Trump Demands to Be Made President or Get a New Election ‘Immediately’
Donald Trump has posted to his social media platform about 30 times in the past 24 hours, including reposting his “truths,” and reposting those of his supporters, but in his most-recent post the twice-impeached former president who is believed to be under multiple criminal investigations is demanding he be made president again, or that a new election be held “immediately.”
Perhaps more than anyone in America, Trump has had many attorneys over the years, including his personal lawyers and White House counsels and their teams, and has been told by one attorney in particular, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) that there is no way for him to be made president again, absent winning a legitimate election which takes place per the U.S. Constitution every four years.
There is, of course, no reason to even discuss Trump being made president again, because Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 presidential election with 81,268,924 votes, or 51.3%, to Trump’s 74,216,154 votes, or 46.9%. Biden won with the support of more than 7 million Americans, and an Electoral College win of 306-232.
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On his Truth Social social media platform, Trump made several unsubstantiated allegations and posted falsehoods just before noon on Monday.
“So now it comes out, conclusively, that the FBI BURIED THE HUNTER BIDEN LAPTOP STORY BEFORE THE ELECTION knowing that, if they didn’t, ‘Trump would have easily won the 2020 Presidential Election,'” Trump writes, baselessly, pointing to no sources.
A simple Google search of that quote shows it exists on the internet in just one place, at least before he “truthed” it: in a lengthy opinion submission at The Journal, a Tuscola, Illinois website, on August 16.
“This is massive FRAUD & ELECTION INTERFERENCE at a level never seen before in our Country,” Trump continues.
“REMEDY: Declare the rightful winner or, and this would be the minimal solution, declare the 2020 Election irreparably compromised and have a new Election, immediately!”
Trump has zero grounds for this hyperbolic claim, but several reporters are noting that it’s one Congressman Brooks said Trump had tried to get him to do, and when he did not, Trump pulled his endorsement for Brooks’ Senate run, which he subsequently lost.
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“Trump is calling for a new presidential election ‘immediately,'” writes NBC News Correspondent Vaughn Hillyard. “Mo Brooks told us earlier this year that Trump was urging him to pull off such an effort to subvert the Constitution as late as last year. 22 months after the 2020 election, Trump puts it down in his own words.”
MSNBC’s and The Independent’s Eric Michael Garcia: “This basically confirms what Mo Brooks said about Trump.”
Politico Senior legal affairs reporter Kyle Cheney writes, “It was a big deal when Mo Brooks said Trump had privately pressed him to help get reinstated as president, which Brooks claims he told Trump was impossible. (Because it is) Here Trump just says it out loud.”
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Hillyard also re-posted audio of his conversation with Brooks which took place in March of this year.
Just spoke with Mo Brooks–>
NBC: Did [Trump] directly say that there should be a new special election for the presidency?
Brooks: In one of the convos he mentioned having a subsequent election for the presidency.
NBC: This was after this Labor Day?
Brooks: After Sept 1, 2021. pic.twitter.com/rQcINEeEAr
— Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) March 23, 2022
It’s unclear why Trump made this latest demand, but he has a long history of working to deflect attention away from his greatest scandals, while trying to rev up his base.
Last week, obeying the demands of a federal judge the Dept. of Justice provided a redacted copy of the affidavit used to obtain a search warrant for Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. The unsealing of that document by the judge revealed massive quantities of classified documents, some at the very highest levels of classification, found in Trump’s Florida home earlier in the year. Those quantities did not include what was seized by federal agents three weeks ago when they executed that search warrant.
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Lindsey Graham Admonished by Senate Ethics Committee
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has been formally admonished by the Senate Ethics Committee for violating ethics rules and standards by repeatedly soliciting campaign donations during an interview at the Capitol.
The bipartisan committee issued Graham a Public Letter of Admonition after the South Carolina Republican solicited donations for Georgia GOP Senate nominee Herschel Walker.
“Based upon all available information, the Committee concluded that on November 30, 2022, you conducted a media interview with Fox News in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building and that your interview was slightly over nine minutes, with over four minutes devoted to a discussion of the 2022 senatorial run-off election in Georgia. The Committee further concluded that during your discussion of the senatorial run-off election, you directly solicited campaign contributions on behalf of Mr. Walker’s campaign committee, www.teamherschel.com, five separate times.”
The letter notes that Sen. Graham had previously violated the same standards when he solicited campaign donations in a federal building in October of 2020, but said it was an “unplanned media interview.” When a reporter had asked him about fundraising, Graham “directly solicited campaign contributions” for his re-election campaign.
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The Committee noted “mitigating” circumstances and did not cite him for that violation.
“The public must feel confident that Members use public resources only for official actions in the best interests of the United States, not for partisan political activity,” the letter concludes. “Your actions failed to uphold that standard, resulting in harm to the public trust and confidence in the United States Senate. You are hereby admonished.”
CNN’s Manu Raju posted the letter to social media.
You can read the letter below or at this link.
In a letter to Sen. Lindsey Graham, the bipartisan Senate Ethics Committee admonished him for soliciting campaign contributions five times during a media interview in the Russell Senate office building. It is against Senate rules to solicit campaign donations on Capitol grounds pic.twitter.com/amc5ipcosw
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) March 23, 2023
‘Repercussions’: Biden White House Warns Uganda ‘Kill the Gays’ Bill Could Force US to Cancel $950 Million in Annual Aid
The Biden administration may cancel the $950 million in annual assistance the U.S. provides to Uganda if President Yoweri Museveni signs into law its latest “Kill the Gays” bill, which calls for the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality” and between ten and 20 years in prison for other LGBTQ “acts.”
National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby on Wednesday made clear if Uganda further criminalizes homosexuality and the LGBTQ community there could be “repercussions that we would have to take.”
“That would be really unfortunate because so much of the economic assistance that we provide Uganda is health assistance,” Admiral Kirby said at a White House press briefing.
National Security Council’s John Kirby suggests the U.S. would consider economic punishments if Uganda’s law criminalizing LGBTQ people goes into effect:
“That would be really unfortunate because so much of the economic assistance that we provide Uganda is health assistance.” pic.twitter.com/hWrRrHqd6q
— The Recount (@therecount) March 22, 2023
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre also told reporters Wednesday the Biden administration has “grave concerns” over the Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA), and “increasing violence targeting LGBTQIA+ persons.”
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“If the AHA is signed into law and enacted, it would impinge upon universal human rights, jeopardize progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, deter tourism and invest in Uganda and damage Uganda’s international reputation,” Jean-Pierre warned. “The bill is one of the most extreme anti-LGBTQI+ laws in the world.”
WH Press Sec. Karine Jean-Pierre denounces the Ugandan parliament’s passage of a bill criminalizing LGBTQ people:
“If the AHA is signed into law and enacted, it would impinge upon universal human rights … The bill is one of the most extreme anti-LGBTQI+ laws in the world.” pic.twitter.com/WSzCY5Vlq4
— The Recount (@therecount) March 22, 2023
Kirby and Jean-Pierre’s remarks came on the same day as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken denounced Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” legislation, saying it “would undermine fundamental human rights of all Ugandans and could reverse gains in the fight against HIV/AIDS.”
“The United States provides more than $950 million in aid to Uganda each year, according to the State Department. The money supports development and health care measures, such as combating HIV/AIDS,” Courthouse News reported Wednesday. “Uganda is already among 30 African countries that ban same-sex relations. The new proposal would broaden penalties and appears to be the first to outlaw identifying as LGBTQ+, according to Human Rights Watch.”
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‘Going Full Fascist’: Morning Joe Blasts Trump’s Latest ‘Dehumanizing’ Attack on Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg
Days after he wrongly claimed he would be arrested and urged his supporters to “protest,” Donald Trump unleashed a vicious and antisemitic attack against Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and philanthropist and donor George Soros, leading “Morning Joe” Scarborough on MSNBC to declare the ex-president has gone “full fascist” and even “full Nazi.”
“I mean he’s just going full Nazi here, full fascist,” Scarborough said Thursday morning, just minutes after Trump’s remarks posted on social media.
“You’re doing the whole Jewish international banker thing and and dehumanizing him as an ‘animal,’ calling him an ‘animal,'” Scarborough said.
“That’s ugly,” Mika Brzezinski added.
“And that’s like like straight out of the playbook. Yeah, that’s really that’s really ugly. Yeah, it’s really interesting to see exactly what’s happened with Bragg. He hasn’t taken the bait.”
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Thursday morning, in an all-caps rant, Trump called District Attorney Bragg a “Soros backed animal who just doesn’t care about right or wrong no matter how many people are hurt.”
Scarborough was not being hyperbolic when he said Trump had gone “full Nazi.”
“This is no legal system, this is the Gestapo, this is Russia and China, but worse. Disgraceful!”
The Gestapo were Adolf Hitler’s Nazi secret police.
In a separate post Thursday morning, after his attack on Bragg, Trump again appeared to telegraph a call for violence, writing: “Everybody knows I’m 100% innocent, including Bragg, but he doesn’t care. He is just carrying out the plans of the radical left lunatics. Our country is being destroyed, as they tell us to be peaceful!”
It is possible the grand jury, which is meeting Thursday, could vote on an indictment of Trump. Some say any potential vote would not come before next week.
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