Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis may have pulled an October Surprise on his opponent, Democrat Andrew Gillum, but CNN’s Ana Navarro ridiculed the stunt Wednesday, saying that DeSantis had problems of his own and that the allegations “paled in comparison” to the kind of corruption Floridians have tolerated for years.
“We elected Rick Scott governor, and he was the CEO of a company that was involved in Medicare fraud that resulted in $1.7 billion in fraud,” Navarro said, adding that junior Senator Marco Rubio had also been dogged by scandal. “I think in Florida we have a high tolerance for this kind of stuff. And, you know, the “Hamilton” tickets kind of pale in comparison.”
Anchor Alisyn Camerota brought up all the scandals swirling around President Trump as a comparison and asked if it was “only Democrats held to a standard of ‘no corruption’.”
“Frankly, only Democrats are stupid enough to apologize for it and try to make excuses and justify it and explain it, instead of shrugging our shoulders and saying ‘so what’,” Navarro laughed, adding that DeSantis “owes his primary win” to Trump.
“In the same way that Ron DeSantis answered with ‘Israel’ when he answered about Donald Trump and moral fitness, I think Andrew Gillum should answer with ‘Trump’,” she said. “Either that or break into song.”
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‘The White House is panicking’: Ex-Trump official says president is freaking out about latest defection
Olivia Troye, the former top Homeland Security aide to Vice President Mike Pence, came out on Thursday to endorse former Vice President Joe Biden in a devastating new ad that shredded President Donald Trump's fitness for the presidency.
Miles Taylor, another former Trump national security official who has similarly endorsed Biden over his former boss, told CNN on Friday that Troye's defection has the president sweating bullets.
‘Beyond unconscionable’: Martin Luther King III tears into Bill Barr for comparing COVID lockdowns to slavery
On CNN Thursday, Martin Luther King III excoriated Attorney General William Barr for his speech comparing COVID-19 lockdowns to slavery.
"This is beyond unconscionable," said King. "To even compare it to the most cruel institution in history, in modern history, slavery, for over 200 years, is unconscionable. It is very sad that that's where we are in this nation."
"But also, when you think about the fact that this administration basically does not acknowledge systematic racism, that everyone realizes, most people who see visually that it exists, this administrator, the president, has stood up in Charlottesville for those who really promote hatred," said King. "This administration decided to disable protesters, nonviolent protesters in front of the White House. And so when you think about all these things, most importantly, refuses to acknowledge and hold policemen accountable for behavior that becomes fatal for so many in the African-American community, not to mention the virus that seems to affect Blacks and Browns in a disproportionate level, and a lack of management."
NAACP chief suggests Congress may need to impeach AG Bill Barr
On CNN Thursday, NAACP president Derrick Johnson tore into Attorney General William Barr for urging sedition charges for Black Lives Matter protesters — and said Congress should look into impeaching him.
"As far as the Attorney General, I wonder if we should be looking at ways we could impeach him," said Johnson. "We should not, in this moment, politicize the democratic principles of allowing people to exercise their First Amendment right to peacefully protest in the street. We should not politicize administration of elections to continue to represent the strongest democracy — emphasis democracy — in the world, we must open up access to voting, not politicize and try to sway the outcome of an election."