Brazil Ousts Conservative President Bolsonaro After One Term

(graphic via The Guardian)

With 99.2 percent of the vote counted, the Superior Electoral Court of Brazil has announced that former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has won his country’s presidential election (again) over current President Jair Bolsonaro.

It’s a dramatic end to Bolsonaro’s one term in office marked by four divisive years in office. Continue reading “Brazil Ousts Conservative President Bolsonaro After One Term”

Madison Cawthorn Could Face Huge Campaign Fine

Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) could owe a huge fine after spending campaign funds on cigars and Chick-Fil-A
Rep. Madison Cawthorn (via Instagram)

Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), who lost his primary for reelection after only one term, has received even more bad news.

After spending general election campaign funds during the primary (big no-no), he also filed his quarterly report with the Federal Election Commission late. All that could mean a fine of around $17,000. Continue reading “Madison Cawthorn Could Face Huge Campaign Fine”

After Losing Primary, Madison Cawthorn Has No Money To Refund Donors

Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) reportedly spent general election campaign donations during his primary, which he lost. Now he's on the hook for hundreds of thousands in refunds to those donors.
Freshman Congressman Madison Cawthorn (R-NC)

Just in case you needed any more proof what a grifter Madison Cawthorn is, The Daily Beast reports the soon-to-be-unseated congressman spent general election campaign donations during his primary – that he lost.

He is legally required to return the general election funds to donors except he spent it all. Continue reading “After Losing Primary, Madison Cawthorn Has No Money To Refund Donors”

Florida: Trump Plaza Dumps Trump Name

Donald Trump was booed by his own supporters after revealing he'd received a booster vaccine shot.
Trump Plaza in West Palm Beach voted to dump the Trump name from building
Donald Trump (screen capture)

The folks at Trump Plaza in West Palm Beach are done with being associated with the Trump name.

From the Palm Beach Post:

The Trump name has been dumped from a signature West Palm Beach condominium in the wake of the Jan. 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol.

Last week, the board of the Trump Plaza condominium voted unanimously to change the legal name of the twin-tower complex. As a result, former President Donald Trump no longer will have a condo bearing his name across the water from his island enclave on Palm Beach.

The 32-story, twin-tower complex decided to cut its last link with Trump following his actions in inciting the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The condo’s Jan. 19 vote cleared the way for residents to cast a ballot to choose a new name for the luxury condo, where units sell from $1 million to more than $4 million.

“The Trump brand is damaged, so rebranding the complex is a wise move,” said Burt Minkoff, a real estate agent with Douglas Elliman on Palm Beach.

It’s not just Florida, either. Data shows buildings in Manhattan bearing the Trump name have seen their value drop by half.

“The Trump name is probably pretty radioactive right now,” realtor Mark Cohen told Business Insider.

Trump Threatens To Not Leave White House On Inauguration Day

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Donald Trump (photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr – CC License)

With the Electoral College affirming the results of the 2020 presidential election this week, followed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recognizing President-elect Joe Biden as the winner, one might think Donald Trump would begin to accept the reality that his time in the White House is coming to an end.

But…no.

From CNN:

Yet even amid the intractable movement of the transition and the hurried lame-duck activity — some of which he is participating in himself — Trump is steadfastly refusing to acknowledge that he lost.

In his moments of deepest denial, Trump has told some advisers that he will refuse to leave the White House on Inauguration Day, only to be walked down from that ledge. The possibility has alarmed some aides, but few believe Trump will actually follow through.

“He’s throwing a f***ing temper tantrum,” an adviser said. “He’s going to leave. He’s just lashing out.”

The White House declined to comment for this report.

#TrumpMeltDown Trends As Donald Rants

The Supreme Court has refused to block the release of hundreds of documents from the Trump White Houses ought by the House committee investigating the violent invasion of the U.S. Capitol building on January 6.

Donald Trump was apparently so upset the Supreme Court didn’t hand him the election (as he’d planned) that he refused to come down to his own White House holiday party superspreader event.

But he did make time for a Twitter rant…because of course.

It’s worth pointing out that Team Trump lost dozens and dozens of baseless lawsuits in trying to steal the election. He lost in federal courts, appellate courts, and now the Supreme Court wouldn’t even let his peeps in the door. He lost to conservative, Republican-appointed judges, he even lost to judges he appointed.

It’s time, Donnie. It’s time to find some dignity.

#TrumpMeltDown quickly began trending on Twitter.

Trump Loses PA Challenge In 3rd Circuit Court Of Appeals

Donald Trump
Donald Trump on 60 Minutes (screen capture)

The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed last weekend’s ruling dismissing the lawsuit brought by Team Trump in Pennsylvania that was argued by Rudy Giuliani.

Pennsylvania has already certified its election results which show President-elect Joe Biden won the Keystone State by 81,660 votes.

And Trump can’t blame the judge in this new ruling – it was one of his own nominees. The all-GOP panel agreed the case had ‘no merit.’

From the New York Times:

The 21-page ruling by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals was a complete repudiation of Mr. Trump’s effort to halt Pennsylvania’s certification process and a full-throated affirmation of a decision last Saturday by Judge Matthew W. Brann of Federal District Court in Williamsport, Penn., who dealt the Trump campaign its initial defeat in the case.

“Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy,” Judge Stephanos Bibas, a Trump appointee, wrote on behalf of the appeals court. “Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here.”

Trump’s lawyers have already announced they plan to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court where Trump believes his 3 handpicked justices would give him a win.

BUT – most legal eagles doubt the high court would be willing to take up a case where the evidence is lacking and ultimately won’t change the outcome of the race. Even if SCOTUS were to take the case and rule in Trump’s favor, Biden would still have 286 votes in the Electoral College – far more than the required 270 to win the White House.

Trump Loses Pennsylvania Election Lawsuit (Again)

Donald Trump (via Axios – screen capture)

A federal judge has thrown out the Trump campaign’s lawsuit in Pennsylvania hoping to stop the certification of ballots there likening Team Trump’s arguments to Frankenstein’s monster, saying it appeared “haphazardly stitched together.”

From the New York Times:

A federal judge in Pennsylvania dismissed on Saturday night a lawsuit by the Trump campaign that had claimed there were widespread improprieties with mail-in ballots in the state, ending the last major effort to delay the certification of Pennsylvania’s vote results, which is scheduled to take place Monday.

In a scathing order, Judge Matthew W. Brann wrote that Mr. Trump’s campaign, which had asked him to effectively disenfranchise nearly seven million voters, should have come to court “armed with compelling legal arguments and factual proof of rampant corruption” in its efforts to essentially nullify the results of Pennsylvania’s election.

But instead, Judge Brann complained, the Trump campaign provided only “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations” that were “unsupported by evidence.”