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Trump supporters chant 'destroy the GOP' at a rally in Washington DC, after Republican officials in Georgia refused to back the president's bid to overturn the election
  • At a rally in Washington DC Saturday, Trump supporters vented their anger at Republican party officials who've refused to take part in President Trump's bid to subvert the election.
  • "Destroy the GOP," some chanted at the event, according to video footage posted online.
  • The rally was attended by supporters including Alex Jones and Michael Flynn, and Trump took part in a Marine One flyover in a show of support.
  • The anger shown by the supporters will likely fuel concern about a growing rift in the party between backers of Trump's groundless election fraud claims, and those who have rejected them.
According to footage of the rally posted on Twitter, far-right activist Nick Fuentes addressed supporters, attacking the Republican Party and alleging that it had failed to keep Trump in power.

Fuentes, in a tweet Saturday, posted a picture of himself addressing the rally, and wrote "We are going to destroy the GOP and transform it into a party that truly puts AMERICA FIRST!"

... In recent weeks a rift has emerged in the Republican party, with Trump and his supporters attacking Republican officials in swing states, such as Georgia Governor Brian Kemp.

... Later, violence flared, as members of the far-right Proud Boys clashed with supporters of the far-left Antifa group. The Washington Post, citing DC fire department spokesman, Doug Buchanan, said four people had been hospitalized with stab wounds.

While you weren't looking, everything with China went off the rails
  • US-China relations have taken a nosedive over the last few months.
  • Instead of focusing on the trade war, the Trump administration is laser focused on even more contentious parts of the relationship in an attempt to push US policy toward a harder line before it leaves power.
  • Meanwhile China has picked a huge fight with Australia — of all places — projecting its anger at the US at its allies.
In the last few months the US has been rocked by a contentious election and another surge in the coronavirus pandemic. While Americans were rightfully preoccupied with these events, the relationship between the US and China has taken a foul turn. You can be forgiven if you were not paying attention.

The trade war, which used to be the hottest point of contention between the two economic powers, has been all but forgotten. No one in Washington really seems interested in coming to any kind of deal with Beijing. Deals require cooperation, and there is almost none of that to spare in the US-China relationship.

Instead the focus of the relationship has turned to other more divisive matters, like retaliating against China for its seizure of power in Hong Kong. This, in part, is because the outgoing Trump administration is using its last few months in power to set US-China relations on a hardline course that — it thinks — the Biden administration will find it difficult to pull back from.

But trying to bind the Biden team to a hardline course is probably unnecessary. There is little evidence to suggest a Biden administration would take a much softer line on China. For both parties — Democrats and Republicans — the political winds have changed. The US no longer thinks that cooperating with China's economic growth will push China toward an open society, so the US no longer wishes to cooperate.

China's view of the US has changed too. Beijing has come to see the US as a declining power, and sees China as a rising power. The US's mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic has only bolstered this view. Chinese leaders believe their role on the world stage right now is to pick up America's slack as it wanes, and to push back on any country that seems to question its new status.

Trump claimed that COVID-19 vaccine would have taken 'five years' to develop if he weren't president
  • Trump claimed in an interview with Fox News that aired on Sunday that a COVID-19 vaccine wouldn't have been developed for "five years" if he weren't president.
  • Trump has repeatedly praised his administration's Operation Warp Speed, which has a total budget of $18 billion to spend on helping the US develop, purchase, and distribute vaccines, according to Bloomberg.
  • But Pfizer, which along with BioNTech developed the first COVID-19 vaccine given emergency use authorization by the FDA, didn't take any federal money for research and development.
  • While vaccine development has taken place at a historically fast pace, Trump didn't offer evidence to support his claim that his administration was responsible for shaving more than four years off that timeline.
But Trump has also come under fire for attempting to exert undue political pressure on the vaccine approval process. The Associated Press reported last week that, hours before the FDA's decision, a high-ranking White House official had threatened to fire FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn if the agency didn't green-light the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine by Saturday.

Following the FDA's authorization, Trump also praised Operation Warp Speed, a federal initiative that has a total budget of $18 billion to subsidize clinical-trial research, manufacturing and distribution operations, as well as purchase vaccine doses on behalf of the US government, according to Bloomberg.

"We have given Pfizer and other companies a great deal of money, hoping this would be the outcome and it was," Trump said during a press conference on Friday.

However, while Pfizer received funding through Operation Warp Speed for manufacturing and distribution, it did not accept funds for research and development. In July, the Trump administration ordered 100 million doses of Pfizer's vaccine for $1.95 billion but did not pay the money upfront, as the contract rested on whether the vaccine would get authorized.

The New York Times also reported last week that the Trump administration declined to buy additional doses of Pfizer's vaccine during the summer. Sources close to Pfizer told The Times the decision could mean the US won't get additional doses until June 2021, due to the company's commitments to other nations.

Operation Warp Speed has also given money to Moderna, which received $955 million to advance clinical trials and $1.5 billion to manufacture and deliver 100 million vaccine doses, and paid for 100 million vaccine doses from three other companies: AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, and Sanofi-GlaxoSmithKline, as well as another 100 million doses from Novavax. While COVID-19 vaccine development has proceeded at a historic pace, Trump did not provide any evidence on Sunday to support his claim that Operation Warp Speed or other efforts by his administration were responsible for shaving off more than four years from that timeline.

Former GOP New Jersey Governor compares Trump supporters to the Jonestown doomsday cult, says they've 'drunk the Kool-Aid'
  • Former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman has criticized Republicans who have backed President Trump's bid to overturn the election.
  • "I keep comparing it somewhat to Jonestown," Whitman told The New York Times. "They've all drunk the Kool Aid. It just hasn't killed them yet."
  • The comments are some of the most scathing yet by a senior Republican about Trump's bid to overturn the election, and the refusal of the GOP to stand up to him.
Whitman was drawing parallels between Trump supporters and followers of cult leader Jim Jones, who in the late 1970s created a commune in Guyana, Latin America, dubbed "Jonestown." There, 900 members of the cult killed themselves in a mass suicide pact in 1978, drinking Kool-Aid laced with poison.

Whitman, a moderate Republican, is a prominent GOP critic of Trump, and declared that she was backing Joe Biden for president in a speech to the DNC conference in August.

Here are all the ways Trump has lost the presidential race since Election Day
  • As the Electoral College gets ready to cast its votes for the November general election, President Donald Trump continues insisting that the race was rigged and stolen from him by nefarious forces.
  • "The people of the United States were cheated, and our Country disgraced. Never even given our day in Court!" he tweeted on Saturday.
  • .Since November 3, Trump has lost the national popular vote; the Electoral College; multiple state recounts; nearly 40 lawsuits from his campaign and key Republican officials and 86 lawsuits overall; and a Supreme Court case
On Monday, the Electoral College will meet to formally cast its votes for President-elect Joe Biden following the November general election.

As the day inches closer, President Donald Trump continues insisting that the election was rigged by nefarious forces like the Democratic Party, "big media," "big tech," and in some cases, dead communist dictators, all of whom engaged in a broad conspiracy to steal the election while simultaneously facing devastating Democratic losses down the ballot.

... In fact, Trump did have his day in court — multiple times.

Alan Dershowitz says Texas lawsuit tossed by Supreme Court should tell Trump's allies that they 'can't count on the judiciary' to invalidate election results
  • Alan Dershowitz on Sunday said that the Supreme Court's decision to toss the Texas election lawsuit signaled a message to President Donald Trump's camp that they "can't count of the judiciary" to invalidate the election results, according to The Hill.
  • Dershowitz said that Trump's campaign needed a "perfect storm" in order to invalidate the election results, with courts, governors, and state election officials aiding his cause.
  • "I suspect on Monday we will see the electors…elect Joe Biden," he said. "Whether you like that or you don't like it, that's the reality that the Trump team has to face."

Sen. Lamar Alexander says that Trump should put 'the country first' and accept Biden's election win
  • Retiring GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee said on "Meet the Press" that President Donald Trump should put "the country first" and congratulate President-elect Joe Biden on his election win.
  • "The states have counted, certified their votes," he said. "The courts have resolved the disputes. It looks very much like the electors will vote for Joe Biden."
  • Alexander is among the few Republicans in Washington DC who have publicly stated that Biden won the presidential election.
The retiring three-term Tennessee Republican said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that once the Electoral College meets on December 14 to ratify the results in each state and Washington DC, the president should accept Biden's victory.

"The states have counted, certified their votes," he said. "The courts have resolved the disputes. It looks very much like the electors will vote for Joe Biden. And when they do, I hope that he puts the country first — I mean, the president — that he takes pride in his considerable accomplishments, that he congratulates the president-elect and he helps him get off to a good start, especially in the middle of this pandemic."

Alexander, a former Tennessee governor and former US Secretary of Education under then-President George H.W. Bush, is among the few Republicans in Washington who have publicly admitted that Biden won the presidential election.

... "I think the most important thing for our country, as George Washington said when it was founded, is not the first election, but the second election, the orderly transfer of power," he said. "I think anything that detracts from that is not good for our democracy."

The senator also criticized the stream of lawsuits that the Trump campaign has filed since the November election, questioning the basis of the litigation. "I don't think his lawyers have a right to go to court with specious lawsuits with no evidence," he said.

CNN's Jake Tapper thanks Trump for 'exposing' Republicans who supported Texas' 'un-democratic, un-American, mendacious joke of a lawsuit'
  • CNN anchor Jake Tapper didn't mince words on Sunday as he offered a blistering assessment of Texas' "insane," "clownish," and "mendacious joke" of a lawsuit seeking to overturn the election results.
  • Tapper thanked President Donald Trump for "exposing" the Republicans who supported the lawsuit, which was brought by Texas' attorney general and backed by 18 other GOP attorneys general and a majority of the House Republican caucus.
  • "They are, definitionally, people who signed onto a desperate desire to subvert the will of the American people, to disenfranchise voters ... based on lies and conspiracy theories, putting an immoral and corrupt power grab above democracy," Tapper said.
  • He added: "Now we know, clearly, how much these individuals care about facts or truth, how much they care about democracy, or the principles that make this country great, which is to say, not at all."

Chris Christie criticizes the Trump campaign's legal approach as 'an absurdity'
  • Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Sunday criticized President Donald Trump's legal team, calling their approach to overturn the election results "an absurdity."
  • "It's an absurd idea to think that any state, or any number of states, no matter how good they are, can challenge another state's right to run the election as they see fit," he said.
  • In an unsigned order issued on December 11, the Supreme Court declined to hear the GOP-backed lawsuit brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton due to lack of standing.
"People are going to have to stand up and start to say these things," he said, "I mean, you know, the fact is in Georgia, and people should know this, that signature verification, which the president continues to tweet about, has been done twice in this election," Christie said.

The former governor is referring to Trump's debunked claims that ballot signatures were not verified by election officials in Georgia, a state where he lost to Biden by a little over 12,000 votes. The president has maintained that he won the state, despite the recertified results officiating Biden's win.

Christie added: "The reason the Supreme Court is not taking this is not because of a lack of courage. It's for the same reason that every court has thrown this out. It's a lack of evidence and a lack of any type of legal theory that makes any sense."

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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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