Wisconsin nonpartisan audit concludes that elections in the state were ‘largely safe and secure’ in 2020

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Workers count Milwaukee County ballots on Election Day at Central Count in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on November 3, 2020.

  • A nonpartisan Wisconsin audit showed state elections to be “largely safe and secure.”
  • Former President Trump has called for an election audit in the state, despite no evidence of fraud.
  • President Biden defeated Trump in Wisconsin by roughly 20,000 votes in the closely-contested state.

A nonpartisan audit of the 2020 presidential results in Wisconsin released on Friday did not point to any signs of mass voter fraud in the swing state, with a key GOP legislator saying the election was “largely safe and secure,” according to The Associated Press.

The report from the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau issued a set of new recommendations for the state to continue to fortify its election processes, including the development of ways to more efficiently identify potential duplicate voter registrations and added training for precinct workers.

The audit also showed that the dozens of voting machines that were examined worked properly.

“Despite concerns with statewide elections procedures, this audit showed us that the election was largely safe and secure,” tweeted Republican state Sen. Robert Cowles, a co-chair of the Wisconsin Legislature’s Audit Committee, which tasked the audit bureau with leading the review. “It’s my hope that we can now look at election law changes & agency accountability measures in a bipartisan manner based on these nonpartisan recommendations.”

Former President Donald Trump, who has long contended without evidence that last year’s presidential election was “stolen” from him, earlier this year warned Wisconsin GOP leaders that they would be “primaried” if they didn’t support an audit of the 2020 results in the state.

Last November, now-President Joe Biden defeated Trump in Wisconsin by roughly 20,000 votes out of nearly 3.3 million ballots cast. The results were certified with no verifiable evidence of voter fraud.

Democrats pointed to the results of the audit as evidence that elections throughout the state are conducted securely and without interference.

“The Legislative Audit Bureau’s report, which was requested by Republicans, is yet another demonstration that there was no widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election,” tweeted Ben Wikler, the Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

Wikler then pointed to Gov. Tony Evers, emphasizing that it was imperative for the Democrat to be reelected in 2022 as a line of defense against what the party feels will be Republican attempts to undermine the integrity of elections.

@GovEvers is the only thing standing in the way of these baseless attacks on our democracy,” he continued. “He’s committed to accessible, fair, & secure elections, and will veto any legislation that makes it more difficult for voters to participate in the democratic process.”

The Audit Bureau report noted that there was “inconsistent” administration of election processes throughout the state and made 30 recommendations for the Wisconsin Elections Commission to assess.

Republican state Sen. Kathy Bernier, the who currently chairs the Senate Elections Committee, said in a statement that the audit “did not reveal any sizable or organized attempt at voter fraud,” but described election administration in the state as “sloppy.”

“The Wisconsin Elections Commission must be compelled to actually follow the rulemaking process,” she continued. “My fellow legislators and I have been telling them this repeatedly, but it seems they have not gotten the message. Further steps will be taken.”

GOP state Rep. Samantha Kerkman, who was the other Audit co-chair, said that the report would provide a “blueprint” for the legislature to enforce existing election laws that were “ignored.”

“It is critically important that we restore trust in our elections process,” she said in a statement.

Meagan Wolfe, an Wisconsin Elections Commission administrator, told The Associated Press that the agency was still reviewing the audit findings to draft its response.

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Trump has ‘still not forgiven’ Kevin McCarthy for suggesting his censure after the January 6 riot, report says

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President Donald Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) step off Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Md., after returning from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on May 30, 2020.

  • Trump still views McCarthy warily months after leaving office, The Washington Post reported.
  • He has “still not forgiven” the GOP lawmaker for floating a censure resolution after January 6, per the report.
  • The two Republicans have tried to forge a continued partnership to boost the party in 2022.

The relationship between former President Donald Trump and House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy “remains hot and cold,” with the former president leaking reports of personal visits by the California Republican while also “privately bad-mouthing” him, Trump aides told The Washington Post.

When former President Donald Trump was still in the White House, GOP House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy worked in tandem with the conservative administration to enact like-minded legislation in Congress.

Immediately after the 2020 presidential election, McCarthy vigorously defended Trump’s push to challenge the election results.

“What we need in the presidential race is to make sure every legal vote is counted, every recount is completed, and every legal challenge should be heard,” he said on the Fox News show “Sunday Morning Features” last November.

However, in the aftermath of the January 6 Capitol riot and with Trump facing a second impeachment trial, McCarthy said the next week that the then-president “bears responsibility” for the siege.

“I believe impeaching the president in such a short time frame would be a mistake … that doesn’t mean the president is free from fault,” he said at the time. “The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters.”

The GOP leader suggested the possibility of a censure resolution, which several Republican members introduced in the House earlier this year.

However, on January 21, McCarthy backtracked and said that Trump did not initiate the insurrection.

“I don’t believe he provoked it if you listen to what he said at the rally,” he said at the time.

Later that month, the GOP leader – who is working feverishly to become House Speaker in 2022 – traveled to the Mar-a-Lago club in Florida to meet with the former president.

However, a bit of tension remained, with some in Trumpworld reportedly continuing to view McCarthy with caution, according to a previous Insider report.

Trump’s aides reportedly told The Post that the former president “has learned to be wary” of McCarthy’s divergent interests, even as they work to regain congressional majorities in 2022 – and with the former president’s own potential 2024 campaign up in the air.

And the former president has not forgotten about McCarthy’s proposed censure resolution related to the insurrection.

“He’ll never get over that,” a Trump advisor told The Post. “It’s really their main disagreement.”

McCarthy has also continued to support some of the Republicans who backed Trump’s impeachment for “incitement of insurrection,” which has attracted the ire of the former president, according to the report.

The former president has made retribution against the 10 House Republicans who voted for his second impeachment a huge part of his 2022 plank. He has also endorsed primary challengers running against Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington and Fred Upton of Michigan.

Last month, pro-impeachment GOP Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio announced that he would not seek reelection next year.

Trump crowed over the announcement in a statement: “1 down, 9 to go!”

However, amid the talk of dissension, Trump pushed back against the narrative that he has anything other than a productive alliance with McCarthy.

“I have a great relationship with Kevin,” the former president said in a statement to Post.

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Trump is ‘hungry’ to go head-to-head against Biden for president and can only be stopped by a ‘prison sentence’: former advisor

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Left: Joe Biden; right: Donald Trump

  • Donald Trump is “hungry” to announce a 2024 presidential campaign, a former advisor said on CNN.
  • Political commentator David Gergen said his interest in running jumps when he sees Biden in trouble.
  • Republican voters show strong support for Trump as a potential presidential candidate in 2024.

Donald Trump is gunning hard for the presidency, a former advisor said Friday on CNN.

Advisors close to Trump for months have said the former president is considering a 2024 run. He himself has hinted at a 2024 presidential campaign since leaving office in January. Just weeks after now President Joe Biden won the election in November, reports said Trump was considering hosting a 2024 campaign event during Biden’s inauguration into office.

“The signs are that he is increasingly interested,” said David Gergen, a political commentator and former White House communications director who served under various administrations. “His interest intensifies when he sees Biden in trouble.”

When Biden, for example, received backlash for his decision to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan, prompting a swift Taliban takeover, Trump “was really chomping at the bit,” Gergen said. “According to various reports, he had to be talked out of it.”

Three sources with direct knowledge of his plans told the Washington Post that the former president came close to announcing a 2024 run in August at the height of the chaos in Afghanistan. Advisors stepped in and convinced him not to due to a fear that his announcement would derail the Republicans’ attempt to take back Congress in the upcoming 2022 midterm elections.

“And now with Biden’s approval rating sinking down into the low 40s and the economy still not straightening out and the pandemic still not over, that just makes Trump very very hungry,” Gergen continued. “I think it’s going to take something hugely unexpected or a dramatic change in his health or a prison sentence to stop him.”

Last month, Trump said he would not run for office if he, for example, received a “bad call from a doctor.”

Republican voters show a strong support for Trump as a potential presidential candidate on the ballot for 2024. A recent Quinnipiac University poll found that nearly 80% of Republicans surveyed want to see him run in the 2024 presidential race.

Biden has been steadily losing support since entering office, and his approval rating now hovers at around 43%. His approval rating has been falling because of several factors like the withdrawal from Afghanistan, a stalled infrastructure bill, and other policy issues.

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Donald Trump attacks ‘lowlife’ Meghan McCain after she recalled a ‘weird’ midnight phone call from him and described Ivanka as a ‘funeral crasher’

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Former President Donald Trump has described Meghan McCain as a “low-life” and a “bully.”

  • Former President Donald Trump has described Meghan McCain as a “lowlife” and a “bully.”
  • The attack follows McCain calling Ivanka Trump a “funeral crasher” in her new book and a subsequent TV interview.
  • McCain also recalled a “weird” phone call with the former president and Melania Trump while her father was ill.

Former President Donald Trump has described television personality Meghan McCain, the daughter of the late Arizona Sen. John McCain, as a “lowlife” in a statement published by his spokesperson Liz Harrington on Twitter.

The attack follows McCain’s disparaging comments about members of the Trump family in her new book.

“Isn’t it funny that Meghan McCain, who has always been a bully and basically a lowlife, is now complaining that it was she who was bullied by the Slobs and Radical Left maniacs of “The View,'” the statement said.

In “Bad Republican,” McCain refers to Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner as “funeral crashers” and, in a television appearance, said that they “had no goddamn business” being at her father’s memorial service in 2018.

McCain, 37, told Andy Cohen, the host of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live,” that she spotted the duo at the back of the church during her father’s 2018 memorial service.

“They should never have come. They had no business being there. I remember seeing them and seeing her specifically,” she said on Thursday. “They had no goddamn business being there and it’s something that still angers me, clearly.”

Trump’s statement addresses the late McCain’s funeral, claiming to have made it possible for him to have the “world’s longest funeral” even though he was never “a fan.”

In the former The View host’s new book, McCain also recalled a “weird” phone call she received from the former president and his wife, former First Lady Melania Trump, while her father was terminally ill.

Speaking to Andy Cohen about it on Thursday, she said that Trump called her to deny an Axios report that he had mocked her father’s injuries. Newsweek reported that she wanted to turn down the call, but her father insisted she take it.

“It was a very weird conversation,” the former The View panelist shared. “He said, ‘It’s all fake news. It’s a lie. I never did that.’ And then he put Melania on the speakerphone…. and then she said, ‘We love you.’ I was like, ‘No, you don’t! I don’t know what this is.’

It was “very uncomfortable,” McCain added.

The former president has a history of sparring with the television personality and, notably, her late father. In December 2020, she tweeted at the former president: “Two years after he died, you still obsess over my dad. It kills you that no one will ever love you or remember you like they loved and remember him.”

And as Insider previously reported, Trump once said at an event in 2015 that her father was viewed as a war hero only because he was taken prisoner by the North Vietnamese.

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Donald Trump’s social network broke software rules and has 30 days to comply before access is terminated or the platform is sued, report says

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Former President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that he will be launching TRUTH Social, his own social network, in the first quarter of 2022.

  • Truth Social has ripped off code and violated a software licensing agreement, the Software Freedom Conservancy said.
  • Former President Donald Trump’s social network has 30 days to comply with the agreement, the nonprofit said.
  • If Truth Social doesn’t comply, it could be sued or forced to rebuild the entire platform.

Former President Donald Trump’s new social network Truth Social has 30 days to stop violating a free and open-source software licensing agreement before its access is permanently terminated or the platform faces legal action, the Software Freedom Conservancy said.

The Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG), which announced the upcoming launch of Truth Social on Wednesday, appears to have violated a license agreement by snatching the code of the decentralized social network Mastodon and refusing to abide by its terms, The Verge reported.

While platforms are entitled to reuse Mastodon’s code, as Gab already has, the Software Freedom Conservancy, a non-profit that enforces free and open-source software licenses, said they must comply with the Affero General Public License (or AGPLv3).

A condition of the APGLv3 is that every user can receive the complete corresponding source for the website based on that code. “That’s how AGPLv3’s cure provision works – no exceptions – even if you’re a real estate mogul, reality television star, or even a former POTUS,” said the Software Freedom Conservancy.

Truth Social doesn’t comply with that provision, per The Verge, and violated the license by referring to its services as “proprietary.” It shows that it fails to mention that it lifted the code from somewhere else, Gizmodo reported.

It also attempted to remove references that would make the alleged Mastodon rip-off obvious, The Verge said. The media outlet reported that a “sighting” of the Mastodon logo was listed as a bug and noted that there were visual similarities and direct references to Mastodon in the site’s underlying HTML.

The Software Freedom Conservancy is insisting that TMTG offers all users access to the Truth Social source code. If it fails to do so, then the rights and permissions to the Mastodon software would be permanently terminated. It could force the group to rebuild the entire platform, The Verge said.

Failing to do this, the media outlet added, the Software Freedom Conservancy could sue for violating the terms of the license used.

Mastodon’s founder, Eugene Rochko, told Vice that Truth Social’s platform appears to be “absolutely” based on his company’s code. Rochko subsequently told Talking Points Memo that he intends to seek legal counsel on the situation.

Insider’s Cheryl Teh noted that Trump’s new social media platform looks remarkably similar to Twitter.

Shortly after its launch, Twitter users had already found a way to create mock accounts of the former president and Vice President Mike Pence on Truth Social.

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Anthony Scaramucci says the Trump media SPAC is ‘garbage propaganda,’ but if it does well enough it could keep the former president out of politics

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Former Trump White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci surprised many in endorsing Biden last year. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File

  • Anthony Scaramucci said he hopes Donald Trump’s stock does well so he stays out of politics.
  • The former White House communications director said he wouldn’t invest in Digital World Acquisition Corp.
  • “I’m not into media disinformation,” he said of the proposed Truth Social site.

Anthony Scaramucci said he hopes Trump’s SPAC stock continues to rack up gains because a successful media venture might keep the former president out of politics.

Scaramucci, previously the White House communications director under Trump, told CNBC Friday that Digital World Acquisition Corp., which announced it would merge with the former president’s media company, could “go up another 10 times.”

“The more it goes up the less likely trump is to run for president in 2024,” Scaramucci said. “I hope that thing is like a 10:1 move. I want it to move like bitcoin.”

The stock has surged more than 600% in two days, trading at about $99 at 12:24 a.m. ET. Bitcoin, as Scaramucci referenced, has been on a tear, breaking past its all-time high this week.

Scaramucci, the founder and co-managing partner of Skybridge Capital, called Trump’s planned social media company “garbage propaganda” and said he wouldn’t buy the stock because it would be bad for his health. “I’m not into media disinformation,” he added.

Multiple hedge funds bought were big investors in the SPAC ahead of the merger, with peak gains at a handful of funds clocking in over $100 million. At least one fund, Saba Capital Management, dumped the stock after the deal was announced, citing conflicting values.

In the CNBC interview, Scaramucci said he was torn between wanting hedge funds to dump the stock and wanting the shares to continue doing well.

“I want the thing to do well to keep him out of the political landscape. He’s a danger to our democracy, he was part of the insurrection, I personally think he’s a domestic terrorist,” Scaramucci said. A representative from Trump Media and Technology group did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

In yesterday’s press release, the company said the social media platform, Truth Social, would be an alternative to “big tech” like Twitter and Facebook, which banned Trump earlier this year. The former president has been continuing to float the idea of another run in the next election cycle since being beat by President Joe Biden last year.

“I hope he stays out of the political game. God bless him with the stock; I wish everybody well,” Scaramucci said.

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Retail traders are cheering Trump’s deal to make SPACs great again as Digital World Acquisition Corp. extends triple-digit gains

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President Donald Trump dons a red “Make America Great Again” hat. Jae C. Hong/AP Images

  • Retail traders have poured into Digital World Acquisition Corp. stock following the Trump deal.
  • DWAC, which has soared about 1,000%, had the most buy orders by far, according to Fidelity.
  • Comments on the stock surged after the deal: “DWAC: Make SPACs great again,” wrote one Redditor.

Retail traders are over the moon about former president Donald Trump’s latest deal.

Trump announced Thursday that a SPAC known as Digital World Acquisition Corp. would be taking his newly formed media company public. Shares of the blank-check company, which trade under the ticker DWAC, have soared nearly 1,000% in the past two days following the merger announcement.

That epic rally has been, in part, thanks to retail trader hype.

According to Fidelity, DWAC was the top buy order among the brokerage’s customers on Thursday and still topped the list on Friday. On investing social sites, like Reddit and Twitch, DWAC was one of the most mentioned stocks on Friday, data from Topstonks shows.

The bubbling market for SPACs – shell companies which raise money in an IPO with the intention of taking a private firm public – has fizzled out in recent months as retail traders moved on from the hype. But Litquidity, the famous social media finance meme account, wrote in a newsletter Friday morning that “Trump Media and WeWork brought SPACs back in vogue.”

Mentions of Trump and DWAC surged on Reddit and Twitter with references to some of the former president’s favorite phrases. “DWAC: Make SPACs great again,” wrote one user on the r/spacs thread.

Trump Media & Technology Group was worth about $4.5 billion when trading halted at the $131.90 stock price after the market open Friday.

In the original deal, the company scored a $1.7 billion valuation, though it didn’t provide much in the way of financial statements or guidance. The media company plans to launch a site called Truth Social, to compete with “Big Tech.” The site has a waitlist but has not yet launched. According to the company’s statement, a beta version is set to launch next month.

The stock’s epic two-day rally is reminiscent of GameStop’s surge in January when the meme-stock craze began. “This will be the meme stock of meme stocks,” wrote another user in r/WallStreetbetsElite, in response to a bullish post about the company.

In an impression of Trump, one Redditor wrote, “$DWAC IS GOING TO BE YUUUUUGE.”

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Biden concedes a key part of the Trump tax cuts is probably here to stay due to Kyrsten Sinema

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US President Joe Biden participates in a CNN town hall at Baltimore Center Stage in Baltimore, Maryland on October 21, 2021.

  • Biden conceded a key part of the Trump tax law is probably here to stay due to a centrist holdout.
  • “She says she will not raise a single penny in taxes on the corporate side and/or on wealthy people, period,” Biden said of Sinema.
  • The possible survival of Trump’s tax cuts underscores the knotty maneuvering Democrats are undergoing to pass their safety net bill.

President Joe Biden conceded on Thursday evening that a key part of his predecessor’s signature tax law is probably here to stay due to opposition from a centrist holdout.

During a CNN town hall, the president offered a candid assessment of the political haggling underway on his $3.5 trillion social spending plan. Swaths of the legislation are on the chopping block due to demands from Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona to restrain the price tag and its reach.

Biden said that Sinema had specifically told him she was opposed to raising the corporate tax rate above 21%, the level President Donald Trump locked in with the 2017 tax cuts.

“She says she will not raise a single penny in taxes on the corporate side and/or on wealthy people, period,” Biden said. “And so that’s where it sort of breaks down.”

He also acknowledged that 12 weeks of paid leave in the package had been whittled down to four weeks, and tuition-free community college was likely out of the social spending plan because of Manchin and Sinema’s resistance. Biden also said he opposed a work requirement on the child tax credit, a key Manchin demand. The president also said the inclusion of expanded Medicare benefits was “a reach.”

Sinema’s opposition to undoing swaths of the Trump tax law deals a major blow to Democratic efforts to fund their safety net expansion with taxes on the richest Americans and large firms. Biden had campaigned on rolling it back, calling it a giveaway to the wealthy and a burden on the national debt. Much of it could endure through the first Democratic trifecta in a decade.

“​​Boy, oh boy, that would be a great irony – if a Democratic president, House and Senate embraced the 2017 tax cuts,” Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia told Insider on Thursday.

Democrats are eyeing alternatives that could hit the richest Americans even harder to fund their sweeping ambitions, including a new tax on stock buybacks and others specifically targeted at billionaire wealth. “As Democrats, we think it’s time for billionaires and giant corporations to pay their fair share,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts told Insider on Thursday, adding there are “different ways” to fulfill their goals.

Asked if she was surprised that the Trump tax law could remain in place once Democrats approve their social spending bill, Warren told Insider: “Yes. The Trump tax law is a very bad idea. We should get rid of it.”

Yet the possibility that chunks of the Trump tax law remains in place underscores the knotty political maneuvering that Democrats are undergoing to turn Biden’s economic bills into law with razor-thin majorities. Every Senate Democrat must be onboard along with nearly every House Democrat for the package to clear the reconciliation process, which only requires a simple majority.

At the town hall, Biden recognized the outsized sway that figures like Manchin and Sinema have over his domestic agenda, given they have the ability to sink the nascent legislation if they opposed it.

“Look, in the United States Senate, when you have 50 Democrats, everyone is the president,” Biden said.

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Digital World Acquisition stock surges 190% as Trump SPAC rally continues for a second day

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Donald Trump.

  • Digital World Acquisition stock surged as much as 190% on Friday.
  • The SPAC’s shares rose 357% on Thursday after it struck a deal to acquire Trump’s media startup.
  • Trump’s company plans to disrupt Big Tech and become a hub for conservative voices.

Digital World Acquisition shares jumped as much as 190% on Friday, as investors piled into the special-purpose acquisition company set to take former US President Donald Trump’s media startup public.

DWAC stock already skyrocketed 357% on Thursday after the SPAC announced it was acquiring Trump Media & Technology Group. The shares closed at $45.50, valuing the vehicle at about $1.5 billion – not far off the prospective $1.7 billion valuation for TMTG highlighted in the press release about the deal.

Notably, the stock’s price rose as high as $132 on Friday, giving it a market capitalization of $4.3 billion at the peak.

Trump has pitched his startup as a “rival to the liberal media consortium” and an effort to fight back against Big Tech, which he accuses of “silencing opposing voices.”

TMTG intends to launch a social-media platform named Truth Social in the next few months, and later roll out an on-demand video-streaming service featuring “non-woke” news, entertainment, and other programming.

The vision for the company is to disrupt some of the most valuable and influential companies in the world, including Apple, Amazon, Walt Disney, Netflix, Alphabet, Microsoft, and Facebook. Part of its mission is “galvanizing a conservative media universe,” according to a “company overview” on its website that doesn’t include any details of its operations or executives.

Trump was banned or suspended from nearly every major social-media site, including Facebook, Twitter, and Alphabet’s YouTube, after the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. His new venture may be an effort to reenter the spotlight and secure a louder megaphone ahead of another run at the White House.

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Digital World Acquisition stock surges 94% as Trump SPAC rally continues for a second day

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Donald Trump.

  • Digital World Acquisition stock surged as much as 94% in premarket trading Friday.
  • The SPAC’s shares rose 357% on Thursday after it struck a deal to acquire Trump’s media startup.
  • Trump’s company plans to disrupt Big Tech and become a hub for conservative voices.

Digital World Acquisition shares jumped as much as 94% in premarket trading Friday, as investors piled into the special-purpose acquisition company set to take former US President Donald Trump’s media startup public.

DWAC stock already skyrocketed 357% on Thursday after the SPAC announced it was acquiring Trump Media & Technology Group. The shares closed at $45.50, valuing the vehicle at about $1.5 billion – not far off the prospective $1.7 billion valuation for TMTG highlighted in the press release about the deal.

Trump has pitched his startup as a “rival to the liberal media consortium” and an effort to fight back against Big Tech, which he accuses of “silencing opposing voices.”

TMTG intends to launch a social-media platform named Truth Social in the next few months, and later roll out an on-demand video-streaming service featuring “non-woke” news, entertainment, and other programming.

The vision for the company is to disrupt some of the most valuable and influential companies in the world, including Apple, Amazon, Walt Disney, Netflix, Alphabet, Microsoft, and Facebook. Part of its mission is “galvanizing a conservative media universe,” according to a “company overview” on its website that doesn’t include any details of its operations or executives.

Trump was banned or suspended from nearly every major social-media site, including Facebook, Twitter, and Alphabet’s YouTube, after the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. His new venture may be an effort to reenter the spotlight and secure a louder megaphone ahead of another run at the White House.

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