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    President-elect Joe Biden’s chief-of-staff Ronald Klain, on Meet The Press with anchor Chuck Todd on Sunday, dismissed President Donald Trump’s early-morning tweet stating that Biden “won,” due to the election being “rigged.” The tweet which Trump sent out appeared to concede he had lost the 2020 election to Biden. “He won because the Election was Rigged,” Trump tweeted. He won because the Election was Rigged. NO VOTE WATCHERS OR OBSERVERS allowed, vote tabulated by a Radical Left privately owned company, Dominion, with a bad reputation & bum equipment that couldn’t even qualify for Texas (which I won by a lot!), the Fake & Silent Media, & more! https://t.co/Exb3C1mAPg — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2020 “The president this morning has tweeted something that a lot of folks are trying to interpret, because the first line is, ‘he won because the election was rigged.’ And the president’s tweet goes through...
    Photo credit: Alex Wong, Getty Images. Former Trump national security adviser John Bolton was on ABC’s This Week Sunday slamming President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede and his evidence-free claims of voter fraud so massive it would change the results of the election. “Where’s the evidence? As every day goes by, it’s clearer there isn’t any evidence. If the Republican voters are only hearing Donald Trump’s misrepresentations, it’s not surprising they believe it. It’s critical for other Republican leaders to stand up and explain what actually happened,” Bolton said. Trump clearly noticed and took to Twitter hours later to go after Bolton — who he hired to serve in his administration — “one of the dumbest people in government”: “John Bolton was one of the dumbest people in government that I’ve had the ‘pleasure’ to work with. A sullen, dull and quiet guy, he added nothing to National Security except, ‘Gee, let’s...
    Eight days after The Associated Press called the election in Joe Biden’s favor, President Donald Trump made his first public acknowledgment Sunday of the former vice president’s election win. Granted, it came in the form of a tweet making unfounded claims of election fraud, but it’s a step in the right direction for a president so engulfed in his own alternate reality he doesn't realize he's been effectively fired. Biden leads with 290 electoral votes to Trump's 232, and 78.66 million popular votes to Trump's 72.93 million, and as I type these words #deactivateTrump is trending on Twitter, another signal of the public’s fatigue with the president’s lies. One of his latest: “He won because the Election was Rigged. NO VOTE WATCHERS OR OBSERVERS allowed, vote tabulated by a Radical Left privately owned company, Dominion, with a bad reputation & bum equipment that couldn’t even qualify for Texas (which I won by a lot!),...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump for the first time Sunday morning acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden's victory while falsely blaming his loss on a string of baseless conspiracy theories.Trump tweeted, "He won because the Election was Rigged," before continuing to blame his loss on debunked theories about the election. In a follow-up tweet shortly after, Trump stood by his false belief he may be able to win the election and refused to concede. "I concede NOTHING! We have a long way to go," Trump tweeted. MAP: See 2020 election resultsThe tweets from Trump followed a Saturday spent golfing and tweeting similar false conspiracy theories, and driving by a crowd of his supporters who gathered in Washington to protest the election results on the basis of his lies and propaganda.Read MoreThis story is breaking and will be updated.
    Donald Trump on Saturday night announced the five lawyers who would form his 'truly great team' and contest the results of the election. The day after a series of damaging defeats in Pennsylvania, Arizona and Michigan, Trump announced the appointment of five people to take on his floundering legal strategy. Among them were a husband and wife duo famed for appearing on Fox News to promote Ukraine conspiracy theories, a lawyer who represented disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and an evangelical who says that she believes law is her 'ministry'. 'I look forward to Mayor Giuliani spearheading the legal effort to defend OUR RIGHT to FREE and FAIR ELECTIONS!' Trump tweeted. 'Rudy Giuliani, Joseph diGenova, Victoria Toensing, Sidney Powell, and Jenna Ellis, a truly great team, added to our other wonderful lawyers and representatives!' Joseph diGenova and wife Victoria Toensing have been added to Trump's legal team...
    KANYE West was snapped arriving at his Calabasas recording studio. The rapper turned presidential candidate lad reportedly threatened to LEAVE the country if President Trump lost the election. 5KANYE West was snapped arriving at his Calabasas recording studioCredit: BackGrid 5The rapper turned presidential candidate lad reportedly threatened to LEAVE the country if President Trump lost the electionCredit: BackGrid Kanye was spotting getting out of his car at his music studio in Calabasas. The father-of-four closed his clothing studio across the street when he launched his campaign for President. However, he only received which received only 60K votes across 12 states in the election. 5Kanye was spotting getting out of his car at his music studio in CalabasasCredit: BackGrid 5Kanye only received which received only 60K votes across 12 states in the electionCredit: 2020 Neil Mockford A source told OK! following the apparent tough loss: "Kanye isn’t a rational person. He...
    Donald Trump had reportedly considered an idea to remain in office by subverting the Electoral College, but a new report indicates that his own party would put a stop to the plan. As The Inquisitr reported, Trump had privately raised the idea of using Republican-controlled state legislatures to appoint electors who would go against the will of voters and keep the president in office. The report from New York Times (via Business Insider) noted that while there were no serious discussions to put this plan into motion and it would be a long shot to actually work, the plot was “gaining currency among some Trump supporters.” But a new report from The Associated Press found that the Republican leaders who Trump would need to put the plan into motion are not going along with the idea. GOP leaders in a number of key battleground won by Joe Biden told the...
    By Jonathan Landay | Reuters WASHINGTON – Thousands of President Donald Trump’s supporters marched in Washington on Saturday to back his unsubstantiated claims of election fraud as he pushes ahead with a flurry of longshot legal challenges to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Trump has made little headway in the courts with his lawsuits and for the first time on Friday he began to sound doubtful about his prospects, telling reporters “time will tell” who occupies the White House from Inauguration Day on Jan. 20. Flag-carrying Trump supporters, some chanting “Stop the steal!” and “We are the champions!,” streamed into a rallying point at Freedom Plaza near the White House in downtown Washington and were due to head toward the U.S. Supreme Court building. The demonstrations in Washington and other cities featured a mix of the president’s backers, including conservative personalities as well as members of the far-right Proud Boys...
    WASHINGTON -- As President Donald Trump's chances of reelection dwindled last week, his campaign began blasting out a nonstop stream of emails and text messages that led to a website raising money for an "election defense fund" to contest the outcome.Like many hallmarks of the Trump presidency, the messages contained all-caps lettering and blatant mistruths about voter fraud during the Nov. 3 election. They also mislead supporters about where the money would go.Trump has promised to contest President-elect Joe Biden's win in court. But the fine print indicates much of the money donated to support that effort since Election Day has instead paid down campaign debt, replenished the Republican National Committee and, more recently, helped get Save America, a new political action committee Trump founded, off the ground.The unusual way the Trump campaign is divvying up the contributions has drawn scrutiny from election watchdogs, who say Trump and his family...
    Frequent viewers of Fox News recently have noticed a growing dissonance between the news division and its opinion programming over the results of the 2020 general election. That dissonance was in full view on Saturday morning when Fox & Friends Weekend co-host Pete Hegseth reported that there were was no significant voter fraud that would change the outcome, just seconds before announcing that he didn’t know if he believed it. Oh, and he blamed the teleprompter for the report. C’mon man! At issue, of course, is the ongoing legal battle and baseless claims of widespread voter fraud that have led President Donald Trump to claim that the election was stolen and allege that hundreds of thousands of votes were illegally switched from him to President-elect Joe Biden. While there have been isolated instances of voter irregularities, nothing yet has emerged that would come close to reversing the election results....
    President Trump is running out of time to implement his ‘Hail Mary’ plan to overturn the results of the November 3 election as key battleground states that determined the outcome are set to certify a win for Joe Biden within nine days. While the news networks project Biden as the winner of the presidential election, Trump and his Republican allies have so far refused to concede, arguing that the results were tainted by rampant voter fraud. So far, the president and his allies have been unable to produce evidence in court of alleged widespread voting irregularities and nearly all legal challenges have so far failed. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking, as Georgia, Michigan, and Pennsylvania - three states that tipped the scales to Biden and handed him the White House - are due to certify the results in just nine days. President Trump (seen above in the Rose Garden...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Winston Churchill was not known for leaving his thoughts unspoken. One of them was this: “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried.” President Donald Trump, who has professed admiration for, if not deep knowledge of, the British prime minister, is putting Churchill’s observation to one of its greatest tests by refusing to accept the results of an election that delivered victory for Democrat Joe Biden. Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, calls this a “dangerous path” for the United States. Trump has forced a dusting off of the arcana of the procedures for the Electoral College, which for almost the entirety of the nation’s history has been a formality and not an instrument to overturn people’s votes. A sitting American president is, for the first time, trying to convince the people that they should...
    By MICHAEL TACKETT and CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Winston Churchill was not known for leaving his thoughts unspoken. One of them was this: "It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried.” President Donald Trump, who has professed admiration for, if not deep knowledge of, the British prime minister, is putting Churchill’s observation to one of its greatest tests by refusing to accept the results of an election that delivered victory for Democrat Joe Biden. Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, calls this a “dangerous path” for the United States. Trump has forced a dusting off of the arcana of the procedures for the Electoral College, which for almost the entirety of the nation’s history has been a formality and not an instrument to overturn people’s votes. A sitting American president is, for the first time,...
    Leading Off ● 2020 Election Litigation: Donald Trump's presidential campaign has lost all but one of the 21 lawsuits and counting it has filed since Election Day in a last-ditch attempt to overturn Trump's Electoral College loss, with judges repeatedly rejecting them as frivolous in unsparing terms. Given the exceedingly low likelihood that these cases will affect the outcome, Daily Kos Elections will hold off on covering any individual suit in this edition of the Voting Rights Roundup, but that doesn't mean these cases don't matter. While Trump has lost almost every case trying to stop Democratic votes from being counted, the deeper aim of his post-election litigation isn't to secure Trump a second term but rather to delegitimize Joe Biden's victory and our very democracy itself. Trump's scorched-earth tactics will help falsely convince tens of millions of Republicans that the election was stolen from them, endangering the stability of...
    Fox Business host Lou DobbsLouis (Lou) Carl DobbsThe Memo: Trump hits out as tide moves for Biden Trump surrogate on election legal challenges: 'Hopefully Amy Coney Barrett will come through' Graham dismisses criticism from Fox Business's Lou Dobbs MORE on Friday vehemently defended President Trump’s claims that he isn’t receiving a chance at a fair election, calling it “outrageous.” Dobbs, a vocal Trump supporter, urged Republicans to defend the president during an interview on with Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesHouse GOP proposed rules change sparks concern The Hill's Morning Report - Trump battles ballots; vaccine news boosts markets Devin Nunes fends off Democratic opponent in California MORE (R-Calif.), another ardent Trump ally. “The president doesn’t want a statue erected to him,” Dobbs said. “What he wants is a free and fair election and honest results and it’s been denied to him.” As Nunes stressed that the election shouldn’t be called for President-elect Joe...
    (CNN)Legal experts have been saying for a week now that President Donald Trump's court cases to throw out ballots and turn around his election loss were bound to fail.Throughout Friday, the failures piled up.in one day, nine cases meant to attack President-elect Joe Biden's win in key states were denied or dropped, adding up to a brutal series of losses for the President, who's already lost and refuses to let go. Many of the cases are built upon a foundational idea that absentee voting and slight mismanagement of elections invite widespread fraud, which is not proven and state leaders have overwhelming said did not happen in 2020.In court on Friday: The Trump campaign lost six cases in Montgomery County and Philadelphia County in Pennsylvania over whether almost 9,000 absentee ballots could be thrown out. The Trump campaign dropped a lawsuit in Arizona seeking a review by hand of all ballots...
    Donald Trump's legal woes worsened on Friday, as his bids to overturn the election results in the courts suffered a series of setbacks. In Pennsylvania, a Philadelphia court rejected five legal challenges by the Trump campaign and Republicans alleging irregularities for mail-in ballots.  The five separate petitions challenged more than 8,300 votes in Philadelphia, alleging irregularities because voters did not print their names under their signature or print their address on their mail-in ballots' outer envelope.  The Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia rejected each of the challenges.  President Donald Trump has yet to concede to President-elect Joe Biden The Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia (pictured) rejected all five cases on Friday A law firm representing the Trump campaign in the state had announced on Friday it has withdrawn from the case.   The Ohio-based Porter Wright Morris & Arthur had brought a suit claiming Pennsylvania's 'two-tiered' voting...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump had an eye on his legacy as he strode to the microphone in the White House Rose Garden Friday and touted the administration's "unequaled and unrivaled" efforts to help produce a coronavirus vaccine through Operation Warp Speed. Then, for a brief moment, he seemed close to acknowledging the reality that his presidency is almost over. "I will not -- this administration will not be doing a lockdown," Trump said, speaking for the first time in a week as coronavirus cases in the US shatter records and hospitalizations are surging. "Hopefully whatever happens in the future -- who knows which administration it will be -- I guess time will tell, but I can tell you this administration will not go to a lockdown." It was a fleeting shift in tone suggesting that the reality of President-elect Joe Biden's substantial win is seeping into Trump's psyche even as he...
    Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs is all-in on President Donald Trump’s absurd, scattershot, and completely baseless conspiracy theories that he has somehow won the 2020 election — and he will accept no Republican dissent from this alternate reality. Speaking with Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) on his show on Friday evening, the stridently pro-Trump Fox host demanded to know why the rest of the GOP has not stepped up to defend the president’s election fraud claims, even as they are refuted by his own government and continue to fall apart under the slightest scrutiny. “You know, the president doesn’t want a statue erected to him. What he wants is a free and fair election and honest results,” Dobbs angrily said to Nunes. “Right…” Nunes began. “And it’s being denied to him…Dobbs said, cutting off the Congressman while notably citing no proof to back up his false claim. “It’s outrageous, and what I...
    President Donald Trump reportedly put former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in charge of his remaining election lawsuits on Friday, placing his hopes of overturning the election results in the longtime lawyer. In addition to being in charge of the lawsuits, Giuliani was put in charge of all public communications relating to the lawsuits, the New York Times reported. Trump turned to him after losing a lawsuit in Arizona earlier on Friday, per NYT. Trump and his campaign have filed lawsuits in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Nevada. Of those, only Pennsylvania still remains on the table. The campaign withdrew the Arizona lawsuit and lost in Georgia, Michigan and Nevada. The Associated Press, Fox News and numerous other outlets called the race for Biden on Saturday. Trump, however, has refused to concede, citing the lawsuits and the ongoing recount in Georgia. NEW – Trump has put Rudy Giuliani in...
    Donald Trump and Kevin Cramer in happier times. Donald Trump’s extended refusal to accept the results of last week’s election is making other Republicans nervous, but as usual, no one has the nerve to tell him to get over it, even as Trump’s tantrum undermines democracy and national security. The current party line among Republican senators appears to be supporting Trump’s many lawsuits—which somehow manage to be both frivolous and deeply dangerous—while saying that President-elect Joe Biden should be formally treated as the president-elect and given access to national security briefings. “I just think we ought to be cooperating,” Sen. Kevin Cramer told CNN. “I think you can cooperate with a transition—a peaceful transition—while also contesting in appropriate legal ways.” Cramer’s view of those “appropriate legal ways” is that “I think it's likely that we're going to find a whole bunch of fraud, and it wouldn't be enough to overturn the...
    Rep. John Katko will stay in the House after a tough Democratic challenge against Syracuse University professor Dana Balter. After a close race that had been pending since Election Day, Balter conceded to the Republican incumbent on Friday evening. "The current absentee ballot count makes it clear that our campaign does not have a path forward," Balter said in a statement. "Today, I congratulate Congressman Katko on his victory and hope that in his next term, he will advocate for policies that will help working families in this district." Katko, 57, was first elected to the House in 2014 and had beat Balter in 2018, when she first challenged him for his seat. Katko is viewed as a centrist Republican representing a district won by Hillary Clinton in 2016. The race was viewed by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report as being competitive but slightly in favor of...
    They are not going to destroy this republic. Even election losing, lame duck, impeached Donald Trump's pet Attorney General William Barr can't find an excuse to help him overthrow the results of this election. Sixteen assistant U.S. attorneys who were tapped specifically to monitor the 2020 election for malfeasance have written to Barr urging him to rescind his memo authorizing federal prosecutors to conduct probes of supposed election fraud in an attempt to stop certification of elections in certain cases. That memorandum led to the resignation of Election Crimes head Richard Pilger, who wrote in a memo announcing his resignation that he did so after "having familiarized myself with the new policy and its ramifications." Prior to Barr’s memo, "overt" investigations into elections were barred until the the election had been concluded and certified. Barr was trying to get prosecutors involved while ballots were being counted. The Washington Post reports...
    Getty President Donald Trump mentions 'the next administration' taking over during his Rose Garden press conference on November 13, 2020. Donald Trump held his first public conference since Democratic candidate Joe Biden was officially projected winner of the 2020 presidential election last week, and while he was sharing updates on Operation Warp Speed, Trump came very close to admitting that the next administration may have a different approach to ridding the nation of coronavirus. Ideally, we won’t go to a lockdown,” Trump says. “I won’t go into a lockdown. This administration will not be going into a lockdown. Hopefully, whatever happens in the future – who knows which administration it will be – I guess time will tell… lockdowns cost lives.” ???? Trump came THIS CLOSE to admitting the next administration will be a Biden administration while talking about his opposition to lockdowns to fight Covid “Time will...
    (CBS NEWS) – CBS News projected Friday that President-elect Biden won Georgia, bringing him to 306 Electoral College votes. The news comes just one day after CBS News projected him the winner of Arizona, another crucial red state flip for Democrats. CBS News also projected Friday that President Trump won North Carolina, based on additional reports now in from its counties. Mr. Trump adds North Carolina’s electoral votes to put his tally at 232. Read more at CBS News.
    President Donald Trump continues to rage about the Russia probe raise unfounded claims about voting systems – even as he told longtime friend Geraldo Rivera he will 'do the right thing.' The president, who hasn't spoken in public for nearly a week, reached out for a 'heartfelt phone call' with longtime talk host Rivera.  He said Trump told him he is a 'realist' who would 'do the right thing' but also wants to see 'what states do in terms of certification,' he wrote. President Donald Trump told Geraldo Rivera as a 'realist' who would 'do the right thing,' according to the talk host and TV personality He also said Trump 'seemed particularly aggrieved by the savage attacks on his presidency from the minute he was elected' – an indication Trump is still on the political warpath. The comments come in the context of Trump's multi-state legal attack on the...
    GOP mega-donor Charles Koch said he regrets his decades of partisanship and now wants to focus on bridging the political divide, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. In an interview shortly before the election, the 85-year-old libertarian tycoon told the newspaper that after funding conservative causes, he is turning his attention to issues like poverty, addiction, gang violence, homelessness and recidivism. Over the years, the Koch brothers -- Charles and David Koch -- built an influence network that poured money into conservative causes and candidates. Charles Koch remains head of Koch Industries, a multibillion-dollar conglomerate with 130,000 employees. In a new book co-authored by Koch -- "Believe in People: Bottom-Up Solutions for a Top-Down World," slated for publication on Tuesday -- he reflects on what he called the divisiveness of his partisan politics. "Boy, did we screw up!" he writes in the book. "What a mess!" Despite Koch's calls for unity, his political contributions...
    WHITE house Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany bizarrely said Donald Trump will “attend his own inauguration because he’s getting a second term." When asked by Fox Business whether or not President Trump will attend Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration, McEnany said, “I think the president will attend his own inauguration. He would have to be there, in fact.” 6White House Press Sec Kayleigh McEnany bizarrely said Donald Trump will 'attend his own inauguration because he's getting a second term'Credit: Getty Images - Getty “Again, you know that’s many steps away here in we’re talking January and President Trump believes he will be President Trump, have a second term. Litigation is the first step, many steps away from that,” McEnany said on Friday. In a statement released by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency late Thursday, the agency announced that “there is no evidence that any system deleted or lost votes, changed...
    President Donald Trump’s insistence that his 2020 election loss is the result of massive voter fraud probably wasn’t intended as a touring improv comedy, though it has undoubtedly materialized as one. Hide Luckily though, for the president, he isn’t joking. He takes it very seriously. Because as rampant fraud has apparently swept through four states (and only four states), Trump has the findings of a blue-ribbon commission to fall back on and prove his point, one he’d long ago established to prep for this exact moment: The Presidential Commission on Election Integrity ( PEIC). Hide So why hasn’t he been hyping the efforts of a panel he said would unearth three million illegal voters in 2016 and safeguard our election from the exact same fraud? That commission didn’t find anything.  The Commission was established when Trump inked Executive Order no. 13799 on May 11, 2017 and it was serious in...
    Heather Digby Parton November 13, 2020 1:35PM (UTC) One of the many overlooked stories during the run-up to this election was the New York Times series based upon Trump's tax documents. Sure, we heard about it, but I don't think the full scope of it sunk in. Trump didn't pay federal income taxes for years, he got a multi-million dollar lifeline from "The Apprentice," he owes vast sums to banks — which he has personally guaranteed — and he played fast and loose with tax write-offs for his alleged philanthropy, which don't always add up. It was an unprecedented indictment of a sitting president. That series was a sequel to the Times' earlier award-winning series on Fred Trump's tax fraud scheme which set Trump and his siblings up for life and cheated the taxpayers of millions of dollars. It showed how Donald went on to waste his inheritance on failed business ventures and kept coming back to the trough for more each time he...
    NBC, CBS, ABC and . have declared the Democratic candidate the winner with a lead of more than 11,000 votes in this tight presidential election, which puts Joe Biden on 11 more major voters. Fox News and Associated Press had already given the winning Democratic candidate on the night following the November 3 poll, much to the chagrin of his Republican rival, President Donald Trump. This is the first time that the Democratic camp has won victory in this state since 1996. After this victory in Arizona, Joe Biden can now count on 290 voters, on the 270 necessary to win the presidential election and make his entry into the country. the White House on January 20. For his part, Donald Trump still refuses to recognize the victory of his Democratic rival, more than a week after the election. The result has...
    “The November 3 election was the safest in the history of the United States,” several local and national election authorities, including the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), said in a joint statement, which depends on the Ministry of Homeland Security. “There is no evidence of a voting system having erased, lost or changed ballots, or having been hacked in any way,” they said. “While we know that our electoral process is the subject of many baseless claims and disinformation campaigns, we can assure you that we have absolute confidence in the security and integrity of our elections,” they insist. Outgoing President Donald Trump had relayed unfounded information on Twitter hours earlier that an electoral system called the Dominion had “erased” 2.7 million votes in his favor across the country and re-allocated hundreds of thousands. to his Democratic rival Joe Biden in Pennsylvania and other...
    Dr. Ervin Yen is angry about Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt’s approach to the coronavirus pandemic, so angry that he thinks Stitt should lose his job. And Yen intends to be the one to try and take it. While Republicans in other states have criticized governors for taking too much action during the public health crisis, Yen, a 65-year-old anesthesiologist and former state senator, is going in the opposite direction. He’s alarmed that his home state’s leader hasn’t done more as the coronavirus continues to ravage their state, and is mounting a campaign for governor to challenge Stitt in the 2022 GOP primary, even though the governor has yet to say whether he’ll run again. “The more deaths I see every day, the more ticked off I get at the lack of a response from our state government,” Yen told The Daily Beast. Odds at winning are already long for Yen,...
    Mark Zuckerberg has told Facebook's staff that 'the outcome of the election is now clear' and that Joe Biden 'is going to be our next president' - despite his social media company giving voice to millions of Americans who insist without evidence that the election has been stolen. Zuckerberg, 36, told his employees during an all-staff call on Thursday that the election was over, and the result certain. 'I believe the outcome of the election is now clear and Joe Biden is going to be our next president,' he said, in audio of the meeting obtained by BuzzFeed News. 'It's important that people have confidence that the election was fundamentally fair, and that goes for the tens of millions of people that voted for Trump.' Mark Zuckerberg, pictured in February, held an all-staff call on Thursday to take questions The 36-year-old Facebook founder said it was 'clear' that...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden further consolidated his status as president-elect this Thursday night with the projection of his victory also in the state of Arizona. With Arizona, the Democratic candidate sum eleven votes additional in the Electoral College and scale up all 290, 20 more than required to win the presidency. As of this Thursday night, Trump was projected as the winner of 217 votes. In the Arizona ballot, Biden reached a narrow lead of 11,000 votes, equivalent to 0.3 percentage points, and is on track to be the first Democratic hopeful to prevail there since Bill Clinton did in 1996. Four years ago, the current Republican president emerged victorious in that state with a 3.5 percentage point advantage over Hillary Clinton. Biden’s victory, however, has been questioned by Trump, who has denounced the existence of an alleged electoral fraud although he has not provided...
    Former President Barack Obama revealed he believes country is on a 'dangerous path' as he hit out at members of the Republican party for standing with President Trump on his claims of election fraud.  In his first TV interview since the election, Obama spoke to Scott Pelley on CBS' 60 Minutes about the unfounded allegations coming from the Trump campaign that the election was stolen from them.   He claimed that they were a result of Trump being incapable of admitting defeat but that he was more troubled by the fact that certain members of the GOP are standing with him in the claims.   'They appear to be motivated, in part, because the president doesn't like to lose and never admits loss,' Obama in a clip from the interview released by CBS on Thursday evening.   'I'm more troubled by the fact that other Republican officials who clearly know better are going...
    Barack Obama, in his forthcoming memoir, lets loose a stream of colorful adjectives to describe the foreign leaders and politicians he encountered in his eight years in the White House, not holding back in issuing his opinions. He said Russian President Vladimir Putin reminded him of the tough, street-smart ward bosses who used to run the Chicago political machine.   'Physically, he was unremarkable,' Obama said of his Russian counterpart, whom he towered over, according to an excerpt of his memoir that ran in The New York Times.  Obama and Putin had a tense relationship during his presidency. In 2014, Obama led his fellow world leaders in kicking Russia out of the G8 over its annexation of Crimea.  Obama also admitted to being aware Russia was trying to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. The FBI launched a counter intelligence investigation into Donald Trump's campaign to see what Russia was up to,...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump has long sought advice from different perspectives throughout his career, but at a pivotal moment in defining his legacy as President, he is receiving conflicting advice from his closest and most trusted advisers -- his eldest children -- as he strategizes his next move in the wake of his election loss.While his adult sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, are gung-ho, leading the charge for the President to stay in the fight, daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump has emerged as someone looking for a way for the President to save face as he considers his next steps, sources tell CNN. Differing approaches have emerged amongst the Trump siblings: Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump are telling their father to aggressively fight to the end, echoing baseless claims that the election has been rigged and the outcome should change. Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared...
    A MISSISSIPPI Republican has reportedly called for his state to "secede from the union" after Joe Biden's presidential victory. Rep Price Wallace made the controversial statement to Twitter on Saturday - the same day Biden was announced as the Untied States president elect. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 4Rep Price Wallace has apologized for his controversial tweet about 'seceding from the union'Credit: Facebook 4Biden was announced as the president elect on Saturday, November 7Credit: Reuters According to The Washington Post, Wallace's since-deleted tweet read: "We need to succeed from the union and form our own country." It is assumed that the word "succeed" was a misspelling of "secede." Wallace's social media post suggested that The Magnolia State representative has joined the growing list of GOPers who have condemned the US voting process. It comes as election "fraud" claims have been...
    Barack Obama slams Republicans as xenophobic and paranoid in his forthcoming memoir, which focuses on his first term in the White House. In the 768-page tome, entitled 'A Promised Land' and out on November 17, Obama reflects on his political career but divulges in the personal, admitting life in the White House increased his smoking habit and caused tension in his marriage with Michelle. He also speaks to race relations in the United States, writing it was his own historic election as the nation's fist black president that sparked some of the current division in the country. 'It was as if my very presence in the White House had triggered a deep-seated panic, a sense that the natural order had been disrupted,' Obama writes in the book, which was obtained by CNN. Donald Trump, he claims, sensed the country's mood and took advantage of it to win the White House...
    Prince Harry may have spent the majority of his life maintaining political neutrality - but that hasn't stopped him from forming a close bond with the woman who is likely to be the next First Lady of the United States.  The 36-year-old Duke of Sussex and Dr. Jill Biden, 69, have enjoyed a firm friendship for seven years, after first meeting when Harry toured the US back in 2013 - with President-elect Joe joking in 2016 that his wife had 'spent too much damn time' with Harry.  Despite their 33-year age gap, the pair are said to have bonded over their shared dedication to the armed forced; the Duke spent 10 years serving in the British Army, while Jill's late son Beau was a major in the US Military.   Best buds? Prince Harry and Jill Biden have enjoyed a close friendship for several years, with the wife of President-elect...
    In the aftermath of a series of appeals made by Mr Biden to EU leaders, the former vice-president met with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the Prime Minister Japanese Yoshihide Suga. These three leaders had already congratulated him on his recent victory in the presidential election which Mr. Trump refuses to recognize. During his conversation with Mr. Biden, Mr. Suga issued a stern warning about “the increasingly serious security situation in the region”, according to a report from Japanese authorities. Following the warning, Biden expressed his “deep commitment to the defense of Japan” and the obligations to which these two countries are bound by treaties, according to the presidential transition team. During the four years of the Trump administration, U.S. allies in Asia often doubted the president’s willingness to honor Washington’s commitments in the event of an international military...
    U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to address reporters about the 2020 U.S. presidential election results in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 5, 2020.Carlos Barria | Reuters The conservative lawyer John Yoo is among the latest legal voices to throw water on U.S. President Donald Trump's attempts to reverse the result of the 2020 election with claims of voter fraud.  "He has the right to mount legal challenges, but we should be clear that these are Hail Mary passes we might think of in American football," Yoo, a former legal advisor to the George W. Bush administration, told CNBC's Capital Connection on Thursday.  Several lawsuits are underway in six battleground states that Democratic President-elect Joe Biden won, but only closely. One challenge has successfully triggered a full vote recount in Georgia, where Biden won by 14,000 votes. The cases are an attempt from...
    Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel appeared to acknowledge President Trump's defeat on Wednesday after she tweeted that Democratic Senator Kamala Harris would have the Senate's 'deciding vote' should there be a 50-50 split in the chamber. The tweet was quickly deleted, but McDaniel was referring to two Georgia runoff races which could give the Democrats 50 seats in the Senate if candidates Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock win their respective races.  Republicans currently have 50 Senate seats in the next Congress, compared with 48 for Democrats.  Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel deleted a tweet that implicitly admitted that President Donald Trump lost the 2020 election McDaniel's tweet noted that Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would be the deciding vote in the Senate if Democrats won both runoff races in Georgia Two Georgia runoff races which could give the Democrats 50 seats in...
    Nate Silver, who leads the polling analysis group FiveThirtyEight, defended 2020 polling amid a sea of criticism that estimates once again miscalculated how well President Trump would perform in an election. "If you want certainty about election outcomes, polls aren’t going to give you that — at least, not most of the time," he said in an article Wednesday. "It’s not because the polls are bad. On the contrary, I’m amazed that polls are as good as they are." He added that low response rates, changes in voters' opinions, and sampling errors made it "astonishing that polls get within a couple of points the large majority of the time." As Silver noted, he is not a pollster, but his outlet received a lot of blowback over its predictions. Like FiveThirtyEight, RealClearPolitics also aggregates polls and calculates averages to determine how far ahead particular candidates are in races. FRANK LUNTZ: POLLSTERS 'HAVE NEVER BEEN AS...
    Washington (CNN)Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Wednesday that the Republican US senators who called for his resignation over election mismanagement -- Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue -- haven't provided any evidence to back their claims."They haven't provided me anything," Raffensperger told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room."Loeffler and Perdue released a joint statement on Monday calling on Raffensperger to step down and bemoaning the state's election process without any specific allegations. "Georgians are outraged, and rightly so. We have been clear from the beginning: every legal vote cast should be counted. Any illegal vote must not. And there must be transparency and uniformity in the counting process," the pair's statement read, echoing President Donald Trump's false claims that illegal ballots are shaping the election. Raffensperger, they maintained, "has failed the people of Georgia, and he should step down immediately."Read MoreBut Raffensperger quickly rebuked their message on Monday...
    It's over for the wannabe Mussolini. Everyone with a bully pulpit needs to be saying so. Two-time popular vote-losing impeached lame duck Donald Trump is getting nowhere with his legal efforts to fight his election loss. To call his claims "specious" is an understatement. Ridiculous, laughable, unserious, corrupt—there are hardly enough words to describe what he's trying to do. To their credit, the traditional media is saying so. The AP says so. "The U.S. presidential election was not tainted by widespread voter fraud or irregularities in how ballots were counted, despite a huge effort by President Donald Trump to prove otherwise," AP declares. The New York Times talked to election officials in every state and in every state were told there was no election fraud. "Election officials in dozens of states representing both political parties said that there was no evidence that fraud or other irregularities played a role in the...
    Sen. David Perdue's team said he was working in Washington, DC, and couldn't make the event. Sen. David Perdue skipped a "Save Our Majority" rally for himself and fellow Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler Wednesday morning in Cobb County, Georgia — a once-red county he lost by 11 points on Election Day. Perdue's wife Bonnie was in attendance at the rally, along with Loeffler, according to local media. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) headlined the event. Perdue lost out in Cobb County on Nov. 3. Once a firmly red county, Perdue lost it on Election Day to Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff by 11 percentage points, more than 70,000 votes.
    A day after the lead of the Trump campaign’s recount team in Georgia called for a full hand recount of the state’s presidential race, Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced the state would do exactly that following attacks on the elected official from within his own party. The decision came Wednesday as President-elect Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by around 14,000 votes in the state, according to Georgia’s unofficial results. “At 1 p.m. today I will make the official designation of which race will be the subject of the (risk limiting audit) at that time I will designate that the RLA will be the presidential race,” Raffensperger said during a press conference Wednesday. “With the margin being so close it will require a full by hand recount in each county. This will help build confidence. It will be an audit, a recount and a recanvass all at once.”...
    (CNN)Given what we know about Donald Trump, his refusal to accept loss as he begins a revenge purge of his perceived enemies should not surprise us. He is a tiny man, devoid of moral fiber and character, defined only by his self-interest.The idea of losing is beyond him, unless he can blame a rigged election. We knew that, too.What we did not know -- and what is playing out now -- is that, in the waning days of his presidency, his courtiers would all pay homage to the fallen king as he ransacks the government on his way out by firing key public servants like the defense secretary whom he considers disloyal, further rattling national security by refusing to share intelligence briefings with the incoming president, and weaponizing the Justice Department to look for mass voter fraud where none exists.As he sits in the Oval Office, you've got to wonder:...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is meeting Wednesday with his transition advisers as he continues to plan for taking control of the American government when he is inaugurated on January 20. The projected winner of the November 3 election, Biden has named an array of advisers to look at the operations of agencies throughout the government. He said Tuesday he could announce some key appointments before the annual Thanksgiving holiday on November 26. What It Means to Become President-Elect in the US It's the title borne by the winning candidate for the period between him or her prevailing in a presidential election and being sworn into office President Donald Trump has not conceded his apparent loss to Biden in last week’s national election and has filed numerous lawsuits contesting the outcome in key battleground states. With scant evidence so far, Trump has claimed that voting and vote-counting...
    President Donald Trump lashed out Wednesday at a local Philadelphia election official who has called out claims of election fraud in his city 'crazy stuff' and who says he has been the subject of death threats.  Trump forwarded the Twitter attack on the official in a state where he trails Joe Biden by nearly 50,000 votes, while also lashing out at a pre-election poll that showed him badly trailing Biden in Wisconsin. Both states are part of the 'blue wall' that Biden restored in the elections, prying them from Trump.  'A guy named Al Schmidt, a Philadelphia Commissioner and so-called Republican (RINO), is being used big time by the Fake News Media to explain how honest things were with respect to the Election in Philadelphia. He refuses to look at a mountain of corruption & dishonesty. We win!' President Donald Trump attacked Republican Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt, calling him...
    Kellyanne Conway's husband George Conway likened President Trump and his 'minions' to a 'bunch of drunks trying to take down a skyscraper with a blowtorch,' slamming those pushing the unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election.  Conway, a lawyer and co-founder of the Lincoln Project, took to his Twitter on Tuesday to lambast the lame duck president for refusing to concede the election, after several media outlets called it for President elect Joe Biden. 'The way I look at Trump and his minions' nonsense is that they're like a bunch of drunks trying to take down a skyscraper with a blowtorch,' Conway said in his tweet. 'I don't think they have the remotest chance of succeeding, but I also don't think we should allow them to start a fire while they try.'  George Conway, a lawyer and co-founder of the Lincoln Project, took to his Twitter on Tuesday...
    Heather Digby Parton November 11, 2020 1:00PM (UTC) I don't think anyone who has been following Donald Trump's administration for the past four years can say they're surprised that he is refusing to concede defeat after the election, or that nearly all Republican elected officials are either backing him to the hilt or quivering in the corner like a bunch of cold chihuahuas. I predicted this puerile reaction some time ago, which wasn't exactly a great feat of prognostication since Trump was doing everything but running full-page ads in every newspaper in the country announcing his intentions. Two days before the election, he said on camera, "As soon as that election is over, we're going in with our lawyers." This was after months of nonstop attacks on mail-in voting, accusations of cheating in states run by Democrats and declarations that the only way he could lose the election is if it were rigged. How could anyone be surprised that...
    Lil Pump doesn’t seem to be handling Joe Biden’s election victory very well. The star rapper became a very vocal supporter of President Donald Trump during the election, and he’s not pleased that Biden is now the president-elect. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) WATCH: @lilpump on why he is voting for @realDonaldTrump!https://t.co/yUsfjGoyCu pic.twitter.com/rzxofaksFC — Team Trump (Text VOTE to 88022) (@TeamTrump) November 3, 2020 In a video posted to his Instagram story, Pump showed off some Joe Biden toilet paper. He told his millions of fans he was going to “wake up every morning and wipe my a** with this toilet paper.” You can watch the video below. Rapper Lil Pump’s latest Instagram story: pic.twitter.com/n295CF2IJy — Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) November 10, 2020 Well, I’m glad to see that Lil Pump has a very rational and calm reaction to Joe Biden becoming...
    WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden prepared Sunday to start building his administration, even as Republican leaders and scores of party lawmakers refrained from acknowledging his victory out of apparent deference to President Donald Trump, who continued to refuse to concede. With Biden out of the public eye as he received congratulations from leaders around the world, his team turned its attention to a transition that will swing into action Monday, with the launch of a coronavirus task force and swift moves to begin assembling his team. But more than 24 hours after his election had been declared, the vast majority of Republicans declined to offer the customary statements of goodwill for the victor that have been standard after U.S. presidential contests, as Trump defied the results and vowed to forge ahead with long-shot lawsuits to try to overturn them. While some prominent Republican figures, including the party’s only living former...
    Republican Texas Lt. Gov Dan Patrick on Tuesday offered up to $1 million in defense of President Donald Trump's unsupported claims of irregularities in the U.S. presidential election, saying he would pay out rewards for information that leads to voter fraud arrests and convictions. The money put up by Texas' second-in-command appeared to be a first among Republican officeholders who are backing Trump as he refuses to concede.  A former chief Texas ethics regulator said paying out reward money, which would come from Patrick's political campaign, could run afoul of federal campaign finance laws, although a Patrick spokeswoman pushed back on that suggestion. Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (pictured) sent out a press release offering $25,000 to $1 million for information on voter fraud 'I support President Trump's efforts to identify voter fraud in the presidential election and his commitment to making sure that every legal vote is...
    Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) is rejecting high profile calls for his resignation over his handling of the presidential election in his state, emphasizing in a statement released on Monday that he will not step down. “Earlier today Senators Loeffler and Perdue called for my resignation. Let me start by saying that is not going to happen. The voters of Georgia hired me, and the voters will be the one to fire me,” Raffensperger said in a Monday statement, vowing to ensure that “every legal vote counts, and that illegal votes don’t count.” The Republican official defended his management of the election, describing Election Day as a “resounding success” from an administration perspective, boasting of a short average wait time and a record turnout. “The process of reporting results has been orderly and followed the law. Where there have been specific allegations of illegal voting, my office has dispatched investigators,”...
    (CNN)If you read all of those pre-election stories about the potential for President Donald Trump to deny the election results and muck up the government before he left office and thought there's no way he would actually do such a thing, prepare to be disappointed.Trump White House MAP: Full election results Trump fires Secretary of Defense Mark Esper Trump taps former Special Forces officer to take over from Esper at Pentagon Trump push to fight election uses courts in attempt to legitimize unfounded claims After Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Monday, several top officials on Tuesday were replaced with perceived loyalists to the President. A top Justice Department official resigned his role late Monday after Attorney General Bill Barr ordered changes to policy on election investigations. This is happening. The question is what can Trump accomplish before January 20 at noon, when his term officially ends. Will...
    (CNN)American voters have slammed President Donald Trump with the one thing he has always managed to avoid: a hard-stop of unyielding accountability.No wonder he struggles to accept it. Until now, life has taught Trump one overriding lesson. One way or another -- with lawyers and lies, family money and shameless bluster -- he has always found a way to skate past trouble.Trump White House MAP: Full election results Trump fires Secretary of Defense Mark Esper Trump taps former Special Forces officer to take over from Esper at Pentagon Trump push to fight election uses courts in attempt to legitimize unfounded claims When the US Justice Department sued his family business over racial discrimination, Trump counter-sued for defamation and managed to settle the case. When he wanted more flattering publicity, he exaggerated his wealth and posed as someone else to boast to reporters about his romantic exploits. Read MoreWhen business...
    While many Americans celebrated Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election on Saturday, Donald Trump refused to acknowledge his defeat, crying out for “electoral fraud”. A denunciation joined by several close to the current president, even if others have asked him instead to concede victory to his rival. But the tenant of the White House would rather have chosen to listen to those who support his theory of a rigged election. He is said to have developed with his campaign team a series of actions to challenge the result of this election. It would thus provide large gatherings in several states, according to . and Axios. Trump’s goal would be to mobilize his supporters as much as possible at meetings similar to those he held during the campaign to show that his allegations of fraud, which he was unable to prove to be...
    Donald Trump has already formed a political action committee in an attempt to retain control of the Republican party even after losing the election. The leadership PAC is heavily geared toward squeezing donations from low-dollar donors, accepting no more than $5,000 per donor annually but from an unlimited number of people, according to the New York Times. It can also accept transfers from other PACs. The Trump campaign's fundraising asks now note that 60% of the donations raised will go to his new Save America PAC. “The president always planned to do this, win or lose so he can support candidates and issues he cares about, such as combating voter fraud," campaign spokesperson Tim Murtaugh told the Times.  And no one cares more about helping other candidates than Trump, as he recently proved when he threatened Georgia's two Republican senators unless they threw a GOP state election official under the...
    President-elect Joe Biden thinks it's an "embarrassment" that President Donald Trump won't acknowledge defeat. But Biden isn't slowing down his transition to becoming the nation's 46th president while the former reality TV star grapples with the reality of the election results. "How can I say this tactfully," Biden said in a response to a question from a reporter Tuesday. "I think it will not help the president's legacy… at the end of the day, it's all going to come to fruition January 20."Cartoons on the 2020 ElectionView All 294 ImagesBiden said "I think it's an embarrassment, quite frankly" that Trump is continuing to mount legal challenges – none of which have advanced in the courts – to hang onto power. As for congressional Republicans, only a handful of whom have publicly congratulated Biden on his win, Biden seemed confident they would come around. "I haven't had a chance to speak...
    Carolyn Kaster/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.President Trump has refused to concede the election, which, as things currently stand, he’s losing by nearly 4.7 million popular votes and 65 electoral votes. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he won’t accept the election results until the Electoral College meets next month and thinks Trump is justified in trying to sue his way to victory. Most alarmingly, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday, “There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration.” President-elect Joe Biden is unfazed. At a Tuesday afternoon press conference, reporters hammered the former vice president with questions about how he would handle Republicans’ refusal to cooperate with the transition. Biden said it didn’t matter; the transition was already underway. “I’m confident that the fact that they’re not willing to acknowledge we won at...
    LITTLE People's daughter Molly, who mostly stays out of her family's spotlight, visited her brother Jacob and his wife Isabel. Meanwhile, Jacob and his brother, Jeremy, have again been feuding since the election because of their differing political views. 5Little People's daughter Molly, who mostly stays out of her family's spotlight, visited her brother Jacob and his wife Isabel 5Meanwhile, Jacob and his brother, Jeremy, have again been feuding since the election because of their differing political viewsCredit: Instagram Isabel shared a snap with Jacob and Molly captioned: "Molly came to visit." She also shared another snap in her stories of her and Jacob captioned: "Love." Isabel also shared video in her stories of the three playing scrabble. 5Isabel also shared another snap in her stories of her and Jacob captioned: 'Love'Credit: Instagram 5Isabel also shared a video in her stories of the three playing scrabbleCredit: Instagram It appears Molly...
    DONALD Trump was mocked as the "loser.com" website now re-directs people to his Wikipedia page. After Joe Biden was announced as the President Elect last Saturday, the site began to link to Trump's bio page. ⚠️ Read our US election live blog for the latest news & updates Trump has been fond of calling his adversaries – like Democratic Rep Adam Schiff, the late Sen John McCain, and multiple journalists – "losers" before he was beaten by Biden's 290 electoral votes last week. At this point, it's not clear who's running the mock site, which has a domain registered since 1997. It's been linked to several politicians over the year, including 2000 Presidential candidate Al Gore, Kanye West, Reddit, and now the outgoing Potus. The Washington Post reported in 2015 that the site doesn't cash in on ads and doesn’t get a lot of traffic but remains "the...
    It turns out President-elect Joe Biden’s granddaughter is a popular user on TikTok who has racked up hundreds of thousands of likes. Hide Maisy Biden, who goes by the username @scoobeydoobey, has gained widespread popularity following the 2020 presidential election. Hide In one video with nearly half a million likes, the 18-year-old celebrates her grandfather’s victory while wearing a T-shirt showing his face and the words “The Vice President.” To the tune of Nah Nah Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye) by The Belmonts, Maisy can be seen crossing out the “Vice” in order to have the T-shirt read “The President.” @scoobeydoobey Hey hey hey goodbye trump ♬ Na Na Hey Hey – Kiss Him Goodbye – The Belmonts Hide Maisy appears to have been active on the platform since at least April of this year and racked up close to 130,000 followers. Hide The teenager’s profile has since been flooded...
    President Trump has formed a new political action committee geared toward retaining power in the Republican Party and maintaining the large base of support he has across the country, despite his projected loss in the presidential election. "The president always planned to do this, win or lose, so he can support candidates and issues he cares about, such as combating voter fraud," Tim Murtaugh, spokesman for the Trump campaign, said in a statement. The new fundraising apparatus, called "Save America," was first reported by the New York Times. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox The president has already begun fundraising for his new PAC. On Tuesday morning, the Trump campaign began earmarking 60% of donations received on his campaign website to Mr. Trump's new Save America PAC, which was registered with the Federal Election Commission on Monday by Trump campaign treasurer Bradley Crate. The remaining 40% of every donation goes...
    Chloe Fineman and Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump during the "Trump Rally" Cold Open on Saturday, October 26, 2019.NBC | NBCUniversal | Getty Images In the late '90s if late night comedians wanted to get a quick laugh, all they needed to do was make a quip about President Bill Clinton. Clinton's womanizing persona and public sex scandal made him an easy target and his status as political figure and a celebrity made impressions instantly recognizable. In 1998, President Bill Clinton was the subject of more than 1,700 jokes on late night television, according to a report from Robert Lichter, professor of political communications and sociology at George Mason University. These days, it's President Donald Trump that has become the most popular target for late night jests. According to Lichter, in 2017, there were more than 3,100 jokes made about Trump during late night programs. "He's turned comedians into watch...
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted his congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris for their projected 2020 election victory on Saturday. But what would have been a perfunctory message became thornier after Twitter users revealed that it appeared to originally be addressed to President Donald Trump. Hide “Congratulations to Joe Biden on his election as President of the United States and to Kamala Harris on her historic achievement,” Johnson’s text graphic message reads. “The US is our most important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security.” Hide Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris pic.twitter.com/xrpE99W4c4— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) November 7, 2020 Hide But far-right political blog Guido Fawkes reported that a different message was buried beneath Johnson’s post. The words “Trump on his” are faintly visible above “Biden,” and lower in the message, the phrases “second term” and...
    Last Tuesday night, as election results slowly trickled in from around the country, an eclectic group of women came together for a Zoom call. They were of all different ages, from all around the country—conservative states like North Carolina, swing states like Ohio, reliably blue ones like California. Most of them had never met each other. But they had one thing in common: All of them had accused Donald Trump of sexual assault. Trump is the first American president to be accused by dozens of women of sexual misconduct and the first to be caught on tape claiming he could grope women as he pleased. His 2016 election was seen by many as a step back for women’s rights, a symbol of the country’s tolerance for blatant misogyny. Naturally, his loss is being hailed as a beacon of progress. But for many of the women on the Zoom call, it...
    Donald Trump is preparing to announce a new leadership political action committee as early as this week, officials said Monday, in a potential attempt for the president to retain power within the Republican Party even after leaving office. 'The president always planned to do this, win or lose, so he can support candidates and issues he cares about, such as combating voter fraud,' Trump campaign's Director of Communications Tim Murtaugh told The New York Times. Although Murtaugh says plans for the PAC have been in the works for some time now, the announcement will come just days after outlets have called the 2020 election for Joe Biden and Trump has refused to give into calls for him to concede to the former vice president. The formation of the new group is a sign that Trump realizes his legal attempts to overturn Biden's lead are unlikely to be successful and this...
    There was undisguised glee among Europe’s liberals and centrists when Joe Biden was projected the winner of the race for the White House. But for the continent’s populist nationalists, including a group of national leaders in Central Europe, the election outcome has prompted dismay, and some foreboding. With Trump out of the White House they would be deprived of a powerful cheerleading ally in Washington and some centrists predict his departure will have a knock-on effect of retarding the political fortunes of leaders on the continent of Europe who espouse populist politics. “Trump’s defeat can be the beginning of the end of the triumph of far-right populisms also in Europe,” tweeted Donald Tusk, former president of the European Council and now head of the European People's Party, Europe's largest transnational political party made up Christian Democrats and moderate Conservatives. President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the...
    WHITE HOUSE author Michael Wolff compared Donald Trump's refusal to acknowledge he lost the 2020 presidential election to a "dying patient" unwilling to hear his prognosis. Wolff, who has written two books about Trump's presidency, wrote on Monday that the current commander in chief only hears what he wants to. 8Donald Trump is a 'dying patient' who's not ready to hear his prognosis, author Michael Wolff saidCredit: AFP or licensors 8The author said Trump only hears what he's 'willing to hear' instead of facing realityCredit: Getty Images - Getty "There is no real question in anyone’s mind about whether he’s lost the presidency — he has; it’s done. But the issue is about what he’s capable of hearing, or willing to hear," he wrote for the Daily Mail. "In one sense, he’s a dying patient, but he’s not ready to hear the prognosis." The author went on to describe Trump...
    Anyone who has ever scheduled a number of tweets for a brand, website, or celebrity knows that it can be a tedious, brain-numbing affair. And a droll repetitive task while using a poorly-designed interface can lend itself to making a forgivable mistake or two. Hide Unless you’ve spent the past week accusing half of America of attempting to swing the presidential election against you by voting after Election Day, and your tweet accidentally urges people to vote after Election Day. Hide Enter, Eric Trump, who apparently programmed the wrong November Tuesday on his Minnesota “Get out and vote” tweet. Eric Trump/Twitter Hide Although former Vice President Joe Biden has been projected to win the 2020 election, President Donald Trump has been uninterested in conceded and will be challenging the results in court (which is his right). But at the heart of his argument—especially in Pennsylvania—is that ballots...
    Just burn the olive branches already. Republicans are getting the gang back together for one last hurrah—they may not succeed in stealing the election but they're sure as hell going to kneecap the incoming Biden administration. The conspiracy cooked up by Donny Dons, Billy Boy Barr, and Mitchy Mitch has no basis in reality, but putting the country's national security and overall well-being on the line sure is fun. For starters, the General Services Administration plans to continue withholding a letter that would allow the Biden transition team critical access to government resources. COVID-positive White House chief of staff Mark Meadows was apparently feeling well enough to tell Politico that GSA chief Emily Murphy planned to continue her unprecedented denial of acknowledging the results of the election until at least Friday. A GSA spokesperson even compared the entire situation to the contested 2000 election, saying the agency would "abide by, and fulfill, all...
    We begin today’s roundup with analysis of the Donald Trump’s refusal to concede and the GOP’s aiding of his dangerous attack on our democracy. First up, The Washington Post: So-called leaders of the Republican Party, for four years the enablers of Mr. Trump’s erosion of constitutional norms, are now enabling his dishonest slander against American democracy itself. [...] Mr. Trump and his enablers are fueling fever dreams among Trump supporters on social media — that ballot-counting software secretly switched massive numbers of votes to Mr. Biden, or that Philadelphia vote counters tainted the tally beyond the view of election observers, or that the Supreme Court will throw out so many ballots that the president will still prevail. These are fantasies, but they are still dangerous. The phony narrative of a stolen election will harm Mr. Biden’s effort to reunify and govern the nation, as it tarnishes the United States’ —...
    WASHINGTON – The administration of outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump plunged the presidential transition into chaos on Monday. The president blocked the collaboration of members of the government with the team of president-elect, Joe Biden, while Attorney General William Barr authorized the Justice Department to investigate unsupported allegations of voter fraud. Some Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, supported Trump’s efforts to challenge the election results. Few in the Republican Party acknowledged Biden’s victory or condemned another more troubling move by Trump on Monday: his removal of Defense Secretary Mark Esper. The news cast doubt on whether the country is going to witness a quiet transfer of power like those that have consolidated its democracy over the years. The Electoral College was scheduled to officially confirm Biden’s victory on December 14, and the Democrat will take office at the end of January. He...
    WASHINGTON – The administration of outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump plunged the presidential transition into chaos on Monday. The president blocked the collaboration of members of the government with the team of president-elect, Joe Biden, while Attorney General William Barr authorized the Justice Department to investigate unsupported allegations of voter fraud. Some Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, supported Trump’s efforts to challenge the election results. Few in the Republican Party acknowledged Biden’s victory or condemned another more troubling move by Trump on Monday: his removal of Defense Secretary Mark Esper. The news cast doubt on whether the country is going to witness a quiet transfer of power like those that have consolidated its democracy over the years. The Electoral College was scheduled to officially confirm Biden’s victory on December 14, and the Democrat will take office at the end of January. He...
    (CNN)Joe Biden was hours away from winning the job he had always wanted, but inside his corps of top advisers and close friends, planning was already shifting past the fireworks and confetti canons used to celebrate his victory and back to the issue that could define the highpoint of his long career: The coronavirus.As votes continued to be counted last week and the likelihood of him defeating Donald Trump rose, Biden was acknowledging privately to friends and advisers that much of what he wanted to accomplish as president would have to take a back seat -- at least initially -- to the pandemic.After his projected victory on Saturday, he moved quickly to turn his focus from the presidential campaign to the pandemic, taking his first action as President-elect by naming a 13-person coronavirus task force and addressing the American people about his plans to control thee pandemic."This election is over,"...
    DONALD Trump will NEVER concede the US Election to 2020 because the word isn't "in his vocabulary", his campaign has claimed. The President is refusing to admit defeat to the President-Elect, claiming widespread voter fraud despite providing no evidence of his claims and accusations that doing so is undermining confidence in democracy. The President vowed to press ahead with legal challenges in key states, used Twitter to attack his enemies and blasted coronavirus vaccine manufacturer Pfizer for having the “courage” to break the news before last Tuesday’s election. There is absolutely no evidence that the bombshell data showing Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine is effective in 90% of cases was available prior to the election, despite the Trump campaign's comments, and nothing to suggest it would have seen him pick up more voters, either. The news comes as a Department of Justice official overseeing voter crime investigations, Richard Pilger, resigned after Attorney...
    Evan Vucci/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.This story was published originally on November 4, 2020 by ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. A hearing on Wednesday in an election case captured in miniature the challenge for the Trump campaign as it gears up for what could become an all-out legal assault on presidential election results in key swing states: It’s easy enough to file a lawsuit claiming improprieties—in this case, that Pennsylvania had violated the law by allowing voters whose mail-in ballots were defective to correct them—but a lot harder to provide evidence of wrongdoing or a convincing legal argument. “I don’t understand how the integrity of the election was affected,” said U.S. District...
    DONALD Trump will be having "meltdowns upon meltdowns" following his crushing election loss to Joe Biden, his niece Mary claims This comes as the President is refusing to accept the result of the vote and has launched legal challenges in a number of battleground states. ⚠️ Read our US election live blog for the latest news & updates 5Donald Trump will be having 'meltdown upon meltdowns' following his election defeat, his estranged niece claimsCredit: Reuters Mary Trump, 55, an outspoken critic of her famous uncle, believes the Republican, 77, will "lash out" between now and Biden's inauguration on January 20. She told The Observer: "He’s not going to concede, although who cares. "What’s worse is he’s not going to engage in the normal activities that guarantee a peaceful transition. "He’ll be having meltdowns upon meltdowns right now. He has never been in a situation like this before. "All he’s got...
    An accomplished golfer, the Republican president was already on the greens when the American media estimated on Saturday that Joe Biden’s lead could no longer be caught and that he thus became the president-elect of the United States at the end of the race. election of November 3. Donald Trump did not acknowledge his defeat and says, without concrete evidence to support it, that the election is marred by irregularities. His lawyer Rudy Giulinani continued Sunday on Fox News to fuel the rumor, speaking of fraud in “three or four, possibly 10 states”. On the journey from the White House to Sterling, Donald Trump could see Americans waving hostile signs as his procession passed. The day before, cheerful crowds had taken to the streets of major American cities to celebrate his defeat. Joe Biden, for his part, went to church Sunday morning in his...
    (CNN)The question is not whether President Donald Trump is leaving. It's how much destruction, revenge and chaos he will wreak on the way out the door.Trump's refusal to concede the election, delusional tweets about states tipping his way and failure to so far grant President-elect Joe Biden access to federal funding and resources to power up his administration mean America is in for a rocky 71 days. Trump may be a lame duck, but he retains the authorities of the presidency until noon on January 20, and his chokehold on the Republican Party was if anything strengthened by winning 70 million votes last week. So the President has the power -- institutional and political -- and apparently the motivation to create a great deal of disruption before returning to civilian life.Attorney General William Barr, who has shown a propensity for using his own power to advance the President's political aspirations,...
    Jeff Kowalsky/Getty Images RealClearPolitics editor Tom Bevan on Monday debunked an assertion that his website had changed its call on Pennsylvania in the 2020 election after the false claim began to circulate widely on social media. Bevan’s clarification came after conservative leaders including President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and Sean Spicer, the Trump White House’s inaugural press secretary, began sharing messages early Monday evening that claimed RealClearPolitics had taken Pennsylvania “away from” Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee and presumptive president-elect, and moved it to “toss-up” territory. “This is false,” Bevan wrote in a message on Twitter, responding to the claim by Giuliani. “We never called Pennsylvania, and nothing has changed.” Spicer acknowledged the correction later in the evening, noting the map didn’t have “either candidate at 270,” the number of electoral votes required to win. As of Monday evening, an electoral map displaying the results on RealClearPolitics‘ website...
    Former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, in a video widely circulated online Monday, called for God to bring in the heavy artillery—namely, an “iron rod”—to “smash the delusion” of Joe Biden as the nation’s President-Elect. Hide Bachmann, an outspoken conservative who represented Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District from 2007 to 2015, was captured in a 45-second excerpt from what appears to be a show on an unidentified conservative media outlet. Hide Bachmann, on smartphone video, delivers an invocation that positions her as a President Trump ally contesting the results of the 2020 election. Most major news outlets declared Biden, who was Vice President during most of Bachmann’s Congressional career, the winner on Saturday. Former congresswoman Michele Bachmann calls on God to "smash the delusion, Father, that Joe Biden is our president. He is not." pic.twitter.com/gqoFP97ipT— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) November 9, 2020 Hide The video, which has been shared...
    If Joe Biden won the presidential election this Saturday, Donald Trump continues to proclaim his victory loud and clear and to cry out for electoral fraud. Within the Republican camp, his attitude annoys some. Others continue to support it at all costs. Several members of Trump’s bodyguard disowned him on Sunday. It was first of all the son-in-law of the former president, Jared Kushner, who called on him to recognize his electoral defeat. Jared Kushner, who is also a key adviser to Trump, reportedly approached him on Saturday after his campaign team released a statement claiming the race was not over yet and the media had named a winner too soon. This Sunday, it was none other than Trump’s own wife who encouraged him to confess defeat. According to ., Melania Trump would indeed have advised her husband, in private, to retract. In public,...
    THE PRESIDENT has Mitch McConnell's blessing to question the election results, with the Senate Majority Leader saying Trump is "100 percent within his rights" to challenge Biden's election win. The Kentucky senator followed suit with other top Republicans who have been telling the president to avoid conceding until all other legal options have been exhausted, saying the Constitution creates a process for questioning election results. 4Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Trump is in his right to challenge the election resultsCredit: © 2020 Bloomberg Finance LP 4The president has been making accusations of voter fraud without evidenceCredit: Reuters "In the United States of America, all legal ballots must be counted. Any illegal ballots must not be counted," McConnell told reporters Monday. "The process must be transparent or observable by all sides, and the courts are here to work through concerns." "Our institutions are actually built for this," McConnell continued. "We have the system in place to consider concerns, and...
    Jenna Bush Hager got emotional while opening up about the heartfelt letter her late grandfather, former President George H.W. Bush, wrote to his successor, Democrat Bill Clinton, after losing the 1992 election as an incumbent.   With Joe Biden being declared President-elect and President Donald Trump refusing to concede, the former First Daughter has reflected on the peaceful transition of power between Bush and Clinton, who developed a close friendship over the years despite being political rivals.  '[My grandfather] started this tradition where the outgoing president would write a letter and leave it in the desk of the Oval Office so when the new president would come on the first day, he would open his desk and there it would be,' a teary Jenna, 38, said on the Today show Monday morning.  Scroll down for video   Candid: Jenna Bush Hager, 38, has opened up about how her late grandfather, former President...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said President Donald Trump is “100 percent within his legal rights” to investigate allegations of voter fraud while speaking on the Senate floor Monday. “No states have yet certified their election results,” McConnell said. “The core principle here is not complicated. In the United States of America, all legal ballots must be counted, any illegal ballots must not be counted.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said President Trump was completely within his rights to look into ‘irregularities’ from last week’s election and did not acknowledge Biden as president-elect or Harris as vice president-elect https://t.co/9lJLRAK7ks pic.twitter.com/QhoWAVEYrL — Reuters (@Reuters) November 9, 2020 “The process should be transparent or observable by all sides and the courts are here to work through concerns. Our institutions are actually built for this,” he continued. “President Trump is 100 percent within his rights to look into allegations of irregularities and...
    Washington (CNN)Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Monday rebuked calls from Republican US Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue to resign as both of their Senate races appear to be headed for a January runoff."Earlier today Senators Loeffler and Perdue called for my resignation," Raffensperger, who is also a Republican, said in a statement. "Let me start by saying that is not going to happen. The voters of Georgia hired me, and the voters will be the one to fire me.""As Secretary of State, I'll continue to fight every day to ensure fair elections in Georgia, that every legal vote counts, and that illegal votes don't count," Raffensperger continued. "I know emotions are running high. Politics are involved in everything right now. If I was Senator Perdue, I'd be irritated I was in a runoff. And both Senators and I are all unhappy with the potential outcome for our...
    Washington (CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday sided with and defended President Donald Trump, who has yet to concede the presidential election, saying that Trump is "100% within his rights to look into allegations of irregularities and weigh his legal options."The comments come as the President has made baseless claims of voter fraud and a rigged election, despite the fact that there has been no credible evidence of widespread voter fraud in this year's contest.Senate Majority Whip John Thune, the No. 2 Senate Republican, had a similar message on Monday, saying of the President, "I think he's got a constitutional right if there are legal challenges they want to make, and I think everyone ought to let that play out," when asked if he thinks Trump should concede the election.CNN and other major news networks have projected Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election, but top...
    President Donald Trump claimed he will prove fraud in a series of states that tipped the election to his rival, President-elect Joe Biden, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave the president cover in a floor speech Monday afternoon.  Directly before McConnell addressed the Senate, the president went on a tweeting rampage saying, 'Wisconsin is looking very good. Needs a little time statutorily. Will happen soon!'  Trump said Georgia 'will be a big presidential win, as it was the night of the Election!' 'Pennsylvania prevented us from watching much of the Ballot count. Unthinkable and illegal in this country,' Trump also wrote. 'Nevada is turning out to be a cesspool of Fake Votes.'  None of the president's claims have, so far, been backed up by compelling evidence.   McConnell has yet to call Biden the victor and instead allowed other Republicans to follow suit.  President Donald Trump claimed that he...