Biden Roasts Trump’s Business Acumen: ‘He Even Went Bankrupt Running a Casino – I Didn’t Think That Was Possible’

President Joe Biden challenged the business acumen of former President Donald Trump during a Friday night rally in Detroit, questioning how Trump’s former casino in Atlantic City could go under.

Biden did not name the casino but during a defiant speech in which he also said he would not be leaving the 2024 presidential race, he attacked Trump’s business chops and invoked his numerous bankruptcy filings .

“Look, if you want to know how bad a businessman Trump really is, just think about this,” Biden said. “He inherited millions of dollars only to squander it. He’s filed for bankruptcy six times.”

In an apparent reference to the now-closed Trump Taj Mahal Casino and Resort, Biden told a wild crowd, “He even went bankrupt running a casino – I didn’t think that was even possible. Doesn’t the house always win in a casino?”

The president concluded, “Most importantly, and I mean this from the bottom of my heart, Trump is a threat to this nation.”

Biden spoke in Detroit in front of a crowd of union workers and other voters but was without Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and a number of the state’s congressional Democrats.

Whitmer was reportedly traveling on Friday and was not able to attend.

Biden also called Trump a “loser” during his remarks and invoked the civil suit writer E. Jean Carroll filed and won against the former president.

The president said :

“Donald Trump was found liable for sexual assault by a judge, who told us not to be fooled by Trump brushing it off. Here’s what the judge wrote. Quote, the judge in that case wrote, quote, ‘Mr. Trump attempted to minimize sexual abuse, finding it frivolous. Mr. Trump raped her.’ That’s the judge’s language, not mine. Raped her, as many people understand the word rape.”

As for Trump’s once-celebrated Atlantic City casino, the Taj Mahal opened with much fanfare in 1990.

The casino closed its doors on October 2016 just two weeks before the presidential election.

According to ABC News , Trump sold his stake in the business to investor and personal friend Carl Icahn in 2014.

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‘Trump Raped Her’: Biden Goes All Out Against Former President, Cites Sexual Assault Judgment

President Joe Biden delivered one of the more forceful addresses of his campaign on Friday amid serious concerns members of his own party have about his candidacy.

After a poor debate performance two weeks ago and subsequent shaky interviews , more than a dozen Democratic members of Congress have called on Biden to drop his reelection bid. Plenty of others have expressed their misgivings in private.

At a rally in Detroit, Biden was defiant and told the crowd to raucous applause, “I am running!”

Later in his speech, he made the case against his opponent Donald Trump. The former president has been embroiled in a series of legal woes. In separate cases, he has been convicted in New York on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records, found liable for defrauding the state of New York, found liable for sexually assaulting writer E. Jean Carroll, and found liable for defaming her. Trump is also under criminal indictment in two federal cases and a state case in Georgia after he tried to overturn the 2020 election results. The feds have also charged him with retaining classified documents after leaving office.

“We’re going to say who he is, what he intends to do,” Biden told the crowd. “Folks, Donald Trump is a convicted criminal. Convicted!”

The crowd chanted, “Lock him up!”

“He was convicted by a jury of his peers of 34 felonies for paying hush money to a porn star and hiding it from voters in 2016,” he continued. “Donald Trump was found liable for sexual assault by a judge, who told us not to be fooled by Trump brushing it off. Here’s what the judge wrote. Quote, the judge in that case wrote, quote, ‘Mr. Trump attempted to minimize sexual abuse, finding it frivolous. Mr. Trump raped her.’ That’s the judge’s language, not mine. Raped her, as many people understand the word rape.”

It should be noted that it was a Manhattan jury – not a judge – that found Trump civilly liable for sexually assaulting Carroll. The jury declined to find Trump liable for rape.

However, in a filing , Judge Lewis Kaplan wrote that Trump raped her in a department store in the mid-1990s, though he did not do so by using the exact words, “Mr. Trump raped her.” (Kaplan used the words in the filing to recall his jury instructions, i.e., “In order to establish that Mr. Trump raped her, Ms. Carroll must prove each of two elements by a preponderance of the evidence.”)

“The finding that Ms. Carroll failed to prove that she was ‘raped’ within the meaning of the New York Penal Law does not mean that she failed to prove that Mr. Trump ‘raped’ her as many people commonly understand the word ‘rape,’” Kaplan said . “Indeed, as the evidence at trial recounted below makes clear, the jury found that Mr. Trump in fact did exactly that.”

Biden continued his broadsides against the former president by citing his additional legal problems.

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Defiant Biden Declares, ‘I AM RUNNING’ in Front of Raucous Michigan Crowd: ‘I’m Not Going Anywhere’

A defiant President Joe Biden attacked former President Donald Trump as a “loser” and vowed to remain in the 2024 presidential race on Friday night during a campaign event in Michigan.

The embattled president addressed union workers and other voters in Detroit as he attempted to shift the narrative that he is not fit for office following his poor debate performance against Trump last month in Atlanta.

Speaking in Detroit on Friday, Biden addressed the elephant in the room while also discussing jobs, gun violence, and the November election.

“We’re going to stand up for our Constitution and save our democracy!” he declared before he addressed discussions in the media and among some congressional Democrats that he might exit the race .

“You probably noticed there is a lot of speculation lately,” Biden said to a raucous crowd. “‘What is Joe Biden going to do? Is he going to stay in the race? Is going to drop out?’ I am running and we’re going to win.”

Biden then cited a Marist poll released on Friday that was commissioned by NPR and PBS News and found he leads Trump 50%-48%. The president claimed the poll was proof that his debate performance against Trump did not hurt him politically.

“The narrative that my campaign has fallen apart, they say,” Biden said. “I’m the nominee of the Democratic Party, the only Democrat or Republican who has beaten Donald Trump, ever. I’m going to beat him again.”

“I know him, Donald Trump is a loser,” Biden shouted to applause before he vowed to stay in the race.

He concluded, “I’m the nominee of this party because 14 million Democrats like you voted for me in the primaries. You made me the nominee, no one else. Not the press, not to pundits, not the insiders, not donors – you to voters. You decided, no one else and I’m not going anywhere.”

The poll cited by Biden concluded:

Biden’s support remains relatively unchanged from last month despite the view of many Americans that he lacks the mental fitness to serve as president. However, Biden outperforms Trump on whether either candidate has the character to be President of the United States, and by more than two to one, Americans are more concerned about a president who lies than they are about someone who is too old to serve. Both candidates remain flawed in the eyes of Americans, and majorities say neither should be on the ballot. Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom, and Gretchen Whitmer do not improve the Democrats’ chances against Trump.

Whitmer was not present at Biden’s rally in Detroit as she was reported to have been traveling.

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‘Come At Me, Bro’: Joy Reid Gushes Over Biden’s Defiant Speech

MSNBC’s Joy Reid hailed President Joe Biden’s speech in Detroit on Friday, calling it his “Come at me, bro” moment.

Biden is facing concerns about his ability to defeat former President Donald Trump in November and to serve another four years. In late June, he turned in a terrible debate performance against Trump and repeatedly lost his train of thought. Interviews he did after the debate did not help his cause, and more than a dozen congressional Democrats have called on him to drop his reelection bid, though the vast majority of Democratic lawmakers have not done so publicly. Actor and Democratic donor George Clooney wrote a widely publicized op-ed in the New York Times saying the president should make way for another nominee.

The president gave an energetic and defiant address in Michigan on Friday, telling the crowd, “I’m not going anywhere.” He also hammered Trump over the former president’s legal issues, which include being found guilty on 34 counts of falsifying business records, and being found civilly liable for sexual assault, defamation, and fraud in separate cases.

After Biden’s speech, Reid praised the addressed for laying out a vision for what he intends to do in a second term.

“This was well done,” she said. “I can’t say anything other than that’s the Joe Biden who I think Democrats who might be nervous needed to see. And for Democrats who doubted him, that was the ‘Come at me, bro Joe Biden. He ain’t going nowhere.”

“We’ll see,” said Chris Hayes. “The future remains unwritten. I think he is dead-set on not going anywhere. He was, to me, that was also the most comprehensive thesis of the campaign since the State of the Union.

Hayes went on to laud Biden for laying out the case for reelection using “three pillars.”

“[Trump]’s a menace, here’s what we’ve done, here’s what we are going to do,” he said, summing them up. ‘Here’s what our shared values are. That is a comprehensive 30 minutes. That’s the campaign.”

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‘He’s Being Trump-Like’: Only Democrat to Beat Biden in a 2024 Primary Savages Him for Staying in Race

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Jason Palmer, a businessman from American Samoa and the only candidate to beat President Joe Biden in a primary this year likened the commander-in-chief to former President Donald Trump for his refusal to drop his reelection bid.

Palmer was among several self-described Democrats who spoke to The Washington Post for a Friday story that asked if Biden’s commitment to being the Democratic Party’s 2024 nominee was “Trumpy” given growing calls among Democrats for him to exit the race.

In the small, Pacific American territory’s March primary, Palmer prevailed against the sitting president with 51 votes to Biden’s 40 votes.

Biden easily won the rest of his party’s primaries and Palmer suspended his campaign for the White House. The former longshot presidential candidate remained out of the headlines until Friday when he told the Post that Biden’s stubbornness in the face of calls among Democrats for him to step aside was selfish and “Trump-like.”

“He’s being Trump-like in that he’s not listening,” Palmer told the Post.

“Donald Trump sometimes gets into a bluster and just says, ‘I’m the only one that could do it.’ And some of the sentences I heard from Joe Biden in the George Stephanopoulos interview sounded like, ‘I’m the only one who can keep NATO together, can protect the free world.’ You know, thinking you’re the only person is not the right way to run for president,” Palmer concluded.

Palmer was referring to an at-times tense interview that aired last week on ABC News in which Biden went back and forth with network anchor George Stephanopoulos about whether he believed he was the right candidate to challenge Trump in November.

After Stephanopoulos asked Biden to respond to people who had questions about his cognitive abilities following his widely criticized debate performance against Trump last month, the president defended himself and his record.

“George. I’m the guy that put NATO together, the future,” Biden said. “No one thought I could expand it. I’m the guy that shut Putin down. No one thought could happen. I’m the guy that put together a South Pacific initiative with AUKUS. I’m the guy that got 50 nations out– not only in Europe, outside of Europe as well to help Ukraine.”

In its Friday story, the Post also reported it spoke to a Democrat named Armand Domalewski of California who drew a comparison between Biden and Trump after viewing the same interview on ABC and also took issue with Biden’s tan.

The newspaper reported :

Armand Domalewski was at a Fourth of July weekend barbecue in Los Angeles when he unlocked his phone and saw a ripple of clips on his social media feeds. There was Joe Biden, looking cool in a pinstripe shirt with a couple of buttons undone, sitting across from ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos for a damage-control interview after an awful debate against Donald Trump.

Something struck him. The president looked a little … different. He showed the phone to his girlfriend nearby.

“She immediately flagged it, like, ‘Why is he orange?’”

At least 20 congressional Democrats have called for Biden to step aside since his debate against Trump.

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Elon Musk Reportedly Donates ‘Sizable Amount’ to Pro-Trump Super PAC

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Billionaire Elon Musk has donated to a super PAC working to return former President Donald Trump to the White House, Bloomberg reported on Friday.

Musk, who owns X, formerly known as Twitter, made a contribution of “a sizable amount” to a PAC called America PAC, Bloomberg’s sources said.

The publication’s Jennifer Jacobs and Bill Allison reported :

Musk has contributed to a low-profile group called America PAC, according to people familiar with the matter, who requested anonymity to detail his plans. It’s unclear how much Musk has given, but the people characterized the figure as a sizable amount. The PAC is next required to disclose its list of donors on July 15.

The move highlights the growing influence of a technology mogul who tops the Bloomberg Billionaires Index with a net worth of $263.6 billion and his shift from a self-described political independent — who said he preferred to stay out of politics — into a figure who regularly uses his X social-media platform to espouse right-leaning views and assail Democrats.

The revelation comes as President Joe Biden is facing pressure to drop his reelection bid as the Democratic nominee after a poor debate performance two weeks ago. Biden often stumbled over his words and lost his train of thought. Subsequent interviews did not allay concerns members of his party have about his ability to defeat Trump in November and serve another four years. More than a dozen Democratic members of Congress have called on him to drop out.

Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla, has not publicly endorsed a candidate this election cycle. Since acquiring Twitter in 2022, he has questionably cast himself as a free speech crusader. That has earned him the praise of conservative and far right-wing users. Under his stewardship, Holocaust denialism and pro-Nazi content have flourished on the platform.

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Meta Removes All Restrictions on Trump’s Account After Former President Threatens Zuckerberg with Prison

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Meta announced it removed restrictions placed on former President Donald Trump’s Instagram and Facebook accounts in preparation for the November election.

According to a report from Axios , Meta released a company statement claiming it made the decision in order to provide fairness to all candidates in the presidential race.

Following the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, Meta and other social media companies suspended Trump from using their platforms over fears that he could incite more political violence. However, Trump’s accounts with Meta were reinstated in January 2023 but have faced strict penalties such as advertising restrictions if he violated the company’s terms of service.

A spokesperson confirmed to Axios that Meta decided to remove the restrictions on Trump’s accounts over a concern that a small policy violation could immediately result in his account being suspended. If Trump’s Meta account did violate a minor infraction they could have been suspended for a maximum of two years and stop him from reaching his followers in the final months of the race.

“In assessing our responsibility to allow political expression, we believe that the American people should be able to hear from the nominees for president on the same basis,” said Meta president of global affairs Nick Clegg in a statement.

He continued, “In reaching this conclusion, we also considered that these penalties were a response to extreme and extraordinary circumstances, and have not had to be deployed.”

However, although the company did roll back the prior restrictions on his account, Meta will maintain the ability to limit the engagement of controversial posts involving conspiracy theories.

Following his social media ban, Trump created his own social network called Truth Social where he posts the majority of his public comments regarding the campaign.

The decision by Meta comes days after Trump vowed on Truth Social to send Mark Zuckerberg to prison if he is reelected for election fraud.

“They have no shame! All I can say is that if I’m elected President, we will pursue Election Fraudsters at levels never seen before, and they will be sent to prison for long periods of time,” Trump told his followers.

“We already know who you are. DON’T DO IT! ZUCKERBUCKS, be careful!” he added.

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Whitmer, Multiple Lawmakers Absent at Biden Event in Michigan Amid Calls for Him to Step Aside

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Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer was among a number of prominent elected officials who announced they would not attend a campaign event for President Joe Biden Friday evening in Detroit as calls mounted for the 81-year-old to exit the presidential race.

Biden has been urged to step aside by many of his fellow Democrats since his poor showing last month during a debate against former President Donald Trump, the presumptive 2024 Republican nominee.

The president has stated in no uncertain terms he will remain in the race. According to his itinerary , he was scheduled to fly to the battleground state of Michigan on Friday for a campaign event before heading to Delaware.

But as Steve Peoples of the Associated Press reported on Friday, Biden will be without several prominent faces by his side in Detroit as he fights for his political future and votes in the crucial swing state he narrowly won in 2020.

Whitmer will be out of town while Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) will also miss the event.

According to Peoples, United Auto Workers union President Shawn Fain will also be absent due to a scheduling conflict.

As the AP also reported , Rep. Hillary Scholten (D-MI) will also not attend Friday’s event and has called on Biden to step aside.

“With the challenges facing our country in 2025 and beyond, it is essential that we have the strongest possible candidate leading the top of the ticket — not just to win, but to govern,” Scholten said in a Thursday statement.

Scholten will attempt to defend her seat in her state’s competitive third congressional district in western Michigan in November.

As CNBC noted, as of Friday 20 congressional Democrats had issued public statements asking Biden to end his bid for for a second term since he appeared confused and at times lost during his June 27 debate against Trump that was moderated by CNN anchors Dana Bash and Jake Tapper.

The president did little to make the case that he is fit for another four years in office on Thursday during a much-anticipated news conference in Washington after he met numerous fellow NATO ally leaders.

Biden at one point referred to Vice President Kamala Harris as “Vice President Trump” when addressing reporters as most of the questions he answered were either about his mental fitness or whether he believes he could win in November.

Two hours before the Trump gaffe , Biden referred to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as “President Putin” at the NATO summit before he ultimately corrected himself.

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Georgia Football Players, Staffers Cited For a Staggering 24 Driving Offenses Since Fatal Crash Last Year: Report

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A bombshell report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution revealed that members of Georgia’s football team committed 24 different driving offenses since January 2023.

This week, two more players were arrested for reckless driving. That was in addition to two previously reported arrests in this offseason alone.

According to AJC’s Friday report, however, police records indicate the actual number of offenses committed by the team is much higher.

Since January 2023 — when a player and staffer were killed while racing after the team’s national championship parade — members of the team have committed an additional 23 offenses. That includes three different incidents occurring within six weeks of that fatal crash.

One of those incidents included then-sophomore receiver De’Nylon Morrisette, who reportedly got pulled over for driving 81 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone. Less than three months later on May 2, he was stopped for going 91 in a 55 mph zone; and a week after that, he was arrested for a DUI after hitting another car.

Morrisette wasn’t the only one who was stopped more than once. Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint, a junior receiver in the 2023 offseason, was stopped three times on May 15, May 15, and May 23 for speeding. For the last incident — in which he was traveling 90 in a 45 mph zone — he was jailed for reckless driving.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart is expected to address these issues during SEC Media Days on Tuesday.

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Top House Democrat Says He Doesn’t Want to Risk Biden Debating Again Before the Election, Calls For Him to Drop Out

Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), the ranking member of the Intelligence Committee, joined CNN’s Kaitlan Collins following President Joe Biden’s press conference and explained his call for the president to step aside.

“Not a single number out there. Not what, you know. Cook Report telling us that we may lose the House that says that Joe Biden is going to win. And so the answer to that, which is a fair answer, is that, yeah, but there’s still time,” Himes began, adding:

There’s 4 or 5 months to the election. So then you need to ask yourself, what’s the trajectory look like here? Are things getting better? If you believe that the problem the Democrats have is that we haven’t gotten our message across, the message with the bipartisan infrastructure law, the message of capping out-of-pocket expenses and Medicare at $2,000 and capping insulin costs at $35 and standing up for veterans. And if you believe that our problem is that we haven’t gotten that message across.

Well, and if you also believe that the president has the biggest megaphone, you have to drop the emotion and the loyalty and love and say, in the next 4 or 5 months, is that story going to be told with such precision and poetry and beauty that you will turn around all the numbers that say, we are going to lose? And I did this painful thing tonight because for me, the answer to that is I just don’t see that trajectory. I don’t see the numbers.

Collins followed up, “And you think he’ll lose to Donald Trump if Joe Biden goes up against him?”

“Look, I, you know, like Yogi Berra said, predictions are hard, especially about the future,” Himes replied, adding:

All I can do is look at the numbers right now. No president has ever won with a 37% approval rating. Look at the swing states, because this isn’t a race that is decided in 5 or 6 states. You know, the president, you can look at lots of different polls. The president isn’t really up in any of them.

And then you can ask yourself, and again, this is future. This is we don’t know the future. What is the trajectory look like? And imagine that three months from now we get another performance like there was in the debate right before the election. Do you want to take that risk? I don’t. Now, you know, I don’t presume to understand the president’s calculus. Yeah, but he’s top ten presidents, right? Why would you gamble that legacy? The legacy of being a top ten American president. Transformative. Lyndon B. Johnson transformative. And you’re going to gamble that on possibly being the guy that handed the country over to a tyrant?

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