Trump says it’s ‘very unlikely’ he would pardon himself if convicted and then elected
Donald Trump made a series of gaffes during remarks at two events in Washington, DC on Friday night, saying President Joe Biden would lead the US into the Second World War, appearing to confuse whom he was running against in 2024 and in the past, and reiterating a bizarre claim that you need ID to buy bread.
Earlier, the former president attacked “deranged” Jack Smith just hours after the office of the special counsel requested that a narrow gag order be handed down in the January 6 election subversion case.
The prosecutors said in a filing on Friday evening that Mr Trump has “repeatedly and widely disseminated public statements attacking the citizens of the District of Columbia, the Court, prosecutors, and prospective witnesses”.
Meanwhile, X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, handed over 32 direct messages from Donald Trump’s account with the social media platform to special counsel Jack Smith as part of his election subversion probe, according to a new court filing.
The former president was a voracious user of his @realDonaldTrump account as he tried to overturn Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory until he was suspended by the platform in the wake of the attack on Congress.
‘Meet the Press’ under fire for Trump interview
The anger comes from giving a platform to the former president’s lies, with accusations that the interview is “normalising a maniac”.
In promoting the interview, the show’s newly-appointed moderator Kristen Welker has also been accused of “whitewashing Trump’s depravity” with social media users asking “Is it 2015?” and “What is wrong with you, NBC?”
Oliver O’Connell17 September 2023 15:53
Trump refuses to say on ‘Meet the Press’ how he watched the Jan 6 attack unfold
Former President Donald Trump repeatedly declined in an interview aired Sunday to answer questions about whether he watched the Capitol riot unfold on television, saying he would “tell people later at an appropriate time.”
Trump, the current front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, refused to say on NBC‘s “Meet the Press” how he spent Jan. 6, 2021, once the insurrection began and whether he made phone calls as his supporters stormed the seat of American democracy.
“I’m not going to tell you. I’ll tell people later at an appropriate time,” Trump told moderator Kristen Welker after she asked if he spent that afternoon watching the attack on television in a dining room at the White House.
Trump’s former aides have said he sequestered himself in the room off the Oval Office to watch, at times even rewinding and rewatching some parts.
AP17 September 2023 15:37
Trump denies pushing for Biden impeachment inquiry
The alleged meeting between Mr Trump and House Republican leadership was said to have taken place before House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced a formal impeachment inquiry into the president.
However, speaking to NBC’s Kristen Welker “Meet the Press” in an interview aired Sunday, Mr Trump said he didn’t “have to talk” to anyone about supporting the inquiry because “they’re more proactive than I am”.
Oliver O’Connell17 September 2023 15:28
Trump marks Ken Paxton impeachment acquittal — with a meme
Mr Trump wrote on Truth Social: “I want to thank the great Lt. Governor of Texas, Dan Patrick, who served as Judge in the Ken Paxton Trial, and the Republican State Senators, for showing great Professionalism and Fairness.”
“Attorney General Paxton was fully acquitted on all 16 Impeachment Articles brought by the Texas Republican House. It is time that Speaker Dade Phelan resign after pushing this Disgraceful Sham!” he added.
“Congratulations to Attorney General Ken Paxton on a great and historic Texas sized VICTORY. I also want to congratulate his wonderful wife and family for having had to go through this ordeal, and WINNING!”
The former president also reposted a meme from a follower…
Oliver O’Connell17 September 2023 15:00
Trump touts ‘Meet The Press’ interview amid anger and calls for boycott of show
While Donald Trump was happily promoting this morning’s upcoming interview on Meet The Press with a 1.39am post on Truth Social, there are calls for a boycott of NBC News’s banner political Sunday morning show.
I will be the interviewed this morning on Meet the Press, NBC. Enjoy!
(Donald Trump Truth Social Post 01:39 AM EST 9/17/23. pic.twitter.com/xrPzgoV7sY
— Donald J. Trump Posts From His Truth Social (@TrumpDailyPosts) September 17, 2023
The anger comes from an apparent lack of pushback on the former president’s lies from newly-appointed host Kristen Welker, with accusations that the interview is “normalizing a maniac”.
In these clips, Trump utters about 30 different lies, and there’s zero pushback from Kristen Welker, who instead calls him “fired up” and “defiant” – and “the president.” This is, actually, worse than the CNN town hall in terms of normalizing a maniac. https://t.co/WRAIDOtgS3
— Dan Froomkin (PressWatchers.org) (@froomkin) September 15, 2023
In promoting the interview, Welker has also been accused of “whitewashing Trump’s depravity” with X users asking “Is it 2015?” and “What is wrong with you, NBC?”
Oliver O’Connell17 September 2023 14:16
Trump serves up chaotic ‘word salad’ of a speech at DC event
In his latest gaffe-laden speech, Donald Trump appeared to suggest former President Barack Obama was running in 2024 as he warned that “cognitively impaired” President Joe Biden could lead the country into “World War Two” if he wins re-election.
During his remarks at the Washington DC Pray Vote Stand Summit on Friday, the former president said: “We have a man who is totally corrupt and the worst president in the history of our country, who is cognitively impaired, in no condition to lead, and is now in charge of dealing with Russia and possible nuclear war.”
“Just think of it. We would be in World War Two very quickly if we’re going to be relying on this man, and far more devastating than any war,” he continued as dramatic music swelled in the background.
“There will never be a war if that happens— there will never be a war like this. It will obliterate everything there is, everybody, it will obliterate every country.”
In the past, Mr Trump has frequently said that Mr Biden would lead the country into the Third World War and the gaffe may have gone unnoticed had he not continued to stumble over his words confusing his political opponents with each other.
Oliver O’Connell17 September 2023 14:00
Trump rants at ‘deranged’ Jack Smith hours after special counsel requests partial gag order
Federal prosecutors are asking the judge overseeing a case targeting Donald Trump’s alleged efforts to subvert the outcome of the 2020 presidential election to help stop his wave of “inflammatory” attacks.
Following a grand jury’s indictment in the case, the former president has “repeatedly and widely disseminated public statements” attacking Washington DC residents as well as members of the court, prosecutors and prospective witnesses, according to a filing in US District Court on 15 September.
His statements threaten “to undermine the integrity of these proceedings and prejudice the jury pool,” prosecutors warned. Shortly after a request from US Department of Justice special counsel Jack Smith for the partial gag order, the former president lashed out on his Truth Social platform and called him “deranged”.
Alex Woodward17 September 2023 13:00
Ken Paxton was acquitted at his impeachment trial. He still faces legal troubles
With the Texas Senate’s Saturday vote to acquit Paxton of corruption charges at his impeachment trial the Republican has once again demonstrated his rare political resilience. And he retains the shield of the attorney general’s office in legal battles still to come.
After being cleared, Paxton, 60, thanked his lawyers for “exposing the absurdity” of the “false allegations” against him, and he promised to resume doing legal battle with the administration of President Joe Biden.
AP17 September 2023 12:00
Trump mocked for claiming Americans need ID to buy bread
He has said it before and he has said it again.
Does the former, and potentially next, president of the United States really believe you need ID to buy a loaf of bread?
Speaking at the Concerned Women for America’s National Summit in Washington DC, Mr Trump repeated his lies that he won the 2020 presidential election and called for the passage of a voter ID law.
“You have ID to buy a loaf of bread,” he said. “You have ID to buy a loaf of bread. You have everything.”
Read more about the former president’s bizarre claim…
Oliver O’Connell17 September 2023 10:00
Timeline from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s impeachment to his acquittal
A timeline of events that led to acquittal of three-term Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton during his impeachment trial in the state Senate. The trial started Sept. 5 and ended Sept. 16. The overwhelming impeachment vote in May by the GOP-controlled Texas House of Representatives suspended the 60-year-old Paxton from office.
The acquittal allows him to resume his duties as attorney general.
AP17 September 2023 08:00
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