Trump news live: Trump gives surprise speech from Mar-A-Lago as 2024 rival DeSantis wins Florida ‘landslide’

‘Get ready’: Trump says ‘very likely’ to run for president again in 2024

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has climbed to a second term despite an ominous campaign threat from Donald Trump, according to projections by Associated Press.

Mr. Trump warned that Mr. DeSantis “could hurt himself very badly” if he tried to run for president in 2024, as many have speculated that he might.

Some political figures and pundits see Mr. DeSantis, who achieved national fame by stoking culture wars over race and gender in Florida schools, as a younger, sleeker, less gaffe-prone version of Mr. Trump.

Mr. Trump had still not congratulated Mr. DeSantis more than 90 minutes later AP announced the race, even though he had told reporters earlier in the day that he had voted for him in his home district in Florida.

Meanwhile, the former president himself is wasting no time pushing baseless claims of voter fraud and calling on his followers to protest before the midterm elections are even closed.

Follow below for live updates.

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Kudos to Rubio, but not to DeSantis

Mr. Trump did not appear to mention Ron DeSantis at all in his speech in Mar-a-Lagorather than praising various other Republican candidates he has supported.

“You know, JD Vance now leads 52-47. We had an amazing rally last night in Ohio,” he said.

“And in Florida, Marco Rubio — we had an amazing rally for Marco the night before, with the heaviest rain I’ve ever been in.”

(He spent some time describing the “huge buckets of water” and other inclement weather he really endured during Florida.)

“But Marco had a fantastic night,” Mr Trump continued. “This is really cool.

He also praised the media, saying: “They’re not the nicest people in the world, but they’re brilliant financially… thank you all for being here. Have a good time”. Cheers, Don.

Yo DoddsNovember 9, 2022 03:30 am

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Trump spoke, but only briefly

Donald Trump appears to have finished his speech on Mar-a-Lago after just a few minutes spent bragging that the candidates he supports won their elections.

The audio cut out at the beginning of his speech, but I didn’t hear him mention Ron DeSantis.

Yo DoddsNovember 9, 2022 03:18 am

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DeSantis is already beating Trump in Florida

Here’s a fun fact about Donald Trump: Ron DeSantis appears to have far surpassed the former president’s performance in the 2020 election.

While Mr. Trump won Florida with 51.2 percent, roughly four points ahead of his Democratic opponent, Mr. DeSantis is projected to win with 59.4 percent, according to The New York Times. That’s a staggering 19-point margin over Democrat Charlie Crist.

Senator Marco Rubioonce called “Little Marco” by Mr. Trump, also appeared to have outperformed his opponent, winning the state by 58 percent, according to the Times.

MSNBC pundit Steve Kornacki also pointed out that Miami-Dade, which went heavily Democratic in 2016, voted for Mr. DeSantis by an estimated 53.6 percent. “Look at this!” Mr. Kornacki exclaimed.

Yo DoddsNovember 9, 2022 03:13 am

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Trump is scheduled to speak at Mar-a-Lago

Now we await a speech from Donald Trump at his residence in Mar-a-Lagowhere assistants are currently moving things around the stage.

More than two hours have passed since then Associated Press called the Florida gubernatorial race for Ron DeSantis, and we have yet to see congratulations from Mr. Trump.

Here’s our live coverage of the Mar-a-Lago event:

Yo DoddsNovember 9, 2022 03:06 am

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ICYMI: When Trump challenged King Charles

Earlier this week, Newsweek reports excerpts obtained from Christopher Andersen’s forthcoming royal biography, The King: The Life of Charles III. The book, which is scheduled to be released in the US next week and in the UK on December 8, explains what happened within the royal family after Mr Trump tweeted disparagingly about Kate Middleton.

Megan SheetsNovember 9, 2022 03:00 AM

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All credit and no blame

How big a role does Donald Trump see in tonight’s Republican performance? Well, it depends.

“I think if they win, I should get all the credit, and if they lose, I shouldn’t be blamed at all,” the former president said NewsNation earlier tonight, with just the faintest hint of a smile at the corner of his mouth.

Donald Trump will claim credit if endorsed candidates win the midterm races

“But it will probably be the opposite. When they win—I think they’ll do very well—I’ll probably get very little credit, even though in many cases I’ve told people to run and they’ve run and turned out to be very good candidates.

“Usually what would happen is when they do well I won’t be given any respect and if they do badly they’ll blame it all on me. So I’m ready for anything, but we defend well.

Mr. Trump has endorsed more than 330 candidates in this election.

Yo DoddsNovember 9, 2022 02:45 am

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There are no congratulations for Ron DeSantis yet

It’s been almost 90 minutes since the AP called the Florida governor Ron DeSantisand so far we haven’t seen a congratulatory message from Donald Trump.

Mr. Trump’s Truth Social account went silent as of 9:31 p.m. EST, while the AP announced the race at 8:03 p.m. Maybe he’s busy?

Yo DoddsNovember 9, 2022 02:31 am

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How Trump’s Misleading Claim of Voting Gaps Spread in Detroit

Trump isn’t the only one spreading misleading claims of voting errors in Detroit.

Christina KaramoA Republican running for Michigan secretary of state has seized on information that some Detroit voters were told they had already cast ballots as evidence to support her recent claim of corruption in the city’s counting process.

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Ms. Karamo’s tweet, based on a report by local journalist Charlie Langton, failed to mention that those voters were not prevented from voting and that election officials promised to make sure those votes were counted.

Hours later, the city said it traced the problems to a “harmless data error” in a system designed to prevent double voting.

That didn’t stop Ms. Karamo’s claims from spreading far and wide across the pro-Trump social media universe, thanks in large part to Mr. Trump and his predecessor Dinesh D’Souza.

According to the Election Integrity Partnership, a coalition of disinformation researchers, the claim spread not only in English, but also in French, Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin.

Ms Karamo’s case was dismissed on Monday by a Michigan judge who said she had “dramatically failed” to support her arguments with “any evidence”.

Yo DoddsNovember 9, 2022 02:24 am

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Opinion: Trump ends midterms with lies and self-obsession

Writing about The Independentsection Voices of Andrew Buncombe looks at the characteristically sinister way Donald Trump ended the midterm campaign:

If the former president was slow to get back on the campaign trail, he has more than made up for it since then, popping up endlessly over the past 18 months, relentless with his bogus claims of vote rigging and victimhood.

On Monday night, he returned to Ohio for a final two-hour pre-election rally.

And just like at the event in the summer of 2021, the speech he gave on Monday was filled with lies, insults and a self-obsession that seems to know no bounds.

Read the full article below:

Megan SheetsNovember 9, 2022 02:00 AM

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Read more about DeSantis

Here’s the colleague Alex Woodward with the full story of Ron DeSantis and his rise in Florida.

Yo DoddsNovember 9, 2022 1:33 am

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