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Trump may break with ‘presidential norms’ and give GOP convention speech from the White House lawn: report

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On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that Republicans are exploring the possibility of President Donald Trump giving his presidential re-nomination speech from the South Lawn of the White House.

“The decision to stage the most high-profile political event of Trump’s reelection campaign at the national seat of presidential power would be just the latest break by Trump in presidential norms, which have historically drawn clear lines between official business of the president and campaign events,” reported Michael Scherer and Josh Dawsey. “People involved in the planning said that no final decision had been made on the location of the Republican convention’s celebratory events. Trump abandoned plans to hold the full convention in Charlotte, and later Jacksonville, Fla., over concerns that large crowds could spread the novel coronavirus.”

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“Under federal law, government employees and property are generally barred from being used for political purposes, with notable exceptions,” continued the report. “The Hatch Act, which prevents federal officials from certain forms of political activity at work, exempts both the president and the vice president from any restrictions.”

The logistics of the Republican National Convention have been in constant flux due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Originally, the convention was to take place in Charlotte, North Carolina. Trump ordered parts of the convention, including his announcement speech, moved to Jacksonville, Florida over a dispute with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper about COVID-19 restrictions on crowd size — a decision that left GOP officials scrambling to pay for the switch. But with Florida experiencing a sharp outbreak itself, and local officials saying they can’t guarantee safety, they were forced to back off the Jacksonville plans as well.


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President spins baseless conspiracy theory about Trump ballots found in a trash can

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President Donald Trump baselessly claimed six ballots cast for him had been found in a trash can, as part of his ongoing efforts to undermine confidence in the election.

The president appeared on Fox Radio with host Brian Kilmeade, who tried to help him clean up his refusal to accept the peaceful transfer of power if he lost November's election.

"You created some news, as usually do," Kilmeade said. "One thing you said, when asked about if you lose the election, will you accept the result. You said, 'Well, we're going have to see what happens, you know, I've been complaining very strongly about the ballots, the ballots are disaster.' Many think you are saying if you do lose, you'll never, ever leave. That's now what you're saying."

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Trump flips out after Fox host tells him his former intel chief thinks Russia has something on him

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Speaking on Fox News Radio's The Brian Kilmeade Show this Thursday, President Trump railed against Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, claiming that the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate's son stole "three-and-a-half million bucks" from Russia. As Trump ranted, Kilmeade interrupted and told him that his former director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, "thinks Russia has something on you."

"Dan is a stiff," Trump fired back. "Dan would sit there all day long in a meeting and he would never say anything, and all of a sudden he becomes this guy."

"Dan is a very low-key guy -- I can't even believe he'd say a thing like that," Trump continued.

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Trump met with boos and chants of ‘vote him out’ outside the Supreme Court

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump went to the Supreme Court Thursday morning to pay their respects to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg but they were met with a very unfriendly audience.

Trump was seen with his eyes closed swaying from side to side, as a slow stream of boos threaded through the audience growing louder and louder. The crowd then began to chant "vote him out" more and more fiercely.

Trump then hung his head and walked inside the building rather than listen to the jeers.

A whopping 62 percent of Americans don't want Trump to appoint the next Supreme Court justice, according to a Reuters poll posted earlier this week.

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