JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —8.9.2022 — FBI Raids President Trump's House — FL Politicos React to Raid— Pushing Pot— More...

JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —8.9.2022 — FBI Raids President Trump's House — FL Politicos React to Raid— Pushing Pot— More...

Florida Politics' Daily Political Read

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
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August 9, 2022

 

Trolling Trump

Progressives and "never Trumper" trolls like The Lincoln Project’s Rick Wilson believe that the FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago Monday night was a big win for their neverending effort to discredit former President Donald Trump’s presidency.

Florida Democrats are rejoicing about the FBI, and are even saying that the move was justified because Trump allegedly committed crimes.

I am still waiting to find out just what those crimes are. No indictments have come down.

And then the Dynamic Duo of Nikki Fried and Charlie Crist chimed in.

Oh boy.

“Ron DeSantis is defending Donald Trump instead of the rule of law, so I’ll be holding a press conference tomorrow in front of the governor’s mansion to remind Floridians that nobody is above the law,” stated Fried.

Crist’s communications director dug deep to find the words for Charlie’s statement:

“Ron DeSantis attacks law enforcement for legally raiding Mar-a-Lago while he’s yet to say anything about the heinous Nazis in our state who've been rallying in support of him. Also, attacking a private company, Disney, for free speech is about as "banana republic" as it gets.”

One of the funniest and most hypocritical tweets of the night came from Progressive State Rep. Anna Eskamani, who called Trump a “grifter” for fundraising off of the raid.

“Once a grifter, always a grifter,” tweeted Rep. Eskamani.

What is absolutely hilarious and hypocritical is that Eskamani and other Progressives were mum when recently suspended Hillsborough County Attorney General Andrew Warner released a video statement about his firing, where he asked for financial support for his political campaign. READ MORE HERE

And then there is Little Carlitos.

Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith takes the cake by making this all about, wait for it… wait for it… being gay.

Rep. Smith accuses DeSantis of weaponizing just about “every state agency and department against” gays, or the LGBTQ-E-I-E-O community.

READ MORE ABOUT THE RAID

 

On the Campaign Trails

Rep. Michael Waltz (R) has endorsed Anna Paulina Luna in her contested Republican primary race in Florida's 13th congressional district.

"Anna will be an excellent colleague and I look forward to serving alongside her in Congress. She has my full endorsement!"-Rep. Waltz

Florida’s new Push for Pot

Smoke it if you have it.

A new recreational marijuana initiative could make it onto the ballot this fall. Will Floridians support it? READ MORE

Squeezers

Marco Rubio-Biden is playing with fire by using a document dispute to get the @TheJusticeDept to persecute a likely future election opponent. Because one day what goes around is going to come around. And then we become Nicaragua under Ortega

Rick Scott-The @FBI's raid of Mar-a-Lago is incredibly concerning, especially given the Biden admin’s history of going after parents & other political opponents. This is 3rd World country stuff.

We need answers NOW. The FBI must explain what they were doing today & why.

Ron DeSantis-The raid of MAL is another escalation in the weaponization of federal agencies against the Regime’s political opponents, while people like Hunter Biden get treated with kid gloves. Now the Regime is getting another 87k IRS agents to wield against its adversaries? Banana Republic.

Matt Gaetz-I stand with President Trump!

Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith
Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith

"FBI Raids Mar-a-Lago; Florida Officials React," by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—News organizations around the nation, including The Floridian, have reported that former President Donald Trump’s (R) private estate, Mar-a-Lago, has been raided by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents.

"DeSantis Says Trump Raid Example of Federal Agencies Being Weaponized," by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—The FBI's raid on President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home has sparked the ire of Republicans across the nation. While Democrats are praising the FBI, Republicans are calling it an attack against Democracy. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R), himself someone who's speculated to launch a 2024 presidential campaign, released a statement in support of the president. DeSantis called the raid an example of "the weaponization of federal agencies."

"FBI Raids Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Home," by The Floridian's Jim McCool—BREAKING - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has made the game-changing decision of conducting a raid on the Mar-a-Lago home of former US President Donald Trump (R). Trump has since responded to the incident in a written statement.

"Recreational Marijuana Initiative Could Land in Florida's Midterm Ballot," by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Marijuana legalization has increasingly become more normalized across states. Now, a new initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in 2024 has been launched in Florida.

"Retired Green Beret Jay Collins Tells His Story," by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Former U.S. Army Green Beret Jay Collins (R) sat down with The Floridianlast week and spoke about his past, and his story.

"Loomer Says Illegal Immigration Needs to be Addressed" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

"Florida Hits New Gas Price Low, Continues to Beat National Average" by The Floridian's Jim McCool

"Florida Democrats Turn on pro-Life/pro-Abortion, Anti-LGBTQ Statewide Candidate Naomi Blemur" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Just when you thought the intraparty divide within the Florida Democratic Party couldn’t get any worse, the push by Progressives to purge any “moderate” or “centrist” Democrats from their ranks continues, including Naomi Blemur.

Amanda Makki
Amanda Makki/ The Floridian

"Makki Accuses Opponents of Profiting off Illegal Immigration" by The Floridian's Grayson BakichWith the midterm elections approaching, candidates are going to war with each other and the barbs are flying. Last week, The Floridian spoke with congressional candidate Amanda Makki, who called out rival Anna Paulina Luna's previous support for former President Obama, and accuses one of her other opponents of "profiting off of illegal immigration."

"Taddeo Rescinds Naomi Blemur Endorsement," by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Since announcing her run for the U.S. Congress, Florida state Senator Annette Taddeo (D) has risen to the forefront of the Democratic primary race. Polls indicate that she is leading Commissioner Ken Russell (D) in the race, and Taddeo has expanded her influence by sharing a number of endorsements. However, Taddeo is now rescinding...

"DeSantis Says Biden’s U.S. is ‘Disastrous’ by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ (R) Team continues to criticize the “trajectory” of the country, calling it 'disastrous.' While Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) and Florida Rep. Charlie Crist (D) challenge each other for their political party's nomination, criticizing DeSantis, the Florida Governor has remained a vocal critic of the president.

"Suspended State Attorney Andrew Warren Fundraises off of his Suspension," by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Former Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren is campaigning for his job back and asking for donations.

'Dark Money' Rains Down on Florida Republican Primary Races," by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Candidates for elected office, particularly congressional and senatorial candidates, like to moan and groan about “Dark Money” being spent against them in their respective campaigns, but are quick to show their elation when an independent expenditure is spent to help them.

"Bilirakis Discusses Election Integrity Act with Rep. Davis and Local Leaders," by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich –The midterms are three months away. Election integrity is an issue under the current radar that will become more apparent the closer to November. Friday, Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) met with Ranking Member of the House Administration Committee Rodney Davis (R-IL) about the American Confidence in Elections (ACE) Act.

"Scott Outlines Alternative Taiwan Strategy, Criticizes Biden's Approach in National Review Op-Ed," by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Tensions between the United States and China remain high after Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) visit to Taiwan this past week. In retaliation, China has placed sanctions on the island and has conducted live-fire drills near its coasts. In an op-ed for National Review, Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) outlines his strategy for the region.

Sen. Marco Rubio
Sen. Marco Rubio

"Rubio and Others Pen Letter to Mayorkas Requesting Tighter Border Security," by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Republican Senators such as Marco Rubio (R-FL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Ted Cruz (R-TX) and others, have penned a letter to notify the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas about the dangers of an open southern border and the potential national security risks because of it. The letter argues that the United States has completely lost control of the border crisis, and that terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda could become a beneficiary to that circumstance.

"Donalds Introduces Bill Expanding Veteran's Assistance Beyond Education, Into Private Sector," by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—While many consider education to be priceless, some have already acquired the education they want or need in order to make a living and enjoy their life as an American. Rather than constrict the commonly known G.I. bill to just education, Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) has taken a step to account for servicemen and servicewomen in more ways than just one.

"DeSantis Appoints new Florida Supreme Court Justice, Defends 'Rule of Law' by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"DeSantis-Endorsed Combat Veteran Jay Collins Vows to Stand for American Families," by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—The 2022 midterm election inches closer every day, and Florida has been a hotspot of activity, to say the least. Speaking with The Floridian this week, State Senate candidate Jay Collins (R) describes himself as "a big fan" of Governor Ron DeSantis (R) and of his own commitment to stand with American families. Collins, a former U.S. Army Green Beret who has received the Purple Heart, lost a leg in combat, is endorsed by DeSantis and is running against incumbent State Senator Janet Cruz (D)Florida's 14th District.

nikki fried DeSantis
nikki fried DeSantis

"DeSantis Says Florida's 'America's Beachhead of Freedom' by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Amidst criticism from Democrats for suspending Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) is directing criticism back to both Democrats and the Biden administration. DeSantis has not responded to Democrat's concerns, arguing instead that under his leadership Florida has remained "America's Beachhead of Freedom."

"Byron Donalds Introduces Resolution Calling for Focus on Nuclear Energy," by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—While the world has searched for new ways to create clean sources of energy, we have seen the rise of companies like Tesla, the introduction of windmills, and the usage of hydroelectric power, such as the technology used in Hoover Dam. A growing number of people believe that the only ways to produce energy are fossil fuels and natural gas, wind, solar, electric, and hydroelectric. However, possibly the most underutilized source of energy is one that is clean and effective is nuclear energy.

"Nikki Fried Defends Suspended State Attorney Andrew Warren," by The Floridian's Jim McCool—After Governor DeSantis (R-FL) announced the suspension of Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren, gubernatorial candidate Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried (D-FL) came out in defense of the embattled prosecutor.

"Makki Accuses Luna of Not Voting for DeSantis in 2018," by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—After Governor DeSantis (R-FL) announced the suspension of Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren, gubernatorial candidate Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried (D-FL) came out in defense of the embattled prosecutor.

"Laura Loomer Maintains Ilhan Omar is a 'Jihadist' who Supports ISIS," by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—In an interview with The Floridian, conservative journalist and Florida Congressional candidate Laura Loomerdoubled-down on her assertion that Rep. Ilhan Omar is supportive of the ISIS terror groupand is a "jihadist."

"Historic Inflation Continues to hit Everyday Americans," —OPINION

"Demings Champions Anti-Terror Bill," by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich

"Scott Announces Bipartisan Bill Combating Fentanyl," by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—The introduction of Fentanyl to America – primarily through drug trafficking via the southern border – is one of the greatest crises the nation is facing today. It seems as though everyone has heard a horror story in which the extremely addictive, and more importantly, fatal substance has crept into their community one way or another. On Wednesday, Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) announced bipartisan legislation looking to reduce the infiltration of the opioid to the country.

"Chet Stokes Smears DeSantis Endorsed 'Angel Mom' Kiyan Michael," by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Kiyan Michael (R), an "Angel Mom "who has recently been endorsed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in the State House District 16 race, is being antagonized for her past membership with the Democrat party by her Republican primary opponent, Chet Stokes.

"Rubio Called 'Driving Force' for Veterans Burn pit Care," by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

"DeSantis Team Calls for Voters to 'Reject COVID Theater' by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

"Democrat Supervisor of Elections Appears to Violate DeSantis Election Integrity Law," by The Floridian's Jim McCool and Javier Manjarres—Since the 2020 presidential election, election integrity has become a paramount issue for conservative voters across the nation. Now, the Broward County Supervisor of Elections is under fire for allegedly violating Florida's election integrity laws.

"DeSantis Announces Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Program," by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

"Fried Says Florida Voters Want 'Pro-Choice Governor' by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—With Kansas voters resoundingly voting to protect abortion rights in the state, Florida Democrats are championing the vote and welcoming the same surge to Florida. The upcoming midterm election will host several high-profile races in Florida, and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) responded to the Kansas vote by saying that “Voters in Florida want a pro-choice governor.”

"Rubio Introduces Bill Easing Federal Funding Applications for Religious Charities," by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

 

 

 

The JUICE is squeezed by Javier Manjarres, Jim McCool, and Daniel Molina

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist and Publisher of Floridianpress.com, Hispolitica.com, shark-tank.com, and Texaspolitics.com He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming, and biking. Javier is also a political consultant and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Follow on Twitter: @JavManjarres Email him at [email protected]

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