‘Get ready’: Trump says he will ‘very likely’ run again for president in 2024
Florida Republican governor Ron DeSantis has cruised to a second term despite a dire pre-election threat from Donald Trump, according to projections from The Associated Press.
Mr Trump had warned that Mr DeSantis “could hurt himself very badly” if he tried to run for president in 2024, as many people have speculated he might.
Some political activists and pundits see Mr. DeSantis, who has gained national notoriety by igniting culture wars over race and gender in Florida schools, as a younger, slicker, less gaffe-prone version of Mr. Trump.
Mr. Trump had not congratulated Mr. DeSantis more than 90 minutes after that AP he called the race, even though 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 pushing baseless allegations of voter fraud and calling on his followers to protest before the mid-term polls even closed.
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ICYMI: Trump reveals he voted for Ron DeSantis
Trump turned out to cast his vote in Palm Beach, Florida, on Tuesday.
The former president, along with his wife Melania, spoke briefly to reporters as he emerged from the polling place, revealing that he had voted to re-elect his opponent Ron DeSantis.
“I think we’re going to have a great night, it’s going to be great for the country,” he said of the elections at hand.
“No matter who you vote for, you have to vote. It is so important. This is going to be a very important election.
“Hopefully the right thing will happen.”
Mr Trump also responded coyly to a query about his own election ambitions in 2024, dropping another hint at when he will announce his presidential run.
“I think Tuesday [15 November] It will be a very exciting day for many people, and I look forward to seeing you at Mar-a-Lago,” he said.
The Independents Gustaf Kilander has more:
Megan’s leaflets9 November 2022 09:00
Trump’s allies win big
Whatever the overall results, many of Mr Trump’s personal allies have thrived in today’s poll.
Marco Rubio, Matt Gaetz, JD Vance, and former Trump PR aide Sarah Huckabee Sanders enjoyed strong showings, according to my colleague John Bowden in Washington DC.
Dodds9 November 2022 07:54
ICYMI: Trump unleashes on Truth Social after voting
After casting his ballot in Florida, Donald Trump released a slew of election-related posts on Truth Social.
In one, he outlined all the candidates he has endorsed this election cycle, labeling those endorsements as “TRUMP’S UNKNOWN SUCCESS”.
He then wrote: “Reports are coming in from Arizona that the Voting Machines are not working properly in mostly Republican/Conservative areas. Can this possibly be the case when a vast majority of Republicans today waited to Vote? Here we go again? The people will not stand for him!!!”
In another post, the former president added: “EVERYONE, GO OUT AND VOTE. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
Then it came: “Pennsylvania just announced that it could take days to decide the winner. This is outrageous!”
“Another big voter tabulation problem in Arizona. Sound familiar???”
“The Absentee Ballot situation in Detroit is REALLY BAD. People arrive at Pleadlais only to be told, ‘sorry, you’ve already voted.’ This happens in large numbers, in other places too. Protest, Protest, Protest!”
“Maricopa County in Arizona looks like a complete Voter Integrity Disaster. Likewise Detroit (of course!), Pennsylvania, and other places. Not covered by the Fake News Media!”
Megan’s leaflets9 November 2022 07:00
Who will emerge as the true Maga king?
Who will be the true Maga king after tonight’s dust settles? My colleague Andrew Buncombe examines the growing rivalry between Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis.
“Two clear signs of how Trump might feel threatened by the younger, Yale-educated DeSantis emerged this week,” Andrew wrote.
“On Saturday, an exasperating nickname for Florida’s governor – ‘Ron DeSanctimonious’ – proved the kind of thing he did when he felt threatened by “‘Crooked Hillary’ Clinton, ‘Little Marco’ Rubio and ‘Lying Ted’ Cruz. ..
“Todd Belt, a professor of political science at George Washington University, says that when DeSantis refused in his debate with Christ to commit to serving a full second term if elected, he underscored the widespread belief that he intended run for the presidency.”
Dodds9 November 2022 06:09
ICYMI: Trump settles tomato lawsuit
Former president Donald Trump has quietly settled a lawsuit against him by protesters who were allegedly beaten by his private security staff in the days after he announced his first presidential campaign in 2016.
Attorneys for Mr. Trump and the protesters told NBC News that the case was settled just as a jury was being selected for his trial in a Brooklyn courthouse.
The lawyer who represented the protesters, Benjamin Dictor, said the settlement represented an “incredible day” for his clients, whom he described as “lifelong activists in the community… who stood up to protect the right to free speech on the public sidewalk and who have litigated. for seven years”.
“Today, the matter was resolved on terms that they are very, very happy with,” he added.
Andrew Feinberg have more
Megan’s leaflets9 November 2022 05:30
‘These results are ridiculous’
The mood has turned sour inside pro-Trump online communitieswhere consumers are already blaming election fraud for the GOP’s weaker than expected results.
“These results are ridiculous,” wrote one poster on The Donald, who models himself as a successor to TheDonald’s board which has been banned from Reddit. “There’s no rhyme or reason. You don’t get a blowout of counties in Florida and then magically cross state lines into ‘highly competitive’ territory in Georgia.”
Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, and New York state were identified as centers of supposed shenanigans (to be clear, there is no evidence of widespread electoral fraud in today’s vote).
“They keep finding votes for Fetterf*** in Pennsylvania rigged,” said one user, referring to Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman. “They are 100% set to steal Georgia [Raphael] Warnock,” said another.
One user was shocked by New York state governor Kathy Hochul’s apparent victory, saying: “There is absolutely no fucking way on God’s green earth [Kathy] Hochul has won….the whole f***ing king’s map is red except for like three counties.” (Most New York counties are indeed republican, but nearly 43 percent of the population the state lives in deep blue in New York City. .)
Many users blamed establishment Republicans for squandering the radical energy unleashed by Mr Trump.
“RNC/GOP, McConnell, McCarthy got the results they wanted,” said one. “Tonight was about splitting the party and choking populism out of the party. And they accomplished it. Trump will run, but maybe he shouldn’t after tonight.”
Another said: “Trump gave the GOP a winning message since 2015. Instead of working with him, they have worked against him every step of the way. This election proved it further with how they did more to stop America’s candidates First than they did. The radical Dems did.”
Dodds9 November 2022 05:06
Don vs. Don
Donald Trump has apparently blamed the defeat of New Hampshire’s US Senate candidate Don Bolduc on his insufficient enthusiasm for the so-called Big Lie.
“Don Balduc was a very nice guy, but he lost tonight when, after his big primary victory, he hurt his long-standing stance on election fraud in the 2020 presidential primary,” Mr. Trump said on Truth Social right now. (“Primary” appears to be a typo for “election”).
“If he had stayed strong and true, he would have won, easily. Lessons learned!”
Mr Bolduc, a former US Army brigadier general, was tipped by some as a possible winner, but looks likely to lose to Democratic incumbent Maggie Hassan.
During the Republican primary, Mr Bolduc had falsely claimed that Mr Trump had won the 2020 presidential election, but reversed his stance after winning the nomination.
For anyone wondering, Mr. Trump still hasn’t said anything about Ron DeSantis’ Florida win.
Dodds9 November 2022 04:44
Lindsey Graham says Trump will be ahead in 2024
South Carolina senator and Trump ally Lindsey Graham said the former president will have the 2024 race to himself, whatever Ron DeSantis decides to do.
Asked about the Don-Ron flower competition on NBC News just now, Mr Graham said: “This is what I think. President Trump, if he announces next week, which I think he probably will, will have about six months himself.
“He has a chance to get a wall of money, and [lot] of support, and close this thing out. And if he fails to do that, I think a lot of people will run.
“But he will have his shot for four or five months, where he will get this for himself, and we will see how he is.”
Commenting on the wider results for Republicans, which were not as strong as some opinion polls had suggested, Mr Graham said: “It’s not a wave for sure, but I think it will be a very good night.”
Dodds9 November 2022 04:12
Trump delays 2024 announcement until after midterms despite election night tease
Former president Donald Trump on Monday ended an hour-long rehash of old grievances at a rally for Ohio Senate candidate JD Vance without announcing his intention to run for president in 2024.
The twice-impeached former president failed to declare his candidacy for a presidential election that will not take place for another two years despite allies and confidants spending most of the day ahead of the 2022 midterm elections in keeping rumors and hyping a possible 2024 announcement from Mr Trump. .
One staunch ally of the former president, Florida Representative Matt Gaetz, even took to Twitter to urge Mr Trump to pull the trigger on a third presidential run, writing: “Trump should announce tonight.”
Read Andrew Feinberg’s full report:
Megan’s leaflets9 November 2022 04:00
Credit to Rubio, but not DeSantis
It appears that Mr Trump has not mentioned Ron DeSantis at all in his speech Mar-a-Lagoinstead praising several other Republican candidates he had endorsed.
“You know, JD Vance now leads 52-47. We had an incredible rally last night in Ohio,” he said.
“And in Florida, Marco Rubio – we had an unbelievable rally for Marco, the night before, with the heaviest rain I’ve ever been involved with.”
(He spent some time describing the “huge patches of water” and other severe weather he actually endured during the Florida.)
“But Marco had a great night,” Mr Trump continued. “That’s really tremendous.
He praised Katie Britt, who just won the Alabama US Senate election, and Herschel Walker, who is currently neck and neck with incumbent senator Raphael Warnock in Georgia.
He also offered some stinging praise to the media, saying: “They’re not the nicest people in the world, but they’re great financially… thank you all for being here. Have a good time.” Congratulations, Don.
Dodds9 November 2022 03:30