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Semafor has an exclusive look at internal DeSantis campaign communications about the meme-filled videos produced in-house then distributed on the sly via supportive Twitter accounts:
The videos include two that have created recurring distractions for his campaign in recent weeks: an anti-Trump video that featured a fascist symbol, and another that attacked Donald Trump for past comments supportive of LGBT rights.
The meme-filled videos emerged from a Signal channel called “War Room Creative Ideas,” screenshots of which were shared with Semafor and whose authenticity was confirmed by a second source familiar with the campaign.
DeSantis staffers were gleeful about their efforts:
Screenshots of the “War Room” chat reviewed by Semafor included staffers praising a widely-derided and since-deleted video — originally posted on an anonymous account, “Ron DeSantis Fancams” — that included a version of the Sonnenrad, a symbol associated with Nazi Germany.
“This belongs in the Smithsonian,” wrote Kyle Lamb, the campaign’s director of research and data, before the video blew up in the campaign’s face.
It includes a special cameo by longtime DeSantis spox Christina Pushaw, who now runs his campaign’s rapid response team.
Today could be the day for the Jan. 6 indictment of Trump:
- The vibe …
Vibe at the courthouse is … anxious. Higher than usual security presence for this early in the morning. Indications of activity around the grand jury room.— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) August 1, 2023
- Politico: 2 more Trump indictments loom. Here are all the names to know.
The Interesting Case Of Yuscil Taveras
Lisa Rubin: Why the target letter to an uncharged Mar-a-Lago employee matters
Another Delay In The MAL Case
The arraignment of Carlos De Oliveira, the new co-defendant in the Mar-a-Lago documents case, was postponed while he finds local counsel.
A Damage Assessment
Tess Bridgeman and Ryan Goodman: National Security Implications of Trump’s Superseding Indictment In The MAL Case
Trump’s Jam-Packed Legal Calendar
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has signaled he may be open to moving Trump’s trial in the hush-money case to accommodate other pending prosecutions.
Journo Subpoenaed By Fani Willis
- AJC: Journalist who observed GOP electors subpoenaed in Fulton Trump case
- The Intercept: I Was Just Subpoenaed By Trump’s Georgia Grand Jury. Here’s What I’ll Tell Them.
Georgia Judge Shoots Down Absurd Trump Play
Donald Trump’s effort to use state courts to block Fani Willis’ criminal investigation of him foundered again.
Dennis Aftergut: Another Judge Smacks Down Another Frivolous Trump Case
NYT: Judge Rejects Trump’s Effort to Short-Circuit Georgia Election Case
Bloomberg: Trump Strikes Out in Effort to Suppress Georgia Grand Jury
Lindsey Graham Out There Delegitimizing Jury Trials
Quote For The Ages
It’s always unpleasant when you have to go in and tell your wife that, ‘By the way, tomorrow sometime I’m going to be indicted.’–Donald John Trump
More On Trump’s Money Woes
A few additional tidbits from the latest FEC filings:
- Roger Sollenberger does the math and concludes that initial reports showing former President Trump with $40.2 million in legal expenses was exactly double the amount actually incurred.
The early news reports—sourced from “people familiar with the filing”—and the disclosure itself don’t provide enough data to show where the error lay. However, the seemingly neat halfway split could suggest an accounting mistake—or, alternatively, possibly unreliable or intentionally misleading sourcing
- NYT: After Paying Lawyers, Trump’s PAC Is Nearly Broke
- A refund of $60 million from Trump’s Make America Great Again super PAC to his Save America PAC is “believed to be larger than any other refund on record in the history of federal campaigns,” according to the NYT.
- NYT: “A super PAC supporting Nikki Haley’s presidential campaign said on Tuesday that it had reserved more than $13 million in television and digital ads in Iowa and New Hampshire starting in August.”
The Heath Hens Are Coming Home To Roost
Massachusetts district attorney sends letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding a federal investigation of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ scheme last year to ship migrants to Martha’s Vineyard.
Menendez Scandal Watch
NYT: A Senator’s New Wife and Her Old Friends Draw Prosecutors’ Attention
Federal Judge Blocks Idaho Abortion Prosecutions
Idaho Capital Sun: “A federal judge in Idaho has granted a preliminary injunction barring Idaho Attorney General Raúl Labrador from taking legal action against medical providers who refer patients across state lines for abortion care and denied Labrador’s request to dismiss the case.”
Phew, That Was Close
A shot off the post by Portugal in the 91st minute was all that stood between the U.S. women’s team and an epic elimination from the World Cup they came in heavily favored to win. As it is, the U.S. advances after surviving a draw with Portugal.
RIP Paul Reubens
The actor best known for creating Pee-wee Herman died at age 70 after a cancer diagnosis that he kept private.
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