Ron DeSantis vows to 'destroy leftism' and 'woke ideology' if elected president

Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis vowed during a Monday interview with Fox & Friends to "destroy leftism" if he defeats President Joe Biden in next year's presidential election. DeSantis launched his White House campaign last week and is widely viewed as former President Donald Trump's top competitor for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.

"Most of the people that support you probably voted for President Trump twice. And the first comment I hear over and over again is, 'Why doesn't Ron DeSantis wait for President Trump's second term and then run?' And what is your best answer to that? Why is right now the time for Ron DeSantis to run for president?" host Will Cain asked.

"Because" DeSantis boasted, "everyone knows if I'm the nominee, I will beat Biden, uh, and I will serve two terms and I will be able to, uh, destroy leftism in this country and leave woke ideology on the dustbin of history."

'You have no spine': Conservatives clobber Kevin McCarthy for cooperating with President Biden

United States House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-California)'s deal with President Joe Biden to increase the Treasury Department's debt ceiling and prevent a default contains revised "work requirements" for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

"New time limits would be phased in for people without children up to age 54 to receive food assistance through SNAP if they do not complete certain work requirements. Under current law, those time limits only apply to people up to 49 years old. Those expanded limits will sunset in 2030," Politico explained on Sunday.

"Democrats secured some exemptions for homeless people and veterans. But the move will still enrage a wide swath of congressional Democrats, especially key progressives who pleaded with White House officials in recent days to reject any concessions for aid programs," Politico noted. "Republicans also pushed to include new work requirements on Medicaid, but the White House made clear early on it would not negotiate any changes to that program."

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McCarthy is defending his compromise with Biden.

"In the negotiations, Republicans fought for and achieved the most consequential work requirements in a generation," he tweeted. "This is a win for taxpayers → we are no longer going to borrow money from China to pay a work-capable adult without any dependents to sit at home on their couch."

McCarthy included a clip of his appearance on Fox News Sunday in which he further touts the provisions.

"What does a work requirement do? It's only on able-bodied people with no dependents. Instead of borrowing money from China to pay somebody to sit on the couch, we now give them the process to go get a job," McCarthy tells anchor Shannon Bream. "Every study has shown when you do that, it puts more people to work, and when they work, what happens? More people are paying into Social Security and Medicare."

Despite McCarthy's optimism, conservative lawmakers and constituents are deeply upset because McCarthy dared to cooperate with Biden, whom many right-wingers consider an enemy because he is a Democrat.

Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky): "Fake conservatives agree to fake spending cuts. Deal will increase mandatory spending ~5%, increase military spending ~3%, and maintain current non-military discretionary spending at post-COVID levels. No real cuts to see here. Conservatives have been sold out once again!"

Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R-Colorado): "Our base didn't volunteer, door knock and fight so hard to get us the majority for this kind of compromise deal with Joe Biden. Our voters deserve better than this. We work for them. You can count me as a NO on this deal. We can do better."

Congressman Ken Buck (R-Colorado): "I listened to Speaker McCarthy earlier tonight outline the deal with President Biden and I am appalled by the debt ceiling surrender. The bottom line is that the U.S. will have $35 trillion of debt in January, 2025. That is completely unacceptable."

Congressman Bob Good (R-Virginia): "I am hearing the 'deal' is for a $4 trillion increase in the debt limit. IF that is true, I don't need to hear anything else. No one claiming to be a conservative could justify a YES vote."

Congressman Ralph Norman (R-South Carolina): "This 'deal' is insanity. A $4T debt ceiling increase with virtually no cuts is not what we agreed to. Not gonna vote to bankrupt our country. The American people deserve better."

Congressman Chip Roy (Texas): "There are members of the GOP claiming Democrats got nothing from the 'deal.' Oh really? 1) An uncapped debt ceiling with an expiration date - worth approximately $4 trillion…? 2) basically no cuts - a freeze at bloated 2023 spending level? ZERO claw back of the $1.2 Trillion 'inflation reduction act' crony giveaways to elite leftists for grid-destroying unreliable energy…? 4) 98% of the IRS expansion left fully in place…? 5) no work requirements for Medicaid? - & only age adjustments for TANF/SNAP…? No REINS act statutory requirement for Congress to approve huge regulations - just an 'administrative' paygo that the administration will get to enforce? 7) No border security!! - & a deal allowing them to avoid policy riders in the fall… 8) more…"

CAMPBIZZLE: "Yeah retirees are going to love going back to work. You guys are toast in 2024. Nice job!"

Proud_MAGA_Latino: "You're a joke, wow I actually thought you'd got a backbone. 1 time Rino always a Rino. It's in your blood you're just a coward."

SazzygirlinCali: "This is far from a win and you need to start respecting the will of your voters. Hold the Line means just that. You've failed us."

Bill Shepherd...: "'The fiscal responsibility act' LOL. With no fiscal responsibility and no cuts..... Adds 4 trillion to the debt. Three letter agencies get even more money. Nothing about closing the border. Ukraine funded. Adds funding for over 85250 new IRS agents… Vote NO Wednesday and then a motion to vacate. It's supposed to be America First not America Last… The R's folded like a cheap tent again… They should be embarrassed…"

Garrett Barton, M.D., M.B.A.: "Same empty suit. You had a chance to be great, now you will be remembered as weak. People like you become traitors when your life or well being are on the line. Motion to vacate!"

Ben Jamin: "Should have just let it fail. You have no spine."

Courtenay: "I'm here for this ratio because we all know you're straight lying."

'Crazy cuckoo MAGA people' could sink debt ceiling deal: Dem strategist

After news broke on Saturday that President Joe Biden and United States House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) struck an agreement to avert an unprecedented default, Democratic strategist Kurt Bardella explained how Biden outmaneuvered McCarthy.

Biden said in a statement late Saturday night that "the agreement represents a compromise, which means not everyone gets what they want. That's the responsibility of governing. And, this agreement is good news for the American people, because it prevents what could have been a catastrophic default and would have led to an economic recession, retirement accounts devastated, and millions of jobs lost."

Likewise, CNN noted that "the agreement – which would raise the debt ceiling for two years, freeze spending on domestic programs, increase spending on defense and veterans issues, impose some new work requirements on federal food assistance programs and change some rules around energy permitting – was meant to include provisions that could sway members of both parties to vote for it. Yet even ahead of the deal's announcement, House members on both the left and right were already balking at some of the details said to be included in the package. Republicans who had demanded larger spending cuts threatened to withhold their support, while Democrats voiced concern that new rules on social safety net programs would send more Americans into poverty."

Appearing on MSNBC, Bardella pointed out that whether the US defaults now entirely depends upon McCarthy's ability to wrangle the "extremists" within his caucus.

"You know, I think actually because of this deal coming right now, the expectation game has been well managed now because the ball's really in Kevin McCarthy's court now. The pressure is on Kevin McCarthy to deliver the votes. If this thing falls apart now, it's going to be because of House Republicans — because of MAGA extremists — successfully holding McCarthy hostage once again, and that they are the ones who will get the blame. We will be done with this both sides narrative that each side has something to lose, that this could blow back on the president. No, no, no, no," Bardella said.

"The president made a deal. The president did what he was elected to do — deliver deals for the American people that protects the most vulnerable among us," Barella continued. "If this falls apart, if we default, if the economy craters, Kevin McCarthy is now the face of this deal. There's a reason why he was the one that was on camera tonight and not the president. So if this goes down because Matt Gaetz or Marjorie Taylor Greene or Lauren Boebert or any of those crazy cuckoo MAGA people decide to tank the US economy, it is one hundred percent going to be at the feet of the Republican Party and not the president."

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'Can I do one?' Critics troll CNN for scheduling Mike Pence 'presidential town hall'

CNN announced on Thursday that it will hold a Republican Presidential Town Hall featuring former Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday, June 7th at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa.

"Looking forward to hosting Former Vice President @Mike_Pence in a @CNN Republican Presidential Town Hall from Iowa," tweeted CNN chief political correspondent and scheduled moderator Dana Bash.

This marks the third time in less than a month that the network has donated free air time to a campaign of a GOP White House candidate, except in this case, Pence has not formally entered the race.

CNN spotlighted Trump at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire on Wednesday, May 10th. The event sparked a fierce backlash over CNN's willingness to allow Trump to regurgitate his lies about the 2020 election as well as other invalidated conspiracy theories.

On Wednesday, CNN revealed that it will also showcase ex-United States Ambassador to the United Nations and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Sunday, June 4th in Iowa.

And, just like before, a torrent of exasperated responses flooded CNN's Twitter feed after it posted its proverbial save the date.

Edward Michael: "What does 'Republican Presidential Town Hall' mean? He's not the president. He wasn't the president. No Republican is the president. Is he running in the GOP primary to be the Republican nominee for president? Then maybe 'Republican Presidential Candidate Town Hall'?"

Jeremy Barr: "Interesting that CNN is describing this as a 'Republican Presidential Town Hall' since Mike Pence hasn't officially declared yet…"

Arieh Kovler: "Given that Mike Pence isn't a declared candidate for President, can anyone get one of these CNN town halls? Can I do one?"

Lincoln Project Founder Rick Wilson: "I am super-excited to watch Pence try to not answer the questions about Trump trying to have him murdered."

Julia Davis: "Hanging out with Mike Pence."

lowkell: "'Looking forward to hosting Former Vice President @Mike_Pence' - Said no one ever? LOL."

Brian O'Sullivan: "CNN is hosting a town hall for Mike Pence. That should be one for the ages... For the ages of 91-100. No one else will be watching."

Marlene Robertson: "CNN will be hosting another clown town hall with moral coward & zealot Mike Pence where he will gaslight us with his four years of tRump into something it wasn't & where he will defend tRump for only trying to lynch him once. The show will be titled 'Hanging around with Mike.'"

Justin Baragona: "CNN announced today that they will have another GOP presidential town hall next month, this one featuring Mike Pence and moderated by Dana Bash. This will come just three days after the Nikki Haley town hall and three weeks after the highly criticized Trump event."

Decoding Fox News: "And 15 people will tune in for that one."

Barbara Malmet: "CNN is hosting a town hall with Mike Pence June 7th. More proof that legacy media outlet has gone to the dark side."

Ricky Davila: "CNN has now chosen to host yet another propaganda shitshow, this time with lying homophobic bigot Mike Pence. Just disgusting. Glad I stopped watching them years ago."

Brian Craig: "What a waste of time."

Jeannette Webber: "@CNN Will it be a 'Town Hall' or, like the Trump CNN event, be stacked with supporters who had to follow the candidates' rules, 'no booing'?"

Art Martin: "A reel showing paint drying would get better ratings."

Right-wing radio host: 'Negro had no negative connotation' but 'Black is fine'

Right-wing radio host Dennis Prager opened Wednesday's edition of his show by complaining about the NAACP's travel advisory about Florida, which the organization released last weekend in response to Republican Governor Ron DeSantis' erasure of Black history in schools.

"The NAACP has announced that Blacks should not visit Florida because it is hostile to Blacks and there is 'open hostility toward African-Americans' and people of color," said Prager, who in 2010 whined that it was "idiotic that you cannot say the N-Word."

Prager then fell into a tangent regarding the NAACP's chosen vocabulary.

"By the way, that is fascinating that the NAACP, whose name is the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, calls colored people African-Americans. I thought that that term died," Prager pondered before he imposed his perspective. "By the way, I have been using Black all of my life. It's really funny, I never wavered. That was what seemed to me to make the most sense. I didn't fall into any of the traps of African-American, African hyphen American, Afro-American, whatever -- whatever the word that Jesse Jackson came up with at the time. I didn't understand what was wrong with Black to begin with. By the way, when you think about it, 'negro' had no negative connotation whatsoever either. But I understand because it could sound like the n-word, or whatever other reason that it was dropped. I get that, but Black is fine."

The term was dropped by the Census in 2013. Author John McWhorter explained at the time that "'Negro' until fairly recently was a perfectly acceptable way to refer to what we now call African Americans or blacks. But it fell out of fashion and now for many people it hearkens back to the days of Jim Crow and overt racism and so it makes people uncomfortable."

National Public Radio noted in 2017 that while there has been some lingering debate surrounding the word "negro," the general consensus is that it is outdated and no longer appropriate due to its discriminatory connotation and its association with systemic injustices.

The United States National Archives and Records Administration further expounds on the nuances of racial vernacular on its website:

Due to its complex history, negro cannot be uniformly replaced with another term in NARA’s archival descriptions or authority records. Each instance must be reviewed for context.

Black is the preferred term when referring to an individual’s race. The term should be capitalized and used as an adjective, not as a noun. For example: 'Benjamin Robinson was a Black soldier in the U.S. Army.' Note that Blacks and the Blacks are both considered offensive and should not be used. Black people is the preferred plural form of Black.

African American (pl. African Americans) is also acceptable, but it is not necessarily interchangeable with Black. Black can be used regardless of nationality, while African American is specific to Americans of African, and especially Black African, descent. Some individuals in the United States self-identify with both terms, while others prefer one term over the other; some may prefer a different but related term (e.g., Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latino). Descriptions of individuals should use the individual’s preferred self-identifier, if known and a current, non-harmful term.

Some defunct organizations included Negro in their formal names, and some organizations continue to do so (e.g., United Negro College Fund). Some geographic place names also include the term. Formal names for defunct organizations should not be changed. Formal names for current organizations and place names should not be changed unless or until the organization or place is renamed. However, additional descriptions within an authority record (e.g., Administrative History Notes) should avoid using the term, except in reference to the organization or place name.

Next, Prager asserted that the NAACP "lied because the NAACP is a left-wing organization and truth is not a left-wing value." He conceded, though, that DeSantis and Republicans in Florida are indeed forcing schools to "restrict diversity, equity, and inclusion programs."

Yet Prager nonetheless maintained that the issue is being overblown.

Based on the Legal Defense Fund's analysis of the recent wave of legislation in the Sunshine State, Prager's assessment is incorrect:

Three chilling anti-education laws are working in concert to undermine the quality of education in Florida’s public schools. The first is HB 7, a measure derisively branded as the 'Stop W.O.K.E.' Act, which restricts discussion around certain topics related to race and gender in Florida public schools. The restrictions imposed by Stop W.O.K.E. were reportedly what resulted in the barring of the AP African American Studies pilot course from Florida high schools. Notably, the Legal Defense Fund and co-counsel Ballard Spahr, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the ACLU of Florida, won a preliminary injunction to stop HB 7 from being enforced in public universities and colleges while litigation over its constitutionality continues. But this injunction does not stop the state from mandating the restriction of topics related to race and gender at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels in the meantime.

Meanwhile, there is also HB 1557, widely known as the 'Don’t Say Gay' law which bans lessons and instructional materials related to gender identity and sexual orientation for students in kindergarten through third grade. And, finally, there’s HB 1467, a law that has recently led to the removal of classroom books in public school districts in Florida due to its requirement that reading materials undergo a sustained review and preapproval process before students use them.

'The thing with those three [laws], is that they are all interconnected,' says Andrew Spar, President of the Florida Education Association, in a recent interview with LDF. 'Also, all three were very, very vague in how they were worded, and I personally believe that's intentional for them to be vague. Because it's opened the door to create some chaos and confusion and distrust in our schools.'

'Can’t beat Donald Duck': Election loser Kari Lake swats at Ron DeSantis

Failed Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake (R) appeared on Newsmax late Tuesday to ridicule Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis' ongoing war with The Walt Disney Company.

Since her November 2022 loss to Democratic Governor Katie Hobbs, Lake has maintained a tight allegiance to former President Donald Trump, who endorsed Lake's defeated campaign and is seeking the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

DeSantis, meanwhile, is expected to launch his own White House bid on Wednesday and is widely viewed as Trump's principal competition in the burgeoning contest.

"But we can't do it half-assed. When you pick a fight with Disney, you need to play to win. And so far, Governor DeSantis has been outworked and outmaneuvered by Disney," Lake said before accusing Disney of "indoctrinating" kids.

"Uh, uh, as far as I know, Reedy Creek still exists. They're still hosting trans events at their park. This indoctrination is continuing and they're actually rubbing it in the faces of American families," Lake proclaimed.

"You know, if you can't beat Donald Duck, how are you gonna beat Donald Trump? I think that's the question we have to ask when it comes to Governor DeSantis, and I think he should stay in Florida and continue fighting for the people there and, and try to finish that, that fight," Lake added. "I'd rather see President Trump, who's a deal maker, who can make things happen, take on woke corporations, and I know for a fact he gets results."

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'Garbage like his garden of evil': Experts shred Harlan Crow’s 'dumb' letter to Senate Judiciary Committee

Attorneys representing billionaire Nazi memorabilia collector Harlan Crow sent an electronic letter to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday declaring that "Congress does not have the constitutional power to impose ethics rules and standards on the Supreme Court," prompting a flurry of reactions by experts and lawmakers.

Probing the suspected corrupt relationship between Crow and Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Crow's counsel wrote, "would exceed Congress's Article I authority and violate basic separation of powers principles. That precludes the Committee from pursuing an investigation in support of such legislation."

Crow's lawyers argued that "separately, the Committee has not identified a valid legislative purpose for its investigation and is not authorized to conduct an ethics investigation of a Supreme Court Justice," adding that "the Committee's stated purpose of crafting new ethics guidelines for the Supreme Court is inconsistent with its actions and the circumstances in which this investigation was launched, all of which suggest that the Committee is targeting Justice Thomas for special and unwarranted opprobrium."

Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) shredded those claims.

"Harlan Crow believes the secrecy of his lavish gifts to Justice Thomas is more important than the reputation of the highest court of law in this land," Durbin said in a statement, per Mediaite. "He is wrong."

Congressman Ted Lieu (D-California) called the memo "dumb. Congress has the authority to investigate the Executive Branch. Of course Congress has the authority to investigate the Judicial Branch. Also, what is Harlan Crow hiding from the American people?" he wondered.

Those responses were far from unique.

"It was Justice Thomas's decades-long improper financial relationship with billionaire benefactor Harlan Crow that sparked the Supreme Court corruption crisis, which has now reached a fever pitch. It’s no surprise that Crow continues to operate as though he and Thomas exist above the law — but they don't, and they must be held accountable,” watchdog group Accountable.US President Kyle Herrig said as noted by Raw Story. "Chief Justice [John] Roberts has deflected his responsibility to clean up his Court, forcing Congress to step in. Whether by Roberts or Congress, we need urgent reform to restore credibility and integrity to our Court."

Citizens for Ethics in Washington tweeted along with a May 1st editorial on the matter that "if you don't think there's a connection between Harlan Crow and Clarence Thomas's friendship, and the kinds of decisions Clarence Thomas has been making from the Supreme Court bench...well, then we have some news for you."

MediasTouch: "Harlan Crow is not on the Supreme Court — but it's understandable why he might think he is due to his apparent corrupt influence on right-wing Supreme Court justices."

OkeyMor Taking a stand for justice with receipts: "Harlan Crow's lawyers need to re-read Article III of the US Constitution. Appointment to the bench is not a lifetime appointment but is contingent upon continued good behavior of the justices. It is up to Congress to define good behavior aka Code of Conduct."

Melanie D'Arrigo: "I feel like we're pretty close to learning that Harlan Crow gives Clarence Thomas an allowance."

Badd Company: "Dear Harlan Crow: The Executive Branch is equal to the other 2 Branches. They are also separate Branches of government. You say that Congress has no authority to investigate the SCOTUS but yet that same Congress is investigating the White House. Is it just the cake you want, or are you eating it too!"

Judd Leggum: "I wasn't aware that HARLAN CROW was a MEMBER OF THE SUPREME COURT!"

The Lincoln Project: "No Labels doesn't mind right-wing racist dog whistles. No Labels megadonor and Clarence Thomas subsidizer/BFF Harlan Crow collects & proudly displays Nazi memorabilia, including Hitler's teapot and table linens. They dismiss it as nothing but, 'noise.'"

Barbara Malmet: "Harlan Crow's word is garbage like his garden of evil."

'I’m literally lol’ing': Marjorie Taylor Greene defends drag-dressing beau after he misgenders Brittney Griner

Brian Glenn, the boyfriend of right-wing United States Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia), has come under heavy fire after he labeled Women's National Basketball Association star Brittney Griner a man.

Griner returned to the court on Sunday in her first game since her release from a Russian prison last December. Although the Phoenix Mercury narrowly lost to the Chicago Sky, the game was nonetheless emotional for Griner and her teammates.

"Mercury coach Vanessa Nygaard said she was 'tearing up' from Griner's home crowd welcome. But it was back to business quickly. The team had to shift gears and 'lock in,' Griner said," according to USA Today.

But Glenn — the director of programming at the Right Side Broadcasting Network — was incensed that Griner was permitted to play and posted a sexist attack to Twitter on Monday.

"Good Morning to all the men this morning except to #BrittneyGriner (He/Him)," Glenn tweeted. "It shouldn't surprise anyone that a man is now the face of a women's professional basketball league."

Yet that was only half of the drama swirling around Glenn.

On Sunday, user PatriotTakes shared a video of Glenn dressed in drag promoting Ed Howard, Jaston Williams, and Joe Sears' comedic play, A Tuna Christmas.

"I could tell you I don't think a lot — I think a lot of people are up now. They're all #Iamup. Of course, come in, check it out here. So I saw 'em Saturday. I'm kicking these shoes off, but I may keep the pantyhose on," Glenn jokes. "It does feel kind of good. I'm not gonna pee in 'em, I promise. Send it back to the studio."

The backlash against Glenn was immense.

Keith Olbermann: "She's not a man. You're not a man."

FeistyKiwi: "Good lawd, another day obsessing about other people's sexuality."

Gören Semb: "Sir, you're disgusting, but on the bright side, you're also pathetic."

Eric Owens: "'It's different when we dress up in women's clothes.'"

Kevin D.: "Brian Glenn (she/her)."

Jo: "Reporting this for intentional misgendering."

Jo: "Boy this guy sure does love him some drag, huh?"