US elections updates: Trump attacks Harris at campaign rally

  • United States President Donald Trump was reportedly weighing giving up to $100m to his campaign as he headed to Florida and North Carolina on Monday, both battleground states.

  • The US Senate returned to session on Tuesday, as House Democrats launched probe into Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s past Republican fundraising.

  • New Hampshire and Rhode Island held some of the last primaries of the election season to decide who will run for open House and Senate seats in the general election.

  • The Biden campaign had no events scheduled Tuesday, 55 days until the November 3 vote.

    Tuesday, September 8

    19:27 ET – Trump: President Kamala Harris ‘would be an insult to our country’

    President Donald Trump took his campaign roadshow to Winston-Salem, NC, where he not only spent a good portion of his remarks attacking his Democratic opponent Joe Biden, but he also ramped up his criticism of Biden’s vice-presidential running mate, Kamala Harris.

    “If our foreign adversaries were devising a scheme to cripple America, they could hardly do better than the Biden-Kamala Harris,” Trump told the crowd gathered at a Smith Reynolds Airport hangar. “You know what? People don’t like her. Nobody likes her. She could never be the first woman president, she could never be. It would be an insult to our country.”

    During that line of attack, Trump did at least pronounce Harris’s first name correctly: Kamala, like Comma-la.

    The next time her name came up, he repeatedly referred to her as Ka-MA-la, a pronunciation some of her supporters charge is racist and deliberately mispronounced by her opponents.

    16:30 ET – Trump ex-lawyer links 2016 Falwell Jr endorsement to racy photos

    Michael Cohen, the former fixer for Trump, in his new book has tied together for the first time the 2016 presidential endorsement of Trump by American evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr to Cohen’s own role in helping to keep racy “personal” photographs of the Falwells from becoming public.

    As Reuters reported last year, the Falwells enlisted Cohen to keep “a bunch of photographs, personal photographs” from becoming public, Cohen said in a recording, made surreptitiously by comedian Tom Arnold. “I actually have one of the photos,” he said, without going into specifics. “It’s terrible.”

    He later writes, “In good time, I would call in this favor, not for me, but for the Boss, at a crucial moment on his journey to the presidency.”

    In the book, Cohen did not explicitly say that the endorsement was the favour he sought in return for his help in having kept the Falwell photos from getting out. But his account marks the first time he has linked the two issues.

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