DONALD Trump attacks the NBA for being "highly political" and claims "ratings are way down" after the basketball players' protested at police brutality.
The president ripped the player game boycotts over the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin as he prepared to head to the city on Tuesday.
He claimed people are "tired of watching' the league" and added that he hoped football and baseball were watching and learning because the “same thing would be happening to them”.
It comes as it emerged bookies have Trump and Democrat rival Joe Biden neck and neck, according to odds based on an CNN snap poll.
Trump is now the 10-11 joint favourite alongside Joe Biden is bookmaker Coral's betting for the US Election winner.
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TRUMP SLAMS NBA FOR BOYCOTT AS HE PREPARES TO VISIT KENOSHA
Donald Trump has again ripped into the decision by NBA players to boycott games in the wake of the shooting of unarmed African American man Jacob Blake in Kenosha.
He tweeted: “People are tired of watching the highly political @NBA.
“Basketball ratings are WAY down, and they won’t be coming back.
“I hope football and baseball are watching and learning because the same thing will be happening to them. Stand tall for our Country and our Flag!!!”
It comes as the President papers to visit Kenosha amid huge civil unrest in the city after cops shot Blake in the back in front of his kids and left him unable to walk.
TRUMP COMPARES 'BAD COPS' TO GOLFERS
President Donald Trump has compared “bad cops” to golfers who “choke and miss a three-foot putt” amid the unrest following the shootings of Jacob Blake and George Floyd.
Speaking to Fox News host Laura Ingraham in an interview that aired on Monday, Trump said that police officers are in a tough position because they have to make quick decisions.
“They choke. Just like in a golf tournament, they miss a three-foot putt,” the president said.
Ingraham was quick to interject: “You're not comparing it to golf.”
“Because of course that's what the media would say. People make, people panic,” she added.
APPEALS COURT TO HEAR ARGUMENTS IN TRUMP TAX RETURN FIGHT
A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments today in President Donald Trump's latest attempt to prevent a New York prosecutor from getting his tax returns.
Trump’s lawyers appealed to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last month after a district court judge rejected their renewed efforts to invalidate a subpoena issued to his accounting firm.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has agreed not to enforce the subpoena until after the appeals court makes a ruling. Neither the district court judge, Victor Marrero, nor the appeals court ordered a delay.
Trump has blasted the long-running quest for his financial records as a continuation of the” most disgusting witch hunt in the history of our country” and predicted the case would again end up before the Supreme Court.
US TOPS SIX MILLION CORONA CASES
The country has had more than a million cases in the past three weeks, as the president claimed the US had the best response.
On Monday, researchers at the university recorded 6,006,327 Covid-18 cases in the US and 183,203 deaths.
Three weeks ago, the US reached five million confirmed cases.
Health officials in the US believe the number of cases there are much higher, with around 10 times as many people infected for every reported case, due to limits on testing and the large number of mild cases that have gone unreported or unrecognised.
PIERS MORGAN SLAMS DONALD TRUMP FOR ‘ENDORSING A KILLER’
Piers Morgan tore into Donald Trump on today’s Good Morning Britain as violent riots engulf the US.
He was reacting to footage of Trump suggesting Kyle Rittenhouse, a teenager who is accused of killing two people in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was acting in self-defence.
A clip played of Trump speaking about visiting the state today despite the Mayor telling him he was not welcome.
In the clip, Trump said: “It will also increase enthusiasm, and it could increase love and respect for our country, and that's why I'm going, because they did a fantastic job.”
BIDEN VOWS TO MAKE AMERICA SAFE AGAIN
Joe Biden called yesterday for rioters and looters to be prosecuted and condemned President Trump as “toxic” for fuelling street violence.
The speech was signs of desperationto regain the initiative after it was claimed that the Democrats are weak on crime.
The Democratic candidate had not planned to make a stump appearance until after Labor Day next Monday.
It came after being goaded as “Slow Joe” by Mr Trump, and concern among Democratic strategists that the president was dominating headlines.
LA PROTESTS AFTER COPS KILL BLACK MAN AFTER HE ‘DROPPED GUN’
Black Lives Matter have taken to the streets of Los Angeles after police shot an African American.
It came after a pursuit in Westmont, South LA where the man “punched an officer in the face before dropping a handgun”
Although the victim wasn't identified by police, he has been named as Dijon Kizzee, aged in his 30s, by family members and the LA Black Lives Matter movement.
The LA BLM branch tweeted: “Los Angeles County Sheriffs killed a Black man…Dijon…on 109th and Budlong and left his body facedown in the dirt.”
Cops said Kizzee was caught violating an unspecified vehicle code while riding a bike down 110th Street and Budlong Avenue.
But as they approached the suspect he abandoned his bike and began running towards 109th Place.
As police attempted to approach him again, Lieutenant Brandon Dean said Kizzee punched one of the officers in the face, at the same time dropping a bundle of clothing which had been concealing a handgun.
‘MAGA MARTYR’ SUSPECT BRAGGED ABOUT BEING ‘100% ANTIFA’
Michael Forest Reinoehl, 48, is being investigated after a right-wing protester “MAGA martyr Jay Bishop” was gunned down on Saturday night in Portland, Oregon, according to the Oregonian.
Earlier this year, Reinoehl reportedly wrote to Facebook: “I am 100% ANTIFA all the way!
“I am willing to fight for my brothers and sisters!”
Footage of a burning “Trump 2020” flag was also shared to his page this summer.
The suspect was named by local media one day after Aaron “Jay” Danielson — who is also understood to have used the name Jay Bishop — was fatally shot.
The shooting took place about 8.45pm on Sunday, as supporters of Donald Trump clashed with Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland.
The night marked the ninety-fifth day of demonstrations in the city following the death of George Floyd.
TRUMP NOW JOINS BIDEN AS JOINT FAVOURITE FOR ELECTION
Donald Trump is now the 10-11 joint favourite alongside Joe Biden is bookmaker Coral's betting for the US Election winner.
Biden's odds have drifted from 4-7 out to 10-11, having previously been the clear favourite to replace Trump as President.
Coral's Harry Aitkenhead said: “UK punters are backing Trump to win his second term as President with little doubt in their minds right now. His odds have come right in and he's now the joint favourite once more.”
Coral does make Joe Biden the favourite to win the first debate between the pair, at the end of September, at odds of 4-6.
Trump is 11-10 to come out victorious in that battle. The results are settled on the official CNN snap poll conducted after the debate.
Mr Aitkenhead added: “We do narrowly favour Biden to come out on top when the pair first meet in a debate, scheduled for the end of September,”
TRUMP TO VISIT KENOSHA DESPITE CALLS TO STAY AWAY
The President is set to visit Kenosha, Wisconsin, in what the White House said would be a “unifying” visit.
This is despite the state's governor asking the president to reconsider.
Meanwhile his Democratic opponent Joe Biden has accused him of “fanning the flames of hate and division in our society”.
The president's visit comes against the backdrop of heightened tensions and a week of protests after a white police officer shot an unarmed black man, Jacob Blake, in the back seven times last weekend, leaving him partially paralysed.
KANYE WEST DENIES CLAIMS REPUBLICAN PARTY IS PAYING HIM TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT
Kanye West has denied claims the Republican Party is paying him to run for president as a distraction in a bid to support Donald Trump's re-election.
The rap superstar announced he was running for the White House in July, though doubts remain over how seriously to take his campaign.
West, who is running as an independent candidate, has missed the cut-off to be included on November's ballot in many states.
This led to rumours his bid was a distraction and an attempt to lure voters from Mr Trump's rival, Joe Biden.
But during an appearance on Nick Cannon's podcast, teased on Instagram, footwear mogul West dismissed the rumours and said the Republican Party cannot afford to pay him.
West said: “People keep on saying, 'I think that y'all -you and Republicans – are in cahoots'.
“Bro, can't nobody pay me. I've got more money than Trump.”
PLANE 'LOADED WITH THUGS IN BLACK UNIFORMS' TRAVELLED TO RNC
Donald Trump has said an investigation is underway into “a plane full of thugs” intent on causing chaos which he says flew to Washington DC for the Republican National Convention.
The president made the comment in an hour-long interview with Laura Ingraham on Fox News.
He also slammed Democrat-run cities, said Portland has been “burning for decades” and painted a bleak picture of what America will look like when he leaves office.
During the interview, Trump said that his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, was having his 'strings' pulled by “people you have never heard of, people in the dark shadows”.
BIDEN RESPONDS TO TRUMP'S REFUSAL TO CONDEMN RITTENHOUSE
Biden has responded to Trump's refusal to condemn the Kyle Rittenhouse killings in a statement:
“Tonight, the President declined to rebuke violence. He wouldn’t even repudiate one of his supporters who is charged with murder because of his attacks on others. He is too weak, too scared of the hatred he has stirred to put an end to it.
“So once again, I urge the President to join me in saying that while peaceful protest is a right — a necessity — violence is wrong, period. No matter who does it, no matter what political affiliation they have. Period.
“If Donald Trump can’t say that, then he is unfit to be President, and his preference for more violence — not less — is clear.”
TRUMP TO GO TO KENOSHA IN SPITE OF GOVERNOR’S PLEA NOT TO
Trump is to go ahead with his visit to Kenosha on Tuesday in spite of the state governor telling him to “stay way because he’ll make things worse”.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers “respectfully” asked that President Donald Trump reconsider visiting Kenosha this week amid civil unrest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, saying he was concerned his presence would “only hinder our healing.
Trump intends to meet with law enforcement and survey damage from destructive protests, but mentioned no plans to meet Blake’s family or protesters.
Tweeting Monday, Trump said: “If I didn’t INSIST on having the National Guard activate and go into Kenosha, Wisconsin, there would be no Kenosha right now. Also, there would have been great death and injury.
“I want to thank Law Enforcement and the National Guard. I will see you on Tuesday!”
BLAKE FAMILY DENIES WANTING TO SPEAK TO TRUMP
The uncle of Jacob Blake, Justin, said Trump “incited this violence” and that the family “doesn't want anything to do with him”.
“How could they not be feeding on violence when the man in the White House is steady drumming it up? Did you not think it would not trickle down to the streets? It has,” he said in an interview with local ABC affiliate WISN on Sunday.
“So, we have the opportunity to control the narrative as the Blake family, and we're gonna do that.”
During his interview on Sunday, Justin Blake said that while Trump has not been in touch with his family following the shooting of his nephew, Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), have, which he thanked them for.
TRUMP DEFENDS RITTENHOUSE
President Trump on Kyle Rittenhouse: “That was an interesting situation. He was trying to get away from them, I guess, looks like.
“And he fell, and then they very violently attacked him.
“He was in very big trouble. He probably would have been killed.”
He made not attempt to comfort the families of those who died after Rittenhouse opened fire.
TRUMP CLAIMS BLAKE FAMILY 'WANTED ME TO SPEAK'
Trump has claimed that the Blake family wanted to speak to him, but wanted to have lawyers involved so he refused.
He said: “They wanted me to speak, but they wanted to have lawyers involved and I thought that was inappropriate,” adding that he “may at some point” meet with them and he spoke with the family pastor.
Trump is still planning to go to Kenosha in spite of the Wisconsin governor asking him not to come.
Trump is now saying that “they kill, they wake up in the morning and won't even think about it”, then making a series of completely unfounded claims about Democrats wanting to let criminals go.
He is now touting the National Guard like it's a private army that is “ready to move as quickly as you could imagine”, “within a matter of minutes”.
At no point has the president addressed the root of the civil unrest during the conference so far, instead talking about “left wing extremism”.
TRUMP HOLDS IMPROMPTU WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING
Trump has taken to the White House press briefing news room in what appears to be a rebuttal of Biden's speech earlier today.
He's talking about how “those on the radical left” are to blame for “unsafe areas” and denying that peaceful protesters are just that.
He is talking about how protesters “want to destroy the suburbs”, even though the entire point of the protests is racial equality.
He repeats the line about how the Dems “took the word God out of the pledge of allegience”, even though they didn't, and is hitting on all the fearmongering points – talking about “Antifa”, which isn't a specific organisation but a protest movement against extreme right-wing ideology.
TRUMP UNPOPULAR AMONG MILITARY PERSONNEL
Almost half of military personnel have an unfavourable view of Trump according to a Military Times poll.
38 per cent said they had a favourable view, with 12 per cent would rather see a third party candidate in the White House.
Of the 49.9 per cent that said they didn't love the president, 42 per cent said they “strongly disapproved” of him.
The poll took place in late July and early August and surveyed 1,018 active duty servicemen and women.
TRUMP 'NOT GOING TO WEIGH IN' ON RITTENHOUSE
The White House has refused to “weigh in on” the shooting of two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
When asked at today's press briefing whether Trump would condemn the actions of Kyle Rittenhouse, who has been charged with shooting the two protesters in Kenosha, McEnany said: “The president is not going to, again, weigh in on that.”
She did however indicate that the president might address the issue later during a briefing that was not scheduled on the original schedule.
BIDEN SLAMS TRUMP ON 'DECLINING FAITH IN A BRIGHT AMERICAN FUTURE'
During his speech today in Puttsburgh, Biden slammed Trump for not condemning 17 year old Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse's actions when he killed two protesters with a rifle he brought with him to the protest.
Earlier White House Spokeswoman Kayleigh Mcenany refused to comment on Rittenhouse.
Biden said: “I condemn violence of every kind by anyone, whether on the left or the right. And I challenge Donald Trump to do the same.
“We are facing multiple crises — crises that, under Donald Trump, keep multiplying. COVID. Economic devastation. Unwarranted police violence. Emboldened white nationalists. A reckoning on race,
“Declining faith in a bright American future. The common thread? An incumbent president who makes things worse, not better.”
TRUMP TEAM DEMANDS GUARANTEE THAT BIDEN WILL DEBATE
Rudi Giuliani has today written to the Commission on Presidential Debates to resubmit a request for a guarantee that Biden show up for the upcoming presidential debates in person.
Rudi wrote: “We can't believe we have to say this, but the people should hear from the candidates for president side-by-side before votes are cast.”
Trumps team is leaning heavily on the debates in which they hope the incumbent will shine against Biden, but some have expressed anxiety around Biden's near half century of debate experience.
Trump was recently rumoured to be using Chris Christie as a surrogate Biden for his debate practise sessions.
Trump and Biden are scheduled to debate on September 29 in Ohio, followed by an October 15 debate in Florida, and October 22 in Tennessee.
TRUMP REACTS TO BIDEN SPEECH
Trump has tweeted in retaliation on Biden's speech that condemned Trump for spreading division and fear.
Trump tweeted that Biden was blaming the police far more than “rioters, anarchists, agitators and looters”, though Biden did make a point of saying that there was a distinction during his speech.
The president has been using the term “radical left” a lot lately, using it at least five times in his last 24 hours.
TRUMPS RALLIES ARE 'KILLING PEOPLE'
Connecticut Democratic Senator Chris Murphy said that Trump is “killing people” when he holds rallies.
“Can we take the gloves off and tell the truth? Trump is deliberately killing people,” Murphy tweeted on Saturday.
“He holds rallies where people get infected. On Thursday, no social distancing or masks, sending a clear message that the CDC should be ignored.
“His plan is to kill people. Let's just say it,” he added.
Murphy's comments came as it emerged that at least four people tested positive for COVID-19 following the RNC.
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