This Trump supporter was not waiting to exhale.
Lending a whole new meaning to the term “heavy breather,” a man was arrested Sunday for exhaling onto women at Trump’s Virginia golf course.
Raymond Deskins, 61, was charged with misdemeanor assault after a private citizen obtained a warrant through a county magistrate, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday.
Clad in a “Trump: Make America Great Again” T-shirt and wearing an inflatable pool tube with a Trump head on it around his waist, he was caught on video grinning as he huffed in the direction of two women.
“That’s assault,” one of them said, according to the Associated Press.
“I breathed on you,” Deskins replied.
Trump supporter forcefully exhaling without a mask on a protester outside the Trump National Golf Club, Nov. 21, 2020
I discussed this with friend of mine (and neighbor) who was a dean at Harvard Medical School, and he definitely said this was assault.
As a reminder, the poetry that inspired an assault:
trump will not be here
to murder our grandchildren
This makes me happy.
Loudoun County’s Board of Supervisors Chair’s response to this alleged assault:
@dadancingqueeen tweeted this Fox News story:
Loudoun County charged the man with a misdemeanor:
Loudoun County’s tweets:
Part 2 of the County’s response:
Turns out Raymond Deskins, a fierce anti-socialist and pro-Trumper, defrauded the govt. falsely claiming disability benefits:
When people ask if tRump is going to be a political force in the future, here is the answer. The party of tRump Republicans are planning to block and blackball anyone they think was not sufficiently praising of their Dear Leader. Anyone who insulted or acted against the wishes of the great cult leader tRump will never be allowed to serve in government again, even if that government is of a different party. Is this democracy? This shouldn’t be allowed to stand. Make sure people understand if the Senate stays in the hands of tRump party Republicans that democracy dies and only the will of the Dear Leader tRump shall be done. Hugs
Republicans are making plans to torpedo some of President-elect Biden’s prospective Cabinet, agency and judicial nominees if the GOP keeps its majority, aides involved in the discussions tell me.
What we’re hearing: Top targets include political names and civil servants who spoke out loudest against President Trump, forced out his appointees or became stars in the impeachment hearings — like Sally Yates and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman — as well as longtime targets of conservative media, like Susan Rice.
- Targets also include more obscure potential nominees for federal judgeships, solicitor general and the Supreme Court. Republicans worry these nominees could blunt conservative moves on deregulation or social policy.
Driving the news: With Biden planning to announce his first slate of Cabinet picks this week, Senate GOP staffers are closely following reports of floated names, gathering opposition research and even planning potential hearing questions, staffers familiar with the processes in two separate Senate committees tell me.
- Some leaked names are labeled “really objectionable,” and Republican staffers have begun circulating research to members to try to preempt their nomination altogether.
- These preparations are very preliminary, given that Trump hasn’t conceded, his GSA administration has blocked the transition from the beginning and Republicans haven’t begun meeting with Biden’s team.
Between the lines: Of course, this doesn’t mean doom for such nominees. Even if the GOP did retain a bare majority of control after two remaining runoffs in Georgia in January, a few Republicans could cross party lines.
- And several Republicans — including Sens. Mitt Romney, Susan Collins and Pat Toomey — still believe in the longstanding norm that presidents should get the cabinets they want unless there are truly legitimate concerns about a nominee.
- This is particularly true in nominations that touch on two areas — national security and health care — one GOP leadership aide said, given Biden’s immediate demands being driven by the pandemic.
- “He’s entitled to have those agencies running, especially at this time,” the aide said. “It doesn’t seem sustainable nor politically smart to block someone in those roles.”
Don Ritchie, the Senate’s former historian, said presidents historically have gotten “about 95% of their nominations through.”
What they’re saying: “There is historic urgency for Republicans and Democrats to work together in this moment of unprecedented crisis,” Biden spokesman Andrew Bates said.
What we’re watching: Some Democrats have discussed the idea of Biden choosing a “sacrificial lamb” for Republicans to take down, thus easing the passage of other nominees.
- That could give Republicans the opportunity to show they wield power, while simultaneously making Biden’s other nominees look more agreeable in a hyper-partisan environment.
- But some people around Biden say a move like that isn’t his style.