A man from Provo, Utah last summer drove his Ford Excursion into a group of Black Lives Matter protesters, one of whom shot him.
And now that man is running to be Provo's mayor.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Provo mayoral hopeful Ken Dudley has been using his ordeal of getting shot by a protester as the centerpiece of his pro-law-and-order campaign.
However, the Tribune notes that Dudley has omitted several parts of the story in an attempt to portray himself as a purely innocent victim of out-of-control racial justice demonstrators.
"In Dudley's account, he doesn't mention that he'd been driving his Ford Excursion down a bike lane toward demonstrators, who were lined up across the intersection to observe the 8 minutes and 46 seconds that a police officer knelt on George Floyd's neck," writes the paper. "Dudley doesn't talk about how, before the gunshots rang out, he'd been muscling his truck forward through the line of protesters, even accelerating as he began to hit them, according to the available footage."
A local BLM activist named Tyeise Bellamy tells the Tribune that she doesn't believe it's right that Dudley has faced no consequences for his accelerating into protesters even though BLM activist Jesse Taggart has been arrested and prosecuted for shooting Dudley.
"When we say that the system is racist, and it doesn't work for all people... it works for the rich white men or for white people... he is proving us right," said Bellamy. "This is exactly the problem."
Former president Donald Trump is set to retain ownership of his new social media platform, Truth Social, even if he runs for president again in 2024 or is convicted of crimes.
Reuters reported Tuesday that according to new regulatory filings, Trump is "tightening his grip" on Truth Social. The filings list Trump as the "company principal," but do not disclose the size of his stake.
Truth Social will be created by a new company through the merger of the Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG) and Digital World Acquisition Corp.
"However, the former president is set to keep his ownership in TMTG, even if the company faces a 'material disruptive event' — the latest filings include a clause that is designed to shield his stake," Reuters reported.
According to the regulatory filing, "In order to maximize business continuity and to minimize, mitigate, or eliminate any negative impacts on the Company from a Material Disruptive Event, the Company Principal's ownership and position in the Company shall be structured in such a way as to eliminate the need for restructuring of ownership or changes in position were a Material Disruptive Event to occur."
Reuters notes that "Trump and his business interests are the subject of numerous investigations from U.S. authorities." And Digital World Acquisition Corp. reportedly highlighted the risks of being associated with Trump in the regulatory filing.
"The Purchaser hereby acknowledges the controversial nature of being associated with the Company Principal and the Company Principal's family," the filing states.
Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday gave a hearty endorsement to embattled Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro right as a Brazilian Senate panel recommended slapping him with criminal charges.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Trump praised the far-right Bolsonaro and said that the two men had "become great friends over the past few years."
Trump went on to say that Bolsonaro "fights hard for, and loves, the people of Brazil -- just like I do for the people of the United States."
However, minutes after Trump endorsed Bolsonaro, the Associated Press reported that a Brazilian Senate panel investigating the government's disastrous response to the novel coronavirus pandemic recommended criminal charges against the Brazilian president.
The AP writes that 11-person committee, in a seven-to-four vote, "ended its six-month investigation of the government's handling of the pandemic and calls for prosecutors to put Bolsonaro on trial for charges ranging from charlatanism and inciting crime to misuse of public funds and crimes against humanity."
See Trump's endorsement of Bolsonaro below.
Trump puts out a statement endorsing the reelection of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, saying they have “become… https://t.co/L5UDNSFKeX— Andrew Solender (@Andrew Solender) 1635291440.0
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