Friday, 24 September 2021

Trump rushed off stage in false gun scare

WASHINGTON/New York – A political rally being addressed by Donald Trump in Reno, Nevada, was thrown into turmoil Saturday night after a protester near the podium was suspected of threatening the Republican presidential candidate. Trump was nearing the end of his stump speech when two secret service agents rushed the podium and quickly hustled him off stage. Meanwhile, local police officers, some wearing helmets and body armour, swarmed a man in the audience, pinned him to the floor and rushed him out of the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. The man was holding a “Republicans Against Trump” sign. Trump reappeared a few minutes later and finished his speech. “Nobody said it was going to be easy for us,” he said. “But we will never be stopped — never, ever be stopped.”

It was a bumpy night for both campaigns. The press bus for Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine was accidentally rammed near Tampa, Florida, possibly by a cop car. Kaine was not on board, and there were no injuries. Earlier in his speech, Trump had pointed to the legal troubles that president Hillary Clinton would face due to ongoing FBI investigations into her email practices and the Clinton Foundation. He called her “the prime suspect in a massive, far-reaching criminal investigation.”

“If she were to win this election, it would create an unprecedented constitutional crisis,” he said. “We could very well have a sitting president under felony indictment and ultimately a criminal trial.” He also said that his campaign has had “a tremendous outpouring of love from the Hispanic community.” “They came here legally — they want to see borders,” he argued. He promised “a streamlined, beautiful process” to allow new legal immigrants into the country. With two days before the general election, Hillary Clinton is holding her lead over Republican Donald Trump by four points in the presidential race, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.

Clinton is leading 44 percent to 40 percent with likely voters in a four-way race, according to the poll, which the pollsters said was their final. Libertarian Gary Johnson is at 6 percent, while Green Party candidate Jill Stein is at 2 percent, according to the poll released Sunday. In a head-to-head match, Clinton is up 5 points from Trump, 48 percent to 43 percent. Clinton’s lead has shrunk from the last Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll that was published in October, where she held an 11-point lead with 48 percent to 37. The drop of 7% points is seen as an effect of the decision of the FBI last week to reopen its investigation against her alleged email scandal, following which support for Trump has surged.

“Much of the change from mid-October comes from Trump winning an increased share of the vote within his own party, which brought him on par with Clinton’s support among Democrats,” The Wall Street Journal said. The poll was conducted from Nov 3-5, with 1,282 likely voters interviewed, giving a margin of error of 2.7 percentage points. Clinton also has a lead with women voters over the Republican nominee in a two-way race, 53 percent to 38 percent. Trump, however, leads with men, 47 percent to 42 percent. With African-American voters, Clinton is ahead with 86 percent to Trump’s 7 percent. Clinton leads Latino voters with 65 percent to 20.

Trump, however, leads with white voters, 53 to 38 percent. White voters without a college degree support Trump more than Clinton, 60 percent to 30, while white voters with a college degree lean toward Clinton, 51 percent to 41 percent. Clinton is leading among early voters — a push she has made for the past several weeks — with 53 percent to 39 percent. Trump is leading with voters who plan to cast their ballot on Election Day though, with 48 to 41 percent.

Come Election Day, if Clinton wins, the majority of voters will be OK with her as president. Fifty-two percent of likely voters said they are comfortable and prepared if Clinton makes it to the White House, compared to the 46 percent who said they would not be comfortable. If Trump wins, 43 percent of likely voters said they would be comfortable with him as president, with 54 percent saying they would be uncomfortable.

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