Thursday 5th November 2020
This podcast is being recorded while votes are still being counted in the United States. The race between Donald Trump and Joe Biden is extremely close, but Biden announced yesterday that he believes he will win,
"Now, every vote must be counted. No one is going to take our democracy away from us, not now not ever. America has come too far, America has fought too many battles, America has endured too much, to ever let that happen. We the people will not be silenced, we the people will not be bullied, we the people will not surrender. My friends, I am confident we will emerge victorious. But this will not be my victory alone or our victory alone, it will be a victory for the American people, for our democracy, for America. And there will be no blue states and red states when we win, just the united states of America."
However in an early morning statement yesterday, Trump falsely claimed that he had already won re-election. He also called the process a 'fraud on the American people' and said he would go to the Supreme Court to challenge the results.
"This is a fraud on the American public. This is an embarrassment to our country. We were getting ready to win this election, frankly, we did win this election. This is a major fraud on our nation. We want the law to be used in a proper manner. So we'll be going to the US supreme court. We want all voting to stop, we don't want them to find any ballots at 4 o'clock in the morning and add them to the list. It's a very sad moment, to me this is a very sad moment, and we will win this and as far as i'm concerned we already have won it."
Biden called President Trump's statement "outrageous", saying: "The counting will not stop". Biden won expected states like Washington, Oregon, and California; which have been consistently won by democrats in the last 4 elections. Biden is currently leading in Arizona - the first state to change from a Republican majority to Democratic majority. Biden has also broken Barack Obama’s record, winning more votes than any candidate in US history.
Trump won expected states like Texas, Alabama, and Louisiana, which have won the republican vote consistently in the last 4 years as well. However this year - Trump needed to win Florida to have any real chance at re-election. He is currently leading in Florida by 51%.
Results show that the race is coming down to a few important states such as Arizona, Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania - who’s results may be what decide the outcome of this election.
This may be the United States’s highest voter turnout in more than a century, but results may not be announced for days. This is because there are much more postal votes being counted this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Now for the news In the rest of the world
In Ethiopia, the government yesterday announced a state of emergency in the northern Tigray region after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed accused the opposition-led local government of attacking soldiers and trying to steal military weapons.
In Denmark, the prime minister said yesterday that the government plans to kill all minks in farms, to reduce the risk of the animal spreading COVID-19 to humans. Denmark’s Health Minister said that half the almost 800 human COVID-19 cases in northern Denmark are related to minks. Denmark is one of the world’s main mink fur exporters, selling more than 17 million fur items a year. According to the government, killing Denmark’s 15 million minks could cost up to almost $800 million.
In England, The NHS has been placed on its highest alert level. This means NHS staff can be moved around England, while patients may be sent to other cities, if their local city runs out of hospital space or staff. Health authorities have said they are very concerned, and that the NHS is facing a "very difficult winter".
In Turkey, the government yesterday fined global social media companies, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, $10 million each for not following its new social media law. Under the new law, which became official last month, social media platforms with more than one million daily users in Turkey must remove “offensive” content within 48 hours.
And finally, in New Zealand, an author's book has been removed from an online store after she insulted the foreign affairs minister's traditional Maori tattoo. The author, Olivia Pierson, tweeted on Monday that facial tattoos on a female minister was "ugly and uncivilised”. Many New Zealanders were angry at Pierson’s comment, and of New Zealand's biggest online stores said it would not be making her book available again. Some New Zealanders have Maori tattoos to respect their people.