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McGrath releases ad blasting McConnell with coal miners in Kentucky: ‘Which side are you on?’


Democratic Kentucky Senate candidate Amy McGrath released a new campaign ad accusing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could ‘tear this country apart’ Pelosi asks Democrats for ‘leverage’ on impeachment Democrats press FBI, DHS on response to white supremacist violence MORE (R-Ky.) of leaving the state’s coal miners behind. 

“It was a ten-hour bus ride,” Jimmy Moore, a coal miner from Pike County, Kentucky, said in the ad. “We were coal miners with black lung disease, going to see our senator, Mitch McConnell to try and save our disability benefits.” 

A group of 120 coal miners took the trip to Washington, D.C., last month to appeal to McConnell to fund their disability benefits by collecting more taxes from coal companies to offset the workers’ medical bills, Newsweek reported.

“Ten hours on the bus, and we got to see him for all of one minute,” Moore continues, telling viewers that his step-father and grandfather died of black lung, and that his son also suffers from the progressive respiratory disease that is caused by the inhalation of toxic coal dust.

Moore also accused McConnell of “letting the coal companies walking away from us, and then, after one minute, he did too,” in the ad, which is currently running in the state of Kentucky, Newsweek reported.

McGrath also appears in the ad, saying that she is on the side of “miners and their families” and that America “owes” miners for their work in the energy industry.

“I learned in the Marines to leave no one behind, but after 34 years in Washington, Mitch McConnell left our coal miners behind years ago,” McGrath said. “The question for anyone in Congress is: which side are you on?”

McGrath also tweeted “Mitch McConnell has all the time in the world to cut taxes for rich people and corporations. But with time running out to protect coal miners with black lung disease, he’s doing nothing,” alongside the ad. 

Coal companies were previously required to pay $1.10 per ton in excise taxes to support the federally-run Black Lung Disability Trust Fund. But the fund has had to borrow more than $6 million to pay miners, according to Newsweek.





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Trump’s Baseless Election Fraud Claim Zooms From 3 Million To 16 Million Votes



President Donald Trump has more than quintupled down on his baseless claims of shady voting to explain why he lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 — and this time he blamed Google.

Trump has repeatedly insisted — with no evidence — that 3 million (maybe as many as 5 million) votes were illegally cast by noncitizens. Three million happens to be close to Clinton’s popular vote margin over Trump. But now Trump is insisting that up to 16 million votes were manipulated by Google to Clinton’s benefit.

“My victory was even bigger than thought!” he gushed on Twitter.

The claim comes just days after Ellen Weintraub, the chair of the Federal Election Commission, wrote a letter to the president telling him to shut up about his vote-fraud claims or come up with evidence that there’s any truth to them. Trump established an investigative panel on voter fraud to substantiate his claims in 2017, but it came up with nothing and disbanded.

Weintraub warned that Trump’s unsubstantiated claims undermine faith in the election system. She said she was using words a “former casino operator” could understand: “You need to lay your cards on the table — or fold.”

Instead of folding, Trump raised.

Trump’s new claim was apparently sparked by a Fox Business report Monday about psychologist Robert Epstein’s research. He recently testified before senators that his research has shown that Google’s search algorithms may have “impacted undecided voters in a way that gave at least 2.6 million votes to Clinton.” His study sample, however, involved just 95 voters, 21 of whom considered themselves undecided.

Google denied that its search algorithms are politically biased and has said that Epstein’s study methodology was fatally flawed.

“This researcher’s inaccurate claim has been debunked since it was made in 2016,” Google said in a statement to CNBC. “As we stated then, we have never re-ranked or altered search results to manipulate political sentiment.”

Clinton made much of the 21 undecided voters in Epstein’s research in a Twitter clapback.





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