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Trump celebrates 78th birthday with fee-paying fan club as questions linger over mental capacities: Live

Republican presidential candidate and convicted felon back on the campaign trail ahead of sentencing on July 11 over conviction in New York hush money case

Oliver O'Connell,Joe Sommerlad
Friday 14 June 2024 16:25
Donald Trump gifts Logan Paul mugshot T-shirt

Donald Trump turns 78 today and will reportedly celebrate his birthday in the company of his “Club 47 USA” fan organisation in West Palm Beach, Florida, with the guests paying between $35 and $60 for the pleasure of paying court to the presidential candidate.

The Republican was back in Washington DC on Thursday to meet with the House and Senate GOP, who presented him with a cake featuring 47 candles in tribute to his hopes of becoming America’s 47th president.

During his meeting with House representatives, Trump spoke about issues including abortion and immigration but sparked fury by reportedly calling the city of Milwaukee “horrible” a month before it hosts the Republican National Convention.

The former president’s interview with social media celebrity Logan Paul for his Impaulsive podcast also dropped yesterday.

The episode began with questions about Trump’s felony convictions and why he is running again – allowing him to reel off many of his familiar diatribe of falsehoods from his rallies – before moving on to a wide variety of topics from the upcoming debate on CNN to aliens, AI, and the rap beef between Kendrick Lamar and Drake.


Buildings, golf courses, steaks... oceans?

A proposed bill from a House Republican would rename coastal waters around the US after former president Donald Trump, whose administration rolled back dozens of environmental rules while he was in office.

Legislation from Florida Representative Greg Steube would rename the US Exclusive Economic Zone to the “Donald John Trump Exclusive Economic Zone of the United States.”

That area spans roughly 4.3 million nautical miles and “extends no more than 200 nautical miles from the territorial sea baseline and is adjacent to the 12 nautical mile territorial sea of the US” and its territories, according to the National Ocean Service.

Alex Woodward has the story:

Republicans now want to rename the oceans after Donald Trump

House GOP could rename coastal waters to the ‘Donald John Trump Exclusive Economic Zone of the United States’

Oliver O'Connell14 June 2024 16:25

Supreme Court strikes down Trump-era ban on ‘bump stocks’

The Supreme Court said a ban on bump stocks — devices that can be added to semi-automatic firearms to make them fire faster — was unconstitutional, striking down a Trump-era law that was put into place after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

In a 6-3 ruling issued on Friday, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the majority that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) incorrectly ruled that a bump stock turns a semiautomatic rifle into a machine gun.

Ariana Baio has been following the case:

Supreme Court overturns ‘bump stock’ ban, allowing guns to fire faster

The devices allow rifles to fire more rounds of ammunition with the need for manual reloading, like machine guns

Oliver O'Connell14 June 2024 16:05

Watch: Jeffries slams GOP colleagues for meeting with ‘insurrectionist-in-chief'

Oliver O'Connell14 June 2024 15:55

Trump holding birthday rally for hardcore fans – but they have to pay to attend

Here’s a little more on Trump’s Florida fan club forking over as much as $60 today to watch the man wasting his birthday by ranting about “rigged” trials, electric boat batteries and Joe Biden when he could be doing his weird little dance to the Village People and scoffing cake.

Trump holding birthday rally for hardcore fans – but they have to pay to attend

Republican presidential candidate spending his big day delivering keynote address to Club 47 USA in Florida

Oliver O'Connell14 June 2024 15:45

Did Don Jr just break the law by meeting with Viktor Orban?

Experts say the former president’s son may have violated the Logan Act during his visit to Budapest this week, Katie Hawkinson reports.

EXCLUSIVE: Did Donald Trump Jr just break the law by meeting with Viktor Orban?

Exclusive: Experts say the former president’s son may have violated the Logan Act during his visit to Budapest this week, Katie Hawkinson reports

Oliver O'Connell14 June 2024 15:15

Watch: Trump ‘startled’ CEOs with meandering remarks at DC meeting

Donald Trump spoke at a meeting of major CEOs as part of his return to Washington, DC on Thursday as the assumed Republican candidate for president.

CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin reports that his remarks didn’t exactly hit home with the business leaders...

Oliver O'Connell14 June 2024 14:45

Democrat revives Rudy Giuliani’s drag act with Trump in Congress

California representative Robert Garcia deserves a huge round of applause as he used Pride month to speak up for trans rights yesterday, delivering a brief history of cross-dressing in America and resurrecting a certain clip of “America’s mayor” to make his point.

Joe Sommerlad14 June 2024 14:30

Ingraham hails the ‘Age of Trump'

It’s definitely not a cult though, right guys? We’re still feeling good about that?

Also on Fox, here’s Trump surrogate Doug Burgum claiming that his hero’s alleged passion for customer service is what makes him a great leader. Merciful heavens...

All of which makes it a fine time to drop Eric Garcia’s latest on Republican grovelling and why the party can no longer seperate itself from Trump, even if wanted to.

Republicans can’t separate themselves from Trump now — even if they want to

Republicans should try to create some daylight between themselves and the former president. But they have few options, as a day of Trump in DC proved

Joe Sommerlad14 June 2024 14:00

JD Vance liked series of anti-Trump tweets in 2016 and 2017

The Ohio senator, long thought to be a front-runner to be Trump’s next running mate, reportedly liked a series of Twitter posts eight years ago accusing the Republican candidate of “serial sexual assault” and calling him “one of USA’s most hated, villainous, douchey celebs,” according to CNN.

He also liked tweets attacking Trump over his response to deadly violence at the ”Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville and tipping Vance himself for a post in a future Hillary Clinton cabinet.

Old deleted tweets by the Hillbilly Elegy author, which were previously reported, included one in which he wondered whether Trump was “America’s Hitler”.

Vance recently spoke up for Trump outside his hush money trial in New York and helped organise his recent $12m donation event in San Francisco from cryptocurrency entrepreneurs, so has clearly been on quite a journey, something he himself has openly acknowledged in interviews.

He responded to CNN in a statement yesterday by saying: “I’m proud to be one of his strongest supporters in the Senate today and I’m going to do everything in my power to ensure President Trump wins in November – the survival of America depends on it.”

JD Vance
JD Vance (Getty)
Joe Sommerlad14 June 2024 13:30

Behold the front page!

Joe Sommerlad14 June 2024 13:15

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