GREG GUTFELD: Media strategy, as always, is to demonize Republican candidates
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So, Ron DeSantis has put forward his candidacy, which means it’s time for:
“Ron DeSantis just in time.”
Don’t applaud. It was terrible. I told Jin, “Do it badly.” Mission Complete. This happened during an audio stream with Elon Musk on Twitter. But there were technical glitches that left the Florida governor unable to speak for about 25 minutes, prompting Biden’s press team to ask, “Can you get us involved in these glitches in any way?” Meanwhile, Musk has already dealt with the perpetrators …
But the conversation eventually began and lasted about an hour. We pause now to listen to all of this.
RON DESANTIS: Well, I’m running for President of the United States.
TWITTER SPACES CONSTANTLY CRASHES DURING DESANTIS 2024 ANNOUNCEMENT
Okay, that’s enough. This is not the first time I promised an hour and finished in seconds. I do not know what it means. Later, Ron stopped by to chat with our buddy Trey Gowdy, despite their differences over what constitutes a good haircut. You know, I’m starting to think that Trey doesn’t go to the hairdresser, he just sticks his head in the world’s largest pencil sharpener. But I wonder, Ron, do we know that the country is on the wrong track?
RON DESANTIS, MAY 24: We know that the country is on the wrong track. We see it with our own eyes. We feel it in our bones. We see how the border is violated. We see crime flooding the cities. We see the federal government making it difficult for families to make ends meet, and we have a president who is a sluggish vessel.
Hmm, “sluggish?” This is so wrong. Biden has many lists. Look at this one. I’ll read: Shoes after socks. Do not wear socks after shoes. Shake hands with real people only. The man named Jill is your wife. But DeSantis makes it clear that our country has gone astray, which Biden and his friends will never admit, even when the trains are literally derailed. Joe treats crashes the same way he treats unplanned grandchildren: as if they never happened.
But Ron better be ready to fight, because the media and Democrats see him not only as a huge threat, but also as evil. And they’re foaming at the mouth like Kevin Spacey watching a Little League game. I don’t understand. Vanity Fair came up with this headline: “Ron DeSantis to formally announce his 2024 bid with Elon Musk because apparently David Duke was unavailable.”
So actually, a reference to David Duke, he’s almost as out of place as Vanity Fair. But it shows you that all these white supremacists are a fabric of the imagination when the only ones the media can refer to is the underdog from the past decade.
Failed presidential candidates also intervene. This old clam tweeted: “Ron DeSantis’ ultra-MAGA Florida is not safe for people of color, LGBTQ+ people, or even multi-billion dollar corporations.” It is safe? I bet it’s probably safer than being Hillary’s alleged ex-friend.
So it’s the same lie going back to Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Remember what DeSantis signed? Do you remember the bill “Don’t say gay, but wait:
ACTOR 1: Gay. Gay. Gay. Gay. Gay. Gay. Gay.
ACTOR 2: Don’t say gay, Bill.
ACTOR 1: Oh.
In fact, it never happened. The bill could say “Floridans get free rainbow bikinis with a penis pouch and a box of Bud Light” and the media would still say it’s anti-gay because their strategy, as always, is to demonize. See, even if you think Ron Trump is without drama, it doesn’t matter. Through the media they create drama and then blame you. It’s like they set their hair on fire and then called you an arsonist.
DeSantis claims Trump’s attacks show “HE UNDERSTANDS I AM THE CANDIDATE WHO CAN BEAT HIM”
So it’s foolish to think that there will be less controversy with a non-Trump candidate. They will be called evil from the very beginning, which will allow them to commit all crimes. Hell, they’ll even hold an election if they’re at war with Hitler.
Here’s today’s CNN headline: “Why DeSantis is as dangerous as Trump – or more.” Do you see this? And here we are being told that Trump is an existential threat. So is DeSantis an additional existential threat? How is this possible? He’s not just evil, he’s doubly secret, super MAGA evil. Poor CNN, like Jeffrey Toobin, screwed themselves. If you’re not saying DeSantis is as bad as Trump, that means supporting DeSantis. And if you say that he is worse than Trump, then you expose your previous hysteria for what it was, ********. So expect more from this.
BREAKFAST CLUB: Obviously Ron DeSantis is a white supremacist, right?
WHOOPI GOLDBERG: I don’t want to not love you. I can’t help it… Why don’t you like colored people? What’s wrong with American history? What’s wrong with gays?
JOY REED: This is not a freedom program. Do what Ron DeSantis tells you, your agenda belongs to the state.
As you can see, the demonization is up and running like a trans girl in a high school track and field competition. And you don’t have to be Trump or even White. Look at the new candidate, Tim Scott.
JOY BEHAR: He’s one of those guys who, you know how Clarence Thomas, a black Republican who believes in pulling your own feet, not me, understanding the systemic racism that African Americans face in this country and other minorities. Hey, I don’t understand. Clarence too, and that’s why they’re Republicans.
Well, thanks for letting us know what it’s like to be black in America, you 80 year old white witch who once sported a black face. Oh yes, she’s ugly no matter the color. But you have to have real balls to be a white woman lecturing black men on how to be black. Maybe she does.
The bottom line is, if the GOP has any plans to win, they should be swinging like Larry Kudlow in naked volleyball. What image, huh?
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But don’t pretend that if Trump disappears, these Non-Trumpists will simply return to their ranks, no, they still hate you for sympathizing with Trump.
So if you’re hoping for a quieter election, don’t be fooled. They want to destroy you as much as they want to destroy candidates. Maybe they want you dead because then they can count on you to vote Democratic.
New UK cycling rules ban transgender women from elite women’s competition
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Riders assigned male at birth will be banned from competing in British Cycling’s elite women’s events under a new policy on transgender and non-binary participation published by the governing body on Friday.
The new competition rules, due to be implemented this year, provide for the division of racing into “open” and “women’s” categories, with transgender women, transgender men, non-binary people and those assigned male at birth being eligible to compete. competitions. in the open category.
The female category will remain for those who were assigned female at birth, and for transgender men who have not undergone hormone therapy.
The current male category will be merged into an open category, in which those who were listed as female at birth can compete if they wish.
The new policy is the result of a nine-month review that included a process of consultation with riders and stakeholders, including members of the British team, and an examination of available medical research led by British Cycling’s chief medical officer, Dr J. Nigel Jones. It has been said that this study showed a clear performance advantage in people who experience puberty as a male, and something that cannot be fully mitigated by testosterone suppression.
There is still no set date for the implementation of the new rules and British Cycling only says it will happen before the end of the year, allowing time for changes to the technical rules and discussions with the UCI, cycling’s world governing body, regarding implementation. .
The new policy is different from the UCI policy, which taking another look at your own rules after American transgender woman Austin Killips won the Tour of Gila in New Mexico this month.
The UCI allows transgender women who have gone through male puberty to compete in elite women’s competition if they have had their testosterone level reduced to 2.5 nanomoles per liter within the previous two years.
British cycling policy is also changing. follows what was adopted by World Aquatics last year.
British Cycling suspended its previous policy last April after transgender woman Emily Bridges attempted to compete in national omnium championships as a rider.
Bridges called the move a “violent act,” adding, “I agree that a detailed policy discussion and continued research is needed, but that hasn’t happened.”
John Dutton, chief executive of British Cycling, apologized for the concern and frustration caused in the 13 months following the suspension of the previous policy.
This previous transgender policy allowed riders to compete in the women’s category if they had testosterone levels below five nanomoles per liter in the 12 months prior to the competition.
The governing body will continue to review new research as it becomes available, with the policy reviewed regularly.
“It’s an incredibly emotional and divisive topic at times,” Dutton said. “It took us many months to address three areas: first, consultation with affected athletes and the wider cycling community; secondly, viewing the medical research currently available; and thirdly, from a legal point of view, in connection with the Equality Act.
“We have made the decision to balance all three to provide clarity, direction and that clear path forward for all affected athletes.”
Second round of elections in Turkey: how refugees became the main problem
Kemal Kilicdaroglu, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rival in Sunday’s second round of elections, is hardening his stance on refugees in a last-ditch attempt to win over voters after failing in the first round.
While polls showed center-left Kiliçdaroglu leading over conservative Erdogan, Erdogan ended up taking first place in the May 14 elections with 49.5% of the vote. But no candidate managed to secure an outright majority, setting off a high-stakes race this weekend.
“I think the opposition calculated that their decision to prioritize economic issues didn’t really bring the victory they wanted,” Merve Tahiroglu, director of the US Democracy Project’s Turkey program in the Middle East, told HuffPost.
Erdogan’s unorthodox decision to cut interest rates at a time when most governments and central banks around the world are raising them to curb inflation has sent the value of the national currency, the Turkish lira, down, meaning many Turks can barely afford everyday goods. .
But it seems that voters cannot blame Erdogan for this.
“Erdogan solidified his bloc with identity politics, thanks to successful economic policies in his first two terms, which also provided wealth and stable economic performance until around the coup attempt in 2016,” said Emre Peker, European director of the Eurasian Agency. Group consulting company.
Voters who have continued to support him despite the recent financial turmoil are “remembering all their social and economic benefits before the economic troubles began,” Pecker said, adding that they also fear the opposition is not tested.
Apparently, this forced the opposition to change the direction of their campaign and shift the focus of their campaign to the issue of migration and refugees.
Their campaign “scored a full 180 points,” Tahiroglu said, adding that Kilicdaroglu appeared to have abandoned the more positive tone he maintained until the first round.
Candidates Seek and Receive Support from Far-Right Figures
The far-right third party candidate Sinan Ogan beat expectations, winning over 5% of the vote in the first round, and was called a “kingmaker” by some. On Monday, he endorsed Erdogan, the head of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), who has been in power for more than 20 years and is the country’s longest-serving leader.
Ogan told The New York Times Last week, his conditions for providing support included a specific plan to deport refugees from Turkey, as well as that he wanted a high-ranking post in the next administration.
“Why should I be a minister when I can be a vice president?” he asked.
It is not clear what Erdogan agreed to in exchange for Ogan’s support, but Ogan on Monday said his performance in the first election gave the Nationalists a strong platform, including on the issue of refugees.
At the same time, experts note that Ogan does not have a single base of voters, and the people who supported him in the first round will not necessarily follow him.
Meanwhile, Kılıçdaroğlu, leader of the center-left Republican People’s Party (CHP), who was the joint candidate of six opposition parties, was supported by Umit Ozdag, leader of the far-right Victory Party, which led the coalition that supported Ogan in the first round.
Ozdag on Wednesday said he and Kılıçdaroğlu both agree that millions of refugees should return to their countries within a year, shortening the two-year time limit that the opposition candidate originally outlined in his plan. according to the Associated Press.
We reached a consensus on “a model that is in line with international law and supports human rights, that will keep Syrians safe in Syria, but take a heavy burden off the Turkish economy and make our streets safe again,” Ozdag said. according to the AP.
How Erdogan and Kılıçdaroğlu approach the refugee problem
Turkey hosts the largest number of refugees in the world, home to “nearly 3.6 million Syrians under temporary protection and about 370,000 refugees and asylum seekers of other nationalities.” according to the United Nations Refugee Agency.
Kılıçdaroğlu, who before the first round promised to repatriate refugees within two years by creating safe conditions to return to their country, has since touted his anti-migrant credentials, accusing Erdoğan of “deliberate [allowing] 10 million refugees in Turkey.”
“I will send all the refugees home as soon as I am elected president, period,” said Kılıçdaroğlu. It is reported by Politico Europe.with reference to local media.
Kılıçdaroğlu also promised to revise the agreement for 2016. Agreement between the European Union and Turkey on refugeesif elected. According to the 2016 agreement, “all new illegal migrants and asylum seekers arriving from Turkey to the Greek islands and whose asylum applications were found to be inadmissible must be returned to Turkey.” The country has received millions from the EU in humanitarian aid for refugees.
Erdogan, meanwhile, “played the role of protector for millions of refugees in Turkey,” Istanbul-based writer and essayist Kaya Genc recently wrote. told The New Yorker.
“Kılıçdaroğlu’s refugee policy shocked me,” Genç said, adding that some of his statements about refugees were “the ugly language of Turkish nationalism.”
“Meanwhile, Erdogan presented himself as the protector of the ummah, the nation of Islam, and in this case, his Islamic nationalism seems humane in comparison,” Genç continued.
Erdogan said Becky Anderson of CNN Last week, he “encouraged” refugees to return to their countries rather than deport them.
“Turkish NGOs are building residential buildings in northern Syria so that refugees can return to their homeland,” Erdogan said. “This process has already begun.”
Growing anti-refugee sentiment in Turkey
Erdogan also appears to have acknowledged the rise in anti-refugee sentiment in his country over the past few years and, in Pecker’s words, “has squeezed the air out of it for the most part.”
For example, after the US withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021, Turkey took additional measures to guard its eastern border to prevent a massive influx of Afghan migrants into the country.
More than 500,000 Syrians have been repatriated in recent years to the safe zone that Turkey has established in northern Syria as a result of military operations, according to official Turkish figures, but critics warned the figure could be exaggerated.
“The opposition has identified growing internal concerns about refugees and their presence in Turkey and has tried to turn this into a major campaign issue,” Peker told HuffPost, explaining that the trend is partly driven by the deteriorating economic conditions in the country over the past few years. .
“Erdogan has been able to largely suppress this, although there is an undercurrent that has now become relatively mainstream in Turkey that is anti-migrant, similar to the discourse in Europe and the US,” Peker added.
The massive influx of refugees into Europe in 2015 provoked backlash in many countries and contributed to the rise of far-right parties.
Republicans in the US have also been vocal against migration: then-candidate Donald Trump rallied voters in the 2016 GOP primaries to build a wall along the southern border to block migrants from crossing the border, though he failed to deliver on that promise.
Tahiroglu added that another problem for Kilicdaroglu is that he has not formulated a plan for how he can carry out the expulsion of millions of migrants.
“They can campaign about it, but there is no effective way,” she said.
“Even those who are concerned about this problem think that if someone solves it, it will be Erdogan,” Tahiroglu continued.
The situation on the ground for refugees in Turkey
Dr. Zaher Sahlul, President and Co-Founder MedGlobalAn organization that helps provide medical care in disaster-stricken regions told HuffPost that, until recently, Turkey was considered a model country for receiving and providing opportunities for refugees.
Rising anti-refugee sentiment and the belief of some Turks that migrants are draining the country’s resources have also been used by politicians in this election cycle.
This means that refugees in Turkey are very concerned about their future in the country, said Sahlul, who visited Turkey three weeks ago.
He added that the repatriation of Syrians is unrealistic given the circumstances in the country, and that those who have built a life in Turkey will not want to leave it.
“Why would someone who lives in a stable country return to a war zone? Or potentially a war zone? Sahlul asked.
Sahlul, originally from Syria, explained that while Syrians are very grateful to Turkey for building hospitals and other infrastructure in the areas they control in the country, it would be wrong to force people to return “without a political decision, without any concession from the regime. without any third party such as the United Nations controlling the return of refugees without reconstruction.”
Will Kilicdaroglu messaging work?
Erdogan’s strong performance in both the presidential and parliamentary elections, after he was able to maintain his majority, means he has every chance of winning re-election this Sunday.
“This creates a lot of momentum for Erdogan, making it easier and more convincing for him to advocate for continuity and stability,” Peker said.
Meanwhile, Kılıçdaroğlu, who lost almost 5 percentage points to Erdoğan, faces an uphill battle.
“Kılıçdaroğlu will have a harder time motivating his base and attracting additional voters to overtake the incumbent,” Pecker added.
How to prevent confidence from becoming a burden
Promotions are often rewarded to those who move forward confidently and prone to action. Conversely, those who hesitate are often dismissed as negative or not. furtherord. But confidence without a healthy dose of skepticism will land you in hot water, even with the best of intentions.
Take the head of sales for a global retail company who is tired of her company’s supply chain problems—a constant source of dissatisfaction. She had dealt with a similar problem in a previous role, which gave her confidence that she could help. She got permission from the CEO to put together a small secretive team to fix it. Six months later, this small group has achieved nothing for their efforts. The secret was out and the rest of the leadership team was unhappy with it. Her confidence and courage were seen as a power grab and her credibility was undermined.
Youcertain times require undefined leaders– leaders with the maturity to recognize what they don’t know. While not always welcomed, uncertainty is a healthy quality in leaders. This allows you to take a step back and think. However, many leaders find it risky and uncomfortable to express doubts, ask questions, or present a less than rosy picture.
Start with these three steps to become a more insecure leader.
1. honor the hesitation to take deliberation
We are connected to avoid discomfort. However, allowing ourselves to be present with a sense of discomfort helps us to appreciate it as a normal part of life and business. This allows you to pause and reflect while considering all your options.
One day, I was on the verge of signing a 10-year lease on a large office space. On the day we were supposed to sign the lease, I hesitated. It was a big commitment. Part of me was disappointed with myself because I didn’t have the courage. But after talking again with several people inside and outside our firm, I listened to my intuition and decided to stay where we were. Cost and commitment were high and our energy had to be focused on profitable growth.
A year later, a pandemic struck, we closed the office and never returned. Later our company was acquired. We built a portfolio of clients and expanded our business because we focused on the right things. I learned from this that I often put too much pressure on myself to do things that seem brave but might hold me back.
Many leaders struggle with how to make the decision not to do something. We are determined to move forward. To help you pause and respect your insecurities, here are a few questions to ask yourself before moving forward:
- What if the opposite of what I believe was true?
- What would critics tell me about this idea?
- What is behind my belief that I should always know what to do?
2. Share your insecurities to bring your team together
Another approach is to admit that you are insecure and lead others into your confusion. It is best to do this without announcing what you “can do” and without prejudicing your direction. We’ve all heard the leader say, “Here’s what I think; What about you?” The leader’s head would respond with nods and agreement—a recipe for groupthink. Instead, ask, “Here’s the problem I’m trying to solve; how do you see it?” encourages people to give you their best thoughts, not close the conversation.
Our firm’s CEO practices a “beginner mentality” and often admits to being unsure about which direction to take. People are eager to work for real leaders; there is nothing more authentic than admitting that you don’t know what to do next. When she invites people into these conversations, their energy goes through the roof and it becomes a joy to be in the room. They like to be treated as a thought partner.
It works best when you give people as much detail as possible. This gives them the best opportunity to use critical thinking. And they work with you to develop a solution. Copyright is a property right. The people who create the solution will support it.
An association community is key to problem solving. On the other hand, bunkers are idea killers. When people operate in a vacuum, they don’t have the opportunity to understand, learn, and grow, and they often see each other as enemies.
3. Use uncertainty to increase agility
Failure to plan is planning for failure, but over time we learn that a plan is just a starting point. We must be ready to turn. when you make uncertainty your friend, you are more likely to stay on top of the leading indicators and know when to zigzag or corral. If we consider possible scenarios when forming a plan, we will be better prepared to change when necessary.
In leading the scenario planning team, we started with all the economic, social, government, regulatory, environmental, political, and market conditions that could change. We then discussed which of the four scenarios is most relevant and the likelihood of each. The CEO and team said they have never felt better promoting such an important initiative. They welcomed critical thinking in decision making and recognized that things can change. They were ready.
Maintaining a healthy dose of uncertainty allows you to learn how to move forward and stay flexible. When you do this as a team, you release the power of everyone’s insecurities to your advantage.
When it’s timee to make a mess
What if you’ve already gone too far down the road and it’s time to turn? What should you do to unravel this mess?
The CEO of a construction company that suffered the tragic loss of a crew on a construction site didn’t want the team to focus on it. His team became increasingly uncomfortable as they saw, week after week, that this incident was not on the agenda. Finally, the CEO’s most trusted ally brought it to his attention, and his first reaction was anger. But as he thought about it further, he realized that he didn’t know what to do either, and because of that, he avoided further conversation. At the next meeting, when he acknowledged his fear, the team assessed his willingness to acknowledge the mess they had created without taking the time to really explore what needed to be changed.
It’s never too late to accept ignorance. Every day we become more and more aware of how big and unknowable the world is. As we grow older, perhaps we can take solace in the idea that leadership encourages us and others to learn how to move forward.
Suzanne Bates is the managing director btsBoston.
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