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Donald Trump


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Quick Facts
Personal Details


  • BS, Economics/Real Estate, Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania, 1968
  • Attended, Fordham University, 1964-1966

Professional Experience

  • BS, Economics/Real Estate, Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania, 1968
  • Attended, Fordham University, 1964-1966
  • Former Owner, Miss Universe Organization
  • Former Owner, New Jersey Generals
  • Former Host, "The Celebrity Apprentice"
  • Former Host, "Trumped!"
  • Chair, Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts, Incorporated
  • Former Owner, Trump Shuttle
  • Co-Founder, Trump University
  • Founder/Chair/President/Chief Executive Officer, The Trump Organization, 1975-2017
  • Producer, "The Apprentice", 2004-2015

Political Experience

  • BS, Economics/Real Estate, Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania, 1968
  • Attended, Fordham University, 1964-1966
  • Former Owner, Miss Universe Organization
  • Former Owner, New Jersey Generals
  • Former Host, "The Celebrity Apprentice"
  • Former Host, "Trumped!"
  • Chair, Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts, Incorporated
  • Former Owner, Trump Shuttle
  • Co-Founder, Trump University
  • Founder/Chair/President/Chief Executive Officer, The Trump Organization, 1975-2017
  • Producer, "The Apprentice", 2004-2015
  • President, United States of America, 2017-present
  • Candidate, President of the United States of America, 2020

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • BS, Economics/Real Estate, Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania, 1968
  • Attended, Fordham University, 1964-1966
  • Former Owner, Miss Universe Organization
  • Former Owner, New Jersey Generals
  • Former Host, "The Celebrity Apprentice"
  • Former Host, "Trumped!"
  • Chair, Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts, Incorporated
  • Former Owner, Trump Shuttle
  • Co-Founder, Trump University
  • Founder/Chair/President/Chief Executive Officer, The Trump Organization, 1975-2017
  • Producer, "The Apprentice", 2004-2015
  • President, United States of America, 2017-present
  • Candidate, President of the United States of America, 2020
  • Member, Benefactors Board of Directors, Historical Society of Palm Beach County
  • Member, Board of Directors, Police Athletic League
  • Former Committee Member, Celebration of Nations
  • Founding Member, Committee to Complete Construction of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
  • Former Chair, Donald J. Trump Foundation
  • Advisory Board Member, Lenox Hill Hospital
  • Co-Chair, New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
  • Member, Presidents Council of New York University
  • Founding Member, The Wharton School Real Estate Center
  • Advisory Board Member, United Cerebral Palsy
  • Grand Marshal, The Nation's Parade, 1995

Other Info

— Awards:

  • Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 2007
  • Entrepreneur of the Year, The Wharton School
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, American Cancer Society, 2012
  • Commandant's Leadership Award, Marine Corps--Law Enforcement Foundation, 2015
  • Hotel and Real Estate Visionary of the Century, UJA Federation, 2000
  • Green Space Award, Friends of Westchester County Parks, 2007
  • T. Boone Pickens Award, The American Spectator, Robert L. Bartley Gala

  • 10

— Publications:

  • "Trump: The Art of the Deal" - 1987
  • "Surviving at the Top" - 1990
  • "Trump: The Art of the Comeback" - 1997
  • "Trump: Think Like a Billionaire: Everything You Need to Know About Success, Real Estate, and Life" - 2004
  • "Trump: How to Get Rich" - 2004
  • "Trump: The Way to the Top: The Best Business Advice I Ever Received" - 2004
  • "Trump: The Best Golf Advice I Ever Received" - 2005
  • "Why We Want You To Be Rich: Two Men, One Message" - 2006
  • "Trump: The Best Real Estate Advice I Ever Received: 100 Top Experts Share Their Strategies" - 2006
  • "Trump 101: The Way to Success" - 2006
  • "Trump Never Give Up: How I Turned My Biggest Challenges into Success" - 2008
  • "Think Big: Make It Happen in Business and Life" -2008
  • "Think Like a Champion: An Informal Education In Business and Life" - 2009
  • "Midas Touch: Why Some Entrepreneurs Get Rich and Why Most Don't" - 2011
  • "Time to Get Tough: Make America Great Again!" - 2011
  • "Great Again: How to Fix Our Crippled America" -2015

Trump in the news

July 9, 2019: Trump invited Republican lawmakers, political strategists, and conservative social media personalities to the White House to discuss the “opportunities and challenges of today’s online environment.”

July 8, 2019: Trump delivered a speech on his administration’s environmental policies at the White House.

July 3, 2019: The Washington Times reported that the Trump campaign was expected to focus on Joe Biden's (D) record in the Senate, rather than his tenure as vice president, if he wins the Democratic presidential nomination.

July 2, 2019: The Trump campaign announced that it and joint fundraising committees raised $54 million in the second quarter of 2019.

July 1, 2019: Politico reported that White House director of strategic communications Mercedes Schlapp was moving to Trump's campaign to work on strategy and Latino outreach.

Policy Positions



1. Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-life


1. In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- No

2. Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?
- No

Campaign Finance

1. Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
- Unknown Position


Do you support the protection of government officials, including law enforcement officers, from personal liability in civil lawsuits concerning alleged misconduct?
- Yes


Do you support increasing defense spending?
- Yes


1. Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

2. Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

3. Do you support providing financial relief to businesses AND/OR corporations negatively impacted by the state of national emergency for COVID-19?
- Yes


Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
- No

Energy and Environment

1. Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?
- No

2. Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
- No


Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- No

Health Care

1. Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
- Yes

2. Do you support requiring businesses to provide paid medical leave during public health crises, such as COVID-19?
- Yes


1. Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
- Yes

2. Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
- Yes

National Security

1. Should the United States use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)?
- Unknown Position

2. Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?
- Yes


Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
- No



1. What is your stance on abortion?
- Pro-life, but allow in cases of rape, incest, or danger to the mother or child

Gun Control

Should there be more restrictions on the current process of purchasing a gun?
- No

Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?
- Yes

LGBT Adoption Rights

Should gay couples have the same adoption rights as straight couples?
- No

Equal Pay

Should employers be required to pay men and women the same salary for the same job?
- No, there are too many other variables such as education, experience, and tenure that determine a fair salary

Stay At Home Order

Should the government enforce a "stay-at-home" order to combat the coronavirus?
- Yes

Climate Change

Should the government increase environmental regulations to prevent climate change?
- No, and global warming is a natural occurrence

Planned Parenthood Funding

Should the government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?
- No, and the government should not give funds to any organizations that perform abortions

Trump Impeachment

Do you support the impeachment of President Donald Trump?
- No, this is a partisan show trial

Mandatory Vaccinations

Should the government require children to be vaccinated for preventable diseases?
- No, fund public ad campaigns about the risks and benefits instead

Marital Rape

Should marital rape be classified and punished as severely as non-marital rape?
- Yes

Pre-Existing Conditions

Should health insurers be allowed to deny coverage to individuals who have a pre-existing condition?
- Yes

Police Body Cameras

Should police officers be required to wear body cameras?
- No, it should be a police department’s or officer’s choice to wear one

Gun Buyback

Should the federal government institute a mandatory buyback of assault weapons?
- No

Religious Freedom Act

Should a business be able to deny service to a customer if the request conflicts with the owner’s religious beliefs?
- Yes

Drug Price Regulation

Should the government regulate the prices of life-saving drugs?
- Yes

Gender Identity

Should "gender identity" be added to anti-discrimination laws?
- No

Armed Teachers

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?
- Yes

Government Mandates

Should health insurance providers be required to offer free birth control?
- No

Immigrant Children

Should adults that are illegally attempting to cross the U.S. border be separated from their children?
- Yes


Should the U.S. raise taxes on the rich?
- No

Mental Health

Should the government increase funding for mental health research and treatment?
- Yes, but only increase funding for personalized care instead of subsidizing pharmaceutical companies

Stay-At-Home Order

When should your state end the "Stay at Home" order and reopen its economy?
- May 1st

Border Wall

Should the U.S. build a wall along the southern border?
- Yes, and Mexico should pay for it

Immigration Ban

Should there be a temporary ban on all immigration into the United States?
- No, but we should spend more to increase our border security

Student Loans

Do you support increasing taxes for the rich in order to reduce interest rates for student loans?
- No

Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?
- No

Muslim Immigrants

Should Muslim immigrants be banned from entering the country until the government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists?
- Yes

Muslim Surveillance

Should local police increase surveillance and patrol of Muslim neighborhoods?
- Yes, until the frequency of terrorist attacks by Muslim extremists decrease

Free College for All

Should the federal government pay for tuition at four-year colleges and universities?
- No


Should the redrawing of Congressional districts be controlled by an independent, non-partisan commission?
- No

Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?
- Yes, as long as they can pass the same physical tests as men

Paid Sick Leave

Should businesses be required to provide paid leave for full-time employees during the birth of a child or sick family member?
- Yes


Should the U.S. go to war with Iran?
- No

Immigration Healthcare

Should illegal immigrants have access to government-subsidized healthcare?
- No

No-Fly List Gun Control

Should people on the "no-fly list" be banned from purchasing guns and ammunition?
- Yes


1. Should children of illegal immigrants be granted legal citizenship?
- No, they must formally apply like every other new citizen

Mandatory Military Service

Should every 18 year old citizen be required to provide at least one year of military service?
- No, service should be a choice instead of an obligation

Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?
- Yes

United Nations

Should the U.S. remain in the United Nations?
- Yes, but scale back our current involvement

Drug Policy

Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?
- No

Foreign Lobbying

Should foreign lobbyists be allowed to raise money for American elections?
- No


Should the federal government increase funding of health care for low income individuals (Medicaid)?
- No, and each state should decide their own level of coverage


Do you support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)?
- No, open the markets so insurers can compete across state lines and reduce costs

Term Limits

Should there be term limits set for members of Congress?
- Yes


Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?
- Yes, but only for medical use

Electoral College

Should the electoral college be abolished?
- No

Corporate Tax

Should the U.S. raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?
- Lower

Illegal Immigrant Detainment

Should local law enforcement be allowed to detain illegal immigrants for minor crimes and transfer them to federal immigration authorities?
- Yes, all illegal immigrants should be turned over to federal authorities and deported

Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?
- Yes

Campaign Finance

1. Should there be a limit to the amount of money a candidate can receive from a donor?
- No


Do you support the use of hydraulic fracking to extract oil and natural gas resources?
- Yes

Foreign Elections

Should the government attempt to influence foreign elections?
- Yes

NSA Domestic Surveillance

Should the NSA (National Security Agency) be allowed to collect basic metadata of citizen’s phone calls such as numbers, timestamps, and call durations?
- Yes, basic data collection is necessary to track suspected terrorists

Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?
- No, the government should not be involved in healthcare

Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?
- Yes

Israel Boycott

Should it be illegal to join a boycott of Israel?
- Yes

Immigrant Laborers

Should working illegal immigrants be given temporary amnesty?
- No, but allow them to stay

Sanctuary Cities

Should sanctuary cities receive federal funding?
- No

Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?
- No, athletes should compete based on the biological sex that is listed on their birth certificate


1. Should the U.S. remain in NATO?
- No, not until other countries increase their financial contributions

Gun Liability

Should victims of gun violence be allowed to sue firearms dealers and manufacturers?
- No

Alternative Energy

Should the government give tax credits and subsidies to the wind power industry?
- No, and the government should never support unproven technologies

Military Congressional Approval

Should the President be able to authorize military force against Al-Qaeda without Congressional approval?
- Yes

Confederate Flag

Should states be allowed to display the Confederate flag on government property?
- No, it should be put in a museum where it was originally flown

Right of Foreigners to Vote

Should foreigners, currently residing in the United States, have the right to vote?
- No


Do you support the killing of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani?
- Yes


Should the military be allowed to use enhanced interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding, to gain information from suspected terrorists?
- Yes, we must use any means necessary to prevent terrorism

In-State Tuition

Should illegal immigrants be offered in-state tuition rates at public colleges within their residing state?
- No, they should pay the same rate as out-of-state students

Social Media Regulation

Should the government regulate social media sites, as a means to prevent fake news and misinformation?
- No, the government should not determine what is fake or real news

Border Security

Should the U.S. increase restrictions on its current border security policy?
- Yes

Voter Fraud

Should a photo ID be required to vote?
- Yes

Gender Workplace Diversity

Should businesses be required to have women on their board of directors?
- No, board members should be the most qualified regardless of gender

Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?
- Yes

Corporate Mega Mergers

Should the government prevent "mega mergers" of corporations that could potentially control a large percentage of market share within its industry?
- No

Net Neutrality

Should internet service providers be allowed to speed up access to popular websites (that pay higher rates) at the expense of slowing down access to less popular websites (that pay lower rates)?
- Yes

Plastic Product Ban

Should disposable products (such as plastic cups, plates, and cutlery) that contain less than 50% of biodegradable material be banned?
- No

Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?
- Yes

Oil Drilling

Should the U.S. expand offshore oil drilling?
- Yes


Should the U.S. continue to support Israel?
- Yes

Citizenship Test

Should immigrants be required to pass a citizenship test to demonstrate a basic understanding of our country’s language, history, and government?
- Yes


Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide?
- Yes, but only after a psychological examination to show they fully understand this choice

Candidate Transparency

Should political candidates be required to release their recent tax returns to the public?
- No

Paris Climate Agreement

Should the U.S. withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement?
- Yes

Government Spending

Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt?
- Yes

Campaign Finance

1. Should corporations, unions, and non-profit organizations be allowed to donate to political parties?
- Yes

Skilled Immigrants

Should the US increase or decrease the amount of temporary work visas given to high-skilled immigrant workers?
- Increase

Patriot Act

Do you support the Patriot Act?
- Yes, but limit the scope of the government’s powers

Medicaid Work Requirement

Should people be required to work in order to receive Medicaid?
- Yes

Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?
- No, this will encourage people not to work and harm economic growth

Medicare Drug Prices

Should the federal government be allowed to negotiate drug prices for Medicare?
- Yes

Safe Spaces

Should universities provide "trigger warnings" and "safe spaces" for students?
- No, college is meant to challenge students thoughts and opinions so they are prepared for real life

Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the American flag?
- Yes


Should there be a 5-year ban on White House and Congressional officials from becoming lobbyists after they leave the government?
- Yes

North Korea Military Strikes

Should the U.S. conduct military strikes against North Korea in order to destroy their long-range missile and nuclear weapons capabilities?
- No, we must use every diplomatic option first

Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?
- No, and voters should be required to pass a basic test demonstrating their understanding of politics in order to vote


Should there be fewer or more restrictions on current welfare benefits?
- More

Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?
- Hurt

Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?
- Yes


Should the U.S. provide military aid to Saudi Arabia during its conflict with Yemen?
- Yes, this will prevent Iran from gaining too much power in the Middle East


Should women be allowed to wear a Niqab, or face veil, to civic ceremonies?
- Yes

Military Spending

Should the government increase or decrease military spending?
- Increase

Supreme Court Reform

Should the Supreme Court be reformed to include more seats and term limits on judges?
- No, reforming the Supreme Court is unconstitutional and would upset the balance of power

Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

Should prisons ban the use of solitary confinement for juveniles?
- No

Free Tax Filing

Should the IRS create a free electronic tax filing system?
- Yes

Syrian Refugees

Should the U.S. accept refugees from Syria?
- No

Affirmative Action

Do you support affirmative action programs?
- No

Common Core

Do you support Common Core national standards?
- No, education should be handled at the state and local level instead of the national level

Foreign Assassination

Should the US assassinate suspected terrorists in foreign countries?
- Yes

First Amendment

Should the government support a separation of church and state by removing references to God on money, federal buildings, and national monuments?
- No

Capital Gains Tax

Should the government increase the tax rate on profits earned from the sale of stocks, bonds, and real estate?
- No

Animal Testing

Should researchers be allowed to use animals in testing the safety of drugs, vaccines, medical devices, and cosmetics?
- Yes

Safe Haven

Should cities open drug "safe havens" where people who are addicted to illegal drugs can use them under the supervision of medical professionals?
- No

Dakota Access Pipeline

Should the government stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline?
- No

Foreign Aid

Should the US increase or decrease foreign aid spending?
- Decrease

ISIS Ground Troops

Should the U.S. send ground troops into Syria to fight ISIS?
- No, we should stay out of this conflict

Overtime Pay

Should the government require businesses to pay salaried employees, making up to $46k/year, time-and-a-half for overtime hours?
- No, and the government is currently over-regulating private businesses

Eminent Domain

Should the government be allowed to seize private property, with reasonable compensation, for public or civic use?
- Yes


Should foreign terrorism suspects be given constitutional rights?
- No, they are not U.S. citizens and do not have constitutional rights


Should the military fly drones over foreign countries to gain intelligence and kill suspected terrorists?
- Yes, the U.S. needs to use all means necessary to combat terrorism

Economic Stimulus

Should the government use economic stimulus to aid the country during times of recession?
- Yes

VA Privatization

Should there be more or less privatization of veterans’ healthcare?
- More

Social Security

Should the government raise the retirement age for Social Security?
- No

GMO Labels

Should producers be required to label genetically engineered foods (GMOs)?
- No

Universal Pre-K

Should the federal government fund Universal preschool?
- No

Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?
- No


Should the United States pull all military troops out of Afghanistan?
- No

Dual Citizenship

Should immigrants to the United States be allowed to hold dual citizenship status?
- No

Criminal Politicians

Should a politician, who has been formerly convicted of a crime, be allowed to run for office?
- No

Mandatory minimum prison sentences

Do you support mandatory minimum prison sentences for people charged with drug possession?
- No


Should the U.S. continue to participate in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
- No

Estate Tax

Should the current estate tax rate be decreased?
- Yes, and we should eliminate it

Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?
- Yes, as long as there is no public subsidy

Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?
- Yes

Space Exploration

Should the government fund space travel?
- Yes

War on ISIS

Should the U.S. formally declare war on ISIS?
- Yes, and send in ground troops


Do you support President Obama’s move to lift the trade and travel embargo on Cuba?
- No


Should the government add or increase tariffs on products imported into the country?
- Yes

China Tariffs

Should the U.S. increase tariffs on imported products from China?
- Yes


Should the U.S. provide military assistance to defend Ukraine from Russia?
- Yes, we should provide them weapons to defend themselves but not send our troops

Domestic Jobs

Should the President offer tax breaks to individual companies to keep jobs in the U.S.?
- Yes

Tech Monopolies

Should the government break up Amazon, Facebook and Google?
- No


1. Should the U.S. defend other NATO countries that maintain low military defense budgets relative to their GDP?
- Yes

Federal Reserve

Should the Federal Reserve Bank be audited by Congress?
- Yes

Farm Subsidies

Should the government subsidize farmers?
- Yes

Political Advertising on Social Media

Should social media companies ban political advertising?
- No

Property Taxes

Would you favor an increased sales tax in order to reduce property taxes?
- Yes

NSA Surveillance

Should the U.S. continue NSA surveillance of its allies?
- Yes, surveillance of all foreign countries is essential to tracking potential terrorist threats

Offshore Banking

Should U.S. citizens be allowed to save or invest their money in offshore bank accounts?
- No, too many wealthy citizens are abusing loopholes in offshore banking laws to evade taxes

Pension Reform

Should pension plans for federal, state, and local government workers be transitioned into privately managed accounts?
- Yes

Edward Snowden

Should the U.S. government grant immunity to Edward Snowden?
- No, he should be returned to the U.S. to stand trial and face the consequences of his actions

Charter Schools

Do you support charter schools?
- Yes

Russian Airstrikes in Syria

Should the U.S. prevent Russia from conducting airstrikes in Syria?
- No

Prison Overcrowding

Should non-violent prisoners be released from jail in order to reduce overcrowding?
- Yes

Trans-Pacific Partnership

Do you support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?
- No, this will incentivize companies to move jobs out of the country

India Arms

Should the U.S. sell military weapons to India in order to counter Chinese and Russian influence?
- Yes, selling military weapons to foreign countries will help boost the economy

Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?
- No, not until we decrease our national debt

Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?
- Yes


Should Jerusalem be recognized as the capital of Israel?
- Yes

Online Sales Tax

Should an in-state sales tax apply to online purchases of in-state buyers from out-of-state sellers?
- No

School Truancy

Should the government decriminalize school truancy?
- No

Hong Kong Fugitive Extradition

Should the Chinese government be able to extradite fugitives from Hong Kong?
- No

Corporate Subsidies

Should cities be allowed to offer private companies economic incentives to relocate?
- Yes, but I would prefer lowering corporate taxes to benefit all local companies


Should the government cancel production of the F-35 fighter?
- No


Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?
- No, it provides too high of risk for criminal activity

State Ownership

Should the government acquire equity stakes in companies it bails out during a recession?
- No, the government should never own shares of private companies


Should the United States acquire Greenland?
- Yes

Air Force One

Should the military upgrade Air Force One?
- Yes

Sports Betting

Should sports betting be legal?
- Yes, but let each state decide

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Meet some of the New Yorkers waiting overnight to get a seat at the Trump trial

May 19, 2024

As a light rain began to fall on lower Manhattan Saturday night, a group of people across the street from the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse zipped up their tents and clutched their sleeping bags.They arrived hours earlier, an eclectic mix of locals and tourists hoping to score one of the few public seats inside the courtroom for Donald Trump’s criminal trial.Unlike other hot tickets in New York – courtside seats to see the Knicks in the playoffs or behind home plate at Yankee Stadium – a seat inside the historic trial of former President Trump is free for the public, as long as they show up early enough.The line began to form at 6 a.m. Saturday morning with Tina Johnson, a Westchester resident whose past attempts to get in the courtroom failed when she arrived too late. She began an informal list and camped out on a bench on the outskirts of Collect Pond Park. By noon on Saturday, a line slowly formed behind her.Monday’s testimony includes the final appearance of Michael Cohen on the witness stand as well as the possibility of Trump testifying in his own defense, contributing to Monday’s line forming earlier than any other day of the trial. Trump is on trial for allegedly falsifying business records to hide the reimbursement of a hush money payment that his then-attorney, Michael Cohen, made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in order to boost Trump's electoral prospects in the 2016 presidential election. The former president has denied all wrongdoing."It seems as though as the case progresses people get here earlier and earlier," said Richard Partington, who arrived at 9 a.m. on Saturday to hopefully secure a rare courtroom seat.Over the last four weeks, hundreds of New Yorkers and tourists have flocked to the historic trial to catch a glimpse of Trump and witnesses like Stormy Daniels and Michael Cohen. The line for the public began around midnight before Daniels resumed her cross examination two weeks ago, while the line began on Sunday afternoon last week before Cohen took the stand on Monday. Last Sunday – the day before Cohen began his testimony – the line began in the early afternoon."It's history in the making," said Michael Powers, who made it into the courtroom last Monday after joining the line at 2:30 p.m. the day before. "This isn't going to happen very often."With the immense public interest in the case, court officials have established a system of lines to allocate seats in both the main courtroom where the proceedings take place and a nearby overflow room where the press and public can watch a video feed of the proceedings. Approximately 60 members of the press get a seat in the main courtroom each day, while one row of seats in the courtroom is reserved for the public.In the overflow room, multiple rows of seats are reserved for members of the public – enough room for an entire class of high school students to watch the testimony during a field trip two weeks ago."I'm excited to see Cohen being grilled a little more, all his lies being unraveled before the court and before the jurors," said Johnson, who watched the proceedings from the overflow room on Thursday before securing the first spot on the line this week.Others on the line hope to make money from their time waiting. At least one member of the line on Saturday night was a professional line sitter, paid an hourly rate by a client to hold the spot on line until Monday morning.To bear the weather and lengthy wait, some brought tents and sleeping bags – others used nearby benches or sheets of cardboard to make impromptu beds with quilts and comforters. The police visited the line at least once overnight – according to Partington they had received a report of a homeless encampment in the park – but quickly left after realizing it was just the line for the Trump trial.Milliana – a college student from Brooklyn who camped out on Saturday in a tent – said she was unsure if she would enter the courthouse or sell her seat by Monday, having sold her spot on line for more than $300 in the past."I am not taking anything less than $800," Milliana told ABC News. "If anyone offers less than $800, I will go inside that courtroom and experience that myself."John McIntosh – a self-described "parking pirate" who use to make a living by hoarding and selling his streetside parking spot in Battery Park City – has both attended the trial and offered to sell his seat."I just want to see it from my own two eyes," McIntosh said.To pass the time waiting for the trial to resume on Monday, Johnson said she walked around downtown Manhattan, stopped by nearby Starbucks and McDonald's locations to use the bathroom and charge her phone, and chatted about the case with others on the line."I would definitely vote that Trump is absolutely innocent," Johnson said, disagreeing with Partington who is two spots behind her."I think the prosecution had a very strong case," Partington said. "I would side against Trump."The disagreement didn’t seem to bother them much, as they chatted on Saturday evening about the 36 hours left before they could enter the courthouse."You can still agree to disagree on things and like each other," Johnson said.Source:

Colorado GOP chair's embrace of Trump tactics splits party as he tries to boost his own campaign

May 17, 2024

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- At a recent primary debate, congressional candidate Dave Williams took the microphone and unleashed the same MAGA arguments that vaulted him from a former state representative to chairman of the Colorado Republican Party. “Right now we have a battle for the soul of our party,” Williams said.Williams' zeal and deployment of former President Donald Trump's combative style of politics as state pary chairman has riven the Colorado GOP, reflecting the Trump-shaped rift in the national Republican Party. But recent brazen maneuvers from Williams, including using his position as chair to try to usher himself into Congress, inflamed tensions. Some Republican officials in Colorado fell in lockstep, others demanded Williams' resignation.Through it all, Williams has caught Trump’s attention, a fact he didn’t let the crowd forget at the debate against his Republican rival for a Colorado House seat, Jeff Crank."I’m Dave Williams. I’m chairman of the Colorado Republican Party. And I’m also the Trump endorsed candidate," he said in his first utterances of Thursday's debate, later touting Trump's cell phone number saved in his own phone.Crank tried to make sure the audience didn't forget the tempest around Williams, referencing Williams' refusal to step down as party chair after joining the primary race, allegedly using the state party's email list to announce his campaign for Congress and spending party money to purchase mailers that included an attack on Crank. “My opponent has spent too much time fighting other Republicans than fighting Democrats,” Crank said. “Where’s all the money to fight Democrats? It’s going to him, it’s going into his pocke and it’s going into his campaign.” Williams' maneuvers flouted state party norms across the U.S.“He’s cannibalizing the Republican party so he can go to Congress," said Kelly Maher, a veteran GOP operative who filed a complaint against Williams with the Federal Elections Commission. A statement from the Williams campaign did not respond to the complaint's accusations, instead lobbing invective at Crank and calling the complaint an attempt “to generate fake news."William’s ascension and campaign mirror the national split among the GOP between a more combative, MAGA flank, which includes Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, and more traditional Republicans, some of whom, such as Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado, have fled Congress while citing the new divisiveness in their party.Whoever wins in the GOP June 25 primary for the reliably Republican seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Doug Lamborn will likely win the general election. Williams unsuccessfully challenged Lamborn in the 2022 primary when a judge barred him from listing his name on the ballot as Dave “Let’s Go Brandon” Williams.“The Colorado Republican Party, in my opinion, certainly under Williams' leadership, has been forced to ask questions that they never grappled with before,” said state Rep. Matt Soper, a Republican who worked with Williams in the Statehouse. “What kind of Republican Party do we want to be?"Williams' tenure has left Colorado GOP rife with public infighting, in no small part prompted by his own attacks on fellow Republicans. While avoiding news interviews, Williams has sent short statements amounting to diatribes against rival Republicans, Democrats or the media.Some Republicans appreciate the defense of the party’s conservative core from more moderate Republicans they see as muddling the movement and failing constituents.“We’ve had decades of Republicans telling us that they are going to go and limit government, but then they don’t,” Williams said at the debate, as some audience members murmured in agreement.That agenda has pushed Williams to wade beyond the traditional purview of a state party chair. State parties, at least publicly, tend to stay out of primary races, giving voters breathing room to choose their candidates. Under Williams, the Colorado Republican Party endorsed Republican primary candidates over others.That included Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert, who faced her own accusations of opportunistic maneuvers after hopping congressional districts. Boebert politically falls near Williams as an unyielding, far-right member of Congress in line with Gaetz.In April, Williams ejected a journalist from an official Republican Party gathering, provoking a national outcry and disapproval from Colorado Republicans, including Boebert primary opponent Deborah Flora. The state party subsequently announced its endorsement of Boebert over Flora.Seth Masket, a University of Denver political scientist, noted that while political parties are supposed to be neutral, in internal primaries they often informally back one candidate or another. Williams has erased even the appearance of neutrality, he said.“There are definitely lines being crossed,” Masket said. “Williams is doing it in a much more overt and official way. There’s nothing subtle about it.”Kolby Zipperer, chairman of the El Paso County Young Republicans, attended Thursday's debate. When he entered the room, Zipperer, 35, was leaning toward Crank, concerned in part about the accusations of a lack of integrity against Williams."If I hear something in the lines of you’re a king, or your breaking the rules to benefit yourself. If I heard the same thing about (Crank) I’d have the same problem," Zipperer said. But by the end of the event, it was a coin flip for Zipperer, who appreciated Williams' calm and talking points. While Williams can mirror Trump's fiery disposition in statements and social media posts, in front of an audience he is more even-keeled.“If he’s lying, he’s tricking me,” he said, adding that he also really likes Crank. “It’s like trying to pick two step dads."Former Colorado GOP Chairwoman Kristi Burton Brown doesn’t see the party’s divide as being between Trump and anti-Trump, saying she supports Trump not because of the former president’s political style, but chiefly because of his U.S. Supreme Court appointments and policy during his time in office.“You can embrace that without thinking that, ‘Oh good. Now our entire party needs to adopt a combative, shove your face in the dirt style,’” Brown said. “Hate and divisiveness eventually blows up in its own face.”___Bedayn is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.Source:

Trump attends son Barron's high school graduation on day off from court

May 17, 2024

Former President Donald Trump attended his son Barron's high school graduation at Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beach on Friday, after the judge overseeing his hush money trial in New York granted him a day off court to allow him to go.It was a break from sitting in the courtroom for the former president, who, as a defendant, has been requited to attend his trial most days of the week over the past five weeks, except on Wednesdays when the court is not in session.The trial is usually in session on Fridays but Judge Juan Merchan canceled court this Friday to let Trump attend the graduation ceremony.Before arriving at the ceremony, Trump posted on his social media platform: "Going to Barron's High School Graduation. Great student, wonderful boy! Very exciting! DJT"Trump, who arrived at the school in a motorcade Friday morning sporting a black suit and a blue tie, sat in the front center row of the bleachers throughout the graduation ceremony, with former first lady Melania Trump, Barron's mother, sitting next to him and her father Viktor Knavs sitting next to her.The former president and the former first lady occasionally clapped and waved at the direction of where the graduates were, including when Barron walked up the stage.Trump stayed throughout the graduation ceremony, which was a private event and lasted for about an hour. Oxbridge Academy is a private preparatory school for grades 6-12.Barron Trump, who recently turned 18, made headlines last week when he was selected as one of Florida's at-large delegates for the Republican National Convention, along with other members of the Trump family who have played more active role in Trump's campaign, including Trump's older sons, Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr., his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle and Trump's youngest daughter, Tiffany Trump.Following the news of Barron Trump being selected as a delegate, Trump repeatedly said during media interviews that his son likes politics and he's "all for" his son delving into the political world -- while stressing he's still "very young."Trump even said Barron Trump tries to give him political advice, saying it's "very cute."But just days after the delegate selection news came out, Melania Trump's office announced that Barron Trump would be declining an opportunity to serve as Florida's GOP at-large delegate to the Republican National Convention due to "prior commitments.""While Barron is honored to have been chosen as a delegate by the Florida Republican Party, he regretfully declines to participate due to prior commitments," her office said in a statement to ABC News.Trump has used Barron Trump's graduation as his campaign message and a fundraising opportunity, repeatedly blasting the judge in the hush money trial for forcing him to skip his family's important moment -- although the judge had not ordered that -- before the judge allowed him to take time off the trial.Trump uses similar rhetoric to claim the court schedule is keeping him off the campaign trail during a critical period of the election cycle, though earlier this week, he used Wednesday, his usual day off from the trial, to fundraise with wealthy donors in Ohio and Kentucky. On Tuesday, after court, Trump attended another high-dollar fundraiser in Manhattan.And on Friday, Trump is not sticking around in Florida to spend the rest of the day with his family. He's flying out to Minnesota to headline the Minnesota Republican Party's Lincoln Reason Gala fundraiser -- in a state he and his campaign have recently been targeting in an effort to expand the battleground map."We're also looking really great in the state of Minnesota, which hasn't been one since 1952, and we're leading in the polls and the state of Virginia," Trump said at a rally in New Jersey last weekend.On Saturday, he's scheduled to deliver remarks at a National Rifle Association event in Dallas.Source:

601,392,178 565,389,517 43,609,965 1,222,022

Financial Summary December 2, 2020 01:03 ET

Period Receipts Disbursements CashOnHand DebtsLoans
601,392,178 565,389,517 43,609,965 1,222,022
601,392,178 565,389,517 43,609,965 1,222,022
Source:Federal Election Commission
Total Raised
Total receipts$533,843,893.29
Total contributions$317,369,398.6459.45%
Total individual contributions$316,611,498.84
Itemized individual contributions$196,602,971.00
Unitemized individual contributions$120,008,527.00
Party committee contributions$0.00
Other committee contributions$757,899.80
Presidential public funds$0.00
Candidate contributions$0.00
Transfers from other authorized committees$214,226,159.3440.13%
Total loans received$0.000%
Loans made by candidate$0.00
Other loans$0.00
Total offsets to expenditures$1,202,262.990.23%
Offsets to operating expenditures$1,202,262.99
Fundraising offsets$0.00
Legal and accounting offsets$0.00
Other receipts$1,046,072.320.2%
Total Spent
Total disbursements$131,078,984.53
Operating expenditures$127,625,062.9897.37%
Transfers to other authorized committees$801.470%
Exempt legal and accounting$0.000%
Total loan repayments made$0.000%
Candidate loan repayments$0.00
Other loan repayments$0.00
Total contribution refunds$-19,524.92-0.01%
Individual refunds$-19,524.92
Political party refunds$0.00
Other committee refunds$0.00
Other disbursements$3,472,645.002.65%
Cash Summary
Ending cash on hand$108,123,209.51
Debts/loans owed to committee$0.00
Debts/loans owed by committee$240,512.39