On CNN Wednesday during a discussion of the Ohio special election primaries this week, anti-Trump conservative Mona Charen blasted the GOP for putting loyalty to former President Donald Trump above anything and everything in their primary contests.
"In the Democratic Party, you at least have a battle going on about how who's going to control it, and it's about ideology," said Charen. "You've got the Sanders wing, which Turner represented, versus the Biden wing, shall we say, the moderates, Jim Clyburn very influential here. And the moderates have been winning. In the Republican Party, you don't have any battle at all about ideology. It's all about whether you are beholden to the Orange God King or not."
She admitted that there are some candidates who are not blind Trump loyalists, but she said their chances of winning in a GOP primary are highly questionable.
"There aren't many who are non-Trumpy," continued Charen. "There's a guy, Craig Schneider, who just announced in Pennsylvania for the Senate race who's explicitly non-Trumpy. But those candidates are hard to find."
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DeSantis-promoted doc who said kids don't need to be vaccinated facing investigation from medical board
Last month, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) held an event at the state Capitol in Tallahassee talking about the skepticism around masks. Among those on hand as an "expert" was Mark McDonald, a Los Angeles clinical psychiatrist.
A transcript acquired by the Daily Beast after the event revealed that McDonald attacked mask-mandates, specifically singling out his home state of California as a "medical apartheid state" after they reinstituted mask mandates following another increase in cases.
"There is no medical rationale for vaccinating children," he told The Daily Beast at the time. He also suggested masks and vaccines "don't work."
When asked about McDonald's comments by reporter Nancy Levine, the Medical Board of California said that they are examining McDonald for the comments.
"California licensed physicians and surgeons are required to follow the Medical Practice Act and the standard of care when treating patients and not doing so may subject their license to disciplinary action," the statement read. "The Board is aware of the statements made by the physician and will be looking into it."
McDonald wasn't the only so-called "expert" that DeSantis has based his COVID-19 decisions on, but he's certainly the latest to be discredited.
Florida is the third largest state by population in the U.S. and accounts for over 1 in 5 new COVID cases.
DeSantis refuses to declare state of emergency for COVID -- and it's leaving hospitals short of oxygen: report
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is determined to declare the novel coronavirus pandemic over, even as his state this week shattered its own records for COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations.
Bloomberg reports that DeSantis's refusal to re-declare a state of emergency over the pandemic is leaving Florida hospitals scrambling to secure enough oxygen to treat COVID patients who are struggling to breathe.
Essentially, unless DeSantis declares a state of emergency, then there are limits to how long medical support transport drivers can be on the road.
Because hospitals are now getting flooded with COVID-19 patients, this means that there simply are not enough drivers who have enough time to deliver the needed oxygen supplies.
Soumi Saha, vice president of advocacy for hospital supply purchasing group Premier Inc., said that waiving limits on transportation restrictions is the single best way to get oxygen supplies where they're needed.
"Hospitals are fighting with a hand tied behind their back and don't have the same chance that they did when states had the public health emergencies declared," she explained to Bloomberg.
DeSantis has been lashing out in recent days as criticism has mounted of his refusal to do more to fight the pandemic. On Tuesday he accused President Joe Biden of "singling out" his state for its surge in COVID infections, which he baselessly blamed on infected migrants entering the country.
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