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March 16, 2023

Trump Allies Accuse DeSantis of Breaking the Law

1660: English Long Parliament disbands.

A super PAC aligned with former President Donald Trump is formally filing an ethics complaint accusing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) of violating state laws with his “shadow presidential campaign.”

Make America Great Again Inc. filed a 15-page complaint with the Florida Commission on Ethics on Wednesday morning, asking the commission to investigate DeSantis.

“Governor DeSantis knows, or should know, that his shadow presidential campaign is illegal under federal election law, Florida ethics laws prohibiting illegal gifts from political committees, and Florida ethics laws prohibiting illegal lobbying payments,” the complaint read.

DeSantis hasn’t formally announced his intentions to run for the GOP nomination in the 2024 presidential race, but he is widely expected to throw his hat in the ring. He is considered to be Trump’s biggest competition in the Republican primary, per CNBC.

The complaint specifically points out things that DeSantis has been doing, including visiting several states that are important in the primaries, receiving a significant amount of contributions in his Friends of Ron DeSantis PAC, and signing a lucrative deal for a new book, The Courage to Be Free.

The complaint argues that if the commission finds that DeSantis did violate Florida laws, it should impose the “most severe penalties permitted” — which would include disqualifying him from the ballot.

However, the move faces an uphill battle and is unlikely to be successful. Five of the nine members of the Florida Elections Commission were appointed by DeSantis himself.

The governor’s office dismissed the move, calling it another “politically motivated” attack.

“Adding this to the list of frivolous and politically motivated attacks,” Communications Director Taryn Fenske told CNBC in a statement. “It’s inappropriate to use state ethics complaints for partisan purposes,” she added.

Source: CNBC

March 15, 2023

Tucker Carlson Says Donald Trump is ‘A Little Bit Autistic’ [Video]

Fox News host Tucker Carlson said former President Donald Trump is “a little bit autistic” during a lengthy interview on the Full Send Podcast.

The eyebrow-raising remark came after while the group was discussing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Podcast host Kyle Forgeard asked Carlson: “I saw Trump said he could close that in 24 hours if he wanted to. Do you think he could?”

“I have no idea,” Carlson said. “I mean, he couldn’t build a border wall in four years. So, you know there is a gap between promises and delivery with all politicians, very much including him.”

The Tucker Carlson Tonight host went on to call Trump “a little bit autistic,” saying that it gives him a different perspective than other politicians.

“But I will say in Trump’s defense, and maybe cause he’s a little bit autistic, he saw the stakes of this, like at the very beginning — and this is what I do love about Trump, particularly in foreign policy. He sees the big stuff. He’s like, ‘Wait, you’ve got Russia and China. They don’t trust each other. We can’t let them get together.’”

Carlson went on to say that the former president was correct about the growing relationship between Russia and China, but his critics dismissed his warning as racist rhetoric.

“’They’ll kick our ass and — we’re not gonna fight a war against them, one hopes, but we’ll definitely be taking orders from them, definitely.’ And he said that five years ago when everyone’s like, ‘Shut up racist!’ Okay, he’s a racist, but is he wrong?” he said.

“He says, if we start a war by proxy against Russia, Russia will align with China and we’ll be f***ed. Like — do you think that’s true or not? ‘Shut up.’ I mean, they would never address it,” Carlson continued.

“That’s when I was like, whatever you think of Trump, these people are speaking in bad faith. They’re stupid. They’re also the ones who got us into the Iraq war to no benefit to anybody,” he added.

Watch the clip below:

Source: Mediaite

March 6, 2023

LEAKED: Trump’s 5-Part Attack Plan for DeSantis

1964: Boxing legend Cassius Clay joins the Nation of Islam and changes his name to “Muhammad Ali”, calling his former title a “slave name.”

Former President Donald Trump is reportedly planning to attack his 2024 GOP rival Ron DeSantis as a “Reagan Republican,” according to Axios.

Axios, which obtained Trump’s five-point attack plan, reports that Trump considers the Florida governor as the only candidate capable of outlasting him in a lengthy, contentious presidential primary campaign. “So Trump is planning to amp up the attacks and name-calling in the coming weeks,” per the outlet.

Citing sources and friends familiar with the former president’s thought process, Axios reports that Trump plans to target “Ron DeSanctimonious” in five key areas:

  • DeSantis’s past support for changes to Social Security and Medicare
  • The initial “caution” in his early response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • His “disloyalty” to Trump
  • A “lackey of former House Speaker Paul Ryan”
  • His “wishy-washy” stance on the war in Ukraine

“There’s a pre-Trump Ron and there’s a post-Trump Ron,” a Trump confidant told Axios. “He used to be a Reagan Republican. That’s where he comes from. He’s now awkwardly trying to square his views up with the populist nationalist feeling of that party.”

Last week, DeSantis told Fox News that he views Trump’s attacks as “background noise.”

“He used to say how great of a governor I was,” DeSantis told Fox News host Jesse Watters on Tuesday. “And then I win a big victory and all of a sudden, you know, he had different opinions. And so you could take that for what it’s worth.”

Source: Axios

February 26, 2023

Joy Behar Tells East Palestine Residents Toxic Disaster is Their Fault Because They Voted for Trump

Joy Behar, co-host of ABC’s The View, elicited gasps from the audience after implying that residents of East Palestine, Ohio, somehow deserved the toxic train derailment because they voted for former President Donald Trump.

The hosts were discussing the criticism of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg over his handling of the Feb. 3 disaster when Behar noted that the district voted for Trump.

“I don’t know why they would ever vote for him, for somebody who, by the way, he placed someone with deep ties to the chemical industry in charge of the EPA’s chemical safety office,” Behar said.

“That’s who you voted for in that district,” said Behar, pointing directly into the camera. “Donald Trump, who reduces all safety.”

Gasps from the studio audience could be heard after Behar said “that’s who you voted for.”

“I think this is Donald Trump’s fault,” added co-host Sunny Hostin, as the show went to a commercial break.

“They need to look past the photo-ops, these people,” Behar said. “That’s called chutzpah. It’s [Trump’s] fault, and he shows up!”

Behar’s comments swiftly sparked criticism. Meghan McCain, who used to be one of the show’s co-hosts, decried her former colleague’s remarks.

“The people of east Palestine are currently in fear that they and their children will be getting cancer or worse from the derailment toxins in their land and water,” McCain tweeted. “This is just an evil thing to say. I would say I can’t fathom this level of cruelty and elitism but sadly… I can.”

Source: Mediaite

February 23, 2023

‘Oops, He Did It Again’: Biden Trips on Air Force One’s Stairs [Video]

1945: U.S. Marines raise the American flag on top of Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima. The moment was captured by Joe Rosenthall, whose photo later won a Pulitzer Prize. The iconic photo inspired the Marine Corps War Memorial.

President Joe Biden tripped while walking up the stairs to board Air Force One in Poland on Wednesday, causing many critics to question his health.

Edward Lawrence, Fox Business’ White House correspondent, shared a video clip of Biden’s stumble on Twitter.

“President Joe Biden tripped and caught himself as he boarded Air Force One in Poland. The President is now on his way back to the White House,” Lawrence tweeted Wednesday.

The incident occurred as Biden, 80, boarded Air Force One before departing Warsaw Chopin Airport in Warsaw, Poland. Social media users quickly shared video of Biden’s stumble, with many saying it was emblematic of his leadership abilities.

Donald Trump Jr., the son of former President Donald Trump, was among those who shared the video on Twitter.

“Oops he did it again,” Trump Jr. wrote. “Our president seems incapable of getting up a flight of stairs. This is the guy leading us into WWIII… what could go wrong?”

As Trump Jr. pointed out, this isn’t the first time that Biden tripped while walking up the stairs of Air Force One.

“Stairs can be challenging for Joe Biden. In March 2021, Biden fell 3 times while trying to walk up the stairs to get on Air Force One,” tweeted Steve Guest, a special communications adviser to Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R), alongside a video of the series of stumbles.

Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk tweeted: “IT HAPPENED AGAIN: Joe Biden trips as he boards Air Force One in Poland. The symbolic final image of a trip marked by posturing, brinksmanship, more $$ for Ukraine, and the further escalation of a proxy war with Russia.”

Jason Miller, a senior advisor to Trump, wrote: “He did it again!!! Biden face plant in Poland.”

Former President Trump visited East Palestine, OH, on Wednesday, as the community continues to deal with fallout from the toxic train derailment.

The Trump War Room Twitter account posted: “On the left: President Trump boards his plane heading to East Palestine, OH. On the right: President Biden trips up the stairs trying to leave Poland. America, the choice is yours! #MAGA.”

Source: Newsweek

February 22, 2023

Trump Lashes Out at Fox News: ‘RINO Network’

1967: 25,000 U.S. and South Vietnamese troops launch Operation Junction City against the Viet Cong — the largest U.S. airborne assault since WWII.

Former President Donald Trump lashed out at Fox News after the network failed to cover one of his events, and covered one held by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) instead.

“So interesting to watch [Fox News] cover the small and unenthusiastic 139 person crowd in Staten Island for DeSantis, but stay as far away as possible from coverage of the thousands of people, many unable to get in, at the Club 47 event in West Palm Beach, Florida,” Trump wrote Tuesday in a post on Truth Social.

DeSantis’ appearance at an event in Staten Island bolstered rumors that he’s planning on running for president in 2024, but the governor has yet to make any official announcements.

Trump blasted Fox News for its apparently growing relationship with DeSantis, saying he calls it “the RINO network.”

“I call [Fox News] the RINO Network, and their DOWN BIG Ratings accurately reflect the name. If FAKE NEWS CNN was smart, which they’re not, they’d go Conservative & ‘All Trump, All the Time,’ like in 2016, and become a Ratings Juggernaut,” he wrote.

Trump has taken to referring to his potential 2024 rival as “DeSanctimonious.”

“Florida was doing GREAT long before Ron DeSanctus go there,” the former president wrote in a separate post on Tuesday. “People are fleeing from New York to Florida (and other places) because of high TAXES and out of control CRIME, not because of Governor (thank you President Trump!) DeSanctimonious. Rick Scott did great, and even Charlie Crist had very good numbers. SUNSHINE AND OCEAN, very alluring!!!”

Trump’s takedown of DeSantis sparked mixed reactions from conservatives. Filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza said the two should form an alliance instead of a heated rivalry.

D’Souza tweeted: “I don’t think Trump needs to attack DeSantis. Nor should he. Makes DeSantis look like the presumptive nominee, when Trump clearly is. Trump and DeSantis ought to be making an alliance which is the best way to achieve both of their ambitions. Also best for the GOP and the country!”

Source: Mediaite

February 3, 2023

DeSantis Responds to Trump’s Criticism: I Was Reelected

1870: Iowa ratifies the 15th Amendment of the United States Constitution, allowing suffrage for all races and ethnicities.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis responded to former President Donald Trump’s criticism of his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that he won a substantial reelection victory.

During a press conference in Bradenton, Florida, DeSantis was asked about Trump’s recent jabs at him.

“I roll out of bed, I have people attacking me from all angles, it’s been happening for many, many years,” DeSantis responded.

“The good thing is, is that the people are able to render a judgment on that whether they re-elect you or not. And I’m happy to say — you know in my case — not only did we win re-election, we won with the highest percentage of the vote that any Republican governor candidate has had in the history of the state of Florida. … That verdict has been rendered by the people of the state of Florida.”

During campaign stops over the weekend, Trump took a few swings at DeSantis. Trump accused the governor of “trying to rewrite history” regarding his response to the pandemic, including his decision to permit lockdowns in the beginning stages and that he “promoted the vaccine as much as anyone.”

Trump also addressed the possibility of DeSantis entering the 2024 presidential race, saying: “When I hear that he might [run] I think it’s very disloyal.”

So far, Trump is the only major Republican candidate to enter the race. POLITICO noted that DeSantis will likely join the race later this year, possibly in or around May, after the Florida Legislature’s annual session.


January 26, 2023

Marjorie Taylor Greene Aims to Be Trump’s 2024 VP: Report

1926: John Logie Baird gives the first public demonstration of television in his laboratory in London.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is vying for a spot in Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign as his running mate, according to a new report.

NBC reported on Wednesday that multiple people have spoken to the Georgia Republican about her ambitions.

Former Trump advisor Steve Bannon told NBC that Greene “is no shrinking violet.”

“She’s ambitious — she’s not shy about that, nor should she be,” Bannon said.

“She sees herself on the short list for Trump’s VP. Paraphrasing Cokie Roberts, when MTG looks in the mirror she sees a potential president smiling back,” Bannon said.

Her ardent support of Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s speakership bid was a strategic “power move,” Bannon said. Although aligning with McCarthy alienated Greene from some of her allies in the Freedom Caucus, it made her a real “player” in the GOP.

“She was prepared to take the intense heat/hatred short-term for the long-term goal of being a player,” the conservative strategist said.

An unnamed ally of Greene’s, who was only willing to speak on-the-record anonymously, told the outlet the congresswoman has been clear that her “ultimate goal” is to become vice president.

Trump has yet to weigh-in on any serious candidates for his VP pick. It likely won’t be former Vice President Mike Pence, after the two had a public falling out in the aftermath of the 2020 election.

Source: NBC News

January 25, 2023

Photo of Trump and Philly Mobster Sparks Questions

1840: American naval expedition under Charles Wilkes is first to identify Antarctica as a new continent.

A photo of former President Donald Trump with a convicted mob boss has sparked questions from various media outlets over how the photo-op came about.

The Philadelphia Inquirer obtained and published a photo of the former president at the Trump International Golf Club West Palm Beach with Joseph “Skinny Joey” Merlino smiling and holding their thumbs up.

Merlino previously ran Philadelphia’s organized crime family. According to the Inquirer, Merlino was “a leader of a violent crew on his way up to being boss of an organized crime operation active in Philadelphia and Atlantic City.”

A federal judge sentenced Merlino to 14 years in prison on racketeering charges in 2001. He moved to Florida following his release. But in 2016, despite claiming to have retired from his life of crime, he was arrested on another racketeering indictment and underwent another trial in a New York federal court.

After a mistrial on racketeering, fraud, and illegal gambling charges, Merlino pleaded guilty to illegal gambling in 2018. He was released in 2020 following a two-year prison sentence.

When asked for comment, the Trump campaign said: “President Trump takes countless photos with people. That does not mean he knows every single person he comes in contact with.”

The campaign spokesperson declined to say whether Trump knows Merlino or was aware of his history, the outlet reported.

The Inquirer notes that the picture may “renew concerns among Trump loyalists eager to help him retake the White House next year that he still lacks the sort of protective political infrastructure that would prevent a candidate for president from taking a picture with a convicted mobster whose last stint in federal prison ended in mid-2020.”

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

December 30, 2022

Congressman Claims Trump Could Spend Rest of Life “Behind Bars”

1924: Astronomer Edwin Hubble formally announces existence of other galactic systems at meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) said that former President Donald Trump will likely be indicted and spend the rest of his life “behind bars.”

Raskin served on the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot. Last week, the panel concluded their probe, releasing a report on their findings and referring Trump on four criminal charges to the Department of Justice (DOJ). The charges included: inciting an insurrection, obstruction of Congress, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and conspiracy to make a false statement.

The Maryland Democrat reflected on the report during an episode of Yahoo! News’s “Skullduggery” podcast. Raskin said he “really would be surprised” if Trump wasn’t indicted.

“There’s just deep culpability from the very beginning in everything that Donald Trump did. I’m very serious about him facing the consequences and paying for the cost of his action,” Raskin said. “He could spend the remaining days of his misanthropic life behind bars, presumably with Secret Service agents.”

Trump has maintained his innocence on all accounts, accusing the Jan. 6 committee of a politically-motivated investigation.

The former president said the panel “did not present a single shred of evidence that I intended or wanted violence at our Capitol” in their final report.

“The real story is what the unselect committee did not mention in their fake trial,” he said. “Days before the protest I urged the deployment of 10,000 to 20,000 National Guard troops to keep the event safe for all involved … there was no insurrection … it was made up by these sick people.”

Source: Newsweek

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