“I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have,” Mr Trump said during the January 2, 2021, call, which was recorded by Mr Raffensperger’s office.
But it could be his efforts to change the outcome of the election in Georgia, the swing state that flipped for President Joe Biden, that may prove the more pressing legal risk to his campaign.
Source: How the US state of Georgia became ground zero for Donald Trump’s legal woes – ABC News
Trump Speak has no Logic it merely requires control of the Megaphone.
Let’s follow Trump’s odd logic for a minute: If life under Biden is like April Fools’ Day every day, then the things that Trump is worrying over aren’t real.
Source: Donald Trump is the worst kind of fool | Salon.com
“I respectfully decline to answer the questions under the rights and privileges afforded to every citizen under the United States Constitution — This will be my answer to any further questions.”
People take the Fifth Amendment so they don’t incriminate themselves. It IS the right of every American. However, when it was Hillary’s computer programmer, Trump claimed taking the fifth was an admission of guilt.
Trump repeatedly said “same answer” to speed things up. CBS reported that, “Trump did so more than 400 times during the course of the full interview, according to sources.”
That’s a far cry from when he attacked Hillary Clinton and declared anyone taking the Fifth must be guilty.
“The mob takes the Fifth,” he said at an Iowa campaign rally in September. “If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?”
Source: Trump Takes ‘The Fifth’ In NY Fraud Probe Deposition | Crooks and Liars
Will Trump’s lawyers take out a class action suit against him?
Writing Trump and his attorney have demonstrated a “pattern of abuse of the courts” that “undermines the rule of law” and “amounts to obstruction of justice,” he then added, “Here, we are confronted with a lawsuit that should never have been filed, which was completely frivolous, both factually and legally, and which was brought in bad faith for an improper purpose.”
Source: Lawyer warns there will be a ‘hellish price to be paid’ if attorneys take on Trump as a client – Raw Story – Celebrating 18 Years of Independent Journalism
A federal judge has ordered former US president Donald Trump and his lawyers to pay more than $US937,000 ($1.4 million) in sanctions for suing former secretary of state Hillary Clinton over claims the 2016 presidential election was rigged.
US District Judge John Middlebrooks, who threw out Mr Trump’s lawsuit in September, said the sanctions were warranted because the former president had exhibited a pattern of misusing the courts to further his political agenda.
Source: Trump, lawyers fined for ‘political’ suit
Former President Donald Trump is once again lashing out over special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into his handling of classified documents. This time, though, he didn’t call out Smith by name. Trump is dubiously claiming that he possessed empty folders that he considered a “cool keepsake.”
Source: Trump: There Were No Classified Docs. I Kept ‘Empty Folders’ As A ‘Keepsake’ | Crooks and Liars
The business of being President the laundry business according to Trump. Anything and everything is washable.
DAWN calls for DOJ probe after revelation that MBS owns nearly all of Trump-partnered LIV Golf.
Source: Court proceedings reveal MBS paid Trump “millions in the past two years”: Human rights group | Salon.com
This won’t play well for the MAGA cult if Trump keeps bashing his base. But Trump always needs a scapegoat when he loses or feels threatened.
Source: Trump Bashes ‘Disloyal’ Evangelical Leaders | Crooks and Liars
Justice in America comes after you have already lived your life. Only then you will be judged and your sentence adjusted according to your age. However, that’s only the case for the rich and incorporated. For the rest, black brown and middle-class judgement comes quick and fast until and if you find yourself on death row. Will Trump ever be tried, judged and sentenced in a hand-picked MAGA-biased judicial system??
KEY POINTS The judge says Ms Carroll can proceed with lawsuits alleging she was raped by Mr Trump in a department store a quarter century ago. It’s because Mr Trump’s challenges were without merit. He was upholding a temporary New York state law letting adult victims of sexual abuse sue their abusers.
Source: Judge rejects Donald Trump’s ‘absurd’ attempt to dismiss writer’s rape lawsuit | SBS News
A New York judge says former United States president Donald Trump must face a lawsuit by the state’s attorney general accusing him of fraudulently overvaluing his namesake real estate company’s assets and his own net worth.
Source: NYC judge orders Donald Trump fraud trial to proceed
Despite Donald Trump facing a slew of legal problems, there is still a slight chance of the former President posing a threat to American democracy, writes George Grundy.
Source: The danger of a second Trump presidency still looms
Donald Trump knowingly committed dozens of brazen tax frauds during the six years when he ran for office and was President. Trump biographer and tax avoidance expert David Cay Johnston reports. Sociopath,
Source: A lifetime of fraud: Donald Trump’s blatant tax swindles unveiled – Michael West
One man stands alone and for himself fuck everybody else
Former President Donald Trump has appeared to float the idea of running a third-party campaign if increasingly disgruntled Republican leaders don’t get behind his 2024 run for the presidency.
Source: Trump Appears To Float Third-Party Threat If GOP Won’t Back Him | HuffPost Latest News
In a deep dive into how things are going for Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential run as he skips holding his rallies and holes up at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, Olivia Nuzzi notes that things are not well at all — and his advisers are admitting they are witnessing a downward spiral.
Source: “His world is so, so small’: As Trump wanders Mar-a-Lago, adviser laments “the magic is gone” | Salon.com
Underscoring my claim that the story of Trump is now the story of a needy, desperate loser who refuses to move on, scores of social media users, including many of his own supporters, responded to the “major announcement” by blasting him for an obvious attention-seeking scam. One tweet asked, “How pathetic do you have to be to sell nfts of yourself photoshopped into various professions that you could never even dream of having?”
Source: Here is the real reason Trump will go down in flames in 2024 – Raw Story – Celebrating 18 Years of Independent Journalism
Former Donald Trump staffer Cassidy Hutchinson told the House’s Jan. 6 select committee that allies of the former president told her to hide her full knowledge of the White House goings-on at the time of the 2021 Capitol riot, according to newly released interview transcripts.
At the same time, Hutchinson said, people in Trump’s orbit dangled jobs in front of her ― jobs that were withdrawn as she continued cooperating with the committee.
Source: Cassidy Hutchinson Says ‘Trump World’ Lawyer Told Her To Mislead Jan. 6 Panel | HuffPost Latest News
So Trump now joins this abject company, this rogues gallery of former high officials of the United States of America who were considered guilty of sedition or treason. Burr and Davis escaped any punishment. The question is whether Trump will, as well.
Source: Suspected of Sedition, Trump Joins Rogues’ Gallery of Aaron Burr and Jefferson Davis
After 18 months of investigation and hearings, the House January 6 committee has confirmed the obvious: “The central cause of January 6th was one man, former President Donald Trump, who many others followed. None of the events of January 6th would have happened without him.” The committee cited this conclusion in a 161-page introduction to its forthcoming final report that was released on Monday. The full report is expected to be made public on Wednesday.
Source: January 6 Report Presents a Devastating Case Against Trump – Mother Jones
The worm has turned
“It is interesting to see these numbers. Trump has a lot to overcome here, he’s got headwinds now, and he is not doing himself favors when he announces a big announcement and the announcement is he is releasing digital trading cards that only enrich him, not the campaign, it wasn’t even for the campaign,” Daily Caller Editorial Director Vince Coglianese told “Fox News Sunday” host Shannon Bream about polling numbers showing 39% of people were hoping for Trump to run again, while 58% didn’t want to see Trump run.
Source: ‘A Lot To Overcome’: Daily Caller Editor Reacts To Trump 2024 | The Daily Caller
Trump got his “licence fee” and 45,000 loved being scammed and throwing money at nothing
Former United States president Donald Trump’s new digital trading cards reportedly sold out, with prices soaring as buyers apparently snapped up the items despite the widespread mockery of their launch.
Source: Trump’s superhero trading cards sell out – Michael West
America I’m your REAL PRESIDENT… HO HO
Cards cost ‘only $99 each’ and ‘would make a great Christmas gift’, says former president in ‘major announcement’ video
Trump’s need for funds has increased recently, amid unprecedented legal jeopardy over his business and political affairs.
He has also taken a battering in polls regarding the GOP nomination in 2024, slipping behind the Florida governor, Ron DeSantis, in surveys carried out by USA Today, CNN and the Wall Street Journal.
On Thursday, amid widespread mockery, Santiago Mayer, executive director of Voters Tomorrow, wrote: “Donald Trump’s major announcement is that he’s selling his own Pokémon cards.”
Ginger Gibson, senior Washington editor for NBC Digital, wrote: “Donald Trump’s ‘major announcement’ appears to be that he still thinks people will give him $99 when he asks.”
Source: ‘Losing the plot’: Trump mocked after announcing superhero card collection | Donald Trump | The Guardian
The longer time passes the deeper they sink.
By copying voting software and distributing it widely, people and organizations can “use the software to undermine, disrupt, or tamper with elections in a number of ways,” the letter included.
Source: Trump lawyers implicated in “coordinated plot” to copy voting system data in multiple states | Salon.com
“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters,” Donald Trump said famously in late January of 2016.
And yet, things seem different now, largely due to the unimpressive Republican performance in November.
Much like a television show in its fifth or six season, where the storylines have become strained and the performers spend much of their time thinking about their next project, the Trump campaign — and Donald Trump himself — are starting to look stale, fatigued and unbelievable, even to their own supporters.
In his TV series, Trump allegedly mentored and evaluated admirers who wanted to be his “Apprentice.” Now, the former president looks more and more like “The Biggest Loser.”
Source: The beginning of the end for Donald Trump? Probably. – Roll Call
Mary Trump is not surprised because it is who he is
In an analysis on how things are going for Donald Trump since his overly-hyped 2024 presidential campaign launch at Mar-a-Lago weeks ago, Guardian political analyst David Smith claims the former president has lost the “sizzle” that made him such a hot property in 2016 as he skips the type of politic…
Source: ‘It couldn’t be going any worse’: Trump skipping rallies as his 2024 campaign launch flops – Raw Story – Celebrating 18 Years of Independent Journalism
Ratings and Revenge the driving force that resulted in a Presidency but not a President
The parallels between Trump’s celebrity presidency and the patterning of fascist propaganda are plain to see: the relentless repetition and disinformation, the scapegoating of the Other, the strongman identity and victimhood, and the equating of his executive leadership with the greatness of the nation. Those are in addition to his arbitrary application of law, disdain for rules and bureaucracy, and substituting of mass entertainment for political power. Trump was not driven by allegiance to a coherent ideology like some of those in his administration. But his grandiosity, love for chaos, and penchant for tabloid-inspired emotion over fact, recalled history’s greatest autocrats—many of whom were also charismatic showmen guided by profits, image, power, and the old P. T. Barnum adage that “The bigger the humbug, the better people will like it.”
Source: The Apprentice, Trump’s Celebrity Presidency, and the Road to American Fascism | The Smirking Chimp
If politics were football, Donald Trump would be a JAG.
NFL fans know what that means: Trump is “Just a Guy.”
In professional football slang, being a JAG means that a player is average, nothing special. A JAG lacks game-changing talent and unique status. A JAG is not a star. If a JAG makes too many demands, he’ll be kicked off the team and thrown out on the street.
Trump is finally finding out that being a former president is not the same thing as being president. Both in the courts and in politics, it turns out that being a former president is a lot like being a JAG.
The ex-president is finally fair game for an entire legion of lawyers.
Source: Donald Trump Is Out of Power — and Out of Luck
Donald Trump’s real estate company was convicted on Tuesday of carrying out a 15-year-long criminal scheme to defraud tax authorities, adding to the legal woes facing the former U.S. president as he campaigns for the office again in 2024.
Source: Trump Organization found guilty of tax fraud by New York jury
In the attrition of legal trench warfare, these cases may be gradually wearing down Trump’s political resilience, especially combined with three successive elections that suggest he more of a loser than a winner.
His winning argument in 2016 was that, having cultivated the image of a successful businessman on his reality TV show The Apprentice, he could now bring the same acumen to governing the country. And in a sense, he did: with fraud, deceit and contempt for the rule of law.
Source: Tax fraud verdict again exposes illusion of Trump the master businessman | US news | The Guardian
The guilty verdict against Stewart Rhodes, head of the militia, and one of his subordinates effectively established that there was an illegal plot to keep president Donald Trump in power despite his defeat in the 2020 election, whether Trump was directly involved or simply inspired it through the lies he spread.
Source: Kanye West’s buddy Donald Trump embraces extremism
Trump called for the “termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution” in order to place him back in the White House.
Will Trump be charged with sedition over this latest statement? He will not. Odds are good that not one Sunday morning talk show will even ask their Republican “guests” about the this latest demand for a monarchy.
Source: Trump calls for a ‘termination of all rules … even the Constitution’ to install him as dictator
Trump’s dinner guests speak out and it isn’t to apologize. All on the Alex Jones Show.
Kanye West’s Twitter account was personally reinstated by Elon Musk after Musk’s takeover of the company; West had previously been suspended from Twitter for other antisemitic remarks. West claimed during the interview that he would be allowing Fuentes and Jones to tweet from his reinstated Twitter account today—a move that would further test the limits of Musk’s support for antisemitic hate speech.
Whether West’s new outburst results in any action from the Republican Party (or Fox News) to further distance themselves from the antisemitic far-right is unknowable.
Source: Kanye West praises Hitler, Nazis in openly antisemitic rant: ‘I like Hitler’
After a backlash ensued when controversial Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene attended an event earlier this year that white nationalist and fascist Nick Fuentes organized, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in response that “white supremacy, neo-Nazism, hate speech, and bigotry are disgusting and do not have a home in the Republican Party.”
Source: ‘F—ing Nightmare’: Trump Team Reeling Over Ex-POTUS’ Latest Scandal | Crooks and Liars
Will he be charged and tried on any of the numbers of investigations he’s facing and managed to delay? Will tax be his downfall like it was many others? Fraud is on the cards. Espionage, rape, and simply mental capacity. How long can he delay justice and America prove to be a Great Experiment in government? All that really needs changing is Capitalism but is that possible in America?
Trump’s power is not waning where it matters. In the 2022 primary races, Republicans largely voted for those who Trump told them to vote for – even candidates like Doug Mastriano (who suggested women who have abortions should be tried for murder) and Blake Masters (who attributed rising gun crime to black people). Trump-endorsed candidates might not have won the general elections, but they won their primaries 93% of the time.
Source: Think Trump is done for? Think again
Unfortunately, it’s not only in America where Trumpians rule despite their moral and character flaws. Think of Berlusconi, Putin, and Netanyahu the Middle East and then simply compare the leaders of the world in general and you will find that Trump is just one among many.
Trump just happens to prefer the global ratings and he isn’t the first celebrity to have turned to politics for ego-driving money and power. But, he also had Murdoch’s global PR empire behind him in a quid pro quo rating relationship dance. Good bad or ugly made no difference to Murdoch or Trump as long as they had the attention. Adding FB, and Twitter, to the mix and influence for mutual gain is easier to see than the algorithms and bots doing their work for him.
Has Trump come to attention deficit? Has Murdoch really turned it off yet?
His diabolical slipperiness does more than keep him in the news and in the public eye. Nearly everything surrounding the man is grimly hypnotic. I’ve been covering politics for just over 50 years, and I cannot recall another American politician who has proved more spellbinding in the way he lives his personal and public life, not to mention the way he has sold himself, with his New York accent, multiple ex-wives and mistresses, business scandals and all the rest of it to the American public, or to 74 million members of it, anyway.
Source: Is This the End of Our National Trump Bender? Yeah, We’ve Heard That One Before | The Smirking Chimp
The problem for young voters ― and plenty of not-so-young voters ― isn’t that Trump is part of the Republican Party. The problem is that he belongs there.
Source: The GOP Has A Problem And It’s Not Just Donald Trump | HuffPost Latest News
Oh, he’s mad.
Despite having picked so many winners, I have to put up with the Fake News. For me, Fox News was always gone, even in 2015-16 when I began my “journey,” but now they’re really gone. Such an opportunity for another media outlet to make an absolute fortune, and do good for America. Let’s see what happens?
For those many people that are being fed the fake narrative from the corrupt media that I am Angry about the Midterms, don’t believe it. I am not at all angry, did a great job (I wasn’t the one running!), and am very busy looking into the future. Remember, I am a “Stable Genius.”
Source: Trump Posts Late Night Meltdown Over Midterms: ‘Enemies And Losers’ | Crooks and Liars
Trump, despite losing the 2020 election by 7 million votes nationally and by 306-232 in the Electoral College, became the first president in more than two centuries of elections to refuse to hand over power peacefully. His incitement of the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol ― his last-ditch attempt to remain in office ― led to the deaths of five people, including one police officer, the injury of 140 officers and four police suicides.
Source: If GOP Fails To Win Back Senate, It Can Thank Trump. Again. | HuffPost Latest News
Trump, moreover, lost these midterms decisively. With the exception of the shockingly bad author J.D. Vance in Ohio, Trump’s prominent personal picks did not appear to be faring very well on election day, and while things may change slightly, this conclusion is unlikely to be altered.
Source: Biden Holds Red Wave to a Ripple, as Trump Loses Big Time in Midterms
Conspiracy the true meaning of the word and it’s relationship to reality
“They had a damn insider on SCOTUS who they thought would help them overthrow our democracy. He’s married to a deranged MAGA cult member. He won’t even recuse himself,” wrote former federal prosecutor Richard Signorelli.
Source: “They had a damn insider on SCOTUS”: Experts alarmed after Trump lawyer emails inadvertently leak | Salon.com
Republican aides on Capitol Hill and GOP strategists are expecting the U.S. Dept. of Justice to indict Donald Trump within weeks or months of the November election, which is just eight days away. Some are warning if that is the plan it should be sooner rather than later. Former top Trump advisor Steve Bannon claims if the former President is indicted DOJ will be defunded “immediately” and Garland could face impeachment.
Source: Trump Indictment Expected ‘Weeks’ After Midterms — And Bannon Makes a Threat | The Smirking Chimp
And, boy howdy, hasn’t there been hell to pay ever since he lost power> And aren’t those crazies just gotten crazier as they’re now so readily convinced that things were ever so much better when he was in office? Who we gonna call? Herschel Walker? Who will return us to those thrilling days of a few years ago? Dr. Oz? Who alone can fix it? Oh hell, we know, don’t we? He told us himself.
Source: Nightmare Alley: Setting Loose the Crazies to Make Us Great Again | The Smirking Chimp
I just watched a focus group of Pennsylvania Trump voters on MSNBC, and I felt my blood pressure going through the roof. Because none of them believed the 2020 election was legitimate, citing the fact that the results changed overnight.
Of course they did! Because Trump backers in the PA state legislature passed a law that prevented local election officials from counting mail-in ballots until after the election was over. They did it to make it easier for Trump to claim the election was rigged! Everyone who was paying attention knew this.
It’s not some magic “secret” information. It was in the local and national newspapers! It was on the news, warning people to be prepared for a different result the next day because the mail-in ballots weren’t counted yet!
Source: Trump Now Plotting To Overthrow Midterm Results In Philadelphia | Crooks and Liars
Trump Wants nothing revealed because there is nothing there for the public to see if it doesn’t earn him a dollar rouble or rial and coin or creepy crypto will do even sex
The contents of some of the classified documents recovered by the FBI during the search of Donald Trump’s Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, have been revealed, and it isn’t very comforting. Unless, of course, you don’t love this country. Some of the docs included highly sensitive intelligence regarding Iran and China. If they were/have been shared with others, such information could expose intelligence-gathering methods that the U.S. wants to keep hidden from the world for obvious reasons.
Source: Contents Of Mar-a-Lago Docs Revealed, And It’s Worse Than We Thought | Crooks and Liars
Trump berates the Jews and applauds Israel. 66% of Jew live and practice Judaism outside of Israel. Israel isn’t a Jewish State but a multicultural political Apartheid State increasingly dominated by the religious Right who Trump feeds off in order to pay his legal costs.
Early Sunday the former president lashed out at U.S. Jews on Truth Social for not being enough like Evangelical Christians — and immediately was attacked for what one Jewish group called “unabashed antisemitism.” According to Trump, “No President has done more for Israel than I have. Somewhat surprisingly, however, our wonderful Evangelicals are far more appreciative of this than the people of the Jewish faith, especially those living in the U.S. Those living in Israel, though, are a different story – Highest approval rating in the World, could easily be P.M.! U.S. Jews have to get their act together and appreciate what they have in Israel – Before it is too late!”
Source: ‘Two-bit goon’ Trump ignites furious backlash for demanding U.S. Jews act more like Evangelicals – Raw Story – Celebrating 18 Years of Independent Journalism
It happened but nobody is any wiser for it having been said.
Breaking: Another Roger Stone video has dropped. This time Stone is talking about Donald Trump: “run again you’ll get your fucking brains beat in”
Source: Roger Stone: Trump Will Get ‘F***ing Brains Beat In’ If Runs Again | Crooks and Liars
Mr. Trump asked the court last week to step into the tangled case, saying that an appeals court had lacked jurisdiction to remove about 100 documents marked as classified from a review of the seized material. The Supreme Court’s action means that the special master in the case, and Mr. Trump’s legal team, will not have access to those documents.
Source: SCOTUS Smacks Down Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Delay Tactic | Crooks and Liars