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    This one has to sting for former President Donald Trump. A brand new poll of deep red Utah conducted by the Deseret News and Hinckley Institute of Politics shows the former president trailing not just one budding rival — Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL). But also one of his most hated Republican foes, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY). Yes, the new survey has Trump in third place — pulling in just 14.6 percent of the vote. DeSantis came out on top in the Deseret News/Hinckley survey — as he has in many recent state polls — with 24.2 percent. But the real surprise is Cheney. The defeated Wyoming congresswoman ranks second in the Deseret News/Hinckley survey with 16.4 percent support from Utah GOP primary voters. There has been no love lost between Trump and Cheney since the congresswoman accepted a seat on the House January 6 committee. Trump has repeatedly and loudly celebrated her defeat to Rep.-elect Harriet Hageman, while Cheney has missed nary an opportunity to place the blame for the Capitol riot squarely at the feet of Donald Trump....
    EXCLUSIVE — Veteran Republican strategist John Thomas backed former President Donald Trump in the 2016 and 2020 elections, but he's thrown his weight behind Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) ahead of the 2024 cycle for a simple reason: He wants to win. Thomas, the founder of the Ron to the Rescue super PAC, told the Washington Examiner that DeSantis, who hasn't announced a presidential campaign, offers Republicans the best shot at retaking the White House and is prepared to spend at least $50 million in the next six to 12 months to ensure the governor earns the GOP nomination over Trump. TRUMP WHITE HOUSE AND CAMPAIGN VETERANS HESITANT TO REENLIST FOR 2024 The political action committee launched on Nov. 14, the day before Trump became the first top-tier Republican to jump into the 2024 race, and Thomas said that since that time, the support received has been "better than anticipated." The PAC has yet to launch a small-donor push "formally," but Thomas claims to have picked up "several thousand small donors that just organically found us and are giving on recurring...
    Donald Trump is once again running for president, setting off the 2024 campaign cycle with a flourish even before the last ballots of the 2022 election have been counted. The former president announced his intent to run for the 2024 GOP nomination on Tuesday night in a lavish reception at his Mar-a-Lago retreat with invited guests, lawmakers and members of the press. But while Trump lays out his campaign trail at his Florida estate, his polarizing status even within his own party has election-watchers buzzing about who in the Republican Party would step up to challenge him. Furthermore, a poor GOP performance in the midterms has many establishment figures pointing the finger at Trump for endorsing fringe-right candidates against moderate opponents in Republican primaries all over the country.  DailyMail.com has compiled a list of eight likely Republican 2024 candidates who could potentially challenge Trump for leadership of the party in 2024. Donald Trump (pictured on Election Day) is running for president again, he said at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday night Mike Pence: Former VP who has distanced himself from Trump and...
    Donald Trump attempted to convince Ivanka and Jared Kushner to appear with him on stage on Tuesday for the launch of his campaign for the 2024 presidency, according to sources.  Trump plans to announce his run at the Palm Beach resort in Florida, sources told The New York Post.  The former president was overheard chatting with his daughter and Kushner at his daughter Tiffany's wedding over the weekend in Mar-a-Lago - but it's unclear if the couple will accept Trump's offer.  Ivanka and her husband are said to be 'done' with Washington DC, and have no intention of returning to the White House if Trump runs again and wins.  'Trump thought he could convince Ivanka this weekend to come back and campaign for him as she was the most requested speaker after the president himself last time around... but so far she's resisting his entreaties and holding firm, as is Jared,' the source said. 'They both feel they got burned in Washington and don’t want to go back and expose themselves and their children to another bitter campaign.'  Trump Jr...
    HBO host Bill Maher has admitted he was wrong in predicting big GOP gains in the midterms, after he projected the Democrats would be derailed by their focus on identity politics. 'How about the American people -- I mean really, I didn't have faith and they proved me wrong,' the left-leaning pundit remarked in his monologue for Friday's episode of Real Time with Bill Maher.  'Democracy--I think they look at it like the catalytic converter, you know? They're not quite sure what it is, but they know it would be bad if it got stolen,' quipped Maher. 'But of course because this is America, we still don't really know who won!,' he added, noting that control of Congress has yet to be determined days after Tuesday's election. HBO host Bill Maher has admitted he was wrong in predicting big GOP gains in the midterms, after he projected the Democrats would be derailed by their focus on identity politics Republicans are still inching towards claiming a narrow majority in the US House, with a number of races yet to be decided...
    Conservative pundit Charlie Sykes threw cold water on the idea that Republicans are going to quietly move on from Donald Trump after the GOP’s lackluster midterm results. According to him, the former president isn’t going to let them. Republicans expected to take the House by a wide margin, but appear headed for a slim majority. Meanwhile, the GOP’s hopes of winning the Senate are nearly dashed. During the Republican primaries, Trump endorsed a host of candidates who repeated his false claim the 2020 election was stolen from him. He also backed many first-time candidates and fringe figures who were ill-suited for the seats they were running for. This, many Republican luminaries have said, hobbled Republicans at the polls in Tuesday’s midterm elections, where the GOP underperformed. On Thursday, Trump had an epic meltdown and lashed out at the Murdoch media empire and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), who cruised to reelection on Tuesday. DeSantis is seen as a star of the Republican Party and a potential 2024 presidential candidate. After playing a montage of conservatives blaming Trump for the election...
    Anything else?McEnany's implied suggestion — that Trump should stay away from Georgia — appears to be the prescription Republicans need. The Wall Street Journal editorial board demonstrated why this is the case. Across the board, Trump-endorsed personalities either lost election or won by significantly smaller margins than did Republicans in the same state who are not big Trump-backed candidates. "Since his unlikely victory in 2016 against the widely disliked Hillary Clinton, Mr. Trump has a perfect record of electoral defeat. The GOP was pounded in the 2018 midterms owing to his low approval rating. Mr. Trump himself lost in 2020. He then sabotaged Georgia’s 2021 runoffs by blaming party leaders for not somehow overturning his defeat," the editorial board explained. "Now Mr. Trump has botched the 2022 elections," the board added. On the other hand, DeSantis has transformed Florida from a generational swing state into reliable GOP territory.
    If former President Donald Trump is truly willing to put America first, he won't run for president in 2024. I write this as someone who admires Trump greatly, and who served on his presidential transition and in his administration. I supported Trump wholeheartedly in the 2016 general election, and was an enthusiastic booster of his policies after I left the administration. I was grateful for the economic revival Trump delivered before the world was upended by COVID. He changed the debate over trade policy, especially with China, beat ISIS, cut taxes, and nominated three people to the Supreme Court who believe the Constitution actually means what it says. He changed the debate over illegal immigration and gave voice to Americans left behind by globalization. Beyond that he redefined the Republican Party, essentially creating a New Right that is more appealing to blue collar workers and minorities, and no longer beholden to Wall Street. Then he taught that movement how to fight, refusing to allow the propaganda media to set the rules of politics. In his inaugural address, when he said,...
    Even as top Republicans griped about Donald Trump’s leadership costing the GOP dearly in a third consecutive national election, it was unclear whether influential party figures would thank the former president for his service and show him the door. Frustrated Republicans are blaming Trump for the predicted red wave that never materialized in Tuesday’s midterm elections. They argue the basket of lemons the former president endorsed in primaries in contested states is jeopardizing the GOP’s bid for Senate control. And they contend Trump depressed their gains in the House, distracting from the party’s focus on inflation and crime with his never-ending fixation on 2020 and claims the last election was stolen. “It’s time for Trump to retire. I see golf courses and a rocking chair in his future,” Ohio Republican strategist David Myhal told the Washington Examiner on Wednesday. “We appreciate the time he fought in the war against woke, but it will be finished by” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), and Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R), elected in 2021 in a state President Joe Biden...
    Donald Trump tried to take credit for his GOP rival Ron DeSantis and his meteoric rise through the party last night, insisting the Florida Governor would be nowhere today if it wasn't for his 2018 endorsement.  DeSantis stormed to victory yesterday, defeating Democrat Charlie Crist by a whopping 19 points in yesterday's midterm and flipping the blue stronghold of Miami Dade county.  He is now being praised as the future of the Republican party, with many hopeful he will announce a 2024 Presidential Run.  Trump - who watched from Mar-a-Lago last night as many of his chosen candidates lost - is not among them.  After warning DeSantis against a White House run yesterday by threatening that he 'knows more about him than his wife', Trump gave an interview to NewsNation where he tried to take credit for DeSantis' entire career.  Donald Trump last night tried to take credit for Ron DeSantis last night, claiming without him he would never have won the 2018 midterm or enjoyed the landslide victory seen last night 
    As he flew back from an election eve rally in Ohio, Donald Trump warned rival Ron DeSantis that he would come off worst if he decided to run against the former president  'He could hurt himself badly,' he told a small group of reporters who traveled with him on his refurbished 757, nicknamed 'Trump Force One.' In an extensive interview, he said he could see a red wave building in the midterms that would return Congress to the G.O.P. but said he wanted Mitch McConnell replaced as Republican leader in the Senate.  He even laid out what a hypothetical 2024 campaign would look like, with a mix of anger at the outcome of the 2020 election and a greatest hits of achievements, from rebuilding the military to constructing a border wall.  An hour earlier, he dropped his biggest hint yet that he would be running again in front of a rapturous audience at Dayton International Airport. He said would be making a major announcement at his Mar-a-Lago headquarters next week. Sitting in a cream leather armchair, he later said his...
    [jwvidoe id=tWxslJoJ] CNN reported that former President Donald Trump “quietly” admitted voting for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis just minutes after reporting he had refused to answer the question. On Tuesday morning, reporters flocked around Trump as he cast his vote in West Palm Beach, peppering him with questions that included his recent announcement that he will be making an announcement next Tuesday. CNN cut away from its Election Day coverage to show Trump’s photo op, during which he campaigned in favor of Republicans and teased his announcement of his announcement anew — but didn’t hear or didn’t answer the first time he was asked if he had voted for DeSantis. They cut away from Trump as he was trailed by reporters away from the polling place, and co-anchor Alisyn Camerota noted “He did not answer when asked if he voted for Governor Ron DeSantis, who, as you’ll remember, he called a name, he designated with a nickname a couple of days ago, but he didn’t answer that question.” Camerota was referring to a rally this weekend, at which Trump was...
    Ligorría later deleted the original tweet and locked down his account so that no one could read his tweets. The governorship of Florida is a key office that could help swing the presidential election in 2024. A Spectrum News/Siena College poll released earlier in October found that DeSantis was beating Crist among likely Florida voters with 49% to 41%, respectively. DeSantis is one of the more popular governors and is considered to be a frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024. Here's more about the Florida gubernatorial campaign: DeSantis rips opponent Charlie Crist: 'Worn out old donkey' www.youtube.com
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis would not rule out a run for president in 2024 when pressed on the matter in a debate with Democrat Charlie Crist.  Throughout the debate Crist repeatedly pressed the governor on his political ambitions and whether he'd spend all four years of his term in the governor's mansion. 'You're running for governor,' Crist said. 'And I have a question for you. … Why don't you look at the eyes of the people of Florida you will serve all four years?' 'Will you serve a full four-year term?' he added. DeSantis bristled at the question, taking a long pause as the crowd broke out into applause over Crist's question.  Crist continued: 'Yes or no, Ron. Will you serve a full, four-year term if you're re-elected governor of Florida?' Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis would not rule out a run for president in 2024 when pressed on the matter in a debate with Democrat Charlie Crist Throughout the debate Crist repeatedly pressed the governor on his political ambitions and whether he'd spend all four years of his term in the...
    Floridians with medical marijuana cards will soon be able to fulfill cannabis prescriptions while they fill up their tanks at select Circle K locations in the state. A partnership between Green Thumb Industries and Circle K will allow the convenience-store chain to sell medical marijuana alongside 10 of its 600 Florida-based locations. Products will be available at Circle K-adjacent locations to be called 'RISE Express,' which will have a separate entrance from the convenience store. The stores are expected to open in 2023.  All products will only be sold to Florida residents with medical marijuana cards - an estimated 700,000 people in the state, according to the Florida Department of Health.  The new deal will provide the US with its first non-hemp-based THC products at gas stations, joining alcohol as another over-21 product sold at convenience stores.  Despite future sales taking place just steps away from where drivers fill up their tanks, driving under the influence of marijuana is still illegal in every state - even if you have a prescription.  Green Thumb Industries will now sell medical marijuana at Circle...
    The Tampa Bay Times published video of several Floridians being arrested for voter fraud as part of Gov. Ron DeSantis‘s new Office of Election Crimes and Security crackdown. The arrests of 20 people took place on August 18th, hours before DeSantis called a press conference to boast of the crackdown, declaring, “They’re going to pay the price.” The footage, which had not previously been made public, showed a very different story than the law and order tale told by DeSantis. The clips showed three different individuals, all of whom had previously been convicted of murder or sexual offenses, being arrested by apologetic officers. The first clip shows a man named Tony Patterson being arrested outside his Tampa as officers explained they were there to arrest him for voter fraud. Patterson in disbelief explained he thought he was following the law. “What is wrong with this state, man?” Patterson said. “Voter fraud? Y’all said anybody with a felony could vote, man.” “This happened years ago,” he added, asking, “Why now? Why me?” “Yes, sir. So unfortunately, right now, we’re going...
    'I'm not a global warming person. I don't want that label on me,' Gov. Ron DeSantis said in 2018. Republican officials across the country have for years refused to accept the fact that humans contribute to climate change, which can in turn contribute to catastrophic weather events such as the recent Hurricane Ian in Florida. Florida Sens. Rick Scott and Marco Rubio both opposed the Inflation Reduction Act, which included $369 billion to cut greenhouse gas emissions — one of the leading causes of climate change. They also voted against the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The law provided $47 billion in funding for "climate resilience" to help states combat the increasingly extreme weather events such as fires, floods, storms and droughts. A 2021 Center for American Progress report found that 139 members of Congress, 109 representatives and 30 senators, deny that human activity is a factor in climate change. "These 139 climate science deniers have accepted more than $61 million in lifetime direct contributions from the oil, gas, and coal industries, which comes out to an average of $442,293 per...
    The View co-host Sunny Hostin conceded that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is “brilliant” — before slamming recent moves made by the Republican. “What I did admire about DeSantis is that he finally talked about climate change, right?” Hostin said during Thursday’s show, referring to the GOP governor talking about the issue in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, which ravaged throughout parts of the Sunshine State. “He, like, sort of said, ‘Wow. This is a climate change issue.’” It is unclear what comments Hostin was referencing to. She continued: And I think what’s always disappointed me about DeSantis is he’s a very different political candidate than let’s say a President [Donald] Trump. I firmly believe that President Trump is just not the smartest guy. I really — I think he’s educated, but I just don’t think he’s that smart, and I think he’s a racist, and I think he’s a homophobe, and he’s just a person who was raised that way. When you look at DeSantis, he graduated from Yale University, he went to Harvard Law School, he earned a commission...
    The Florida mayor who heard President Joe Biden drop an f-bomb in a moment caught on a hot mic has said that the remark was no big deal, and just 'two guys talking'. During his tour of the Hurricane Ian disaster zone on Wednesday, Biden was in a jovial conversation with Fort Myers Beach Mayor Ray Murphy, and appeared to forget that news cameras were hovering nearby. 'Nobody f***s with a Biden,' the president remarked, drawing laughter from Murphy, who responded, 'you're godd**ned right'. The full context of Biden's remark was not fully clear, though he was heard following up with the comment: 'and you can't argue with your brothers outside the house.' Following Biden's visit, Murphy told NBC News that he didn't recall what in the conversation led the president to 'drop the bomb,' in his words, but said he was not offended by the profanity.  'It was not directed at anybody. It was just two guys talking,' Murphy told the outlet. 'It didn't phase me one bit. That's just the way two guys talk to each other from...
    Governor Ron DeSantis lashed out at media reports that his photo op visit to southwest Florida ravaged by Hurricane Ian caused frustration by residents forced to pause rescue and recovery efforts by his security. During a press avail, Governor DeSantis was asked by an unidentified individual to address reports from “democrats and the media” who were saying that rescue efforts were interrupted by his photo op, which DeSantis immediately dismissed as a “categorical lie.” “Yeah, it’s just, it’s just categorical lie, and the sheriff and the county said it’s a lie,” DeSantis offered towards the end of a Tuesday briefing. “I don’t know why we’re worried about the silly issues when we’ve got people to help. Okay. I was the first one to show up in Desoto and help those people. They were appreciative that we were, there weren’t stopping anything. They had distributed a bunch of water and food and whatnot. There was nobody even in line at the time. So it’s a total lie, and it’s just dumb, but I don’t have time for that.” There is video...
    President Joe Biden chafed at what he considered to be a political question about his “relationship” with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis amid the devastation of Hurricane Ian. President Biden and Governor DeSantis have been in regular contact and enjoyed good cooperation before and during Hurricane Ian, and both men have taken pains to shoot down any suggestion that political disagreement has in any way reared its head. On Thursday afternoon, Biden spoke at FEMA headquarters about the federal response to Hurricane Ian before mingling with the agency’s personnel for awhile. At one point, a reporter asked about DeSantis in a way that rubbed Biden the wrong way, while another reporter was rebuffed for going off-topic: REPORTER: Thank you. How would you describe your relationship and your conversation with Governor DeSantis? PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: It’s totally irrelevant, but I’ll answer. Okay. If I verified he complimented me. He thanked me for the immediate response we had. He told me how much he appreciated it, said he was extremely happy with what’s going on. This is not about whether or not anything...
    Joe Biden still hasn't spoken with Governor Ron DeSantis as a Category 3 hurricane heads for Florida, and his administration dodged questions on why the call hasn't happened ahead of the storm hitting landfall. The president made separate calls to three Florida mayors, two Democrats and one Republican, but did not call the GOP governor as his state braces for Hurricane Ian to hit land this week. Biden spoke with Republican Governors Kay Ivey of Alabama, Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas and Greg Abbott of Texas when they were all also facing weather-related emergencies.  'In the past, President Biden has made calls to governors in situations like natural disasters,' a reporter noted when questioning FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell at Tuesday's White House press briefing.  'Can you articulate how these determinations are made and why it hasn't been made in this case to have the president call the governor?' they asked.  Criswell dodged the question, noting that she spoke with DeSantis on Friday and has placed senior members of her team with the governor to help with meeting the needs created by the impending...
    He later reiterated, "I believe there is some criminal activity involved here, but at present, we are trying to keep an open mind and we are going to investigate to find out and to determine what laws were broken if that does turn out to be the case." Interestingly, Salazar also said that investigators have not been able to locate a single migrant who was offered the Martha's Vineyard trip but turned it down. They have also not spoken with the migrants themselves, he said, but only a single attorney representing some of the migrants. 'Lured under false pretenses' | Bexar County sheriff investigating after migrants flown from San Ant www.youtube.com How did DeSantis respond? DeSantis has already said the migrants signed a release and were fully aware of where they were going. On Monday, the governor's office noted in response to Salazar that 53 migrants were tragically found dead in the back of a tractor trailer this summer. That trailer was found in Bexar County. The statement said: ...
    Despite the backlash for flying a group of 50 migrants to Martha's Vineyard this week, the immigrants are reportedly grateful to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.  Telemundo's Cristina Londoño Rooney told MSNBC that while immigration activists claim the migrants have been 'used as pawns' and 'abused' by DeSantis, the group of Venesuelans were actually happy to be brought up north. 'I can tell you, they're not angry at Ron DeSantis,' Rooney said on Thursday after speaking with some of the migrants. 'They are actually thanking him for having brought them to Martha's Vineyard.'  'Other people are saying they're being used as political pawns, but they don't resent it for now,' She added. 'They know they're the lucky ones.' Although the migrants received a cold welcome in Martha's Vineyard with the city declaring a state of emergency and calling in the Nation Guard to move them, the group eventually reached the Cape Cod military base, where they received shelter and a warm meal.   MSNBC REPORTER: "I can tell you, they’re not angry at Ron DeSantis. They are actually thanking him for having brought them...
    After the shock arrival of 50 Venezuelan men, women and children on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts on Wednesday, Democrats nationwide have called on the Biden administration to investigate the stunt as potential human trafficking—a comparison that even the White House has embraced. “This maneuver raises serious legal questions and will have untold repercussions on the individuals caught up in the governor’s political stunt,” said Florida agriculture commissioner Nikki Fried, who accused Gov. Ron DeSantis of “political human trafficking by sending a flight of dozens of asylum seekers to an island five miles from the mainland. “An investigation is necessary.” “Shipping vulnerable migrants across the country is not a campaign tactic. It is human trafficking,” said Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MI). “It is the abuse of dozens of human beings and a celebration of that abuse for political gain.” The Biden administration, which has a near-blanket policy of not discussing potential investigations by the Department of Justice, initially punted on the question of whether President Joe Biden views the transports as legal, instead focusing on the use of undocumented...
    Hillary Clinton criticized Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' move to send a group of migrants to the tony liberal enclave of Martha's Vineyard, where she vacations.  'You have laid out the craziness of the time in which we're living, where some politicians would rather not only have an issue but exacerbate it to the extent of literally human trafficking, as you said,' Clinton said Friday on Morning Joe, using the same phrasing as the show's hosts.  As of Friday, the Venezuelan migrants were being relocated to a military base on nearby Cape Cod, Massachusetts.   Another group of migrants was deposited in front of Vice President Kamala Harris' Naval Observatory residence in Washington, D.C. this week. 'Nobody wants open borders, who has any idea of how governments and countries work, but nobody wants inhumane, terrible treatment of human beings either,' Clinton said. 'And what we should have been doing is to come together to reform change and better fund the system by which we deal with these issues.' She took aim at GOP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who has been sending migrants to...
    Politicians who claim to have an elevated moral purpose risk being branded as hypocrites if they fail to live up to the standards they set for others. California Gov. Gavin Newsom runs that risk as he denounces the Republican governors of other states, particularly Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas, as “bullies” for their states’ policies on abortion, gay rights and other issues. Newsom has run ads critical of the two governors and donated $100,000 to DeSantis’ challenger, Charlie Crist. At the very least, Newsom is raising his national political profile. But it could be the beginning of a presidential campaign, which he denies. “People keep asking why I’m calling out DeSantis and these Republican governors,” Newsom tweeted late last month. “The answer is simple: I don’t like bullies.” Newsom’s tweet contained his interview with ABC news, including a lengthy rant beginning with “I can’t take what’s going on in this country.” “I can’t take what these governors are doing state after state affecting minorities, affecting vulnerable communities, threatening the Special Olympics with fines, going after the LGBTQ...
    White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Wednesday called several elected Republicans for using violent rhetoric in high-profile statements, as she called MAGA an 'extreme threat' to the nation's democracy. She made the charged comments in advance of President Joe Biden's prime time speech about the 'soul of the nation' – amid deep splits in the country and daily revelations following the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago. With Biden's popularity seeing a slight uptick amid the focus on Trump, Jean-Pierre tore into some of the former president's GOP allies, even as she repeatedly referenced the Hatch Act to avoid comment on political subjects. 'The President thinks that there is an extremist threat to our democracy,' she said. She added: 'The way that he sees it, the MAGA Republicans are the most energized part of the Republican Party.' She also defended Biden comparing MAGA to 'semi-fascism.'  'You have representative Paul Gosar, he's posted videos depicting him attacking the President and members of Congress,' she said, in reference to a doctored anime that showed the Arizona lawmaker taking on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The...
    In Florida’s 2022 gubernatorial election, voters have two main options: conservative former Gov. Charlie Crist — an ex-Republican turned Democrat — and incumbent far-right MAGA Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. Rep. Crist, who is resigning from the U.S. House of Representatives in order to run for governor, is right of center politically; Never Trump conservatives who typically applaud non-MAGA Republicans such as Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois are rooting for him. But DeSantis is way to the right, and polls indicate that he is likely to be reelected. Polls released by the University of North Florida and Cherry Communications in August found DeSantis leading Crist by 8 percent. The Cook Political Report considers Florida’s 2022 gubernatorial race “likely Republican.” Countless DeSantis critics, who range from liberals and progressives to Never Trumpers, have used the word “authoritarian” to describe him. And it’s a word that New York Times opinion writer Thomas B. Edsall uses more than once in an essay/op-ed published on August 31. Florida’s gubernatorial election, Edsall argues, will be a yes-or-no referendum on authoritarianism —...
    New Hampshire Republicans have become accustomed to having their dream presidential candidates materialize in front of them before an invitation is even extended. Yet the decision of one potential candidate to stay away until the end of the cycle has made him all the more interesting to 2024-thirsty Granite Staters. The more Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has demurred, the more insatiable the demand has grown from New Hampshire Republicans to kick the tires on Florida’s “Top Gov,” as he referred to himself in a recent campaign ad. “I think DeSantis — maybe, because it’s something we don’t have and he hasn’t been here yet — that he’s the number one person people are trying to get here,” a Republican National committee member told The Daily Beast, requesting anonymity to discuss sensitive internal conversations ahead of the primary. Dante Scala, a professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire, compared the anticipation surrounding DeSantis to a former president’s early campaign. The professor was not thinking of Donald Trump. “There are certain candidates that have to do the traditional house...
    (CNN)Fresh off winning his party's nomination for governor, Rep. Charlie Crist had a sobering message for Democrats across the country: Send money to Florida or you may end up with President Ron DeSantis someday. "It is the Democrats' last chance to stop him and it's going to be a lot cheaper to do it in Florida than it would be in 50 states," Crist said on CNN the morning after his victory and while repeatedly plugging his campaign website. "If you want to help (President) Joe Biden get a second term, we need to shut Ron DeSantis down in Florida."Crist's plea for cash was perhaps as creative as it was nakedly desperate. After exhausting most of the $14 million his campaign and political committee raised to defeat Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried in the primary, Crist started the 11-week sprint to the general election nearly from scratch. Meanwhile, DeSantis has been waiting for Crist with $132 million on hand, a record sum for a governor's race. Gavin Newsom pledges $100K to help Charlie Crist defeat Ron DeSantisBut Crist's pitch was also...
    L: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images – R: Joe Raedle/Getty Images President Joe Biden crushes Ron DeSantis and former President Donald Trump by up to 21 points in a 3-way field — but DeSantis runs ahead of Trump in that scenario, and runs better against Biden head-to-head. It’s late August, when people in the news and politics business have kind of a lot of time on their hands to ponder things like “What if there was a three-way presidential race between Biden, Trump, and DeSantis?” That’s the scenario that was imagined in a new YouGov poll released this week. Respondents were asked “If the 2024 presidential election were held today between the following candidates, who would you vote for?” Among registered voters, 44 percent responded “Joe Biden, the Democrat,” a full 21 points ahead of the runner-up. That second position is very interesting, with 23 percent responding “Ron DeSantis, the Republican” — a full five points higher than the 18 percent who responded “Donald Trump, running as an Independent.” In head-to-head contests, things are much closer. Among registered voters, Biden beats...
    By Michael Williams | The Dallas Morning News DALLAS — The Conservative Political Action Conference is still very much a Donald Trump-dominated event, but ears perked up anytime another name was mentioned during the three-day event in Dallas. Though Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is not at CPAC, he is still omnipresent, with his name stitched on hats and T-shirts and drawing a raucous reaction whenever it’s mentioned onstage. He is widely considered the leader of the post-Trump conservative movement and a potential 2024 presidential candidate. Ahead of Trump’s headlining speech Saturday, most CPAC attendees said they believe the Republican Party is DeSantis’ to inherit, but not until the former president steps aside. According to a CPAC straw poll released Saturday, 69% of attendees said they would vote for Trump as nominee if the election were held today, while 24% said they would vote for DeSantis. If Trump is not on the ballot, the vote for DeSantis grows to 65%, according to the poll. Still, in the absence of a 2024 announcement from Trump, some at CPAC said the passing of...
    Governor Ron DeSantis had his office issue a scathing response to ABC’s The View after the talk show asked him to appear as a guest. The daytime show reached out to the Republican governor of Florida to invite him on the show. The governor declined the invitation in a blistering email that detailed at least four occasions that the woke show hosts and guests, including Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behard and Sunny Hostin, had openly slammed the governor and his policies.  DeSantis' team declined to allow him to go into the lions den with the liberal ladies, instead opting to take the row to Twitter.  DeSantis' deputy press secretary Bryan Griffin claimed that he received the request on Friday asking to arrange the appearance, with the show saying they ‘would be honored’ to have the governor. Posting his email online, Griffin wrote: ‘Thanks for the invite. I understand that you are sending this request on behalf of your team. ‘But are the hosts of the View really interested in hearing from Governor DeSantis about all of the important work he is doing on...
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom is making several high-profile stops in Washington following his digs at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis – but he still said he backs President Joe Biden in 2024. Newsom, who turned back a recall election effort last year, sparked new presidential rumors when he made a $105,000 ad buy on Fox News hitting DeSantis, who has emerged as a top potential rival to former President Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. 'I urge all of you living in Florida to join the fight -- or join us in California, where we still believe in freedom,' Newsom says in the July 4th ad, which has the feel of a political campaign spot. On Wednesday, Newsom met privately with First Lady Jill Biden at the White House.  California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) sparked attention when he bought a TV ad slamming Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Fox News He said the two spoke 'all things education' including 'what's going on in many of those red states.'  He also collected an award from the Education Commission of the States....
    Stephen King is sorry, not sorry for spreading fake news about Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R). The bestselling novelist has publicly apologized for tweeting a false claim that Gov. DeSantis signed a bill requiring Florida students and professors to register their political views with the state. The erroneous claim appears to have come from a Salon article from last year that recently went viral. “I regret having posted the headline without being more confident the story was correct. Salon is usually more reliable. Twitter is a constant learning experience, and I will try to do better,” the author said in a statement to CNN. But as of Friday mid-afternoon, King has still failed to delete the tweet, which he posted on Tuesday to his more than 6 million followers. Nor has Twitter visibly flagged the post in any way. DeSantis signs bill requiring Florida students, professors to register political views with state. I. Cant. Even. — Stephen King (@StephenKing) July 6, 2022 Stephen King just sent a comment: “I regret having posted the headline without being more confident the story was...
    The GOP’s never been closer to moving on from Donald Trump. The Jan 6. Committee hearings, coupled with Trump’s mixed record of midterm primary endorsements, have left the 45th president bloodied and bruised even in the eyes of loyal Republican voters. And that’s generating speculation that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis may eventually supplant Trump as the party’s standard bearer. This incipient development has sparked debate among people who see DeSantis’ rise as cause for celebration—and those who see this as tantamount to jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. It is a reminder that long before Trump arrived on the scene, deep fissures existed within the Republican Party regarding policy, style, and temperament. “The test for ‘NeverTrump’ intellecuals [sic] is where they stand on DeSantis,” tweets Christopher Rufo, the right-wing activist most responsible for making critical race theory a potent culture war issue. “[DeSantis] should be their guy: elite education, military background, leadership experience, impeccable character. If they can’t get behind him, the takeaway is clear: it’s not about principles; they serve the Left.” But is...
    "People attend a vigil for the victims found in an abandoned truck n San Antonio, Texas on June 28, 2022." The deceased migrants who were sprinkled with steak seasoning and abandoned in a sweltering hot semi-truck in San Antonio, Texas, may not be identified for possibly weeks, The Washington Post reports. Officials have “potential identities” for 34 of the victims, the report said. But for a dozen others, officials have no idea of even their nationality.  “There are no names," Archdiocese of San Antonio spokesperson Jordan McMorrough said in the report. “That’s one of the tragedies of the situation, is that no one has a name.” The death toll, initially at 46 people, is now 53 people. It is a gutting, overwhelming tragedy. Yet Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wasted no time turning it into anti-immigrant campaign fodder, immediately pinning the deaths on President Joe Biden and “open border” lies. If there were truly “open borders,” 53 people would not have paid smugglers to leave them to die in a container. "A review of Mr. Abbott’s Twitter account shows he commented little about migrants and immigration during the Trump years,” The New York...
    Former President Trump said he has not talked to Ron DeSantis about if he will run in 2024, but said he's confident he would beat the Florida governor in a matchup.  'I don't know if Ron is running, and I don't ask him,' Trump told the New Yorker in an interview. 'It's his prerogative. I think I would win.' Trump also said he is 'very close to a decision' on whether he will run for the presidency.  Trump has persistently teased a run in 2024, and those close to the former president has said he's grown jealous of the congressman-turned-governor whose career he believes he made.  Trump took credit for the governor's win in 2018, telling the New Yorker: 'If I didn't endorse him, he wouldn't have won.' DeSantis and Trump so far have long had a public alliance, but in 2020 the former president began to question DeSantis' fealty.  The governor campaigned for Trump, appeared at some of his Florida rallies, but Trump was not convinced, inside sources told the New Yorker.  'Ron will tell you he's doing everything he can for...
    "Coming soon: Mayra Flores: The Latinx Face Of White Supremacy," Saagar Enjeti tweeted. "Electing a Latina born in Mexico equaling white supremacist authoritarianism is a galaxy brain take that'll lead to a mammoth red tsunami. The far-left possesses some frightening levels of hatred for the American people," Newsbusters managing editor Curtis Houck tweeted. Musk, who was born in South Africa, noted on Wednesday that he is leaning towards supporting Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for president in 2024. \u201c@teslaownersSV @TheTexanNews @MayraFlores2022 DeSantis\u201d — The Texan (@The Texan) 1655263724 DeSantis has not announced a presidential bid and is currently seeking another term in office during the Sunshine State's 2022 gubernatorial contest. The governor said on Wednesday that he is "focused on 2022," adding, "I welcome support from African Americans." JUST IN: DeSantis Unveils New Florida State Guard youtu.be
    HBO’s Last Week Tonight host John Oliver said he’s pleased at the prospect of Disney paying more taxes in Florida but doesn’t like the fact that it was Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) who successfully brought down the hammer on the company. Oliver called DeSantis a “right-wing dipshit” and falsely accused the governor of being “scared” of gay people, presumably because of Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law, which prohibits the teaching of sexuality and gender ideology to children in kindergarten through third grade. “Look, do I think it’s bad if Disney pays more taxes? No I don’t. That would be a good thing,” the British comedian said on Sunday’s episode. “I don’t love that it might happen not through meaningful tax reform but on the whim of one right-wing dipshit who’s scared of gay people and doesn’t understand the First Amendment. But hey, ends, means, what are you gonna do?” Watch below: Oliver also repeated establishment media claims that Florida taxpayers could end up footing Disney’s $1 billion in outstanding bond debt. Gov. DeSantis’ office has refuted these reports, saying state taxpayers...
    Comedian John Oliver said during his show on Sunday that he doesn’t mind if Disney pays more in taxes – just not through Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), whom he called a “dipsh*t” for stripping its status as a special district in response to its opposition to the state’s Parental Rights in Education law. Oliver, like other critics, called the bill “Don’t Say Gay” even though the law doesn’t include those words nor prohibit K-3 teachers from saying the word “gay.” Disney has been part of the Reedy Creek Improvement District which acts as an independent entity, having its own water, fire, sanitation and other services. “Yeah, it’s true, in the part of Central Florida where Disney World is, the company technically functions as a self-contained government providing essential services, except, crucially, a morgue,” said Oliver. “Why? Because no one, look at me, no one has ever died at Disney, and no one will ever at Disney. Do you hear me? There is no fu*king morgue at Disney. Not if you understand me. Very good.” Stewart went on to remark...
    There’s more than one way to skin a cat, and there’s more than one way to own the libs. In recent years, we’ve been greeted by a healthy dose of the smashmouth approach, with politicians like Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis excelling at frontal assaults. However, the subtler way to win is to tell your enemies to go to hell—in a way that leaves them looking forward to the trip. Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin—who won as a Republican in a blue-trending state while emphasizing issues like critical race theory in schools—excels at this technique. When it comes to waging the culture war, he yields a kinder, gentler machine gun hand. There is also reason to believe that Youngkin—who cannot, by law, run for re-election—might just be the smart post-Trump leader for Republicans. (Indeed, as Politico reported, the Virginia governor is “preparing to take a step into national politics by launching a pair of new political groups.”) Youngkin outperformed Trump in every part of Virginia in the 2021 gubernatorial race, ranging from deep-blue to deep-red counties. And one...
    The Republican Florida senator has taken at least $9,000 from Disney's corporate PAC this election cycle alone. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is accusing the Walt Disney Company of hypocrisy, lying, and abusing its corporate power over its statements opposing Florida's anti-LGBTQ "Don't Say Gay" law. But he has taken tens of thousands of dollars from Disney's corporate PAC — including at least $9,000 this cycle alone for his 2022 reelection bid. "Disney doesn't say a word about the dictatorship in #China because it would cost them billions of $'s," Rubio tweeted Wednesday. "But they have no problem using their corporate power to lie about laws passed by democratically elected legislators in #Florida." Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed H.B. 1557, called "Parental Rights in Education," on March 28. The law prohibits public school teachers and staff from mentioning LGBTQ people or issues to students earlier than the fourth grade. Rubio shared a video of himself on a local news show endorsing an attempt by DeSantis and the GOP majority in the state legislature to punish Disney by taking away its...
    Florida's House passed a congressional map on Thursday after being forced into a brief informal recess as Democrats, led by the state's House Black Caucus, stormed the floor in protest of the map. Republicans ultimately passed the legislation 68–38 while Democrats protested, sending it to Gov. Ron DeSantis's desk, where he is expected to sign it into law, likely netting the GOP four congressional seats in the midterm elections. FLORIDA SENATE PASSES DESANTIS'S CONGRESSIONAL REDISTRICTING PLAN "We’re being told on the House Floor that we can’t use the racist history of our nation as a reason why you should vote no on the maps because it might impune colleagues who are voting yes. It might feel uncomfortable for some, but history is relevant when it’s repeating itself," tweeted state Rep. Anna Eskamani. Democrats refused to yield time during a Thursday debate on the new maps while state Reps. Angie Nixon and Travaris McCurdy led the protest. Representatives sang "We Shall Overcome," an anthem for the civil rights movement. Democrats disrupt Florida House redistricting vote with...
    CNN profiled, on Wednesday, gerrymandering being done by the Republican Party in the Red state of Florida, led by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), yet gave a pass to Democratic Party gerrymandering in Blue states including Illinois and New York. During Inside Politics, anchor John King said that DeSantis took “a map drawn by the Florida Republicans in the legislature and saying ‘Not bad, but I can do even better,’ meaning, ‘I can punish the Democrats even more.’” “If you look at the new map Florida is gaining a seat, 16 Republicans now. Those who look at the DeSantis map think that’s how’s it’s going to end up, somewhere around there, 20, maybe even 21, and the Democrats would lose four, so they would go to seven, maybe eight,” said King. “That’s fairly aggressive. And again, it gets you a lot of attention in your state and more.” Panelist Abby Phillip concurred with King’s assessment. Two elements to this. One, that is a pretty significant gain for Republicans not just in that state but in the overall context of redistricting in...
      Florida Governor Ron DeSantis absolutely clobbers Sen. Ted Cruz in a GOP primary poll of Texas — but trails former President Donald Trump by more than double in the same poll. Respondents to a CWS Research Texas presidential primary poll were asked “If former President Donald Trump declines to participate in the 2024 Presidential Primary, and your remaining candidates were Ted Cruz, Ron DeSantis, Greg Abbott, Nikki Haley, and Kristi Noem, for whom would you vote?” DeSantis crushed runner-up Cruz by 29 points and beat Texas Governor Greg Abbott by even more. Then they were asked about a Trump-inclusive field. From Florida Politics: Florida’s Governor polled much better than two favorite son candidates: Sen. Ted Cruz was favored by just 19% of respondents, good for a distant second place. And Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was favored by just 10% of respondents, putting him in fourth place behind former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, a former South Carolina Governor who had 13% support. In the polling of a Trump-inclusive field, the former President drew 46% support, well ahead of...
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) blasted the hypocrisy of Disney on Tuesday after the supposedly family-friendly company vowed to fight Florida’s Parental Rights in Education act, which bars classroom-led discussions on sexual orientation and gender identity for children in kindergarten through third grade. “The @WaltDisneyCo filmed Mulan near #Uighur genocide camps & then thanked the people who run those camps in the credits,” the Florida senator said. “But they are outraged that Florida schools will not be indoctrinating 5-year olds on ‘gender identity'”: The @WaltDisneyCo filmed Mulan near #Uighur genocide camps & then thanked the people who run those camps in the credits But they are outraged that Florida schools will not be indoctrinating 5-year olds on “gender identity” https://t.co/HngBSBMhMj — Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) March 29, 2022 Indeed, Disney went full groomer following Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signing the measure, which dishonest critics have mislabeled “Don’t Say Gay” — a complete lie, as the bill does not single out a sexual orientation or ban specific words or phrases. In an indignant statement, Disney made it clear its “goal as a...
    Whoever said that Republicans fall in line, not in love, was wrong. In 2008, National Review’s Rich Lowry was mocked for his concupiscent comments about Sarah Palin. “Hey, I think she just winked at me,” Lowry wrote after Palin winked at the camera during her vice presidential debate with Joe Biden. He added that her smile “sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheted around the living rooms of America.” These days—possibly because Russia’s invasion of Ukraine illustrates former President Donald Trump’s vulnerabilities—Lowry is wooing a different right-wing populist. It’s Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis who is winking now. Except, instead of a smile, Lowry is enamored with his “zest for combat on cultural issues” and “complete intolerance for playing along with false media narratives.” In fairness, many conservatives were smitten with Palin—and the same could be said about DeSantis. When it comes to love, “the heart wants what the heart wants.” But there are logical reasons for this political courtship to take place. Unlike the progressives who love to hate all viable Republican contenders (let’s not forget what they...
    As Daily Kos has covered, Disney employees in Florida have bravely shared their deep disappointment in CEO Bob Chapek’s lack of reaction to the hateful, discriminatory “Don’t Say Gay” bill being pushed to the state’s Republican governor’s desk with what feels like rapid speed. Ron DeSantis spewed his support of the legislation this very week, telling the audience at a recent rally in part, “You have companies, like at Disney, that are going to say and criticize parents’ rights, they’re going to criticize the fact that we don’t want transgenderism in kindergarten in first-grade classrooms,” as reported by CNBC. This legislation is very, very bad. It essentially bans public schools from discussing LGBTQ+ history and identity in the classroom and implies that those who want to have these talks are “grooming” children. It’s sick. Given Disney’s enormous presence in Florida—and the company’s willingness to profit off of the LGBTQ+ community—many have been disappointed that the company not only donated to Republicans in the state but also that Chapek seemed to shrug his shoulders. After much outrage online, we have a nice little...
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