Trump news today: Musk says he prefers ‘less divisive’ candidate in 2024

Biden mocks Trump as ‘the great MAGA King’ in speech on economy

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that he prefers a “less divisive” candidate than Donald Trump for 2024, even though he wants Twitter to lift its ban on the former president.

“Even though I think a less divisive candidate would be better in 2024, I still think Trump should be restored to Twitter,” he said on Twitter on Thursday.

Also on Thursday, the January 6 riot committee investigating the 2021 attack has issued subpoenas to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and four other GOP lawmakers who are close allies of Donald Trump: Representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Andy Biggs of Arizona , and Mo Brooks of Alabama. Each was given the opportunity to voluntarily give evidence.

House majority leader Steny Hoyer has suggested that there may be action against Republicans if they fail to comply with subpoenas issued by the 6 January panel.

And the the Department of Justice is now investigating whether former President Trump or any of his aides violated federal law by mishandling classified documents that ended up at Mar-a-Lago instead of at the national archives at the end of his term.

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Rising “ultra-Maga” candidate challenges Hannity and Oz to debate

Kathy Barnette, the extreme right-wing Pennsylvania Senate candidate whose last-minute surge in the polls has alarmed many in the pro-Trump establishment, has pushed back on a torrent of negative coverage coming from Fox News’s Sean Hannity, who is openly supporting her rival, the Trump-backed Dr. Mehmet Oz.

Ms Barnette was last night the subject of extended negative coverage on Mr Hannity’s show – and she has even been attacked by Mr Trump himself, with the ex-president declaring in a statement that she “will never be able to win the General Election against the Radical Left Democrats.”

Andrew Naughty13 May 2022 10:00

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Fading pro-Trump candidate loses 2020 election challenge

David Perdue, the former Georgia senator who has Donald Trump’s backing in this year’s gubernatorial primary, has suffered a humiliating setback in his attempts to challenge the 2020 election outcome in the state., with a judge throwing out a lawsuit that he dismissed as a product of “speculation, conjecture and paranoia”.

Mr Perdue has failed to rise in the polls despite Mr Trump’s endorsement, and despite taking an increasingly aggressive stance in public. He has remained squarely focused on the 2020 result and the supposed illegitimacy of Joe Biden’s presidency, but Georgia’s Republican voters appear unmoved despite their support for Mr Trump.

The lawsuit, filed alongside a Republican voter, sought a declaration from the judge that 16 former county election officials violated the Georgia constitution in their oversight of the vote.

Read more from Law & Crime below.

Andrew Naughty13 May 2022 09:15

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Donald Trump Jr says Pompeo is ‘smart enough’ not run against his father in 2024

Donald Trump Jr has said that Mike Pompeo is smart enough not to run against the former president in 2024.

In an interview with Newsmax Mr Trump was asked if Mr Pompeo wants to run in 2024 and if this is “testing the waters on his part.”

Mr Trump responded and said that there are “a bunch of people out there who are testing the waters out there.”

“He’s a smart enough guy to probably know he shouldn’t or wouldn’t run against Donald Trump,” he added.

Sravasti Dasgupta13 May 2022 08:39

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Musk says he prefers ‘less divisive’ candidate than Trump in 2024

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that he prefers a “less divisive” candidate than Donald Trump for 2024, even though he wants Twitter to lift its ban on the former president.

“Even though I think a less divisive candidate would be better in 2024, I still think Trump should be restored to Twitter,” he said on Twitter on Thursday.

Earlier on Tuesday Mr Musk had said at a Financial Times conference that Twitter’s decision to ban Mr Trump was “morally bad.”

On Thursday Mr Musk also said on Twitter that president Joe Biden beat Mr Trump in the 2020 presidential elections because “everyone just wanted less drama.”

Sravasti Dasgupta13 May 2022 07:20

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House majority leader signals possible action against Republicans subpoenaed by 6 Jan panel

House majority leader Steny Hoyer has suggested that there may be action against Republicans if they fail to comply with subpoenas issued by the 6 January panel.

The January 6 riot committee investigating the 2021 attack has issued subpoenas to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and four other GOP lawmakers who are close allies of Donald Trump: Representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Andy Biggs of Arizona, and Mo Brooks of Alabama.

“Nobody’s above the law,” Mr Hoyer was quoted as saying to Fox News Digital on Thursday.

“We’ll pursue the same actions we’d pursue with anybody else who’d refuse,” he added.

When asked about the possibility of non compliance to the subpoenas, Mr Hoyer said: “If you’re prepared to tell the truth, why would you care? If you’re not prepared to tell the truth, it may be a concern to you.”

Sravasti Dasgupta13 May 2022 06:55

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Trump media company hiring producers for ‘MAGA version of Netflix’

Donald Trump’s media company is hiring for its upcoming streaming television service, hoping to be a rival to existing streaming platforms like Netflix, Disney+ and Hulu.

The Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG) announced in an ad posted on Wednesday that it was looking to hire a content development manager to create programming for its new streaming service TMTG+.

The content development manager will “generate and develop internal concepts for original unscripted content, short form series episodes and specials,” remain “current on developing trends at networks,” and “stay aware of emerging talent and upcoming non-scripted programming,” the ad said.

The ad said that the streaming service will be “a ‘Big Tent’ platform offering broad-based entertainment rooted in free speech”.

In another ad the company posted a requirement for a content acquisition professional “to oversee content licensing and acquisition”.

According to TMTG’s vision statement on the company website, the conglomerate is an answer to “liberal bias” in the media.

(FILE) A slide deck showing TMTG’s competitors as, supposedly, Twitter, Facebook, Netflix, Disney+, CNN, iHeart Media

(Trump Media and Technology Group)

Sravasti Dasgupta13 May 2022 06:30

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Anti-abortion groups urge states to reject legislation criminalizing abortions

More than 70 leading national and state anti-abortion groups have urged state lawmakers to reject legislation that would criminalize women for having abortions.

“We state unequivocally that any measure seeking to criminalize or punish women is not pro-life and we stand firmly opposed to such efforts,” the groups wrote in an open letter on Thursday.

The letter’s signatures include National Right to Life, Susan B Anthony List, Americans United for Life, March for Life Action and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, reported CNN.

The letter added that if Roe vs Wade is overturned, “this will be a tremendous opportunity for states to create durable policy that can stand the test of time”.

“Victims of abortion and require our compassion and support as well as ready access to counseling and social services in the days, weeks, months and years following an abortion,” they said.

Pro-choice demonstrators are seen through police barricades in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on May 11, 2022

(AFP via Getty Images)

Sravasti Dasgupta13 May 2022 06:10

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Yellen calls for new regulation after crypto meltdown

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, responding to the recent sharp decline in the value of cryptocurrencies, said Thursday that additional federal regulation was needed to respond to the wave of speculative investment in the currency whose secrecy is an essential part of its appeal.

“We really need a regulatory framework to guard against the risks,” Yellen said of cryptocurrencies called stable coins, during a House committee hearing Thursday. Citing the rapid rise in use of digital assets, she added, “Really, we need a comprehensive framework so that there are no gaps in the regulation.”

Stable coins are a type of cryptocurrency pegged to a specific value, usually the dollar, another currency or gold. Its parity with the dollar is what, in theory, makes it stable. However, volatility in the cryptocurrency market this week challenged that premise.

Crypto meltdown prompts Yellen to call for new regulation

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, responding to the recent sharp decline in cryptocurrencies, says additional federal regulation is needed to respond to the wave of speculative investment in the currency whose secrecy is an essential part of its appeal

Oliver O’Connell13 May 2022 05:45

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PSAKI says she’ll miss her daily confrontations with Fox News reporter Peter Doocy

White House press secretary Jen Psaki says she will miss her briefing room sparring with Peter Doocy of Fox News when she leaves the job this week.

Ms Psaki has been involved in a string of combative confrontations with Mr Doocy during her time as the lead messenger in the Biden administration.

She told a Christian Science Monitor event on Thursday that she “will” miss Mr Doocy’s questioning and insisted that the pair have “a very good professional relationship”.

Oliver O’Connell13 May 2022 05:22

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Baked Alaska Capitol riot plea deal falls apart

White supremacist internet personality Tim Gionet, who is popularly known as Baked Alaska, has derailed his plea deal with federal prosecutors by declaring himself innocent in a last-minute turn of events in a case linked to the 6 January riots at the US Capitol.

Mr Gionet was set to plead guilty in a Washington DC federal court on Wednesday to a count of misdemeanor for willfully and knowingly parading, demonstrating, and picketing inside the Capitol.

Oliver O’Connell13 May 2022 04:59

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