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Trump tweeted a video linked to long-debunked allegations of voter fraud in California, asking: 'Is this what our country has come to?'
  • President Donald Trump tweeted a video Wednesday night about mail-in ballots. The video had previously been linked to false claims of election fraud.
  • The video, originally posted on November 5, shows two election workers collecting mail-in ballots from a drop box in LA County on November 4, the day after Election Day.
  • After the original video was posted, some Twitter users claimed these ballots were invalid. This was debunked by officials, who said the votes had all been deposited on November 3.
  • Trump appeared to suggest wrongdoing in his tweet, asking: "Is this what our country has come to?" Twitter placed a label on the tweet that links to a series of articles debunking mail-voting myths.
This was debunked by Los Angeles County officials on October 6. They told Reuters that while the ballots were collected on November 4, they were deposited by voters on or before November 3, Election Day, which makes them valid.

Trump wants to start a digital media channel to take revenge on Fox News and usurp its audience when he leaves office, report says
  • President Donald Trump is thinking about starting a digital media company to directly rival Fox News, Axios reported, citing multiple sources.
  • He would seek to appeal to his right-wing, populist followers, who are already likely to be Fox subscribers, the outlet reported.
  • Fox News did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment. But Fox Corporation CEO Lachlan Murdoch said earlier this month that he would welcome competition from Trump.
  • Trump is an avid viewer of Fox News but has become increasingly critical of its coverage during his presidency.
"He plans to wreck Fox. No doubt about it," a source with detailed knowledge of Trump's intentions told the outlet.

... Rather than creating a cable network, he would go straight to online streaming, which is less cumbersome to set up, the outlet said.

One of his major advantages is his extensive email and phone contacts garnered from his political campaigning, the Axios noted.

... Most recently, according to The New York Times, the Trump campaign was incensed by Fox News' calling Arizona for Joe Biden last week, with top allies like Jared Kushner contacting Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch in a bid to overturn the call.

"He's going to spend a lot of time slamming Fox," the source told Axios.

Commentators have long speculated about Trump forming a media empire following his political career, both prior to his unexpected 2016 election win and in the 2020 race.

... The insight from the Axios report suggests that Trump is internally accepting the result of the election by envisioning a role for himself beyond the White House.

... Multiple reports say that some among his closest inner circle — including Jared Kushner and first lady Melania Trump — have approached him to concede the election.

President Donald Trump escalated his attacks against Fox News on Thursday morning, retweeting several regular Twitter users' complaints about the network and registering his own.
  • Trump criticized the network's daytime and weekend ratings, saying the network "forgot the Golden Goose."
  • "The biggest difference between the 2016 Election, and 2020, was @FoxNews!" Trump tweeted.
  • Trump retweeted people saying they're switching to Newsmax, and one user who tweeted "#foxnews is dead."
  • Insider reported last month that Jared Kushner was floating a new Trump-branded media outlet.
  • The president is reportedly now looking into starting his own digital media company in an effort at revenge against Fox News.

Karl Rove breaks from Trump in op-ed and says there's no evidence of voter fraud, marking one of the most notable GOP defections postelection
  • The longtime GOP operative Karl Rove on Wednesday became one of the most notable Republicans to break from President Donald Trump's refusal to concede the 2020 election.
  • The Trump campaign has been waging several court battles in an attempt to get recounts or toss out mail-in ballots, baselessly citing widespread voter fraud.
  • In a Wall Street Journal op-ed article, Rove wrote that "the president's efforts are unlikely to move a single state from Mr. Biden's column, and certainly they're not enough to change the final outcome."
  • "Once his days in court are over, the president should do his part to unite the country by leading a peaceful transition and letting grievances go," Rove wrote.
A handful of Republican senators have broken with Trump and congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on his victory — such as Sens. Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski — along with some other notable Republicans including former President George W. Bush, his brother Jeb Bush, and former Gov. John Kasich of Ohio.

'Shameful:' Trump-appointed chief election administrator says the president's voting fraud claim 'hurts the fabric of our nation.'
  • In an interview with Insider, Election Assistance Commission Chairman Benjamin Hovland says he considers Joe Biden the president-elect.
  • Hovland says there is "no evidence of widespread voter fraud" and that anyone undermining the validity of the 2020 election — including President Donald Trump — is doing "exactly what our foreign adversaries" want to see.
  • "They want to see our divisions grow deeper and wider," he said of foreign adversaries. "They want people to lose faith and confidence in the election process."
  • Trump said, without evidence, that 2.7 million votes for him have been "deleted." He tweeted that he "will win" reelection despite Biden already proceeding with a presidential transition process.

Biden expresses 'deep condolences' after 5 American troops were killed in a helicopter crash while Trump trashes Fox News
  • Five American troops, as well as two foreign military personnel, were killed when a helicopter assigned to an international peacekeeping force crashed off the coast of Egypt.
  • President-elect Joe Biden issued a statement on Twitter extending "deep condolences to the loved ones of the peacekeepers."
  • President Donald Trump, on the other hand, appears to have not yet said anything about the crash, of Thursday afternoon, and has instead been focused on criticizing Fox News and complaining about the election he lost.

A federal judge dismissed a 2019 lawsuit from Trump accusing CNN of libel
  • A federal court dismissed a lawsuit filed by President Donald Trump accusing CNN of libel, court documents showed Thursday.
  • Trump sued CNN for an article published in 2019 written by CNN contributor Larry Noble about the Mueller report and Russian interference in the 2016 election.
  • Trump sued CNN for libel citing a line in the article, saying it was "defamatory and false and that, at the time of publication, Defendants knew it was false," according to court documents.
  • In the case of the 2019 op-ed, Trump claimed the statement was made out of "actual malice," citing Noble's "record of malice and bias against the president" as evidenced by his tweets and previous articles.
  • But the court said "that the actual malice standard is not satisfied merely through a showing of ill will or 'malice' in the ordinary sense of the term," according to the documents.
  • Trump can appeal the decision held by the court until the end of the month.

Obama says Trump's baseless claims of voter fraud — and GOP leaders 'going along with' them — are a step in delegitimizing democracy and put US on 'dangerous path'
  • Former President Barack Obama criticized President Donald Trump's baseless claims of mass voter fraud and the GOP leaders that are "going along with" his claims, during an interview with CBS News on Wednesday.
  • "It is one more step in delegitimizing not just the incoming Biden administration, but democracy generally," Obama said. "And that's a dangerous path."
  • Since President-elect Joe Biden was projected to win the election, many Republican lawmakers have yet to acknowledge it. Meanwhile, Trump has continued to push unproven claims of widespread voter fraud.
When asked about the impact of the president's unsubstantiated claims of election fraud, Obama said, "They appear to be motivated, in part, because the president doesn't like to lose and never admits loss."

But he expressed more concern over leaders in the Republican party who are enabling the president.

"I'm more troubled by the fact that other Republican officials who clearly know better are going along with this, are humoring him in this fashion," Obama told interviewer Scott Pelley.

"It is one more step in delegitimizing not just the incoming Biden administration, but democracy generally," he said. "And that's a dangerous path."

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.