7 Things: Biden says he will win as Trump claims fraud, Ivey extends mask mandate but lessens restrictions, Brooks thinks Alabama does voting right and more …
7. Alabama police officer under investigation for social media post
- Flomaton Police Captain Scott Walden commented on a post that said “idiots that voted for Biden hated Trump enough to throw the country away.” Walden replied, “[T]hey need to line up ev1 [every one] of them and put a bullet in their skull for treason.”
- Walden has attempted to defend his comments by saying that he was only speaking about those who commit treason, despite his comment being in direct relation to those who voted for former Vice President Joe Biden. The Flomaton Police Department has said that Walden’s comments are currently under investigation.
6. Ivey met with Tuberville
- As former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville has been elected the next member of the U.S. Senate from Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey met with Tuberville in her office to congratulate him.
- On Twitter, Ivey said it was her “honor to welcome Alabama’s Senator-Elect.” She added that they “had a productive conversation about AL’s priorities. His victory ensures that our values are represented in D.C. & that we keep Republican control of the U.S. Senate.”
5. More states should run like Alabama
- Election results are yet to be finalized in several states, and now U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) has said that other states could instead take some notes from Alabama on how to run their elections to make sure they have the results in a timely manner.
- In a Facebook post, Brooks said other states should do what Alabama does, which is “require voter ID, have absentee voting with strict deadlines before Election Day…Unlike in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Arizona, Wisconsin, and Michigan, the integrity of Alabama’s elections are not in question.”
4. NFIB: Ivey helping in every way she can
- Starting on November 8, some restrictions for capacity will be lifted on businesses across the state of Alabama due to Governor Kay Ivey altering the “Safer-At-Home” order. National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Alabama State Director Rosemary Elebash has praised Ivey for this decision.
- In a statement, Elebash said that she wanted to “thank Governor Ivey for doing everything she can to help small businesses get through this crisis and avoid cutting jobs and closing their doors for good.”
3. Mask mandate extended
- Governor Kay Ivey has announced that she’s extended the “Safer-At-Home” order, which includes the statewide mask mandate, until at least December 11, but some restrictions on businesses have been removed.
- Beginning on November 8, entertainment venues, gyms and retailers won’t be required to have capacity limits. Other establishments like restaurants and salons can start offering close contact service, within 6 feet, as long as there are “impermeable barriers” in place.
2. Biden confident that he’ll win
- Former Vice President Joe Biden spoke to reporters and said that he and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) “continue to feel very good about where things stand. And we have no doubt that when the count is finished, Senator Harris and I will be the winners.”
- Biden pointed out that every “ballot must be counted and that’s what is going on now…Democracy is sometimes messy, so sometimes it requires a little patience.”
1. Trump shows he is in this fight for the long haul
- As the election counts go on, Georgia has now moved to Biden after the same thing happened in Michigan and Wisconsin moved as well. President Donald Trump held a press conference at the White House Thursday where he said that he’s won the election if you only count the “legal” votes. He also laid out a series of complaints about voting and counting that has happened over the last few days.
- Trump went on to accuse media polling of being “election interference” and “suppression polls.” He claimed that they falsely created momentum for Biden.