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Rumors Surface of a Mike Huckabee Run for Governor – of Florida

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Huckabee ‘Is the Conscience of the Republican Party’ Says Florida Republican

Former Arkansas governor and repeatedly failed presidential candidate Mike Huckabee could be considering another election bid, this time for governor of Florida. Rumors of a potential 2018 run are unconfirmed, but Florida senate candidate Matt Gaetz recently said, “Mike Huckabee is beloved in Northwest Florida. He could count on a lot of support from this area if (he) were to seek public office again.

Huckabee “is said to be eyeing a run for the governor’s mansion in 2018,” FloridaPolitics.com reports, citing “two prominent Florida Republicans with statewide cachet (one a top-ranking lobbyist, the other a well-known member of the Florida Legislature).”

Huckabee was governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007, and moved on to a presidential run in 2008, losing the nomination to John McCain. He ran again in 2016, dropping out of the race in February after his Adele cover failed to win him the state. Between his two presidential bids, he hosted a Fox News show called “Huckabee.” If he runs, he could be the second governor to be elected in two states after Sam Houston.

The former governor was one of this year’s primary candidates to attend a National Religious Liberties Conference in Iowa. The event was hosted by Kevin Swanson, who called for the execution of gay people in his event’s speech. Bobby Jindal and Ted Cruz also attended that event.

Huckabee has stated that he would have claimed to be transgender when he was in high school to harass his female classmates in the locker room, pledged to boycott Doritos because of their limited-edition rainbow chips sold to support LGBT youth while calling a boycott of Chick-fil-A “economic terrorism,” and has promised to ignore the Supreme Court’s rulings on marriage and abortion rights.

He has asked publicly whether the left is “in an alliance with Islam because they both share a common enemy.” Huckabee also encouraged civil disobedience from gun owners in the event of gun control measures and warned of a cover-up after a scandal claiming the IRS targeted conservative groups was debunked.

Gaetz is quoted as saying that Huckabee, “is the conscience of the Republican Party.”

 

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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM

The ‘White Power Movement’ Is Ramping Up Its Attacks on Energy Infrastructure – Anti-Terrorism Expert Explains Why

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Professor, historian and author Kathleen Belew, one of the United States’ top experts on white supremacist and white nationalist terrorism, has often stressed that violent, racially motivated attacks shouldn’t be viewed as isolated incidents, but as part of a broader movement. And when Belew made a Monday night, February 6 appearance on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” she explained how a Maryland woman’s alleged role in a plot to attack five energy substations in the Baltimore area fits into the overall “white power” game plan.

Earlier in the day, law enforcement officials had announced the arrest of Maryland resident Sarah Beth Clendaniel, who, they allege, conspired with fellow white supremacist Brandon Russell in that plot. Clendaniel and Russell, according to officials, hoped to completely disable energy infrastructure in Baltimore and deprive the city of electricity for an extended period of time.

During her conversation with Maddow, Belew emphasized that this was not an isolated incident. White supremacists, white nationalists and neo-Nazis, according to the professor, are targeting energy infrastructure in general — not just in Baltimore, Maryland.

READ MORE: Why the power grid is an ‘attractive target’ for domestic terrorists and white supremacists: report

Belew, author of the 2019 book, “Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America,” told Maddow, “The electrical part may be new, but infrastructure attacks by this movement are not new. This is a strategy that was pioneered by a group called The Order in 1983…. Infrastructure attacks are one kind of violence among several others that are all laid out in a strategy in common in order to bring about what the movement seeks, which is the overthrow of the United States and the creation of a white ethno-state — mass violence against communities of color and even genocide against non-white peoples.”

According to Belew — who teaches at Northwestern University in the Chicago suburbs — attacks on energy infrastructure and the January 6, 2021 insurrection are both part of the “white power” game plan.

Belew told Maddow, “Infrastructure attacks sit next to a show of forced violence like the January 6 attack on the Capitol and mass casualty violence like the Oklahoma City bombing. All of these exist together within one broad ideology in the white power movement.”

READ MORE: Terrorism expert explains why the Great Replacement theory is so central to white racist ideology

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Right-Wing Outraged Over Falsely Thinking White House Press Secretary Said National Security Council Is Using ‘TikTok’

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For decades White House press secretaries, military officers, and reporters have used the words “tick-tock” to denote an overview of a conversation, or a chronological telling of a series of events – and not the now-popular Chinese app “TikTok,” which some allege has major national security implications.

And yet, the far-right-wing website Daily Caller, a veteran Fox News host, and many others on the social media site Twitter attacked Karine Jean-Pierre Monday afternoon, after the White House Press Secretary told the press: “I know there was a tick-tock that went out to all of you from the National Security Council that was pretty detailed on how everything broke down for the past week.”

Inside Elections’ Jacob Rubashkin mocked The Daily Caller, (which was founded by Tucker Carlson,) for getting something so basic so wrong.

READ MORE: Morning Joe Reminds Viewers of the Last Time the Koch Network ‘Stopped the Craziness’ in GOP Primaries

Longtime journalist Keith Olberman blasted several people on Twitter who assumed the worst, including veteran Fox News reporter David Asman.

He didn’t stop there.

 

 

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House Ethics Committee Begins Questioning Santos Staffers

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The U.S. House Committee on Ethics has begun questioning staffers for embattled Rep. George Santos, who on Friday was accused of sexual harassment and improper hiring practice by a prospective aide the New York Republican interviewed and hired.

CNN Capitol Hill reporter Melanie Zanona, reporting the committee’s questioning, calls it “a sign that the committee is looking into some of the allegations against Santos, though it doesn’t necessarily mean a formal investigation has been launched yet.”

“It is unclear what exactly the committee asked these staffers about, but multiple ethics complaints have been filed against Santos,” Zanona adds.

READ MORE: Watch: Democrats File Ethics Complaint Against George Santos After GOP Leadership Calls It an ‘Internal’ Matter

Most recently, a prospective staffer filed a complaint that the congressman made an unwanted sexual advance.

Two New York Democrats last month also filed an ethics complaint against Santos over his financial disclosure reporting.

 

 

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