Donald Trump Announces 2016 White House Bid

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Just exactly what are "right-wing conspiracy theories"? Climate change? Trannys un-aliving themselves if their dick isn't removed? Epstein Island is fake?
 

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E. Jean Carroll jokes about going on shopping spree with 'Trump's money'
'First thing, Rachel, you and I are going to go shopping,' Carroll tells MSNBC host Rachel Maddow


Author of the article:Mark Daniell
Published Jan 30, 2024 • Last updated 2 days ago • 2 minute read

E. Jean Carroll shared a laugh with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow about her plans to go shopping after winning $83 million in her defamation suit against former U.S. president Donald Trump.


When Carroll and her two lawyers, Roberta Kaplan and Shawn Crowley, appeared on her MSNBC show this week, Maddow said, “You’ve talked about using some of Trump’s money that you’re about to get to help shore up women’s rights. Do you know what that might be? What that might look like?”


“Yes, Rachel! Yes! I have such, such great ideas for all the good I’m gonna do with this money,” Carroll replied. “First thing, Rachel, you and I are going to go shopping. We’re going to get completely new wardrobes, new shoes, a motorcycle for Crowley, a new fishing rod for Robbie. Rachel, what do you want? Penthouse? It’s yours, Rachel! Penthouse and, uh, France? You want France? You wanna go fishing in France? No? Oh, alright.”



Crowley quickly interjected, telling viewers, “That’s a joke.”

“If me fishing in France could do something for women’s rights, I would take the hit, you know? I would obviously take one for the team,” Maddow said laughing.


But the quip may have helped Trump in his bid to return to power later this fall, according to Megyn Kelly.

“This is the kind of clip that could win Trump the election,” the SiriusXM host wrote on X.



“She is a fraud,” another user wrote, with a third writing, “The joke is going to be on her when Trump appeals it and wins.”

Last Friday a jury found that Trump had damaged Carroll’s reputation in 2019 after she went public with her accusations that he sexually assaulted her in a book. Jurors awarded her $18 million to compensate for the personal harm she experienced, then added $65 million more to punish Trump — and stop him from continuing to go after her on social media.

A different jury concluded last May that Trump was responsible for sexually abuse and defamation after he vigorously denied Carroll’s allegations that he assaulted her in a Manhattan department store dressing room in 1996. Those jurors awarded Carroll $5 million. If both judgments stand, Trump would owe her a total of $88.3 million.


Although too much time had passed since the alleged assault in 1996 for a criminal case to be considered against Trump for rape, his vehement denials were deemed defamatory.

Trump and his lawyers have promised to appeal.

“Absolutely ridiculous!” Trump wrote in a Truth Social post calling the judgements a “political weapon.”

“I fully disagree with both verdicts,” he said, adding that he will be appealing the decision and blamed President Joe Biden for a “Witch Hunt focused on me and the Republican Party.”

In a separate interview with Good Morning America, Carroll vowed to spend the money on something Trump “hates.”

“If it’ll cause him pain for me to give money to certain things, that’s my intent,” Carroll told GMA’s George Stephanopoulos, suggesting she would create a “fund for the women who have been sexually assaulted by Donald Trump.”

– With files from the Associated Press

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Biden calls Trump a ’loser’ as he raises money on ex-president’s home turf
Author of the article:Associated Press
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Aamer Madhani And Terry Spencer
Published Jan 30, 2024 • 3 minute read

JUPITER, Fla. — Donald Trump’s private jet, emblazoned with his last name in bold white letters, was parked nearby when Air Force One landed in Florida, where President Joe Biden labeled his predecessor and potential opponent in this year’s campaign as a “loser” while raising money for his reelection on Tuesday.


It was a typical jab from Biden, but it came with extra punch on Trump’s home turf. The first fundraiser of the day was held at the Pelican Club in Jupiter, a wealthy enclave less than an hour from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.


“You’re the reason Donald Trump’s the defeated president,” Biden told donors. “And you’re the reason we’re going to make him a loser again.”

Biden said Republicans were determined to undo his administration’s progress, such as limiting the cost of insulin and other prescription drugs, and he accused Trump of “threatening our very democracy.”

A second fundraiser is scheduled for the evening in Miami. Biden has been buoyed by positive economic news as fears of a recession have faded. Now he’s eager to stockpile campaign cash to help him promote his record and target Trump in what is expected to be a grueling and expensive election year.


Although Florida’s wealthy donors make the state an important stop for Biden, it’s unlikely to swing his way in November. President Barack Obama won Florida in 2008 and 2012, but Trump carried the state in 2016 and 2020.

In addition, Republicans routed Democrats in Florida in the 2022 midterm elections, when they won campaigns for governor, U.S. Senate and other statewide positions by about 20 percentage points across the board. Voter registration, which favored Democrats by 600,000 a little more than a decade ago, now shows Republicans with an 800,000-voter margin.

Biden nevertheless expressed optimism about his chances here.

“I think we can win Florida,” he said in Jupiter.

Florida’s rightward lean reflects the arrival of retirees from the Midwest and Northeast who generally favor Republicans, but also the political preferences of the state’s Latino population. AP VoteCast found that Biden won just 54% of the state’s Latino voters in 2020, down substantially from his national average of 63%.


Inflation is also much more of a challenge in Florida, where residents tend to drive more and the economy depends on tourism. Although consumer sentiment has improved and inflation has eased, higher prices have been a persistent weight on Biden’s approval numbers. The consumer price index for the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area jumped 5.7% in December from a year ago, compared to 3.4% nationally, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Still, White House spokeswoman Olivia Dalton told reporters aboard Air Force One that Florida’s economy had benefited from Biden’s policies, saying they have led to infrastructure projects and spurred $9 billion in private sector investment. She noted that Florida’s unemployment rate is below the national average at 3% but was 5.9% when Biden took office.


Kevin Wagner, a Florida Atlantic University political science professor who runs the Palm Beach County school’s polling operation, said Biden has a chance in Florida given the high number of independents, who make up about a quarter of the electorate.

Wagner also said the inability of Gov. Ron DeSantis, Trump’s former rival for the Republican nomination, and the state legislature to rein in Florida’s skyrocketing housing prices and insurance rates could cost the party votes.

“The assumption that Florida will necessarily be an easy victory for Republicans is questionable,” Wagner said.

Both Florida parties have been hit by infighting. The Republicans recently ousted their state party chair, Christian Ziegler, after he got caught up in a sex scandal.


“President Biden can keep visiting Florida all he wants, but I hope while he is here he learns from the policies here that are working. We look forward to retiring him and his failed administration in November,” the party’s new chair, Evan Power, said in a statement.

The state Democratic Party has long been plagued by disorganization. After the 2020 election, party employees learned that their medical insurance had not been paid, leaving them uncovered and some with significant doctor bills.

Former state agriculture commissioner Nikki Fried was elected party chair last year in response to the 2022 trouncing. Fried is the only Democrat to win a statewide race in the last decade when she won in 2018, but so far hasn’t been able to stem the party’s voter registration slide.

Fried said proposals that would restrict abortion and legalize marijuana could be on the ballot, driving up turnout among Democrats and left-leaning independents.

“Florida is in play and is worth fighting for,” she said.
 

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What can be seen is that old Donnie has to get even when he looses a legal battle. He then dreams up a scheme that is outside of the law, hoping that nobody would fact check him, wrong again. I have noticed that since he got the 83.3 million kick in the nuts he has been cautious about what is say that could be slandering someone else. Could it be that he was able to think he could do it without having to spend his money, like the first trail loss of 5million, I got in MAGA donations in a short time? Did he finally realize that if he now has to spend some of his money, he will be more cautious with his mouth? Time will tell. When you hear that he has spent millions and millions of dollars in legal fees, had he not done things wrong, he would not have to spend this money in legal fees. He would have that money, not the lawyers.
 

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Trump allies vow 'holy war' against Taylor Swift over Biden endorsement
According to sources, former president thinks he's 'more popular' than 12-time Grammy winner


Author of the article:Mark Daniell
Published Feb 01, 2024 • Last updated 3 days ago • 4 minute read

Donald Trump and his allies are reportedly getting ready to go to battle with Taylor Swift as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee gets ready for a rematch against Joe Biden this November.


The singer-songwriter hasn’t yet pledged her support for Biden, but aides close to Trump — who is facing 91 criminal charges in four felony cases — are preparing for “holy war” against Swift if she comes out in support of the Democrats.


But as talk of Swift throwing her support behind the incumbent president swirls, Rolling Stone reports that Trump is relishing the prospect of going up against them both.

According to the outlet, Trump thinks that no celebrity will be able to match his own perceived popularity with voters.

A source tells Rolling Stone that behind closed doors, Trump is claiming that he is “more popular” than Swift and that he has more dedicated fans than she does.

In an email to the magazine, Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller said a Swift endorsement for his rival isn’t worrying the former president. “Joe Biden might be counting on Taylor Swift to save him, but voters are looking at these sky-high inflation rates and saying, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Miller wrote.


An official working on the Trump campaign says Swift’s support for Biden would give the fiery businessman permission to turn the “culture-warrior dial up to 11”.

“It would be more fuel thrown onto the culture-war fires,” says an official on Team Trump. “Another left-wing celebrity who is part of the Democrat elite telling you what to think.”

Insiders close to Trump have been vocal in warning Swift to stay out of the 2024 election.

“Don’t get involved. Don’t get involved in politics; we don’t want to see you there,” Fox News host Jeanine Pirro said this week. “Joe Biden is in [a] hole with young people, he knows it. And if he thinks Taylor can get him out of that hole, he’s gonna go for it.”

After Swift’s boyfriend Travis Kelce and his Kansas City Chiefs beat the Baltimore Ravens to book a trip to the Super Bowl and face the San Francisco 49ers next month in Las Vegas, some conservative pundits have speculated that Swift’s appearance in the football world has been orchestrated by the government to try and brainwash Americans into voting for Biden.


Former presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy, who exited the race to front the Republicans and threw his support behind Trump, spoke about the plot when he responded to a post on X about Swift coming out as a “super liberal in 2020.”

“I wonder who’s going to win the Super Bowl next month,” wrote Ramaswamy, who exited the Republican race earlier this month and endorsed Donald Trump. “And I wonder if there’s a major presidential endorsement coming from an artificially culturally propped-up couple this fall. Just some wild speculation over here, let’s see how it ages over the next 8 months.”



“Why do the powers that be need this dynamic duo to sway the vote? Don’t they have enough dirty tricks up their sleeves as it is?” Alison Steinberg, a host on One America News Network, also asked.

Failed Republican congressional candidate Mike Crispi went a step further and suggested “the NFL is totally RIGGED” and Swift would boldly support Biden midway through the game.

“Swift comes out at the halftime show and ‘endorses’ Joe Biden with Kelce at midfield,” Crispi predicted.

On Reddit, there are numerous posts dedicated to discussing whether Swift has played a part in Pentagon psychological operations.

For his part, Kelce has enraged parts of Trump’s MAGA world (and other anti-vaccine activists and conspiracy theorists) after appearing in ads promoting COVID-19 vaccines.


Despite years of staying quiet on political issues, Swift broke her silence in 2018 when she announced she was voting for two Tennessee Democrats.

After previously calling her “fantastic” and “terrific,” Trump was miffed at her public declarations. “Let’s say that I like Taylor’s music about 25% less now, OK?”

In 2020, after Trump tweeted threats at George Floyd protestors in Minnesota, she accused the commander-in-chief of “stoking the fires of white supremacy” and promised to use her voice against him in that year’s presidential election.

Swift ended her message by writing, “We will vote you out in November.”

The message racked up millions of likes and became Swift’s most-liked post on the platform.

Last fall, Trump weighed in on the relationship between Swift and Kelce during an interview with the Daily Caller.


“I wish the best for both of them. I hope they enjoy their life, maybe together, maybe not — most likely not,” Trump said.

While Swift hasn’t endorsed Biden’s reelection bid, the New York Times published a story this week saying that her name is at the top of their list for high-profile names they are looking to land as supporters.

A recent Newsweek poll claims that up to 18% of voters could be swayed by a Swift endorsement. Heck even the NFL has seen a boost since she started attending games last September.

In the wake of her romance with Kelce, Front Office Sports reported that Swift has created a “brand value” of $331.5 million US for the Chiefs and the NFL.

Meanwhile, Kelce told Pat McAfee this week that he and Swift are trying to drown out the chatter surrounding their relationship by staying focused on one another.



“We’re just two people in a relationship supporting each other and having fun with it. It’s nothing more than that. No matter how much the world wants to paint the picture and make us the enemy, we just have fun with it. We enjoy every single bit of it,” Kelce said.

“As long as we’re happy, we can’t listen to the outside noise.”

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Trump spent $76M over last two years on attorneys as legal troubles mount ahead of election
Author of the article:Associated Press
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Richard Lardner And Aaron Kessler
Published Feb 02, 2024 • 4 minute read

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s storied business career is checkered by bankruptcies and blunders. His investment in Eli Bartov, a New York University accounting professor, looms as another failed venture.


Trump’s Save America political action committee paid Bartov nearly $930,000 last year as an expert witness in the New York attorney general’s civil fraud case that threatens the former president’s real estate empire, according to new Federal Election Commission filings.


Bartov bombed. New York Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron declared in December the professor’s testimony proved only that “for a million or so dollars, some experts will say whatever you want them to say.”

An Associated Press analysis of new Federal Election Commission filings shows the payments to Bartov are among $54 million in legal expenditures made last year by Trump’s political fundraising machine. The spending came as Trump has been battling multiple lawsuits and dozens of felony charges in four criminal cases.


Save America accounted for the bulk of the payments, with 84% of the committee’s spending going toward legal costs.

Coupled with FEC data from 2022, AP’s review found that Save America, Trump’s presidential campaign and his other fundraising organizations have devoted $76.7 million to legal fees over the two years. The hefty sum underscores the legal jeopardy Trump faces as he marches toward securing the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

Richard Briffault, a professor at Columbia Law School in New York who specializes in campaign finance regulation and government ethics, said that while the legal expenses are large, they’re unlikely to hamper Trump’s run for the White House.

“He seems to be able to raise a lot of money, so I wouldn’t really worry about the long term impact on his campaign,” Briffault said.


Trump has denied any wrongdoing and he’s blasted the lengthy list of felony charges and lawsuits as partisan attempts to upend his presidential bid. The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment on the legal spending.

Several of his most prominent lawyers have surpassed $5 million each in payments, all footed by the former president’s campaign donors, according to the FEC filings. Alina Habba, whose New Jersey-based law firm represented Trump in the sexual assault and defamation suit brought by advice columnist E. Jean Carroll, has earned the most, $6 million.

Trump suffered a stinging loss in the Carroll case. Juries awarded her more than $88 million. And the criminal cases carry greater political and personal risk for him. Even as the former president drains his campaign coffers to pay for his personal attorney fees, he’s sought to transform the legal woes into an opportunity by portraying himself as the victim of a corrupt justice system.


Reporters and cameras often show up in large numbers when he makes a courtroom appearance, as he’s done in the Carroll and New York fraud cases, and he seizes the stage to pound the message that his political enemies are aiming to silence him and his supporters.

“It’s a terrible thing that’s happening here,” Trump told reporters in early November after exiting the courtroom where the New York fraud case was being held. “I think it’s a very sad day for America.”

Trump is battling two sets of federal charges over his retention of classified records at his Mar-a-Largo resort in Florida and for his alleged role in seeking to undermine the 2020 election.

He faces state charges in Georgia that he illegally schemed to overturn the election in the state. And he has been charged by New York City prosecutors with making hush money payments during the 2016 presidential campaign to keep a sexual relationship from becoming public.


Chris Kise, who left the megafirm Foley & Lardner to be one of Trump’s attorneys, was paid $5.1 million in donor dollars over the last two years, according to the FEC filings. Kise and Habba have represented Trump in the New York fraud lawsuit, which could end up banning him from doing business in the state and requiring him to pay several hundred million dollars in penalties.

Continental PLLC, a Florida law firm Kise joined after leaving Foley & Lardner, separately received $5.4 million in Trump donor money, according to the records.

Trump’s campaign paid Atlanta attorney Steven Sadow $1.5 million in the second half of 2023. Trump hired Sadow to represent him in the Georgia election subversion case.

Campaign money was also used to pay attorneys who have represented co-defendants and potential witnesses in the Trump cases. Brand Woodward Law in Washington received $660,000, with the bulk of that money coming in 2023. One of the firm’s clients, Trump valet Walt Nauta, is accused to scheming to conceal Mar-a-Lago security camera footage from government investigators.


Bartov, the accounting professor, did not respond to an email seeking comment. Although he’s not an attorney, the almost $930,000 he received from Save America for legal consulting illustrates the benefits and risks of standing in Trump’s corner.

He’d previously told an AP reporter that Engoron, the judge in the New York civil fraud case, had mischaracterized his testimony.

The New York attorney general’s case against Trump centers on his business financial statements. The attorney general’s office contends the former president fraudulently inflated the value of assets such as Trump Tower and his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida to secure loans and business deals.

But Bartov, hired for his expert perspective, testified in early December he found no evidence of accounting fraud.

Engoron, the judge, sharply and publicly criticized Bartov in a decision he issued less than two weeks later. Engoron wrote that he’d previously ruled there were numerous and obvious errors in Trump’s financial statements.

“By doggedly attempting to justify every misstatement, Professor Bartov lost all credibility,” the judge wrote.
 

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Prosecutors in classified files case say Trump team’s version ’inaccurate and distorted’
Author of the article:Associated Press
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Eric Tucker
Published Feb 02, 2024 • 3 minute read

WASHINGTON — Prosecutors in the classified documents case against former President Donald Trump told a judge Friday that defense lawyers had painted an “inaccurate and distorted picture of events” and had unfairly sought to “cast a cloud of suspicion” over government officials who were simply trying to do their jobs.


The comments came in a court filing aimed at urging a judge to reject a Trump team request from last month that sought to force prosecutors to turn over a trove of information that defense lawyers believe is relevant to the case.


But special counsel Jack Smith’s team said the defense was creating a false narrative about how the investigation began and was trying to “cast a cloud of suspicion over responsible actions by government officials diligently doing their jobs.”

“The defendants’ insinuations have scant factual or legal relevance to their discovery requests, but they should not stand uncorrected,” the prosecution motion states.

“Put simply,” the prosecutors added, “the Government here confronted an extraordinary situation: a former President engaging in calculated and persistent obstruction of the collection of Presidential records, which, as a matter of law, belong to the United States for the benefit of history and posterity, and, as a matter of fact, here included a trove of highly classified documents containing some of the nation’s most sensitive information. The law required that those documents be collected.”


Trump faces dozens of felony counts in federal court in Florida accusing him of illegally hoarding classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate and obstructing government efforts to retrieve them. The case is currently set for trial on May 20, but that date could be pushed back.

In their response, prosecutors said many of the defense lawyers’ requests were so general and vague as to be indecipherable. In other instances, they said, they had already provided extensive information to the defense.

Trump’s lawyers, for example, argued that prosecutors should be forced to disclose all information related to what they have previously described as “temporary secure locations” at Mar-a-Lago and other Trump properties. They suggested that that information would refute allegations that Mar-a-Lago was not secure and would show that the Secret Service had taken steps to secure the residences.


Prosecutors said they had “already produced thorough information about the use of secure facilities at Trump’s residential locations and steps the Secret Service took to protect Trump and his family.”

But they also suggested that the records that were turned over didn’t necessarily help Trump’s defense, citing testimony from “multiple Secret Service agents stating that they were unaware that classified documents were being stored at Mar-a-Lago, and would not be responsible for safeguarding such documents in any event.”

In addition, prosecutors say, of the roughly 48,000 known visitors to Mar-a-Lago between January 2021 and May 2022, only 2,200 had their names checked and only 2,900 passed through magnetometers.


Trump’s lawyers had also referenced what they said was an Energy Department action in June, after the charges were filed, to “retroactively terminate” a security clearance for the former president.

They demanded more information about that, saying evidence of a post-presidential possession of a security clearance was relevant for potential arguments of “good-faith and non-criminal states of mind relating to possession of classified materials.”

Prosecutors said that the clearance in question ended when his term in office ended, even though a government database was belatedly updated to reflect that.

“But even if Trump’s Q clearance had remained active,” prosecutors said, “that fact would not give him the right to take any documents containing information subject to the clearance to his home and store it in his basement or anywhere else at Mar-a-Lago.”