Kanye West releases 2024 campaign video after meeting with Trump
Disgraced rapper and anti-semite Kanye West has continued to describe his visit to Mar-a-Lago this weekend, claiming that Donald Trump shouted at him in response to a proposal that the former president join Mr West as running mate on a third-party presidential ticket in 2024.
The erratic Mr West claims to be running for president again after a sometimes disturbing quasi-campaign flamed out in 2020. He was apparently accompanied to Mr Trump’s residence by notorious far-right racist troll Nick Fuentes, whom he says “impressed” their host.
Meanwhile, Mr Trump is facing a second lawsuit from author E Jean Carroll, who accuses him of raping her in a New York department store in the 1990s.
Availing herself of a new state law that comes into effect today, Ms Carroll is suing Mr Trump for rape and sexual assault as well as defamation over recent comments he made calling her a “con job” and accusing her of lying about her allegations.
And on another front, the Justice Department is reportedly seeking to question Mike Pence as part of its ongoing investigation into January 6 and Donald Trump’s months-long effort to overturn the 2020 election.
Trump’s latest rant against special prosecutor
The appointment of Jack Smith as a special prosecutor to oversee two major Justice Department investigations into Donald Trump has sent the former president into a fury, as legal developments not in his favour generally do – and in his campaign to delegitimise Mr Smith, he is invoking not just well-worn subjects like the Steele dossier and Hunter Biden’s laptop, but also a strange conspiracy theory that Mr Smith is under the sway of Barack Obama and Eric Holder – who stepped down as attorney general in 2015.
Andrew Naughtie25 November 2022 12:50
Staff members at the House select committee investigating the January 6 riots at the US Capitol are reportedly angry at Liz Cheney for her push to focus on former president Donald Trump in the final report.
Ms Cheney, the Republican vice-chair of the panel, has left staffers rankled in the panel by exerting high levels of control of the investigation and the final report, members of the panel told The Washington Post, with one staffer even derisively referring to the committee as the “Cheney 2024 campaign”.
Read more about the behind-the-scenes deliberations and dynamics of the committee vowing to hold Donald Trump and the Maga movement accountable for the attack on Congress:
Andrew Naughtie25 November 2022 12:20
Next act for Sarah Palin unclear after Alaska House losses
Sarah Palin’s attempt to return to political life ended in failure this week as she lost a second election in less than 12 months to Mary Peltola, the newly-elected congresswoman for Alaska.
Now the Trump-backed former governor’s path forward is unclear, as her efforts to venture into the reality TV business went nowhere and she is no longer a fixture on right-leaning news networks.
Read more in The Independent:
Andrew Naughtie25 November 2022 11:50
Kanye West says he asked Donald Trump to be his 2024 presidential running mate
Kanye West revealed that he has asked former US president Donald Trump to be his “running mate” for the 2024 presidential elections.
In a tweet shared on Wednesday, the 45-year-old rapper said he visited Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort for the first time and made the request during a meeting with the former president.
Mr West famously met with Mr Trump in the Oval Office during his presidency, and also at Trump Tower in New York during the 2016 election.
“What you guys think [Trump’s] response was when I asked him to be my running mate in 2024?” Ye, who ran for office in 2020, asked.
Andrew Naughtie25 November 2022 11:20
Musk says granting ‘amnesty’ to suspended Twitter accounts
Elon Musk says he will begin granting “amnesty” to banned Twitter accounts next week as his reign at the company has seen it plummet in value while content moderation has virtually evaporated.
The controversial CEO made the latest decision after it won a Twitter poll on his feed; the spur-of-the-moment announcement comes while advertisers have been fleeing the platform in droves.
John Bowden25 November 2022 10:20
MSNBC reporter launches blistering takedown of Kari Lake’s ‘Trumpism’ after Arizona governor election loss
A reporter with MSNBC ranted about all of Kari Lake’s mini scandals during a live shot after the Arizona Republican was declared the loser of the state’s gubernatorial race.
Ms Lake earned the ire of reporters by singling journalists out at press conferences for mockery while they attempted to do their jobs; she also often repeated Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election.
Watch the clip below and read more from Johanna Chisholm:
John Bowden25 November 2022 09:20
Lara Trump issues dark warning to DeSantis over 2024 primary
Lara Trump has issued a dark warning to Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, saying it would be “nicer” for him to stay out of the 2024 race for the GOP presidential nomination.
Seeing Mr DeSantis as his top rival within the party, Donald Trump and his allies have attempted to keep him on the sidelines, often mentioning his 2018 endorsement of Mr DeSantis when he first ran for Florida governor.
Read more from Gustaf Kilander:
John Bowden25 November 2022 08:20
Pro-Trump conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell begs Elon Musk to contact him as he remains banned from Twitter
Pillow vendor and 2020 conspiracy mogul Mike Lindell publicly appealed to Elon Musk this week for his Twitter account to be reinstated.
In a broadcast as part of his “Lindell TV” programme on a right-wing streaming site, he called on Mr Musk to make contact with him and claimed that the billionaire Tesla founder was ignoring him.
Read more about his increasingly desperate antics in The Independent:
John Bowden25 November 2022 07:20
Kanye West posts video about Mar-a-Lago visit
Rapper Ye, better known as Kanye West, posted a video late Thursday evening shot after his visit with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago.
In the video, West described why he went to the former president’s residence with Nick Fuentes, an infamous white nationalist, whom he described as someone Mr Trump respected.
And he said that Mr Trump yelled at him, telling the rapper that his 2024 run was a mistake.
John Bowden25 November 2022 06:20
GOP megadonor splits with Trump: Time for ‘new generation of leaders’
An influential conservative donor has announced that he was not supporting Donald Trump for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, a stance that shows just how deep the fractures within the GOP may run after last week’s midterms.
In terms of overall monetary support, the blow to Mr Trump’s campaign finances will be minimal. But there’s a greater significance at play here; the announcement from a major GOP donor came the morning after Mr Trump officially entered the 2024 presidential race.
John Bowden looks into the growing GOP fractures for The Independent:
John Bowden25 November 2022 05:20