CNN Interview With Trump Adviser Derails: ‘You’re Just Saying A Bunch Of Crap’

A combative exchange about mail-in voting reached a boiling point Tuesday when CNN host Brianna Keilar accused Trump campaign senior adviser Mercedes Schlapp of “just saying a bunch of crap” after repeatedly fact-checking her voter fraud claims.

Schlapp joined Keilar’s program to discuss US President Donald Trump’s sudden about-face on mail-in voting, but just in Florida. Earlier Tuesday, he encouraged voting by mail there, claiming it is “safe and secure,” after spending months baselessly vilifying mail-in ballots in general as vulnerable to widespread fraud.

When Keilar asked Schlapp to explain Trump’s reversal on Florida and asked whether it applied to other states, Schlapp began a multifaceted attack on universal mail-in voting.

She asserted that it will be legal in Nevada to cast a vote days after Election Day and, among other claims of voter fraud and ballot harvesting, called out issues in the New York primaries. (As Keilar noted, the issues in New York had “nothing to do with fraud.” They were caused by a delay in counting the deluge of ballots prompted by the coronavirus pandemic). And in Nevada, a recently approved plan to expand mail-in voting to all voters will allow ballots to be counted if they are postmarked by Election Day but arrive up to a week later. People cannot vote after the election.

Diving into the findings of multiple studies, Keilar advised viewers that there is no evidence that mail-in voting leads to fraudulent activity and that any cases identified have been statistically insignificant.

The clashes continued as Schlapp made additional arguments against mail-in voting, prompting Keilar to ask: “Why are you doing that? Because it appears that it’s just to sow doubt in the minds of people about whether their votes are going to matter.”

“Mercedes, this is just pointless,” she eventually conceded. “I get it. You’re just saying a bunch of crap. OK, you’re saying a bunch of crap.”

Watch the full exchange below.

Live-Action ‘Mulan’ Will Now Air On Disney+

Disney’s live-action version of “Mulan” is no longer scheduled for theatrical release, the studio announced Tuesday.

Instead, the film will be available as a rental onDisney+ starting September 4 for an additional $US29.99 beyond the monthly subscription fee, according to VarietyA price for Australian customers is yet to be announced. 

“Mulan” was initially scheduled for release in theatres March 27 but has been delayed several times because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although Disney CEO Bob Chapek called the switch to streaming “a necessary move during the pandemic,” he said it probably wouldn’t be a new business model for the Mouse.

“We’re looking at ‘Mulan’ as a one-off as opposed to, say, there’s some new business windowing model that we’re looking at,” Chapek said Tuesday on the company’s earnings call, Variety reported.

Considering Mulan reportedly had a $200 million budget, the $29.99 rental fee is an attempt “to establish a new premiere access window to capture that investment we got” in the film, Chapek said, according to Deadline.

Twitter users weren’t sure how to take the news that “Mulan” was going straight to streaming, especially since two other Disney movies, “The New Mutants” and “Black Widow,” still have theatrical releases scheduled for August 28 and November 6, according to The Verge.

I wasn’t particularly interested in “Mulan” but it’s a bummer that a film of this scope, with an Asian cast, won’t have its due – a worldwide theatrical release. We should all pay close attention to the movies whose theatrical releases are protected and those that are not.

— Nia DaCosta (@NiaDaCosta) August 4, 2020

It’s funny because paying $6.99 a month for Disney+ almost feels too low (we use it a lot), but paying $29.99 for “Mulan” feels too high? via @chrispalmeri@crayton_h

— Nick Turner (@NewsyNick) August 4, 2020

If I pay $30 for Mulan (WITH NO SONGS OR MUSHU) I better get buried in the avalanche scene and shot out of a firework at the end.

— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) August 4, 2020

$30 is what it would cost for me, Krissy and Athena to see it on opening weekend, plus we won’t have to sit through 45 minutes of ads and trailers beforehand, so: Maybe?

— John Scalzi (@scalzi) August 4, 2020

Coronavirus In Australia: Victoria’s Deadliest Day With 725 Cases And 15 Deaths

Victoria reported a record rise in new COVID-19 cases and deaths on Wednesday, as it prepared to close much of its economy to control a second wave of infection that threatens to spread across the country.

The state reported a daily high of 725 new COVID-19 cases and a record 15 deaths (including a man in his 30s) despite having reimposed a lockdown on Melbourne four weeks ago.

New South Wales and Queensland introduced new measures to limit the spread of the new coronavirus, which has claimed 738 lives across the country of 25 million people.

In Victoria, the state government imposed a night curfew and tightened restrictions on people’s movements across greater Melbourne on Sunday, and ordered most businesses to stop trading from Wednesday night in a massive blow to the national economy.

Victoria's state premier Daniel Andrews speaks during a press conference in Melbourne on August 5, 2020. 

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said on Wednesday further restrictions would include shutting most childcare centres and expanding a ban on elective surgery to the whole state to free up medical resources for coronavirus cases.

“The notion of more than 700 cases is not sustainable. We need to drive the numbers down and this strategy is designed to do just that,” Andrews told reporters in Melbourne.

In northeastern Queensland state, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said travellers from NSW and Canberra would be barred from Saturday. The state is already closed to Victorians.

“We have seen that Victoria is not getting better, and we’re not going to wait for NSW to get worse. We need to act,” Palaszczuk told reporters in Brisbane.

After two months of no community transmission in the state, Queensland now has at least three such cases.

“It is clear now that Australia is experiencing a second wave of COVID-19 and we cannot afford to have that second wave here in Queensland,” Deputy Premier Steven Miles said.

Queensland reported one new case on Wednesday, while NSW reported 12 new cases.

As of 12:01am Friday, all returning NSW travellers from Victoria must come through Sydney Airport and must do mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days, at their own expense. (This does not include existing arrangements for our border communities).

— Gladys Berejiklian (@GladysB) August 5, 2020

Travellers returning from Victoria to NSW through Sydney airport will be required to self-quarantine in hotels for 14 days from midnight on Friday, the NSW government said.

“Whilst the number of cases in New South Wales is pleasingly stable, we continue to be at high risk because we know how one or two cases that get out of control can have a detrimental impact,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters in Sydney.

The closure of businesses in Victoria and curbs on construction activity, meatworks and warehouses are set to cost 250,000 jobs, doubling the number of jobs already lost in the state due to the pandemic.

In another blow to the economy, Australia’s number two airline, Virgin Australia Holdings, said on Wednesday it would axe 3,000 jobs under its prospective new owner Bain Capital.

The Reserve Bank now expects the nation’s jobless rate to spike to 10% later this year.

Reporting by Sonali Paul; Additional reporting by Renju Jose in Sydney

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