The belief that Donald Trump will become the Republican Party's kingmaker since his re-election loss will be put to the test in a key Ohio district in 2022's midterm election reports Politico.
As Republicans flock to Trump Mar-a-Lago resort to court the former president for both his endorsement and support from his cash-flush PAC, Trump is reportedly focused on seeking retribution against any Republican in the House or Senate who voted to impeach him just prior to the 2020 re-election.
In Ohio, Trump's GOP target is Rep. Anthony Gonzalez who has amassed a war chest of his own and will likely face a Trump-anointed primary challenger with a thin resume other than a Trump endorsement and a wealthy family.
"In a normal political world and in a normal political time, a second-generation Cuban-American former NFL player from the Rust Belt with an MBA from Stanford would be considered practically by definition a rising GOP star," Politico's Michael Kruse wrote. "But Gonzalez's impeachment decision made him a traitor in the eyes of the man who is manifestly the unofficial leader of the party. It's the reason Trump wasted no time endorsing Max Miller—a former aide with next to no name ID plus an arrest record—to try to take out Gonzalez. And it's why the 16th District of Ohio is now a singular early battlefield in the former president's intensifying intraparty war."
While one Trump-aligned political consultant stated, "Max is going to beat the hell out of Anthony," others who live in the district say not so fast.
"As battlefields go, Ohio as a whole is more red than purple, and so is the 16th District—but it's replete as well with warning signs for Trump that his quest for retaliation might succeed only in further tearing the party apart," Kruse wrote. " [Miller] is an electoral novice and the scion of a wealthy, politically connected family from the opposite side of Cleveland in a city in which many believe that divide still matters. And since he announced his bid, his critics say, he's been hanging around the Trump stronghold of Southeast Florida more conspicuously than he's been out and about in Northeast Ohio."
According to Gonzalez ally, the incumbent is not going to go down without a fight, saying, "It ain't gonna be pretty. It's just not."
With Kruse writing, "All of this makes Ohio's 16th worth watching as an early, distilled look at the potential limits and pitfalls of Trump's shoot-first, aim-later style, his personality-driven, fealty-fueled, viscerally scattershot politics of retribution," David Pepper, the former chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, added, "It's a perfect example of how Trump could really hurt not just the near term but the future of the Republican Party. It's all about a loyalty test to him that almost will put targets on the backs of some of their best people."
As for Miller's arrest record, Politico reports, "He was charged with assault and disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in 2007 after a fight in which he punched another man in the back of the head and ran from police. He pleaded no contest to a pair of misdemeanors, and the case was dismissed on account of a program for first offenders. He was charged with underage drinking in 2009, the case dismissed due to the same program. And he was charged with disorderly conduct in 2010 following a fight after leaving a hookah bar in the wee hours in which he bloodied his wrist by punching a glass door," which is sure to become a central theme in Gonzalez's campaign
You can read more about the battle between the two here.
What does it feel like to hover over 1,000 feet (300 meters) in the air? A new tourist attraction opening in New York this week tries to answer that question.
"Air," an art installation by artist Kenzo Digital, opens Thursday inside the recently completed One Vanderbilt tower, now the Big Apple's fourth-highest tower.
An elevator that is all glass, including the floor, takes thrill seekers up the side of the building in Midtown Manhattan to 1,200 feet in just 42 seconds.''
There, they step out onto three floors of glass and mirrors that offer spectacular views but also aim to distort one's sense of where they are, leaving them with a feeling they are floating.
The experience challenges "the perception of space and plunges the visitor into a factory of silhouettes and skyscrapers," according to Kenzo, who is known for his collaborations with signer Beyonce.
It is "euphoric and multisensory" he says.
Nick Barat, who got a sneak preview as part of a press visit on Monday, said the art installation made it different from the city's other observatories, such as the Empire State Building.
"It makes you think about the relationship you have with the city and yourself," he told AFP.
Influencer Rachel Wasley poses in a window with the Empire State building in the distance (R) during a press preview ahead of the grand opening of SUMMIT One Vanderbilt in New York, October 18, 2021 TIMOTHY A. CLARY AFP
One Vanderbilt, next to Grand Central station, is 1,401-feet high including its spire.
Only the One World Trade Center and the residential skyscrapers of Central Park Tower and 111 West 57th Street in New York are taller.
The Kohn Pederson Fox-design boasts two glass boxes that jut out of the building and suspend guests 1,063 feet above Madison Avenue.
On a clear day it is possible to see more than 60 miles (100 kilometers) away.
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NEW YORK — For its 50th anniversary, “Soul Train” is headed Uptown. “The 2021 Soul Train Awards” will be taped at the Apollo Theater in Harlem on Nov. 20, marking the first time the show will be based in New York City in its 34-year history. The star-studded ceremony — celebrating achievements in Black music — has aired from venues in the Los Angeles area (1987-2007), Atlanta (2009-11) and Las Vegas (2012-19). Last year’s event, the “2020 Soul Train Awards” — hosted by Tichina Arnold and Tisha Campbell — was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. The awards show, launched in 1987, rec...
Jen Psaki exposes Peter Doocy's fake outrage over police vaccinations by asking him one simple question
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki exposed Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy on Tuesday for not knowing that Covid-19 was the number one cause of death for police officers in 2020.
At a White House press briefing, Doocy suggested that law enforcement and members of the military were quitting en masse due to Covid-19 vaccine requirements.
"Where are tons of police and military walking off the job?" Psaki pushed back.
But Doocy could not back up his assertions.
"The L.A. County Sheriff says that 5-10% of their workforce could walk off the job," he explained. "I mean, is there any concern about that?"
Then Doocy interrupted as Psaki tried to answer.
"There are other problems in the world besides Covid-19!" he argued. "International terror, gang violence, murder, arson, drug dealing."
"What was the number one cause of death among police officers last year?" Psaki asked. "Do you know?"
The press secretary's question was met with silence from Doocy.
"Covid-19," Psaki said, answering her own question. "So that's something that we're working to address and police departments are working to address. If you look at Seattle as an example, which I know has been in some of the reporting, 92% of the police force is vaccinated, as are 93% of firefighters."
"My question is about safety though," Doocy pressed. "All of these other problems: terror, murder, robberies, kidnappings. Is there any concern that if police forces shrink or if the size of the ready military force shrinks that the United States or localities may not be equipped properly?"
"700,000 people have died of Covid," Psaki noted. "Again, it was the number one cause of death among police departments and police officers. It's something that we should take seriously. Departments are trying to save people in their departments, people who work for them. And we support that effort."
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