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Florida GOP Official Leads Mob Alongside Proud Boy Who Attended ‘Unite the Right’



Nelson Diaz, the county chairman of the Miami-Dade Republican Party was filmed alongside members of a hate group, pounding a door at a rowdy protest against House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as she visited a Democratic campaign headquarters in South Florida. Law enforcement found the crowd to be so threatening that officers locked down the building.

The video of Diaz was filmed by Enrique Tarrio, leader of the Miami chapter of CRTV host Gavin McInnes’ often-violent Proud Boys hate group. Tarrio has maintained control of the chapter despite having attended the violent white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year—for which multiple Proud Boys were said to have been disavowed by the group. Tarrio told local news after the 2017 Unite the Right melee that he had attended the rally to protest the removal of Confederate monuments but after he “saw the tiki torch thing” that he was “completely against it.” Tarrio and the Miami Proud Boys traveled to Portland, Oregon, for a Patriot Prayer rally that was expected to turn violent and ended in chaos.

Standing just feet away from Diaz while recording the video, Tarrio yells “Open up! It’s some Proud Boys in here.”

On Friday, Miami columnist and broadcaster Grant Stern reported:

A chaotic mob scene ensued as the Republican party leader and his followers spewed expletives at House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi while she entered a Democratic Congressional campaign office.

Ironically, Diaz and his followers demonstrated an utter lack of respect for private property to shout “communista” while trespassing in a narrow alleyway, before demanding entry to the Democratic event.

Video of the attack published by the far-right wing website “Big League Politics” was shot by Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the Miami Proud Boys. He recorded the video of Diaz personally pounding on the side-door to Democratic nominee Donna Shalala’s campaign office.


Miami Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio went to Charlottesville personally last year during the massive hate rally with “tiki torch Nazis” that killed counter-protester Heather Heyer.

Responding to Stern, Diaz denied collaborating with the Proud Boys to organize his angry mob protest. Diaz reportedly planned the protest, and was videotaped slamming on a campaign office door through which Pelosi entered moments earlier.

On Instagram, Tarrio has shared photos of himself aboard a boat in New York City with McInnes and Milo Yiannopoulous, whose direct collaboration with white supremacists while working at Breitbart was publicized by BuzzFeed. He also purports on Instagram to be a “Fourth Degree” member of the group—the highest rank within the group given to members who engage in violence against the group’s perceived opponents.

The Proud Boys’ presence alongside GOP establishment figures in Florida further demonstrates the Republican Party’s adoption of a neo-fascist fight club into its ranks from coast-to-coast. All the while, deceptive and fear-mongering Republican messaging heading into midterms would have voters led to believe that Democrats are coming to murder them.

Image: Screenshot via CBS 4 News

This article was previously published by Right Wing Watch and is reprinted here with permission.

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‘Shaping Policies’: Trump Official in Charge of Personnel at HHS Has Been a College Senior – Report



The Trump administration put a college senior in charge of personnel at the Dept. of Health and Human Services, Catherine Granito. She appears to have graduated this spring.

A Politico report Monday afternoon, “Trump administration shakes up HHS personnel office after tumultuous hires,” revealed the stunning placement – including that she has been “playing a role in shaping policies in the middle of a pandemic.”

HHS has an annual budget of $1.286 trillion. As of 2015 it had 79,540 employees.

“White House Liaison Emily Newman and her deputy Catherine Granito will be shifting full-time to the Voice of America’s parent organization, the United States Agency for Global Media, HHS chief of staff Brian Harrison told senior staff on Monday,” the Politico article states.

It adds that “Granito — an undergraduate at the University of Michigan as recently as this spring — had been in charge of the health department’s personnel while playing a role in shaping policies in the middle of a pandemic.”

Granito’s LinkedIn page says she attended the University of Michigan until May as a student athlete playing lacrosse and notes she majored in English language and literature. A Google search shows that page listed her as an “advisor” at HHS.

Her Facebook page says she “Works at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”

The recent Michael Caputo scandal appears to have involved Granito.

“Granito, who was in the class of 2020 at the University of Michigan, was involved in political appointees’ recent scrutiny of CDC Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, a career civil servant. Caputo and his team raised concerns about Schuchat this spring after she publicly acknowledged missed opportunities in the nation’s response to the coronavirus.”


Image: Official White House Photo of HHS Sec. Alex Azar and President Donald Trump by Tia Dufour via Flickr

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Kayleigh McEnany Says Trump ‘Very Likely’ Will Nominate New Supreme Court Justice Before Ruth Bader Ginsburg is Buried



White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany says President Donald Trump will announce his nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, mostly likely by Tuesday. The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will lie in repose at the Supreme Court. The date of her funeral, which will be a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, has not even been announced yet.

Asked if the nomination would be announced “before Wednesday,” she replied, “I think that’s very likely.”

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Monday morning also hinted the announcement would come Tuesday.


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Trump Says He Will Make SCOTUS Nomination Next Week – Appears He Will Use Seat to Strengthen Where He Is Weak in Polls



President Donald Trump says he will announce his nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “next week.”

He made clear his primary deciding factors will be to help him in the polls.

Trump told reporters Saturday afternoon “most likely” he will choose a woman.

CNN reports he is leaning towards choosing a woman mostly because he is doing poorly in the polls with women.

Trump spoke about two women judges. He talked about Barbara Lagoa, noting she is Hispanic and from Florida. He is struggling in the polls with Hispanics and in Florida.

Reporters also asked about Amy Coney Barrett, a far right wing anti-choice, anti-LGBTQ extremist. Trump spoke positively about her as well. Reports say she is the current frontrunner.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

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