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The ratings for Thursday's controversial presidential town hall faceoff between NBC and ABC are in, and ABC's Joe Biden broadcast was the ratings winner--even though NBC News simulcast its President Trump town hall across multiple networks--according to early Nielsen data released this afternoon. (Note: This story will be updated later today with additional Nielsen data.)...
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As Pres. Trump repeatedly interrupts Joe Biden, Biden says, "Will you shut up, man?""That was really a productive segment, wasn't it?" Biden says sarcastically. "Keep yappin', man."— ABC News (@ABC) September 30, 2020“Would you shut up, man?” Biden asked Trump after the president repeatedly interrupted Biden’s response to a question about expanding the number of justices on the Supreme Court. Wallace asked the president at least 25 times to stop interrupting and obey the debate rules. Eventually, though, Wallace effectively paused the debate and begged the candidates to stop interrupting each other. (Clearly, his shouts of “Gentlemen, please!” in the midst of the melee were pointless.) “The country would be better served if we allowed both people to speak with fewer interruptions,” Wallace said before directly asking Trump to keep things civil. “I’m appealing to you, sir, to do it.”The rapid-fire interruptions throughout the night even got etiquette experts talking. “Look, I know the realm of politics isn’t known for its politeness, but the incessant interruptions by the president ― both of the moderator and of his opponent ― was a disturbing spectacle to witness,” said Thomas P. Farley, an etiquette expert and host of the podcast “What Manners Most.”“I think the president’s steadfast refusal to await his turn or to resist voicing a complaint was probably a turn-off for any viewer who had tuned in eager for a substantive debate over the very real issues facing the United States,” Farley told HuffPost. People interrupt either as a classic bullying technique, combined here with Trump with low-impulse control, or an inability to cognitively follow the other person’s train of thought, thereby using interruption to mask this lack of comprehension.Jodi R.R. Smith, owner of an etiquette consulting firmJodi R.R. Smith, owner of an etiquette consulting firm, couldn’t help gaming out how Biden’s camp should handle the next debate to keep things more civil. “If I was asked to advise the Biden team, I would recommend a [pre-debate meeting] with the moderator that has specific ‘if-then’ arrangements,” she mused. “If he interrupts during my responses, then his microphone will be turned off.” If he interrupts repeatedly, the other person should be given additional time to respond, starting when the opponent is silent, she said. We asked etiquette experts like Smith and Farley ― and one family psychologist, for good measure ― to share how to talk to a chronic interrupter without losing your mind. If you know you’re dealing with a repeat interrupter, plan for the worst. Whether you’re dealing with an angry client, your partner, a snooty friend of a friend or your know-it-all college-aged son, if you’ve gotten into it with the person before, you know what to expect: more impossible conversation and lots of interruptions.With your experiences in mind, stage as much as possible in advance and prepare yourself, said Diane Gottsman, an etiquette expert and owner of The Protocol School of Texas.“Going into the conversation, find a neutral place to talk, speak for short bursts rather than monopolising the conversation and avoid an aggressive tone of voice,” she said. “Be open to listening to their point of view and watch your body language so you don’t send the message that you are closed to hearing their message.” Recognise why they’re interrupting so often and don’t fall into the same trap. Consider this the “know thy enemy” pointer: Generally speaking, motives for interrupting can be classified into two categories, Smith said.“People interrupt either as a classic bullying technique, combined here with Trump with low-impulse control, or an inability to cognitively follow the other person’s train of thought, thereby using interruption to mask this lack of comprehension,” she said. We all want to be of a calm, steady mind and express our thoughts and feelings coherently, but sometimes the excitement involved in the conversation gets the best of us. That’s when interruptions happen, said Ryan Kelly, a psychologist in Charlotte, North Carolina.“Someone who is interrupting you is likely coming from an emotional state, whether it be through something harmless like excitement (e.g., someone with ADHD finishing your sentences) or something harmful like disrespect or emotional reactivity (e.g., pride, anger),” he said.What’s important for you in these moments is “to not allow their interruptions to force you into an emotional mind, too,” he said.Think about being effective versus being right. What should you do in the heat of the moment if you’re being interrupted? Take a deep breath, relax your shoulders and think about being effective versus being right.  According to Kelly, there’s a big difference: Of course you think your perspective is right, but if you’re having a healthy debate with a friend or family member with differing views, the goal is to hear each other’s side. That’s an effective dialogue.If the other person continues to interrupt or make snide comments under their breath, try to reason with them.The psychologist recommended saying something along the lines of: “I can tell you’re very passionate about this topic, and I very much appreciate that. And I’m really enjoying exchanging opinions and trying to understand yours, but when you interrupt like you’ve been doing ― which I don’t think you’re doing to be disrespectful, by the way ― I can’t address your points or express my points, which I personally need to have a conversation like this.”You’re not perfect, so while you’re at it, admit that you’ve probably made some annoying interruptions along the way, too ― and that you want the other person to call you out if you do again.Ideally, you set these baseline ground rules before you get into the thick of an argument, but if not, there’s nothing wrong with establishing them in the middle of a testy conversation, Kelly said.Use your hands when you need to. Sadly, like Wallace, you don’t have a mic cut function, either, but you can use your hands to act as a sort of pause button, Gottsman said. That doesn’t mean you coil your hands into a confrontational, tightfisted gesture, though. “Instead, if you can’t get the other person’s attention any other way, put your hand up and palm out with fingers showing the number five,” Gottsman said. “Then calmly say, ‘Let me finish.’ Pause, look at them, and if they continue to speak, look away. Sometimes you just need to disengage until they’ve stopped talking.” Stay calm and use humour to diffuse the situation.Though Biden had his outbursts (“Would you shut up, man?” among them), for the most part, he stayed relatively calm when Trump tried to get a rise out of him. As Michael Barbaro on The New York Times “The Daily” podcast pointed out, at times Biden closed his eyes, almost like he was meditating (and certainly like he’d been trained by someone not to lose his cool). Calmness is obviously an effective strategy for heated, interruption-heavy conversations, Farley said. So is humour. “If you’re dealing with an interrupter, smile, laugh and don’t get defensive during the interruptions,” the etiquette expert said. “If the other person sees that you are not going to play this game but rather that you are finding the constant protestations amusing ― whether that’s true or not ― you may actually succeed in shutting down the interruptions altogether.”If you’re looking for an example, Farley thinks Biden wielded humour effectively, too. “He offered softly uttered interjections and light sarcasm,” he said. “For instance, after the Supreme Court judge back-and-forth, he said, ‘That was really a productive segment, wasn’t it?’ It showed he could have a sense of humour despite the chaos being wrought on the other side of the stage.”  Remember: It’s also okay to walk away from an emotionally overreactive person. Biden (or Trump) probably wouldn’t have scored any points (or undecided voters) if he had simply walked off the stage, but there’s no reason you can’t leave a conversation when someone is steamrolling you.“There is no reason even the most patient and considerate among us should ever feel stuck in a situation where someone in our midst is disrespecting us and interrupting us to the point of badgering,” he said. “If any civilian ever encountered the kind of behaviour we saw at the debate,” Farley said, his advice would be this: “Do not dignify the other person with even one more moment of your presence.” Look the person directly in the eye, Farley said, and simply say, “It’s a been a pleasure,” and confidently exit the scene. Related... 13 Tips For Staying Covid-Safe As We Start Socialising More Indoors 'I'm Getting Panic Attacks': How Shielders Feel About Returning To Work How To Choose Your Precious 30 Wedding Guests – And Uninvite Everyone Else
Democrats can "slow" Trump's conservative Supreme Court pick for "perhaps a matter of hours, maybe days at the most," Sen. Dick Durbin said.
President Donald Trump declined to say if he would accept the election results in November.Asked at a press conference Wednesday if he would “commit to a peaceful transferal of power” if he lost the election, Trump said: “Well, we’re gonna have to see what happens.”The president then tried, again, to delegitimize mail-in voting, saying: “You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots. The ballots are a disaster … Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a peaceful ... there won’t be a transfer, frankly, there’ll be a continuation.”As millions of Americans are set to vote by mail amid the coronavirus pandemic, Trump has repeatedly spread disinformation suggesting that mail-in voting is “fraudulent” — it is not. JUST IN: Asked if he'd "commit to making sure that there is a peaceful transferral of power after the election," Pres. Trump says, "Well, we're going to have to see what happens."— ABC News (@ABC) September 23, 2020In July, Trump similarly said in an interview that he’ll “have to see” when asked if he’d accept the election results.  The president has been laying the groundwork to declare the election illegitimate, including by undermining the U.S. Postal Service — the agency tasked with processing mailed ballots — and by claiming that the only way Democrats can win “is to cheat” — which is false. Trump has also suggested he is pushing through a Supreme Court nominee before the election to position the court to vote in his favor if it is tasked with deciding the election results. After liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died last week, Trump said he would name his replacement pick this Saturday, against her final wishes. Republican senators have indicated that they will vote to approve Trump’s nominee — which could give the court a firm conservative majority for years to come.  
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Sunday left open the possibility of using the impeachment process to prevent the Republican-controlled Senate from confirming a new Supreme Court associate justice in the next few months.George Stephanopoulos, host of ABC’s “This Week,” told Pelosi that some people have suggested the House could move to impeach President Donald Trump or Attorney General William Barr “as a way of stalling” the judicial nomination process.“Well, we have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now,” Pelosi said before pivoting to discuss the upcoming election and the coronavirus pandemic.“This president has threatened to not even accept the results of the election with statements that he and his henchmen have made,” she said. “So right now, our main goal ... would be to protect the integrity of the election as we protect the American people from the coronavirus.”Stephanopoulos pressed Pelosi: “But to be clear, you’re not taking any arrows out of your quiver? You’re not ruling anything out?”Pelosi hesitated before responding, adding that Democrats will use “every arrow in our quiver” to protect democracy.“We have a responsibility,” she said. “We take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. We have a responsibility to meet the needs of the American people. That is when we weigh the equities, protecting our democracy requires us to use every arrow in our quiver.”“We have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now,” Speaker Pelosi tells @GStephanopoulos when pressed on what Democrats would do if Pres. Trump and Republicans push a SCOTUS nomination ahead of the Nov. 3 election.— ABC News (@ABC) September 20, 2020The House impeached Trump in December, and the Senate ultimately acquitted him in February. Many of his Republican allies have called for the swift filling of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat following her death on Friday.Ginsburg, 87, died from complications of cancer. She was one of the court’s most liberal judges, making Republicans eager to fill her seat with a conservative. If they succeed, the court will have a 6-3 conservative majority among the justices.  Hours after Ginsburg’s death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said that Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the Senate floor. Trump said Saturday that he will announce his nominee “next week” and that the person “will be a woman.”Democrats called out Republicans’ hypocrisy in pushing to fill a Supreme Court vacancy before the November presidential election. In 2016, McConnell blocked a vote on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, whom then-President Barack Obama tapped to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.McConnell said at the time that a confirmation vote would come too close to an election and that the winner of the 2016 election should pick the nominee. Scalia died 269 days before the 2016 presidential election. Ginsburg died 46 days before the 2020 presidential election.Republicans hold a 53-seat majority in the Senate. If three GOP senators defect and oppose Trump’s nominee, Vice President Mike Pence could break a tie vote.Two Republican senators said recently that they would oppose holding a vote on a Supreme Court nominee ahead of the election.Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who faces a tough reelection battle this year, told The New York Times Saturday that the winner of November’s election should choose the next Supreme Court nominee.Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said Sunday that the nomination process should wait until after the election.Related... Outpouring Of Grief As Nation Mourns 'Hero' And 'Titan' Ruth Bader Ginsburg This Pro-Trump TV Channel Makes Fox News Look Like CBeebies Trump Implies At Rally That He's Already Won The Nobel Peace Prize
Ellesia Blaque also said she decided to vote for Joe Biden after her tense exchange with the president at the ABC News town hall on Tuesday.
Asked how he's getting ready for the Sept. 29 debate against Joe Biden, Trump said, "I sort of prepare every day by just doing what I'm doing."
Carl Day during an ABC town hall told Trump the slogan "pushes us back to a time in which we cannot identify with such greatness."
Ellesia Blaque, who has preexisting conditions, was midway through asking a question about healthcare when the president interrupted her.
Donald Trump has denied downplaying the threat of the coronavirus earlier this year, despite the existence of an audio recording of him stating he did just that.The president participated in a televised town hall meeting on Tuesday with uncommitted voters, hosted by ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, in a warm up two weeks before he faces Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the first presidential debate.Taped at the National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia, it featured Trump taking questions from an audience of just 21 voters to comply with state and local coronavirus regulations.It marked Trump’s first time facing direct questions from voters in months, and an opportunity for the Republican to test-drive his message before the critical debates.In an exchange with one voter, Trump sought to counter his admission to journalist Bob Woodward that he was deliberately “playing it down” when discussing the threat of Covid-19 to Americans earlier this year.Despite audio of his comments having been released, Trump told the voter: “Yeah, well, I didn’t downplay it. I actually, in many ways, I up-played it, in terms of action.“My action was very strong,” he added, according to ABC.Trump, pressed by one uncommitted voter on why he does not more aggressively promote the use of masks to reduce the spread of the disease, continued to cast doubt on the widely accepted scientific conclusions of his own administration strongly urging the use of face coverings.“There are people that don’t think masks are good,” Trump said.Trump has been unusually quiet about his preparations for the first debate, scheduled for September 29 in Cleveland. On Tuesday, he told Fox News he believes his day job is the best practice for his three scheduled showdowns with Biden.“Well, I sort of prepare every day by just doing what I’m doing,” Trump said. He noted he had been in California on Monday and had been to other states before that to make the point that he is moving out and about more than Biden.Trump, in the Fox interview, lowered expectations for his Democratic opponent’s performance, judging Biden “a disaster” and “grossly incompetent” in the primary debates. He assessed Biden as “OK” and “fine” in his final one-on-one debate with Bernie Sanders before clinching the nomination.Trump’s rhetoric on Biden marked a departure from the traditional efforts by candidates to talk up their rivals’ preparation for televised debates, in hopes of setting an unattainably high bar for their performance.The second of the three scheduled debates, set to be held in Miami on October 15, will feature a similar “town meeting” style.Biden is to have his own opportunity to hone his skills taking questions from voters on Thursday, when he participates in a televised town hall hosted by CNN.The visit to Pennsylvania is Trump’s second to the battleground state in the past week, after he attended a September 11 memorial event in Shanksville on Friday.Related... Trump Interview On Fox News Comes To An Awkward End When My Dad Died Of Covid, I Wrote An Obituary Blaming Trump. I'm Just Getting Started
Trump also said he doesn't support the policy because he claims that "a lot of people don't want to wear masks" such as "waiters."
"You'll develop like a herd mentality, it's going to be herd-developed, and that's going to happen," the preisdent said during an ABC News town hall.
Only 35% of respondents said they approved of Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll released by ABC News/Ipsos.
"Why did you lie to the American people and why should we trust what you have to say now?" Jon Karl of ABC News asked the president.
Rep. Val Demings of Florida told ABC News the president has been stoking tensions amid protests when he should be "trying to sow peace and calm."
Former President Barack Obama, on the third and penultimate night of the Democratic National Convention, delivered a speech skewering the job Donald Trump has done as president ― and lauding his “brother” Joe Biden for his character and political experience.Trump has “shown no interest in putting in the work, no interest in finding common ground, no interest in using the awesome power of his office to help anyone but himself and his friends, no interest in treating the presidency as anything but one more reality show that he can use to get the attention he craves,” Obama said Wednesday night from Philadelphia. Obama has, over the past four years, largely refrained from criticising his successor, but he minced no words in his lambaste of the president during his DNC address.  “Donald Trump hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t,” the former president said. “And the consequences of that failure are severe: 170,000 Americans dead, millions of jobs gone, our worst impulses unleashed, our proud reputation around the world badly diminished, and our democratic institutions threatened like never before.”Barack Obama: “Donald Trump hasn’t grown into this job because he can’t and the consequences of that failure are severe. 170,000 Americans dead, millions of jobs gone … our worst impulses unleashed, our proud reputation around the world badly diminished.”— ABC News (@ABC) August 20, 2020Obama urged Americans to consider voting for Biden, his former vice president, who he said “made me a better president” and who has “got the character and the experience to make us a better country.”“Twelve years ago, when I began my search for a vice president, I didn’t know I’d end up finding a brother,” Obama said. “Joe and I came from different places and different generations. But what I quickly came to admire about him is his resilience, born of too much struggle; his empathy, born of too much grief. Joe’s a man who learned early on to treat every person he meets with respect and dignity, living by the words his parents taught him: ‘No one’s better than you, but you’re better than nobody.’” “This President and those in power, those who benefit from keeping things the way they are, they are counting on your cynicism,” former President Obama says.“Do not let them take away your power. Do not let them take away your democracy.”— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) August 20, 2020Obama ― who officially endorsed Biden back in April ― also praised his running mate, senator Kamala Harris, for being “an ideal partner who’s more than prepared for the job, someone who knows what it’s like to overcome barriers and who’s made a career fighting to help others live out their own American dream.” “Tonight, I am asking you to believe in Joe and Kamala’s ability to lead this country out of these dark times and build it back better,” Obama said, adding that democracy was “at stake” in November. “This president and those in power, those who benefit from keeping things the way they are, they are counting on your cynicism,” he said. “Do not let them take away your power. Don’t let them take away your democracy.” Other than Obama, Harris, as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, were among the other notable speakers Wednesday at the convention, which is being held virtually this week due to the coronavirus pandemic. Biden is expected to accept the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday at the Chase Center in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, as well as former presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), are among the luminaries slated to speak before Biden.Related... Trump 'Appreciates' QAnon Supporters 'Like Me Very Much' Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Slams NBC’s ‘Unacceptable, Disappointing' Tweet About Her She Called Muslims ‘Savages’ And Islam A ‘Cancer.’ Now She’s A Republican Nominee.
Facebook users who have interacted with Holocaust denial content are being led to similar content via Facebook's automated algorithms, according to a new report. "Using a 'snowball' discovery method," a new report published by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue said, "we found that when a user follows public pages containing Holocaust denial content, Facebook actively promotes further Holocaust denial content to that user." Facebook has struggled with policing hate speech and divisive content for years, and a Wall Street Journal report from earlier this year revealed that Facebook executives have allowed the issues to get worse in the interest of growth. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Facebook has a major issue with its suggestion algorithms. According to a new report, if a Facebook user has previously interacted with Holocaust denial content, Facebook "actively promotes further Holocaust denial content to that user."  That's according to an August 10 report from the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a British think tank. The report, "Hosting the Holohoax: A Snapshot of Holocaust Denial Across Social Media," shows that Facebook not only hosts anti-Semitic content denying that the Holocaust happened, but that it continues to present that content to users.    Using the "snowball" method on Facebook, where a user clicks suggested content based on prior activity, the report found that "when a user follows public pages containing Holocaust denial content," Facebook actively promoted related content. In the case of Holocaust denial content, "Facebook actively promotes further Holocaust denial content to that user."  The report found similar Holocaust denial content available through Reddit, Twitter, and YouTube — but Facebook was the only service that actively surfaced additional related content.  The same suggestion algorithms that pushed additional Holocaust denial content are foundational to how the world's largest social network operates. Facebook collects extremely detailed information about how how users interact with everything on the social network, and tailors itself to each user based on that information. With well over 2 billion users, Facebook is by far the largest social network in existence. But as the service continues to grow, the company that runs it has struggled or outright refused to moderate content — a Wall Street Journal report from May revealed that executives, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg, declined to moderate the service even when faced with evidence that its algorithms "exploit the human brain's attraction to divisiveness."   Zuckerberg, who is Jewish, has previously spoken to his own struggle with moderating a subject like Holocaust denial on Facebook. "I'm Jewish, and there's a set of people who deny that the Holocaust happened. I find that deeply offensive," he told Recode in July 2018. "But at the end of the day, I don't believe that our platform should take that down because I think there are things that different people get wrong." Facebook has long been criticized for policies that allow Holocaust denial. A 2009 article by TechCrunch's Michael Arrington called the company "stubbornly proud" of its stance after Brian Cuban, brother of billionaire investor Mark Cuban, lambasted the company for "promoting and encouraging hatred." "The mere statement of denying the Holocaust is not a violation of our terms," a Facebook spokesperson told ABC News at the time. Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, said in a statement after Zuckerberg's 2018 comments that Holocaust denial is a "willful, deliberate, and longstanding deception tactic by anti-Semites that is incontrovertibly hateful, hurtful, and threatening to Jews."  A Facebook representative shared the following statement with Business Insider: "We take down any post that celebrates, defends, or attempts to justify the Holocaust. The same goes for any content that mocks Holocaust victims, accuses victims of lying, spews hate, or advocates for violence against Jewish people in any way. We also remove Groups and Pages that discuss Holocaust denial from recommendations and references to it in search predictions. While we do not take down content simply for being untruthful, many posts that deny the Holocaust often violate our policies against hate speech and are removed. In countries where it is illegal, such as Germany, France and Poland, this content is not allowed in accordance with the law. Striking the right balance between keeping people safe and allowing free speech is difficult and we know many people strongly disagree with our position. We are constantly developing and reviewing our policies and consulting with organizations around the world to ensure we're getting it right." Got a tip? Contact Business Insider senior correspondent Ben Gilbert via email ([email protected]), or Twitter DM (@realbengilbert). We can keep sources anonymous. Use a non-work device to reach out. 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