5/25/2023

SAUDI ARABIA/SPORTS: “Former president Donald Trump spoke highly of LIV Golf, as the controversial golf tour hosts this weekend’s tournament at the Trump National Golf Club – Washington, DC…

‘I think the (PGA) Tour made a major mistake by playing games. They have unlimited money, and they love it. And it’s been great publicity for Saudi Arabia,’ Trump said. ‘They’ve been great for golf. The Saudis have been fantastic for golf. And they’re going to make it a big part of, inside their country, they’re going to do some great courses.'”

-Jordan Mendoza and Tom Schad, “Donald Trump praises LIV Golf at tournament: ‘It’s been great publicity for Saudi Arabia,'” usatoday.com, May 25, 2023

5/25/2023

2024 ELECTION/RON DESANTIS: “During his rocky Twitter rollout and Fox News interview, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis didn’t mention former President Donald Trump’s name…

But in a conference call with a number of journalists last night [May 24, 2023], the Florida governor dropped his reluctance to talk about the GOP front-runner.

‘Obviously Trump would turn out Democrats, because that’s their reflex,’ he said.

DeSantis contrasted that with his ability to win over some Democrats in his landslide re-election victory last fall.”

-Howard Kurtz, “Ron DeSantis finally takes on Donald Trump, in call with journalists,” foxnews.com, May 25, 2023

5/24/2023

2024 ELECTION/PAUL RYAN/RON DESANTIS: “Ron DeSanctus can’t win the [2024] General Election (or get the Nomination) because he VOTED TO OBLITERATE SOCIAL SECURITY, EVEN WANTING TO RAISE THE MINIMUM AGE TO 70 (or more!), VOTED TO BADLY WOUND MEDICARE, AND FOUGHT HARD AND VOTED FOR A 23% ‘TAX ON EVERYTHING’ SALES TAX. He was, and is, a disciple of horrible RINO Paul Ryan, and others too many to mention. Also, he desperately needs a personality transplant and, to the best of my knowledge, they are not medically available yet. A disloyal person!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, May 24, 2023

5/24/2023

BORDER/CHINA/ECONOMY/ENERGY/RUSSIA/UKRAINE: “I BUILT THE GREATEST ECONOMY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD, NO INFLATION, ENERGY INDEPENDENCE, AND SOON DOMINANCE, THE STRONGEST BORDER EVER, RECORD BEST EMPLOYMENT NUMBERS, BIGGEST TAX & REGULATION CUTS, REBUILT OUR MILITARY, NO WARS WITH RUSSIA/UKRAINE OR CHINA/TAIWAN (OR ANYWHERE!), AND THE USA WAS RESPECTED ALL OVER THE WORLD! WHAT ELSE CAN I SAY?”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, May 24, 2023

5/24/2023

2024 ELECTION/RON DESANTIS: “I’d like to personally congratulate ‘Rob’ DeSanctimonious on finally announcing that he will be entering the [2024] race for President of the United States. Hopefully he will get the full experience of being attacked by the Marxists, Communists, and Radical Left Lunatics of our Country, without which he will never know the kind of job he is doing. These Lowlifes & Misfits are far worse than the leaders of hostile foreign countries. They must be soundly defeated in order to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, May 24, 2023

5/24/2023

2024 ELECTION/RON DESANTIS/TWITTER: “No one liked Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ campaign launch more than former President Donald Trump.

‘Wow. The DeSanctus TWITTER launch is a DISASTER!’ Trump wrote on the Truth Social media platform. ‘His whole campaign will be a disaster. WATCH!’ […]

As hundreds of thousands of listeners logged off, Trump allies shared images to represent their excitement: a glass of wine and a laughing-to-tears emoji among them. Trump quickly posted a video to Truth Social that showed contrasting images of his boisterous campaign announcement last year and a Twitter screen showing the DeSantis discussion ‘Preparing to launch.'”

-Jonathan Allen, “A glass of wine and a laughing-crying emoji: Trump team trolls Ron DeSantis launch,” nbcnews.com, May 24, 2023

5/23/2023

MEDIA/VOTING: “So Dominion [voting machines] gets almost a Billion Dollars and I, after years of Fake News, Hoaxes, Scams, and Investigations, am entitled to NOTHING? Is that really the way it’s supposed to work? I don’t think so!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, May 23, 2023

5/23/2023

2024 ELECTION/LEGAL: “Just had New York County Supreme Court hearing where I believe my First Amendment Rights, ‘Freedom of Speech,’ have been violated, and they forced upon us a trial date of March 25th, right in the middle of Primary season. Very unfair, but this is exactly what the Radical Left Democrats wanted. It’s called ELECTION INTERFERENCE, and nothing like this has ever happened in our Country before!!!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, May 23, 2023

5/23/2023

2024 ELECTION/LEGAL: “Donald Trump will face a criminal trial in New York on March 25, 2024, a judge said on Tuesday [May 23, 2023], meaning the former U.S. President will be on trial as his campaign for the 2024 Republican nomination is in full swing.

Trump, who is charged with falsifying business records to conceal a hush money payment to a porn star, is expected to be crisscrossing the country next spring along with his rivals as states host presidential nominating contests.”

-Luc Cohen and Karen Freifeld, “Trump criminal trial to start next March, with campaign in full swing,” reuters.com, May 23, 2023

5/22/2023

JOE BIDEN/RON DESANTIS: “I’ve won two Elections, the second far bigger than the first (it was Rigged!), my Endorsement is considered, far and away, the most powerful in political history, I’m blowing away DeSanctimonious in the Polls, and am leading Biden & Harris BIG, whereas DeSanctus is losing to BOTH. I have gotten more people Elected than any other human being. Yet I have to listen to these liddle’ lightweights like ‘Ron’ say I can’t win. Like the Dems, it’s just DISINFORMATION. The TRUTH is, they can’t win!!!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, May 22, 2023

5/21/2023

CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS/JOE BIDEN: “Joe Biden REFUSES to give the 1,850 Boxes in Delaware, or the 4 Boxes that were discovered in CHINATOWN, and then sent to his lawyers in Boston to clean them up. Maybe that’s why all of that money from China has gone into his pockets, but I hope not? I went by the Presidential Records Act – Things done correctly!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, May 21, 2023

5/21/2023

DOJ/FBI: “The FBI offered Christopher Steele One Million Dollars in order to FRAME me. Why aren’t all of the so called Special ‘Prosecutors,’ together with their bosses at the DOJ, doing something about this. Why aren’t people under arrest. They spied on my campaign, and bribed people all over the place, and then go after ME. The people of our once great Country won’t stand for it. How much more can they take, as the USA goes to HELL? MAGA!!!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, May 21, 2023

5/19/2023

2024 ELECTION/DOJ/FBI: “ELECTION INTERFERENCE, THROUGH THE USE OF THE CORRUPT FBI & DOJ, IS THE 2024 PLAYBOOK FOR THE RADICAL LEFT DEMOCRATS, RINOS, AND OTHER LUNATICS AMONG US. HOPEFULLY JIM JORDAN, AND OUR MANY REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL PATRIOTS, WILL STOP THEM COLD. THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY IS COUNTING ON IT. ALL HONEST FBI AGENTS AND REPRESENTATIVES MUST STEP FORWARD, NOW. IT IS YOUR TIME!!!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, May 19, 2023

5/19/2023

RON DESANTIS: “Sorry, but Ron DeSanctimonious is UNELECTABLE, and everyone knows why. I’m leading Biden by 11 Points. RAN TWICE, WON TWICE, AND DID MUCH BETTER THE SECOND TIME (ELECTION WAS RIGGED!). MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, May 19, 2023

5/19/2023

BUDGET/DEBT: “At last week’s town hall event on CNN, the former president [Donald Trump], who has said very little about his party’s debt ceiling crisis in recent months, was quite candid about his position. ‘I say to the Republicans out there — congressmen, senators — if [Democrats] don’t give you massive cuts, you’re going to have to do a default,’ Trump said, failing to note which investments he wants to eliminate.

Over the weekend, by way of his social media platform, the frontrunner for the GOP’s 2024 nomination added that his party should proceed with default ‘Unless the Republicans get EVERYTHING they are asking for in terms of Cost Cutting.'”

-Steve Benen, “As budget talks ‘pause,’ Trump pushes dangerous default scheme,” msnbc.com, May 19, 2023

5/18/2023

CONGRESS/FBI: “Very sad watching what took place today in Congress regarding Whistleblowers and the FBI. There has never been a time like this in our Country, the complete weaponization of Justice. I am a victim also, but the real victim is the United States of America. Congress must use its purse strings to straighten it out, before it is too late! MAGA 2024”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, May 18, 2023

5/17/2023

DOJ/FBI: “I WAS BEING FRAMED BY THE FBI AND THE DOJ. NOW IT CONTINUES WITH THE BOXES HOAX, THE ‘PERFECT’ PHONE CALL IN ATLANTA, THE MANHATTAN D.A., AND THE NEW YORK STATE A.G. SCAM. WHAT A GROUP, BUT ALL REPORT TO THE DOJ IN WASHINGTON. IT’S JAMES COMEY AND THE SLEAZEBAGS ALL OVER AGAIN. THEY ARE PLAYING ELECTION INTERFERENCE IN 2024 THROUGH ILLEGAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGAINST REPUBLICANS, IN PARTICULAR YOUR FAVORITE PRESIDENT, ME. THESE ARE CHEATING LOWLIFES, BUT WE WILL WIN. OUR COUNTRY IS GOING TO HELL!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, May 17, 2023

5/17/2023

ABORTION: “After 50 years of failure, with nobody coming even close, I was able to kill Roe v. Wade, much to the ‘shock’ of everyone, and for the first time put the Pro Life movement in a strong negotiating position over the Radicals that are willing to kill babies even into their 9th month, and beyond. Without me there would be no 6 weeks, 10 weeks, 15 weeks, or whatever is finally agreed to. Without me the pro Life movement would have just kept losing. Thank you President TRUMP!!!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, May 17, 2023

5/17/2023

DEMS/WILLIAM BARR: “I only wish that Bill Barr, as the Attorney General of the United States, was able to act. Sadly, he was afraid of the Radical Left Democrat Lunatics, and their constant threats against him of Impeachment, and was absolutely impotent on the subject of the Durham Report, he should have taken strong action. Even more importantly, he did nothing on the massive Voter Fraud which took place during the 2020 Presidential Election. Remember, you get NOTHING from RINOS. An honor to have fired him!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, May 17, 2023

5/16/2023

PARDONS/RUDY GIULIANI/TRUMP PEOPLE: “A new lawsuit from a woman who says she worked for Rudy Giuliani during Donald Trump’s presidency contains a series of shocking claims, chief among them sexual assault and harassment by Trump’s then-personal lawyer, which Giuliani has denied. But Noelle Dunphy’s civil complaint, filed Monday in New York state court, also contains an entirely different type of shocking claim: that Giuliani was offering to sell pardons for $2 million, which, according to Dunphy’s suit, he said he would split with Trump.

Giuliani has broadly denied Dunphy’s allegations.”

-Jordan Rubin, “Lawsuit alleges Giuliani offered to sell pardons and split money with Trump,” msnbc.com, May 16, 2023

5/16/2023

2024 ELECTION/ABORTION/RON DESANTIS: “DeSantis, who is expected to publicly announce his [2024 election] presidential plans in the coming weeks, took a direct swing at Trump on Tuesday after the current GOP presidential front-runner suggested that Florida’s new six-week abortion ban was ‘too harsh.’

Asked about that remark, DeSantis said the legislation he signed is something that “probably 99% of pro-lifers support.

The governor noted that Trump had dodged on whether he would back that bill.”

-Kevin Breuninger, “Ron DeSantis just made it clear he’s going to fight Trump on abortion,” cnbc.com, May 16, 2023

5/16/2023

FBI/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION: “John Durham was charged with leading an investigation into the origins of the probe by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) into possible collusion between the 2016 campaign of former President Donald Trump and Russia.

The release of that report on Monday [May 15, 2023] signalled the end of Durham’s four-year investigation…

Most significantly, Durham’s report said that the FBI at the very least was too hasty in opening its investigation of Trump…

Both Durham and the watchdog report did not find any evidence of widespread spying on the Trump election campaign, besides surveillance of Page, one of the main allegations from Trump and his allies.”

-Al Jazeera, “Key takeaways from investigation of FBI’s Trump-Russia probe,” aljazeera.com, May 16, 2023

5/15/2023

2020 ELECTION: “The Durham Report spells out in great detail the Democrat Hoax that was perpetrated upon me and the American people. This is 2020 Presidential Election Fraud, just like ‘stuffing’ the ballot boxes, only more so. This totally illegal act had a huge impact on the Election. With an honest Media, we are looking at the Crime of the Century!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, May 15, 2023

5/15/2023

FBI/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/WILLIAM BARR: “The special counsel who spent four years investigating the Trump-Russia probe accused the FBI of acting negligently by opening the investigation based on vague and insufficient information in a sweeping 300-page report made public Monday [May 15, 2023].

Special counsel John Durham, named by then-Attorney General William Barr to examine the origins and conduct of the investigation into whether Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign colluded with Russia, criticized the FBI at length in the report.”

-Ken Dilanian, “Durham report criticizes FBI for launching 2016 Trump-Russia probe,” nbcnews.com, May 15, 2023

5/14/2023

HOLIDAY: “Happy Mother’s Day to ALL, in particular the Mothers, Wives and Lovers of the Radical Left Fascists, Marxists, and Communists who are doing everything within their power to destroy and obliterate our once great Country. Please make these complete Lunatics and Maniacs Kinder, Gentler, Softer and, most importantly, Smarter, so that we can, quickly, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, May 14, 2023

5/11/2023

2020 ELECTION/MEDIA: “Donald Trump’s hour-plus appearance on a cable news town hall forum on Wednesday night was barely over when his political rivals – both announced and prospective – began firing out tweets, statements and press releases attacking the Republican front-runner for next year’s White House election.

The forum, hosted by CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, was a combative spectacle, with topics ranging from abortion to foreign policy to Mr Trump’s unfounded claims of 2020 election fraud and sympathy for those arrested for the 6 January 2021 US Capitol attack…

For their part, however, Mr Trump’s campaign team claimed the evening was a success. Their candidate had more than an hour of prime-time attention before a crowd that gave him a standing ovation upon arrival, laughed at his jokes and applauded as he sparred with Ms Collins.”

-Anthony Zurcher, “Trump CNN town hall: ‘Nonsense’ – Republican rivals blast performance,” bbc.com, May 11, 2023

5/10/2023

UKRAINE/VLADIMIR PUTIN: “If I were president, this would have never happened. And even the Democrats admit that. Putin knew it would have never happened and his pipeline would have never happened…

And all those dead people, both Russian and Ukrainian, it wouldn’t – they wouldn’t be dead today. And all those cities that are blown up and disintegrated right to the ground, that wouldn’t have happened, OK?…

If I’m president, I will have that war settled in one day, 24 hours… First, I’ll meet with Putin, I’ll meet with Zelenskyy. They both have weaknesses and they both have strengths. And within 24 hours that war will be settled. It will be over. It will be absolutely over.”

-Donald Trump via CNN, “READ: Transcript of CNN’s town hall with former President Donald Trump,” cnn.com, May 11, 2023

5/10/2023

ABORTION: [Kaitlan Collins: “But if you are re-elected… and you’re back in the Oval Office, and you get legislation to your desk, would you sign a federal abortion ban into law?”]

“What I will do is negotiate so that people are happy…

President Trump is going to make a determination what he thinks is great for the country and what’s fair for the country. But the fact that I was able to terminate Roe v. Wade, after 50 years of trying – they worked for 50 years. I’ve never seen anything like it. They worked – and I was even – I was so honored to have done it. We are in a very good negotiating position right now, only because of what I was able to do.

And remember this, again, you talk about radicalism. People that will kill a baby in the ninth month or the eighth month or the seventh month, or after the baby is born, they’re the radicals, not the pro-life people…

I’ll make the right decision.”

-Donald Trump via CNN, “READ: Transcript of CNN’s town hall with former President Donald Trump,” cnn.com, May 11, 2023

5/10/2023

2A/GUNS: [Kaitlan Collins: “If you are re-elected, are there any new gun restrictions that you would sign into law?”]

“I would do numerous things. For instance, schools, we would harden, very – very much harden – and I also, I’m a very believer – I believe in teachers; I love teachers. I think they’re incredible, and they love the children – not quite like the parents, but they love the children, in many cases, almost as much.

Many of these teachers are soldiers, ex-soldiers, ex-policemen. They’re people that really understand weapons. And you don’t need – 5 percent of the teachers would be more than you could ever have if you’re going to hire security guards. But in addition to that, have security guards. You have to harden your entrances. You have to make schools safe.

And you can make other places safe. But it is a big mental health problem in this country more than anything else. And remember, we have 700 million guns – 700 million. Many people, if they don’t have a gun, they’re not going to be very safe. I mean, if they don’t have a gun – it gives them security. Now, you need them for entertainment; you need them for hunting; you need them for a lot of different things. But there are people that, if they didn’t have the privilege of having a gun in some form, they – many of them would not be alive today.”

-Donald Trump via CNN, “READ: Transcript of CNN’s town hall with former President Donald Trump,” cnn.com, May 11, 2023

5/10/2023

CELEBS/DONALDISM: “I said if you’re famous and rich or whatever I said, but I said if you’re a star, you are – and I said women let you. I didn’t say you grab. I said women let. You know you didn’t use that word, but if you look, women let you.

Now, they said will you take that back? I said, look, for a million years, this is the way it’s been. I want to be honest. This is the way it’s been. I can take it back if you’d like to.

But if you’re a famous person, if you’re a star – and I’m not referring to myself. I’m saying people that are famous, people that are stars.”

-Donald Trump via CNN, “READ: Transcript of CNN’s town hall with former President Donald Trump,” cnn.com, May 11, 2023

5/10/2023

PARDONS: [Audience question: “My question to you is: will you pardon the January 6th rioters who were convicted of federal offenses?”] “I am inclined to pardon many of them. I can’t say for every single one because a couple of them, probably, they got out of control.

But, you know, when you look at Antifa, what they’ve done to Portland, and if you look at Antifa, look at what they’ve done to Minneapolis and so many other – so many other places, look at what they did to Seattle. And BLM – BLM, many people were killed.

These people – I’m not trying to justify anything, but you have two standards of justice in this country, and what they’ve done – and I love that question because what they’ve done to see many people is nothing – nothing. And then what they’ve done to these people, they’ve persecuted these people.

And yeah, my answer is I am most likely – if I get in, I will most likely – I would say it will be a large portion of them…

And it’ll be very early on. And they’re living in hell right now… and they’re policemen, and they’re firemen, and they’re soldiers, and they’re carpenters and electricians and they’re great people. Many of them are just great people.”

-Donald Trump via CNN, “READ: Transcript of CNN’s town hall with former President Donald Trump,” cnn.com, May 11, 2023

5/10/2023

2020 ELECTION: “We got 12 million more votes [in the 2020 election] than we had in – as you know, in 2016. I actually say we did far better in that election, got the most that anybody’s ever gotten as a sitting president of the United States.

I think that, when you look at that result and when you look at what happened during that election, unless you’re a very stupid person, you see what happens.

A lot of the people – a lot of the people in this audience and perhaps maybe a couple that don’t, but most people understand what happened.

That was a rigged election, and it’s a shame that we had to go through it. It’s very bad for our country. All over the world, they looked at it, and they saw exactly what everyone else saw.”

-Donald Trump via CNN, “READ: Transcript of CNN’s town hall with former President Donald Trump,” cnn.com, May 11, 2023

5/9/2023

MEDIA: “Former President Trump blasted CNN on Tuesday, a day ahead of his scheduled sit-down with Kaitlan Collins, one of the network’s leading anchors, for a rare town hall event in New Hampshire.

‘I’ll be doing CNN tomorrow night, LIVE from the Great State of New Hampshire, because they are rightfully desperate to get those fantastic (TRUMP!) ratings once again,’ the former president wrote in a social media post on Tuesday.

‘They made me a deal I couldn’t refuse!!! Could be the beginning of a New & Vibrant CNN, with no more Fake News, or it could turn into a disaster for all, including me. Let’s see what happens?’

The network announced last week it would hold a town hall style event with Trump and New Hampshire voters Wednesday, the first such event the former president has sat for in years.”

-Dominick Mastrangelo, “Trump says ‘desperate’ CNN made him interview offer he ‘couldn’t refuse,’” thehill.com, May 9, 2023

5/9/2023

2024 ELECTION/MELANIA: “Melania Trump supports her husband’s re-election campaign, telling Fox News Digital that she looks forward to working alongside former President Trump in ‘restoring hope for the future and leading America with love and strength’ during a second term in the White House.

Mrs. Trump told Fox News Digital that if she has ‘the privilege’ to serve as first lady again in 2024, she would continue to prioritize initiatives focused on the well-being and development of children, to ensure they have the ‘support and resources they need to reach their full potential.’”

-Brooke Singeman, “Melania fully behind Trump’s 2024 campaign, says it would be a ‘privilege’ to serve as first lady again,” foxnews.com, May 9, 2023

5/9/2023

LAWSUIT: “A Manhattan jury on Tuesday [May 9, 2023] found former President Donald J. Trump liable for the sexual abuse and defamation of the magazine writer E. Jean Carroll and awarded her $5 million in damages in a widely watched civil trial that sought to apply the accountability of the #MeToo era to a dominant political figure…

The jury, in returning its verdict shortly after 3 p.m. said Ms. Carroll had not proved, by a preponderance of the evidence, that Mr. Trump had raped her, as she had long claimed…

The jury’s unanimous verdicts came after just under three hours of deliberation in Federal District Court in Manhattan. Its findings are civil, not criminal, meaning Mr. Trump has not been convicted of any crime and faces no prison time.”

-Benjamin Weiser, Lola Fadulu and Kate Christobek, “Jury Sides With Writer Who Says That Trump Sexually Abused Her,” nytimes.com, May 9, 2023

5/8/2023

LEGAL/NEW YORK/SOCIAL MEDIA: “The New York state judge presiding over the criminal hush money case against Donald Trump issued an order Monday restricting the former president from posting about some evidence in the case on social media.

Judge Juan Merchan largely sided with Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg by limiting what Trump can publicly disclose about new evidence from the prosecution before the case goes to trial…

Prosecutors had argued they needed ‘safeguards that will protect the integrity of the materials,’ saying the ‘risk’ that Trump would use them ‘inappropriately is substantial.’”

-Adam Reiss and Dareh Gregorian, “Trump prohibited from posting evidence in hush money case to social media, judge rules,” nbcnews.com, May 8, 2023

5/8/2023

CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS/DOJ/INVESTIGATIONS: “An investigation into Donald Trump’s handling of classified documents has intensified in recent weeks, with prosecutors summoning a broad range of witnesses before a federal grand jury and zeroing in on questions of whether the former president or others obstructed government efforts to recover the records.

It remains unclear when the investigation led by Justice Department special counsel Jack Smith might end or whether Trump might face charges over documents found at Mar-a-Lago, his Florida estate. But as probes in Washington and Atlanta proceed, Republican critics of Trump see an opportunity for intensifying legal woes to take away his frontrunner mantle in the 2024 presidential race in a way that an earlier indictment in New York failed to do.”

-Eric Tucker and Steve Peoples, “As Trump probes intensify, foes of ex-president see opening,” apnews.com, May 8, 2023

5/2/2023

2024 ELECTION/DEBATES/RON DESANTIS: “The leading Republican candidate for president, Donald J. Trump, is likely to skip at least one of the first two debates of the 2024 Republican presidential nominating contest, according to five people who have discussed the matter with the former president…

In private comments to aides and confidants in recent weeks, Mr. Trump has made it clear that he does not want to breathe life into his Republican challengers by sharing the stage with them. Mr. Trump has led his nearest rival, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, by around 30 percentage points in recent polls. All other contenders are polling in single digits.”

-Maggie Haberman and Jonathan Swan, “Trump Likely to Sit Out One or Both of First Two G.O.P. Debates,” nytimes.com, May 2, 2023

5/2/2023

RELIGION/TAXES: “In an interview on a Christian nationalist broadcast, Donald Trump vowed to empower religious leaders politically, by permanently ending restrictions against churches that weigh in on elections. “They’ve silenced you,” said Trump. “Christianity, I believe is being hit much harder than any other religion is.”

In his comments, aired Tuesday night, Trump blasted the so-called Johnson amendment, which dictates that nonprofits, including churches, lose their tax-free status if they weigh in directly on politics. ‘We never enforced it. We essentially ended it,’ Trump bragged of his time in the White House, adding with regret, ‘I wasn’t able to finish it. But I’ll finish it this time.'”

-Tim Dickinson, “Trump Vows to Empower Political Pastors on Christian Nationalist Broadcast,” rollingstone.com, May 2, 2023

5/2/2023

2024 ELECTION/POLLS/RON DESANTIS: “Former President Donald Trump has opened up a 36% lead on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in a new 2024 Republican presidential poll even as he fends off growing legal problems.

The survey puts Trump’s support at 58% of GOP voters compared to just 22% for DeSantis, who has faded badly in recent months.

Republican voters are rallying behind Trump as he battles a historic indictment tied to hush money payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels and a civil rape trial over allegations by writer E. Jean Carroll.”

-Dave Goldiner, “Trump opens up 36% lead over DeSantis in new 2024 Republican poll,” news.yahoo.com, May 2, 2023

5/1/2023

LEGAL: “Lawyers for Donald J. Trump on Monday [May 1, 2023] pushed back against an effort by the Manhattan district attorney’s office to limit the former president’s ability to publicly discuss evidence in the criminal case against him.

The district attorney’s office last week asked the judge in the case to restrict Mr. Trump’s access to some case material…

In a court filing, Mr. Trump’s lawyers called the prosecutors’ request ‘extreme.'”

-Jonah E. Bromwich and William K. Rashbaum, “Trump’s Lawyers Fight Bragg’s Effort to Limit Access to Evidence,” nytimes.com, May 1, 2023

5/1/2023

LAWSUIT: “A federal judge overseeing a civil battery and defamation trial involving Donald Trump has denied the former president’s motion for a mistrial.

The ruling came before E. Jean Carroll, the columnist who sued Trump, again took the stand for cross-examination in a session that included questions about a ‘Law & Order SVU’ episode and Trump’s former program ‘The Apprentice.’

Trump had argued that Judge Lewis Kaplan had made ‘pervasive unfair and prejudicial rulings’ against him.”

-Kara Scannell and Lauren del Valle, “Trump’s motion for mistrial in battery case is denied as questioning of E. Jean Carroll concludes,” cnn.com, May 1, 2023

4/30/2023

2020 ELECTION/GEORGIA: “The Phone Call that the Radical Left Democrats and other Enemies to our Country keep talking about in Georgia [in the 2020 election] was PERFECT, with no Statements made that were out of order or, in any way, shape, or form wrong. The evidence is plain and conclusive that none of the many lawyers or others on the Call, hung up in disgust or reprimanded me, or the people representing me, in any way. As was stated on the call by me plainly, and for all to hear, ‘WE JUST WANT THE TRUTH. IT’S SIMPLE.’”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, April 30, 2023

4/30/2023

RON DESANTIS: “I couldn’t care less if Ron DeSanctus runs, but the problem is the Bill he is about to sign, which allows him to run without resigning from being Governor, totally weakens Election Integrity in Florida. Instead of getting tough, and doing what the people want (same day voting, Voter ID, proof of Citizenship, paper ballots, hand count, etc.) this Bill guts everything….

….It will allow dirty Voter rolls to get dirtier, weakens transparency, and is a total mess. It’s simple, all we want is a Free and Fair Election, and an honest count.”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, April 30, 2023

4/30/2023

RON DESANTIS: “DeSanctimonious had nothing to do with Israel, or the moving of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. Never so much as mentioned it to me—It was the last thing on his mind. DeSanctus wasn’t even Governor yet (It was December 6, 2017), and I barely knew him—He has turned out to be a total flameout! This is the kind of disinformation I thought only the Democrats would put out. No wonder DeSanctus is dropping like a rock in the Polls. Terrible!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, April 30, 2023

4/30/2023

LEGAL/NEW YORK: “This Article, as written in The Wall Street Journal, is a truthful and very important one. The whole New York Judicial System is RIGGED against me, and everyone knows it. It’s a disgrace, and not only this Judge, there are others that are just as bad or, believe it or not, worse! It’s all a political Witch Hunt, in coordination with heavy handed, dishonest, and highly partisan prosecutors, working in conjunction with D.C. ‘Justice,’ the likes of which our Country has never seen before!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, April 30, 2023

4/27/2023

2024 ELECTION/JOW BIDEN: “Biden announced his presidential campaign by, get this, a prepackaged video, one that took 7 takes to get it ‘right,’ if right is what you want to call it. In it he says TRUMP & MAGA pose a threat to Democracy. NO, IT IS BIDEN WHO POSES THE THREAT TO DEMOCRACY IN THAT HE IS GROSSLY INCOMPETENT AND BASICALLY, DOESN’T HAVE A CLUE! WE ARE NOW A NATION IN SERIOUS DECLINE, A NATION THAT HAS LOST ITS WAY. WE ARE LED BY A HOPELESS PERSON, BUT WE WILL WIN IN 2024 AND, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, April 27, 2023

4/27/2023

2020 ELECTION/2024 ELECTION/MIKE PENCE: “A federal appeals court on Wednesday night moved former Vice President Mike Pence closer to appearing before a grand jury investigating efforts to undo the results of the 2020 presidential election, rejecting a bid by lawyers for former President Donald Trump to block the testimony.

It was not immediately clear what day Pence might appear before the grand jury, which for months has been investigating the events preceding the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and efforts by Trump and his allies to subvert the election outcome. But Pence’s testimony, coming as he inches toward a likely entrance in the 2024 presidential race, would be a milestone moment in the investigation and would likely give prosecutors a key first-person account as they press forward with their inquiry.”

-Eric Tucker, “Trump’s effort to block Pence grand jury testimony rejected by court,” pbs.org, April 27, 2023

4/27/2023

JOHN MCCAIN: “Former President Trump returned to his criticism of former Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who died in 2018, poking fun at the longtime lawmaker’s funeral in a new book, saying ‘much like his wars, it never ended.’

‘I never warmed to him, never felt good about anybody having anything to do with John McCain and never will, even despite the fact that at their request, I gave him the world’s longest funeral, 11 days,’ Trump wrote in his new $95 book ‘Letters to Trump,’ excerpts of which were published by the New York Post.”

-Stephen Neukam, “Trump targets McCain’s funeral in book: ‘Like his wars, it never ended,'” thehill.com, April 27, 2023 

4/26/2023

LAWSUIT: “They got caught lying! The Miss Bergdorf Goodman case is financed by a big political donor that they tried to hide. Does anybody believe that I would take a then almost 60 year old woman that I didn’t know, from the front door of a very crowded department store, (with me being very well known, to put it mildly!), into a tiny dressing room, and …. her. She didn’t scream? There are no witnesses? Nobody saw this? She never made a police complaint? If I was seen there with a woman-BIG PRESS. SCAM!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, April 26, 2023

4/26/2023

JOE BIDEN/POLLS/RON DESANTIS: “Former President Donald Trump maintains his advantage in the 2024 Republican presidential nomination race, as support for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis falls for the second month in a row, according to a new Fox News survey. In addition, President Joe Biden bests his challengers in the survey’s first test of a Democratic nomination contest.

Biden gets the backing of 62% of Democratic primary voters, far ahead of Robert Kennedy Jr. at 19% and Marianne Williamson at 9%. His opponents are most successful in peeling away support among women and Gen Xers, keeping Biden in the mid-fifties among both groups.”

-Dana Blanton, “Fox News Poll: Trump still top 2024 Republican preference, DeSantis slipping,” foxnews.com, April 26, 2023

4/26/2023

2024 ELECTION: “A central part of Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential bid is a promise to dismantle the ‘deep state.’

‘Either the deep state destroys America or we destroy the deep state,’ the former president declared in March at his first rally.

He has also vowed ‘retribution’ for his political enemies, saying that if he gets back into the White House ‘their reign is over.’

Last month, Trump released a list of proposals to take down what many conservatives believe is a secret cabal of government workers who wield enormous power and work against Republicans.”

-Allan Smith, “Trump zeroes in on a key target of his ‘retribution’ agenda: Government workers,” nbcnews.com, April 26, 2023

4/26/2023

LAWSUIT: “Former Elle columnist E. Jean Carroll, testifying in her defamation and battery case against former President Donald Trump, described being ‘almost too frightened to think’ during what she alleges was an attack by Trump in the dressing room of a Manhattan department store in the 1990s…

‘I’m here because Donald Trump raped me,’ Carroll said at the start of her testimony. ‘And when I wrote about it, he said it didn’t happen. He lied and shattered my reputation. And I’m here to try and get my life back.’

Trump has denied all allegations that he raped Carroll or defamed her.”

-Aaron Katersky, “‘Trump raped me,’ E. Jean Carroll testifies in battery, defamation case,” abcnews.go.com, April 26, 2023

4/26/2023

CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS: “Donald Trump’s lawyers in the Mar-a-Lago documents investigation found the 15 boxes the former president returned to the National Archives a year after the end of his presidency mostly contained briefings for calls with foreign leaders, according to a new letter they sent to Congress.

The majority of the letter – seen by the Guardian and earlier reported by CNN – served to characterize Trump’s retention of classified-marked documents as inadvertent, and due to White House staffers sweeping all documents into boxes during a chaotic departure at the end of the administration.”

-Hugo Lowell, “Trump lawyers say Mar-a-Lago boxes contained foreign leader briefings,” theguardian.com, April 26, 2023

4/25/2023

2024 ELECTION/DEBATES: “I see that everybody is talking about the [2024 election] Republican Debates, but nobody got my approval, or the approval of the Trump Campaign, before announcing them. When you’re leading by seemingly insurmountable numbers, and you have hostile Networks with angry, TRUMP & MAGA hating anchors asking the ‘questions,’ why subject yourself to being libeled and abused? Also, the Second Debate is being held at the Reagan Library, the Chairman of which is, amazingly, Fred Ryan, Publisher of The Washington Post. NO!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, April 25, 2023

4/24/2023

2024 ELECTION/JOE BIDEN: “You could take the five worst presidents in American history, and put them together, and they would not have done the damage Joe Biden has done to our Nation in just a few short years. Not even close.

Thanks to Joe Biden’s socialist spending calamity, American families are being decimated by the worst inflation in half a century. Banks are failing. Our currency is crashing and the dollar will soon no longer be the world standard, which will be our greatest defeat in over 200 years. Real wages have been falling 24 months in a row—in other words, under Biden, workers have gotten a PAY CUT each and every month for two straight years. We have surrendered our energy independence, just like we surrendered in Afghanistan, which we had just a short time ago—and the price of gasoline just hit a 5-month high, and it’s going much higher than that.

Under my leadership, we had the most secure border in U.S. history, by far. Never had a border like this. Under Biden, the Southern Border has been abolished—and millions of illegal aliens have been released into our communities. What’s happening now is beyond belief. They’re coming in from mental institutions and prisons. They are all being emptied. They are being dumped into the United States of America. Many of these people are very dangerous, they are being dumped. We are like a dumping ground. Our cities have been overrun with homelessness, drug addicts, and violent criminals, who are being released from jail in mass with no retribution whatsoever, while law enforcement is weaponized against law-abiding conservatives or Republicans, or people they just don’t like. Our children are being indoctrinated and mutilated by left-wing freaks and zealots. The senior ranks of our military have gone completely woke, and our military is suffering greatly.

Biden has totally humiliated our Nation on the world stage—starting with the Afghanistan disaster, perhaps the most embarrassing event in the history of our country. It meant so much to our enemies when they watched that horrible retreat. Russia is teaming up with China. Iran is days away from a nuclear bomb—not even thinkable. Ukraine has been devastated by an invasion that would never, ever have happened if I was president—and Joe Biden has led us to the very brink of World War III. They say Trump was right about everything. Well, I’m not predicting World War III, but I will say this: we’re very close and they’re only talking about nuclear weapons.

Biden has totally humiliated our Nation on the world stage—starting with the Afghanistan disaster, perhaps the most embarrassing event in the history of our country. It meant so much to our enemies when they watched that horrible retreat. Russia is teaming up with China. Iran is days away from a nuclear bomb—not even thinkable. Ukraine has been devastated by an invasion that would never, ever have happened if I was president—and Joe Biden has led us to the very brink of World War III. They say Trump was right about everything. Well, I’m not predicting World War III, but I will say this: we’re very close and they’re only talking about nuclear weapons.

With such a calamitous and failed presidency, it is almost inconceivable that Biden would even think of running for reelection. You know what happened in the last election: they cheated, and they rigged the election. But I promise you this: when I stand on that debate stage and compare our records, it will be Radical Democrats’ worst nightmare because there’s never been a record as bad as they have, and our country has never been through so much. There has never been a greater contrast between two successive administrations in all of American history. Ours being greatness, and theirs being failure.

With your support in the election, we will defeat Joe Biden in 2024. We will rescue our economy. We will crush inflation. We will stop the invasion on our southern border. We will restore our Nation’s dignity. And we will prevent World War III from happening. Together, we will all Make America Great Again! Thank you.”

-Donald Trump, “Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Joe Biden’s Announcement,” donaldjtrump.com, April 24, 2023

4/24/2023

2020 ELECTION/BIDEN PEOPLE: “For all of those media fools who say everything was on the up and up with the 2020 Presidential Election, and then go on to report about the 51 Intelligence Agents that wrote a letter spreading Disinformation about Hunter Biden’s famous laptop computer, knowing it was FAKE & TREASONOUS, just days before the Election, you have committed an unpardonable SIN. That election fraud is no different than Stuffing the Ballot Boxes, or any other of the many crimes committed in the 2020 Election. So Sad!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, April 24, 2023

4/24/2023

MEDIA: “The fact that Tucker Carlson will no longer be on FoxNews is a big blow to Cable News, and to America. Tucker was insightful, interesting, and ratings gold. He will be greatly missed!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, April 24, 2023

4/21/2023

2024 ELECTION: “Mandatory stop-and-frisk. Deploying the military to fight street crime, break up gangs and deport immigrants. Purging the federal workforce and charging leakers.

Former president Donald Trump has steadily begun outlining his vision for a second-term agenda [following the 2024 election], focusing on unfinished business from his time in the White House and an expansive vision for how he would wield federal power. In online videos and stump speeches, Trump is pledging to pick up where his first term left off and push even further…

‘Together, we are going to finish what we started,’ Trump said at the Waco rally last month. ‘With you at my side, we will totally obliterate the deep state, we will banish the warmongers from our government, we will drive out the globalists, and we will cast out the communists and Marxists, we will throw off the corrupt political class, we will beat the Democrats, we will rout the fake news media, we will stand up to the RINOs, and we will defeat Joe Biden and every single Democrat.'”

-Isaac Arnsdorf and Jeff Stein, “Trump touts authoritarian vision for second term: ‘I am your justice,’” washingtonpost.com, April 21, 2023

4/20/2023

ABORTION: “Former President Donald Trump is facing heat from a top pro-life organization over a statement his campaign provided to The Washington Post on Thursday for a report on abortion.

According to the statement, Trump believes abortion is an issue ‘that should be decided at the state level,’ however, Susan B. Anthony (SBA) Pro-Life America, an organization dedicated to ending abortion, says it will not support any candidate that does not embrace a minimum 15-week standard on late-term abortions.”

-Brandon Gillespie, “Major pro-life group threatens to oppose Trump candidacy over ‘morally indefensible’ abortion position,” foxnews.com, April 20, 2023

4/19/2023

ENDORSEMENTS/FLORIDA/RON DESANTIS: “Trump has secured the public backing of seven members of Florida’s congressional delegation, three of whom signed up within hours of each other Tuesday. Reps. Greg Steube and John Rutherford formally threw their support to Trump. Though a formal announcement will come later, an aide to Rep. Brian Mast confirmed that he plans to endorse Trump as well.

As pressure mounted over Trump’s racking up endorsement wins in Florida, DeSantis on Tuesday announced the support of Republican Rep. Laurel Lee. It is the only endorsement he has from his home state delegation.“

-Matt Dixon, Jonathan Allen and Henry J. Gomez, “Trump is running up the score with endorsements in DeSantis’ backyard,” nbcnews.com, April 19, 2023

4/19/2023

DONALD ON DONALD/TRUMP BUSINESS: “My New Trump Digital Trading Cards Series 2 is the Number One Collection in the World. It must be that people love the art. A great honor!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, April 19, 2023

4/19/2023

2024 ELECTION/CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS: “Former president Donald Trump said that if he returns to the White House in 2025, he will mandate that federal employees take a civil service test and workers who do not pass would be fired…

‘I will require every federal employee to pass a new civil service test, demonstrating an understanding our constutitional limited government,’ he said.

Mr Trump said that the test would include command of due proceess rights, equal protection, free speech, religious liberty and Fourth Amendment to the Constitution’s protection against unreasonable search and seizure, which led him to mention the FBI searching his Mar-a-Lago estate in August for classified documents.”

-Eric Garcia, “Trump says if elected he will force federal workers to pass a political test and fire them if they fail,” April 19, 2023

4/19/2023

2020 ELECTION/JOE BIDEN/PUBLIC FIGURES: “Donald Trump raged after Elon Musk revealed he voted for President Joe Biden in the 2020 election.

The former president claimed Twitter’s billionaire owner told him he’d voted for him, then petulantly said he actually ‘didn’t care’ either way…

‘I don’t believe Elon Musk voted for Biden, not for a minute!’ he wrote on his Truth Social platform. ‘He told me that he voted for me, but who knows about that, and who cares?’

‘Elon is just trying to make friends with the absolutely horrible Biden Administration because of all the government subsidies he gets, and all the permits he needs,’ Trump raged.”

-Lee Moran, “Donald Trump Throws Hissy Fit Over Elon Musk Revelation,” news.yahoo.com, April 19, 2023

4/19/2023

GEORGIA/LEGAL: “The Fulton County District Attorney’s office said some fake electors for Donald Trump have implicated each other in potential criminal activity and is seeking to disqualify their lawyer, according to a new court filing.

The district attorney’s office is requesting that attorney Kimberly Bourroughs Debrow be disqualified from representing a group of 10 Republicans who served as electors for the former president in Georgia – a state Trump lost to President Joe Biden. The DA’s office also accused the lawyer of failing to present an immunity deal to her clients last year, according to the filing.”

-Sara Murray, “Fulton County DA says fake Trump electors are incriminating one another and wants lawyer disqualified,” cnn.com, April 19, 2023

4/18/2023

FLORIDA/RON DESANTIS: “DeSanctus is being absolutely destroyed by Disney. His original P.R. plan fizzled, so now he’s going back with a new one in order to save face. Disney’s next move will be the announcement that no more money will be invested in Florida because of the Governor – In fact, they could even announce a slow withdrawal or sale of certain properties, or the whole thing. Watch! That would be a killer. In the meantime, this is all so unnecessary, a political STUNT! Ron should work on the squatter MESS!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, April 18, 2023

4/18/2023

DONALD ON DONALD/TRUMP BUSINESS: “As of 10 minutes ago, my Digital Trading Cards SOLD OUT, in RECORD TIME, approximately $4.6 Million. A great honor, and I hope everyone is Happy, Healthy, and Wealthy. CONGRATULATIONS!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, April 18, 2023

4/18/2023

SOCIAL MEDIA: “Donald Trump returned to Instagram on Tuesday, posting for the first time since 5 January 2021, the day before the former US president incited the deadly attack on Congress which led to his suspension from major social media platforms.

Trump, who is now running to regain the White House, used his return to Instagram to promote a second edition of his digital trading cards, a project widely mocked when he announced it in December but which sold out an edition of 44,000 in less than a day, netting $4.5m.”

-Martin Pengelly, “Donald Trump returns to Instagram for first time since Capitol attack,” theguardian.com, April 18, 2023

4/18/2023

FLORIDA/RON DESANTIS: “‘Disney’s next move will be the announcement that no more money will be invested in Florida because of the Governor,’ Mr. Trump wrote on Truth Social. ‘In fact, they could even announce a slow withdrawal or sale of certain properties, or the whole thing. Watch! That would be a killer. In the meantime, this is all so unnecessary, a political STUNT!’

He knows all about stunts. Mr. Trump thinks Mr. DeSantis’s dispute with Disney is hurting the Governor politically, so he’s piling on.”

-The Editorial Board, “Donald Trump Sides With Disney,” wsj.com, April 18, 2023

4/17/2023

2020 ELECTION/SOCIAL MEDIA: “IF FOX WOULD FINALLY ADMIT THAT THERE WAS LARGE SCALE CHEATING & IRREGULARITIES IN THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, WHICH WOULD BE A GOOD THING FOR THEM, & FOR AMERICA, THE CASE AGAINST THEM, WHICH SHOULD NOT HAVE EXISTED AT ALL, WOULD BE GREATLY WEAKENED. BACK UP THOSE PATRIOTS AT FOX INSTEAD OF THROWING THEM UNDER THE BUS – & THEY ARE RIGHT! THERE IS SOOO MUCH PROOF, LIKE MASS BALLOT STUFFING CAUGHT ON GOVERNMENT CAMERAS, FBI COLLUDING WITH TWITTER & FACEBOOK, STATE LEGISLATURES NOT USED, etc.”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, April 17, 2023

4/17/2023

2020 ELECTION: “FOX NEWS IS IN BIG TROUBLE IF THEY DO NOT EXPOSE THE TRUTH ON CHEATING IN THE 2020 ELECTION. THEY SHOULD DO WHAT’S RIGHT FOR AMERICA. WHEN RUPERT MURDOCH SAYS THAT THERE WAS NO CHEATING IN LIGHT OF THE MASSIVE PROOF THAT WAS THERE, IT IS RIDICULOUS AND VERY HARMFUL TO THE FOX CASE. PERHAPS HE SHOULD SAY THAT ‘HE JUST DIDN’T KNOW,’ BUT THAT IS HARD TO BELIEVE. RUPERT, JUST TELL THE TRUTH AND GOOD THINGS WILL HAPPEN. THE ELECTION OF 2020 WAS RIGGED AND STOLLEN…YOU KNOW IT, & SO DOES EVERYONE ELSE!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, April 17, 2023

4/14/2023

2024 ELECTION/2A/GUNS: “I was proud to be the most pro-gun, pro-Second Amendment President you’ve ever had in the White House—and with your support in 2024, I will be your loyal friend and fearless champion once again as the 47th President of the United States.”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, April 14, 2023

4/13/2023

LAWSUIT/LEGAL: “A Washington, D.C., appeals court on Thursday [April 13, 2023] refused to decide whether Donald Trump can be shielded from the first of two defamation lawsuits by E. Jean Carroll, a writer who alleges the former U.S. president raped her nearly three decades ago…

It sent the case back to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, which had last September asked whether under local law Trump made his comments in his role as president, or in his personal capacity as Carroll argued.”

-Reuters, “Appeals court refuses to decide if Trump can be shielded from rape accuser’s defamation suit,” ncbnews.com, April 13, 2023

4/13/2023

CRIMINAL JUSTICE: “There is no more dire threat to the American way of life than the corruption and weaponization of our Justice System…”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, April 13, 2023

4/13/2023

CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS/JOE BIDEN: “Biden Obstructed with thousands of boxes loaded up with Classified documents, many stored in Chinatown, and you hear NOTHING about it. Why?”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, April 13, 2023

4/12/2023

LAWSUIT/LEGAL: “Donald J. Trump was being questioned under oath on Thursday in a civil fraud lawsuit brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James, the latest in a series of legal predicaments entangling the former president, who also faces a separate 34-count criminal indictment unsealed last week.

Ms. James’s civil case, which was filed in September and is expected to go to trial later this year, accuses Mr. Trump, his family business and three of his children of a ‘staggering’ fraud for overvaluing the former president’s assets by billions of dollars.”

-Ben Protess, Jonah E. Bromwich and William K. Rashbaum, “Trump Faces Questioning in N.Y. Attorney General’s Lawsuit,” nytimes.com, April 12, 2023

4/12/2023

MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Donald Trump sued his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen on Wednesday [April 13, 2023] seeking at least $500 million in damages, as the former U.S. president steps up attacks on his onetime loyal “fixer” after Cohen testified before the Manhattan grand jury that indicted Trump.

In a complaint filed in federal court in Miami, Trump accused Cohen of failing to keep confidential attorney-client communications private and profiting by ‘spreading falsehoods’ about him in books and podcasts.”

-Luc Cohen, “Trump sues ex-lawyer Michael Cohen after grand jury testimony,” reuters.com, April 12, 2023

4/12/2023

LEGAL: “Trump claimed during a sit-down interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson that Manhattan court workers cried during his arrest and apologized to him.

‘They were incredible,’ Trump said in the interview that aired Tuesday [April 11, 2023]. ‘When I went to the courthouse which is also a prison in a sense, they signed me in and I’ll tell you people were crying.’ […]

The former president turned himself in last Tuesday and was arraigned on 34 counts of falsifying business records stemming from hush money payments made to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal.

Trump pleaded not guilty and maintained his innocence during the Carlson interview.”

-Candy Woodall, “Tears, dictators and Gavin Newsom: Here’s what Trump talked about in first interview since arrest,” usatoday.com, April 12, 2023

4/12/2023

LEGAL: “Former President Trump’s claim to a Fox News anchor that New York court employees were ‘crying’ and apologizing for his arraignment on felony charges is ‘absolute BS’ and doesn’t remotely resemble what took place, a law enforcement source familiar with the details of what transpired that day told Yahoo News.

‘Zero,’ said the source when asked how much truth there was to Trump’s colorful account. ‘There were zero people crying. There were zero people saying “I’m sorry.”’ […]

In fact, the source said, aside from his lawyers and Secret Service agents, Trump interacted only with a handful of district attorney employees at the courthouse and had extremely limited exposure with others during his arraignment last Tuesday in lower Manhattan.”

-Michael Isikoff, “Trump’s tale of crying Manhattan court employees was ‘absolute BS,’ law enforcement source says,” news.yahoo.com, April 12, 2023

4/12/2023

DOJ/ELECTION/JOE BIDEN: “The Biden Department of Injustice, together with all of the corrupt, TRUMP HATING, puppeteers that surround Joe Biden, and are destroying our Country, are going all out with ELECTION INTERFERENCE through the use of Fake, Partisan, and Corrupt Prosecutors. The people of the United States will not stand for this perversion of our Elections, and Constitution itself. At some point they will say, as our Country is going to Hell, WE’RE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, April 12, 2023

4/12/2023

DOJ/INVESTIGATIONS: “Special ‘Prosecutor’ Jack Smith is illegally leaking massive amounts of confidential information to the Fake News Media. He and his entire family are known Trump Haters. He should be removed by the corrupt DOJ, at once!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, April 12, 2023

4/12/2023

DOJ/FBI/JOE BIDEN: “Joe Biden and the Biden White House knew everything about the Unconstitutional Raid, by the FBI & DOJ, on Mar-a-Lago, despite their unequivocal denial. THEY LIED! How horrible and sick? This is all about Election Interference. Stop the Radical Left, or our Country is DEAD!!!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, April 12, 2023

4/11/2023

JOE BIDEN: “Former President Donald Trump indicated to Tucker Carlson in an exclusive wide-ranging interview Tuesday that he has doubts about Joe Biden seeking re-election for a second term…

‘Look, I watch him just like you do. And I think it’s almost inappropriate for me to say it – I don’t see how it’s possible,’ Trump said.”

-Charles Creitz, “Trump tells Tucker he has doubts about Biden seeking re-election: ‘There’s something wrong,’” foxnews.com, April 11, 2023

4/10/2023

FLORIDA/RON DESANTIS: “JUST OUT: I guess Ron DeSantis is not quite as popular in Florida as people thought. I assume, among other things, that they don’t want their Social Security and MediCare cut!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, April 10, 2023

4/10/2023

DOJ/FBI/INVESTIGATIONS: “THE ONLY REASON I HAVE THESE ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS INVESTIGATIONS AGAINST ME , HEADED UP BY RACISTS, LUNATICS, AND RADICAL LEFT MANIACS, IS FOR PURPOSES OF ELECTION INTERFERENCE. IT WILL BE HARDER FOR THE DEMOCRATS TO CHEAT LIKE THEY DID IN 2020, SO THEY ARE GOING RIGHT TO THE OLD SOVIET UNION PLAYBOOK AND USING THE DOJ, FBI & OTHERS IN ‘JUSTICE’ TO INTERFERE IN OUR ONCE SACRED ELECTIONS. WE’VE GOT TO SWAMP THESE CHEATERS, AND WE WILL WIN!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, April 10, 2023

4/10/2023

2024 ELECTION/POLLS/RON DESANTIS: “Ron DeSantis is a young man who is not doing well against me in the polls, to put it mildly. I believe that if he decides to run for President [in the 2024 election], which will only hurt and somewhat divide the Republican Party, he will lose the cherished and massive MAGA vote, and never be able to successfully run for office again. If he remains Governor, which is what Florida voters assumed, it would be a whole different story….JUST SAYIN’ – But who knows?”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, April 10, 2023

4/10/2023

CHINA/JOE BIDEN: “The best and only way to solve the problem with China, and every other problem we have, is to get rid of Biden!!!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, April 10, 2023

4/9/2023

BORDER/HOLIDAY/WALL: “HAPPY EASTER TO ALL, INCLUDING THOSE THAT DREAM ENDLESSLY OF DESTROYING OUR COUNTRY BECAUSE THEY ARE INCAPABLE OF DREAMING ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE, THOSE THAT ARE SO INCOMPETENT THEY DON’T REALIZE THAT HAVING A BORDER AND POWERFUL WALL IS A GOOD THING, & HAVING VOTER I.D., ALL PAPER BALLOTS, & SAME DAY VOTING WILL QUICKLY END MASSIVE VOTER FRAUD, & TO ALL OF THOSE WEAK & PATHETIC RINOS, RADICAL LEFT DEMOCRATS, SOCIALISTS, MARXISTS, & COMMUNISTS WHO ARE KILLING OUR NATION, REMEMBER, WE WILL BE BACK!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, April 9, 2023

4/9/2023

AFGHANISTAN/BIDEN-HARRIS ADMIN: “Can you believe that the totally corrupt Biden Disinformation Administration is now trying to blame ‘TRUMP’ for their incompetent exit from Afghanistan. They are the worst in history, absolutely terrible people always blaming someone else for their mistakes and blunders – of which there are many!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, April 9, 2023

4/5/2023

CRIMINAL JUSTICE: “In the 24 hours since former President Donald Trump’s arraignment, the presiding judge and his family have received multiple threats, two sources familiar with the matter said.

One official said ‘dozens’ of threats have recently been directed at Judge Juan Merchan and his chambers but did not give an exact time frame for them.

The other source said Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and other top officials in his office continue to receive threats. The threats have been in the form of calls, emails and letters.”

-Jonathan Dienst, Rebecca Shabad, Ben Kamisar and Laura Jarrett, “Trump judge and his family receive threats after New York arrest,” nbcnews.com, April 5, 2023

4/5/2023

LAWSUIT: “As Donald Trump was in New York for a date with legal jeopardy, a judge in Los Angeles quietly granted him a substantial legal victory.

The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the former president on Tuesday [April 4, 2023], ordering adult film star Stormy Daniels to pay $121,972 in legal fees for a failed defamation suit.

The ruling is not legally connected with the Manhattan district attorney’s investigation that led Trump to be charged with 34 felony counts on Tuesday.”

-Emily Olson, “Judge orders Stormy Daniels to pay Donald Trump another $120,000 in legal fees,” npr.org, April 5, 2023

4/4/2023

2020 ELECTION/DEMS/IMPEACHMENT/RUSSIA/UKRAINE: “From the beginning, the Democrats spied in my campaign, remember that? They attacked me with an onslaught of fraudulent investigations. Russia, Russia, Russia. Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine. Impeachment hoax number one. Impeachment hoax number two, the illegal and unconstitutional raid on Mar-a-Lago right here… The FBI and DOJ relentlessly pursuing Republicans. The unconstitutional changes to election laws by not getting approvals from state legislators. The millions of votes illegally stuffed into ballot boxes [in the 2020 election] and all caught on government cameras. And just recently, the FBI and DOJ in collusion with Twitter and Facebook in order not to say anything bad about the Hunter Biden laptop from hell, which exposes the Biden family as criminals in which according to the pollsters, would’ve made a 17 point difference in the election result, and we needed a lot less than that, like about 16.9. It would’ve been in our favor, not my favor, our favor because our country is going to hell.”

-Donald Trump via Rev, “Trump Makes Statement From Mar-a-Lago Following NY Arraignment Transcript,” rev.com, April 4, 2023

4/4/2023

2020 ELECTION/BIDEN-HARRIS ADMIN/CRIMINAL JUSTICE/KAMALA HARRIS: “The only crime that I have committed is to fearlessly defend our nation from those who seek to destroy it… 

Our elections were like those of a Third World country and now, this massive election interference at a scale, never seen before in our country. Beginning with the radical left to George Soros backed prosecutor Alvin Bragg of New York, who campaigned on the fact that he would get President Trump…

As it turns out, virtually, everybody that has looked at this case, including RINOs and even hardcore Democrats say there is no crime and that it should never have been brought, never have been brought, everybody. Even people that aren’t big fans have said it…

Now, they have really stepped up their efforts by indicting the 45th President of the United States who received 75 million votes [in the 2020 election], which is more than any sitting president in the history of our country…

This is where we are right now. I have a Trump hating judge, with a Trump hating wife and family, whose daughter worked for Kamala Harris and now receives money from the Biden-Harris campaign and a lot of it. We recently had another trial and the same judge told the fine man who worked for me for many, many years that if you admit your guilt, you’ll be in jail for 90 days, but if you don’t, if we go through a trial and you’re found guilty, you’re going away for 10 years and maybe longer, which for a 75-year-old man with a great family, really means life. What the prosecutors and judge did to that man, I will never forget because it’s right out of the old Soviet Union, that’s where we are. They said, ‘You say anything about Trump,’ meaning that’s bad and you won’t even have to serve the 90 days, you’ll walk free…

We are a nation in decline and now, these radical left lunatics want to interfere with our elections by using law enforcement. We can’t let that happen.”

-Donald Trump via Rev, “Trump Makes Statement From Mar-a-Lago Following NY Arraignment Transcript,” rev.com, April 4, 2023

4/4/2023

CRIMINAL JUSTICE: “Former President Trump spoke at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday night, his first remarks after pleading not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in connection with concealing hush money payments.

Trump entered the plea before Judge Juan Merchan during the proceeding Tuesday afternoon in Lower Manhattan, becoming the first former president to be arraigned on criminal charges.”

-The Hill Staff, “Trump attacks judge in speech after facing 34-count indictment,” thehill.com, April 4, 2023

4/3/2023

USA: “WITCH HUNT, as our once great Country is going to HELL!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, April 3, 2023

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4/3/2023

JOE BIDEN: “Biden and his ‘people’ knew all about the Radical Left, Soros backed D.A. (Bragg) going after ‘Trump.’ They pushed the Racist D.A., which wasn’t difficult, even putting a top Democrat DOJ official (Matthew Collangelo) into Bragg’s Office (who even sign’s subpoenas!) to push this Witch Hunt forward. The Fake News refuses to report this, but now everyone knows. Election Interference!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, April 3, 2023

4/3/2023

CRIMINAL JUSTICE: “Donald Trump and his allies began a two-day effort Monday [April 3, 2023] to make a political spectacle out of an unprecedented legal event: the arraignment of a former president.

Trump jetted from South Florida to New York City during the afternoon, starting a journey that will include his arraignment Tuesday afternoon and a speech that night back in Florida…

Trump did not speak publicly Monday but did spend time on his social media platform Truth Social attacking the indictment and seeking to raise money off it. ‘If you are doing poorly, as so many of you are, do not send anything,’ he said in one post. ‘If you are doing well, which was made possible through the great policies of the Trump Administration, send your contribution.'”

-David Jackson, “Donald Trump plans to turn his arraignment into a political spectacle. Here’s how.,” usatoday.com, April 3, 2023

4/3/2023

2024 ELECTION: “Donald Trump and his 2024 White House campaign are quickly capitalizing on the former president’s indictment and Tuesday’s pending arraignment in New York City.

Adviser Jason Miller announced on Monday [April 3, 2023] that the campaign had hauled in $7 million in fundraising since last Thursday, when Trump became the first former president in U.S. history to be charged with a crime.

Trump’s scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday for allegedly giving hush money payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in 2016 to keep her quiet ahead of that year’s presidential election over her claims she had sexual encounters years earlier with Trump. The former president denies sleeping with Daniels and denies falsifying business records to keep the payment concealed.”

-Paul Steinhauser, “Donald Trump cashing in on indictment, as news pays off for his 2024 presidential campaign: ‘witch hunt,'” foxnews.com, April 3, 2023

4/2/2023

CRIMINAL JUSTICE: “I will be leaving Mar-a-Lago on Monday at 12 noon, heading to Trump Tower in New York. On Tuesday morning I will be going to, believe it or not, the Courthouse. America was not supposed to be this way!”

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, April 2, 2023

4/1/2023

RUSSIA/UKRAINE/VLADIMIR PUTIN: “Actually, I got along very well with Putin—There would be no Russia-Ukrainian War right now if I were President. All of those lives would have been saved, all of those people would be living and healthy right now! “

-Donald Trump, Truth Social, April 1, 2023