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Why is Elon Musk so influential in the MAGA movement?

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Two figures stand out as the central pillars of right-wing power and influence in America: Donald Trump and Elon Musk.

While Trump remains the undisputed leader of the MAGA movement, the significance of Musk’s role is often overlooked by those outside its sphere.

But why has Musk, a controversial figure known for his unconventional behavior and ventures, garnered such prominence within the right-wing community?

The answer lies in his unique position as the gatekeeper of the right-wing public square, wielding immense influence through his social media platform, X.

Losing ground

Recent analysis by The Righting using Comscore data reveals a stark reality: traditional right-wing media outlets are losing ground, with significant declines in web traffic over the past four years.

While platforms like Newsmax and Fox News have managed to retain some audience, others have experienced staggering losses, with some unable to even measure their dwindling reader numbers.

In this landscape, social media platforms, particularly Musk’s X, have become the primary means through which right-wing figures reach their audience. Musk’s vast reach, boasting 174 million followers on X, has effectively positioned him as a central figure in shaping the discourse and narrative within the MAGA movement.

This shift towards social media as the primary arena for political engagement has profound implications.

It fosters a culture of short-form content and sensationalism, where provocative takes and outrage thrive. As a result, influencers like @Catturd2 command significant followings, eclipsing traditional conservative intellectuals.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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‘Rust’ armorer sentenced to 18 months for fatal shooting

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Hannah Gutierrez, the chief weapons handler for the Western movie “Rust,” has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins by Alec Baldwin.

The incident occurred during the filming of the movie “Rust” when actor Alec Baldwin discharged a prop firearm, fatally injuring Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armorer responsible for handling firearms on the set, faced charges of involuntary manslaughter.

Fatal shooting

The court’s decision comes after a lengthy investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tragic event. Gutierrez-Reed’s sentencing reflects the legal accountability for safety lapses on film sets and the severe consequences of negligence in handling firearms.

In March, Gutierrez, 27, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for mistakenly loading a live round into a revolver Baldwin was using on a Santa Fe, New Mexico, movie set, as reported by Reuters.

“You alone turned a safe weapon into a lethal weapon,” Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer told Gutierrez as she handed down the sentence.

Baldwin’s trial is set for July 10th after a grand jury indicted him on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in January.

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Hush money: Trump’s criminal trial finally begins

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Jury selection has commenced in the criminal trial of former President Donald Trump, focusing on allegations related to hush money payments made to women who claimed to have had affairs with him.

  • Donald Trump became the first former U.S. president to stand trial
  • He faces charges stemming from a hush-money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels
  • At least 50 prospective jurors were dismissed after saying they could not be impartial

The former U.S. president said, “It’s a scam trial. If you read all of the legal pundits, all of the legal scholars today, there’s not one that I see that said, this is a case that should be brought or tried. It’s a scam. It’s a political witch hunt.”

Trump must attend the trial, which is expected to last through May, as reported by Reuters.

Criminal charges

Prosecutors allege that Trump orchestrated payments to silence Stormy Daniels, who claimed to have had extramarital affairs with him, ahead of the 2016 presidential election

Trump has denied any wrongdoing, maintaining that the payments were not campaign-related and therefore not subject to campaign finance laws.

However, the prosecution contends that the payments were made to influence the election, constituting a violation of federal law.

The trial is expected to delve into Trump’s involvement in the payments and his knowledge of their purpose.

 

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Latest Sydney church horror: Stabbing rocks Wakeley community

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A man has been arrested after a bishop was stabbed at Christ the Good Shepherd Church in Wakeley.

Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel was preaching at Christ The Good Shepherd Church in Wakeley in Sydney’s west on Monday just after 7pm when a man dressed in black walked up to the altar and allegedly stabbed him multiple times.

Eyewitnesses described scenes of chaos and terror as an assailant approached the altar where Bishop Emmanuel was delivering a sermon.

Chstbrl Saliba, the Deputy Mayor of Fairfield, told Sky News that after the attack, the Bishop got to his feet, and placed his hand on the head of the assailant and began praying for him.

NSW Police said in a statement:

“A police operation is underway in Wakeley, following reports of a stabbing. Officers attached to Fairfield City Police Area Command attended a location on Welcome Street, Wakeley following reports a number of people were stabbed. Officers arrested a male and he is assisting police with inquiries.”

2GB Radio host Ben Fordham says the situation is so chaotic outside the church that police have had to use capsicum spray outside of the church. One woman has been treated.

 

Fordham says police are concerned about the volatile situation outside the church.

Without warning, the attacker unleashed a flurry of stabs, targeting the bishop and several worshippers in a frenzied assault.

Horrifying footage captured the moment of the attack, as the live broadcast on the church’s social media pages captured the unfolding tragedy.

Bishop Emmanuel’s expression of astonishment turned to one of sheer horror as he became the primary target of the assailant’s vicious blows.

NSW ambulance has confirmed at least one person has been taken to hospital.

The assault at Christ the Good Shepherd Church echoes previous instances of mass violence that have rocked Sydney in recent years, after six people were killed by a man at Bondi.

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