Jen Psaki says Democrats ‘like to be against’ Donald Trump ahead of midterms
Former President Donald Trump has come under fire for openly hugging QAnon during his rambunctious speech to an under-capacity crowd at the Covelli Center in Youngstown, Ohio, on Saturday night, ostensibly in support of Republican Senate candidate JD Vance. At one point, he compared the GOP nominee to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
“This is the week Trump became Qanon. This is not a political statement; it’s just, however disturbing. The week started with images of Trump on Truth Social wearing a Q pin and promoting their slogans; it ends with Q music and the Q ‘one’ sign through the crowd at his gathering,” tweeted TNZT analyst Juliette Kayyem.
In an earlier post on Truth Social, Trump called the event a “sold out juggernaut” and claimed that without his rallies and endorsements, most candidates like Vance would lose.
In his comments, he also made new, outlandish accusations against the Biden administration, claiming that federal authorities are now threatening his supporters with decades of jail time unless they agree to say negative things about him.
WATCH: Donald Trump compares his own Senate candidate to Kim Jong-un in bizarre rally speech
Donald Trump compares his own Senate candidate to Kim Jong-un in bizarre rally speech
Gustaf KilanderSeptember 18, 2022 6:15 PM
WATCH: Trump claims his supporters are imprisoned for refusing to say bad things about him
Trump claims his supporters are imprisoned for refusing to say bad things about him
Gustaf KilanderSeptember 18, 2022 17:30
Is Trump fans’ ‘weird’ one-finger salute at the rally a QAnon tribute?
Donald Trump’s supporters raised their fingers in a bizarre, long-drawn salute as the former president spoke at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio to give a boost to Republican Senate candidate JD Vance.
With dramatic music playing in the background, Mr. Trump delved further into the depths of the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory.
Trump spoke about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the issue of ‘fake news’ and Hunter Biden’s laptop.
Watchdog Media Matters noted that the song played at the rally appeared to be released under the name Wwg1wga, which is QAnon’s tagline. It stands for “where we go one, we all go”.
Media Matters researcher Alex Kaplan tweeted on Saturday that “Trump used the song in a campaign-style video he posted on Rumble and Truth Social this summer.”
“Just like when Trump used the number before, QAnon figures claim that using the number brings some sort of legitimacy to them,” he added.
What’s behind the ‘weird’ one-finger greeting from Trump fans at the rally?
“Even Trump Forums Don’t Know Why His Followers Raised One Finger At His Meeting… Whatever It Is, It’s Very Weird”
Gustaf KilanderSeptember 18, 2022 4:45 PM
Democrats and GOP neck and neck in new poll as Biden’s rating rises and Trump’s falls
A new NBC News poll shows voters are evenly split on whether they want Democrats or Republicans to control Congress, as President Joe Biden’s approval rating rose and former President Donald Trump’s took a plunge.
Republican consulting firm Public Opinion Strategies and Hart Research Associates surveyed 1,000 registered voters between Sept. 9 and Sept. 13. The poll had a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.
Biden’s approval rating has risen three points to 45 percent since August, its highest approval rating since October last year. His rating fell by three points to 52 percent.
The improvement in Biden’s polls comes after a string of policy wins. Last month, Mr. Biden signed legislation to support semiconductor manufacturing in the United States, as well as the Inflation Reduction Act, the United States’ largest investment in combating climate change that would also allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices.
In addition, last month, Mr. Biden announced his plan to provide up to $10,000 in student debt relief for those earning up to $125,000, with Pell Grant recipients receiving up to $20,000 in debt forgiveness. That likely contributed to his approval rating among 18- to 34-year-olds that jumped from 36 to 48 percent.
Democrats and GOP neck and neck in new poll as Biden rating rises and Trump falls
Biden’s approval is improving among women, Latinos and young voters.
Eric GarciaSeptember 18, 2022 15:58
Trump claims supporters are facing jail time for failing to denounce him
Former President Donald Trump made new, outlandish accusations against the Biden administration on Saturday, claiming that federal authorities are now threatening his supporters with decades of jail time unless they agree to say negative things about him.
Mr. Trump made the outlandish claim for less than ten minutes in a subdued, rambunctious speech to an under-capacity crowd at the Covelli Center in Youngstown, Ohio.
Trump claims his supporters are facing jail time for refusing to charge him
‘They go to people who know me and they threaten them with jail unless [they] say something bad about Trump’
Oliver O’ConnellSeptember 18, 2022 15:15
Trump under fire for QAnon display at Ohio rally: ‘He’s gone crazy’
Gustaf KilanderSeptember 18, 2022 2:36 PM
Marjorie Taylor Greene threatens to cut education department
Marjorie Taylor Greene has threatened to “defund” the Department of Education to prevent teachers from “brainwashing” American children.
The right-wing Georgia lawmaker expressed the bizarre threat as she warmed up the crowd at the Donald Trump rally in Youngstown, Ohio, on Saturday night.
Marjorie Taylor Greene threatens to cut education department
Georgia’s right-wing legislator issued a bizarre threat at Donald Trump’s meeting in Ohio
Oliver O’ConnellSeptember 18, 2022 14:15
Amid Special Masters Trial, DoJ Appeals Ruling Over Trump Mar-a-Lago Papers Seized
The Justice Department on Friday appealed a federal judge’s ruling banning it from using classified documents seized from Donald Trump’s estate in Mar-a-Lago.
On an evening Submitthe DOJ asked the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to partially suspend a lower court ruling, allowing investigators to use the materials they seized during an FBI search in August at the former president’s home until a court-appointed special master could review the documents.
Josh Marcus has the details.
DOJ to appeal ruling banning it from using Trump’s seized Mar-a-Lago documents
Agency said the ruling hurt the ongoing investigation
Oliver O’ConnellSeptember 18, 2022 13:30
Report: Matt Gaetz wanted Trump to pardon him preemptively for sex research
Matt Gaetz told a former White House aide he hoped for a preemptive pardon from then-President Donald Trump over an investigation into him by the Justice Department, a report said.
The allegation came in testimony given to the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot, The Washington Post reported.
Gustaf Kilander has the story.
Gaetz wanted Trump to pardon him preemptively for sex research, report says
Florida Congresswoman Spokesperson Calls Accusation ‘Evil Rumor’
Oliver O’ConnellSeptember 18, 2022 12:45 pm
Migrants sent to Kamala Harris residence for the second time this week
A group of migrants has been bussed from Texas and dropped off outside the vice president’s residence in Washington, DC for the second time this week.
Another 50 migrants were driven Saturday morning to the Naval Observatory, home to Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, in northwest Washington.
Gustaf Kilander reports from Washington, DC.
Migrants Sent From Texas To VP Residence For The Second Time This Week
“These are political stunts with real people on the run from evil,” says Kamala Harris
Oliver O’ConnellSeptember 18, 2022 12:00