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‘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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This week, the Republican nominee for Arizona’s governor gave her full-throated endorsement to an Oklahoma legislative candidate who has said “the Jews” are evidence that “evil exists.” Lake said he is a “fighter” and a “patriot” who is attacked by “the Soros media” — an antisemitc reference to wealthy businessman and philanthropist George Soros, who is Jewish — because he is “over the target.”
Jarrin Jackson, a far-right streamer who won a GOP primary for the Oklahoma State Senate in June, has repeatedly posted antisemitic things on his Telegram page.
In February, after watching a right-wing documentary about enemies of Christianity, he criticized the film for not explicitly naming what is evil in the world.
“Outline & detail the evil…” Jackson wrote. “The Jews, Illuminati, Covid shots kill. Rothschilds. Communists. Woke pastors. Social gospel. Christ will chuck a bunch of stuff in the fire.”
Media Matters for America, a liberal watchdog, found that Jackson frequently references the Rothschilds on his Telegram page. References to the wealthy Jewish family are a frequent antisemitic trope, and “has become a generic term for greedy and manipulative Jewish billionaires,” according to the American Jewish Committee.
In one instance, Jackson said he “would’ve rolled my eyes at people invoking ‘Rothschilds’ or ‘MK Ultra’ or other conspiracy theories” until Trump lost the 2020 election. In another, he spread a conspiracy theory that one of the Rothschilds “applied for & was granted the patent for COVID-19 testing. In 2015.” The first application for a COVID-19 testing patent wasn’t made until May 2020.
Project MKUltra was the code name of a quasi-legal human experimentation program designed and undertaken by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Most prominently, it researched mind-control through the use of psychedelic drugs and other measures.
Jackson has also endorsed a white nationalist and neo-Nazi conspiracy theory that is a variation on the so-called “great replacement” theory. The theory, also known as the Kalergi Plan, posits that global elites — especially Jewish people — are trying to rid the world of white people through immigration and interracial breeding.
The idea has led to deadly violence: In 2018, an antisemite who believed a Jewish humanitarian group that aided refugees and immigrants was trying to wipe out white people massacred 11 worshippers in a Pittsburgh synagogue.
Roughly 18 minutes into the 26 and-a-half minute video, Jackson played a clip of a narrator claiming that “an unholy alliance of leftists, capitalists and Zionist supremacists has schemed to promote immigration and miscegenation with the deliberate aim of breeding us out of existence in our own homelands.” In the clip, repeated images of the Star of David and the phrase “diversity is white genocide” were displayed.
Jackson responded to the clip by stating that he thinks the Kalergi Plan is “real.”
Jackson went on to say that he believes the “great replacement” theory, and said people who support American immigration are trying to wipe out white Christians.
“It’s not nativism. It’s common sense. But the real issue at the core here is that — I can’t believe no one else sees this. They want to get rid of white people because of their Christianity,” he said.
In late July, less than a week before the Aug. 2 primary election, a Lake campaign spokesman told the Arizona Mirror that the former TV newscaster rejected the endorsement of Andrew Torba, the founder of the far-right social media platform Gab and an avowed antisemite.
“It goes without saying, the Kari Lake Campaign for Governor absolutely denounces bigotry in all its forms, especially anti-semitism. We have never sought this endorsement,” spokesman Ross Trumble said in an emailed statement at the time.
Trumble did not respond to multiple requests for comment on Friday about Lake’s decision to endorse Jackson.
Jackson posted a statement from Lake on Twitter on Aug. 17 when he announced her endorsement: “We need fighters in EVERY state (and) that’s why I’m proud to endorse Jarrin Jackson for Oklahoma state senate! Jarrin is an America First patriot and does so much to advance our America First movement. RINOs & the Soros media attack him relentlessly because he’s over the target. Jarrin is a winner and a fighter we need in the state senate!”
Lake won the Aug. 2 primary election, defeating wealthy developer Karrin Taylor Robson to earn the Republican nomination for governor. She faces Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, the Democratic nominee, in November.
A poll released this week that was commissioned by Fox News found Hobbs leading Lake by three percentage points.
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