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  • The Trump campaign is up with first 60-second spot airing nationally: DeSantis owes it to me to drop out

    04/26/2023 9:33:37 AM PDT · by hcmama · 151 replies
    HOT AIR ^ | April 26, 2023 | Ed Morrisey
    "...this sounds pretty whiny for a first-look official campaign ad. The script for it amplifies that quality, as it sounds as though Trump wrote it himself. “Struggling big-time,” “failing so bad,” “Trump’s support was so powerful,” and so on. It’s comic-book language for a comic-book grudge. Everything about this ad is about Trump’s personal affront, and nothing — not a single word — is about the issues of the day, policies Trump wants to implement, or even voters themselves. It’s sixty seconds of personal butt-hurt, broadcast nationally."
  • E. Jean Carroll arrives for trial start in civil rape case against Donald Trump

    04/25/2023 12:20:41 PM PDT · by thegagline · 88 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 04/25/2023 | Georgett Roberts
    A polished Carroll, 79, showed up to the federal courthouse flanked by lawyers and wearing a cream-colored coat, sunglasses and carrying a maroon briefcase as her supporters chanted “We believe E. Jean Carroll.” Trump, 76, was not present.A jury of six men and three women had been chosen by early afternoon — but not before a pool of 48 prospects were grilled by the judge, including about their political leanings. The potential jurors were asked a multitude of questions, such as whether they had any affiliation with groups including QAnon, the Ku Klux Klan, the Proud Boys and other far-right...
  • Pro-DeSantis PAC offers to pay for Trump to move out of Florida after he called it the 'worst state'

    04/22/2023 2:24:00 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 85 replies
    Fox ^ | April 22, 2023 | Kyle Morris
    A super PAC supporting a potential White House bid from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Saturday it will financially support former President Donald Trump's move to California — just one day after the GOP 2024 front runner took aim at the Sunshine State's leadership and called it the "worst state." "Donald Trump has so deeply disparaged the state of Florida by calling it the ‘worst state,’ we at Never Back Down will help him leave by offering financial assistance to help him move to his beloved California, so he can be close to his good buddy Gavin Newsom, whom he...
  • Trump can’t blame ‘burdens’ on NYC for not attending his trial for sexual assault: judge

    04/21/2023 12:32:29 PM PDT · by thegagline · 28 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 04/21/2023 | Ben Feureherd
    A federal judge who will oversee Donald Trump’s sexual assault civil trial in Manhattan says the former president is free to skip attending the trial — but that he cannot claim he did so to avoid “burdens” on the city that his presence in court might cause. US District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan set the ground rules in an order Thursday in response to a request by Trump lawyer Joe Tacopina that jurors be instructed that Trump didn’t attend in order to avoid “logistical burdens.” In proposed jury instructions submitted Wednesday, Tacopina requested that the judge tell panelists: “While...
  • Who is Karen McDougal? The former Playboy model in the Trump hush money case

    04/05/2023 1:12:01 PM PDT · by thegagline · 132 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 04/05/2023 | Olivia Land
    Although the landmark 34-count criminal case against former President Donald Trump hinges on his alleged hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels, the Manhattan DA’s investigation also deals with a less-familiar name – Karen McDougal. McDougal, a 52-year-old former Playboy Playmate, claims she had an affair with Trump over a decade ago. She also says she was silenced when Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, and the leadership at American Media Inc. paid her for her story in the run-up to the 2016 election — and then buried it. *** In a Feb. 2018 report based on McDougal’s...
  • Trump Hires Jeb! Operative To Run NH Campaign (Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That) May the best candidate win. (Is that a hateful thing to

    03/29/2023 7:45:32 PM PDT · by thegagline · 74 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 03/29/2023 | William Jacobson
    If you have spent any time on Twitter or anti-DeSantis conspiracy websites, you will hear how Ron DeSantis is Jeb Bush reincarnated and is a puppet for the Bushes! and Karl Rove! (and the globalists, don’t forget the globalists)(and the three-fingered pudding eaters, don’t forget the pudding eaters). Paul Ryan – who Trump publicly adored – pulls DeSantis’ strings, some say. So great to have the endorsement and support of Paul Ryan. We will both be working very hard to Make America Great Again! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2016 I’m so old that I remember (a couple...
  • BREAKING: DeSantis declares 'I can win the Presidency'

    03/22/2023 8:02:46 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 258 replies
    The Post Millennial ^ | Mar 21, 2023 | The Post Millennial
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has finally broken his silence on his much anticipated potential 2024 presidential run, giving an interview from the governor's mansion in which he said that he has what it takes to be president and "I can beat Biden."DeSantis sat down with Piers Morgan in a wide-ranging interview, saying "stay tuned" when asked about the potential 2024 bid for the GOP nomination. Former President Donald Trump is currently the front-runner for that spot, as he endeavors to earn his second term. "It was clear that the governor has had enough of Trump’s constant baiting and felt ready...
  • Donald Trump Jr. and Others Blast DeSantis Response to Looming Donald Trump Arrest: ‘Pure Weakness’

    03/20/2023 11:57:06 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 213 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/20/2023 | HANNAH BLEAU
    Donald Trump Jr. and others criticized Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) for dismissing the rumors of a looming indictment of former President Donald Trump at the hands of leftist Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg as a “manufactured” circus that he wants no involvement in, concluding that the governor is displaying “weakness.” DeSantis weighed in on the news of the looming indictment during Monday’s press conference, stating that he is aware of the rumors of the indictment but has not seen any “facts” yet.
  • Ron DeSantis on Trump: I can't speak to porn star payments

    03/20/2023 11:18:48 AM PDT · by RandFan · 211 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 20 | By Anthony Zurcher
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, when asked about rumours of former President Donald Trump's impending indictment, denounced the man in charge of the investigation, New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg. What the man who might be Mr Trump's most formidable presidential rival said next, however, was telling."I don't know what goes into paying hush money to a porn star to secure silence over some type of alleged affair," he said. "I just I can't speak to that." He went on to mention "porn star hush money payments" a second time, before pivoting back to criticism of what he called a "high-profile...
  • DeSantis supporters say that his silence is LEADERSHIP?

    03/19/2023 8:47:02 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 122 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3/19/23 | Middle MAGA
    DeSantis silent, Vivek speaks.
  • Ron DeSantis is the sane choice to revive the US

    02/11/2023 7:57:24 PM PST · by thefactor · 163 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/11/2023 | Charles Gasparino
    Listening to Tuesday’s State of the Union speech, it was hard not to lose hope in the future of the country and the American experiment. It was delivered with grandiose delusion by a stammering, brain-addled octogenarian. When he wasn’t tripping over words or making stuff up (how he is taming inflation, as if the president controls interest rates), Joe Biden was being a petulant scold, sounding as if he was ­really angry that someone misplaced his dentures. He wants to raise taxes, expand the welfare state, all because he thinks he knows what’s best even though he barely knows what...
  • The Great Lou Dobbs Nails It

    02/08/2023 4:31:05 PM PST · by Presbyterian Reporter · 31 replies
    conservative tree house ^ | 2/8/23 | sundance
    Sundance is that quietly salty cuss who prefers to swing the sharp machete alone amid the deep weeds; clearing the path simply for the sake of creating clarity and larger understanding about the topography of the stuff the professional political class would prefer to keep hidden in the weeds. At times, he settles himself atop the bluff, opens his lunchbox and thermos to eat a simple sandwich, shirt sleeves will suffice as a napkin, while looking at the flow coming into the clearing… Amid this era of insufferable pretending, our dear and rebellious non-pretending CTH friend, the Great Lou Dobbs,...
  • DeSantis to Trump: ‘I don’t spend my time trying to smear other Republicans’

    02/08/2023 12:28:57 PM PST · by Drew68 · 291 replies
    Florida's Voice ^ | 08 Feb 2023 | Eric Daugherty
    OCALA, Fla. (FLV) – Gov. Ron DeSantis responded to former President Donald Trump’s ‘ReTruth’ of a post claiming the Florida governor is a “groomer,” in reference to a photo from left-wing media outlet MeidasTouch. The response is one of the most direct ones he’s offered since Trump’s criticism began in late 2022, sparking with the former president’s nickname of the DeSantis being “Ron DeSanctimonious.” “Governor, former President Trump yesterday made a series of posts on TRUTH Social directed at you some were insinuating that…” a reporter asked. DeSantis chimed in, “I get it, I get you guys want the controversy.”...
  • The DeSantis strategy: Ignore an increasingly agitated Trump

    02/05/2023 7:33:00 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 148 replies
    The hill ^ | 02/05/2023 | JOE CONCHA
    Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is nearly three months old, but already it’s clear whom he sees as his biggest threat with the Iowa caucuses still a year away: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. The perspective comes as Trump continues to act more like an underdog in the race for the Republican nomination. In recent days, the former president has gone after DeSantis, with Trump somehow claiming that Florida “was closed for a long period of time” after the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020. “They’re trying to rewrite history,” he added of DeSantis in an interview earlier this week. It’s an...
  • If There's One Thing John Bolton Loves More Than War, It’s Ron DeSantis

    02/05/2023 8:59:57 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 53 replies ^ | January 28, 2023 | laura loomer
    John Bolton has been cheerleading Ron DeSantis for an entire decade ... so it's no wonder why he's joining the chorus of RINOS and ingrates who are backstabbing President Trump ahead of 2024. “He’s Donald Trump without the baggage!” has become the rallying cry of a cadre of conservative social media “influencers” and political hacks, who have spent the last six years building their large online followings, selling merchandise, becoming e-celebrities, all while pocketing boatloads of cash off of attaching themselves to President Trump’s name and MAGA/ America First branding. However, in a major plot twist, many of these same...
  • Trump to Hugh Hewitt on DeSantis: “He had nothing! He was dead, he was leaving the race, he came over and he begged me, begged me, for an endorsement. He was getting ready to drop out,”-- “There were tears coming down from his eyes...

    02/02/2023 8:41:02 AM PST · by Macho MAGA Man · 361 replies
    Mediaite ^ | February 2, 2023 | Ken Meyer
    Trump gave an interview on Thursday to Hugh Hewitt, who repeatedly asked him to spill on what disparaging nicknames he plans to use against those who compete with him in the 2024 Republican primary. When Hewitt floated Glenn Youngkin (R) as a possible bid, Trump referred to the Virginia Governor as a “disappointment,” complaining that he didn’t get enough gratitude from Youngkin or his team even though “I did a lot for him. And he got elected because of me, just like Ron DeSantis. Even more so.” DeSantis is often considered Trump’s biggest potential primary threat, and the former president...
  • Trump's Creepy Obsession With DeSantis Is Eerily Familiar

    01/31/2023 8:30:29 AM PST · by Pol-92064 · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 01/31/2023 | Stephen Kruiser
    It’s always good to start the week off with a little zing, and what better way to do that than by writing a column that contains some heartfelt and valid criticism of former President Donald Trump? At least my hate mail will be buzzing for a few days. As I am going to have to do every time I write one of these things in the coming months, I will remind everyone that people are allowed to be supportive of Trump AND critique him from time to time. This is a political movement, not a cult.
  • Donald Trump: Ron DeSantis and His Donors Are Globalists

    01/30/2023 8:57:49 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 129 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01-30-2023 | HANNAH BLEAU
    Former President Donald Trump made waves shortly after midnight Monday by criticizing the Club for Growth, deeming it a “globalist group” and asserting that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and his donors are also globalists. “The Club For No Growth is a GLOBALIST group that I have been taking to the cleaners for years,” Trump wrote in a TruthSocial update, explaining that he worked with the group for a period of time but adding it “couldn’t get away from China, Europe, Asia, and part’s unknown.” “They know I won’t play that game, I am America First all the way. That’s...
  • DeSantis advisers prepare for potential presidential run, explore staff options

    01/28/2023 12:14:47 PM PST · by Drew68 · 102 replies
    Washington Post (via MSN) ^ | 01/28/2023 | Hannah Knowles
    Advisers to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis are actively preparing for a possible presidential run, according to two Republicans with knowledge of the conversations who described meetings and preliminary staffing moves — the latest indication that DeSantis is laying a foundation for a national campaign. DeSantis’s political team has already identified multiple potential hires in early primary states such as New Hampshire and Iowa, according to one of the Republicans, who said experienced operatives have expressed interest. This Republican also said that Phil Cox and Generra Peck — two key members of DeSantis’s 2022 reelection team — are involved in ongoing...
  • Biden would defeat Trump in 2024 but lose to Ron DeSantis: poll

    01/18/2023 3:02:44 PM PST · by TBP · 56 replies
    The New York Post ^ | January 17, 2023 | Mark Moore
    President Biden would easily beat former President Donald Trump in a hypothetical 2024 election matchup — but would lose if he faced off against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, according to a recent poll. In a rematch of the 2020 presidential contest, the 80-year-old Biden would prevail over his 76-year-old predecessor by eight percentage points in the popular vote — 49% to 41% — but would fall to the Sunshine State’s Republican governor by 45% to 42% in a head-to-head contest, the WPA Intelligence survey released Jan. 13 found. Trump announced Nov. 15 that he would mount a third consecutive run...