Welcome to Liberty Nation’s Daily Snapshot. All the top news of the day, the latest polls, and more.
What’s happening in the political sphere – the hot stories making the news today.
- During a May 3 televised town hall hosted by Fox News, President Trump acknowledged that some states hit hard by the Coronavirus outbreak would take longer to reopen but criticized other, less affected states for not “going fast enough.”
- It’s not exactly a big secret that President Trump is not thrilled with the current FBI director, but sources say it is unlikely that Christopher Wray will be replaced any time before the 2020 election. Wray appears to have done little to change the culture at the Bureau, which became distinctly wayward and self-serving, at least within the upper echelons, during the Comey years. According to an Axios report, the president and those around him do not feel that Wray is tackling corruption within the agency.
- A large section of the media is predicting virtual Armageddon over the next week or two as many states begin to lift stay-at-home orders, and some businesses reopen. By the end of May, we will all know whether Coronavirus was as deadly as it has been billed since, if it is, then America should see a significant spike in hospitalizations and deaths around that time.
The latest polls and trends impacting the United States.
- How does the American voter feel about the sexual assault allegation made against presumptive 2020 candidate Joe Biden? 34% of likely voters believe Tara Reade’s story of Biden submitting her to a serious assault in 1993. 24% believe the former vice president’s denial, but a massive 41% are undecided.
- Just 41% of likely U.S. voters were excited about the 2016 matchup between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. In 2012, 44% were excited about the contest between then-President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney. The 2020 election is generating considerably more interest, though, with 60% of likely voters saying they are excited about a Trump-Biden campaign. 75% of Republicans, 54% of Democrats, and 48% of unaffiliated voters are feeling the excitement.
- According to figures from a leading mobile phone location data company, Americans are beginning to show a growing disregard for stay-at-home and social distancing guidelines. By the end of April, a significantly higher number of people were not staying at home, compared to earlier in the month. “Regardless of what the orders say or the governors say, we’re seeing the whole country softening up,” said a representative of the company, SafeGraph.
Something political to ponder as you enjoy your morning coffee.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is now claiming that some of the people protesting the state’s continued – and now extended – shutdown were waving swastika flags, during their public demonstrations. There appears to be scant video or photographic evidence to back up this claim. One can safely assume that such pictures would be on the front page of every prominent newspaper and website by now. Even if swastika flags had indeed been displayed, it is worth remembering that the entire point of the demonstrations is to protest what these Michiganders see as authoritarian government controls. The protesters would hardly be promoting fascism, then. If such flags were being carried, it would likely have been a ploy by leftist infiltrators to cast the protesters in a negative light. Alternatively, the people waving the swastika flags may well have been making a point about how they view the attitude of their governor.
A thought for the day from history’s most interesting thinkers.
Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men’s minds.
– Thurgood Marshall
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