Trump News Today: Donald Trump faces new rape case against E Jean Carroll after Kanye West’s visit to Mar-a-Lago

Merrick Garland appoints special counsel to oversee Trump investigations

Donald Trump is facing a second lawsuit from author E Jean Carroll, who accuses him of raping her in a New York department store in the 1990s.

Taking advantage of a new state law that goes into effect today, Ms. Carroll is suing Mr. Trump for rape and sexual assault, as well as defamation over recent comments he made calling her a “swindler” and accusing her of lying about her allegations .

Meanwhile, the Justice Department is reportedly seeking to question Mike Pence as part of its ongoing investigation into January 6 and Donald Trump’s months-long attempt to overturn the 2020 election.

Pence was presiding over the certification of the election results as the Capitol came under attack by a horde of Trump supporters and right-wing extremists. His life was directly threatened by rioters during the attack and his security team was forced to rush him away to a safe position just a few feet from where attackers had breached the building.

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Herschel Walker tells a bizarre story about vampires and werewolves

Herschel Walker turned into a strange and seemingly inexplicable tangent about vampires, werewolves and faith as the Republican Senate nominee rallied in Georgia ahead of his runoff election in December against Senator Raphael Warnock.

The former pro football player delivered the bizarre commentary while standing on the pulpit at an event held in McDonough, Georgia, on Wednesday.

John BowdenNovember 25, 2022 1:20 AM

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Fewer than 20 Kari Lake supporters flock to state house to protest her election loss as Arizona governor

A small but vocal group of election deniers gathered outside the state capital in Arizona to protest Kari Lake’s loss in the gubernatorial race to Democratic nominee Katie Hobbs.

About 15 people gathered in the Arizona state capital on Tuesday, with some flags waving with pro-Trump messages and “SOS.”

Ms. Lake has refused to admit her race and made allegations of voter suppression — but she lacks the support of other Republicans in the state, including, crucially, Governor Doug Ducey.

John BowdenNovember 25, 2022 00:20

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Arizona’s Republican governor this week congratulated the Democratic winner of the state’s gubernatorial race after her defeat of Kari Lake, a Trump-backed Republican candidate who made headlines for battling reporters and insisting the 2020 election was stolen.

Ms Lake continues to insist her race has been the target of voter suppression tactics after some Lake supporters complained of long queues and problems with police station printers – though few have said they couldn’t vote in full.

Read more inside The independent:

John BowdenNov 24, 2022 11:20 PM

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Trump has a comfortable lead over DeSantis in the 2024 primary poll

Donald Trump still has a comfortable lead over Ron DeSantis in the first major post-midterms poll of the hypothetical 2024 Republican primary field, but don’t count Florida governor just yet.

The ex-president led his opponent by 30 points in an Emerson College poll of likely GOP primary voters released Tuesday. DeSantis was supported by 25 percent of respondents to Trump’s 55 percent, a sign of both the ex-president’s continued political strength and the Florida governor’s rapidly growing star power in GOP circles.

John Bowden delves into the meaning of the poll The independent:

John BowdenNov 24, 2022 10:20 PM

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Former President Donald Trump has been invited back to Twitter by the platform’s new CEO, Elon Musk, but has so far declined to return. Instead, he spends his time on his own social media site, Truth Social, where he’s been posting some really strange things over the past few months.

Mr. Trump regularly repeats posts that sing his praises, but one of his most recent posts includes an edited video featuring a bizarre mix of scenes from movies where characters watch in rapturous glee as the former president gives speeches and brags about himself.

John BowdenNov 24, 2022 9:18 PM

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Pro-Trump conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell begs Elon Musk to contact him as he remains banned from Twitter

Pillow salesman and 2020 conspiracy mogul Mike Lindell publicly appealed to Elon Musk this week to restore his Twitter account.

The CEO of MyPillow was banned from the platform earlier this year after creating a second account to circumvent a temporary ban issued by the platform’s moderators, who flagged his account for spreading misinformation about the elections of 2020.

In a broadcast as part of his “Lindell TV” program on a right-wing streaming site, he called for Musk to contact him, claiming that the billionaire Tesla founder was ignoring him.

John BowdenNov 24, 2022 8:21 PM

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Kanye West says he asked Donald Trump to be his 2024 presidential running mate

Kanye West revealed that he has asked former US President Donald Trump to be his “running mate” for the 2024 presidential election.

The exchange apparently took place when Mr. West traveled to Mar-a-Lago with white nationalist Nick Fuentes, who participated in the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“What you think [Trump’s] reaction was when I asked him to be my running mate in 2024?” Ye, who ran for office in 2020, asked his fans on Twitter.

John BowdenNov 24, 2022 7:20 PM

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Elon Musk claims that impressions of hate speech on Twitter have declined amid continued questions about moderation

Elon Musk claims that total impressions for hate speech tweets have fallen since he took over as CEO and made some highly controversial changes, such as undoing Donald Trump’s ban from the platform.

In the days after Mr. Musk became the owner and CEO of Twitter, it saw a huge increase in the amount of hate speech posted on the site. Many users happily took advantage of Mr. Musk’s commitment to keep content moderation to a minimum by posting racial slurs and other offensive content.

But Mr Musk says that trend has since reversed.

John BowdenNovember 24, 2022 6:40 PM

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Mary Peltola and Lisa Murkowski delivered Trump a double defeat in Alaska — and left Sarah Palin out in the cold

Donald Trump has just suffered a bipartisan defeat in Alaska, his latest setback in his efforts to reshape the GOP in his image and prove the strength of his brand across the country.

Mary Peltola defeated Sarah Palin for the second time in Alaska’s major congressional race, while Lisa Murkowski fought a Trump-backed GOP challenger.

The Independents Erik Garcia delves into the final days of the midterm elections:

John BowdenNov 24, 2022 6:09 PM

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Ducey congratulates Dobbs as Lake continues to fight

Arizona’s outgoing Republican governor Doug Ducey congratulated Democratic governor-elect Katie Hobbs on her win, despite Republican nominee Kari Lake refusing to concede.

Mr. Ducey, president of the Republican Governors Association, had endorsed Mrs. Lake’s opponent, Karrin Taylor Robson, in the gubernatorial primary before later supporting Mrs. Lake in the general election.

But he congratulated Mrs Hobbs, the current Secretary of State, on her victory.

“We have all been patiently waiting for the democratic process to unfold,” he said. “The people of Arizona have spoken, their votes have been counted and we respect their decision.”

Andrew NaughtyNov 24, 2022 4:55 PM

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