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Trump's 2024 plans have frozen the field for other likely Republican candidates. Breaking away from him could risk an early campaign-sinking rage tweet, GOP insiders say.
  • Republicans with 2024 presidential ambitions have a huge problem on their hands. It's President Donald Trump, the man they've stood by for the last four years.
  • Trump still has a firm grip on the GOP, and while publicly contesting the 2020 election results, insiders say he's privately making plans to run again in four years.
  • That essentially freezes the field for possible presidential contenders such as Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Tom Cotton, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, and others who've been waiting their turn for a shot at the Oval Office.
  • But GOP strategists say the first White House hopefuls to break from Trump could gain a strong lead in 2024 Republican primaries. It's a risky move that would provoke the rage of Trump and his base.
  • “It’s like threading a needle while riding a bike,” one Republican strategist told Insider.

A group of Michigan voters are suing the Trump campaign for disenfranchising Black voters, lawsuit alleges
  • A group of Michigan voters are suing President Donald Trump and the Trump presidential campaign, accusing them of "openly seeking to disenfranchise Black voters" through their legal challenges to the presidential election, according to Politico.
  • The lawsuit was filed on Friday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, alleging that the Trump campaign seeks to suppress hundreds of thousands of votes.
  • Trump has inserted himself into Michigan's election certification process, calling on a GOP canvasser in Wayne County and inviting top GOP officials to the White House on Friday to discuss the election.

Trump skipped a coronavirus meeting with G20 leaders to play golf
  • President Donald Trump was noticeably absent from a coronavirus meeting with this year's G20 Summit world leaders.
  • CNN reported that leaders from Germany, France, South Korea, and Argentina were scheduled to participate in the event.
  • But Trump was noticeably absent and White House pool reporters said during a meeting focused on coronavirus preparedness Trump had arrived at one of his golf courses.
  • The United States, with more than 11.9 million cases and 255,000 deaths, makes up the largest share of global coronavirus cases.
World leaders met virtually for the G20 Summit, an event that's been happening regularly every year for over a decade.

The White House confirmed Trump's participation late Friday afternoon, according to the Washington Post, less than a day before the summit was scheduled to begin.

The countries that make up the G20 "represent around 80% of the world's economic output, two-thirds of global population and three-quarters of international trade," an information page for the summit says. "Throughout the year, representatives from G20 countries gather to discuss financial and socioeconomic issues.​"

Trump had appeared at one of the G20 meetings Saturday morning. At one point during the summit, he suggested he'd see the world leaders again next year, despite his loss to President-elect Joe Biden.

"It's been a great honor to work with you," he said. "And I look forward to working with you again for a long time."

A group of Pennsylvania Republicans are suing to try to invalidate millions of mail-in ballots and stop the state from certifying the election results
  • A group of Pennsylvania Republicans are seeking to toss out a GOP-backed voting reform bill that passed in October 2019.
  • Their lawsuit seeks to invalidate millions of mail-in ballots cast in the 2020 presidential election.
  • The lawsuit, filed in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, alleges that Act 77, which allowed for no excuse mail-in voting, should be deemed "unconstitutional."
  • Some 2.6 million voters in Pennsylvania cast mail-in ballots in the 2020 election.
For weeks, debunked voter fraud conspiracy theories have been pushed by Trump and his allies, largely centered on the vote in Philadelphia, one of the most vote-rich cities for Democratic presidential nominees in the entire country. Biden won Philadelphia 81%-19%, with a roughly 471,000-vote margin.

Another Republican senator has congratulated Biden on winning the 2020 election, saying Trump 'exhausted all plausible legal options'
  • Republican Sen. Pat Toomey congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on his victory just hours after a federal judge tossed a major Trump campaign lawsuit seeking to challenge the election results.
  • Toomey said in a statement that President Donald Trump "exhausted all plausible legal options" for winning the state's 20 electoral votes.
  • Toomey also accused Trump of attempting "to thwart the will of Michigan voters and select an illegitimate slate of electoral college electors."
  • "I congratulate President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their victory," Toomey said. "They are both dedicated public servants and I will be praying for them and for our country."
Judge Matthew Brann wrote in a scathing opinion that Trump's lawyers were attempting to disenfranchise nearly 7 million voters using "strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations, unpaid in the operative complaint and unsupported by evidence."

Toomey's statement praised Brann as a "longtime conservative Republican whom I know to be a fair and unbiased jurist," and congratulated Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

The Trump campaign's lawyers said they are 'thankful' to the judge who dismissed their election case in Pennsylvania so they can get it to the Supreme Court more quickly
  • The Trump campaign's lawyers said in a statement that they are "thankful" to the judge who dismissed their Pennsylvania campaign lawsuit in a scathing opinion on Saturday.
  • Judge Matthew Brann threw out the lawsuit and said it was attempting to disenfranchise 7 million people without providing any good reason to do so.
  • Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis said the decision "turns out to help us in our strategy to get expeditiously to the US Supreme Court."

The Trump campaign requested a recount in Georgia one day after the state's election results were certified and showed Biden won by more than 12,000 votes
  • The Trump campaign's lawyers said in a statement Saturday that they requested a recount in Georgia, after the election results showed President-elect Joe Biden won the state.
  • The petition was filed one day after Brad Raffensperger, Georgia's Republican secretary of state, said he had officially certified Biden as the winner of the state's presidential election.
  • The Friday certification came after an audit that included a hand recount of more than 5 million paper ballots, which showed Biden won the state by more than 12,000 votes.

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.