A same-sex couple prominently featured in Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign video have invited her to their wedding, and say they had no idea the video was her campaign announcement, but they’re thrilled.
Jared Milrad (left) andÂ Nathan Johnson are one of two same-sex couples featured in Hillary Clinton‘s presidential campaign announcement video she released Sunday. The couple, who live in Chicago, didn’t know what Hillary Clinton would be usingÂ the video for, but they say when they first saw it they were “really excited.”
The Washington Blade first reported that the two men had been “asked by a friend who works for Organizing for America if they wanted to participate in a video of AmericansÂ going through big life changes that were somehow related to Clinton, whom they support for president.”
In the video, the couple are filmed walking down the street near their home.Â â€œIâ€™m getting married this summer to someone I really care about,” Milrad says in the voiceover. The two are holding hands and smiling.
“It was particularly moving to see Secretary Clinton feature a gay couple engaged to be legally married, the first of any major presidential candidate,” Jared Milrad told the Blade’s Chris Johnson.Â “To us, this decision demonstrates Secretary Clintonâ€™s commitment to LGBT equality and the type of inclusive leader she would be as president.”
Milrad, an attorney, is 31 and founded Civic Legal Corps,Â a non-profit,Â met Clinton when he spoke at a rally supporting then-Senator Barack Obama.Â â€œI was there to rally voters to support President Obama in the general election, and so was Secretary Clinton. She was very warm, friendly and engaging.â€
â€œWhen we were first contacted, they basically told us a little bit about what they would be doing and said they were interviewing people going through big changes in life and also said that it was something affiliated with Hillary, but didnâ€™t exactly say what it would be,â€ Johnson, who is 30 and aÂ project manager for a health care consulting company,Â told the Washington Blade. â€œSo they just mainly wanted to hear our story about that and our life and decision to get married and how weâ€™re dealing with that and how excited we are about that.â€
On his Facebook page, Milrad has posted several reports of the video from news sites in Mexico, Italy, Taiwan, Brazil, and France. And he quotes hisÂ fiancÃ© in one story:Â “The fact that Iâ€™m inÂ Hillary Clinton‘s video is the best thing in the world for my mom. Sheâ€™s more happy about that than our wedding!â€
And yes, they are inviting Clinton to their wedding. “We’re mailing the invitations soon,Â Hillary Clinton!,” Milrad writesÂ on Facebook.Â “We are going to extend an option of a plus-one forÂ Hillary Clinton. She’ll probably want to bring someone,”Â JohnsonÂ adds.
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Local Texas Cops Blocked Specialized Federal Tactical Team That Killed Shooter From Engaging for One Hour
When a specially equipped U.S. Border Patrol tactical team arrived on the scene of Tuesday’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, local police who were already on the scene wouldn’t allow them to engage with the shooter, The New York Times reports.
“The agents from Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrived at some point between 12 p.m. and 12:10 p.m., according to the officials — far earlier than previously known,” The Times’ report stated. “But they did not breach the adjoining classrooms of the school where the gunman had locked himself in until a little before 1 p.m. Members of the federal tactical team killed the gunman.”
But officials speaking to The Times say the Uvalde Police Department prevented the agents from going in sooner.
The new details further call into the question the thinking behind how law enforcement responded to the shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers. The Border Patrol and ICE agents say they did not understand why they were force to wait. All of the 21 victims died in the area where 18-year-old Salvador Ramos had barricaded himself in.
Read the full report at The New York Times.
Cops Waited 47 Minutes Because They Were Waiting for a Key to the Door, Thought Shooter Was Barricaded Despite 911 Calls
Texas law enforcement officers on scene in Uvalde, Texas waited 47 minutes to break into the classroom where an 18-year old gunman slaughtered 19 children because they were waiting for a key to open the door, and thought it was no longer an active shooter situation.
“From the benefit of hindsight…it was the wrong decision,” admitted Texas Department of Public Safety director Col. Steven McGraw.
That decision was made despite children calling 911 during that time, begging for help, according to multiple reports.
“You say there were 19 officers gathered in the hallway or somewhere,” CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz said during Friday’s press conference. “What efforts were made to try and break through that door? You say it was locked. What efforts were the officers making?”
“None at that time,” DPS director replied.
“The on-scene commander at that time believed it had transitioned from an active shooter to a barricaded subject,” he said, adding moments later that “he believed there were no more children at risk.”
“Obviously, based on the information we have, there were children in that classroom and it was in fact still an active shooter investigation.”
>> @ShimonPro‘s first Q at the press conference: “You say there were 19 officers gathered in the hallway or somewhere. What efforts were made to try and break through that door? You say it was locked. What efforts were the officers making?” The awful answer: “None at that time.” pic.twitter.com/qM1liHrY2e
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) May 27, 2022
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US Senator Blames CRT, ‘Liberal Indoctrination’ and Lack of Religion for Mass Shooting in Small Texas Town
Uvalde, Texas is a small town of just over 15,000 people. Almost all its elected officials, from the governor on down, are Republicans. That includes its Republican mayor who used a slew of curse words this week to attack Beto O’Rourke, the former U.S. Congressman who is now the Democratic gubernatorial candidate challenging incumbent GOP Governor Greg Abbott.
There are still many facts to be uncovered about the 18-year-old who legally bought two AR-15 style assault rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in the three days after his 18th birthday, then went on to commit the third-worst school shooting in the United States this week.
While one lawmaker claims Salvador Ramos was born in North Dakota, various reports make it seem clear he grew up in Uvalde, where he has a mother and father, the grandmother he lived with for the past few months who he shot in the face before slaughtering 21 people at Robb Elementary School, and at least one cousin, an uncle, and a sister in the Navy.
The Texas Tribune describes Uvalde as a “tight-knit community” that “prays.”
Reports say he was a loner, bullied for a stutter and lisp, and had a difficult relationship with family members.
Although he was 18 he had not graduated high school, apparently ineligible after missing too many days of class.
But according to U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), the real problem, why 21 people including 19 elementary school children, are dead, is critical race theory, “wokeness,” “liberal indoctrination,” and a lack of religion.
Rejecting Fox Business host Neil Cavuto’s suggestion that “maybe stiffer background checks” would help reduce gun violence Senator Johnson, who is running for a third term in office this year despite pledging to serve only two, rejected any legislative solution to the explosion of mass shootings in America.
“No matter what you do, people fall through the cracks,” Johnson, appearing exasperated and shaking his head, told Fox Business. “You can’t identify all these problems. You can’t arrest somebody for a crime they haven’t committed yet,” he argued, something no one has suggested.
“These are difficult issues, but again, the solution lies in stronger families, more supportive communities. I would argue renewed faith. We’ve lost that. We’ve stopped teaching values in so many of our schools,” he added, despite most conservatives demanding schools stick to the basics.
“Now we’re now teaching ‘wokeness,’ we’re indoctrinating our children in things like CRT, telling, you know, some children they’re not equal to others and they’re the cause of other people’s problems,” he continued, falsely explaining what critical race theory is.
“There’s a sickness,” Johnson tried to get in as Cavuto jumped in to correct his CRT claim. Republicans have been once again pushing mental health as a cause for gun violence to distract from the fact that there are now more guns than human beings in America.
“These shootings were going on long before CRT,” Cavuto said.
“Well, I think I think CRT’s been going on under the radar for quite some time as well,” he claimed, which is false. Johnson has been one of the greatest spreaders of falsehoods and conspiracy theories in the U.S. Senate. CNN labeled him the “Senate’s leading conspiracy theorist.”
“Wokeness has been” going on, Johnson claimed. “Liberal indoctrination has been,” he added, baselssly opining that liberalism leads to more gun violence when liberals are more likely to oppose guns.
“This is a much larger issue than what a simple new gun law’s gonna – it’s not going to solve it. It’s not gonna solve it,” Johnson insisted.
No one has ever suggested a single gun control law would solve all gun violence, but the facts are clear. After Republicans allowed the assault weapons ban to expire in 2004 a 2019 study found: “Mass-shooting fatalities were 70% less likely to occur during the federal ban period.”
Sen. Ron Johnson blames “liberal indoctrination” for school shootings: “We stopped teaching values. Now we’re teaching wokeness. We’re indoctrinating our children with things like CRT.” pic.twitter.com/VwKbeIoD8z
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 27, 2022
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