Donald Trump Announces 2016 White House Bid


Hall of Fame Member
Oct 26, 2009
Trump will likely be allowed to vote, despite felony convictions
Author of the article:Washington Post
Washington Post
Patrick Marley, The Washington Post
Published May 31, 2024 • 3 minute read

Thousands of Florida residents lose their right to vote every year when they are convicted of a felony.

But by a quirk of the law, Florida resident and newly convicted Donald Trump likely will be able to cast a ballot in November.

If the former president had been convicted in Republican-dominated Florida or most other states, he would not be allowed to vote this fall as he seeks to unseat President Biden. But Trump was convicted in New York, a Democrat-run state where felon voting laws are more lenient, and that makes all the difference for his ability to keep his right to vote.

Under Florida law, residents convicted of crimes in other states lose their ability to vote in Florida only if they are barred from voting in the state where they committed their offenses, according to the U.S. Vote Foundation. In New York, where Trump was convicted, felons are barred from voting only while they are incarcerated, according to the foundation and Loyola Law School professor Justin Levitt.

The New York jury on Thursday convicted Trump of 34 felonies for falsifying business records over hush money payments he made to cover up an alleged affair with adult-film actress Stormy Daniels.

He will be sentenced on July 11, days before Republicans are slated to nominate him for president at their convention in Milwaukee. Legal experts have said Trump, as a first-time offender, is unlikely to be sent to prison. Even if he receives a prison sentence, Trump may be able to use appeals to avoid incarceration until after the election.

And because he’s unlikely to be behind bars, he will be allowed to cast a ballot. (His convictions do not prevent him from running for president, and he can continue his campaign even if imprisoned.)

Trump faces felony charges in three other cases but it is not clear that any of those will go to trial before the election. In a state case in Georgia and a federal case in Washington, D.C., Trump is charged with crimes related to attempting to overturn the 2020 election. In a federal case in Florida, he is charged with mishandling classified documents.

In 2021, New York’s Democrat-dominated legislature passed a law that said felons were barred from voting only while incarcerated. The measure was aimed at allowing felons out on parole to cast ballots. Before then, state law said those on probation could vote but those on parole or in prison could not, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.

New York’s voting policies are less restrictive than those in Florida, where Trump lives.

For years, felons in Florida were banned from voting for life unless the state’s clemency board agreed to reinstate their voting rights.

Voters in a 2018 ballot measure amended the state constitution to give most felons the right to vote once they completed their sentences.

Gov. Ron DeSantis and his fellow Republicans in the legislature promptly blunted the measure by approving a law that said felons could not reclaim their right to vote until they paid fines related to their crimes. That put the ability to vote out of reach for many who had completed their terms of prison and probation, but still had outstanding debts.

In 2022, DeSantis formed a police unit focused on election crime, and its first arrests focused on felons who he said had illegally voted. Many of those cases have fallen apart.

Voting policies for felons vary widely from state to state, according to the Brennan Center. Some allow felons to vote as soon as they are released from prison and some when they complete their sentences of probation or parole. On the other end of the spectrum, some states permanently bar some felons from voting unless they get special dispensation from the government.


Hall of Fame Member
Oct 26, 2009
Biden says questioning Trump’s guilty verdicts is ’dangerous’ and ’irresponsible’
Author of the article:Associated Press
Associated Press
Seung Min Kim and Will Weissert
Published May 31, 2024 • Last updated 1 day ago • 5 minute read

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Friday condemned Donald Trump’s unfounded assertions of a biased legal system as “reckless” and “dangerous” — breaking his long-held silence on the presumptive Republican nominee’s criminal woes as Trump’s nearly three dozen felony convictions injected a new element of uncertainty into a volatile presidential campaign.

Biden’s sober denunciation of his predecessor and his defense of the U.S. legal system — delivered in just under two minutes from the White House — came after campaign aides made clear they would continue to focus on issues such as democracy, abortion rights and other freedoms that have formed the foundation of the president’s reelection bid.

He noted the dozen jurors who found Trump guilty of all 34 counts stemming from a hush money case were selected “the same way every jury in America’s chosen” and that the former president had “every opportunity to defend himself.” As Biden underscored Trump’s right to appeal, he emphasized that “the American principle that no one is above the law was reaffirmed.”

“It’s reckless, it’s dangerous, it’s irresponsible for anyone to say this was rigged just because they don’t like the verdict. Our justice system has endured for nearly 250 years, and it literally is the cornerstone of America,” Biden said Friday, adding of the U.S. legal system: “We should never allow anyone to tear it down.”

It was a significant shift in rhetoric for Biden, who had long steered clear of Trump’s legal drama in order not to fan accusations that the prosecutions were politically motivated. But as the New York proceedings dragged on, Biden campaign aides increasingly dipped their toes into Trump’s legal drama — releasing innuendo-laced statements alluding to the trial, taunting Trump with the phrase “free on Wednesdays” (the trial’s scheduled day off) and unexpectedly showing up this week at the Manhattan trial with the actor Robert De Niro in a tactic that got mixed reviews even from some Democrats.

Biden campaign officials, while still not telegraphing a major strategy change to focus squarely on Trump’s convictions, said the verdict fits into their broader narrative about Trump: that he does not care about ordinary Americans and for Trump, it was all about himself.

Other Democrats said Trump’s convictions — stemming from a scheme to illegally influence the 2016 election through a hush money payment to an adult film actor — bolstered other arguments that Biden and the party were making against the presumptive GOP nominee.

“I believe Trump’s conviction for election interference-related crimes fits very nicely into the story that the president wants to tell about how Trump is a danger to democracy,” said Dan Pfeiffer, who served as communications director in the Obama White House.

Biden campaign officials acknowledged that Trump is a largely known entity and that much of the public’s opinions about him are settled. But they said the convictions could be a significant moment _ such as Trump’s first impeachment in 2019 or his role encouraging the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol rioters — that would break through to a larger audience. The convictions could also accelerate what the Biden campaign has struggled to crystallize to voters: the chaos that constantly surrounds Trump but has been largely forgotten by the public.

The campaign hopes the convictions could influence two groups of voters in particular, according to one Biden campaign official. One includes Republicans who disdain Trump and likely supported someone like former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley in the primaries, but nonetheless would find it difficult to vote for a Democrat. The thinking is that the convictions would bring into focus why they oppose Trump to begin with, the official said.

The other group is the voters who haven’t paid attention to the campaign so far but could be reminded of Trump’s liabilities through the convictions. The official was granted anonymity to discuss internal campaign thinking.

But few professed to know what the political impact of Trump’s convictions would be — including Biden himself.

“I have no idea,” the president said later Friday when asked whether the conviction would help his presumptive opponent.

The Biden campaign fired off a handful of fundraising emails after the verdict came in Thursday, including one signed by the president himself that implored supporters: “The stakes have never been higher — democracy, personal rights and freedoms, and the future of our economy are all on the line.” The campaign declined on Friday to disclose how much those missives raised.

The money appeals said despite the verdict, defeating Trump had to be done electorally and not anywhere else. That message was echoed in the talking points the Biden campaign sent to surrogates on Thursday, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press. It stressed: “Convicted felon or not, Trump will be the Republican nominee for president.”

The talking points continued: “Here’s the choice: Joe Biden is fighting for our freedom and democracy, lowering costs for families, creating more opportunity for everyone. Donald Trump grows more unhinged and dangerous by the day as he continues his campaign of revenge and retribution — running to serve himself with no care for who he hurts in the process.”

“The only way to defeat Trump is at the ballot box, and the campaign will have to continue to hammer that to voters who don’t want Trump to be president again,” said Kate Berner, former White House principal deputy communications director, who also worked on Biden’s 2020 campaign. “This is another negative for Trump to overcome, but the issues that matter most to voters are the ones that impact their lives, not Trump’s.

Still others were pushing the Biden campaign to more aggressively seize on Trump’s criminal record.

“I think they need to lean in here,” said Rahna Epting, executive director of the liberal advocacy group MoveOn. “The American people need to understand that a Republican candidate is running for president who is a convicted felon. I think that is perfectly fair game and it matters to voters.”

None of the developments changed Trump’s defiant tone as he looked to galvanize supporters ahead of November. Moments after Biden spoke, Trump sent a fundraising email declaring in all capital letter, “I was just convicted in a rigged trial. I am a political prisoner!”

As Biden left the podium after his remarks, a reporter shouted if he had any reaction to Trump calling himself a political prisoner and blaming the president directly. Biden stopped and flashed a grin, but did not answer. Earlier, Biden had stressed that the Manhattan trial was a “state case, not a federal case,” countering Trump’s baseless claims that Biden himself was somehow behind the New York convictions.

He similarly didn’t answer when another reporter asked if he thought Trump should appear on November’s ballot.

— Weissert reported from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Associated Press writer Chris Megerian contributed to this report.


Hall of Fame Member
Oct 26, 2009
Upside-down American flag reappears as a right-wing protest symbol after Trump’s guilty verdict
Author of the article:Associated Press
Associated Press
Christine Fernando
Published May 31, 2024 • Last updated 1 day ago • 3 minute read

A supporter of former President Donald Trump waves an inverted American flag during a demonstration outside Trump Tower, Friday, May 31, 2024, in New York.
A supporter of former President Donald Trump waves an inverted American flag during a demonstration outside Trump Tower, Friday, May 31, 2024, in New York. PHOTO BY JOHN MINCHILLO /THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CHICAGO — After Donald Trump’s historic guilty verdict, a steady flow of images showing upside-down American flags has appeared on social media as his supporters and right-wing commentators protest his felony conviction.

At least one such flag was spotted Friday outside Trump Tower in New York City as the Republican former president spoke about the trial. Some elected officials, including Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a longtime ally of Trump, have been sharing images of inverted flags online.

The upside-down American flag gained wide attention recently after revelations that it was flown outside the Alexandria, Virginia, home of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters seeking to halt the certification of the 2020 presidential election results. A flag like that was carried by the rioters while they echoed Trump’s false claims of election fraud.

Right-wing pundits and podcast hosts with hundreds of thousands of followers, as well as regular Americans, rallied around the inverted flag in the hours after Trump was convicted of 34 felony counts in his New York hush money trial on Thursday. Among them were Fox News Channel contributors Guy Benson and Katie Pavlich, conservative talk show hosts Graham Allen and Owen Shroyer, and far-right conspiracy theorist and “Stop the Steal” rally organizer Ali Alexander.

Other incendiary rhetoric on social media referred to the verdict as a declaration of “war” or a sign of a coming “civil war.” The words “RIP America” trended on X, formerly called Twitter, immediately after the verdict.

Other widely shared rhetoric referred to the end or collapse of America, often alluding to the fall of Rome. Elon Musk, the owner of X, referenced the civil war that preceded the collapse of the Roman empire in a post on the social media platform. Former Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy also invoked the fall of the Roman Empire in a video statement he released on X.

The upside-down flag, once a signal of distress for sailors, has come to represent the “Stop the Steal” movement, which falsely claims the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Trump for Democrat Joe Biden. Courts around the country and Trump’s own attorney general found no evidence of fraud that could have affected the outcome, and the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity arm pronounced the election “the most secure in American history.”

The U.S. flag code, which is not legally enforceable, says flags should not be inverted except as a signal of “dire distress,” but the symbol has been used as a form of protest for decades.

Anti-Vietnam War demonstrators used the inverted flag to protest the government’s actions. A 1974 Supreme Court decision upheld the right to display a flag upside down after a university student was accused of violating state law by hanging a flag upside down with peace symbols affixed to it in protest of the killing of four anti-Vietnam War protesters.

After the symbol was spotted outside Alito’s home, the justice said his wife had put up the flag as part of a dispute with neighbours.

Some users also posted images of the “Appeal to Heaven” flag in response to the verdict. That flag, a symbol of American resistance during the Revolutionary War, has been adopted by the far-right and Christian nationalist movements. It has been flown at Trump rallies and was seen during the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

The “Appeal to Heaven” flag also was flown outside Alito’s beach vacation home in New Jersey, The New York Times reported.

— Associated Press writer Ali Swenson in New York contributed to this report.
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Satelitte Radio Addict
May 28, 2007
Toronto, ON
I'm doubtful of all this; I knew someone who was charged for a felony act, plead guilty and still got into Canada so... there are ways to get in.
It depends on if they actually ask. My wife-to-be had a felony conviction (long story, messy divorce and she pleaded no contest to a fabricated charge just to get the whole mess over as fast as possible). She crossed the border several times without issue. Then one day we were lucky enough to get the full record scan and they flagged her. They gave her a 90 day exemption. We filed paperwork to have the Canadian government expunge that from her Canadian record which allowed her to come up here. So it is real but there are ways around it. Now this was 1 felony. 34 felonies might be a bit harder.


The Central Scrutinizer
Nov 21, 2008
Low Earth Orbit
It depends on if they actually ask. My wife-to-be had a felony conviction (long story, messy divorce and she pleaded no contest to a fabricated charge just to get the whole mess over as fast as possible). She crossed the border several times without issue. Then one day we were lucky enough to get the full record scan and they flagged her. They gave her a 90 day exemption. We filed paperwork to have the Canadian government expunge that from her Canadian record which allowed her to come up here. So it is real but there are ways around it. Now this was 1 felony. 34 felonies might be a bit harder.
Passports and enhanced drivers licenses have RFID. Its getting harder.


House Member
Aug 13, 2022
It's important to understand that the whole trial was rigged by Biden and the Democrats. The jury was all Biden voters, as were all the officials involved in the trial.
Glad you agree. The verdict was written long before the trial even started. Except for the part about Biden. I doubt he is even aware of the trial or who Trump is.


Hall of Fame Member
Mar 18, 2013
Washington DC
Glad you agree. The verdict was written long before the trial even started. Except for the part about Biden. I doubt he is even aware of the trial or who Trump is.
Yep, it's the big, scary, faceless liberals doing it.

Kinda makes a body wonder. . . if good ol' American-Canadian conservatism is the path to wealth, why are the gol-dang soshulists so much richer and more powerful?


Hall of Fame Member
Oct 26, 2009
Republicans join Trump’s attacks on justice system and campaign of vengeance after guilty verdict
Author of the article:Associated Press
Associated Press
Lisa Mascaro And Mary Clare Jalonick
Published Jun 01, 2024 • 5 minute read

WASHINGTON — Embracing Donald Trump’s strategy of blaming the U.S. justice system after his historic guilty verdict, Republicans in Congress are fervently enlisting themselves in his campaign of vengeance and political retribution as the GOP runs to reclaim the White House.

Almost no Republican official has stood up to suggest Trump should not be the party’s presidential candidate for the November election — in fact, some have sought to hasten his nomination. Few others dared to defend the legitimacy of the New York state court that heard the hush money case or the 12 jurors who unanimously rendered their verdict.

And those Republicans who expressed doubts about Trump’s innocence or political viability, including his former hawkish national security adviser John Bolton or top-tier Senate candidate Larry Hogan of Maryland, were instantly bullied by the former president’s enforcers and told to “leave the party.”

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., said she’s voting for Trump “whether he is a free man or a prisoner of the Biden regime.”

She also posted the upside-down American flag that has come to symbolize the “Stop the Steal” movement Trump started with allies before the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The swift, strident and deepening commitment to Trump despite his felony conviction shows how fully Republican leaders and lawmakers have been infused with his unfounded grievances of a “rigged” system and dangerous conspiracies of “weaponized” government, using them in their own attacks on President Joe Biden and the Democrats.

Rather than shunning Trump’s escalating authoritarian language or ensuring they will provide checks and balances for a second Trump term, the Republican senators and representatives are upturning longstanding faith in U.S. governance, and setting the stage for what they plan to do if Trump regains power.

On Friday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, demanded the prosecutors Alvin Bragg and Matthew Colangelo appear for a June hearing on the “weaponization of the federal government” and “the unprecedented political prosecution” of Trump — despite the fact that Biden, as president, has no authority over the state courts in New York.

“What we’re gearing up for is if Trump wins, he’s going to use the apparatus of the state to target his political opponents,” said Jason Stanley, a professor at Yale and the author of “How Fascism Works.”

Stanley said history is full of examples of people not believing the rhetoric of authoritarians. “Believe what they say,” he said. “He’s literally telling you he’s going to use the apparatus of the state to target his political opponents.”

At his Trump Tower on Friday in New York, the former president returned to the kinds of attacks he has repeatedly lodged in campaign speeches, portraying Biden as the one who is “corrupt” and the U.S. as a “fascist” nation.

Trump called the members of the bipartisan House committee that investigated the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol “thugs” and said Biden was a “Manchurian candidate,” a phrase inspired by the 1960s movie portraying a puppet of a U.S. political enemy.

A Trump campaign memo contained talking points for Republican lawmakers, suggesting they call the case a “sham,” “hoax,” “witch hunt,” “election interference” and “lawfare” designed by Biden, whom it called “crooked.”

Biden faces no such charges, and the House GOP’s efforts to impeach the president over his son Hunter Biden’s business dealings have largely stalled out. Hunter Biden is due in court next week on an unrelated firearms charge in Wilmington, Delaware.

Joe Biden said Friday that “it’s reckless, it’s dangerous, it’s irresponsible, for anyone to say this is rigged just because they don’t like the verdict.”

Asked later at the White House if this could happen to him, Biden said: “Not at all. I didn’t do anything wrong. The system still works.”

As for Trump’s claims the case is being orchestrated by the Democratic president to hurt him politically, Biden quipped: “I didn’t know I was that powerful.”

In the hush money case, Trump was found guilty of trying to influence the 2016 election by falsifying payment to a porn actor to bury her story of an affair. He faces three other felony indictments, including the federal case over his effort to overturn the 2020 election. But they are not likely to be heard before November’s expected election rematch with Biden.

Thursday’s verdict came after a jury in 2023 found Trump to be liable for sexual abuse against advice columnist E. Jean Carroll and a judge in a 2024 business fraud case determined that Trump lied about his wealth for years, ordering him to pay a staggering $355 million in penalties.

Almost to a person, the Republicans in Congress who spoke out provided a singular voice for Trump.

Speaker Mike Johnson on “Fox & Friends” amplified the claim, without evidence, that Democrats are trying to hurt Trump. Johnson, R-La., said he thinks the Supreme Court should “step in” to resolve the case.

“The justices on the court, I know many of them personally, I think they’re deeply concerned about that as we are,” Johnson said.

The outgoing Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said he expected Trump would win the hush money case on appeal, but the three senators seeking to replace McConnell as leader echoed Trump with stronger criticisms of the judicial system.

South Dakota Sen. John Thune said the case was “politically motivated.” Texas Sen. John Cornyn called the verdict “a disgrace.” Sen. Rick Scott of Florida said that everyone who calls themselves a party leader “must stand up and condemn” what he called “lawless election interference.”

Sen. Susan Collins, the Maine Republican who is known as a bipartisan leader, said the prosecutor “brought these charges precisely because of who the defendant was rather than because of any specified criminal conduct.”

With sentencing in the hush money case expected in July before the Republican National Convention, Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas said the GOP should move up the convention to speed up Trump’s nomination as the party’s presidential pick.

Republican judicial advocate Mike Davis, a former top Senate aide mentioned for a future Trump administration position, circulated a letter outlining the next steps.

“Dear Republicans,” he said in a Friday post. If their response to the guilty verdict was “we must respect the process” or “we are too principled to retaliate,” he suggested they do two things: One was an expletive, the other: “Leave the party.”

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, circulated his own letter in which he suggested it was the White House that “made a mockery” of the rule of law and altered politics in “un-American” ways. He and other senators threatened to stall Senate business until Republicans take action.

“Those who turned our judicial system into a political cudgel must be held accountable,” Lee said.

— Associated Press writers Michelle L. Price, Ali Swenson and Chris Megerian contributed to this story.


Hall of Fame Member
Oct 26, 2009
Trump’s attacks on U.S. justice system after guilty verdict could be useful to autocrats like Putin
Author of the article:Associated Press
Associated Press
Emma Burrows
Published Jun 02, 2024 • 4 minute read

After his historic guilty verdict in his hush money case, Donald Trump attacked the U.S. criminal justice system, making unfounded claims of a “rigged” trial that echoed remarks from the Kremlin.

“If they can do this to me, they can do this to anyone,” Trump said Friday, speaking from his namesake tower in New York on Friday. Thousands of miles away, Russian President Vladimir Putin was probably “rubbing his hands with glee,” said Fiona Hill, a former senior White House national security adviser to three U.S. presidents, including Trump.

Hill and other analysts say Trump’s attacks could be useful to Putin and other autocrats as they look to boost their standing among their own citizens, potentially sway the upcoming U.S. presidential election in which Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee, and undermine the United States’ global influence.

Some autocratic countries reacted swiftly in support of Trump.

Moscow agreed with Trump’s assessment of Thursday’s verdict, calling it the “elimination of political rivals by all possible legal or illegal means,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. In September, Putin said the prosecution of Trump was political revenge that “shows the rottenness of the American political system.”

After the verdict, Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, called Trump a “man of honor” and urged him to “keep on fighting.”

China’s state-owned Global Times newspaper suggested Trump’s conviction adds to the “farcical nature” of this year’s U.S. presidential election, adding that it will aggravate political extremism and end in “more chaos and social unrest.”

Putin is especially likely to see the latest turmoil as an opportunity, analysts say. He has long sought to widen divisions in Western societies in an attempt to advance a Russian worldview. Since the invasion of Ukraine, and ahead of crucial elections throughout the West this year, Russia has been accused of carrying out multiple attacks of sabotage and of targeting dissidents abroad to stoke anxieties and sow discord.

Moscow was accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. election that Trump won by creating a troll factory, hacking Hillary Clinton’s campaign, spreading fake news and trying to influence Trump-linked officials.

“What mischief does he have to make when you have people within the American system itself denigrating it and pulling it down?” Hill said of Putin.

Political chaos can benefit autocratic leaders by distracting Washington from key issues, including the war in Ukraine. Russia’s goal is to move voices from the “fringes of the political debate to the mainstream,” said David Salvo, Managing Director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund in Washington, D.C.

The Kremlin does that partly by pushing Russian points of view under the guise of news and social media posts that look like they originate in the West.

Salvo noted that disagreements in Congress that delayed an aid package to Ukraine followed a Russian social media campaign aimed at Americans. That led to Russia gaining the upper hand on the battlefield.

The attacks on the U.S. justice system from Trump and his allies are “perfect fodder” for another “major propaganda and influence operation,” Hill told The Associated Press, suggesting Russia could target swing voters in battleground states ahead of the November election.

For generations, U.S. presidential administrations have depicted America as a bastion of democracy, free speech and human rights and have encouraged other states to adopt those ideals. But Trump suggested the justice system is being used to persecute him _ something that happens in some autocratic countries.

Leaders including Putin “must love” that Trump is criticizing “the key institutions of democracy” in the way autocratic states have done for years as it legitimizes them in the eyes of their own people said Graeme Robertson, a political science professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Trump sees himself as a “strongman ruler” and looks to Putin for inspiration, Hill said. His attacks encourage any nation — from those with a mild gripe to the openly hostile — to “have their moment to bring down the colossus,” Hill said.

The message to Chinese and Russian citizens watching the drama unfold in the U.S. is that they are better off at home. The message to countries that Russia and China are courting as they attempt to expand their influence in Africa, Asia and Latin America is that Moscow and Beijing can offer more reliable partnerships.

The threat from the “new axis of authoritarians,” including Russia, China, Iran and North Korea is “daunting,” as those states work more closely together with overlapping interests said Matthew Kroenig, a former defense official and vice president at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security.

Moscow in particular, Kroenig said, will likely try to use the political turmoil in the U.S. to divide the NATO security alliance. It could try to turn the public in NATO states against the U.S. by encouraging them to question whether they have “shared values” with Americans, he said. If successful, that could lead to a fundamental reshaping of global security architecture — a goal of Russia and China — since the end of the Cold War.

Some Western governments, meanwhile, are caught in a delicate dance between not wanting to ostracize Trump as a potential next U.S. president and the need to respect the U.S. justice system. Others, such as EU member Hungary, openly court him.

“For Putin it must be perfect because it creates a mess that he can try to seek advantage from,” Hill said.


Hall of Fame Member
Oct 26, 2009
Trump fans’ bus loaded with MAGA merchandise crashes in New York City
Author of the article:Associated Press
Associated Press
Published Jun 03, 2024 • 1 minute read

NEW YORK — A man and woman who sold pro-Donald Trump merchandise out of a bus covered with pro-Trump flags and posters are homeless after the vehicle crashed into several street signs and utility poles in New York City.

The crash happened around noon on Sunday on Staten Island, the Fire Department said.

Donna Eiden, who had been living in the bus with her husband, Rocky Granata, and their cat, Missy, told the Staten Island Advance that she was sleeping inside the parked vehicle when when it began to roll along Hylan Boulevard, crashing into signs and poles in its path.

Photos of the crash’s aftermath show the side of the bus ripped to shreds and Trump signs scattered about.

“That’s our life, we live in it; we travel in it. I have my daughter’s ashes in it,” Eiden told the Advance. “It’s our business. It’s our life.”

Eiden had to be extracted from the wrecked vehicle, firefighters said. She did not require medical treatment.

The bus had been a frequent presence at Trump rallies around the country before it crashed.


Electoral Member
Dec 26, 2004
Can we expect that old Donnie will be telling the public that he has won the 2024 November election, without any voters going to the polls, as he can predict the outcome, by his being able and admitting that the Republicans will cheat at election time. Furthermore, he says that he has people in place to watch that the Democrats do not cheat, like the evidence proved the Republicans did in most cases. One of the things that old Donnie does not realize is that he cannot control the effect that the Democrats can influence on the election is they can come out and vote, more than before with the idea that they do not want him as president.


Hall of Fame Member
Oct 26, 2009
Trump’s lawyers ask judge to lift 'nasty' gag order imposed during New York trial
Author of the article:Associated Press
Associated Press
Michael R. Sisak
Published Jun 04, 2024 • 3 minute read

NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s lawyers are asking a New York judge to lift the gag order that barred the former president from commenting about witnesses, jurors and others tied to the criminal case that led to his conviction for falsifying records to cover up a potential sex scandal.

In a letter Tuesday, Trump lawyers Todd Blanche and Emil Bove asked Judge Juan M. Merchan to end the gag order, arguing there is nothing to justify “continued restrictions on the First Amendment rights of President Trump” now that the trial is over.

Among other reasons, the lawyers said Trump is entitled to “unrestrained campaign advocacy” in light of President Joe Biden’s public comments about the verdict last Friday, and continued public criticism of him by his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen and porn actor Stormy Daniels, both key prosecution witnesses.

Trump’s lawyers also contend the gag order must go away so he’s free to fully address the case and his conviction with the first presidential debate scheduled for June 27.

The Manhattan district attorney’s office declined to comment.

Merchan issued Trump’s gag order on March 26, a few weeks before the start of the trial, after prosecutors raised concerns about the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s propensity to attack people involved in his cases.

Merchan later expanded it to prohibit comments about his own family after Trump made social media posts attacking the judge’s daughter, a Democratic political consultant. Comments about Merchan and District Attorney Alvin Bragg are allowed, but the gag order bars statements about court staff and members of Bragg’s prosecution team.

Trump was convicted Thursday of 34 counts of falsifying business records arising from what prosecutors said was an attempt to cover up a hush money payment to Daniels just before the 2016 election. She claims she had a sexual encounter with Trump a decade earlier, which he denies. He is scheduled to be sentenced July 11.

Prosecutors had said they wanted the gag order to “protect the integrity of this criminal proceeding and avoid prejudice to the jury.” In the order, Merchan noted prosecutors had sought the restrictions “for the duration of the trial.” He did not specify when they would be lifted.

Blanche told the Associated Press last Friday that it was his understanding the gag order would expire when the trial ended and that he would seek clarity from Merchan, which he did on Tuesday.

“It’s a little bit of the theater of the absurd at this point, right? Michael Cohen is no longer a witness in this trial,” Blanche told the AP. “The trial is over. The same thing with all the other witnesses. So, we’ll see. I don’t mean that in any way as being disrespectful of the judge and the process. I just want to be careful and understand when it no longer applies.”

Trump has continued to operate under the belief that he’s still muzzled, telling reporters Friday at Trump Tower: “I’m under a gag order, nasty gag order.”

Referring to Cohen, Trump said, “I’m not allowed to use his name because of the gag order” before slamming his former lawyer-turned-courtroom foe as “a sleazebag.”

During the trial, Merchan held Trump in contempt of court, fined him $10,000 for violating the gag order and threatened to put him in jail if he did it again.

Trump’s use of the term “sleazebag” to describe Cohen just before the trial rankled prosecutors, but was not considered a gag order violation by the judge. Merchan declined to sanction Trump for an April 10 social media post, which referred to Cohen and Daniels, another key prosecution witness, by that insult.

The judge said at the time that Trump’s contention that he was responding to previous posts by Cohen that were critical of him “is sufficient to give” him pause on whether prosecutors met their burden in demonstrating that the post was out of bounds.


Electoral Member
Dec 26, 2004
When you read that 1/3 of republicans say that Trump is the wrong candidate for president of USA, would not the republican party see that allowing him to run for president is a no-brainer? If we can believe that statement, we will see how long it takes for the GOP to fire him.