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Tech billionaire reveals what he thinks is behind Biden’s wide open border policy

Elon Musk has again railed against President Joe Biden’s approach to securing the southern border, arguing that the commander-in-chief is letting millions of people into the country on purpose, so the Democrats can permanently stay in power.

Billionaire Musk, who has been a vocal critic of Biden’s border crisis, ripped into the president on X late Friday while sharing a 2021 news story headline revealing that Biden had intended to prioritize offering legal status to an estimated 11 million people while in office. 

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“Biden’s strategy is very simple,” Musk wrote.

 “1. Get as many illegals in the country as possible. 2. Legalize them to create a permanent majority – a one-party state.” 

“That is why they are encouraging so much illegal immigration. Simple, yet effective.”

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) report for fiscal 2023 shows that the number of illegal immigrants on the non-detained docket has soared from 3.7 million in FY 2021 to nearly 4.8 million in FY 2022 to nearly 6.2 million in FY 2023.

Musk, a legal immigrant from South Africa, went on to pin his post to the top of his X page account, adding in the caption “This explains why there are so few deportations, as every deportation is a lost vote.”

“As happened this week, you can literally assault police officers in broad daylight in New York, be released with no bail, give everyone the finger and *still* not be deported!! Outrageous.”

He further commented on the migrant attack on two NYPD officers, writing it “makes no sense” after many of them were released on bail.

“What is even the point of arresting criminals if nothing is done!?” Musk wrote later about a report on a Venezuelan woman who had been arrested eight times in the last six months. “No prison, no deportation.”

He previously argued that gaining asylum status after illegally crossing the southern border is as easy as a Google search. 

Musk, the owner of Tesla, SpaceX and X (formerly Twitter), also suggested that the influx of illegal immigrants will be used as a ruse for ballot harvesting in upcoming elections. 

Last week the billionaire fired back at President Biden’s calls for a bipartisan Senate deal to be passed to fix the unprecedented levels of illegal immigrants crossing the southern border. The bill is expected to include billions of dollars to Ukraine. 

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“No laws need to be passed,” Musk wrote. “All that is needed is an executive order to require proof before granting an asylum hearing. That is how it used to be.”

He also agreed with Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor David Sacks who wrote last week that the border is broken “because this administration refuses to enforce the laws we already have.” Musk responded by writing, “exactly.”

Musk visited the southern border in Eagle Pass, Texas, in September and livestreamed what he saw, giving people a firsthand account of the migrant crisis.

Last week, Biden told reporters he has done, “all I can do” with his executive authority to secure the border.

House Republicans are currently working to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for his handling of the crisis. 

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Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La, said on the House floor last week that Biden and Mayorkas designed the “catastrophe” at the southern border.

“He’s inviting chaos and disorder within our land that is tearing at the very fabric of our society. The president can put a stop to this,” Johnson said. 

“And now, rather than accept any accountability or responsibility for what they have clearly done, President Biden wants to somehow try to shift the blame to Congress for his administration’s catastrophe by design. It’s absolutely laughable. No one’s falling for this.”

Ex-Obama adviser cites toxic nickname as proof of young voters’ disdain for Biden

Former Obama official Van Jones warned on Thursday that Biden has his “work cut out for him” trying to regain the trust of young, Arab and Muslim voters who object to his support of Israel amid the war in Gaza.

President Biden is facing an electoral revolt among Arab and Muslim voters in Michigan who are outraged by his ongoing support for Israel, with some even accusing him of enabling genocide. Arab Americans living in Michigan have traditionally been reliable Democrats, with Biden carrying over 75% of the vote in the Arab-majority city of Dearborn in 2020. That voting block is now under threat, however, with some members of the community launching an “abandon Biden” campaign in protest of his handling of Israel’s retaliatory war in Gaza. 

Thursday night’s episode of CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront focused heavily on Biden’s attempts to regain the trust of Arab American voters by visiting Michigan in person. It featured students who would be voting for the first time as well as a former field organizer for the Biden campaign who said he will not vote for the president again, viewing him as complicit in Palestinian deaths. 

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When asked if he was concerned if such a move would help re-elect former President Donald Trump, the former Biden campaign staffer said, “It probably will. “We have seen four years of Trump and we have seen four years of Biden and people don’t really see a difference between the presidents.”

Burnett turned to Jones and asked about the former campaign staffer that had turned on Biden over his foreign policy in Gaza. Burnett recalled how he had told their CNN reporter in Michigan “that he will not vote for Biden again even knowing that it may help Trump. He says Biden is ‘not somebody I can trust.’ How big of a problem is this for Biden right now, Van?”

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“It’s a big problem for him right now,” Jones replied. “There are four syllables that are aimed at him. ‘Genocide Joe.’ That is becoming something you’re hearing from the younger people, the younger voters in the Arab American community.”

He then added that while Biden can turn it around, it will take serious effort to do so.

“I think that he can turn it around, but you’ve got to be honest right now. You’ve got disappointment in the base with how he’s handling the war in Gaza,” Jones said. “Now, the reality is Joe Biden has deep ties and long friendships in the Muslim community, Arab community. He can get back there but he’s got his work cut out for him right now.”

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Fox News’ Anders Hagstrom contributed to this report

Finance expert reveals critical strategy for retiring comfortably

Living out your golden years should not be a struggle.

“The Ramsey Show” co-host Jade Warshaw revealed the key to “thriving, not just surviving” in your later years in an interview with “The Big Money Show” Monday.

“It’s so important to make sure that you’re planning for your own social security by investing on your own,” she stressed.

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The expert hit on the need for diversification for investing in the markets and the utilization of other retirement benefits to maximize financial security in retirement.

“We suggest investing 15% of your gross monthly income into things like 401(K)s, Roth IRAs, because Social Security is only going to pay 40 percent of what you’re used to earning, and that’s if it’s still around,” she said.

Social Security benefits for Americans could be cut by 20% as soon as 2034 if no changes are made to the system, according to the Treasury’s annual trustees report.

A growing number of Americans are struggling to save for their future, with Forbes reporting the median U.S. household is $470,000 short of what they need to retire comfortably.

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Warshaw suggested those who have reached 62 years of age should begin taking Social Security even if they don’t need it and invest it until they do.

“That will get you a better rate of return, certainly higher than 2%,” she explained. 

FOX Business’ Kristen Altus contributed to this report.

NYC launches $53M program to hand out pre-paid credit cards to migrants

New York City will soon launch a $53 million pilot program to hand out pre-paid credit cards to migrant families housed in hotels, according to a report.

The New York Post, citing city records, reported that 500 migrant families at the Roosevelt Hotel will receive pre-paid cards to help them buy food. The program is intended to replace the current food service provided there, the Post reported.

“Not only will this provide families with the ability to purchase fresh food for their culturally relevant diets and the baby supplies of their choosing, but the pilot program is expected to save New York City more than $600,000 per month, or more than $7.2 million annually,” a spokesperson for New York City Mayor Eric Adams told the paper in a statement.

City Hall did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

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The pre-paid cards may only be used at bodegas, grocery stores, supermarkets and convenience stores. Migrants eligible for the program must sign an affidavit stating they will only spend the funds on food and baby supplies, or else they would lose access to the funds, the report said. 

The amount available to each migrant family depends on their size and how much income they are receiving, according to the contract reviewed by the Post. A family of four might be provided nearly $1,000 each month, or $35 per day for food, the Post reported. The cards are replenished every 28 days. 

New Jersey company Mobility Capital Finance has partnered with the city to run the program.

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“MoCaFi looks forward to partnering with New York City to disburse funds for asylum seekers to purchase fresh, hot food,” MoCaFi CEO and founder Wole Coaxum told the Post. “MoCaFi’s goal is to expand access to financial resources for individuals excluded from banking, such as asylum seekers, while helping the local economy.”

City officials said that if the pilot program is a success with the initial 500 migrant families, it will be expanded to all migrant families staying in hotels, which is 15,000 currently.

More than 150,000 migrants have arrived in New York City since 2022, overwhelming city resources as officials have struggled to find housing for them. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has bused asylum-seekers to New York and other cities in an effort to assist them in traveling to sanctuary jurisdictions and also highlight the crisis that border communities face on a daily basis. 

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Mayor Adams has decried the arrivals as a humanitarian crisis and said that providing food and housing for the migrants will cost the city about $12 billion over three years. 

In October, the mayor traveled to Latin America on a tour to dissuade potential migrants in Mexico, Colombia and Ecuador from attempting to come to the city, saying the city is “at capacity.” 

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Critics, however, have said that New York City’s sanctuary policies and handouts to migrants will only encourage more immigration.

“If I were promoting an event and wanted to attract the biggest possible crowd without worrying about losing money, I’d make admission free and give everyone complimentary pizza and beer,” Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs, a Tennessee Republican and former WWE wrestler, posted on X, commenting on the New York Post report. “That’s kinda immigration policy right now.”

JONATHAN TURLEY: You won’t believe which SCOTUS justice is the Left’s new target

“I live in frustration … To be almost 70 years old, this isn’t what I expected.” Those words from Justice Sonia Sotomayor appear to resonate with some liberals, but not in the way intended by the jurist. Some activists and journalists are beginning to nudge Sotomayor to leave the Court in order to be replaced by a younger jurist, much as was done to Justice Stephen Breyer in 2021 and 2022.

On CNN, journalist Josh Barro bluntly wondered why Sotomayor remains on the bench when younger jurists could be brought on to guarantee a liberal vote for years to come. He indicated that many liberals are frustrated with her for not stepping down: “I find it a little bit surprising, given what Justice Sotomayor describes there about the stakes of what is happening before the Supreme Court, that she’s not retired. She’s 69 years old, she’s been on the court for 15 years.”

Sotomayor gave her frank assessment of being “tired” and “frustrated” during an appearance at the University of California, Berkeley Law School. She suggested that the Supreme Court’s conservative majority contributes to her daily burden. It was a notable interview not only for its content but for its moderator, UC Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky. 

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Chemerinsky previously shocked many in the legal community by denouncing Sotomayor’s six conservative colleagues as “partisan hacks.” In response to Chemerinsky’s probing, Sotomayor took an implied swipe at her colleagues and declared: “I live in frustration. Every loss truly traumatizes me in my stomach and in my heart. But I have to get up the next morning and keep on fighting.”

She added that the workload is overwhelming: “There used to be a time when we had a good chunk of the summer break. Not anymore. The emergency calendar is busy almost on a weekly basis.”

Many clearly would like to see her lessen that load by following the pattern of former liberal colleague, Justice Breyer, who retired in 2022. Demand Justice, a liberal group that has pushed court-packing as a solution to the Court’s conservative majority, drove a billboard truck through the streets of Washington, D.C., with slogans like “Breyer, retire. Don’t risk your legacy.”

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At 69, Sotomayor shows no signs of mental decline. She has been a highly effective justice, stepping into the vacuum created by the death in 2020 of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Of course, few ever questioned the “Notorious RBG” in her decision to stay on the Court, despite her much older age and longer tenure. While some of us noted that Ginsburg was taking a huge risk in not allowing then-President Barack Obama to pick a successor, she remained on the Court in spite of medical problems and ultimately was replaced by Justice Amy Coney Barrett. 

Ginsburg, however, was almost 20 years older than Sotomayor. There is no concern for deterioration or death on the bench in Sotomayor’s case. It is simply a matter of swapping out justices like light bulbs before they burn out. 

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The grumbling from the left reflects the raw political calculations that are now commonly applied to the Supreme Court. Justices are treated as cutouts for partisan outcomes; the worth of a justice is now largely seen as her potential longevity rather than her jurisprudence. Sotomayor’s seat is viewed as a lock for liberals, who want to trade for a new model before the new year (and a possible Republican president).

None of this is surprising in a time when law school deans have called conservative justices “hacks” and law professors have called for protesters to aggressively target individual justices. 

Seton Hall Law Assistant Dean Brian Sheppard treated such turnovers on the Court in strictly transactional terms, calling for Congress to “buy out” justices by offering them “large sums of money.” 

Georgetown Law Professor Josh Chafetz and others are interested in taking a more active approach to making continuation on the Court as unpleasant as possible — at least for conservatives. Chafetz previously declared that the “mob is right” in targeting and harassing justices, and he told a law school panel in 2022 that “I want to suggest that courts are the enemy, and always have been.” He suggested that Congress should retaliate against conservative justices by considering the withdrawal of funding for law clerks or even “cutting off the Supreme Court’s air conditioning budget.” 

When the audience laughed at that absurd suggestion, it reportedly triggered fellow panelist and Harvard Law professor Ryan Doerfler, who shot back at the crowd: “It should not be a laugh line. This is a political contest, these are the tools of retaliation available, and they should be completely normalized.” He added that liberals should destroy the idea that the Court is an “untouchable entity and you’re on the road to authoritarianism if you stand up against it.”

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Apparently, it is better to do that than wait for some biological clock to toll. By cutting off the air conditioning daily and harassing justices at home nightly, activists may finally induce some jurists to flee the Court

These are the voices that dominate at some of our leading law schools, teaching students that opposing views should not be tolerated on our highest court. Doerfler is correct about one thing: There is nothing laughable about what they are suggesting. We must decide as a people if we will protect our courts or will reduce their makeup to a simple matter of turning up a thermostat. 

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Speaker Johnson reveals $17B Israel aid bill, says Senate ‘will no longer have excuses’

Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., is putting legislation on the House floor next week to give Israel $17.6 billion in emergency funding.

The timing is notable given that Senate and White House negotiators are expected to release legislative text this weekend for a border security compromise in addition to President Biden’s $106 billion supplemental funding request for Ukraine, Israel, humanitarian causes and other issues.

In a letter sent to Republican colleagues on Saturday, Johnson criticized the House GOP majority’s exclusion from those talks and argued they were not moving fast enough to help Israel in its war against Hamas.

“While the Senate appears poised to finally release text of their supplemental package after months of behind closed doors negotiations, their leadership is aware that by failing to include the House in their negotiations, they have eliminated the ability for swift consideration of any legislation,” Johnson warned.

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“Given the Senate’s failure to move appropriate legislation in a timely fashion, and the perilous circumstances currently facing Israel, the House will continue to lead. Next week, we will take up and pass a clean, standalone Israel supplemental package.”

One of the first House votes Johnson held as speaker was a standalone Israel funding bill for roughly $14 billion, the amount requested by Biden in his supplemental aid package. However, that bill would have offset the funds by taking them from money allocated toward the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) — a move lauded by GOP hardliners.

But Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., refused to take the bill up and accused Johnson of mixing “a poison pill” with Israel aid. 

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“During debate in the House and in numerous subsequent statements, Democrats made clear that their primary objection to the original House bill was with its offsets,” Johnson wrote on Saturday. “The Senate will no longer have excuses, however misguided, against swift passage of this critical support for our ally.”

He said the legislative text would be released on Saturday afternoon by Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Calif., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on defense spending.

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Republicans have demanded strict border and immigration policy changes in exchange for supporting funds for Ukraine, an issue a growing number of GOP lawmakers have been wary of. Biden’s supplemental funding request includes roughly $60 billion to help Kyiv fight off Russia’s invasion. 

But Johnson and dozens of members of his conference have suggested they’ll likely oppose the compromise. Most have signaled they will not accept less than the measures in H.R. 2, the House GOP border bill that Democrats called a nonstarter. 

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Johnson and others have also called on Biden to use his executive authority to shut down the border, while the White House has insisted a legislative fix is necessary and have accused the House GOP of using the border as an election issue.

Schumer said earlier this week that he aims to have a vote on the Senate’s package by Wednesday.

Trump-hating comic says voting for him ‘on the table’ after migrant cop attack

Comedian and staunch critic of former President Trump Michael Rapaport unleashed a scathing rant against New York City’s immigration problems and President Biden’s priorities this week, suggesting that if Biden doesn’t deal with the problems here at home, voting for Trump is “on the table.”

Rapaport shared a video to X Friday railing against the recent news story about illegal immigrants in New York City beating up cops and then being released shortly after the altercation.

Furious at the idea that the Biden Administration has been tougher on foreign issues than domestic issues like a record migrant surge, Rapaport opened the clip by slamming his fist on a table and declaring, “This is why when I say voting for pig d— Donald Trump is on the table, voting for pig d— Donald Trump is on the table!”

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He explained, “The other day in New York City, six illegal aliens jumped a New York City cop. NYPD’s finest. They jumped a New York City cop in Times Square and were arrested and released without bail.”

The incident happened this week and was captured on surveillance footage. It showed two cops wrestling with and getting kicked by multiple migrants. As Rapaport noted, several of the men arrested for the incident were released without bail and four of them are believed to have used fake names to obtain travel vouchers and flee the city for California. 

Rapaport appeared furious with the news and commented on recent footage showing one of the migrants flipping off a news camera while leaving a New York City courtroom. “Released without bail. Came out of the courtroom on some Tupac – raising the middle finger with the Detroit Redwings jersey.”

“Let me tell you something, what the f— is the world coming to if you could be from another country, beat up a cop in New York City and walk out with no f—— bail? What the f— is the world coming to?”

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Ripping into the current president, he continued, “On the same day that that happens, Cadaver Joe Biden issues an executive order about four a—— ‘settlers’ in Judea, Samaria – aka the West Bank. Some troublemakers, three of the four have already been arrested.”

He ripped Biden for fixating on that issue, when there’s a “war going on” in the region and “while there’s a hundred-plus hostages still being held in Gaza.”

“You’re talking about that, but you’ve got nothing to say about motherf—— beating up cops in New York City? The greatest city on earth?”

Towards the end of the tirade, Rapaport stated, “Maybe my city is not the greatest city on earth anymore if you could beat up cops – If you could beat up cops in the ‘greatest city in the world’ and be released without bail. Are we the greatest city on earth? Cadaver Joe Biden, we see you! We f—— see you!”

Rapaport previously threatened to vote for Trump last fall, warning he would do so if antisemitism isn’t brought under control in America. 

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22 rare luxury cars, including Porsches and Ferraris, found in old warehouse

A warehouse full of luxury vehicles was recently discovered — amounting to a remarkable cache of treasures. 

Twenty-two high-end cars were found in a Brussels, Belgium, warehouse when the owner of the vehicles called Oldtimerfam, a car collection organization, to have them evaluated. 

Classic car specialist Xavier Molenaar said he arrived at the warehouse with the vehicle owner, who wished to remain anonymous — and found many luxury vehicles, according to a press release by Oldtimerfam.

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“It was a load of highly rare Ferraris and Porsches,” he said to Jam Press, which cited whatsmyjam.com. 

Molenaar said that although the cars had been sitting for quite some time, they looked to be in good shape, as they were wrapped in car covers. 

In total, Molenaar counted 16 Ferraris and six Porsches — noting that the large number of Ferrari Testarossas stood out.

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The classic car specialist said the vehicle was spotted in different colors and versions, according to Oldtimerfam.

Molenaar noted that Porsche 911 cars were spotted in Turbo and “S” models, saying most of the vehicles in the warehouse were rare finds. 

“Although these models have disappeared from the streets and have been the subject of intense searches by collectors, they are occasionally encountered at a fair,” he said to Jam Press, which cited whatsmyjam.com.

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Molenaar said the rarest car in the collection was the Ferrari 365 GT4 BB, along with a Ferrari 550 Maranello and others.

He added that the Ferrari F512 M he spotted was a yellow color and that, rumor has it, only 10 were ever made.

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“In this exceptional, unrestored condition, it is perhaps the only one in the world,” he said. 

All 22 vehicles were moved to Oldtimerfarm in Aalter, Belgium — where they will be fully restored and then put up for sale, according to Oldtimerfam. 

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Three victims identified after plane crashes into mobile home park

The three people who were killed when a small plane crashed into a mobile home in Clearwater, Florida, on Thursday have been identified, police said Saturday. 

The plane, a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza V35, crashed into a residential area around 7 p.m. local time, sparking a fire that damaged multiple surrounding homes in Bayside Estates, a large mobile home community. Video from the scene shows a massive fireball erupting from the park. 

The pilot, who was the only person traveling in the plane, died. He has been named as Jemin Patel, 54, from Melbourne Beach, Florida, the Clearwater Police Department said. 

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The two other victims were on the ground when the plane crashed. They have been named as Clearwater resident Martha Parry, 86, who lived in the park, and Mary Ellen Pender, 54, who was visiting the mobile home.

As many as nine people had been inside the mobile home on Pagoda Drive shortly before the plane crash, but all but two had left the residence, police say.

“Our thoughts are with the three victims and their families; this tragedy could have been even worse,” Police Chief Eric Gandy said via a statement on Facebook.

The police department will maintain the scene into Saturday when the wreckage is expected to be removed by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The plane had taken off from Vero Beach earlier in the day. 

Patel had reported “some trouble” to air traffic controllers at the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport just before the crash, while the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that he had reported an “engine failure,” CBS News reported.

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A released audio recording offered clues to what happened before the deadly plane crash.

In audio from an air traffic control tower, obtained by FOX 13, the pilot is heard conversing with the tower before the deadly crash.

“I can’t see the other airport,” the pilot is heard saying. “I’m losing an engine.”

“Oh, f—,” the pilot said.

In the audio, another pilot who witnessed the crash is heard reacting to the fiery collision that decimated multiple mobile homes.

“They went down hard,” the pilot said following the crash. “They’re in flames.”

“It looks like there was a structure fire. Looks like he went into a building,” he added.

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In the three-and-a-halfminute recording, the pilot who witnessed the crash can be heard trying to pinpoint the exact location of where the plane went down.

“He is definitely into a house, a whole house is demolished,” the pilot said. “I just saw him going down at an extremely high rate of speed.”

During a news conference Thursday evening, Clearwater Fire Chief Scott Ehlers said that the fire spread to three other homes.