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Trump will lose his Twitter privileges as a 'world leader' on January 20, meaning he could get banned just like everyone else
  • President Donald Trump's Twitter account will lose its "world leader" protections on January 20, Twitter confirmed to The Verge.
  • World leader Twitter accounts are granted certain exemptions when they break Twitter's guidelines, because the platform considers their tweets to be in the public interest.
  • Trump has broken Twitter's rules numerous times, leading the social media platform taking action against specific tweets.
  • Once he's no longer president, Trump's account would be subject to suspension and even removal, just like any other account, if he breaks the platform's rules.

Growing Discomfort at Law Firms
Some lawyers at Jones Day and Porter Wright, which have filed suits about the 2020 vote, said they were worried about undermining the electoral system.

Now Jones Day is the most prominent firm representing President Trump and the Republican Party as they prepare to wage a legal war challenging the results of the election. The work is intensifying concerns inside the firm about the propriety and wisdom of working for Mr. Trump, according to lawyers at the firm.

Doing business with Mr. Trump — with his history of inflammatory rhetoric, meritless lawsuits and refusal to pay what he owes — has long induced heartburn among lawyers, contractors, suppliers and lenders. But the concerns are taking on new urgency as the president seeks to raise doubts about the election results.

Some senior lawyers at Jones Day, one of the country’s largest law firms, are worried that it is advancing arguments that lack evidence and may be helping Mr. Trump and his allies undermine the integrity of American elections, according to interviews with nine partners and associates, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to protect their jobs.

At another large firm, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, based in Columbus, Ohio, lawyers have held internal meetings to voice similar concerns about their firm’s election-related work for Mr. Trump and the Republican Party, according to people at the firm. At least one lawyer quit in protest.

Billionaire Bill Ackman calls for Trump to concede: 'Think about your legacy and what's best for the country'
  • Billionaire investor Bill Ackman is urging Trump to concede the election and unite the country.
  • "There comes a time in the battle when one should fold the tent," Ackman tweeted on Saturday. "Instead focus on your accomplishments over the last four years. Think about your legacy and what's best for the country. Concede graciously and call for unity from all who have supported you."
  • Though Ackman spoke favorably of Trump following the 2016 election, he recently has been critical of the president's handling of the coronavirus.
  • In March, he urged Trump to shut down the country to contain the outbreak, though critics later said his comments were intended to tank the stock market so his firm would profit, which Ackman has denied.

'What is happening?': A Fox News anchor frowns and rolls her eyes while a guest questioned the election results
  • Fox News host Sandra Smith frowned and rolled her eyes while a panelist told another network host that "just because" the media "says that somebody's president, that doesn't make them president."
  • Smith was off-air at the time.
  • "I think everybody wants to know that this was done properly and legally and people trust the results," the panelist, Cleta Mitchell, said. "And I think we have to look into every one of these concerns."
  • "What?" Smith said as Mitchell was speaking. "What is happening? Like, Trace, we've called it," she said referring to Fox News host Trace Gallagher, who was interviewing Mitchell.

Trump campaign advisor Kimberly Guilfoyle reportedly offered to give a lap dance to the person who donated the most money to the president's reelection bid
  • Kimberly Guilfoyle, a Trump campaign adviser and Donald Trump Jr.'s girlfriend, joked about her sex life and made lap dance and hot tub party offers at fundraisers, according to a new report by Politico.
  • Guilfoyle reportedly offered to give a lap dance to whoever raised the most money at a donor event last December at the Trump Hotel in Washington, DC.
  • Guilfoyle and Trump Jr. made some donors uncomfortable with their "sexually suggestive" conversations, Politico reported.
  • Tim Murtaugh, a spokesperson for the Trump campaign, told Politico: "Kimberly Guilfoyle is an excellent fundraiser and was a highly valued asset to the President's team. There was nothing offensive about her presentations in context."
Guilfoyle has been at the center of numerous scandals since joining Trump's reelection effort last year. In August, she and Trump Jr. faced criticism for taking a 2-day trip to Paris in 2018 that reportedly cost taxpayers at least $64,000. Then, in October, she was accused of sexual harassment by her former personal assistant at Fox News.

Ballots arriving late in the mail won't save Trump
  • If President Donald Trump wants to use lawsuits to win the 2020 presidential election, he'll need to make up a gap of about 45,000 votes in Pennsylvania.
  • A Supreme Court case over late-arriving ballots could potentially throw out some votes that leaned toward President-elect Joe Biden.
  • Even if Trump victorious on that front, there simply aren't enough votes that would make up his loss margin in Pennsylvania.
  • The USPS's failure to deliver ballots in Pennsylvania quickly enough didn't seem to have enough of an impact either. They recorded just a few thousand arriving late — far short of the numbers Trump would need.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he wasn't Trump's yes-man just days before he was 'terminated' by the president
  • Just a few days before he was fired, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper pushed back on claims that he is the president's yes-man in the Pentagon, telling Military Times he challenges the president more than any other Cabinet-level leader.
  • He said that he doesn't lavish the president with praise, and he acknowledged that there have been "occasional tensions with the White House."
  • President Donald Trump fired Esper Monday. He did not give a reason, but the president has previously purged officials for failing to meet his expectations of loyalty.

Fired defense secretary left behind a subtle warning about the dangers of leaving Trump unchecked
  • President Donald Trump fired Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Monday, announcing in a tweet that he had been "terminated."
  • In a interview with Military Times just days before, Esper pushed back on criticisms that he is the president's yes-man in the Pentagon. He said that if he were to be replaced, "it's going to be a real yes-man. And then God help us."
  • His comments reflect reported assessments from Esper's predecessor, former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, who is said to have characterized Trump as "dangerous" and "unfit."

Fox News cut away from Trump's press secretary as she pushed baseless claims of election fraud
  • Fox News cut off Kayleigh McEnany, President Trump's press secretary, on Monday as she pushed unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election.
  • "I can't in good countenance continue to show you this," the Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto said as he cut off the press conference.
  • There is no evidence of mass voter fraud in the election, and Trump was defeated by President-elect Joe Biden.

Attorney General William Barr authorizes election investigations — despite a lack of evidence — before states have certified results
  • Attorney General William Barr has authorized federal prosecutors to investigate any "substantial allegations" of election-related fraud, the Associated Press reported Monday, despite little evidence of such fraud.
  • But Barr said the memo itself didn't include any evidence of voting irregularities impacting "the outcome of any election," according to The Wall Street Journal.
  • Barr's sign-off on investigations before states have certified their results also contradicts existing DOJ policies meant to keep the agency from improperly swaying elections.
  • Election law expert Rick Hasen told Business Insider that he's concerned Barr might be "meddling in the electoral process for political reasons" given his history of making "unsupported claims" about election fraud.
  • Following Barr's memo, which comes as Trump continues to make baseless claims while refusing to concede the election, the DOJ's top election crimes investigator stepped down from his current role, The New York Times reported.
Just hours after Barr sent the memo, the DOJ's top voting-fraud investigator, James Pilger, resigned from his role and moved into a different department, The New York Times reported Monday evening.

"Having familiarized myself with the new policy and its ramifications," Pilger told colleagues in an email, according to The New York Times, "I must regretfully resign from my role as director of the Election Crimes Branch."

... "Overt criminal investigative measures should not ordinarily be taken in matters involving alleged fraud in the manner in which votes were cast or counted until the election in question has been concluded, its results certified, and all recounts and election contests concluded," stated a 2017 DOJ manual on prosecuting election crimes.

Such "restraint" is meant to "avoid interjecting the federal government into election campaigns, the voting process, and the adjudication of ensuing recounts and election contest litigation," it stated.

Trump once again falsely claims 'I won!' in response to a tweet from Georgia's governor. Biden is ahead in the state and was projected the winner of the presidential election.
  • Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp wrote in a tweet Monday that the state's election results will "include legally cast — and ONLY legally cast ballots."
  • President Donald Trump shared Kemp's tweet, writing, "This is good news, it means I won!"
  • President-elect Joe Biden is currently leading in the state and the overall presidential race was called by Insider and Decision Desk HQ on Friday morning and other major newspapers and networks on Saturday morning.
  • Last week, the president claimed victory amid the nail-biting election, as states continued to count ballots and before news outlets began to project Biden's victory over the weekend.
  • "We were getting ready to win this election," Trump said early Wednesday morning at the White House. "Frankly, we did win this election."

Trumpism
or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by US President Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.