An ad released Friday by a group called "Remove Ron" mocks former president Donald Trump's alleged rift with Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.
“What’s the matter, Donald?" the ad's narrator states. "Is it something Ron said? Or perhaps something he hasn’t said yet? Am I right, Donald. We keep hearing reports that you're grumbling to friends at Mar-a-Lago, trashing Ron in private, calling him gutless, all because he hasn't ruled out running against you for president."
"Rumor is, you’re still waiting for those magic words from Ron," the narrator continues. "Isn't that so, Donald? But after all this time, if Ron weren’t thinking of challenging you for president, don’t you think he would have told you by now? Time's running out, Donald. If Ron wins re-election, he's coming for you in 2024. Your only hope now is to stop him before it's too late."
During an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday night, Trump dismissed reports about his rift with DeSantis as "totally fake news."
"Those comments came in the wake of widely reported tensions between the two, including claims it would be 'too much to ask' for DeSantis to preemptively endorse another Trump term in 2024, while he lamented a 'dull' DeSantis and alluded to 'gutless' politicians who wouldn’t say whether they had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19," Florida Politics reports.
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On Friday, Politico reported that former President Donald Trump's social media director Dan Scavino was behind a "secret" lawsuit against the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol insurrection filed last month.
"Scavino had originally tried to file the suit anonymously in federal court in Washington, D.C., but Judge Beryl Howell rejected his attempt to sue anonymously on Jan. 19, writing Scavino had 'failed to demonstrate a need for secrecy or identify consequences likely to befall' him for proceeding in the suit by using his own name," said the report.
"The Capitol riot panel had subpoenaed the phone records of Trump social media chief Dan Scavino in December, prompting him to sue Verizon," according to Politico. "Scavino, through his attorney Stan Brand, sought to fight the subpoena by arguing the select panel had no 'valid legislative purpose' to seek his information and thus their effort to force Verizon to cooperate was unenforceable. His argument echoes those made by others fighting subpoenas like MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell and pro-Trump commentator and radio host Sebastian Gorka. More than a dozen top Trump allies are suing the panel, including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, attorney John Eastman and Meadows."
Scavino was first served with a subpoena in October, although it took the committee several days to reach him after he apparently hid to avoid being served.
Peter Navarro, who served as a trade adviser for former president Donald Trump, unsuccessfully tried to downplay the violence committed by Jan. 6 rioters on Friday.
After showing a clip of Trump calling the protesters "peaceful," MSNBC host Ari Melber asked Navarro: "He falsely says they were peaceful. ... Do you acknowledge they were not?"
"Look, I ran the Mall that day," Navarro responded. "It's all in my 'In Trump Time' book. I saw nothing but peaceful people walking along up to that Capitol. I did not personally observe storming the gates—"
"But you've seen it on tape," Melber responded, cutting off Navarro. "You know what happened. You know Donald Trump lied about it. I just played him lying about it."
"Where were the Capitol Hill police," Navarro said. "Where was the Pentagon and the National Guard?"
"The Capitol police were being beaten and attacked by Trump fans," Melber explained. "I think you know that."
Watch the clip as well as Navarro's full interview below.
Navarro (with fake indignation): \u201cWhere were the Capitol Hill police?\u201d\n\n@AriMelber with the TRUTH BOMB: \u201cThe Capitol Police were being beaten and attacked by Trump fans.\u201d\n\n#SeditiousConspiracy @Acynpic.twitter.com/okGwBZOaIU— Dena Grayson, MD, PhD (@Dena Grayson, MD, PhD) 1642808437