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Cases of deadly medieval disease on the rise at migrant shelters

Chicago health officials have announced that a “small number” of tuberculosis (TB) cases have been reported at some migrant facilities following a recent outbreak of measles among migrants living in the Windy City’s shelters.

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) said the TB cases were reported in “a few different shelters” in the city. However, officials did not disclose the exact number of confirmed cases or which shelter locations they originated from, Fox 32 Chicago reports

The agency says its medical teams are ramping up contact tracing to address the health issue. Tuberculosis is an infectious bacterial disease that mainly affects the lungs.

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The confirmed tuberculosis cases come as more than 55 measles cases have now been confirmed in Chicago, with the majority of those cases being reported in the Pilsen migrant shelter on Halsted Street.

“CDPH is aware of a small number of cases of TB among new arrivals in a few different shelters over the course of the response,” the health agency said in a statement to Fox 32.

The health body said 10% to 20% of Central and South American residents have a latent TB infection, which is asymptomatic and not transmissible to others. It does, however, result in a positive TB test, CDPH says. 

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CDPH says TB is curable with antibiotics and is not particularly infectious. It typically requires several hours or more of prolonged close contact between individuals to spread.

“TB is not a novel or rarely seen illness in Chicago, as the Chicago Department of Public Health typically expects to see between 100-150 cases of tuberculosis in Chicago residents in an average year,” the CDPH statement reads. “We will continue to offer treatment to individuals as necessary and take the proper precautions to eliminate spread, but we do not consider this a matter presenting a substantial threat to the public.”

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Raymond Lopez, a Chicago alderman, told “Fox and Friends” on Thursday morning that this outbreak could have been prevented had the migrants been required to follow the same vaccination rules as U.S. citizens.

“This is a crisis we could have avoided, just like with the measles, if we had simply instituted the American standard of vaccines upon all those migrants being shipped to the city of Chicago,” Lopez said. 

“Many of these individuals come with children, they are in our schools and all of those vaccination requirements that our kids are responsible for are waved for the migrant asylum seeker children. And that is putting the people, families and communities at risk.”

The TB vaccine, known as BCG, is not widely used in the U.S. but it is often given to infants and small children in other countries where TB is common, the CDC website says. The CDC says it does not always protect people from getting TB. 

Dr. Aniruddha Hazra, associate professor of medicine at the University of Chicago, says the vaccine is not really effective. 

“There is no effective vaccine against tuberculosis,” Hazra told Fox 32 Chicago. “These outbreaks happen in close quarters, people who are living close to one another.”

Hazra says that while the situation is cause for concern, the public has no reason to panic.

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“The people who are most at risk of tuberculosis are the other migrants living in that shelter,” said Hazra, who added that measles, however, is preventable through vaccination.

The TB outbreak comes after the number of U.S. tuberculosis cases in 2023 were the highest in a decade, according to the CDC.

Cases increased from 8,320 in 2022 to 9,615 in 2023, an increase of 1,295 cases with numbers going up among all age groups. Data from the agency shows nearly 10,000 infections in 2013.

Fox News’ Greg Norman contributed to this report. 

Fast food workers left in ‘shock’ over layoffs as former manager warns more are coming

Another California small business and its workers have seemingly suffered at the hands of the state’s newly enacted $20 minimum wage.

“It’s a shock,” Monica Navarro, former assistant general manager at Foster’s Freeze in Lemoore, said on “The Bottom Line” Wednesday.

“It would have been nice to have a notice so we could go get some applications [out], I could prepare them,” she continued. “The best I can do is honestly give them some references.”

When making their way to work Monday morning, Navarro and her team learned upon arrival that the restaurant owner had made the decision to close its doors for good. The owner, Loren Wright, told local Fox affiliate KMPH that this was the “last thing” they wanted to do, but knew by Friday night the business likely wouldn’t be able to absorb the wage hike and didn’t “want to ruin their Easter Sunday.”

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The new California statewide legislation went into effect Monday and enforces a $20 minimum wage for restaurants that have at least 60 locations nationwide, except those that make and sell their own bread.

“Two of my coworkers were actually going in to clock-in for the morning. And right after that, that’s when I got a phone call that we were closing. So they found out right as they were about to clock-in for the day,” Navarro recalled.

“We had gotten a text in the group chat that we were shutting down, and I completely thought it was an April Fool’s joke,” one of Navarro’s colleagues also told KMPH.

After speaking further with management and Foster’s Freeze’s owner, Navarro learned that the minimum wage law was the primary factor in the restaurant’s demise.

“He did blame it on the minimum wage increase. Although, from my understanding, I think we were exempt from it because of the amount of locations that he personally owns. But, he did ultimately blame it on that increase,” she said.

“I can see their intentions with increasing the minimum wage, thinking that it will attract more people,” the ex-manager added, “but I honestly don’t think it will work. This is not the first business that’s closing. There’s already a few local businesses for me that are closing, so I feel like this is just only the beginning.”

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Speaking on behalf of the now unemployed Foster’s Freeze team, Navarro claimed they would have preferred working at a lower hourly rate than being laid off.

“From the people that I spoke to, my employees, we would have rather stayed at the wage that we did have before, just because now we don’t have a job,” Navarro said. “And those who are still working in the areas around us that went up to $20 an hour, they got their hours severely cut. And it’s a lot less people working on shifts. So their jobs got a lot more difficult.”

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FOX Business’ Breck Dumas contributed to this report.

Valerie Bertinelli shares the ‘three-week rule’ she has with new boyfriend

Valerie Bertinelli revealed the “three-week rule” that she has established with her new boyfriend. 

During a recent interview with People magazine, the 63-year-old actress gushed over her “mature, kind, thoughtful, patient” beau, who is an East Coast-based writer 10 years her junior. 

Bertinelli, who lives in Los Angeles, told the outlet that their relationship is “unlike any connection I’ve ever felt” and shared how the pair make their long-distance romance work by visiting each other every three weeks.

“We never go longer than that without seeing each other,” the “One Day at a Time” star said. “After all, it’s about finding the joy in life and sharing it.”

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Bertinelli recalled that her boyfriend, whom she has not named, first caught her attention a few years ago when he commented on one of her Instagram posts. 

“I thought he was interesting,” she remembered. “It was strictly platonic, but there was something about him that I connected with that felt familiar. A comfort level. He felt like a kindred spirit.”

The two kept in touch via social media with Bertinelli noting, “Every few months he would DM me.” However, the couple’s connection deepened in January after they had their first phone call.

“I was very guarded, as was he,” the two-time Golden Globe winner said. “His voice had the most beautiful timbre. I was like ‘Oh, I can’t talk to this man right now because that’s really sexy.’”

“We both had strong feelings, trying not to admit them,” she added.

Bertinelli explained that they were both hesitant about embarking on a long-distance relationship but as their feelings grew, they decided to take a chance.

“We finally said, ‘Why are we doing this? It’s going to be challenging, because it’s long distance but why not?’” she recalled. “You only live once.” 

The couple met in person for the first time on a romantic trip to New York City in March. 

“I’m driving up to meet him, and he’s already at the hotel standing outside,” Bertinelli recalled. “I just jump out of the car, and I run to him, and I hug him. It was the best hug. I immediately felt like I was home. This is where I belong, in this man’s arms. It all feels incredibly right.”

Bertinelli told People that the two pledged to not go three weeks without seeing each other from that point on. 

“I’m glad it’s happening. But it’s like, what the heck is happening? It’s a seesaw of emotions,” she admitted. 

Earlier this week, Bertinelli told People that she was “in love” again after imagining herself remaining single for the rest of her life. 

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“I want to be clear that this process has taken a long time,” Bertinelli said. “I got more intentional about my healing. “That meant a lot of walks with [my dog] Luna, a lot of therapy sessions, a lot of learning that I deserve to feel good.”

“First came the work,” she continued. “Why I thought I didn’t deserve to be loved. Why I was using food to numb my feelings. All the drama and trauma I hadn’t dealt with — with Ed and my last marriage.”

“Ed” refers to Eddie Van Halen, her first husband and the father of her only child, Wolfgang Van Halen. Her last marriage was to financial planner Tom Vitale — she’s been open about the difficult times she experienced in their relationship.

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In an excerpt from her upcoming cookbook, “Indulge,” excerpted by People, she wrote, “The more I let myself cry, the better I felt. I wasn’t trying to be happy or sad or thin. I wasn’t trying to be anything other than who I was.” 

“The cookbook was an offshoot of the emotional and mental healing I‘ve been doing,” she explained in her interview, later adding, “I know we’re talking about a cookbook, but this cookbook got me through all of it.”

After doing so much emotional work, she learned to love herself again, and in doing so, she was able to open herself up to being loved by someone else.

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She admitted, “I’m in love … I was adamant I was never falling in love again. I was supposed to die with my six cats and my dog, and very happily live the rest of my years alone — I’m good alone.”

Fox News Digital’s Emily Trainham contributed to this report.

Dem ‘Squad’ members face ousting by group of their own party

A pro-Israel Democrat group is looking to oust two controversial far-left “Squad” members from their seats in Congress this cycle.

The Democratic Majority for Israel PAC on Wednesday endorsed George Latimer, the Westchester County executive who is challenging Rep. Jamaal Bowman of New York, and Wesley Bell, the progressive prosecuting attorney for St. Louis County who is running against Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri, in their upcoming primaries this summer.

The group is the latest in a string to target the “Squad” members over their contentious comments regarding Israel. Last week, the Jewish Democratic Council of America also endorsed Bowman and Bush’s opponents, which was the first time they supported challengers to House Democrats, the New York Post reported.

The efforts to oust Bowman and Bush come after the representatives made a string of controversial comments and actions with regard to Israel, which has drawn the ire of such groups. 

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Following the Hamas terrorist group’s bloody incursion into Israel on Oct. 7, Bush accused Israel of retaliating by targeting hospitals and committing war crimes against Palestinians in Gaza.

“We can’t be silent about Israel’s ethnic cleansing campaign. Babies, dead. Pregnant women, dead. Elderly, dead. Generations of families, dead,” Bush wrote in an Oct. 29 post on X, just weeks after Hamas’ attack on Israel. “Millions of people in Gaza with nowhere to go being slaughtered. The U.S. must stop funding these atrocities against Palestinians.”

Bush also said the bipartisan vote to censure fellow Squad member Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., for her anti-Israel rhetoric was “outrageous” in a heated speech on the House floor.

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Fellow Squad member Bowman also has a history of anti-Israel rhetoric. The New York Democrat said reports of Israeli women being raped by Hamas terrorists were “propaganda” just days after taking part in a viewing of footage of the Hamas attack.

“There was propaganda used in the beginning of the siege,” Bowman said in a TikTok post discovered first by Politico. “There’s still no evidence of beheaded babies or raped women. But they still keep using that lie [for] propaganda.”

Bowman later tried to walk back the statement after more evidence came to light of sexual assaults during the Hamas attack on Israel, saying “I always stand against sexual violence in all forms and stand for peace for all.”

He has also been criticized for defending a mural of Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan, who said Jews were “the synagogue of Satan” and “termites,” and arguing that it should remain in New York.

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Bowman and Bush, alongside some other fellow Squad members, boycotted Israeli President Isaac Herzog’s speech to Congress in July, months before the deadly Hamas attacks, in protest of what they said were human rights abuses against Palestinians.

Jimmy Kimmel makes bold statement to late night show audience about Japan

Liberal talk show host Jimmy Kimmel spoke on his show about how surprisingly clean Japan is in comparison to the U.S. and even Europe, joking that Japanese people associate Americans with garbage.

While American cities struggling with rampant homelessness, crumbling infrastructure and crime is a popular point of discussion in American politics, Kimmel gave a monologue Monday on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” about how a recent trip to Japan shattered his image of what a modern society could look like.

“Here in America, we know we have our faults. We know we have areas for improvement. But, overall, I think most of us believe that, compared to the rest of the world, we’re pretty buttoned-up. I know I did,” he said. “I go to Europe where there are dirt holes where plumbing is supposed to be, and I hold my breath and I go, ‘I’m glad I’m not one of these people,’ and then I go back home, right?”

His recent trip changed his tune, however.

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“But now, after traveling to Japan, I realize that this place — this USA we’re always chanting about, is a filthy and disgusting place. We were in Japan for seven days. Not only did I not encounter a single dirty bathroom, the bathrooms in Tokyo and Kyoto are cleaner than our operating rooms here,” he said. “Everywhere you go, the bathrooms are clean. They don’t smell bad, and they have those toilets that wash you from the inside out.”

The talk show host also noted that this is the case not just in hotels, but in “restaurants, bars, truck stops! We went to two truck stops — I swear to God — the bathrooms were cleaner than Jennifer Garner’s teeth.”

Even Japanese streets are astoundingly cleaner than those in American cities, he said.

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“There’s no litter. People carry their own trash. There are no garbage cans in Tokyo,” he said. “30 years ago, some terrorists put a poisonous gas in some trash cans. They’re like, ‘Okay, no more trash cans. Everybody clean up after yourselves,’ And guess what? They clean up after themselves. They bring their garbage to their houses.”

He then said that Japan and America are like two famous theme parks.

“It’s like the whole country is Disneyland, and we’re living at Six Flags,” he said. “I’ve been home 36 hours. I’ve never felt dirtier. We are like hogs compared to the Japanese. I can’t imagine what they must think of us. ‘Oh, the garbage people! Yes, the Americans, garbage, yes!’”

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Fox News Digital reached out to Six Flags for comment and did not receive an immediate reply.

Owner of ‘trash house’ spotted as neighbor complaints force city to clean up his mess

The owner of a Los Angeles home known as the “trash house” due to piles of garbage bags stacked on the property was seen outside the same day city crews began removing piles of refuse.

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass was in front of the home Wednesday and ordered that immediate action be taken against what the city called an “imminent threat to health and public safety.”

“This, to me, is a public health emergency,” Bass said. “This is a fire hazard and I worry about the individual there, this place catching fire, him losing his life, the quality of life that is compromised for these neighbors.”

Neighbors, who say they have had to deal with smells and rodents as a result of the mess for years, were finally relieved after media attention to the home on North Martel Avenue near Melrose Avenue resulted in something being done about the situation.

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“It’s sad that it’s gotten this bad and it’s taken this long,” neighbor Charlie Topial told KTLA-TV. “I think it should have been taken care of years ago.”

Hours after Bass spoke, sanitation workers wearing coveralls and masks arrived and began loading the trash into trucks.

Upon removing the garbage bags, a number of items were revealed underneath, including multiple cars, local FOX11 reported.

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Raymond Gaon has owned the Spanish-style two-bedroom home in the Fairfax District since the mid-1990s, public records obtained by the Los Angeles Times state. 

“He’s a super nice guy, and sweet,” developer Jonathan Fromen told the Times. Fromen built one home next to Gaon’s and is currently working on another one on that street, the Times reported.

The yard was cleaned up a bit in 2018 and 2019, after Gaon was charged with misdemeanors for not complying with a court order to clean up (the case was ultimately dismissed), the Times reported. Since then, the garbage began piling up again, neighbors told local media outlets. 

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Since last July, the Department of Building and Safety has fielded more than a dozen complaints about the property, according to records obtained by the Los Angeles Times. The city issued an order to comply in November while they conducted an investigation.

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“I hope they get the homeowner some help for whatever this problem is because it’s mental,” neighbor Anthony Thurston told KTLA. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Major airline increases bag fees again — this time, it depends on when you fly

JetBlue Airways is tacking on an extra fee for checked bags on peak travel days in an effort to improve profitability. 

The New York-based carrier told FOX Business that it will charge an extra $5 for the first bag checked, followed by an additional $10 for the second bag during high-traffic periods.

For JetBlue, the cost for Blue Basic, Blue and Blue Extra travelers to check their first bag within 24 hours of departure rose to $45. 

The cost for a second checked bag within 24 hours of departure also increased and could cost travelers upward of $50. Those costs don’t include the extra charge during peak times.

This increase applies to all flights within the United States, Caribbean and Latin America during periods including Presidents’ week, Thanksgiving and the winter holidays, the carrier said. It also applies to the peak spring and summer travel season.

This notice comes after the carrier raised the fee for checked luggage in February. CEO Joanna Geraghty said at the time that the company was taking “aggressive action” to return to profitability, including launching $300 million of revenue initiatives.

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JetBlue said Wednesday that the “cost of transporting bags has gone up significantly due to increased wages and higher fuel costs.” On top of that, the carrier said it hasn’t turned a profit since before the pandemic. 

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“While we don’t like increasing fees, we are making these adjustments to help get our company back to profitability and cover the increased costs,” JetBlue said in a statement to FOX Business. 

By increasing fees for services that only certain customers use during high demand times, JetBlue said it “can keep base fares as low as possible and ensure customer favorites like seatback TVs and high-speed Wi-Fi remain free for everyone.” 

JetBlue said customers who purchased flights prior to March 22 are exempt from peak pricing.

The carrier is also encouraging customers to pre-pay for bags at least one day before their flight in order to save up to $10 off on their first and second bag.  

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Rivals American, United and Alaska also raised the cost of baggage fees. 

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AAL AMERICAN AIRLINES GROUP INC. 14.26 +0.10 +0.68%
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Here are the peak pricing dates for customers who booked after March 22 (All other travel dates would be off-peak pricing): 

April 11 – April 29, 2024

June 20 – Sept. 3, 2024 

Nov. 21 – Dec. 2, 2024 

Dec. 19 – Jan 6, 2025 

Feb. 13 – Feb 24, 2025 

April 3 – April 28, 2025 

FOX Business’ Aislinn Murphy contributed to this report.

WWE star says she was booted from glitzy NYC hotel bar due to mistaken identity

WWE star Chelsea Green appeared to be involved in a situation at a New York City hotel on Tuesday with WrestleMania 40 taking over the Northeast this week.

Green wrote on X she was kicked out of a hotel after being “accused of being an escort” because of what she was wearing.

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“Man… one night you’re wrestling at Barclays Center, having the time of your life and the next you’re being kicked out of @FairmontHotels and accused of being an escort because of your outfit,” she wrote.

“Life is funny! Maybe next year I won’t celebrate Wrestlemania weekend at The Plaza Hotel LOL…”

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The former women’s tag-team champion explained to TMZ Sports that she went with a friend to The Plaza Hotel’s Champagne Bar for a drink before going to a Broadway show. She said they were asked to leave because they weren’t guests of the hotel.

Green said another patron saw the ordeal play out and invited her and her friend and security yelled something like, “We aren’t playing your games” and “We know what you’re doing here.” She said she believed security thought she was an escort.

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She added that she was “embarrassed” over the situation and when she tried to go to the desk to speak to a manager about the issue, security guards allegedly chased her down and told her to leave. She said when she was finally able to speak to someone, security guards laughed off her claims.

The pro wrestling veteran said she’s confident surveillance footage would back up her story.

Fairmont Hotels, which manages The Plaza, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.

Matt Cardona, Green’s wrestling husband who recently made a surprise appearance on All Elite Wrestling’s “Collision,” joked, “I thought it was bad when they allowed a 10-year-old to check in without his dad…”

Green was a tag-team champion with Sonya Deville but after an injury Piper Niven replaced her as tag champ. The two defended their tag titles until they lost to Katana Chance and Kayden Carter on “Monday Night Raw” in December.

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WrestleMania 40 is set for Saturday and Sunday night in Philadelphia.

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Pro-America country rock singer speaks out after failed cancellation

Aaron Lewis, a country rock singer and lead vocalist for Staind, spoke about his failed cancellation in an interview with Fox News Digital

Lewis responded to controversy over his solo album, The Hill. Lewis has faced controversy in the past for his support of former President Trump, his criticism of President Biden and his endorsement of the U.S. Constitution and a “core set” of American values. 

But when asked about his concerns about cancellation, a danger that Lewis said he has faced in recent years, the singer said he was not particularly worried. 

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“Any of the things that anybody would have found offensive are already out there,” he said. “The songs that are on the record that some might find offensive are already out.” 

“They’ve taken their licks already,” he said. “It’s funny. They take their licks and I play sold-out shows. So take your licks. Take your licks if it makes you feel better. It really doesn’t affect me.” 

“When I put out, ‘Am I the Only One,’ there was a public, outward calling for my cancellation and for me to lose my record deal and my record label president said, ‘Absolutely not,’ and he stood up for my ability to speak my feelings as an artist and to have the freedom of speech to do so,” Lewis told Fox News Digital. “What is art if somebody else is telling you how to make it?” 

Lewis also said he opposed the loss of American patriotism, the destruction of Civil War-era statues and even liberal singer Bruce Springsteen in his popular song, “Am I the Only One.” 

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Lewis said Americans don’t need to agree on every issue, but it is important for them to believe in a “core set of values” that includes the Constitution. 

“Those are the values that it seems there is a purposeful mechanism out there trying to destroy those values, trying to destroy the fabric” of America, he said. 

“The Constitution is what gives this country to us, the people,” Lewis continued. “This country is not the government’s, and we’ve allowed it to get that way just out of laziness and disconnection.” 

When asked about the role that the mainstream press plays in helping advance American values, Lewis was adamant that the media was largely a detriment. 

“It’s our responsibility. We are the caretakers of this country, and it is our responsibility to hand this country over to the next generation in a better state and in a better condition than we received it, and we are failing miserably.” 

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Ahead of the 2024 presidential election, Lewis said he liked only a handful of political figures, naming former President Trump, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., and former Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, as a few examples.

As a message to Americans, Lewis said he wanted to end division and return to constitutional and bedrock American values.

“As an American, I feel a driven responsibility to protect and to better and to save this country that I was so lucky to be born in,” he said.