Trump news today: Backed by ex-president, JD Vance wins Ohio Republican Senate primary

Biden roasts Trump ‘plague’ at White House Correspondents Dinner

Donald Trump’s preferred candidate JD Vance will be the next Republican nominee for the US Senate from Ohio as he registered a victory in the primary election there.

Mr Vance captured close to 32 per cent of the vote with 67 per cent of the results counted by 9.30pm ET on Tuesday, when the Associated Press called the race.

Mr Vance’s victory represents a show of the power the former president’s endorsement still holds within the GOP.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump has settled a long-running lawsuit brought by the DC attorney general over the financing of his 2017 inauguration, specifically focused on the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue.

In a statement, Mr Trump claimed to be settling the case “with absolutely no admission of liability or guilt” and couched the news in the context of violent crime, essentially saying he was giving the capital’s law enforcement agencies a break. The settlement reportedly totals some $750,000.

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Right-wingers crediting Trump for the end of Roe

ICYMI: The draft Supreme Court opinion leaked last night is not necessarily the final version of the court’s decision, and nor has the vote on that decision been made clear – but many right-wing Republicans are already taking it for granted that Roe v Wade is dead, and that Donald Trump deserves the credit for appointing the jusitices who’ve buried it.

Read more below from Bevan Hurley.

Stuti Mishra4 May 2022 07:45

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Report: Capitol Police officer accidentally discharged gun in House office building

ICYMI: It has emerged that a member of the US Capitol Police accidentally “discharged a weapon” in a breakroom at the Cannon House Office Building, which sits across the street from the US Capitol.

In a statement, Capitol Police spokesman Tim Barber said: “The Capitol Police’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is investigating the discharge of a USCP weapon inside a breakroom in the Cannon Office Building. The officer has been suspended while OPR investigates the incident.”

There have been other incidents involving Capitol Police officers and their weapons in recent years, including an infamous one where a lieutenant left his service weapon in a bathroom. It was eventually found by another officer.

Stuti Mishra4 May 2022 07:00

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JD Vance wins GOP Senate primary in Ohio

Donald Trump’s preferred candidate JD Vance will be the next Republican nominee for the US Senate from Ohio as he registered a victory in the primary election there.

Mr Vance captured close to 32 per cent of the vote with 67 per cent of the results counted by 9.30pm ET on Tuesday, when the Associated Press called the race.

Mr Vance’s victory represents a show of the power the former president’s endorsement still holds within the GOP.

John Bowden has more details on the race here:

Stuti Mishra4 May 2022 06:07

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Analysis: Republicans could face a dire Roe v Wade backlash

ICYMI: After a night outside the Supreme Court reporting on the protests that followed the leak of Samuel Alito’s opinion overturning Roe v Wade, Eric Garcia writes that for all the conservative jubilation at the prospect of the decision being thrown out at last, the consequences could be harsh for the Republican Party.



A Washington Post/ABC News poll published on Sunday found that 47 percent of voters trust Democrats as opposed to Republicans on abortion. That number is likely to nosedive even more if this leaked draft becomes the official opinion of the Supreme Court — especially considering other polls show that the majority of Americans support safe and legal access to abortion.

“This is really unprecedented, and just to be frank with you is going to piss a lot of people off across the country,” Marcela Mulholland, political director for the progressive polling outlet Data for Progress, told me in the wake of the news. “And there’s been a lot of talk about this being a tough midterm cycle for Democrats. But I really think there’s no telling how a decision like this could have ramifications and really be a backlash against conservatives who are stripping people of their constitutional rights to bodily autonomy.”

Read his full dispatch below.

Graeme Massie4 May 2022 05:05

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Hillary Clinton on Alito’s Roe opinion

ICYMI: Hillary Clinton, whose defeat paved the way for Donald Trump to appoint three anti-abortion Supreme Court justices, has given her view on the leaked draft opinion from justice Samuel Alito that would effectively overturn Roe v Wade:

Graeme Massie4 May 2022 04:00

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ICYMI: Grand jury being selected in Georgia Trump case

ICYMI: Authorities in Fulton County, Georgia, yesterday began the process of impanelling grand jurors in a case examining whether Donald Trump illegally tried to influence the outcome of the 2020 election by pressuring state officials to “find” enough votes to flip the state Mr Trump’s way.

The case is one of the most serious of many legal threats to Mr Trump’s political future, and hinges on a recorded phonecall from January 2021 in which the then-president told Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger: “I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have.”

Mr Trump continues to insist that Georgia was stolen from him via organised fraud, but has produced no evidence to back up his claims. Multiple re-examinations of the state’s votes have turned up no irregularities that could have affected the result.

Graeme Massie4 May 2022 03:13

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Trump holds three hour meeting with ‘Speaker McCarthy’

Donald Trumpo held a three hour meeting with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, during which he repeatedly referred to him as “Speaker McCarthy”, according to The New York Times.

The meeting was scheduled before the releaase of tapes on which Mr McCarthy could be heard disparraging the one-term president and weighing if he should be asked to resign following the 6 January attack on the US Capitol.

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Graeme Massie4 May 2022 02:01

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Report: Anti-Trump GOV governor to let rip in speech

ICYMI: According to the Wall Street Journal, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, who stands as one of the few nationally known Republicans to vehemently oppose Donald Trump, is preparing to deliver a speech today in which he’ll issue his party a full-throated warning about the perils of yoking itself to the former president.

It has been speculated that Mr Hogan could run for president in 202, but it is unclear what he himself thinks about the merits of joining a field expected to be dominated if not cleared completely by a returning Mr Trump.

Graeme Massie4 May 2022 01:08

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What you’ll find on Truth Social, Trump’s social media platform for ‘free expression’

ICYMI: After world’s richest person Elon Musk announced a deal to buy Twitter for $44bn, another social media platform climbed up the charts of Apple’s App Store.

Truth Social, former President Donald Trump’s platform to “stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech,” as he described it, is the most high profile among several newer platforms to launch as a direct challenge to mainstream platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, viewed among right-wing figures and users as too constrictive or conspiring to remove their views after they were kicked off for flouting rules about Covid-19 misinformation, violence and harassment.

Alex Woodward has the details.

Graeme Massie4 May 2022 00:15

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GOP Senate candidate shrugs off Trump messing up his name

JD Vance isn’t taking it personally after Donald Trump flubbed his name in front of thousands of his fans.

The Ohio Senate candidate was questioned by Robert Costa for CBS News on Monday after the former president, at a rally in Nebraska, quipped that he had endorsed a candidate named “JD Mandel” in the race.

The flub was a reference to Mr Trump’s announcement of support for JD Vance, the race’s new frontrunner (according to recent polling) but combined Mr Vance’s name with that of his closest opponent, Josh Mandel. More embarassingly, Mr Mandel was known to have sought Mr Trump’s endorsement with the same fervor that Hillbilly Ellegy author JD Vance did as the two launched their bids last year.

John Bowden has the story.

Graeme Massie3 May 2022 23:04

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