Trump will 'burn everything down' if Republicans blame failure of the midterms on him, Mary Trump says
Mary Trump's comments come as some GOP members blamed former President Donald Trump for the outcome of the midterm elections.So far, Americans have dealt devastating blows to his brand by rejecting key candidates in closely-contested races. Rather than a so-called "red wave," results were still unclear on Wednesday. Republicans are likely to win control of the House but the Senate is still in play for both parties.
© Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY). Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images
- The House select committee investigating January 6 is set to conclude at the end of the year.
- Staffers told The Washington Post they are concerned the final report could focus too much on Trump.
- They blamed Rep. Liz Cheney and said other important findings were not being included.
The staff for the January 6 panel has expressed frustration with Rep. Liz Cheney for focusing the committee's final report too much on former President Donald Trump, at the expense of other aspects of the investigations, according to a report published Wednesday by The Washington Post.
Trump's one-time White House chief of staff says former president is the 'only Republican who can lose' in 2024
Some Republicans are concerned that the former president will damage the party's prospects in 2024 as he is too divisive.In a CNN interview on Tuesday, Mulvaney discussed Trump's announcement that he was launching a bid to win back the presidency in 2024. Host Anderson Cooper asked Mulvaney if he thought the announcement was good news for the Republican Party.
The Post spoke to 15 former and current staffers who said Cheney, the committee's vice chair, has exerted high levels of control over the investigation and the final report. Some staffers said they felt that Cheney's focus on Trump was for her own political gain.
"We all came from prestigious jobs, dropping what we were doing because we were told this would be an important fact-finding investigation that would inform the public," one former committee staffer told The Post. "But when [the committee] became a Cheney 2024 campaign, many of us became discouraged."
Cheney is one of just two Republicans who joined the committee, which is set to expire at the end of this year and is highly unlikely to be renewed in a Republican-controlled House. Cheney's work on the committee, and staunch defiance of Trump, has raised her national profile and earned the praise of some Democrats.
Trumpflation causes MAGA products to skyrocket in price
Red "Make America Great Again" caps, Trump t-shirts, and campaign bumper stickers are much more expensive than they used to be.And now that he's running for president again in 2024, he's continuing his fundraising ways for his new presidential campaign committee.
18 times Donald Trump's political committees promised worthless rewards for a donation
- Since leaving office, former President Donald Trump has continued to aggressively fundraise.
- To entice donors, Trump regularly offers incentives to contributors — but they're worthless.
- They include trinkets, awards, and membership cards.
Since leaving Washington, DC, in January 2021, Donald Trump has lined the coffers of his several post-president political action committees — Save America PAC, Make America Great Again PAC, and the Save America Joint Fundraising Committee among them — with tens of millions of dollars, sometimes sending prospective donors two or three email and text message fundraising solicitations each day.
And now that he's running for president again in 2024, he's continuing his fundraising ways for his new presidential campaign committee.
'Not accurate': Liz Cheney and Jan. 6 committee fire back at Mike Pence after attack
The Jan. 6 committee countered former Vice President Mike Pence's disparagement of the panel as "partisan," insisting that it "respectfully" engaged with him.While ripping his description as "not accurate," Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Vice Chairwoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) also commended his actions on the day of the Jan. 6 riot. Pence made his remarks during an interview tour promoting his new book and ruled out testifying before the panel due to the separation of powers concerns.
To entice donors, Trump regularly offers items that might appear to have prestige and value. In reality, they have no discernible value and are largely imaginary. These include "Trump cards" that have no use, memberships to groups that don't meet, and even the chance to be included on a "donor wall" that doesn't appear to exist.
Trump's team did not respond to Insider's request for comment.
Here's a run-down of 18 made-up awards, prizes, and perks that Trump has offered to contributors during 2022:
'Official 2022 Trump Premium Membership'
Offered to "LOYAL and UNWAVERING" supporters, Trump has yet to say what his "BIG plans" are for Trump premium members.
Seemingly similar to the "Trump Premium Membership," but with a picture of Trump using a telephone — and sent days before the former president's announcement of a 2024 presidential run.
'Trump Alliance Club'
"ONLY top MAGA Patriots" may join the "Trump Alliance Club," according to Trump, although invitations were sent to anyone who signed up for Trump's email list. Joining this club, the benefits of which are not defined, is as simple as making a donation.
Pence says former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows 'did not serve the president well'
"I was disappointed in Mark Meadows' performance as chief of staff, particularly at the end," Pence told host Chuck Todd on NBC's "Meet the Press."During an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," Pence made it clear that he was less than thrilled with Meadows' performance when the former North Carolina congressman served in the White House from March 2020 to January 2021.
'Official Trump Gold Card'
This Trump card is gold in color and personalized. But there's nothing it can functionally be used for: It won't get you into a Trump golf club or Mar-a-Lago, and it won't get you a senior discount on, say, a two-pack of Trump-branded sour gummy bears the former president's namesake company sells for $15 a pop.
'Official Trump Card'
Just like the Trump gold card, but it's blue.
'Official Trump Election Year Donor Card'
Another card from Trump, this time to signify that the donor donated during an election year.
'Trump Gold Member'
The Save America Joint Fundraising Committee promised Trump would see a list of "ALL PATRIOTS" who contributed to join the "Trump Gold Membership Roster," which has no discernible benefits to donors.
Adam Schiff slams Kevin McCarthy after he promises to remove 3 prominent Dems from their committees: 'He will do whatever Marjorie Taylor Greene wants him to do'
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is running for House Speaker. He's promised to reinstate MTG to committees and remove some Dems from theirs.McCarthy has his sights set on removing Rep. Ilhan Omar, who is on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell, who are on the House Intelligence Committee, from their assignments, according to USA Today.
'Official Trump Announcement Priority List'
Trump has yet to use this "announcement priority list" for any updates on his presidential candidacy status for 2024.
'President Trump's Inner Friend Circle'
According to this fundraising email, it's possible for a donor to pay their way into Trump's "Inner Friend Circle" by donating as little as $45.
'Official 2022 Trump MVP'
For a period of "limited time," it was possible to join the 'Trump MVP roster" for as little as $25.
'Ultra MAGA Membership'
Earning an "Ultra MAGA Membership" is as easy as paying for it. Suggestion contribution: $100.
How is this different from the "Official 2022 Trump Premium Membership"? Perhaps only members themselves will ever know.
Justice Department looking to question Pence regarding their criminal probe into Trump's efforts to overturn 2020 election: NYT
Pence is reportedly considering the request, with the ex-VP viewing the DOJ criminal probe as different from the work of the House Jan. 6 committee.Hope Hicks was the youngest White House communications director in history. But before joining the 2016 Trump campaign, she had no political experience.
'Great MAGA King Status'
For just $25, you can level up from your "Ultra MAGA Membership" and earn yourself "Great MAGA King status."
Although a solicitation pictures Trump holding a medieval scroll — "Your Name Here" it reads in Old English script — don't hold your breath waiting for a coronation ceremony.
'Trump XLV Society'
For $45, one could gain access to the "EXCLUSIVE Trump XLV Society."
Unlike, say, the National Geographic Society, there is no monthly magazine.
'Official Trump 100 Club'
This club has one fewer person than a Trump 101 club and one more person than a Trump 99 club.
All are equally imaginary and meaningless, even if Trump's team promises that this is a "once-in-a-lifetime" membership for "devoted Patriots."
'Official 45 Ambassador'
As president, Trump fully engaged in the storied presidential practice of doling out ambassadorships to political donors. A seven-figure contribution to, say, a Trump-supporting super PAC might score you an appointment to represent the United States in some cushy country abroad.
But the only thing an "Official 45 Ambassador" designation will get you is a fast trip to Fakeistan.
But her political standing has taken a hit in the GOP. After losing her House leadership position in 2021, Wyoming voters overwhelmingly voted for her Trump-backed challenger in the Republican primary. Still, Cheney said in August she was thinking about running for president and would decide in the coming months.
Representatives for Cheney and Rep. Bennie Thompson, chair of the January 6 committee, did not immediately respond to Insider's requests for comment.
"Donald Trump is the first president in American history to attempt to overturn an election and prevent the peaceful transfer of power," Cheney spokesman Jeremy Adler told The Post. "So, damn right Liz is 'prioritizing' understanding what he did and how he did it and ensuring it never happens again."
Adler continued: "Some staff have submitted subpar material for the report that reflects long-held liberal biases about federal law enforcement, Republicans, and sociological issues outside the scope of the Select Committee's work. She won't sign onto any 'narrative' that suggests Republicans are inherently racist or smears men and women in law enforcement, or suggests every American who believes God has blessed America is a white supremacist."
It's unclear when the committee's final report would be released, but Thompson has said it would come out by early December.
Aspects of the investigation that staffers told The Post they were worried would not make the cut included findings about: the failings of police and intelligence officials; financing of the Capitol siege; and militia groups and extremism.
The US is still on the path to becoming a 'fascist country': sociologist .
"I don't think this fight over elemental democracy is over, by any means," Frances Fox Piven said, cautioning against post-midterms complacency.In an interview with The Guardian published on Thursday, Frances Fox Piven — an academic once targeted and threatened by far-right figures — warned that Americans should not get complacent after the midterms, where a widely-anticipated red wave for the Republican Party failed to materialize. The GOP, though, did take control of the House.