Barack Obama has branded Donald Trump a “two-bit dictator” at a final rally on the eve of the 2020 US election.
In a last push for his former vice-president Joe Biden, Mr Obama attacked Mr Trump at the event in Miami, Florida, criticising his successor for casting doubt on the results of Tuesday’s presidential election and suggesting Mr Trump could attempt to “declare victory before all the votes are counted tomorrow”.
“That’s something a two-bit dictator does,” Mr Obama told the drive-in rally at Florida International University’s campus. “If you believe in democracy, you want every vote counted.”
Mr Obama’s pitch to voters in Florida – a critical swing state for both candidates – comes in the final hours before polls open across the US on Tuesday.
‘Man, that’s shady’ — Watch Obama take direct aim at Trump and Republican senators on the last day before the election pic.twitter.com/SdLgA0yIRV
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) November 3, 2020
Biden: ‘Take back’ democracy from Trump
Joe Biden has concluded his last major rally on the eve of the US election by calling on voters to “take back” American democracy from President Donald Trump.
“It’s time to stand up and take back our democracy. We can do this,” the 77-year-old former vice president said as he wrapped up a boisterous drive-in rally in Pittsburgh in the critical swing state of Pennsylvania.
FBI warns of violence in Portland
The FBI has warned of the potential for armed clashes over the election in Portland, as the northwestern city that has become symbolic of the country’s stark divisions braces for unrest.
The liberal enclave in the state of Oregon is still reeling from a summer in which mass anti-racism rallies were inflamed by the arrival of federal officers and right-wing militias, including the so-called Proud Boys.
Biden video ‘edited to suggest he supports voter fraud’
A video of Joe Biden which is edited to appear as if he is admitting to voter fraud has been viewed more than 17 million times on social media sites, according to a report.
Biden says he and Obama built the “most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics” pic.twitter.com/LFY4eDzSPQ
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) October 31, 2020
The video was a clip from an appearance by Mr Biden on the podcast Pod Save America on October 24 in which he was asked about election security. In a statement which appears in the video to have been taken out of context, Mr Biden said he and Barack Obama had built “the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organisation in the history of American politics.”
That statement was shared on right-wing YouTube channels, Twitter feeds and Facebook pages. It is not known who made the video.
Facebook did not respond to a request for comment from the New York Times.
Twitter and Facebook act on Trump’s ‘violence in the streets’ post
Twitter and Facebook have both taken action on a Donald Trump post predicting “violence in the streets” as a result of a Supreme Court decision that gave election officials longer to count votes, James Titcomb writes.
America’s highest court last week rejected a Republican effort to block a three-day extension to counting votes in the key battleground state, a subject that Mr Trump repeatedly brought up at rallies on Monday.
In identical posts on Twitter and Facebook, the President called it a “VERY dangerous” decision, saying it would allow “rampant and unchecked cheating” and “induce violence in the streets”.
Facebook added a label to the post, which declared that voter fraud is extremely rare. Twitter went further, blocking the tweet from being liked or retweeted and hiding it behind a label saying the tweet is disputed. Both companies have become increasingly active about moderating Mr Trump’s post in recent weeks.
Twitter and Facebook take action on Trump post predicting "violence in the streets" as result of Supreme Court ruling on absentee ballots in Pennsylvania pic.twitter.com/EAS8IMpYHS
— James Titcomb (@jamestitcomb) November 3, 2020