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James Cameron, the Oscar-winning director of “Titanic,” said on Thursday that the OceanGates’ Titan submersible that imploded underwater did so because it was not constructed out of the proper materials.

Cameron, who is considered an expert at diving and submersibles, made the remarks during interviews with ABC News and The New York Times after officials announced that they had located the debris of the vessel on the ocean floor and the five passengers on board had all died.

“I’ve been down there many times. I know the [Titanic] wreck site very well,” Cameron said. “I’ve made 33 dives, and I actually calculated that I spent more time on the ship than the captain did back in the day.”

“As a submersible designer myself, I designed and built a sub to go to the deepest place in the ocean – three times deeper than Titanic,” he said. “So, I understand the engineering problems associated with building this type of vehicle and all the safety protocols that you have to go through.”

Cameron said that there have never been any fatalities in this type of underwater exploration in the past and that the Titan imploded because it was made out of carbon fiber, which is stronger and lighter than steel or aluminum but has “no strength in compression.”

Cameron said that the implosion, when an object collapses inward, would have been “an extremely violent event — like 10 cases of dynamite going off.”

Cameron said that deep submergence is a “mature art” and that all submersibles “except this one” undergo certification protocols to make sure the vessels are safe for passengers.

“This is a mature art, and many people in the community were very concerned about this sub. And a number of the top players in the deep submergence engineering community even wrote letters to the company, saying that what they were doing was too experimental to carry passengers, and that it needed to be certified,” he said. “So, I’m struck by the similarity of the Titanic disaster itself, where the captain was repeatedly warned about ice ahead of his ship, and yet he steamed at full speed into an ice field on a moonless night and many people died as a result.”

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Secret Service Blames Local Police: ‘We Were Not in Charge of Securing Properties Surrounding the Trump Rally’

The Secret Service blamed local police for failing to secure the rooftop from which gunman Thomas Matthew Crooks attempted to assassinate former President Donald Trump, insisting it was outside of the perimeter the federal agency was tasked with protecting.

Instead, securing and patrolling the factory grounds of AGR International Inc. — located about 130 yards from the stage where Trump was speaking Saturday — was the responsibility of local Pennsylvania police, Secret Service representative Anthony Gugliemi said, according the New York Times.

The Secret Service was only tasked with covering the grounds where Trump’s rally took place, with local police being recruited to assist with those efforts and secure the area outside of the rally.

But neighbors living near Butler Farm Show Grounds told The Post they were never visited by any law enforcement agencies — local or federal — in the days before or during the rally.

“Nobody contacted me. Nobody. Nobody called me, nobody stopped here,” said Valerie Fennell, whose home backs up on the fair grounds and is just beyond a stand of trees from AGR.

“I kinda was thinking that as close as my house is, that I honestly thought this might be part of a command station at some point,” she said.

And it wasn’t just Fennell who wasn’t contacted by law enforcement — she said her entire neighborhood was bafflingly left alone despite their proximity to the rally grounds.

“I was talking to my neighbors yesterday, and none of them had gotten a call. Or anything,” she said, while her sister, Debra, agreed.

“I guess it’s kind of the same question that everybody has. I guess, as far as like, why that area wasn’t secure.”

The lapses also apparently continued into the rally.

Attendees reported seeing 20-year-old Thomas Crooks acting suspiciously near rally metal detectors, according to CNN, with local law enforcement being notified and broadcasting warnings over their radios to the Secret Service to be on the lookout for him.

He was also reportedly seen with a rifle outside of a security checkpoint to gain entrance into the rally, and later spotted jumping “roof to roof” before settling on the AGR factory.

Police apparently failed to locate him while those alerts were out, before finally responding to reports of an armed man on top of the AGR roof.

Around 6:10 p.m., a local police officer climbed a ladder onto the roof and came face to face with Crooks, who who was pointing his rifle at him, law enforcement sources told the Associated Press.

The officer backed down the ladder, and in those moments Crooks took aim and fired about eight bullets on the rally. He struck Trump in the ear, and fatally struck bystander Corey Comperatore in the audience, and gravely wounded two others in the crowd.

Within moments, Secret Service snipers stationed on a barn rooftop behind the stage fatally shot Crooks. Snipers appeared to have their sights trained in the direction of Crooks before they opened fire on him, though it is unclear whether they had seen him.

The Secret Service confirmed it leaned on local law enforcement to help run security at the event, telling the Washington Post it is common practice to depend on local agencies for support.

In addition to leaving the grounds outside the rally perimeter under the purview of local police, at least six officers from Butler County tactical units filled out the Secret Service’s counter assault team — the heavily armed agents who covered Trump’s evacuation — which only included two members of the Secret Service itself.

The Secret Service’s two sniper teams were backed up by two local sniper teams.

Pennsylvania police confirmed they assisted the Secret Service and regularly do when high profile government officials come to town, but that the federal agency ultimately runs the show.

“Secret Service always has the lead on securing something like this,” Lieutenant Colonel George Bivens of the Pennsylvania State Police told reporters.

“We work with them to provide whatever is requested by the Secret Service, but they’re the lead in that security,” he said.

Calls for an investigation into the Secret Service and what allowed Crooks to come within an inch of assassinating Trump have begun, with House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky) announcing plans Service Director Kimberly Cheatle for a July 22 hearing.

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Trump Recounts Surviving Assassination Attempt at Rally: ‘I’m Supposed to Be Dead’

A grateful and at times defiant Donald Trump told The Post Sunday he’s “supposed to be dead” as he recalled the harrowing moment a would-be assassin shot him at a Pennsylvania campaign rally.

The former president shared the “very surreal experience” that nearly ended his life during an interview aboard his private plane en route to Milwaukee for the GOP National Convention.

“The doctor at the hospital said he never saw anything like this, he called it a miracle,” said Trump, who was sporting a loose, large white bandage that covered his right ear. His staff insisted that no photos be taken.

“I’m not supposed to be here, I’m supposed to be dead,” Trump said. “I’m supposed to be dead.”

He said he would be if he had not turned his head slightly to the right to read a chart on illegal immigrants. At that instant, what would have been a kill shot instead tore off a small piece of his ear and splattered blood on his forehead and cheek.

Trump said that as Secret Service agents led him off stage, he still wanted to continue speaking to supporters, but the agents told him it wasn’t safe and they had to get him to a hospital.

He marveled at how the agents came flying in like they were “linebackers” as soon as the shooting started and he unbuttoned his white long sleeve shirt to show a large bruise on his right forearm.

He also cleared up a mystery about his shoes. On the video of the shooting and aftermath, as the burly agents tried to rush him off the stage for safety, he can be heard saying, “Wait, I want to get my shoes.”

As he explained in the interview, “The agents hit me so hard that my shoes fell off, and my shoes are tight,” he said with a smile.

He commended the Secret Service personnel for their heroic actions and praised them for gunning down the shooter, who was perched on a roof about 130 yards from the stage where Trump was speaking.

“They took him out with one shot right between the eyes,” the former president said as he pointed to the bridge of his nose.

“They did a fantastic job,” he added. “It’s surreal for all of us.”

Trump also addressed the incredible photo of him raising his fist and saying “Fight” three times as the agents tried to get him off stage and into an armored SUV.

“A lot of people say it’s the most iconic photo they’ve ever seen,” Trump said. “They’re right and I didn’t die. Usually you have to die to have an iconic picture.”

He added,“I just wanted to keep speaking, but I just got shot.”

The doctor at the local hospital, which has a trauma center, told him he’s never seen anyone survive getting hit by an AR-15, Trump recalled.

“By luck or by God, many people are saying it’s by God I’m still here,” he said.

One man at the rally was shot and killed, and two were wounded. Asked if he had given any thought to attending the funeral of Corey Comperatore, the firefighter who died shielding his family from the killer’s gunfire, Trump said yes.

Then, turning to aides standing behind him, he said, “Get the numbers, I want to go the hospital and call all the families.”

Trump also praised the crowd at the rally, which he put at 55,000 people, for remaining calm.

“A lot of places, especially soccer games, you hear a single shot, everybody runs. Here there were many shots and they stayed.”

He added: “I love them. They are such great people.”

GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina spent much of the flight talking to Trump and found his optimism “unbelievable.”

“He feels like he has a new lease on life,” Graham said.

There’s already some proof of that, as Trump related that his brush with death had changed his mind about the speech he will give Thursday to accept his party’s nomination for the third consecutive time.

“I had all prepared an extremely tough speech, really good, all about the corrupt, horrible administration,” he said, then suddenly added: “But I threw it away.”

He said a new speech was in the works because “I want to try to unite our country.” Folding his arms, he added “but I don’t know if that’s possible. People are very divided.”

Was it a matter of tone, I asked, or were there policy changes he had in mind?

The policy differences, he suggested, are the stumbling block. “Some people want open borders, some don’t. Some want men to be able to play on women’s sport teams, and others don’t.”

Still, he said he remains convinced that success will unite the country, though he didn’t otherwise define what that success would entail.

He said he appreciated the call from President Biden, calling it “fine” and said Biden was “very nice.”

He suggested, without offering specifics, that the campaign between them could be more civil from now on.

He also said that “we hear” that Biden will order the Department of Justice to drop its two prosecutions of Trump. So far, there’s no public sign of that.

The interview, which included Byron York of the Washington Examiner, lasted more than 30 minutes and concluded as the plane sat on the tarmac after landing in Milwaukee.

At one point, a video of the shooting flashed on a large TV screen over my shoulder, which was tuned to CBS News and facing Trump.

Watching him as he watched the big screen, I could see he was riveted, and he said this was the first time he had watched the 2-minute segment.

More than once he shook his head, as if disturbed by seeing how close he came to death.

Regarding the campaign, he is confident he’s on a path to victory. When I mentioned how the gambling odds had shifted overnight in his favor, he knew the numbers, saying he was given an 85 percent probability of victory by one oddsmaker.

He asked York and me what we thought would be more important to voters in the long run: Biden’s collapse at their first debate, or the assassination attempt.

He didn’t give his own opinion, but acknowledged that the debate was continuing to divide Dems about whether Biden should be the nominee, and that Saturday’s shooting would almost certainly compound the swing in his favor as voters absorbed it.

All true, but I believe there is still a need for him to close the sale with many people who remain immune to his appeal. Those who have tuned him out have missed the ways in which he has run a far more disciplined campaign than his first two.

He has been especially careful about trying to curb the power of the abortion issue, which Dems see as one of their prime advantages since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade.

In response, Trump has said he will not support legislation imposing a national ban and changed the GOP platform to reflect his belief that, whatever limits voters in each state decide, there should be exceptions for rape, incest and the health of the mother.

Trump also was smart in the last two weeks as Dems tore into Biden after the debate disaster. Instead of interjecting himself, he wisely stayed on the sideline, following the ancient adage that when your opponent is committing suicide, get out of the way.

And yet, the polls have remained stubbornly close, with some surveys actually giving Biden a small lead nationally.

Oddly, that makes Trump’s aim to give a unifying speech Thursday all the more essential. Because of the assassination attempt, many voters will be watching to see how it affected him.

He won’t get a better chance to show them that he wants to be part of the solution and help close the horrible polarization that threatens to destroy our nation.

One speech, of course, won’t bring a miracle, but if he follows through on his instinct to make this the start of a new, more civil and smarter campaign, he’ll pull off a two-fer.

It would help him in his quest to recapture the White House, and also help put our great but troubled America back on track for a glorious future.

Maybe this is why you were spared, Mr. President.

Go for it.

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AP Reports: Shooter Pointed Rifle at Local Officer Before Firing at Trump During Rally

Former President Donald Trump called for unity and resilience Sunday after an attempt on his life added fresh uncertainty to an already tumultuous presidential campaign and raised sharp questions about how a gunman was able to open fire from a rooftop near a Pennsylvania campaign rally.

A full day after the shooting, the gunman’s motive was still a mystery, and investigators said they believe he acted alone. President Joe Biden ordered an independent security review of the attack, which left one bystander dead and two others critically wounded. The FBI was investigating the shooting as a potential act of domestic terrorism.

The attack shook the firmament of the American political system, causing a reassessment and a detente — at least temporarily — of the heated 2024 presidential campaign that has grown increasingly vicious.

Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, said the upper part of his right ear was pierced by a bullet. His aides said he was in “great spirits” and doing well, and he headed to Milwaukee to the Republican National Convention that begins Monday.

“I knew immediately that something was wrong in that I heard a whizzing sound, shots, and immediately felt the bullet ripping through the skin,” he wrote on his social media site. “Much bleeding took place.”

In a subsequent social post Sunday, Trump said: “In this moment, it is more important than ever that we stand United, and show our True Character as Americans, remaining Strong and Determined, and not allowing Evil to Win.”

The rallygoer who was killed was identified as Corey Comperatore, a former fire chief from the area, according to Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro, who added that Comperatore “died a hero.”

“His wife shared with me that he dove on his family to protect them,” Shapiro said. He declined to discuss the condition of two others who were wounded.

Biden, meanwhile, spoke briefly with Trump and was to address the nation Sunday evening. The president said the country would continue to debate and disagree, but stressed: “We must unite as one nation to demonstrate who we are.”

FBI investigates shooting as possible domestic terrorism

The FBI identified the gunman as Thomas Matthew Crooks, 20, of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, which is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from the scene of the shooting.

The gunman had his father’s AR-style rifle and was perched atop a nearby roof when some rallygoers pointed him out to local law enforcement, said two law enforcement officials who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing criminal probe.

A local law enforcement officer climbed to the roof and found Crooks, who pointed the rifle at the officer. The officer then retreated down the ladder, and the gunman quickly fired toward Trump, the officials said. That’s when U.S. Secret Service gunmen shot him, the officials said.

Questions abounded about how the gunman could have gotten so close in the first place. Kevin Rojek, the agent in charge of the FBI’s Pittsburgh field office, said “it is surprising” that the gunman was able to open fire on the stage before the Secret Service killed him.

Bomb-making materials were found inside both Crooks’ vehicle and at his home. FBI described the devices as “rudimentary.”

His motive remained unclear. Crooks wasn’t on the FBI’s radar, and he was believed to have acted alone. Investigators are combing through his social media feeds and his home, but so far have not found any threatening writing or posts. His family is cooperating.

Crooks’ political leanings were also not clear. Records show Crooks was registered as a Republican voter in Pennsylvania, but federal campaign finance reports also show he gave $15 to a progressive political action committee on Jan. 20, 2021, the day President Joe Biden was sworn in as president.

The absence of a clear ideological motive added to the deepening questions about the shooting, denying the public any swift or tidy conclusions about the shocking crime.

Biden urged Americans to stay patient. “I urge everyone — everyone, please, don’t make assumptions about his motives or his affiliations,” he said.

Most serious assassination attempt since 1981

The attack was the most serious attempt to kill a president or presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan was shot in 1981. It drew new attention to concerns about political violence in a deeply polarized U.S. less than four months before the presidential election.

FBI Deputy Director Paul Abbate said agents are seeing increasingly violent rhetoric online since the rally and have seen people posing online as the shooter, who is dead.

“We’re also focused on the continuing efforts — which were already substantial, given that they’re national security special events — to conventions in Chicago, in Milwaukee,” he said.

Biden on Sunday ordered a security review of operations for the Republican National Convention, which is proceeding as planned. The Secret Service said they were “confident” in the security plan for the RNC, and no additional changes were planned.

Trump flew to New Jersey after visiting a local Pennsylvania hospital, landing shortly after midnight in Newark. Video posted by an aide showed the former president leaving his private jet flanked by Secret Service agents and heavily armed members of the agency’s counterassault team, an unusually visible show of force by his protective detail.

Biden, who is running against Trump, said the two men had a “short but good” conversation Saturday night. Biden cut short a weekend at his beach home in Rehobeth Beach, Delaware, to return to Washington, where he said during an address Sunday afternoon that “there is no place in America for this kind of violence.”

“We cannot allow this to happen,” Biden said.

Yet many Republicans quickly blamed the violence on Biden and his allies, arguing that sustained attacks on Trump as a threat to democracy have created a toxic environment. They pointed in particular to a comment Biden made to donors on July 8, saying “it’s time to put Trump in the bullseye.”

A person familiar with those remarks said the president was trying to make the point that Trump had gotten away with a light public schedule after last month’s debate while the president himself faced intense scrutiny from many even within his own party. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity to more freely discuss private conversations.

In the donor call, Biden said: “I have one job and that’s to beat Donald Trump … I’m absolutely certain I’m the best person to be able to do that.”

Biden continued then: “So, we’re done talking about the debate. It’s time to put Trump in the bullseye. He’s gotten away with doing nothing for the last 10 days except ride around in his golf cart, bragging about scores he didn’t score … Anyway I won’t get into his golf game.”

But it’s not clear yet whether Biden will be forced to recalibrate a campaign that’s largely focused on Trump as a threat to democracy. It is a situation the U.S. has not seen since Teddy Roosevelt was shot a month before the election in 1912 while campaigning trying to regain the White House as a third-party candidate.

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WATCH: Trump Shooter Featured in 2023 BlackRock Ad

Thomas Matthew Crooks, the 20-year-old gunman who shot and injured former President Donald Trump at a Pennsylvania rally, briefly appeared in an advertisement for BlackRock Inc., the company said on Sunday.

Crooks was one of several students who appeared in the background of the 2022 ad and was unpaid, BlackRock, the world’s largest money manager, said in a statement.

The ad was filmed at Bethel Park High School, where Crooks graduated in 2022, and featured a teacher, the company said.

The company did not describe the content of the ad but said footage will be made available to the authorities and that it will be removed from circulation. It also condemned the attack on Saturday that left one attendee dead and two others critically wounded.

“The assassination attempt on former President Trump is abhorrent. We’re thankful former President Trump wasn’t seriously injured, and thinking about all the innocent bystanders and victims of this awful act, especially the person who was killed,” the statement said.

BlackRock reports earnings on Monday. The company has in the past come under scrutiny after shootings in the US because some of its index funds own shares in gunmakers.

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Trump Rewrites RNC Speech After Shooting, Says He Wants to ‘Bring the Country Together’

Former President Donald Trump has completely rewritten his convention speech in light of the assassination attempt against him on Saturday and will call on Thursday for a new effort at national unity.

In an exclusive interview with the Washington Examiner a day after being hit by a sniper’s bullet, Trump said he wanted to take advantage of a historic moment and draw the country together.

“The speech I was going to give on Thursday was going to be a humdinger,” he said, “Had this not happened, this would’ve been one of the most incredible speeches” aimed mostly at the policies of President Joe Biden. “Honestly, it’s going to be a whole different speech now.”

He has switched, he said, from planning to excite his voter base to one that demonstrates his belief that the attack on him at a rally in Pennsylvania had changed the election campaign entirely. Both Republicans and Democrats have acknowledged this in the aftermath of Saturday’s shocking incident.

Trump said people all across the country from different walks of life and different political views have called him, and he noted that he was saved from death because he turned from the crowd to look at a screen showing data he was using in his speech.

“That reality is just setting in,” he said. “I rarely look away from the crowd. Had I not done that in that moment, well, we would not be talking today, would we?”

Talking as he boarded his plane in Bedminster, New Jersey, for Milwaukee, where the Republican National Convention starts Monday and lasts through Thursday, Trump said his speech will meet the moment that history demands. “It is a chance to bring the country together. I was given that chance.”

Early Sunday morning, Trump posted on Truth social that it was “God alone who prevented the unthinkable from happening” and that he would “fear not.” Again, in talking to the Washington Examiner, he invoked “God” for his deliverance.

“This is a chance to bring the whole country, even the whole world, together. The speech will be a lot different, a lot different than it would’ve been two days ago,” he said.

The Washington Examiner’s interview with Trump had been due to take place on his airplane on the return flight from the rally to Bedminster. That arrangement put this reporter just feet from Trump when he was shot.

Trump hailed Corey Comperatore, the former fire chief who was shot and killed at the rally, and two other supporters, David Dutch and James Copenhaver, who were wounded and are recovering at a local hospital in stable condition.

Trump said his decision to raise his hand when the Secret Service was leading him off stage was to let the people there know he was OK, “And that America goes on, we go forward, that we are strong,” he said.

The photograph of him holding his fist in the air, blood streaming across his face as the agents surrounded him, has already become the iconic image of the 2024 election.

If he speaks in Milwaukee of uniting the country, it would echo President Ronald Reagan, who, in 1981, projected strength as he, too, recovered from wounds — far graver than Trump’s — inflicted by a would-be assassin in Washington, D.C.

Trump said when he stood up and saw the crowd had not moved, he needed to tell them that he and the country were going to be OK. “The energy coming from the people there in that moment, they just stood there; it’s hard to describe what that felt like, but I knew the world was looking. I knew that history would judge this, and I knew I had to let them know we are OK.”

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Full List of Expected Speakers at the Republican National Convention

Donald Trump’s kids Don Jr., Eric and daughter-in-law Lara are all set to speak at this year’s Republican National Convention, which kicks off Monday, according to the speaker list released Saturday. The trio will be joined by Don Jr.’s fiancée Kimberly Guilfoyle, as well as celebrity guests like conservative commentator Tucker Carlson, model and rapper Amber Rose and UFC CEO Dana White. Both Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump are not listed as speakers for this year’s event, despite having addressed the RNC crowds in 2016 and 2020.

House GOP leaders will be among those in attendance. That includes Speaker Mike Johnson, Majority Leader Steve Scalise and Majority Whip Tom Emmer as well as Reps. Elise Stefanik, Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Minority Whip John Thune, Republican Conference Chairman John Barrasso and Nikki Haley are notably absent from the speaker lineup.

Other high-profile political speakers on the lineup include Sen. Katie Britt, who delivered this year’s Republican response to the State of the Union in a widely mocked rebuttal; potential Republican VP candidates Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen J.D. Vance and Gov. Doug Burgum; and former Republican primary candidates Gov. Ron DeSantis, Vivek Ramaswamy and Sen. Tim Scott.

The RNC will also welcome speeches from Senate candidate Kari Lake, Sen. Ted Cruz, Rep. Byron Donalds, Rep. Nancy Mace, former White House doctor Rep. Ronny Jackson, Kellyanne Conway, Dr. Ben Carson, New Gingrich, former WWE head Vince McMahon’s wife Linda McMahon and Gov. Kristi Noem, who became infamous after trumpeting that she had once shot and killed a dog.

Additional speakers include so-called “everyday Americans” such as Michael Morin, the brother of Rachel Morin, a Maryland mother of five who was killed while jogging in August, and Anne Fundner, whose son died after he took fentanyl-laced pills. Shabbos Kestenbaum, a recent Harvard graduate who sued the school for failing to protect Jewish students from discrimination, is also slated to appear.

This year’s convention will be held at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from July 15-18, this Monday through Thursday. Over 50,000 people are expected to attend the four-day event which will conclude after the 2,400 delegates officially designate Trump and his running mate, who has not yet been announced, to the party’s ticket. Both candidates will also address attendees.

Donald Trump is expected to accept the party’s nomination on the final night of the convention, and his vice presidential candidate, who will speak on Wednesday, is expected to be announced Monday.

Each night of the convention is themed. Monday night’s theme is “Make America Wealthy Again” and will center on how “President Trump’s America First economic policies slashed cumbersome regulations, cut tax rates, and reworked trade deals to create a fairer playing field for American industry and workers.”

Tuesday’s theme is “Make America Safe Once Again.” The night’s focus will be on crime rates in cities that the campaign has described as “hollowed out, dystopian nightmares.”

Wednesday will be “Make America Strong Once Again” night before the convention concludes with “Make America Great Once Again” on Thursday.

The full list of keynote speakers and headliners is below.

Family:

  • Donald Trump Jr.
  • Eric Trump
  • Co-Chairman Lara Trump
  • Kimberly Guilfoyle

Entertainers, Celebrities, & Industry Leaders:

  • Matt Brooks, CEO of the Republican Jewish Coalition
  • Tucker Carlson, Television Host
  • Savannah Chrisley, TV Personality and Criminal Justice Reform Advocate
  • Franklin Graham, Renowned Faith Leader
  • Lee Greenwood, Country Music Star
  • Alina Habba, Trump Campaign Senior Advisor
  • Diane Hendricks, Owner of ABC Supply
  • Tom Homan, Former Acting ICE Director
  • Chris Janson, Country Music Star
  • Perry Johnson, Businessman
  • Charlie Kirk, CEO of TPUSA
  • Sean O’Brien, President of TEAMSTERS
  • Vivek Ramaswamy, Businessman
  • Amber Rose, Rapper & Influencer
  • David Sacks, CEO of Yammer
  • Bob Unanue, CEO of Goya Foods
  • Dana White, CEO of UFC
  • Steven and Zach Witkoff, Businessman

RNC Leadership:

  • RNC Chairman Michael Whatley
  • COA Chairwoman Anne Hathaway
  • Host Committee Chairman Reince Priebus

GOP Officials & Candidates:

  • U.S. Senator Katie Britt (R-AL)
  • U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR)
  • U.S. Senator Rick Scott (R-FL)
  • U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
  • U.S. Senator Eric Schmitt (R-MO)
  • U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), NRSC Chairman
  • U.S. Senator JD Vance (R-OH)
  • U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC)
  • U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
  • U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)
  • U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI)
  • U.S. Senate Candidate Kari Lake (R-AZ)
  • U.S. Senate Candidate Jim Banks (R-IN)
  • U.S. Senate Candidate Mike Rogers (R-MI)
  • U.S. Senate Candidate Tim Sheehy (R-MT)
  • U.S. Senate Candidate Sam Brown (R- NV)
  • U.S. Senate Candidate Bernie Moreno (R-OH)
  • U.S. Senate Candidate Dave McCormick (R-PA)
  • U.S. Senate Candidate Hung Cao (R-VA)
  • U.S. Senate Candidate Eric Hovde (R-WI)
  • U.S. Senate Candidate Gov. Jim Justice (WV) & Babydog
  • U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson (LA-4)
  • U.S. House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (LA-1)
  • U.S. House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (MN-6)
  • U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (NC-9), NRCC Chairman
  • U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY-21), House GOP Conference Chair
  • U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL-1)
  • U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz (FL-6)
  • U.S. Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (FL-13)
  • U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds (FL-19)
  • U.S. Rep. Brian Mast (FL-21)
  • U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA-14)
  • U.S. Rep. John James (MI-10)
  • U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (NJ-2)
  • U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace (SC-1)
  • U.S. Rep. Ronny Jackson (TX-13)
  • U.S. Rep. Monica De La Cruz (TX-15)
  • U.S. Rep. Wesley Hunt (TX-38)
  • Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R-AR)
  • Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL)
  • Gov. Doug Burgum (R-ND)
  • Gov. Kristi Noem (R-SD)
  • Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX)
  • Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R-VA)
  • Attorney General Brenna Bird (R-IA)
  • Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson (R-NC)
  • Mayor Eric Johnson, Mayor of Dallas & Former Democrat
  • Mayor Trent Conaway, Mayor East Palestine, Ohio
  • Dr. Ben Carson, Former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • Kellyanne Conway, Former Counselor to President Donald J. Trump
  • Ric Grenell, Former Acting Director of National Intelligence
  • Peter Navarro, Former Director of United States Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy
  • Mike Pompeo, Former U.S. Secretary of State
  • Linda McMahon, Former U.S. Administrator of SBA
  • Newt Gingrich, Former U.S House Speaker
  • Lee Zeldin, Former U.S. Rep. (NY-1)
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WATCH: Biden Oval Office Address on Trump Assassination Attempt

President Biden addressed the nation from the Oval Office on Sunday night, saying the attempted assassination of former President Trump is forcing Americans to “take a step back” and calling on all sides to “lower the temperature in our politics.”

“My fellow Americans, I want to speak to you tonight about the need for us to lower the temperature in our politics,” Biden said. “Do remember, while we may disagree, we are not enemies. We’re neighbors, we’re friends, coworkers, citizens, and most importantly, we are fellow Americans. We must stand together.”

The attempted assassination of Trump “calls on all of us to take a step back, take stock of where we are,” he added.

Biden said he was “grateful” that Trump is “doing well” and said he is keeping “him and his family in our prayers.” He also extended “our deepest condolences” to the family of Corey Comperatore, who was fatally shot as he shielded his wife and daughters from the bullets.

The president linked several incidents of recent political violence to the attempt on Trump, pointing to the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021; the attack on former Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband; an attempted plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020; and the “intimidation of election officials.”

“There is no place in America for this kind of violence or for any violence, ever, period. No exceptions,” Biden said.

The president stressed that “disagreement is inevitable in American democracy” and “part of human nature,” but incidents like the shooting on Saturday cannot be “normalized.”

“Politics must never be a literal battlefield,” Biden said, “God forbid – a killing field.”

Trump was hit as multiple shots were fired toward the stage from an elevated position near the outdoor venue where he was holding a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, on Saturday. The bullet pierced the upper part of his right ear before the former president was rushed from the stage by Secret Service agents.

The would-be assassin was identified as 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks, who was killed by a Secret Service sniper soon after he opened fire.

But Crooks killed one spectator: Comperatore, a former fire chief in Buffalo Township, Pennsylvania.

Authorities say two other people were critically injured in the attack and the FBI is investigating the shooting as an assassination attempt.

“Tonight I want to speak to what we do know: A former president was shot. An American citizen killed simply exercising his freedom to support the candidate of his choosing,” Biden continued. “We cannot, we must not, go down this road in America.”

Biden said politics should be an “arena for peaceful debate to pursue justice, to make decisions guided by the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution.”

“We stand for an America not of extremism and fury but of decency and grace,” Biden said. “All of us now face a time of testing as [the] election approaches. The higher the stakes, the more fervent the passions become.”

Biden pointed to the start of the Republican National Convention on Monday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

“I’ve no doubt they’ll criticize my record and offer their own vision for this country,” Biden said. “I’ll be traveling this week, making the case for our record and the vision, my vision, for the country, our vision. I’ll continue to speak out strongly for our democracy, stand up for our Constitution and the rule of law, to call for action at the ballot box, [not] violence on our streets. That’s how democracy should work.”

Biden said the parties need to “resolve our differences at the ballot box” and called for Americans to “get out of our silos.”

“Let’s remember here in America, our unity is the most elusive of all goals right now,” he said. “Nothing is more important for us now than standing together. We can do this.”

Biden urged Americans to “never lose sight of who we are.”

The Oval Office address was Biden’s second opportunity to speak about the Trump assassination attempt on Sunday. Earlier in the day, he said he talked with Trump on Saturday night and the rivals “had a short but good conversation.”

Biden, during his afternoon remarks from the Roosevelt Room at the White House, vowed to ensure the U.S. Secret Service provides Trump with “every resource, capability and protective measure necessary to ensure his continued safety.”

Biden also said he has “directed the head of the Secret Service to review all security measures for all security measures for the Republican National Convention, which is scheduled to start tomorrow.”

Biden said he is “directing an independent review of the security at yesterday’s rally to assess exactly what happened, and we’ll share the results of that independent review with the American people as well.”

The Biden campaign on Saturday night announced it would pause all outbound communications and pull down their campaign ads targeting Trump. The campaign was in the middle of a $50 million ad blitz this month, with spots running in all the key battleground states.

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READ: Bill Ackman Endorses Trump

Bill Ackman:

I am going to formally endorse @realDonaldTrump . I came to this decision some time ago as many @X followers have already understood from my supportive posts of Trump and my criticisms of @POTUS Biden.

The reason why I have not yet formally done so is that I want to explain my thinking in detail and address the arguments put forth by others against Trump. I want to make the case thoughtfully and convincingly.

Today, when one announces an intention to support Trump, Biden supporters who know me tend to assume that I have lost it. I assure you that I have made this decision carefully, rationally, and by relying on as much empirical data as possible.

It will take a long-form post to explain my thinking. I might even break my own record. I just haven’t had the time nor felt the urgency to write the post as we are still a few months from the election.

I am explaining my conclusion now in response to many questions I have received on the topic so that I am formally on the record.

You of course don’t need to care about my opinion so feel free not to read my post when it appears. That said, I believe the upcoming presidential election is one of the most consequential elections in my lifetime so I am taking the proper time to articulate observations that I will share widely and for which I assume an important responsibility.

I have had the benefit of spending a few hours recently with President Trump so I will have some first hand observations to share.

As always, I respect everyone’s right to form and share their own views on this important topic.

Please keep an open mind on the upcoming presidential election. Bear in mind that your views on Trump have likely been dramatically affected if you have sourced your info on Trump from mainstream media or friends or family who have relied on mainstream media as a source of knowledge.

We have all recently learned in the starkest manner (the debate) how we cannot rely on the MSM as our source of truth on the ultimate political question.

Remember, media organizations are like sports teams that run plays chosen by their owners and executed by the coaches they hire. They are not unbiased arbiters of the truth.

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Trump’s Odds of Winning 2024 Election Skyrocket After Attempted Assassination

Donald Trump’s chances of winning the presidential election in November soared following the horrifying assassination attempt.

The former president, 78, survived the attempt on his life when the bullet missed him by less than an inch on Saturday afternoon, at a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania.

A bloodied Trump pumped his fist after being shot in the ear creating a powerful image that saw his odds of winning the election skyrocket.

An hour before the shooting, Trump’s odds was 59 cents on the dollar to win the presidency on PredictIt, a New Zealand based online prediction market.

Shortly after the attack his chances jumped to 66 cents to the dollar and have remained there while Biden’s sunk to 22 cents.

‘From memory, Reagan went up 22 points in the polls after his assassination attempt. The election is likely to be a landslide. This probably reduces uncertainty,’ Nick Ferres, chief investment officer at Vantage Point Asset Management told Reuters.

On Polymarket, a platform that allows users to make cryptocurrency bets, Trump’s odds of winning increased to 70 percent.

While the price of bitcoin rose to nearly $60,000 per bitcoin on Saturday, according to Fortune.

Biden’s odds are at just 16 percent of winning on Polymarket.

The 78-year-old was dragged off stage by Secret Service with blood covering his face and then pumped his fist and shouted ‘fight, fight, fight’ after the gunfire rang out in front of thousands of MAGA fans.

The gunman and a member of the crowd were killed and two others were taken to hospital in a critical condition after the shooting.

The suspect fired at least eight shots from the roof where his body and an AR-style rifle were later recovered.

Trump confirmed he was hit in a statement from hospital hours after the terrifying scene unfolded.

Images of a defiant Trump have rallied the GOP base and lead to major endorsements from Elon Musk and Bill Ackman.

‘I fully endorse President Trump and hope for his rapid recovery,’ Musk said on X.

‘Last time America had a candidate this tough was Theodore Roosevelt.’

‘I am going to formally endorse Donald Trump,’ Ackman said. ‘I assure you that I have made this decision carefully, rationally, and by relying on as much empirical data as possible.’

‘I believe the upcoming presidential election is one of the most consequential elections in my lifetime.’

Dave Portnoy insisted ‘bad a**’ Donald Trump will coast to victory in this year’s presidential election after he survived the assassination attempt.

The Barstool Sports chief posted on X: ‘I just landed and missed an assignation (sic) attempt. Holy s***. What a bad a** reaction from Trump. The election is over. He’s the next president. The Dems should give up. They can’t beat him now.

‘Also can we quit with the hate on both sides. This country is ripping apart. Let the voters decide. Just cause you vote on 1 side or the other doesn’t make you satan.’

Portnoy also posted a picture of Trump on his feet with his fist in the air just moments after the shooting. He wrote: ‘The election is over.’

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FBI Identifies Trump Rally Shooter as 20-Year-Old Thomas Matthew Crooks

The gunman who attempted to assassinate former President Donald Trump Saturday was identified as 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks, sources told The Post.

Crooks, of Bethel Park, Pa., squeezed off at least five to seven shots — one of which grazed Trump in the ear — at an outdoor rally in Butler, just outside Pittsburgh, according to law enforcement sources.

Sources said Crooks crawled on the roof of a manufacturing plant more than 130 yards away from the stage at Butler Farm Show grounds.

He was killed by Secret Service snipers.

Authorities recovered an AR-style semi-automatic rifle from the scene. He was also wearing a shirt for a popular gun YouTube channel called Demolition Ranch.

The rifle Crooks used in the attempted assassination was purchased by his father, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Investigators later found explosive devices in Crooks’ car, which was parked not far from the grounds where the rally took place.

As of Sunday afternoon, the authorities had not shared a possible motive for the attack.

Crooks’ father, Matthew Crooks, declined to speak to CNN on Saturday night and said he needed to figure out “what the hell is going on.”

Bethel Park is a village 40 miles south of where the Butler rally was held.

According to state voter status records, Crooks was a registered Republican.

The shooter made one singular $15 donation to the liberal ActBlue political action committee on January 20, 2021 — Biden’s Inauguration Day, the Intercept reported.

At the time of the donation, Crooks was 17-years-old. He registered to vote upon turning 18 in September of that same year as a member of the GOP, records show.

Crooks was a member of the 2022 graduating class at Bethel Park High School, the school district confirmed Sunday morning.

Video shows him walking across a stage to accept his diploma.

He also received a $500 National Math and Science Initative Star Award during his graduating year, TribLive reported.

Why Crooks fired on the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is unclear.

Early Sunday the FBI officially confirmed the Post’s reporting, calling Crooks the “subject involved” in the attack on Trump.

The streets around Crooks’ house were blocked off by police.

A neighbor told The Post he saw an Allegheny County bomb squad preparing to enter the home shortly after 1 a.m.

“I saw a post of his name and that he lived in Bethel Park, so I looked him up and he lives .3 miles away,” Dan Maloney, 30, said regarding shooter Thomas Crooks.

“I went down there and spoke to the county bomb squad at 1:06 a.m. He said he was about to go into the house.

I didn’t know the guy. No one in this neighborhood really talks to each other.

“It’s a tragedy. One person died, another is in the hospital. He went after a former president and likely the next president.”

This article was updated.

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Trump Supporter Killed in Shooting Identified as Married Ex-Fire Chief Who Shielded His Family from Bullets

The member of the crowd killed in the assassination attempt on Donald Trump at his Pennsylvania rally has been identified.

Corey Comperatore, the retired fire chief of Buffalo Township, was sitting behind the former president shot and killed by gunman 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks.

The 50-year-old died a hero as his family revealed he was shielding his young daughter and wife from the gunfire when he was killed.

Members of the audience frantically tried to save the father’s life in the bleachers in Butler after Crooks opened fire from a rooftop 130 yards away.

Family members paid tribute Comperatore who was well-known in the community.

His sister wrote on Facebook: ‘The PA Trump Rally claimed the life of my brother, Corey Comperatore.

‘The hatred for one man took the life of the one man we loved the most. He was a hero who shielded his daughters.

‘His wife and girls just lived through the unthinkable and unimaginable. My baby brother just turned 50 and had so much life left to experience.

‘Hatred has no limits and love has no bounds. Pray for my sister-in-law, nieces, my mother, sister, me and his nieces and nephews as this feels like a terrible nightmare but we know it is our painful reality.’

His daughter Allyson wrote on social media: ‘He died a real-life super hero.’

‘They are not going to tell you how quickly he threw my mom and I to the ground. They are not going to tell you that he shielded my body from the bullet that came at us.’

‘He loved his family. He truly loved us enough to take a bullet for us,’ she continued in the emotional tribute.

An emergency room doctor at Donald Trump’s rally revealed how he performed CPR on Comperatore, after he was hit by a bullet intended for the former president.

‘I heard the shots. I thought it was firecrackers begin with. Somebody over there was screaming ‘he’s been shot he’s been shot,” said the man who had blood splattered all over his white USA shirt. ‘So I made my way over. I said I’m an emergency department physician. Let me help you.’

‘The guy had spun around was jammed between the benches and a head shot here,’ he told CBS News.

‘So I got him together so I got people there really helpful. I did CPR chest compressions as well.’

Trump was shot in the right ear by a Thomas Matthew Crooks, 20, from a roof 130 yards from the MAGA event in Butler, Pennsylvania.

He briefly bent down, then stood up, pumped his fist and chanted ‘fight, fight, fight’ as Secret Service rushed him off stage and into a motorcade.

Crooks is a registered Republican who also donated money to President Biden in 2023. He graduated from high school in 2022.

He opened fire at the former president with an AR-style rifle from a roof 130 yards from the rally stage in Butler, Pennsylvania, on Saturday at 6.15 pm.

Images of Crooks wearing glasses, braces, and an American flag t-shirt in a yearbook headshots emerged on Sunday morning, hours after he tried to take out the presumptive Republican nominee and killed a member of the rally crowd.

Crooks’ uncle Mark Crooks told DailyMail.com he hadn’t seen the gunman or his parents in years, and described them as ‘very private.’

‘I haven’t seen that part of my family in years,’ he said. ‘Honestly it’s been so long I don’t think much about them.;

‘It’s a shame. The kid is like a stranger to me. They’re private and they don’t reach out to anybody any time.’

Bethel Park School District – where Crooks was a student until two years ago – verified his graduation and vowed full cooperation with investigators.

Records show he donated to a group who backed President Joe Biden on the day of the inauguration in 2020.

A resident near to where Crooks lived, who wanted to remain anonymous, confirmed the identity of the gunman to DailyMail.com.

Members of the community where Crooks is believed to have lived with his parents were swarmed by police and Secret Service on Sunday morning.

Those who spoke to DailyMail.com said the family were quiet and kept to themselves.

Trump put out a statement on Truth Social Saturday night confirming he was struck by a bullet, while thanking the Secret Service and law enforcement for their ‘rapid response on the shooting that just took place in Butler, Pennsylvania.’

The former president also confirmed that one rally-goer was killed and another was ‘badly injured.’

‘Most importantly, I want to extend my condolences to the family of the person at the Rally who was killed, and also to the family of another person that was badly injured.’

‘It is incredible that such an act can take place in our Country. Nothing is known at this time about the shooter, who is now dead. I was shot with a bullet that pierced the upper part of my right ear,’ said the former president.

‘I knew immediately that something was wrong in that I heard a whizzing sound, shots, and immediately felt the bullet ripping through the skin. Much bleeding took place, so I realized then what was happening. GOD BLESS AMERICA!’

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House Launches ‘Full Investigation’ Into Trump Rally Shooting

House Republican leaders said Saturday they will hold a hearing with the U.S. Secret Service and other federal law enforcement officials after former President Trump was shot in the ear at a rally in Pennsylvania.

The Secret Service said the shooter and one rally attendee are dead, with two more spectators critically injured, Axios’ Sophia Cai and Erin Doherty reported.

“US Secret Service quickly responded with protective measures and the former president is safe and being evaluated,” the agency said in a statement shortly after the shooting.

“There are many questions and Americans demand answers,” Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), chair of the Oversight Committee, said in a statement.

“I have already contacted the Secret Service for a briefing and am also calling on Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle to appear for a hearing. The Oversight Committee will send a formal invitation soon,” he said.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) said in a post on X that the House will “conduct a full investigation” into the shooting.

Comer sent Cheatle a letter requesting she appear at a hearing on July 22.

Johnson said in his post that “other appropriate officials from DHS and the FBI” will be asked to appear before Congress as well.

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Melania Trump Breaks Silence on Donald’s Attempted Assassination

Melania Trump has broken her silence on the shooting of her husband Donald Trump by a would-be assassin and the horror when she realized her and son Barron’s life were on the brink of ‘devastating change’.

The former first lady called the gunman a ‘monster’ and described the moment she watched the bullet strike her husband’s ear at a Pennsylvania rally in front of thousands of his adoring fans.

‘A monster who recognized my husband as an inhuman political machine attempted to ring out Donald’s passion – his laughter, ingenuity, love of music, and inspiration,’ Melania said in an emotional statement on X on Sunday morning.

‘When I watched that violent bullet strike my husband, Donald, I realized my life, and Barron’s life, were on the brink of devastating change. I am grateful to the brave secret service agents and law enforcement officials who risked their own lives to protect my husband.’

The former first lady called for people to ‘reunite’ and said she is thinking of her fellow Americans.

‘This morning, ascend above the hate, the vitriol, and the simple-minded ideas that ignite violence,’ her statement continued.

‘The winds of change have arrived. For those of you who cry in support, I thank you. I commend those of you who have reached out beyond the political divide – thank you for remembering that every single politician is a man or a woman with a loving family.’

The former first lady has stayed off the campaign trail so far as her husband mounts his bid for a second term in the White House, but she is set to attend the Republican National Convention this week in Milwaukee, WI.

The couple share an 18-year-old son Barron. He made his debut at a Trump rally earlier in the week in Doral, FL.

The Trump family has received an outpouring of support and prayers from officials across the political spectrum and public officials around the world following the shooting.

Thomas Matthew Crooks, the 20-year-old gunman, has been pictured for the first time on Sunday morning – time just hours after he was shot and killed by Secret Service.

The registered Republican and 2022 high school graduate opened fire at the former president with an AR-style rifle from a roof 130 yards from the rally stage in Butler, Pennsylvania, on Saturday at 6.15pm.

Images of Crooks wearing glasses, braces, and an American flag t-shirt in a yearbook headshots emerged on Sunday morning, hours after he tried to take out the presumptive Republican nominee and killed a member of the rally crowd.

In unprecedented scenes of terror, Trump suddenly grabbed his ear and dropped to the ground as gunshots rang out and send the crowd into a frenzy.

Moments later, he got up and raised his fist and shouted ‘fight, fight, fight’ as the Secret Service escorted him to a motorcade and then to hospital.

Last night a bomb squad and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were at an address registered to Crooks as cops stood guard in front of yellow police caution tape.

A member of the crowd was killed in the deadly shooting, while two others who were wounded are in a critical condition. All three are males, according to law enforcement officials.

Trump was left bloodied and hurt during the assassination attempt as he was seen to suddenly grab hold of his ear as loud bangs rang out and whizzed by before he ducked to the floor.

The Secret Service swarmed around the 45th US President as piercing screams were heard from the MAGA crowd.

He then got to his feet with blood pouring down his cheek and raised his fist in the air and defiantly shouted ‘fight’ while the audience shouted ‘USA’ as he was dragged off stage and bundled into a vehicle.

Mr Rojek said they had not identified a motive for what he a called ‘an assassination attempt on our former president’.

According to Pennsylvania’s public court records, Crooks had no criminal history and officials claimed they are still working towards identifying a motive behind the shooting.

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Rep. Ronny Jackson: My Nephew Was Shot During Trump Rally Assassination Attempt

Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX) said Saturday evening that his nephew was injured during the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump earlier in the day at a political rally in Pennsylvania.

Jackson, who made the remarks during a Fox News interview, said: “My nephew was at the event tonight, and they were in the friends and family pen, and they heard the shots and everybody dropped to the ground.”

“He was grazed in the neck, a bullet crossed his neck, cut his neck, and he was bleeding,” he said.

“This is my nephew, they were there, I’d set them up, they went to the rally.”

He said that they were seated to the president’s “right, down a little bit lower, on left on the screen, but to the president’s right, in the line of fire.”

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Stephen King’s Trump Shooting Comment Sparks Outrage

Author Stephen King has sparked outrage after posting a comment about the Donald Trump shooting on Saturday.

A gunman opened fire on a Trump rally near Butler, in Pennsylvania, on Saturday, injuring the former president and killing one attendee and leaving two others seriously wounded, according to a Secret Service spokesperson.

Alluding to the weapon used in the incident, King posted: “An AR-15 style semiautomatic rifle was used in the Butler shooting. These are the guns the Republican Party—and Trump—want to protect.”

One user commented: “For a fiction writer, Stephen King knows little about this subject. Stay your fictional lane.”

The post has already had more than 780,000 views.

The bestselling writer, known for his horror novels and outspoken political views, has previously shared his thoughts on Trump’s influence on American politics.

He has been vocal about his disapproval of decisions made by the Supreme Court relating to the former president, and called out several justices for allegedly considering Trump to be “above the law”.

“Trump’s cronies are planning what amounts to a fascist state, and the Supreme Court is clearing the way for them. This should concern conservatives as well as liberals,” King posted on X earlier in July.

King has been a vocal critic of Trump for some time. In 2016, he was one of 450 writers to sign an open letter slamming the Republican’s candidacy, and he has regularly criticized the politician on X. However, the renowned author’s latest comment regarding the gun used in the Trump alleged assassination attempt at a Pennsylvania rally on Saturday has led to strong reactions on social media.

“You and the hateful rhetoric you spread every day contributed to what happened yesterday. You are part of the problem in this country,” blasted one user underneath King’s comment.

Another responded to King’s post saying: “The ignorance contained in this post disqualifies you from further participation in public discourse on this matter. The right of free speech enables you to continue. And the ignorance of your audience empowers you. God help us all.”

Another X user commented: “Guns themselves don’t kill. People with guns do. And crossbows, knives, stones, candle holders, even books.”

While another said simply: “Sit this one out, Mr. King. You’re out of your element here.”

AnthonyScudier4 posted: “Four people Shot… One Dead, two in critical condition, and Stephen’s humanity sees this and thinks, ‘I can make this into a great political point on X and it should get a Lot of Impressions.’ That’s a VERY Dark, Dark soul…!”

Another user commented: “What is wrong with you? Your first post about the shooting it to…. blame TRUMP and the Republican Party!!”

Former Right Side Broadcasting Network writer Ashley Muñoz @RedLady2024 commented below the author’s post, saying: “A RIFLE DIDN’T SHOOT TRUMP, A HUMAN DID. Let’s focus on the criminal, not their device. Typical liberal idiocy shines brightly, from you.”

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TRUMP SURVIVES ASSASSINATION

THE NEWS

Former President Donald Trump was injured but survived an assassination attempt Saturday in which a gunman was shot dead and a Trump supporter was killed, at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania. Two other rally attendees were critically injured.

TIMELINE

The shooting took place shortly after Trump had taken the stage in Butler, a city roughly 30 miles north of PIttsburgh. Here’s a timeline of what took place:

6:03 p.m. EDT Trump takes stage

  • Trump took to the stage to “God Bless the USA,” the Lee Greenwood track that plays at the beginning of each of his campaign events.
  • The former president stood on stage waving to the crowd until the song concluded at 6:05 p.m.

6:11 p.m. Shots ring out

  • Trump was speaking about the rise in border crossings under Biden’s watch when several gun shots rang out.
  • Trump was gesturing to a graphic on a video board showing a spike in border crossings in recent years, saying, “That chart’s a couple of months old. If you want to really see something that’s sad, take a look at what happened–.” At that point, shots rang out and Trump grabbed at his ear and neck area before dropping below the lectern.
  • Secret Service agents stormed the stage as more gunfire could be heard. Agents could be heard saying, “get down, get down, get down,” as attendees screamed.

6:12 p.m.: Trump escorted off stage

  • Law enforcement on stage could be heard through the microphone at the lectern giving instructions. “Hold, hold,” one officer said. “On you. Ready, move! Go,” another said.
  • Moments later, officers helped Trump to his feet and escorted him off stage. The former president was surrounded by agents. He had a bloody ear and blood smeared on his face and fist pumped to the crowd as agents took him away.

6:14 p.m. Trump motorcade departs

  • Trump’s motorcade departed the rally venue within minutes of shots ringing out.

6:42 p.m.: Secret Service and Trump campaign say Trump is safe

  • A spokesperson for the U.S. Secret Service issued a statement confirming “an incident” took place at the rally and that the former president “is safe.” Within minutes, the Trump campaign issued a statement of its own saying Trump “is fine and is being checked out at a local medical facility.”

7:24 p.m. Law enforcement confirms fatalities

  • The Butler County District Attorney told The Associated Press that the suspected shooter was dead and one rally attendee had been killed in the gunfire.

TRUMP STATEMENT

Donald Trump: ‘I was shot with a bullet that pierced the upper part of my right ear. I knew immediately that something was wrong in that I heard a whizzing sound, shots, and immediately felt the bullet ripping through the skin. Much bleeding took place, so I realized then what was happening,’ the former president wrote on his Truth Social account.

THE SHOOTER

The gunman who attempted to assassinate former President Donald Trump Saturday was identified as 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks, sources told The Post.

The shooter who fired at least eight shots at Donald Trump and injured him is dead, with a rallygoer also killed in Saturday’s appalling bloodbath.

Butler County District Attorney Richard Goldinger confirmed the two deaths after the atrocity at a Trump rally at Butler Farm Show Grounds in Butler, Pennsylvania.

The Secret Service’s counter sniper team took out the shooter. They said the male shooter began firing from an elevated position outside the rally grounds before being killed. Two other people were critically-injured by the gunfire.

Images on social media show the dead gunman laying on top of a beige building about 300 feet north of the stage where Trump was standing when he was shot.

The gunman opened fire from AGR International, a plastic container manufacturing facility.

Unverified video circulating on social media showed a body – that appeared to be clad in camo gear – lying on top of a beige-colored building outside the farm grounds.

Trump was mid-sentence, saying ‘Take a look at what happened’ when the shots began to ring out shortly before 6pm ET, with terrified screams filling the air as he and onlookers dived to the ground.

EYEWITNESS

Witnesses desperately tried to warn police that a rifle-toting sniper was crawling on a roof moments before gunfire erupted at the Trump rally Saturday.

“You could clearly see him with a rifle,” the man, wearing a MAGA 2020 hat, told BBC News.

“We’re pointing at him. The police are down there running around on the ground.

“We’re like, ‘Hey, man, this guy on the roof with a rifle.’ And the police were like, ‘Huh?’ They didn’t know what was going on.”

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

  • Joe Biden: I have been briefed on the shooting at Donald Trump’s rally in Pennsylvania.  I’m grateful to hear that he’s safe and doing well. I’m praying for him and his family and for all those who were at the rally, as we await further information. Jill and I are grateful to the Secret Service for getting him to safety. There’s no place for this kind of violence in America. We must unite as one nation to condemn it.
  • Barack Obama: There is absolutely no place for political violence in our democracy. Although we don’t yet know exactly what happened, we should all be relieved that former President Trump wasn’t seriously hurt, and use this moment to recommit ourselves to civility and respect in our politics. Michelle and I are wishing him a quick recovery.
  • Bill Clinton: Violence has no place in America, especially in our political process. Hillary and I are thankful that President Trump is safe, heartbroken for all those affected by the attack at today’s rally in Pennsylvania, and grateful for the swift action of the U.S. Secret Service.
  • Elon Musk: I fully endorse President Trump and hope for his rapid recovery

MEDIA REACTION

Liberal media downplayed the assassination attempt against Trump.

  • CNN: Secret Service rushes Trump off stage after he falls at rally
  • CNN Analyst: “Donald Trump and the people around him perceive themselves to be under threat…and that is not legitimate”
  • Washington Post: Trump escorted away after loud noises at Pa. rally
  • New York Times: Trump Rushed Off Stage After Chaos at Rally
  • MSNBC: Secret Service: Donald Trump safe after popping sounds heard at rally

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Israeli Strike on Gaza Targets, Likely Kills, Hamas Leader Mohammad Deif

A massive Israeli airstrike in Gaza Saturday targeted the Hamas commander considered the mastermind of the horrific Oct. 7 attacks that left 1,200 Israelis dead and triggered the war.

Israel Defense Forces dropped five 2,000-pound bombs on a fenced-off compound where Muhammad Deif, the commander of Hamas’s military wing, and Rafa’a Salameh, the commander of Hamas’s Khan Younis Brigade, were holed up, according to multiple reports.

The military was still waiting for intelligence to confirm whether Deif, leader of the group’s notorious Qassam Brigades, and Salameh were killed in the strike. While some reports said that Deif was seriously injured and Salameh was killed, the Jerusalem Post, citing Israeli state broadcaster KAN, said there was a “high likelihood” that Deif was killed, but that confirmation was still “forthcoming.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to hold a press conference Saturday night in Jerusalem.

Deif is widely viewed as Hamas’ second-in-command in Gaza behind the supreme terror boss Yahya Sinwar. Long sought by the Israeli military, his death could derail cease-fire talks, but would also be seen as a major victory for Israel.

Witnesses said the strike landed inside the al-Mawasi refugee camp, an Israeli-designated safe zone located west of Khan Younis. Palestinians have been told to flee there to escape fighting in other parts of the war-torn enclave.

The huge bombs left an enormous crater filled with little but dust where the compound once stood, images on social media showed.

The IDF acknowledged the targeted compound was in a civilian area, but said it was not part of a camp for displaced Palestinians. The IDF, which released before-and-after images of the site that showed a fenced-off area, said no Israeli hostages were held at the location.

“The area that was struck is an open and forested area, with several buildings and sheds,” the military said.

In a statement, Hamas denied that Deif had been targeted in the strike and that it was an excuse to justify “the extent of the horrific massacre.”

Unverified reports from the Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza said at least 71 Palestinians were killed and 289 injured in the strike. Hamas figures do not distinguish between civilian and terrorist casualties and the group is known to hide high value targets in densely populated areas.

“Israel targeted October 7 mastermind Muhammed Deif, head of the Hamas military wing,” said Eylon Levy, a former Israeli government spokesman, on X Saturday. “If he was hiding among civilians in a makeshift camp, that shows how determined Hamas is to use civilians as human shields and sacrifices.”

Videos circulating on X showed Israelis breaking into celebration when news of the strike was announced.

Long before the current war, Deif was wanted by the Israeli military and became infamous for his ability to elude capture or assassination. In December, Israel placed a $100,000 bounty on his head, the Times of Israel reported.

In recent days, Israel received intelligence that there was the possibility it could take out Deif, but the opportunity to strike only emerged in real-time, one official told The Wall Street Journal.

The Saudi Al-Hadath news channel, citing unnamed sources, reported that Hamas is now investigating a “major internal breach” following Saturday’s attack, according to The Times of Israel.

Deif and Salameh relocated several times in recent weeks to avoid Israeli strikes, the sources said. Israel received intel for the strike from informants who knew about the locations of the terror group’s leaders, along with “second or third tier” Hamas officials who had been arrested and interrogated.

In May, the International Criminal Court said it was seeking arrest warrants for Deif along with Sinwar and other senior Hamas leaders, on war crimes charges committed during the Oct. 7 attacks.

The strike comes as U.S., Egyptian and Qatari mediators continue to work to narrow the distance between Israel and Hamas over a proposed deal for a three-phase cease-fire and hostage release plan in Gaza.

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry condemned Saturday’s strike and demanded that Israel “cease its attack on civilians,” TOI reported.

Family members of the Israeli hostages kidnapped on Oct. 7 fretted whether the strike on Hamas’ military leaders would kill the latest round of ceasefire talks.

“We’re all for settling the score with the Hamas murders, but not at the cost of our loved ones’ lives and our chances to get them home,” Einav Zangauker, whose son, Matan, is still in Hamas’ clutches, reportedly told Israel’s Channel 12.

“If [Hamas military wing commander] Muhammad Deif was eliminated with a hostage deal on the table, and Netanyahu doesn’t get up now and say he’s willing to take the deal, even at the price of ending the war, that means he’s given up on my Matan, and on the rest of the hostages.”

On Saturday, Netanyahu’s office said that there had been a standing order since the start of the war to kill Hamas’ senior leadership, although it did not mention Deif’s name, according to The Journal.

An Israeli official told the outlet that Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant had spoken with security officials to discuss the potential ramifications of the strike on the ceasefire talks before signing off on the attack.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Republican National Convention

The 2024 Republican National Convention starts its celebratory programming Monday as Republicans officially nominate President Trump for the third time and will spend four nights in Milwaukee, Wisconsin rallying support ahead of November’s election.

Where the action will take place

The main action for the quadrennial event will be held from July 15-18 at the Fiserv Forum, an arena that is the home of the Milwaukee Bucks professional basketball team. More than 50,000 people, including hundreds of journalists from around the world, are expected to attend.

There will be the usual convention tasks throughout the four days. Delegates, almost 2,400 of them, must approve a platform and formally designate the presidential ticket: Trump and his yet-to-be-named running mate. They’ll hear from both national candidates and a slew of others rallying support for Trump and taking aim at Democrats.

Who are the speakers?

The RNC has not yet released the full detailed schedule for the event, but several speakers have already been announced including Donald Trump Jr. who reportedly will occupy the speaking slot directly in front of his father.

Also speaking at the convention, Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, former First Lady Melania Trump, Teamsters President Sean O’Brien, UFC President Dana White, model Amber Rose, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, and Indiana Congressman Jim Banks.

There will also be several everyday Americans impacted by President Biden’s disastrous economic and border policies, in addition to skyrocketing crime, slated to speak.

Michael Morin, the brother of Rachel Morin, the Maryland mother of 5 who was brutally murdered by an illegal immigrant, will be speaking. Fraternity brothers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who went viral for saving the American flag at an anti-Israel protest are also expected to speak, among others.

Trump is expected to accept the nomination with a speech on July 18, the final night of the convention, and his vice presidential pick is expected to be announced by July 15. Trump’s VP will then address the convention on July 17.

How to watch

Fox News Media will present special live coverage of the 2024 Republican National Convention beginning Sunday, July 14th through Thursday, July 18th.

“Originating from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the network’s convention coverage will be available across all of FOX News Media’s platforms, including FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business Network (FBN), FOX News Audio, FOX News Digital and FOX Nation,” a press release said.

What are the themes?

“Make America Wealthy Again” is the theme for Monday’s program, which will focus on how “President Trump’s America First economic policies slashed cumbersome regulations, cut tax rates, and reworked trade deals to create a fairer playing field for American industry and workers.”

Tuesday’s theme will be “Make America Safe Once Again” where the focus will be on skyrocketing crime in many cities causing them to become what the campaign calls “hollowed out, dystopian nightmares thanks to Joe Biden and Democrats’ woke soft-on-crime and open border policies.

“Make America Strong Once Again” will highlight Trump’s foreign policy accomplishments and agenda as the theme for Wednesday.

On Thursday, the final day, the theme will be, “Make America Great Once Again.”

“President Donald J. Trump will usher in a new golden age for America. At home and abroad, America’s standing will be restored,” the campaign says.

“American families will once again experience prosperity, safety, and strength. Our decaying and decrepit cities and communities will experience a resurgence. Americans will once again have reason to harbor hope and optimism for the future of our country. President Trump will Make America Great Once Again!”

What’s happening with the party platform?

The Republican Party’s platform, a formal statement of policy positions, was approved by its platform committee and released on Monday. It is expected to be approved on the first day of the national convention next week.

The 16-page platform embraces Trump’s position that the issue of abortion is to be determined by individual U.S. states. It makes no mention of a federal ban or protecting a fetus as a person under the U.S. Constitution – tenets that have been included in past platforms and were demanded by a cadre of influential evangelicals.

The platform, which is not binding, also pledges that Trump and Republicans will build a missile defense shield over the United States, carry out “the largest deportation in American history” of people in the country illegally, make permanent Trump’s signature tax cuts and pass “large tax cuts for workers.” It says they will demolish foreign drug cartels, protect Medicare and Social Security benefits, and support public funds being used for private school tuition.

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LIST: Dems Who Could Replace Biden on the Ticket

Speculation is swirling around President Biden’s political fate — and over who might replace him on the Democratic ticket this fall should he decide to drop out of the race.

Biden has insisted he’s in it to win it, and Vice President Harris would have the inside track on becoming the party’s standard-bearer, but Democratic concerns are growing that his candidacy could cost them the White House and House majority this fall.

Though a highly anticipated Thursday evening press conference after the NATO summit in Washington, D.C., was seen as a better performance for Biden than in recent weeks, the president still stumbled at several points with multiple notable gaffes.

The number of sitting lawmakers calling on the president to withdraw has grown since, and scrutiny is rising on the Democrats who could replace him on the ticket.

Here’s a look at the leading contenders:

Vice President Harris

Harris is widely seen as the heir apparent should Biden decide to step down, given she’s naturally next in line for the presidency.

Harris’s candidacy would be history-making as the first Black woman or South Asian woman to be chosen as a major party’s presidential nominee.

Her experience offers Harris several major assets in making the case to Democrats why she could be the right choice.

She’s currently the vice president and is already familiar with handling key issues within the administration. She was tasked with tackling the U.S. southern border early on, and she’s been one of the most vocal voices on abortion access.

Harris sought the nomination in 2020 as a senator, and her experience as California attorney general could be useful in countering GOP attacks on crime, though she notably took hits on her record on criminal justice during the 2020 Democratic primary.

From a campaign finance perspective, she would be able to more easily access funds leftover from the Biden-Harris campaign compared to another candidate, a major structural advantage.

At the same time, Harris’s association with the Biden administration also means she would be the subject of Republican attacks on issues including inflation and the border.

The vice president has also been plagued with high rates of staff turnover, and polling thus far has not shown her with a significant edge over former President Trump in a hypothetical matchup.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Whitmer has been widely speculated to have 2028 aspirations, but a potential presidential move could come sooner depending on what Biden decides.

She flipped the governors’ mansion in the critical battleground state of Michigan in 2018. Even more impressive, Democrats were able to flip both chambers of the state legislature in 2022, delivering the party their first trifecta there in nearly four decades.

Democrats tasked her to give the Democratic response to Trump’s 2020 State of the Union address, a responsibility usually slotted to rising party stars. Having a woman who hails from an important swing state, particularly in the Midwest, would be a boon for Democrats at the presidential level.

While Whitmer has brushed off talking of replacing Biden, she’s notably been on a high-profile tour promoting her book “True Gretch: What I’ve Learned About Life, Leadership, and Everything in Between.”

California Gov. Gavin Newsom

Even before questions around Biden’s fate began swirling, Newsom was already widely seen as angling for the presidency.

He traded barbs with former GOP presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida, when DeSantis was still running a primary challenge against Trump and aired ads in the Sunshine State that suggested Floridians move to California.

He also agreed to a presidential-style televised debate against DeSantis that was hosted by Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

While Newsom has vocally been one of Biden’s most ardent supporters, including acting as a surrogate for him with his recent appearances in places including Michigan and New Hampshire, it’s also fueled even more speculation about his own presidential ambitions.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker

While Pritzker helms what’s been a reliably blue state in presidential years, he flipped the governors’ mansion back into Democratic hands with his defeat of Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) in 2018.

Pritzker, who has leaned into hot-button issues that resonate strongly with liberals, has also been seen as another loyal Biden surrogate, but one of his biggest assets that makes him appealing to Democrats is the fact that he’d be able to easily self-fund his own campaign with an estimated net worth of $3.5 billion.

Helming a state from the Midwest is also appealing for Democrats, though Illinois is a blue bastion compared to its neighbors.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear

Democrats have a habit of flirting with presidential candidates from purple and red states, only to cast them off for contenders in more solidly blue ones.

But Beshear is one to watch given he’s twice been elected governor of Kentucky, a state that Trump won in 2020 by 26 points.

He won praise from members on both sides for his handling of several natural disasters in his state during his first term and effectively used the issue of abortion during his reelection campaign against Republican nominee Daniel Cameron.

His gubernatorial campaigns could offer a roadmap to Democrats on how to draw in moderate and disaffected Republicans in addition to independents all the while hailing from a southern state.

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore

Another name that has continued to pop up amid talk of a potential Biden replacement is Moore’s.

Though just months into his first term, the Army veteran is popular on television and was already floated as a 2028 hopeful before the president’s campaign hit rough waters.

Having a younger, charismatic Black man on the presidential ticket would also speak to the party’s base.

Moore, a 45-year-old Rhodes Scholar, previously helmed a top anti-poverty nonprofit and is the first Black governor of Maryland.

Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro

Though Shapiro’s name may not come up as frequently as others’, he is another top Democrat to keep in mind.

Shapiro rose to early stardom as Pennsylvania attorney general when he fought the Trump administration over contraceptive insurance coverage, and over his helming a wide-reaching probe regarding sex abuse by the Catholic clergy.

Picking a Democrat from a battleground state would be highly appealing to the party.

If he won, he’d be the first Jewish American to be president.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg impressed Democrats in 2020 when the once little-known mayor of South Bend, Ind., leaped into the spotlight of the presidential contest and performed competitively against much more established figures including Biden and Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Having experience in Biden’s Cabinet could make him an attractive alternative to the party. Buttigieg performs well in committee hearings and has been a popular TV defender of the Biden White House.

He’d be the first openly gay man to be selected as the Democratic nominee.

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Peter Navarro to Depart Prison, Address RNC: Report

Jailed Former Trump adviser Peter Navarro will leave prison Wednesday to address the Republican National Convention (RNC), according to The Associated Press.

Navarro, who was a leading trade adviser for then-President Donald Trump, will leave a federal prison in Miami and speak to the convention being held from Monday to Thursday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, sources familiar with the RNC’s schedule told the AP on Friday. Navarro and his allies have criticized his conviction for defying a Jan. 6 Committee subpoena, calling it political imprisonment and a “death sentence.”

Navarro will be released on Wednesday, which will give him just enough time to board a flight to Milwaukee and address the RNC before the event concludes on Thursday. The time slot in which he is expected to speak is not yet known, according to the AP.

“Lawfare is real. Lawfare is wrong … We’re not supposed to act like Communist China or a Banana Republic. But that’s the growing perception of our justice system,” Navarro previously told the Daily Caller. “I’m in prison not for any crime but rather as a matter of honor and duty for defending the constitutional separation of powers.”

The charges stemmed from his failure to comply with a Jan. 6 Committee subpoena, where he invoked executive privilege to decline to testify and turn over documents to the committee.

Former White House adviser Steve Bannon was also convicted after defying a subpoena related to the Jan. 6 investigation; he was sentenced to four months in prison, time which he is currently serving.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) had argued that Navarro should face more time, recommending six months in jail and paying a $200,000 fine as opposed to the four months and $9,500 fine of his final sentence.

Prosecutors said Navarro “exacerbated” the “assault” on the rule of law by refusing to comply with the subpoena, saying his “defiance and contempt deserves severe punishment,” according to court filings.

Navarro was arrested by FBI agents in June 2022 at Ronald Reagan National Airport and charged in the U.S. District Court of Washington, D.C.

Navarro told the Daily Caller that his time in prison has not been like the “Club Fed” that many are describing it to be.

“It’s a dangerous place health-wise. The low-protein, high-carb, no-fresh-vegetable diet exacerbates problems like diabetes, colon cancer, and heart disease. I’m fortunate I don’t take any medicines, because prescription drugs are in short supply at the daily “pill line,” and a lot of inmates needlessly suffer from symptoms that their prescription drugs would otherwise ameliorate. I’m among about 200 inmates in close dorm quarters — a new strain of COVID hit a few weeks ago and spread like wildfire,” Navarro said.

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