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Judge hands DeSantis major win in lawsuit over migrant flights to lux progressive island

A federal judge on Monday dropped Ron DeSantis from a lawsuit after the Republican Florida Governor coordinated flights of illegal immigrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard in 2022. 

In a 77-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs dropped DeSantis and various past and present staff members from the lawsuit over “insufficient facts” presented in the case. 

Allison said the court could not “ascertain what actions were taken by whom and therefore cannot determine which, if any, of those individual Defendants transacted business or caused injury here, leaving it no choice but to find that, at least on this record, personal jurisdiction has not been established.” 

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Still, the ruling leaves open the possibility for further litigation against Vertol, the Florida-based company that coordinated the flights for $1.5 million. 

Like his counterparts in Texas and Arizona, DeSantis started flying illegal immigrants to progressive states in late 2022 to highlight the Biden administration’s failing at the southern border. 

Martha’s Vineyard is famously known as a playground of rich progressives, including former President Barack Obama, who bought a multimillion-dollar house there in 2019.

DeSantis proposed Delaware or Martha’s Vineyard as a destination for such migrants, but his office explained at the time that they could also be sent “to other ‘progressive’ states whose governors endorse blatant violations of federal immigration law.”

“As we’ve always stated, the flights were conducted lawfully and authorized by the Florida legislature,” a spokesperson for DeSantis’ office said. “We look forward to Florida’s next illegal immigration relocation flight, and we are glad to bring national attention to the crisis at the southern border.” 

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Fox News Digital has reached out to Vertol for further comment. 

Fox News Digital’s Jessica Chasmar contributed to this report. 

Captured Hamas fighters paint grim outlook of terror group to Israeli troops

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant on Sunday said Hamas terrorists captured by troops said “the group is collapsing from within” as Israel steps up its military offensive in the Gaza Strip. 

“In the last week or two, hundreds of terrorists have been captured and what they say about what happened to them tells the whole story. They say that Hamas is collapsing from within, the price they are paying is very heavy,” Gallant said, The Times of Israel reported. 

“We’re going to eliminate everyone who was involved in the events of October 7, the junior [officials], the senior ones and the very senior ones; those who were inside [Israel] or who gave instructions,” he said, referring to the date of Palestinian terror group Hamas’s massive attack on Israel that started the ongoing conflict.

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The Israel Defense Forces said over the weekend that its troops seized a cache of weapons concealed in the maternity ward of Shifa Hospital, where a raid on the facility to target Hamas terrorists was entering its third week. Weapons found included mortars, explosive devices, sniper rifles, assault rifles, handguns and other military equipment hidden inside patient pillows and beds, according to the IDF.

Over the weekend, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that troops would invade the city of Rafah in southern Gaza. The promise comes amid concerns from the Biden administration about Israeli military operations and the mounting civilian casualties. 

Netanyahu, 74, said he had approved the IDF’s “operational plan” for Rafah, saying the force was “prepared for the evacuation of the civilian population and for the provision of humanitarian assistance.”

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“This is the right thing both operationally and internationally,” he said. “This will take time but it will be done. We will enter Rafah and we will eliminate the Hamas battalions there for one simple reason: There is no victory without entering Rafah and there is no victory without eliminating the Hamas battalions there.” 

Netanyahu has said there can be no victory without a military ground offensive in Rafah, the southern Gaza city where more than half of the territory’s population of 2.3 million now shelters after fleeing fighting elsewhere. 

The Biden administration and Israel were expected to hold a virtual meeting Monday to discuss Rafah. Netanyahu had canceled a previous set of meetings in Washington after the U.S. abstained from a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire and the release of all hostages. 

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The White House has said a military operation in Rafah could result in mass civilian casualties and exacerbate an already dire humanitarian crisis. 

Fox News Digital’s Bradford Betz contributed to this report. 

‘90210’ alum Tori Spelling reveals shocking reason behind divorce

Tori Spelling is opening up about her divorce from her husband of 18 years, Dean McDermott.

On Friday, Fox News Digital confirmed that Spelling had filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences as the grounds to dissolve her union with McDermott. 

At the iHeart Radio Music Awards red carpet, Spelling told Fox News Digital, “I’m doing well. It was the appropriate time and the kids and I and Dean are doing great. And we’re getting through this as a family.”

Spelling elaborated about the major change to her life on her new podcast, “missSPELLING.”

“So, I just filed for divorce,” she says in the opening moments of the show, taking a deep breath. “I just filed for divorce, whoa. I said the words that I’ve said in my head for like 16 years…wild.”

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As she discusses her and McDermott’s relationship, she also called him to inform him the news of their divorce had gone public. 

During the podcast, McDermott calls back, but only Spelling’s side of the conversation is heard. 

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It’s clear they’re speaking about the optics of her filing for divorce first, and she explains why she did so to him and listeners.

“I feel like I deserve to file first, then. You basically put it all out there with the Daily Mail. You said everything that you’ve done to me all through the years. So I think it would make perfect sense that it’s followed up with I would file. Because those are things that I would never have divulged to somebody, and you did.” 

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Spelling referred to McDermott’s 2023 interview with The Daily Mail, where he divulged intimate details of their relationship, including his struggle with addiction and her keeping barn animals in their bedroom as factors in their separation. 

She ends the call by telling McDermott, “I love you” and then says, “Wait, that’s it. I’ve never felt more alone…I’ve never felt more alone in 50 years.”

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As Spelling begins to cry and tries to laugh it off, she notes she’s surrounded by friends in a podcast studio, but still says, “I don’t feel worth loving. And that’s just something that’s in you. It’s not something I wanted or created. That starts when you’re young.”

Throughout the podcast, Spelling recalls her relationship with McDermott, beginning with their “fairytale romance.”

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“Dean and I had this fairytale romance, even though we were both married when we met — not fairytale right there,” Spelling admitted. “But we had other partners that we cheated on and left, and then we got together.”

She added, “It shouldn’t have made it 18 years, and I think he would say the same thing.”

The “90210” alum also spoke about “red flags” she saw in McDermott, like “his temper, which was fueled by alcohol.”

The couple married in 2006 and have five children together: Liam, Finn, Beau, Stella and Hattie. 

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The mom of five admits she thought about leaving at multiple points after the births of some of her children, but never did. 

Having children further impacted their relationship, with Spelling saying, “Our relationship was never the same after having kids.

She continued, “We always said we won’t be those parents who change. We’ll make sure we make our relationship a priority, the two of us, and have date nights, and everything went out the window. I became completely focused on the kids. And kind of left him in a way. And I get it. It doesn’t excuse his behavior and everything he did and how he handled things, and I’m not minimizing his part in this and how his lack of sobriety did affect me and the kids for years and years, and I’m really happy he’s sober now. But our relationship definitely changed, to the point where I felt like I was in this alone with the kids.” 

The “final blow” came last year after they spent the day together at her friend and co-star Jennie Garth’s house, noting McDermott (who is now sober) had been drinking.

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At home, they were having an argument that was going back and forth, and she revealed the comment that sent her over the edge.

“He said, ‘Ugh, I’m so sick of this. I have been picking up Tori Spelling’s s— for 18 years.’ And I f—ing lost it,” Spelling recalled.

The podcast episode ends on that comment.

In the divorce filing documents, the date of separation for the couple is listed as June 17, 2023, the same day McDermott shared a now-deleted Instagram post announcing their separation. 

Spelling is requesting spousal support, while denying offering spousal support to McDermott. As for their children, she requested full physical custody and joint legal custody, with visitation rights for McDermott.

CDC sounds alarm on outbreak of life-threatening invasive bacterial infection

An invasive bacterial infection is on the rise in the U.S., according to an alert from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Cases of meningococcal disease, mainly caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis, reached 422 last year, the highest annual number of cases reported since 2014, the agency stated in the alert.

So far this year, 143 cases have been reported to the CDC (as of March 25), which is 62 more than the number reported at the same time last year.

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The invasive strain that is causing most of the cases — serogroup Y ST-1466 — primarily affects adults between ages 30 and 60 (65% of cases), the CDC said in its report. Also affected are Black or African American people (63%) and people with HIV (15%), the CDC said.

This strain also appears to have a higher fatality rate than strains from previous years.

Of 94 patients, 17 of them died from the infection, which is a fatality rate of 18%. 

Between 2017 and 2021, the fatality rate was 11%.

The typical fatality rate ranges from 10% to 15%, even with antibiotic treatment, per the CDC.

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One in five survivors can experience long-term disabilities such as deafness, brain damage, limb loss or other nervous system problems.

“I think this is a concern, especially because of the steep rise in cases all of a sudden and because this particular strain has had a higher case fatality than in previous increases of this disease,” Dr. Barbara Bawer, a primary care physician at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, told Fox News Digital.

Symptoms of meningococcal disease

Described by the CDC as a “rare but severe illness,” meningococcal disease most commonly causes symptoms of meningitis, including fever, stiff neck, headache, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light or altered mental status.

It can also cause meningococcal bloodstream infection, which is marked by fever and chills, vomiting, fatigue, vomiting, cold hands and feet, severe aches and pains, diarrhea, rapid breathing or a dark purple rash, the CDC notes. 

Transmission and treatment

Meningitis infections can spread though close contact with someone who has meningococcal disease, Bawer noted — “generally, through things like coughing or kissing, but it can also spread by being in the same household or room for extended periods of time with an individual who is infected.”

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Those who have symptoms of the disease should see their primary care physician immediately, according to the doctor.

As symptoms tend to progress quickly and can be life-threatening, it is essential that the patient receives antibiotics immediately.

“It can become fatal or dangerous within hours for any individual.”

“It can become fatal or dangerous very quickly — within hours — for any individual, especially if antibiotics are not initiated in a timely manner,” Bawer warned. “Even with antibiotics, meningitis can be fatal.”

She added, “This is often due to misdiagnosis, because meningitis can mimic many other illnesses.”

Infection prevention

Most cases of meningococcal disease worldwide are caused by six variations of the Neisseria meningitidis bacteria — A, B, C, W, X and Y.

In the U.S., the most common variations are B, C, W and Y.

There are vaccines available to protect against types A, C, W and Y (the MenACWY vaccine) and type B (MenB vaccine), according to the CDC.

“MenACWY vaccines are routinely recommended for adolescents and for people with other risk factors or underlying medical conditions, including HIV,” the CDC stated in the alert.

To reduce risk, Bawer recommends that people get vaccinated with the current meningitis vaccine as recommended by the CDC and avoid being in very closed-in spaces with others as much as possible. 

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“If you know of someone who has meningitis in your household or you’ve come in contact with their oral secretions (i.e., you kissed them), then you should get preventative antibiotics,” the doctor told Fox News Digital. 

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This is even more important for those who are immune-compromised or who are on medications that decrease the immune system, Bawer added.

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Squatters occupy home built on wrong lot — and the developer is suing the land’s true owner

A Hawaii property owner is getting sued after finding out a half-million dollar house was accidentally built on her land. 

The legal quagmire has attracted squatters to the house, according to a neighbor who spoke to local news.

“You already make a mistake, and then you build on my land without my permission. And then now you’re suing me for it,” Reynolds told the New York Post. “I was so mad. I was so mad that day … that’s a really big mistake to make.”

In 2018, Annaleine Reynolds, known as Anne, purchased a vacant, one-acre lot in Hawaiian Paradise Park on the Big Island for around $22,500 at a county tax auction, according to court documents. Reynolds, who lives in California and works as a relationship coach, planned to eventually move and host meditative healing women’s retreats on the lot, but was shocked to find out from a real estate broker last year that a $500,000 three-bedroom house was built and sold on her property by accident, Hawaii News Now reported.

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Keaau Development Partnership, LLC hired PJ’s Construction to build around a dozen homes on properties the developer bought in a subdivision of the Big Island’s Puna district, the Associated Press reported. The developer is now suing Reynolds and PJ’s Construction, among others involved in the home’s development. 

“It would set a dangerous precedent, if you could go on to someone else’s land, build anything you want, and then sue that individual for the value of it,” said James DiPasquale, an attorney for Reynolds. 

Reynolds rejected an offer from the developer for a neighboring property to resolve the dispute. She told Hawaii News Now she bought the lot for its “sacredness.” 

But Peter Olson, an attorney representing the developer, said the plots are nearly identical after Reynolds declined the offer. 

“My client believes [Reynolds is] trying to exploit PJ Construction’s mistake in order to get money from my client and the other parties,” Olson told AP. 

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In an email, Olson told Fox News his client also found Reynold’s statements about her spiritual connection to the lot to be “disingenuous.”

“My client finds Ms. Reynolds’s statements about her ‘spiritual’ / ‘energy’ connection to the lot in question to be disingenuous, cultural appropriation / culturally insensitive, and offensive,” Olson said. 

However, Olson added that his client’s primary claim was with PJ’s Construction. He said under “unjust enrichment,” his client is entitled to recovery “if it conferred a benefit on Ms. Reynolds.”

“The appreciation in the value of her property constitutes a legal benefit to her, and that retention of all that benefit would be unjust because my client spent $300,000 for the construction and Ms. Reynolds got a free house,” Olson said. 

But DiPasquale said his client undertook an unnecessary “burden” through this experience. 

“Our client, Anne Reynolds, did not ask for this house, nor does she deserve the burden it brings,” DiPasquale told Fox News in a statement. “She’s been thrust into a legal battle through no fault of her own, and we will do everything we can to hold them accountable.”

An attorney for PJ’s Construction told Hawaii News Now the developers didn’t want to hire surveyors for the process, but Olson told Fox News Keaau Development Partnership disputes this claim. 

When asked about the squatters, Reynolds’ attorney said it is unclear when they entered the home, or if they are still there. 

“There was poop on the floor, in the hallway bathroom and on the toilet seat,” Reynolds told the Post after visiting the trashed home in February. “I was shocked.”

Reynolds told the Post the experience has already taken an emotional toll and made her property taxes skyrocket

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“It’s affected my ability to work,” Reynolds said. “Who can in their right mind have peace? You need to have a peaceful mind in order to work in the kind of job that I do. It’s like a cloud over my head everywhere I go.”

“I’m the one who was injured in this whole fiasco and then after that, they sue me,” she said. “I feel like a criminal. What did I do to deserve this?”

New evidence suggests Russia is behind hundreds of gov workers’ mysterious illnesses

In an explosive new report CBS’s 60 Minutes, The Insider and Der Spiegel found new evidence that hundreds of U.S. government employees complaining of sudden neurological symptoms known as Havana Syndrome may have been attacked by Russia with a weapon using directed energy.

“Well, there’s a number of reasons why we think the U.S. doesn’t want to blame Moscow, i.e. Putin and the Russians. One is essentially this is an act of war,” Mark Zaid, the lawyer representing two dozen US government employees who claim to be victims of Havana Syndrome, told FOX News.

Last year, the U.S. intelligence community released an explosive report ruling out foreign involvement as a cause of Havana Syndrome. The lead military investigator said the bar to prove Russia is behind this was set impossibly high.

CBS interviewed an FBI counterintelligence agent who uses the alias “Carrie.” She was investigating a suspected Russian agent caught in the US during a high speed police car chase when she first felt the symptoms of what she believes was an attack on her using a possible directed energy weapon like the one Moscow has bragged publicly about producing for its intelligence service.

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“It was like a high-pitched metallic drilling noise- and it knocked me forward… I immediately felt pressure and pressure and pain started coursing thru my right ear down my jaw and into my chest,” Carrie told 60 Minutes. 

Retired Lt Col Greg Edgreen, ran the Pentagon’s investigation into Havana Syndrome for the Defense Intelligence Agency.

“One of the things I started to notice was the caliber of our officer that was being impacted. This wasn’t happening to our worst or our middle range officers. This was happening to our top five, 10% performing officers across the Defense Intelligence Agency. And consistently there was a Russia nexus. There was some angle where they’d worked against Russia, focused on Russia and done extremely well,” Edgreen told CBS.

Edgreen said he believed it was Russia from the start.

“The intelligence officers and our diplomats working abroad are being removed from their post with traumatic brain injuries. They’re being neutralized,” Edgreen said.

Following the 60 Minutes report, the Pentagon confirmed a senior U.S. defense department official sought medical treatment for symptoms of Havana Syndrome at NATO’s Vilnius Summit last summer.

“It tells me that there are no barriers on what Moscow will do, who they will attack on who they will attack, and that if we don’t face this head on, the problem is going to get worse,” Edgreen warned. 

A police car chase near Key West four years ago provided key evidence. A search of the car found handwritten notes of bank accounts, a device that can erase the car’s computer data, and the driver’s Russian passport. Receipts link the suspected attackers to a Russian military intelligence hit squad, GRU Unit 29155 that tried to kill former Russian military agent Sergei Skripal in London and poisoned Putin opposition Alexei Navalny. The same investigators from The Insider tracked down the members of Unit 29155 and confronted them on camera with the help of reporters three years ago as part of a separate investigation.

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“The new evidence in particular was information identifying specific Russian individuals, some of whom even got captured by local law enforcement in the United States. But also geotechnical information of showing that, certain Russians were in the exact vicinity of attacks in particular countries and around the world,” Zaid told FOX News.

Victims, like Adam who uses an alias and was thought to be Patient Zero after experiencing crippling auditory sensation that left him unable to walk or move while working undercover in Havana in 2016 responded to the new reporting with relief.

“They pulled out receipts from the GRU 29155 group, which explicitly outlines that these are weapons systems and a weapons program,” Adam told FOX.

“Last year in September when you had Nikolai Patrushev (the current head of Russia’s Security Council and former head of the FSB, Russia’s external spy service) in the press saying they’d neutralized hundreds of Western spies. And a few days before that, you had Putin discussing the new technologies to include acoustic weapon systems and RF (radio frequency) systems that they were working on. So I can’t say I’m surprised by any of it. The Russians have been talking about this openly in the press,” Adam said in an interview with FOX News.

For years he and other victims say they have felt gaslit by their former agency employers. An extensive investigation by the intelligence community ruled out any evidence of foreign involvement last July. 

“We take this very seriously,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters at the White House Monday. “We take this very serious. This is why we have taken an all government approach and have directed agencies to do the three things that I listed out.”

State Department Spokesman Matthew Miller added, “It has been the broad conclusion of the intelligence community since March 2023 that it is unlikely a foreign adversaries responsible for these anomalous health incidents.”

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The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) says the investigation is not closed and they will examine any new evidence that comes to light adding, “These findings do not call into question the very real experiences and symptoms that our colleagues and their family members have reported.”

Zaid, the lawyer for a number of the Havana Syndrome victims, describes how his clients experienced computer and phone malfunctions at the time of what they believe should be described as attacks.

“There is evidence of technological problems surrounding them, where they would be on their phone at the time and the battery would swell up in the phone case, almost explode, break apart, or computers that they were working on at the moment. And the computer screens would just do all sorts of things that computer screens just do not do. That doesn’t happen in a vacuum,” Zaid told FOX.

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And then there are the victims’ pets.

“That’s an untold part of the story. The pets who can’t hide the fact they’re suffering and don’t have mass psychosis that comes into their mind based on what they’re hearing from others. So at some point in time, it has to be clear that whatever this is, is hurting people. So at that point in time, even though it may still have a dual use, it has been weaponized,” Zaid said referring to the targeted energy waves he believes hit his clients.

Whoopi Goldberg hammers question about voters being ‘better off’ four-years ago

“The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg claimed Americans had “short memory issues” on Monday while discussing a question posed by Republicans about whether people felt “better off” than they were four years ago.

“So why is it some people are having short memory issues? There are plenty of other reasons to feel good about where we actually are. Why isn’t that tracking?” she asked. 

At the end of the daytime talk show segment, Goldberg criticized the question and said it was “disrespectful to the American people.” 

“Black people, we were not in this insanity of trying to figure out why our history’s no longer welcome in the educational system. Women were realizing something was happening. If you were coming from another country, if you were coming to this country to find a better life, you were not welcome. Listen. It wasn’t a good time for lots of people,” she said. 

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“All you have to do is ask, are we better off than we were? Ask the thousands of people who are no longer here. That’s how you know if we’re better off. Ask their families. Are they better off without their loved ones? What a stupid question. It’s a stupid question and disrespectful to the American people in my opinion, in my humble opinion.” 

Co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin, who worked in the Trump administration, said Republicans were committing “political malpractice” by asking the question. 

She argued that while the economy was “objectively doing better” under Biden, people feel they had more money in their 401ks during the Trump administration.

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Sunny Hostin criticized the former president and said the Democratic Party could do more to stress just how “terrible” the four years of Trump were

“I think the Democrats need to do more in getting the message out that yes, we actually are better off right now because of all of the things that Biden has done, but I will say this, you know, while Trump may have, you know, came up with this Operation Warp Speed, which I don’t know why he came up with that term, I do believe that he is responsible for mishandling the pandemic so much that over a million Americans died including my in-laws, and it is in large part, because he had his son-in-law who shouldn’t have been in the White House in the first place, handling the response. Someone with absolutely no medical history – experience,” she added.

A Fox News poll from March found that just 22% of voters say they are better off than four years ago, while more than twice that many, 52%, say they are worse off. 

The poll also found that 73% of voters rated the economy negatively.

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The co-hosts referenced the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the segment, and Ana Navarro said she was living with anxiety every day during the Trump administration. 

“In addition to the Covid issue, which is, you know, incredibly serious and sad and cost so many lives, I can tell you that I was getting death threats. I was, you know, living a level of anxiety that I didn’t realize until after Trump left, because every day I woke up wondering what scandal, what horrible thing was he going to tweet about? What international incident was he going to cause? I mean, I couldn’t be away from news. Now I’m like playing Words with Friends and Fishdom,” Navarro said. 

DeSantis questions who’s in charge after Biden denies trans visibility Easter declaration

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis slammed President Biden for denying he declared March 31, the same day as Easter Sunday this year, as “Transgender Day of Visibility.”

When asked about his official White House proclamation, Biden said he “didn’t do that,” prompting DeSantis to suggest the president’s denial raises questions about who is running the White House.

“Wait a minute, he said that didn’t happen, he said he didn’t do that,” DeSantis exclaimed during an appearance at the Greater Miami Expressway Agency on Monday. “Which raises the question that he’s either not being honest with the public or he really didn’t know what was going on.” 

DeSantis went on to call out President Biden and ask who is actually running our country.

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“Who’s running the presidency? Is it a bunch of woke, 20-something-year-old White House staffers? So I don’t know whose in charge. The fact that he’s not owning up to it – either way, it’s bad,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis also shared how he celebrated Easter with his family, emphasizing the importance of the sacred holiday.

“It’s the most important, for Christians, holiday on the calendar. And you know what Biden did, you know, I think was ridiculous, but it does raise the issue,” DeSantis said.

In a statement to Fox News Digital, a spokesperson for the White House downplayed the president’s comments, noting that he didn’t choose March 31 as the date for Transgender Day of Visibility. 

Since 2021, when Biden took office, the White House has issued the same proclamation on March 31 every year. 

“President Biden is right. He did nothing in conflict with the ‘tenets’ of Easter, which he celebrated yesterday. Nor did he choose the date of March 31 for Transgender Day of Visibility, which has been set since 2009,” White House spokesperson Andrew Bates said in an email.

In addition to the Transgender Day of Visibility proclamation, the White House simultaneously issued a flurry of other proclamations, including Cesar Chavez Day, National Donate Life Month, National Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Month, Arab American Heritage Month and Care Workers Recognition Month.

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President Biden’s Transgender Day of Visibility proclamation generated widespread outrage among Christians, who characterized its timing with Easter as disrespectful. 

Orlando Magic star Jonathan Isaac joined in on ripping the president, saying on X, formerly Twitter, the White House “know[s] exactly what they are doing.”

“They want you to hate! This helps no one and only promotes division,” he wrote. “They know exactly what they are doing… we should be angry but shouldn’t lose the spirit of what tomorrow means! Don’t lose focus. Because He is risen there is hope for all.”

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“I am absolutely disgusted that Joe Biden has declared the most Holy of Holy days – a self proclaimed devout Catholic – as Transgender Day of Visibility. The only thing you should be declaring on this day is ‘HE is Risen’.,” Caitlyn Jenner wrote on X.

The White House also announced that it was banning National Guard children from submitting Easter egg designs that include “questionable content, religious symbols, overtly religious themes, or partisan political statements,” for the Easter Egg Roll event. 

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“The art contest is a tradition at the White House Easter Egg Roll however the Catholic president doesn’t want to see anything religious-themed,” Co-Owner of Trending Politics, Collin Rugg wrote on X.

Fox News Digital’s Ryan Morik, Thomas Catenacci, Sarah Rumpf-Whitten, Haley Chi-Sing, and Anders Hagstrom contributed to this report.

Trump’s social media company takes a hit after reporting losses

Shares of Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG) plummeted by more than 23% on Monday after the parent company of former President Trump’s Truth Social platform reported it lost nearly $60 million last year.

TMTG, which trades on the Nasdaq under the symbol “DJT,” reported it brought in $4.1 million in revenue in 2023 but had an operating loss of more than $58 million.

The former president’s social media company went public last week through a merger with the use of a special purpose acquisition company, Digital World Acquisition Corp. (DWAC). 

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Retail buyers fueled the stock’s surge in its March 26 debut, where it climbed to a market value of around $8 billion. But Monday’s disclosure brought out sellers, sending the stock down $14.45, or 23%, to $47.51 on more than 14 million shares. It had closed at nearly $58 on its first day of trading.

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DJT TRUMP MEDIA & TECHNOLOGY GROUP CORP 48.66 -13.30 -21.47%

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“As of December 31, 2023 and 2022, management has substantial doubt that TMTG will have sufficient funds to meet its liabilities as they fall due, including liabilities related to promissory notes previously issued by TMTG,” the company said.

Trump, the presumptive 2024 GOP presidential nominee, holds 78.7 million shares in TMTG. There is a six-month lock-up on Trump’s shares, which the board could vote to waive. But the filing Monday showed the lock for Trump and other insiders is still in place.

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TMTG’s CEO is Devin Nunes, who joined the company in December 2021 after retiring from nearly two decades in Congress. The SEC filing showed Nunes was paid a $750,000 salary last year.

Trump launched Truth Social in February 2022, a year after he was banned from platforms such as then-Twitter, now-X; Facebook; and Instagram, following Jan. 6, 2021. Those bans have been lifted. 

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The Truth Social platform has some 8.9 million users signed up, according to company disclosures. TMTG’s value following the declines Monday sat at around $6.3 billion.

FOX Business’ Brooke Singman and Eric Revell, and Reuters contributed to this report.