Trump’s headlines last week show legal fess draining his campaign
- Editor’s note: Trump was ordered Friday to pay E. Jean Carrroll $83.3 million.
- Very soon he will get the fine in the NY fraud case, which could be more than $300 million.
- Trump may be forced to sell-off assets to make the required payments.
+ NBC News: Republicans kill border bill in a sign of Trump’s strength and McConnell’s waning influence – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell encouraged GOP senators to pass an immigration and Ukraine aid deal. Just four of them supported it. In the end, even he voted no.
+ MSNBC: Trump insists crimes are politics and politics are criminal – The doublespeak to his followers after his presidential immunity claim was rejected is too dangerous to allow ourselves to become numb to it.
+ MSNBC’s Deadline White House: ‘Historic, landmark decision’: Judge Michael Luttig reacts to Trump immunity ruling
+ CNN: Judge affirms $83.3 million verdict against Donald Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation case – Trump has been ordered to pay
+ MSNBC Deadline White House: ‘Culture of punishment’: Witnesses fear threats of violence for cooperating in Trump investigations
+ The Washington Post: Putin interview with Tucker Carlson shows Kremlin outreach to Trump’s GOP
+ MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes: Maddow: Trump claim ‘outrighted mocked’ by court in immunity rejection
+ The Atlantic’s Ronald Brownstein: Trump told NRA Friday his mass deportation program would begin “within moments” of taking office. To do at scale would likely require 150-200k law enforcement officers, including a private army of red state ntl guard he’d deploy into blue states.
+ MSNBC’s Jen Psaki: The cannibalization of the GOP
|It has been a news week for the record books. Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., said he felt “like the guy standing in the middle of the field in a thunderstorm, holding up the metal stick.” An evocative image, yes, and one that tells us pretty much everything we need to know about the modern GOP. Lankford dared to negotiate one of the more conservative border bills in history to address an issue his party has been screaming about for years. As a thank-you for his efforts, he was censured by the Republican Party in Oklahoma and threatened with destruction by a prominent MAGA radio host. And Lankford is not the only Republican leader the right wing threatened to devour this week. Republican National Committee chair Ronna Romney McDaniel has spent years catering to Donald Trump’s needs. She’s endured years of attacks, spent hundreds of thousands of donor dollars on Trump’s legal troubles, faced multiple subpoenas and even stopped publicly using her maiden name in deference to the de facto party leader. In return, she is being publicly ousted as the leader of the RNC. Typically, politicians succeed by expanding their support base. In contrast, Trump sends his MAGA wolves after anyone who dares compromise, work with the other party, or deviate from the guidance of the dear leader. In Trump’s view, everyone is replaceable. Loyalty trumps intelligence, experience or efficiency. And he could care less if he burns the Republican Party to the ground as a result.