Chauvin trial – morning report
A key prosecution witness this morning told the trial of the former police officer accused of killing George Floyd that he called the emergency services during the incident because “I believed I witnessed a murder”.
Donald Williams, a mixed martial arts fighter, said that as a bystander he pleaded with the then Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, to stop what he termed a dangerous “blood choke” as he knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes.
“You could see that he was going through tremendous pain,” Williams said of Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man. “You could see his eyes go back in his head … You could see he was trying to gasp for air.”
Chauvin, 45, who is white, has denied charges of second- and third-degree murder, and manslaughter, over the death of Floyd last May. He faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charges.
The Florida congressman Matt Gaetz, a leading Trump ally in the fight against Republicans who turned, a persistent media troll and a prodigious owner of libs, is reported to be considering dropping out of Congress to go work for Newsmax.
According to Axios, “Gaetz has told some of his allies he’s interested in becoming a media personality, and floated taking a role at Newsmax. One [source] said Gaetz has had early conversations with the network about what a position could look like.”
Newsmax is the Trumpier-even-than-Fox-News network which surged among rightwing viewers around Trump’s election defeat. Unlike Fox News, it has not yet been sued by Dominion Voting Systems over Trump’s lies about electoral fraud, lies which Gaetz has backed, including voting against certifying Joe Biden’s electoral college win.
Gaetz is apparently considering a decision not to run for re-election himself next year. He has previously considered running for higher office. Axios reports that a move to Newsmax could be meant to boost his chances of so doing.
Here’s David Smith, meanwhile, on a Florida Republican who seems to be ahead of Young Matt in the queue – although, one supposes, should Ron DeSantis run for the presidential nomination in some Trump-free 2024 primary, maybe that will leave an opening for a Governor Gaetz…