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Tomi Lahren on attacks on Trump supporters: The ‘loving and tolerant left’ is a myth

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The media and the supposedly “loving and tolerant left” won’t acknowledge that there’s a problem with anti-Republican actors because “they are part of the problem,” Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren said Tuesday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends” with hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt, Peter Doocy, Lahren said the media labels Trump supporters “racists,” “bigots,” and “deplorables” on a daily basis.

FLORIDA MAN WHO DROVE VAN INTO GOP TENT DIDN’T LIKE TRUMP, SAYS ‘SOMEONE HAD TO TAKE A STAND’: ARREST REPORT

“And so, they’re not surprised. Nor do I think they are truly horrified as we are when these things happen,” she stated. “Once you convince somebody that it is their moral duty to attack people, to degrade people that think differently than you do, then you can’t really be surprised when it happens. They are not and, quite frankly, they don’t care.”

Last weekend a 27-year-old Jacksonville, Fla., man rammed his van into a Republican Party voter registration tent set up in a Walmart parking lot. The six volunteers working in the tent escaped without injury. He later told deputies that he did not like President Trump and that “someone had to take a stand.”

On Thursday a New Hampshire man, 34, was arrested after allegedly assaulting a 15-year-old Trump supporter and two adults at a polling site during the state’s first-in-the-nation primary earlier this week.

The teen’s mother said in an exclusive interview with Fox News after the arrest that her son is “traumatized.”

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“Well, the ‘loving and tolerant left’ is the biggest myth that we are experiencing,” Lahren remarked, “especially in the last five years.”

“We know that they are anything but. And we know – quite frankly – they are not going to cover these things, they’re not going to talk about them, and they are not going to discourage them,” she added.

“And, as we get closer to the election, I fear it’s only going to get worse,” Lahren predicted. “Especially for those of us in the media – those who have a voice – and even those who aren’t really in the media spotlight: They also have to worry when they are just out there supporting their president and it’s really a shame.”

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. offers prayers for Ryan Newman after Daytona 500 crash

NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined countless others worrying about the state of Ryan Newman after he was rushed to the hospital following his scary crash at the Daytona 500 on Monday night.

“Big prayers for Newman,” Earnhardt Jr., one of the sports most beloved stars, tweeted.

Newman is in serious condition, but doctors said his injuries weren’t life-threatening, according to a statement by NASCAR.

DENNY HAMLIN WINS THIRD DAYTONA 500; RYAN NEWMAN HOSPITALIZED IN FIERY WRECK AT FINISH

For many fans, the fiery wreck triggered frightening memories of the crash that killed his father, Dale Earnhardt, during the final lap of the Daytona 500 in 2001.

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Rescue workers arriving to check on Ryan Newman after he was involved in a wreck on the last lap of the Daytona 500. (AP Photo/David Graham)

“This is what is left of Newman’s car. This is horrifying and giving me Dale Earnhardt Sr vibes. Back when Dale passed, it was hard to watch NASCAR, but I started following Newman and he saved the sport for me,” one user wrote.

Another fan expressed relief following a statement by NASCAR on Newman’s non-life threatening conditions. The user referenced the improved safety measures since Earnhardt’s crash.

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Denny Hamlin won the race, which was the second-closest margin of victory in Daytona 500 history. Hamlin understandably was celebrating after his victory because he seemingly was unaware of Newman’s situation.

“We didn’t know until victory lane,” team owner Joe Gibbs said. “I know that for a lot of us, participating in sports and being in things where there are some risks, in a way, that’s what they get excited about. Racing, we know what can happen, we just dream it doesn’t happen. We are all just praying now for the outcome on this.”

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Michael Waltrip, who won the Daytona 500 that saw Earnhardt’s deadly crash, also was seen celebrating after his victory 19 years ago — before that emotion changed to sadness.

“If you have read @MW55’s [Waltrip’s] book, ‘In The Blink of An Eye,’ he celebrated the victory before even knowing the news about Dale Sr.’s wreck, so please do not bash @dennyhamlin right now,” another user wrote.

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Denny Hamlin wins third Daytona 500 after string of crashes

Denny Hamlin emerged victorious at the Daytona 500 on Monday night, winning the iconic NASCAR race for a third time shortly after a series of dramatic crashes on the track.

This is a developing story; check back for updates.

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Daytona 500 postponed to Monday afternoon following rain delays

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NASCAR officials postponed the Daytona 500 to Monday afternoon, following a series of rain delays shortly after President Trump appeared at the race, told drivers to start their engines and rode a ceremonial parade lap in his presidential limousine, “The Beast.”

The race will resume Monday at 4 p.m. ET, officials said.

This is a developing story; check back for updates.

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NASCAR star Hailie Deegan poses with Trumps ahead of Daytona 500: ‘Goal complete’

Hailie Deegan, the 18-year-old driver deemed “NASCAR’s Next Big Superstar,” posed for a photo she’ll likely remember for the rest of her life, standing next to President Trump and first lady Melania Trump at the Daytona 500 on Sunday.

Deegan and the Trumps were all smiles ahead of the race in Florida. The driver posted the photo to Twitter, adding, “Goal complete,” with a check mark.

Earlier Sunday, she tweeted: “Today’s goal. Get my helmet signed by Trump.”

That earlier tweet got the attention of Donald Trump Jr., who responded: “DM me… I may know someone.”

Deegan proudly held her helmet as she posed for the photo. She was not slated to drive in Sunday’s race.

PRESIDENT TRUMP, FIRST LADY REV UP DAYTONA 500 WITH HISTORIC LAP IN ‘THE BEAST’

Deegan made her stock car debut at Daytona earlier this month, finishing second to Michael Self in the ARCA Series season opener on Feb. 8.

President Trump spoke ahead of the Daytona 500, calling it “the legendary display of roaring engines, soaring spirits and the American skill, speed and power that we’ve been hearing about for so many years.” He later gave the command, “Gentlemen, start your engines,” and rode for a lap in the presidential limo known as “The Beast” before the race got underway.

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NASCAR star Hailie Deegan posed for a photo with President Trump and first lady Melania Trump ahead of the Daytona 500. (Getty/Reuters, File)

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When asked about her rising profile in NASCAR, Deegan said earlier this month: “I think there’s that aspect of being a girl that does help. But, once you get in the car, it don’t matter. No one knows. Most of the time I have the most aggressive-looking, guy-looking car on the track.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Florida snake orgy forces officials to close area of park

There’s a snake orgy happening in Florida.

Officials in Lakeland say a number of the reptiles have gathered this week to make love near Lake Hollingsworth.

“They are non-venomous and generally not aggressive as long as people do not disturb them,” the city’s parks and recreation department wrote on Facebook. “Once the mating is over they should go their separate ways.”

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One of the snakes spotted in Lakeland, Fla. (City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation)

The snakes have been identified as Florida water snakes, which “are generally found resting in tree limbs over water or basking on shorelines,” the department added.

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“We have put up caution tape in the area and are in the process of hanging signs to make the public aware of their presence,” the post said. “This is for the protection of the public and the snakes.”

It’s also not the first time humans stumbled upon a snake sex party in Florida.

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In 2018, a slithering sentinel male python equipped with a surgically-implanted tracking device led the state’s wildlife biologists to what they called a “breeding aggregation.”

“It was intense, it was a lot of snake in one spot,” a biologist told the South Florida Sun Sentinel newspaper at the time.

Fox News’ Lucia I. Suarez Sang contributed to this report.

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Charles ‘Chuckie’ O’Brien, Jimmy Hoffa associate portrayed in ‘The Irishman,’ dies at 86

Charles “Chuckie” O’Brien, an associate of the late Teamsters union boss Jimmy Hoffa who is portrayed in the 2019 movie “The Irishman,” died Thursday in Boca Raton, Fla., according to reports. He was 86.

The cause of death was believed to be a heart attack, according to O’Brien’s stepson, Jack Goldsmith, a Harvard Law School professor, writing on a blog called “Lawfare.”

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During Hoffa’s heyday in the 1960s and 1970s, O’Brien often referred to himself as Hoffa’s foster son – but investigators have long suspected he played a role in Hoffa’s 1975 disappearance, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Hoffa vanished in July 1975 amid a tumultuous career as a union leader, one that included clashes with Attorney General Robert Kennedy and other Washington figures, as well as union rivals and reputed mobsters. Various theories have emerged about what happened to him but the case remains a mystery.

In his blog post, Goldsmith shares some insights into the life of his stepfather, who was born in Kansas City, Mo., in 1933.

“Chuckie was most famous for two things. In the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s, he was the closest aide and near-constant companion of Jimmy Hoffa, the infamous and influential leader of the Teamsters Union.

“And following Hoffa’s disappearance on July 30, 1975, Chuckie became a leading suspect when the government publicly accused him of picking up Hoffa and driving him to his death. The latter charge is, I believe, untrue. But practically everyone believed it. This accusation was repeated in story after story and book after book and, most recently, in the movie “The Irishman.” Chuckie lived the last 44 years of his life under that shadow.”

The 2019 Martin Scorsese-directed movie “The Irishman” examines events surrounding the Hoffa disappearance, through the eyes of Frank Sheeran, a Hoffa underling (played by Robert De Niro) who died in 2003.

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U.S. labor leader Jimmy Hoffa is photographed at the Greater Pittsburgh Airport, Pennsylvania, April 12, 1971. (Reuters)

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In the film, the part of O’Brien is played by actor Jesse Plemons.

According to Goldsmith, O’Brien is survived by his wife Brenda, daughter Josephine, son Chuckie, stepsons Jack, Brett and Steven, and by “numerous grandchildren.”

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Florida governor orders probe of agency whose CEO received nearly $5M in paid time off

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has ordered an investigation following financial disclosures of a private anti-domestic violence agency, hired by the state, whose former CEO received an annual salary of more than $700,000 — and who reportedly received a total of nearly $5 million in paid time off over a four-year period.

The contract of Tiffany Carr, who led the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence for two decades, granted her 50 paid days off per year since 2010, the Miami Herald reported, in addition to other perks such as a car allowance and time at “an executive retreat at the place of her choosing.”

At least two staffers working under Carr also received lucrative time-off arrangements, according to the newspaper.

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Carr stepped down from the job, citing a “significant health diagnosis,” following a joint Herald and Tampa Bay Times investigation in July 2018 into her compensation and a subsequent order by the state Department of Children and Families to audit Carr’s agency, the Herald reported.

Details of the agency’s finances were finally revealed to state lawmakers Thursday, prompting the governor’s call for an investigation.

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​​​​​​​Tiffany Carr, then the executive director of Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, left, speaks at a news conference held by Gov. Jeb Bush, background right, Sept. 28, 2004, in Tallahassee, Fla. (Associated Press)

“After many months of obstruction by the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the governor’s office received deeply disturbing information regarding the organization’s practices over the past several years,’’ DeSantis’ office said in a statement. “These practices include exorbitant compensation payouts, abuse of state dollars, withholding of information, and breach of public trust.”

The Florida House also voted to subpoena Carr and the agency’s board of directors as the state examines thousands of pages of newly released documents, according to the Associated Press.

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DeSantis, a Republican who took office in January 2019, also ordered the head of the state’s child welfare agency to review contracts with the domestic-violence organization, which distributes state and federal money to organizations that help victims of abuse.

“My administration will not tolerate wasteful or fraudulent spending, particularly by an organization that purports to serve the vulnerable victims of domestic violence,” DeSantis said.

“My administration will not tolerate wasteful or fraudulent spending, particularly by an organization that purports to serve the vulnerable victims of domestic violence.”

— Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at news conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Jan. 29, 2019. (Associated Press)​​​

“As to the measures that we’re taking, they’re extraordinary, I would say, but these are extraordinary circumstances,” Republican House Speaker Jose Oliva told reporters after the vote on subpoenas.

The House had been seeking more information about Carr’s pay ever since the newspapers first raised questions in 2018, The Associated Press reported.

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Scott Howell, the coalition’s president of internal and external affairs, did not immediately respond to an AP message seeking comment.

During House floor debate, Democratic Rep. Anna Eskamani said Carr’s salary was appalling.

“When we work at our local domestic shelters, we know that every penny counts, and when you have a CEO being paid that much money as survivors need support, it should be something that appalls each one of us,” she said.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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What happened at Parkland: The Stoneman Douglas High School shooting

Two years ago, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., entered his old school armed with a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle and opened fire at students and teachers who were preparing to go home for the day, authorities said.

The methodical shooting resulted in 17 deaths and more than a dozen injuries.

Cruz faces 17 counts of premeditated murder. Police said he confessed, but pleaded not guilty in the shooting. His lawyers have made it clear that he would be willing to plead guilty to avoid the death penalty.

The Sun-Sentinel of South Florida reported extensively on the shooting and said Cruz, while a student, was searched by school guards daily for weapons, and was voted “most likely to shoot up the school” by the guards.

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Feb. 14, 2018: Students hold their hands in the air as they are evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., after a shooter opened fire on the campus. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)

Kelvin Greenleaf, a school security guard reportedly said during a sworn deposition that the school learned that Cruz drank bleach and “tried to hurt himself or something like that.”

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Florida announced early this year that it will be the first state in the country to implement a statewide plan for identifying potential mass shooters before they act. Individuals planning a mass shooting often show signs of their intentions, whether in statements to friends or social media posts.

Cruz’s trial has been delayed until the summer so his defense attorneys can prepare for the case.

THE SHOOTING

The massacre on Valentine’s Day 2018 lasted five minutes and 32 seconds. Cruz was dropped off by an Uber driver at around 2:19 p.m., police said. The driver told a CBS affiliate that she noticed him carrying a large black bag. Cruz said it was for music class. She called the ride uneventful.

Since the ending of the school day was near, the front gates were wide open for cars and school buses. That’s when police say Cruz walked in, dressed in a school shirt and lugging the backpack with additional loaded magazines, a gas mask and smoke grenades.

Andrew Medina, a security guard who was also the school’s baseball coach, spotted Cruz and remembered him as the “crazy boy,” the Sun-Sentinel reported. Medina is being sued by Andrew Pollack, father of one of the victims, for negligence.

Cruz eventually entered the school and bumped into a freshman near a second-floor restroom while loading his rifle, police said. Cruz allegedly told the student that he better leave because “things are going to start getting messy.”

The freshman alerted a staffer who was accused of not implementing the correct protocol in such an event. In total, three school employees failed to properly alert the school about a gunman on campus, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

Cruz then activated a fire alarm — and while students were leaving their classrooms he allegedly opened fire. USA Today, in a minute-by-minute summary, identified the weapon as a .223 caliber AK-15 semiautomatic rifle. The first students killed were Martin Duque, Luke Hoyer and Gina Montalto, the paper reported. The suspect continued on and killed six more students inside classrooms.

Chris Brent Hixon, 49, the school’s athletic director and U.S. Navy veteran, tried to engage the shooter but was hit with a round, the paper reported. He took cover, but Cruz located him and fired again. Hixon was later buried with full military honors, according to Tampa’s FOX 13.

Aaron Feis, an offensive line coach for the school’s football team, was the first victim identified. The school’s football team tweeted Feis “shielded students from the shooter” when he was struck with a bullet.

“He was our Assistant Football Coach and security guard. He selflessly shielded students from the shooter when he was shot. He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories,” the tweet said.

Meanwhile, the scene at the school was chaotic and many teachers and students had no idea what was unfolding around them. A 17-year-old student told the Associated Press that a fire alarm rang out for a second time and students were calmly filing out in the hallways.

“Everyone was kind of just standing there calm, and then we saw a bunch of teachers running down the stairway, and then everybody shifted and broke into a sprint,” she said. “I hopped a fence.”

Despite the acts of heroism from some of the staffers, some of the public’s outrage was assigned to the response by the Broward County Sheriff deputies.

Scot Peterson, a former deputy who was on duty at the school at the time of the shooting, was seen on surveillance video rushing with two staff members toward the building where the shooting happened. When they arrived, he pulled his weapon but then retreated and took up a position outside, where he stood with his gun drawn.

Peterson was arrested in 2019 on 11 criminal charges related to his alleged inaction during the massacre. He was charged with child neglect, culpable negligence and perjury — allegations that carry a maximum prison sentence of nearly 100 years.

Joseph DiRuzzo III, his lawyer, said in a statement last summer that Peterson is merely a scapegoat. He called the charges “a thinly veiled attempt at politically motivated retribution.” The Sun-Sentinel reported that four deputies arrived at the scene but did not immediately engage the gunman.

Deputies Edward Eason and Josh Stambaugh were terminated following an internal affairs investigation. Two other officers, Peterson and Sgt. Brian Miller were fired last year. Scott Israel, the sheriff at the time, was removed from office by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for similar reasons and the state Senate upheld the decision. Israel called the decision political.

Stambaugh failed to run toward gunshots on multiple occasions to stop the shooter, according to the report. “Stambaugh appeared to take cover over assisting deputies entering a possible hot zone,” it said based on videos from his body camera. At one point, Stambaugh told an officer from the Coral Springs Police Department nearing MSD’s building 12 — where the shots were being fired — to “watch yourself” as he remained behind cover.

Cruz stalked more classrooms and fired more than 100 rounds. The Sun-Sentinel reported that it took five minutes and 32 seconds from the first shot.

Just before 2:30 p.m., multiple 911 calls reporting a shooting came in and authorities were dispatched to the high school, according to Cruz’s probable cause affidavit. The suspect’s description was blasted over police radios.

“As a result of the chaos, multiple persons were fleeing the school,” the affidavit said. “After the shooting, the shooter blended in with fleeing students and was able to elude arriving officers.”

Cruz was soon taken into custody without a fight.

THE FALLOUT

The massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School forced the country to come to terms with gun violence at schools. Some students at the school, like David Hogg, became political activists and challenged the status quo on gun laws.

Former President Obama wrote a column for Time magazine and called the students inspirations for change.

“Seared by memories of seeing their friends murdered at a place they believed to be safe, these young leaders don’t intimidate easily,” he wrote.

Parents of some of the victims at the school have also pressed for accountability ranging from stricter gun laws, more effective police responses and schools designed with safe spaces for students in the event of a shooting. The Sun-Sentinel report said some students in the school were trapped in a hallway because the restrooms were locked due to a vaping trend on campus.

Many of these parents are resigned to know that their lives were forever changed and the emotions are still raw.

Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime died in the shooting, was removed from President Trump’s State of the Union address earlier this month after he shouted about gun control when the president vowed to protect Second Amendment rights.

Guttenberg later apologized.

“Tonight was a rough night,” he tweeted. “I disrupted the State of the Union and was detained because I let my emotions get the best of me. I simply want to be able to deal with the reality of gun violence and not have to listen to the lies about the 2A as happened tonight.

“That said, I should not have yelled out. I am thankful for the overwhelming support that I am receiving. However, I do owe my family and friends an apology. I have tried to conduct myself with dignity throughout this process and I will do better as I pursue gun safety.”

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos, Tyler Olson and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Dolphin found dead off Florida coast suffered bullet or spear wound

A dead bottlenose dolphin with a bullet or spear wound to its head was reportedly found off the Florida coast last week — leading to a $20,000 reward for information that results in civil penalties or an arrest.

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The dolphin was recovered in the Gulf of Mexico off Naples by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, according to The Palm Beach Post.

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The mammal had a large hole on the right side of its head, below the right eye.

It’s the second member of its species found dead in the area since last May, when one of the mammals was discovered shot off Captiva, the report said.

The latest dolphin death prompted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to offer the cash reward to bring whoever is responsible to justice.

Bottlenose dolphins are the most common species found swimming along Florida’s Southwest coast, the report said.

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Stacey Horstman, a bottlenose dolphin expert with NOAA, told the paper that the two dolphins were likely in close contact with humans, looking for food, when they were killed.

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“The dolphin off of Naples and the one from Captiva last year were likely in what we called begging posture,” said Horstman.

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