Welcome to Florida, G7. Don't Ask Us to Explain It! (And Don't Bring Up Climate Change.)

Charles P. Pierce
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From Esquire

One of the most overlooked parts of White House chief-of-staff Mick Mulvaney's career self-immolation on Thursday was this tidbit that he dropped in while discussing why Trump's Doral property in Florida was the only possible place for the G7 Summit to be held next year. (The indefatigable David Fahrenthold of the Washington Post thus far has searched in vain for any other locations that were considered.) Of course, this is unprecedented presidential* profiteering, no matter how many times Mulvaney, that sap, says that the president* "won't profit" from it. But this was the other thing that caught our attention. From the Guardian:

“Climate change will not be on the agenda,” Mick Mulvaney told reporters, without elaborating...The White House’s stance is likely to be widely criticized, possibly even by members of the president’s own party. Florida is on the frontline of the climate crisis, facing ever stronger hurricanes and rising sea levels. While the state’s elected leaders had long denied climate science, they have recently started to change their tune. In August, the Republican senator Marco Rubio wrote that “climate change is a real problem."

It's as typically idiotic for this administration* to decide unilaterally that the climate crisis will not be on the agenda as it is typically corrupt for this administration* to incarcerate the leaders of the western world at one of the president*'s lesser properties. How do they plan to keep the climate crisis off the agenda? By threatening to throw the offending representatives out of Doral? Delegates might show up in Greta Thunberg masks if that were the threatened penalty.

Of course, the real joker in this deck is that, unless something is done about the climate crisis, Doral is going to be a home for the surviving mutant fish by the middle of the century. This likely will cure the bedbug problem but will not exactly increase the value of the property. Unless we all grow gills.

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And, while we're on the topic of Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis apparently got some henchmoney for his campaign from Rudy Giuliani's buddy, Lev Parnas. From the Miami Herald.

“I knew Parnas. I didn’t know the other guy as much,” DeSantis said Wednesday. “But this was a guy who was at [Republican National Committee] functions, Trump Victory functions. He was at a lot of these things.” His comments appear to contradict what a DeSantis spokeswoman told the Miami Herald last week, that the governor has had little to no contact with Parnas or Igor Fruman, both of whom worked as unofficial emissaries in Ukraine for Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani after the election. Fruman is also a naturalized American citizen who was born in Belarus and now lives in Florida. DeSantis said last week that his political committee, Friends of Ron DeSantis, would return the $50,000 donation after Parnas and Fruman were arrested and accused of funneling illicit contributions into state and federal campaigns. The political committee on Tuesday released a letter sent to the U.S. Department of Treasury announcing the transfer of the money to the federal government.

I have to say, 50G's is a lot of friendship from a guy who just knew from around the fundraising circuit. Welcome to Florida, G7. Don't ask us to explain it.

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