TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis celebrated a string of victories Friday as his fellow Republican lawmakers delivered on nearly all of his agenda. Now, he could be required to rack up some wins in court to keep them. Some of DeSantis’ top priorities this year – an anti-riot bill, legislation to punish Big Tech censorship and banning private companies from requiring “vaccine passports” from customers – have all been labeled unconstitutional by critics. Democrats claim HB 1, the anti-riot bill, infringes on the First Amendment right to protest, that SB 7072, the Big Tech crackdown, violates...
'I want fat guys off my detail!' Book claims Trump tried to remove Secret Service agents he deemed too heavy
A new book by Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig claims that former President Donald Trump tried to have Secret Service agents removed from duty if he deemed them too overweight or too short.
The Guardian, which has obtained a copy of Leonnig's book, reports that the twice-impeached one-term former president regularly criticized certain Secret Service agents for not meeting his personal standards of physical fitness that he believed were required for the job.
"I want these fat guys off my detail," Trump said, according to Leonnig's sources. "How are they going to protect me and my family if they can't run down the street?"
The former president was himself never a pillar of fitness, as he was well known for a diet that consisted of heavy amounts of fast food. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last year made headlines when she called Trump "morbidly obese," and results from the former president's own White House physicals revealed that he was very close to being categorized as obese.
'Is this the end of the Republican Party?' Lawmakers openly admit Cheney purge is tearing the GOP apart
Appearing on CNN with co-hosts Jim Sciutto and Poppy Harlow, Politico Playbook investigative reporter Rachael Bade followed up on her report about a revolt brewing against House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) by reporting one GOP lawmaker openly expressed fear for the party's future.
In her Playbook reporting, Bade wrote, "Taking out Cheney (R-Wyo.) as conference chair was never going to be clean and easy for McCarthy. And this week, we're starting to pick up on a bit of backlash against the minority leader behind the scenes. Some House Republicans are privately griping about how the California Republican has fed a colleague to the MAGA wolves in his quest to become speaker."
Following up on that, Bade said she spoke to one GOP lawmaker who has been a supporter of McCarthy and who expressed dismay that the minority leader was going after Cheney when there were more obvious problems for the Republican Party, specifically Reps. Matt Gaetz (FL) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA).
"This person told me that if there was an election today to have the next speaker, if Republicans have the majority, he wouldn't vote for McCarthy right now," Bade told the CNN hosts. "It's clear where the conference is going to come down: Cheney is going to lose her job but there are people who are losing respect for him privately and does that hurt him, you know. When Republicans take back the majority and he's going to have a very narrow margin to become speaker."
Continuing in that vein, and speaking of the same GOP lawmaker who confided in her, she added: "One of the folks I spoke with last night even said to me, 'is this the end of the Republican Party?' It might be. And there are Republicans who are frustrated but they're not willing -- they're only willing to say this privately -- they're not willing to speak out."
"Unless you have Republican leaders who are willing to put their jobs on the line and say, you know, this is not the direction we should be going, and it's only one or two people, like Cheney, then the whole party goes after that and there's not much movement," she elaborated.
Saying it is still "Donald Trump's Party," Bade cautioned, "At some point, they are really bleeding in the suburbs. That obviously is why [President Joe] Biden is in the White House right now and that is going to come back to haunt them. It's just a matter of time. Is it two years, four years, ten years? That question is going to come to a head and they have to find a way to, again, open up and find a more welcoming party."
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A Florida man claimed permission from Gov. Ron DeSantis to go without a mask before punching a fast-food restaurant worker.
Neshad Potts refused the employee's request to wear a mask while inside a Dairy Queen on Sunday afternoon in Key West, and the worker said the 24-year-old customer claimed the Republican governor had ended mask mandates, reported FLKeysNews.
"He freaked out and said, 'DeSantis said we don't have to wear masks,'" said the worker, Eli Paez, who was working behind the takeout window. "I said, 'Sir, it's a privately owned business. If you want ice cream, just put a mask on.'"
The confrontation grew even more bizarre when, according to Paez, the customer passed gas on him before punching him in the face.
"He farted on me and I was, like, nobody's ever done that to me," Paez said. "That is the most disgusting and childish thing. He looked at me and smacked the hat off my head."
Paez told the belligerent customer he wasn't afraid, and he said Potts verbally abused him.
"I"m a transgender guy," Paez said. "He looked at me and said, 'You're a f*cking dyke.'"
Then Potts punched Paez in the mouth, according to the employee.
"I didn't even see it coming," Paez said. "I fell backwards. I have a huge lump on the back of my head."
Paez was treated for a head injury and says he still has short-term memory problems, and Potts was arrested on a felony battery charge.
The Monroe County Commission rescinded its mask ordinance May 5 after the governor issued an order invalidating local coronavirus mandates, but local businesses may still require customers and employees to wear them.
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