Trump rants about electric cars ahead of NYC fraud trial – latest

Follow the latest updates from the former president’s 2024 campaign and ongoing legal woes

Gustaf Kilander
Sunday 01 October 2023 22:47

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Donald Trump made a series of bizarre claims about electric cars and boats while campaigning in Iowa on Sunday to secure backing from voters ahead of January’s caucus in the state.

As he has in the past, the former president is heading to areas of the state, this time in the southeast, that have previously supported Democrats but which he managed to flip to the Republican column in 2016.

Mr Trump spoke at an event in the small city of Ottumwa on Sunday afternoon, where he claimed to have “won Iowa twice” despite losing to Sen Ted Cruz (R-TX) in 2016.

This comes as Mr Trump’s fraud trial is set to begin in New York on Monday. A summary judgment issued on 26 September found that the former president and his associates, including his sons Donald Jr and Eric, overvalued the assets of their company for years.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives and Senate voted overwhelmingly to pass a funding resolution and keep the federal government open on Saturday after Speaker Kevin McCarthy ended his attempts to work with far-right hardliners and instead cut a deal with Democrats.

President Joe Biden signed the agreement keeping the government open on Saturday night, just before the midnight deadline.


Pennsylvania governor’s voter registration change draws Trump’s ire in echo of 2020 election clashes

Donald Trump has a familiar target in his sights: Pennsylvania’s voting rules.

He never stopped attacking court decisions on mail-in ballots during the COVID-19 pandemic, falsely claiming it as a reason for his 2020 loss in the crucial battleground state. Now, the former Republican president is seizing on a decision by Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro to bypass the Legislature and start automatic voter registration.

The blowback has echoes of the 2020 election, when Trump and his allies relentlessly criticized decisions by the state’s Democratic-majority Supreme Court. That included extending the deadline to receive mail-in ballots over warnings that the pandemic had slowed postal service deliveries.

Republicans have joined Trump in railing against Shapiro’s action, saying there are not enough safeguards to prevent minors or undocumented immigrants from registering. The Shapiro administration disputes that.


Marc Levy1 October 2023 22:45

Trump shares how he would prefer to die as he claims electric boats would sink

Gustaf Kilander1 October 2023 22:03

Trump’s fraud trial could expose his ‘fantasy world’ – and seriously damage his business interests

Apotentially devastating ruling against Donald Trump has pierced the heart of a decades-old narrative he used to boost his national profile and seduce millions of voters to support his campaigns for the presidency.

That persona was built on a “fantasy” made up of cheating, lying and outright fraud, according to a New York judge presiding over a blockbuster lawsuit from the state’s attorney general, whose investigation revealed the former president, his adult sons, businesses and chief executives “grossly and materially inflated” assets over a decade.

They defrauded banks and insurers by overvaluing properties by billions of dollars, exaggerating the state of his wealth to fraudulently obtain favourable insurance deals, financing and other transactions, according to the lawsuit.

Mr Trump spent those decades navigating threats that would reveal his reputation as a fraud, but a brutal 35-page decision from Judge Arthur F Engoron – if allowed to stand – not only could expose the former president’s alleged history of corruption, it might also take his business empire down with him. Mr Trump himself condemned the decision as a plan to “KILL TRUMP”.

Unlike the four criminal indictments against him, including two separate cases alleging his role at the centre of a fraudulent campaign to overturn 2020 election results, a multi-million dollar fraud lawsuit could do serious damage to his business.

Alex Woodward1 October 2023 22:00

Trump baselessly claims electric cars can only go for 30 minutes

Donald Trump baselessly claimed that electric cars can only go for 30 minutes before needing to be recharged in another swipe at climate-friendly policies while speaking in Iowa on Sunday.

He also suggested that drivers of electric cars become “schizophrenic” because the charge only lasts 10 minutes.

Gustaf Kilander1 October 2023 21:52

Trump claims farmers and builders approach him while crying

Donald Trump claimed on Sunday that farmers and builders who have never cried before approach him crying to thank him for what he’s done.

Gustaf Kilander1 October 2023 21:36

Trump falsely claims to have ‘won Iowa’ twice

Mr Trump falsely claimed to have won Iowa twice, seemingly disregarding his second-place finish behind Texas Senator Ted Cruz in 2016.

“We won Iowa twice, and we’re gonna win it again by A LOT!” Mr Trump said on Sunday.

Gustaf Kilander1 October 2023 21:33

Trump speaks in Iowa ahead of January caucus

In Iowa on Sunday afternoon, Mr Trump told a crowd of supporters: “Less than 4 months from now, each of you is going to cast the most important vote of your lives.”

Gustaf Kilander1 October 2023 21:31

Buttigieg slams Trump’s record on disrespecting the military

Secretary of Transportation blasted Mr Trump for his record of disrespecting the military during an appearance on MSNBC on Sunday.

He said Mr Trump’s attacks on General Mark Milley was “part of a lifelong pattern with the former president that I would argue was first displayed when he faked a disability in order to avoid having to go to Vietnam and allowed, I assume, some working-class person to go in his place”.

Gustaf Kilander1 October 2023 21:30

Trump rally attendee says she’ll ‘start crying’ when she sees him

A Trump rally attendee told RSBN that when she sees the former president, “I’ll probably start crying. I’m going to start crying now. When he comes out on stage and I can see him face-to-face, it’s going to be the best day of my life. I love that man.”

Gustaf Kilander1 October 2023 21:00

Trump calls for Bowman to be jailed for pulling Capitol fire alarm

Donald Trump has called for Rep Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) to be put in jail for pulling a fire alarm in the Capitol on Saturday.

The former president bizarrely claimed that Mr Bowman’s behaviour was worse than that of the rioters who attacked the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

“Will Congressman [Jamaal] Bowman be prosecuted and imprisoned for very dangerously pulling and setting off the main fire alarm system in order to stop a Congressional vote that was going on in D.C.,” Mr Trump wrote on Truth Social on Sunday.

“His egregious act is covered on tape, a horrible display of nerve and criminality. It was a very dangerous ‘Obstruction of an Official Proceeding,’ the same as used against our J-6 prisoners. Actually, his act may have been worse. HE MUST SUFFER THEIR SAME FATE. WHEN WILL HIS TRIAL BEGIN???” he added.

Mr Bowman admitted on Saturday that he pulled a fire alarm during a House vote but denied he did so to delay it.

Gustaf Kilander, Eric Garcia1 October 2023 20:59

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