Listen: Ron DeSantis’s presidential launch suffers major technical issues

Ron DeSantis is facing three new lawsuits after he signed a new law just hours before announcing his presidential campaign – legislation which makes it harder to vote in Florida.

The bill allows Mr DeSantis to continue as governor in the Sunshine State as he campaigns for the White House, but it also restricts the use of mail-in ballots, attempts to make it easier to purge voting rolls, and places limits on third-party voter registration organisations, according to Mother Jones.

Meanwhile, Mr DeSantis is facing fresh fire from his top 2024 rival Donald Trump.

The ex-president took to Truth Social this weekend to claim that Mr DeSantis is responsible for entertainment giant Disney becoming “woke”.

“Disney has become a Woke and Disgusting shadow of its former self, with people actually hating it. Must go back to what it once was, or the ‘market’ will do irreparable damage,” he wrote on Truth Social. “This all happened during the Governorship of ‘Rob’ DeSanctimonious. Instead of complaining now, for publicity reasons only, he should have stopped it long ago. Would have been easy to do – Still is!”

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Diverse Republican presidential primary field sees an opening in 2024 with voters of color

Race has emerged as a central issue — and a delicate one — in the 2024 presidential contest as the GOP’s primary field so far features four candidates of color, making it among the most racially diverse ever.

Oliver O’Connell29 May 2023 16:45

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Guilfoyle threatens DeSantis: ‘You’re going to get hurt’

Vocal Maga supporter Kimberly Guilfoyle on Saturday claimed that Ron DeSantis would “get hurt and damaged badly” by the Florida governor’s 2024 presidential bid against Donald Trump, the father of her boyfriend.

Ms Guilfoyle, who was previously married to California governor and Democrat Gavin Newsom, made the comments on Newsmax TV’s America Right Now.

Oliver O’Connell29 May 2023 16:15

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Trump hits back at DeSantis comments on Fox & Friends

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis made an appearance on Fox & Friends this morning and when asked about his chances in Iowa made a specific point of hitting out at Donald Trump, his main rival.

I mean, you know, they had mentioned there may be some differences with me and Donald Trump. And I think that those differences redound to my benefit in a place like Iowa. I mean, for example, you know, he’s taken the side of Disney in our fight down here in Florida. I’m standing for parents, I’m standing for children. And I think a multibillion-dollar company that sexualizes children is not consistent with the values of Florida or the values of a place like Iowa.

Within moments, the former president responded in a post on Truth Social:

Ron DeSanctimonious just stated, without correction on Fox & Friends, that I was “backing” Disney. Wrong! Fox should have read my posted TRUTH on Disney, but that’s not the game they play. Also, in the polls, I am beating Biden by a lot, “Rob” isn’t! Also, WAY UP ON RON. Check out the DeSanctus speech at the Trump Rally I gave to get him elected. Not easy! p.s. I got 1.2 Million more votes in Florida than Ron, a little reported fact!

Mr Trump then reposted a post from yesterday in which he blamed Mr DeSantis for Disney becoming a “Woke and Disgusting shadow of its former self”:

Disney has become a Woke and Disgusting shadow of its former self, with people actually hating it. Must go back to what it once was, or the “market” will do irreparable damage. This all happened during the Governorship of “Rob” DeSanctimonious. Instead of complaining now, for publicity reasons only, he should have stopped it long ago. Would have been easy to do – Still is!

Oliver O’Connell29 May 2023 15:42

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Don Jr shares doctored clip from The Office showing Ron DeSantis wearing a woman’s suit

Donald Trump Jr has shared a seemingly AI-generated clip of Ron DeSantis edited into the role of Steve Carell’s Michael Scott in The Office in a clip in which the character is mocked for wearing a woman’s suit.

Oliver O’Connell29 May 2023 15:30

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Cheney: ‘My fellow Republicans wanted me to lie’

Former representative Liz Cheney called on graduates at her alma mater to engage in politics and not to waver from the truth, recalling her experience of being one of the very few Republicans who fought back against former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Ms Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, lambasted her former GOP colleagues during a commencement speech at Colorado College, Politico reports.

“After the 2020 election and the attack of January 6th, my fellow Republicans wanted me to lie. They wanted me to say the 2020 election was stolen, the attack of January 6th wasn’t a big deal, and Donald Trump wasn’t dangerous,” she said. “I had to choose between lying and losing my position in House leadership.”

“No party, no nation, no people can defend and perpetuate a constitutional republic if they accept leaders who have gone to war with the rule of law, with the democratic process, with the peaceful transfer of power, with the Constitution itself,” Ms Cheney added.

She was a member of House Republican leadership until her continued opposition to Mr Trump’s actions and a vote to impeach him led her colleagues to oust her.

Ms Cheney went on to be the ranking Republican on the January 6 committee investigating the Capitol riot, which in part cost her reelection in 2022.

Oliver O’Connell29 May 2023 15:16

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Trump’s calculus: The more GOP rivals, the better for him

When Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina launched his campaign for the White House last week, the notoriously prickly former President Donald Trump welcomed his new competitor with open arms.

There were no accusations of disloyalty or nasty nicknames from the GOP front-runner like the barrage he unleashed when Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, considered his leading rival, joined the race two days later with a bungled Twitter announcement.

Oliver O’Connell29 May 2023 14:45

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Trump slams Disney and DeSantis: ‘A Woke and Disgusting shadow of its former self’

“Disney has become a Woke and Disgusting shadow of its former self, with people actually hating it. Must go back to what it once was, or the ‘market’ will do irreparable damage,” he wrote.

“This all happened during the Governorship of ‘Rob’ DeSanctimonious. Instead of complaining now, for publicity reasons only, he should have stopped it long ago. Would have been easy to do – Still is!”

Gustaf Kilander29 May 2023 14:00

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Texas lawmakers pass bill restricting sexual performance in front of kids

Texas’s Republican-controlled legislature passed a bill that will criminalise public performances of sexually explicit shows by performers as well as businesses, a potential law that drag artists fear will prompt a crackdown.

The bill, which was originally designed to restrict minors from attending certain drag shows, was expanded to remove direct specific reference to drag performers just before an end-of-day deadline.

The bill will now go to governor Greg Abbott who is expected to pass it into law.

The bill would ban real or simulated groping, real or simulated arousal and display of a sex toy, if done in a “prurient” manner in front of a minor or on public property. And it includes a definition of sexual conduct that bars wearing accessories or prosthetics that enhance the female or male form in front of a minor or on public property.

Violators could face up to a year in jail, and businesses hosting performances deemed illegal could be fined $10,000 for each violation.

It comes after earlier this month Ron DeSantis signed a law that would impose restrictions on drag shows, cracking down on businesses that admit children to adult performances by revoking their food and beverage licences.

Shweta Sharma29 May 2023 13:30

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Trump fumes at his enemies in bizarre Memorial Day message

Donald Trump marked Memorial Day with a furious Truth Social message that briefly recognised the reason for the holiday before descending into one of his usual rants.

In all caps, the ex-president fumed: “Happy memorial day to all, but especially to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the country they love, and to those in line of a very different, but equally dangerous fire, stopping the threats of the terrorists, misfits and lunatic thugs who are working feverishly from within to overturn and destroy our once great country, which has never been in greater peril than it is right now. We must stop the communists, marxists and fascist “pigs” at every turn and, make america great again!”

Megan Sheets29 May 2023 13:25

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‘Travel to all areas of Florida should be done with extreme caution’

The Florida Immigrant Coalition – which launched a website named “floridatraveladvisory.com” – advises people to consult an attorney before travelling or reconsider travel to the state altogether.

“Travel to all areas of Florida should be done with extreme caution as it can be particularly unsafe for people of color, LGBTQIA+ communities and individuals who speak with an accent, and international travelers,” according to the advisory. “Every county in Florida poses a heightened risk of harassment, possible detainment, and potential family separation based on racial profiling.”

Alex Woodward29 May 2023 13:00



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