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DeSantis Reveals Biggest Regret Of Covid Lockdown (Which Will Anger Trump)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has revealed his biggest mistake during the COVID-19 pandemic; a mistake that will likely ruffle former President Donald Trump's feathers.

On Thursday, January 13, the Republican governor appeared on the conservative podcast "Ruthless," where he revealed his biggest regrets while governing during the pandemic. DeSantis, a known Trump ally, suggested that he wasn't in favor of the national lockdown that was enforced at the onset of the pandemic, according to CNN.

He recalled the early days of the pandemic and revealed he was actually involved in the White House's pandemic response, offering advice to the former president. Although the pandemic had quickly became a national crisis, DeSantis claims he was relatively shocked when Trump shut down the economy.

"I never thought in February, early March, that [coronavirus] would lead to locking down the country," the Republican governor said on Thursday. "I just didn't. I didn't think that was on the radar."

Per CNN, the Florida governor largely blamed Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert and head of the White House coronavirus task force, for advising Trump on shutting the country down.

Fauci along with other public health experts advised the former president, but the story notes that "the decision was Trump's to make, and DeSantis ultimately followed the White House's lead, closing Florida schools, government buildings, gyms, bars, and restaurant dining rooms and advising Floridians to stay home."

DeSantis' latest critical remarks about Trump follow similar comments he made back in November. At the time, DeSantis criticized the travel restrictions that were implemented as part of the pandemic response.

Although he had also supported the decision Trump made at the timie, he again came to believe that was a mistake. "I was probably the first governor in January of 2020 to call for travel restrictions from China. I supported President Trump when he did that," DeSantis said. "But we have to take a step back and acknowledge that those travel restrictions just didn't work."

Article reprinted with permission from Alternet

GOP Senator Bravely Urges All To Get "Louder" On Trump's Election Lies

A Republican senator who previously insisted that the 2020 presidential election was fair is now urging members of his political party to get "louder" about former President Donald Trump's false claims of voter fraud.

Speaking to the Associated Press earlier this week, Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) stressed the importance of gaining the trust of the American people as he suggested how they could achieve

“If we want to keep the trust and gain the trust of more individuals that are wondering, we have to probably say it a little bit louder and in more places that many of us normally either aren’t invited to talk or have chosen not to get into the fray,” Rounds said.

Instead of just echoing Trump's claims of voter fraud like many of his colleagues, Rounds has conducted numerous interviews and made it clear that he did look into the claims of voter fraud. While he acknowledged there are some “irregularities,” he insisted there is no evidence of the type of widespread voter fraud that would have enabled Trump to overturn the full outcome of the presidential election.

As expected, the South Dakota senator has faced backlash for his remarks. Responding to Rounds' statement, Trump released a statement describing him as a “jerk.”

While his remarks have led to immediate backlash from the former president and other members of his own political party, the second-term senator has made it clear that he is standing by what he believes. He also insists there is a way for lawmakers to show their loyalty to their constituents.

“We have to be more aggressive in reassuring conservatives that their vote counts,” Rounds said, adding “to give them reassurance that they can trust us and that we will speak the truth. And even if it’s the hard truth that’s hard to swallow, we’re not going to lie to them.”

Reprinted with permission from Alternet


Michigan GOP Official And School Board Member Guilty Of Malicious Threatening

A member of the Davison, Michigan Board of Education, who also serves as the chair of the Genesee County Republican Party in that state, has been sentenced in an incident connected to a malicious phone call.

According to local radio station WNEM, Matthew Smith has been ordered to refrain from contacting Houghton County Clerk Jennifer Kelly who he admitted to placing a call to on March 6, 2020. In addition to the no-contact order, he has also been placed on probation for one year and ordered to pay fines and fees totaling $650.

He is also required to write a 1,000 essay discussing the problem with "political bullying in society" and complete a cognitive awareness program along with 240 hours of community service.

Although Smith insists he made the call on behalf of a friend, Kelly has accused him of threatening to kill her pets. The allegation is one that Smith has denied. However, during a hearing that took place on November 22, he did plead guilty in cooperation with a plea agreement. Following his plea, he was charged with one count of malicious use of telecommunication services. At the time, the local Committee For School Board Integrity issued a statement:

"On June 17th after Matthew Smith was charged with making a threatening phone call to the Houghton County Clerk he said it was a 'political smear campaign,' blamed seemingly everyone except himself, and accused his traumatized victim - a single woman living alone - of lying. On Sept 15th, when his last attorney refused to continue representing him, Matthew reiterated that the threatening phone call didn't happen. On October 4th, when the recall language was approved, Mathew stated in an elections commission hearing in open court that he was not guilty. When Matthew was first contacted by Houghton County detectives, he filed what we now know was a false police report - another crime - claiming someone had 'spoofed' his phone.

"Today Mathew Smith has plead guilty to the charges against him. This further demonstrates the urgency of returning integrity to the Davison School Board, and preventing a bully who does not respect the law and truth-telling from making decisions that impact our children. It also reinforces the fact that he must be stopped from pursuing his further political ambitions.'

'We now have an admitted criminal on the Davison School Board. This is unacceptable for our children and we will continue to work through the lawful process of recall and replacement."

Breaking: Mike Pence's Team Complying With January 6 Committee

Vice President Mike Pence's office has reportedly made an effort to cooperate with the January 6 House Select Committee as it continues its investigation into former President Donald Trump.

Per Axios, Pence's former chief of staff Marc Short, former press secretary Alyssa Farah, and former national security aide Keith Kellogg, are included on the list of individuals who have testified to share their accounts of what transpired.

According to an inside source, Short's decision to testimony reportedly came with approval from the former vice president. Inside sources have also revealed the most pertinent information has come from "second-and third-tier administration staff who were not directly involved but were at the White House on January 6 and had access to top administration officials."

The testimonies from Pence’s team have helped investigators "piece together" the series of events that occurred in the hours after the "Save America" rally at the White House. The Capitol was under attack for more than three hours on that day. As lawmakers feared for their lives while the angry mob of Trump supporters stormed the federal building, Trump was reportedly at the White House watching the day unfold on TV.

Speaking to Axios, Farah said, "From the two I was in, you could see how much information they already had. Those who are refusing to cooperate likely are doing so out of complete fealty to Donald Trump and not wanting to piss him off."

"But, secondarily, because they're realizing the committee has quite a bit more information than they realized," Farah added. "And their involvement is known to a much greater degree than they realized."

The committee is hoping to "tell the full story of Trump's actions, interactions and refusals to act during a 187-minute timeframe between calling his allies to march to the Capitol and telling them to go home."

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Carlson Flipped Out When Sen. Cruz Called January 6 'Terrorist Attack' (VIDEO)

Fox News' Tucker Carlson is not pleased with Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) remarks describing the January 6 insurrection as a "terrorist attack."

Speaking during a recent Senate Rules Committee hearing, the Texas senator weighed in on the anniversary of the U.S. Capitol riots where he condemned rioters and praised law enforcement officers.

“We are approaching a solemn anniversary this week,” Cruz said in a Senate Rules Committee hearing. “And it is an anniversary of a violent terrorist attack on the Capitol, where we saw the men and women of law enforcement demonstrate incredible courage, incredible bravery, risk their lives for the Capitol.”

Carlson made his disdain clear during his Fox News primetime segment on Wednesday, January 5.

“He did not mention the pipe bomber,” Carlson said in reference to the unidentified suspect who planted explosives near the federal building. “That individual was caught on surveillance tape. The pipe bomber was on a phone several times. That’s traceable. Where is that person? Merrick Garland did not mention that.”

Seething, Carlson added, “What are they busy doing? Repeating the talking points that Merrick Garland wrote for them."

While Carlson did acknowledge Cruz's popularity among conservative voters, he argued that the Republican senator's description of the January 6 description was inaccurate.

“Now let’s be honest,” Carlson proclaimed. “Everyone who’s conservative appreciates Ted Cruz. You may not like him. But you’ve gotta appreciate him. He’s legitimately smart. He’s one of the more articulate people to serve in Congress, maybe the most articulate."

Although Carlson admitted that the breach of the U.S. Capitol was a riot, he attempted to claim that it was not an insurrection or terrorist attack.

“He described January 6 as a violent terrorist attack. Of all the things January 6 was, it was definitely not a violent terrorist attack. It wasn’t an insurrection,” Carlson exclaimed. “Was it a riot? Sure. It was not a violent terrorist attack. Sorry! So why are you telling us it was, Ted Cruz?”

Carlson concluded with a question about Cruz's remarks saying, “What the hell’s going on here?"

"You’re making us think, maybe the Republican Party is as worthless as we suspected it was," Carlson said. "That can’t be true. Reassure us, please, Ted Cruz.”

Article reprinted with permission from Alternet

Faked Tweet By DeSantis Flack Underlines His Disappearance During Omicron Surge

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is facing deep criticism amid the circulation of a speculative photo that suggests he's missing in action as the state faces yet another uptick in COVID cases, according to Newsweek.

DeSantis' last public appearance was during a press conference was held on December 17. However, on Tuesday, December 29, the governor's official Twitter account posted a photo of him visiting the Bagelicious Deli & Bakery in Ocala, Florida. It didn't take long for critics to point out that the photo had been taken the day of DeSantis' previous press conference.

Grant Stern, executive director of Occupy Democrats, wrote, "Ron DeSantis is still living in December 17th. #WhereIsRon."

In a separate post, PatriotTakes also posted a photo of DeSantis at a holiday event. The caption read, "Welcome to a holiday reception hosted by the Governor & First Lady of the state of Florida."

However, the sign-in that image also included a previous date: December 20. PatriotTakes also pointed this out. "It's funny DeSantis' team is putting out that 12/17 photo when Ron DeSantis hosted people for a 'Holiday Reception' at the Governor's Mansion on 12/20," the caption reads.They added, "Is this his last sighting? If he has covid, was he knowingly positive during this event?"

Speaking to MSNBC's Tiffany Cross, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried, a potential Democratic rival, also noted that she hadn't seen the Republican governor since December 17.

"I haven't seen him since December 17 so I don't know where he is," Fried said. "But [to be] quite honest, even if he was here, he wouldn't be doing anything anyhow, and we know that. So once again the people of our state are gonna have to step up and beat this [...] without him."

Although there are lots of questions about whether or not DeSantis has COVID, there has been no announcement to confirm the speculation.

Capitol Police Officer Slams Pence For Downplaying January 6

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A U.S. Capitol Police officer is laying out his grievances about the lenient sentences riot suspects are facing for their participation in the January 6 insurrection.

Speaking to NPR.org, U.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell described the scene he faced with on January 6 while stationed on the west entrance to the Capitol.

According to Gonell, the scene was similar to a "medieval battleground." He also made it clear that he believes the sentences are not harsh enough considering the trauma inflicted by Capitol rioters on him and other members of law enforcement.

"Their jail time is less than my recovery time," said Gonell, who is still recovering from a shoulder injury. "The charges they're getting do not compare to the mental and physical injuries some of the police officers, including myself, got."

On Twitter, Gonell was critical of former Vice President Mike Pence, who has downplayed the attack that targeted him:



But despite the trauma he endured, he also said that he would do it again if he had to.

"It's mind-boggling to hear some of the things that are coming from some of these elected officials Gonell said. "But at the end of the day, our job is to make them safe and make their work environment safer, regardless of our opinion or political affiliation."

As a result of all that transpired on January 6, several hundred individuals were arrested for storming the Capitol. Even now, Gonnell has admitted how difficult it is to see the lawmakers who supported their efforts.


Disgruntled Alex Jones Threatens To ‘Dish All The Dirt’ On Trump

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Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is threatening to “dish all the dirt” on former President Donald Trump due to his recent public statements in favor of vaccines. During the recent segment of Jones' radio show Infowars, he told his audience that it was time to "move on” from the embattled former president.

Jones insisted that their previous impression of the former president appears to have been incorrect. He also warned Trump supporters that Trump would not be the one to save them.

“Yeah, we all wish Trump would do the right thing, but listen, I’ve got the inside baseball on Trump," Jones said. "He doesn’t know what’s going on, and I’m not even defending Trump, I’m just saying we’ve got to move on.”

“In fact," he added, "You know what ... Maybe to get Trump’s attention, ‘cause I don’t even get this from Roger Stone, I get this from people directly in Trump’s camp,” he continued.“

Maybe I should just dish all the dirt — you know what, you know what — I am going to dish it all on Trump next hour.”

Jones went on to explain the reason for his attack on Trump. Although he claimed the measure isn't a form of retaliation to hurt the former president, he claimed to offer a "pathetic" depiction of him.

“It’s not to hurt Trump, it’s so people can know how pathetic he is, when you think he is playing 4D chess, going to save you, and he’s not!”

“He’s not a bad guy, but he doesn’t know what he’s doing," Jones continued. "He’s surrounded by bad advisors.”


Two Maskhole Republicans Hit With Huge Fines For Defying House Rules

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Two Republican lawmakers have gone to great lengths to defy House mask mandates put in place to combat COVID-19, according to The New York Times. Republican Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Andrew Clyde (R-GA) "have racked up more than $100,000 in fines for refusing to comply with the House of Representatives' mask mandate."

Per the New York Times' Luke Broadwater, "Greene has been fined more than 30 times for violating the mask rules, accumulating more than $80,000 in penalties, according to her office. She was fined five days in a row during one stretch this fall."

Clyde has incurred more than $30,000 in House penalties for violating the House mask mandate than 14 times.

But despite the violations and the fines, Greene has made it clear that she will not back down from her opinion on the mask mandates. Speaking to Newsmax, the Georgia lawmaker complained about the fines imposed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

“She’s fined me over $60,500 in mask fines. I refuse to wear a mask... I’m not vaccinated. And I will be standing strong, standing up for the people across this country that refuse to get vaccinated.”

Greene added, "I will continue my stand on the House floor against authoritarian Democrat mandates, because I don't want the American people to stand alone."

Despite Greene's arguments, Douglas Letter, the general counsel of the House of Representatives, weighed in with a different perspective. Per Business Insider, Letter said, "that proceeding with a mask mandate falls under the body's constitutional powers to 'govern its own chamber proceedings and to discipline its own members.'"

He added, "This is particularly true here ... where the resolution at issue is designed to protect the health of members and staff in the place where all full House debates and votes take place."

Greene's latest opposition toward mask mandates follow her previous argument comparing vaccine mandates to the Holocaust. At that time, the lawmaker claimed President Joe Biden's aggressive push to vaccinate Americans was somehow similar to the Nazi regime.

Florida Mayor Lays Into Desantis For Zero Support Amid Omicron Surge

As the Omicron variant of COVID-19 spreads rapidly across the United States, one Florida mayor is slamming Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) for his failure to offer any support on the latest coronavirus wave.

According to The Orlando Sentinel, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings (D) recently expressed concern about the lacking accommodations for COVID testing sites in his area as he announced new COVID mitigation mandates in his area. “We have not received any assistance from the state of Florida at our testing sites,” Demings said. “All Florida residents should be outraged … where is Ron DeSantis now?”At one point during the pandemic, Orange County reportedly had adequate testing sites throughout the county but now that is not the case. Back in June, Weesam Khoury, a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Health, had announced that the state's testing efforts had been transformed into a "locally-led effort."

“As of today, as a result of the collaboration between the Department of Health in Orange County and the Orange County government, there are no unmet resource requests — from municipalities, hospitals, or private practices,” Khoury said in an email at the time.

Demings' concerns come after the city's recent COVID statistics announcement. On Monday, December 27, Orange County reported a total of 10,000 COVID tests that led to 2,500 new coronavirus infections. However, one silver lining is that the uptick in COVID cases has not led to a surge of hospitalizations in the area.

Dr. Raul Pino, the local state health officer, weighed in on the hospitalizations. “That’s what we don’t know,” Pino said. “We’re suspecting we’re not going to see the high number of hospitalizations with delta, and it’s not going to be as long as Delta in the high part of the wave.”

Article reprinted with permission from Alternet

Former Trump Advisor Reveals New Details About Bannon's Role in Coup

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A former Trump White House advisor has revealed he collaborated with a right-wing agitator to execute a behind-the-scenes effort to halt the certification of President Joe Biden's election victory.

Speaking to The Daily Beast last week, Peter Navarro —ex-adviser to former President Donald Trump— touched on his role in the plans and how he and former Trump White House strategist Steve Bannon collaborated with Republican lawmakers like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ.) to halt the certification of the election results.

“We spent a lot of time lining up over 100 congressmen, including some senators. It started out perfectly. At 1 p.m., Gosar and Cruz did exactly what was expected of them,” Navarro told The Daily Beast. “It was a perfect plan. And it all predicated on peace and calm on Capitol Hill. We didn’t even need any protestors, because we had over 100 congressmen committed to it."

The commitment Navarro discussed came as lawmakers were affirming the presidential election certification highlighting Biden's victory over Trump. Although they failed to successfully overturn the election, their goal was to stall as much as possible in hopes of pressuring then-Vice President Mike Pence to send election results back to the six states Trump and his allies fought to overturn.

As reputable news outlets refused to circulate Trump's claims of widespread voter fraud, The Daily Beast noted that Navarro and Bannon "hoped to force journalists to cover the allegations by creating a historic delay to the certification process."

"The Green Bay Sweep was very well thought out. It was designed to get us 24 hours of televised hearings,” he said. “But we thought that we could bypass the corporate media by getting this stuff televised.”

Navarro went on to highlight what his exact role was in the plot. He was responsible for providing what has been described as "raw materials" such as the report he created with subtitles like “The Immaculate Deception” and “The Art of the Steal.”

“My role was to provide the receipts for the 100 congressmen or so who would make their cases… who could rely in part on the body of evidence I'd collected,” he told the Daily Beast. “To lay the legal predicate for the actions to be taken.” (Ultimately, states have not found any evidence of electoral fraud above the norm, which is exceedingly small.)

In his memoir titled, In Trump Time, Navarro also shed light on Bannon's role in the plot.

“Steve Bannon’s role was to figure out how to use this information—what he called ‘receipts’—to overturn the election result. That’s how Steve had come up with the Green Bay Sweep idea,” he wrote.

Navarro added, “The political and legal beauty of the strategy was this: by law, both the House of Representatives and the Senate must spend up to two hours of debate per state on each requested challenge. For the six battleground states, that would add up to as much as twenty-four hours of nationally televised hearings across the two chambers of Congress.”

During a segment on his podcast, "War Room Pandemic," Bannon also alluded to elements of the plot.

"We are right on the cusp of victory,” Bannon said on the show. “It’s quite simple. Play’s been called. Mike Pence, run the play. Take the football. Take the handoff from the quarterback. You’ve got guards in front of you. You’ve got big, strong people in front of you. Just do your duty."

Although Navarro had a role in the plot, he admitted that it was likely best that someone canceled his scheduled appearance to speak at the "Save America" rally shortly before the insurrection on the U.S. Capitol.

“It was better for me to spend that morning working on the Green Bay Sweep. Just checking to see that everything was in line, that congressmen were on board,” he said during the interview. “It was a pretty mellow morning for me. I was convinced everything was set in."

Reprinted with permission from Alternet


Fox News Gets Owned Over Its Dumb Anti-Biden Christmas Hysteria

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For months now, Fox News has circulated fear-mongering reports about the possibility of President Joe Biden ruining Christmas. But now the conservative network's talking heads appear to still be grasping at straws as the predictions of doom failed to materialize — and they refuse to give the president credit.

The Recount shared a supercut of Fox News clips predicting Christmas delivery nightmares and blaming Biden:


But reports have shown that deliveries are actually moving swiftly to their destinations this year, leading the administration to take a victory lap.

The Fox News panel discussion that aired on Thursday, December 23 struggled to cope with these facts and the network's past coverage. Jesse Watters suggested that the president doesn't deserve credit but acknowledged how the recent reports signal improvement.

"If people are getting gifts under the tree in time, that’s a good thing," Watters said. "If Biden deserves credit, I’ll give him credit. I don’t know if he deserves credit… but according to reports, things are a lot better than they were in November."

Despite saying he'd give Biden credit if he deserved it, Watters then speculated that other actors, such as consumers and ports, were responsible for fixing the problem.

Another panelist said, "It’s always interesting when a politician wants credit for doing their job."

One might plausibly argue that Biden himself and the White House didn't have much of a role in fixing the supply chain problems that people feared would thwart Christmas plans. But if that's correct, then it was arguably wrong to pre-emptively blame for potential issues that the president may indeed have little control over.

As the Fox News clip circulated on Twitter, users began weighing in and mocking the network for the apparent hypocrisies in their discussion.


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MAGA World Falling Apart Over Its Cult Leader's Support Of Vaccines

Multiple factions of right-wing extremists in MAGA World are not pleased with former President Donald Trump's praise of the COVID vaccine, according to Business Insider.

On two separate occasions, Trump embraced COVID vaccination this week and even revealed he'd also taken the COVID booster shot. First, on Sunday, December 19, he appeared on Bill O'Reilly's No Spin News where he shared his pro-vaccination stance. Then on Wednesday, December 22, the former president sat down for an interview with infamous right-wing commentator Candace Owens, where he lauded the COVID vaccine as "one of the greatest achievements of mankind."

Despite ongoing conspiracy theories about the COVID vaccine's safety and efficacy, Trump made it clear that the vaccine does work.

"No, the vaccine worked. But some people aren't taking it. The ones that get very sick and go to the hospital are the ones that don't take their vaccine," Trump told Owens.

He added, "If you take the vaccine, you're protected. Look, the results of the vaccine are very good. And if you do get [COVID-19], it's a very minor form. People aren't dying when they take their vaccine."

In the wake of Trump's latest remarks, right-wingers have adamantly pushed back with criticism of the former president. From InfoWars talk show host Alex Jones to Ali Alexander, the "Stop the Steal" organizer who was recently subpoenaed by the House Select Committee, right-wing extremists have gone off the rails.

On Thursday, December 23, Alexander took to Telegram to sound off about Trump's pro-vaccination remarks. "Remember when Trump said you would be playing right into the Democrat's hands by mocking the rushed, ineffective shot? Yeah, Joe Biden praises him and his booster shot," Alexander wrote on Telegram.

He continued with a personal message to the former president. "Trump, stop. Just stop. Have your position (backed by Fauci) and allow us to have ours (which is backed by science). This losing is getting boomer level annoying," Alexander wrote.

Some of the influencers' followers also slammed the former president. Per Insider, one social media user following conservative Arizona congressional candidate and QAnon believer Ron Watkins admitted that Trump's latest remarks have led to him finally giving up on Trump.

"I guess God lead me to it and then I had my doubts about Trump. So I give up on him saving America," one user wrote.. "My beliefs …. He came into presidency making America great … so that we could all trust him … and let our guards down … and then he leaves us and betrays us to Bidan [sic] and the CCP and all these evil SOBs."

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Ohio Senate Hopeful J.D. Vance Falls For ‘Covid Camp’ Hoax

When a replicated version of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website surfaced on the internet suggesting that President Joe Biden had proposed a plan for COVID concentration camps, Senate candidate J.D. Vance fired back with critical remarks aimed at the president. However, there is just one problem with his criticism: the website was completely fake.

Now, the gullible Trump-supporting Senate hopeful is on the receiving end of the criticism. According to The Daily Beast, there were a number of elements on the site that indicated it was a parody but apparently, the "Hillbilly Elegy" author and Yale Law School graduate overlooked those details and immediately launched his attack. One of the most glaring details is the DHS Secretary listed on the parody. Instead of listing the correct person, the site features the name of an actor.

"The venture capitalist and would-be politician perhaps should have noticed that the site—which claimed to outline government intentions to restrict cross-state travel and set up Australia-like “quarantine centers”—listed the DHS Secretary not as present officeholder Alejandro Mayorkas but as Tim Woods, otherwise known as the DHS secretary in two seasons of the TV show 24," the news outlet wrote.

Fever Dreams co-host Will Sommer has also criticized Vance for his failure to pay attention to detail. He noted that Vance's latest actions are another example of how his “culture-war shoutouts, they’re not landing right.”

Per The Daily Beast, "every time Vance spits out something inane (like telling voters they can dine with him and his buddy Peter Thiel if they donate $10,000 to his campaign), his rival Josh Mandel 'brutally own[s]' him—by, for example, offering to meet voters for $10 in a Chick-fil-A parking lot."

The latest comes as Vance is on the campaign trail running for the Ohio Senate. Vance, who has been supportive of Trump and his "America First" policies is the latest to buy into more conspiracy theories and false information.

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McConnell And Other Republicans Cynically Trying To Recruit Joe Manchin

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and a number of other Republican lawmakers are urging centrist-leaning Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) to part ways with the Democratic Party after months of opposition toward the political party's views and agenda.

During an appearance on Hugh Hewitt’s radio talk show, McConnell offered his take on Manchin's views and opposition toward his party's agenda as he mulled over how things could work if he made the decision to join the GOP, per New York Daily News.

"He feels like a man alone,” McConnell said of the Democratic lawmaker. “If he were to join us, he’d be joining a lot of folks who have similar views on a whole range of issues.”

The top-ranking Republican lawmaker also insisted that Manchin appears to be one of few Democratic lawmakers concerned about the United States' debt problem and the impact of inflation.

“I think what Manchin is discovering is there just aren’t any Democrats left in the Senate that are ... terribly concerned about debt and deficit and inflation,” McConnell said.

Other Republican lawmakers have also echoed McConnell's invitation. In a statement to Fox News, Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ), who also left the Democratic Party back in 2019, shared details about his experience as he also encouraged Manchin to "make the switch."

"I am not sure whether Senator Manchin will switch parties, but I have no doubt the Republican Party will welcome him with open arms, as they did with me," Van Drew told Fox News in a statement. "Personally, I hope Senator Manchin does make the switch, and speaking from experience, I can say it was one of the best decisions I ever made."

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-A) also weighed in during an interview on Fox News' The Story.

"I think it’s pretty rich when Bernie Sanders, who wasn’t even a Democrat at all until six years ago, is criticizing Joe Manchin for not being a good Democrat," Cotton said on Tuesday. "So maybe it is time for Sen. Manchin to come over, and we’d welcome him with open arms if he did."

Despite the Republican invites, Manchin has repeatedly said that he has no interest in switching parties. Doing so would require him to forfeit his position as chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

An inside source also put the situation into perspective, per the New York Post. “What’s the advantage?” the source asked. “He’s now the 51st vote but he’s going to vote against them the majority of the time anyway, and he loses his committee chairmanship, and then what? Logistically, it doesn’t make sense.”

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QAnon Cult Freaks Out Over Trump’s Booster Vaccination

QAnon believers, also known for their adamant disapproval of COVID vaccinations, have been left befuddled by former President Donald Trump admitting that he'd taken the COVID vaccine booster shot.

Following Trump's appearance on Bill O'Reilly's No Spin News, Trump confirmed his third jab. When O'Reilly asked, "Did you get the booster?" Trump replied: "Yes. I got it too."

In addition to boos from the crowd, QAnon believers are speaking out. According to Newsweek, disgruntled QAnon believers have criticized and "turned on" Trump due to his latest announcement.

In wake of the latest controversy, John Sabal, also known as QAnon John, explained why he believes Trump made the decision as he suggested that it would be a form of "political suicide" if he publicly disavowed the COVID vaccine and booster shot. He also urged QAnon believers to make their own decision.

"Knowing what we know. Whenever POTUS 45 promotes something, the other side does the total opposite. They get disgusted by that thing," Sabal said. "Trump derangement still runs deep. Trump still says that those who don't want the vax should not be forced to take it. That is the most important thing he said. The messaging here is clear. Imagine for one second what would happen if Trump all of a sudden started to backtrack on the vax. Operation Warp Speed was necessary for reasons I already discussed. He would lose all credibility with those who took the jab. It would be political suicide for him."

One QAnon influencer offered a delusional explanation for the former president's remarks but also condemned his support of the vaccination. Sharing a message with his 58,000 followers on Telegram, he admitted that he disagreed with Trump but still expressed support for him.

"We don't always understand everything," the influencer said, per Newsweek. "I love President Trump. I disagree here. I think we may find out something about this soon imo [in my opinion] either way, think for yourself. You are in the right spot here. Just don't cuss up a storm, we have so many twists and turns already."

The influencer continued, "I believe the end will explain the middle. But, we are all to think for ourselves and most of you guys are still with me on this vax crap. If we are confused by Pres Trump's comments, I'm sure Deep State is. Maybe he would be a danger to society arrested otherwise idk [I don't know] but I'm gonna continue locally and here doing what we all must every day."

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Bannon Furiously Denounces McConnell Over 'Direct Challenge To Trump'

Like many other Republicans, former Trump White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was not pleased with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for siding with Democratic lawmakers last week on lifting the debt ceiling.

On Friday Bannon again torched the top-ranking Republican lawmaker during the latest segment of his War Room podcast. Bannon's remarks were evidently a reaction to McConnell's recent interview on Spectrum News where he applauded the investigative work of the House Select Committee investigating the insurrection on the U.S. Capitol. In fact, McConnell even described the deadly day as "horrendous."

"I think the fact-finding is interesting. We're all going to be watching it," the top Senate Republican explained. "It was a horrendous event, and I think what they're seeking to find out is something the public needs to know."

For many Republicans, McConnell's remarks were baffling because it contradicts his previous opposition toward creating the investigative committee in the first place. "He is a direct challenge to President Trump, and Trump is trying to lead this country through these horrible times," Bannon said. "Mitch McConnell, that dirtbag right there, gave the Biden regime $2.5 trillion to fund their madness."

Although no Republicans voted in favor of the $2.5 trillion debt ceiling increase, McConnell and 13 additional Senate Republicans "voted to advance the deal that allowed Democrats to pass the increase with a simple majority vote," reports Newsweek.

According to Bannon, McConnell's latest actions would likely guarantee that he will not be the majority leader again if Republicans regain control of the Senate. Confident of his projection, Bannon said, he was "as sure as the turning of the Earth" as he labeled McConnell a "'little wimp,' claiming that he 'loves' being referred to as 'leader,'" reports Newsweek.

"Here's what your legacy will be. People are going to throw up in their mouth," Bannon said to McConnell. "You have betrayed the Republican Party. You've betrayed this movement. You're only there because of Trump. You never had any loyalty."

Bannon's latest remarks come months after McConnell weighed in on the Capitol insurrection as he acknowledged former President Donald Trump's role in the riots.