Matthew Chapman

Florida locals complain as Donald Trump Jr and Kimberly Guilfoyle prepare to move in: report

On Tuesday, The Palm Beach Post reported that residents of Admirals Cove, an exclusive gated waterfront community in Jupiter, Florida, are complaining and expressing concerns after Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle purchased a pair of homes in the area.

"When word spread that the couple had contracts to purchase the two homes on adjacent lots in the community, about 30 residents contacted Peter Moore, general manager of the property owners association," reported Christine Stapleton and Alexandra Clough. "'About half have concerns about safety,' Moore said. 'The others have political concerns with what's happened in the last couple of weeks.'"

One resident wrote, "There are news reports detailing improper behavior by Ms. Guilfoyle while employed at Fox News and news reports of possible criminal investigations of Donald Trump Jr. I believe their membership would bring undesirable notoriety to the club, harm our reputation and have the potential for creating disharmony."

This comes after other reports that locals in Palm Beach are attempting to invoke a local law to bar outgoing President Donald Trump from living at Mar-a-Lago, claiming that he forfeited the right to use it as a residence when he established it as a private club.

Trump is 'clueless' that he is about to be placed at 'rock-bottom' by presidential historians: CNN's Acosta

On CNN Thursday, chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta reported that Trump still doesn't realize that his legacy will be judged poorly.

"Do you think the president cares about his legacy as president, or is it simply the Trump brand and the potential to make money and business deals down the road?" asked anchor Anderson Cooper.

"My understanding, Anderson, and this is from talking to sources, is that the president is basically clueless about what this is going to do to his legacy, that he doesn't fully grasp the magnitude of the fact, I think the very real likelihood that he's going to be placed at rock-bottom of the list of presidents in terms of how they're viewed by historians," said Acosta. "I mean, this is a president who has been more Jefferson Davis than Thomas Jefferson."

"We've never had a president of the United States foment a riot and insurrection and a potential takeover of another branch of government in the way that we saw with President Trump," said Acosta. "And I think the key question that Republicans are going to have to deal with during the Senate impeachment trial is whether that crime goes unpunished. And I think that has the potential to take the Trump stain that is on the Trump brand and really just paint with a broad brush."

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Senate overrides Trump veto of Pentagon budget — humiliating the president

On Friday, CNN reported that the Senate has voted, on an overwhelming, bipartisan basis, to override outgoing President Donald Trump's veto of the National Defense Authorization Act — likely one of the last acts of the 116th Congress, and the only time Trump has ever had a veto overridden.

The vote, which follows the House's move to do the same, is a humiliation for the president, who leaves office in a few weeks. The bill passed the House and Senate by overwhelming margins, making an override likely, and Trump had ignored his own party leaders' warnings not to try to block the legislation.

Trump vetoed the bill out of opposition to a provision renaming bases bearing the names of Confederate officers, and in an attempt to force a repeal of internet speech protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act — complaints even a number of his own party's lawmakers found unreasonable.

Pro-Trump lawyer demands to know if John Roberts was involved in Antonin Scalia's death

On Wednesday, pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood took to Twitter to attack Chief Justice John Roberts, suggesting a wild conspiracy theory that he may have been involved in, or had advance warning of, Justice Antonin Scalia's death in 2016.

"You are recorded discussing Justice Scalia's successor before date of his sudden death," said Wood. "How did you know Scalia was going to die?"

For good measure, Wood also threw in allegations based on the QAnon hoax: "Are you a member of any club or cabal requiring minor children as initiation fee?"

This is not the first time Wood has directed his ire at Roberts, who has repeatedly refused to intervene in the ballot counting process in states. Last week, he tweeted a demand for Roberts to resign.

Wood, who has represented a number of high-profile right wing clients and has been involved in unsuccessful lawsuits alleging voter fraud in the 2020 election, has increasingly aggravated even members of President Donald Trump's campaign with his behavior — particularly his suggestion that Republicans should boycott the Georgia Senate runoffs to ensure the incumbents' loyalty to Trump.

Here's one senator's brilliant plan to force McConnell to hold a vote on $2,000 stimulus checks

On Monday, the House passed a bipartisan bill to increase direct stimulus payments from $600 per person to $2,000 per person, sending it to the Senate. Its fate there is uncertain, however, because while outgoing President Donald Trump demanded this increase, there is no indication that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is on board with it, nor a critical mass of the GOP Senate caucus.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), however, has a plan to try to force a vote on the issue, outlined by both himself and longtime adviser Ari Rabin-Havt: Until McConnell allows a vote on the measure, he will move to block a veto override to pass the annual defense budget.


The defense bill was vetoed by the president over a provision renaming military bases named for Confederate officers. He also objected to Congress' refusal to repeal Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a liability shield for internet sites that host third-party content — something he incorrectly believes would allow him to sue Twitter and Facebook for fact-checking or removing his posts.

Tea Party official lashes out at Trump for pushing more stimulus: 'You are no better than AOC'

On Wednesday, Washington Post reporter Jeff Stein quoted an unnamed official at FreedomWorks, a right-wing activist organization long affiliated with the Obama-era Tea Party movement, railing against outgoing President Donald Trump for demanding the size of the direct stimulus payments be more than tripled, from $600 per person and dependent to $2,000."

"Trump is surrendering the argument on universal basic income," said the official. "You are not better than AOC right now" — referencing progressive champion Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

The president's threat to veto the stimulus legislation, the product of months of standoffs and compromise to defuse Republican obstruction, took lawmakers on Capitol Hill by surprise. The bill passed by a margin sufficient to override a veto, but it is unclear if it will retain GOP support in an override vote.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has signaled she is willing to increase the size of the stimulus if Trump wants it.

MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace slams Chris Christie to his face for 'trying to clean the Trump stink off'

On Tuesday's edition of MSNBC's "Deadline: White House," anchor Nicolle Wallace took former Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) to task for the GOP's enabling of Trump's attacks on science and democracy.

"I think people like Dr. Fauci ... were undermined by Donald Trump every step of the way," said Wallace. "And speaking of Donald Trump, I want to ask you about his conduct, not just over the last four years but over the last 40 days. Why aren't there more Republicans screaming at the top of their lungs that he's doing damage to our democracy?"

"I think all of the folks make their own decisions and I can't read minds," said Christie. "I could just tell you that I felt, and I know you heard this and others on Election Night, when he gave his speech at 2:30 in the morning, what he was saying was wrong. And that if you're going to accuse the election of being fraudulent, at the moment you do that, as president of the United States, you have an obligation to present the evidence that backs up your statement."

"It is my sense, and I know you said in an interview with Hugh Hewitt, you haven't ruled out a run in 2024," said Wallace. "I don't remember you coming out and forcefully pushing back against Donald Trump's comments on the 'Access Hollywood' tape ... I didn't hear you, after he called African nations bleep-hole nations. I didn't hear you distance yourself from this president at any point until the target for his ire and lawlessness was the democracy you haven't ruled out leading in four years. Are you simply making a political calculation that you could clean the Trump stink off you faster than Marco Rubio or some of the other competitors?"

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Watch: Kayleigh McEnany flounders when asked how Trump will stay in the White House

This week, Mary Margaret Olohan, a reporter for the conservative Daily Caller, sat for an interview with outgoing White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.

Olohan pressed McEnany on her previous comment in the briefing room that President Donald Trump "has taken all statutory requirements necessary to either ensure a smooth transition or a continuation of power," and asked her how, specifically, Trump could overturn the election at this point for such a "continuation of power."

McEnany had no clear answer for the question.

"That's a question for the campaign," McEnany said. "I would just say he has litigation across the country in several places, and he'll continue that litigation. He wants election integrity, and a fair election, and I'll leave it to the campaign to pursue that litigation, but that's what I was referencing ... I'm just here working at the White House and we will see what happens with the president's litigation."

McEnany added that she hopes to continue "being a voice for the movement," and "I got to travel the country a lot back in my former role in media and at the campaign, and I got to up front meet the forgotten men and women of the Trump movement."

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We Asked Kayleigh McEnany Point Blank: How Exactly Does Trump Stay In Office? www.youtube.com

'It's all over': Televangelist Pat Robertson says a 'very erratic' Trump lives in an 'alternative reality'

Rev. Pat Robertson, a fixture of right-wing evangelical commentary and one of President Donald Trump's longtime supporters, declared that Joe Biden will be president and urged Trump to accept that fact.

The outgoing president, said Robertson, "lives in an alternate reality" and "is very erratic," in footage posted by Right Wing Watch. Robertson said to Trump, "You've had your day and it's time to move on" — and added that Trump should not try to run again in 2024, something he has been reportedly considering.

Trump won overwhelming majorities of white evangelical voters both times he ran for president. They have been a reliable component of his coalition and critical to the GOP's viability in elections.

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Former Trump official: President will face legal jeopardy for campaign cash that went to his businesses

On MSNBC Saturday, former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci predicted that President Donald Trump will face legal and political consequences for the newly reported scheme in which he and his son-in-law Jared Kushner allegedly skimmed money from the campaign through a shell company to enrich the family businesses.

"Of course he knows he's lost," said Scaramucci, who famously served in the Trump administration only ten days before being fired. "He's already planning possibly a television show, a network. Lots of things to do when he leaves. And he's bundled a tremendous amount of money, over $250 million bundled. He's going to have to answer for the shell companies inside the campaign, and the disappearance of some of that money."

"I don't see him as a political force going forward," continued Scaramucci. "I think he'll have too many things to do. There'll be legal consequences to some of his actions. There's ongoing investigations in New York. And I think he's going to be distracted, as his political power wanes, distracted. Remember, whether Secretary Pompeo or others, ten or so younger men and women that look in the mirror every morning and see a future president in his party. They're going to come after him very hard once he leaves power."

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