The primaries took a turn for the worst for the establishment DNC on Tuesday when front runner Gwen Graham lost to progressive socialist Andrew Gillum in Florida. The Florida governor primary race results came as a shock. Gillum, the 39 year old mayor of Tallahassee, was outspent and barely known until Bernie Sanders came down to campaign for him. Gillum is from the Ocasio-Cortez wing of the Democrat party and is also currently under an FBI investigation for illegal real estate deals. He is promising a $15 minimum wage and Medicare for all, despite the massive job losses caused by such a drastically high wage floor in other states and no way to pay for Universal Healthcare.
On the Republican side of the aisle, Ron DeSantis won easily after a Trump endorsement gave him statewide notoriety. He was already a very popular congressman in the Northeast part of the state. DeSantis is also a member of the House “Freedom Caucus” made up of more libertarian leaning Republicans. This sets up a stark contrast for November.
History will play on both sides of the race. Gillum would be the first black governor of Florida if elected. On the other side, Florida continues to do incredibly well under Republican governors. Economic growth in Florida has skyrocketed under outgoing Governor Rick Scott. Gillum meanwhile presides over a city known for high crime and falling behind other Florida cities. In the end though, the race may simply turn into a Bernie Sanders versus Donald Trump cult of personality referendum.
Narrative alert: for the second day in a row the mainstream media hit Trump for making a claim “without citing evidence”. The first was Trump’s claim that Google searches for his name were directing people to left leaning news organizations. Trump did not cite the article in his tweet, but was referring to a PJ Media report.
Yesterday the Daily Caller reported that China had hacked Hillary’s email account and set up code that was sending a courtesy duplicate of every email she sent to a Chinese run company in DC. The Daily Caller did not name their sources, but after the CNN/Lanny Davis screwup, the MSM can hardly complain about that.
Trump isn’t citing stories without evidence. He simply isn’t linking to the articles he is reading. Mainstream media outlets likely don’t read news that conflicts with their narrative, and that may be why they missed these two stories. I wonder where the “without evidence” narrative disappeared to when Florida’s Bill Nelson claimed the Russians had hacked our voting machines?
White House counsel Don McGhan may be moving on. That’s the rumors coming from left-leaning Axios. But the tone of the headline doesn’t match the story. This isn’t the first time that’s been the case with a McGhan story either. After McGhan spent 30 hours with Mueller representing the President, media outlets speculated that he had flipped on Trump. That turned out not to be true. The new rumors also do not indicate a split between Trump and McGhan. In fact, the story demonstrates the value he has shown to the administration and why he may be moving on. McGhan could be replaced by Emmet Flood. Flood has represented Clinton and Bush against Congressional investigations and is known for fighting against investigator overreach.