US elections 2020 | The Guardian Latest US elections 2020 news, comment and analysis from the Guardian, the world's leading liberal voice
Trump ally Mike Lindell of My Pillow pushes martial law at White House
by Martin Pengelly on January 16, 2021 at 1:57 am
Photographer snaps pictures of notes near West WingVisible words include ‘Move Kash Patel to CIA Acting’US politics – live coverageMy Pillow founder and Trump supporter Mike Lindell was photographed entering the West Wing of the White House on Friday, carrying notes which seemed to advocate the imposition of martial law.Donald Trump will be replaced as president in five days’ time, by Joe Biden. Trump continues to baselessly claim his election defeat by the Democrat was the result of electoral fraud. Continue reading...
Nancy Pelosi: lawmakers could face prosecution for aiding Capitol attack – video
on January 15, 2021 at 10:48 pm
The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has said it is possible that members of Congress could face prosecution if found to have 'aided and abetted' the violent attack on the Capitol earlier this month that left five people deadNancy Pelosi says lawmakers who aided in Capitol attack may be prosecuted Continue reading...
Donald Trump will fly to Florida hours before Biden inauguration, reports say
by Luke Harding on January 15, 2021 at 6:19 pm
Outgoing president expected to use Air Force One to travel to Mar-a-Lago, where he intends to liveDonald Trump is expected to leave the White House as president on Wednesday morning, just hours before Joe Biden’s inauguration, flying off on Air Force One to his beachside home in Florida.Trump’s post-presidential plans have been clouded in uncertainty. But several US news organisations reported on Friday that Trump intends to live at Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach resort. His daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner are expected to join him there, at least for some of the time. Continue reading...
Billionaires backed Republicans who sought to reverse US election results
by Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washington on January 15, 2021 at 10:00 am
Guardian analysis shows Club for Growth has spent $20m supporting 42 rightwing lawmakers who voted to invalidate Biden victoryAn anti-tax group funded primarily by billionaires has emerged as one of the biggest backers of the Republican lawmakers who sought to overturn the US election results, according to an analysis by the Guardian. Related: Trump official admits family separation policy 'should never have been implemented' Continue reading...
'We have to act now': Joe Biden presents $1.9tn coronavirus relief package – video
on January 15, 2021 at 8:23 am
Joe Biden, the US president-elect, has unveiled a $1.9tn coronavirus stimulus package to tackle the virus and the economic crisis it has triggered.Vaccination and testing efforts in the US will be sustained with $160bn, a further $350bn will be issued for state and local government health programmes, and $1tn is to go families'No time to waste': Biden unveils $1.9tn coronavirus stimulus package Continue reading...
How Trump reacted to two very different impeachments – video report
on January 14, 2021 at 5:50 pm
Donald Trump has become the first president in US history to be impeached twice after the bipartisan vote in the House of Representative accusing him of inciting violence at the Capitol on 6 January.Trump has faced impeachment before, but for very different reasons. On 18 December 2019 the House charged him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress for pressuring Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and withholding military aidImpeachment puts Trump in first place among lords of misrule Continue reading...
Fight to vote: the Georgia organizers who helped mobilize voters
by Sam Levine in New York on January 14, 2021 at 3:00 pm
Grassroots groups who worked to overcome severe voting barriers were an example of how democracy can workDear Fight to Vote readers,Welcome back! I’m Sam Levine, the voting rights reporter here at Guardian US. I’ll be taking over this newsletter from the stalwart Ankita Rao. Continue reading...
US House votes to impeach Donald Trump for a second time – video report
on January 14, 2021 at 7:47 am
The House of Representatives has voted 232 to 197 to impeach the US president, Donald Trump, for a second time, formally charging him with inciting an insurrection. It was the most bipartisan impeachment vote in US history. After an emotional day-long debate in the chamber, 10 Republicans joined Democrats to hold Trump to account before he leaves office next week. Donald Trump impeached a second time over mob attack on US CapitolThe 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Donald TrumpDonald Trump's second impeachment: five key takeaways Continue reading...
Moment Donald Trump becomes first US president to be impeached twice – video
on January 13, 2021 at 10:43 pm
The US House of Representatives voted by a margin of 232 to 197 to impeach Donald Trump on the charge of incitement of insurrection, making him the first president in history to have been impeached twice. Ten House Republicans voted in favour of the motionFull report: Trump impeached a second time Continue reading...
Donald Trump impeached: what you need to know
by Martin Belam and agencies on January 13, 2021 at 10:13 pm
The House of Representatives voted by 232 to 197 to impeach the president for ‘incitement of insurrection’. What happens next?Donald Trump’s fiery speech at a rally just before the attack on the Capitol was at the center of the impeachment charge against him, even as the falsehoods he spread for months about election fraud are still being championed by some Republicans.A Capitol police officer died from injuries suffered in the riot, and police shot and killed a woman during the siege. Three other people died in what authorities said were medical emergencies. Continue reading...
Hundreds of troops guarding US Capitol filmed resting during break in shifts – video
on January 13, 2021 at 9:42 pm
Footage shows hundreds of troops resting inside the US Capitol building, one week after it was stormed by a mob of Trump supporters. Over 10,000 members of the national guard have been deployed to Washington DC as the FBI warned far-right groups were continuing to threaten plots before Joe Biden’s inauguration as president on 21 January.House poised to impeach Trump for a second time, following deadly Capitol riotAuthorities on high alert across US as fears over far-right violence intensifyUS politics live Continue reading...
Nancy Pelosi: Trump is a clear and present danger to the nation – video
on January 13, 2021 at 7:03 pm
The Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives has opened the debate on the article of impeachment against Donald Trump, arguing the president must be removed from office. Describing the storming of the Capitol as a 'day of fire', Nancy Pelosi said Trump had incited insurrectionTrump impeachment – liveHouse poised to impeach Trump for a second time following deadly Capitol riotTrump impeachment: what you need to know as House moves to a vote Continue reading...
‘They always put other barriers in place’: how Georgia activists fought off voter suppression
by Sam Levine in New York on January 13, 2021 at 11:00 am
As voter suppression became more brazen, overcoming it was a core part of work that organizers did to mobilize a new electorateDeborah Scott has been registering voters for well over a decade in Georgia, but about five years ago she began to notice a problem. Georgia Stand-Up, the civic action group she leads, started getting a spike in calls from people who said they filled out a voter registration form but never received an official voter registration card. “We’re like ‘hey, what’s going on here?,’” she said.Scott’s group adjusted their voter registration strategy. After they got someone to register, they started tracking their voter registration and following up with them to ensure it went through. When there was a problem, they would help the voter follow up with local election officials. Sometimes, after that follow-up inquiry, the election officials would “miraculously” discover the registration was there all along, Scott said. Continue reading...
Riots, effigies and a guillotine: state capitol protests could be a glimpse of violence to come
by Lois Beckett in Los Angeles on January 13, 2021 at 11:00 am
Fresh calls for extreme action circulate on social media forums as the FBI warns of planned demonstrations leading up to the inaugurationA guillotine outside the state capitol in Arizona. A Democratic governor burned in effigy in Oregon. Lawmakers evacuated as pro-Trump crowds gathered at state capitols in Georgia and New Mexico. Cheers in Idaho as a crowd was told fellow citizens were “taking the Capitol” and “taking out” Mike Pence, the vice-president.As a mob of thousands invaded the US Capitol on 6 January, Trump supporters threatened lawmakers and fellow citizens in cities across the country. Compared with the violent mob in Washington, the pro-Trump crowds elsewhere in the country were much smaller, attracting dozens to hundreds of people. But they used the same extreme rhetoric, labeling both Democratic politicians and Republicans perceived as disloyal to Trump as “traitors”. Continue reading...
'A dark week': Nancy Pelosi pushes to remove Trump – video
on January 13, 2021 at 8:28 am
Nancy Pelosi has accused Donald Trump of associating himself with sedition and treason in a strong statement calling for the removal of the president through impeachment after a failed call for enactment of the 25th amendment.The final vote on Tuesday night was 223 to 205, with only one Republican backing the non-binding resolution that asked Mike Pence, the vice-president, to declare Trump 'incapable' under the 25th amendmentStage set for impeachment after Pence dismisses House call to invoke 25th amendment Continue reading...
Republican politician opens Oregon capitol door for far-right rioters – video
on January 12, 2021 at 7:38 pm
Security footage shows the Republican state representative Mike Nearman leaving a door open and allowing far-right protesters into the Oregon capitol building during a special legislative session on 21 December. As politicians discussed coronavirus-related bills, about 50 protesters briefly breached the building. The capitol has been closed to the public as part of a pandemic safety measure.It is not immediately clear if Nearman will face consequences for his actions. He has not commented Continue reading...
Capitol attack: the five people who died
by Kenya Evelyn in Washington on January 8, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Officer Brian Sicknick, 42, was reportedly struck in head during Wednesday’s riot, while four Trump supporters also diedFamily members and law enforcement have confirmed more details on the now five people who died in an attempted insurrection against the United States on Wednesday, including a Capitol police officer who died from his injuries.The remaining four were among the supporters of Donald Trump who stormed the US Capitol, attempting to halt counts of electoral college ballots that would formally seal Joe Biden’s victory over the incumbent president. Continue reading...
See how they run: did Trump's former allies get out in time?
by Rory Carroll on January 8, 2021 at 5:36 pm
The officials and aides fleeing the president face an uncertain fate in a dividing partyIn the 16th century, mice and rats were credited with knowing when a rotten house was on the verge of collapse.This evolved into the idiom about fleeing a sinking ship, but the original version suggested more prescience, an ability to anticipate oblivion and get out ahead of time. Continue reading...
With the Capitol riot the Trumpists have become a de facto third party | Mike Davis
by Mike Davis on January 8, 2021 at 3:30 pm
The mayhem showed the party is splitting up but also lifted the curse of Trump from the careers of rightwing young lionsWednesday’s invasion of our “temple of democracy” constituted an “insurrection” only in the sense of dark comedy. What was essentially a flag-wrapped biker gang wielding staves stormed America’s ultimate country club, chased senators into the Capitol’s catacombs, squatted on Mike Pence’s throne, trashed Nancy Pelosi’s office, and shot endless selfies to send to the dudes back home in white people’s country. Otherwise, they were clueless and when the serious cops finally arrived, filed out clutching souvenirs to show to Daddy Trump. Monty Python with four dead bodies.Meanwhile, several hundred evacuated solons sweated together in their hiding place. Some of the Republicans, steadfastly loyal to their death cult, refused the face masks offered by police. One outraged Democrat described it as a “super-spreader event”. Hours later, Representative Jake La Turner, a Trump diehard from Kansas, punctually tested positive for the virus. Continue reading...
'I ended up horrified': Black organizers had barely celebrated victory when mob attacked Capitol
by Sam Levine in New York on January 8, 2021 at 2:01 pm
Activists who helped Democrats win in Georgia watched in horror as a pro-Trump mob tried to overturn the people’s willWednesday was supposed to be a day of jubilation for organizers in Georgia. Continue reading...