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The MSNBC presenter said the feed would be reconnected once Donald Trump returned to discussing the state of play of the coronavirus pandemic. President Trump has demanded the count is stopped in key states, including Georgia and Pennsylvania, where his opponent Joe Biden seems on track to overtake him in the US Election 2020. Mr Melber said: “We are cutting into what was not a White House coronavirus taskforce briefing.
“I’m Ari Melber, our special coverage continues. We’re going to avoid airing any more of this White House briefing until it returns to what it was supposed to be.
“What we just saw, I want to be very clear with viewers, was a video the White House put out which suggests they are spending their precious time right now making video defending the President’s record and tenure rather than provide much-needed emergency medical information that was promised at these daily briefings.”
Discussing the decision with a panel of guest, Mr Malber also branded Mr Trump’s latest briefing as “backwards-looking, edited, video propaganda.”
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Several broadcasters also opted out of the president’s briefing including NBC, CBS, NPR, with ABC later reconnecting to fact check Mr Trump as he spoke.
The feed was cut off within 30 seconds of the president starting to speak, during which time he began another attack on the ongoing counting process as the US awaits the results of the US Election 2020.
Mr Trump claimed to have “already decisively won” the election despite several mail-in ballots still being processed at counting centres in the key states of Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia and Arizona.
The President has attempted to stop the count on with several lawsuits over the past two days but has been refused so far.
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His criticism of the process has however sparked the ires of his supporters, who have piled outside counting centres in Arizona and Pennsylvania to protest.
Local media has reported police in Pennsylvania have been investigating an alleged plot to attack the Pennsylvania Convention Centre where counting is taking place.
A tip suggested a group of people had been planning to drive up to the convention centre in an attempt to intimidate election officials, with Action News reporting a man has been arrested and a weapon recovered.
On Thursday night, Democrat Joe Biden renewed his appeal to voters to be patient and remain calm as the results continue to trickle in.
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President Trump has instead repeatedly attacked his opponent with claims of “fraud” and attempts to cheat him out of victory.
In a series of Tweets published on Friday, Mr Trump renewed his calls for the intervention of the Supreme Court to decide the fate of the election.
He wrote: “So now the Democrats are working to gain control of the U.S. Senate through their actions on John James, David Perdue, and more. Would End the Filibuster, “Life”, 2A, and would Pack and Rotate the Court. Presidency becomes even more important. We will win!
“I easily WIN the Presidency of the United States with LEGAL VOTES CAST. The OBSERVERS were not allowed, in any way, shape, or form, to do their job and therefore, votes accepted during this period must be determined to be ILLEGAL VOTES. U.S. Supreme Court should decide!”
Officials across the remaining contested states have however dismissed the president’s accusations and have insisted all correct votes received in time for the election will be counted as usual.
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