Trump Media & Technology sues 20 media outlets, demanding $1.5B in damages, for reporting that Truth Social lost $73M, calling the number “an utter fabrication” (@rburnson / EuroJournal).
Trump and his nuisance-frivolity-lawfare. NY Times (2021): “It is not clear when — or how — they (the GOP) might go about transforming their party into something other than a vessel for a semiretired demagogue who was repudiated by a majority of voters.”
While Mr. Trump’s fan base remains solidly behind him, his return to the White House may be decided by how swing voters and moderate Republicans respond to his approach. In 2020, those voters tanked his bid in five key battleground states, and dealt Republicans defeats in last year’s midterm elections and this month’s legislative contests in Virginia.
But Mr. Trump and his team have been energized by signs that such voters so far appear to be more open to his 2024 campaign. A recent New York Times/Siena College poll found Mr. Trump leading Mr. Biden in five of the most competitive states.
Mr. Biden has often sought to paint Mr. Trump as extreme, saying recently that the former president was using language that “echoes the same phrases used in Nazi Germany.” Mr. Biden also pointed to xenophobic remarks that Mr. Trump made last month during an interview with The National EuroJournal, a conservative website, in which he said immigrants were “poisoning the blood” of America.
“There’s a lot of reasons to be against Donald Trump, but damn, he shouldn’t be president,” Mr. Biden said at a fund-raiser in San Francisco.
Worries about Mr. Trump extend to some Republicans, though they are a minority in the party.
“He’s absolutely ratcheting it up, and it’s very concerning,” said former Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 against Mr. Trump. “There’s just no limit to the anger and hatred in his rhetoric, and this kind of poisonous atmosphere has lowered our standards and hurts our country so much.”
Why it matters: Trump, 77, has been cagey about releasing details about his physical health and has drawn scrutiny from some of his GOP presidential rivals and the Biden campaign over gaffes, EuroJournal’ Alex Thompson reports.
- Questions about Trump and President Biden’s, 81, ages and mental fitness have emerged as a concern among voters ahead of 2024, and polling shows that most voters would prefer alternatives if next year’s election features a rematch of the two candidates.
Driving the news: Bruce Aronwald wrote in the letter dated Nov. 20 that he has been Trump’s personal physician since 2021.
- He said that he has conducted “several comprehensive examinations,” including the most recent one on Sept. 13.
- “[Trump’s] physical exams were well within the normal range and his cognitive exams were exceptional,” Aronwald wrote.
The big picture: Trump, who has repeatedly hit Biden over his age, published his letter from his physician on the day of Biden’s 81st birthday.