Trump News Today: Ex-president sells DC hotel as ‘ultra-maga’ Kathy Barnette surges in Pennsylvania
Biden mocks Trump as ‘great MAGA king’ in speech on economy
The Trump Organization announced the sale of a long-term lease of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, which was taken over by Miami’s CGI Merchant Group for $375 million.
The Pennsylvania Avenue Hotel had served as a symbol of Donald Trump’s influence with politicians and other figures who congregated there, but had also drawn multiple accusations of corruption, ranging from questions about its use at the inauguration of 2017 to concerns about bills paid by foreign delegations staying there. could violate the emoluments clauses of the Constitution.
Meanwhile, in New York, the former president was ordered to pay $110,000 in fines as a judge lifted a contempt order against him stemming from a legal dispute over documents from the Trump organization.
On another front, a die-hard pro-Trump candidate emerging from outside the GOP establishment is soaring in the polls for Pennsylvania’s Republican primary, to be held next Tuesday. Mr Trump has endorsed Dr Mehmet Oz for the open Senate seat, but many conservatives are disgusted by the TV doctor’s record of liberal positions.
The controversial Ms Barnette has been slammed as ‘ultra-maga’ by her detractors, but has suddenly attracted millions in ad spend from right-wing campaign groups.
Trump adopts Biden’s ‘Maga King’ label on Truth Social
Joe Biden’s derisive description of Donald Trump as a ‘great king maga’ comes as the president tries to amplify his message for the midterm elections – and it seems to have gone down well with Mr Trump himself, at least according to his latest post on Social Truth:
Andrew NaughtyMay 12, 2022 1:00 p.m.
Former U.S. Attorney General on Trump’s lawsuit
Eric Holder, who served as the United States Attorney General during the Obama administration, appeared last night on MSNBC to discuss the delicate issue of whether and how Donald Trump should be charged for his suggested role in the events of January 6. 2021. Mr Holder has previously raised concerns about the potential impact of the Justice Department prosecuting a former president – but in his interview he also stressed that holding Mr Trump accountable for his actions could have significant positive effects.
“There’s a whole host of things a prosecutor has to consider before finally deciding to bring a case,” he said. “But I think here it would be a divisive thing, but given the nature of what we’re looking at… people need to be held accountable, but equally important, there needs to be a deterrent effect for people to the future will know that if you try something that was attempted by the Trump mob, you will be held accountable, you will face serious consequences.
Watch Mr. Holder’s remarks below.
Andrew NaughtyMay 12, 2022 12:07
The right continues its attacks on Ukrainian aid
Two of the most intensely right-wing members of Congress, Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar, continued to decry US support for Ukraine in the face of the Russian onslaught – citing US domestic issues as a pretext for reject the aid of 40 billion dollars. package adopted by the House this week.
Madison Cawthorn, a far-right congresswoman from North Carolina, is also angry at the amount allocated to Ukraine. Maroosha Muzaffar to the story.
Andrew Naughty12 May 2022 11:22
Dr. Oz tears up his soaring ‘ultra-maga’ rival
Trump-endorsed Dr. Mehmet Oz may be leading the polls in the Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary, but he faces a growing challenge from an unexpected figure: the right-winger previously obscure Kathy Barnette, who has now closed the polls gap at the top of the field within the statistical margin of error.
In response, many on the Trump-aligned right are trying to tarnish Ms. Barnette as much as possible in the few days left before the final vote. And Dr. Oz himself made an appearance on Fox News yesterday to join the pile-on:
Andrew NaughtyMay 12, 2022 10:50 a.m.
Texas AG raises funds for 2020 election conspiracy theory film
Ken Paxton, the Texas attorney general who spoke at the Jan. 6 rally outside the White House before the Capitol riot, is hosting a fundraiser for himself — and for the entertainment of his donors, he’s organizing a projection of 2000 slippersa lie-based documentary created by pro-Trump conservative maven Dinesh D’Souza.
The film, which Mr. Trump himself has enthusiastically praised, claims that (debunked) cellphone data proves Democrats engaged in a massive election scam to throw the presidency in Joe Biden’s path.
Mr. Paxton faces disciplinary action from the Texas State Bar for his involvement in a post-election lawsuit challenging Mr. Biden’s victory; nonetheless, he is running for office this year with Mr. Trump’s endorsement. After placing first in the GOP primary field, he will face George P. Bush, scion of the presidential dynasty, in a Republican runoff on May 24.
Andrew NaughtyMay 12, 2022 10:15 a.m.
GOP donors divided on support for Trump ahead of midterms
Ahead of the midterm elections, some GOP donors are spending millions of dollars opposing primary candidates endorsed by Donald Trump, ABC News reported.
In several high-profile primaries, GOP donors have given large sums to support Republicans running against Trump-backed candidates, according to Federal Election Commission disclosure documents.
The documents show, for example, that GOP groups spent more than $20 million attacking Dr. Mehmet Oz who has been endorsed by Mr. Trump and backs his main rival David McCormick in Pennsylvania.
In North Carolina, $18 million was paid outside of GOP spending, split between Trump-backed candidate Ted Budd and his rivals.
Club for Growth president David McIntosh declined to comment on the alleged funding split.
“What that means is that there are just a lot of people who are energetic and ready to win back the majority, and people who are able to raise a lot of money and spend a lot of money,” he said. said Mr. McIntosh.
Sravasti DasguptaMay 12, 2022 9:30 a.m.
Audio reveals Lindsey Graham blasted Trump after Jan. 6 riot
According to recordings released by a pair of New York Times journalists and performed on CNN.
A recording captured Mr Graham saying he thought Mr Trump ‘misjudged the passion’ of his supporters and blasting the ex-president for speaking at the rally immediately before the riot .
“He’s playing the game show and he’s gone too far here,” Mr Graham said. “That rally didn’t help, talk about primary Liz [Cheney] — it created a feeling of revenge”.
Sravasti DasguptaMay 12, 2022 8:34 a.m.
Trump sells DC hotel to Miami-based investor group
Donald Trump’s family hotel in Washington has been sold to a group of Miami-based investors.
The Trump Organization announced on Wednesday that it has completed the sale of a long-term lease of the Trump International Hotel to Miami’s CGI Merchant Group.
Sravasti DasguptaMay 12, 2022 07:45
Supreme Court justices to meet for first time since draft Roe decision leaked
The nine Supreme Court justices will meet privately on Thursday for the first time since a leaked draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade.
The meeting comes amid concerns over the future of abortion rights in the country.
The meeting will be held in the judges’ private paneled conference room and could be a tense affair.
No one but the judges is present, and the youngest of them, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, is responsible for taking notes, the Associated Press reported.
Sravasti DasguptaMay 12, 2022 07:18
Michael Flynn says US military ‘persecutes’ him for taking money from Russian government TV station
Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, claims he is being “persecuted” by the military trying to recover nearly $40,000 he was paid by the Russian government.
Olivier O’ConnellMay 12, 2022 06:10