Mitch McConnell explains why he will still support Donald Trump
Former president Donald Trump has endorsed Dr Mehmet Oz to represent Pennsylvania in the US Senate, angering a number of prominent Republicans.
“I have known Dr. Oz for many years, as have many others, even if only through his very successful television show,” Mr Trump said on Saturday. “He has lived with us through the screen and has always been popular, respected, and smart.”
The announcement outraged many conservatives, including the previous Trump-endorsed candidate for that seat.
“I have enormous respect for President Trump,” tweeted Sean Parnell, who dropped out of the race in November. “But I’m disappointed by this. Oz is the antithesis of everything that made Trump the best president of my lifetime—he’s the farthest thing from America First & he’d be very bad for PA.”
Meanwhile, the US State Department says Donald Trump and other White House officials left office without providing a record of the gifts they received from foreign governments.
And as investigators continue probing the 2021 Capitol riot, one prominent MAGA activist has said he will talk. Ali Alexander, the organiser of several “Stop the Steal” rallies protesting the 2020 election, will cooperate with the Justice Department’s investigation of the January 6 insurrection, his lawyer says.
White House accuses GOP of holding Covid funding ‘hostage’
“What is important right now is that they are using this to hold hostage funding for Covid [response],” Ms Psaki said on Fox News Sunday. “Funding that we need to buy [antiviral] pills to help immunocompromised [patients] … to make sure we can reboot our uninsured program, to make sure we have testing capacity … that’s what they are doing.”
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Nathan Place10 April 2022 22: 00
Pro-Trump news outlet objects to Dr Oz using their footage
In another sign of tension between conservatives and Dr Mehmet Oz, a pro-Trump media company has accused the TV doctor of using their footage without credit or permission.
“We know our videos when we see them,” Right Side Broadcasting Network (RSBN) tweeted at Dr Oz, after the newly Trump-endorsed candidate posted a clip of their video. “Next time, please leave up the graphics. It’s a nice courtesy to networks like us who work hard to provide coverage of Trump-endorsed candidates like yourself.”
Nathan Place10 April 2022 21: 30
A look back at Sean Parnell, the MAGA candidate Dr Oz replaced
Why is Dr Oz running for a US Senate seat with Donald Trump’s endorsement? The short answer is: Sean Parnell.
Last year, as Republicans crowded into the race to replace outgoing senator Pat Toomey, Mr Parnell gained an edge when Mr Trump gave him his much-vaunted seal of approval. But his campaign imploded in November 2021, when his estranged wife accused him of physically abusing her and their children. Here’s a look back at what happened:
Nathan Place10 April 2022 21: 00
Trump demands ‘justice for the January 6th prisoners’ at rally
At his rally on Sunday night, Donald Trump once again defended participants in the 2021 assault on the US Capitol.
“And we, while we’re at it, will demand justice for the January 6th prisoners and full protection of their civil rights, like was received [sic] by antifa and Black Lives Matter,” Mr Trump told the crowd in Selma, North Carolina.
Nathan Place10 April 2022 20: 30
Conservative agony continues over Dr Oz endorsement
Conservatives across social media continue to bemoan Donald Trump’s endorsement of Dr Mehmet Oz for Senate.
“Trump’s endorsement of Dr. Oz is inexcusable,” tweeted right-wing commentator John Cardillo. “He just put his political capital behind an anti-gun pro-abortion open borders Hollywood liberal.”
“It’s like Donald Trump’s staff is sabotaging Trump by convincing him to make the worst possible endorsements,” wrote conservative radio host Erick Erickson.
Nathan Place10 April 2022 20: 00
Liz Cheney says Trump knew efforts to overturn election were ‘unlawful’
US Rep Liz Cheney says it is “absolutely clear” that Donald Trump knowingly broke the law with his efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
“I think it is absolutely the case, it is absolutely clear that what President Trump was doing, what a number of people around him were doing, they knew it was unlawful, they did it anyway,” Ms Cheney told CNN on Sunday.
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Nathan Place10 April 2022 19: 30
Conservative backlash grows over Trump’s Dr Oz endorsement
“Should we win back the Senate, our margins will be far too slim have someone as liberal as Dr Oz sitting as a Republican,” tweeted right-wing commentator John Cardillo. “Romney, Murkowski, and Collins disappoint us enough. We don’t need one more.”
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Nathan Place10 April 2022 19: 00
Trump repeats endorsement of Dr Oz at rally
Former president Donald Trump reiterated his endorsement of Dr Mehmet Oz at his rally in Selma, North Carolina on Sunday night.
“By the way, I endorsed another person today: Dr Oz in Pennsylvania!” Mr Trump told a cheering crowd. “Great guy. Good man. He’s a good man. Harvard educated. Tremendous, tremendous career.”
Dr Oz later posted a clip of the video on his own Twitter feed.
Nathan Place10 April 2022 18: 30
Dr Oz promotes Trump endorsement with photo composite
Dr Mehmet Oz continued to flaunt his endorsement from Donald Trump on Sunday, celebrating it with a photoshopped image of himself standing with Mr Trump.
“President Trump knows how critical it is to change the kinds of people we send to Washington,” Dr Oz wrote in the caption. “I’m ready to fight and I am proud to receive his endorsement.”
The image of Dr Oz appears to be taken from a video pinned to the top of his Twitter feed, in which Mr Trump is not present.
Nathan Place10 April 2022 18: 00
Trump declares himself ‘most honest human being’ God ever created
At his rally on Saturday night, Donald Trump declared himself the most honest person in history.
“I’ve got to be the cleanest sheriff,” Mr Trump told the giggling crowd. “I think I’m the most honest human being, perhaps, that God ever created.”
The former president spent much of the evening claiming he won the 2020 presidential election, which he lost.
Nathan Place10 April 2022 17: 30
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