Trump celebrates 78th birthday with fee-paying fan club as questions linger over mental capacities: Live

Donald Trump turns 78 today and will reportedly celebrate his birthday in the company of his “Club 47 USA” fan organisation in West Palm Beach, Florida, with the guests paying between $35 and $60 for the pleasure of paying court to the presidential candidate.

The Republican was back in Washington DC on Thursday to meet with the House and Senate GOP, who presented him with a cake featuring 47 candles in tribute to his hopes of becoming America’s 47th president.

During his meeting with House representatives, Trump spoke about issues including abortion and immigration but sparked fury by reportedly calling the city of Milwaukee “horrible” a month before it hosts the Republican National Convention.

The former president’s interview with social media celebrity Logan Paul for his Impaulsive podcast also dropped yesterday.

The episode began with questions about Trump’s felony convictions and why he is running again – allowing him to reel off many of his familiar diatribe of falsehoods from his rallies – before moving on to a wide variety of topics from the upcoming debate on CNN to aliens, AI, and the rap beef between Kendrick Lamar and Drake.

Key Points

  • Trump celebrates 78th birthday with fee-paying fan club members

  • Republicans reveal what Trump said during his closed-door DC meeting

  • Presidential contender sparks fury with Milwaukee comment

  • Trump talks Russia, election and the border on Logan Paul’s podcast

  • Former president claims Pelosi’s daughter said they would be ‘perfect together’

Supreme Court strikes down Trump-era ban on ‘bump stocks’

16:05 , Oliver O'Connell

The Supreme Court said a ban on bump stocks — devices that can be added to semi-automatic firearms to make them fire faster — was unconstitutional, striking down a Trump-era law that was put into place after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

In a 6-3 ruling issued on Friday, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the majority that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) incorrectly ruled that a bump stock turns a semiautomatic rifle into a machine gun.

Ariana Baio has been following the case:

Supreme Court overturns ‘bump stock’ ban, allowing guns to fire faster

Watch: Jeffries slams GOP colleagues for meeting with ‘insurrectionist-in-chief'

15:55 , Oliver O'Connell

Trump holding birthday rally for hardcore fans – but they have to pay to attend

15:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Here’s a little more on Trump’s Florida fan club forking over as much as $60 today to watch the man wasting his birthday by ranting about “rigged” trials, electric boat batteries and Joe Biden when he could be doing his weird little dance to the Village People and scoffing cake.

Trump holding birthday rally for hardcore fans – but they have to pay to attend

Did Don Jr just break the law by meeting with Viktor Orban?

15:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Experts say the former president’s son may have violated the Logan Act during his visit to Budapest this week, Katie Hawkinson reports.

EXCLUSIVE: Did Donald Trump Jr just break the law by meeting with Viktor Orban?

Watch: Trump ‘startled’ CEOs with meandering remarks at DC meeting

14:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump spoke at a meeting of major CEOs as part of his return to Washington, DC on Thursday as the assumed Republican candidate for president.

CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin reports that his remarks didn’t exactly hit home with the business leaders...

Democrat revives Rudy Giuliani’s drag act with Trump in Congress

14:30 , Joe Sommerlad

California representative Robert Garcia deserves a huge round of applause as he used Pride month to speak up for trans rights yesterday, delivering a brief history of cross-dressing in America and resurrecting a certain clip of “America’s mayor” to make his point.

Ingraham hails the ‘Age of Trump'

14:00 , Joe Sommerlad

It’s definitely not a cult though, right guys? We’re still feeling good about that?

Also on Fox, here’s Trump surrogate Doug Burgum claiming that his hero’s alleged passion for customer service is what makes him a great leader. Merciful heavens...

All of which makes it a fine time to drop Eric Garcia’s latest on Republican grovelling and why the party can no longer seperate itself from Trump, even if wanted to.

Republicans can’t separate themselves from Trump now — even if they want to

JD Vance liked series of anti-Trump tweets in 2016 and 2017

13:30 , Joe Sommerlad

The Ohio senator, long thought to be a front-runner to be Trump’s next running mate, reportedly liked a series of Twitter posts eight years ago accusing the Republican candidate of “serial sexual assault” and calling him “one of USA’s most hated, villainous, douchey celebs,” according to CNN.

He also liked tweets attacking Trump over his response to deadly violence at the ”Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville and tipping Vance himself for a post in a future Hillary Clinton cabinet.

Old deleted tweets by the Hillbilly Elegy author, which were previously reported, included one in which he wondered whether Trump was “America’s Hitler”.

Vance recently spoke up for Trump outside his hush money trial in New York and helped organise his recent $12m donation event in San Francisco from cryptocurrency entrepreneurs, so has clearly been on quite a journey, something he himself has openly acknowledged in interviews.

He responded to CNN in a statement yesterday by saying: “I’m proud to be one of his strongest supporters in the Senate today and I’m going to do everything in my power to ensure President Trump wins in November – the survival of America depends on it.”

JD Vance (Getty)
JD Vance (Getty)

Behold the front page!

13:15 , Joe Sommerlad

Trump humiliates Marjorie Taylor Greene by telling her to ‘be nice’ to speaker

13:00 , Joe Sommerlad

The Republican tried to quell divisions within the House GOP conference on Thursday during his huddle with his representatives and senators.

But he did so in a very Trumpian way — by publicly humiliating one of his own allies, Georgia congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene.

The ex-president was reported by Politico’s Olivia Beavers to have singled out the outspoken conservative gadfly during his remarks to Republicans in the lower chamber.

Pointing to Mike Johnson, the speaker of the House who recently survived an effort led by Greene to remove him, Trump called out Greene: “Hello Marjorie... are you being nice to him?”

John Bowden has more.

Trump humiliates Marjorie Taylor Greene by telling her to ‘be nice’ to Speaker

Trump claims Pelosi’s daughter said they would be ‘perfect together’

12:30 , Joe Sommerlad

Possibly even weirder than Trump’s Milwaukee remark yesterday was his claim to his fellow Republicans that one of former Democratic House speaker Nancy Pelosi’s daughters once told him the two would be “perfect together” – a comment that drew the immediate ire of her family.

“Nancy Pelosi’s daughter is a wacko,” Trump allegedly said on Capitol Hill. “Her daughter told me if things were different Nancy and I would be perfect together. There’s an age difference though.”

The former speaker is just seven years older than Trump, who happens to be 24 years older than his wife Melania.

Incensed by this, Pelosi’s daughter, Christine Pelosi, immediately jumped on the claim, tweeting: “Speaking for all 4 Pelosi daughters – this is a LIE. His deceitful, deranged obsession with our mother is yet another reason Donald Trump is unwell, unhinged and unfit to step foot anywhere near her – or the White House.”

Nancy Pelosi could not resist appearing on MSNBC last night with Lawrence O’Donnell to shoot down the story herself.

Kelly Rissman reports.

Trump claims Nancy Pelosi’s daughter said the two would be ‘perfect together’

Trump weighs in on Drake vs Kendrick beef

12:00 , Joe Sommerlad

And finally, here’s Tom Murray on Trump’s true passion: celebrity gossip.

Trump weighs in on Drake vs Kendrick beef in Logan Paul podcast interview

Trump praises AI written speeches and jokes about getting rid of his speechwriters

11:30 , Joe Sommerlad

Mike Bedigan has this on what Trump had to say about the potential of artificial intelligence to help him phone-in his public addresses even further.

Trump praises AI written speeches and jokes about getting rid of his speechwriters

Trump gives surprising answer on existence of UFOs

11:00 , Joe Sommerlad

Let’s take a closer look at some of the key exchanges from this Frost/Nixon for the energy drink generation.

First up, here’s Josh Marcus on El Presidente’s views on the existence of aliens.

I want to believe: Trump gives surprising answer on the existence of UFOs

Trump talks Russia, election and the border on Logan Paul’s podcast

10:30 , Joe Sommerlad

The former president’s interview with social media celebrity Logan Paul for his Impaulsive podcast also dropped yesterday.

The episode began with questions about Trump’s felony convictions and why he is running again – allowing him to reel off many of his familiar diatribe of falsehoods from his rallies – before moving on to a wide variety of topics, from aliens to Drake and Kendrick Lamar and on to Elon Musk, artificial intelligence, chicken nuggets and cereal.

Here’s an overview from Alex Woodward.

Trump talks Russia, election and the border on Logan Paul’s podcast

Trump sparks fury with ‘horrible’ Milwaukee comment

10:00 , Joe Sommerlad

During his meeting with House representatives, Trump sparked fury by reportedly calling the city of Milwaukee “horrible” a month before it hosts the Republican National Convention.

Speaker Mike Johnson was out quickly on Fox to deny that any such thing was said but he appeared not to have got the memo...

Among the angry backlash was this from US vice president Kamala Harris and the following superb line from Wisconsin Democratic congresswoman Gwen Moore.

Here’s more from Alex Lang.

Donald Trump blasts RNC host Milwaukee as a ‘horrible city’

Republicans reveal what Trump said during his closed-door DC meeting

09:30 , Joe Sommerlad

Trump was back in Washington DC on Thursday to meet with the House and Senate GOP, who presented him with a cake featuring 47 candles in tribute to his hopes of becoming America’s 47th president.

It was his first time time back on Capitol Hill since January 6 2021, a fact not acknowledged by either the man himself or his Republican allies, who were heckled as “bootlickers” and advised not to “drink the Kool-Aid” by protesters.

But Bennie Thompson, who served as the chairman of the House select committee that investigated the Capitol riot, put out a statement that said Trump “still presents the same dire threat to our democracy that he did three years ago — and he’d be wise to head back to Mar-a-Lago and await his sentencing.”

Here’s Eric Garcia and Katie Hawkinson on what those present said Trump talked to them about, from abortion and immigration to the war in Ukraine and the US economy.

Republicans reveal what Trump said during his closed-door DC meeting with them

Trump celebrates 78th birthday with fee-paying fan club members

09:17 , Joe Sommerlad

Donald Trump turns 78 today and will reportedly celebrate his birthday in the company of his “Club 47 USA” fan organisation in West Palm Beach, Florida, with the guests paying between $35 and $60 for the pleasure of paying court to the presidential candidate.

Turning a year older will not help Trump’s argument that it is he that is young at heart and mentally vigorous and Joe Biden who is too senile or cognitively impaired for the White House at 81.

Here’s Jesse Watters on Fox News attempting to pre-empt the argument by insisting that Trump’s recent ravings about electric boats and sharks are really just “common sense” being unfairly spun by the media.

And, for balance, here are Michael Cohen’s sweary thoughts on the same incident.

If you missed that wild anecdote from his recent Las Vegas rally, here’s my report on the response it got.

Stephen King compares Trump to a ‘senile uncle’ over weird shark rant

ICYMI: Having survived the McCarthy revenge tour, Nancy Mace must now deal with Trump

08:30 , Oliver O'Connell

South Carolina Rep Nancy Mace is once again the victory of a Republican primary election against an opponent backed by a prominent foe.

The congresswoman won the Republican primary in South Carolina’s 1st congressional district over challengers Catherine Templeton and William Young; as votes came in, Mace pulled to an early lead and was declared the victor early on Tuesday evening.

Her victory comes after former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy targeted her as one of the eight Republicans responsible for kicking him out of the speaker’s chair last fall.

John Bowden was following the race:

Nancy Mace survived Kevin McCarthy’s ‘revenge tour’. Now she has to deal with Trump

Trump’s MAGA allies forced to face jeering protesters

06:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump’s closest congressional allies were forced to walk through protesters while they marched to meet with the former president during his first visit to the Capitol since a mob of his supporters stormed the halls of Congress on January 6.

Republican Reps. Lauren Boebert, Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene and Jim Jordan passed through protesters blasting them for their “failed coup” to reverse Trump’s loss in the 2020 election.

Others shouted out “bootlicker” and “don’t drink the Kool-Aid.”

Another protester in a bear costume held up a sign reading “bigger tax breaks, bigger profit.”

Alex Woodward reports on the scene:

Trump’s MAGA allies forced to face heckling protesters before meeting ex-president

What did Trump discuss with GOP House members?

04:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Eric Garcia and Katie Hawkinson report:

Donald Trump met with House Republicans on Thursday, marking his first visit to the Hill since before the January 6, 2021 Capitol riots.

The former president met with members of his party behind closed doors, just weeks ahead of the Republican National Convention — where Trump will be named the party’s presidential nominee — and five months ahead of the 2024 election.

Dueling protesters heckled Republicans as they filed into the Capitol Hill Club, where Republicans often hold their meetings.

Read more...

Republicans reveal what Trump said during his closed-door DC meeting with them

Trump makes bizarre claim Nancy Pelosi’s daughter said the two would be ‘perfect together’

02:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump told his party’s members that Democrat Nancy Pelosi ‘sdughter said the two would be “perfect together” - a comment that drew the immediate ire of her family.

“Nancy Pelosi’s daughter is a whacko,” Trump allegedly said on Capitol Hill on Thursday while speaking to House Republicans. “Her daughter told me if things were different Nancy and I would be perfect together.”

Kelly Rissman has the story:

Trump claims Nancy Pelosi’s daughter said the two would be ‘perfect together’

‘Trump too small’ can’t be trademarked, Supreme Court rules

01:30 , Oliver O'Connell

A man’s attempt to trademark the phrase “TRUMP TOO SMALL” has run its course after the Supreme Court ruled that the law protecting individuals from having their name trademarked without their consent does not violate the First Amendment.

In a unanimous decision on Thursday, Justice Clarence Thomas said the law restricting the trademarking of names reflects the, “historic rationale of identifying the source of goods” to ensure “customers know the source of a product”.

“A party has no First Amendment right to piggyback off the goodwill another entity has built in its name,” Justice Thomas added.

Ariana Baio reports on the court’s decision:

Hands off: ‘Trump too small’ can’t be trademarked, Supreme Court rules

Kamala Harris joins the Milwaukee discourse

01:00 , Oliver O'Connell

ICYMI: Jimmy Kimmel compares Trump to Hunter Biden

Friday 14 June 2024 00:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel drew a comparison between Donald Trump and Hunter Biden after the former president admitted he owned a gun.

Trump made the confession during his pre-sentencing probation interview on Monday, a required step after he was found guilty of 34 counts of falsifying business records in the hush money trial in New York City on May 31. The first-ever convicted former president had three firearms, two of which were handed to NYPD last March while a third weapon was “lawfully moved to Florida,” CNN reported.

Speaking about the weapon, Kimmel said on his Wednesday show: “That could be a violation of his parole and could be another potential felony.” He then joked: “Who does this guy think he is, Hunter Biden?”

Kelly Rissman has the story:

Jimmy Kimmel compares Trump to Hunter Biden in latest late-night rant

Liz Cheney reacts to Trump and McConnell making peace

Friday 14 June 2024 00:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Former Republican Rep Liz Cheney took to X to share her thoughts on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and former president Donald Trump making peace having not spoken since December 2020 — prior event to the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

She wrote: “Mitch McConnell knows Trump provoked the violent attack on our Capitol and then ‘watched television happily’ as his mob brutally beat police officers and hunted the Vice President.

“He knows Trump refused for hours to tell his mob to leave and ‘even then with police officers bleeding…he kept repeating his election lies and praising the criminals.’

“He knows Trump committed a ‘disgraceful dereliction of duty’ and is a danger to our Republic. Trump and his collaborators will be defeated, and history will remember the shame of people like @LeaderMcConnell who enabled them.”

Cheney was one of two Republicans — alongside Adam Kinzinger — who joined the House select committee that investigated the event of January 6.

Trump gives surprising answer on the existence of UFOs

Thursday 13 June 2024 23:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Josh Marcus reports:

Donald Trump has revealed whether he believes in UFOs during an interview with social media personality Logan Paul released on Thursday.

While the former president said he doesn’t personally believe in UFOs, he acknowledged the growing contingent of people in- and outside of government who believe aliens exist might have a point.

Trump described meeting with military pilots who had strange encounters with unidentified anomalous phenomena, as the government refers to them.

Read the full story...

I want to believe: Trump gives surprising answer on the existence of UFOs

Trump ‘ready to burn it all down’ as he returns to Capitol Hill, Biden campaign says

Thursday 13 June 2024 23:30 , Oliver O'Connell

As Donald Trump returns to the place where a riotous mob of his supporters tried to block certification of his 2020 election loss, President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign is reminding voters of the ex-president’s willingness to embrace violence for political ends in a new advertisement.

The 30-second television spot, called Burn, opens with scenes of the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol and a narrator stating that Trump “lit a fire in this country” that day before recalling how the riot left 140 police officers with injuries.

Andrew Feinberg reports:

Biden campaign says Trump ‘ready to burn it all down’ as he returns to Capitol Hill

Logan Paul interview: Trump asked about upcoming debate on CNN

Thursday 13 June 2024 23:06 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump was asked about his upcoming presidential debate on CNN against Joe Biden.

Trump: When they gave me the option, they said, would you do it and they didn't want to do it. He didn't want to do it. So they gave me everything. Fake Tapper.

And lots of other people that were going to, you know, were involved on CNN, they wanted to be seated, which I didn't like I said we should stand and I think we won that point. But I would have agreed to whatever I had to agree to because they didn't want to do it. They thought that I wouldn't do it because it's CNN but I've done plenty of CNN, I did a town hall. Not so long ago was CNN that worked out well. But I think there'll be fair, I think they're going to try and be fair.

I mean, it's fair as they can be. But I think it's important for there to be a debate. So they said you want to debate Yep, I'll accept. You don't even have to tell me that. They said CNN, they said, the different people that are involved, but it let's see what happens. I used to get along with Jake Tapper. We'll see what happens. But it doesn't matter. Whatever it is it is...

[After saying there was a 10 per cent chance CNN would be fair, he continued...]

No, they’re fake news? No, they're so bad. One of the good terms, right, fake news, but no, I don't think so. I thought maybe, you know, I had one with Kaitlan Collins, about four or five months ago. It was one of the highest rated shows they've ever had. And I really thought they were gonna go maybe sort of in the middle. But I was wrong about, I as I'm getting on and I'm hearing the way I'm being announced they said they these people are playing hardball. They're making a big mistake, but with the ratings for this debate, I guess will be quite, quite good.

The debate is set for June 27.

A source close to Paul’s team told The Independent that it was Trump’s camp who reached out to them asking for an interview. The podcast team has also reached out to President Biden’s people with an offer to come on the show as a guest so that they can provide their audience with both sides.

Furious Trump told Speaker Johnson ‘we have to overturn this’ in F-bomb tirade after conviction

Thursday 13 June 2024 23:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump was so angry when the guilty verdict was read aloud at his New York hush money trial last month that he was heard afterwards subjecting Mike Johnson, the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, to a foul-mouthed rant by phone, according to a new report.

Politico’s Playbook newsletter recounts that the GOP presidential contender was overheard “dropping frequent F-bombs” in his call with Johnson on May 30 as he told the speaker: “We have to overturn this.”

Joe Sommerlad has the story:

Furious Trump told Speaker Johnson ‘we have to overturn this’ after conviction

Exclusive: Did Donald Trump Jr just break the law during his meeting with Hungarian leader Viktor Orban?

Thursday 13 June 2024 22:40 , Oliver O'Connell

Katie Hawkinson writes:

Donald Trump Jr, four months after being hit with a $4 million fine and a ban on serving as an officer of a New York company for two years, is seeking opportunities elsewhere — namely, Hungary.

The former president’s eldest child arrived in Budapest on Thursday morning on an invitation from the Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry. There, he met with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and gave a talk entitled “The World According to Donald Trump Jr.,” an event first reported by Hungarian journalist Szabolcs Panyi.

Trump Jr’s visit focused on discussions about “the future of Hungarian-American relations, the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war, and opportunities for peace creation,” according to Zoltan Kovacs, spokesperson for Orbán’s office.

Multiple legal experts say foreign policy discussions between Trump Jr — who is not employed by the US government — and a foreign prime minister raise questions about the Logan Act, which prohibits unauthorized diplomatic activity in certain circumstances.

Read on...

EXCLUSIVE: Did Donald Trump Jr just break the law by meeting with Viktor Orban?

Trump endorses Larry Horgan for Senate

Thursday 13 June 2024 22:23 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump told Fox News congressional correspondent Aishah Hasnie that he is endorsing Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland for the Senate.

The news is slightly surprising given Hogan’s comments that people should “respect the verdict” in the NY hush money trial and allies of the former president signaled that there would be an impending assault on his candidacy.

Hogan has never been an ally of Donald Trump. He supported both impeachment inquiries into the ex-president, distinguishing himself as a member of a small minority of his party’s elected officials. The ex-governor also issued a scathing condemnation of the Republican then-president after January 6, during which he sent Maryland police to aid law enforcement at the US Capitol.

Nevertheless, Trump said today: “I'd like to see him win. I think he has a good chance to win… I know other people made some strong statements, but I can just say from my standpoint, I'm about the party and I'm about the country. And I would like to see him win.”

Perhaps what is most confusing is that Hogan has previously said he will not vote for Trump and has reaffirmed that an endorsement from the former president is a gift to his Democrat rival Angela Alsobrooks.

Republicans can’t separate themselves from Trump now — even if they want to

Thursday 13 June 2024 21:50 , Oliver O'Connell

Eric Garcia writes:

Marc Molinaro is the exact type of Republican who should be trying to distance himself from Donald Trump. The Cook Political Report rates his race as a toss-up, and his district — New York’s 19th — voted for President Joe Biden in 2020.

Under typical circumstances, endangered incumbents hope to create some distance from a nominee who may drag them down. Joe Manchin, the now-retiring independent senator who won in coal-friendly West Virginia, famously shot an Obama-era climate bill with a rifle despite being a Democrat. And before she put herself in the running to be Trump’s running mate, Representative Elise Stefanik voted against the Trump tax cuts.

Yet Molinaro, a freshman Republican, joined his colleagues in heading over to the Capitol Hill Club on Wednesday morning to hear the former president rally the troops.

Read on...

Republicans can’t separate themselves from Trump now — even if they want to

Watch: Logan Paul releases teaser of interview with Trump

Thursday 13 June 2024 21:37 , Oliver O'Connell

After surviving Kevin McCarthy’s ‘revenge tour’, Nancy Mace now has to deal with Trump

Thursday 13 June 2024 21:30 , Oliver O'Connell

South Carolina Rep Nancy Mace is once again the victory of a Republican primary election against an opponent backed by a prominent foe.

The congresswoman won the Republican primary in South Carolina’s 1st congressional district over challengers Catherine Templeton and William Young; as votes came in, Mace pulled to an early lead and was declared the victor early on Tuesday evening.

Her victory comes after former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy targeted her as one of the eight Republicans responsible for kicking him out of the speaker’s chair last fall.

John Bowden reports:

Nancy Mace survived Kevin McCarthy’s ‘revenge tour’. Now she has to deal with Trump

‘This is what we’re reduced to’: Trump gives mugshot T-shirt to Logan Paul

Thursday 13 June 2024 21:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump has promoted his upcoming interview with Logan Paul on his Impaulsive podcast by appearing in a video in which he presents the host with a pair of MAGA caps and two T-shirts bearing the infamous mugshot from his arraignment in Fulton County, Georgia, last summer.

Joe Sommerlad reports:

Trump gives mugshot T-shirt to Logan Paul: ‘This is what we’re reduced to’

Watch: GOP rep changes tack on reaction to Trump remark

Thursday 13 June 2024 20:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Trump humiliates Marjorie Taylor Greene, telling her to ‘be nice’ to Speaker Johnson

Thursday 13 June 2024 20:30 , Oliver O'Connell

John Bowden reports from Washington, DC:

Donald Trump tried to quell divisions within the House Republican conference on Thursday when he stopped by Washington DC to attend meetings with the full House and Senate Republican caucuses.

But he did so in a very Trumpian way — by publicly humiliating one of his own allies, Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene.

Continue reading...

Trump humiliates Marjorie Taylor Greene by telling her to ‘be nice’ to Speaker

In pictures: Trump meets with Senate Republicans

Thursday 13 June 2024 20:23 , Oliver O'Connell

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Biden and Milwaukee mayor join in reaction to Trump ‘horrible’ comment

Thursday 13 June 2024 20:15 , Oliver O'Connell

President Joe Biden gave his two cents response to Donald Trump’s remark that Milwaukee was “horrible”, posting: “I happen to love Milwaukee” along with a picture of him and the Milwaukee Bucks who won the NBA championship in 2021.

Meanwhile, Mayor Cavalier Johnson retorted: “All of us lived through his presidency, so right back at ya, buddy.”

Watch: Murkowski skipped Trump meeting, not happy with either candidate

Thursday 13 June 2024 20:10 , Oliver O'Connell

Jimmy Kimmel compares Trump to Hunter Biden

Thursday 13 June 2024 20:06 , Oliver O'Connell

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel drew a comparison between Donald Trump and Hunter Biden after the former president admitted he owned a gun.

Trump made the confession during his pre-sentencing probation interview on Monday, a required step after he was found guilty of 34 counts of falsifying business records in the hush money trial in New York City on May 31. The first-ever convicted former president had three firearms, two of which were handed to NYPD last March while a third weapon was “lawfully moved to Florida,” CNN reported.

Speaking about the weapon, Kimmel said on his Wednesday show: “That could be a violation of his parole and could be another potential felony.” He then joked: “Who does this guy think he is, Hunter Biden?”

Kelly Rissman has the story:

Jimmy Kimmel compares Trump to Hunter Biden in latest late-night rant

Senate Republicans block legislation to protect IVF

Thursday 13 June 2024 19:59 , Oliver O'Connell

Senate Republicans have blocked a bill to protect in vitro fertilization (IVF).

The Right to IVF Act, championed by a group of Democrats, will not be voted on by the US Senate as nearly every GOP member voted to block cloture — that is, an end to debate — on the legislation.

“It’s a very sad day for millions of Americans who want to become parents but struggle with infertility,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said after the vote. “Today, nearly every Republican just blocked a bill that would’ve protected peoples’ access to IVF.”

Katie Hawkinson and Eric Garcia report from Capitol Hill:

Senate Republicans block legislation to protect IVF

McConnell greets Trump

Thursday 13 June 2024 19:55 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke for the first time today since December 2020 at the former president’s meeting with Republican lawmakers.

House Judiciary Committee holds hearing on Trump hush money case

Thursday 13 June 2024 19:43 , Oliver O'Connell

The Republican-led House Judiciary Committee today held a hearing on Donald Trump’s hush money trial that began some 90 minutes late so that GOP members could attend the party meeting with the former president.

Just 45 minutes in, an extended recess was called because a motion to compel Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg was introduced, Rep Pramila Jayapal posted on X. She noted that Bragg is already scheduled to testify on July 12...

Rep Jerry Nadler accused Republicans of trying to rehabilitate 34-time convicted felon Trump with the hearing.

Rep Adam Schiff wasn’t going to let them get away with that.

Witness Norm Eisen, senior fellow in governance at the Brookings Institution, was asked by GOP Rep Chip Roy whether non-disclosure agreements like the one at the center of the Trump hush money case were illegal.

Eisen responded that when an NDA is used to facilitate an illegal campaign contribution over $127,000 in excess of the legal limits, then yes, they are.

Poll: Nearly half of US adults approve of Trump’s conviction

Thursday 13 June 2024 19:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Gustaf Kilander has the details:

Almost half of all American adults approve of the conviction of former President Donald Trump, an AP-NORC poll shows.

Trump became the first former US president to be convicted of felony charges after he was found guilty on 34 counts of falsifying business records in connection to a hush money payment to adult actor Stormy Daniels who alleged she had an affair with Trump in 2006. The payment was made shortly before the 2016 election in the wake of the Access Hollywood tape in which Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women.

Forty-eight percent approve of the conviction, according to the poll, while 29 percent disapprove and 21 percent say they have no opinion.

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Nearly half of US adults approve of Trump’s conviction, poll shows

Full story: Trump blasts RNC host Milwaukee as a ‘horrible city’ ahead of party’s gathering

Thursday 13 June 2024 19:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump called Milwaukee a “horrible city” in front of top Republicans - despite the party holding its national convention there in the coming weeks.

On Thursday, Trump was in Washington, DC, to meet with Republican leaders. It is the former president’s first visit to the Hill since Jan. 6, when a mob stormed the Capitol to protest his losing the 2020 election.

At one point, Trump told the Republicans “Milwaukee, where we are having our convention, is a horrible city,” according to Jake Sherman of Punchbowl News.

Alex Lang has the story:

Donald Trump blasts RNC host Milwaukee as a ‘horrible city’

Watch: Trump asserts unity in Republican Party after meeting with lawmakers

Thursday 13 June 2024 19:04 , Oliver O'Connell

Trump campaign scrambles to react to Milwaukee remark

Thursday 13 June 2024 19:00 , Oliver O'Connell

The Trump campaign has scrambled to try and tamp down reaction to the former president calling Milwaukee “horrible” during a meeting with House Republicans — an especially awkward remark given the city will host this year’s GOP convention.

A statement emailed out by the campaign reads as follows:

FAKE NEWS: Debunking “Milwaukee” Hoax

In a desperate attempt to get likes, Fake News Jake Sherman—who wasn’t even in the room—falsely claimed that President Trump called Milwaukee a “horrible city.” It’s a total lie.

President Trump was explicitly referring to the problems in Milwaukee, specifically violent crime and voter fraud.

Multiple members of Congress—including members of Wisconsin’s own delegation—instantly debunked Fake Sherman’s false claim:

Rep. Bryan Steil (WI-01): “I was in the room. President Trump did not say this. There is no better place than Wisconsin in July.”

Rep. Glenn Grothman (WI-06): President Trump was “concerned about the election in Milwaukee” and “felt we need to do better in urban centers around the country.”

Rep. Tom Tiffany (WI-07): President Trump’s remarks were “in the context of election integrity … I think he lumps [election integrity and crime] together.”

Rep. Derrick Van Orden (WI-03): “@realDonaldTrump was specifically referring to … the CRIME RATE in Milwaukee.”

Rep. Jim Banks (IN-03): “I was in the meeting. President Trump never disparaged Milwaukee. Just another Democrat hoax.”

Aide to Rep. Scott Fitzgerald (WI-05): President Trump’s remarks “were about election integrity.”

‘Thanks!'

Thursday 13 June 2024 18:45 , Oliver O'Connell

The jury foreperson in Donald Trump’s hush money trial ended the verdict note to the judge, alerting the world that they had reached a decision in the first criminal case of a former US president but needed 20 minutes to fill out the forms, ended his request with a cheerful and polite: “Thanks!”

Republicans reveal what Trump talked about in his closed-door meeting at Capitol Hill

Thursday 13 June 2024 18:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Eric Garcia and Katie Hawkinson report for The Independent from Capitol Hill:

Donald Trump met with House Republicans on Thursday, marking his first visit to the Hill since before the January 6 2021 Capitol riots.

There, Trump is meeting with members of his party behind closed doors, just weeks ahead to the Republican National Convention — where Trump will be named the GOP presidential nominee — and just months ahead of the 2024 election.

Outside of the meeting dueling protesters heckled Republicans as they filed into the Capitol Hill Club, where Republicans often hold their meetings. Some protesters held signs calling Republicans “boot licker” and warned them “don’t drink the Kool-Aid.”

Continue reading...

Trump returns to Capitol Hill to “make majorities” for Republicans

‘Horrible’ Milwaukee remark argument continues

Thursday 13 June 2024 18:24 , Oliver O'Connell

The blowback from Donald Trump’s remark in which he reportedly referred to Republican convention host city Milwaukee as “horrible” continues.

Dan Shafer, a political columnist from Milwaukee, collected three different explanations for the comment from three different Wisconsin Republicans.

Jake Sherman of Punchbowl News, who first reported the former president’s remarks about the largest city in a state that the Republican Party likely needs to win in November, replied that their explanations proved Trump said it:

To which Trump campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung responded: “Wrong. Total bullshit. He never said it like how it’s been falsely characterized as. He was talking about how terrible crime and voter fraud are.”

That kind of makes those who first claimed he hadn’t said it at all look bad...

Trump met with Virginia Gov Youngkin on Wednesday

Thursday 13 June 2024 18:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Former President Donald Trump met with Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin yesterday at Trump National Golf Club Washington DC (which is actually in Loudoun County, Virginia).

Olivia Rinaldi of CBS News reports that this is not about the vice president spot on the ticket but instead about a strategy for winning Virginia in November. The Trump campaign believes the state is in play this election having been Democrat since 2008.

Trump claims Nancy Pelosi’s daughter said the two would be ‘perfect together’

Thursday 13 June 2024 18:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Among the weirder moments that emerged from the House Republican meeting this morning...

Kelly Rissman has the story:

Trump claims Nancy Pelosi’s daughter said the two would be ‘perfect together’

Biden campaign blasts Trump Milwaukee comment

Thursday 13 June 2024 17:50 , Oliver O'Connell

The Biden campaign has blasted Donald Trump’s remark about Milwaukee, with Garren Randolph of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin saying: “If Donald Trump thinks Milwaukee is so horrible, then he shouldn’t come to our city. Milwaukee … deserves better than a convicted felon, racist, and wannabe dictator who hates us and our values.”

And another explanation has emerged as to why Trump said what he reportedly did:

Thursday 13 June 2024 17:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Trump allies forced to face protesters — including a bear — heckling lawmakers for their ‘failed coup’

Thursday 13 June 2024 17:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump’s closest congressional allies were forced to walk through protesters while they marched to meet with the former president during his first visit to the Capitol since a mob of his supporters stormed the halls of Congress on January 6.

Republican Reps. Lauren Boebert, Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene and Jim Jordan passed through protesters blasting them for their “failed coup” to reverse Trump’s loss in the 2020 election.

Others shouted out “bootlicker” and “don’t drink the Kool-Aid.”

Another protester in a bear costume held up a sign reading “bigger tax breaks, bigger profit.”

Alex Woodward reports:

Trump’s MAGA allies forced to face heckling protesters before meeting ex-president

Trump sparks fury with Milwaukee comment

Thursday 13 June 2024 17:14 , Oliver O'Connell

Did he say it or didn’t he? What was the context?

He does have a history of similar comments...

Hands off: ‘Trump too small’ can’t be trademarked, Supreme Court rules

Thursday 13 June 2024 17:10 , Oliver O'Connell

A man’s attempt to trademark the phrase “TRUMP TOO SMALL” has run its course after the Supreme Court ruled that the law protecting individuals from having their name trademarked without their consent does not violate the First Amendment.

In a unanimous decision on Thursday, Justice Clarence Thomas said the law restricting the trademarking of names reflects the, “historic rationale of identifying the source of goods” to ensure “customers know the source of a product”.

“A party has no First Amendment right to piggyback off the goodwill another entity has built in its name,” Justice Thomas added.

Ariana Baio has the full story:

Hands off: ‘Trump too small’ can’t be trademarked, Supreme Court rules

DNC releases statement on Trump calling Milwaukee 'horrible’

Thursday 13 June 2024 16:55 , Oliver O'Connell

After Donald Trump reportedly called Milwaukee “a horrible city,” Democratic National Committee Rapid Response Director Alex Floyd released the following statement:

Donald Trump and the RNC haven’t even bothered to set up a real campaign operation in Wisconsin — they’d rather stick to telling voters how much they hate the city they chose to hold their convention in. Let’s be clear: Milwaukee is not a horrible city — and Wisconsinites should remember what Donald Trump thinks of them when they vote in November.

Trump should pardon Hunter Biden if he’s elected, says ex-adviser

Thursday 13 June 2024 16:50 , Oliver O'Connell

A former Trump campaign adviser has suggested Donald Trump should pardon Hunter Biden if he “commits” to a sobriety program as an act of “humanity” that would surprise Democrats.

David Urban, who advised the former president’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns, told CNN’s Erica Hill on Wednesday that President Joe Biden’s stance on pardoning his son versus commutating a potential sentence was “all too cute by half.”

Ariana Baio has the story:

Ex-adviser says Trump should pardon Hunter Biden if he’s elected