President Donald Trump attacked Twitter Thanksgiving night for making "false trends" and demanded again that Section 230 should be "terminated."
Twitter users mocked the president using the hashtag #DiaperDon after he sat at a small table during a news conference and posted frustrated tweets.
There are more than 230,000 posts using #DiaperDon on Twitter.
Trump also echoed his previous claims that Twitter is biased against conservatives.
Amongst his 14 tweets Thursday, he also targeted Fox News, Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez, and NFL players kneeling.
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Most American families enjoyed a humble Thanksgiving this year. But not President Donald Trump.
The US president spent most of his Thanksgiving night ripping into Twitter for making "false trends" when the #DiaperDon hashtag was trending on the social media site. The hashtag has more than 230,000 tweets attached to it.
He also demanded an end to Section 230, which is part of a law that means tech platforms are allowed to set their own rules about how they regulate content on their platforms.
The hashtag followed a news conference Thursday evening in which Trump snapped at White House correspondent Jeff Mason, who asked the president if he would concede once the Electoral College votes to officially make Joe Biden the winner of the US election.
"I'm the President of the United States. Don't ever talk to the president that way," Trump told Mason. "You're just a lightweight."
In his tweet after the conference, Trump attacked "fake news media" for its coverage of the event and reiterated false claims that the US election was "rigged" and that he won against Joe Biden.
Amid Trump's frustration at reporters and constant tweets about election fraud, Twitter users began to mock the president using the hashtag #DiaperDon after he sat at a small table during the press conference.
In response, Trump tweeted: "Twitter is sending out totally false "Trends" that have absolutely nothing to do with what is really trending in the world. They make it up, and only negative "stuff.""
He also echoed his previous claims that Twitter discriminates against conservatives.
But he didn't stop there.
In the same hour, Trump tweeted that Section 230 – one of Big Tech's biggest shields – should be "terminated" for "the purposes of national security."
This isn't the first time Trump has called for a repeal of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. In May, the president signed an executive order seeking to empower federal regulators to amend Section 230.
In recent months, Trump has escalated this repeal as both Twitter and Facebook fact-checked and put labels next to his posts to prevent voter misinformation and premature declarations of victory during the election period.
Both Republicans and Democrats have said Section 230 needs to be updated.
But this became more of a reality October 15 when Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said he'd issue guidance redefining the law.
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Trump posted and shared a total of 14 tweets on Thanksgiving holiday, including tweets from conservative commentators, such as David J Harris Jr, who falsely suggested that Trump could still win the election.
Other tweets targeted Fox News, Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez, and NFL players kneeling to protest against racial injustice before their game Thursday.
His flurry of tweets spurred on Twitter users to include #DiaperDon in their posts.
Donald Trump lashed out during a Thanksgiving press conference at a reporter who pushed back against his false claims of election fraud, calling the journalist a “lightweight” and telling him, “I’m the president of the United States.”
Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason asked Trump if he will concede when the Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden.
“Well if they do, they made a mistake, because this election was a fraud,” Trump replied, before launching into a tirade about the number of votes Biden got compared to former President Barack Obama.
When Mason interrupted this lengthy digression, Trump snapped, “Don’t talk to me that way.”
″You’re just a lightweight. Don’t talk to me that way. I’m the president of the United States. Don’t ever talk to the president that way,” he added.
This tone typified much of the press conference, in which the president evaded questions about whether he will attend Biden’s inauguration, persistently alleged widespread voter fraud, attacked election officials, and complained that his successor shouldn’t be allowed to take credit for a COVID-19 vaccine.
The president’s outburst sparked much chatter on Twitter from other members of the press. Trump has often insulted and demeaned journalists who ask questions that he doesn’t like.
CNN’s chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper tweeted that Mason is an “excellent journalist” who will “still be working at the White House after January 20, 2021.”
A major contributor to a group backing President Donald Trump’s fight to overturn the presidential election sued to recover $2.5 million in donations after the campaign failed in several court cases and was unable to prove any fraud.
The lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Texas by North Carolina venture capitalist Fred Eshelman argued that the nonprofit group True the Vote promised to keep him informed of how his millions were being used in what was pitched as a strong case against alleged election fraud. Instead, the suit alleged, he was fed “vague responses, platitudes and empty promises of follow-up” that never occurred.
He was kept in the dark when weak cases filed in Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia and Pennsylvania were voluntarily withdrawn in a decision the investor claimed was made in “concert with counsel for the Trump campaign,” the suit said.
In the Wisconsin case, Republican powerhouse attorney James Bopp promised that “evidence will be shortly forthcoming.” But Bopp withdrew the case last week just hours before scheduled oral arguments without ever providing a shred of evidence. Bopp won the the infamous Citizens United case before the U.S. Supreme Court, which opened the floodgates of dark money into campaigns.
A fed-up Eshelman last week ordered True the Vote in an email to immediately wire back his contribution. When the organization failed to comply, he filed the lawsuit.
Eshelman is a major Trump backer who has twice donated the maximum allowable individual contribution of $2,700 to Trump’s campaign, as well as a $100,000 contribution to the Trump Victory PAC, according to records.
HuffPost could not immediately reach True the Vote, the only plaintiff named in the suit.
Trump has refused to concede the presidential election and continues to complain about massive voter fraud without any evidence to support his allegations. He again claimed in remarks at the White House Thursday, “There was massive fraud.”
In the latest socially distanced episode of our Useful Idiots podcast, hosts Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper are joined by Ryan McMahon and Jon Thompson of the Thunder Bay podcast.
For “Democrats Suck,” Katie dives into former President Barack Obama’s new best-selling memoir A Promised Land, particularly the section in which Obama laments overseeing the deaths of people that he asserts he had actually wanted to help.
“Yeah, he wrote that,” says Katie.
“That takes some stones to write that, I have to say. I’m very impressed,” responds Matt.
For “Republicans Suck,” Matt shows his exhaustion with the Trump administration, citing yet another failed attempt by President Donald Trump to swing the November election to his favor.
“I can’t keep track of all the legal challenges, it’s like fractals or something, it’s gone beyond my ability to follow,” says Matt. “It was funny: There was an element of humor to Trump’s absurdities when he was somehow winning. But this has gotten completely ridiculous.”
Joining the show for the first time are Ryan McMahon and Jon Thompson, who are releasing season two of their acclaimed Thunder Bay, a true crime podcast about the the deaths of indigenous youth in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
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The federal government’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has extended the deadline for the arranged sale of TikTok by one week, to December 4.
In a brief legal filing Wednesday, government attorneys disclosed the latest extension, which followed a previous two-week reprieve to November 27. Officials have been in a months-long back-and-forth with TikTok and its China-based parent, ByteDance, due to security concerns centered on the fast-growing social video app.
In August, President Donald Trump signed an order requiring the company to sell TikTok to a “very American” company due to concerns about national security as well as privacy. A month later, Oracle emerged as Trump’s choice to take majority control of a new, U.S.-run entity in which Walmart would also have a stake. Details of the arrangement have not been finalized, however, and Trump’s order has faced numerous court challenges in the months since it was issued. On November 10, attorneys for TikTok asked a federal appeals court to overturn the order, calling it “unlawful.”
The whole affair has also been eclipsed in recent weeks by Trump’s unsuccessful fight for a second term in office.
While datamining is a concern throughout the tech industry, Chinese companies are required to pass along considerable amounts of the data they collect to the government. That dynamic has raised flags for a number of U.S. officials, especially during a nationalist period of trade war with China and Trump and others blithely referring to Covid-19 as the “Chinese virus.” While ByteDance was founded by a Chinese entrepreneur, the company has maintained that it is not technically based in China.
As the messy situation has dragged on, users have been none the wiser as the app continues to function normally. Trump’s initial threat to leave U.S. users in the dark unless a sale happened has appeared to diminish, and some observers wonder if the delays in the process might continue until Joe Biden is sworn in as president in January. A reconfiguration of TikTok’s ownership could still happen in a new administration, but Biden’s background suggests other scenarios besides the sell-it-or-else approach taken by Trump.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Declaring “America is back,” President-elect Joe Biden introduced his national security team, his first substantive offering of how he’ll shift from Trump-era “America First” policies by relying on experts from the Democratic establishment to be some of his most important advisers.
“Together, these public servants will restore America globally, its global leadership and its moral leadership,” Biden said Tuesday from a theater in his longtime home of Wilmington, Delaware. “It’s a team that reflects the fact that America is back, ready to lead the world, not retreat from it.”
The nominees are all Washington veterans with ties to the Obama administration, a sign of Biden’s effort to resume some form of normalcy after the tumult of President Donald Trump’s four years in office. Another sign that Biden will soon be in charge: He scheduled a Thanksgiving address to the nation for Wednesday afternoon, planning to focus his remarks on shared sacrifices during the holiday season and expressing confidence that Americans will get through the pandemic together.
There are risks to choosing experienced hands from the previous Democratic administration. Besides Republican attacks, progressives fret that Biden is tapping some officials who were too cautious and incremental the last time they held power.
Still, Biden’s nominees were a clear departure from Trump, whose Cabinet has largely consisted of men, almost all of them white. Biden’s picks included several women and people of color, some of whom would break barriers if confirmed to their new positions.
On Tuesday they stood behind Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris spaced apart and wearing masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, a contrast with Trump and many of his top aides who have largely eschewed facial coverings.
The president-elect’s team includes Antony Blinken, a veteran foreign policy hand well-regarded on Capitol Hill whose ties to Biden go back some 20 years, for secretary of state; lawyer Alejandro Mayorkas to be homeland security secretary; veteran diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; and Obama White House alumnus Jake Sullivan as national security adviser.
Avril Haines, a former deputy director of the CIA, was picked to serve as director of national intelligence, the first woman to hold that post, and former Secretary of State John Kerry will make a curtain call as a special envoy on climate change. Kerry and Sullivan’s position will not require Senate confirmation.
With the Senate’s balance of power hinging on two runoff races in Georgia that will be decided in January, some Senate Republicans have already expressed antipathy to Biden’s picks as little more than Obama world retreads.
Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican and potential 2024 presidential candidate, argued that Biden is surrounding himself with people who will go soft on China.
Sen. Marco Rubio, another potential White House hopeful, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that will consider Blinken’s nomination, broadly wrote off the early selections.
“Biden’s cabinet picks went to Ivy League schools, have strong resumes, attend all the right conferences & will be polite & orderly caretakers of America’s decline,” Rubio tweeted.
Biden said his choices “reflect the idea that we cannot meet these challenges with old thinking and unchanged habits.” He said he tasked them with reasserting global and moral leadership, a clear swipe at Trump, who has resisted many traditional foreign alliances.
The president-elect said he was “struck” by how world leaders have repeatedly told him during congratulatory calls that they look forward to the U.S. “reasserting its historic role as a global leader” under his administration.
Trump, who has debated recently whether to mount another presidential campaign in 2024, appeared to defend his worldview on Tuesday.
“We shouldn’t go away from that — America First,” he said at the annual turkey pardon, a lighthearted pre-Thanksgiving White House tradition.
While Trump expected total loyalty from his Cabinet and chafed at pushback from advisers, Biden said he expected advisers to tell me “what I need to know, not what I want to know.”
Further drawing a contrast with Trump, Haines said she accepted Biden’s nomination knowing that “you value the perspective of the intelligence community, and that you will do so even when what I have to say may be inconvenient or difficult.”
Haines said she has “never shied away from speaking truth to power” and added “that will be my charge as director of national intelligence.”
Biden celebrated the diversity of his picks, offering a particularly poignant tribute to Thomas-Greenfield. The eldest of eight children who grew up in segregated Louisiana, she was the first to graduate from high school and college in her family. The diplomat, in turn, said that with his selections, Biden is achieving much more than a changing of the guard.
“My fellow career diplomats and public servants around the world, I want to say to you, ‘America is back, multilateralism is back, diplomacy is back,’” Thomas-Greenfield said.
Mayorkas, who is Cuban American, also offered a nod to his immigrant upbringing.
“My father and mother brought me to this country to escape communism,” he said. “They cherished our democracy, and were intensely proud to become United States citizens, as was I.”
But Mayorkas might pose the most difficult confirmation challenge from Biden’s early round of nominees.
The Senate previously confirmed him in December 2013 by a party-line vote to be the deputy secretary of Homeland Security. The Senate was controlled by Democrats then, and all of the chamber’s Republicans voted against his confirmation mainly because he was then under investigation by the inspector general in that department who had been appointed by President Barack Obama. At the time, the Senate historian’s office said it was unprecedented for the Senate to vote on a nominee who was under investigation.
The inspector general, John Roth, found in March 2015 that Mayorkas, as director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, appeared to give special treatment to certain people as part of the visa program that gives residency preference to immigrants who agree to invest in the U.S. economy.
Meanwhile, there were signs on Tuesday that the stalled formal transition of power is now underway. Biden’s team now is in contact with all federal agencies, according to a transition official who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe developments that have not been announced.
At the Pentagon, Kash Patel, chief of staff to the acting secretary of defense, is heading the department’s transition work. A transition task force has been assembled, led by Tom Muir, head of the Pentagon office that provides administrative and management services to all Defense Department facilities in the Washington area.
Muir said the first meeting with Biden’s team was held virtually on Tuesday morning and that he expected daily meetings to come — some virtually and some in person. He said normal accommodations for the Biden team have been made, including provision of briefing materials, video-teleconferencing capabilities, and office space inside the Pentagon.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar also said his agency is working to get briefing materials to Biden’s aides immediately and pledged a “professional, cooperative and collaborative” transition.
The moves came a day after the head of the General Services Administration wrote the necessary letter of “ascertainment” acknowledging Biden as the apparent winner of the election, triggering the transition process.
Trump, who continues to press a legal challenge to overturn the election results, again on Tuesday refused to concede his election loss.
Trump tweeted that “the GSA does not determine who the next President of the United States will be.”
Lee and Madhani reported from Washington. Associated Press writer Robert Burns in Washington contributed to this report.
Melania Trump — in the final weeks of her final year in the White House and with her husband largely out of view while he mulls his election loss — beamed on Monday as she ushered in the pomp and circumstance of the holidays at the White House, welcoming the arrival of an 18-foot Christmas tree as a military band played carols outside the residence.
The Fraser fir was delivered by a pair of Clydesdale horses at noon.
The first lady, 50, welcomed the tree, as is customary, with a noticeably blonder hairstyle, along with a black-and-white checked coat, black gloves and over-the-knee black high-heeled boots; her husband, meanwhile, has made few public appearances since the Nov. 3 election.
According to a pool report, she spoke briefly to the owners of the tree farm and told onlookers "merry Christmas" before returning inside.
The tree, which was grown at a West Virginia farm, will be displayed in the White House's Blue Room and eventually decorated as one of the final duties of the first lady before she and President Donald Trump leave office on Jan. 20.
The first lady's spokeswoman previously told PEOPLE she was "looking forward to once again opening the People’s House for Christmas."
"It is an annual tradition that she has enjoyed designing since June," Mrs. Trump's spokeswoman said earlier this month. "The decor will be showcased and celebrated across the country in December."
Reflecting the strong and divisive opinions on the Trump administration, Mrs. Trump's Christmas choices have made headlines in the past.
Her 2018 decor featured startlingly red trees that many compared to the dystopian imagery of The Handmaid's Tale.
“I think they look fantastic. I hope everybody will come over and visit it. In real life, they look even more beautiful. You are all welcome to visit the White House, the people’s house,” Mrs. Trump said in 2018, after some of the initial criticism.
“We are in 21st century and everybody has a different taste,” she said then.
The first lady has spoken dismissively in private about some of the rituals expected of her role — including overseeing Christmas decorations.
Those comments were secretly captured by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Mrs. Trump’s former friend and White House aide, who released the recordings in October.
The audio shows Mrs. Trump suggesting to Wolkoff that she felt stuck between ceremonial obligations and the detractors who slammed her for not doing more in response to the president's controversial anti-immigration policies.
"They say I'm complicit. I'm the same like him, I support him. I don't say enough, I don't do enough, where I am? I’m working my a– off on the Christmas stuff … who gives a f— about the Christmas stuff and decorations? But I need to do it, right?" Mrs. Trump is heard saying on the tapes.
She continues in that clip: "Okay, and then I do it and I say that I'm working on Christmas and planning for the Christmas and they said, 'Oh, what about the children that they were separated?' Give me a f—— break. Where they were saying anything when Obama did that?"
(The first lady has dismissed Wolkoff as someone who "hardly knew me," and her spokeswoman called Wolkoff a paranoiac and deceitful.)
The arrival of the Christmas tree kicks off a slew of holiday events at the White House, including indoor parties, which are being held despite the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Mrs. Trump's spokeswoman said in a statement to various media outlets that attending the parties will be "a personal choice" and that safety precautions will be followed.
Even with precautions, though, experts warn that indoor parties could be dangerous.
In a Monday interview on Good Morning America, Surgeon General Jerome Adam said that federal health guidelines against holding indoor events "apply to everyone," including the White House.
"We want everyone to understand that these holiday celebrations can be super-spreader events," he said, adding that the tips, "apply to the White House, they apply to the American people, they apply to everyone."
Two events held at the White Hose in recent months — a Rose Garden event for Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett in late September and an election-night party — were widely scrutinized after numerous attendees were seen in close proximity without masks and later tested positive for the virus.
Within hours of admitting that Joe Biden won the presidential election, President Donald Trump retracted by saying he will continue fighting the “rigged elections.”
Trump, who was busy playing golf in the weekend even as the United States was reeling under the rising infection rate, made conflicting comments on Twitter Sunday. He initially appeared to admit for the first time publicly that Biden won, then reversed course.
In an early morning tweet, Trump said, “He (Biden) won because the Election was Rigged. NO VOTE WATCHERS OR OBSERVERS allowed, vote tabulated by a Radical Left privately owned company, Dominion, with a bad reputation & bum equipment that couldn’t even qualify for Texas (which I won by a lot!), the Fake & Silent Media, & more.”
“He (Biden) only won in the eyes of the Fake News Media,” according to Trump. “I concede nothing! We have a long way to go. This was a Rigged Election,” he added. Twitter flagged these statements with the remark, “This claim about election fraud is disputed.”
Hours later, in a late night tweet, the President said: “I WON THE ELECTION!”. It was accompanied by a Twitter warning label saying: “Official sources called this election differently.”
In between these two tweets, Trump continued to post a series of statements claiming the November 3 election was rigged, and at the same time, that he won it.
He also alleged that his supporters who gathered in Washington for the “Million MAGA March” were attacked.
Several people were reportedly arrested in violence erupted during mass demonstrations by Trump supporters who urged him not to concede the election, and pro-Biden activists who claimed his victory.
“Many of the court cases being filed all over the Country are not ours, but rather those of people that have seen horrible abuses. Our big cases showing the unconstitutionality of the 2020 Election, & the outrage of things that were done to change the outcome, will soon be filed,” Trump tweeted.
He mounted the attack on media. “Why does the Fake News Media continuously assume that Joe Biden will ascend to the Presidency, not even allowing our side to show, which we are just getting ready to do, how badly shattered and violated our great Constitution has been in the 2020 Election. It was attacked perhaps like never before! From large numbers of Poll Watchers that were thrown out of vote counting rooms in many of our States, to millions of ballots that have been altered by Democrats, only for Democrats, to voting after the Election was over, to using Radical Left owned Dominion Voting Systems, turned down by Texas and many others because it was not good or secure. Those responsible for the safeguarding of our Constitution cannot allow the Fake results of the 2020 Mail-In Election to stand. The World is watching.”
Twitter tagged this with the remark, “This claim about election fraud is disputed.”
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, under the Department of Homeland Security Agency, had certified in a statement issued last week that the 2020 U.S. presidential election was the “most secure in American history.”
“There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised,” said the agency, which is tasked with ensuring secure elections.
President Donald Trump is considering a range of ways to make money and advance his political brand when he leaves office in January, sources close to the president told The Washington Post.
Facing $400 million debts, Trump is talking about ways to cash-in through selling rally tickets, lucrative speaking gigs and media appearances, according to the report.
Though in public Trump has insisted he was the real winner of the election, in private his attention has focussed on what he'll do after leaving the White House.
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President Donald Trump, with top aides and allies, has discussed ways he could cash-in on his role as former president when he leaves the White House in January, The Washington Post reported.
In public, Trump has continued to stir allegations of election fraud, for which he has produced no convincing evidence, and insists that he is the real winner of the election, which media organizations called for Democrat Joe Biden more than two weeks ago. Trump has even attempted to pressure GOP officials to delay certifying the election result in a bid to subvert the result of the election.
But in private conversation with aides, the Post reports, Trump appears to have acknowledged he will be leaving office in January, and is planning his next moves.
Sources told the Post that after leaving office, Trump "wants to remain an omnipresent force in politics and the media," and cement his role as a GOP power broker.
Among the ideas touted by the president are a 2024 run for the presidency, setting up a potential rematch with Biden. But facing debts of up to $400 million, some of which will come due in the next two years, and likely substantial legal bills, making money is also reportedly at the forefront of Trump's mind.
"Trump also has been exploring ways to make money for relatively little work, such as giving paid speeches to corporate groups or selling tickets to rallies," reports the Post."Also, he may try to write a score-settling memoir of his time as president and appear on television, in a paid or unpaid capacity."
Trump is also talking about revenge, particularly against Fox News, the conservative-leaning network whose coverage of his administration has been largely fawning, but which Trump believes has betrayed him.
There have been some signs Fox News is beginning to distance itself from Trump, which the president has fixated on. He was enraged by the network when it first projected Biden had flipped Arizona on election night.
However, sources told the Post that the president would be unlikely to attempt to start his own media empire, as some reports have suggested he will, because of the uncertain chances of success.
The conservative National Review minced no words in a Friday editorial that denounced President Donald Trump’s attempts to undermine the Nov. 3 election, calling the president’s actions a “bid for infamy.”
The magazine focused special attention on the Thursday news conference at the Republican National Committee by Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Guiliani, and lawyer Sidney Powell.
The two claimed a widespread voter fraud conspiracy, based on unproven allegations, which the National Review called “the most outlandish and irresponsible performance ever by a group of lawyers representing a president of the United States.” It dismissed the unproven theories of voter fraud and called their “lawyering worthy of the comments section of Breitbart News.’”
“If there’s serious evidence for any of this, Giuliani and co. need to produce it immediately,” the magazine said. “Waving around affidavits at a press conference without allowing anyone to examine them doesn’t count. … This magazine has always taken voter fraud seriously, and we hope that any that occurred in this election is exposed and prosecuted. But it’s important to recognize that the broad contours of the 2020 presidential vote make sense.”
National Review editors pointed out that “same-day ballots strongly favoring Republicans were counted first, and early votes strongly favoring Democrats were counted last.” Politics aside, “across the country, the basic picture is the same, without any notable anomalies — Trump excelled in rural areas, got wiped out in urban areas but often by slightly smaller margins than in 2016, and lost soundly in suburban counties, which proved decisive.”
The magazine also urged Republicans to speak out against the Trump team’s “profoundly undemocratic gambit,” adding that the president was only making his loss to President-elect Joe Biden worse by putting on such a charade.
“He’s turning a narrow election defeat into a bid for infamy,” the magazine said.
The National Review has repeatedly criticized Trump’s policies as perversions of conservatism since the president’s term began, notably in a February 2016 issue with “Against Trump” featured prominently on its cover.
The magazine’s latest editorial echoed one by the Washington Examiner, another conservative magazine, which urged the president on Friday to “move on” and concede.