Democrats have been attempting to use the fears surrounding the Chinese coronavirus to implement policy agenda items, like ballot harvesting and vote by mail.
The liberal Democrats are doing everything they can to take advantage of the coronavirus.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) on Wednesday raged over President Trump’s opposition to states, like Michigan, moving toward vote-by-mail for the general election, accusing him of wanting to “oppress people and suppress the vote” while “endangering people’s lives.”
“Nah, President Incompetent. Michigan promotes democracy without jeopardizing people’s health. You would rather oppress people and suppress the vote (per usual),” Tlaib said in reaction to Trump’s Wednesday morning tweet, threatening to punish Michigan for mailing absentee ballot applications to all state voters.
The news comes as blue states move to implement vote-by-mail for their respective primaries, and ultimately the general election, citing coronavirus related concerns.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) essentially led the charge, authorizing vote-by-mail for November’s election — a move failed Trump challenger Hillary Clinton praised heavily.
Praised by Hillary Clinton…enough said.
Headed to The Markets
U.S. stock index futures slipped Wednesday night, after the S&P 500 closed at a 10-week high earlier in the day.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 369.04 points, or 1.5%, to finish at 24,575.90. The S&P 500 climbed 48.67 points, or 1.7%, to end at 2,971.61, its highest close since March 6, according to Dow Jones Market Data. The Nasdaq Composite rose 190.67 points, or 2.1%, closing at 9,375.78.
West Texas Intermediate crude inched higher, as did Brent crude, the global benchmark.
Asian markets were little changed in early trading Thursday, after Wall Street bounced back and Japan reported miserable exports data.
Japan’s Nikkei inched down slightly, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index eked up a bit. The Shanghai Composite rose 0.1% while the Shenzhen Composite slid 0.1%. South Korea’s Kospi gained 0.5%, and benchmark indexes in Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia rose. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 was about flat.
On Wednesday, Japan reported its April exports plummeted nearly 22% while imports fell 7%, the worst monthly readings in more than a decade. Japan is the world’s third-largest economy, and fell into recession in the first quarter due to coronavirus-related shutdowns.
China, meanwhile, is pushing to jump-start jobs lost to pandemic closures. As many as 30% of China’s urban workers are estimated to have lost their jobs, Fitch Ratings said, and the Associated Press reported the government is being pressured to get the economy going again as the country’s National People’s Congress is set to meet.
What’s Trump Up To?
In a social media post Wednesday, President Trump threatened to withhold federal funding to Michigan for what he described as a “rogue Secretary of State” “illegally” sending absentee ballots to 7.7 million people — a claim prompted by Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s announcement of a plan to send absentee ballot applications to qualified Michigan voters.
“Breaking: Michigan sends absentee ballots to 7.7 million people ahead of Primaries and the General Election,” the president tweeted. “This was done illegally and without authorization by a rogue Secretary of State. I will ask to hold up funding to Michigan if they want to go down this Voter Fraud path!” Trump followed up the post by tagging Office of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought, Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and the U.S. Treasury Department.
This is Interesting
A North Carolina man said making a snack run paid off when he won a $1 million jackpot from a scratch-off lottery ticket.
Stephen Howell of Graham told North Carolina Education Lottery officials he went to the Fairview One Stop in Haw River to pick up some drinks and snacks for his family and decided to buy a few $10 scratch-off tickets while at the store.
Howell later scratched the tickets off at home and discovered one of the tickets, a Red Hot Millions scratch-off, was a $1 million winner.
The astonished winner said he rushed into the next room to tell his mother.
“I handed her the ticket,” he recalled. “And she said, ‘You won a million dollars!'”
Howell said the win caused much celebration for his family.
“They all have decided that they’d like a cut of it,” he said. “Now whether or not they get it is a different matter!”
Howell said he is considering a new car purchase with his winnings.
“Everyone’s picked out cars for me,” he said.