Trump news today: Trump stalks GOP foes Ron DeSantis and Mitch McConnell in Iowa rally speech

Donald Trump promises to stay in the 2024 race if prosecuted

Donald Trump went after two of his key rivals in the Republican Party, Ron DeSantis and Mitch McConnell, during his Monday night rally.

He also repeated the remarks about Mr. DeSantis to reporters, suggesting that the former president’s focus is clearly on maintaining control of the GOP — at least for now.

Mr Trump told journalists that he regretted his support of his now-probable 2024 rival Mr DeSantis in 2018, while mocking him as “Ron Desanctimonious” and comparing him himself to Mitt Romney during the rally.

He also told the cheering crowd that replacing Mr McConnell as Senate GOP leader should be their top priority. Mr McConnell was discharged from hospital on Monday after suffering a concussion.

The moody tycoon also lashed out at the New York State investigation into hush money payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential election on Monday, after declining an invitation to testify before the grand jury earlier in the day.

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Trump aims to save Mitch McConnell

Donald Trump said at his Iowa rally that removing Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell should be a priority for Republicans, prompting cheers from the crowd.

He made the remark Monday night, just hours after it was announced the senator had been discharged from hospital after suffering a concussion.

“We have to do something about Mitch McConnell. He’s a disaster. He gets his ten boys and they give Biden what they want. There’s something going on, it doesn’t make sense,” he responded to questions from the audience.

Mr Trump and the Kentucky Senator have a longstanding feud. The former president has sought Mr McConnell’s ouster since the latter refused to sign off on Mr Trump’s objections to confirming the 2020 election results (and whipped his caucus against it).

John BowdenMarch 14, 2023 2:16 p.m

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Trump attacks statements by Michael Cohen

Donald Trump issued an angry response Monday when asked by reporters about his former fixer Michael Cohen, who was testifying before a New York grand jury about a hush payment he made to Stormy Daniels on Mr Trump’s behalf in 2016.

“He’s a sick person. He’s a convicted felon. He’s a convicted liar. Song also said the best things about me before Congress by the way, you know, then one day he suddenly went mad because he wanted to make a deal for him,” Mr Trump said, according to CBS News.

Mr Cohen is expected to testify again before the grand jury on Tuesday after spending three hours behind closed doors the previous day to offer his hiring.

John BowdenMarch 14, 2023 1:15 p.m

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Mitch McConnell was discharged from the hospital

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was released from hospital Monday after falling and suffering a concussion. He is scheduled to return to the Senate in the coming days after returning from inpatient physical therapy.

The senior Republican in the Senate also suffered a broken rib on Monday afternoon, according to his office.

Donald Trump is a longtime critic of the GOP Senate leader, who lashed out at his caucus for supporting Mr Trump’s objections to certification of the 2020 election. But the ex-president wished his rival a speedy recovery.

John BowdenMarch 14, 2023 12:45 p.m

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Elon Musk calls Trump adviser Steve Bannon ‘evil’

Tim Pool, a right-wing podcaster, recently asked Bannon to comment on Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan and encouraged Mr. Musk to buy the collapsed Silicon Valley Bank. The tech-focused lender collapsed on Friday, making it the second-largest banking collapse in US history.

Mr. Bannon’s reply drew a sharp-tongued attack from Mr. Musk, who called him “evil” and not particularly smart.

John BowdenMarch 14, 2023 12:15 p.m

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Trump targets sexist attack on Morning Joe co-host

Donald Trump returned to one of his favorite punching bags on Monday: MSNBC’s flagship morning news show, morning joe

And in doing so, he ventured into the realm of sexism with a bizarre spelling of co-host Mika Brzezinski’s name.

“MSNBC can barely float, it’s a ratings disaster. Morning Joe and his buddy “Mike” get beat up. All of these fake news cable shows are. My CPAC speech just got heralded as #1 on all cables. That’s because it wasn’t fake news!” the former president wrote on Truth Social.

John BowdenMarch 14, 2023 11:45 am

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Tucker Carlson calls Trump “a bit autistic” and refutes the ex-president’s claim that he would end the war in Ukraine

Fox host Tucker Carlson could have picked a better time to broadcast the podcast.

The conservative prime-time commentator has already faced ridicule and open scorn for newly released text messages that revealed he had privately mocked Donald Trump’s lawyer as a liar while having her spread bogus conspiracies about the 2020 election on his show. These lyrics were released as part of Dominion Voting Systems’ $1.6 billion lawsuit against Carlson’s network.

Now, Carlson is back in the headlines for comments he made publicly, not privately, to the Full Send podcast hosts.

John Bowden has more in it The Independent:

John BowdenMarch 14, 2023 11:15 am

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Trump blames Pence for the Jan. 6 violence

Donald Trump lashed out at his former vice president as he traveled to a campaign rally in Iowa on Monday, saying that Mike Pence could be blamed “in many ways” for the Jan. 6 riots at the US Capitol.

“Had he sent the votes back to parliaments, they wouldn’t have had a problem with January 6, so you can blame him for January 6 in a lot of ways,” the former president told reporters on his private plane.

Noting the former vice president’s refusal to ban the congressional electoral college votes he is requesting, Mr Trump said: “If he had sent them back to Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona, the states, I think number one, you would have it done a different result. But I also believe that you don’t have a ‘6. January’, as we call it.”

This comes just two days after Mr Pence targeted his former boss and said he knows history will hold Mr Trump accountable for the January 6 riot, fueling the dispute between them as they meet prepare to fight for the Republican nomination next year.

that of the independent Arpan Rai has more:

Megan LeavesMarch 14, 2023 10:19 am

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Trump scathingly attacks DeSantis and says he regrets the endorsement

Donald Trump went even further on his warpath against Ron DeSantis on Monday Politicallywhich reports that the former president threw the governor in front of a small group of reporters during a flight to Iowa to prepare for a campaign event.

“He was dead as a dog, he was a dead politician. He might have worked for a law firm or done something else,” the ex-president reportedly said on Monday.

He was then asked if he had any regrets supporting Mr. DeSantis in 2022 and replied, “Yeah, maybe that guy was dead. He was dead as a doornail…I could say that.”

John BowdenMarch 14, 2023 10:15 am

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Trump unveils series of mini-campaign videos

Donald Trump went on the offensive against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday with a new video in which the former president speaks directly to the camera and denies that people are moving to Florida for love of the governor or his politics.

It was an odd line of attack that seemed to reveal Mr Trump’s own concerns about his likely 2024 rival’s ability to run on the success of his term.

John BowdenMarch 14, 2023 9:15 am

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Donald Trump’s attorney says he has ‘no plans’ to testify in Stormy Daniels hush money investigation

According to his attorney, Donald Trump will not testify before a grand jury investigating hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential election.

Joe Tacopina told ABC’s Good Morning America on Monday that Mr Trump had “no plans” to take part in the probe — as possible criminal charges against the former president loom.

“We have no intention of participating in this process,” he said.

“The decision has yet to be made. No deadline has been set so we’ll wait and see.”

John BowdenMarch 14, 2023 8:15 am

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