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Donations to Trump's election legal fund would also go towards paying off his campaign's debt
  • Donations made to President Donald Trump's "official election defense fund" would also be used to pay off the campaign's debt, according to the fine print on the donation pages.
  • Insider called the race for President-elect Joe Biden Friday morning, while Trump and Republican officials pursued court battles and called on supporters to not let the Democrats "steal" the election.
  • Trump's website linked to a donation paged for an "Official Election Defense Fund," while the fine print lower on the page said 60% of the donation would go towards "the retirement of general election debt."

Young Trump supporters on TikTok are posting videos of them folding up their Trump 2020 flags and congratulating Biden
  • Young supporters of President Donald Trump are posting videos on TikTok, showing them folding up their Trump 2020 flags and congratulating President-elect Joe Biden.
  • The trend started Friday, the same day Insider called the election race for Biden, when one Trump fan shared a video with text reading "Good luck, Biden."
  • Many of the Trump fans' videos also wished Biden well and expressed hope that he would help bring unity to the US.

My second national nightmare is (almost) over, but the nation needs more than dreams of a better future
  • After four years, and despite all of the outright fabrications, Donald Trump did not deliver any effective change to America's economic status-quo.
  • Trump and his predecessors have left a huge swath of American families who demand action to remedy massive economic, health, and social justice problems.
  • We may have dodged the bullet this week, but we are left with a nation more damaged than that which elected Trump in the first place.
What we face over the coming 12 weeks will likely not lead to a graceful departure. And what the nation faces — during this interregnum and beyond — will not be tidied up as neatly as it was when President Gerald Ford pardoned Nixon and intoned "our long national nightmare is over."

There were certainly wounds to be bound up after Watergate, but what we are left with this time around is altogether different. In this case, the country now faces the challenge of staunching a social and economic hemorrhage.

Ja'Ron Smith, Trump's highest-ranking Black aide, is leaving the White House
  • Ja'Ron Smith, an aide to President Donald Trump since 2017, on Friday left the White House, he confirmed in a statement.
  • Smith was the highest-ranking Black member of the president's cabinet and his departure comes days after the 2020 election, which Insider and Decision Desk HQ project former Vice President Joe Biden won.
  • Smith worked closely with White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and on projects aimed at connecting the administration to the Black community, Bloomberg News reported.
  • In a statement, Smith said his departure was planned "long before the election."

Joe Biden Wins the Presidential Election, Defeating Donald Trump
After an excruciating, nasty, high-drama presidential campaign that left much of America emotionally and mentally exhausted, Joe Biden was elected as the nation's 46th president Tuesday by offering the opposite: normalcy, competence and calm.

... After a four-year experiment with a former reality TV star who was the first president to have no experience in elected office or the military, someone who launched daily personal insults on social media against his nemeses, and someone who openly promoted his business and family members while he was in the nation's highest elected office, American political consumers delivered their verdict: They had had enough of Brand Trump.

Ultimately, Trump became the figure of a political Greek tragedy. Like a modern-day Narcissus, Trump made much of his presidency about himself, punishing those who were not "nice" to him and demanding loyalty not to the country or even the Republican Party, but to himself.

By the time Trump had to take on Biden one on one, that dynamic had been set. Much as he attacked the former vice president and his family, Trump was unable to make the election something other than a referendum on himself. He lost that referendum Friday.

Trump seen golfing as major networks declare victory for Biden
  • President Donald Trump on Saturday was seen golfing at his golf club in Virginia, as major news outlets including CNN, MSNBC, and the Associated Press called the election for his opponent, the former Vice President Joe Biden.
  • News outlets declared Biden victorious after his lead in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania surpassed 30,000 votes.
  • Insider and its election partner, Decision Desk HQ, projected the race in the former Vice President's favor on Friday.
  • Not long before major networks announced that Biden was projected to win the race, Trump again falsely claimed victory in the election, tweeting he "WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT."

Watch Rudy Giuliani's reaction when he was told Joe Biden won the 2020 election
  • President Donald Trump's personal defense lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, was in the middle of giving a news conference when he was told Joe Biden won the 2020 election.
  • "Who was it called by?" Giuliani asked a reporter when told Biden was the projected winner.
  • When the reporter said "all" the major cable news networks had called the race, Giuliani threw his arms up and responded sarcastically: "All of them! Oh my goodness! Wow, all the networks! We have to forget about the law, judges don't count!"
  • Trump, Giuliani, and others in the president's orbit have so far refused to concede the election and said they plan to fight the results in court while making bogus claims of voter fraud and election-rigging.
One Trump adviser even told CNN's Jim Acosta earlier Saturday that the campaign has "nothing concrete" to prove voter fraud. And none of the dozen of so lawsuits the campaign has filed or joined make claims of voter or election fraud, while some of them have already been dismissed or denied.

Democrats Celebrate Biden-Harris Victory While Trump, Republicans Won’t Accept Defeat
Democrats across the country celebrated the historic victory of the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris ticket after the race was called Saturday morning. But partisan divides remained as many Republicans followed the lead of President Donald Trump and refused to acknowledge or accept the outcome as vote counting continues.

Supporters spontaneously gathered in cities and towns around the U.S. to celebrate the results following Biden's win in Pennsylvania, which put him over the 270 electoral votes needed to clinch the presidency. In the nation's capital, people congregated around the White House and Black Lives Matter Plaza to ring in the win with cheering, honking and dancing that lasted for hours after Biden and Harris were projected the winners.

... Trump, who was golfing at his Virginia resort when the election was called for Biden, refused to concede and declared in a statement that "this election is far from over." His campaign has been waging legal battles to challenge vote counting in a number of battleground states and said that on Monday, his team will be "prosecuting our case in court."

Many Republicans are following in Trump's footsteps. And so far, few in Congress have publicly acknowledged the Democratic ticket's win.

Fox News' Chris Wallace says there 'doesn't seem to be much reason to believe' Trump's election lawsuits will succeed
  • Fox News anchor Chris Wallace said he believes it's unlikely that Donald Trump is going to succeed in his numerous lawsuits contesting the results of the presidential election.
  • "So far at least we don't see anything that would rise to the level of serious fraud and certainly not a serious fraud that would change the results of elections," Wallace said Saturday on Fox News.
  • Wallace's remarks came shortly after a number of his Fox News colleagues baselessly questioned the outcome of the election, or suggested corruption or fraud without evidence.
  • Moe Biden won the 2020 presidential race when he secured 20 electoral college votes by winning in Pennsylvania, Insider and Decision Desk HQ projected Friday morning.
"I think you're going to start to see a lot of the Republican leaders, who are now realizing that their fortunes and their futures are no longer so directly tied to Donald Trump are gonna begin to pull back," he said on Fox News.

U.S. Allies Express Relief After Biden Tops Trump for Presidency
The relief was practically palpable in NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg's statement of congratulations Saturday afternoon following confirmation that Joe Biden won the presidential election.

"I warmly welcome the election of Joe Biden as the next president of the United States," Stoltenberg said. "I know Mr. Biden as a strong supporter of NATO and the transatlantic relationship."

"U.S. leadership is as important as ever in an unpredictable world, and I look forward to working very closely with President-elect Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and the new administration to further strengthen the bond between North America and Europe."

The prepared statement would have been largely unremarkable had it not been for its stark difference from a comparable statement almost exactly four years ago. Stoltenberg's tentative congratulations to Trump in November 2016 stressed at the time that a strong NATO is good for the U.S. Then the Norwegian statesman with painstaking patience spent the next four years attempting to convince the former real estate mogul not to follow through on his fiery pledges to withdraw the U.S. from foreign adventures and pull back from international institutions – specifically NATO.

Beyond that, his statement appears to reflect a global expectation that Trump's presidency was an aberration and that Biden will restore more predictable American leadership.

... Chinese state media reported Saturday that Biden's victory "could offer some 'breathing room' for already-tense China-U.S. relations, and provide an opportunity for breakthroughs in resuming high-level communication and rebuilding mutual strategic trust between the two countries."

Though the White House claims to have taken a hard line against China and Russia – America's declared principal adversaries – as well as Iran, North Korea and terrorist groups abroad, Trump himself has almost never criticized foreign autocrats. He has given up key sources of leverage – such as a North Korean leader's meeting with his American counterpart or moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem – with little foreign policy progress to show in those countries. And his declarations that wars against terrorist networks such as the Islamic State group are over appears to portend Trump's foundational campaign promise of bringing U.S. forces home from deployments abroad, regardless of the effect on America's partners.

Biden, for his part, pledged to undo much of Trump's approach, to reaffirm U.S. commitment to institutions such as the U.N. and NATO, to maintain military pressure on foreign adversaries and to reconstitute frayed relations with America's traditional partners. However the surge of support Trump received in the election – along with gains Republicans made in the House and the possibility they could still control the Senate – leaves uncertain the extent to which the president-elect would wield a mandate at home to realize his vision abroad.

... Despite his plans to rebuild American goodwill abroad, the image of the last remaining superpower has tarnished in recent years with the U.S. has increasingly appeared isolated in consequential global matters. Many analysts believe Trump's "America First" policy largely amounted to an "America alone" result. For example, the Dominican Republic was the only country to endorse a U.S. resolution at the U.N. this summer to reimpose an arms embargo on Iran for its violation of the deal's terms.

'It's easier to be a parent this morning': Van Jones had an emotional on-air reaction to President-elect Joe Biden's win
  • CNN political commentator Van Jones on Saturday had an emotional, on-air response upon hearing the news of President-elect Joe Biden's victory over President Donald Trump.
  • "It's easier to be a parent this morning," Jones said. "It's easier to be a dad. It's easier to tell your kids character matters."
  • Earlier in Trump's term, Jones worked with the White House to enact criminal justice reform.

Trump dropped 3 agency heads in the days following the election, amid reports that more departures could be coming
  • President Donald Trump dropped three agency heads in the days after the election, NPR reported.
  • The ousted agency leaders include: Neil Chatterjee, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration; and Bonnie Glick, deputy administrator of the US Agency for International Development.
  • The departures came amid speculation that other agency heads and government officials may be fired or resign from the Trump administration, including FBI Director Chris Wray and Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

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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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