Trump says it’s ‘very unlikely’ he would pardon himself if convicted and then elected
Donald Trump made a series of gaffes during remarks at two events in Washington, DC on Friday night, saying President Joe Biden would lead the US into the Second World War, appearing to confuse whom he was running against in 2024 and in the past, and reiterating a bizarre claim that you need ID to buy bread.
Earlier, the former president attacked “deranged” Jack Smith just hours after the office of the special counsel requested that a narrow gag order be handed down in the January 6 election subversion case.
The prosecutors said in a filing on Friday evening that Mr Trump has “repeatedly and widely disseminated public statements attacking the citizens of the District of Columbia, the Court, prosecutors, and prospective witnesses”.
Meanwhile, X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, handed over 32 direct messages from Donald Trump’s account with the social media platform to special counsel Jack Smith as part of his election subversion probe, according to a new court filing.
The former president was a voracious user of his @realDonaldTrump account as he tried to overturn Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory until he was suspended by the platform in the wake of the attack on Congress.
Watch: Kristen Welker fact-checks Trump
Oliver O’Connell17 September 2023 17:41
Boebert attacked by her own party for ‘lewd sex acts’ at Beetlejuice show
Republican firebrand Lauren Boebert has come under fire from her own party after she and her date were caught on video fondling each other in a crowded theatre last weekend before being kicked out.
Footage captured the Colorado congresswoman’s heavy petting with her rumoured boyfriend as they attended a showing of “Beetlejuice” in Denver on 10 September. The pair were ejected for “causing a disturbance”.
Several within her own party criticised the lawmaker’s behaviour as hypocritical, given her opposition to LGBTQ+ rights, like furthering claims that drag performances will expose children to lewd sexual acts. She wrote last June, “Take your children to CHURCH, not drag bars.”
Kelly Rissman17 September 2023 17:30
What is the news value of interviewing Trump?
Meet the Press moderator Kristen Welker closed out Sunday’s show by asking Peter Baker, New York Times White House correspondent, to explain the reasoning for interviewing Donald Trump and why it has news value.
“This is a huge challenge for American journalists, of course, right? It cannot be that a person can run for president of the United States, be a front-runner in his party, and possibly win without ever being challenged by a tough, independent interviewer. And that’s, I think, an important part of our system,” said Baker.
“Now, obviously the challenge for us because he is just going to spout out one thing after another, and fact check in real-time, is a real hard thing. But what you’ve done here is edit it and make sure people understand what he’s what’s real.”
Oliver O’Connell17 September 2023 16:31
Pence asked about Trump’s mental accuity
Pence on clip of Trump confusing Obama and Biden & saying Biden actions will lead to World War II, asked if 77 is too old to be president:
“We don’t need a president who’s too old, and we don’t need a president who’s too young.”
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) September 17, 2023
Oliver O’Connell17 September 2023 16:09
Trump still considering Jan 6 pardons
Those who didn’t go “inside the Capitol” include some defendants who beat police officers with chemical spray, bats, clubs, fists and,,.. yes, there were Jan 6 defendants who carried guns on Capitol grounds while amid the mob
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) September 17, 2023
Oliver O’Connell17 September 2023 16:00
‘Meet the Press’ under fire for Trump interview
The anger comes from giving a platform to the former president’s lies, with accusations that the interview is “normalising a maniac”.
In promoting the interview, the show’s newly-appointed moderator Kristen Welker has also been accused of “whitewashing Trump’s depravity” with social media users asking “Is it 2015?” and “What is wrong with you, NBC?”
Oliver O’Connell17 September 2023 15:53
Trump refuses to say on ‘Meet the Press’ how he watched the Jan 6 attack unfold
Former President Donald Trump repeatedly declined in an interview aired Sunday to answer questions about whether he watched the Capitol riot unfold on television, saying he would “tell people later at an appropriate time.”
Trump, the current front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, refused to say on NBC‘s “Meet the Press” how he spent Jan. 6, 2021, once the insurrection began and whether he made phone calls as his supporters stormed the seat of American democracy.
“I’m not going to tell you. I’ll tell people later at an appropriate time,” Trump told moderator Kristen Welker after she asked if he spent that afternoon watching the attack on television in a dining room at the White House.
Trump’s former aides have said he sequestered himself in the room off the Oval Office to watch, at times even rewinding and rewatching some parts.
AP17 September 2023 15:37
Trump denies pushing for Biden impeachment inquiry
The alleged meeting between Mr Trump and House Republican leadership was said to have taken place before House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced a formal impeachment inquiry into the president.
However, speaking to NBC’s Kristen Welker “Meet the Press” in an interview aired Sunday, Mr Trump said he didn’t “have to talk” to anyone about supporting the inquiry because “they’re more proactive than I am”.
Oliver O’Connell17 September 2023 15:28
Trump marks Ken Paxton impeachment acquittal — with a meme
Mr Trump wrote on Truth Social: “I want to thank the great Lt. Governor of Texas, Dan Patrick, who served as Judge in the Ken Paxton Trial, and the Republican State Senators, for showing great Professionalism and Fairness.”
“Attorney General Paxton was fully acquitted on all 16 Impeachment Articles brought by the Texas Republican House. It is time that Speaker Dade Phelan resign after pushing this Disgraceful Sham!” he added.
“Congratulations to Attorney General Ken Paxton on a great and historic Texas sized VICTORY. I also want to congratulate his wonderful wife and family for having had to go through this ordeal, and WINNING!”
The former president also reposted a meme from a follower…
Oliver O’Connell17 September 2023 15:00
Trump touts ‘Meet The Press’ interview amid anger and calls for boycott of show
While Donald Trump was happily promoting this morning’s upcoming interview on Meet The Press with a 1.39am post on Truth Social, there are calls for a boycott of NBC News’s banner political Sunday morning show.
I will be the interviewed this morning on Meet the Press, NBC. Enjoy!
(Donald Trump Truth Social Post 01:39 AM EST 9/17/23. pic.twitter.com/xrPzgoV7sY
— Donald J. Trump Posts From His Truth Social (@TrumpDailyPosts) September 17, 2023
The anger comes from an apparent lack of pushback on the former president’s lies from newly-appointed host Kristen Welker, with accusations that the interview is “normalizing a maniac”.
In these clips, Trump utters about 30 different lies, and there’s zero pushback from Kristen Welker, who instead calls him “fired up” and “defiant” – and “the president.” This is, actually, worse than the CNN town hall in terms of normalizing a maniac. https://t.co/WRAIDOtgS3
— Dan Froomkin (PressWatchers.org) (@froomkin) September 15, 2023
In promoting the interview, Welker has also been accused of “whitewashing Trump’s depravity” with X users asking “Is it 2015?” and “What is wrong with you, NBC?”
Oliver O’Connell17 September 2023 14:16