Donald Trump Announces 2016 White House Bid

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I see where old Donnie is saying that New York will cease to exist because of what has been done to him. Maybe what New York is saying is they what honest business people in business. Have they implied old Donnie need not apply?
 

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I see where old Donnie is saying that New York will cease to exist because of what has been done to him. Maybe what New York is saying is they what honest business people in business. Have they implied old Donnie need not apply?
Be careful what you wish for.

Look into the upcoming commercial real estate crash. The exodus from NYC has already started with tech giants like Google and the likes.

If Donnie forfeits NY assets now he foregoes a huge loss in value. They gave him an out!
 

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Be careful what you wish for.

Look into the upcoming commercial real estate crash. The exodus from NYC has already started with tech giants like Google and the likes.

If Donnie forfeits NY assets now he foregoes a huge loss in value. They gave him an out!
Not only New York , look at the wet coast of America San Francisco , Portland and Seattle are all seeing declining occupancy in downtown real estate
 
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Trump hawks $399 branded shoes at ’Sneaker Con,’ a day after $355 million ruling
Author of the article:Associated Press
Associated Press
Claudia Lauer And Jill Colvin
Published Feb 17, 2024 • Last updated 2 days ago • 4 minute read
Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump attends Sneaker Con Philadelphia, an event popular among sneaker collectors, in Philadelphia, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024. Trump announced a line of shoes bearing his name.
Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump attends Sneaker Con Philadelphia, an event popular among sneaker collectors, in Philadelphia, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024. Trump announced a line of shoes bearing his name. PHOTO BY MANUEL BALCE CENETA /THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
PHILADELPHIA — As he closes in on the Republican presidential nomination, former President Donald Trump made a highly unusual stop Saturday, hawking new Trump-branded sneakers at “Sneaker Con,” a gathering that bills itself as the “The Greatest Sneaker Show on Earth.”


Trump was met with loud boos as well as cheers at the Philadelphia Convention Center as he introduced what he called the first official Trump footwear.


The shoes, shiny gold high tops with an American flag detail on the back, are being sold as “Never Surrender High-Tops” for $399 on a new website that also sells other Trump-branded shoes and “Victory47” cologne and perfume for $99 a bottle. He’d be the 47th president if elected again.

The website says it has no connection to Trump’s campaign, though Trump campaign officials promoted the appearance in online posts.

Republican presidential candidate and former President Donald Trump introduced his new line of signature shoes at Sneaker Con at the Philadelphia Convention Center on Feb. 17, 2024 in Philadelphia, Pa.
Republican presidential candidate and former president Donald Trump introduced his new line of signature shoes at Sneaker Con at the Philadelphia Convention Center on Feb. 17, 2024 in Philadelphia, Pa. PHOTO BY CHIP SOMODEVILLA /Getty Images
The unannounced launch came a day after a judge in New York ordered Trump and his company to pay a whopping $355 million in penalties, finding that the former president lied about his wealth for years, scheming to dupe banks, insurers and others by inflating his wealth on financial statements.


That penalty came after Trump was ordered to pay an additional $83.3 million to the writer E. Jean Carroll for damaging her reputation after she accused him of sexual assault. With interest payments, Trump’s legal debts might now exceed a half-billion dollars — an amount it is unclear he can afford to pay.

Trump’s appearance was met with clashing boos from his detractors and chants of “USA!” from supporters who arrived at the sneaker event decked out in Trump gear. The dueling chants made it difficult, at times, to hear Trump speak.

Some had been given signs that read “SNEAKERHEADS LOVE TRUMP.”


“There’s a lot of emotion in this room,” Trump said of the reaction, after holding up and showing off a pair of gold shoes, then placing one on each side of his podium.

“This is something that I’ve been talking about for 12 years, 13 years. And I think it’s going to be a big success,” he said.

As he spoke, the smell of weed occasionally wafted through the room.

Some of those who attended said they were unaware Trump would be there, and continued to shop as a crowd gathered around the stage. Many in the audience said they were not from the city and instead hailed from nearby states and Washington, D.C.

The attendees skewed younger and more diverse than Trump’s usual rally crowds. Trump’s campaign is hoping he will be able to win over more young and minority voters, particularly young Black men, in a likely rematch against President Joe Biden in November.


This isn’t the first money-making venture Trump has announced since launching his third campaign for the White House in 2022. Trump last year reported making between $100,000 and $1 million from a series of digital trading cards that portrayed him, through photo editing, in a series of cartoon-like images, including as an astronaut, a cowboy and a superhero. He has also released books featuring photos of his time in office and letters written to him through the years.

Before he ran for office, Trump hawked everything from steaks to vodka to a venture he called “Trump University.”

The new sneaker website says it is run by CIC Ventures LLC, a company that Trump reported owning in his 2023 financial disclosure. The website states the new venture “is not political and has nothing to do with any political campaign.”

Still, it describes the sneakers as a limited-edition, numbered “true collector’s item” that is “Bold, gold, and tough, just like President Trump.”

“The Never Surrender sneakers are your rally cry in shoe form,” the description reads. “Lace-up and step out ready to conquer.”



A Trump spokesman did not respond to questions about the event, including whether Trump was paid to attend.

Among those in the crowd were Jonathen Santiago, 21, and Danea Mitchell, 20, Trump supporters who drove from Monroe County in the northeastern part of the state for the sneaker event. They said they were excited to see the former president and praised how he interacted with the crowd. They also had kind words for the sneakers.

“The red bottoms were a really nice touch,” Mitchell said.

She shrugged when asked about Trump’s legal troubles. “I think it’ll be an interesting four years if he’s found guilty, but I have no doubt he’ll be president,” she said.

Also in attendance was a group of “cheer moms” from New Jersey who said they were in town for a cheerleading event and decided to stop by for a chance to see Trump.


Karla Burke, 48, said she heard some people booing and making noise, but that most people around her had been supporters. “At the front was a different vibe,” she said.

As for Friday’s penalty in Trump’s civil fraud trial, Burke said it doesn’t change her support. “I think it was unfair,” she said. “They’re just going after him so he’s not the Republican candidate.”

Biden-Harris 2024 Communications Director Michael Tyler slammed the appearance, saying: “Donald Trump showing up to hawk bootleg Off-Whites is the closest he’ll get to any Air Force Ones ever again for the rest of his life.”

Trump flew from Philadelphia to Michigan, where he held a rally in the suburbs of Detroit and railed against Friday’s judgment, which he has vowed to appeal. Both Pennsylvania and Michigan are expected to be critical battleground states.

— Colvin reported from New York.
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Trump hawks $399 branded shoes at ’Sneaker Con,’ a day after $355 million ruling
Author of the article:Associated Press
Associated Press
Claudia Lauer And Jill Colvin
Published Feb 17, 2024 • Last updated 2 days ago • 4 minute read
Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump attends Sneaker Con Philadelphia, an event popular among sneaker collectors, in Philadelphia, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024. Trump announced a line of shoes bearing his name.
Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump attends Sneaker Con Philadelphia, an event popular among sneaker collectors, in Philadelphia, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024. Trump announced a line of shoes bearing his name. PHOTO BY MANUEL BALCE CENETA /THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
PHILADELPHIA — As he closes in on the Republican presidential nomination, former President Donald Trump made a highly unusual stop Saturday, hawking new Trump-branded sneakers at “Sneaker Con,” a gathering that bills itself as the “The Greatest Sneaker Show on Earth.”


Trump was met with loud boos as well as cheers at the Philadelphia Convention Center as he introduced what he called the first official Trump footwear.


The shoes, shiny gold high tops with an American flag detail on the back, are being sold as “Never Surrender High-Tops” for $399 on a new website that also sells other Trump-branded shoes and “Victory47” cologne and perfume for $99 a bottle. He’d be the 47th president if elected again.

The website says it has no connection to Trump’s campaign, though Trump campaign officials promoted the appearance in online posts.

Republican presidential candidate and former President Donald Trump introduced his new line of signature shoes at Sneaker Con at the Philadelphia Convention Center on Feb. 17, 2024 in Philadelphia, Pa.
Republican presidential candidate and former president Donald Trump introduced his new line of signature shoes at Sneaker Con at the Philadelphia Convention Center on Feb. 17, 2024 in Philadelphia, Pa. PHOTO BY CHIP SOMODEVILLA /Getty Images
The unannounced launch came a day after a judge in New York ordered Trump and his company to pay a whopping $355 million in penalties, finding that the former president lied about his wealth for years, scheming to dupe banks, insurers and others by inflating his wealth on financial statements.


That penalty came after Trump was ordered to pay an additional $83.3 million to the writer E. Jean Carroll for damaging her reputation after she accused him of sexual assault. With interest payments, Trump’s legal debts might now exceed a half-billion dollars — an amount it is unclear he can afford to pay.

Trump’s appearance was met with clashing boos from his detractors and chants of “USA!” from supporters who arrived at the sneaker event decked out in Trump gear. The dueling chants made it difficult, at times, to hear Trump speak.

Some had been given signs that read “SNEAKERHEADS LOVE TRUMP.”


“There’s a lot of emotion in this room,” Trump said of the reaction, after holding up and showing off a pair of gold shoes, then placing one on each side of his podium.

“This is something that I’ve been talking about for 12 years, 13 years. And I think it’s going to be a big success,” he said.

As he spoke, the smell of weed occasionally wafted through the room.

Some of those who attended said they were unaware Trump would be there, and continued to shop as a crowd gathered around the stage. Many in the audience said they were not from the city and instead hailed from nearby states and Washington, D.C.

The attendees skewed younger and more diverse than Trump’s usual rally crowds. Trump’s campaign is hoping he will be able to win over more young and minority voters, particularly young Black men, in a likely rematch against President Joe Biden in November.


This isn’t the first money-making venture Trump has announced since launching his third campaign for the White House in 2022. Trump last year reported making between $100,000 and $1 million from a series of digital trading cards that portrayed him, through photo editing, in a series of cartoon-like images, including as an astronaut, a cowboy and a superhero. He has also released books featuring photos of his time in office and letters written to him through the years.

Before he ran for office, Trump hawked everything from steaks to vodka to a venture he called “Trump University.”

The new sneaker website says it is run by CIC Ventures LLC, a company that Trump reported owning in his 2023 financial disclosure. The website states the new venture “is not political and has nothing to do with any political campaign.”

Still, it describes the sneakers as a limited-edition, numbered “true collector’s item” that is “Bold, gold, and tough, just like President Trump.”

“The Never Surrender sneakers are your rally cry in shoe form,” the description reads. “Lace-up and step out ready to conquer.”



A Trump spokesman did not respond to questions about the event, including whether Trump was paid to attend.

Among those in the crowd were Jonathen Santiago, 21, and Danea Mitchell, 20, Trump supporters who drove from Monroe County in the northeastern part of the state for the sneaker event. They said they were excited to see the former president and praised how he interacted with the crowd. They also had kind words for the sneakers.

“The red bottoms were a really nice touch,” Mitchell said.

She shrugged when asked about Trump’s legal troubles. “I think it’ll be an interesting four years if he’s found guilty, but I have no doubt he’ll be president,” she said.

Also in attendance was a group of “cheer moms” from New Jersey who said they were in town for a cheerleading event and decided to stop by for a chance to see Trump.


Karla Burke, 48, said she heard some people booing and making noise, but that most people around her had been supporters. “At the front was a different vibe,” she said.

As for Friday’s penalty in Trump’s civil fraud trial, Burke said it doesn’t change her support. “I think it was unfair,” she said. “They’re just going after him so he’s not the Republican candidate.”

Biden-Harris 2024 Communications Director Michael Tyler slammed the appearance, saying: “Donald Trump showing up to hawk bootleg Off-Whites is the closest he’ll get to any Air Force Ones ever again for the rest of his life.”

Trump flew from Philadelphia to Michigan, where he held a rally in the suburbs of Detroit and railed against Friday’s judgment, which he has vowed to appeal. Both Pennsylvania and Michigan are expected to be critical battleground states.

— Colvin reported from New York.
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What old Donnie is facing today is that he is being forced into a position of responsibility and then asked to pay a half billion or billion dollar fines (depending on who you believe). We hear that he is trying to sell some of the assets and is now facing his own ”Old Donnie accounting principles,” cook the books, put in a disclaimer saying, don’t believe anything contained in these statements, but the business is worth a lot of money because I said so. Nobody is going to pay anything close to his perceived market value as what ever old Donnie touches turns to mush. He bleeds any company he owns so he does not have to pay tax, thinking that he can sell anything he owns for big money later. It may take some time for him to realize that he business plan needs refinement.
 

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What old Donnie is facing today is that he is being forced into a position of responsibility and then asked to pay a half billion or billion dollar fines (depending on who you believe). We hear that he is trying to sell some of the assets and is now facing his own ”Old Donnie accounting principles,” cook the books, put in a disclaimer saying, don’t believe anything contained in these statements, but the business is worth a lot of money because I said so. Nobody is going to pay anything close to his perceived market value as what ever old Donnie touches turns to mush. He bleeds any company he owns so he does not have to pay tax, thinking that he can sell anything he owns for big money later. It may take some time for him to realize that he business plan needs refinement.
Who was the victim?
 

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What old Donnie is facing today is that he is being forced into a position of responsibility and then asked to pay a half billion or billion dollar fines (depending on who you believe). We hear that he is trying to sell some of the assets and is now facing his own ”Old Donnie accounting principles,” cook the books, put in a disclaimer saying, don’t believe anything contained in these statements, but the business is worth a lot of money because I said so. Nobody is going to pay anything close to his perceived market value as what ever old Donnie touches turns to mush. He bleeds any company he owns so he does not have to pay tax, thinking that he can sell anything he owns for big money later. It may take some time for him to realize that he business plan needs refinement.
Do you get a woodie when thinking over Trump’s troubles ?
 

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Nikki Haley suggests Donald Trump 'at risk' of dementia, vows not to drop out
Author of the article:postmedia News
Published Feb 21, 2024 • Last updated 2 days ago • 2 minute read

Facing an uphill climb to win the Republican nomination for U.S. president, Nikki Haley has suggested Donald Trump is at risk of developing dementia.

Haley, who hasn’t won a state primary so far in her campaign, issued a warning to the country about electing an elderly leader such as Trump or Joe Biden.


“We’ve all seen them fumble their words and get confused about world leaders,” she said Tuesday at a campaign stop in Greenville, South Carolina.

“That’s not who you want in the Oval Office when Russia launches a nuclear weapon at our satellites or China shuts down our electricity grid,” Haley said. “We’re talking about the most demanding job in human history. You don’t give it to someone who’s at risk of dementia.”


The comment did not sit well with Trump supporters.

“Statements like this is why she’ll never get Trump’s support,” said one commenter on social media site X.

“How would she know?” asked another. “Does she have access to his medical records? Does she know his family’s health history? Is she a doctor?”

Another said the nomination should not go to someone that is not popular with GOP voters. “You don’t give it to someone that can’t win a primary.”

Haley, the former UN ambassador under the Trump administration, said she would not be getting out of the race “until the American people close the door” on her campaign.

And she doesn’t feel the need to curry favour with Trump for any future political opportunities.

“I feel no need to kiss the ring,” Haley said. “And I have no fear of Trump’s retribution. I’m not looking for anything from him.”


Haley is polling behind Trump in upcoming state primaries and appears to be running out of time to turn the political tides in her favour.

But Trump’s insults won’t stop her candidacy, she said.

“I’m willing to take the cuts, the bruises and the name calling,” Haley said. “Do we really want to spend every day from now until November, watching America’s two most disliked politicians duke it out? No sane person wants that.”
 

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New York AG says she’ll seize Donald Trump’s property if he can’t pay $454 million civil fraud debt
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Published Feb 22, 2024 • 6 minute read
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Donald Trump could be at risk of losing some of his prized properties if he can't pay his staggering New York civil fraud penalty. James told ABC News on Tuesday that she will seek to seize some of the former president's assets if he's unable to cover the bill from Judge Arthur Engoron's Feb. 16 ruling.
NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump could be at risk of losing some of his prized properties if he can’t pay his staggering New York civil fraud penalty. With interest, he owes the state nearly $454 million _ and the amount is going up $87,502 each day until he pays.


New York Attorney General Letitia James told ABC News on Tuesday that she will seek to seize some of the former president’s assets if he’s unable to cover the bill from Judge Arthur Engoron’s Feb. 16 ruling.


Engoron concluded that Trump lied for years about his wealth as he built the real estate empire that vaulted him to stardom and the White House. Trump denies wrongdoing and has vowed to appeal.

“If he does not have funds to pay off the judgment, then we will seek judgment enforcement mechanisms in court, and we will ask the judge to seize his assets,” James, a Democrat, said in an interview with ABC reporter Aaron Katersky.

Trump’s ability to pay his mounting legal debts is increasingly murky after back-to-back courtroom losses. In January, a jury ordered him to pay $83.3 million for defaming writer E. Jean Carroll.


Trump claimed last year that he has about $400 million in cash _ reserves that would get eaten up by his court penalties. The rest of his net worth, which he says is several billion dollars, is tied up in golf courses, skyscrapers and other properties, along with investments and other holdings.

But don’t expect James to try to grab the keys to Trump Tower or Mar-a-Lago immediately. Trump’s promised appeal is likely to halt collection of his penalty while the process plays out.

Here’s a look at where things stand in the wake of Trump’s costly verdict.

COULD THE STATE REALLY SEIZE TRUMP’S ASSETS?
Yes. If Trump isn’t able to pay, the state “could levy and sell his assets, lien his real property, and garnish anyone who owes him money,” Syracuse University Law Professor Gregory Germain said.


Seizing assets is a common legal tactic when a defendant can’t access enough cash to pay a civil penalty. In a famous example, O.J. Simpson’s Heisman Trophy was seized and sold at auction in 1999 to cover part of a $33.5 million wrongful death judgment against him.

Trump could avoid losing assets to seizure if he has enough cash _ or can free up enough cash — to pay his penalty and mounting interest.

How much he has isn’t clear because most information about Trump’s finances comes from Trump himself via his government disclosures and the annual financial statements that Engoron has deemed fraudulent.

Trump reported having about $294 million in cash or cash equivalents on his most recent annual financial statement for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021.


After that, according to state lawyers, he added about $186.8 million from selling the lease on his Washington hotel in May 2022 and the rights to manage a New York City golf course in June 2023. Part of Trump’s penalty requires that he give those proceeds to the state, plus interest.

Engoron’s decision last week spared Trump’s real estate empire from what the Republican front-runner deemed the “corporate death penalty,” reversing a prior ruling and opting to leave his company in business, albeit with severe restrictions including oversight from a court-appointed monitor.

James didn’t specify to ABC which of Trump’s assets the state might want to seize, though she noted that her office is right across the street from a Trump-owned office building in Lower Manhattan that was the subject of some of the fraud allegations in her lawsuit.


“We are prepared to make sure that the judgment is paid to New Yorkers,” James told ABC. “And yes, I look at 40 Wall Street each and every day.”

HOW WILL AN APPEAL AFFECT TRUMP’S PENALTY?
With Trump promising to appeal, it’s unlikely he’ll have to pay the penalty — or face the prospect of having some of his assets seized — for a while. If he wins, he might not have to pay anything.

Under state law, Trump will receive an automatic stay if he puts up money, assets or an appeal bond covering the amount he owes. A stay is a legal mechanism halting enforcement of a court decision while the appeals process plays out.

“Even if we choose to appeal this — which we will — we have to post the bond, which is the full amount and some, and we will be prepared to do that,” Trump lawyer Alina Habba told Fox News on Monday.


Trump’s lawyers can also ask the appeals court to grant a stay without obtaining a bond or with a bond for a lower amount.

In his Georgia election interference criminal case, Trump paid $20,000 — or 10% — for a $200,000 release bond. After losing at a first trial involving Carroll last year, Trump put $5.55 million in escrow to cover the cost of the judgment while he appeals. He has said he would appeal the $83.3 million January verdict but has yet to do so.

“If he can’t post a bond or meet the appellate division’s bonding requirements, then I would expect him to file bankruptcy to take advantage of the automatic stay on collection,” Germain said. “But that’s a couple of chess moves away, so we will just have to see what happens.”


Trump’s vow to appeal all but assures the legal fight over his business practices will persist into the thick of the presidential primary season as he tries to clinch the Republican nomination in his quest to retake the White House.

The appeal is also likely to overlap with his criminal trial next month in his New York hush-money case, the first of his four criminal cases to go to trial.

Trump’s 30-day window to appeal won’t start until the clerk at Engoron’s courthouse files paperwork making the verdict official. Engoron sent the paperwork to the clerk’s office Thursday, but it has yet to be filed. The judge rejected a request from Trump’s lawyer Clifford Robert asking for the enforcement of the penalty to be delayed 30 days “given the magnitude” of the judgment. Engoron, replying to the lawyer by email, said: “You have failed to explain, much less justify, any basis for a stay. I am confident that the Appellate Division will protect your appellate rights.”


DOES TRUMP REALLY OWE $87,502 A DAY IN INTEREST?
With each passing day, Trump owes an additional $87,502 in interest on his civil fraud penalty. By Thursday, that’ll be an extra $525,000 since the decision was issued on Feb. 16. The interest will continue to accrue even while he appeals. Barring court intervention or an earlier resolution, his bill will soar to a half-billion dollars by August 2025.

Trump’s underlying penalty is $355 million, the equivalent of what the judge said were “ill-gotten gains” from savings on lower loan interest and windfall profits from development deals he wouldn’t have been able to make if he’d been honest about his wealth.

Under state law, he is being charged interest on that amount at an annual rate of 9%.


As of Wednesday, Trump owed just over $99 million in interest, bringing his total to just under $454 million — that’s $453,981,779 to be exact, according to the Associated Press’ calculations. Trump’s interest will keep accruing until Trump pays. Trump owes the money individually and as the owner of corporate entities that were named as defendants in James’ lawsuit.

Engoron said the interest Trump owes on about half of the total penalty amount — pertaining to loan savings — can be calculated from the start of James’ investigation in March 2019. Interest on the remaining amount — which pertains to the sale of Trump’s Washington hotel and Bronx golf course rights — can be calculated starting in May 2022 or June 2023.


In all, Engoron ordered Trump and his co-defendants to pay $363.9 million in penalties, or about $464.3 million with interest — the total bill increases by $89,729 per day, according to AP’s calculations.

Trump’s sons, Eric and Donald Jr., must each pay about $4.7 million, including interest, to the state for their shares of the Washington hotel sales. Weisselberg was ordered to pay $1 million _ for half of the $2 million severance he’s receiving — plus about $100,000 in interest.

Until they pay, Weisselberg is on the hook for another $247 per day, while Trump’s sons each owe an extra $990 per day, according to AP’s calculations.
 

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Joe Biden tells Katie Couric journalists will flee U.S. if Donald Trump is elected: 'He embraces violence'

Author of the article:Mark Daniell
Published Feb 23, 2024 • Last updated 2 days ago • 3 minute read

President Joe Biden claimed this week that several prominent journalists have told him that they’ll flee the country if Donald Trump wins the upcoming U.S. election.


During a Bay Area fundraiser Thursday, Biden, 81, spotted former Today show co-anchor Katie Couric and aired the fears he’s heard from some of her colleagues.


“Two of your former colleagues — not at the same network — personally told me if he wins, they will have to leave the country because he’s threatened to put them in jail,” Biden said, according to a pool report obtained by Deadline.

Biden didn’t identify the reporters, but continued, saying, “(Trump) embraces political violence. No president since the Civil War has done that. Embrace it. Encourage it.”

Biden acknowledged to the crowd gathered at the home of housing developer Robert Klein that he wasn’t “the gift of all presidents,” but took a shot at Trump saying, “I’m sure as hell better than the last guy.”


The contrast between the two is stark, with Biden lashing out at the former president for inciting the Jan. 6, 2021, riot in which thousands of Trump’s supporters descended on the U.S. Capitol to try and overthrow the 2020 election.

“He calls them patriots, saying if he gets elected he’s going to pardon them,” Biden said. “They killed cops. They killed people.”

Meanwhile, Trump — who has been personally charged with 91 criminal offences in four criminal cases, convicted of fraud and found guilty of defamation — continues to ratchet up his inflammatory language against voters who oppose him politically by likening them to the foreign enemies that the United States fought in the Second World War.

“Our country was at war with the enemy, and they wanted to extinguish our way of life forever,” Trump said in a speech on Thursday to the National Religious Broadcasters in Nashville. He added: “This time, the greatest threat is not from the outside of our country, I really believe this. It’s the people from within our country that are more dangerous. They’re very sick people.”


As the audience cheered, and Trump went on to describe his cause as a holy war, adding: “To achieve victory in this fight, just like in the battles of the past, we still need the hand of our Lord.”

Trump also vowed to protect Christianity in America from leftists who want “to tear down crosses.”

“They want to tear down crosses where they can, and cover them up with social justice flags,” Trump added. “But no one will be touching the cross of Christ under the Trump administration, I swear to you.”

He went on to label any person of faith who votes for a Democrat as “crazy.”

“You cannot let people vote for these people, you cannot let people vote for the Democrats,” he said.

Trump has all but wrapped up the Republican nomination, but his last remaining rival Nikki Haley has vowed to stay in the race warning voters that the 77-year-old is at risk of developing dementia.


“We’ve all seen them fumble their words and get confused about world leaders,” she said Tuesday at a campaign stop in Greenville, South Carolina.

“That’s not who you want in the Oval Office when Russia launches a nuclear weapon at our satellites or China shuts down our electricity grid,” Haley said. “We’re talking about the most demanding job in human history. You don’t give it to someone who’s at risk of dementia.”

Biden holds a slight lead over Trump in the latest U.S. polling, but in the run up to the election, voters have expressed concerns over the age of both candidates.

A new Quinnipiac University poll found 67% of voters said Biden is too old to be an effective president for another term — compared with 57% who said the same of Trump.

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$454 million judgment against Trump is finalized, starting clock on appeal in civil fraud case
Author of the article:Associated Press
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Jake Offenhartz And Michael R. Sisak
Published Feb 23, 2024 • 2 minute read

NEW YORK (AP) — The staggering civil fraud judgment against Donald Trump was finalized in New York on Friday, making official a verdict that leaves the former president on the hook for more than $454 million in fines and interest.


The procedural step by the New York county clerk starts the clock on Trump’s appeals process, while allowing the debt to begin racking up post-judgement interest of more than $111,0000 each day, according to a spokesperson for New York Attorney General Letitia James, who brought the case.


In his Feb. 16 ruling, Judge Arthur Engoron ruled that Trump lied for years about his wealth in order to secure favorable loans and make deals that helped prop up his real estate empire. He was ordered to pay $354.9 million in penalties plus nearly $100 million in interest.

The formalized verdict gives Trump a 30-day window to appeal, which he has vowed to do. Within that same time frame, he must deposit “sufficient funds” in a court-controlled account or secure a bond for the total amount, James’s office said.


Earlier this week, James said she would seek to seize some of the former president’s assets if he’s unable to cover the bill, though the appeal is likely to halt collection of his penalty while the process plays out.

Trump has denied wrongdoing. His lawyers had been seeking to delay the filing after wrangling with state lawyers and the judge over what that paperwork should say.

On Thursday, Engoron rejected lawyer Clifford Robert’s request that enforcement of the penalty be delayed 30 days, writing in an email: “You have failed to explain, much less justify, any basis for a stay. I am confident that the Appellate Division will protect your appellate rights.”

Starting Friday, the interest on Trump’s penalty will increase to nearly $112,000 per day, rather than the $87,502 he had owed before the verdict was made official. That’s because post-judgment interest is calculated on the total judgment — the underlying $355 million penalty, plus the nearly $100 million he racked up in pre-judgment interest.

Before the judgment was entered, Trump’s interest was charged only on the underlying penalty. In all, Trump and his co-defendants will be charged $114,554 per day in interest until they pay, according to The Associated Press’ calculations.

That includes $1,149 per day from each of Trump’s two eldest sons, Eric and Donald Trump Jr., and $272 per day from former longtime Trump Organization finance chief Allen Weisselberg. Those amounts will continue to accrue even while they appeal. If Trump succeeds in getting the verdict overturned, he might not owe anything.
 

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Trump wins South Carolina, beating Haley in her home state and further closing in on GOP nomination
Author of the article:Associated Press
Associated Press
Meg Kinnard And Will Weissert
Published Feb 24, 2024 • Last updated 1 day ago • 5 minute read

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Donald Trump won South Carolina’s Republican primary on Saturday, easily beating former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley in her home state and further consolidating his path to a third straight GOP nomination.


Trump has now swept every contest that counted for Republican delegates, adding to previous wins in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Haley is facing growing pressure to leave the race but says she’s not going anywhere despite losing the state where she was governor from 2011 to 2017.


A 2020 rematch between Trump and President Joe Biden is becoming increasingly inevitable. Haley has vowed to stay in the race through at least the batch of primaries on March 5, known as Super Tuesday, but was unable to dent Trump’s momentum in her home state despite holding far more campaign events and arguing that the indictments against Trump will hamstring him against Biden.

The Associated Press declared Trump the winner as polls closed statewide at 7 p.m. That race call was based on an analysis of AP VoteCast, a comprehensive survey of Republican South Carolina primary voters. The survey confirmed the findings of pre-Election Day polls showing Trump far outpacing Haley statewide.


“I have never seen the Republican Party so unified as it is right now,” Trump declared, taking the stage for his victory speech mere moments after polls closed. He added, “You can celebrate for about 15 minutes, but then we have to get back to work.”

South Carolina’s first-in-the-South primary has historically been a reliable bellwether for Republicans. In all but one primary since 1980, the Republican winner in South Carolina has gone on to be the party’s nominee. The lone exception was Newt Gingrich in 2012.

Trump was dominant across the state, even leading in Lexington County, which Haley represented in the state Legislature. Many Trump-backing South Carolinians, even some who previously supported Haley during her time as governor, weren’t willing to give her a home-state bump.


“She’s done some good things,” Davis Paul, 36, said about Haley as he waited for Trump at a recent rally in Conway. “But I just don’t think she’s ready to tackle a candidate like Trump. I don’t think many people can.”

At Haley headquarters on Saturday night, supporters waved her signs in front of a large projection screen showing Trump’s speech, blocking it from view. That, of course, didn’t make the defeat any less crushing.

About an hour later, Haley took the stage and said: “What I saw today was South Carolina’s frustration with our country’s direction. I’ve seen that same frustration nationwide.”

“I don’t believe Donald Trump can beat Joe Biden,” Haley said, later adding: “I said earlier this week that no matter what happens in South Carolina, I would continue to run. I’m a woman of my word.”


She said she plans to head to Michigan for its primary on Tuesday _ the last major contest before Super Tuesday. Still, she faces questions about where she might be able to win a contest or be competitive.

Trump and Biden are already behaving like they expect to face off in November.


Trump and his allies argue Biden has made the U.S. weaker and point to the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan and Russia’s decision to launch a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Trump has also repeatedly attacked Biden over high inflation earlier in the president’s term and his handling of record-high migrant crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump has questioned — often in harshly personal terms — whether the 81-year-old Biden is too old to serve a second term. Biden’s team in turn has highlighted the 77-year-old Trump’s own flubs on the campaign trail.


Biden has stepped up his recent fundraising trips around the country and increasingly attacked Trump directly. He’s called Trump and his “Make America Great Again” movement dire threats to the nation’s founding principles, and the president’s reelection campaign has lately focused most of its attention on Trump suggesting he’d use the first day of a second presidency as a dictator and that he’d tell Russia to attack NATO allies who fail to keep up with defence spending obligations mandated by the alliance.

Haley also criticized Trump on his NATO comments and also for questioning why her husband wasn’t on the campaign trail with her _ even as former first lady Melania Trump hasn’t appeared with him. Maj. Michael Haley is deployed in the Horn of Africa on a mission with the South Carolina Army National Guard.


But South Carolina’s Republican voters line up with Trump on having lukewarm feelings about NATO and continued U.S. support for Ukraine, according to AP VoteCast data from Saturday’s primary. About 6 in 10 oppose continuing aid to Ukraine in its fight against Russia. Only about a third described America’s participation in NATO as “very good,” with more saying it’s only “somewhat good.”

Haley has raised copious amounts of campaign money and is scheduled to begin a cross-country campaign swing on Sunday in Michigan ahead of Super Tuesday on March 5, when many delegate-rich states hold primaries.

But it’s unclear how she can stop Trump from clinching enough delegates to become the party’s presumptive nominee for the third time.


Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., complimented Haley while speaking to reporters at Trump’s election night party in Columbia but suggested it was time for her to drop out.

“I think the sooner she does, the better for her, the better for the party,” Graham said. Later, the senator was greeted with boos after Trump called him to the stage to address those gathered.

Trump’s political strength has endured despite facing 91 criminal charges related to his efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss to Biden, the discovery of classified documents in his Florida residence and allegations that he secretly arranged payoffs to a porn actress.

The former president’s first criminal trial is set to begin on March 25 in New York, where he faces 34 counts of falsifying business records related to hush money paid to porn star Stormy Daniels in the closing weeks of his 2016 presidential campaign.


Biden won South Carolina’s Democratic primary earlier this month and faces only one remaining challenger, Dean Phillips. The Minnesota Democratic congressman has continued to campaign in Michigan ahead of the Democratic primary there, despite having little chance of actually beating Biden.

Though Biden is expected to cruise to his party’s renomination, he faces criticism from some Democrats for providing military backing to Israel in its war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Some in his party support a ceasefire as the death toll in Israel’s war has reached 30,000 people, two-thirds of them women and children. The war could hurt the president’s general election chances in swing states like Michigan, which is home to a large Arab American population.

— Weissert reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Jill Colvin and James Pollard in Columbia, South Carolina, contributed to this report.
 
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My understanding is that he has the cash & NY wants it. After all, they did have his financials....
Your comment about the government having his financials has a caveat with it. With old Donnie telling everyone that looks at any of his financials, do not believe anything that is contained in this, income, expenses, and for sure indicated profits. If you believe anything contained, you are a fool. Now old Donnie things that banks will lend him money for his laws suits he has lost.