Good morning. Donald Trump on Monday failed to denounce Kyle Rittenhouse, the self-styled vigilante who has been charged with killing two people during anti-racism protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Instead, the president suggested he was acting in self-defence, saying videos showed that Rittenhouse was “trying to get away” having been “very violently attacked”. Rittenhouse, who sat in the front row of a Trump rally this year, has become a Conservative icon since the shooting.
The president also shared his condolences for a member of a far-right group killed during unrest in Portland on Saturday night after a procession of Trump supporters in trucks drove downtown to confront Black Lives Matter supporters. Meanwhile, Joe Biden accused Trump of stoking violence, warning that he was “poisoning our very democracy” and “sows chaos rather than providing order”.
Jacob Blake Sr said he would not ‘play politics’ with his son’s life. Photograph: Jim Vondruska/Reuters
The father of Jacob Blake “has no interest in speaking” with Trump when he arrives in Kenosha on a visit later this week, according to his family. His son was paralysed when he was shot by police several times in front of his children, sparking days of protests in the city. Local officials have urged Trump not to visit Kenosha out of concern he may incite violence after days of peace.
Trump peddled a conspiracy theory that puzzled even Fox News
‘Dark shadows’ are controlling Joe Biden, claims Trump – video
In an interview that left even conservative Fox News presenter Laura Ingraham baffled, the president alleged on Monday that people in “dark shadows” were controlling his Democratic rival Joe Biden. Trump claimed “thugs” in “dark uniforms” had flown into Washington “to do big damage”. Ingraham warned that it sounded like a conspiracy theory but Trump said he couldn’t reveal any more as it was “under investigation”.
The progressive activist Ady Barkan has demanded an apology after Republicans shared a doctored video of him interviewing Biden, which had been edited to make it seem that the Democratic presidential nominee told Barkan he wanted to “defund” the police. Although Biden has never said this, the claim has been consistently been shared among Trump and his supporters.
The US has confirmed more than 6m cases of coronavirus
The US has recorded 183,509 deaths from coronavirus, though the real total is thought to be far higher. Photograph: Daniel Slim/AFP/Getty Images
The US passed the grim milestone of 6 million cases of coronavirus late on Sunday, accounting for almost a quarter of the world’s 25 million total confirmed cases. Some states reported record daily totals on Monday, with midwest states including Iowa and both North and South Dakota fast-becoming US hotspots.
The news broke as reports surfaced from the White House coronavirus taskforce which directly contradicted statements made by Trump. The reports, sent to states but not released to the public, correct claims made by Trump that the virus is decreasing in prominence.
In other news…
The new charges against Ron Jeremy bring the number of his alleged victims to 17, ranging from 15 to 54 years old, and span a 16-year period. Photograph: David McNew/AP
Adult film star Ron Jeremy has been charged with a further 20 rape and sexual assault counts involving 12 women and a teenage girl. Two months ago, the 67-year-old was charged with the rape of three women and sexual assault of a fourth.
Top American fashion label Tommy Hilfiger has launched its first hijab, in a move some view as a welcome embrace of diversity and others claim is a strategic decision to capitalise on a growing fashion market.
A court has overturned the conviction of a police officer who leaked the address of a domestic violence victim to her violent former partner, with the Queensland court instead ordering 140 hours community service.
Hamas, the Islamist rulers of Gaza, and Israel have reached an agreement to end more than three weeks of cross-border exchanges of fire, in a deal brokered by a Qatari envoy.
The world No 8 took the knee as ‘Star Spangled Banner’ played at the Pan American Games in 2019. Photograph: Leonardo Fernandez/Getty Images
Race Imboden: ‘America doesn’t reflect me anymore’
The US fencing star was put on a 12-month probation after taking a knee during the national anthem. In this interview, he discusses mixing politics and sport, and the importance of using his position for good.
The high cost of America’s love affair with SUVs
SUVs were the second largest contributor to the increase in global carbon emissions over the past decade, topping heavy industry, trucks and aviation, yet in 2019, they surpassed 40% of all car sales worldwide. Oliver Milman asks why.
Opinion: Chadwick Boseman embodied black pride
Chadwick Boseman brought pride to each of the characters he portrayed, and in doing so, cast himself as a giant in black cultural history, writes Elvis Mitchell.
There was something in Boseman that understood the power of pride: his performances doubled as meditations on the allure and dangers of self-regard. That is what we responded to in him, especially as African Americans – whose pride can be maligned, treated as effrontery, and turned into a felony because it reflects the ownership of self that white America still has a hard time embracing
Last Thing: Australian shocked after snakes fall through his ceiling
The snakes measured between 2.8m and 2.5m long, and reportedly weighing 22kg between them. Photograph: Arun Sankar/AFP via Getty Images
An Australian retiree was understandably shocked when he returned home to discover that two snakes had crashed through his kitchen ceiling, and slithered into the bedroom and living room. Snake catcher Steven Brown said the reptiles were two of the biggest he’d ever seen, and appeared to be fighting over a female.
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Originally published: 2020-09-01 05:08:42