Donald Trump posts video of truck showing hog-tied Joe Biden

The Biden campaign team accused Mr Trump of “regularly inciting political violence” ahead of November’s election.

A spokesman for the Trump campaign said Democrats have been calling for “despicable violence” against Mr Trump.

Mr Trump posted the video on his social media site Truth Social on Friday.

According to the caption, it was filmed in Long Island, New York, on Thursday when the former president attended the wake of a New York City police officer who was killed during a traffic stop.

The video shows two passing trucks on the road, both covered in US flags and flags claiming support for the police.

The second truck was emblazoned with the words “Trump 2024”, and the rear of the vehicle features an image of Mr Biden with his hands and feet tied.

Mr Trump’s promotion of the video drew criticism from Mr Biden campaign’s team.

“Trump is regularly inciting political violence and it’s time people take him seriously – just ask the Capitol police officers who were attacked protecting our democracy on 6 January,” spokesman Michael Tyler said, referring to the storming of Congress by the former president’s supporters after he falsely claimed the 2020 election had been stolen from him.

Judge Rejects Trump Dismissal Effort in Classified Documents Case

A federal judge rejected former President Donald J. Trump’s attempt to dismiss charges of mishandling classified documents by arguing he converted them into personal property under the Presidential Records Act. Judge Aileen M. Cannon ruled that the act does not provide a pretrial basis to dismiss the case, a victory for special counsel Jack Smith. The judge requested proposed jury instructions on how the act might impact the case. Smith argued against it, emphasizing the act’s irrelevance. Judge Cannon agreed the act wasn’t enough to dismiss the case but hinted discussions on its impact would continue.

Trump’s lawyers claimed the act allowed him to designate sensitive materials as private records, which was legally questioned by Judge Cannon and the appeals court. The ruling may affect another attempt by Trump’s lawyers to have the case dismissed based on presidential immunity from prosecution. The Supreme Court will consider this assertion in another case involving Trump’s alleged election interference. Trump’s lawyers argue that his immunity stems from converting the removed documents into personal property under the act.

One question both Republican job applicants and potential Trump jurors must answer

There is a prevalent question in both job interviews for Republican positions and potential jurors in Trump’s upcoming trials: ‘Do you believe the 2020 election was stolen?’ Job applicants in key states are being tested for loyalty to Trump, while prosecutors aim to assess juror impartiality. Trump’s first criminal trial, involving ‘hush money’ payments to Stormy Daniels, is set for April. The prosecution sees questioning jurors on the election as a way to gauge impartiality. Trump’s attorney disputes the need for the question, calling it irrelevant to the case. The former president faces 34 felony counts related to covering up an alleged affair with Daniels.

Donald Trump Rages at Judge, Calls for Immediate Recusal

Donald Trump criticizes Judge Merchan for imposing a gag order before his hush-money trial in April, calling for the judge’s immediate recusal and sanction. The case involves allegations that Trump falsified payments to lawyer Michael Cohen, which Trump denies. Trump insists the case is a political witch hunt to interfere with the election. He accuses the DOJ of bias and coordination against him to aid Joe Biden’s reelection. Trump’s attacks on Merchan and his daughter have escalated, claiming a social media post aimed at his imprisonment.

Judge Merchan recently imposed a gag order on Trump, prohibiting public comments about the trial’s participants, except for Merchan and prosecutor criticism. The judge cited Trump’s history of inflammatory remarks as the reason for the order. Trump’s campaign to discredit the case and the judge continues, with accusations of political bias and unjust legal actions.

Trump’s denial of the charges and insistence on the case’s dismissal reflect his ongoing fight against the legal challenges he faces. The upcoming trial is crucial as it marks the first of four criminal cases against Trump. The former president’s rhetoric on the case is central to his campaign narrative as he seeks to regain the presidency.

Despite the gag order, Trump remains vocal on his Truth Social platform, using it as a tool to rally supporters against what he perceives as biased legal proceedings. The escalating conflict between Trump and Judge Merchan underscores the contentious nature of the upcoming trial and its potential implications for Trump’s political future.