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Joe Exotic's lawyer thinks he's 'very, very close' to getting a presidential pardon from Trump
  • The lawyer for "Tiger King" star Joe Exotic says he is "very, very close" to getting a presidential pardon from President Donald Trump.
  • Exotic, real name Joseph Maldano-Passage, is serving 22 years in prison after being convicted of crimes including two counts of murder-for-hire.
  • "We are waiting on the pen to hit the paper," attorney Eric Love told ABC News on Tuesday.
  • Presidential pardons overturn existing, or prevent future, federal convictions. Most recently, Trump pardoned his former national security advisor Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in 2017.
  • Maldano-Passage became famous after his exploits as a zookeeper were documented in the 2020 Netflix series "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness."

Trump lost to Biden because he lacked 'empathy' for coronavirus victims, says his former campaign manager
  • Trump's failure to show "empathy" for people affected by the coronavirus pandemic cost him the election, his former campaign manager has said.
  • Brad Parscale told Fox News that the American public wanted their president to show empathy towards them.
  • "He chose a different path," Parscale said.

A failed GOP House candidate said Sidney Powell listed him as a plaintiff without permission in a lawsuit to overturn the election
  • The lawyer Sidney Powell has named a failed Republican House candidate's as a plaintiff, seemingly without his permission, in one of her lawsuits trying to overturn the election result.
  • A suit alleging "massive election fraud" in Wisconsin names Derrick Van Orden as a plaintiff — who then went on Twitter to say he was not involved.
  • Powell appeared to acknowledge her involvement when she told Reuters reporter Brad Heath that the use of Van Orden's name was "apparently a miscommunication."
  • The Wisconsin lawsuit is the latest in a series of bizarre cases launched by Powell attempting to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's win on President Donald Trump's behalf.
Derrick Van Orden, who narrowly lost his bid to represent Wisconsin's third congressional district this year, was named as a plaintiff in a case alleging "massive election fraud" in that state.

The case appeared in public filings on December 1 and was made against the Wisconsin Elections Commission, Gov. Tony Evers, and other state officials.

But Van Orden tweeted Tuesday that he is "not involved" in the case, and had only learned that his name was being used on social media.

... The wording and argumentation of the Wisconsin case are also almost identical to her legal bids in Georgia and Michigan.

In all three cases, Powell alleges that voting machines switched votes to President-elect Joe Biden.

... Powell has continued her legal drive even after having been disowned by the Trump campaign, after a November 19 press conference alongside Rudy Giuliani at which she floated wild claims about election fraud. Many of these claims have been repeated in her cases.

Her suits so far have been riddled with spelling errors and serious factual mistakes.

Trump retweeted a Nevada doctor's selfie to push the false claim that COVID-19 is a hoax. But the photo actually showed him in a new and still unused hospital-care site.
  • A Nevada doctor posted a selfie on Twitter at a newly opened hospital care site, commiserating with fellow frontline medical workers and urging them to "stay strong."
  • On Tuesday, President Donald Trump shared Dr. Jacob Keeperman's post but in an attempt to falsely portray COVID-19 as a hoax.
  • A Renown Regional Medical Center spokesperson told Insider that the picture was taken at a makeshift care site — which is located in a parking garage — on the day it opened and before any patients arrived.
  • "It is really demoralizing to everybody who is out working so hard to have this politicized and polarized so much," Keeperman told the Associated Press.
  • Trump also drew the ire of Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak who said in a statement that the president's "consistent misleading rhetoric on COVID-19 is dangerous and reckless."

Trump's former national security advisor shared a message asking the president to suspend the Constitution, impose martial law, and hold a new election
  • Former national security advisor Michael Flynn shared a message calling on President Donald Trump to invoke martial law and have the military hold a new election.
  • The message was an ad from a right-wing activist group asking Trump to "declare limited Martial Law to temporarily suspend the Constitution ... in order to have the military implement a national re-vote that reflects the true will of the people."
  • Flynn shared the press release about the ad on Twitter, tagged several Trump-supporting lawyers and media personalities, and wrote, "Freedom never kneels except for God."
  • The president does not have the power to unilaterally cancel, delay, postpone, or change the date of an election even if he declared martial law, and declaring martial law does not suspend the Constitution.
  • The military also has no role in administering elections, and even if it did, it could not "implement a national re-vote" because the right to vote is not specified in the Constitution or in federal statute.

Businesses at properties owned by the Trump Organization and Kushner Companies benefited from over 25 PPP loans worth $3.65 million, a new report shows
  • Business at properties owned by the Trump Organization and the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner's family received 25 Paycheck Protection Program loans to the tune of $3.65 million, NBC News reported.
  • The Treasury Department rolled out the program intended to keep small businesses afloat amid the pandemic.
  • Yet the newly-released data shows many larger companies received the emergency funds, and raises questions about the Trump administration's handling of the program.
  • "The notion that Kushner Companies somehow improperly benefited from CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans is completely untrue and amounts to nothing more than politically motivated nonsense," Christopher Smith, the company's general counsel, told Insider.
The newly-released data from the Small Business Administration comes after NBC News and 10 other news companies sued the agency for refusing to disclose information on more than 5 million loans that were given out. Congress and the Trump administration earlier this year dedicated nearly $700 billion in total to PPP loans, which were intended to help small businesses stay afloat and retain workers amid the economic disruption caused by COVID-19.

... A Washington Post analysis on Tuesday revealed that more than half of the relief money went to just 5% of recipients. National food chains, such as Uno Pizzeria & Grill, Boston Market, and Cava Mezze Grill, as well as law firms and churches, were among the hundreds of larger businesses that received the maximum amount of $10 million allowed under the program, The Post reported.

Fifteen of the Trump Organization- and Kushner Companies-owned properties reported themselves that they kept either one employee, no employees, or did not report at all how many workers were kept on their payroll, according to NBC News.

Two tenants at Trump Tower in New York received a PPP loan of over $100,000. Still, they only kept three jobs. Similarly, four tenants at 666 5th Avenue, which is helmed by Kushner Companies, got more than $204,000, but only held on to half a dozen jobs, NBC News found.

The Triomphe Restaurant at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York City got a $2,164,543 loan, per NBC News. The business didn't retain any workers and subsequently shut down.

Meanwhile, LB City Inc, a company located at the Kushner family's New Jersey-based Bungalow Hotel, retained 155 jobs after acquiring a loan of over $505,500, NBC News reported.

'This is shameful!': Fox News co-host goes off on Trump voter fraud claims as 'nonsense' and 'ridiculous' in heated exchange
  • The panel on Fox News' "The Five" got heated Wednesday evening when co-host Juan Williams went off on his colleagues who were entertaining President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated voter fraud claims.
  • "Let me ask you something: Do you think the news division of Fox News isn't interested in every one of these [voter fraud allegations]?" Williams said before significant crosstalk ensued.
  • "This is shameful!" he said after being talked over by the other co-hosts.
  • Fox News has been in a bind of its own making now that Trump has turned on the network, with Williams' mini rant marking another instance of tensions among on-air talent.

Trump posted a 46-minute video to Facebook asserting baseless election fraud claims, and called it 'the most important speech I've ever made'
  • President Trump released on Wednesday video of what he said might be "the most important speech" he's ever made.
  • The 46-minute speech was delivered to a camera, without an audience, and posted to Facebook. It was also almost totally divorced from reality.
  • During the speech, Trump repeated the unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud that he has made since the election, and which his attorneys and allies have tried without success to argue in court.
  • The posted came the day after the Department of Justice affirmed that it found no evidence of fraud that could change the election results.

Mary Trump said she thinks her uncle genuinely believes he won the election, and that he's the only person she knows 'who can gaslight himself'
  • Mary Trump, President Trump's niece, told VICE News on Monday that she believes her uncle has tricked himself into believing he won the 2020 presidential election.
  • President-elect Joe Biden won the election nearly a month ago, and the US government is already transitioning to Biden's team.
  • Mary Trump, who is a clinical psychologist, said her uncle was programmed not to show weakness, which is why he won't admit defeat.
  • "He's the only person I've ever met who can gaslight himself," Mary Trump told VICE News on Monday, adding: "Probably the most central part of Donald's psychopathology is the need to deny any reality that paints him as a loser or as somebody who is weak."

Trumpism
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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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