We’re closing the blog for today, but we’ll be back tomorrow with more live updates. Before we go, here’s a quick summary of everything that’s happened today:
- Donald Trump has started to say that he is “immune” to Covid-19 after contracting the virus, contradicting evidence that people can get the virus more than once and ignoring the lack of research about how long antibodies are effective. Twitter flagged Trump’s tweet that claims he’s immune to the virus, saying that it contains misleading information.
- Dr Anthony Fauci spoke out against a Trump campaign ad that took praise he gave for the coronavirus task force out of context. In the rare pushback to Trump, Fauci said that the GOP did not get his permission to use the clip and reiterated that he has never publicly endorsed any political candidates “in my nearly five decades of public service”.
- The opening statement Amy Coney Barrett, the supreme court nominee whose nomination process will start in the Senate tomorrow, has been leaked and reveals Barrett will say that she would apply the “law as written” and speak about the influence of the late supreme court justice Antonin Scalia on her judicial philosophy.
- A new national poll from ABC News and the Washington Post shows Joe Biden maintaining a large lead over Donald Trump, with Biden holding a 12% lead over the incumbent just three weeks until the presidential election.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, has spoken out against Donald Trump taking a clip out of context for a campaign ad, what is now one of Fauci’s most direct pushback against Trump since the start of the pandemic.
For months during the course of the pandemic, Donald Trump has often been at odds with Fauci, delivering contradictory public health messages and publicly expressing frustration with the doctor’s more sober take on the pandemic.
In the spring, as the virus ravaged the Northeast of the country, Fauci was a regular at the White House’s coronavirus press briefings. But in June, Fauci said he was not invited to the press briefings, with Trump telling Fox News that “Dr. Fauci’s a nice man, but he made a lot of mistakes”. At the time, cases were just starting to rise in many parts of the country, the effects of states quickly reopening their economies for the summer, allowing the virus to spread. Fauci at the time cautioned against reopening without regulations in place, contradicting Trump’s messaging that states should rush to reopen.
Fauci has done his best to be a neutral, authoritative public health figure over the course of the pandemic, opting to do dozens of virtual interviews to offer his recommendations to Americans. Trump has since replaced Fauci and Dr Deborah Birx, another respected epidemiologist who was once a regular at the White House press briefing, with Dr Scott Atlas, who has come under scrutiny by public health experts for questioning the effectiveness of masks and parroting the Trump administration’s optimistic timeline for a Covid-19 vaccine.
Donald Trump’s campaign responded to a new statement from Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, who said his words were taken out of context for a new Trump ad.
“These are Dr. Facui’s own words. The video is from a nationally broadcast television interview in which Dr. Fauci was praising the work of the Trump administration,” said Trump’s communication director Tim Murtaugh. “The words are accurate and directly from Dr. Fauci’s mouth.”
The statement of course does not address that Fauci, when he said “I can’t imagine that… anyone could be doing more” was not referring to Trump but the broader coronavirus task force, including himself.
Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, responded to his misleading appearance in a new ad for Donald Trump’s campaign, saying that he was taken out of context by the spot.
In the ad, released yesterday, Fauci can be heard saying “I can’t imagine that… anyone could be doing more” in an interview as the ad boasts Trump’s response to Covid-19.
The clip came from an interview Fauci had with Fox News and was taken from a snippet when he was describing the work that he and other members of the coronavirus task force undertook to respond to the virus. Fauci was not directing his statement at Trump.
“In my nearly five decades of public service, I have never publicly endorsed any political candidate,” Fauci said in a statement to CNN. “The comments attributed to me without my permission in the GOP campaign ad were taken out of context from a broad statement I made months ago about the efforts of federal public health officials.”
The chief executive of Regeneron, the pharmaceutical company that produced the antibody cocktail that Donald Trump received to treat his case of Covid-19, said that Trump’s experience with the drug is “a case of one” and said the company is working through clinical trials to ensure its safety and effectiveness.
“The president is a case of one,” Leonard Schleifer, chief executive of Regeneron, said in an interview with CBS today. “It is evidence of what’s happening, but it’s kind of the weakest evidence you can get.”
The company is likely trying to neutralize itself after falling into political discourse about the virus. Earlier this week, Trump in a video said that Regeneron’s antibody cocktail was the key to his recovery from the virus, calling it a “cure” for Covid-19 though the drug is still in clinical trials. Public health experts criticized the president for touting a drug that has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, something the president has done before with other unconfirmed treatments of the virus such as hydroxychloroquine and blood plasma.
Jaime Harrison, who is running against Republican Lindsey Graham for his Senate seat representing South Carolina, has raised $57 million over the last three months – the largest haul in a single quarter for a Senate candidate in US history.
The biggest quarterly haul for a Senate candidate was $38 million before Harrison set the new record, which was raised by former US representative Beto O’Rourke in his election against Senator Ted Cruz, according to the New York Times. Graham has not yet announced his fundraising figure for the last quarter.
Harrison is the former chair of the South Carolina’s Democratic Party and associate chairman of the national Democratic Party.
Twitter flags Trump’s tweet about Covid-19 immunity
It looks like Twitter flagged Donald Trump’s tweet about being immune to Covid-19. The platform has hid the Tweet completely under a message that says it violates Twitter’s rules “about spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to Covid-19”. The note also says that Twitter “has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible”.
This appears to be the fifth T