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Report: Donald Trump Was Irritated With ‘All the Leaking in Indiana’ About His Pick of Pence for VP

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Campaign Manager Says Trump ‘Emotionally Reacted’ When He Canceled Scheduled VP Announcement

Donald Trump on Thursday from his home in Beverly Hills became “irritated” as he saw the news leak that he had decided upon Indiana Governor Mike Pence to be his vice presidential running mate. NBC News reports that “behind the scenes” Trump “was described as surprised and ‘irritated.'”

“It is unclear if Trump was undecided, unconvinced, conflicted by his choice or if he was upset by losing control of events and the story line,” NBC adds. “Some sources opined that Trump was uncomfortable delivering bad news to those who had been loyal advocates. Sources describe frustration at ‘all the leaking in Indiana.'”

In fact, Trump decided on Pence but did not make him an offer until hours after the news had leaked. But Trump also apparently communicated the decision to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, the two other top contenders, before making the offer to Pence – an odd decision given Pence, while unlikely, could have changed his mind upon hearing the tremendous outrage and uproar when the news was leaked. It would be awkward to approach, say, Gingrich, and have to say, “Pence turned me down so could you take the job?”

The “communication” to Gingrich and Christie, as NBC reports it, was also odd.

Trump spoke to Gov. Christie after 4:00pm in what was described as a ‘tense’ conversation where a Pence pick was discussed but a final decision was not communicated.”

Sources close to Gingrich did not specify what he had been told about the status of the running mate selection and he has not said publicly whether he was fully informed.”

After the leak, and as the severity of the attack in Nice was becoming clear, Trump offered an ugly, self-serving, unstatesmanlike  tweet on the attack:

Minutes later he postponed his scheduled Friday 11 AM announcement of his vice presidential choice:

Friday morning, Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort told CNN Trump “emotionally reacted” to the Nice attack news, and decided to cancel his announcement press conference.

Thursday night, Trump managed to attend a Bel Air big money donor fundraiser.

“About 200 donors contributed $2,700 to $449,400 per person to attend. About 60 who donated at least $25,000 or raised at least $27,000 also attended a dinner of pan-seared salmon and fresh fig salad with Trump,” the LA Times reports, adding, “Trump will name his running mate over the weekend,” he told donors.

Minutes ago, Trump announced his choice of Mike Pence to be his vice presidential running mate. And he did it via Twitter.

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Die-Hard MAGA Trump Supporters in Arizona Think ‘It’s Very Possible’ States Will ‘Decertify’ the 2020 Election

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Donald Trump’s most recent rally in Arizona brought many opportunities for his supporters to explain why they think the former president will be back in office any day.

Politico spoke to a few MAGA folks on the ground at the event and got their thoughts on what’s next in the Trump movement.

“I hope states decertify the election. I want to hear him say it’s over, we are ready to move on and hold a new election,” Politico cited Ray Kallatsa from Tucson. “I do think it’s possible, very possible.”

His thoughts echo those of pillow mogul Mike Lindell, who spoke to the crowd ahead of the former president. He cited QAnon language.

“Can you feel the storm building? It’s America,” he said using the allusion of “the storm” which is part of the conspiracy group’s messaging.

The storm, “refers to excessive social conflict that is predicted to occur prior to society reaching the point of ‘The Great Awakening,’ explained Murray State University.

See the photos from the event at Politico.

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‘Avalanche of Lies’: Trump’s Arizona Speech Smacked Down by CNN Host

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The morning after Donald Trump rehashed all of his complaints about the 2020 presidential election that saw him lose to President Joe Biden and then attacked fellow Republicans, a CNN host dismissed his words as an “avalanche of lies.”

During the speech, the president also asserted that his “Stop the Steal” rally crowd was massive, telling the crowd, “They talk about the people that walked down to the Capitol, They don’t talk about the size of that crowd. I believe it was the largest crowd I’ve ever spoken before, and they were there to protest the election.”

After sharing clips of Trump’s ranting about critics within his own party who aren’t buying into his election lies, host Abby Phillip cut to the chase and also noted the former president’s defense of the Capitol insurrectionists.

“I don’t actually recommend people listen to the avalanche of lies last night,” she stated, “but it’s notable how much effort went into defending these January 6th defendants and saying that they were being held as political prisoners. It’s a window into where this is all headed for Republicans.”

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Sedition Indictments Reveal the DOJ Is Looking Beyond the Jan 6th Insurrection: Former US Attorney

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Appearing on MSNBC on Saturday morning, former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance explained that a deep reading of the federal seditious conspiracy indictments filed against eleven members of the Oath Keepers revealed that the Department of Justice is looking at more than the Jan 6th insurrection.

Speaking with host Ali Velshi, Vance suggested more indictments are likely to follow.

“One of the keys to understanding this indictment is it doesn’t look at January 6th as just one day,” she began. “The conduct starts shortly after the election and continues to January 6th. We now seemingly have a more firm answer to the direction whether the DOJ is looking at January 6th as a standalone day or is this continuing course of conduct surrounding the big lie.”

“The fact they are looking at the longer spectrum of conduct is good news for people who want to see people who were involved in the day’s events held responsible for all of the efforts to interfere with the election, not just the violence that manifested on January 6th” she continued. “This is prosecutors continuing to move up that ladder of responsibility. They’ve now hit a point with people involved in a definitive way and the violence on that day. The question is whether some of these individuals and other people who have been indicted will decide to cooperate with prosecutors and if they decide to cooperate, what information they may have to share.”

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