If there’s one thing about Benedict Arnold that sticks from a middle school education, it’s this: he was a traitor. Maybe the country’s most notorious, at least until the current president. In his book Traitor: A History of American Betrayal from Benedict Arnold to Donald Trump, author David Rothkopf makes the case that Donald Trump has “committed the highest-level, greatest, most damaging betrayal in the history of the country.” What an honor! Trump faced stiff competition from Arnold, the American military officer during the Revolutionary War who defected to the British side, but unlike the 2020 presidential election, he actually won. Although in fairness, the pair are forever synonymous with each other after a portrait of Trump resembling Arnold went viral.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Republican candidate Donald Trump promised he would eliminate the nation’s debt in eight years.1 Instead, his budget estimates showed that he would actually add at least $8.3 trillion, increasing the U.S. debt to $28.5 trillion by 2025.2 However, the national debt may reach that figure much sooner. When President Trump took office in January 2017, the national debt stood at $19.9 trillion. In October 2020, the national debt reached a new high of $27 trillion.
That's an increase of almost 36% in less than four years.3
The total amount that President Trump contributes to the national debt will probably be higher once the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is realized.
President Donald Trump lashed out at Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger Tuesday night for not investigating his baseless claims of voter fraud in the state. In doing so, he attacked the Republican’s brother, who does not exist.
“I love the Great State of Georgia, but the people who run it, from the Governor, @briankempga, to the Secretary of State, are a complete disaster and don’t have a clue, or worse. Nobody can be this stupid. Just allow us to find the crime, and turn the state Republican,” the president wrote. He referenced not only his insistence that voter fraud is the reason President-elect Joe Biden won the state, but the upcoming runoff election, which will determine which party controls the Senate.
In a second tweet, he added, “Now it turns out that Brad R’s brother works for China, and they definitely don’t want ‘Trump’. So disgusting!”
In a newly released, weird, self-promotional propaganda video, Donald Trump seems to suggest that he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his foreign policy work. Not only was he not so honored, but Trump's video uses an image of the wrong medal in making the false boast.
Maria, an asylum-seeker from Honduras who was hiding from a group of men who brutally raped her in Mexico, hoped US immigration authorities would take her out of a Trump-era program that has forced thousands of immigrants to wait in dangerous border cities.
More than a year after her rape, it still pained Maria at times to sit. Still, the 54-year-old bolstered herself up inside the cold US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility in El Paso, Texas on Friday, Jan. 22, and told an asylum officer her story through a telephone.
Maria recounted how she and her son were kidnapped in Mexico on their way to the US border. How a group of men violently gang raped her when she refused to give them her daughter's phone number to ask for ransom. How her son was forced to watch the attack and how she now has an abnormal connection between her rectum and vagina that causes stool to leak into her vagina. And finally, Maria told the asylum officer how she had filed a police report against her attackers and feared they would find her at the shelter she's been hiding at in Mexico.
Hours after the call, the asylum officer denied Maria's request to be allowed to continue her immigration case in the US.
Among the revelations in the bombshell New York Times report about the final 77 days of Donald Trump's presidency was that MAGA organizers for the Jan. 6 rally never intended to march to the U.S. Capitol.
While the president tweeted that the Jan. 6 event would be "wild," organizers saw their efforts overpowered by Trump's insiders.
"The rally had taken on new branding, the March to Save America, and other groups were joining in, among them the Republican Attorneys General Association," The Times reported. "Its policy wing, the Rule of Law Defense Fund, promoted the event in a robocall that said, 'We will march to the Capitol building and call on Congress to stop the steal,' according to a recording obtained by the progressive investigative group Documented."