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The New Abnormal

Ron DeSantis Is So Clearly the Beta to Donald Trump’s Alpha

Season 1, Ep. 319

On this week’s episode of The New Abnormal, we’re joined by Jeb Lund and David Roth of the It's Christmas Town Podcast who talk all about Ron DeSantis entering the presidential race. Plus! Representative Jasmine Crockett talks about the clown show that Reps. Kevin McCarthy and Marjorie Taylor Green have turned the Congress into.

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