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Trump snapped at a reporter quizzing him about his election defeat and said: 'Don't ever talk to the president that way'
  • President Trump snapped at a White House reporter on Thursday, calling him a 'lightweight' after he was asked if he would concede to President-elect Joe Biden.
  • 'Don't talk to me that way. You're just a lightweight. Don't talk to — I'm the president of the United States. Don't ever talk to the president that way,' Trump told the reporter Jeff Mason.
  • During the exchange, the president said that it would be a "very hard thing to concede" to Biden, but said he would "certainly" leave the White House in January if the Electoral College voted for Biden next month.
  • Trump tweeted on Monday that he had told the General Services Administration to begin the formal process of transition, but said afterwards that he would "never concede."

Trump gave his Thanksgiving press conference from a tiny desk that looks like a throwback to a 2017 'SNL' skit
  • President Donald Trump on Thanksgiving held his first press conference since losing the presidential election.
  • But for the focus became Trump's tiny desk, rather than his groundless attacks of the US electoral system.
  • Some compared a 2017 "Saturday Night Live" sketch which used a similarly tiny desk as a punchline to mock the president.
#DiaperDon was soon trending on Twitter, and the president was compared to a child banished to a kid's table on Thanksgiving for throwing a tantrum.

The topic seemed to rile the president, who in a tweet accused the platform of fabricating "totally false 'Trends' that have absolutely nothing to do with what is really trending in the world."

Others noticed uncanny similarities between Thursday's press conference and a 2017 "Saturday Night Live" which used a tiny desk as a punchline.

President Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) calls Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (Beck Bennett), Mexican President Enrique PeΓ±a Nieto (Alex Moffat) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Kate McKinnon). [Season 42, 2017]

... It is not clear why Trump used that desk for the press conference, instead of holding it in one of the White House's briefing rooms.

A donor who gave $2.5 million to a pro-Trump group looking for election fraud wants his money back after disappointing results
  • A venture capitalist who gave $2.5 million to a pro-Trump group that said it was trying to find evidence of election fraud is now looking for a refund.
  • A lawsuit said Fred Eshelman gave vast sums to Texas-based True the Vote, but was soon disappointed with its efforts.
  • True the Vote had mounted lawsuits in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, but later dropped them. It says it is nonetheless still investigating fraud allegations.
  • Eshelman said that he pressed True the Vote for details of how it was spending his money, but instead got "platitudes, and empty promises."
  • President Trump is also yet to make any headway with his baseless claims that the election was compromised by mass voter fraud.
The lawsuit said that Eshelman "regularly and repeatedly" asked for updates on how True the Vote was using his money, and that he sought specific and actionable updates" about True the Vote's "purported investigation, litigation, and communication efforts in key states."

But it said he was "consistently met with vague responses, platitudes, and empty promises of follow-up that never occurred."

The lawsuit accuses True the Vote of beach of contract, and also "conversion," a legal concept linked to the misuse of someone else's property.

It said he asked for a refund, at which point True the Vote offered to return $1 million so long as he did not sue them.

Donald Trump spent Thanksgiving night railing against Section 230 on Twitter as the #DiaperDon hashtag went viral
  • President Donald Trump attacked Twitter Thanksgiving night for making "false trends" and demanded again that Section 230 should be "terminated."
  • Twitter users mocked the president using the hashtag #DiaperDon after he sat at a small table during a news conference and posted frustrated tweets.
  • There are more than 230,000 posts using #DiaperDon on Twitter.
  • Trump also echoed his previous claims that Twitter is biased against conservatives.
  • Amongst his 14 tweets Thursday, he also targeted Fox News, Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez, and NFL players kneeling.

‘Loser’: How a Lifelong Fear Bookended Trump’s Presidency
The president’s inability to concede the election is the latest reality-denying moment in a career preoccupied with an epithet.

“The first thing he calls someone who has wronged him is a loser,” said Jack O’Donnell, who ran an Atlantic City casino for Mr. Trump in the 1980s. “That’s his main attack word. The worst thing in his world would be to be a loser. To avoid being called a loser, he will do or say anything.”

Across his long career, he has spun, cajoled and attacked — in the press, in lawsuits and lately, of course, on Twitter — whenever faced with appearing as anything less than the superlative of the moment: the greatest, the smartest, the healthiest, the best. This has at times required audacious attempts to twist a negative into a positive, often by saying something over and over until it either displaces the truth or exhausts the audience into surrender.

... The president’s tweets have succeeded in sowing doubt about the foundational underpinnings of the republic among his many millions of followers. In a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll, about half the Republicans questioned believed that Mr. Trump had “rightfully won” re-election, and 68 percent expressed concern that the election was “rigged.”

Such behavior by the president reflects a binary-code approach to life that spares no room for nuance or complication. If a person isn’t a one, then that person is a zero.

“You are either a winner or a loser,” Michael D. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, said in an interview last week. “Reality is secondary. It is all about perception.”

... After Mr. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States in January 2017, his administration asserted that the inauguration’s audience was the largest ever, despite all evidence to the contrary. But any suggestion otherwise would have rendered Mr. Trump a loser in some imagined contest about inaugural crowd sizes.

Now, nearly four years later, the citizens have cast their ballots, baseless lawsuits alleging electoral fraud have been dismissed and states have certified the vote. Still, the loser of the 2020 presidential election continues to see crowds that the rest of the country does not.

It ends as it began.

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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.

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