MIAMI — Jackie Robinson would be 102 years old today, had fate given him a longevity of life to approach the importance and magnitude of the one he led. Instead he died much too soon, at 53, of a heart attack in his home in 1972. Heart disease and diabetes had left him barely able to see by middle age. Tens of thousands of mourners, fans and admirers lined the streets of his funeral procession in Brooklyn. And the mind wonders: What would this American hero, the man who broke the color line in Major League Baseball and died nearly blind — what would he be thinking if he could see what was happ...
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Arizona GOP candidate melts down after being confronted for endorsing lawmaker who says 'Jews will go to hell'
This week, GOP Arizona gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake caused controversy when she endorsed Jarrin Jackson — an Oklahoma legislator who has proclaimed that "the Jews" are evidence that "evil exists" and that "Jews will go to hell."
On Friday, a member of Congress demanded to know whether she endorses those views — and she responded with a bizarre attack insinuating he may have associated with a Chinese spy.
"Only reason @KariLake supports an antisemite or a homophobe for office is because she is both," tweeted Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) in response to the news of Lake's endorsement of Jackson. Lake responded by posting a picture of Gallego riding camels with Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and saying, "Are we playing the guilt by association game, @RubenGallego? How's your friend Eric doing? Did he introduce you to Fang Fang?"
The "Fang Fang" remark is a reference to a story that Swalwell was targeted by a Chinese spy named Christine Fang in 2012. After associating briefly, the FBI informed him of her actual intentions, at which point Swalwell cut all ties to her and provided all the information he could — which experts have broadly said is the correct procedure when targeted by foreign spies. Swalwell has never been accused of any criminal wrongdoing in this incident.
Gallego responded to this with another tweet asking, "Just say whether you agree with the candidate you endorsed. Should “jews go to hell”? He followed up when there was no response, tweeting, "Hi still here. Are you still endorsing the Anti-Semite?"
This is not the first time Lake has been accused of associating with anti-Semitic figures.
Last November, CNN's KFILE reported that Lake posed at a campaign event with Greyson Arnold, "a Nazi sympathizer who has a history of making White nationalist, racist, antisemitic and pro-Nazi statements, including once calling Adolf Hitler "a complicated historical figure which many people misunderstand." Last month, Lake was also endorsed by Andrew Torba, the CEO of far-right social network Gab and an outspoken anti-Semite who has warned Jews to stay off his platform and claimed America is run by a "Judeo-Bolshevik" society. Lake's campaign disavowed this endorsement, saying she "absolutely denounces bigotry in all its forms," although some other Arizona GOP candidates, like secretary of state candidate Mark Finchem and state Sen. Wendy Rogers, both touted it.
‘You want to kill a snake, you cut off its head': Dem reveals plan to end Florida GOP's 'radical' policies
The only statewide elected Democrat in Florida argued on Friday that the Sunshine State's radicalization will end if controversial Gov. Ron DeSantis is removed from office in the November midterm elections.
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried was interviewed by NBC News' Chuck Todd ahead of Tuesday's primary campaign where Fried is facing off against Rep. Charlie Crist to challenge DeSantis, Florida Politics reported.
“We take Ron DeSantis out of the conversation and out of the equation here, and the Republicans can go back to just being conservative, not this radicalization that we’ve seen here in the state of Florida,” she argued.
“When you want to kill a snake, you cut off its head," Fried said.
She argued how her administration would be different.
Fried said, "the Republicans know that I’m not necessarily going to just sit back and let them run the show. I’m going to use the power of the veto pen. I’m going to use the power of calling Special Sessions, and they’re going to figure out that it is a lot easier to work with me than to fight me every step along the way.”
\u201cWATCH: @NikkiFried says it is a \u201cfalse argument\u201d that moderate voters may be attracted to primary opponent Charlie Christ because he was a former Republican. #MTPNOW\n\n@NikkiFriedFL: \u201cCharlie didn\u2019t leave the Republican Party because he saw the light. He saw the polls.\u201d\u201d— Meet the Press (@Meet the Press) 1660940645
Ex-Trump official: Donald is desperate to know who is 'ratting him out' — and fears what they might say next
On Friday's edition of MSNBC's "Deadline: White House," former Homeland Security official Miles Taylor broke down how former President Donald Trump is desperate to figure out who tipped the FBI off about the classified documents at Mar-a-Lago.
This comes as lawyers representing the former president, including Christina Bobb, make the rounds on right-wing media to defend against the investigation.
"They're now — their public position is — [Bobb's] position last night was, you got to go check with the maintenance people, basically. Somebody's got to call a janitor to find out exactly how secure this room was," said anchor John Heilemann. "If that's really their public posture, is that not damaging for them, politically if not legally?"
"I would tell you right now, it looks to me like Donald Trump is going into the major leagues with some minor league lawyers," said Taylor. "That lawyer that you just featured was planted by the White House to work under me while I worked at the Department of Homeland Security, and I will say, we did not trust that individual in some cases with a photocopier, let alone handling a federal case like this ... I don't feel convinced by the arguments Christina Bobb made on television. This is the type of thing that would get people thrown in jail if they were anyone but the president of the United States. This makes Hillary Clinton's emails look like a child's petting zoo. I mean, this is massively significant, that they were storing information, allegedly of this high classification, down in a basement."
Taylor, who famously wrote the anonymous New York Times op-ed about a "resistance" within Trump's own White House, outlined that Trump wants to use information in the affidavit to take down anyone who spilled the beans on him — because Taylor himself was targeted by Trump when he wrote against the administration.
"The other thing I would add, John, is earlier, you know, you were wondering why Trump would ask for the affidavit to be redacted," said Taylor. "I really think this is about revenge, and I have been on the receiving end of it when I was still anonymous. Trump tried desperately every way to find out who the critic was. I think he wants the affidavit released because he wants to know who around him is ratting him out. And he's worried about what else might come out. That's what Donald trump wants to see, and his lawyers probably won't be able to hold him back."
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