Donald Trump launches 2024 presidential campaign
Donald Trump’s Twitter account was reinstated early on Sunday after being banned for almost two years. The reinstatement came after Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk held a survey on the platform earlier on Saturday and announced he would restore Mr Trump’s account after the majority voted in favour.
Shortly after the announcement, Mr Trump’s account reappeared on Twitter along with his previous tweets. It was restored with 0 followers and following 0 accounts, but within minutes the number of followers started rising dramatically into the hundreds of thousands.
Texas Congressman Troy Nehls, who has endorsed Mr Trump’s newly announced presidential campaign, shared the news on Twitter and wrote: “2023 is going to be great. 2024 will be better.” Extremist Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar also welcomed Mr Trump with the words “He’s back.”
However, the former president has so far snubbed the social media platform. Asked about Mr Musk’s public poll, Mr Trump told a crowd that he sees “no reason” to rejoin Twitter as he enjoys his own social network, Truth Social.
Trump failing to clear 2024 field
Donald Trump’s presidential announcement last week was held under a cloud thanks to his party’s poor showing in the midterm elections, and it was followed by a noticeable lack of euphoria among top Republicans – several of whom still appear to be laying the groundwork for campaigns of their own. This weekend’s meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition saw big names including Nikki Haley, Larry Hogan, Ron DeSantis and Ted Cruz appearing to address a sympathetic crowd.
On the face it of it, their exuberance would indicate that Mr Trump is no longer their party’s undisputed leader – but at the same time, the sheer number of potential competitors could give the former president a route to the 2024 nomination by splitting the vote in too many directions, as happened in 2016.
Andrew Naughtie21 November 2022 14:20
Catch up: Trump’s Twitter account reinstated
Donald Trump’s Twitter account has been reinstated by Elon Musk after it was banned for nearly two years.
Mr Musk announced on Saturday evening that he would reinstate the former president’s account after it was banned for inciting violence in the wake of the 6 January insurrection, a move that was previously described as permanent.
“The people have spoken,” the new Twitter boss wrote late on Saturday. “Trump will be reinstated.”
The billionaire added “Vox Populi, Vox Dei”, a Latin phrase meaning “the voice of the people is the voice of God”.
Josh Marcus and Maroosha Muzaffar report:
Andrew Naughtie21 November 2022 13:50
Lofgren: Pence and Trump are “cheating history”
January 6 committee member Zoe Lofgren appeared on Face the Nation yesterday to discuss her panel’s plans between now and the start of the next Congress, when the new GOP House majority is highly likely to dissolve the select committee altogether.
As well as promising that the public will have “everything we found” within the next month in the form of a written report and released testimony, Ms Lofgren was unsparing in her assessment of Donald Trump and Mike Pence as both refuse to testify.
“I think they’ve cheated history,” she said, “and they should have done otherwise. We, on the other hand, have received substantial information from other sources and we’re in the process of, as I’m sure you know, writing our report now.”
Andrew Naughtie21 November 2022 13:20
AZ Republican puts statehouse majority in jeopardy
Such is the Arizona GOP’s belief that the recent elections in the state were stolen that one state representative is refusing to vote until they are re-run – meaning that her party has an impossibly small margin for legislating in the statehouse:
Andrew Naughtie21 November 2022 12:50
Presumptive House Democratic leader keeps Trump at arm’s length
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, who is running to succeed Nancy Pelosi as leader of the House Democrats, appeared yesterday on CNN’s State of the Union – and made clear he was uninterested in discussing Elon Musk, Donald Trump, or events involving the two over the weekend:
Read more about Mr Jeffries from Andrew Feinberg.
Andrew Naughtie21 November 2022 12:20
GOP operative: Trump voters don’t want him tweeting
Donald Trump so far shows no sign of wanting to rejoin Twitter, instead focusing on sustaining his profile on Truth Social. But according to Republican-aligned political operative Alex Conant, there is not much demand from Mr Trump’s base – the more normal elements, at least – to have him back on his once-favourite platform:
Andrew Naughtie21 November 2022 11:50
GOP’s lackluster fundraising spurs post-election infighting
Republicans are seeking someone to blame after some late-game fundraising issues and poor overall showings in a number of key races across the country led to Joe Biden having the best midterm performance of a sitting president in decades.
Many of the GOP’s candidates in expensive midterm contests were political newcomers with far-right positions who saw themselves outraised by their Democratic opponents. It’s a symptom of the loyalty-above-all standard that Donald Trump used to select candidates for his endorsement this year.
Read more in The Independent:
John Bowden21 November 2022 11:20
GOP sees slight Latino vote gains, painful candidate losses
Republicans saw gains with Latino voters during the 2022 midterm cycle — but they were far from enough to overcome the poor performances of Donald Trump’s hand-picked candidates.
Overall, the House will see a net gain of at least eight Latino members, with seven of them being Democrats, according to a tally by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.
Read more about how the Latino vote was important to both parties in this month’s midterms:
John Bowden21 November 2022 10:20
Melania predicts what Trump’s return to White House would look like in three words
Despite reports that Melania Trump did not enjoy her four years in the White House, the former first lady is remaining publicly supportive of her husband’s plans to launch a third bid for the presidency.
“I support my husband’s decision to run for president of this wonderful nation,” she told far-right news outlet Breitbart.
And she had a prediction for what a second term for her husband would look like.
John Bowden21 November 2022 09:20
Aspiring country singer charged for threats to kill fact-checkers and FBI agent over Trump ‘slander’
A North Carolina MAGA supporter and an aspiring country singer has been charged for allegedly threatening to kill an FBI agent as well as fact-checkers for slandering Donald Trump.
It’s just the latest case of a violent attack being threatened or attempted against federal law enforcement since the ex-president began demonising the agency for its investigation into his hoarding of presidential records.
Read more in The Independent:
John Bowden21 November 2022 08:20