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Trump Campaign’s New Ad Features Doctored Images

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President Donald Trump’s campaign paused their ads back in July to review their messaging and restrategize their campaign. However, the newest ad released for the campaign, against presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, features multiple doctored images.

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  • The Trump campaign released an ad on social media on Wednesday that contains multiple doctored photos of Biden in an attempt to convince viewers that he is alone and hiding out. The caption for the advertisement repeats the narrator’s words in the video, “Deep in the heart of Delaware, Joe Biden sits in his basement. Alone. Hiding. Diminished.”
  • The first doctored image features Biden sitting on the ground while the narrator reiterates the above message. But the photograph, which is supposed to depict Biden sitting alone in his basement, was actually taken in December of 2019 in Iowa when Biden visited the home of Coralville Mayor John Lundell. Additionally, the people in the background of the photograph were edited out.

Joe Biden sitting on the floor during an event at Coralville Mayor John Lundell’s home. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

A screenshot from the Trump campaign’s ad, which shows the doctored image of Biden sitting alone.

  • The image, used without permission, was taken by Photo Editor Liz Martin of The Gazette at the event in which Martin shares that at least three dozen supporters and journalists were present, and Biden was sitting on the floor because he had given someone else his seat.
  • Shortly after this first doctored image, the video cuts to an image of Biden holding his hands to his forehead, in what seems to be a look of despair. CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski was the first to call attention to the photograph, saying it appeared to actually be a picture of Biden speaking, but the microphone in his hands was edited out. The original photo was taken by photographer Mark Peterson for Redux Pictures at a town hall meeting in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in September, which Biden spoke at.

  • The ad goes on to narrate that “Biden has no answers and after five decades of failure, he never will.” The quote is accompanied by an image of Biden hanging his head, however, that picture is of Biden in prayer during a church service in Wilmington, Delaware in June in which Biden met with Black leaders for an in-person discussion following the death of George Floyd.

Another clip from the newest Trump campaign. This picture of Joe Biden was taken during a church service he attended in Wilmington, Delaware.

  • The full ad can be viewed here.

The Trump campaign did not respond to requests for comment on the latest advertisement.

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Election 2020

Today is National Voter Registration Day! Get registered!

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This year’s election could be the most important in our nation’s history! The best way to implement positive change is by taking our concerns to the voting booth and electing officials who represent our views and ideals. National Voter Registration Day is a wonderful reminder of our duty as citizens to take advantage of the democratic system.

If you haven’t already, register to vote today!

At https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote, first time registers can easily take the first step to contributing to our democracy as well as gain information on registration deadlines.

Unsure whether you’re still registered? See https://www.usa.gov/confirm-voter-registration where you can easily check your registration status and learn your polling location.

Barack Obama said that we must “vote all the time, not just when it’s cool, not just when it’s time to elect a President, not just when you’re inspired. It’s your duty.”

Follow the steps above to begin the process of bettering our country today!

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Foot Locker Stores Will Turn Into Voter Registration Sites

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Starting on September 22, all Foot Locker-owned stores in the U.S will become temporary voter registration sites in an effort to increase youth voter turnout at the election this November.

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  • The registration sites will include all Foot Locker stores, including Kids Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Champs Sports, and Footaction locations. With more than 2,000 locations, each of the company’s stores will house a kiosk with a special website where visitors can register to vote, check their voter status, or sign up for election reminders. The company has also launched a voter registration portal on its website.
  • Foot Locker said the new initiative is geared toward the more than 4 million young Americans who will become eligible to vote for the first time in this November election. The company said its effort will target 18 to 24-year-old customers, which is 4.3 million of the retailer’s Instagram followers.
  • Civic group leaders recently shared with CBS News that the coronavirus pandemic has forced them to come up with new ways to reach young voters. In years past, volunteers would typically target college campuses, concerts, and festivals, but with those activities suspended due to the pandemic, groups are forced to now use digital platforms. 
  • CEO Richard Johnson said the project, run in partnership with the nonprofit Rock the Vote, is an effort to “educate and amplify the voices of today’s youth.”

“In a year marked with such uncertainty, amid a pandemic and social unrest, our country’s future — and our collective role in shaping it — has never been more important,” Johnson said in a statement. “At Foot Locker, our mission is to inspire and empower youth culture, so partnering with Rock the Vote was a natural fit to help educate and amplify the voices of today’s youth.”

  • Other venues across the country that are not typically used as polling places or for voter registration are also opening their doors to help increase voter turnout on Election Day. The NBA’s Houston Rockets will use their arena, the Toyota Center, for a registration drive this month and Arrowhead Stadium, home field for the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, will become a polling place November 3.

Foot Locker has also pledged to make it easy for their employees to vote on Election Day by giving them a flexible work schedule that will allow them the time to vote.

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Eric Trump to Comply with New York AG’s Subpoena Only after Election Day

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Eric Trump. (Pete Marovich/The New York Times)
Eric Trump. (Pete Marovich/The New York Times)

The president’s son, Eric Trump, has come out and said he will finally be willing to comply with a subpoena from the New York Attorney General’s office’s probe of the Trump Organization issued by Attorney General Letitia James. The only condition is that it would have to be done after the U.S general election.

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  • According to a Thursday court filing, the chosen timeframe after the upcoming presidential election aims to avoid “any appearance of politicizing” the process. Eric Trump’s attorneys also explained that he is willing to appear and gave several dates to proceed after the Nov. 3rd election. They noted that one of the main reasons was simply because of Eric Trump’s “extreme travel schedule and related unavailability”.

“In this regard, we note that the OAG investigation has been ongoing for approximately 18 months and that additional examinations are scheduled in October 2020 for certain other individuals,” stated the filing.

  • To confirm Eric’s claims, the filing elaborated how “given all the circumstances and the fact that counsel’s requested dates are, for all practical purposes, just 30 days after other scheduled depositions, and given the importance of avoiding any appearance of politicizing the investigatory process”.
  • Just last month, James reportedly urged a judge to force Eric Trump, along with the Trump Organization, to comply with subpoenas in an effort to carry on with the office’s investigation of President Trump. A related investigation is looking into alleged illegal inflation of his assets to reap loans and appeal to investors. “No one is above the law, period,” responded James to the Thursday filing.

  • That same month, James also accused Eric Trump of refusing to comply with a subpoena for his testimony. According to NBC News, she alleged that the Trump Organization and its lawyers were setting a motion that would “shield thousands of documents from investigators”.
  • The attorney general went on to say in a statement that “we cannot comment on the particular steps we’re taking on specific litigation,” but she made it clear that they wouldn’t allow any outside force control have the investigation moves forward or allow anyone to “evade a lawful subpoena”.

The related investigation opened by the New York attorney general last year followed President Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen, who testified to Congress that the president tampered with financial statements in order to benefit from better insurance rates, loans, and tax breaks.

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