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New York Post editorial board tells Trump it's time to end the 'undemocratic coup' and secure his legacy by helping Republicans maintain control of the Senate
  • On Sunday, the New York Post editorial board urged President Trump to accept his election loss and focus on helping Republicans win the Georgia Senate runoff races.
  • The Post's editorial board wrote that Trump had every right to investigate the election results, but since his lawsuits haven't proved fruitful, it was time to move on.
  • The board said that Trump's continued focus on overturning the election results amounted to an "undemocratic coup."
  • "We understand, Mr. President, that you're angry that you lost. But to continue down this road is ruinous," the editorial board wrote.
The editorial board finished their letter to Trump with a warning: "If you insist on spending your final days in office threatening to burn it all down, that will be how you are remembered. Not as a revolutionary, but as the anarchist holding the match."

Michael Cohen says the associates Trump pardoned may now be forced to testify against him because they can no longer invoke the Fifth Amendment
  • President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, said the president's pardons and sentence commutations for close associates like Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, and Roger Stone could be a big mistake.
  • Cohen told MSNBC on Monday that by pardoning these allies, Trump could be unintentionally giving prosecutors the power to force these close associates to testify against him.
  • Cohen suggested that the people Trump pardoned will no longer be able to plead the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, and therefore must comply with investigations into Trump.
  • "So all of these people could ultimately be his downfall because they'll be testifying against him, either before a court or before a tribunal," Cohen said.
  • Trump faces multiple lawsuits and criminal investigations when he leaves the White House.
President Donald Trump's former fixer Michael Cohen has pointed out a potential issue in the president's windfall of pardons and commutations that may come back to bite him after he leaves the White House.

... "This produces a very significant problem for Donald Trump in the fact that once you receive that pardon power, once you get that pardon, you're no longer able to invoke the Fifth Amendment — the right against self-incrimination — because you cannot be charged," Cohen said.

Nashville mayor says Trump still hasn't reached out to him about bombing
  • Nashville Mayor John Cooper on Monday told CNN that President Donald Trump has not yet contacted him following a bombing on Christmas Day.
  • This is part of a broader trend with Trump, who's often been slow to respond to national tragedies.
  • The blast injured several people and damaged dozens of buildings.
Police say Anthony Q. Warner, a 63-year-old man, detonated an RV filled with explosives in downtown Nashville. Warner's motives remain unclear as an investigation into the bombing is ongoing. His political views are also unknown.

Trump has made no public remarks on the bombing while spending the holidays at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where he's spent a lot of time on the golf course in recent days.

And though he's tweeted about everything from the COVID-19 stimulus to the likely override of his veto on a $741 billion defense bill, Nashville has not made it onto Trump's Twitter timeline since the attack.

This is part of a broader trend with Trump, who has struggled to play the role of comforter-in-chief compared to many of his predecessors and has often faltered in the wake of national tragedies. The president has also consistently been more delayed in his reactions to incidents or attacks involving white suspects, as opposed to those that have been connected to jihadist groups or sympathizers.

Trump has spent a good chunk of his presidency warning about the purported threat of antifa, or left-wing, anti-fascist activists. Meanwhile, he's generally ignored the threat posed by far-right extremism. In some cases, Trump has amplified such groups. During a presidential debate against President-elect Joe Biden earlier this year, for example, Trump gave a shout-out to the far-right group the Proud Boys. White supremacist groups remain the deadliest terror threat in the US, according to an assessment released by Homeland Security in October.

A federal judge in Iowa ridiculed Trump's pardons: 'It's not surprising that a criminal like Trump pardons other criminals'
  • A federal judge in Iowa ridiculed President Donald Trump's presidential pardons, saying "it's not surprising that a criminal like Trump pardons other criminals."
  • Senior U.S. District Judge Robert Pratt of the Southern District of Iowa has previously sounded the alarm against political corruption, mocking Trump's pardons, which include convicted Republican campaign operatives and former members of Congress.
  • "But apparently to get a pardon, one has to be either a Republican, a convicted child murderer or a turkey," Pratt joked in a phone call with the Associated Press on Monday.
A federal judge in Iowa who has warned against political corruption is ridiculing President Donald Trump's pardons, including those issued to convicted Republican campaign operatives and former members of Congress.

"It's not surprising that a criminal like Trump pardons other criminals," senior U.S. District Judge Robert Pratt of the Southern District of Iowa told The Associated Press in a brief phone interview Monday. In a bit of humor, he said: "But apparently to get a pardon, one has to be either a Republican, a convicted child murderer or a turkey."

Pratt was referring to pardons Trump granted to his former campaign aides convicted during the special counsel's Russia inquiry, former GOP congressmen who committed crimes, and security contractors convicted of killing innocent civilians in Iraq. Trump also pardons turkeys — this year two from Iowa — annually before Thanksgiving.

Pratt has been on the bench since his appointment by President Bill Clinton in 1997. He has had a reduced caseload since 2012, when he assumed senior status.


Pratt made the remarks when asked for comment on pardons granted to two former top aides for Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign, who were convicted in a corruption scheme related to the Iowa caucuses.

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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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