Trump visits Kennedy Space Center to view rocket launch

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June 1, 2020: Trump returned to the Kennedy Space Center to view the SpaceX rocket launch on Saturday. Biden visited a protest site in Wilmington, Del., on Sunday.

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Notable Quote of the Day

“The only real open question going into Tuesday’s eight primaries is whether Joe Biden will rack up enough votes to formally clinch the Democratic presidential nomination. That he we (sic) will win those contests is not in doubt.

The former vice president needs to win 89% of all delegates at stake to do so. That sounds easy since he’s the last candidate standing in a once-crowded primary field. But supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders have continued to urge voters to cast ballots for him so he can amass delegates and have a greater influence on the party policy platform ahead of the Democratic National Convention.

Biden has met the 89% threshold in only two contests since Super Tuesday: Mississippi (94%) and Nebraska (100%).”

– Will Weissert, Associated Press

Election Updates

  • Joe Biden visited a site in Wilmington, Del., on Sunday where protests had taken place following the death of George Floyd. He tweeted, “We are a nation in pain right now, but we must not allow this pain to destroy us. As President, I will help lead this conversation — and more importantly, I will listen, just as I did today visiting the site of last night’s protests in Wilmington.”

  • In a Medium post on Saturday, Biden wrote, “These last few days have laid bare that we are a nation furious at injustice. Every person of conscience can understand the rawness of the trauma people of color experience in this country, from the daily indignities to the extreme violence, like the horrific killing of George Floyd. … The act of protesting should never be allowed to overshadow the reason we protest. It should not drive people away from the just cause that protest is meant to advance.”

  • Donald Trump returned to the Kennedy Space Center to view the SpaceX rocket launch on Saturday. The launch, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday, had been postponed due to weather.

  • In his remarks at the Kennedy Space Center, Trump said, “The death of George Floyd on the streets of Minneapolis was a grave tragedy.  It should never have happened.  It has filled Americans all over the country with horror, anger, and grief. … I understand the pain that people are feeling.  We support the right of peaceful protesters, and we hear their pleas.  But what we are now seeing on the streets of our cities has nothing to do with justice or with peace.”

  • Trump tweeted, “Get tough Democrat Mayors and Governors. These people are ANARCHISTS. Call in our National Guard NOW. The World is watching and laughing at you and Sleepy Joe. Is this what America wants? NO!!!”

Flashback: June 1, 2016

The Field Poll put Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders within the poll’s margin of error in the upcoming California Democratic primary, with Clinton leading by two percentage points. Sanders said the same day, “On Tuesday, we are going to win the primary. … And we have the establishment very nervous. That’s a good thing.”blank

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