This comment and others from President Donald Trump near the end of Tuesday’s presidential debate have prompted serious concerns about voter intimidation in the city — and have also been the targets of Philly’s unique brand of loyalty. The president’s statements, made in reference to a false claim regarding poll watchers in the city, thrust Philadelphia into the national news as it deals with administering an election with unprecedented challenges.
OK, here’s what’s going on:
On Tuesday, President Trump first retweeted his son Eric and then tweeted on his own a false accusation about poll corruption in Philadelphia. Then, during the debate that night, he echoed that, incorrectly saying that poll watchers in Philadelphia had been “thrown out.” Again, that is false, according to a fact check from my colleague Jessica Calefati.
This has led Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney to have the city prepare for the chance that Trump’s supporters could intimidate voters on Election Day based on the president’s false comments.
Also during his closing comments in Tuesday night’s debate, Trump said, “Bad things happen in Philadelphia.” Not surprisingly, loyal Philadelphians fired back in force, both on social media and with T-shirts, masks, and more.
While Trump’s comments referred to his false allegations about poll watchers in the city, some bad things have happened with Philadelphia elections in the past. And yesterday, my colleagues Jeremy Roebuck and Jonathan Lai reported that memory sticks used to program Philly’s voting machines were stolen from an elections warehouse in East Falls. They reported that officials are confident the theft would not disrupt the election.
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health will not shelter 40 undocumented migrant children in Devon despite receiving a $40.2 million federal grant to house and provide services to children roughly a year and a half ago.
The reversal comes in the wake of my colleagues' investigation that detailed how the organization failed repeatedly to keep children safe from male staffers who sexually abused them in incidents spanning 25 years. It also comes as Trump’s border closures during the pandemic have drastically decreased the government’s need to house migrant children.
A spokesperson from Devereux declined to say what prompted the change in plans.
Amen. Thanks for sharing, @fran_sopran.
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“Two years ago, Eagles player Jason Kelce addressed a crowd of thousands in Center City to remind everyone that we are the underdogs, and we don’t give a f— if you don’t like us. What he expressed is what many locals felt, a common sentiment after years of enduring trash talk from fans of other teams. ... On Tuesday night, Philadelphians united again, this time to decry President Trump’s assertion that our city is a place where ‘bad things happen.’” — freelance writer Tonya Russell about how “bad things happen in Philly” quickly became a rallying cry for the city.