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Trump's 'scary' embrace of Jan. 6 rioters called out by The View's Alyssa Farah Griffin
"The View" co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin was alarmed by Donald Trump's enthusiastic public embrace of the jailed Jan. 6 rioters.
The former president stood at attention, hand on heart, as his rally opened with a song called “Justice for All” performed by a choir of jailed insurrectionists and footage from the U.S. Capitol riot played on large screens at the event in Waco, Texas, as the group sang the national anthem and Trump recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
"I think it's remarkable that for the last two years Trump has said, 'Why can't Liz Cheney stop talking about Jan. 6 and move on?'" said Griffin, who worked in the White House under him. "That's been a lot of my party's line, and here he is, kind of front and center, at his Waco rally talking about Jan. 6 again, but what I was also struck by last week was some of the dangerous and scary rhetoric coming from him. My interpretation knowing him, having worked for him, is he was trying to do it again. He wanted to incite a violent protest and mob to show up because he's afraid of getting indicted, and what was interesting to me, though, is why it's different from Jan. 6."
"So Jan. 6, when he lied to the public and said the election was stolen people turned out because they believed him, and they were like, 'My right to vote was taken, my vote didn't count,'" Griffin added. "That does not justify the actions -- they were wrong, they deserve to be punished -- but people turned out because they thought their freedom and democracy was being taken away. This is just grievance, no one showed up for him. We're not seeing massive protests because this is about Donald Trump being held accountable for his own wrongdoing. I don't want to get ahead of the ball here, like, there could still be protests and, God forbid, I hope there aren't, but it just shows the weakness of this petty, petty little man that it's just grievance politics, and at the end of the day it's about him. It's not about any of the people he's talking to."'
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At least 16 people have died in a landslide triggered by months of heavy rainfall in the south of Ecuador, the government said on Monday.
The mudslide happened late on Sunday night, burying dozens of homes, injuring 16 people and affecting around 500, the Risk Management Secretariat (SNGR) said in a statement.
Ecuador President Guillermo Lasso said on Twitter that firefighters from neighboring areas had been deployed to the village of Alausi in Chimborazo province, around 300 kilometers (180 miles) south of the capital, "to attend to the affected citizens."
Images shared on local media showed dozens of rescuers and civilians trying to clear debris by hand in the dead of night with only torches for light in the mountainous region.
Authorities said they are looking for seven missing people.
Since the start of the year, heavy rains in Ecuador have led to the deaths of 22 people, destroyed 72 homes and damaged more than 6,900, according to the SNGR.
The downpours have caused close to 1,000 dangerous events, such as landslides and flooding.
The area affected by Sunday's disaster had been in a designated "yellow alert" risk zone since February due to other landslides.
The government said it had mobilized the national police, armed forces, the health ministry and the Red Cross to help with the rescue efforts.
"We have activated temporary accommodation and mobilized sleeping kits for those that have lost their homes," said a government statement on Twitter.
The landslide on Sunday came just over a week after 15 people, including a Peruvian, were killed when a strong quake struck in the southwestern border region with Peru.
The earthquake, registered at a magnitude of 6.5 by local authorities, caused 22 landslides that blocked roads in the provinces of El Oro and Azuay.
Afterwards, the government declared a two-month state of emergency in 13 of the country's 24 provinces, allowing economic resources to be redistributed to affected areas.
In February, heavy rains forced oil pumping in the country to be suspended for five days for safety checks over fears that a major oil pipeline could have been damaged by the collapse of a bridge.
Ecuador's Andean valleys can have a rainy season that lasts from October until May.
© 2023 AFP
Ron DeSantis faces state ethics complaint for allegedly accepting illegal gifts
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is facing a state ethics complaint after allegedly accepting illegal gifts and donations.
The complaint was filed on Monday by Florida Democratic Chair Nikki Fried.
"Florida law prohibits Ron DeSantis or a member of his immediate family from soliciting or knowingly accepting, directly or indirectly, any gift from a political committee," the complaint states. "On February 21, 2023, Friends of Ron DeSantis paid $235,244.52 to the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach... Media reports indicated that Ron DeSantis' top donors and supporters gathered at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach for a three-day retreat as part of an effort to increase his national profile in advance of an anticipated run for the Republican nomination as President of the United States in 2024."
According to the complaint, Friends of Ron DeSantis is a political action committee formed to promote the governor's anticipated presidential campaign.
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The complaint claims that DeSantis flouted Florida law because Friends of Ron DeSantis spent $235,000 at Four Seasons Palm Beach, $142,000 at Four Seasons Miami, and $11,000 at Dirty French Steakhouse while soliciting support for his 2024 presidential campaign.
DeSantis is also facing a separate ethics complaint from allies of former President Donald Trump.