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As much as Donald Trump's critics mock him for harping on trivial, unimportant things, the president's adolescent-like name-calling can be effective with his MAGA base. Trump's names for political opponents are designed to diminish them — for example, "Sleepy Joe" for President Joe Biden, "Crooked Hillary" for former Secretary of State/ex-U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, "Crazy Bernie" for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), or "Pocahontas" for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts).
Trump has two names for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is running against him in the 2024 GOP presidential primary: "Ron DeSanctimonious" and "Meatball Ron." And according to Axios, his campaign has found a new line of attack against DeSantis: the fact that his last name has been pronounced different ways.
Steven Cheung, a Trump campaign spokesman, told Axios, "Ron DeSantis is a phony who can't decide how to pronounce his name. If you can't get your name right, how can you lead a country?"
Axios reporters Alex Thompson and Sophia Cai, in an article published on June 1, note that DeSantis' last name has been pronounced "Dee-Santis" or "Deh-Santis" by the Florida governor and members of his team.
Axios, in the article and a video posted on YouTube, is referring to English-language conversations. In Spanish-language media such as Telemundo and Univision, one is likely to hear DeSantis' last name pronounced "Day-Sahn-TEESE," with an emphasis on the last syllable.
DeSantis' great grandparents were from the south of Italy, where a "dee" pronunciation would be spelled "di."
"Some presidential candidates struggle to nail their message. Ron DeSantis is struggling to nail his name," Thompson and Sophia Cai note. "In the early days of his campaign, DeSantis has gone back and forth between pronouncing his name 'Dee-Santis' and 'Deh-Santis.'"
The reporters continue, "Why it matters: DeSantis' dissonance on how to say his name — for years an issue of confusion for his campaign teams — is a curiosity as many GOP leaders and donors wonder whether the Florida governor is ready for the scrutiny of a presidential campaign…. Early in his political career, DeSantis, 44, appeared to use 'Dee-Santis' more often — then began a slow and still-incomplete evolution to 'Deh-Santis.'"
A string of anti-Asian attacks across New York City's Upper West Side have been tied to a single woman, Manhattan's District Attorney Alvin Bragg announced.
Camila Rodriguez, 29, has been charged with Assault in the Second Degree as a Hate Crime, six counts of Assault in the Third Degree as a Hate Crime, and six counts of Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree, covering six different attacks against Asian victims.
All were separate, unprovoked attacks within the course of a month and a half, according to Bragg. All the incidents took place relatively close to each other.
Among the accusations are that Rodriquez kicked a woman of Korean descent in the back of the leg as she tried to board a subway. She pulled the hair of a victim of Chinese descent's hair and then slapped the victim after she turned around and spoke to Rodriguez in Mandarin. Rodriguez then continued to punch the victim after she fell to the ground. In another incident, she attacked a woman of Filipino descent by grabbing her hair and pulling her to the ground and punching her in the face multiple times.
Other incidents are listed in a district attorney press release, which you can read here.
An extensive new report from NBC News details the ways that Republican canvassing operations in states such as Nevada are riddled with problems that include canvassers "cheating" by lying about the number of local homes they've visited.
One particularly prominent example cited in the story involves a Republican canvasser who claimed to have knocked doors all around a Southern Las Vegas neighborhood, even though they actually spent the day lounging in the Caesar's Palace casino.
According to data reviewed by local GOP officials, this was not an isolated incident.
"A half-dozen Republican-aligned field operators working on various races in Nevada, Georgia and Oregon said they encountered suspicious or fraudulent data — such as entries filed from homes that weren’t visited or falsified surveys — in 2022," the report notes.
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The GOP narrowly lost races in Georgia and Nevada last year that wound up costing it control of the United States Senate.
“That’s why we’re losing elections,” one GOP operative tells NBC News. “Nobody wants to admit it."
However, other sources cautioned NBC that many of the people blaming the canvassing operation as the prime culprit for the party's disappointing performances were simply trying to draw attention away from other issues.
“I don’t think everything was done perfectly, obviously," one source told the publication. “But at the same time, there are a lot of people that have their own agenda or some other agenda for outside groups or whatever the case may be.”
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