Trump news today: Esper says he stopped ex-president from doing ‘terrible things’

GOP governor calls on fellow Republicans to ‘move on’ from Trump

A new report has claimed that former president Donald Trump is “completely weirded out” by the various lurid stories swirling around Madison Cawthorn, the young far-right congressman who has lately been embarrassed by unflattering images and video of his lewd antics. Mr Cawthorn has also twice been caught carrying a handgun in an airport, and has had multiple encounters with police while driving.

Meanwhile, former secretary of defense Mark Esper is making headlines with his soon-to-be-released book about his experiences serving under Donald Trump. Among the claims he makes is that during the Black Lives Matter protests in the summer of 2020, Mr Trump wanted to deploy 10,000 soldiers to the streets of Washington and order them to open fire on the protesters.

Mr Trump has hit back at the story, insisting instead that he wanted a similar deployment on 6 January 2021 to maintain order in advance of the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory. He claims without evidence that he was rebuffed.

Mr Esper, who was fired from his position in November 2020 following disputes with the former president, has made several startling revelations in his new book titled A Sacred Oathwhich is set to be released tomorrow.

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ICYMI: Did a conservative justice or their staff leak the Roe draft?

National Public Radio legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, a veteran of US Supreme Court coverage, theorised on Sunday that a conservative justice or a clerk working for them may have leaked the draft opinion of the ruling overturning Roe v. Wade in order to pressure one of the Court’s other members.

In an interview with ABC’s This Week, she explained that many experts are considering the possibility that the draft was leaked to avoid one of the conservative justices moving to support a more watered-down expansion of abortion restrictions by the Court led by Chief Justice John Roberts.

“The leading theory is a conservative clerk who was afraid that one of the conservatives might be persuaded by Chief Justice Roberts to join a much more moderate opinion,” she said.

Read more The Independent from Andrew Feinberg:

John Bowden10 May 2022 00:52

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GOP candidate fined for bringing loaded gun to airport

A Republican running for Congress in Wisconsin was cited last year for bringing a loaded gun to an airport

Derrick Van Orden’s campaign described what it said was a “mistake” after the GOP candidate apparently brought a loaded weapon to a security checkpoint; the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel first reported the incident’s occurance this week.

While relatively mild in nature, the incident mirrors a similar accident that North Carolina Rep Madison Cawthorn was cited for earlier this year.

Read more from The Independent’s Johanna Chisholm:

John Bowden9 May 2022 23:45

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Democrats turn fire on GOP over Roe

Democrats are wasting no time in pivoting to the issue of protecting abortion rights from federal bans in swing-district races.

The candidates embracing the issue as a talking point include Maggie Hassan, a senator running for reelection in New Hampshire, as well as Beto O’Rourke, who is running to unseat Texas’s governor.

Read more from The Independent’s Eric Garcia:

John Bowden9 May 2022 23:25

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MAGA loyalists rally around Dr Oz

While there has been some grumbling among the president’s conservative base, particularly from those on the religious right, about his endorsements for author JD Vance and TV host Dr Mehmet Oz it appears the vast majority of the president’s supporters are coming around to Mr Trump’s picks.

After Mr Vance won the Ohio GOP Senate primary last week more and more MAGA loyalists are rallying around Dr Oz, who has rocketed to the top of the GOP pack in Pennsylvania.

John Bowden9 May 2022 22:45

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Washington Post wins Pulitzer Prize for public service

The Washington Post is taking home the Pulitzer Prize for public service in recognition of its coverage of January 6, the Pulitizer organization announced on Monday.

No individual pieces were recognised but instead the extent of the newspaper’s coverage of the day, which has been continued in the months since the attack, was awarded with the prize.

“I’m enormously pleased and very honored that the whole breadth and sweep of the Post coverage is what was recognized,” Washington Post executive editor Sally Buzbee said.

John Bowden9 May 2022 22:28

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‘My 401k’ trends after Trump ally claims stock market misses ex-president

Rep Jim Jordan kicked off a Twitter debate on Monday when he tweeted that “your 401k” wishes former President Donald Trump was still in office, a reference to the better performance of the stock market under the 45th president.

The debate was still raging as of Monday afternoon, with many commenters pointing out that their criticism of Mr Trump were more important that economic issues. Others hammered the Biden administration for their financial woes.

John Bowden9 May 2022 21:55

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White House warns GOP could push national abortion ban

White House press Secretary Jen Psaki warned on Monday that the nation was at “serious risk” of the GOP and broader conservative right pushing for a national ban abortion.

She made the remarks at her daily press briefing, pointing to a general unwillingness by Republicans to state their position on the issue and the hesitance of Mississippi Gov Tate Reeves over the weekend to even say whether he’d sign a bill banning contraception into law.

Read more from The Independent’s Andrew Feinberg:

John Bowden9 May 2022 21:35

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Former Trump official: He’s ‘plotting his comeback’

Miles Taylor, a former official at the Departent of Homeland Security famous for penning an anonymous op-ed proclaiming himself as part of a “resistance” inside the Trump administration, warned on Monday that the country was far from done with Donald Trump’s political ambitions.

On Twitter, Mr Taylor wrote that “For those who think we “won” in 2020 against Trump … I will tell you — after spending EVERY day on this since — that the fight is just beginning.”

He further: “QAnon explained candidates are winning primaries. Trump is plotting his comeback.”

John Bowden9 May 2022 21:11

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Clarence Thomas lashes out at Roe the protesters

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas lectured protesters who descended upon the Court last week during a Q&A session with legal experts.

Speaking before the xxx, he claimed: “[W]e are becoming addicted to wanting particular outcomes, not living with the outcomes we don’t like.”

“We can’t be an institution that can be bullied into giving you just the outcomes you want. The events from earlier this week are a symptom of that,” he added.

The comments were meant in response to demonstrators furious over the Court’s apparent intent to strike down two rulings that established the right to an abortion in America, but could be seen as being somewhat ironic coming from the husband of conservative activist Ginni Thomas, now at the center of a scandal regarding her aid to efforts aimed at overturning the 2020 election.

Read more from The Independent’s Bevan Hurley:

John Bowden9 May 2022 20:17

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Fox host Maria Bartiromo suggests Democrats creating ‘midterms’ Covid variant

Eager to add to the littany of examples of Fox hosts spreading Covid-19 misinformation, Sunday Morning Futures and Mornings with Maria host Maria Bartiromo took to speculating on the network that interviews with health experts predicting a wave of new Covid cases in the fall were actually being ginned up by Democrats to scare voters.

“You said, ‘when the Republicans take over’, how about ‘if the Republicans take over,’ because the Washington Post is reporting more Covid on the horizon in fall, as I have been predicting, the midterms variant is on the way,” she told a guest on her program. She would echo the claim in a tweet.

Read more from The Independent’s Andrew Feinberg:

John Bowden9 May 2022 19:30

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