A monitor has reportedly discovered a 9,626-vote error in Georgia’s DeKalb County’s hand recount, according to Georgia Republican Party chairman David Shafer.
“One of our monitors discovered a 9,626 vote error in the DeKalb County hand count. One batch was labeled 10,707 for Biden and 13 for Trump – an improbable margin even by DeKalb standards,” Shafer said. “The actual count for the batch was 1,081 for Biden and 13 for Trump.”
According to Shafer, the error, if not discovered, would have essentially given Biden enough votes to “cancel out Trump’s gains from Fayette, Floyd and Walton.”
“We were limited to 1 monitor for every 10 counting tables and we were kept some distance from the tables. There is no telling what we missed under these unreasonable restrictions. The miscounted batch had been be signed off by two official counters,” Shafer continued in the Wednesday update.
The Georgia GOP chairman added that an affidavit from the monitor has been turned over to the secretary of state, and their attorneys have “requested an investigation”:
One of our monitors discovered a 9,626 vote error in the DeKalb County hand count. One batch was labeled 10,707 for Biden and 13 for Trump – an improbable margin even by DeKalb standards. The actual count for the batch was 1,081 for Biden and 13 for Trump.
We were limited to 1 monitor for every 10 counting tables and we were kept some distance from the tables. There is no telling what we missed under these unreasonable restrictions. The miscounted batch had been be signed off by two official counters.
Shafer also pushed back on criticism from the Cook Political Report’s Dave Wasserman, who stated that Shafer’s report was “grossly misleading.”
“Dave is wrong here. We have no idea whether either the first or second hand count matches the original machine count because audit has not been completed,” he said after Wasserman asserted that the discovery does not impact Georgia’s overall vote margin:
The news follows reports of thousands of uncounted ballots in other Georgia counties. On Monday, the Georgia secretary of state’s office announced that Floyd County discovered roughly 2,600 uncounted ballots.
According to officials, President Trump benefitted the most from the discovery, with 1,643 votes, followed by 865 additional votes for Joe Biden (D) and 16 for libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen. The finding resulted in a net gain of about 800 for the president:
Well look what we found here…thousands of uncounted ballots in Georgia…
Trump also netted 176 votes following an audit in Walton County.
Shafer and Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), who is leading the Trump campaign’s recount effort in Georgia, sent a letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) last week expressing concern over the state’s audit, recount, and recanvass and contending that the “stated goals … do not satisfy our concerns that gave rise to our request for a hand count in the first place.”
Dr. Kelli Ward, chairwoman of the Republican Party of Arizona, provided an update on the state of the presidential race in the Grand Canyon State and assured Arizonans that “this election is far from over.”
“Do not lose heart. Do not allow the negativity and the fake news to bring you down. Arizona is in this fight 100 percent. We are out to make sure that our elections in our state have integrity,” Ward said in a Monday video, citing the viral tweets from Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D), who has a history of criticizing President Donald Trump and supporters, even referring to his base as neo-Nazis.
“That doesn’t speak to being unbiased to me. Does it to you? I think it’s something that we have to be very, very cognizant of. We’re going into the canvassing phase of this election. That means we’re assuring that the votes cast are cast as the voter intended and counted appropriately,” she continued, adding that they have “questions that have to be answered.”
Ward said that she, as well as her team, is working with the Trump campaign “hand in hand” to ensure that elections in Arizona have integrity.
“So stay strong. Stay firm. Understand that this election is far from over,” she said. “We do not have a president-elect at this time. States have not certified elections, and that’s what makes a president-elect — not the media, not the pundits, not the talking heads, not the fake news”:
In a formal statement, Ward expressed confidence that Arizona will ultimately “deliver four more years for President Trump.”
Last week, the Arizona Republican Party filed a lawsuit demanding a hand recount of votes by precinct rather than voting centers, emphasizing the difference in sampling 175 voting centers versus 748 precincts:
BREAKING: This afternoon, the @AZGOP filed suit to enforce a hand count by precinct, not voting center, as required by law.
Officials “halted” mail-in ballot counting in Philadelphia following a court order allowing GOP observers to watch the vote count — a ruling that Democrats are now looking to challenge.
Philadelphia paused the count around noon Eastern on Thursday after Democrats took an issue with a court ruling allowing Republican watchers to stand six feet from those counting the ballots. Two Democrat officials told NBC that Democrats are taking their complaint to the state’s Supreme Court:
Philadelphia mail-in ballot count has been temporarily halted as Democrats have gone to PA’s Supreme Court to try to reverse the Commonwealth Court ruling allowing Trump observers inside to watch the count (which is also live-streamed) – per @mitchellreports
A spokesperson for the state’s high court quickly quashed the rumor that it had overruled the lower ruling. While the spokesperson denied that a filing had been made, minutes later, they said a filing had been made:
Minutes later however, they say: “Just filed in COMMONWEALTH COURT – on background – this is a request for an appeal to our Supreme Court – discretionary order. The Court will review the request to allow/deny the appeal.”
“The crooked and thieving Democrats in Philly oppose having lawful observers watch ballots being counted,” Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller said, questioning why Democrats would “oppose basic transparency”:
Earlier, Miller announced the “massive legal victory,” delivered by Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon.
Per the ruling, “all candidates, watchers, or candidate representatives be permitted to be present for the canvassing process … and be permitted to observe all aspects of the canvassing process within 6 feet, while adhering to all COVID-19 protocols, including, wearing masks and maintaining social distancing”:
Over 2,000 voters in Los Angeles County received “faulty” ballots which lacked a section to vote for the President of the United States, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office confirmed on Monday.
According to the Los Angeles Times, roughly 2,100 voters received the flawed ballots, missing the section to cast a vote for the office of the presidency. The outlet reported that the ballots were primarily confined to those in the Woodland Hills area.
“I’ve always been an in-person voter, so I wasn’t even planning on looking at the ballot until the day I was going to vote,” Woodland Hills resident Christy Gargalis said, explaining that she compared her ballot to her husband’s and sister’s ballots — both of which were missing the section to vote for the president as well.
“Something told me that this was a different election, a different year, and I just had to check my ballot, and I’m glad I did,” she said, adding that her “neighbors on Nextdoor all have the same problem.”
The massive error follows the executive order Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) issued in May, requiring the state to send all registered voters absentee ballots ahead of the November 3 election. He used the Chinese coronavirus as the primary reason to send ballots to roughly 21 million people in the Golden State.
“Elections and the right to vote are foundational to our democracy,” Newsom said at the time. “No Californian should be forced to risk their health in order to exercise their right to vote.”
“Today we become the first state in the nation to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by mailing every registered voter a ballot. We are meeting our obligation to provide an accessible, secure, and safe election this November,” California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said of the plan.
“Sending every registered voter a ballot by mail is smart policy and absolutely the right thing to do during this COVID-19 pandemic,” Padilla added.
Michael Sanchez, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County clerk’s office, apologized for the “mistake” regarding the botched ballots but added that it “impacted a very small number of Los Angeles County voters.”
“We are now in the process of alerting all affected voters in this precinct of the error by robocall and email, and tomorrow morning we will be mailing out new, corrected ballots with a letter describing the error,” Sanchez stated.
The “faulty” ballots serve as the latest example of vote-by-mail irregularities, feeding fears over the growing potential for mass fraud and error associated with mass mail-in voting. Hundreds of voters in New York’s Nassau County recently received ballots with the wrong oath envelope, attributed to a “printing error.” Meanwhile, the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) is investigating after mail was stolen out of multiple collection boxes in the state.
“I don’t have any information whether the boxes contain any sort of election mail,” USPIS Inspector Michael Romano said in a statement.
“If we have any indication that it is, sort of, election fraud related, we are going to work closely with our counterparts at the Federal Bureau of Investigation to determine what type of theft we have and aggressively investigate this case,” he added.
The Philadelphia Firefighters’ and Paramedics’ Union broke from the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and “proudly” endorsed President Trump for re-election, citing the overwhelming support for the president among members.
“The Philadelphia Firefighters’ and Paramedics’ Union, Local 22 of the International Association of’ Fire Fighters proudly endorses President Trump for re-election,” the union announced on Tuesday, hours ahead of the first presidential debate.
“The members of Local 22 respectfully break with the undemocratic IAFF endorsement of Joe Biden and pledge our full support to President Donald J. Trump,” President Mike Bresnan said in a statement, explaining that IAFF’s endorsement of Biden was done “without a canvas of local unions and the consideration of the rank and file IAFF membership.”
Local 22 members, which represent over 4,700 current and retired first responders, were surveyed and “overwhelmingly” chose the president, Bresnan said, adding that IAFF leaders should view the endorsement as a “wake-up call.”
“They know what is at stake in this election and this endorsement should be a wake-up call to IAFF leaders that have lost touch with the will of the membership. There is tremendous support for President Trump among first responders and we encourage other IAFF locals to confer with their members,” Bresnan continued.
“Under the Obama-Biden Administration, several Philadelphia fire companies were shut down,” Bresnan added. “The FEMA grants provided by President Trump put Engines 1,8, 14, and 39 back into service protecting the people of Philadelphia”:
The endorsement may come as a surprise to the Biden campaign. Pennsylvania first responders are one of the few groups Biden has deliberately tried to reach out to, despite his limited campaign trail appearances.
Last month, for example, Biden delivered pizza to first responders in Pittsburgh:
Earlier this month, a maskless Joe Biden stopped to speak to Pennsylvania firefighters after participating in CNN’s town hall event:
While leaving the site of tonight’s CNN Town Hall, Joe Biden made an impromptu stop to talk to some firefighters. “No one has any idea what you all do, it’s amazing. I mean, you’re the only crazy SOBs who run into it,” he said. pic.twitter.com/UyWbfA5NQV
The endorsement is also significant, as first responders are one of the few groups the Bidens have donated to over the years.
According to Forbes, Joe and Jill Biden donated “just $70,000 to charity in the two decades leading up to 2017, per their tax returns”:
But when their earnings skyrocketed in 2017, so did their giving. That year they handed more than $1 million, or about 9% of their income, to 26 charities—including their family’s Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children ($150,000) and the Joseph Biden Foundation ($100,000).
The following year, the Bidens “reported a $25,000 contribution to the International Assn. of Firefighters Foundation,” according to the Los Angeles Times, which noted that the union thanked him in the form of a swift endorsement.
Indeed, IAFF endorsed Biden last year during the Democrat primary, describing him as “one of our greatest advocates.”
A YouTuber filmed himself defecating on the driveway of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco residence, referring to it as a form of “peaceful protest.”
The man, who goes by “Mando,” posted a two-hour livestream on Saturday titled “Poopalosi,” part of which shows the YouTuber crouching in the speaker’s driveway:
After completing the deed, he walks back to the camera and utters, “That was for President Trump.” However, he later said he is “not really very political.”
According to the New York Post, Mando “said he’s part of a niche YouTube community that creates ‘IRL’ or ‘in real life’ livestream videos chronicling long stretches of unfiltered daily life,” which began after he became homeless six years ago. Since the coronavirus lockdowns and restrictions, he has struggled to find a public bathroom to use, and viewers jokingly told him to take his issue to Pelosi’s driveway.
“I’d been hunting for a toilet all week, and the joke came up in the comments on one of my streams that ‘Hey, you should take a crap at Pelosi’s house,’” Mando told the Post, adding that he entertained the idea until he “just couldn’t hold it anymore” but admitted that the joke “got out of hand.”
Just a few hours after the incident, Mando said, he was stopped by officers with the Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Department, who detained him at the behest of Capitol Police, the agency tasked with protecting members of Congress.
“It was scary! I thought my life was over in that moment,” he said.
“They kept asking me, ‘Are you this? Are you that? Are you Antifa?’ And the Capitol Police were definitely watching my channel, because I could hear them on the radio like, ‘Tell him to turn off the stream.’”
Mando has since apologized to Pelosi and stated that he is “not proud” of what he did.
“@SpeakerPelosi I know you may not ever see this but I want you to know, I meant no foul harm yesterday when I did what I did. I’m not proud of it at all and I just would like for you to know that. I have no ill will against you or anyone in an elected officials position,” he said.
He does hope, however, that his action will draw more attention to the need for resources for those living on the streets.
Pelosi recently came under fire after visiting a San Francisco hair salon, brazenly violating local coronavirus rules and restrictions. She later blamed the salon, claiming that she fell for an elaborate set up — an accusation the salon owner adamantly denied.
Over 21,000 people have signed a petition urging leaders to prosecute House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for violating local coronavirus rules after getting salon services in San Francisco last week.
The petition, which aims to garner 25,000 signatures, is addressed to San Francisco Police Chief William Scott and urges city leaders to prosecute the 81-year-old Speaker for breaking coronavirus rules and restrictions — which have barred indoor salon services — during her August 31 visit to eSalon.
“Laws aren’t just for the ‘little people,’” the letter reads. “Not only did Nancy Pelosi knowingly violate health ordinances, but just destroyed a business because she couldn’t take a [sic] ounce of responsibility.”
“The salon owner gets death threats, while Pelosi has paid ZERO price for her hypocrisy,” the letter continues. “At a very minimum, Nancy Pelosi must be prosecuted by San Francisco for her flaunting of COVID regulations. Now!”
The petition had over 21,400 signatures as of Thursday evening.
Pelosi has refused to apologize for breaking local rules, which have kept businesses locked down for months. Instead, the maskless Speaker vilified the salon owner and claimed to be the victim of a setup.
“I take responsibility for trusting the word of the neighborhood salon that I’ve been to over the years many times and that when they said, what, we’re able to accommodate people one person at a time, and that we can set up that time, I trusted that,” Pelosi said.
“As it turns out, it was a setup,” she added. “So I take responsibility for falling for a setup.”
As Breitbart News detailed, salons were only permitted to begin to offer outdoor services beginning Tuesday, September 1 — one day after Pelosi’s visit.
Erica Kious, owner of the salon, said she is closing her business due to the fallout from exposing the Speaker’s visit.
“I am actually done in San Francisco and closing my doors, unfortunately,” the single mom told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson this week.
“I started to just get a ton of phone calls, text messages, emails, all my Yelp reviews … saying that they hope I go under and that I fail. So just a lot of negativity towards my business,” she added.
A GoFundMe for Kious raised over $336,000, which she will use for “business purposes.”
“At the conclusion of this fundraiser, ALL donations will go directly to Erica to pay off any debts from the business that she is forced to shut down, expenses to relocate and reopen in a new location,” Amy Tarkanian, the organizer of the fundraiser, wrote.
Portland police arrested dozens of rioters in the city over last weekend’s protests, which were dominated by Antifa activity and continued violence against police officers.
Over 50 people were arrested as a result of Saturday’s protests in the Democrat-run city. Demonstrators tossed firebombs, rocks, and commercial grade fireworks at police. Fifteen more were arrested in the protests taking place the following night, as rioters set fires and blocked roads.
Journalist Andy Ngo posted several mugshots of the most recent arrestees, many of whom were quickly released without bail.
Deidra Rose Watts, formerly known as David, was among those arrested on Sunday. Watts is reportedly “part of the #antifa press crew” and has since been released without bail.
Similarly, Gerald Kohler, 19, and Lucas Angell-Atchison, 25, were also arrested as a result of last weekend’s protests, and both were quickly released without bail as well:
Joe Biden’s (D) selection of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his running mate is emblematic of the progressive shift steadily embraced by the former vice president, as Harris’s record displays her radical, far-left ideology, despite the more moderate demeanor she attempted to display during her failed presidential bid.
Establishment Democrats praised Biden’s choice. The Clintons applauded the selection, with former President Bill Clinton describing her as a “terrific” choice and failed Trump challenger Hillary Clinton deeming her an “incredible public servant and leader.” Former President Barack Obama praised Biden, proclaiming that his former running mate “nailed this decision.”
Regardless of the chatter and ongoing analysis from political pundits, commentators, and officials, Harris has a well-documented record of embracing radical progressive ideas, touting them herself on numerous occasions.
Here are nine examples of Harris putting her far-left ideology on full display.
1. The Green New Deal
While most traditionally think of self-described democratic socialists, such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), when it comes to climate change, Harris is also a champion of the Green New Deal, describing climate change as an “existential threat to us as human beings.”
“Being practical recognizes that greenhouse gas emissions are threatening our air and threatening the planet and that it is well within our capacity as human beings to change our behaviors in a way that we can reduce its effects. That’s practical,” Harris said last year, telling CNN’s Inside Politics that “of course we can afford” costly programs like the Green New Deal.
“It’s not about a cost. It’s about an investment. And the question should be, is it worth the cost in terms of the investment potential? Are we going to get back more than we put in?” she asked.
Harris, who unveiled her own $10 trillion climate change proposal which aimed for total carbon-neutral electricity in 10 years, has also expressed support for banning plastic straws and reshaping the food pyramid to reduce red meat consumption.
2. Marijuana loans
While Harris effectively jailed nearly 2,000 people for marijuana-related offenses as her time as a prosecutor and California’s attorney general — despite joking about smoking weed herself — she released a sweeping criminal justice reform plan last year, which promised to facilitate government loans for “socially and economically disadvantaged individuals” in the marijuana industry.
At the time, Harris explained that she would help end the War on Drugs via the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, “which according to her website ‘legalizes marijuana at the federal level by removing the substance from the Controlled Substances Act,’” as Breitbart News reported. Additionally, it teased loans to “assist small businesses in the marijuana industry that are owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.”
3. Brett Kavanaugh
Harris was among one of the most vocal senators during the Democrats’ effort to take down now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, as Breitbart News extensively detailed.
Despite the gross discrepancies in Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony and Kavanaugh’s vehement denial, Harris concluded, based on her unsubstantiated attacks, that he “lied to the U.S. Senate and most importantly to the American people” and called for his impeachment.
Stunningly, Harris tried to used her crusade against Kavanaugh as a personal highlight during her presidential campaign, bragging that she has “taken on Jeff Sessions, Bill Barr, [and] Brett Kavanaugh:
It’s been three years to the day since our national nightmare was elected president. Since then, I’ve taken on Jeff Sessions, Bill Barr, Brett Kavanaugh, and more in the Senate. And I’m ready to defeat Trump in 2020. pic.twitter.com/MAlNzBWFhB
She did not mention that she lost all three battles, as all were ultimately confirmed.
President Donald Trump reminded the public on Tuesday that Harris was “extraordinarily nasty to Kavanaugh.”
“She was nasty to a level that was just a horrible thing the way she was, the way she treated now-Justice Kavanaugh,” he said. “And I won’t forget that soon.”
The California senator vehemently supported what has since been dubbed as the Democrats’ impeachment witch hunt against President Trump. Throughout the process, Harris repeatedly referred to Trump as a “criminal” and “unpatriotic”:
“If the Senate does not conduct a fair trial, then we can begin to talk about the end of our democracy.” @KamalaHarris discusses the Senate impeachment trial with @Kasie, calls for witnesses to be included pic.twitter.com/t04I1LyISe
Harris’s giddy behavior eventually earned her a slap on the wrist from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who scolded her for goofing off at an impeachment press conference in January:
5. ICE = KKK
During a 2018 hearing featuring former ICE chief Ronald Vitiello, Harris attempted to liken the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to the Ku Klux Klan, proclaiming that she was talking about “a perception.”
Harris had Vitiello address his previous description of the Democrat Party as “NeoKlanist,” and he apologized, stating, “the Klan was what we could call today a domestic terrorist group.”
“Why?” Harris pressed.
“Because they tried to use fear and force to change the political environment,” Vitiello stated.
“And what was the motivation for the use of fear and force?” Harris asked.
“Based on race and ethnicity, ” Vitiello said.
“Right,” Harris said, making the comparison. “And are you aware of the perception of many about how the power and discretion at ICE is being used to enforce the law and do you see any parallels?”
Vitiello said he did not see any parallels, prompting Harris to push back.
“How can you be the head of an agency and be unaware of how your agency is perceived by certain communities?” she asked.
6. Biden’s Ukraine scandal
While the lawmaker sparred with Biden during the primary, she refused to discuss the looming questions surrounding Biden’s role in the firing of the Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating Burisma Holdings, where his son Hunter pocketed tens of thousands of dollars per month. Biden, as vice president, threatened to withhold $1 billion in aid unless the prosecutor investigating the company was fired.
“If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a bitch,” Biden said, recalling the event. “He got fired.”
Harris told reporters that she refused to get “duped” into discussing the issue.
“I’ve said many times that on this issue of Ukraine, leave Joe Biden alone,” Harris said on the campaign trail, dismissing the concerns as a “trap that the president has laid, which is to manipulate the power of the president and the relationships that we have with allies like Ukraine in a way that has been about personal and political benefit.”
“So I’m not going to get duped into having that conversation,” she continued. “Let’s leave Joe Biden alone”:
“I’m not going to get duped into having that conversation,” Kamala tells Fox News on question about Biden/Ukraine. “Let’s leave Joe Biden alone.” pic.twitter.com/X1fRJIbeCd
Last May, Harris bragged about raising over $161,000 for pro-abortion organizations, and during last year’s October debate, Harris falsely stated that “women will die, poor women, women of color will die” due to abortion restrictions in red states.
In October, Harris stumped for Virginia state lawmaker Kathy Tran, who previously proposed a bill to allow abortion up to the time a woman is dilating — to the very moment of birth.
Harris praised Tran as a courageous and strong leader.
“She is somebody who never puts up her finger and says, ‘Oh, is this going to be popular or not?’ You know that. You know she’s taken on huge fights, in particular for the women of Virginia and the families that love them, saying it’s not about what’s popular at the moment,” Harris said.
“It’s about what’s right. And these are the kinds of leaders we need in our statehouses,” she continued.
Pro-life leaders say that the addition of Harris to Biden’s ticket has created the “most pro-abortion presidential ticket in history.”
It was Harris who, as California attorney general, directed her office to lead the raid on Center for Medical Progress (CMP) project lead David Daleiden after CMP released undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s fetal tissue sales practices.
It was Harris’s office that collaborated with Planned Parenthood to produce legislation that would criminalize the CMP undercover journalists for publishing and distributing recordings of private communications with abortion providers in California.
8. Gun control
Biden’s addition of Harris also heightens his campaign’s anti-Second Amendment views. Last year, Harris vowed to take action on guns via executive orders:
Gun violence is the leading cause of death for young Black men in America. We must stop this. When president, I will take executive action to ensure guns do not fall into the wrong hands.
It’s not enough to just talk — Americans deserve action.
On September 7, 2019, Breitbart News reported Harris’s support for government-mandated buybacks of AR-15 rifles. Bloomberg reported that Harris had not worked out all the details on how the buyback would work, but she said, “I think it’s a good idea.”
Harris is on record voicing support for universal background checks and prohibiting rifle purchases for 18-20-year-olds. And as California Attorney General she fought to preserve the “good cause” requirement, which means law-abiding citizens without a criminal record were still barred from getting a California concealed carry permit unless they could prove why they needed to carry a gun.
9. Free health care for illegal aliens
Harris, like her Democrat competitors at the time, signaled that she supports free, taxpayer-funded health care for illegal aliens, which by some estimates could cost up to $660 billion per decade.
GovTrack.us rated Harris the most liberal lawmaker in the Senate in 2019, even putting her to the left of Sanders. These details may seem irrelevant to some, who argue that the vice president does not play a major role in policy decisions. However, a majority of Americans believe it is “likely” that his running mate “will be president before the end of Biden’s four-year term,” according to a Rasmussen poll released Monday.
Nearly one-third of Americans do not believe the coronavirus death toll is as high as reported, an Axios/Ipsos poll released Tuesday revealed.
The survey, conducted July 17-20, 2020, among 1,037 U.S. adults, found that Americans are growing skeptical over the number of reported coronavirus-related deaths.
“Do you believe the actual number of Americans dying from the coronavirus is more, less, or about the same as the number of deaths that have been reported?” the survey asked.
Nearly one-third, or 31 percent, said the death toll is “less,” another 31 percent said “about the same,” and 37 percent said “more.” However, the number of those who believe it is less has increased by eight percent since May.
Republicans remain far more skeptical of the coronavirus death toll, with 58 percent saying it is “less,” 25 percent saying it is “about the same,” and 16 percent saying it is “more.” A majority of Democrats, 61 percent, believe the death toll is higher, 30 percent say it is “about the same,” and nine percent believe it is “less.”
“Where you get your news has a strong correlation to your faith in the numbers,” Axios reported:
Fox News watchers who say deaths are being over-counted shot up from 44% to 62%, even higher than Republicans overall.
Other big gains came from those who say they have no primary news source, from 32% to 48%; and those whose primary sources include local news, from 30% to 44%.
There was a smaller increase among people whose primary news source is one of the networks or major U.S. newspapers, while views of those who primarily watch CNN and MSNBC remained about the same.
The U.S. has reported 3,819,139 confirmed cases of the virus and 140,630 related deaths, according to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Coronavirus Data Hub.
According to the latest publication of statewide test results from the Florida Department of Health, published on Friday, several testing facilities’ positivity rates for coronavirus tests were 27.66, 33.33, 37.10, 40, 43.13, 44.44, 50, 55, 57.14, 59.23, 60, 87.5, 91.18, and 100.
The Florida Department of Health’s stated positivity rates and associated volume of coronavirus cases does not match claims made by the testing facilities, reported FOX 35.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) recently addressed the mounting reports of individuals receiving positive test results, even though they left the testing facility before they were actually tested.
“For that to come back positive, when there was no specimen submitted, is problematic, so I’ve heard it enough to be concerned about it,” DeSantis said.
“I asked the Department of Health to look at that because I heard it too if you can give us, if people that have told you that are willing to provide their name, we’re interested in investigating this because it’s ridiculous,” he added.