Former President Donald Trump has ripped apart Texas’ Republican House of Representatives Speaker Dade Phelan as the latter didn’t pass Texas SB 47 bill, which would permit party officials to make a way for county audits, including of the 2020 presidential election results.
In a statement Saturday, Trump compared Phelan to U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, threatening the possibility of endorsing a primary challenger against him, Dallas Morning News reported.
Slamming Phelan, Trump said that he is “not fighting for the people of Texas.”
“Speaker Phelan should immediately move the Forensic Audit bill, SB 47 (Senate Bill 47) by Senator Bettencourt that passed out of the State Senate this week, to the floor,” the former president said in a statement issued by his spokesperson Liz Harrington.
New Challenger Against Phelan?
Though SB 47 was passed in the state Senate, as reported by Texas Tribune, the audit legislation is not currently on the agenda of the Texas House of Representatives for the legislative session.
Talking about Phelan, Trump said Republicans in Texas are “tired of Phelan’s weak RINO (Republican in name only) leadership in the State House.” The former president also indicated that he is going to endorse a primary challenger against Phelan if he didn’t fulfill his demand.
New: Trump accuses @DadePhelan of “standing in the way” of SB 47, the 2020 audit bill that was recently passed by the Senate. Trump calls Phelan “another Mitch McConnell” and says “Texans are tired of Phelan’s weak RINO leadership in the State House.” #txlege pic.twitter.com/M7Nq5GoT5C
— Jasper Scherer (@jaspscherer) October 9, 2021
McConnell Under Attack
Trump also hit out at McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, as the latter condemned the former president and blamed him directly for January 6 U.S. Capitol violence committed by his supporters.
“… the people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president,” McConnell stated after the Senate impeachment trial.
In response to McConnell, Trump called him a “dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack” and said that GOP senators won’t win if they decide to stay with him.
“He will never do what needs to be done, or what is right for our Country. Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First,” Trump said.
Why SB 47?
Texas’ SB 47 will render all state and county party officials the power to review the November 2020 election. Though Trump won Texas by more than 630,000 votes, the former president and his cronies continue to allege that the election was “rigged” in favor of current President Joe Biden across the country. However, Trump is yet to show any evidence against the claim.
Contrary to the allegation, dozens of lawsuits filed against the conduct of the election by Trump and his supporters failed in state and federal courts. In fact, other Republican lawmakers rejected the allegations. Audits and recounts in key battleground states — including in areas where the election was overseen by pro-Trump Republicans — have ensured Biden’s victory.
Former Attorney General William Barr, who was believed to be a close ally of Trump in the Cabinet, in December 2020, said there was “no evidence” of widespread fraud that would alter the election results.
On the other hand, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at the Department of Homeland Security declared last year that the election was the “most secure in American history.”
Phelan’s office didn’t comment on Trump’s allegation immediately.
Florida Congressman Supports ‘Natural Immunity Is Real Act’ – Latest Push Opposing Vaccine Mandates
Florida Congressman Daniel Webster has co-sponsored a bill — called Natural Immunity is Real Act — introduced by Tennessee Congresswoman Diana Harshbarger. The bill is the latest push against vaccine mandates by federal health officials as it requires federal agencies to take into account naturally acquired immunity from previous COVID-19 infections when issuing any rules or regulations aimed at protecting from the deadly virus.
What is Natural Immunity Is Real Act?
A group of House Republicans launched the Natural Immunity is Real Act on Monday, Click Orlando reported.
According to Webster, he is supporting the bill because peer-reviewed studies and federal health experts acknowledged that those who have recovered from COVID-19 have natural immunity protection.
Webster also said that the bill is just a way of saying that there are other options for protecting the people against the virus than just the vaccine.
The Florida Congressman also said that though he endorses and supports the COVID-19 vaccines, he is openly against vaccine mandates and federal regulators must accept other protections from the virus.
“This is not anti-vaccine, [it’s] just a realization that there are other things going on out there and we have to accept there are other immunities from having the disease,” he was cited as saying by the outlet.
Members Of Medical Community Oppose The Bill
Pediatric pulmonologist Dr. Akinyemi Ajayi expressed his disagreement over the bill.
“Here is the problem with the whole natural immunity argument, and it’s the fact that quite frankly today none of us can look you in the eye if you have not been infected with COVID at all and say if you get COVID it will be a mild infection you don’t have to worry about it,” Ajayi said.
Ajayi added that even though some natural immunity protections are developed from a repeat infection, it is unclear how long the protection lasts. He believes that there is provable way to identify natural immunity.
The bill introduced, however, does not include details of how the natural immunity will be identified.
The Natural Immunity Is Real Act has already been introduced in the senate, the same week that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a request for a special session over vaccine mandates.
Florida Man Faces $50 Daily Fine Over Hanging ‘Trump Won’ Banner Outside His Home
A Florida man faces a $50 daily fine for displaying a banner outside his home that reads “Trump has won,” a reference to the former Republican President Donald Trump.
Plans to Place ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Banner
Part-time resident Marvin Peavy will be charged by the Walton County, Florida, a $50 daily fine beginning on Oct. 25 if he doesn’t take down the banner from outside of his home, Newsweek reported.
Peavy said he also plans to install a banner that says “Let’s Go Brandon,” which is a phrase the conservatives have mixed with “F*ck you, Joe Biden,” — a clear insult to President Joe Biden.
According to the county, the part-time resident’s banner violates signage regulation in Peavy’s home at the 30A scenic corridor. The corridor is also a part of a beachside route, famous for its natural beauty.
As per the county’s legal code, political signages must be removed 15 days after political campaigns conclude.
Further, Peavy’s banner, according to county officials, also violates a section of the code prohibiting homes from putting up “(s)treamers, feather flags, pennants, ribbons, spinners and other similar devices” that might undermine the corridor’s natural beauty.
According to Northwest Florida Daily News, Peavy has no plans of taking the banner down, saying that he can easily pay the fine and others offered to pay it on his behalf.
But his attorney told Charles Cronin, Walton County Code Enforcement Officer, that Peavy knows of the violation and would take the banner down soon, the report said.
Peavy Defends Himself: ‘How Many Trumps Do You Know?’
The display of the banner is to annoy “seaside liberals” and “the 1 percent leftists,” Peavy was quoted as saying by Newsweek. Peavy has also claimed that the banner may indicate Trump’s self-proclaimed golfing championships and not the recent election.
He also stated that the banner may refer to others, not the former president, asking, “How many Trumps do you know?” The banner is also “just a statement” for Peavy, and “not political,” the report said.
He is set to sue the county for breaching his First Amendment Right.
Peavy’s Financial Support To Trump During 2020 Election
Back in the 2020 campaign season, Peavy had donated more than $9,000 to different Trump and Republican-related groups, according to the records from the Federal Election Commission.
Florida Gov. DeSantis Threatens Biden Administration With Lawsuit Over COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has threatened to sue the Biden administration over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
His comments came during a press conference Thursday on the monoclonal antibody treatments that he worked on to have it more accessible in the state.
DeSantis: I Think Mandate Is Going To Lose In Court
At the press conference, DeSantis said that he thinks that the mandate is going to lose in court. He added that Florida would contest any such mandate from the Biden administration “immediately,” and that any lawsuits from the state would be filed in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Fox News reported.
The governor also stated that the state would fight “immediately” any mandates of such that would be given by the Biden administration. He also added that any lawsuit from Florida would be filed in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
“We think the state of Florida has standing to do it…We also know businesses that we’re going to work with to contest it,” the governor said.
DeSantis also mentioned that the state has a responsibility at a state level to do anything to protect its constituents from mandates that would affect them such as losing their jobs.
DeSantis Vs Biden
De Santis and President Joe Biden have different stand regarding vaccine and mask mandates. The latter, soon after taking office, issued a mask mandate on federal grounds while DeSantis banned mask mandates in the state of Florida.
In the previous month, Biden had announced that all businesses that have over At a hundred workers would have to vaccinate their employees or conduct weekly testing. The announcement included the mandate that employers must pay their employees for the time they spent off work getting the vaccine and recovering from any side effects.
Vaccination Rates In The U.S.
The country has already administered 407 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines. Currently, 189 million or about 57% are fully vaccinated while nearly 218 million or 66% have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
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