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Trump wants opponents to ‘rot in hell’ in angry Christmas speech: live

Donald Trump doubles down on anti-immigration rhetoric after Supreme Court decision

Donald Trump marked Christmas Day by sharing a video compilation of his festive presidential speeches after spending hours ranting about the 2024 election, his legal woes and posting a welcome message that his opponents are “rotting in hell.”

“Merry Christmas to all, including Crooked Joe Biden’s ONLY HOPE, Deranged Jack Smith, the uncontrollable Lunatic who just hired outside lawyers, fresh out of the SWAMP (unprecedented!), to help him in his HUNT WITCHING poorly executed against ‘TRUMP’ and ‘MAGA,’” the former president wrote.

The holiday greetings were also addressed to world leaders, “good and bad,” and to the “sick” thugs at home “who seek to destroy our once-great United States.” MAY THEY ROT IN HELL. AGAIN, MERRY CHRISTMAS! »

Looking ahead to next year, Mr. Trump will have to juggle four criminal trials involving a total of 91 charges, as well as his presidential campaign.

Mr. Trump’s legal team is making a concerted effort to try to delay or dismiss the cases. On Saturday, his lawyers asked an appeals court to dismiss the 2020 federal election interference case against him on grounds of presidential immunity.

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Latest: FBI investigates threats against judges who disqualified Trump from 2024 election in Colorado

A ruling earlier this month by Colorado’s highest court determined that the former president was disqualified from the presidency under the 14th Amendment, which prohibits anyone sworn to uphold the Constitution and “engaged in an insurrection or rebellion” to hold public office.

This historic decision, by a vote of 4 to 3, is the first among all state supreme courts to consider the question of his eligibility. It follows a wave of lawsuits aimed at preventing Mr Trump from participating in next year’s presidential elections over his actions surrounding the attack on the US Capitol in January. 6, 2021.

Olivier O’ConnellDecember 26, 2023 10:45 p.m.

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Trump makes new push for presidential immunity in 2020 election subversion case

Olivier O’ConnellDecember 26, 2023 10:15 p.m.

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ICYMI: Trump complains that Biden ruined Christmas with ‘insanity and woe’

On Monday – Christmas Day – Mr Trump said he was struggling to enjoy the holiday. The reason? Joe Biden.

“It’s hard to have a truly great Christmas when you have a crooked and incompetent president who wants to put his political opponent in jail and who has worked hard (for a change!), illegally using every lever of law enforcement, to do it,” he wrote on Truth Social. “We are fighting the fight of our lives to save our country from MADNESS & DOOM. MAGA 2024!!!”

Mr. Trump’s bitter sentiment was not expressed in isolation. The former president spent most of Christmas Eve posting about his frustration with the various criminal cases he faces, the Jan. 6 committee and Colorado’s recent decision to exclude him from the ballot. the state.

Graig Graziosi reports for The independent.

Olivier O’ConnellDecember 26, 2023 9:45 p.m.

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Tracking the 2024 White House race: Sign up for our free virtual expert panel

The 2024 presidential election has begun and The independent is here to help you understand the twists and turns of the race as the starting gun sounds.

Even though he faces four indictments and remains an incredibly polarizing figure in American politics, Donald Trump remains immensely popular.

Join The independent for a virtual roundtable recapping Iowa’s election results and looking ahead to the rest of the year.

Deputy US Editor David Taintor and Senior Washington Correspondent Eric Garcia will sit down with a panel of experts to analyze the results of the Iowa caucuses and consider New Hampshire, using the first signs to share their predictions for how the next race for the White House could play out.

Our panel includes Doug Heye, former communications director for the Republican National Committee and deputy chief of staff to former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. He also managed Republican communications for the 2012 Iowa Caucus.

The event will be hosted on Zoom and will last one hour. It will take place on Thursday, January 18 and will begin at 4 p.m. ET (9 p.m. GMT).

Once registered, you will be able to ask questions to the panel.

For more information and to register for a free ticket Click here.

Olivier O’ConnellDecember 26, 2023 9:15 p.m.

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Trump shares his own word cloud: ‘Power’, ‘revenge’ and ‘dictatorship’

On Tuesday, in the middle of his post-Christmas series of Truth Social posts, Donald Trump shared a word cloud based on his own name.

In the middle are the words economy, power, revenge and dictatorship.

Trump and his allies have either laughed at, accepted his support for a “day one” dictatorship, or criticized it as an overreaction.

The word cloud is the result of a poll conducted for DailyMail.com, which asked 1,000 likely voters for one word to describe Trump and his rival Joe Biden.

Trump offered no context for sharing the message.

Alex WoodwardDecember 26, 2023 9:05 p.m.

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Trump’s Rhetorical Projection Returns ‘Insurgent’ Accusations to Biden

President Joe Biden said there is “no doubt” that Donald Trump was responsible for the insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6. You’ve seen it all,” he told reporters on Wednesday.

“I am not an insurrectionist,” the former president wrote on his Truth Social the next day. “Crooked Joe Biden is!!!”

He did not give further details, but it is the latest attempt by the Republican candidate for the 2024 presidential nomination to launch or project accusations against him towards those who accuse him.

It’s a rhetorical tool he’s used for years, and the projected accusations are only getting harsher as the numerous criminal charges and lawsuits threatening the campaign against him grow.

Olivier O’ConnellDecember 26, 2023 8:45 p.m.

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In which states does Trump face 14th Amendment challenges?

The third section of the amendment prohibits those who participate in insurrections or aid enemies of the U.S. government from gaining power.

To date, such challenges have been brought in federal district and state courts in at least 16 states.

While Mr. Trump says he plans to appeal the Colorado decision, likely by taking the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, he is also preparing for challenges, appeals and rulings in other cases. other states.

Olivier O’ConnellDecember 26, 2023 8:15 p.m.

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Trump says ‘disturbed’ Jack Smith should ‘go to hell’

Amid a series of Boxing Day posts on his Truth Social, Donald Trump lashed out at special adviser Jack Smith (“Biden’s stooge” and “deranged”) and suggested that his nomination to the post of Department of Justice was unconstitutional.

The post follows a filing with the U.S. Supreme Court last week from former Ronald Reagan-era Attorney General Edwin Meese who claimed the special counsel was illegally appointed.

Meese has also defended other Trump figures, like former deputy attorney general Jeffrey Clark, who is being sued in Georgia for his attempts to overturn the election results — charges Meese called “a major affront to the federal supremacy.

“Biden’s Flunky, deranged Jack Smith should go to HELL,” Trump wrote Tuesday.

Trump’s lawyers have asked the Supreme Court to reject the special counsel’s request to expedite a hearing on whether Trump can invoke “presidential immunity” as self-defense in his federal election conspiracy case. The Supreme Court rejected the request and the question of “immunity” will be argued before the court of appeal, as planned.

Meanwhile, a group of 24 GOP officials urged the high court to consider the issue:

“Former President Trump’s alleged attempts to usurp the presidency constitute a particularly weak argument for extending the doctrine of presidential immunity to a criminal matter,” they wrote earlier this month.

“The last thing presidential immunity should do is encourage presidents who lose re-election to engage in criminal behavior, through official acts or otherwise, as part of efforts to prevent power executive be entrusted to their legally elected successors.”

Team Trump is preparing to return to the Supreme Court to ask the justices to appeal a Colorado Supreme Court ruling that blocks him from appearing on the state’s 2024 ballot.

Read more about Trump’s future on the nation’s highest court:

Alex WoodwardDecember 26, 2023 8:05 p.m.

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Trump tries to distance himself from Hitler’s remarks

In recent weeks, the 2024 GOP front-runner has been accused of pulling phrases from Hitler’s playbook.

In a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt on Friday, the former president addressed the scandal, saying his comments did not come from the former German dictator and saying he “was not a student” of the Nazi leader.

Olivier O’ConnellDecember 26, 2023 7:45 p.m.

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…but he’s also considering Haley as vice president?

After spending months going after his closest Republican rival in the 2024 race, Donald Trump would now consider her his second-in-command if he takes back the White House.

“What do you think of Nikki?” Mr. Trump reportedly asked.

The suggestion, however, has been widely criticized by those around him, with sources saying Mr Trump’s allies and advisers are trying to warn him against the idea – arguing Ms Haley does not fit with his Maga base.

Olivier O’ConnellDecember 26, 2023 7:15 p.m.

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