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Trump previews the ‘very first actions’ he would take in second term as president

Former President Trump visited Ohio on Saturday, where he barnstormed for businessman Bernie Moreno, a Republican seeking to win his state’s primary to run against Democrat Sherrod Brown for U.S. Senate.

During his rally in the Dayton suburb of Vandalia, Trump repeatedly mentioned illegal migrants surging across the border, violent migrant crime, and the death of University of Georgia nursing student Laken Riley.

“Not one more American life should be lost to migrant crime. We can’t have another Laken,” the 2024 Republican presumptive nominee said in his remarks, in which he also repeatedly blamed President Biden’s policies for allowing millions of migrants, including, “violent gang members and gangsters” into the U.S. “When I’m President of the United States, we will demand justice for Laken on day one. My administration will terminate every open border policy of the Biden administration.”

He added: “The fastest way to reverse every single Biden disaster is to very simply just put me back in office.”

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Trump’s trip comes three days before Tuesday’s GOP Senate primary, when Moreno will face state Sen. Matt Dolan, and Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose.

On the Ohio Senate race, Trump called Moreno a “hero” and “a winner” and urged voters to elect him to replace the “radical left Democrat Sherrod Brown.”

“Ohio needs to defeat your horrendous radical left, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, who pretends he’s my best friend. He pretends he’s my best friend, then he goes radical left all the time,” Trump said before a large crowd. “If you listen to his commercials, he sounds like he’s running with Trump. He’s not. He’s not with me.”

The U.S.-Mexico border was a focus of Trump’s Ohio speech, as was Biden’s border policies which he criticized as allowing violent migrants to enter the U.S.

“We’re going to fix it again,” Trump said of the border. “Among my very first actions will be to stop the invasion of our country and send Joe Biden’s illegal aliens back home.”

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Trump also took issue with Biden apologizing last week for using the word “illegal” to describe Riley’s alleged killer during the State of the Union speech.

“They have a new term for people coming into our country,” the former president said of the Biden administration. “They call them ‘neighbors.’”

The line was an apparent reference to a recent White House handout that referred to illegal immigrants as “newcomers.”

“One week ago, I met with the family of a 22-year-old nursing student, Laken Riley, who was brutally murdered in Georgia last month while out on a morning run,” the former president said Saturday. “She was so badly beaten up, unrecognizable. Laken’s killer was set loose into the United States through Joe Biden’s program of releasing military-age males into our community after they’ve illegally crossed our southern border.”

He added: “Laken Riley would be alive today if Biden had not unleashed his savage attack on America. And that’s what he’s done. But instead of apologizing to Laken’s family, Joe Biden apologized to the killer for calling him illegal. He shouldn’t have done that.”

“We believe that Laken’s killer is an illegal alien criminal. He is an illegal monster. He should never have been in our country,” Trump said.

He also specifically addressed members of the notoriously violent MS-13 Mexican gang, who have crossed into the U.S.

“If you can [even] call them people. I don’t know if you call them people. In some cases they’re not people, in my opinion, but I’m not allowed to say that because the radical left says that’s a terrible thing to say,” Trump chided.

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Trump’s speech also took repeated swipes at Biden, who the former president called “a great threat to our democracy.”

“Remember this, Joe Biden is a great threat to our democracy,” Trump told the thunderous Dayton crowd. “He’s a tremendous threat to our democracy. His incompetence is the number one reason. Also, he uses the Justice Department, the FBI, to go after his political opponent, which happens to be me.”

“There’s never been a president so bad,” Trump said of Biden. “There’s never been anything like it. He’s incompetent, he’s crooked.”

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The former president urged people to go out and vote Tuesday, and again in November to elect him and other Republicans.

“But with your vote, we’re going to take back the Senate. We’re going to win Ohio in November. We’re going to win by a lot,” Trump said.

During the speech, Trump had a notable issue with the wind affecting his teleprompters. He used the moment to swipe Biden again.

“We can give a non-teleprompter speech,” he persisted. “Isn’t it nice to have a president that doesn’t need to use a teleprompter?”

Trump then summarized his 2024 campaign pitch with four priorities: Seal the border, stop inflation, drill for oil, and prevent World War III.

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Moreno, an immigrant who arrived in the U.S. legally from Colombia, and later became a successful Cleveland-based businessman and luxury auto dealership giant, was endorsed by Trump in December.

The winner of the GOP primary will face off in November against Brown, who is the only Democrat to win statewide in Ohio over the past decade. The seat is contested as Republicans seek to win a majority in the U.S. Senate.

Democrats control a slim 51-49 majority, but Republicans have a favorable Senate map in 2024, with Democrats defending 23 of the 34 seats up for grabs.

Fox News Digital’s Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

Monster volcano erupts, spewing fountains of lava and triggering emergency in Iceland

A state of emergency has been declared in Iceland after a volcano erupted for the fourth time since December, spewing orange lava into the air.

“Warning: An eruption began in Reykjanes,” the Icelandic Meteorological Office said on its website Saturday.

Prior to the latest eruption, Iceland’s Civil Protection Agency warned of an imminent eruption.

“Since October 24, scientists at the Icelandic Met Office have been monitoring a rise in seismic activity on the Reykjanes Peninsula, which may signal an impending volcanic eruption,” officials said

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Icelandic police announced that they had declared a state of emergency for the area and the Civil Defense authorities dispatched a helicopter to survey the extent of the eruption.

One of Iceland’s top tourist destinations, the Blue Lagoon luxury geothermal spa, shut down after news of the explosion.

“We have evacuated and temporarily closed all our operational units,” the Blue Lagoon said on its website. “We will remain closed through Sunday, March 17. Further updates and information will be provided here as they become available.”

Photos of the eruption showed large plumes of smoke and lava around Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula.

The town’s residents have been evacuated since November after the quick succession of erupting volcanoes.

“As a precautionary measure, the town was evacuated on November 10 to prioritize the safety of its residents. Evacuations will remain in effect until seismic activity subsides,” the agency said.

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This is the fourth eruption in recent months-the first occurred on Dec. 18, the second on Jan. 14 and the third on Feb. 8.

Iceland, which is above a volcanic hot spot in the North Atlantic, averages an eruption every four to five years.

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The country has more than 30 active volcanoes.

SEE IT: Protesters jeer FDNY leader during St. Patrick’s Day parade after Trump controversy

The New York City Fire Department’s fire commissioner was booed and jeered at by protesters during a lively St. Patrick’s Day parade in the Big Apple.

“You suck,” one protester yelled at New York City Fire Department (FDNY) fire commissioner Laura Kavanaugh as she paraded by Trump Tower. “Firefighters are the hunters.”

The outburst against Kavanaugh came after the city official promised to “hunt” down the protesters who booed Attorney General Letitia James when she took the stage at a ceremony last week.

One protester held a protester with Kavanaugh face on the body of a donkey.

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“Pin the tail on the jacka–,” the poster said.

Later in the video, FDNY members were seen stopping to wave and shake hands with the protesters.

“Trump, Trump, Trump,” the protesters yelled.

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The controversy began after booing erupted as James walked up to the podium to honor the swearing-in of the first Black female chaplain of the FDNY, the Rev. Pamela Holmes, as well as other first responders at a promotion ceremony on Thursday at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn.

“Oh, c’mon, we’re in a house of God. Simmer down,” James told the rowdy crowd. “Thank you for getting it out of your system.” 

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As James continued her remarks, the crowd repeatedly chanted “Trump!”

Following the interruption, Hodgen’s wrote that the Bureau of Investigation and Trials (BITS) would “hunt” down the firefighters who were there. 

“BITS is investigating this, so they will figure out who the members are,” Hodgens was said to have warned in an email to high-ranking FDNY officials Friday. “I recommend they come forward. I have been told by the Commissioner it will be better for them if they come forward, and we don’t have to hunt them down.”

The FDNY downplayed reports it was hunting anyone to begin with following an eruption from firefighters.

“Nobody is hunting anyone down,” FDNY spokesman Jim Long told Fox News Digital in an email. “We’re looking into those who clearly broke department regulations. It has nothing to do with politics. It’s about professionalism at an official event held in a house of worship.”

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The department further softened its language, saying that leadership is having a “conversation” about “decorum.”

“FDNY leadership is having ongoing conversations with our members about decorum during department events to ensure we are upholding the core values that make the FDNY the greatest fire department in the world,” a spokesperson told Fox News. “Being a NYC firefighter is an honor, and we will continue to impress upon our members that their actions impact everyone who wears the uniform.”

Fox News has reached out to FDNY for comment on the protesters.

Fox News’ Stephen Sorace and Michael Ruiz contributed to this report.

I was raised a poor Democrat, but transformed my life when I opened my eyes

Serial entrepreneur Shawn Meaike is worth “in excess of nine figures,” and credits his success partly to distancing himself from his family’s liberal beliefs after noticing that successful people had a different world view. 

The 51-year-old grew up broke, living in subsidized housing in Connecticut with a dedicated single mother. He respected his mom, but wanted to create a better life than the one she was living. 

“I told my mom one day, I’m like, ‘Mom, I love you with all my heart, but all you’ve preached to me about is how I have to believe in being a Democrat,’ like, that’s how I was raised… and I said, ‘But if all of us in this complex and it’s subsidized housing are all Democrats, we’ve all been voting that way our entire lives. Why do we all still live here? What is the deal here?’” Meaike told Fox News Digital

“I gotta go find other people,” he continued. “I wasn’t trying to live broke. I wasn’t going to go out that way.” 

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Now, Meaike hosts the “Close & Conquer” podcast, where he recently hosted an in-depth conversation about the ability to carve out a successful business plan with “Shark Tank” star Barbara Corcoran. He has built fruitful businesses in real estate, waste management and life insurance, exiting them with sales exceeding $100 million. 

But things weren’t always so rosy, and at a young age, Meaike noticed that the successful people in his life, many of them were his youth baseball coaches, were conservatives whose politics didn’t align with his mother’s liberal views. 

“I love my mother and I love what she was doing. I love who she is, but I didn’t want to follow that path from a financial standpoint growing up, I didn’t want to. And all the men and women I saw that were successful, they didn’t have those beliefs,” Meaike said. 

“I remember reading about Magic Johnson a long time ago when he was with the Lakers. He would call the people on the court and ask what they did for a living. I was like, ‘I ain’t Magic Johnson, but that sounds like that makes a lot of sense,’” he continued. “I found people and I buried myself in learning.” 

Meaike went off to college to pursue a degree in business at Eastern Connecticut State University but was irked when he realized his professors didn’t have any personal success in the world of business. After about three months, Meaike says he approached the professor who ran the business department. 

“I said, ‘All these business professors are not businessmen and women. Why should I listen to them?’ She said, ‘You shouldn’t,’ which I thought was great advice from her. And she said, ‘If that’s important to you, Shawn. Then you need to find a major where the people teaching you are actually in it,’” he said. 

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Meaike, who unloaded trucks for UPS and worked at McDonald’s to put himself through college, switched majors and went on to become a social worker, where he spent 14 years working with abused and neglected children at the State Department of Children and Families in Connecticut. With capitalism instilled in him from conservatives, he sought for advice along the way, he started looking for side hustles while staying on as a social worker. 

“I enjoyed advocating for families, and, about six or seven years into my journey there, I was having a hard time maintaining my bills. We had a couple of kids, and I loved my job – didn’t love my income. So, I got a real estate license and started buying and selling real estate,” he said. 

He eventually went from “buying a couple of properties” to owning “hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of units.” His real estate holdings gave him the power to walk away from his gig as a social worker when he felt the time was right to make the life-altering jump. 

“I’d amassed a pretty good real estate portfolio, you know, started making some good money. And the leadership changed at my job at the state of Connecticut, and I didn’t like where they were going. I was never going to work in a place where I couldn’t protect children. It was policy over common sense, so I quit,” he said. “I actually got an insurance license as well.” 

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He cashed out on real estate and did “very well,” and then started a life insurance company, Family First Life, and a waste management company. He eventually sold both for “more money I thought I’d get in 12 lifetimes,” but non-disclosure agreements prevent him from being too specific.  

“Life is really good,” he said, noting that he was “self-taught” but with a twist. 

“When I say self-taught, it was, but it was self-taught by good mentorship. Like, I found good people,” Meaike said. 

Nowadays, Meaike lives in a water-front home in the posh Florida suburb Boca Raton, a far cry from subsidized housing in Connecticut. He regularly gives keynote speeches to help others achieve similar success, and has built Punch Media LLC, where much of the content is centered on turning other people into millionaires. 

As for his current politics, it’s safe to assume who he’ll vote for in the upcoming presidential election. 

“I don’t like to watch Biden talk. I’m uncomfortable. I’m embarrassed as an American, but I’m uncomfortable,” Meaike said. 

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Campus police sergeant takes matters into his own hands after arresting DoorDash driver

A George Mason University sergeant went above and beyond the call of duty on Wednesday, when he delivered a food order on behalf of a delivery driver his department had just arrested.

Around 4:30 p.m., a vehicle passed by one of the university’s “Flock Safety cameras” with license-reading technology, GMU police said. The system alerted officers to active warrants on a person associated with the vehicle tag, who happened to be the driver.

The vehicle was stopped near police headquarters on University Drive, where it was determined that the driver had an active felony warrant from Fairfax County related to an aggravated assault charge. 

“He had been on campus picking up a food delivery item from Panda Express to drop off at a home in the local community,” GMU police said in an emailed statement to Fox Business. “Sergeant Grant, who assisted officers on this stop, spoke to the driver and said he would complete the delivery for him.”

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The driver was identified as Nicholas Wolf, 32, from Alexandria, Virginia. Police say he was operating as both an Uber Eats and DoorDash driver. 

Video released by the George Mason University police showed Grant making the necessary arrangements. 

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“I’m down to deliver this person their food,” Grant told Wolf, who then instructed Grant how to use the DoorDash app on his phone to get the customer’s address.

Grant then took a picture of the address and returned Wolf’s phone before bringing the customer their food – and a surprise.

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Grant took the food to the address, and the students who lived there recognized him as someone they had interacted with in his community outreach capacity for Greek life. The students were “surprised and happy to see him with their food order,” GMU police said.

‘Hips Don’t Lie’ singer admits it’s a ‘really bad idea’ for pop stars to ‘hook up’ with athletes

Shakira opened up about prioritizing her relationship with her ex-partner, Gerard Piqué, over her career during their 11 years together. 

The 47-year-old singer and the 37-year-old soccer star dated from 2011 to 2022 and share sons Milan, 11, and Sasha, 9. During a recent interview, Shakira reflected on how she gave up professional opportunities to spend time with Piqué while he was playing for FC Barcelona.

“For a long time, I put my career on hold, to be next to Gerard, so he could play football,” Shakira told The Sunday Times in an interview published Friday.

“There was a lot of sacrifice for love,” she added.

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On March 22, the “Whenever, Wherever” hitmaker will debut her first new album in seven years, “Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran (Women Don’t Cry Anymore).” Since her separation from Piqué, she released a handful of new tracks, but her last full-length studio album, “El Dorado,” arrived in 2017.

Shakira told The Sunday Times she spent most of the past seven years between her two albums raising her children in Barcelona. After splitting with Piqué, she moved to Miami with Milan and Sasha. 

The three-time Grammy Award winner and the professional soccer player met when he made a brief cameo in her music video for “Waka Waka,” the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

After sparking dating rumors, the two went public with their romance in 2011. Shakira and Piqué surprised fans when they announced their split in June 2022. Speculation of cheating began shortly after Shakira released the track “BZRP Music Session #53,” which many felt confirmed the soccer player had been unfaithful.

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She later admitted she had been “betrayed” during an interview with People en Español. At the time of the split, her father had been “gravely injured” in an accident.

“Everything happened at once. My home was falling apart,” she told the outlet. “I was finding out through the press that I had been betrayed while my dad was in the ICU.”

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Shakira told the outlet she did not think she was “going to survive” at one point.

“The man I have loved the most in my life, my father, was leaving me when I needed him the most,” she revealed. “I couldn’t talk to him or go to my best friend for the advice I needed so much.”

During her interview with The Sunday Times, Shakira shared her thoughts on the challenges of a romance between a musician and an athlete.

“Empathy is key in an artist’s work. An athlete is in a constant state of war and has to avoid empathy at all costs,” she said. “That’s why it’s probably a really bad idea for an artist to hook up with an athlete.” 

When asked if she felt she needed to date another artist, Shakira said, “I don’t know what I need.”

While speaking with Billboard last year, the pop star opened up about “the dream” she had for her family with Piqué.

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“My priority was my home, my family. I believed in ‘till death do us part.’ I believed that dream, and I had that dream for myself, for my children,” she told Billboard. “My parents have been together, I don’t know, 50 years, and they love each other like the first day, with a love that’s unique and unrepeatable. 

“So, I know it’s possible. My mom doesn’t leave my [sick] father’s side. They still kiss on the mouth. And it has always been my example.

“It’s what I wanted for myself and my children, but it didn’t happen. If life gives you lemons, you have to make lemonade. That’s what I’m doing — making lemonade.”

Fox News Digital’s Lauryn Overhultz contributed to this report.

VP Harris urged to leave Biden ticket amid ‘disappointing’ performance

Vice President Harris should “step aside,” Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker wrote on Friday, as she called the vice president’s performance “disappointing,” and warned she’s become a “burden to the Democratic ticket.”

While she said she was pulling for Harris to succeed, Parker argued her performance “has been disappointing.”

“The Kamala conundrum comes down to this: She was picked because she was Black and female, a combo tantamount to job security. Now that she has become a burden to the Democratic ticket, Biden can’t fire her. He can’t risk alienating his base. Full stop. The seriousness of this situation can’t be overstated. Biden’s diminishing faculties, notwithstanding his relatively successful State of the Union address, and his increasing physical frailty are concerning,” Parker wrote

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“Whatever the reasons, it has seemed that Harris’s role was to be quiet, lest she embarrass her boss with her sometimes inane, rambling remarks and a laugh that erupts from nowhere about nothing obvious to others,” Parker wrote.

The headline to the column read, “For the country’s sake, Vice President Harris should step aside.” 

Parker argued that her perspective was not partisan as she also called for Sarah Palin to quit in 2008. 

The Washington Post columnist noted Harris was unpopular with voters, and said her popularity was unlikely to spike if she were to become president, should something happen to President Biden.

“There’s no reason to think her ranking would spike were she suddenly promoted to the Oval Office. Instead, most signs point to disaster. This is why I propose with all due respect that Harris step away from the ticket,” Parker continued. 

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“Please, Madame Vice President, do it for your country,” Parker concluded. 

A USA Today/Suffolk University poll from early March found that Harris is more unpopular than both President Biden and former President Trump. 

The data from the national survey shows that approximately 52% of registered voters disapprove of her performance as vice president. 

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Harris recently said during a media interview that she was “ready to serve,” prior to the release of Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report on Biden’s handling of classified documents. 

“I am ready to serve. There’s no question about that,” Harris told The Wall Street Journal, adding that everyone who observes her work “walks away fully aware of my capacity to lead.”

Fox News Digital reached out to the Vice President’s office for comment.

Republican Senate candidate sends message to members of his party who ‘don’t like’ Trump

Former President Trump was flanked by several Republican allies during a campaign rally in Ohio on Saturday, where he urged voters to support Republican Senate candidate Bernie Moreno.

In his remarks, Trump railed against President Biden — calling him “a great threat to our democracy” and the “worst president in U.S. history” — and his border policies. The 45th president also urged voters to back Moreno, an Ohio businessman who is running to help Republicans win a crucial seat and potentially flip the majority in the U.S. Senate.

Moreno returned the favor during the speech, urging voters to back Trump, and he offered a special message to Republicans who “don’t like” the former president.

“I am so sick of Republicans that will say ‘I support President Trump’s policies, but I don’t like the man,'” Moreno said, drawing some reaction from the crowd. “This is a good man. This is a great American. This man wakes up every day fighting for us, fighting for this country. He loves this country like no other leader in this nation has ever loved this country.”

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Moreno faces Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, and state Sen. Matt Dolan in the Republican primary on Tuesday.

The winner will face third-term U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, who is viewed as a particularly vulnerable Democrat, in November.

Trump’s pick for Ohio senator has picked up several endorsements ahead of the crucial primary election.

Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., endorsed Moreno in a statement last month.

“I am thrilled to endorse Bernie Moreno as Ohio’s next U.S. Senator. Bernie is a strong conservative who will put America first and help reverse the damage done by Joe Biden and the radical left’s agenda.”

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“Bernie is the type of senator we need to help get our nation back on track for working American families. Bernie will be a fierce voice for the forgotten men and women of this country, and I look forward to working with him in the U.S. Senate.”

He is also endorsed by fellow Ohioans, Sen. J.D. Vance and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, both of whom spoke during Saturday’s rally.

“What we had under President Trump was a guy who did what he said he was going to do,” Jordan said. “He was amazing. He said he would cut taxes, he did. He said he would reduce regulations, he did. He said he would put conservatives on the court, he did.”

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Moreno has also picked up endorsements from former Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, Arizona Republican Senate candidate Kari Lake, former Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., Reps. Max Miller, R-Ohio, Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, and Sens. Cindy Hyde-Smith R-Miss., Eric Schmitt, R-Mo., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Rand Paul, R-Ky., Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Roger Marshall, R-Kan., Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

According to his website, Moreno is a former luxury car dealership tycoon, who purchased a flailing Cleveland Mercedes-Benz dealership in 2005. He has cast himself as a “political outsider” and a self-made man.

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With a background reminiscent of Trump, he quickly emerged as the Trump-world favorite for the nomination.

Fox News Digital’s Julia Johnson contributed to this report.

Review of deadliest mass shooting in Maine’s history reaches haunting conclusion

Law enforcement had probable cause to take gunman Robert Card into custody a month prior to the devastating mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine, an independent commission claims.

The Independent Commission to Investigate the Facts of the Tragedy in Lewiston, which probed the circumstances that led up to the Oct. 25 mass murder, claims law enforcement had all the information necessary to act but failed to do so.

“The Commission is unanimous in finding that in September 2023, the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office (hereinafter SCSO) had sufficient probable cause to take Robert Card Jr. into protective custody under Maine’s Yellow Flag law and to remove his firearms and that the SCSO had probable cause to believe that Mr. Card posed a likelihood of serious harm.”

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The commission determined Card was visited on multiple occasions by the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office and sufficient evidence was found to utilize the state’s “yellow flag” law. 

In addition to his mental health issues, U.S. Army officials and law enforcement were aware of several concerning factors in Card’s behavior by September 2023. 

It was known that Card was in possession of at least ten guns, had threatened his direct superiors, assaulted a friend and had threatened to shoot up a military armory in Saco, Maine.

Maine’s unique “yellow flag” law allows individuals close to a person suspected of violent machinations to report their concerns to law enforcement. Police are then able to take the individual into protective custody and request a mental health check.

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If the individual is found to be mentally unstable, his license and guns can be confiscated until circumstances change.

The commission’s report claims multiple individuals close to Card expressed concern to authorities that the Army reservist, who had severe mental health issues, was becoming dangerous.

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“The Commission recognizes that, to take Mr. Card into protective custody, an officer would have had to make ‘face-to-face’ contact with him,” the report states. “We also recognize that that process might not have been without difficulty and potential risk. Taking Mr. Card into protective custody, however, was warranted by the information known […] , and a plan to intervene and take Mr. Card into protective custody should have been undertaken.”

Card opened fire at two locations in Lewiston — a bowling alley and a bar — killing 18 people and injuring 13 others.

After a two-day manhunt, the shooter was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

“The Commission will continue to pursue the facts in this case and will conduct additional public hearings to gather additional testimony, materials, and reports to gather all the necessary information to determine what happened before, during and after the tragic shootings on October 25, 2023,” the commission announced in its report.

“Upon completion of that investigation, a final comprehensive report, together with recommendations, will be issued and published on the Commission’s website. More work needs to be done and it will be done — the victims, their families and the people of Maine deserve no less.”