“A fourth governor, Republican Ron DeSantis of Florida -- who was mired in controversy for his haphazard handling of Covid-19 for much of last year — is also in the spotlight again this week, facing new accusations of political favoritism...”
That clause offset by dashes (about DeSantis “mired in controversy”) fails to mention who did so much miring: outlets like CNN. W/out the clause, the sentence is hard to dispute. With it, it’s a reminder of why this dynamic in the GOP is happening👇
We had two other @politco stories on DeSantis, vaccines etc this week

This one where he defended his vaccine pop up site but issued a veiled threat to critics in Manatee County

At the end of the week, DeSantis reversed course and accepted more federal help, which should help vaccinate more people in Black, Hispanic and traditionally underserved communities


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20 Feb
I complained to a conservative recently re how terrible NY-based national media coverage of FL covid politics has been because it justifies so many media criticisms

His response: Please for the love of God stop giving my side ammo. We have proven we are not responsible with it
This story that Ryan's highlighting is almost self-parody.

It's so bad that I have a baseless conspiracy theory: it was secretly written by a conservative media-hater to reflect poorly on the press
While some people totally lost their minds and missed the point of this article of mine from Tuesday, I’m reupping because this broader situation is fueling DeSantis’s popularity in the GOP nationally

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9 Feb
As Trump's 2nd impeachment trial starts, his legal team notably abandoned its Feb. 2 defense — that the former president of the United States is dumb

Otherwise, Trump's team would've admitted he asked GA's Secretary of State to commit election fraud

Tweet 1/10
2/10 Background: Trump was secretly recorded asking GA's SOS in Jan. to "find 11,780 votes...find 11,000-plus votes." He kept raising the false claim there were 100s of thousands of fraudulently cast absentee ballots

The problem with the task: it's impossible

Here's why...
When absentee ballots are received @ a county election office, they're in envelopes voters are supposed to sign. If signatures check out, BALLOTS ARE SEPARATED FOREVER FROM THE ENVELOPES

Thenceforth, it's impossible to "find" the ballot related to the envelope
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8 Feb
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7 Feb
Florida gonna Florida (note: these are not directly connected)
Here’s the WaPo story

Raw Story

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7 Feb
Since the Tampa Bay #Buccaneers are in the Super Bowl, & since I’m coincidentally reading the 1678 “The Buccaneers of America” by Alex Exquemelin, here’s the amazing short story of a gutsy crazy unfortunate badass named Bartholomew Portugues

2) Portugues, with 30 men & a small ship w/just 4 small cannon, defeated a Spanish ship, w/70 men & 20 bigger guns, that was laden with cocoa beans & 70k Pieces of Eight

But the buccaneers couldn’t get home to Jamaica, ran into more Spanish ships & were defeated off Cuba
3) Portugues was taken to Campeche, Mexico to be hanged

But he escaped the ship in port by

✅stabbing a guard

✅jumping overboard w/earthen jars for floaties (he couldn’t swim!)

✅trekking the jungle by himself for 120 miles

✅living off the land & evading capture ...
Read 6 tweets
7 Jan
The facts

✅Trump supporters gathered in DC, many of them very mad
✅they attended a Trump speech & he bemoaned the election as stolen (it wasn’t) & told them to “walk down to the Capitol” for the Electoral College vote
✅they did
✅pro-Trump vandals then stormed the Capitol
2) guess we’ll make this a thread

These are not Antifa, BLM, liberals or Democrats. These are Trump supporters

These are not Antifa, BLM, liberals or Democrats. These are Trump supporters


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