Donald Trump is limping back to Mar-A-Lago today after one of the worst weeks of his second presidential campaign to date. A week filled with legal drama, failed campaigns, and revelations about Trump’s authoritarian fantasies have been constant reminders of the chaos that awaits the country if given another four years in office.
Learn more about Trump’s bad week:
- On Monday, Donald Trump took the stand in New York as part of his $250 million civil fraud trial. While Trump’s unhinged behavior on the witness stand drove headlines, it was his stunning admissions of fraud that sank the Republican primary front-runner.
- The New Republic: “After being shown a loan agreement he had signed with Deutsche Bank in 2012, Trump agreed that his faulty financial statements were intended to induce banks to lend money.”
- MSNBC: “The Vornado valuation in 2014 was $816 million. Asked whether that was based on accurate information, Trump testifies, ‘I think so; I hope so.’ He pauses and then says, ‘I think it’s low.’”
- ABC News: “Regarding his penthouse apartment in Manhattan’s Trump Tower, he said, ‘I thought the apartment was overvalued when I looked at it,’”
- ABC News: “Trump made a similar admission about the $291 million valuation of his Seven Springs property in New York’s Westchester County. ‘I thought it was too high and we lowered it,’ Trump said, though he could not provide specifics about the changed valuation.”
- On Tuesday, Trump and the MAGA brand took major losses across the country.
- In Kentucky, Trump endorsed anti-choice candidate Daniel Cameron and just two days before the election he boasted that Cameron made a “huge surge” after his endorsement. Cameron lost by five points.
- In Ohio, a state that Donald Trump won twice, a ballot measure codifying abortion rights in the state constitution won by a double-digit margin.
- In Pennsylvania, voters rejected an extreme anti-abortion candidate for the state Supreme Court.
- In Virginia, a state widely seen as bellwether for the 2024 election cycle and a testament to Trump acolyte Glenn Youngkin’s political power, Democrats beat several anti-abortion Republicans to win control of both chambers of the Virginia legislature.
- On Wednesday, Trump proved the election results didn’t change his strategy of embracing the most extreme right-wing figures available.
- On the the Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show, Trump confirmed he would consider ousted FOX News host and well-known conspiracy theory peddler, Tucker Carlson as his running mate.
- Later that evening, during a rally in Florida, Trump accepted the public support of the scandal-plagued, unpopular, and anti-choice governor of Arkansas, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
- On Thursday, in a shocking Univision interview, Trump reminded the country of the chaos he’d unleash as president.
- Trump defended his morally reprehensible immigration policy of separating families at the southern border that split at least 2,700 children from their parents.
- In the same interview, Trump all but confirmed the Washington Post’s reporting that given a second term he’d direct the Justice Department to investigate officials and allies critical of his time in office and prosecute those he views as disloyal.
- “Yeah. If they do this, and they’ve already done it, but if they follow through on this, yeah, it could certainly happen in reverse,” [Trump] said. “It could certainly happen in reverse. What they’ve done is they’ve released the genie out of the box.”
- On Friday, Trump-appointed Judge Aileen Cannon declined Trump attorney’s request to postpone the May start date of the trial in the special counsel’s classified documents case.
Published: Nov 10, 2023
Last Modified: Nov 13, 2023