Rachel Maguire Rachel Maguire Oct 17, 2020
  • In just three weeks, Americans head to the polls to vote for Donald Trump or Joe Biden.
  • Mr. Trump, a Republican, declined to disavow a bizarre online conspiracy.
  • Mr. Biden, a Democrat, would not divulge plans for the Supreme Court

In just three weeks, Americans head to the polls to vote for Donald Trump or Joe Biden. During his primetime event hosted by TV network NBC in Miami, Florida, the President was asked about the QAnon conspiracy theory. The QAnon conspiracy theory has adherents believing that Mr. Trump is battling a clandestine network of elites, often involving Satanic plots and child trafficking. Mr. Trump, a Republican, declined to disavow a bizarre online conspiracy. The President spent much of the town hall on the subject of misunderstanding with the moderator. On the other side, Mr. Biden, a Democrat, would not divulge plans for the Supreme Court.  The media has been calling Biden out, arguing that he plans to tamper with the judiciary. Mr. Biden was then asked by a moderator George Stephanopoulos whether he could expand the number of justices if Republicans confirmed Mr. Trump's current nominee for an existing vacancy on the nine-seat Supreme Court.

Mr. Trump instead turned his fire on Antifa, a loose-knit movement of mainly far-left activists. The group is blamed by the US Department of Justice for civil disorder in American cities during racial justice protests over the last few months. When moderator Savannah Guthrie asked Mr. Trump if he would reject them, he replied, “I don't know anything about QAnon”. Ms. Guthrie said she had just told him about the group.

It has been labelled a potential terrorist threat by the FBI. Trump deflected other questions about health care and his tax return and whether he took a coronavirus test on the day of his last debate with Biden, saying, “Maybe I did, maybe I did not”. Mr. Trump deflected again when asked whether his role in helping draft the 1994 Crime Bill was a mistake. 

The Black Lives Matter movement has blamed mass incarceration of African Americans, and that was a mistake.  Both candidates were on the defensive at times on their records, Mr. Trump for a range of issues and Mr Biden for a partisan race. Other questions about Healthcare and tax returns and whether he took a coronavirus test on the day of his last debate with Mr Biden.

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