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Trump pardoned a former K-9 police officer who was convicted for releasing her dog on an unarmed homeless man
  • Former Maryland K-9 police officer Stephanie C. Mohr was among the 29 people to whom President Donald Trump issued pardons or commutations on Wednesday.
  • Mohr served ten years in prison after being convicted of a federal civil rights violation for setting her police dog on an unarmed homeless man in 1995.
  • The man, Ricardo G. Mendez, had been sleeping on the roof of a business that officers were staking out as part of a burglary investigation. The attack on him resulted in a bite wound that required ten stitches.
  • Earlier this month Mohr had appeared on Newsmax, a pro-Trump conservative outlet, to plead her case for a pardon.
  • She claims she was made a scapegoat when an FBI investigation into brutality at her police department failed to result in other convictions.
Stephanie C. Mohr was 30 years old in 2001 when she was convicted of a felony civil rights violation for a September 21, 1995 incident involving an unarmed homeless man.

Mohr set her police dog on Ricardo G. Mendez, a Mexican national, after he had surrendered to police, who were investigating a burglary — and the dog took out a chunk of his leg, The Washington Post reported at the time of her conviction.

It later turned out that Mendez was not a burglar and had simply been sleeping on the roof of the business that officers were staking out that night.

Trump's demolition of the COVID-19 stimulus package could cost the GOP control of the Senate
  • The Senate runoff races in Georgia — which will decide what party controls the chamber — have been thrown into disarray by President Donald Trump's intervention on the COVID-19 stimulus package.
  • GOP candidates Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue have long played up their pro-Trump affiliations, and had planned to tout the passage of a stimulus bill front and center of their campaigns, according to local reports.
  • But since Trump trashed the package and called for larger stimulus checks on Tuesday, the candidates face an awkward choice between supporting the president and maintaining their stance on negotiations.
  • Loeffler has said she would back the $2,000 checks if lawmakers cut spending elsewhere. Perdue has ducked a debate and refused to answer press questions.
  • The issues are closely intertwined. Last week, Mitch McConnell dropped his long-held resistance to any check after learning the issue was harming the Georgia race.

Here's the Democrats' plan for handling Donald Trump as Joe Biden's biggest critic and Twitter troll during the next 4 years
  • Donald Trump is shaping up to be Joe Biden's biggest critic and internet troll starting on January 20.
  • Ex-presidents often lay low for a while, focusing on things like pet projects, painting portraits and getting reacquainted with their families.
  • But the outgoing Trump — known for personally attacking his critics on Twitter — isn't expected to be quiet once he's out of office and as he flirts with a 2024 campaign.
  • Democrats are gaming out a battle plan that includes ignoring Trump as much as possible, with operatives outside the White House at the DNC and elsewhere planning to give the new president air cover by swinging back on social media and cable news.
  • "The worst thing you can do with Trump is to ignore him," said longtime Democratic strategist Lanny Davis.
"Crazy Joe Biden," "Sleepy Joe Biden," and a "very LOW ENERGY INDIVIDUAL."

Those are just a few of the names President Donald Trump has called President-elect Joe Biden over the last couple of years. It's only going to get nastier.

Democrats around Biden are bracing for Trump's constant barrage of criticism and name-calling to only grow when he becomes an aggrieved ex-president with 88.5 million Twitter followers, a loyal base of supporters, and a fondness for using shock value to keep his name in the headlines.

... Biden and the White House will do their best to ignore him, according to Democratic insiders and messaging experts. Operatives outside the White House — including the Democratic National Committee — will offer air cover to the new president by playing defense on social media and cable news in the hopes that it lets Biden and incoming VP Kamala Harris stay out of the fray.

"I'm sure there will be political hatchet men in the Biden universe who will be happy to take Donald Trump apart as needed, but I don't think they're going to have the president do it," said Joel Payne, a Democratic strategist who worked on Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign.

Democrats desperately want to ignore Trump and his missives, and Biden's top aides have already telegraphed their desire to talk about the soon-to-be ex-president as little as possible.

... Biden has been taking shots at Trump's policies lately, accusing the current president of bungling the response to the coronavirus pandemic and failed to prevent the massive cybersecurity attack against federal agencies. But by and large, he's tried to avoid the kind of personal mud slinging that Trump seems to revel in.

"My focus is on uniting, not emphasizing the divisions," Biden told reporters on Tuesday when asked whether the political climate will change in the post-Trump era.

That's Biden's best strategy for combating Trump, six Democratic operatives told Insider this week.

"Ignore the nastiness," advised Lanny Davis, the longtime Democratic strategist who helped the Bill Clinton White House deal with scandal and investigations and more recently represented Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen during his criminal proceedings.

"The worst thing you can do with Trump is to ignore him," Davis added. "The way he's going to get his narcissism fed after he leaves the White House is by trying to bug and troll Joe Biden." ... "It's pretty clear Trump's not going to play by anybody's traditions or rules," said Beychock. "It's probably to be expected that he'll break all precedent because he craves the attention, and he'll want the money, and maybe he thinks that he'll build some leverage to get him out of some of the legal jams that he'll face."

Trump said he'd be working 'tirelessly' for Americans at Mar-a-Lago over Christmas, and then went golfing
  • After a series of controversial actions that sowed chaos in Washington this week, President Donald Trump traveled to his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, on Wednesday.
  • The White House said Trump would continue to work "tirelessly" for Americans while in Florida over the holiday season.
  • By Thursday morning, Trump was at his golf club in West Palm Beach, Florida.
President Donald Trump had a busy week leading up to Christmas between throwing the COVID-19 relief bill in doubt, pardoning war criminals and dubious pals, threatening Iran, and vetoing the annual defense bill against the wishes of top Republicans.

... In short, the outgoing president sowed chaos in the nation's capital, skipped town, and headed off to work on his drive. Trump's motorcade pulled into Trump International Golf Club at roughly 10:18 am ET on Thursday, which marked his 317th day visiting a golf course as president.

Though Trump during his 2016 campaign said he would "rarely leave the White House" as president, he has spent nearly a year on the golf course as commander-in-chief.

The fate of the COVID-19 stimulus bill, which includes desperately-needed assistance for Americans who've been hammered by the devastating pandemic, remains in limbo following Trump's rejection of the hard-fought deal between Republicans and Democrats.

Millions of Americans have lost their jobs in 2020 and unemployment benefits under an earlier COVID-19 stimulus are set to expire this weekend, making another relief package vital for the country's economic recovery.

Trump is spending his final days in office filling America with a sense of uncertainty, including on whether he will ever concede to President-elect Joe Biden and help foster a peaceful transfer of power.

Trump is threatening Iran and Biden says the Pentagon is stonewalling him on 'many things' with less than a month until inauguration
  • Lame duck presidents typically avoid doing anything too provocative in their last days, particularly regarding national security. But Donald Trump is anything but typical.
  • Trump has issued new threats against Iran in the wake of a rocket attack on the US Embassy in Baghdad, which the US has blamed on Iranian-backed militias.
  • Meanwhile, President-elect Joe Biden says he's not receiving extensive briefings from the Pentagon.
  • It's unclear whether Biden has been briefed on the situation with Iran, which he inherits in 27 days.
President Donald Trump is leaving the White House in less than a month, but you wouldn't know it from his behavior.

Beyond refusing to concede to President-elect Joe Biden, the president has continued to threaten Iran with military action and his administration has reportedly discussed potential responses to recent rocket attacks on the US Embassy in Baghdad thought to have been carried out by Iranian-backed militias.

Meanwhile, Biden says he's being stonewalled by the Pentagon and hasn't been thoroughly briefed on a number of crucial issues.

... Trump's threats toward Iran after the rocket attack in Baghdad came nearly a year after he ordered a drone strike that killed the country's top general, Qassem Soleimani, which pushed Washington and Tehran to the brink of war. The Soleimani assasination was partly inspired by a rocket attack in Iraq that killed an American contractor in late December 2019.

But tensions between the US and Iran had reached historic heights before that, largely due to Trump's controversial decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal and re-impose sanctions as part of a "maximum pressure" campaign to hammer the Iranian economy.

In November, a top Iranian nuclear scientist was assassinated. Iran accused Israel of orchestrating the killing. Meanwhile, experts have suggested that the US was also involved, stating that the assassination was part of Trump's desire to derail Biden's ambitions of returning to the 2015 deal. Some analysts suspect Trump might take further actions to tie Biden's hands.

"Friendly reminder before Trump does whatever crazy thing he's about to do to Iran, this is all his fault," Stephen Miles, executive director of Win Without War, tweeted on Wednesday. "He inherited a working diplomatic nuclear deal and thawing relations, blew that all up to try out 'maximum pressure' which predictably failed, and now here we are yet again."

Derek Johnson, CEO of the anti-nuclear weapons group Global Zero, in a tweet said, "I see Trump is ending the year like he started it, trying to provoke a disastrous war with Iran."

For a Defeated President, Pardons as an Expression of Grievance
President Trump’s grants of clemency to convicted liars, corrupt congressmen and child-killing war criminals are a way to lash out at a system that he believes has treated him and his friends unfairly.

... In the flurry of 49 pardons and commutations issued this week, he granted clemency to a host of convicted liars, crooked politicians and child-killing war criminals, but the through line was a president who considers himself a victim of law enforcement and was using his power to strike back.

Never mind that Mr. Trump presents himself as a champion of “law and order.” He has been at war with the criminal justice system, at least when it has come to himself and his friends. And so in these final days in office, he is using the one all-but-absolute power vested in the presidency to rewrite the reality of his tenure by trying to discredit investigations into him and his compatriots and even absolving others he seems to identify with because of his own encounters with the authorities.

In some ways, of course, this is the concession that Mr. Trump has otherwise refused to issue, an unspoken acknowledgment that he really did lose the Nov. 3 election. These are the kinds of clemency actions a president would take only shortly before leaving office.

But it also represents a final, angry exertion of power by a president who is losing his ability to shape events with each passing day, a statement of relevance even as Mr. Trump confronts the end of his dominance over the nation’s capital. ... As power inexorably slips from his grasp, the defeated president finds his pardon authority to be the one weapon he can deploy without any checks. It is the most kingly of powers conferred on a president by the Constitution, one that is entirely up to his discretion, requires no confirmation by Congress or the courts and cannot be overturned.

With less than a month left in office, Trump lashes out at 'totally incompetent' Supreme Court for refusing to overturn his election loss
  • President Donald Trump on Saturday lashed out at the US Supreme Court in his latest outburst stemming from his loss in the 2020 presidential election.
  • The president repeated his previous complaint that he lacks legal "standing:" the legal concept of whether a person has the right to bring a particular lawsuit.
  • Trump said he had "PROOF" of widespread fraud in the 2020 election, but did not provide any such evidence.
  • Trump and his campaign's legal team have so far lost all attempts made at reversing the election result.
With less than one month until he leaves office, President Donald Trump on Saturday lashed out at the US Supreme Court over its refusal to intervene in the 2020 election, which Trump lost to President-elect Joe Biden.

"The U.S. Supreme Court has been totally incompetent and weak on the massive Election Fraud that took place in the 2020 Presidential Election," he said in a tweet just before 9 a.m. Saturday. "We have absolute PROOF, but they don't want to see it - No 'standing', they say. If we have corrupt elections, we have no country!".

During his term in office, Trump successfully nominated three justices to the court: Justice Neil Gorsuch in 2017, Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018, and most recently, Justice Amy Coney Barrett in 2020..

Trump has previously complained about his lack of standing to bring his desired lawsuits, which is the legal concept of whether a person has the legal ability to bring a particular lawsuit before a particular court. Trump and his campaign turned to legal challenges immediately following his loss, but he and Republican officials have won zero of at least 40 challenges they've filed..

Moments later Saturday, Trump in another tweet lobbed a subsequent attack on the sanctity of the US election, claiming he spoke to someone that told him "elections in Afghanistan are far more secure and much better run than the USA's 2020 Election.".

"Ours, with its millions and millions of corrupt Mail-In Ballots, was the election of a third world country," Trump said, without evidence, calling the president-elect a "Fake President".

Trump supporter and Fox News star Geraldo Rivera said the president is acting like an 'entitled frat boy' since losing the election
  • Fox News star Geraldo Rivera criticised President Donald Trump in a tweet on Saturday for his behavior since losing the election to President-elect Joe Biden.
  • Rivera, a supporter of the president, said Trump "has behaved like an entitled frat boy" since losing a "bitterly contested election."
  • Rivera also took aim at conservative attorney Sidney Powell, calling her a "pathetic lawyer" who is "working to destroy the legacy of Donald Trump."

Donald Trump reportedly wants an airport named after him when he leaves office. Palm Beach International Airport has been suggested to him as an option.
  • President Donald Trump has asked advisors about how to get an airport named after him, according to the Daily Beast.
  • He has reportedly asked about the "paperwork" required to rename a transport hub.
  • A White House official refused to comment on the story.
  • A top Florida GOP official has suggested that Palm Beach International Airport should be named after Trump.
Christian Ziegler, the vice-chairman of Florida's GOP has floated the possibility of having Palm Beach International Airport renamed to Trump International Airport.

"It would be the South Florida gateway for the former president's adoring fans," Ziegler told the Sun-Sentinel.

He cited the frequency of Air Force one flying into the airport during Trump's presidency.

Ziegler also recommended that Trump build a presidential library near his Mar-a-Lago Club.

... This would not go down well with the president's neighbors who, according to the Washington Post, are taking action to stop him and his family from permanently moving to his Palm Beach residence.

The naming of airports after former presidents aren't unusual. In Virginia, there's a Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. In New York, an airport is famously named after John F. Kennedy.

One of the most recently named airports is the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Former Trump aid Omarosa said that she thinks he's 'going through a psychotic episode' over his election loss
  • In an interview with MSNBC's Alex Witt on Saturday, former Trump aid Omarosa Manigault Newman said that she thinks he's "going through a psychotic episode" over his election loss.
  • "I think that he has come to terms with his loss, but his arrogance, his ego will not allow him to accept that he is not going to be president come January."
  • She also said that she "feels bad" for anyone left in the Trump administration because he's "going to turn to anyone and blame everyone for his loss except for himself."
Manigault Newman, who was also a contestant on Trump's reality TV series "The Apprentice," added that his actions since the election remind her of the show because he's "trying to produce a moment" to change the results.

"But this is not 'The Apprentice', this is not a reality show," she said. "The American people need true leadership, not a reality TV host, which Donald Trump is reverting to.".

... Manigault Newman spent a year in Trump's White House from 2017 to 2018 and wrote a book about her experience called "Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House" that was published in 2018..

She has been an outspoken critic of Trump since leaving the White House, including calling him a "racist" who is "trying to undermine our democracy" in an interview with The Hill after the release of her book.

Trump signs bipartisan coronavirus relief bill after calling on Congress to approve $2,000 stimulus checks
  • President Donald Trump has signed the $900 billion bipartisan coronavirus relief package on Sunday.
  • The negotiated rescue package contained $600 stimulus checks, federal unemployment aid, food and rental assistance, as well as education funding.
  • "I will sign the Omnibus and Covid package with a strong message that makes clear to Congress that wasteful items need to be removed," Trump said in a statement.
  • "I will send back to Congress a redlined version, item by item, accompanied by the formal rescission request to Congress insisting that those funds be removed from the bill," he continued.

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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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