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Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera suggests naming COVID-19 vaccine 'The Trump' to soften his election blow
  • Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera has suggested naming the COVID-19 vaccine 'The Trump' to soften his election blow.
  • He said: "With the world so divided and everybody telling him he's got to give up and it's time to leave and time to transition and all the rest of it, why not name the vaccine 'The Trump?'"
  • The comments came after the president falsely took credit for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, which was found to be 95% effective.
  • Pfizer has not accepted any government money to develop, test, or expand manufacturing capacity, however.
  • Earlier this month, Rivera tweeted that it would soon be time for Trump to "say goodbye with grace & dignity."

Trump, laden with $400 million debts, plans to cash in on his post-presidency with a book deal, media appearances, and selling rally tickets, according to a report
  • President Donald Trump is considering a range of ways to make money and advance his political brand when he leaves office in January, sources close to the president told The Washington Post.
  • Facing $400 million debts, Trump is talking about ways to cash-in through selling rally tickets, lucrative speaking gigs and media appearances, according to the report.
  • Though in public Trump has insisted he was the real winner of the election, in private his attention has focussed on what he'll do after leaving the White House.

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is 'embarrassed that more people in the party aren't speaking up' against Trump's refusal to concede
  • Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said on Sunday that he's "embarrassed" members of his own party are staying silent while President Donald Trump continues to refuse to concede to Joe Biden.
  • "It's time for them to stop the nonsense," Hogan said on CNN's "State of the Union." "It just gets more bizarre every single day, and frankly, I'm embarrassed that more people in the party aren't speaking up."
  • Hogan's remarks come as the latest in a growing list of Republicans who are calling on the president to concede.
"I have confidence that on January 20th, the president-elect is going to be sworn in," Hogan said on CNN's "State of the Union." "But I'm not sure I could say that I'm confident that the president's going to do the right thing."

"We used to go supervise elections around the world. And we were the most respected country with respect to elections and now we're beginning to look like we're a Banana Republic," he added. "It's time for them to stop the nonsense. It just gets more bizarre every single day, and frankly, I'm embarrassed that more people in the party aren't speaking up."

Chris Christie dismissed Trump's legal team as 'a national embarrassment'
  • Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Sunday said President Donald Trump's legal team was "a national embarrassment" for making claims of widespread voter fraud in the presidential election without providing any verifiable evidence.
  • On ABC's "This Week," Christie, a Republican, said Trump's attorneys have had ample opportunities to present solid evidence of any voting irregularities.
  • "They allege fraud outside the courtroom, but inside the courtroom they don't plead fraud and they don't argue fraud," he said.
Christie, who ran against Trump in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, has become an ally of the Trump White House, even helping him prepare for debates against then-Democratic nominee Joe Biden this fall. However, he is also known for his blunt talk, and in the wake of a Pennsylvania lawsuit alleging fraud being dismissed with prejudice on November 21, he didn't hold back any punches, despite his closeness to the president.

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski called on Trump to begin transition process and said courts found his claims to be 'without merit'
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said on Sunday that President Donald Trump should begin the transition process to President-elect Joe Biden.
  • "President Trump has had the opportunity to litigate his claims, and the courts have thus far found them without merit," she said in a statement.
  • Murkowski was one of the first Republican senators to congratulate the president-elect, along with Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah and Susan Collins of Maine.
"President Trump has had the opportunity to litigate his claims, and the courts have thus far found them without merit," she said in a statement.

Trump has refused to concede the election and mounted a flurry of legal challenges in battleground states. Murkowski's statement came a day after a judge dismissed a Trump campaign lawsuit in Pennsylvania.

The Republican senator said it is important to "respect the integrity of the elections process."

"A pressure campaign on state legislators to influence the electoral outcome is not only unprecedented but inconsistent with our democratic process," she said. "It is time to begin the full and formal transition process."

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.