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Catholic School Teen Charged for Beating Classmate He Thought Was Gay – Because of His Hobbies

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Florida teen was charged with a misdemeanor for breaking a classmate’s nose and damaging his eye socket because he thought the boy was gay for having unusual hobbies.

Jaiden Muniz-Walls doesn’t identify as gay, but he said another teen has targeted him for hateful abuse since the 15-year-old started attending Pensacola Catholic High School five weeks ago, reported the Pensacola News Journal.

“I feel like since we moved here, everyone looked at me like, ‘Oh my God you’re different, get away from us’ and I feel like that’s just their way to protect themselves,” Jaiden said.

The teen, who dresses well and doesn’t use social media, wonders if hobbies like Civil Air Patrol and break dancing make him a target, especially as a new student.

The other student was charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly shoving Jaiden against a wall the morning of Sept. 26 and then attacking the teen in a classroom before a lesson started.

Jaiden suffered a broken nose and eye socket damage in the attack, which his mother believes should be prosecuted as a hate crime.

“I’ve had people say to me that maybe (the other student) felt like his manhood was being compromised by being friends with someone so, quote-unquote, gay, and the only reason they said they wouldn’t up it to a hate crime is because my son said he doesn’t identify as being gay,” said his mother, Diana Muniz-Walls.

“But I’m feeling like if you assault someone because you think they’re gay,” she added, “then you may as well be assaulting them because they are gay.”

Florida does not prosecute hate crimes as their own category but uses evidence of a hateful motive to enhance penalties at sentencing.

“While we do charge hate crimes in some cases, oftentimes we do not charge that way because it’s difficult to prove beyond a reasonable doubt,” said Greg Marcille, chief assistant state attorney. “Sometimes we’ll have cases where inappropriate terms were used, but it’s not necessarily the basis for the commission of the crime.”

Jaiden wants to return to school, but his mother remains concerned that the school didn’t call her after the attack and wasn’t responsive to her questions about continuing her son’s schoolwork while he was out.

“I don’t know that (they’re) going to keep him safe,” Muniz-Walls said. “I can’t just send him in there, I can’t. I don’t want him looking over his shoulder.”

The school’s principal confirmed an investigation remained open in the altercation, and bullying could result in suspension or expulsion.

Muniz-Walls said she hopes the incident doesn’t crush her son’s spirit.

“I hope that (you know) this isn’t about you and you can still be who you are and be quirky and unique and it doesn’t matter if they love you,” she told the boy.

Image: Jaiden Muniz-Walls (Facebook)

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McCarthy Ousted as Speaker in Historic First as Republicans Vow Vengeance Against Gaetz: ‘Kiss My A–‘

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U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has been ousted as the elected Speaker of the House of Representatives after a weeks-long campaign by his fellow Republican, Congressman Matt Gaetz. The Republican Florida lawmaker vowed over the weekend to put a “motion to vacate” on the House floor, which he did Monday night. Tuesday afternoon McCarthy lost the support of the majority in a full House vote.

No Speaker of the House has ever been ousted by a motion to vacation, according to the Associated Press, until McCarthy.

“The Office of the Speaker of the House of the United States House of Representatives is hereby declared vacant,” the presiding Republican lawmakers declared. The final vote was 216-210.

No Democrats voted to support McCarthy as Speaker.

Overall House Republicans are furious with Gaetz, with some vowing to expel him should the House Ethics Committee submit a negative report on their investigation into his alleged, possible sexual misconduct, unlawful drug use, and public corruption.

In addition to Gaetz, other House Republicans who voted to oust McCarthy include Andy Biggs, Ken Buck, Tim Burchett, Eli Crane, Bob Good, Nancy Mace, and Matt Rosendale.

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“After talking to a few House Republican lawmakers and aides,” during the vote to oust McCarthy as Speaker, Punchbowl News’ Jake Sherman reported he “would not be surprised to see someone move to have Gaetz expelled from the House Republican Conference.”

U.S. Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) in a profane rant slammed Gaetz, in a recorded video, saying, “You want to come at me and call me a RINO you can kiss my ass! You go around talking your big game and thumping your chest on Twitter. Come in my office and have a debate mother —!”

U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-LA) help up his phone while delivering remarks against Gaetz, chastising him for fundraising off his efforts to oust McCarthy.

“Using official actions to raise money. It’s disgusting!” he told his colleagues.

What happens next? According to The New York Times on Tuesday, “If McCarthy is removed, the House would be paralyzed.”

“A vacancy in the speaker’s chair would essentially paralyze the House until a successor is chosen, according to multiple procedural experts. An interim speaker would be chosen from a list prepared by Mr. McCarthy and his staff at the beginning of the year, but staff intimately familiar with House rules say the role of that person would be to oversee a speaker election and little more.”

As for McCarthy, he has said if removed as Speaker he would not resign from Congress. On Tuesday he suggested he would definitely run again for Speaker.

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‘Fool or a Liar’: GOP Knives Out for ‘A–hole’ Matt Gaetz as Vote to Oust McCarthy Appears Likely to Succeed

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House Republicans are expressing outrage at one of their own, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who by day’s end may succeed or come close to ousting Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy for relying on Democrats’ votes to keep the federal government from shutting down Saturday night.

“I prefer, you know, common sense over chaos,” Republican Congressman Anthony D’Esposito, who referred to Congressman Gaetz as an “a–hole,” told Fox News on Tuesday.

“I think that we should be focused on governance rather than grandstanding, and the fact that we have one a–hole that is holding us up and holding America up is a real problem,” D’Esposito added.

Far-right Republican Derrick Van Orden told CNN’s Manu Raju that Gaetz is “either a fool or a liar.”

“I’m telling you,” warned Republican Andy Barr of Kentucky, “it definitely puts the majority in jeopardy when you see disunity.”

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GOP Rep. Steve Womack of Arkansas said, “I think it’s sending a terrible message to the electorate in advance of the 2024 election that this Republican majority could not govern itself.”

On camera, another Republican called Gaetz “a chaos agent,” and another said: “I don’t have tolerance for some pseudo psycho political fetish.”

Still another warned, “I think it’s sending a terrible signal to the electorate in advance of the ’24 election, that this Republican majority cannot govern itself.”

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‘Probably So’: McCarthy Says His Speakership Likely Will End After Vote

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The Republican Speaker, Kevin McCarthy, is acknowledging his leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives “probably” is about to end.

“If five Republicans go with Democrats, then I’m out,” McCarthy, sounding resigned to his possible future, told reporters late Tuesday morning. The Speaker acknowledged that if all Democrats vote against him in a vote schedule for Tuesday afternoon, and just five Republicans join them, he will lose his job.

“That looks likely,” ABC’s Rachel Scott told McCarthy.

“Probably so,” he responded.

There are currently at least five Republicans who say they will vote to oust McCarthy, according to CNN’s Haley Talbot, as of last Monday night.

Democrats on Tuesday have said they will not support McCarthy.

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has been on a campaign to oust McCarthy, who was elected Speaker in January but only after the House voted 15 times before granting him the gavel. That gavel came with public and private concessions, among them, that any one member of the House could initiate a “motion to vacate,” which Gaetz did Monday night.

Gaetz claims he is working to strip McCarthy of the Speakership because he reached across the aisle and accepted votes from Democrats very late on Saturday to avoid what had been an almost-certain shutdown of the federal government. But McCarthy has long contended for Gaetz it’s “personal,” because the Speaker would not intervene to save Gaetz from a re-opened House Ethics Committee investigation into possible violations including sexual misconduct, unlawful drug use, and public corruption.

if Republicans do succeed on the motion to vacate, there currently is no one named to replace McCarthy. That would leave the position that is second in line to the presidency vacant.

Watch today’s House session live below, starting at 11:45 AM, see his remarks to reporters above, or watch both at this link.

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