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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is facing discontent as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis capturing attention for the Sunshine State.
On Monday, Newsweek published a column by David Reaboi, a fellow at the far-right Claremont Institute titled, "Ron DeSantis Welcomes You to Florida, America's New Texas."
"By last week, when Governor Ron DeSantis gave his State of the State Address in Tallahassee, Florida had already eclipsed Texas as the most energetic, forward-looking red state in America, having captured the imagination of hundreds of thousands of conservatives who have flocked here—and millions in other states and countries who are watching, often jealously, from afar," he wrote. "DeSantis' insistence on protecting normal life in Florida through the COVID insanity of the last two years has distinguished him in American politics."
Former Donald Trump spokesperson Katrina Pierson tweeted a link to the column.
"Embarrassing!" Pierson declared.
"Texas needs a new Governor. That’s why I’m voting for [Don Huffines] to make Texas #1 again," Pierson wrote.
On Monday, Huffines' campaign announced it has raised over $12 million and describes him as "an actual Republican."
The message was echoed on the front page of his campaign website.
"Our RINO leadership is watching Texas turn blue. Texans deserve a real leader who delivers actual results rather than lies. We will finish the wall, secure our elections, and ban vaccine mandates," the website reads.
Huffines has also vowed to "end abortion," demanded Abbott defy a federal judge, complained about critical race theory and "leftist indoctrination" at UT-Austin, and demanded an audit of the 2020 vote in Texas.
Former Trump attorney Jenna Ellis retweeted Pierson's push for Huffines.
\u201cFlorida had already eclipsed Texas as the most energetic, forward-looking red state in America.. \u201c\n\nEmbarrassing! Texas needs a new Governor. That\u2019s why I\u2019m voting for \u2066@DonHuffines\u2069 to make Texas #1 again.https://www.newsweek.com/ron-desantis-welcomes-you-florida-americas-new-texas-opinion-1669876\u00a0\u2026— Katrina Pierson (@Katrina Pierson) 1642437912
The Trump administration tried to exert tremendous influence over the 2020 Census, which is now being used in a nationwide redistricting program, often handing Republicans even stronger gerrymandered congressional districts and in some cases attempting to dissolve districts of Democratic members of Congress, while eliminating some majority-Black districts.
Then-President Donald Trump was directly and possibly “illegally” involved, as The Brennan Center for Justice, NYU Law School’s nonprofit public policy institute, reports. The Trump administration also worked directly with an anti-immigrant group that appears on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of nativist hate groups, a “think tank” devoted to anti-immigration efforts, and with an individual known for “promoting voter suppression efforts.”
“The Trump administration attempted to exert extreme partisan influence over the Census Bureau,” The Brennan Center reveals . It filed multiple Freedom of Information requests with at least ten federal agencies and was forced to sue the Trump administration when it unlawfully refused to produce the requested documents.
The Brennan Center adds that “career Bureau officials pushed back at those attempts. An email among senior officials at the Census Bureau from September 14, 2020, discusses the Commerce Department’s ‘unusually high degree of engagement in technical matters, which is unprecedented.'”
“Other records suggest that the Commerce Department planned to have Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross [photo, above] make personal calls to Republican state governors to urge them to provide state administrative records to the Census Bureau to ‘enhance the frame from which citizenship status is determined.’ (The Brennan Center did not uncover evidence that Commerce planned to make similar calls to Democratic governors.)”
Citing a “a complete lack of public transparency,” The Brennan Center reports “President Trump issued a memo in July 2020 stating that he would illegally attempt to remove undocumented populations from the apportionment count due at the end of December 2020.”
The Trump administration collected or attempted to collect an unprecedented amount of personal data targeting users of welfare programs from dozens of states: “28 states had entered into agreements to share Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) records with the Bureau, 21 to share Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) records, 30 to share Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) records, and three to share driver’s license data.”
Our FOIA records show Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies, emailing directly with Secretary Ross in December 2019. The Center for Immigration Studies is an organization classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-immigrant hate group that “has a decades-long history of circulating racist writers, while also associating with white nationalists.” The email also refers to a call from Secretary Ross.
The Center for Immigration Studies was founded by eugenicist and white nationalist John Tanton.
“Commerce Department employees were also engaging with the anti-immigrant Heritage Foundation,” The Brennan Center adds. “An email chain shows a Commerce Department official putting political appointee Nathaniel Cogley into direct contact with Heritage’s Hans Von Spakovsky, an individual the Brennan Center has previously flagged for his extensive background promoting voter suppression efforts.”
A right-wing Arizona legislator who has fully embraced Donald Trump's election lies marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day by sharing a social media post by a white nationalist.
State Sen. Wendy Rogers (R-Flagstaff), a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel who was instrumental in her state's bogus election "audit," retweeted a post by white nationalist Scott Greer celebrating Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.
Today, on #MLKDay, Arizona lawmaker Wendy Rogers has retweeted a post by white nationalist Scott Greer calling on people to celebrate leaders of the Confederacy.pic.twitter.com/0zLtvDbC3Z— Nick Martin (@Nick Martin) 1642440452
Rogers, who recently announced that her campaign raised nearly $2.5 million last year, has previously shared content from white nationalist and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes.
The GOP legislator has also pushed Trump's election lies in right-wing media, including appearances on QAnon-related podcasts.