According to a report from Fox News on the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Florida, more than a few attendees said they feel Donald Trump has changed the focus of the Republican Party for the better but don't necessarily want him to be the GOP's presidential nominee in 2024.
Speaking with attendees at the conference that was moved to Florida this year due to avoid stringent COVID-19 restrictions in Washington D.C., the name of Florida's Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) was a popular choice for those with an eye on reclaiming the White House after Trump lost to now-President Joe Biden.
Seemingly every attendee expressed support for the twice- impeached Trump, with one stating, "I think President Trump is the leader of the Republican Party. He is still the leader even if he's not president -- at least of our party," but admitted it may be time to move on to a new candidate.
According to Val Biancaniello from Pennsylvania who was a Trump delegate in 2020 and claims he has a substantial amount of support among the conference attendees, "I really like Ron DeSantis in '24. I think President Trump has a huge role in our party ... fundraising and helping candidates get elected. His America First policy is still a very strong sentiment. If the theme of CPAC is 'America Uncancelled,' I think Ron DeSantis is really the face of that right now ... He's a proactive governor instead of a reactive governor."
Attendee Aaron Rosenthal from Florida agreed, adding he didn't want to see Trump "pushed out," but, "The way it stands right now, if I were to make my very own prediction, my hopes as a native Floridian is it's going to be our very own Ron DeSantis."
Carson Wolf, who admitted that he is attending CPAC with his parents, stated that Trump has "re-defined" the GOP as a populist party, but added it may be time to look forward instead of backward for the party's new standard-bearer.
"You know, we used to be so conservative and always sticking to the same rules and the same set of standards that haven't evolved. But he has pushed us forward in helping us become a more national populist side of things. I can see him as the Republican nominee, " he stated before confessing, "I personally really want to see somebody like Gov. DeSantis or somebody like Dan Crenshaw running. I think we need a new face, you know? But I love Trump and I'd be so satisfied to see him in 2024."
Attendee Aaron Timko suggested another nominee -- name-checking DeSantis and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) -- saying he wants "Somebody who is not Trump."
"Somebody in the Republican Party who can stand up to the media with a bit more regality than Trump can. Despite how wonderful he was for the country, we can't have a media focusing on him for the next four years instead of Biden," he suggested.
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Several Black students at a Florida high school reportedly were suspended for five days after they confronted white classmates involved in a racist video featuring a mock Ku Klux Klan hood and the N-word.
However, the white students who appeared in the video have not been suspended, according to Jacksonville's Channel 4, sparking outrage among parents and others.
Black students at Yulee High School in Nassau County reportedly received the video from a classmate on Snapchat. The video shows two white teens, one of them wearing a mock KKK hood.
"Hold on, you see that?" one of the teens says in the video, pointing at the camera. "It's a n*gger."
Channel 4 reported Friday: "A group of Black students who received this video from one of their classmates confronted the two students who appeared in it. Because of that confrontation, parents say those Black students were suspended for five days, but the students who appeared in the video were not suspended. Parents say this is incredibly unfair and students now are planning a protest, starting with tonight's homecoming football game."
Two of the suspended Black students are members of the football team, and teammates reportedly considered taking a knee in protest during Friday night's game, or sitting it out entirely. However, the players were told by school administrators that if they did so, they would forfeit the remainder of the season, Channel 4 reported Saturday. Instead, the football players held two white jerseys in the air as they took the field, representing their suspended teammates.
Parents said the Black students "were defending themselves after being bullied and targeted because of their race," according to Channel 4.
"It's disgusting. The fact that this kid that made this vile, nasty, distasteful video is still walking around campus while you have kids who confronted him to defend themselves are sitting at home is two-thirds of the problem," one parent told the station.
Another parent, Melissa Ricks, said she was "enraged" when her son was among those who received the video.
"It is 2021 and until people start screaming, nothing is going to change," Ricks said. "I have never felt rage like this in my life. To know that this video was sent directly to my kid and half of my babies that are on this football team. Do you know what that feels like?"
Ricks added that the issue is bigger than suspensions and football games, and that the school and community need to take a stand against racism, Channel 4 reported.
Mark Durham, the school district's assistant superintendent, issued a statement saying: "The district was made aware of a video that was recorded this summer but just recently sent on Snap Chat to several Yulee High School students. The video contained racial slurs and images. It resulted in a physical altercation involving several students. Disciplinary actions consistent with the district's code of conduct have been given to students involved in the altercation and in sending the Snap Chat video."
According to Durham, the altercation became physical, but did not result in any injuries.
He added in a second statement: "Nassau County School District and Yulee High School want to make it clear that acts of discrimination based on race will not be tolerated on our campuses or toward our students. Individuals committing such acts will be subject to disciplinary consequences. We recognize that many students were negatively affected by the content of this video and the school is prepared to support their needs."
According to Channel 4, the district confirmed that the student who sent the Snapchat video was not one of the students who appeared in it.
"The Nassau County School district confirmed with News4Jax that the video sparked a fight when a few students, including some on the football team, confronted the teen who sent them the video," the station reported. "The district says that students involved in the altercation and their classmate who sent out the clip were suspended."
Watch the two reports as well as an edited version of the Snapchat video below.
Parents, students furious over video of Nassau County kids using racial slurs, wearing white hood www.youtube.com
Yulee football team shows solidarity for teammates suspended over controversial video www.youtube.com
WATCH: Marjorie Taylor Greene rants to CNN reporter about 'traitor' Liz Cheney and 'self-absorbed jerks' in Congress
Marjorie Taylor Greene called Liz Cheney a "traitor" and other members of Congress "self-absorbed jerks" in the wake of the House's vote to hold Trump confidante Steve Bannon in contempt for defying a subpoena from the Select Committee investigating the Capitol insurrection.
Rep. Greene, R-Georgia, made the comments to CNN reporter Jim Acosta, who caught up with her outside the Capitol and asked about a confrontation she had with Rep. Cheney, R-Wyoming, on the House floor immediately after the vote.
"What about that confrontation with Congresswoman Cheney, why did that happen?" Acosta said.
"She's a traitor," Greene responded.
"She's a traitor? How can you say that?" Acosta said.
"It's pretty easy," Greene responded, as she was walking away.
Acosta reported Saturday that he caught up with Greene a second time and asked her about the rationale behind her vote against holding Bannon in contempt.
"The rationale behind my vote is I'm not self-absorbed like the rest of these jerks here in Congress," Greene said. "They're all ignoring inflation, people can hardly buy food, gas has gone up—"
"Why call them jerks?" Acosta interjected.
"Because they're self-absorbed. All they care about is Congress. They don't care about the American people—"
"There was an attack on the Capitol—" Acosta interjected again.
"All you want to talk about is your Trump Derangement System, and all you want to talk about is Jan. 6 where there's a riot here," Greene responded.
"Why are you protecting Steve Bannon?" Acosta said.
"Because I care about American people," Greene responded.
At that point, Texas Republican Congressman Pete Sessions interrupted the interview, asking Greene, "You doing OK? Let's get out of here."
"But not Steve Bannon," Acosta said to Greene, referring to her previous comment.
"What about all the people who are rotting in jail?" Greene responded as she was escorted away by Sessions, apparently referring to detained Capitol rioters. "Why don't you worry about them?"
Marjorie Taylor Greene calls Liz Cheney a traitor www.youtube.com
Former president Donald Trump's new media venture is "a suckers bet," according to Forbes magazine senior contributor Chuck Jones.
Trump's Truth Social platform is part of Trump Media & Technology Group, which is set to merge with Digital World Acquisition Corp.
Despite a jump this week in the stock price of Digital World, Jones notes that both are companies "with no revenue or earnings."
"We have neither engaged in any operations nor generated any revenues to date," according to Digital World's IPO prospectus.
"This can also be said of TMTG," Jones writes. "It is a business starting from ground zero with multiple hurdles in front of it. From its press release TMTG's business will be, 'create a rival to the liberal media consortium and fight back against the "Big Tech" companies of Silicon Valley, which have used their unilateral power to silence opposing voices in America.' Along with a social network, named 'TRUTH Social.' It will be a large hill to climb going against established social media companies."
He goes on to note that Trump "has a very poor track record running companies."
Trump has previously run only one publicly traded company, called Trump Entertainment Resorts, which included many of his Atlantic City casinos, the Washington Post reported this week.
"The company operated for roughly two decades, starting in 1995," the Post reported. "For Trump's investors, it was a disaster: The company lost more than $1 billion, its stock price nosedived, and it filed for bankruptcy three times, in 2004, 2009 and 2014. ... But Trump himself did well: The struggling company paid him more than $44 million in salary, bonuses and other compensation."
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