Music Icon David Crosby Dead at 81: 'His Legacy Will Continue to Live On'
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David Crosby, a founding member of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, has died. The singer/songwriter and guitarist was 81.

Melissa Etheridge, who had a baby with Crosby via sperm donation, took to social media on Thursday to honor the late fellow musician.

“I am grieving the loss of my friend and Bailey’s biological father, David. He gave me the gift of family. I will forever be grateful to him, Django, and Jan. His music and legacy will inspire many generations to come. A true treasure,” Etheridge wrote on Instagram, alongside an image of the pair.

Crosby’s wife, Jan Dance, shared a statement with Variety on Thursday, confirming his death: “It is with great sadness after a long illness, that our beloved David (Croz) Crosby has passed away. He was lovingly surrounded by his wife and soulmate Jan and son Django.”

The statement continued: “Although he is no longer here with us, his humanity and kind soul will continue to guide and inspire us. His legacy will continue to live on through his legendary music. Peace, love, and harmony to all who knew David and those he touched. We will miss him dearly. At this time, we respectfully and kindly ask for privacy as we grieve and try to deal with our profound loss. Thank you for the love and prayers.”

Crosby’s band mate, Graham Nash, shared a statement with Fox News Digital following his death. “It is with profound sadness that I learned that my friend David Crosby has passed. I know people tend to focus on how volatile our relationship has been at times, but what has always mattered to David and me more than anything was the pure joy of the music we created together, the sound we discovered with one another, and the deep friendship we shared over all these many long years.”

Nash’s statement continued: “David was fearless in life and in music. He leaves behind a tremendous void as far as sheer personality and talent in this world. He spoke his mind, his heart, and his passion through his beautiful music and leaves an incredible legacy. These are the things that matter most. My heart is truly with his wife, Jan, his son, Django, and all of the people he has touched in this world.”

Crosby was first inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 as a member of The Byrds. He was inducted a second time in 1997 as a member of Crosby, Stills & Nash.

In the late ’60s, Crosby co-founded the rock super group Crosby, Stills & Nash. The group initially consisted of Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash.

The band later added member Neil Young, which led the group to change their name to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

Crosby wed Dance in 1987.

He is survived by his five children. A son, whom he shared via sperm donation with Etheridge, Beckett Cypher, died after an opioid addiction in 2020 at the age of 21.

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  • Beto says:

    He was an asshole.

  • Lowdown Lou says:

    He died an angry liberal, even more sad!

  • L E says:

    People like to talk about “legacy.” But legacy means nothing in the grand scheme of time and eternity. Liberals pine so hard to have a “legacy” left behind since they have nothing else. The only “legacy” you leave behind is what God determines is not wood, hay, and stubble. As a believer, did you contribute meaningfully to the Kingdom of God? Anything else is just roughage. Crosby was not saved. Nothing he contributed on this earth amounted to anything worth noting for eternal purposes. He (his spirit and soul) now lives on eternally in darkness, separated from God’s presence. He has full realization that the one choice he made to deny Jesus as his Savior and Lord is the only decision that truly matters in this life. His death on this earth is truly sad for him.

  • Jake says:

    A fucking worthless, spineless shill for the pedophile powers that should not be, burn in hell you piece of shit!

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    “We have a waiting list of more than 200 patients from Israel and various parts of the world at any given time,” Stepansky said. “Due to the complexity of the production and the complexity of the treatment itself, only one patient a week enters the treatment, which is still being conducted as an experiment.”

    According to Prof. (emeritus) Yechezkel Barenholz, a world leader in oncology research and head of the membrane and liposome research lab at Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, the CAR-T technology is a major achievement that will make the diagnosis much easier and simpler and treatment possible.

    The CAR-T cell treatment was developed and produced by Hadassah in collaboration with Prof. Cyrille Cohen, head of the immunology and immunotherapy laboratory at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan.

    “We have evidence of a very positive overall response rate with minimal side effects, and they are mild,” Stepansky said. “These are dramatic results. This is a huge hope for patients with a disease that has not yet had a cure.”

    The experimental treatment will also be provided throughout the US in the coming months.

    What is the blood cancer known as multiple myeloma?

    Multiple myeloma is a type of cancer of the bone marrow, which is the spongy tissue at the center of some bones that produces the body’s blood cells. The disease was named multiple myeloma because cancer often affects several areas of the body, including the skull, pelvis, ribs and spine. Many times, it is suspected or diagnosed after a routine blood or urine test.

    At first, it may not produce any symptoms, but as it develops, myeloma causes a wide variety of problems, including chronic bone pain; weakness, shortness of breath and fatigue resulting from anemia; high levels of calcium in the blood that can trigger symptoms, including extreme thirst, stomach pain, needing to urinate frequently, confusion and constipation; weight loss, dizziness, blurred vision and headaches; repeated infections, bruising and unusual bleeding; weak bones that fracture easily; and kidney problems.

    The disease is more common in people over the age of 60. It is usually diagnosed after the age of 70 and rarely under the age of 40, in men more than women and in people with a family history of multiple myeloma

    The American company “Immix Bio has acquired a patent license, and we are about to open a clinical trial in the US,” Stepansky said. “The plan is to reach commercialization and FDA approval as a drug within a year.”

    The groundbreaking idea of using immune-system cells to fight cancer cells was born several decades ago at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot by Prof. Zelig Eshhar’s immunology department. The development and promotion of CAR-T treatments, whose function is to program the patient’s white blood cells by collecting healthy cells from the immune system, has since been led by Stepansky. As part of the treatment, a process is performed to isolate the T cells, which are the active cells in the immune system that can fight tumors by themselves.

    This is carried out by apheresis, which takes donated blood components and separates the red and white blood cells. The process takes two to four hours and is similar to a regular blood donation. The T cells are then engineered in the Hadassah laboratory, which was built especially for this purpose, according to the strictest international standards in clean rooms.

    In the next step, a genetic engineering procedure is performed by adding a virus along with a genetic segment that encodes a receptor against the cancer cells. Many engineered cells are then injected into the patient. Ultimately, the engineered T cells target the tumors and destroy the cancer.

    Until now, this treatment has been available only in China and the US for nearly $400,000 per patient treatment, and it is very limited in its availability.

    Only 20% of those who need to receive it in these countries actually get it,” Stepansky said. “With the development led by the researchers at our Danny Cunniff Leukemia Research Laboratory, we were able to reduce the price dramatically and make the treatment affordable and accessible.

    “Moreover, Hadassah developed a more sophisticated and advanced treatment than that offered in the world. As the first and only institution in Israel that develops, manufactures and delivers CAR-T treatment, Hadassah is actually leading the field that will enable the development of future treatments with CAR T cells for the benefit of patients with other types of cancer,” Stepansky said.

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    Apartment Building Partially Collapses in Iowa; 8 People Rescued



    Authorities have rescued eight people as search efforts continue after an apartment building in Davenport, Iowa, partially collapsed Sunday evening.

    First responders arrived on the scene around 5:00 p.m. local time Sunday to find that a large section of the six-story building had given way. Seven people were rescued immediately, and an eighth person trapped in the rubble was found overnight, Davenport Fire Chief Michael Carlsten said Monday morning, according to the Associated Press.

    Rescue teams with canines searched the building all night, and the fire chief said Monday that “No known individuals are trapped in that facility,” The Quad-City Times reported.

    Carlsten added that the rescue operation would soon “become a recovery operation” as there was no “credible evidence” of missing people. Authorities did not report any fatalities or say how many people were injured as of Monday morning, and it remains unclear what caused the section of the apartment building to suddenly collapse.

    After arriving on the scene, fire crews found a “large natural gas leak,” and water was also leaking from pipes that had broken. The gas and water lines were shut off, but authorities remained concerned about the rest of the building’s structural integrity.

    “Even while we were on scene, we still had multiple secondary drops of debris coming from that structure,” Carlsten said. “We want to make sure all our responders can … process through in a safe manner, but we still want to get through there as quickly as possible.”

    Crews had been working on the exterior brick walls at the time of the collapse, and there were reports of falling bricks during the repair work last week, CBS News reported. The owner of the building had obtained a permit for the repair work. The county assessor’s office also said nearly 20 permits were filed last year for repair work on the building’s electrical and plumbing issues.

    Jennifer Smith, who owns a business in the building, complained about water leaking into her business and said that requests to fix the problem were ignored.

    “We call and report it and it’s always, ‘We’ll fix it, we’ll be there,’ and they don’t,” she told the Quad-City Times.

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    China Announces Plan to Land Astronauts on Moon



    China plans to complete a mission to land a person on the moon by 2030, a government official announced on Monday, in the highest-level confirmation of China’s ambitions for a crewed lunar landing.

    Chinese scientists have previously nodded at a 2030 goal in a less formal capacity; for example, the chief designer of China’s lunar exploration program said last month that a 2030 landing would be “no problem.”

    “We can clasp the moon in the ninth heaven,” Lin Xiqiang, the deputy director of China’s Manned Space Agency, said at a news conference on Monday, quoting a Mao Zedong poem.

    Mr. Lin said the moon landing project, part of the country’s broader Lunar Exploration Project — also known as the Chang’e Project, for the Chinese moon goddess — had “recently” been kick-started, though he did not offer specifics. The project would also seek to enable short-term stays on the lunar surface, as well as collect samples and conduct research, he said.

    The Monday announcement came at a news conference to mark the liftoff of three new astronauts on Tuesday to China’s new space station, which was completed late last year.

    A manned lunar landing would be a major milestone for China’s, and the world’s, space exploration: No human has been on the moon since the United States’ Apollo missions in the 1960s and ’70s. And it could mark a significant achievement for China in its burgeoning competition with the United States in space. China’s top leader, Xi Jinping, has said that the country should become a “great space power.”

    NASA has also announced a plan to put people — including the first woman and first person of color — on the moon again, with a target of 2025. But the Artemis program, as the plan is known, has faced delays. Both Beijing and Washington have also laid out goals of building a research station on the moon and landing people on Mars.

    Space has become another arena for U.S.-China tensions, with echoes of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. NASA’s administrator, Bill Nelson, has said that the United States should “watch out” for Chinese attempts to dominate the lunar surface and keep Americans out. A Pentagon report last year warned that China could overtake American capabilities in space by 2045.

    China’s space program has developed rapidly in recent years, while America’s has often been bogged down by conflicting priorities and changing administrations. China is the only country to have successfully landed on the moon in the 21st century, and in 2019 it also became the first to land a probe on the moon’s far side.

    While some have hoped that China and the United States could cooperate on space exploration even as geopolitical tensions rise, a provision in the U.S. law that finances NASA bans direct cooperation with the Chinese space agency or Chinese-owned companies. China has signaled that it will cooperate with Russia on space programs.

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    Four Suspects Arrested After Lululemon Robbery, Employees Fired for Calling Police



    Four men were arrested and charged after alledgedly stealing $7,000 worth of merchandise from a Georgia Lululemon store. Staff who were present during the robbery called police to report the crime, and were fired for doing so. The men were found and aprehended as a result of the call.

    Bayo Allen, 19, Quintavious Gooch, 19, Braylon Shivers, 20, and Nicholas Lynch, 26, were arrested two days after the April 24 robbery that was caught on camera, according to Fox 5 Atlanta. Shivers, Gooch, and Allen remain behind bars at Georgia’s Fayette County Jail.

    According to booking records, Allen and Gooch have been charged with “theft by shoplifting” and “theft by receiving stolen property.” They are both being held on a bond of nearly $15,000.

    Shivers was also charged with marijuana possession and is being held on a bond of nearly $17,000.

    Surveillance video of the April incident showed thieves grabbing armloads of the pricey athletic brand’s clothing from the Peachtree Corners store.

    The video was posted to Facebook last week by Jason Ferguson, husband of former assistant manager Jennifer Ferguson, who said she was fired from the store for calling the police on the masked, hooded thieves.

    “This was this group’s fifth (maybe close to 10th) time robbing the store with NO ACTION TAKEN by Lululemon to curb the robberies and keep the employees safe,” Jason Ferguson wrote in his post.

    Lululemon has a policy in their company handbook stating that employees will not interfere with robberies for their own safety. The employees were meant to scan a QR code after the theft, and to essentially brush it under the proverbial rug otherwise.

    23-year-old Rachel Rogers, who worked as a store associate, recorded the latest robbery and said that the Peachtree Corners store had been the target of the same group of thieves for weeks, stating that they would consistently rob the store around an hour before closing, snatching merchandise from store fixtures closest to the door, then flee in their getaway car.

    A spokesperson for Lululemon told investigators that four men who were wearing the same clothing had been responsible for robbing another Lululemon store in the Atlanta area the same week. It is unclear if the suspects have been charged in both robberies.

    Ferguson, a mother of four, was seen yelling for the group to leave the store in the video, as the thieves swiped leggings from a store fixture and an accomplice held the door open.

    The employees followed the group outside, not physically trying to stop them, and called the Gwinnett Police Department, whose officers were able to track down the red Subaru SUV used as a getaway car despite the suspects allegedly changing the license plate as they fled.

    Ferguson said that the police arrived to the scene quickly to gather statements and expressed concern that earlier robberies at the location had not been reported.

    He said that their report led to the suspects being arrested the next day, as they attempted to steal from another Lululemon store in Peachtree City.

    Ferguson and Rogers claim that they were fired for trying to stop the thieves and for “breaking employee handbook policy” of not interfering with a robbery.

    A spokesman for Lululemon said, “The safety and security of our employees and guests is always lululemon’s top priority, and we have policies and protocols in place to uphold a safe environment,” according to the Daily Mail.

    “We take thefts and vandalism very seriously and our focus right now is supporting our educators, as well as continuing to collaborate with local partners and law enforcement.’

    The women said that the company has a policy of reporting robberies internally instead of contacting law enforcement, despite the employee handbook asking staff to call 911 after the suspects have left the store.

    Jennifer Ferguson said: “We are not supposed to get in the way. You kind of clear path for whatever they’re going to do.”

    “And then, after it’s over, you scan a QR code. And that’s that. We’ve been told not to put it in any notes, because that might scare other people. We’re not supposed to call the police, not really supposed to talk about it.”

    Jennifer Ferguson and Rogers said they were fired for breaking a “zero tolerance policy.”

    “It wasn’t very clear. They didn’t give specific reasoning besides just saying they have a ‘no-tolerance policy,” Rogers said.

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    Navy SEAL Jocko Willink Shares Letter to the Fallen: ‘Thankful to Have Served Alongside You’



    Hey Brother,

    Just checking in. Looks like some of the other boys have come by today.

    Lots of flowers. Did you ever think you’d be getting a bunch of flowers from guys in the platoon? I sure didn’t.

    But here you go.

    They’ll look good for a little while anyway.

    Then they’ll wilt and brown. Then the gravekeeper will take them away.

    Nothing stays forever.

    I wish you could have stayed a little longer, though.

    I’d really like to see you smile again. Hear you laugh.

    Your laugh made other people laugh—me included.

    A little joy in the world.

    Joy that is now gone. I miss that.

    I miss you.

    But the world moves on. Time stops for no man.

    Look at me. Gray hair. Wrinkled skin.

    I will not squander a moment—not a breath, not a sunset, not a laugh. I will live to honor the gift you gave me.

    I’m the old guy we used to laugh about.

    Who’s laughing now?

    Even my kids are all grown up.

    They aren’t kids anymore. You’d be proud.

    Time goes quick.

    You taught me that.

    You taught me so much.

    I was angry at first—angry at you, angry at myself, angry at the world.

    I couldn’t understand why—why you?

    Why were you taken from this world? Taken from me?

    My anger grew—but it was all for me. Selfish.

    Eventually, the anger consumed itself.

    I realized my anger was unwarranted.

    Over time, it diminished.

    Instead, I became thankful.

    Thankful to have known you.

    Thankful to have spent time with you.

    Thankful to have served alongside you.

    Thankful to call you friend and brother.

    Thankful for this life you have given me.

    You won’t grow old so I can.

    Your dreams were lost so my dreams could be found.

    Your hopes were extinguished, so my hopes could be realized.

    Your future was cut short—so my future could flourish.

    In your death, you gave me life.

    I will live this life to the fullest.

    I promise:

    I will not squander a moment—not a breath, not a sunset, not a laugh.

    I will live to honor the gift you gave me.

    The life I owe to you.

    I will never forget.

    Until next time,

    Your Brother

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    ESPN Host Accused of ‘Bigotry’ After Transgender Athlete Stance



    ESPN broadcaster Sam Ponder came under fire on Sunday as her support for keeping women’s sports fair and equal was the subject of an opinion column from USA Today’s Nancy Armour.

    Ponder, and fellow ESPN colleague Sage Steele, have voiced their support for Riley Gaines, who has taken the reins to lead the calls for transgender athletes to participate in sports against the gender they were born as instead of the gender they identify as.

    Gaines has been at the forefront since she tied with Lia Thomas in the NCAA Championship in 2022.

    Recently, Ponder spoke about the issue again after Gaines tweeted the messages she received about transgender high school runners participating in the girls division in California.

    “I barely said anything publicly abt this issue & I’ve had so many ppl msg me, stop me in the street to say thank you+ tell me stories abt girls who are afraid to speak up for fear of lost employment/being called hateful. It is not hateful to demand fairness in sports for girls,” Ponder tweeted.

    However, Armour called Ponder’s words “plain old bigotry” in her column.

    “Don’t be fooled by the people who screech about ‘fairness’ to cloak their bigotry toward transgender girls and women, the transgender girls and women who have the audacity to want to play sports, in particular,” Armour started the column.

    “This is, and always was, about hate, fear and ignorance.”

    Armour particularly took issue with Ponder choosing to speak out about this issue rather than talk about how girls and women’s sports don’t have equitable funding with boys and men.

    “Did Ponder use her platform to express outrage at any of this? Urge her nearly half-million followers on Twitter to write or call their representatives and ask that women be given the funding and opportunities they rightfully deserve? Did she publicly participate in any of the many excellent documentaries, videos and commentary ESPN did to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Title IX last year? Or even Tweet about them?” Armor wrote.

    “No, she did not. Her public concern about ‘fairness’ for female athletes starts and stops with the miniscule number of transgender women who are participating in sports.”

    Armour accused Ponder of putting transgender people in further danger with her tweets “by further amplifying the bogeyman that cisgender women’s participation in sports is being threatened by transgender girls and young women.”

    Armour concluded that Ponder’s opinions have nothing to do with “fairness.”

    Earlier this month, a Washington Post-KFF poll showed that the majority of American adults believe gender is determined at birth and are against biological males competing in women’s sports.

    Sixty-six percent of American adults do not believe that biological males should be allowed to compete in women’s sports competitions at the high school level, while 34% support biological males competing against women.

    When it comes to college and professional sports, 65% of American adults don’t believe that biological males should be allowed to compete in women’s sports, while 34% in both categories were behind the idea.

    In youth sports, 62% of American adults did not believe biological males should be allowed to compete against biological girls, while 37% were behind allowing transgender girls to compete with biological girls.

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    Kohl’s Under Fire for LGBTQ Merchandise for Babies



    Amid a culture-war storm that has hit several American companies in recent weeks, including Bud Light and Target are now focusing on Kohl’s approach to the debate and putting the company’s marketing strategy under increased scrutiny.

    To commemorate “Pride Month” Kohl’s has released new LGBTQIA+ themed apparel for adults, children, and even babies.

    The Twitter account End Wokeness made the discovery and tweeted out a photo of a display in Kohl’s that was advertising pride clothing and accessories.

    Included in the display was some trans themed baby clothing that contained a dog with a trans flag and children waving LGBTQ flags on them.

    Alex Lorusso who goes by the Twitter handle ALX, confirmed the merchandise is in fact from Kohl’s and was able to find the merchandise on Kohl’s website.

    Kohl’s LGBTQIA+ section reads:

    We are committed to amplifying and affirming the voices
    of the LGBTQIA+ community, celebrating the joy that
    comes from living authentically and unapologetically not
    just this month, but all year long.

    Target has not removed all of its Pride-themed merchandise but has not yet said which specific items it will stop selling on its website and in its stores as they are still under review. The satanic-themed products were immediately removed, according to Reuters.

    In recent months, several major brands—including Adidas and Nike—have been hit by backlash after featuring trans models and influencers in their promotional campaigns.

    Bud Light, which offered a paid sponsorship deal to trans activist and social media influencer Dylan Mulvaney in early April, was the subject of a major boycott last month called by conservative customers who felt the company had betrayed its core values.

    Similar threats were made to Target, whose trans swimsuits—part of its Pride month’s clothing collection—became the object of massive controversy online. The anger of conservatives focused on a few items in the collection, including genderfluid and “tuck-friendly” swimsuits and a satanic-themed queer-friendly T-shirt.

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    Top Conservatives Slam McCarthy-Biden Agreement: ‘With Republicans Like These, Who Needs Democrats?’



    Many top conservatives slammed the bipartisan agreement reached between President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy over the weekend that is expected to prevent the U.S. from defaulting on its debt.

    While the details of the agreement are still being ironed out, and congressional leaders still have to convince their Members to vote for it, some on the top Republicans in Washington, D.C., are not happy with the agreement.

    “There are members of the GOP claiming Democrats got nothing from the ‘deal.’ Oh really? 1) An uncapped debt ceiling with an expiration date – worth approximately $4 trillion…? 2) basically no cuts – a freeze at bloated 2023 spending level?” Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX), a House Freedom Caucus member, tweeted. “ZERO claw back of the $1.2 Trillion ‘inflation reduction act’ crony giveaways to elite leftists for grid-destroying unreliable energy…? 4) 98% of the IRS expansion left fully in place…? 5) no work requirements for Medicaid? – & only age adjustments for TANF/SNAP…?”

    “No REINS act statutory requirement for congress to approve huge regulations – just an ‘administrative’ paygo that the administration will get to enforce? 7) No border security!! – & a deal allowing them to avoid policy riders in the fall… 8) more…” he added.

    Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) responded, “With Republicans like these, who needs Democrats?”

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) echoed Lee’s tweet, writing: “Fake conservatives agree to fake spending cuts. Deal will increase mandatory spending ~5%, increase military spending ~3%, and maintain current non-military discretionary spending at post-COVID levels. No real cuts to see here. Conservatives have been sold out once again!”

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) responded to the following quote from McCarthy: “Right now, the Democrats are very upset. The one thing [Hakeem Jeffries] told me, there is nothing in the bill for them – there is not one thing in the bill for Democrats.”

    “He’s right. There’s not ‘one thing’ for Dems. There are $4 trillion things—a blank check—for Democrats,” Cruz responded. “Plus 87,000 things: new IRS agents to harass Americans. All in exchange for eliminating virtually ALL of the House’s spending cuts.”

    Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) added, “This pretty much says it all. Democrats got everything they wanted with this bill and don’t have to defend their reckless spending prior to the 2024 election. It’s a win for them.”

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    READ: McCarthy Releases Full Text of Debt Ceiling Deal



    House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) released text of the bill to raise the debt ceiling limit until 2025 Sunday evening following his deal with President Biden over the weekend.

    Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said the U.S. government will hit the debt ceiling and run out of money to pay bills June 5. The bill that lawmakers must review and vote on, known as the Fiscal Responsibility Act, would boost defense spending and claw back unspent COVID aid relief funding.

    Read the bill’s full text, via DocumentCloud:

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    Five High-Profile Trump Supporters Who’ve Switched to DeSantis



    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has picked up support for his presidential campaign from what might at first appear an unlikely place: people who had worked for former President Trump’s campaign or administration or supported him.

    Multiple former Trump supporters are backing DeSantis’s challenge to Trump for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.

    Here are the most notable former Trumpers currently on Team DeSantis:

    Ken Cuccinelli

    Cuccinelli, a former senior Trump administration official who served as Homeland Security acting deputy secretary, has been among the most vocal and upfront former Trump supporters who have shifted to DeSantis.

    He launched the “Never Back Down” super PAC in March to urge DeSantis to run for president. He said at the time that he had been speaking to “many grassroots conservative activists” who wanted DeSantis to run.

    “Ron DeSantis doesn’t just talk, he acts, but most of all he never backs down,” Cuccinelli says in the video announcing the super PAC. “Gov. DeSantis, today I’m asking you to run for president. You’ve had our back, now we will have yours.”

    The super PAC has since launched ads attacking Trump and promoting DeSantis as the leader of the country’s future. One ad last month slammed Trump as a “gun-grabber” over comments that he has made in support of gun control legislation, while another tried to position DeSantis as the rightful successor to Trump.

    Cuccinelli is also reportedly part of “The Eight-Year Alliance,” a coalition of various former Trump officials supporting DeSantis.

    Steve Cortes

    Cortes served as a senior adviser to Trump’s 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns, but he now works as an adviser and surrogate for Never Back Down.

    He threw his support behind DeSantis earlier this month as “the best possible option to win the presidency” in 2024. He said in an op-ed in Newsweek that he did not arrive at his decision to support DeSantis lightly, having served as a spokesperson and adviser to Trump for much of the past seven years, but that the “America First movement” is bigger than any one individual.

    Cortes pointed to polls showing widespread dissatisfaction with the country’s direction and that voters do not want to see a rematch of the 2020 race between Trump and President Biden.

    He noted the 2018, 2020 and 2022 elections in which Republicans had disappointing performances with Trump as the GOP’s leader and argued “there is no substitute for victory.” DeSantis demonstrated his appeal, Cortes and other supporters say, in a landslide victory to be reelected as Florida’s governor by almost 20 points.

    Cortes also argued DeSantis has discipline and has demonstrated results in policy while avoiding the “chaos” of the Trump presidency.

    “Now it’s time to take that same approach for the nation. In Ron DeSantis, Republicans can rally to a fresh, vibrant, and optimistic agenda, one that includes electoral victory followed by disciplined and focused policy achievements,” he said.

    Chip Roy

    Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) became the first sitting member of Congress to endorse DeSantis for president in March, more than two months before DeSantis officially announced that he was running. Roy was one of a few House members to preemptively endorse DeSantis.

    Roy said in an email to his supporters that the next president “must be a vibrant and energetic leader with the faith, vision, and courage to chart a new course.”

    He previously supported Trump for reelection in the 2020 presidential election, and texts obtained by CNN revealed he sent messages to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows trying to help with Trump’s legal challenges to the election results.

    But Roy had a falling out with Trump following the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection, criticizing the former president for trying to pressure Republicans to reject the results.

    He said in his endorsement that DeSantis rejects “woke corporate America and higher education” and takes stances that are not politically correct. He added that the GOP needs a “new generation of leadership.”

    Thomas Massie

    Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) supported Trump during the 2020 election, but he and the former president have not always been on the best of terms in the past few years, and Massie endorsed DeSantis last month.

    Trump slammed Massie as a “third rate grandstander” and called for him to be kicked out of the Republican Party in 2020 over Massie’s opposition to the $2 trillion COVID-19 relief package that passed at the outset of the pandemic.

    Massie said during his 2022 reelection campaign that he expected Trump to stay out of his primary race, but Trump endorsed Massie as a “Conservative Warrior” and “first-rate Defender of the Constitution.”

    Massie became the second House Republican to preemptively endorse DeSantis for 2024, saying that DeSantis is a “proven energetic leader” who has fought for economic freedom, personal liberty, fiscal responsibility and limited government.

    “America needs a leader who is decisive, respects the Constitution, understands policy, puts family first, and leads by inspiring,” Massie said. “That’s why I’m endorsing Ron DeSantis for President.”

    Bob Good

    Never Back Down announced earlier this month that Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.) was endorsing DeSantis because he has demonstrated that he can produce “effective results for every man, woman, and child.” He said at the time that he expected DeSantis to win the presidency if he decided to run.

    “Courageous conservative leadership is what America needs to stand against the insanity of woke corporations, corrupt Washington politicians, and continued attacks on our faith, families, and freedoms,” he said.

    Good, who received an endorsement from Trump in his 2020 race and supported Trump’s reelection bid, said DeSantis has shown “strength in the face of adversity.”

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