‘Get ready’: Trump says he will ‘very probably’ run again for president in 2024
Florida’s Republican governor Ron DeSantis has cruised into a second term despite an ominous pre-election threat from Donald Trump, according to projections by The Associated Press.
Mr Trump had warned that Mr DeSantis “could hurt himself very badly” if he attempts to run for president in 2024, as many people have speculated that he might.
Some political operatives and experts see Mr DeSantis, who has achieved national fame by inflaming culture wars over race and gender in Florida’s schools, as a younger, slicker, less gaffe-prone version of Mr Trump.
Mr Trump had still not congratulated Mr DeSantis more than 90 minutes after AP called the race, although he had told reporters earlier in the day that he voted for him in his home county in Florida.
Meanwhile, the former president himself wasted no time in pushing baseless claims of voter fraud and calling for his followers to protest before the midterm polls have even closed.
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No congratulations for Ron DeSantis yet
It has now been almost 90 minutes since AP called Florida’s governorship for Ron DeSantis, and so far we have seen no message of congratulations from Donald J Trump.
Mr Trump’s account on Truth Social remained silent as of 9:31pm EST, whereas AP called the race at 8:03pm. Perhaps he’s busy?
Io Dodds9 November 2022 02:31
How Trump’s misleading claim about Detroit voting glitches spread
It’s not just Trump who is hawking misleading claims about voting glitches in Detroit.
Kristina Karamo, a Republican who is running to be Michigan’s secretary of state, picked up on reports that some Detroit voters were told they had already cast their ballots as evidence supporting her recent lawsuit alleging corruption in the city’s counting process.
Ms Karamo’s tweet, based on a report from local journalist Charlie Langton, neglected to mention that these voters were not prevented from casting their ballots, and that election officials had promised to make sure such votes were counted.
Hours later, the city said it had traced the problems to a “harmless data error” in a system designed to prevent double voting.
That did not prevent Ms Karamo’s claims from spreading far across the pro-Trump social media universe, thanks largely to Mr Trump and his outrider Dinesh D’Souza.
According to the Election Integrity Partnership, a coalition of disinformation researchers, the claim has spread not only in English but in French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Mandarin.
Ms Karamo’s lawsuit was dismissed on Monday by a Michigan judge, who said she had “failed dramatically” to support her arguments with “any shred of evidence”.
Io Dodds9 November 2022 02:24
Opinion: Trump rounds off the midterms with lies and self-obsession
Writing for The Independent’s Voices section, Andrew Buncombe takes a look at the characteristically lurid way Donald Trump has closed out the midterms campaign:
If the former president was slow to get back on the election trail, he has more than made up for it since, appearing endlessly over the past 18 months, relentless with his false claims of vote rigging and victimhood.
On Monday night, he returned to Ohio for a final, eve-of-election rally that dragged on for two hours.
And just as at the event in the summer of 2021, the speech he delivered on Monday was filled with lies, insults, and an obsession with himself that appears to have no limit.
Read the full piece below:
Megan Sheets9 November 2022 02:00
Read more on DeSantis
Here’s my colleague Alex Woodward with the full story on Ron DeSantis and his ascendancy in Florida.
Io Dodds9 November 2022 01:33
DeSantis wins Florida despite Trump threat
Mr DeSantis is estimated to have cruised to victory over Demorat Charlie Crist, securing a second term and bolstering his influence and popularity among the Republican base.
The win can only increase speculation that he could challenge Mr Trump for the 2024 presidential nomination, given his success in making himself a national figurehead for America’s culture wars over race and gender in schools.
Mr Trump had ominously claimed that Mr DeSantis “could hurt himself very badly” if he runs, while Mr Trump’s attorney Alina Habba said: “Just stay where you are. You are doing a great job in Florida.”
Mr DeSantis now has another four years in office, but of course that would not stop him from stepping down if he thinks he has a shot at the White House.
So far, Mr Trump has not congratulated Mr DeSantis on his victory.
Io Dodds9 November 2022 01:27
Trump lawyer tees up dispute over midterm results
Christina Bobb, a former OAN host who serves as one of Donald Trump’s attorneys in the Mar-a-Lago affair, appeared on the Trump-backing Right Side Broadcasting Network on Monday night as her boss prepared for his Ohio rally – and added to the chorus of right-wing voices already spinning a narrative of Democratic electoral malfeasance if the results of the midterms do not fall in Republicans’ favour by the early hours of Wednesday.
This projection for an acceptable rate of vote-counting is entirely arbitrary, and rests on a template conspiracy theory that Democrats will somehow tamper with the vote tallies after all voting is completed – in turn providing a premise to question the validity of all mail-in ballots, which tend to be added to tallies later in the counting process, tend to favour Democrats, and in some states can be added to the total count well after in-person voting closes.
Megan Sheets9 November 2022 01:00
‘Save big on My Pillow products right now!’
At this critical moment for American democracy, former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka is focusing on the most important issues.
“Save BIG on MY PILLOW Products RIGHT NOW!” tweeted the Hungarian-American radio host on Tuesday night, offering followers a personal discount code for MyPillow.com.
The pillow and bedding supplier has become a darling of MAGA conservatives due to its boss Mike Lindell’s outspoken support for Mr Trump’s conspiracy theories about the 2020 election being stolen.
Io Dodds9 November 2022 00:16
Trump shares Melania’s reaction to ‘pee tape’ rumour
Trump told a midterms rally crowd that former First Lady Melania Trump didn’t believe the salacious allegations in the Steele dossier, the infamous and now mostly-debunked research file from former British spy Christopher Steele about the Trump campaign’s alleged contacts with Russia.
The research, funded by the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee, claimed among other things that Mr Trump paid prostitutes in Moscow to urinate on a hotel bed Barack and Michelle Obama had once used.
Mr Trump, famously germaphobic, said his wife didn’t believe the allegations.
“She said to me, ‘I know that’s not your thing,’” Mr Trump said. “You know why? Because I’m a germ freak.”
The Independent’s Josh Marcus has more:
Megan Sheets9 November 2022 00:00
Trump warns Ron DeSantis ‘if he runs, he could hurt himself badly’
Former president Donald Trump continued his needling of his likely 2024 rival Ron DeSantis, telling Fox News that a run might hurt the Florida governor.
Mr Trump spoke with Fox on his airplane for an exclusive interview and said that he had no “tiff” with Mr DeSantis but said it would be a “mistake” to run.
“I don’t know if he is running. I think if he runs, he could hurt himself very badly. I really believe he could hurt himself badly,” Mr Trump said. “I think he would be making a mistake, I think the base would not like it — I don’t think it would be good for the party.”
Oliver O’Connell8 November 2022 23:40
Watch: Trumps says he’ll support McCarthy but likely not McConnell
Donald Trump says on Newsmax that he likely won’t back Mitch McConnell for GOP Senate leader but “absolutely” will support Kevin McCarthy in the House.
Oliver O’Connell8 November 2022 23:30
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