Emily Brown was stretched thin.As the director of the Rio Grande County Public Health Department in rural Colorado, she was working 12- and 14-hour days, struggling to respond to the pandemic with only five full-time employees for more than 11,000 residents. Case counts were rising.She was already at odds with county commissioners, who were pushing to loosen public health restrictions in late May, against her advice. She had previously clashed with them over data releases and had haggled over a variance regarding reopening businesses.But she reasoned that standing up for public health principl...
It was reported Sunday that former President Donald Trump has been increasingly annoyed with Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) because he won't say that he isn't running for president and step aside for Trump. The problem, however, is that Trump hasn't said whether or not he is running, so it doesn't make a lot of sense for anyone else to prematurely withdraw until Trump decides whether or not he's running.
According to sources close to Trump, the ex-president has been calling DeSantis "dull" and complaining that he was the one who "made" the Florida governor.
But according to Trump's advisers, the one who is really behind the rumors is actually Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), a major GOP foe of Trump's.
NBC News reported Monday evening that "Trump advisers say that they see a hidden hand at play," as they see McConnell in a pitched battle with Trump over the future of the Republican Party.
The Trump advisers pointed to a podcast where DeSantis threw the first punch. He claimed that his biggest regret in office was failing to be "much louder" in March 2020, when Trump told Americans to stay home during the early part of the pandemic.
According to Trump's people, McConnell's longtime adviser, Josh Holmes, is a co-host. Twitter was then flooded by angry MAGA fans who attacked DeSantis for going after Trump.
"To many in Trump’s camp, it all looked like a setup," said NBC News.
“I like Josh. Josh is great. But he's a wholly owned subsidiary of McConnell World. And there's no way you can tell me that this was all a coincidence,” said a top Trump adviser.
McConnell clearly sees DeSantis as the lesser of two evils, the adviser claimed.
Holmes denied having ill intent toward Trump and said that he doesn't coordinate with McConnell over his podcast, calling it "insane."
NY sheriff running for governor pleads with judge to go easy on 'good friend' who rioted at the Capitol
On Monday, CBS News reported that a sheriff from Upstate New York is pleading with a judge to show leniency to a "good friend" of his charged with rioting at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
"In his letter to the judge, Lewis County, New York, sheriff Michael Carpinelli wrote that he was putting his 'title and reputation' at stake in asking the court for leniency for his 'good friend' William Tryon," reported Scott MacFarlane. "Tryon, 71, pleaded guilty in October to the misdemeanor charge of entering a restricted building on Capitol grounds on January 6, 2021. Tryon submitted Carpnelli's letter, along with six dozen other character letters from friends and members of the community, as he sought a sentence that spared him from prison."
"On Friday, a judge sentenced Tryon to 50 days in jail, nearly twice as long as the sentence recommended by prosecutors," the report continued. "Tryon, a farmer from upstate New York, was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine."
Carpinelli is running for governor of New York as a Republican, one of many GOP figures seeking the nomination, along with Congressman Lee Zeldin, former White House assistant Andrew Giuliani, and former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.
On Monday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," New York Times reporter Jonathan Martin broke down the implications of his story that former President Donald Trump is turning on Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) over his apparent unwillingness to step aside for him in a presidential contest.
"I think the last five years of political history of Donald Trump would suggest this was probably inevitable, given that both of them harbor political ambitions," said Martin. "Look, Trump clearly has designs on being president, again. I think DeSantis is widely assumed to have White House hopes himself. So, you know, as big as the state of Florida is, it's not big enough to contain both men, politically at least. So not — not terribly surprising."
Martin then explained why Trump feels particularly aggrieved at the Florida governor.
"I think Trump feels a level of betrayal. He feels like he made Ron DeSantis," continued Martin. "You know, folks who don't follow Florida politics super close don't realize this. He — Ron DeSantis was basically a back-bench House member, not terribly well known, running against a very prominent statewide official in Adam Putnam. And he was — he was not going to win that primary unless and until Trump endorsed him. And Trump did do just that, and the rest is history. So I think Trump feels a sense of political ownership over the governor and — and the fact that he is not feeling that reciprocity right now in terms of, you know, the governor not being willing to say I won't run for president in '24 if you run the race, I think has stunned Trump."
"So, major GOP donor who is on this show frequently, and I know he told you, quote, 'He is Trump but a little smarter," said anchor Erin Burnett. "The thing is, though — which is an interesting thing — here we are. Recent Reuters poll shows 54 percent of Republicans back Trump, 11 percent DeSantis. Sure, it's early. How does DeSantis change that?"
"I don't know if he does, Erin," said Martin. "I think DeSantis is kind of like — to borrow a sort of seasonal metaphor here, kind of like one of those NFL teams that need some luck to get to the playoffs. He needs other things to happen to get a playoff berth, and I think that probably includes Trump either not running or being, you know, seriously weakened politically a year from now."
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