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Trump news live: Republican rallies in Wisconsin after Milwaukee jibe as poll reveals impact of guilty verdict

Presidential candidate back on the campaign trail after being convicted on all counts at his recent New York hush money trial

Oliver O'Connell,Joe Sommerlad
Tuesday 18 June 2024 11:45
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Related: New Biden campaign ad says Trump ‘ready to burn it all down’

Donald Trump will stage his latest campaign rally in Racine, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, less than a week after he reportedly dismissed Milwaukee as “horrible” in conversation with congressional Republicans and a month before the city hosts the Republican National Convention at which he will formally be offered the GOP 2024 nomination.

Meanwhile, a new poll conducted by Ipsos shows a decrease in trust in the American legal system among Republican voters since the verdict was handed down in the presidential contender’s hush money trial last month.

A sizable number of US citizens, including independents, questioned whether the outcome was the result of a fair and impartial process.

However, most respondents rejected the idea that the prosecution was brought by Manhattan’s district attorney Alvin Bragg to help President Joe Biden by smearing his opponent and keeping him cooped up in court and away from the campaign trail.

Most significantly, one in five Americans said they were less likely to support Trump for president in November as a result of the verdict.

After some initial caution, the president has finally begun to use the outcome to his advantage, attacking Trump as a “convicted criminal” in a new $50m attack ad.

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Senior moments: Debate over whether Trump or Biden is the more cognitively impaired continues to rage

Ramin Setoodeh, author of the new book Apprentice in Wonderland, told MSNBC this week that he interviewed Trump six times in the aftermath of his presidency and concluded that he has “severe memory issues”.

Here’s his quote in full:

“Over the weekend, he was talking about how Joe Biden needs to take a cognitive test… Donald Trump had severe memory issues.

“As the journalist who spent the most time with him, I have to say, he couldn’t remember things. He couldn’t even remember me.

“We spent an hour together in May 2021, and then a few months later, I went back to Trump Tower to talk about his time in The White House. He had this vacant look and I said, do you remember me? He said, no. He had no recollection of the lengthy interview that we had, and he wasn’t doing a lot of interviews at that time.

“The American public really needs to see this portrait of Donald Trump. This shows what he is like and who he is and who he has always been.”

The debate over whether the 78-year-old challenger or Joe Biden, 81, is the more cognitively impaired and unfit for office has already raged for months and shows no sign of going away.

If you were watching CNN last night, you might have seen some of this…

…but if you switched to Fox News, the counter-argument was being loudly made.

Sigh. It’s going to be a loooooooooong year.

Joe Sommerlad18 June 2024 11:45
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Burgum: Trump ‘winning against Hispanics’

A lovely gaffe here from the North Dakota governor, who could well be Trump’s next veep if he’s looking for a less starry deputy than JD Vance or Marco Rubio, something closer to Mike Pence without that pesky independent streak.

Joe Sommerlad18 June 2024 11:15
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Truth Social: Trump works hard to associate himself with US Open champion and exploits ‘migrant crime’ narrative

Here’s Trump dwelling on what he actually cares about: golf and celebrity.

He’s been working mighty hard to associate his brand with US Open winner Bryson DeChambeau in recent days and continues that trend here.

Trump has otherwise been championing his primary candidates, whipping up more “migrant crime” scares and preparing the ground for a future election fraud claim by suggesting that Democrats are registering illegal immigrants to vote, ably assisted by The New York Post.

Joe Sommerlad18 June 2024 10:45
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Biden finally goes there and attacks Trump as a ‘convicted criminal’ in new $50m attack ad

After some initial caution, the president has finally begun to use the outcome of Trump’s trial to his advantage, attacking his White House rival as a “convicted criminal” in a new $50m attack ad.

Here’s Eric Garcia on Biden taking the gloves off, at last.

Biden has finally taken the gloves off with his anti-Trump ‘convicted criminal’ ad

Biden begins a $50 million blitz and is going harder than most expected. Meanwhile, candidates down the ballot are trying to hug both men

Joe Sommerlad18 June 2024 10:15
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Trump guilty verdict sinks Republican faith in legal system – and eats into candidate’s likely support

A new poll conducted by Ipsos shows a decrease in trust in the American legal system among Republican voters since the verdict was handed down in the presidential contender’s hush money trial last month.

A sizable number of US citizens, including independents, questioned whether the outcome was the result of a fair and impartial process.

However, most respondents rejected the idea that the prosecution was brought by Manhattan’s district attorney Alvin Bragg to help President Joe Biden by smearing his opponent and keeping him cooped up in court and away from the campaign trail.

Most significantly, one in five Americans said they were less likely to support Trump for president in November as a result of the verdict.

Per Ipsos:

Compared to a July 2023 survey (49 per cent), the number of Republicans who say they trust state court judges a great deal or a fair amount has dropped ten points, to just 39 per cent . On the other hand, trust among Democrats increased from July 2023 from 48 per cent to 61 per cent in June 2024. Trust among independents is statistically unchanged from July 2023. Republican trust of district attorneys, state attorneys, and prosecuting attorneys (32 per cent) has also declined nine points since July 2023 (41 per cent). Perceptions among Democrats and independents is statistically unchanged (55 per cent and 47 per cent respectively) from July 2023 (50 per cent and 42 per cent).

Republicans are also less likely to say that current or former elected officials get special breaks in the criminal justice system (55 per cent) than they did in July 2023 (72 per cent). Democrats (72 per cent) and independents’ (67 per cent) perceptions are statistically unchanged since July 2023 (75 per cent and 67 per cent respectively).

Ipsos conducted a secondary analysis of the data by cross-referencing responses on how the verdict is likely to impact how Americans vote and if the verdict is important in making that choice. The secondary analysis shows a plurality of Americans say that the verdict has no impact on their likelihood of voting for Trump and it is not important in decision-making process (40 per cent). While 6 per cent of Americans say that they are more likely to support Trump and the conviction is important to how they will vote. One fifth of Americans (22 per cent) say they are less likely to support Trump for the presidency and the conviction is important.

Joe Sommerlad18 June 2024 09:45
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Trump rallying in Wisconsin today after calling Milwaukee ‘horrible'

The Republican presidential contender is rallying in Racine, Wisconsin, today, less than a week after he reportedly dismissed Milwaukee as a “horrible” city in conversation with congressional Republicans and a month before that very town hosts the Republican National Convention at which he will formally be offered the GOP 2024 nomination.

How kindly the locals will take to his comment remains to be seen.

Here’s Alex Lang’s report on the insult.

Donald Trump blasts RNC host Milwaukee as a ‘horrible city’

“Milwaukee, where we are having our convention, is a horrible city,” Republican Donald Trump reportedly said

Joe Sommerlad18 June 2024 09:15
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White House fumes at ‘cheap fake’ Biden video

The White House has slammed what they have called an edited clip of Joe Biden “freezing” up while on stage at a fundraiser.

In a statement, the White House fumed at the so-called “cheap fake,” which supposedly showed President Biden freezing up as he and former President Barack Obama walked off stage following an interview with late-night host Jimmy Kimmel at Los Angeles’ Peacock Theater.

Martha McHardy reports:

White House fumes at ‘cheap fake’ Biden video

White House Senior Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates slammed the video

Oliver O’Connell18 June 2024 08:45
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Ahead of first debate, Biden targets ‘convicted criminal’ Trump in $50m ad blitz

With just over a week to go until he squares off with Donald Trump in their first face-to-face meeting since October 2020, President Joe Biden and his re-election campaign are looking to use Trump’s legal troubles to set the terms of this year’s electoral contest with a new advertisement listing the ex-president’s numerous courtroom setbacks.

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Biden targets ‘convicted criminal’ Trump in $50m ad blitz ahead of first debate

The Biden campaign has previously steered clear of weighing in on Trump’s legal woes

Oliver O'Connell18 June 2024 06:45
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Feature: Trump gets to sidestep consequences of his conviction. Most people with criminal records don’t

The label of convicted felon has fueled Trump’s campaign this past few weeks, but to ordinary Americans it means something very different, as Alex Woodward reports:

Donald Trump gets to sidestep the consequences of his conviction. Most don’t

Checking off the ‘convicted felon’ box keeps millions of Americans in the margins, but it’s fueling Trump’s campaign. It’s a phrase that criminal justice reformers want to avoid, Alex Woodward reports

Oliver O'Connell18 June 2024 04:45
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Trump could select two more Supreme Court justices if he wins election, Biden warns

President Joe Biden has warned of the possibility that Donald Trump could get to appoint two new Supreme Court justices if the former president wins November’s election.

Appearing at a star-studded fundraising gala on Saturday night, Biden explained on stage that “the next president is likely to have two new Supreme Court nominees.”

He added that Trump had previously appointed two justices who were “very negative in terms of the rights of individuals.”

“I think it is one of the scariest parts,” Biden said.

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Biden issues stark warning about Trump and the Supreme Court

Biden says that Trump could potentially ‘appoint two more flying flags upside down’ if he gains a second term

Oliver O'Connell18 June 2024 03:45

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