It’s Christmas meets politics in a beautiful “Let’s go Brandon” light display in Florida. The Christmas lights display is at the home of Martin Hyde, a former professional soccer player and current business owner, and a Republican who is campaigning against the state’s 16th congressional district against current Trump-backed Representative Vern Buchanan.
Each day he keeps the display up, he is fined $150, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Hyde’s display caught the attention of his homeowner’s association which the Tribune reports sent Hyde a “friendly reminder” that signs aren’t permitted and then “dangled the possibility of a $150-a-day fine if he doesn’t comply.”
Each lit letter is nine inches tall, sitting on his second-story balcony of his Sarasota home above an American flag light display and next to an inflatable Santa Claus. “It’s fully in keeping with my personality and my campaign,” said Hyde. “Anybody who doesn’t like it, it’s one street…don’t come.” Hyde said, “did I know it was provocative? Absolutely. Did I expect it to take on this level? No.”
“I’ll take it down when it suits me” says Hyde, who has been endorsed by Trump’s first national security advisor, Michael Flynn. Hyde also hired Roger Stone, a former Trump advisor, as a campaign consultant.
Hyde, who is a Trump supporter, has said he will keep the display up through Christmas regardless of HOA fines posed on him. “They may well fine me $150 a day. It’s not really a terrible concern to me. I will take it down when the holidays are over. I’ll take it down when it suits me.”
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Hunter Biden Indicted on Federal Gun Charges Amidst Special Counsel Investigation
In a significant development, Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, was indicted on Thursday on federal gun charges as part of Special Counsel David Weiss’ ongoing investigation. The indictment alleges that Hunter Biden made false statements during the purchase of a firearm, among other charges.
The charges against Hunter Biden include:
• Making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm
• Making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer
•Possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance
According to the indictment, the alleged incident occurred on or about October 12, 2018, in the District of Delaware. Hunter Biden is accused of knowingly making a false and fictitious written statement during the acquisition of a Colt Cobra 38SPL Revolver. According to reports from Fox News, the statement, submitted on Form 4473, falsely certified that he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, or controlled substance.
Furthermore, the indictment further states that between October 12, 2018, and October 23, 2018, in the District of Delaware, Hunter Biden knowingly possessed the same firearm despite being an unlawful user of and addicted to controlled substances. This marks the first set of charges brought by Special Counsel David Weiss against Hunter Biden since being granted special counsel status.
The investigation came to public attention when it was reported by Fox News in 2021 that police had responded to an incident in 2018 involving a gun owned by Hunter Biden.
Reports state that, Hallie Biden, the widow of President Biden’s late son, Beau, who was in a relationship with Hunter at the time, discarded the gun. Hunter’s gun was thrown away in a dumpster near a market, located close to a school. It was subsequently revealed that Hunter Biden had purchased a gun earlier that same month.
Hunter Biden’s legal troubles do not end with the gun charges. Earlier in July, an original plea agreement collapsed, which would have seen him plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax counts for willful failure to pay federal income tax, thus avoiding jail time on a felony gun charge. Instead, he pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and one felony gun charge.
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed David Weiss as special counsel to oversee the Hunter Biden investigation and related matters. The White House has declined to comment on these developments, which continue to draw significant public and media attention.
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