Trump launches $399 sneakers days after being ordered to pay $350m in fraud trial: Live


Donald Trump ordered to pay more than $350m in massive fraud trial ruling

Donald Trump stopped by “Sneaker Con” in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, over the weekend to launch a new range of Trump-branded golden high-top trainers as he closes in on the Republican nomination.

The former US president was met with loud boos as well as cheers at the Philadelphia Convention Center as he unveiled the shoes with a “T” logo and American flag detail, which are being sold as “Never Surrender High-Tops” for $399 on a new website that also sells other Trump-branded shoes, “Victory47” cologne and perfume for $99 a bottle.

Mr Trump’s latest frantic cash grab came after New York Justice Arthur Engoron delivered a damning verdict in his civil fraud trial on Friday, which saw the GOP’s presidential front-runner, his company and his associates ordered to pay almost $355m in fines — with interest taking the total to $463.9m — and handed a three-year ban on doing business in the state after being found guilty of inflating the value of assets to secure favourable bank loans.

Mr Trump has raged against the decision and vowed to appeal.

The episode followed his being ordered to pay another $83.3m to E Jean Carroll in defamation damages last month.

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Democratic presidential candidate parodies Trump’s pivot to shoe salesman

Nice work from Dean Phillips here.

Joe Sommerlad19 February 2024 16:00

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Mike Turner questions Trump fraud trial verdict

The Republican House Intelligence Committee, who caused a scare last week by loudly demanding answers about a “serious national security threat” the country faced, was out tub-thumping for Trump on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, dishonestly questioning the outcome of his man’s civil fraud trial on Friday.

Joe Sommerlad19 February 2024 15:30

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Trump fails to blame Putin for death of Navalny in tone deaf Truth Social post

It was correctly noted by pretty much everyone last week that Donald Trump was oddly silent about the sudden death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Today, he broke that silence and managed to make it about his own legal problems while failing to make the obvious connection between Navalny’s sudden death in a Russian penal colony north of the Arctic Circle and President Vladimir Putin, whom the former president has praised and invited to attack US allies.

Here’s what he wrote on Truth Social:

The sudden death of Alexei Navalny has made me more and more aware of what is happening in our Country. It is a slow, steady progression, with CROOKED, Radical Left Politicians, Prosecutors, and Judges leading us down a path to destruction. Open Borders, Rigged Elections, and Grossly Unfair Courtroom Decisions are DESTROYING AMERICA. WE ARE A NATION IN DECLINE, A FAILING NATION! MAGA2024

Here is Navalny’s widow, Yulia Navalnaya, defiantly pledging to fight on:

Alexei Navalny’s wife pledges to continue his work and ‘fight for country’ in defiant new video

Oliver O’Connell19 February 2024 15:10

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Truckers for Trump boycotting New York City after $350m fraud ruling

Truck drivers who support Trump have declared they won’t be driving to New York City anymore to underscore their disappointment with the civil fraud judgment that fined their man more than $350m on Friday.

The hard-working Kelly Rissman has more.

Joe Sommerlad19 February 2024 15:00

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It’s all-caps, so he must be angry…

…but it does make it kind of unreadable.

MY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS WERE UNDERSTATED, NOT OVERSTATED! THAT IS WHY THE CROOKED, HAND PICKED JUDGE, SAID THAT MAR-a-LAGO, IN PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, WAS ONLY WORTH $18,000,000, WHEN IT IS WORTH 50 TO 100 TIMES THAT AMOUNT. OTHER PROPERTIES ALSO! THEY DIDN’T EVEN INCLUDE “BRAND VALUE,” KNOWN AND ACCEPTED TO BE WORTH MANY BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. THIS ALL FIT THE FAKE NARRATIVE OF THE CORRUPT AND MANY TIMES OVERTURNED “JUDGE,” AND THE RADICAL LEFT, SOROS BACKED, SLOB OF AN ATTORNEY GENERAL, WHOSE PRIMARY GOAL IS, IN CLOSE COORDINATION WITH THE WHITE HOUSE, AND LIKE ALL OF THE OTHER LITIGATION AGAINST ME, AN ATTACK ON CROOKED JOE BIDEN’S POLITICAL OPPONENT, ME! SAME STORY IN GEORGIA, NEW YORK (D.A.), & WASHINGTON D.C. NOTHING LIKE THIS HAS EVER HAPPENED IN OUR COUNTRY BEFORE. IT IS STRICTLY THIRD WORLD, RUSSIA, CHINA AT THEIR WORST. BUT FEAR NOT, WE WILL WIN BIG ON NOVEMBER 5TH, AND MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!

Oliver O’Connell19 February 2024 14:41

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Trump-branded condos sell for less than units that removed his name

Several court judgements have cost Trump hundreds of millions of dollars in recent weeks and his brand is meanwhile costing New York City condo owners, a new report suggests.

Units in Trump-branded properties across Manhattan have declined in value since he was elected president in 2016, although those that moved quickly to drop his name appear to be doing rather better.

Joe Sommerlad19 February 2024 14:30

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Watch: David Tennant’s jokes about Trump in 2024 Baftas opening monologue

The amiable Scottish actor compared the Republican front-runner to Emma Stone’s character in Poor Things at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday night, a joke that drew a big laugh from his audience.

David Tennant’s jokes about Trump in 2024 Baftas opening monologue

Joe Sommerlad19 February 2024 14:00

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Trump claims unflattering photo of him playing golf must be AI-altered

In an exciting new twist in his crusade against “fake news” crusade, Trump is now claiming that an unflattering photo of him playing golf was AI-generated.

Kelly Rissman takes a closer look.

Joe Sommerlad19 February 2024 13:30

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Trump’s affinity for Putin called about Cheney and Haley in wake of Navalny death

Never Trumpers Liz Cheney and Nikki Haley both called out Trump over the weekend in relation to his recent remarks about letting Russia “do whatever the hell they like” to America’s Nato allies, which has taken on an even more sinister aspect since the tragic and not-very-mysterious death of Alexei Navalny in an Arctic prison on Friday.

Here’s Kelly Rissman on the Lincoln Project’s latest ad, linking Trump and Vladimir Putin.

Joe Sommerlad19 February 2024 13:00

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GoFundMe launched for Trump’s ‘unjust’ $350m fine in civil fraud case

Here’s Kelly Rissman with news of one way the Republican might be able to meet his bills: crowdfunding.

He has a mighty long way to go though.

Joe Sommerlad19 February 2024 12:30



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