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Trump demands to see a list of Congressional Republicans who have acknowledged Biden's election win
  • President Trump demanded to see a list of which Congressional Republicans acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden's election win.
  • A survey published by The Washington Post on Saturday found that only 27 GOP Senators and House members have acknowledged Biden's victory.
  • A few Republicans have already publicly acknowledged Biden's win while others have chosen to stand by Trump and his unfounded claims of voter fraud.
President Trump demanded to know which Congressional Republicans recognized President-elect Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election.

His inquiry comes after a survey published by The Washington Post on Saturday found that only 25 Republicans — including 11 out of 52 GOP Senators and 14 out of 197 GOP House members — have acknowledged Biden's election victory. This number has since been updated to 27 members.

Referring to the survey, the president tweeted: "25, wow! I am surprised there are so many. We have just begun to fight. Please send me a list of the 25 RINOS. I read the Fake News Washington Post as little as possible!"

Trump seems depressed and is doing little work apart from pursuing his election fraud claims, report says
  • President Trump is in bad spirits and avoids his official duties to instead focus on pursuing his claims that the election was stolen from his due to mass electoral fraud, The New York Times reported Saturday.
  • As the president fixates on his election fraud claims, for which he has provided no compelling evidence, the US's number of daily deaths from the coronavirus is reaching new highs.
  • The US economy is in a fragile state, with congressional leaders so far have failed to hammer out a new stimulus deal.
Citing advisors to the president, the Times reported that as the president continues to claim the election was stolen from him a month after his defeat, he is "moody" and "sometimes depressed".

According to the report, the president is "ignoring the health and economic crises afflicting the nation" and is clearing his public schedule of meetings not related to his bid to overturn the election result.

Trump wants to run again in 2024. Bring it on, he'll just lose again.
  • Running for president will do wonders for Trump's narcisism, but the soon-to-be-former president would lose again in 2024.
  • Trump has lost in business, media, and now politics. He has a long history of losing.
  • Trump has lost the popular vote in both elections he's run in and is only getting less popular.
  • So, sure, Trump can run again in 2024. He'll just do what he does best: lose.
Donald Trump is a loser. And he knows he's a loser. But despite his 2020 election loss, he's still thinking about running for president again in 2024. Bring it on.

Whether it's real estate, casinos, faux charities, or presidential reelection, Donald Trump tries desperately to hide the fact that he's a loser. In fact, the harder he tries, the more it becomes clear that he's a loser.

Last month, Trump became the biggest loser of any sitting president on the ballot since Herbert Hoover, the architect of the Depression. With that loss squarely on his mind if not his lips, Trump pivoted to his other demon: relevance.

Trump has never met a news cycle that he hasn't tried to ruin. His desperate need for relevance combined with his failed attempts to wash off the loser stain has brought him to one conclusion: another run for president in 2024.

... Running for president does a lot for his needy personality, but nothing for the country or the Republican Party that put him in power.

... He also cuts off the oxygen from any Republican who dares to succeed him – unless the party is smart enough to coalesce around a single alternative early on.

So if he doesn't go to jail and continues to flounder in the business world, he'll have nothing left to do but run.

With Trump the loser out of the way and a new president in power, the country will start winning again. We'll beat the virus. We'll get the economy back and hopefully with many more people thriving in it.

Biden won as the perfect antidote to Trump. A majority of the country rejected Trump and Trumpism.

And despite our compatriots who fall for everything Trump says, there are plenty of Republicans who held their nose and voted to reelect him. They can't stand the guy but support GOP policies no matter the vessel. But despite this, Biden won handily with more votes than any presidential candidate in history and a popular vote lead closing in on 7 million — one of the largest margins ever.

History is also not on Trump's side. The only incumbent president to lose his reelection, only to regain it four years later was Grover Cleveland — who won in 1884, lost in 1888, and took back the White House in 1892. The difference is that in each of those three elections Cleveland won the popular vote, losing reelection because of the quirks of the Electoral College map. Trump, for his part, has lost the popular vote by huge margins in each of his two elections.

And Biden, in contrast to Trump, has significant room to expand his standing. The incoming president will get full credit for the country's economic revival – and he will reach those Americans who are desperate to be healed again.

Every time Trump taps the keyboard, the majority of the country will breathe a sigh of relief that he's just irrelevant and desperate. Biden will benefit from the contrast. While Trump breathes fire, Biden's cool reads the country's temperature more accurately.

So let me be the first Democrat to say it: Please run again, Mr. Trump. You may be able to troll Biden a little. You may be able to distract entertainment news a bit. But you're not going to win. Biden will be more popular in four years after he's fixed the mess you've left. Your continued loser status is the best news cycle for all of us.

Former Trump Organization VP: Trump said he didn't 'want people thinking Trump Towers are being built by Black people'
  • Barbara Res, a real estate executive who worked for President Donald Trump, said he once complained to her about seeing a Black construction laborer working on one of his Trump Tower buildings.
  • "I don't want people thinking Trump Towers are being built by Black people," Res said Trump told her.
  • Trump also said he didn't want Black people lounging in his building lobbies, according to Res.
A real estate executive who worked at the Trump Organization said President Donald Trump once complained about seeing a Black construction laborer working on one of his buildings.

"I never want to see that again," Trump said, according to former Trump Organization vice president Barbara Res, who appeared on a Daily Beast podcast.

"I don't want people thinking Trump Towers are being built by Black people," Trump told Res.

Trump also said he didn't want Black people lounging in his building lobbies, according to Res. "Millionaires are coming into my apartment," she claimed Trump once told her.

... Once Res invited a Black man to interview for a clerk position under her. The man waited in the Trump Tower lobby before the interview began. Trump called her into his office after the man left, she told Business Insider.

"I went in to see Donald and he was livid," Res said, adding that he shouted at her.

"Don't you ever do that again," she said he told him. "Don't ever do that again. I don't want Black kids sitting in my lobby where millionaires are coming in to buy apartments."

Over the near four years of Trump's presidency, reporters and family members have documented and shared other examples of racist language he's used in the past.

Trump's niece, Mary, for example, said in July that her family frequently used racist and anti-Semitic slurs when she was younger.

"Growing up, it was sort of normal to hear them use the N-word or use anti-Semitic expressions," she said in an interview with the Washington Post.

Trump as president has often referred to the coronavirus, which originated in China, as the "kung flu."

And two years ago, Trump referred to a group of African nations as "shithole countries." After this comment, African leaders decided he was racist. Cyril Ramaphosa, the president of South Africa's governing African National Congress, said his remarks were "really, really derogatory, and highly offensive." And Nigeria's foreign minister called his remarks "deeply hurtful, offensive and unacceptable."

Trump suggests GOP Rep. Doug Collins should run against Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp in 2022
  • President Donald Trump, while campaigning in Georgia on Saturday, suggested that GOP Rep. Doug Collins should launch a gubernatorial bid in 2022, which would set up a primary challenge to Gov. Brian Kemp.
  • "Doug, you want to run for governor in two years?" Trump said, with a smile on his face.
  • Collins, one of Trump's staunchest allies on Capitol Hill, ran in the November special Senate election, coming in third place behind Democrat Raphael Warnock and Loeffler.

Trump bragged about a weapon that doesn't appear to actually exist to a cheering crowd in Georgia
  • President Donald Trump told a cheering crowd in Georgia that the US has both "hypersonic" and "hydrosonic" missiles.
  • While hypersonic missiles are a real thing and an area of great power competition between the US, Russia, and China, hydrosonic missiles are not, experts say.
  • Trump has for months confused the terms "hypersonic" and "hydrosonic," both of which he has previously replaced with the word "super duper."
"Hydrosonic" is the name of a kind of electric toothbrush made by Curaprox. Trump's remarks aside, the top hits for "hydrosonic" on Google are the toothbrush.

Rather than correct course, the president is now insisting the US has both "hypersonic" and "hydrosonic" missiles. Hans Kristensen, a nuclear weapons expert with the Federation for American Scientists, told Insider in October that the "hydrosonic" missile "only exists inside Trump's head."
... The US armed forces do not currently have a deployable hypersonic weapon, but the military is expected to begin fielding them on various air, land, and sea platforms in the coming years.

Georgia voting manager says he now has 'police protection' to guard against threats caused by Trump's election disinformation
  • Gabriel Sterling, voting system implementation manager under the Georgia secretary of state, said he fears threats from Trump supporters who are emboldened by the president's unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud in the state.
  • Sterling has police protection to guard against any potential threats to his or his family's safety that might arise.
  • Speaking on MSNBC's "Meet the Press," Sterling said a young voting contractor is receiving harassing messages on social media.
  • He also said Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has police protection because "his wife received sexual, violent threats."

Trump's Mar-a-Lago residency is being spruced up while Melania checks out schools for Barron as the family eyes move to Florida, sources say
  • President Trump has asked for renovations to be made to his Mar-a-Lago residence as the first family considers moving to Florida after leaving the White House, People reported this week.
  • The White House has not made any official announcement about Trump's post-presidency plans, but sources say the family's private residence at the resort in Palm Beach "will be expanded and spruced up."
  • First Lady Melania Trump is reportedly also looking for schools around the Palm Beach area and neighboring Broward County for 14-year-old Barron.
  • Despite being a lifelong New Yorker, Trump has always enjoyed spending time in Florida and even listed it as its primary residence in October last year.

Former soldier who pleaded guilty to killing 16 Afghans and 7 other former troops and contractors are asking Trump for pardons
  • At least eight former service members and Blackwater security guards convicted of war crimes have filed petitions seeking pardons or clemency from President Donald Trump.
  • Among them is Robert Bales, a former Army staff sergeant who pleaded guilty to killing 16 Afghan men, women and children in 2012.
Getting action from Trump in the case of former Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was "admittedly a long shot," but "we'd be remiss if we didn't try," his lawyer John Maher, a former military Judge Advocate General, told Military.com Thursday.

Bales, now 45, pleaded guilty in a 2013 general court martial to avoid the death penalty on charges of going off alone at night from his base in Afghanistan's Kandahar province in 2012 to kill three Afghan men, four women and nine children, including a 2 year old.

Bales then set fire to the bodies, according to his guilty plea.

He has been serving a life term without eligibility for parole in the maximum security section of the military's Midwest Joint Regional Correctional Facility in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

The killings, believed to be the worst atrocity carried out by a single American soldier in the Afghan war, triggered widespread demonstrations against the US military presence.

GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy says that Trump 'in effect has conceded' by authorizing the presidential transition
  • GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy said Sunday that President Donald Trump had effectively conceded by signing off on the official transition with President-elect Joe Biden.
  • "The president in effect has conceded when he ordered the General Services Administration to begin the transition," the Louisiana Republican said on "Fox News Sunday."
  • Cassidy has acknowledged Biden as the president-elect, but said that Trump's legal challenges should be allowed to proceed.

Trump announces that Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for COVID-19
  • President Donald Trump announced Sunday that his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
  • Giuliani has made a string of public appearances in recent days as the face of Trump's legal effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
  • He participated in a number of Republican events in Georgia, Michigan, and Arizona that featured few masks and little social distancing.
  • Giuliani's son, Andrew, also recently tested positive for COVID-19.
"Rudy Giuliani, by far the greatest mayor in the history of NYC, and who has been working tirelessly exposing the most corrupt election (by far!) in the history of the USA, has tested positive for the China Virus," Trump tweeted. "Get better soon Rudy, we will carry on!!!

Georgia voting manager says that refuting Trump's debunked election claims are a like a 'game of whack-a-mole'
  • Gabriel Sterling, the voting system implementation manager for the Georgia Secretary of State's office, said that President Donald Trump's debunked election claims were a "game of whack-a-mole" for state officials.
  • "The president's statements are false," Sterling said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." "They're disinformation. They're stoking anger and fear among his supporters and hell, I voted for him."
  • On December 1, Sterling held a press conference decrying the threats of violence that have been leveled at election officials, saying that "it has to stop."

Trumpism
or Trump-ism

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.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.