“Certainly I will, and you know that,” he said when asked by a reporter about leaving the White House if Biden is declared the winner on December 14. “I will and, you know that.”
The pressure will be on when lawmakers return to Washington this week — but they also have to move quickly to pass a spending package to avert a partial government shutdown by December 11, which could once again distract from the need for Covid-19 relief.
Georgia, on everyone’s mind
If either of the incumbent Republicans, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, hold onto their seats, the party will maintain its majority control in the chamber.
“Maybe I’ll go twice,” Trump said at one point, noting that he’d love to do it in a stadium, “But you can’t, because of Covid.”
‘A very dangerous place’
“Make really sure you adhere 100% to mask wearing to avoid crowds because you could inadvertently have gotten Covid and spread it, so just be careful during the week after your travel because you are at increased risk,” he said.
“Just remember you’ve had an increased risk of being exposed, so you should decrease unnecessary activities for about a week, and if you can get tested in three or five days that’s also a very good idea.”
Pfizer has applied to the FDA for emergency use authorization for its vaccine and biotech company Moderna is expected to do so soon.
Trump claimed coronavirus would disappear after the election. It obviously hasn’t. In fact, a new Monmouth University poll finds that 27% of Americans say that the pandemic is the biggest issue facing Biden over the next four years.
QAnon is making the pandemic worse for at-risk kids
Remember: The most basic QAnon belief — entirely divorced from reality — casts Trump as the hero in a fight against the “deep state” and a sinister cabal of Democratic politicians and celebrities who abuse children. It features an anonymous government insider called “Q” who purportedly shares secret information about that fight via cryptic online posts.
And it’s the behavior of those who follow the conspiracy theory — their supposed efforts to help abused children — that’s putting an increasing strain on the resources of actual child welfare groups.
The problem has become so severe that one such organization, Childhelp, says it had to set up an auto-response message on its crisis hotline to filter out QAnon callers after their name appeared in a QAnon meme.
“If you have a hotline counselor who is taking time to speak to someone discussing a debunked conspiracy theory, there may be a child holding on the next line,” Daphne Young, chief communications officer for Childhelp, told CNN.