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February 25, 2014
After California lawyer Harmeet Dhillon announced she was joining the race for the chair of the Republican National Committee, she proclaimed "one of my first job offers" would be Scott Presler.
\u201cIf elected to RNC Chairwoman role, one of my first job offers will be to @ScottPresler \u2014 if he will have us \u2014 to inspire and train our ground forces on voter registration and getting every ballot to the ballot box by all legal means!\u201d— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@Harmeet K. Dhillon) 1670294276
Politico Playbook explained that for those who spend their time outside of GOP politics and the news that surrounds it, the man likely isn't well-known.
There are strange stories circulating about Presler, like the time he "published committee members’ email addresses and Twitter accounts in a bid to harness grassroots sentiment against electing incumbent chair Ronna [Romney] McDaniel to a fourth term."
He's one of the several Republicans linked to white supremacist and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes, who more recently met with Donald Trump. The former president denied knowing who he was after the fact and then denounced him. Fuentes previously welcomed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) at some of his events.
But the more serious issue was while Presler worked for the RNC as an operative for the Republican Party of Virginia until an incident in Aug. 2016. Presler would have sex with people in the Virginia Beach Republican Party offices and then post the photos of the encounters on Craigslist, Politico said citing three sources.
When confronted about the photos he resigned. Politico says that the RNC is still denying that he worked "directly" for the committee.
Party insiders who don't much care for McDaniel wonder if people like Presler can indicate who Dhillon might hire if elected as the chair.
“My concerns with [Dhillon] are about judgment as we head into 2024,” wrote conservative opinion writer Erick Erickson. Dhillon “has surrounded herself with people still screaming about 2020 and who made money off the January 6 rally, and who wanted to primary Republicans ready to move forward.”
Two Florida police officers have been charged with kidnapping a homeless man and beating him while he was handcuffed for no lawful reason — and that homeless man was later tricked into signing an affidavit saying he wasn't beaten, even though he couldn't read, reported The Daily Beast.
"Rafael Otano, 27, and 22-year-old Lorenzo Orfila responded to a disturbance call at a shopping plaza Dec. 17 where they handcuffed homeless man Jose Ortega-Gutierrez and put him in a Hialeah Police car, despite surveillance footage not showing any reason for him to be detained, according to Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle," reported Alec Karam. "The cops then took him to an isolated location and proceeded to beat him while he was still handcuffed, Fernandez Rundle said. Ortega-Gutierrez said he woke up bloody and freed from the handcuffs, and reported the alleged assault to police."
According to the report, Ortega-Gutierrez "was allegedly asked days later to sign an affidavit that said he’d been arrested for drinking and wasn’t beaten by police," even though he doesn't know how to read in English or Spanish. "The man who gave him that affidavit, 45-year-old Ali Amin Saleh, has also been arrested on charges of tampering with the victim," said the report.
Otano and Orfila were terminated by the mayor of Hialeah on Thursday at the same time of their arrest.
This comes after years of heightened scrutiny on excessive force incidents by police around the country, with one of the most infamous being the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which resulted in a murder conviction against one officer and multiple others pleading guilty to manslaughter, on top of other state and federal charges.
Another high-profile case is emerging in Memphis, where Tyre Nichols was killed in a traffic stop for alleged reckless driving. Five former officers involved in that incident were charged with murder today, and video footage of the incident is expected to be released on Friday.
Rep. George Santos (R-NY), who fabricated a family history about Jewish grandparents being Holocaust survivors and who has now admitted he isn't even Jewish, was apparently fond of making jokes about the Holocaust 12 years ago.
Patch has obtained a screenshot of a post Santos made on Facebook that made light of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler killing "the jews and black (sic) mostly" and then adding a "lololololol!!!" afterward.
Although it is not clear whether Santos was sincerely endorsing genocidal mass murder, Oren Segal, the vice president of the Center on Extremism at the Anti-Defamation League, told Patch that it was at the very least a wildly inappropriate joke.
"Joking about Hitler is clearly offensive for anyone," he said. "But it’s especially offensive from someone who lied about his Jewish heritage and having family members that fled the Holocaust."
An attorney representing Santos disputed the post's authenticity, although Patch got two sources to vouch for it.
"The person who posted the picture that sparked Santos' comment confirmed to Patch that it was their account and gave permission for Patch to publish it," the publication writes. "Patch also verified through another former friend, Gregory Morey-Parker, that the original Facebook post under which Santos wrote the Hitler comment existed."
In addition to lying about being Jewish, Santos has also lied about his work history and his academic history, and he has even falsely claimed that his mother was in the World Trade Center during the September 11th terrorist attacks even though immigration documents show she wasn't even in the United States at the time.