‘I’m a more honest man than you’: Trump ends Piers Morgan interview
Piers Morgan will tonight air part two of his much-trailed interview with Donald Trump, an encounter that he said found the ex-president in a foul mood – even as Mr Trump insisted the conversation ended perfectly amicably.
In the interview’s first segment, which was shown last night, the ex-president insisted he had deterred an invasion of Ukraine during his administration by threatening Vladimir Putin “like he’s never been threatened before”.
In advance of their conversation’s screening, Mr Morgan described Mr Trump as “pathological” in his fixation on the supposed theft of the 2020 election, a conspiracy theory for which the journalist insisted there is no evidence.
Meanwhile, the president’s supporters are hopeful that he will go back on his own words and seek to return to Twitter after self-proclaimed “free-speech absolutist” Elon Musk struck a deal to buy the platform.
And on another front, Mr Trump has been found in contempt of proceedings brought against him by New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is investigating allegations of fraud in the Trump Organization’s real estate dealings. The ex-president and his associates have now been ordered to pay a $10,000 daily fine until the records are turned over.
Biden helps called the Squad “f***ing idiots” – report
Another incendiary revelation from This Will Not Pass relates not to Donald Trump and his party, but to the Biden White House, where outgoing aide Cedric Richmond reportedly referred to the progressive “Squad” of House members as “f***ing idiots” after the Sunrise Movement complained about his appointment, writing on Twitter that Mr Richmond had “taken big money from the fossil fuel industry, cozied up [with] oil and gas, [and] remained silent while polluters poisoned his own community.”
Spokespeople for Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did not respond to requests for comment.
Read more from Andrew Feinberg below.
Andrew Naughty26 April 2022 12:49
Report: Republicans fear Trump return to Twitter
Politico has been ringing around Capitol Hill to gauge the Republican reaction to Elon Musk’s Twitter buyout – and even as hardline supporters like Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz and Jim Jordan call openly for the president to return to the platform, it seems others in their party are downright called by the idea:
Andrew Naughty26 April 2022 12:15
DeSantis worries about voters from “dumpster fire” San Francisco moving to Florida
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who generally polls as Republicans’ second choice for president after Donald Trump, has vented his concern that making his state an attractive place to move to could have the negative side-effect of attracting Californian voters whose electoral behavior has supposedly ruined San Francisco.
However, as Eric Garcia points out, the governor’s logic doesn’t necessarily hold water.
Andrew NaughtyApril 26, 2022, 11:45 a.m.
ICYMI: McConnell’s contempt revealed in latest book ecxerpts
The upcoming book This Will Not Pass has generated story after story with its reporting on the last phase of the Trump presidency, and now it’s thrown up another, detailing the depth of contempt Mitch McConnell felt for Donald Trump by the time his term was over:
Read more below from Andrew Feinberg.
Andrew NaughtyApril 26, 2022, 11:16 a.m.
Twitter CEO punts on Trump’s return
It is unclear whether Donald Trump wants to return to Twitter, but the president’s thinking on that won’t matter if he isn’t allowed back. This is one of the biggest questions confronting the social media giant after Elon Musk’s buyout – and according to CEO Parag Agrawal, it’s one for the buyer, not the management.
“Once the deal closes, we don’t know which direction the platform will go. It’s a question we should address with him [Musk],” Mr Agrawal told a press conference.
Vishwam Sankaran has more.
Andrew Naughty26 April 2022 10:42
Catch up: the worst moments of Trump’s Morgan interview
Full-length conversations with critical interivewers are not the norm for Donald Trump, especially since the end of his presidency – and that was just part of what made last night’s session with Piers Morgan such bizarre viewing.
Andrew Feinberg has a rundown of the most incendiary, off-base and downright strange moments.
Andrew Naughty26 April 2022 10:08
McConnell called Trump ‘despicable’, book claims
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell said former president Donald Trump “totally, totally discredited himself” and “put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger” by his actions on the day a mob of his supporters stormed the US Capitol.
“I feel exhilarated by the fact that this fellow finally, totally discredited himself,” said the Kentucky Republican, who was speaking to New York Times journalist Jonathan Martin just hours after rioters had been cleared from the Capitol by law enforcement and National Guard soldiers.
Mr McConnell’s comments were revealed in a forthcoming book by Martin and fellow New York Times writer Alex Burns, This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the battle for America’s Future. A copy of the book was obtained by The Independent ahead of its 3 May release date.
Andrew Naughty26 April 2022 09:30
Republicans ask Musk to free Trump’s Twitter account
After Elon Musk took over Twitter for a whopping $44 bn, Republicans pressed the billionaire to unfreeze former president Donald Trump’s account.
“Hey, Elon Musk, it’s a great week to free Donald Trump (sic),” House Republicans wrote on the social media platform.
“Bring back President Trump. Bring back my personal account. Bring back Dr. Robert Malone. Bring back Alex Jones. Bring back Milo Yiannopoulos. Bring back the canceled nation. Bring back freedom of speech. Bring back America,” congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene wrote.
“I am not going on Twitter, I am going to stay on TRUTH. I hope Elon buys Twitter because he’ll make improvements to it and he is a good man, but I am going to be staying on TRUTH,” Mr Trump told Fox News.
Andrew Naughty26 April 2022 09:00
Son of famous American artist charged in Capitol riot
Vincent Gillespie, the son of renowned postwar American artist Gregory Gillespie, has been charged for taking part in the 6 January insurrection.
He was among a mob trying to force its way through a tunnel at the Lower West Terrace of the Capitol – an assault that almost succeeded by his own description, investigators said.“We were almost overpowering them,” Mr Gillespie with visible blood visible on his scalp, told Associated Press at the scene that day.
“If you had like another 15, 20 guys behind us pushing I think we could have won it.”Mr Gillespie added that he and others tried to burst through an opening.
“I was with some other guys. And then we were starting to push against them and they were beating us and putting that pepper spray stuff in your eyes. But there were a bunch of people pushing behind us,” he added.
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar26 April 2022 07:42
Can Trump run again in the 2024 election?
Former president Donald Trump has not stopped fundraising since moving from Washington DC to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, amassing a war chest of well over $100m.
He has been back out on the road this year ahead of the midterm elections, holding MAGA rallies in state after state with candidates he’s endorsed, insisting to crowds that he did not legitimately lose to Mr Biden and repeatedly hinting that he plans on avenging his defeat by running again.
Today, Mr Trump’s hold on the Republican party is overwhelming, and none of this year’s major candidates have broken from the former reality TV host.
Graeme Massie explains the legal struggles that could possibly hinder Donald Trump from running for a second term.
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar26 April 2022 06:30