Trump Appeals Maine 2024 Primary Ballot Decision: Live

Donald Trump is doubling down on anti-immigrant rhetoric after the Supreme Court ruling

Donald Trump has asked a Maine court to overturn the secretary of state's decision to disqualify him from the 2024 Republican primary ballot because of the sedition clause of the 14th Amendment and his role in the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot.

The former president's appeal comes as lawyers are set to file final written arguments in a federal appeals court arguing that Trump is immune from prosecution on charges he faces of trying to sway the 2020 presidential election.

Then, on Jan. 9, oral arguments will be heard from Mr. Trump's lawyers and special counsel, after which a three-judge panel will rule on the matter.

Elsewhere, Trump now leads President Joe Biden among young and Hispanic voters, according to a new poll.

The USA Today/A Suffolk University survey found that 39 percent of Hispanic voters now support the former president compared to 34 percent who support his Democratic successor.

Trump also has a four-percentage-point lead among voters under 35, with 37 percent to Biden's 33 percent.

This demographic typically votes Democratic, so the findings are a potential problem for the incumbent in the 2024 presidential race.

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Trump shares ‘fully verified' report on 2020 election fraud, claims full immunity

In a three “page” post on Truth Social, Donald Trump shared a “fully verified” report of alleged fraud in the 2020 election.

He repeats his claim that it would be a “violation of his oath” not to bring his allegations of election fraud to light.

While the report is full of references, many come from stories and theories previously debunked by right-wing news sites. No author is mentioned in the report.

See what the former president posted:

Page 1: SUMMARY OF VOTER FRAUD IN THE 2020 SWING STATES PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS: I am pleased to share a report that is fully verified, most of the information obtained from government sources, tapes and other public records and compiled by the most highly qualified election experts in the country. These numbers are decisive and, in all cases, are hundreds of thousands of votes per Swing State more than I needed to WIN that state. If the Republican Senate doesn't step up and deal with this INSANE, it will happen again and it will be virtually impossible for Republicans to WIN ELECTIONS in the future.

Page Two: Remember, I wasn't campaigning—the 2020 election was WAY over. What I did was to bring to light the fact that the Election was, without a doubt, rigged and stolen. As President and Commander-in-Chief, it was my duty to do so! If I didn't do that, I would be in violation of my oath of office and the Care Clause, which requires the President to “take care that the Laws are faithfully executed.” Therefore, I am entitled to Full Immunity, because that is exactly what I did, Taking Care of our Country and Protecting it from Rigged and Stolen Elections. Democrats are willing to play a very different game. They are willing to cheat at levels never seen before.

Page Three: Please study these numbers carefully, analyze what has been done, keep an open mind and be smart—Because the Democrats are already trying to do it again, but they are adding yet another weapon, Prosecutorial Misconduct—Using the DOJ, the FBI and Local Attorneys General and DAs will go after crooked Joe Biden's political opponent — ME. This is a deadly weapon, but so far the Record Poll Numbers have shown me that he has pushed them away. The public knows the TRUTH, but Republicans need to fight harder and smarter!

Oliver O'ConnellJanuary 3, 2024 08:30

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Voices: It's not up to voters to decide whether Trump can run for president

When it comes to electing the president, the approval of the majority of voters is not a fundamental principle of the Constitution. From its inception, the Constitution specified specific non-negotiable qualifications for eligibility to serve as President: that “[n]a person other than a natural born Citizen. . . shall be eligible to the Office of President; nor shall any person who shall not have attained the age of thirty-five years, and shall not have been fourteen years a resident of the United States, be eligible to that Office.”

A twice-elected president is barred by the 22nd Amendment from running for a third term. It is not up to voters to decide whether a president can serve a third term. The myth that voters have an unlimited choice of president is of course countered by the Constitution's electoral system of voting that allows a minority of the nation's voters to choose the president.

Oliver O'ConnellJanuary 3, 2024 06:30

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Three years after the Capitol uprising, Trump is further consolidating his hold on the GOP

The poll, conducted by The Washington Post and the University of Maryland, shows that Republicans are increasingly loyal to Mr. Trump as he campaigns for the presidential nomination once again, even as his legal woes mount. Mr Trump is trying to win enough delegates to secure the nomination before any convictions spell trouble, including trying to stay in office after losing the 2020 election that led to the events of January 6.

Oliver O'ConnellJanuary 3, 2024 04:30

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Kellyanne Conway Recommends GOP Embrace Contraception To Win Votes

The right to reproductive health care, including contraception and abortion, is a political issue for conservatives plotting how to win over voters — the majority of whom agree that Americans have a right to access it.

Despite an abortion ban that has real health consequences for millions in the U.S. and a potential contraceptive ban fueling fears of similar effects, conservative political consultant Kellyanne Conway is advising Republicans to be more pro-contraceptive as she mocks abortion.

Ms. Conway said the strategy would undermine the Democratic narrative that Republicans are attacking women's health choices, Fox News reported.

Oliver O'ConnellJanuary 3, 2024 03:30

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Cheney schools Trump on false allegations Jan. 6 Committee evidence destroyed

Liz Cheney has responded to Donald Trump's repeated false claims that he destroyed most of the evidence from the House Select Committee investigating the events leading up to the January 6, 2021 riot on Capitol Hill.

The former president claims this was done to prevent him from preparing a defense case for his upcoming trial on federal election interference charges brought against him by Special Counsel Jack Smith.

Oliver O'ConnellJanuary 3, 2024 02:30

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Poll: Trump now ahead of Biden among young and Hispanic voters

A new poll shows President Joe Biden losing to former President Donald Trump in 2024 as Biden's support among black, Latino and young voters has declined.

A USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll found the president has failed to solidify parts of the coalition that carried him to the White House in 2020. Mr. Trump, who has a commanding lead in every state holding an early contest for the Republican nomination for president, he trails Mr. Biden with 39 percent compared to Mr. Biden's 37 percent.

Eric Garcia digs into the numbers:

Oliver O'ConnellJanuary 3, 2024 01:30

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Melania Trump was absent from the New Year's party due to her mother's hospitalization

Trump revealed that his mother-in-law was suffering from some sort of illness when asked why his wife did not accompany him to a New Year's Eve party at Mar-a-Lago, according to Page six.

“Melania — the great First Lady, so popular, people love her — is now in the hospital with her mother,” he said in a video clip shared on X/Twitter. “Her mother, Amalia, is very ill, but we hope she will recover.”

Trump told the New Year's Day crowd that his wife “sends her love.”

Oliver O'ConnellJanuary 3, 2024 00:30

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Trump's chances of being convicted are “extremely high,” says former prosecutor

Glenn Kirchner, who spent six years as a prosecutor for the US military and 24 years for the US government, told Sky News that the weight of Republican witnesses against Trump would make it very difficult for him to claim he is being wrongfully prosecuted.

“I think the chances of a conviction are extremely high,” Mr Kirschner told Sky News.

Oliver O'ConnellJanuary 2, 2024 11:30 p.m

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Maine's secretary of state ‘snapped' the day after she ousted Trump

Maine's secretary of state has become the target of “swatting” just one day after she announced that Donald Trump had been banned from the 2024 ballot in Maine.

Police received a call from a man who claimed to have broken into Shenna Bellows' home in Manchester, Maine, according to a statement from Maine State Police. He was not home on December 29 and police found nothing suspicious in or around the home when they searched.

The incident remains under investigation, police said.

The incident comes as several officials, including several members of Congress, appeared to have been targeted by “swatting” calls in recent days.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 2, 2024 11:15 p.m

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Full story: Trump appeals Maine decision to block him from 2024 ballot

Attorneys for Donald Trump have appealed a decision by Maine's top election official to remove him from the 2024 presidential ballot for his actions surrounding the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Last week's ruling by Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows challenges his eligibility under a provision of the 14th Amendment, which prohibits any person sworn to uphold the Constitution who is “engaged in rebellion or sedition” from possessing public office.

The attack, fueled by Mr. Trump's false narrative that he was robbed of the 2020 presidential election, “was an attack not only on Capitol Hill and government officials, but also an attack on the rule of law,” Maine's secretary of state wrote , Shenna Bellows. in last week's decision.

Oliver O'ConnellJanuary 2, 2024 11:01 p.m