The Florida Republican donor to both Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis who shot his wife before turning the gun on himself last week had been diagnosed bi-polar.
Steven Alembik, 72, allegedly attempted to kill his psychologist wife Dawn Polen Silver before shooting himself in the head in the parking lot of a Burger Fi restaurant in Delray Beach, Florida, last week.
Sources tell DailyMail.com that Alembik had a history of mental health issues and was arrested for domestic battery on his first wife five years before shooting his second.
Photos show Alembik dressed in an American flag suit posing with Trump, DeSantis, and Donald Trump Jr.
Meanwhile, several conservative pundits have expressed their shock at his death.
Steven Alembik shot his wife Dawn Polen Silver in the parking lot of a Delray Beach restaurant before turning the gun on himself last week
DailyMail.com can reveal that Alembik was a controversial GOP operative and a major donor to Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump
Alembik was known to sport dinner jackets designed to look like the American flag at fancy events. He’s pictured with Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump Jr
A spokeswoman with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Alembik first shot his wife as she ran into the restaurant for help around 8pm on October 9.
The sheriff’s office claims Silver was shot several times but was conscious when rescuers arrived at the scene and was able to tell authorities her husband shot her.
According to her Facebook page, Silver is a clinical psychologist with the Health Care District of Palm Beach County and a specialist of substance abuse treatment.
Former Real America’s Voice morning anchor Karyn Turk told DailyMail.com that she remembers Alembik’s wedding to Silver in March 2019 as if it were yesterday
Silver was immediately transported to Delray Medical Center where she underwent emergency surgery and remains in critical condition. A source close to the couple tell DailyMail.com that Silver is expected to recover.
Alembik, who was also known as a staunch supporter of Israel, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
Jennifer Remaland Alembik, Alembik’s ex-wife and the mother of his three daughters, texted a funeral notice to Republican Party stalwarts Thursday afternoon.
A memorial service took place Friday in nearby Boca Raton.
She declined to comment when reached by phone and hung up.
Tributes by Trump and DeSantis supporters poured into social media for a man known to sport dinner jackets designed to look like the flags of the United States and Israel at fancy functions.
Former Real America’s Voice morning anchor Karyn Turk told DailyMail.com that she remembers Alembik’s wedding to Silver in March 2019 as if it were yesterday.
‘I’ve known Steven for over a decade and I attended his wedding and the bat mitzvah of his daughters, and I’m shocked to hear what happened,’ Turk said. ‘They always seemed happy together. I send my prayers to his family. He was a great dad.’
Former U.S. Congress candidate and conspiracy theorist Laura Loomer, who had been advised by Alembik in her 2020 campaign, tweeted that Alembik had been struggling with mental health issues and confirmed he died of suicide.
Turk also said she heard Alembik and his wife had been separated for several weeks.
‘People will probably be judgmental,’ Loomer wrote. ‘I hope he is remembered for all of the good he did throughout his life as opposed to the darkness and tragedy that surrounds his last moments on this planet.’
Turk claimed she heard Alembik and his wife had been separated for several weeks
Former U.S. Congress candidate and conspiracy theorist Laura Loomer tweeted that Alembik had been struggling with mental health issues and confirmed he died of suicide
Alembik started the political data company SMA Communications LLC in 2006, according to the company’s website.
It worked mostly for Republican organizations, including Newsmax, the Tea Party, the National Rifle Association, the Second Amendment Foundation, Turning Point USA and Truth About Israel.
Away from his business, however, Alembik had become a toxic personality that would forever be associated with a tweet in 2018 where he called then-President Barack Obama the n-word and caused DeSantis to distance himself from him.
Alembik was a major donor to DeSantis’ first campaign for governor and had dropped $22,920 into the future governor’s war chest.
Alembik admitted to writing the tweet that called Obama a f***ing MUSLIM N*****.’
In March 2018, Alembik told reporters he wrote the tweet in anger over Obama’s claims that the Republican Party had become the home of the politics of division and resentment, and claimed he was not a racist but ‘an emotional human being.’
‘So, somebody like Chris Rock can get up onstage and use the work and there’s no problem,’ Alembik told Politico at the time. ‘But some white guy says it and he’s a racist? Really? I grew up in New York in the ’50s. We were the k**es. They were the n******. They were the g**im. And those were the s***s.’
Alembik organized several black-tie fundraisers for Israeli causes at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort at a time when Trump’s own racist tweets caused dozens of non profits to cancel events there.
One of Alembik’s galas for a group he started called The Truth About Israel was featured in a 2019 DailyMail.com exclusive about how well-heeled Chinese tourists were paying $20,000 for Alembik’s $1,000 tickets just to gain access to Trump’s club.
Alembik’s galas were organized around the time a 33-year-old Chinese woman suspected of being a spy was arrested on the grounds with four cell phones, two passports, a laptop and a thumb drive that contained malware.
Palm Beach County court papers paint a picture of Alembik as a violent man who was arrested for domestic violence on his ex-wife and saw his guns confiscated.
In December 2018, his ex-wife Jennifer Alembik filed a petition for protection against domestic violence, claiming Steven attacked her when she went to his house to pick up their daughters and pushed her to the ground
Court records show Alembik was divorced from Jennifer Alembik in 2014 after 14 years of marriage and three children
Court records show Alembik was divorced from Jennifer Alembik in 2014 after 14 years of marriage.
In December 2018, Jennifer filed a petition for protection against domestic violence, claiming Steven attacked her when she went to his house to pick up their daughters and pushed her to the ground.
Jennifer claimed in the petition that she and their daughters had been threatened by Alembik for years, including when Jennifer was pregnant.
The petition showed Steven took unnamed medications for mental health issues.
He also had a license to carry guns and owned two, according to Jennifer.
Eventually, a family court judge banned Steven from coming within 500 feet of Jennifer and her house and ordered him to communicate with her about their children by email only and to give up his guns.
Alembik was later arrested by Boca Raton Police in connection with the pushing and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery.
The witness was one of their daughters who had just turned 13.
He originally pleaded not guilty and was placed in a first offender program where the charge would go away if he stayed out of trouble for six months. He was also ordered to undergo anger management counseling.
He successfully completed the program in July 2019 and was given his weapons back, according to public records.