who announced today he was taking a leave of absence after making controversial comments about CDC officials.
Biden: ‘I trust vaccines. I trust the scientists. But I don’t trust Donald Trump’
Joe Biden argued the president’s comments on the development of a coronavirus vaccine could not be trusted.
“I trust vaccines. I trust the scientists. But I don’t trust Donald Trump,” Biden said. “At this point the American people can’t either.”
Trump has suggested a vaccine could be developed within “weeks,” but CDC Director Robert Redfield said today that a vaccine likely wouldn’t be widely available until “late second quarter, third quarter 2021.”
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Echoing CDC Director Robert Redfield’s comments earlier today, Joe Biden noted that a coronavirus vaccine would likely not be widely available until well into 2021.
Trump has suggested a vaccine could be available within weeks, shortly before the presidential election in November. But Biden said scientific breakthroughs “certainly don’t adhere to election cycles.”
Biden also warned, “We’re heading into a very dangerous autumn.” He once again urged Americans to wear masks to limit their risk of contracting coronavirus.
Biden criticizes Trump’s response to the pandemic
About 80 minutes after the scheduled start time, Joe Biden took the podium in Wilmington, Delaware, to deliver a speech on the development of a coronavirus vaccine.
Addressing Trump’s comments at his ABC News town hall last night, Biden criticized the president’s “lack of seriousness” when it comes to responding to the pandemic.
“President Trump has refused once again to take responsibility or to take action,” Biden said.
The Democratic nominee argued Trump had once again offered Americans “weak and feckless inaction” as well as “lies and empty promises” in his town hall comments.
Joe Biden is running an hour behind in Wilmington, Delaware, where he was scheduled to deliver remarks on the development of a coronavirus vaccine.
The Democratic nominee was supposed to start his speech at 2:30 pm ET, but he has not yet appeared at the podium set up in Wilmington’s Queen theater.
Biden received a briefing from public health experts on how to safely and equitably distribute a vaccine earlier today.
Regarding the timeline of distributing a vaccine, CDC Director Robert Redfield told senators today, “If you’re asking me when is it going to be generally available to the American public so we can begin to take advantage of vaccine to get back to our regular life, I think we’re probably looking at third — late second quarter, third quarter 2021.”
Here’s some fun news: Saturday Night Live announced that comedian Jim Carrey will play Joe Biden in its next season.
SNL creator Lorne Michaels told Vulture in an interview published today, “There was some interest on [Carrey’s] part. And then we responded, obviously, positively. But it came down to discussions about what the take was. He and Colin Jost had a bunch of talks. He and I as well. He will give the part energy and strength, and … hopefully it’s funny.”
SNL is set to premiere on October 3 with a limited in-person audience, in line with New York’s recommendations on mitigating the spread of coronavirus.
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Trump to hold a press conference today
The White House has just announced that Trump will hold a press conference at 5 pm ET today.
The president will likely be pressed on his comments yesterday downplaying the importance of face masks.
Trump said during his ABC News town hall last night, “A lot of people don’t want to wear masks. There are a lot of people think that masks are not good.”
But CDC Director Robert Redfield told senators today that face masks may be “more guaranteed to protect me against Covid” than a vaccine.
A new set of Senate polls shows Democrats pulling ahead in Maine and running neck and neck in the Republican-leaning state of South Carolina.
According to the new polls from Quinnipiac University, Democratic candidate Sara Gideon is 12 points ahead of Republican Senator Susan Collins in Maine, 54%-42%. Collins is seeking her fifth term in the Senate, but she is considered one of the most vulnerable senators up for reelection this year.
Another poll of South Carolina shows Democratic candidate Jaime Harrison tied with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, 48%-48%.
A third poll of Kentucky provided some good news for Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, who is 12 points ahead of Democrat Amy McGrath, 53%-41%.
If Joe Biden wins the presidential race, Democrats need to flip three seats in the Senate to take control of the chamber. If Biden doesn’t win the White House, Democrats will need to flip four seats to seize the Senate.
Election experts have said control of the Senate is definitely up for grabs, and Senate Republicans’ campaign arm warned in a recent memo that the chamber is “at risk” of falling into Democrats’ hands.
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