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Post by annemarie on Mon 15 Jul 2019, 22:35

[size=55]Tennessee governor signs proclamation honoring early KKK leader, sparking backlash[/size]

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed a proclamation declaring Saturday "Nathan Bedford Forrest Day," in honor of the Confederate Army general who was a slave trader and an early member of the Ku Klux Klan.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed a proclamation declaring Saturday “Nathan Bedford Forrest Day,” in honor of the Confederate Army general who was a slave trader and an early member of the Ku Klux Klan.
Under Tennessee law, governors are required to proclaim six dates as “days of special observance” including July 13 as “Nathan Bedford Forrest Day”; June 3 as “Memorial Day” or “Confederate Decoration Day”; and January 19 as “Robert E. Lee Day.”
The Republican governor signed the proclamation on Wednesday, sparking backlash on social media from some lawmakers and local leaders.
The controversy sprung up as there’s a nationwide debate about removing some of the country’s Confederate monuments, memorials and symbols. Defenders say the memorials mark history and honor heritage, while critics argue they are racist symbols of America’s dark legacy of slavery.
“Nathan Bedford Forrest is a recognized military figure in American history and a native Tennessean,” the proclamation says.
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Lee told The Tennessean Thursday that he signed the bill “because the law requires that I do that and I haven’t looked at changing that law.”
He declined to say whether he thought the state law should be changed, the Tennessean reported.
“I haven’t even looked at that law, other than knowing I needed to comply with it, so that’s what I did,” Lee told the newspaper. “When we look at the law, then we’ll see.”
CNN has reached out to the governor’s office for comment.
The proclamation was condemned by Republican and Democratic lawmakers.
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“This is WRONG,” Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted. “Nathan Bedford Forrest was a Confederate general & a delegate to the 1868 Democratic Convention. He was also a slave trader & the 1st Grand Wizard of the KKK.”
The Texas Republican argued that Tennessee should not have an official day honoring Forrest and called on the state to change the law.
Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee echoed Cruz on Twitter.
“We should not be honoring Nathan Bedford Forrest, the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and the perpetrator of the massacre at Fort Pillow,” the Democratic congressman said on Twitter. “Gov. Lee should be bringing #Tennessee into the 21st century not backsliding into the 19th.”
Nashville Mayor David Briley said “no law should force us to honor” Forrest and called on Lee and Tennessee Republican lawmakers, who hold control in the General Assembly, to repeal the law.
In a tweet, Briley called on his city to instead “remember those who fought against hate,” pointing to Nashville civil rights activist Diane Nash and civil rights lawyer Z. Alexander Looby.
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Post by Donnamarie on Tue 16 Jul 2019, 04:49

Another tip of the hat to racism by a Republican. No surprise.

I was impressed with the way the four congresswomen handled themselves during the press conference. They are patriotic Americans and Trump is not. That was my first thought afterwards.

I have not been thrilled with some of their comments about Democratic leadership and the squabbling going on with Nancy Pelosi. They need to temper some of their progressive policy views as well. They have a lot to learn but they came to office very passionate and with strong voices to not only represent their congressional districts but to call out injustice in the Trump administration. All that his racist comments did today (other than to once again confirm his racism) was to bring all the Democrats together to stand behind and support these congresswomen.



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Post by party animal - not! on Tue 16 Jul 2019, 11:43

Observing from the other side of the pond, I have to say I'm very impressed by the way these four women handle themselves in public spaces ie on committees questioning those before them in positions of power.Their oratory skills are impressive and respectful, and they seem incredibly well prepared (ie the 5minute limit on questioning) and aware of procedures.

No wonder others fear them - they are not exactly the average demographic for those parts and they often put their seniors on the back foot. (see AOC with Wilbur Ross https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5rcWtX9yA8)

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Post by party animal - not! on Tue 16 Jul 2019, 11:51

For contrast:

https://twitter.com/jabinbotsford/status/1150855138086707200/photo/1

and apparently Stephen Miller helped him with his attack - and had to spell Al Qaeda phonetically 'Alcaida peopel'

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Post by Donnamarie on Tue 16 Jul 2019, 19:00

Yep PAN. The man is completely inept. At the very least he is a complete embarrassment to the country and the world. Despite all of this and so much more he is still sitting in the Oval Office! Personally I think any President who is found to be a racist should be kicked out of office. Impeach!
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Post by annemarie on Tue 16 Jul 2019, 21:06

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7253209/Alabama-Senate-candidate-says-Americans-preoccupied-homosexual-activities.html

[size=34]Republican US Senate candidate claims American culture is in decline because people are 'preoccupied with homosexual activities'[/size]


  • Alabama's secretary of state John Merrill was speaking at a campaign rally 

  • Merrill is currently running for the US Senate as a Republican candidate

  • The Alabama politician later defended comments about 'homosexual activities' 


By GEORGE MARTIN FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 12:04 EDT, 16 July 2019 | UPDATED: 12:57 EDT, 16 July 2019

     


Alabama's secretary of state said during a campaign rally that American culture is in decline because people are 'preoccupied with homosexual activities'.
John Merrill, who is currently running for US Senate as a Republican candidate, was speaking at a campaign stop in Fort Payne, Alabama on Saturday.
In a controversial speech to the gathered crowd at the Dekalb County Republican Breakfast Club Merrill blamed the lack of good TV shows for a growing divide in American culture.
'There are no more good TV shows on like Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Virginian, Andy Griffith, I Love Lucy,' Merrill said according to Yellowhammer News.
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Alabama's secretary of state John Merrill (pictured speaking at a campaign rally last month) made the comments on Saturday
'We don't have those shows anymore. We're too interested in homosexual activities.

'We're too interested in seeing how this family's finding a way to mess on this family or to see how people are trying to date on TV, or having wife-swapping on TV.
'That's what we watch,' he continued, 'When we push back against that, and we quit allowing it to be in our homes – that's how those changes have occurred because we've allowed them to slowly but surely come into our lives.' 
In a phone interview on Monday, however, Merrill defended his comments - saying TV culture had become too liberal.   
'I meant what I said,' the secretary of state told AL.com.
'People are too interested in anything that is not uplifting, edifying. They're too busy being preoccupied with homosexual activities and the wife swap shows,' he added.



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Despite his staunch defence, Merrill reportedly declined to give examples of how Americans are too preoccupied with 'homosexual activities.' 
Merrill took the opportunity to bemoan the lack of traditional family values and also endorsed President Trump during the speech.
He said despite not supporting him in the initial stages of his candidacy back in 2015 and 2016, he was now supporting Trump 'because he's our nominee and he's going to be our next president'. 
The veteran Republican politician also threw his weight behind the President's border policy by saying: 'We're going to help build the wall'.  
Merrill is one of four candidates competing for the Republican nomination to take on Democratic Sen. Doug Jones.
As Alabama's Secretary of State, he said he kept illegal immigrants out of the election process by supporting voter identification laws.
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Merrill threw his support behind Donald Trump and his border wall policy during the speech

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Post by annemarie on Wed 17 Jul 2019, 21:07

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7257995/Trump-says-hes-not-unhappy-racism-fights-results-Race-card-thing-have.html

[size=34]EXCLUSIVE: Trump says he's 'not unhappy' with racism fight's result because 'the race card' is 'the only thing they have' now, telling DailyMail.com his back-and-forth with Pelosi was 'one of the all-time classics'[/size]


  • In a brief phone call, the president said he's 'not unhappy' with the result of this week's Washington, D.C. fight that left him branded a racist

  • He believes 'the race card' is Democrats' last remaining weapon against him

  • Trump said his game of political tennis with Nancy Pelosi, as 'the squad' called her a racist and he rushed to her defense was 'amazing'

  • He said he has been the victim of the Democratic Party's 'race card' to a greater degree than anyone else in history 


By DAVID MARTOSKO, U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 14:52 EDT, 17 July 2019 | UPDATED: 15:07 EDT, 17 July 2019

     





President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he's 'not unhappy' with the result of a political war over his recent comments that Democrats were quick to brand as racist.
In a brief phone call a few hours before he will speak to a rally crowd in North Carolina, he told DailyMail.com that his game of mental jiu-jitsu with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was 'one of the all-time classics.'
The president excitedly recounted the recent accusations of racial animus flying between different factions of the House Democratic caucus, and his own role in stoking the fire that ultimately resulted in their vote to rebuke him.
'Look, they played the race card on Nancy Pelosi.' he said.

'She then – it's one of the all-time classics, they played it on Nancy Pelosi! And I came to her defense,' Trump added, .
'She then, a week later, played it on me!' he added. 'It was rather amazing.'
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In a brief phone call with DailyMail.com on Wednesday, President Donald Trump said he's 'not unhappy' with the result of a three-day skirmish with Democrats over allegations of racial bigotry because the 'race card' is now their only remaining weapon against him
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Trump described his week-long back-and-forth with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as 'one of the all-time classics,' recounting how he defended her against accusations from four first-term liberals and sparked a civil war within the Democratic Party
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Asked if he planned that sequence of events and the one that followed yesterday, which ended with the passage of a resolution condemning him, he paused.
'Well, let's put it this way,' Trump said. 'I'm not unhappy.' 
The president also slapped at a quartet of newly elected lawmakers on the Democratic Party's left fringe.
Without naming the congresswomen collectively known as 'the squad,' he scoffed at the idea that they have the moral high ground in the battle that has gripped the nation's attention since he tweeted Sunday that they should 'go back where they came from.'
The president has come under intense fire as he has crossed swords with the four – Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib – because three of them were born in the United States.
He glided past that facet of the controversy on Wednesday, questioning whether their hands were clean.
'This whole thing with, you know, these people are just so – you know, they try and make themselves out to be innocent!' he said.
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'The squad' – from left, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib – responded forcefully after Trump tweeted that they complained too much and should 'go back where they came from'; three of the congresswomen were born in the U.S.
'Take a look at their quotes from the last two years. You won't even believe the horror – the horrible quotes that they have.'
He has been critical of Rep. Omar's past anti-Semitic comments that suggested pro-Israel lawmakers decide their allegiences for money – 'for the Benjamins' – and that American Jews may not be trustworthy because, she has said, their loyalties are split between two countries. 
Trump said he believes his economic successes have given him a buffer of political safety that leaves Democrats with no choice other than to paint him as a bigot.
'The only thing they have, that they can do is, now, play the race card,' he said. 'Which they've always done.'
Asked how far he thinks his adversaries will go to rebrand him, he said he has already been subjected to the most aggressive use of 'the race card' in the Democrats' history.
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'Well, they always have pushed it,' he said. 'They have always pushed it, but they've never pushed it as hard, because the economy is so good, the jobs numbers are so good, the best in the history of our country. The economy is the best in our history.'
The president recited a portion of his now-familiar litany of achievements, including economic and other policy milestones that he regularly takes credit for.
'The tax cuts, the regulation cuts, all of the things we've gotten passed!' he said. 'People don't realize.'
'You know, I have five pages of things I could show you, David, that we've done: Right to try, you know, choice for the veterans. You know, people never thought it was possible to get all this stuff.'
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Post by party animal - not! on Fri 19 Jul 2019, 10:36

Did you see Mcaleenan giving evidence yesterday? Apparently investigations are 'ongoing'...

Here's AOC's masterly questioning of him

https://edition.cnn.com/videos/politics/2019/07/18/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-kevin-mcaleenan-border-patrol-facebook-group-vpx.cnn

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Post by annemarie on Sat 20 Jul 2019, 18:54

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7267711/Republican-lawmaker-Werner-Horn-claims-slavery-not-based-race-economics.html

[size=34]'Owning slaves was a business decision': New Hampshire Republican lawmaker Werner Horn comes under fire for saying slavery was not based on race but on economics[/size]


  • Republican state Rep. Werner Horn suggested in a now-deleted Facebook post that owning slaves 'wasn't a decision predicated on race but on economics' 

  • Horn added: 'It shouldn't be surprising since owning slaves wasn't a decision predicated on race but on economics. It's a business decision' 

  • 'Slavery later on in the American South was not about the color of the skin of the slaves but their value as workers on the plantations,' Horn told the Union Leader  


By ROD ARDEHALI FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 09:20 EDT, 20 July 2019 | UPDATED: 12:41 EDT, 20 July 2019

     



A New Hampshire lawmaker has been slammed after he claimed American slavery was based on economics and not racism. 
Republican state Rep. Werner Horn suggested in a now-deleted Facebook post that owning slaves 'wasn't a decision predicated on race but on economics' and claiming that it was 'a business decision.'
The outrageous assertion came when former state House member Dan Hynes posed the question: 'If Trump is the most racist president in American history, what does that say about all of the other presidents who owned slaves?'
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Republican state Rep. Werner Horn suggested in a now-deleted Facebook post that owning slaves 'wasn't a decision predicated on race but on economics' and claiming that it was 'a business decision'
Horn responded, 'Wait, owning slaves doesn't make you racist...'

'I guess not,' Hynes replied Tuesday. 'Which is surprising since everything else makes someone a racist.'
Horn added: 'It shouldn't be surprising since owning slaves wasn't a decision predicated on race but on economics. It's a business decision.'  
Hynes reverse-ferreted Thursday via Facebook, saying that 'slavery in the U.S. was in fact racist.'    


Despite this, Horn, a three-term lawmaker, doubled down on his views in interviews with the Huffington Post and the New Hampshire Union Leader.
He claimed people have been enslaving others throughout history, calling the American institution of slavery an 'economic reality.' 
'Slavery later on in the American South was not about the color of the skin of the slaves but their value as workers on the plantations,' Horn told the Union Leader.
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The outrageous assertion came when former state House member Dan Hynes posed the question: 'If Trump is the most racist president in American history, what does that say about all of the other presidents who owned slaves?
'The U.S. had abolitionists since the start, people who felt slavery wasn't moral but they weren't enslaving black people because they were black. 
'They were bringing in these folks because they were available.' 
Millions of men, women and children were kidnapped and shipped to the U.S. where slave owners forced them into brutal conditions where they sold like commodities.
The effects of slavery are still felt strongly today through discrimination against black people, disproportionate incarceration rates and overdiscipline in schools.  
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Post by LizzyNY on Sat 20 Jul 2019, 20:52

OK. I'm going to open a can of worms here, but why can't both things be true? Couldn't slavery here have occurred for both economic and racist reasons? And couldn't some of the racism have developed as a justification for using slave labor to fuel the southern economy, while some of it was just innate prejudice?

Any thoughts?
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Post by annemarie on Sat 20 Jul 2019, 21:17

They didn't have to pay them so economically it worked for the slave owners.

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Post by carolhathaway on Sat 20 Jul 2019, 21:35

Well, of course it was an economic decision to own slaves because they were always cheaper than having to pay for employees' work.
But why didn't they buy people of other ethnic groups and enslave them? What about native Americans? White immigrants from Europe or Asia? Why were blacks the only group of people that were enslaved? This was definetely a racist decision. So yes, it was an economic decision to use slaves. And a racist decision as well.
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Post by Way2Old4Dis on Sun 21 Jul 2019, 00:44

Lizzy, there are troves of personal writings and some 'academic' articles that prove that Africans were enslaved precisely because they were Black. White people thought that dark skin and coarse hair were signs of primitive beings and proof of genetic inferiority. The fact that the Africans did not invest their collective intellect into developing weapons, or leave their homeland for the express purpose of conquering other people, gave Whites the idea that Africans were weak and weak-minded. Those are the origins of every tag of subhuman existence Whites have placed on Black people.

Of course slavery had an economic facet. Don't pay for labor, keep more money. That's simple. But there's a reason White men sailed across the world and back, past Europe and avoiding Asia, to get that free labor. And that reason is the very definition of racism: believing that a group of people is less than, because of ethnicity or color.

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Post by LizzyNY on Sun 21 Jul 2019, 01:16

Hey, Way! I was hoping you would join in. I value your perspective. I don't question your take on the roots of racism. I know you're right, but I wonder how many people felt that way before slavery became essential to the southern economy - and the slave owners became terrified of what might happen if their slaves broke free. Since slaves outnumbered masters substantially, they had good reason to be afraid.

To answer Carolhathaway, the Africans who came to America as slaves had either been captured in war or kidnapped by slave traders in Africa. They were already in chains and in no condition to resist. It was much easier to go to a slave market and buy someone already beaten and subdued than it would be to try and capture and enslave someone who could fight back. Native Americans had proven themselves formidable fighters.
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Post by annemarie on Sun 21 Jul 2019, 14:32

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7269697/Trump-says-weak-insecure-members-squad-arent-capable-loving-U-S.html

[size=34]Trump says the 'weak' and 'insecure' congresswomen who make up 'the squad' aren't capable of loving the U.S. as be blasts Somali-American Ilhan Omar as 'lucky to be where she is'[/size]

By KATELYN CARALLE, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 08:54 EDT, 21 July 2019 | UPDATED: 09:16 EDT, 21 July 2019

     




Donald Trump issued another attack on freshmen Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley on Sunday morning, claiming they don't love the U.S.
'I don't believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country,' the president tweeted exactly a week after the initial attack when he told the congresswomen to 'go back' to their countries of origin.
'They should apologize to America (and Israel) for the horrible (hateful) things they have said,' Trump continued.
Trump claims the progressive minority lawmakers are destroying the Democrat Party and he won't let them do the same to the U.S.

'They are destroying the Democrat Party, but are weak & insecure people who can never destroy our great Nation!' he concluded in the tweet.
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Donald Trump issued another attack on 'the squad' of four freshmen congresswomen, claiming they are incapable of loving the U.S.  
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'I don't believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country,' Trump tweeted Sunday morning, calling for them to apologize for their 'hateful' words
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The president claims the group of lawmakers are destroying the Democratic Party and says he won't let them take the country down with them too
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The minority lawmakers, who labeled themselves 'the squad,' held a joint press conference Monday to respond to Trump's attacks last weekend and call for his impeachment
During a rally in Greenville, North Carolina on Wednesday, Trump specifically called out Omar while speaking to the crowd.
After a rally in Greenville, North Carolina, Trump told reporters that the Somali-American congresswoman is 'lucky to be where she is,' potentially in reference to her status as a U.S. citizen or her ability to rise to become a member of Congress as an immigrant.
He also defended the crowd at the rally for chanting, 'Send her back!'
After the crowd's chant was widely viewed by both Democrats and Republicans as racist – or at the least racially insensitive – Trump went on the defense.
'Those are incredible patriots,' Trump told reporters in reference to the rally-goers.
'I'm unhappy when a congresswoman goes and says, 'I'm going to be the president's nightmare,' he said of Omar. 'She's going to be the president's nightmare? She's lucky to be where she is, let me tell you. And the things that she has said are a disgrace to our country.'
Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tliab and Pressley have contributed to a rift in the Democratic caucus, pushing some toward the more progressive left side of the spectrum and isolating those from their 'squad' who are more moderate establishment Democrats.
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Trump escalated the ongoing attacks of the congresswomen when he tweeted they should 'go back' and fix their countries of origin and then come back and get involved in American politics
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Of the four congresswomen under attack, only Ilhan Omar of Minnesota was born in a country other than the U.S. She fled Somalia with her family when she was a young teen and became a naturalized U.S. citizen when she was 17
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has even found herself at odds with the group, chastising them after they voted against the $4.6 billion Republican border bill earlier this month. Pelosi helped get the bill through the House after reports of horrific conditions at migrant detention centers at the border went viral.
The Democratic leader also criticized the younger congresswoman for relying on their social media followings, and said that support on Twitter didn't translate to votes and support for actual legislation.
Trump has found himself siding with Pelosi against the freshmen lawmakers and has been on the attack the past week, upping his criticism of the progressive quartet.
Last Sunday he told Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib and Pressley – who represent New York, Minnesota, Michigan and Massachusetts respectively – to go back to the countries they 'originally came from' and fix issues there before telling U.S. government how it should run.
'So interesting to see 'Progressive' Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run,' he tweeted last weekend. 
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (upper left), Omar (upper right), Rashida Tlaib (lower left) and Ayanna Pressley (lower right) have defended themselves. They reminded Trump of the oath they took to serve as U.S. representatives
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Following a rally in Greenville, North Carolina Wednesday, Trump defended the crowd when they chanted 'Send her back!' He said those in the crowd are 'incredible patriots'
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He specifically called out Omar when talking to reporters about the rally chant, saying she is 'lucky to be where she is' but then says things disgraceful to the U.S. 
'Why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done,' Trump suggested in a trio of tweets.
'These places need your help badly, you can't leave fast enough. I'm sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!' he said.
Of the four congresswomen he was making reference to in the tweet, only Omar was born in a country other than the U.S.
When she was a young teen, Omar and her family fled Somali for America. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen when she was 17.
Following Trump's tweet, Omar defended her commitment to the U.S. and reminded the president of the oath she took when being sworn into office.
Ocasio-Cortez's mother is from Puerto Rico and her father is of Puerto Rican descent, Tlaib's parents are both Palestinian and Pressley is African American.

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Post by LizzyNY on Sun 21 Jul 2019, 18:07

German PM Angela Merkel spoke of the heroic men who tried to eliminate Hitler. Was she hinting at a solution for the US?
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Post by annemarie on Sun 21 Jul 2019, 19:41

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7270047/Back-60s-wasnt-considered-racist-Senator-defends-Trumps-attacks-congresswomen.html

[size=34]'Back in the 60s that wasn't considered racist': Republican senator defends Trump's attacks on minority congresswomen[/size]

By KATELYN CARALLE, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 12:33 EDT, 21 July 2019 | UPDATED: 14:34 EDT, 21 July 2019

     


Ron Johnson, a Republican senator from Wisconsin, defended on Sunday Donald Trump's attacks on a group of minority freshmen lawmakers as something that would have been accepted in the 1960s.
Johnson is making reference to a tweet Trump sent this week telling people if they don't like America they are free to leave and go somewhere else.
'I would say in general the whole, 'America: love it or leave it' is not a new sentiment,' Johnson, who was born in 1955, told CNN's Dana Bash Sunday morning. 'You know, back in the '60s that wasn't considered racist.'
Trump's attacks toward a group of four freshmen representatives, who call themselves 'the squad,' gained more heat on Sunday when he told the minority women they should 'go back' and fix their countries of origin.
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Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson said Trump's comments would not have been seen as racist in the 1960s, and suggested America is moving backwards in terms of the discussion around race
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'I would say in general the whole, 'America: love it or leave it' is not a new sentiment,' Johnson, told CNN's Dana Bash Sunday morning. 'You know, back in the '60s that wasn't considered racist'
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This week, Trump said in reference to four minority freshmen congresswomen that if they don't like American they can leave
The comment was largely condemned and viewed as another variation of the racially charged sentiment of telling immigrants and minorities in the U.S. to 'go back to where they came from.'

As the four congresswomen held a press conference Monday to address the attacks, Trump tweeted 'you can leave,' to people that don't like American how it is.
Johnson chalked the comments up to the president's love of the U.S., and issued criticism to Democrats and the media for making the issue about race.
'I just find it very unfortunate that so many parts of our public debate right now are getting immediately stuck inside a racial framework, when what I would like to see is us moving toward that colorblind society,' he said.
He did, however, say he did not agree with Trump's tweet Sunday morning that said the congresswomen, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley, are incapable of loving the U.S.
'I don't believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country,' Trump tweeted Sunday morning. 'They should apologize to America (and Israel) for the horrible (hateful) things they have said. They are destroying the Democrat Party, but are weak & insecure people who can never destroy our great Nation!' 
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The president's comments come after he issued attacks on the congresswomen last weekend, telling them to 'go back' and fix their countries of oirigin
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Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley (left to right) are all minority women elected to the House in the 2018 midterms. They are progressives that call themselves 'the squad'
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Of the four, only Omar was born in a country other than the U.S. 
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During a rally Wednesday night, the crowd chanted, 'Send her back!' in reference to Omar – which Trump let go on for about 13 seconds. He later defended the rally-goers as 'patriots'
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Johnson said he did not agree with the chanting. 'The president did not like the chant. I didn't like the chant... And so, hopefully, there won't be another crowd in one of those rallies that do that,' he said
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When asked about the tweet Johnson said, 'I mean, that's his opinion. I don't agree with it.'
He also criticized the crowd at Trump's rally in Greenville, North Carolina on Wednesday.
The crowd chanted, 'Send her back!' if reference to Omar after Trump spent several minutes on the topic of the quartet of congresswomen.
At the rally, Trump said Omar is un-American and claiming she 'minimized the September 11 attacks on our homeland.' Trump is referencing her previous comments where the said 'some people did something' when talking about the members of al-Qaeda that carried out the terrorist attacks.
'She looks down with contempt on hard-working Americans, saying that 'ignorance is pervasive in many parts of this country,'' Trump said just before the chant broke out.
'The president did not like the chant. I didn't like the chant,' Johnson said. 'And so, hopefully, there won't be another crowd in one of those rallies that do that.'
The president, however, issued conflicting statements on the chant. At first condemning them, and later calling those chanting 'patriots.'

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Post by LizzyNY on Sun 21 Jul 2019, 20:42

In the 60s "America, love it or leave it" was directed at people for their political beliefs stemming from the fracture of our country over the Viet Nam war - not the color of their skin or their religion. Drumpf and his followers are using it as a racist weapon. Anyone trying to explain or rationalize his comments is just fooling themselves and trying to fool the rest of us. Drumpf is a racist. Period.
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Post by carolhathaway on Sun 21 Jul 2019, 21:47

LizzyNY wrote:Hey, Way! I was hoping you would join in. I value your perspective. I don't question your take on the roots of racism. I know you're right, but I wonder how many people felt that way before slavery became essential to the southern economy - and the slave owners became terrified of what might happen if their slaves broke free. Since slaves outnumbered masters substantially, they had good reason to be afraid.

To answer Carolhathaway, the Africans who came to America as slaves had either been captured in war or kidnapped by slave traders in Africa. They were already in chains and in no condition to resist. It was much easier to go to a slave market and buy someone already beaten and subdued than it would be to try and capture and enslave someone who could fight back. Native Americans had proven themselves formidable fighters.

Lizzy,
I'm aware of the fact that African slaves had bern captured in Africa already. But hadn't it been easier to enslave Native Americans? Or Mexicans? Because that would saved the cost of transport and make it easier to get new slaves faster. Because they weren't seen as 'equal' as well. But I guess that had meant to dirty their own hands...
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Post by carolhathaway on Sun 21 Jul 2019, 22:21

LizzyNY wrote:German PM Angela Merkel spoke of the heroic men who tried to eliminate Hitler. Was she hinting at a solution for the US?

Wink Lizzy,

On July 20th, 1944, one of the highest generals of Hitler named Earl Claus von Stauffenberg (once played by Tom Cruise in the movie Valkyrie), placed a bomb under a table in Hitler's headquarter's conference room. He had access to Hitler so he - of the hundreds of people in their group who had decided to kill Hitler to stop the war - was chosen. (I just learned that the head of the resistance group had lived in a town just 15 miles away from where I live.) In 1943, he had been seriously wounded and lost one eye, one hand and two fingers of the remaining hand. Therefore and since Hitler's meeting had been movedforward, he wasn't able to prepare the bomb properly. So Hitler and nobody else was injured seriously and the assassination failed. Stauffenberg and his closest group were shot, and all their wifes, siblings and parents were imprisoned. Their children were taken to a children's home (just 30 miles away from where I live), separated from their siblings, and they all git new names in order to be adopted by 'good Nazis'. Fortunately, the end of WW II and of the Nazi regime was near, and the children were reunited with their mothers and families.

That's why we commemorate these resistance fighters on July 20th every year.
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Post by LizzyNY on Sun 21 Jul 2019, 22:38

Carolhathaway- It might have cost more to import slaves from Africa but, since they were already in chains and weakened from their journey it was a lot safer. Enslaving Native Americans or Mexicans would have meant actually going out and capturing them with no guarantee of success, as it was guaranteed they would fight back. It was much easier to go to the slave markets and buy a slave someone else had already captured.

I knew about the failed plot to kill Hitler, but not so much about the reasons why it failed. I always wondered how much would have been different if the plot had succeeded.
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Post by carolhathaway on Mon 22 Jul 2019, 07:02

Lizzy,

that's always the question: "What, if...?"
My father, who had studied history at university, always says: "If Stauffenberg - who left after placing the bomb in order to play a significient role in the expected new government, had stayed and sacrified himself, Hitler had been killed there, WW II had ended nine months earlier, and millions of people had survived on the battlefields, in concentration camps and in cities which were bombed."
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Post by LizzyNY on Mon 22 Jul 2019, 15:17

It's too bad they couldn't have found someone else to plant the bomb - maybe someone who wouldn't have been so important to the new government, who might have stayed to make sure the bomb hit its target.


Ah, well... always "What if...". At least they tried.
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Post by annemarie on Mon 22 Jul 2019, 16:44

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7272563/Bank-robber-jailed-11-years-Georgetown-law-professor-advises-Trump-justice-reform.html

[size=34]Bank robber who stole $150,000 and was jailed for 11 years is now a Georgetown law professor who advises Trump on justice reform after studying in a prison library and winning two Supreme Court cases[/size]


  • Shon Hopwood, 44, spent 11 years in prison for robbing five banks in Nebraska when he was 23 years old

  • He discovered his passion for law in a library at a federal penitentiary in Illinois

  • The felon worked on fellow inmates' cases, including two for the Supreme Court

  • Hopwood got out in 2008 and went on to excel at undergrad and law school

  • He made headlines in 2017 when he joined the faculty at Georgetown Law

  • Hopwood now advises President Donald Trump on criminal justice reform

  • He was instrumental in the passage of the First Step Act last December


By MEGAN SHEETS FOR DAILYMAIL.COM 
PUBLISHED: 11:04 EDT, 22 July 2019 | UPDATED: 11:36 EDT, 22 July 2019

     



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Shon Hopwood (pictured) spent 11 years in prison for a string of bank robberies he committed when he was just 23 years old. Today, the 44-year-old is one of the nation's top criminal justice reform advocates
A convicted felon who spent 11 years in prison for a string of bank robberies when he was 23 years old traded his jail-issue jumpsuit for a suit and tie, becoming one of the nation's top criminal justice reform advocates. 
Shon Hopwood, 44, made headlines in the fall of 2017 when he joined the teaching staff at Georgetown Law School, just nine years after his release from prison and 19 years after being convicted of robbing $150,000 from five banks in Nebraska.  
His extraordinary story of redemption began in a prison library, where he discovered his passion for law and the power he had to make a difference in the lives of prisoners like himself.  

During his time behind bars, Hopwood spent countless hours studying law textbooks while representing fellow inmates seeking to reduce their sentences, including two cases in front of the Supreme Court.  
After his release he blazed through undergrad and law school before joining the nation's top litigators in Washington, where he now spends his time working with President Donald Trump on prison reform and teaching the next generation of lawyers at Georgetown.  
Hopwood opened up about his unconventional road to Criminal Law 101 during his first semester of teaching in 2017 during an interview with 60 Minutes that re-aired Sunday night.
When asked if he ever saw himself teaching at one of the nation's top law schools, Hopwood told host Steve Kroft: 'It makes me laugh hearing you say it out loud because there are days where it doesn't make sense to me, and I've lived it. 
'I can see why it doesn't make sense to hardly anyone else.' 
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Hopwood made headlines in the fall of 2017 when he earned a coveted spot on the teaching staff at Georgetown Law School, just nine years after his release from prison
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The convicted felon now advises President Donald Trump on prison reform and was instrumental in the passage of the First Step Act in December. Hopwood and Trump are seen at the White House in April when five prisoners were released as a result of the bill

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Hopwood was born in the 25,000-person farming community of David City, Nebraska, in 1975. 
He described himself as a bright but stubborn kid from a solid family. He hated rules and was a subpar student but excelled in athletics. 
He was recruited to play basketball at Midland University, 50 miles from his hometown, but dropped out after one semester of hard partying. 
Hopwood went on to join the Navy, where he drank heavily over his two-year stint. 
He returned to David City and began working in a feed lot, where boredom and frustration with where his life was headed drove him to drugs.  
'I wanted to live an exciting life. And shoveling cow manure in small-town Nebraska and living in my parents' bedroom wasn't quite cutting it,' Hopwood said. 
One night he was out at a local bar when a friend proposed a radical, and life-changing, idea. 
'What do you think about robbing a bank?' 
Hopwood explained: 'Most people would have laughed that off or said: "Maybe we need another beer," or anything other than: "That sounds like a great idea," which is what I ended up saying.' 
He said he didn't initially think that either of them would follow through with the idea. Months later, they started scouting potential targets in small towns where they'd be least likely to run into armed guards or police.    
'We wanted to get in and out of the bank as quickly as possible, not hurt anyone, grab as much money as we could, and run,' Hopwood said.
'And that's basically what we did in all five bank robberies.'
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Hopwood opened up about his unconventional road to Criminal Law 101 during his first semester of teaching in 2017 during an interview with 60 Minutes (pictured)
Ten months after the first robbery, the FBI tracked Hopwood, then 23, down at a hotel in Omaha in July 1998. 
Inside his car they found $100,000 in cash that was directly traceable to a bank he had just robbed, along with multiple guns, a scanner and binoculars.  
He was locked up in the federal penitentiary in Illinois in May 1999.  
Hopwood began working in the prison's law library, but says he hardly picked up a book for the first six months because they intimidated him. 
He eventually found the motivation to start working on his own case and see if he could get his sentenced reduced. 


While he wasn't able to find any legal relief for himself, he started using his newfound knowledge to help fellow inmates whose lawyers hadn't effectively argued their cases.  
It was through his prison counseling that Hopwood recognized his own talent for law, and how much he loved it.  
'I would be sitting in my cell reading a federal reporter, which is a compendium of federal court of appeals cases, and I would just read that cover-to-cover as if it was a novel, just for fun,' he said. 'It was like a big puzzle for me.' 
Three years into his sentence, Hopwood was approached by a fellow inmate, John Fellers, who wanted his help appealing his drug conviction in front of the Supreme Court. 
Hopwood initially told Fellers: 'No, absolutely not.'
He felt that he didn't have the experience to argue such a complex case, but Fellers ultimately convinced him to take it.  
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Hopwood was locked up at the Federal Correctional Institute Pekin in Illinois (pictured) in 1999 when he was 23 years old. Shortly after he arrived he began working in the prison's law library
He dedicated all of his time over the next several months working on Fellers' case and teaching himself how to practice law in the process. 
Hopwood put together his brief on a typewriter and submitted it to the Supreme Court. It was one of 74 cases put on the docket out of 8,000 submissions. 
'I was shocked,' he said of the moment he learned the case was accepted. 'I was shocked that the court had granted the case and that I had done something that, you know, lawyers wait their whole lives to do and done it the first time.'  
Seth Waxman, a prominent appellate lawyer and the former US solicitor general, was asked to argue Fellers' case in front of the Court. He agreed on one condition: that Hopwood would be on his legal team.  
'I wanted him to be involved, because I was really curious,' Waxman told 60 Minutes. 'It seemed actually almost inconceivable that somebody with his level of education and his level of exposure to the life of the law could actually write a much better than average cert petition.'
Waxman won the case and became Hopwood's mentor in the process. 
The convict would go on to win several other cases during his last six years behind bars, including another on the Supreme Court and another on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. 
Most of the cases involved resentencing motions for federal prisoners like himself.    
Despite his successes, Hopwood still didn't think he could become a lawyer when he got out. 
'I had had countless number of lawyers tell me I could not go to law school, and even if I could I would never get licensed by any of the state bar associations, given my crimes,' he said. 
Hopwood found hope in a new love, his now-wife Ann Marie Metzner. The pair had gone to high school together and she began writing letters to him and visiting him in prison. 
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Hopwood is seen with his wife Ann Marie Metzner. The pair went to high school together and she began visiting him and writing him letters while he was in prison
He was released to an Omaha halfway house in 2008 and quickly learned how much he'd missed as the internet exploded during his time in prison. 
He applied for a job as a document analyst at Cockle Legal Printing, one of a few companies in the US that helps assemble Supreme Court briefs. 
The company looked past Hopwood's rap sheet and focused on his Supreme Court record when they agreed to hire him.  
He stayed with the firm for three years while completing his undergraduate degree before earning a full scholarship to law school at the University of Washington through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 
He was admitted to the bar after graduation and landed a clerkship with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the country's second-highest court.  
A year later he was awarded a teaching fellowship at Georgetown Law's Appellate Litigation Clinic before being offered a professor position.  
He married Metzner around the same time, and the pair went on to have two children together. 
When asked if she was surprised by how everything turned out, Metzner told Kroft: 'Yeah. I had no idea of what the future would hold for us. Neither one of us had any clue that this would- all these wonderful things would happen.'
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Hopwood earned a full scholarship to law school at the University of Washington through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He is pictured with Metzner at his graduation
Hopwood is now using his position to fight for criminal justice reform, specifically shorter prison sentences for most crimes and improved vocational training, drug treatment and mental health counseling in prisons.
'Prison is not the place for personal growth,' Hopwood said. 'We warehouse people and then we kick them out into the real world with very little support and hope that a miracle happens.'
He said he was able to beat the odds because of the people he had in his corner. He hopes to provide that kind of support to others through his advocacy. 
Hopwood was instrumental in the passage of the First Step Act, a series of prison and sentencing reforms that is expected to free about 4,000 inmates. 
He's visited President Trump at the White House on multiple occasions, including when the bill was signed last December and in April when five prisoners were released as a result. 
'It's not something I ever planned on, but I've been working with the Trump administration on criminal justice reform and particularly on the First Step Act,' Hopwood told Law.com in April.
'They've got some other things that will be coming up that I'm trying to work with them on, as far as trying to get people out of federal prison.' 
He said he never envisioned himself becoming a White House regular, but also never saw himself on the tenure track at Georgetown - where the president's daughter Tiffany Trump is one of his students. 








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Hopwood is seen speaking at the White House in April after five prisoners were released under the First Step Act, a series of prison and sentencing reforms expected to free 4,000 inmates
Hopwood said he enjoys bringing his policy experience into the classroom, and he's excited to teach a seminar on criminal justice reform this fall. 
Earlier this month he penned an op-ed in the Cardozo Law Review calling on the federal justice system to provide tools that help authorities assess incarcerated individuals' capacity for rehabilitation. 
'Because it is often difficult to conclude which defendants have the capacity for rehabilitation and redemption at the time of sentencing, we need avenues for decision-makers in the federal criminal justice system to take a second look in individual cases,' he wrote.  
The article goes on to outline specific ways in which the system could help convicted felons go on to live productive lives the way he has been able to. 
'It is difficult, if not impossible, to determine who, after having been convicted of a serious crime, has the capacity to become rehabilitated and redeemed,' he wrote. 
'Character is not static, people change, and the law must recognize this reality.'
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Hopwood said he enjoys bringing his policy experience into the classroom at Georgetown, and he's excited to teach a seminar on criminal justice reform this fall

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Post by annemarie on Tue 23 Jul 2019, 17:39

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7276865/Trump-considering-ban-Guatemalan-migrants-country-backs-safe-country-deal.html

[size=34]Trump says he's considering a 'ban' on Guatemalans entering the U.S. after country backs out of deal that would force its citizens to apply for asylum in Mexico instead of America[/size]


  • President Donald Trump said he's considering imposing a 'ban' on Guatemalan migrants entering the U.S. 

  • He also said he was thinking of issuing tariffs, remittance fees and other sanctions on the Central America nation

  • Trump's announcement comes after Guatemala backed out of the 'safe third country' agreement

  • Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales canceled a meeting last week with Trump where the two planned to discuss the deal

  • A draft indicated the agreement would allow U.S. government to send asylum-seekers from any nation to Guatemala – including Guatemalan migrants 

  • Those fleeing El Salvador, Honduras and other Central American nations must first pass through Guatemala

  • Arguably, they should be seeking asylum there first since that is the first 'safe' country they reached

  • Guatemalans would be able to seek asylum in Mexico 


By KATELYN CARALLE, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 10:26 EDT, 23 July 2019 | UPDATED: 11:35 EDT, 23 July 2019

     



Donald Trump said Tuesday he's considering issuing sanctions on Guatemala, which could include tariffs and remittance fees, after the Central American nation backed out of the 'safe third country' deal earlier this month.
The Guatemalan government issued a statement July 14 cancelling a meeting, scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C. on July 15 between Trump and Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales.
The meeting was intended to take steps toward setting in stone the so-called 'safe third country' agreement, which would allow the U.S. government to send asylum seekers to Guatemala.
'Guatemala, which has been forming Caravans and sending large numbers of people, some with criminal records, to the United States, has decided to break the deal they had with us on signing a necessary Safe Third Agreement. We were ready to go,' Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.
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President Donald Trump said Tuesday he considering issuing a 'ban' on Guatemala after its government backed out of the 'safe third country' agreement last week
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Trump said he is considering imposing tariffs and remittance fees on Guatemala as part of sanctions against the Central American nation
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Last week, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales canceled a meeting he had in Washington D.C. with Trump to discuss finalizing the agreement
'Now we are looking at the 'BAN,' Tariffs, Remittance Fees, or all of the above,' he continued in a threat against the country. 'Guatemala has not been good. Big U.S. taxpayer dollars going to them was cut off by me 9 months ago.'

There were questions over the terms of the deal from the get go, considering many of the asylum seeking showing up at the southern border were coming from Guatemala and could ultimately be sent right back to where they had fled from under the safe third country agreement.
A draft of the deal indicated the U.S. would be able to send asylum seekers from any country to Guatemala once the agreement was signed.
Guatemala is a key country because any Central American looking to claim asylum in American needs to pass through Guatemala to get to Mexico and then make the trek to the U.S. southern border.
A deal between the U.S. and Guatemala would put a stop to a lot of the flow of migrants by obligating the nation to offer asylum to migrants who enter its territory.
Under these stipulations, many leaving Honduras and El Salvador would be prevented from claiming asylum in the U.S. because they were previously able to make a refugee appeal in another country.
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To seek asylum in the U.S., Central American nationals like El Salvador and Honduras need to first pass through Guatemala. Arguably, when feeling a country, those individuals should seek refuge in the first 'safe' country they reach. Which in this case would be Guatemala – or Mexico for Guatemalans fleeing
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A draft of the 'safe third country' agreement indicated the U.S. government would be permitted to send asylum seekers from any country to Guatemala – even those who had just fled from Guatemala
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Trump did not say what he meant by a 'ban,' but in the past his administration as restricted citizens of other nations from entry into the U.S. – claiming they pose a security risk
In theory, if a migrant is seeking asylum, they should make the claim at the first 'safe' country they reach.
Since the deal would send asylum-seeking Guatemalans back to their home country, those fleeing Guatemala would now likely seek asylum in Mexico.
Earlier this year, Trump announced the U.S. was cutting off foreign aid to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras since he said their governments were not doing enough to slow down the mass of migrants entering the U.S. from those countries.
He previously has threatened to issue tariffs on Mexico, but eventually struck a deal with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador for the nation to beef up its internal security to stop immigration flows through its border with the U.S.
Trump did not elaborate on what he meant in his tweets about a 'ban' on Guatemala, but in the past his administration has restricted entry into the U.S. by citizens of certain countries – known as the Muslim ban.
The ban was created to stop an inflow of citizens from countries the administration said posed a security risk to the U.S.

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[size=34]Trump rule will kick 3.1 million people off food stamps and save $15 BILLION by closing 'loophole' and making Americans prove they're too poor to pay for food[/size]


  • The Trump administration will propose a rule to tighten food stamp restrictions that would cut about 3.1 million people from the program 

  • People will also have to pass a review of their income and assets to determine whether they are eligible for free food 

  • If enacted, the rule would save the federal government about $2.5 billion a year by removing people from the food stamp program 

  • Trump has argued that many Americans using the program do not need it given the strong economy and low unemployment 


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The Trump administration on Tuesday will propose a rule to tighten food stamp restrictions that would cut about 3.1 million people from the program, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials said.
Currently, 43 U.S. states allow residents to automatically become eligible for food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP, if they receive benefits from another federal program known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, according to the USDA.
But the agency wants to require people who receive TANF benefits to pass a review of their income and assets to determine whether they are eligible for free food from SNAP, officials said.
If enacted, the rule would save the federal government about $2.5 billion a year by removing people from SNAP, according to the USDA.
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The Trump administration will propose a rule to tighten food stamp restrictions that would cut about 3.1 million people from the program
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Stormie Whitten, 25, uses her Maine EBT card while shopping for groceries - about $2.5 billion a year would be saved if the new rule passes by eliminating people from the program
President Donald Trump has argued that many Americans now using SNAP do not need it given the strong economy and low unemployment, and should be removed as a way to save taxpayers as much as $15 billion.

'Some states are taking advantage of loopholes that allow people to receive the SNAP benefits who would otherwise not qualify and for which they are not entitled,' USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue told reporters on a conference call on Monday.
SNAP provides free food to some 40 million Americans, or about 12% of the total U.S. population.
A Trump-backed effort to pass new restrictions through the Farm Bill was blocked by Congress last year, following a months-long, partisan debate.

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The USDA does not need congressional approval, however, to stop states from automatically allowing recipients of TANF benefits to become eligible for SNAP, said Brandon Lipps, a USDA acting deputy undersecretary.
Current rules allow people to access SNAP benefits worth thousands of dollars for two years without going through robust eligibility reviews, he told reporters on the call.
'Unfortunately, automatic eligibility has expanded to allow even millionaires and others who simply receive a TANF-funded brochure to become eligible for SNAP when they clearly don't need it,' Lipps said.
The USDA will accept public comment on the proposed rule change.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in December estimated the rule could save the federal government $8.1 billion from 2019 to 2028, lower than the USDA's estimate.
In 2016, the CBO said arguments against the change included concerns that it would eliminate benefits for households in difficult financial situations and increase the complexity and time involved in verifying information on SNAP applications.
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US justice department resumes use of death penalty and schedules five executions
William Barr announces he has reinstated a policy dormant for 16 years, following authorization from Congress and signing by Trump


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 William Barr said: ‘We owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system.’ Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA
The US government is set to carry out the death penalty for the first time in 16 years, William Barr, the attorney general, announced on Thursday, despite criticism of capital punishment as “immoral and deeply flawed”.
The justice department scheduled the execution of five death row federal inmates for December and January.
Congress has expressly authorised the death penalty through legislation adopted by the people’s representatives in both houses of Congress and signed by the president, Barr said in a statement.
He added: “Under administrations of both parties, the Department of Justice has sought the death penalty against the worst criminals, including these five murderers, each of whom was convicted by a jury of his peers after a full and fair proceeding.

“The justice department upholds the rule of law – and we owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system.”
The government has put to death only three defendants since restoring the federal death penalty in 1988, the most recent of which occurred in 2003, when Louis Jones was executed for the 1995 kidnapping, rape and murder of a young female soldier. There are about 60 people on federal death row, according to the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC).
Thirty US states currently allow capital punishment but, in four of them, governors have issued moratoriums on the death penalty, the DPIC says. Twenty states have abolished or overturned it. New Hampshire became the latest US state to abolish the death penalty in May.

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The move to execute federal death row inmates was sharply rebuked by opponents of the death penalty. Senator Kamala Harris, a former prosecutor now running for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, tweeted: “Let me be clear: capital punishment is immoral and deeply flawed. Too many innocent people have been put to death. We need a national moratorium on the death penalty, not a resurrection.”
Barr, who was appointed by Donald Trump, is Catholic. Last year Pope Francis altered the teachings of the Catholic faith to oppose the death penalty in all circumstances.
The justice department said the Federal Execution Protocol Addendum, which closely mirrors protocols currently used in Georgia, Missouri and Texas, replaces a three-drug cocktail previously used in federal executions with a single drug: pentobarbital.
It added that 14 states have used pentobarbital in more than 200 executions while federal courts, including the supreme court, have repeatedly upheld the use of pentobarbital in executions as consistent with the eighth amendment.
But Chris McDaniel, a news producer at HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, who researched the use of lethal injection for an item on the death penalty, tweeted: “Unsaid in the press release is what kind of pentobarbital they plan on using. Manufactured pentobarbital is almost impossible for executioners to get. Compounded pentobarbital is easier to get, but raises serious concerns about its quality.”
Barr directed Hugh Hurwitz, the acting director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, to schedule the executions of five death-row inmates convicted of murdering children and elderly people.
They are Daniel Lewis Lee, a member of a white supremacist group, who murdered a family of three, including an eight-year-old girl; Lezmond Mitchell, who killed a 63-year-old woman and her nine-year-old granddaughter; Wesley Ira Purkey, who raped and murdered a 16-year-old girl and killed an 80-year-old woman who suffered from polio; Alfred Bourgeois, who sexually molested and beat to death his two-year-old daughter; and Dustin Lee Honken, who shot and killed five people including two children.

The executions will take place in December and January at the high security US penitentiary Terre Haute in Indiana.
A recent report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics showed that at the end of 2017, 32 states and the Federal Bureau of Prisons held 2,703 prisoners under sentence of death – a decline for the 17th consecutive year.
California has more prisoners under sentence of death than any other state, with 742, followed by Florida with 349. Texas carried out more executions than any other state in 2017, with seven.
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Post by annemarie on Sun 28 Jul 2019, 18:06

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  • Former President Barack Obama has seemingly signaled he agrees with 149 of his former staffers, all African American, denouncing Trump's 'racism'

  • The staffers published an op-ed speaking out against 'the poisoning of our democracy' in The Washington Post on Friday in response to Trump tweets

  • Trump wrote that four progressive women of color in Congress should 'go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came'

  • Obama tweeted a link to his former staffers' op-ed on Saturday and wrote , 'I’m proud of how they’re continuing to fight for an America that’s better'


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Former President Barack Obama tweeted a link to a scathing op-ed denouncing current President Donald Trump as wielding 'racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia.'
Under the headline, 'We are African Americans, we are patriots, and we refuse to sit idly by,' 149 African American members of the Obama administration proclaimed that they 'refuse to sit idly by' during 'the poisoning of our democracy,' and Obama seemingly signaled his agreement.
The op-ed, published on Friday by The Washington Post, was written in response to Trump writing that four progressive women of color currently serving in Congress - three of whom were born in the US - should 'go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,' a phrase which many have likened to the racist trope, 'go back where you came from.'
Sharing the link to the story, Obama tweeted on Saturday: 'I’ve always been proud of what this team accomplished during my administration. But more than what we did, I’m proud of how they’re continuing to fight for an America that’s better.'
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Former President Barack Obama (left) has seemingly signaled he agrees with 149 of his former staffers, all African American, denouncing President Donald Trump's (right) 'racism' in a tweet about representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan
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The op-ed was published on Friday by The Washington Post and Obama tweeted (pictured) a link to it on Saturday, writing: 'I've always been proud of what this team accomplished during my administration. But more than what we did, I'm proud of how they're continuing to fight for an America that's better'
On July 14, Trump posted a tweet referencing representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, who have come to refer to themselves as 'The Squad.'

He tweeted: 'So interesting to see "Progressive" Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly......
'....and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how.... 
'....it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!'  
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Trump said the women, three of whom were born in the US, should 'go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came'
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The wording Trump used (pictured) has been likened to the racist trope, 'go back to where you came from'
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On Friday, Obama administration members fired back at Trump's comments.
'We stand with congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, as well as all those currently under attack by President Trump, along with his supporters and his enablers, who feel deputized to decide who belongs here — and who does not,' the article read. 
'There is truly nothing more un-American than calling on fellow citizens to leave our country — by citing their immigrant roots, or ancestry, or their unwillingness to sit in quiet obedience while democracy is being undermined.'  
The article noted that to tell someone to 'go back where you came from' has long been a phrase evoked by racists throughout American history. 
'We’ve heard this before. Go back where you came from. Go back to Africa. And now, "send her back." Black and brown people in America don’t hear these chants in a vacuum; for many of us, we’ve felt their full force being shouted in our faces, whispered behind our backs, scrawled across lockers, or hurled at us online. They are part of a pattern in our country designed to denigrate us as well as keep us separate and afraid,' the article read.
'As 149 African Americans who served in the last administration, we witnessed firsthand the relentless attacks on the legitimacy of President Barack Obama and his family from our front-row seats to America’s first black presidency. Witnessing racism surge in our country, both during and after Obama’s service and ours, has been a shattering reality, to say the least. But it has also provided jet-fuel for our activism, especially in moments such as these.'
While Trump seemed to be unaware that three of the four women he referenced in his tweet were born in the US, that fact makes no difference in terms of their right to be here, as Americans.
The op-ed highlighted this point, continuing: 'We come from Minnesota and Michigan. The Bronx and Baton Rouge. Florida and Philadelphia. Cleveland and the Carolinas. Atlanta and Nevada. Oak-town and the Chi. We understand our role in this democracy, and respect the promise of a nation built by, for and of immigrants. We are part of that tradition, and have the strength to both respect our ancestors from faraway lands and the country we all call home.
'Our love of country lives in these demands, and our commitment to use our voices and our energy to build a more perfect union. We refuse to sit idly by as racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia are wielded by the president and any elected official complicit in the poisoning of our democracy.' 







[size=34]The 149 signatories to an op-ed denouncing Donald Trump's  tweet telling 'The Squad' to 'go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came'[/size]



Saba Abebe, former special assistant, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, Energy Department
Tsehaynesh Abebe, former adviser, U.S. Agency for International Development
David Adeleye, former policy specialist, White House
Bunmi Akinnusotu, former special assistant, Office of Land and Emergency Management, Environmental Protection Agency
Trista Allen, former senior adviser to the regional administrator, General Services Administration
Maria Anderson, former operations assistant, White House
Karen Andre, former White House liaison, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Caya Lewis Atkins, former counselor for science and public health, Department of Health and Human Services
Roy L. Austin Jr., former deputy assistant to the president, White House Domestic Policy Council
Kevin Bailey, former special assistant, White House; senior policy adviser, Treasury Department
Jumoke Balogun, former adviser to the secretary, Labor Department
Diana Banks, former deputy assistant secretary, Defense Department
Desiree N. Barnes, former adviser to the press secretary, White House
Kevin F. Beckford, former special adviser, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Alaina Beverly, former associate director, Office of Urban Affairs, White House
Saba Bireda, former senior counsel, Office for Civil Rights, Education Department
Vincent H. Bish Jr., former special assistant to the assistant secretary of strategic program management, Department of Health and Human Services
Michael Blake, former director for African American, minority and women business enterprises and county and statewide elected officials, White House
Tenicka Boyd, former special assistant, Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Education Department
Tanya Bradsher, former assistant secretary for public affairs, Department of Homeland Security
Stacey Brayboy, former chief of staff, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Agriculture Department
Allyn Brooks-LaSure, former deputy associate administrator for external affairs, Environmental Protection Agency
Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, former director of coverage policy, Office of Health Reform, Department of Health and Human Services
Quincy K. Brown, former senior policy adviser, Office of Science and Technology Policy, White House
Taylor Campbell, former director of correspondence systems innovation, White House
Crystal Carson, former chief of staff to the director of communications, White House
Genger Charles, former general deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Housing, Federal Housing Administration, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Glorie Chiza, former associate director, Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, White House
Sarah Haile Coombs, special assistant, Department of Health and Human Services
Michael Cox, former special assistant to the assistant secretary for intergovernmental affairs, Commerce Department
Adria Crutchfield, former director of external affairs, Federal Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Joiselle Cunningham, former special adviser, Office of the Secretary, Education Department
Charlotte Flemmings Curtis, former special adviser for White House initiatives, Corporation for National and Community Service
Kareem Dale, former special assistant to the president for disability policy, White House
Ashlee Davis, former White House liaison, Agriculture Department
Marco A. Davis, former deputy director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
Russella L. Davis-Rogers, former chief of staff, Office of Strategic Partnerships, Department of Education
Tequia Hicks Delgado, former senior adviser for congressional engagement and legislative relations, Office of Legislative Affairs, White House
Kalisha Dessources Figures, former policy adviser, White House Council on Women and Girls
Leek Deng, former special assistant, Bureau for Global Health, U.S. Agency for International Development
Tene Dolphin, former chief of staff, Economic Development Administration, Commerce Department
Monique Dorsainvil, former deputy chief of staff, Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, White House
Joshua DuBois, former executive director, Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships; former special assistant to the president, White House
 
Dru Ealons, former director, Office of Public Engagement, Environmental Protection Agency
Rosemary Enobakhare, former deputy associate administrator for public engagement and environmental education, Environmental Protection Agency
Karen Evans, former assistant director and policy adviser, Office of Cabinet Affairs, White House
Clarence J. Fluker, former deputy associate director for national parks and youth engagement, White House Council on Environmental Quality
Heather Foster, former public engagement adviser and director of African American affairs, White House
Kalina Francis, former special adviser, Office of Public Affairs, Treasury Department
Matthew “Van” Buren Freeman, former senior adviser, Minority Business Development Agency, Commerce Department
Cameron French, former deputy assistant secretary for public affairs, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Jocelyn Frye, former deputy assistant to the president and director of policy and special projects for the first lady, White House
Bernard Fulton, former deputy assistant secretary for congressional relations, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Stephanie Gaither, former confidential assistant to the deputy director, Office of Management and Budget, White House
Demetria A. Gallagher, former senior adviser for policy and inclusive innovation, Commerce Department
Lateisha Garrett, former White House liaison, National Endowment for the Humanities
W. Cyrus Garrett, former special adviser to the director of counternarcotics enforcement, Department of Homeland Security
Bishop M. Garrison, former science and technology directorate adviser, Department of Homeland Security
Lisa Gelobter, former chief digital service officer, Education Department
A’shanti F. Gholar, former special assistant to the secretary, Labor Department
Jay R. Gilliam, former special assistant, U.S. Agency for International Development
Artealia Gilliard, former deputy assistant secretary for transportation policy, Transportation Department
Brenda Girton-Mitchell, former director, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Education Department
Jason Green, former associate counsel and special assistant to the president, White House
Corey Arnez Griffin, former associate director, Peace Corps
Kyla F. Griffith, former special adviser to the secretary, Commerce Department
Simone L. Hardeman-Jones, former deputy assistant secretary, Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs, Education Department
Thamar Harrigan, former senior intergovernmental relations adviser, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Dalen Harris, former director, Office of Intergovernmental and Public Liaison, Office of National Drug Control Policy, White House
Khalilah M. Harris, former deputy director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans; former senior adviser, Office of Personnel Management
Adam Hodge, former deputy assistant secretary for public affairs, Treasury Department
Valerie Jarrett, former senior adviser, White House
Will Yemi Jawando, former associate director, Office of Public Engagement, White House
Karine Jean-Pierre, former northeast political director, Office of Political Affairs, White House
A. Jenkins, former director, Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Commerce Department
Adora Jenkins, former press secretary, Justice Department; former deputy associate administrator for external affairs, Environmental Protection Agency
W. Nate Jenkins, former chief of staff and senior adviser to the budget director, Office of Management and Budget, White House
David J. Johns, former executive director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans
Brent Johnson, former special adviser to the secretary, Commerce Department
Broderick Johnson, former White House assistant to the president and Cabinet secretary for My Brother’s Keeper Task Force
Carmen Daniels Jones, former director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, Agriculture Department
Gregory K. Joseph II, former special assistant, Office of the Executive Secretariat, Energy Department
Jamia Jowers, former special assistant, National Security Council
Charmion N. Kinder, former associate, Press Office of the First Lady, White House; former assistant press secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Elise Nelson Leary, former international affairs adviser, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Kimberlyn Leary, former adviser, White House Council on Women and Girls
Daniella Gibbs Léger, former special assistant to the president and director of message events, White House
Georgette Lewis, former policy adviser, Department of Health and Human Services
Kevin Lewis, former director of African American media, White House; former principal deputy director of public affairs, Justice Department
Catherine E. Lhamon, former assistant secretary for civil rights, Education Department
Tiffani Long, former special adviser, Economic Development Administration
Latifa Lyles, former director, Women’s Bureau, Labor Department
Brenda Mallory, former general counsel, White House Council on Environmental Quality
Dominique Mann, former media affairs manager, White House
Shelly Marc, former policy adviser, Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, White House
Tyra A. Mariani, former chief of staff to the deputy secretary, Education Department
Lawrence Mason III, former domestic policy analyst, Office of Presidential Correspondence, White House
Dexter L. McCoy, former special assistant, Office of the Secretary, Education Department
Matthew McGuire, former U.S. executive director, The World Bank Group
Tyrik McKeiver, former senior adviser, State Department
Tjada D’Oyen McKenna, former assistant to the administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development
Solianna Meaza, former special assistant to associate administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development
Mahlet Mesfin, former assistant director for international science and technology, Office of Science and Technology Policy, White House
Ricardo Michel, former director, Center for Transformational Partnerships, U.S. Agency for International Development Global Development Lab
Paul Monteiro, former associate director, Office of Public Engagement, White House
Jesse Moore, former associate director, Office of Public Engagement, White House
Shannon Myricks, former specialist, Office of Management and Administration Information Services, White House
Melanie Newman, former director of public affairs, Justice Department
Fatima Noor, former policy assistant, Domestic Policy Council
Bianca Oden, former deputy chief of staff, Agriculture Department
Funmi Olorunnipa, former ethics counsel, White House Counsel’s Office
Elizabeth Ogunwo, former White House liaison, Peace Corps
Stephanie Sprow Owens, former deputy director, Reach Higher, Education Department
Denise L. Pease, former regional administrator of the northeast and Caribbean region, General Services Administration
Danielle Perry, former special adviser to the assistant secretary, Agriculture Department
Allison C. Pulliam, former special assistant, Office of Presidential Personnel, White House
Colby Redmond, former advance specialist, Office of the Secretary, Commerce Department
Derrick Robinson, former researcher, Office of Communications, White House
Lynn M. Ross, former deputy assistant secretary for policy development, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Sarah Rutherford, former press and media operations assistant, White House
Alexander Sewell, former special assistant, Export-Import Bank
Michael Smith, former special assistant to the president and senior director of Cabinet affairs for My Brother’s Keeper, White House
Russell F. Smith, former deputy assistant secretary for international fisheries, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce Department
Jackeline Stewart, former press secretary, General Services Administration
Angela Tennison, former leadership development director, Education Department
Kenny Thompson Jr., former special assistant to the president and director of message events to the vice president, White House
Ivory A. Toldson, former executive director, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Fred Tombar, former senior adviser to the secretary for disaster recovery, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Christopher R. Upperman, former assistant administrator for public engagement, Small Business Administration
Malik Walker, former senior adviser for congressional and legislative affairs, Office of Personnel Management
Jason R.L. Wallace, former director of scheduling and advance, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Myesha Ward, former assistant U.S. trade representative for intergovernmental affairs and public engagement
Clarence Wardell III, former presidential innovation fellow
Benjamin E. Webb, former executive director of policy and planning, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security
C’Reda J. Weeden, former executive secretary, Department of Health and Human Services
Tonia Wellons, former associate director, Office of Strategic Partnerships, Peace Corps
Antonio White, former senior adviser, Treasury Department
Monae White, former special projects manager, Education Department
Aketa Marie Williams, former director of strategic communications, Office of the Undersecretary, Education Department
Jonta Williams, former adviser to the assistant administrator for Africa, U.S. Agency for International Development
Jessica Wilson, former special assistant, Office of Policy, Department of Homeland Security
Taj Wilson, former deputy associate counsel, White House
Candace Wint, former director of advance, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Brent C. Woolfork, former managing director, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Tarrah Cooper Wright, former special assistant to the secretary, Department of Homeland Security
Ursula Wright, former associate assistant deputy secretary, Education Department
Carl Young, former adviser and assistant, Office of Management and Budget, White House
Stephanie Young, former senior adviser, Office of Public Engagement, White House
David N. Zikusoka, former senior adviser for weapons of mass destruction and nonproliferation, Office of the Vice President, White House
Source: The Washington Post 

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Post by party animal - not! on Mon 29 Jul 2019, 00:20

Here is the man that Dump has nominated to replace Dan Coats, Director of National Security whom he has just fired.

https://twitter.com/vermontgmg/status/1155533675007795206

Dan Coats was deputy to James Clapper

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Post by annemarie on Thu 01 Aug 2019, 16:05

https://people.com/politics/washington-national-cathedral-donald-trump-statement/

[size=48]Washington National Cathedral Issues Scathing Rebuke of Trump: 'The Time for Silence Is Over'

"What will it take for us all to say, with one voice, that we have had enough? The question is less about the president’s sense of decency, but of ours"
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President Donald Trump at the Washington National Cathedral
 
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The top leaders of the Washington National Cathedral — a “national house of prayer” that has been the site of four presidential funerals — this week issued a withering condemnation of President Donald Trump‘s inflammatory and, at times, racist rhetoric.
With repeated references to the mid-century hysteria around Communism, in which Sen. Joseph McCarthy stoked vitriol and suspicion in public discourse, three top cathedral officials said President Trump was doing much the same now.
“We have come to accept a level of insult and abuse in political discourse that violates each person’s sacred identity as a child of God,” reads the Tuesday statement, signed by the Revs. Mariann Budde, Randolph Hollerith and Kelly Douglas. “We have come to accept as normal a steady stream of language and accusations coming from the highest office in the land that plays to racist elements in society.”

The trio asked, “As faith leaders who serve at Washington National Cathedral — the sacred space where America gathers at moments of national significance — we feel compelled to ask: After two years of President Trump’s words and actions, when will Americans have enough?”
Declaring “the time for silence is over,” the statement continues: “What will it take for us all to say, with one voice, that we have had enough? The question is less about the president’s sense of decency, but of ours.”
National Cathedral officials have criticized the president before, according to the Associated Press, and it “has a history of liberal political stances.”
Still, the church has stood as a largely nondenominational and nonpartisan gathering place. Former President George H. W. Bush‘s funeral was held there in November, with President Trump in attendance. He and First Lady Melania Trump also attended Christmas Eve services there last year.


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President Donald Trump
 
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Trump, who built his political profile in part on a zeal for personal feuds with anyone he perceived as a rival or critic, has in recent weeks stoked several controversies over his insults about lawmakers of color.
Using a well-worn racist attack last month, he told four progressive congresswomen to “go back” to their countries of origin, though all four are Americans.
Since last weekend, he has also assailed Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, a prominent critic of his in the House. Trump called Cummings’ Baltimore-area district a “rat and rodent infested” place in which “no human being would want to live.”
Leading Democrats denounced the extremity of his comments and Maryland’s governor, Larry Hogan, a Republican, called them “outrageous.”
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“There is nothing racist in stating plainly what most people already know, that Elijah Cummings has done a terrible job for the people of his district, and of Baltimore itself,” Trump tweeted this week. “Dems always play the race card when they are unable to win with facts. Shame!”
“I’m the least racist person there is anywhere in the world,” he told reporters at the White House on Tuesday.
National Cathedral officials said otherwise.
“Make no mistake about it, words matter. And, Mr. Trump’s words are dangerous,” they said in their Tuesday statement, adding, “When such violent dehumanizing words come from the President of the United States, they are a clarion call, and give cover, to white supremacists who consider people of color a sub-human ‘infestation’ in America.”
Cathedral officials noted that they prayed and continued to pray for the Trump administration to use “wisdom and grace,” but “we must say that this will not be tolerated.”
A White House spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the statement.
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Post by Donnamarie on Fri 02 Aug 2019, 03:58

The depth of racism that still exists in this country has stunned me. I didn’t realize it was as bad as it actually is. Trump’s history of racism was on full view during the 2016 campaign and he still got elected. It was his racist views and not the economy that drove his supporters to vote for him. Trump and his puppets know not of “wisdom and grace”. No one will get him to stop.
Shameful? Absolutely!
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Post by LizzyNY on Fri 02 Aug 2019, 14:47

Donnamarie - It's beyond shameful. It will take years to undo the damage he's doing to our country.
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Post by annemarie on Sat 03 Aug 2019, 20:28

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7317905/El-Paso-police-say-theres-active-shooter-local-mall.html

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  • El Paso mayor's office confirms multiple fatalities in shooting inside Walmart 

  • El Paso Mayor Dee Margo said three suspects are currently in custody

  • Shooting reported at a Walmart near the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas 

  • A local NBC affiliate is reporting that at least 18 people were shot 

  • A number of local businesses were reportedly in lock down 

  • 'We have multiple reports of multiple shooters,' El Paso police tweeted on Saturday 


By DAILYMAIL.COM REPORTER and AGENCIES
PUBLISHED: 13:50 EDT, 3 August 2019 | UPDATED: 15:20 EDT, 3 August 2019

     


El Paso officials say 'multiple' people were killed on Saturday after a gunman reportedly opened fire inside a local Walmart.
One suspect is in custody. 
El Paso Mayor Dee Margo confirmed that there were multiple fatalities. 
'Scene is still Active,' El Paso police tweeted earlier on Saturday. 

'We have multiple reports of multiple shooters. Please avoid area police conducting search of a very large area. 
'Media staging will be given when area is secure.' 
A local NBC affiliate, KTSM-TV, is reporting that at least 18 people were shot, though the extent of their injuries is unknown. 
The University Medical Center of El Paso told NBC News that it has received at least 10 victims with 'Level 1' injuries, which is the most serious level.
[size=10][size=18]People are seen evacuating Texas mall after reports of active shooter




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Emergency vehicles are seen above at Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso on Saturday
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The photo on the left shows a shopper running for cover during the shooting in El Paso on Saturday. The photo on the right shows an officer helping a shopper away from the scene. It appears there are blood stains on the shopper's clothing
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El Paso police say there is an active shooter at a local Walmart (seen in the above stock image) near the Cielo Vista Mall
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'Active Shooting Stay away from Cielo Vista Mall Area. Scene is Still Active,' the police department tweeted on Saturday
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Later on Saturday, El Paso police said there were 'multiple reports of multiple shooters'
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Earlier on Saturday, the police tweeted: 'Active Shooter in area of Hawkins and Gateway East.' Hawkins and Gateway are two streets that flank the Walmart. El Paso police later confirmed that the active shooter was inside a Walmart
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Beto O'Rourke, the Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. congressman who represented El Paso, tweeted: 'Truly heartbreaking. Stay safe, El Paso'
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O'Rourke's successor, House Rep. Veronica Escobar, tweeted: 'Utterly heartbroken by the developing news in El Paso. Monitoring the situation and in communication with our law enforcement. Please stay safe.'
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted: 'In El Paso, the Texas Dept. of Public Safety is assisting local law enforcement & federal authorities to bring this tragedy to the swiftest & safest possible conclusion.'
'Active Shooting Stay away from Cielo Vista Mall Area. Scene is Still Active,' the police department tweeted on Saturday.
Earlier on Saturday, the police tweeted: 'Active Shooter in area of Hawkins and Gateway East.'


Hawkins and Gateway are two streets that flank the Walmart. El Paso police later confirmed that the active shooter was inside a Walmart, according to USA Today
At least three other businesses in the area were also on lock down, including a Red Lobster franchise and a Hooter's location, CNN is reporting. 
One witness said he saw at least one person inside the store with a fatal head wound, and he saw shoppers in bloodied clothes.
Video posted on Twitter showed customers at one department store being evacuated with their hands up.
'Hands in the air!' an officer can be heard shouting in the footage. 
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El Paso is located on the border separating the United States and Mexico
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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives announced that it has dispatched federal agents to the scene to assist local law enforcement
Evan McMorris-Santoro, a reporter for the Vice news site, tweeted that he was at a town hall event for House Rep. Veronica Escobar when it was shut down due to the situation nearby.
Morris-Santoro clarified that the scene was 'not close to us.' 
Beto O'Rourke, the Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. congressman who represented El Paso, tweeted: 'Truly heartbreaking. Stay safe, El Paso. 
'Please follow all directions of emergency personnel as we continue to get more updates.'
O'Rourke's successor, House Rep. Veronica Escobar, tweeted: 'Utterly heartbroken by the developing news in El Paso. 
'Monitoring the situation and in communication with our law enforcement. Please stay safe.'
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Heavily armed police are seen next to an FBI armored vehicle next to the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso on Saturday
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Police stand at attention during an active shooter at a Walmart in El Paso on Saturday
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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms dispatched agents to aid local law enforcement 
Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted: 'In El Paso, the Texas Dept. of Public Safety is assisting local law enforcement & federal authorities to bring this tragedy to the swiftest & safest possible conclusion. 
'We thank all First Responders for their courageous response & urge all area residents to remain safe.' 
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives announced that it has dispatched federal agents to the scene to assist local law enforcement.
‘Please stay away from the area and refrain from posting first responder activity on social media,’ the ATF’s Dallas bureau tweeted on Saturday. 
A family that was shopping near Walmart during the shooting sought cover in nearby Landry’s Seafood, hostess Sofia Cervantes told USA TODAY.
'They are in shock right now,' Cervantes said. 'They were barely able to talk to us.' 
An employee of a nearby Olive Garden told The New York Times that the restaurant has also been placed in lock down.
At least 10 people ran into the restaurant seeking cover, the employee said. 
'We don’t have any information, just that there’s an active shooter at the Walmart in the same parking lot as we are,' the employee said. 
'We’re just on lock down right now.
'The SWAT team just came in and told us that they had cleared the building and told us lock the doors.'
An assistant manager at a Men's Wearhouse in the Cielo Vista Mall said at least 15 people came into the store when the shooting started.
Susana Franco said police officers, military and the SWAT team could be seen from her store’s front windows. 
'They’re not letting people in the parking lot,' she said. 'They’re trying to evacuate all of the mall.' 
El Paso, which has about 680,000 residents, is in West Texas sits across the border from Juarez, Mexico.

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Post by LizzyNY on Sat 03 Aug 2019, 20:50

Astounding how so many are terrified of unarmed refugees at the border but are totally fine with selling all kinds of guns to any nut who wants one. - no waiting period, no training, no psych eval, no license. This being Texas, I'm waiting for someone to say it wouldn't have been so bad if the shoppers had been armed because then they could have shot back.
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[size=34]Two US gun massacres in 12 hours: Nine dead and 16 injured in Ohio bar shooting by a 'white man in all black' as police search for a second gunman after killing first attacker - just hours after gunman killed 20 in 'anti-Mexican' attack at a Texas Walmart[/size]


  • Nine dead and at least 16 injured after gunman opened fire at bar in Dayton, Ohio

  • Witnesses described seeing 'white man dressed in all black' firing an AR weapon 

  • Police are reportedly searching the area for a second shooter in a dark Jeep 

  • Gunman seen 'wearing bulletproof vest and earmuffs was stopped at the door'


By CHRIS DYER FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 02:24 EDT, 4 August 2019 | UPDATED: 05:46 EDT, 4 August 2019

     





Nine people have been killed and at least 16 injured as police search for a second gunman after a shooting at a bar in Ohio.
Police responded to calls about an active shooter in the area of East 5th Street in the Oregon District on Dayton, according to WHIO-TV
The the first shooter was killed by police, but authorities fear a second attacker who fled the scene in a Jeep could be on the lose. 
Witnesses described 'casualties everywhere' and a 'white man dressed all in black' in the early hours of this morning.

The latest massacre came less than 24 hours after America's tenth worst mass shooting which saw 20 people shot dead when a gunman opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, yesterday.
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Authorities working at the scene of a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio. It came less than 24 hours after America's tenth worst ever massacre
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One witness described seeing a 'white man in all black' firing a machine gun at a bar in Dayton, Ohio. Pictured are police at the scene after the attacker was shot dead
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Officers nearby Ned Peppers Bar were able to shot the attacker dead. Pictured an officer at the scene after the suspect was killed 
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Patrick Crusius wrote an anti-immigrant manifesto published on an online forum detailing his hatred of Hispanic people.
The 21-year-old wrote, 'I'm probably going to die today' in his 2,300-word manifesto titled 'The Inconvenient Truth'.
He went on to say his gun massacre, which is the worst attack in the US of 2019 so far, was inspired directly by the shootings of two mosques in Christchurch New Zealand earlier this year, which left 51 people dead. 
In Ohio the gunman reportedly shot people sitting outside Ned Peppers Bar in the bustling Oregon District. 
Police say the active shooter situation began at 1am in the historic Oregon District, but that officers nearby were able to 'put an end to it quickly'.
Further information, including the suspected shooter's identity and motive, have not yet been released. 
But eye witnesses said the shooter was white, wearing a bulletproof vest and wearing earmuffs but was stooped from entering the bar at the door.  
A police scanner indicated that there may be as many as 10 victims were killed but so far police have only confirmed nine fatalities.
Officers are searching for a second possible shooter, according to local media. 
Police believe the second shooter may have left the area in a dark-coloured Jeep. The FBI is assisting with the investigation. 
Posts from social media suggest the attack happened at Ned Peppers Bar, with customers 'piling on top of each other to get out'.
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The killer's identity and motives have not yet been released. Pictured are law enforcement officers at the scene in Dayton 
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Police are reportedly hunting for a second gunman who fled the scene in a dark Jeep
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Police responded to calls about an active shooter in the area of East 5th Street
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Officers nearby the scene of the shooting were able to 'put an end to it quickly' and gunman was shot dead
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One witness described the attacker as a 'white man in all black with an AR' who opened fire for 30 seconds 'killing or injuring 10 to 20 people'.
He wrote: 'There was just at terrorist attack out here in Dayton OH. Oregon district. White man in all black with an AR just opened fire for 30 seconds straight, Killing or injuring 10-20 people.'
Another witness said the attacker shot people sitting outside then tried to get into the bar but was stopped at the door.
James Williams: 'Sad people are not right. I'm safe. Happened right in front of the patio where I was sitting in front of Neds. The guy in front of Ned Peppers' door is the active shooter.


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'He tried to go into the bar but did not make it through the door. Someone took the gun from him and he got shot and is dead.
'There are at least eight people dead right by the picnic table where I was on the street. A bunch of people taken to the hospital. I don't know how any... this place is a disaster.' 
In a Facebook live post, a witness claimed the the gunman was wearing a bulletproof vest and earmuffs.
He said: '[The shooter] came up with an AR-15, had a vest on, earmuffs, just started blowing bullets everywhere. I'm safe. There is casualties everywhere.'

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Lizzo said it was a 'close call' for her family after the massacre in Dayton in the early hours of this morning 

Lizzo has said it was a 'close call' for her family after a shooting in Dayton, Ohio, left nine dead and at least 16 injured.
The singer is among the stars speaking out about gun control in the US after two mass shootings in the space of 24 hours. 
Lizzo tweeted: 'Just got off the phone w/ fam in Dayton... it was a close call for them but that's not the case for 9 other families between this & the terrorist attack in El Paso & recent other shootings.
'I feel completely helpless.. make noise & bring awareness.. vote.. don't normalize this.'
The suspect in El Paso has been identified as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius of the Dallas area.
Meanwhile, actress Julianne Moore shared a photograph of women hugging each other outside the Texas shopping centre and wrote: 'TAKE ACTION: The House of Representatives passed a bill to require background checks on all gun sales. Now, the Senate must act.
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Cardi B shared a picture of the EL Paso shooter, adding a border wall would not fix America's problem of mass killings 

'In honor of El Paso, text CHECKS to 644-33 to be connected with your Senators and tell them to act on background checks.'
Rapper Cardi B shared a picture of the alleged shooter on Instagram with text that pointed out he is not an immigrant, not a Muslim and not a member of ISIS, adding the US has a problem that a wall on the Mexican border will not fix.
The West Wing actor Bradley Whitford wrote on Twitter: '3000 died on 9/11. Over 10 times that many Americans die EVERY YEAR from gun violence.
'The NRA/GOP think the blood of 40,000 innocent souls is the price of freedom.
'Universal background checks are too high a price to pay. It is a perverse culture of death perpetrated for profit.' 
The Wire star Wendell Pierce, who has recently been living in London while he appears in an acclaimed stage production of Death Of A Salesman, wrote: 'I have lived in Bogata, Colombia; Montreal, Canada; Marrakesh, Morocco; and London England for most of the last 3 years.
'What has become clear to me is mass murders are culturally an American thing. We are a violent society. More murder in 2 weeks home than in all 3 years abroad.'



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Police shot the attacker dead after reports of an 'active shooter' at Ned Peppers Bar in Dayton. Pictured police at the scene


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Ned Peppers bar in Dayton, Ohio, where the shooting reportedly happened with as many as seven victims feared dead 
Local media are reporting that medics at the scene are dealing with 'walking wounded' and a triage area has been set up.
Some of the patients at the scene are said to be critically injured, with fears the death toll could rise. 
Reports suggest 19 people have been taken to hospitals, but the exact figure has not been confirmed by authorities.  
Officers are also reportedly checking other nearby bars to check if there are any further victims or if the attacker targeted other establishments.  
Oregon District is a popular area and is home to a number of bars, nightclubs, art galleries and restaurants. 
The reported shooting came just hours after 20 people were killed and 26 wounded at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.
Just days before, on July 28, a 19-year-old shot and killed three people, including two children, at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California.
The El Paso shooting was the 21st mass killing in the United States in 2019, according to the Northeastern University mass murder database that tracks all US homicides.   
That makes today's shooting in Dayton the 22nd mass killed in the US this year.
The first 20 mass killings in the US in 2019 claimed 96 lives.

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Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus has said the band were 'locked down' in a hotel following the mass shooting in El Paso.
The group had been due to play a show at the UTEP Don Haskins Arena in the Texas border town when 20 people were killed and more than two dozen injured in a shooting in a busy shopping centre.
Hoppus said the band were leaving breakfast and due to head to the mall when they heard reports of the shooting.
He added there were initially incorrect reports that another attack was also taking place at another mall.
He wrote on Twitter: 'We are locked down in our hotel in el paso. over the intercom system they just announced that there are reports of another active shooter directly across the street at a location different from the first shootings.
'We were leaving breakfast when our security texted that there was an active shooter at the mall we were headed to.
'Saw dozens of police cars on the freeway and surface streets. helicopters. we got back to the hotel and turned on the news to see what was happening. then the intercom said there are reports of another shooting across the street at the bassett place mall.
'I don't see or hear police or helicopters so hopefully it's just an over abundance of caution and someone got the malls confused. So terrible.'
He later updated fans that the initial reports of a second shooting were incorrect, writing: 'Update: police confirm report of a separate incident at bassett mall is incorrect. we are still in our hotel. federal agent at the door to the building.'
The band announced the gig was postponed in light of the events, writing on Twitter: 'Following today's terrible tragedy in El Paso we are postponing our Sunday, August 4th show at the UTEP Don Haskins Arena in solidarity with the community.
'Please stay tuned for further updates coming soon. Sending our love to the entire community of El Paso.'



 

'This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas': El Paso Walmart shooter Patrick Crusius, 21, posted twisted anti-Mexican manifesto online 20 minutes before storming store with an AK-47, shooting dead 20 people and wounding 26
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Patrick Crusius, a 21-year-old man from Allen, Texas was arrested at the scene of Saturday's massacre at the Cielo Vista Mall. He would later go on to tell investigators he wanted to shoot as many Mexicans as possible in the massacre
By Luke Kenton
Just nineteen minutes before the first shots rang out at an El Paso Walmart in what would go on to become the deadliest mass shooting of 2019, the man responsible for the killings allegedly uploaded a twisted and seething anti-immigrant manifesto to an online forum outlining his sickening motives.
The 2,300 word screed, attributed to the author P.Crucius on one website, speaks of a perceived 'Hispanic invasion of Texas', a detailed plan to segregate ethnic minorities into separate territories of the country, and expresses a belief that white people will soon be 'ethnically replaced'.
Authorities say the the suspect behind Saturday's mass shooting at the Cielo Vista Mall that killed at least 20 and injured 26 more, is believed to be the author of the heinous document. 
The suspect has been tentatively identified as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, of Allen, Texas - a town some 645 miles from the scene of Saturday's massacre.
 'F*** this is going to be so s*** but I can't wait any longer,' the author of the document wrote uploading it to the comment board. 'I'm probably going to die today.' 
The manifesto, titled 'The Inconvenient Truth', begins declaring the imminent shooting to be inspired directly by the shootings of two mosques in Christchurch New Zealand earlier this year, which left 51 people dead.
El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said in a press conference: 'Right now we have a manifesto from this individual - that indicates to some degree - it has a nexus to potential hate crime.'
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One suspect in Saturday's mass shooting in El Paso is in custody. He has been identified in press reports as Patrick Crusius, a 21-year-old man from Dallas. Crusius is allegedly the man seen in surveillance footage walking in through the front entrance of the Walmart with an AK-47 assault rifle
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The gunman is seen wearing what appears to be either headphones or ear defenders during the shooting on Saturday
In the New Zealand killer's manifesto, the author promoted a white supremacist theory called 'the great replacement'.
In the latest manifesto, the author voices a similar ideology but insists 'this attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas'.
The author added that they were: 'defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion.'.
The Cielo Vista Mall is a popular shopping destination for people both sides of the US-Mexico border. 
On a weekend the city attracts droves of shoppers from Mexico, including from its Mexican sister city Ciudad Juarez, who flock to the mall and return back across the border with their groceries.
The author says he believes 'American is rotting from the inside out,' and speculates that 'the heavy Hispanic population in Texas' will make the state 'a democratic stronghold' for generations to come.
In addition to stating his ideological beliefs, the author discusses the type of weaponry he will be using in the looming massacre, making reference to an 'AK47' rife but insisting he'd rather have used something more powerful. 
In Saturday's shooting, Crusius is allegedly the man seen in surveillance footage walking in through the front entrance of the Cielo Vista Mall Walmart with an AK47-styled assault rifle.
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Panicked shoppers flee the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso on Saturday after a gunman opened fire inside a nearby Walmart
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Crusius is allegedly the man seen in surveillance footage walking in through the front entrance of the Walmart with an AK-47 assault rifle. He is seen right in a photograph that was reportedly taken after his arrest in El Paso on Saturday
The gunman, wearing what appears to be ear defenders and cargo pants, first opened fire in the parking lot outside the store, shooting and killing 'locals that were fundraising outside the Walmart selling water. Children and adults.'
He then walked through the front door in a calm and confident state, as if he was 'on a mission', a witness said.
The twenty-minute massacre that followed would go on to become the eighth deadliest in US history.
'I have do this before I lose my nerve,' the author wrote, adding that he hadn't spent 'much time at all' plotting the shooting.
'I figured that an under-prepared attack and a meh manifesto is better than attack and no manifesto,' he added.
The author adds that he isn't racist and insists his opinions 'predate Trump and his campaign for president.' 
At least 20 people were killed and 26 others injured when a gunman, believed to be Patrick Crusius of Allen, Texas, opened fire inside an El Paso Walmart on Saturday.
He then walked through the front door in a calm and confident state, as if he was 'on a mission', a witness said.
The twenty-minute massacre that followed would go on to become the eighth deadliest in US history.
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Local reports indicate that at least 20 people were killed in the shooting in El Paso on Saturday
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Heavily armed police are seen outside the Walmart near the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso on Saturday
In a press conference, El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen confirmed the suspect to be a 21-year-old from Allen but declined to confirm his name.
Crusius' family home in Dallas is some 650 miles - or a nine hour drive - from the scene of the shooting in the southern Texas city, which has a large Hispanic population.
Three Mexican nationals are among the dead, according to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, with another six among the injured.
The Cielo Vista Mall is a popular shopping destination for people both sides of the US-Mexico border. 
Police arrived at the scene six minutes after the gunman first opened fire.
The culprit surrendered his weapon inside the store as soon as he came into contact with law enforcement.
The 21-year-old was taken into custody 'without incident'. Officers didn't fire any shots during the arrest, officials said.
Currently, prosecutors say they're seeking capital murder charges against the suspect but may also proceed with hate crime or domestic terrorism charges, pending the outcome of an FBI investigation into the 'anti-immigrant' manifesto.
He would later go on to tell investigators he wanted to shoot as many Mexicans as possible, according to ABC News.
'Today's shooting in El Paso, Texas was not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice,' President Trump tweeted Saturday. 'I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today's hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people.
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Law enforcement officials are seen in front of a Hooters restaurant, which was placed on lock down during the shooting
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El Paso is located on the border separating the United States and Mexico
'Melania and I send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the great people of Texas,' he continued.
Del Sol Medical Center said the hospital received 11 victims - nine of them listed in critical but stable condition. 
Two of those treated were in stable condition.
The University Medical Center of El Paso received 13 patients, a spokesperson said.
Two minors, including a two-year-old, were stabilized and transferred to El Paso Children's Hospital.  
The victims' conditions ranged from minor injury to fatal. 
According to public records, Crusius' last known address was his family's home in Allen, Texas, where he lived with his parents, twin sister and older brother.
The home, around 30 minutes outside of Dallas and more than 9 hours drive away from El Paso, is reportedly being raided by police. 
Alice Baland, who lives four houses down, said a retired couple lives at the home. She described them as sweet people who regularly attend church. 
It's not clear if Crusius has any connections to the El Paso area.
A video of the suspect's arrest was captured by a witness on Snapchat and has since circulated on various social media platforms.
The man depicted in the video matches the description of the shooter and resembles the profile of Crusius. 
When the first shots rang out, the Walmart store was set to be 'at capacity' with more than 3,000 shoppers inside hoping to get ahead of the busy back-to-school season. 
At least three other businesses in the area were placed on lock down as a result of the shooting, including a Red Lobster franchise and a Hooter's location.
One witness said he saw at least one person inside the store with a fatal head wound, and he saw shoppers in bloodied clothes.
Witness Miguel Rodriguez told The Daily Beast the gunman, 'started shooting everyone, aisle by aisle, with rage.'
Witnesses told CBS 4 News they believe the suspect only stopped shooting because he ran out of ammunition.
Video posted on Twitter showed customers at one department store being evacuated with their hands up.
'Hands in the air!' an officer can be heard shouting in the footage. 
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Mourners take part in a vigil near the border fence between Mexico and the U.S. On protester's sign reads: 'No more guns'
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In a tweet on Saturday evening, Trump called the El Paso attack an 'act of cowardice' but didn't respond to calls from Democrats to reform gun ownership lawa
'We heard shots and saw smoke,' said Victor Gamboa, 18, who works at the McDonald's inside the Walmart store where the shooting took place. 
'I saw a man on the floor full of blood. He appeared to be dead. It happened very quickly.' 
Gamboa said employees sheltered customers who huddled on the ground during the shooting rampage.
They were on the ground for some 15 minutes until officers arrived and led the survivors to a Sam's Club across the street. 
A family of three was one of a dozen waiting outside a local bus station, trying to get back to their car, in blocked-off Walmart parking lot.
'I heard the shots but I thought they were hits, like roof construction,' said Adriana Quezada, 39, who was in Walmart with in the women's clothing section with her two children.
She said she saw four men, dressed in black, wearing shirts, moved together firing guns indiscriminately.
'I saw four men, shooting everywhere,' Quezada said.
'I told my son, those are gunshots.'
Her daughter, 19, and son, 16, threw themselves on the ground, then ran out of the Walmart through an emergency exit. 
They were unhurt. 
Evan McMorris-Santoro, a reporter for the Vice news site, tweeted that he was at a town hall event for House Rep. Veronica Escobar when it was shut down due to the situation nearby.
Morris-Santoro clarified that the scene was 'not close to us.'
Beto O'Rourke, the Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. congressman who represented El Paso, tweeted: 'Truly heartbreaking. Stay safe, El Paso. 
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A separate angle of the arrest is captured by a bus passenger, showing the currently unnamed suspect being led away
'Please follow all directions of emergency personnel as we continue to get more updates.'
After his tweet, O'Rourke said he was distraught by the news of the mass-shooting in his hometown.
An emotional O'Rourke told reporters on Saturday in Las Vegas that he had spoken by phone to El Paso Mayor Dee Margo, the city's sheriff and U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar. 
He says they were still learning details about the attack at or near the Cielo Vista Mall, in which police say multiple people were killed and a suspect was taken into custody.
O'Rourke said he planned to return home immediately to be with his family. 
He asked 'for everyone's strength for El Paso right now. Everyone's resolve to make sure that this does not continue to happen in this country.' 
O'Rourke's successor, House Rep. Veronica Escobar, tweeted: 'Utterly heartbroken by the developing news in El Paso. 
'Monitoring the situation and in communication with our law enforcement. Please stay safe.'
Texas Governor Greg Abbott condemned the shooting as 'a heinous and senseless act of violence.' 
He also thanked first responders for helping to minimalize civilian casualties by acting swiftly, courageously and effectively. 
The White House says President Trump has been briefed on the shooting and has spoken to Attorney General William Barr and Abbott. 
Trump tweeted: 'Today's shooting in El Paso, Texas was not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice. I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today's hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people.
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A number of local businesses, stores, shops, and restaurants were placed on lock down during the shooting. Crusius' family home in Dallas (seen top right in the map) is some 650 miles - or a nine hour drive - from the scene of the shooting in El Paso, a southern Texas city with a large Hispanic population
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Two Walmart employees comfort one another outside the El Paso mall in the wake of the shooting's aftermath
'Melania and I send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the great people of Texas,' he continued.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo voiced his outrage over the shooting too, but also issued a damning indictment of Washington and the Trump administration for failing to take a hard-line stance on gun-control and against the NRA.
'My heart breaks for the victims of the horrific shooting in El Paso earlier today,' Cuomo began.
'While President Trump cowardly kowtows to the NRA, the gun violence epidemic is tearing apart our nation and people are dying.
'Thoughts and prayers will not stop this madness. In New York, we stand up to the NRA. We stand up for the safety of children. We stand up for sanity.
'It's past time leaders in Washington did the same. Until they do, these senseless murders will continue,' Cuomo added. 
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also added they were praying for the friends and families of the victims and took the time to thank first responders for their life-saving work. 
Both politicians also called for their DC peers to take action against gun-violence.
'Too many families in too many communities have been forced to endure the daily horror of gun violence. Enough is enough,' Pelosi said. 'The Republican Senate's continued inaction dishonors our solemn duty to protect innocent men, women and children and end this epidemic once and for all.' 
Presidential hopeful Marianne Williamson extended her thoughts to the people 'throughout my beloved home state of Texas, in this agonizing moment.' 
'And prayers for all the rest of us as well, that we might summon up the courage to remove this scourge of gun violence from our midst. Let us pray and let us act,' she continued. 
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives announced that it has dispatched federal agents to the scene to assist local law enforcement.
'Please stay away from the area and refrain from posting first responder activity on social media,' the ATF's Dallas bureau tweeted on Saturday. 
A family that was shopping near Walmart during the shooting sought cover in nearby Landry's Seafood, hostess Sofia Cervantes told USA TODAY.
'They are in shock right now,' Cervantes said. 'They were barely able to talk to us.' 
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People hold hands during a vigil for victims at St Pius X Church
An employee of a nearby Olive Garden told The New York Times that the restaurant was also placed in lock down.
At least 10 people ran into the restaurant seeking cover, the employee said. 
'We don't have any information, just that there's an active shooter at the Walmart in the same parking lot as we are,' the employee said. 
'We're just on lock down right now.
'The SWAT team just came in and told us that they had cleared the building and told us lock the doors.'
An assistant manager at a Men's Wearhouse in the Cielo Vista Mall said at least 15 people came into the store when the shooting started.
Susana Franco said police officers, military and the SWAT team could be seen from her store's front windows. 
'They're not letting people in the parking lot,' she said. 'They're trying to evacuate all of the mall.' 
A Walmart employee told KTSM that she was working by the self-checkout when the first gunshots rang out. 
The employee, named Leslie, said she initially thought the loud bang was caused by boxes being dropped.
'I thought it was just like loud boxes being dropped or something, until they got closer and closer,' she said. 'That's when I looked at my co-worker, and we looked at each other like shocked and scared.'
'I got all the people that I could, I even found a little girl that was missing from her parents, and I got her, too. I tried to get as many people as I could out,' she said. 
Throughout the day there had been numerous reports on social media of multiple shooters at the scene and at other locations. 
Police later said that following the arrest of Crusius, there was no further threat.  
On his LinkedIn page in 2015, Crusius wrote that he was not motivated to do anything other than 'enough to get by'. The page was taken down from the website shortly after Crusius was tentatively associated with the shooting. 
His profile states that he attended Plano High School. Another source said he may have also attended and later graduated from Liberty High School in Frisco. 
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'I'm not really motivated to do anything more than what's necessary to get by,' he wrote in the About section of his LinkedIn profile. 'Working in general sucks, but I guess a career in Software Development suits me well. I spend about 8 hours every day on the computer so that counts as technology experience I guess. Pretty much gonna see what technology careers present themselves; go with the wind.'
Referencing his time at high school, Crusius said that he didn't participate in extracurricular activities citing a 'lack of freedom.'  
No one was shot inside the Cielo Vista Mall or on its property, according to Simon Property Group Chief Marketing Officer Mikael Thygesen. 4,000 people were said to be inside the facility at the time.
Thygesen says the shooting occurred on Walmart's property and in the Walmart parking lot.
The mall was put on lockdown as a result of the shooting, Thygesen said, but there is said to be no ongoing threat to the public at this time.
Walmart issued a statement on its Twitter account which read: 'We're in shock over the tragic events at Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, where store 2201 & club 6502 are located. 
'We're praying for the victims, the community & our associates, as well as the first responders. 
'We're working closely with law enforcement & will update as appropriate.' 
In an urgent call to action on Twitter, local authorities have urged members of the public to come forward to donate blood as the victim count of the massacre continues to rise. 
At least two blood donation centers in the area were open in the shooting's wake: Vitalant Blood Services on 424 S. Mesa Hills Dr and on 1338 N Zaragoza Rd. 
As of Saturday afternoon, a Facebook post from Vitalant said that 240 units of blood had been supplied to victims of the shooting, and that both of the donation centers were now at capacity as a result of the overwhelming response.
'We will need your precious donations going forward  for ongoing victim needs and to replenish supplies,' the center said.
El Paso has a population of 680,000, of which 83 percent are of Hispanic descent, according to US census figures.
In recent months El Paso has also become one of the busiest entry points for undocumented migrants, especially from Central America, seeking asylum in the United States.
On a weekend the city attracts droves of shoppers from Mexico, including from its Mexican sister city Ciudad Juarez, population 1.5 million.

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Post by Donnamarie on Sun 04 Aug 2019, 17:26

This is what happens when there is so much hatred and anger in a country that is awash in guns.
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Post by annemarie on Sun 04 Aug 2019, 18:06

It also doesn't help that the leader of this country is a racist.

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Post by LizzyNY on Sun 04 Aug 2019, 22:29

I was thinking that we've reached a point where Congress won't do anything until someone opens fire on them - and then I remembered that somebody already did - more than once - and it didn't make a bit of difference. They're all so God-fearing with their "thoughts and prayers" after every bloodbath, I wonder how they'll explain their lack of action to God when the time comes.
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Post by annemarie on Mon 05 Aug 2019, 00:35

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7319897/White-House-says-Trump-updated-mass-shootings-lauds-law-enforcement-rapid-response.html

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  • Donald Trump said he would be making an announcement Monday regarding two mass shooting over the weekend

  • In his first public statement since the shooting, he told reporters 'more has to be done' on Sunday evening

  • On Friday 20 were killed in a shooting in El Paso, Texas, and in the early hours of Sunday morning, another shooter in Dayton, Ohio killed nine

  • Trump said the shootings should be blamed on mental illness and panned potential action as he left New Jersey 

  • The alleged shooter in El Paso was a 21-year-old white man, and in Dayton, the shooting suspect, who was killed by police, is a 24-year-old white man

  • Several 2020 Democratic contenders said Sunday morning that Trump emboldened the shooters with racist rhetoric

  • Some even called him a 'white nationalist' and accused him of creating an environment where there is an influx of 'white nationalist terrorism'


By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS, SENIOR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM IN MORRISTOWN, NEW JERSEY and KATELYN CARALLE, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 12:57 EDT, 4 August 2019 | UPDATED: 19:28 EDT, 4 August 2019

     




Donald Trump said Sunday 'more has to be done' to prevent mass shootings.
In his first public statement since two mass shooting rocked El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, over the weekend, the president pledged to take action, saying, 'Hate has no place in our country, and we're going to take care of it.'
Trump told a small group of reporters that 'a lot of things are in the works' before boarding Air Force One in Morristown, New Jersey. 
'We have done much more than most administrations,' Trump contended. 'But we've done, actually, a lot, but perhaps more has to be done.'

Trump said he has been speaking with Attorney General William Barr Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray, as well as lawmakers and local leaders, and would be making a lengthier statement on Monday morning.  
He indicated his administration is considering additional action, potentially aimed at addressing the problem of mental illness.
'We have to get it stopped. This has been going on for years,' Trump said alongside first lady Melania Trump. 'So thank you very much, and I will be making a statement tomorrow at about 10:00, and I'll see you there.' 
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Donald Trump said Sunday 'more has to be done' to prevent mass shootings. He's seen addressing the media from the tarmac in Morristown, New Jersey
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In his first public statement since two mass shooting rocked El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, over the weekend, the president pledged to take action, saying, 'Hate has no place in our country, and we're going to take care of it.'
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President Donald Trump, with first lady Melania Trump, walks to Air Force One for the flight back to Washington after a weekend in New Jersey
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The president answered a single question from reporters on the tarmac in New Jersey, where he spends his summer weekends, related to his admission that more more must be done to prevent gun violence. He did not outline specific action he plans to take.
He brought up mental illness, saying the shooters, both white men in their early 20s, were deranged.
'But this is also a mental illness problem. If you look at both of these cases, this is mental illness. These are really people that are very, very seriously mentally ill,' he stated. 
Trump's acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, on Sunday morning called them 'sick' killers, as he pushed back on claims that Trump inspired a racist manifesto that appeared online after the alleged El Paso shooter's bloody rampage.
'I blame the people who pulled the trigger,' Mulvaney declared on 'Meet the Press' hours after a second gunman opened fire in Ohio. 'Goodness gracious, is someone really blaming the President? These people are sick.' 
Democrats vying for Trump's job were flocking to Sunday morning news programs - and social media - at the time of Mulvaney's comments to decry white nationalism. They were also linking the problem to Trump, who one 2020 Dem said 'encourages the kind of violence that we're seeing' with his border policies and conduct.
Jerrold Nadler, the House Judiciary Committee chairman, also said Trump's 'racist rhetoric' inspires deadly attacks.
'I am anguished over reports that the shooting suspect in El Paso posted a manifesto that included rants about a "Hispanic invasion" before the attack,' Nadler said in a statement Sunday. 'This manifesto appears to echo the same anti-immigrant sentiment that permeates the language espoused by President Trump.' 
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He said his prayers to those in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio
Nadler conceded that the shooters bore sole responsibility for their actions but said Trump was not blameless. 
'Ultimately it is the perpetrators who bear responsibility for their heinous acts of domestic terrorism, but President Trump's racist rhetoric has stoked the flames of hate and white supremacy, and increased the likelihood that people will commit mass murder based on these evil notions,' he continued, calling on Trump to 'stop his racist rhetoric that has the effect of encouraging mass murder.' 
Trump had sent his prayers to residents of El Paso and Dayton on Sunday morning, after both cities were wounded by gun violence over the weekend, but he had not spoken camera, despite finding time to attend a wedding Saturday evening at his New Jersey golf property.
'God bless the people of El Paso Texas. God bless the people of Dayton, Ohio,' Trump tweeted Sunday morning.
He said in a Sunday afternoon update that federal government buildings, and the White House, would be honoring the 29 killed in both shootings by lowering the flag to half-mast.
He said the White House flag would fly at half-staff through Thursday, August 8. 
'Melania and I are praying for all those impacted by this unspeakable act of evil!' the president said.
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Trump said federal buildings would be flying the American flag at half mast Sunday, and the White House through Thursday in honor of the 29 victims of the two shootings
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House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said the alleged El Paso shooter's manifesto 'appears to echo the same anti-immigrant sentiment that permeates the language espoused by President Trump'
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He said Trump has encouraged actions like these and says the president's 'racist rhetoric has stoked the flames of hate and white supremacy, and increased the likelihood that people will commit mass murder based on these evil notions'
The White House said in statements that Trump was being updated on the shootings, and the president lauded the response of state law enforcement in Texas and Ohio.
'The FBI, local and state law enforcement are working together in El Paso and in Dayton, Ohio. Information is rapidly being accumulated in Dayton. Much has already be learned in El Paso. Law enforcement was very rapid in both instances,' he said. 
He on Saturday night condemned the El Paso shooter, claiming the 21-year-old was a hate-filled coward.
'Today's shooting in El Paso, Texas, was not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice,' he posted. 'I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today's hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people. Melania and I send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the great people of Texas.'
Several 2020 Democratic presidential candidates claimed the president is responsible for the killer's motivation of this violence.
Contenders Beto O'Rourke, who is from El Paso and represented the city when he was a U.S. congressman, Pete Buttigieg and Cory Booker said in appearances on CNN's 'State of the Union' that Trump is a white nationalist. 
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2020 contedner Beto O'Rourke said Sunday morning that Donald Trump is a 'white nationalist' and 'racist' that is emboldening act of 'white nationalist terrorism' 
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Fellow Democratic primary candidate Pete Buttigieg also said Trump is a white nationalist, claiming that 'at best' the president is 'condoning and encouraging white nationalism'
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'We have a problem with white nationalist terrorism in the United States of America today,' O'Rourke said. 'These are white men motivated by the kind of fear that this president traffics.'
He added, 'So again, let's be very clear about what is causing this and what the president is: he is an open, avowed racist and is encouraging more racism in this country.'
Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, said Trump is 'condoning and encouraging white nationalism,' at the very least.
New Jersey Senator Booker was more direct, claiming that Trump is responsible for the shootings that cumulatively resulted in 29 deaths this weekend.
'I turned my attention to the person who is leading this country, who is, in my opinion, in this moral moment, who is failing. That at the end of the day, especially since this was a white supremacist manifesto, that I want to say with more moral clarity that Donald Trump is responsible for this,' Booker said Sunday. 
Mulvaney ripped into Booker, who'd also appeared on NBC, just before him. 
He said that Trump's first call after the shooting was to Barr, who he said the president implored to look into potential actions the administration could take to curtail future gun violence.
'So, yes he feels the same way that you do, he feels the same way that everybody watching the show, apparently with the exception of Cory Booker and some people on your panel, which is saddened and angry,' he said of their charges. 'And that's where we are this morning as a country and that's what we should be talking about. Not whether or not it gives one party or another a leg up in the next election.'
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Both alleged shooters this weekend where white men. There are reports that the gunman identified as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius in El Paso told police when he was taken into custody that he was motivated because he wanted to kill as many Mexicans as possible
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The second shooter acted about 12 hours later, targeting a street where people go out drinking in Dayton, Ohio. The 24-year-old shooting suspect killed nine people and was shot dead by police
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In an El Paso Walmart on Saturday, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius allegedly opened fire, killing 20 and injuring another 26 more. Reports emerged in the hours afterward that he told law enforcement when he was apprehended that his goal was to kill as many Mexicans as possible.
A 2,400-word manifesto also appeared online that was likely authored by Crusius and explains why the shooting occurred. It essentially claims that he was motivated to stop immigrants from repopulating with whites and overtaking America.
Early on Sunday morning, another shooter, identified as 24-year-old Connor Betts, opened fire on a popular street in an entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio.
That shooter killed nine people and injured more than two dozen other bystanders. He was shot dead when law enforcement responded to the open fire.
The motivation behind the Ohio shooting remains unknown.

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Post by LizzyNY on Mon 05 Aug 2019, 14:41

I wonder who wrote those tweets for drumpf. They are literate, grammatically correct and on point. No way in hell he stopped his golf game to write them.
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Post by party animal - not! on Mon 05 Aug 2019, 15:58

Oh gosh! Look at this
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-49240310

Must be an election coming up............

Pretty sure that Mr Putin must be having fun. He's put a lot of money the NRA's way..............

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Post by annemarie on Mon 05 Aug 2019, 16:47

I'm shocked , he condemned racism and wants more gun control. I don't believe him he wants votes that is all.

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Post by Donnamarie on Mon 05 Aug 2019, 23:44

Remember what Trump talked about after the Parkland mass shooting?  He was all in on some gun control measures until he met with the NRA. NOTHING ever happened.  Nothing is going to happen after these two massacres.  There was a former Republican on a talk show today who guaranteed that no Republican will EVER vote for any serious form of gun control.  Never!  Doesn’t matter how many people die or how many children lose their lives.  They will not take action. The Democrats will need to take over the White House and take full control of the Congress before any substantive gun control measures can be enacted.

Those tweets from Trump ring absolutely hollow. He has already done the damage. He can’t redeem himself. Can’t wait to see how he riles up his peeps at his next rally if he can’t fall back on his tried and true diatribe of racism, bigotry and fear. He is who he is and most of us can see right through him.


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Post by annemarie on Tue 06 Aug 2019, 11:34

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7325687/Head-Ohio-GOP-calls-state-lawmaker-resign-shocking-utterly-unjustifiable-post.html

[size=34]Head of Ohio GOP calls on Candice Keller to resign over state lawmaker's 'shocking and utterly unjustifiable' post blaming mass shootings on 'drag queen advocates and homosexual marriage'[/size]


  • Jane Timken, the head of the  GOP in Ohio, is calling on State Rep. Candice Keller, a Republican, to resign 

  • State Rep. Candice Keller posted on Facebook that gay marriage, failed school policies and 'snowflakes', among others, were to blame for mass shootings 

  • Her remarks came just hours after a gunman opened fire in Dayton, Ohio, killing nine and injuring 27

  • Both Democrats and Republicans in Ohio condemned Keller's statements 

  • Keller, who runs an anti-abortion resource center, once likened Planned Parenthood to Nazis and appeared on a white supremacist's radio show   


By DAILYMAIL.COM REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 02:03 EDT, 6 August 2019 | UPDATED: 02:39 EDT, 6 August 2019

     




The head of the Republican Party in Ohio is calling for the resignation of a GOP state lawmaker who blamed ‘drag queen advocates,’ homosexuals, Barack Obama, and recreational marijuana for the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton.
Jane Timken said on Monday that the comments posted on Facebook by Candice Keller, who represents Middletown, were ‘shocking’.
‘While our nation was in utter shock over the acts of violence in El Paso and Dayton, Republican State Representative Candice Keller took to social media to state why she thought these acts were happening,’ Timken said in a statement.
‘Candice Keller’s Facebook post was shocking and utterly unjustifiable.

‘Our nation is reeling from these senseless acts of violence and public servants should be working to bring our communities together, not promoting divisiveness.’
Timken’s spokesperson said the party leader has not personally spoken to Keller about her demand that she resign, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
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Jane Timken (left), the head of the Ohio Republican Party, is calling on a GOP state lawmaker, State Rep. Candice Keller, to resign over an angry screed she posted on Facebook casting blame for mass shootings on gay marriage, President Obama and 'snowflakes' 
Keller dismissed Timken’s statement saying that ‘establishment moderates have never been fans of mine because I ran against their endorsement and won.
‘As the only conservative in this race, I will be taking my Senate campaign to the voters to decide.’
This is the first time that Timken has called on an Ohio official to resign since she was picked to lead the state Republican Party in January 2017.
Keller is under no legal obligation to resign. In Ohio, state lawmakers can either be voted out of office or removed if they are convicted of a felony.
The Ohio Constitution allows for a lawmaker to be removed by a two-thirds vote of the state House of Representatives.
Keller, of Middletown in suburban Cincinnati, took to social media on Sunday in the aftermath of a mass shooting in Dayton that claimed nine lives and left 27 people injured, and one day after a gunman opened fire inside a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, killing 20 people. 
'After every mass shooting, the liberals start the blame game. Why not place the blame where it belongs?' Keller, who is a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, wrote.
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Keller took to Facebook to share her views just hours after a gunman opened fire in Dayton, Ohio, killing nine and injuring 27 people 
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Evidence markers of shell casings line the street at the scene of the deadly shooting in the Oregon District of Dayton, Ohio
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Connor Betts, 24 (left), carried out the massacre in Ohio a day after 21-year-old Patrick Crusius opened fire inside a crowded El Paso, Texas, Walmart   
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She then went on to list some of the factors that, in her view, bear responsibility for mass shootings in the US: 'The breakdown of the traditional American family (than you transgender, homosexual marriage, and drag queen advocates); fatherlessness, a subject no one discusses or believes is relevant; the ignoring of violent video games; the relaxing of laws against criminals (open borders); the acceptance of recreational marijuana; failed school policies (hello, parents who defend misbehaving students): disrespect of law enforcement (thank you, Obama); hatred of our veterans (thank you, professional athletes who hate our flag and National Anthem); the Dem Congress, many members whom [sic] are openly anti-Semitic; the culture, which totally ignores the importance of God and the church (until they elect a President); state officeholders, who have no interest whatsoever in learning about our Constitution and the Second Amendment; and snowflakes, who can't accept a duly-elected President.' 
Keller concluded her screed by writing: 'did I forget anybody? The list is long. And the fury will continue.'
The state lawmaker, who also runs an anti-abortion pregnancy resource center, has since made her status update private, but not before it has begun circulating on social media. 
Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Seelbach, a Democrat who is openly gay, shared a screenshot of Keller's post on Twitter and urged his followers to call her office in Columbus, as Cincinnati Enquirer first reported.   


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Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Seelbach, a Democrat, shared a screenshot of Keller's post on Twitter and urged his followers to call her office in Columbus
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'Ohio State Representative Candice Keller (represents Middletown, Ohio) says the shootings happened because of my marriage to Craig,' Seelbach wrote in his tweet accompanying the image of Keller's Facebook post.  
Brian Hester, Butler County Democratic Party chairman, blasted Keller for her remarks, calling her 'an embarrassment.'
'To blame these shootings on some of the very people who have been targeted is offensive to those victims as well as the nine people who were murdered in Dayton this morning and to their grieving friends and family members,' Hester told the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Butler County Republican Party Chairman Todd Hall also came out against Keller, saying he could not condone her 'comment and behavior.'    
Keller has a history of making incendiary comments.
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Keller, who runs an anti-abortion resource center, ones likened Planned Parenthood to Nazis. Keller is running for the Ohio Senate in Butler County in 2020
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In 2017, she likened Planned Parenthood to Nazis and appeared on a white supremacy advocate's radio show. 
Keller is running for the Butler county seat in the Ohio Senate in 2020. 
She recently said she’s stepping back from legislation proposing a tax benefit for donors to anti-abortion centers like hers. 
Keller is executive director of such a center and reports making between $50,000 and $99,000 annually.
Keller’s decision followed criticism by the state Democratic chairman that Keller was self-dealing.

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Post by annemarie on Tue 06 Aug 2019, 16:08

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7326997/Texas-cops-apologize-image-showing-white-officers-horse-black-man-handcuffs-rope.html

[size=34]Outrage after two white Texas cops are pictured on horseback leading a handcuffed black man through the streets by a ROPE[/size]


  • Image shows Donald Neely, 43, being transported by Officer Patrick Brosch and Officer A. Smith from 306 22nd St to the Mounted Patrol Unit on 21st and Market

  • Police clarified that while it may appear Neely's wrists were tied with rope during the trespassing arrest, he was handcuffed and the line was attached to the cuffs 

  • Neely's sister-in-law Christin Neely said in a Facebook post on Monday that her brother is a 'homeless and mentally ill' father of eight 

  • She said Mr Neely 'was treated like an animal paraded through the streets' 

  • Method is described as a 'trained technique and best practice in some scenarios', but the department said it 'showed poor judgement' 

  • Police chief - who is black - claimed officers 'did not have any malicious intent' 

  • Chief and others said the cops could have waited for alternative transport  

  • Galveston Police 'changed their policy to prevent the use of the technique and will review all mounted training and procedures for more appropriate methods' 


By DAILYMAIL.COM REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 09:32 EDT, 6 August 2019 | UPDATED: 10:51 EDT, 6 August 2019

     



Police in Texas have sparked outrage after pictures emerged showing two white officers on horseback leading a black man through the street by a rope on Saturday.
Galveston Police issued an apology on Monday after the shocking picture surfaced on social media, prompting a fierce backlash over its apparent connotations of slavery and civil rights issues.
The photograph shows Donald Neely, 43, being transported by Officer Patrick Brosch and Officer A. Smith from 306 22nd St to the Mounted Patrol Unit on 21st and Market.
Police clarified that while it may have appeared Neely's wrists were tied with the rope during the trespassing arrest, he was in fact handcuffed and the line was attached to the cuffs.
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Two white police officers in Texas were pictured on horseback leading a 'homeless and mentally ill' father-of-eight through a Galveston street by a rope on Saturday
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The photograph shows Donald Neely, 43, being transported by Officer Patrick Brosch and Officer A. Smith from 306 22nd St to the Mounted Patrol Unit on 21st and Market
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Galveston Police apologized after an image emerged and circulated on social media
Law enforcement said they were familiar with Neely and he had been reprimanded for trespassing in the area before. The department said the officers were wearing body cameras.

Neely's sister-in-law Christin Neely said in a Facebook post on Monday that her brother is a 'homeless and mentally ill' father of eight.
'Imagine that YOU are aware that living on the streets is dangerous, unsanitary, makes you a target for crime/law enforcement and isolates you from your family but YOU CAN'T make that relative understand that despite your many efforts,' Christin wrote. 
'Imagine searching the streets of a city for days looking for your loved one, to no avail. Have any of you ever went to breakfast, lunch and dinner at the local homeless shelters hoping you'd find your loved one having a meal with hopes to kidnap them and bring them home.
'Imagine locating your loved one, getting them in your car and they jump out of your moving vehicle to keep you from taking them from where they now call home. Just imagine for one second being 1 of his 8 children who have been fatherless for years and your father isn't incarcerated or dead.' 
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Police said they were discontinuing the horseback arrest method after the incident involving Officer Patrick Brosch (pictured)
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Neely's sister-in-law Christin Neely said in a Facebook post on Monday that her brother is a 'homeless and mentally ill' father of eight
Christin said she only found out about the incident from the image circulating online and labelled the arresting cops 'incompetent'.
'Imagine scrolling fb and seeing said loved one being escorted to jail on foot by 2 officers on horses, hands cuffed behind his back with a rope attached. In 2019????' Christin continued. 'He was treated like an animal paraded through the streets by two incompetent a**holes!
'I have read some of the most hateful and insensitive comments in concern to the incident involving my BIL Donald Neely's recent arrest by GPD. People don't even understand the depth of mental illness and how it affects the person and their family. WE HAVE TRIED AND ARE CONTINUOUSLY TRYING TO BRING HIM HOME! Please continue to pray for my family!' 
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Police Chief Vernon Hale III claimed officers 'did not have any malicious intent' but' showed poor judgment' and could have waited for a transport unit
Although the method is described as a 'trained technique and best practice in some scenarios', the department said it 'showed poor judgement' but claimed officers 'did not have any malicious intent'. 
Police said: 'A transportation unit was not immediately available at the time of the arrest' and while the technique may have been appropriate 'during crowd control, the practice was not used correctly in this instance'. 
Now Galveston Police has put a stop to the procedure while it reviews alternative methods of arrest and transportation for mounted officers. The department said it understands the 'negative perception of this action' and believes 'it is most appropriate to cease the use of this technique'. 
The statement from Chief Vernon Hale III read in part: 'I believe our officers showed poor judgment in this instance and could have waited for a transport unit at the location of the arrest. 
'My officers did not have any malicious intent at the time of the arrest, but we have immediately changed the policy to prevent the use of this technique and will review all mounted training and procedures for more appropriate methods.'  


The president of the Galveston Coalition for Justice supported an end to the technique. 
He said the officers should have waited with Neely until alternative transport arrived at the scene. 
'With the climate in the country today, I would hate to see, six months or three years down the road, what kind of judgment these same officers would make in a worse scenario,' Leon Phillips commented to the Houston Chronicle
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President of the Galveston Coalition for Justice, Leon Phillips, said: 'I would hate to see, six months or three years down the road, what kind of judgment these same officers would make in a worse scenario'
'Stay there with him instead of humiliating him. And now you've humiliated the whole city of Galveston because everybody who sees it is going to have an opinion.' 
Philipps claimed that if the cops were arresting a white man they would not have opted to use the technique. 
'All I know is that these are two white police officers on horseback with a black man walking him down the street with a rope tied to the handcuffs, and that's doesn't make sense, period,' Phillips continued. 'And I do understand this — if it was a white man, I guarantee it wouldn't have happened.' 
The president of Houston's NAACP chapter said he's happy the technique is no longer being used but expressed shock at the imagery and the department's failure to address the officers' 'lack of respect'. 
'This is 2019 and not 1819,' he commented to the Houston Chronicle. 'Even though the chief indicated that the technique would be discontinued he failed to address the lack of respect demonstrated by the officers in the episode.'

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Post by Donnamarie on Tue 06 Aug 2019, 21:05

This was inappropriate. This was wrong. Mr. Phillips was absolutely right. Those officers should have had better judgment. They should have known better. The optics of that picture screams racism. Trump would be so proud of these officers ...
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Post by party animal - not! on Wed 07 Aug 2019, 00:05

Truly shocking.....

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Post by annemarie on Wed 07 Aug 2019, 18:24

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7333387/Trump-says-wants-action-gun-background-checks-Congress-no-appetite-gun-bans.html

[size=34]'I want to do background checks like we've never had before' says Donald Trump as he says Congress is 'getting close' to a gun control bill but has no appetite for banning 'assault weapons'[/size]


  • President favors an expansion of mandatory background checks for gun buyers

  • He predicts Congress is ready to act but not to ban 'assault weapons' that resemble military weapons but function like hunting rifles

  • Trump and lawmakers are up against the U.S. Constitution, which protects Americans' right 'to keep and bear arms' 

  • But in the wake of two mass-shootings on Saturday they are being press to act

  • President is visiting Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas on Wednesday, the cities where the gunmen attacked


By DAVID MARTOSKO, U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 11:08 EDT, 7 August 2019 | UPDATED: 11:50 EDT, 7 August 2019

     


Donald Trump said Wednesday that he is warming to the idea of enacting a law that would expand America's system of background checks for gun purchasers, especially those with histories of mental illness.
'I think background checks are important,' he said Wednesday. 'I don't want to put guns into the hands of mentally unstable or people with rage or hate, sick people. I don't want to. I'm all in favor of it.'
But he said there isn't a significant enough 'appetite' in Congress for action to ban certain types of firearms commonly referred to as 'assault rifles.'
Federal law currently requires background checks for anyone who buys a firearm from a licensed dealer, but most private sales are exempt.

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President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he favors an expansion of mandatory background checks for gun buyers
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Rifles like this semi-automatic AR-15 are legal to own in the U.S. as long as they can't fire machine-gun style; they generally look like fully automatic military weapons but function like hunting rifles.
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Anti-gun activists gathered to protest Trump's arrival outside a hospital in Dayton, Ohio in advance of Trump's visit Wednesday
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Rifles like the popular AR-15 and the less common AK-47 are legal to own in the U.S. as long as they are 'semi-automatic' and not converted to fire multiple rounds, machine-gun style, with a single press of the trigger.
They generally look like fully automatic military weapons but function like hunting rifles.
Reporters pressed the president about new gun control measures as he left the White House Wednesday to visit Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas, where gunmen killed a total of 41 people on Saturday.
'There's a great appetite, and I mean a very strong appetite, for background checks,' he said, describing the mood in Congress, 'and I think we can bring up background checks like we've never had before.'
'I think both Republicans and Democrats are getting close to a bill, doing something,' he said.
That forward motion may come in the form of what Republicans call a 'red-flag' law, allowing police to take guns away from people they believe pose an imminent threat to themselves or others.
Democrats are demanding universal background checks for all gun purchases, in addition to any move toward enabling states to enact 'Extreme Risk Protection Orders.' 
'As long as the gun show and online sales loopholes exist, someone prohibited from possessing a gun under an ERPO law could still purchase a firearm far too easily,' Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday in a statement.
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Police officers responded to a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas on Saturday, where a gunman killed 22 people


And 'the proposal Republicans are pursuing would not mandate states to institute ERPO laws,' he charged.
'Instead, it would just provide grant incentives for states to implement laws of their own, which runs the risk of doing more harm than good in the long run if states decide to take up weaker laws.' 
Nearly all the mass-shooters in the past 10 years bought their weapons legally, through licensed dealers, in transactions that are subject to background checks. 
House Democrats have already passed a background check bill, which the Senate has not acted on.
Trump has framed the latest gun massacres as the result of a mental health crisis, not as a sign that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has been applied too broadly, allowing too many Americans to own too many guns.
The Amendment requires that 'the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.'
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says giving police the right to seize guns from people who pose a threat to themselves or others will be meaningless if they can still buy firearms from unlicensed private dealers without undergoing background checks
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Mourners took part in a vigil near the border fence between Mexico and the U.S. after the El Paso massacre
Conservatives and gun-rights advocates say banning one type of rifle because its design resembles a military weapon would be unfair and arbitrary.
Trump signaled that Congress, especially the Republican-controlled Senate, isn't prepared to tread that far.
'You have to have a political appetite within Congress and so far I have not seen that,' he said. 
And in what might be a reference to his power to change federal regulations, he concluded that 'I can only do what I can do.'
But he did say an appetite exists on Capitol Hill for 'making sure that mentally unstable, seriously ill people aren't carrying guns. And I've never seen the appetite as strong as it is now.'
But 'I have not seen' such a willingness to act 'with regard to certain types of weapons,' Trump concluded.

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