DONALD TRUMP IS REALLY WORRIED ABOUT NC, COMING TO FAYETTEVILLE SATURDAY: President Donald Trump plans to host a campaign event in Fayetteville on Saturday, his latest visit to North Carolina. The event is at 6 p.m. at Fayetteville Regional Airport. People can register for up to two tickets at events.donaldjtrump.com. Doors open at 3 p.m. The Republican president has visited Winston-Salem and Wilmington in recent weeks, in addition to a trip to Charlotte for the Republican National Convention. Gov. Roy Cooper has limited outdoor gatherings to 50 people in response to the coronavirus pandemic. His order exempts the exercise of First Amendment rights, but urges people taking part in such activities to avoid mass gatherings, follow social-distancing recommendations and wear masks.
PANDEMIC IS PUTTING NC'S PREGNANT WOMEN OF COLOR AT RISK: The coronavirus has disproportionately affected communities of color, and state health experts said Monday that that extends even to pregnancy and newborns. Sarah Verbiest, executive director of the Center for Maternal & Infant Health in the UNC School of Medicine, told a legislative committee looking at child health in North Carolina that Black and Latina women aren't just more likely to become infected with the virus, they’re also more likely to suffer negative effects from the pandemic. Those effects include pre-natal care, delivery and newborn care. When the outbreak began, a lot of services for pregnant women shifted from in person visits to telehealth. But women of color are less likely to have access to broadband to be able to use telehealth, Verbiest said. "We’ve heard stories of moms driving to a McDonald's in order to get a prenatal visit," she said. Hospitals have had differing requirements for births during the pandemic, and women of color and their infants were more likely to face stricter rules during delivery, she said.
BIDEN TALKS ENDING POVERTY IN ONLINE FORUM WITH BISHOP BARBER: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden says he would work to unite the country if he is elected, not divide people by their race, neighborhood or faith. He made the comments during an online event Monday night led by the Rev. William Barber II and the national Poor People’s Campaign. “We’re going to talk about our obligations together,” Biden said during a segment set aside for him to address the virtual assembly. “Ending poverty won’t be just an aspiration, but a way to build a new economy.” The economy his administration would help build, he said, would reward hard work with a living wage and care for the most vulnerable, including providing affordable housing and health care, protecting the environment and caring for children. In such an economy, Biden said, “You don’t just survive but you’re able to thrive and grow.” During the event, Barber said both Biden and President Donald Trump were invited to address the priorities of poor and low-income Americans and the national organization’s agenda. Trump did not respond to multiple invitations, Barber said.
TRUMP'S RECKLESS INDOOR NEVADA RALLY IS PAR FOR HIS COURSE: The Sunday night gathering came as the pandemic has caused at least 190,000 deaths in the United States, with the number expected to pass 200,000 sometime before Trump holds his next official campaign events on Friday. The Nov. 3 election had already become a referendum on the president’s often dismissive approach to the pandemic before revelations last week that he had told Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward he knew the severity of the virus but preferred to play it down in public. Trump’s address to a large and mostly mask-free crowd standing shoulder to shoulder indoors defied a Nevada public health ban on mass indoor events. It had been hastily moved inside a warehouse offered by a political supporter after the state and its Democratic governor sought to prevent a previously planned outdoor event that would have violated Nevada’s pandemic precaution rules. Trump’s speech appeared to be a gamble that his defiance would energize his most loyal supporters, even at the risk of alienating more moderate voters he needs to win. During the Tulsa rally, Trump warmly noted the attendance of pizza magnate Herman Cain, a onetime political rival turned supporter. Cain was hospitalized with covid-19 less than two weeks after the rally, where most attendees were not wearing masks. Cain later died of the disease on July 30 at age 74. It is not known where he was infected. Attendees seated behind Trump at the Henderson event were issued masks, some of which bore the “MAGA” acronym for Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”
TRUMP AIDE CAPUTO MIGHT BE EVEN CRAZIER THAN THE PRESIDENT: Over all, his tone was deeply ominous: He warned, again without evidence, that “there are hit squads being trained all over this country” to mount armed opposition to a second term for Mr. Trump. “You understand that they’re going to have to kill me, and unfortunately, I think that’s where this is going,” Mr. Caputo added. In a statement on Monday, Mr. Caputo told The Times: “Since joining the administration, my family and I have been continually threatened” and harassed by people who have later been prosecuted. “This weighs heavily on us, and we deeply appreciate the friendship and support of President Trump as we address these matters and keep our children safe.” He insisted on Facebook that he would weather the controversies, saying, “I’m not going anywhere.” And he boasted of the importance of his role, stating that the president had personally put him in charge of a $250 million public service advertising campaign intended to help the United States return to normal. Mr. Caputo’s 26-minute broadside on Facebook against scientists, the news media and Democrats was also another example of a senior administration official stoking public anxiety about the election and conspiracy theories about the “deep state” — the label Mr. Trump often attaches to the federal Civil Service bureaucracy. Mr. Caputo predicted that the president would win re-election in November, but that his Democratic opponent, Joseph R. Biden Jr., would refuse to concede, leading to violence. “And when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin,” he said. “The drills that you’ve seen are nothing.”