LAUDERHILL, Fla. — The father accused of slashing his 10-year-old daughter and 17-year-old stepdaughter with a machete will remain in the Broward County Jail without bond on charges that include attempted murder.At his first court appearance Saturday, Dennis Anthony Reid stood stoic and stared blankly to his left as Broward Judge Bernard Bober set bonds of $50,000 on each of the other two counts of aggravated child abuse.Reid was also ordered not to contact the girls, who remain in Broward Health Medical Center in serious condition.While Reid was learning his fate, their mother had visited the...
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Taking to his Truth Social account early on Sunday morning, former president Donald Trump raged at the former senior aide to ex-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows over her testimony this past week that raised serious questions about his action on Jan 6th.
Earlier in the week Cassidy Hutchinson, under oath, told the House select committee investigating the Jan 6th insurrection that the former president was aware some of the rioters were armed and didn't care leading to questions about whether Trump could face seditious conspiracy charges.
Additionally, it was revealed that supporters of Trump tried to influence her testimony with veiled threats.
After several days of silence about Hutchinson, Trump fired off a fresh attack on Sunday, calling her a liar despite evidence backing up her assertions.
According to Trump: "So Cassidy Hutchinson was all set and ready to go to Florida with the Trump Team long after January 6th. She knew I did nothing wrong. She was a big Trump fan - but my people didn’t want her. What happened? Why did she so dramatically change? All lies. I guess even she didn’t believe her own bull….!"
You can see the social media post here.
According to a report from the Guardian, there is a growing belief that Donald Trump's appeal is fading as conservative voters increasingly look for an alternative for 2024 with Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) running a highly effective stealth campaign to be his successor.
As the Guardian's David Smith wrote, the Florida Republican is acting as if the former president doesn't exist as he steals both the spotlight and donors away from Trump.
According to the report, the testimony of former White House senior aide Cassidy Hutchinson is turning out to be a pivotal point for Trump's future prospects.
As former GOP campaign consultant Rick Wilson explained, Republicans -- including DeSantis -- thinking of challenging the former president were exhilarated by what the former aide to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told the Jan 6th House committee.
“Apparently they feel like this was a phenomenal day for them, that it was a great breakdown of Trump’s malfeasance and they didn’t have to bring the attack – it was brought by one of his former loyalists. If you look at it in terms of the 2024 nomination process, it was a consequential day," Wilson said before adding, "I’ve picked up the same rumors that everybody else is hearing that Ron DeSantis’s people are practically picking out curtains in the White House after Tuesday."
Wilson elaborated, "DeSantis has been very carefully building out a presidential campaign for 2024 to primary Donald Trump, raising money, building relationships, going out there and quietly whispering: ‘He’s crazy, I’m not, I’m younger, I’m smarter, I’m thinner, I’m better looking. I can deliver more for you than the crazy old orange guy.'"
Larry Jacobs of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota, suggested that voters don't see Trump as a winning proposition in 2024 with all of his baggage.
“The big question for Republicans moving forward is: do they want to carry this baggage of Trump into 2024?” he proposed. "When you’re battling to win over independent voters and when you’re going to be handed a platform that could very well present a referendum on the insider party, the Democrats, it doesn’t make sense even for a lot of Republican Trump supporters. Trump and his influence and his future prospects are fading fast.”
As for who will replace him, he added, "In the primaries, there’s going to be a battle of who can carry Trumpism without Trump and that’s going to be ethnic nationalism, attacks on the liberal cultural tilt of this moment. You go to a Trump rally, a lot of those lines are going to be evident.”
Tony Ornato's political role in Donald Trump's White House sullied Secret Service independence: ex-agent
Retired United States Secret Service agent Jonathan Wackrow said on Saturday that Tony Ornato, the one-time head of former President Donald Trump's security detail whom Trump installed as deputy White House chief of staff for operations in 2019, tarnished the Secret Service's reputation as an apolitical organization.
Ex-White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson revealed during her testimony before the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol last week that Ornato informed her on the day of the insurrection that an irate Trump had tried to commandeer his presidential vehicle after Secret Service agents refused to drive him to the Capitol.
Wackrow explained to CNN anchor and Chief Domestic Correspondent Jim Acosta that Secret Service personnel have expressed concerns that Ornato's unprecedented role chipped away at the agency's historical neutrality.
"This is a big question. I know that a lot of agents are talking about that. I mean, it's very hard to maintain your independence when you were a political appointee. And I think this is a very unique situation that Tony has put the Secret Service in, you know, they have to defend somebody while they were in a political role not under the operational control of the Secret Service. It's very difficult," Wackrow said.
"And I want to just take that as an outlier. That is not the norm. So for the viewers, this is a very individual issue. But I think that we're seeing the integrity of the Secret Service come into question now," Wackrow continued. "But I believe in the institutional integrity of the Secret Service and their motto, 'worthy of trust and confidence.' Tony is an outlier in this situation. It is not representative of the women and men every single day that are out there providing that protection to our governmental leaders."
\u201cICYMI: I asked former Secret Service agent @JDWackrow if he thought it was appropriate for Tony Ornato to return to the Secret Service after serving in the Trump WH - when the service is meant to be apolitical. Wackrow calls Ornato an "outlier" at the agency.\u201d— Jim Acosta (@Jim Acosta) 1656786919