Trump news live: Poll shows many voters don’t believe guilty verdict came after ‘fair and impartial process’

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

A sizable number of Americans, including independents, question whether the verdict was the result of a fair and impartial process, Politico reports. However, most respondents rejected the idea that the prosecution was brought to help President Joe Biden.

Overall, a large number either strongly or somewhat agreed that was the rationale for the case, and one in five Americans said they were less likely to support Trump for president in November with the verdict playing an important part in that decision.

Meanwhile, Trump has issued another plea for absolute presidential immunity to shield him from prosecution over acts carried out during his presidency, with the Supreme Court set to issue a momentous ruling on the matter soon.

The appeal was just one of a number of bizarre posts on his Truth Social platform over the weekend, with the Republican presidential contender also lashing out at President Joe Biden, first lady Jill Biden, The Washington Post, Illinois governor JB Pritzker and even Pope Francis.

Key Points

  • Poll shows lower trust in legal system since Trump verdict but also decrease in likely support

  • Biden targets Trump conviction with $50m election ad campaign

  • Trump demands presidential immunity and attacks Washington Post

  • Trump event at ‘Black’ church sparks new row over attendance figures

Feature: Trump gets to sidestep consequences of his conviction. Most people with criminal records don’t

04:45 , Oliver O'Connell

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

Trump could select two more Supreme Court justices if he wins election, Biden warns

03:45 , Oliver O'Connell

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

Ex-aide says Trump talked about executing people

02:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump talked openly about executing people while he was president, a former White House aide has claimed.

Alyssa Farah Griffin, director of strategic communications at the White House from April to December 2020, made the claim on Mediaite’s Press Club podcast on June 14.

According to the former aide, Trump had called for the execution of a staffer who leaked a story, among others. Griffin said that Trump made the comments about the staffer during an Oval Office where she and former Attorney General Bill Barr were present.

John Bowden has the story:

Trump talked about executing people while in the White House, ex-aide reveals

Senate Democrat calls Supreme Court ‘brazenly corrupt’

01:45 , Oliver O'Connell

A Senate Democrat lamented the “brazenly corrupt and brazenly political” Supreme Court even as his party’s leadership says it sees no path to correcting it.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) appeared on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday and reacted to a Senate investigation that found this week that Justice Clarence Thomas, one of the Court’s most conservative members, had neglected to disclose millions of dollars in unreported gifts from a major conservative donor who has worked to get cases before the court.

John Bowden has the story:

Senator calls Supreme Court ‘brazenly corrupt’ as he blasts justices over scandals

ICYMI: Biden Hollywood fundraiser nets $28m

Tuesday 18 June 2024 00:45 , Oliver O'Connell

George Clooney appears to have mended fences with President Joe Biden as he and fellow A-lister Julia Roberts joined a star-studded Hollywood fundraising gala on Saturday night which raised $28m.

The event, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, was held at the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles, with room for 7,100. Kimmel moderated a discussion with Biden and former president Barack Obama, where the three took turns blasting Biden’s presumed 2024 opponent, Donald Trump.

John Bowden reports:

Clooney joins $28m Biden fundraiser following White House spat over Amal’s work

Biden will open path for illegal immigrants married to US citizens to gain citizenship

Monday 17 June 2024 23:45 , Oliver O'Connell

President Joe Biden is expected to unveil a new program that will give a path to citizenship for people who are illegally in the United States but are married to Americans.

A source familiar with Biden’s plans said the president will announce the new program at a White House event on Tuesday to mark the 12-year anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The program shields some undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children from deportation and provides them with legal work authorization.

Andrew Feinberg reports from Washington, DC:

Biden will open legal pathway for undocumented spouses of American citizens

Veepstakes: Tim Scott stands by decision to certify Biden’s 2020 election win

Monday 17 June 2024 22:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Tim Scott, a top contender for Donald Trump’s vice president, said he stands by his vote to certify Joe Biden’s 2020 election win.

“I will stand by that decision and the next decision to certify the fact that Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States,” the South Carolina senator said Sunday on ABC News’ This Week.

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Top Trump VP candidate says he stands by decision to certify 2020 election

Following migrant ISIS arrests Trump accuses Biden of providing ‘material support for terrorism’

Monday 17 June 2024 22:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump baselessly accused Joe Biden of “providing material support for terrorism” during a speech on Friday, alluding to the recent arrest of eight migrants with suspected ties to ISIS.

“So, in addition to all of his other well-documented offenses, crooked Joe Biden is now also guilty of providing material support for terrorism,” the former president told a crowd gathered for an event in West Palm Beach, Florida, to celebrate his 78th Birthday.

Trump vowed the country is going to “pay a steep price for many, many years” over Biden’s border policy.

Josh Marcus reports from San Francisco:

Trump accuses Biden of ‘material support for terrorism’ after arrest of migrants

Watch: Whoopi Goldberg reacts to Trump visiting a Black church

Monday 17 June 2024 22:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Video of Trump walking down stairs raises concern: ‘There is something seriously wrong’

Monday 17 June 2024 21:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Trump and his allies seize on every possible opportunity to claim Biden is too old and infirm to be president (see their antics regarding his appearance in Italy last week).

But their own candidate is 78 now and seemingly not as robust as he and they would have you believe.

Here’s Sinead Butler for Indy100 on his struggle to clamber down the steps of his jet on Saturday.

Video of Trump walking down stairs raises concern: "There is something seriously wrong"

Opinion: Biden finally takes gloves off with his anti-Trump ‘convicted criminal’ ad

Monday 17 June 2024 21:38 , Oliver O'Connell

Eric Garcia writes:

On Monday, President Joe Biden launched his opening salvo against former president Donald Trump, ten days ahead of their first debate in Atlanta. The $50 million ad does not mince words and goes directly for Trump becoming the first criminally convicted former president.

Up until now, the Biden campaign has largely refrained from attacking Trump personally, though he has teased lines at fundraisers (at one, he told donors: “For the first time in American history, a former president that is a convicted felon is now seeking the office of the presidency.”)

Last year, Democratic strategists told The Independent that “the person who is doing the most effective job of driving the indictment news is Donald Trump.”

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

Mike Johnson vows to sue for Joe Biden special counsel recordings

Monday 17 June 2024 21:15 , Oliver O'Connell

House Speaker Mike Johnson vowed to federal court to enforce a subpoena against Attorney General Merrick Garland, after the Department of Justice announced it would not pursue a criminal case against the Biden administration official.

“The House disagrees with the assertions in the letter from the Department of Justice, and as Speaker, I will be certifying the contempt reports to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. We will also move to enforce the subpoena of Attorney General Garland in federal court,” Speaker Johnson wrote on X on Friday.

Alex Woodward and Josh Marcus filed this report on Friday:

Mike Johnson vows to sue for Biden tapes in Merrick Garland subpoena battle with GOP

New poll shows lower trust in legal system since Trump verdict but also decrease in likely support

Monday 17 June 2024 20:45 , Oliver O'Connell

The latest Ipsos poll for Politico shows a decrease in trust in the legal system among Republican voters since the verdict was handed down in Donald Trump’s hush money trial.

A sizable number of Americans, including independents, question whether the verdict was the result of a fair and impartial process, Politico reports — though most respondents rejected the idea that the prosecution was brought to help President Joe Biden.

Overall, a large number (43 per cent) either strongly or somewhat agreed that was the rationale for the case.

The same poll also shows that one in five Americans say they are less likely to support Trump for president in November and the verdict plays an important part in that decision-making.

Per Ipsos:

Compared to a July 2023 survey (49%), 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% . On the other hand, trust among Democrats increased from July 2023 from 48% to 61% in June 2024. Trust among independents is statistically unchanged from July 2023. Republican trust of district attorneys, state attorneys, and prosecuting attorneys (32%) has also declined nine points since July 2023 (41%). Perceptions among Democrats and independents is statistically unchanged (55% and 47% respectively) from July 2023 (50% and 42%).

Republicans are also less likely to say that current or former elected officials get special breaks in the criminal justice system (55%) than they did in July 2023 (72%). Democrats (72%) and independents' (67%) perceptions are statistically unchanged since July 2023 (75% and 67% 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%). While 6% 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%) say they are less likely to support Trump for the presidency and the conviction is important.

‘Anti-woke’ water becomes a hit for conservatives

Monday 17 June 2024 20:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Water is being pushed on conservative voters as “anti-woke” that is “unapologetic.”

“Freedom2o” is becoming all the rage for some right-wing voters and now Alex Clark, a MAGA-world talking head, is pitching the water in a cringeworthy ad during Turning Point’s People’s Convention over the weekend, according to Mediaite.

Graig Graziosi reports:

‘Anti-woke’ water - Freedom2o - hawked to conservatives

Former senator Kelly Loeffler hosting watch party for Trump-Biden CNN debate

Monday 17 June 2024 19:59 , Oliver O'Connell

Former senator for Georgia Kelly Loeffler and her husband Jeff Sprecher are hosting a fundraiser for Donald Trump to coincide with the June 27 CNN presidential debate against Joe Biden. The cheapest ticket is $10,000, ranging up to $50,000.

The couple are the combined top donors for Trump in Georgia this cycle, with $2.6m (so far) in contributions to his re-election bid.

Trump talked about executing people while in the White House

Monday 17 June 2024 19:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump talked openly about executing people while he was president, a former White House aide has claimed.

Alyssa Farah Griffin, director of strategic communications at the White House from April to December 2020, made the claim on Mediaite’s Press Club podcast on June 14.

According to the former aide, Trump had called for the execution of a staffer who leaked a story, among others.

John Bowden has the story:

Trump talked about executing people while in the White House, ex-aide reveals

Biden targets Trump conviction with $50m election ad campaign

Monday 17 June 2024 19:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Joe Biden’s campaign is targeting Donald Trump’s criminal convictions in a new $50m advert campaign ahead of the first presidential debate between the two candidates at the end of the month.

In the 30-second ad, which will run in all swing battleground states, voters will be told: “This election is between a convicted criminal who’s only out for himself, and a president who’s fighting for your family.”

Martha McHardy has the details:

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

ICYMI: George Clooney joins $28m Hollywood fundraiser for Biden following White House spat over Amal’s work

Monday 17 June 2024 18:45 , Oliver O'Connell

George Clooney appears to have mended fences with President Joe Biden as he and fellow A-lister Julia Roberts joined a star-studded Hollywood fundraising gala on Saturday night which raised $28m.

The event, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, was held at the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles, with room for 7,100. Kimmel moderated a discussion with Biden and former president Barack Obama, where the three took turns blasting Biden’s presumed 2024 opponent, Donald Trump.

John Bowden has the story:

Clooney joins $28m Biden fundraiser following White House spat over Amal’s work

Monday 17 June 2024 18:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Lawrence O’Donnell roasts Ted Cruz for supporting Trump in live broadcast

Watch: Melinda French Gates ‘absolutely not voting for Trump

Monday 17 June 2024 18:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Veepstakes: Former rival rises to the top of the pile

Monday 17 June 2024 17:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump may be on the verge of setting aside another grudge within the Republican Party and elevating a former rival to be his running mate in 2024.

The former president is reportedly considering three names as his current top choices to be the GOP’s vice presidential nominee as he gears up for a rematch with President Joe Biden this fall.

With his last vice president, Mike Pence, refusing to endorse him, Trump’s list of potential choices has shrunk to include only Republicans who the former president is sure will serve as a loyal yes-man in a hypothetical second administration.

John Bowden reports:

Trump’s veepstakes intensify as former rival rises to the top of the pile

Trump claims respect for US collapsed under Biden but data shows opposite

Monday 17 June 2024 17:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump has often claimed that his presidency restored respect in the US from other countries during his time in office and that since Joe Biden became president, that respect has greatly diminished.

Unfortunately for the former president, there is no data at all to back this claim up. In fact, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that, internationally, Biden is viewed more positively than his rival.

Indeed, while confidence in the US slumped badly during Trump’s presidency, those numbers have rebounded under Biden.

Per Pew:

Across the 34 nations polled, a median of 43% have confidence in Biden to do the right thing regarding world affairs, while just 28% have confidence in Trump. The gap between ratings is quite wide in many countries, especially in Europe. Biden’s confidence rating is at least 40 percentage points higher than Trump’s in Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden.

However, there are exceptions. There is no statistically significant difference in ratings of Biden and Trump in eight nations we surveyed. And people in Hungary and Tunisia give Trump more positive reviews than Biden, although neither leader gets especially high marks there. (The survey was conducted before Trump’s conviction in a state criminal trial in New York.)

Even though Biden gets better assessments than Trump globally, ratings for the current U.S. president are down since last year in 14 of 21 countries where trends are available, including by double digits in Australia, Israel, Japan, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Watch: Trump calls Steve Bannon during live Kari Lake interview

Monday 17 June 2024 17:22 , Oliver O'Connell

NATO secretary says two-thirds of alliance will meet defense spending goal amid Trump threats

Monday 17 June 2024 17:15 , Oliver O'Connell

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday said 20 of the alliance’s 32 member states will spend at least two per cent of their respective gross domestic products on defense, meeting a threshold which former president Donald Trump has repeatedly mischaracterized as a prerequisite to receiving American help in a crisis.

Andrew Feinberg has the story:

NATO secretary says two-thirds of alliance will meet defense spending goal

Watch: Biden focuses on Trump legal woes

Monday 17 June 2024 17:11 , Oliver O'Connell

Trump event at ‘Black’ church sparks new row over attendance figures

Monday 17 June 2024 17:00 , Oliver O'Connell

The Republican was in Detroit on Saturday to address an audience of Black churchgoers, which his supporters, like Kellyanne Conway, have been keen to champion as the latest evidence of his broad appeal.

But 8,000 people? In this venue?

And just how “Black” was this crowd listening to former Trump Cabinet member Dr Ben Carson?

Trump gets to sidestep the consequences of his conviction. Most people with criminal records don’t

Monday 17 June 2024 16:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Alex Woodward writes:

For former president Donald Trump – who can leverage his wealth, power and influence to sidestep the consequences of his white-collar crimes that threatened 2016 elections – that “felon” label is helping him rake in millions of dollars.

For any other person with 34 felony convictions, being branded a “felon” for life could threaten access to jobs, housing, healthcare, childcare and the ability to vote, let alone a path to the presidency.

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

Nikki Haley pays touching tribute to her late father

Monday 17 June 2024 16:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley announced that her father has died in a touching social media post.

Kelly Rissman reports:

Nikki Haley pays touching tribute to her father after his death

Trump could select two more Supreme Court justices if he wins election, Biden warns

Monday 17 June 2024 16:15 , Oliver O'Connell

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.

Amelia Neath and James Liddell report:

Biden issues stark warning about Trump and the Supreme Court

Seconds after challenging Biden to a cognitive test, Trump forgets name of his White House doctor

Monday 17 June 2024 16:02 , Oliver O'Connell

Katie Hawkinson reports:

Donald Trump forgot the name of his White House doctor just moments after saying Joe Biden should take a cognitive test.

“I took a cognitive test, and I aced it. Doc Ronny — Doc Ronny Johnson,” Trump said, attempting to refer to Ronny Jackson, former White House physician turned US Rep.

“Does everyone know Ronny Johnson, Congressman from Texas? He was the White House Doctor,” Trump continued.

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Trump forgets name of his White House doctor after challenging Biden to a mental test

Why Trump’s second term would be ‘far, far worse’ than his first

Monday 17 June 2024 15:45 , Oliver O'Connell

John Oliver has explained why a second presidential term for Donald Trump would be “far, far worse” than his first.

The Last Week Tonight host placed the spotlight on Trump’s 2024 US presidential campaign during the latest episode of the HBO show, which aired on Sunday (16 June).

Jacob Stolworthy has the story:

John Oliver explains why Trump’s second term would be ‘far, far worse’ than his first

Voices: Hunter Biden’s conviction pushed Trumpland conspiracies to a new realm

Monday 17 June 2024 15:15 , Joe Sommerlad

The conviction of Joe Biden’s son has been weaponised by the Trump campaign just weeks after a jury found the ex-president guilty over hush-money payments to Stormy Daniels, writes Jon Sopel.

But could the endless swirl of conspiracy theories actually prove helpful to Biden in the presidential battle?

Hunter Biden’s conviction has propelled Trumpland conspiracies into a new realm

Trump said Joan Rivers voted for him in 2016. She died in 2014

Monday 17 June 2024 14:45 , Joe Sommerlad

Just classic.

It’s a tragedy the comedy great is not here to respond to this one in person.

Kevin EG Perry has the details.

Donald Trump said Joan Rivers voted for him in 2016. She died in 2014

Fauci recounts expletive-filled talk from Trump during pandemic

Monday 17 June 2024 14:15 , Joe Sommerlad

You Know Who unleashed an expletive-filled rant about the stock market not increasing enough when the first Covid-19 vaccine trials were successful, Dr Anthony Fauci has recounted.

Fauci, one of the nation’s top infectious disease experts who helped lead the American response to the pandemic until 2022, is publishing On Call: A Doctor’s Journey in Public Service next week.

His chapter on working with Trump in lockdown is aptly titled, “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not,” according to The New York Times’ review of the book.

Katie Hawkinson takes a look.

Fauci recounts expletive-laden lecture he got from Trump during COVID pandemic

Trump talked about executing people, ex-White House aide reveals

Monday 17 June 2024 13:45 , Joe Sommerlad

Alyssa Farah Griffin, director of strategic communications at the White House from April to December 2020, is only the latest person to make this alarming claim about her former employer, joining ex-US attorney general Bill Barr, for one.

John Bowden has this report.

Trump talked about executing people while in the White House, ex-aide reveals

Biden targets Trump conviction with $50m election ad campaign

Monday 17 June 2024 13:30 , Joe Sommerlad

The president’s campaign is targeting Trump’s criminal convictions in a new $50m advertising campaign ahead of the first presidential debate between the two candidates at the end of the month.

In the 30-second ad, which will run in all swing battleground states, voters will be told: “This election is between a convicted criminal who’s only out for himself, and a president who’s fighting for your family.”

The Biden campaign has previously steered clear of weighing in on Trump’s legal cases in an effort to avoid accusations by Republicans that President Biden is politicising the process.

Martha McHardy reports.

Biden targets Trump conviction with $50m election ad campaign

Biden warns Trump could select two more Supreme Court justices if he wins election

Monday 17 June 2024 13:15 , Joe Sommerlad

The president has warned of the possibility that 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.”

Amelia Neath and James Liddell have this one.

Biden issues stark warning about Trump and the Supreme Court

Trump’s veepstakes intensify as former rival rises to top of the pile

Monday 17 June 2024 13:00 , Joe Sommerlad

Florida senator “Little” Marco Rubio is reportedly in the final three to be Trump’s running mate, despite the former animosity between the two men when they were rivals for their party’s nomination in 2016.

Here’s more from John Bowden.

Trump’s veepstakes intensify as former rival rises to the top of the pile

Judge schedules Friday hearing in Trump's Florida classified documents case

Monday 17 June 2024 12:45 , Joe Sommerlad

A hearing has been set for Friday this week in the case concerning Trump’s mishandling of classified documents belonging to the US government after leaving the White House in January 2021.

Judge Aileen Cannon will hold a hearing in Florida as the former president and his team continues to try to dismiss the charges against him based on the argument that special counsel Jack Smith was unlawfully appointed.

Judge Cannon has shown a great deal of interest in the question previously and has allowed outside parties to argue before her at the hearing about why the appointment was supposedly unlawful.

Judge Aileen Cannon (Reuters)
Judge Aileen Cannon (Reuters)

Trump VP hopeful urges Supreme Court to step in over hush money case

Monday 17 June 2024 12:15 , Joe Sommerlad

Florida Republican congressman Byron Donalds, seen by some to be in with a chance of being picked as Trump’s next running mate, has urged the Supreme Court to take up the former president’s New York case in which he was convicted on 34 counts of falsification of business records.

“Speaker [Mike] Johnson, myself included, and many Americans believe the Supreme Court should step into this matter,” Donalds told NBC’s Meet the Press yesterday.

Donalds referenced the lengthy appellate process in New York on Sunday, citing it as a reason why the Supreme Court should step in and called the case against Trump an attempt to “interfere” in the Republican candidate’s election campaign.

“This is being done for political purposes. Everybody knows how the court system works in New York. The only ability for this to be overturned is going to be happening two or three years from now,” Donalds said.

His comments come after Mike Johnson told Fox News that the Supreme Court should look into the case.

“There’s a lot of developments yet to come, but I do believe the Supreme Court should step in. Obviously, this is totally unprecedented,” Johnson told Fox and Friends the morning after Trump’s conviction.

Byron Donalds (AFP/Getty)
Byron Donalds (AFP/Getty)

Trump surrogates Burgum and Scott push adulation and false claims on Sunday shows

Monday 17 June 2024 11:45 , Joe Sommerlad

Two boys who have very definitely guzzled up that MAGA Kool-Aid, North Dakota governor Doug Burgum and South Carolina senator Tim Scott, were out talking Trump yesterday, presumably doing their master’s bidding in exchange for juicy flies like Renfield.

Video of Trump walking down stairs raises concern: ‘There is something seriously wrong'

Monday 17 June 2024 11:30 , Joe Sommerlad

Trump and his allies seize on every possible opportunity to claim Biden is too old and infirm to be president (see their antics regarding his appearance in Italy last week).

But their own candidate is 78 now and seemingly not as robust as he and they would have you believe.

Here’s Sinead Butler for Indy100 on his struggle to clamber down the steps of his jet on Saturday.

Video of Trump walking down stairs raises concern: "There is something seriously wrong"

Trump attacks Zelensky, forgets his doctor’s name and raves about tank batteries

Monday 17 June 2024 11:15 , Joe Sommerlad

After his brief soujourn to church, Trump addressed another Turning Point USA event in the Motor City on Saturday, following his recent speech to Charlie Kirk’s Las Vegas chapter.

He complained about American support for Ukraine in its ongoing war with Russia and described the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, as “the greatest salesman of all time.”

The former president dismissed the $50bn aid package recently approved by the Biden administration for Ukraine, griping: “It never ends.”

He also suggested that President Biden “should have to take a cognitive test”, only to then immediately forget who had administered his own psychological exam, referring to Texas Republican representative Ronny Jackson, who was White House physician during his presidency, as “Ronny Johnson” (a confusion with Wisconsin senator Ron Johnson?).

Best of all was this bizarre sequel to his electric boats/shark attacks bit, now taking on a military tone.

Trump event at ‘Black’ church sparks new row over attendance figures

Monday 17 June 2024 10:45 , Joe Sommerlad

The Republican was in Detroit on Saturday to address an audience of Black churchgoers, which his supporters, like Kellyanne Conway, have been keen to champion as the latest evidence of his broad appeal.

But 8,000 people? In this venue?

And just how “Black” was this crowd listening to former Trump Cabinet member Dr Ben Carson?

Biden wishes Trump a happy birthday ‘from one old guy to another’

Monday 17 June 2024 10:15 , Joe Sommerlad

This was how the president responded to the birthday boy.

Biden wishes Trump a happy birthday ‘from one old guy to another’

Trump accuses Biden of ‘support for terrorism’ after migrant arrests

Monday 17 June 2024 09:45 , Joe Sommerlad

Let’s recap the last few days in Trumpworld.

First up, here’s the Republican using his 78th birthday bash in Florida to berate Joe Biden over terrorism rather than, say, have a slice of cake and belt out “Sweet Caroline”.

Josh Marcus has this report.

Trump accuses Biden of ‘material support for terrorism’ after arrest of migrants

Truth Social: Trump wishes ‘radical left degenderates’ well, says Pope ‘freaking out’ and mocks ‘rotund governor'

Monday 17 June 2024 09:15 , Joe Sommerlad

Here’s the real crazy for you, the presidential contender wishing a hearty “Happy Father’s Day” to his enemies, trolling two elderly Catholics and bullying Illinois governor JB Pritzker for being “sloppy” and making “Chris Christie look like a male model”.

Absolutely unhinged stuff from the man who would like you to hand him the nuclear codes please.

Truth Social: Trump demands presidential immunity, attacks Washington Post and praises US Open champion

Monday 17 June 2024 08:58 , Joe Sommerlad

The Republican has been in keyboard warrior mode over the weekend, posting all manner of bizarre things on his Truth Social platform, so many, in fact, that we’ll have to bring you it all in two parts.

First up, here he is calling the legendary American newspaper a “rag”, praising golfer Bryson DeChambeau and reminding the Supreme Court how much he wants that sweet presidential immunity, which no commander-in-chief has ever required before.

ICYMI: Former President Donald Trump comes to Detroit for Huntington Place convention

Monday 17 June 2024 07:00 , Mike Bedigan

‘I talk to a lot of presidents’: Serena Williams gets testy when asked about Trump after being named on regular call list

Monday 17 June 2024 05:00 , Mike Bedigan

Serena Williams has refused to address her relationship with former president Donald Trump even after she was revealed to be on his frequent call list in testimony at his criminal trial.

Gustaf Kilander has the full story here:

Serena Williams gets testy when asked about Trump after being on frequent call list

Trump’s veepstakes intensify as former rival rises to the top of the pile

Monday 17 June 2024 04:00 , Mike Bedigan

Donald Trump may be on the verge of setting aside another grudge within the Republican Party and elevating a former rival to be his running mate in 2024.

John Bowden has the story:

Trump’s veepstakes intensify as former rival rises to the top of the pile

Donald Trump gets to sidestep the consequences of his conviction. Most people with criminal records don’t

Monday 17 June 2024 03:00 , Mike Bedigan

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.

Read more here:

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

Donald Trump set to hold Wisconsin rally this week

Monday 17 June 2024 02:19 , Alex Lang

Donald Trump is set to hold a rally this week in Wisconsin - despite calling Milwaukee a “horrible city” just days ago.

The former president is set to hold a rally on Tuesday in Racine, Wisconsin, at 3 pm. The rally is designed to speak about Joe Biden’s “failed presidency.”

It will be Trump’s first appearance in the state since he criticized Milwaukee, which is set to serve as the site for the Republican National Convention in July. Trump reportedly made the comment during a meeting with other Republican leaders in Washington, D.C.

At one point, Trump told the Republicans “Milwaukee, where we are having our convention, is a horrible city,” according to Jake Sherman of Punchbowl News.

The comment was immediately seized by Democrats and Milwaukee officials.

Watch: Former Trump campaign advisor says he would 'love' to see Trump pardon Hunter Biden

Monday 17 June 2024 02:00 , Mike Bedigan

Trump VP hopeful urges SCOTUS to step in on former president’s appeal

Monday 17 June 2024 01:10 , Mike Bedigan

Florida GOP Representative Byron Donalds, seen by some to be in with a chance of being picked for Vice President by Donald Trump, has urged the Supreme Court to take up the former president’s New York case in which he was convicted on 34 counts of falsification of business records.

“Speaker [Mike] Johnson, myself included, and many Americans believe the Supreme Court should step into this matter,” Donalds told NBC News’ “Meet the Press” on Sunday.

Donalds referenced the lengthy appellate process in New York on Sunday, citing it as a reason why the Supreme Court should step in, and called the case against Trump an attempt to “interfere” in the Republican candidate’s election campaign.

“This is being done for political purposes. Everybody knows how the court system works in New York. The only ability for this to be overturned is going to be happening two or three years from now,” Donalds said.

His comments come after Mike Johnson told Fox News that the Supreme Court should look into the case.

“There’s a lot of developments yet to come, but I do believe the Supreme Court should step in. Obviously, this is totally unprecedented,” Johnson told “Fox & Friends” shortly after Trump’s conviction.

Trump talked about executing people while in the White House, ex-aide reveals

Monday 17 June 2024 00:40 , Mike Bedigan

Donald Trump talked openly about executing people while he was president, a former White House aide has claimed.

John Bowden has the story:

Trump talked about executing people while in the White House, ex-aide reveals

Watch: Trump returns to Capitol Hill, meets with Republican representatives

Monday 17 June 2024 00:10 , Mike Bedigan

Trump posts ‘Happy’ Father’s Day message

Sunday 16 June 2024 23:55 , Mike Bedigan

Donald Trump took to Truth Social to post a somewhat confrontational Father’s Day message addressed to both his supporters as well as “radical left degenerates”.

In a typically all-capitalized post, the former president, wrote: “HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO ALL, INCLUDING THE RADICAL LEFT DEGENERATES THAT ARE RAPIDLY BRINGING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA INTO THIRD WORLD NATION STATUS WITH THEIR MANY ATTEMPTS AT TRYING TO INFLUENCE OUR SACRED COURT SYSTEM INTO BREAKING TO THEIR VERY SICK AND DANGEROUS WILL.

“WE NEED STRENGTH AND LOYALTY TO OUR COUNTRY, AND ITS WONDERFUL CONSTITUTION. EVERYTHING WILL BE ON FULL DISPLAY COME NOVEMBER 5TH, 2024, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!”

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In pictures: Trump addresses supporters at local Detroit church

Sunday 16 June 2024 23:40 , Joe Sommerlad

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Hearing scheduled in Trump classified documents case

Sunday 16 June 2024 23:30 , Mike Bedigan

A hearing has been set for Friday in the case over Donald Trump’s handling of classified documents that he allegedly took after leaving office.

Judge Aileen M Cannon will hold a hearing in Florida as the former president and his team continues to try to dismiss the charges against him based on the argument that special counsel Jack Smith was unlawfully appointed.

Judge Cannon has shown a great deal of interest in the question previously and has allowed outside parties to argue before her at the hearing about why the appointment was supposedly unlawful.

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Watch: Trump claims Nancy Pelosi’s daughter said the two would be ‘perfect together’ - an assertion her family denies

Sunday 16 June 2024 23:10 , Mike Bedigan

In pictures: Trump speaks at Turning Point Action convention in Detroit

Sunday 16 June 2024 22:45 , Mike Bedigan

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Trump calls 6’9 Barron a ‘good looking guy’ and shares details on his athletic career

Sunday 16 June 2024 22:20 , Mike Bedigan

Donald Trump bragged about 6’9 son Barron’s impressive height and described him as a “beautiful boy” as he sat down with YouTube influencer and part-time WWE wrestler Logan Paul on his Impaulsive podcast.

While Trump can be equally vicious to rivals and Republicans who cross him, he is frequently complimentary of his children — sometimes too complimentary — and lauded Barron’s athleticism in the interview.

Graig Graziosi has the story:

Trump calls son Barron a ‘good looking guy’ during Logan Paul podcast

‘Meandering’ Trump ‘doesn’t know what he’s talking about’ say CEOs at DC meeting

Sunday 16 June 2024 21:50 , Mike Bedigan

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.

Several CEOs “said that [Trump] was remarkably meandering, could not keep a straight thought [and] was all over the map,” Sorkin said on Friday morning edition of Squawk Box.

He added that the same CEOs struck by Trump’s lack of focus “walked into the meeting being Trump supporter-ish or thinking that they might be leaning that direction”.

“These were people who I think might have been actually predisposed to [Trump, but] actually walked out of the room less predisposed” to him, Sorkin said.

One CEO who spoke to CNBC said “Trump doesn’t know what he’s talking about” and that he did not explain any of his policy proposals.

Sorkin told MSNBC’s Morning Joe later on Friday morning that at one point Trump discussed his plan to bring the corporate tax rate down from 21 per cent to 20 per cent ... and was asked about why he had chosen that number.

“And he said, ‘Well, it’s a round number,” Sorkin reported. “That unto itself had a number of CEOs shaking their heads.”

Trump was reportedly subdued in the meeting and there was no noticeable applause from attendees according to two people. One speculated that a low-key approach may have been an attempt to make the event feel “more like a business meeting than a speech”.

CNBC reached out to the Trump campaign but did not receive any comment.

ICYMI: CNN announces final details of Trump/ Biden debate

Sunday 16 June 2024 20:15 , Mike Bedigan

CNN has released the final details of the upcoming and highly anticipated live debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, due to take place in two weeks time.

The debate will be hosted by network anchors Jake Tapper and Dana Bash in Atlanta on June 27.

It will mark the first in-person showdown of the 2024 campaign between the president and his predecessor. Both men have accepted the network’s invitation and agreed to accept the rules and format of the debate, CNN said.

The 90-minute debate will include two commercial breaks and campaign staff may not interact with their candidate during that time.

Both candidates have agreed to appear at a uniform podium, and their podium positions will be determined by a coin flip.

Microphones will be muted throughout the debate except for the candidate whose turn it is to speak. While no props or pre-written notes will be allowed on the stage, candidates will be given a pen, a pad of paper and a bottle of water.

Unlike previous events, there will be no studio audience, something that Trump is known to have played off heavily in the past.

Watch: Lawrence O’Donnell roasts Ted Cruz for supporting Trump in live broadcast

Sunday 16 June 2024 19:45 , Mike Bedigan

Lawrence O’Donnell roasts Ted Cruz for supporting Trump in live broadcast

George Clooney joins $28m Hollywood fundraiser for Biden following White House spat over Amal’s work

Sunday 16 June 2024 19:15 , Mike Bedigan

George Clooney appears to have mended fences with President Joe Biden as he and fellow A-lister Julia Roberts joined a star-studded Hollywood fundraising gala on Saturday night which raised $28million.

John Bowden has the story:

Clooney joins $28m Biden fundraiser following White House spat over Amal’s work

Watch: Trump returns to Capitol Hill, meets with Republican representatives

Sunday 16 June 2024 18:50 , Mike Bedigan

Trump’s veepstakes intensify as former rival rises to the top of the pile

Sunday 16 June 2024 18:30 , Mike Bedigan

Donald Trump may be on the verge of setting aside another grudge within the Republican Party and elevating a former rival to be his running mate in 2024, writes John Bowden.

Read more here:

Trump’s veepstakes intensify as former rival rises to the top of the pile

Trump suggests Biden should take a ‘cognitive test’, again

Sunday 16 June 2024 17:20 , Mike Bedigan

Donald Trump suggested that Joe Biden “should have to take a cognitive test,” only to confuse who administered the test to him in the next sentence.

During a rally in Michigan on Saturday, the former president and presumptive Republican nominee referred to Texas Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson, who was the White House physician for part of his presidency, as “Ronny Johnson.”

The moment came as Trump was questioning Biden’s mental acuity, something he has done often on the campaign trail and social media.

“He doesn’t even know what the word ‘inflation’ means. I think he should take a cognitive test like I did,” the former president said of Biden during a speech at a convention of Turning Point Action in Detroit.

Trump took the cognitive test in 2018 at his own request, Jackson told reporters at the time. The exam is designed to detect early signs of memory loss and other mild cognitive impairment.

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Trump compares himself to Abraham Lincoln in Detroit

Sunday 16 June 2024 09:00 , Mike Bedigan

Addressing supporters at a church in Detroit, Donald Trump claimed his administration had done more for the Black population that “any president since Abraham Lincoln.”

“We’ve done more for and I say this, I say it proudly, more for the black population than any president since Abraham Lincoln,” he said, to cheers.

“That’s a big statement. And crooked Joe Biden has done nothing for you except talk. It’s only talk. It’s all talk. He does nothing.

“He gets lost, and he’s in Europe, he’s walking around, he doesn’t know where the hell he is... and he’s supposed to help Detroit? I don’t think so.”

CNN releases further details ahead of Trump/ Biden debate

Sunday 16 June 2024 04:45 , Mike Bedigan

CNN has released the final details of the upcoming and highly anticipated live debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, due to take place in two weeks time.

The debate will be hosted by network anchors Jake Tapper and Dana Bash in Atlanta on June 27.

It will mark the first in-person showdown of the 2024 campaign between the president and his predecessor. Both men have accepted the network’s invitation and agreed to accept the rules and format of the debate, CNN said.

The 90-minute debate will include two commercial breaks and campaign staff may not interact with their candidate during that time.

Both candidates have agreed to appear at a uniform podium, and their podium positions will be determined by a coin flip.

Microphones will be muted throughout the debate except for the candidate whose turn it is to speak. While no props or pre-written notes will be allowed on the stage, candidates will be given a pen, a pad of paper and a bottle of water.

Unlike previous events, there will be no studio audience, something that Trump is known to have played off heavily in the past.

Mike Tyson says Trump was treated like a Black person in court

Sunday 16 June 2024 03:45 , Mike Bedigan

Andrew Feinberg writes:

Former world heavyweight boxing champion turned convicted rapist Mike Tyson is defending former President Donald Trump by suggesting that the ex-president’s experience with the legal system is akin to how Black people are treated in America.

The ex-professional fighter known as Iron Mike made the head-turning comments in an interview with Semafor for a story examining the coterie of Black celebrities from the 1980s and 1990s who have long traveled in the felonious ex-president’s social circle and are supporting him as he looks to return to the White House following this year’s presidential election.

Trump himself has drawn criticism from some Black politicians and leaders by suggesting that his status as a convicted felon would endear him to Black Americans.

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Mike Tyson says Donald Trump was treated like a black person in court

This top Trump veep candidate’s ‘extremely unlikely’ to get picked as running mate

Sunday 16 June 2024 02:44 , Mike Bedigan

One of the front runners to be Donald Trump’s running mate is now “extremely unlikley” to be selected as his vice president candidate, according to a report.Michelle Del Rey examines who the individual is, and why their chances might be in trouble...

This top Trump veep candidate’s ‘extremely unlikely’ to get picked

Trump accuses Biden of providing ‘material support for terrorism’ after arrest of migrants over ISIS fears

Sunday 16 June 2024 00:45 , Mike Bedigan

Trump accuses Biden of ‘material support for terrorism’ after arrest of migrants