Trump attends wake of slain NYPD officer: Latest updates

Donald Trump arrives at wake of slain NYPD officer

Donald Trump was in suburban New York on Thursday to pay respects to slain NYPD officer Jonathan Diller as he seeks to make fear of crime a focus of his 2024 presidential campaign.

As the former president attended the memorial in Massapequa, Long Island, his campaign sought to draw a contrast with a high-profile Democratic fundraiser in Manhattan hosted by Presiden Joe Biden alongside Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

Retired police officer Aquilino Gonell, a veteran of the January 6 Capitol riot, slammed Mr Trump as an “opportunistic grifter” for hailing “law and order” while praising the rioters who attacked him and his colleagues as “patriots, political prisoners, and hostages”.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump’s attorneys were back in court in Fulton County fighting to have his Georgia election interference case thrown out by arguing that his false claims the 2020 vote was stolen are protected under the First Amendment.

The hearing comes after the Republican presidential candidate, and part-time Bible salesman, appeared to test out the boundaries of a new gag order imposed on him ahead of his hush money criminal trial by Justice Juan Merchan by repeatedly attacking the judge and his daughter on Truth Social.


Colbert reveals why Trump has so many Bibles

Mr Colbert began his opening monologue by recapping the latest developments in the Republican presidential candidate’s numerous court cases before declaring: “If you ever thought that this avalanche of legal scrutiny would somehow shame Trump from his non-stop grifting of the rubes then you are a sweet, sweet child, one of God’s innocents who should not be allowed in the room where daddy keeps his sharp things because, yesterday, Donald Trump announced a deal to endorse a $60 ‘God Bless the USA Bible’.

Joe Sommerlad29 March 2024 08:45


Analysis: Black men are poised to take Trump to the White House. Biden insiders are worried

The Independent’s Andrew Feinberg and Eric Garcia report on how the Trump and Biden campaigns plan to respond to polling data that suggest almost 25 per cent of Black voters would back the former president — mostly Black men.

Oliver O’Connell29 March 2024 07:45


Watch: Biden mocks Trump for golfing as he tours swing states

Please enjoy the accompanying comedic music.

Oliver O’Connell29 March 2024 05:45


Even Trump’s ‘lies’ are protected in Georgia election interference case, his lawyers argue

Oliver O’Connell29 March 2024 03:45


Fox commentator hits Trump for failing to visit swing states

Here’s the increasingly invaluable Jessica Tarlov arguing on Fox yesterday that Trump is too busy visting courtrooms and golfing to campaign properly.

Speaking of that network, here’s a couple of other jaw-dropping clips from the airwaves yesterday, courtesy of Sean Hannity and Jeanine Piro.

Joe Sommerlad29 March 2024 02:45


Trump Media and Reddit are the new ‘meme stocks’, suring despite questionable profit prospects

Trump’s post-Twitter tech outfit and Reddit are the first notable social media companies to begin trading publicly in the last five years.

They’re also, thanks to the rabid reception among day traders coupled with the companies’ dubious profit outlooks, the latest meme stocks.

That term refers to shares in modish companies whose underlying business fails to justify the accompanying surge in their price.

The action is often driven by small investors who pile into a trending stock for a specific reason, be it belief that a struggling company can turn itself around, a disdain for so-called short sellers — or fidelity to a former president.

Here’s more on the Truth Social floatation.

Oliver O’Connell29 March 2024 01:45


Black men could swing 2024 for Trump. Is Bidenworld prepared?

Here’s Andrew Feinberg and Eric Garcia’s report on how the Trump and Biden campaigns plan to respond to polling data that suggests almost 25 per cent of Black voters are ready to back the Republican.

Oliver O’Connell29 March 2024 00:45


Poll: Biden narrowly leading Trump – except when a third-party candidate is factored in

A new nationwide poll of voters shows President Joe Biden leading Donald Trump in a head-to-head matchup but narrowly trailing his once-and-future opponent when third-party candidates are included on the ballot.

The survey, released on Wednesday by Quinnipiac University, shows Mr Biden leading Mr Trump by three percentage points, 48 per cent to 45 per cent, but trailing him 39 per cent to 38 per cent when independent candidate Robert Kenendy Jr and Green Party candidate Dr Jill Stein are included in the running.

John Bowden looks at the numbers:

Oliver O’Connell29 March 2024 00:15


Truth Social: Trump calls for firing of Chuck Todd in angry tirade against NBC

Trump is still furious at NBC News for terminating a contract with Ronna McDaniel after just a couple of days following a furious reaction from on-air talent to the hiring of the former chair of the RNC who helped perpetuate his lies about the 2020 election.

McDaniel — whom Trump refers to as Ronna Romney (she is the niece of Trump foe Mitt Romney) — resigned from the RNC in February at the behest of the former president.

Here’s what he had to say about NBC in his latest huff post:

And here’s our reporting on the end of her short career at NBC.

Oliver O’Connell28 March 2024 23:45


Giuliani says forcing him to sell Florida condo could make him ‘join the ranks of the homeless’

On 15 March, the Committee of Unsecured Creditors – which represents individuals and entities to whom Mr Giuliani owes money or soon could — filed a motion in bankruptcy court requesting the court to force the former mayor to sell his Florida condo.

Oliver O’Connell28 March 2024 23:15

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