In a new analysis, the Miami Herald editorial board broke down how Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), a notorious ally of President Donald Trump, has ultimately been more successful at following the Trump formula of politics than the former president himself has been.
"In the 2 1/2 years he's been in office, DeSantis has advanced the Trump brand more successfully than Trump. That's largely because DeSantis works with a Legislature that's also in lockstep with his agenda while the former president dealt with the constraints of a deadlocked Congress," wrote the board. "The 42-year-old governor finished ahead of Trump himself in a straw poll of 30 potential 2024 presidential candidates taken at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver over the weekend."
DeSantis has, at least on the statewide level, accomplished many goals that Trump himself failed to do on a national level, wrote the board — including passing "anti-riot" legislation that chills freedom of assembly, restricting the right to vote by mail, cracking down on tech platforms that Trump has complained about, and interrogating college campuses about liberal views.
All of this has led some observers to wonder if Trump may turn on his longtime disciple for stealing his spotlight. But for now, wrote the board, it's a formula that is working for him.
"Could DeSantis' Trump 2.0 brand — same inflammatory policies minus the inflammatory tweets — be the future of the Republican Party?" concluded the board. "We have three years to find out. Until then, Florida will continue to be DeSantis' experimentation lab."
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‘Florida goes full fascist’: Ron DeSantis sparks furious backlash with ‘authoritarian’ campus political surveys
Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation requiring Florida students, faculty and staff to register their political views in surveys in an effort to promote "intellectual diversity" at colleges and universities, and the measure set off backlash across social media.
Critics decried the law, which DeSantis claims will promote freedom of speech, as a "thoroughly Orwellian" attempt to gain control over academic debate at institutions of higher learning.
Well, this is thoroughly Orwellian. 😳 Faculty and students of Florida, you know what to do! Freep Mini-Trump's stup… https://t.co/N2nEE5UzuM— Betty Cracker 🐊 (@Betty Cracker 🐊) 1624454881.0
Florida is trying real hard to go full fascist, using government power and authority to influence, silence, and pro… https://t.co/Fix5AERsIr— Jordan (@Jordan) 1624456366.0
Well that's got to be unconstitutional: Florida students required to register political views with the state to pro… https://t.co/b1Bh8p98uN— David Rothkopf (@David Rothkopf) 1624455537.0
Florida is becoming too dangerous full of right wing extremists. Floridians are shooting each other every day whil… https://t.co/bTj5qSkwJq— Natives&ImmigrantsAreUS (@Natives&ImmigrantsAreUS) 1624454706.0
Our new authoritarian overlords like @RonDeSantisFL (who is a smart version of Trump) are coming for the universiti… https://t.co/Wupp1WG0Y9— Rachel Bitecofer 📈🔭🍌 (@Rachel Bitecofer 📈🔭🍌) 1624450474.0
DeSantis wants to survey university students and staff, with the threat of budget cuts if he doesn't get his way???… https://t.co/IWfcM8nGhI— Witty Librarian In a Mask (@Witty Librarian In a Mask) 1624455089.0
The Florida education “intellectual diversity,” survey is one question - it’s a picture of Reagan with the caption… https://t.co/a9WS5fdp0h— Eldritch Millennial (@Eldritch Millennial) 1624451688.0
Fascist authoritarianism takes another step forward in Florida. https://t.co/aRnOdvOQvS— Rusty Cannon (@Rusty Cannon) 1624454946.0
@TeaPainUSA Since the survey is not anonymous and since results will not be aggregated without identifying informat… https://t.co/CGTr7rYUMt— Mary Buggie-Hunt 🇺🇸🏳️🌈 (@Mary Buggie-Hunt 🇺🇸🏳️🌈) 1624454430.0
Also if you don’t think they’ll sell your survey answers connected to your ID to the highest bidders, well, perhaps… https://t.co/uKBiKSSf7U— Heather Flyte (@Heather Flyte) 1624456751.0
Holy cow this is dangerous. #ThoughtPolice Florida to require university students, staff to take survey that measu… https://t.co/o9GaAUMty9— BD (@BD) 1624457325.0
@GinnyMcDonald8 I raised two smart-asses. If they were going to be in a Florida University, they would find great p… https://t.co/rTTgKo8nXJ— Israel Jablonski (@Israel Jablonski) 1624454688.0
Far-right extremist faces up to 30 years in prison after FBI raid finds unregistered weapons: report
Paul Miller, 32, liked to dress up as Batman and the Joker, and even sometimes threw on a Nazi armband in the videos he uploaded to the chat website Omegle where he flashed a gun and made racist statements. During a raid on his Florida home in March, the FBI found a rifle and almost 850 rounds of ammunition.
The Washington Post reports that this Tuesday Miller pleaded guilty to three felony counts for possession of an unregistered firearm and ammunition and possession of a weapon as a felon. He faces up to 30 years in prison.
"Inside a dryer in Miller's residence, authorities also discovered a lower receiver for a rifle, attached to a collapsible rifle stock, and disassembled from an upper receiver featuring a 10.5 inch barrel," the criminal complaint said. "None of these parts bore any manufacturer markings or serial numbers."
Miller's case is the latest in the FBI's ramped up efforts to combat domestic terrorism in the wake the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, and his arrest earlier this year wasn't his first brush with the law. In 2007, he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and drug possession with the intent to distribute. A recent criminal complaint says he was convicted of firing a pellet gun at people out of a window. He was also under indictment for possession of a firearm by a felon over an incident that occurred in 2018.
Miller said he bought $500 worth of ammunition and rifle parts from a gun show because he and his family received threats from "antifa" and "Black Lives Matter."
"I'm scared, I'm living alone, I don't have anybody with me," he told investigators. "Somebody's going to, these people are trying to kill me."
Miller had been on the radar of watchdog groups and was mentioned him in a blog post by the Anti-Defamation League about "extremist trolls" on Omegle, calling him a "Florida-based white supremacist."
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