The day after the mass shooting in Lafayette, Gov. Bobby Jindal tells reporters it’s time to pray and grieve, not talk about gun control.
Despite the fact that John Russel Houser had a long history of mental illness and arrests but was able to legally purchase aÂ .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun at a pawn shop,Â Governor Bobby Jindal repeatedly told reporters he would not talk about gun control.
Asked what, “as a leader” he would support to make it tougher for people with mental illness to gain access to guns, Gov. Jindal said, “there’s a right time and place to have that conversation,” but lambasted reporters at the late Friday afternoon press conference outside the crime scene, saying, “we’re less than 24 hours out.”
He pointed to the families of the dead “that need to bury their loved ones,” and other families “praying for” the full recoveries of loved ones in the hospital.
Jindal insisted that “now is the time to focus on those victims.”
The 2016 presidential candidate had announced he was suspending his political campaignÂ in the wake of the mass shooting that left three dead, including the gunman, and nine others wounded.Â
“There will be an absolute appropriate time for us to talk about policies and politics, and Iâ€™m sure folks will want to score political points off this tragedy as theyâ€™ve tried to do off previous tragedies,” Jindal chastised. “Letâ€™s focus on these families.”
Not satisfied, a reporter pressed, “You want to be the leader of not only the United States but of the free world. What would you do different to stop these things from happening all over the country?”
Jindal, defiant, was steadfast.
“Iâ€™m happy to talk about this but not here, not now. Now is the time to grieve, mourn, come together and show Lafayetteâ€™s resilient and we can get through this,” the two-term Louisiana governor insisted. “Iâ€™m not shy of providing my opinions on any topic, but right now letâ€™s actually focus.”
“My answer is not changing,” Jindal continued. “Now is not the right time. Let us mourn. You can ask me all you want in a couple of days.”
After the tragic shooting in Charleston just five weeks ago, Jindal had the same response but also blasted President Obama for saying, “Now is the time for mourning and for healing. But let’s be clear. At some point, we as a country will have to reconcile with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It is in our power to do something about it.”
Watch Gov. Jindal:
Some responses via Twitter:
every GOP politician responds to these stupid shootings that advanced countries donâ€™t have with â€œnow is not the timeâ€ to discuss gun control
â€” Bill Goldthorpe (@bill_goldthorpe) July 25, 2015
â€” Jim Lanahan (@TheJimLanahan) July 25, 2015
â€” Daven Carlson (@CarlsonDaven) July 25, 2015
â€” Paul McFreid (@I_Am_Here_Still) July 25, 2015
There has been a mass shooting everyday in America this year. Bobby Jindal says the time will never come to discuss: http://t.co/2VXTMInxJV
â€” EÎ»f Sternberg (@elfsternberg) July 25, 2015
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal – â€œnow is not the timeâ€ to discuss gun control, after innocents gunned down in his state. When is the time???
â€” ÐšÐ»Ð°Ð²Ð´Ð¸Ñ – Claudia (@cjwcjam) July 25, 2015
LA Gov. Bobby Jindal said “now is not the time” to discuss gun control. ~Cuz there’ll be plenty of opportunities between shootings , right?
â€” BJ McCoy (@xmatman) July 25, 2015
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Trump Urged Ukraine President ‘About Eight Times’ to Work With Giuliani to Get Dirt on Biden’s Son: WSJ
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that President Donald Trump “repeatedly pressured” the president of Ukraine to work with his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to get dirt on the son of his top political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.
In a July phone call Trump urged President Volodymyr Zelensky “about eight times to work with Rudy Giuliani,” the Wall Street Journal says.
But the Journal’s reporting in the second paragraph offers details that appear to minimize what experts have been suggesting actually happened. The Journal’s report also does not name sources or even suggest if they are White House or intelligence community officials.
“Mr. Trump didn’t mention a provision of foreign aid to Ukraine on the call, said this person, who didn’t believe Mr. Trump offered the Ukrainian president any quid-pro-quo for his cooperation on an investigation,” the Journal says.
That would lessen the magnitude of the allegations against President Trump, although they would still be impeachable offenses.
The Trump team has become expert at controlling the national conversation and forging a narrative that bends most elements of truth, then getting the conservative base to believe them.
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.
Some Among Democratic Base Grow Increasingly Frustrated as Pelosi Issues Statement Chastising Trump Over Whistleblower
Statement Does Not Say ‘Impeachment’
Some among the Democratic base appear frustrated with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi who has not been supportive of the majority of House Democrats who want to impeach President Donald Trump. Friday afternoon the Speaker quietly issued a lengthy statement responding to the bombshell news that a whistleblower has filed a “credible” and “urgent” complaint with the intelligence community.
Pelosi’s statement, which was not posted to her social media accounts as of this writing, made its way through Twitter via a handful of reporters.
“If the President has done what has been alleged, then he is stepping into a dangerous minefield with serious repercussions for his Administration and our democracy,” Pelosi said, as a Politico congressional reporter pointed out:
Pelosi issues lengthy statement on the whistleblower complaint:
“If the President has done what has been alleged, then he is stepping into a dangerous minefield with serious repercussions for his Administration and our democracy.” pic.twitter.com/JMZJs0E2Aq
— Andrew Desiderio (@AndrewDesiderio) September 20, 2019
Nearly two-thirds of House Democrats support impeaching Trump, or beginning a formal impeachment inquiry at the very least, according to Politico. But the majority of the nation does not, nor do a majority of Democratic voters, according to recent polls.
“Only 37 percent support beginning impeachment proceedings, while half oppose it,” Politco reports, citing its own polls.
Speaker Pelosi’s statement concludes with this:
“We will continue to follow the facts and explore every possible option to ensure the American people get the truth. We would hope that Republicans would join us in supporting the Constitution.”
Some online are calling her statement “weak,” while others are disappointed with the lack of specific threats of action, and others are expressing exasperation with the Speaker not supporting impeachment:
Weak as usual @TeamPelosi . Trump has clearly crossed the impeachment line with this one.
— Peter Archer (@PeterArcher37) September 20, 2019
With all due respect @SpeakerPelosi , when is enough enough? What repercussions has this administration faced so far under a Democratic House majority?
— PhatboyNYC (@PhatboyNYC) September 20, 2019
And this is why Dems are perceived as weak and Trump looks like a winner. Pathetic. If Pelosi et al don’t get it together soon, they will cost Democrats big time by depressing the vote.
— Debra King (@Kingwoman) September 20, 2019
Weak sauce from Pelosi. I’ll believe it when some damn ACTION is taken.
— Van Hammersly (@MrVanHammersly) September 20, 2019
Suggestion for Sunday shows: Invite Speaker Pelosi and ask her what would merit impeachment? Is there a red line somewhere, or is impeachment something from the past that shall never be sought again, ever?
— Jorge Guajardo (@jorge_guajardo) September 20, 2019
Speaker Pelosi has issued a statement warning of serious, unnamed, repercussions. In other words, nothing. This still does not seem to be enough to make them act.
— Regina Maher (@Regina_Maher) September 20, 2019
You hear that Trump? You only have 100 more scandals before Pelosi pounces…on another mildly written statement of concern. Wouldn’t wanna be in your shoes.
— Kenneth Jimenez (@MrKennyJimenez) September 20, 2019
Here it is. Pelosi apparently feels like she’s done her job. No mention of impeachment. Absolutely no consequences for this administration. What is it going to take? pic.twitter.com/Va3cyFAmjz
— Mark Yelsits (@MarkYelsits) September 20, 2019
DId you read Pelosi’s “statement”, It makes you want to go back to bed, pull the covers over your head and sob for the loss of our country and soon democracy as a concept. I have a headache.
— hfb (@HarrietBurandt) September 20, 2019
After a week has passed, at last a statement…that advances the effort to secure the complaint in no concrete way. https://t.co/IXDbbzv8h3
— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) September 20, 2019
Incredibly I think Pelosi has already blown it with this statement. You have a tiny window of time in which to cement the narrative in the public discussion that this warrants impeachment and she just watched it pass. Now this will just fade into the miasma of Trump crimes.
— Jeff Rector (@jrector83) September 20, 2019
I just read Pelosi’s statement on the whistleblower. I want to throw my phone across the Fucking room. WTF??
— Farrell McManus (@farrellmcmanus) September 20, 2019
WATCH: Trump Says He Hasn’t Read Whistleblower Complaint – in Next Breath Claims ‘Everybody’s Read It, They Laugh at It’
President Donald Trump has spent a good part of the day trying to minimize the news about a reportedly damning whistleblower complaint filed against him by an intelligence official. During an Oval Office press availability Trump threw many different claims at reporters, claiming both that he had no idea what was in the complaint or which country’s leader it involved, then claimed his conversation with the country’s leader was “great” and “beautiful.”
Minutes later he was asked again about the whistleblower report, and if he had read it.
“No I haven’t,” Trump replied.
“It’s – I, I just tell you it is – everybody’s read it, they laugh at it,” Trump said, making a face as if to denigrate the report.
It’s unclear who “everybody” is, but if it to have been even widely distributed Congress would need to investigate, given only the Director of National Intelligence and the IG should have access to it.
He went on to call it “another media disaster,” despite the intelligence community inspector general – who he appointed – calling the whistleblower complaint both “credible” and “urgent.”
TRUMP: “Our media has become the laughingstock of the world … the media of our country is laughed at all over the world now. You’re a joke.” pic.twitter.com/2n2eNRhanO
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 20, 2019
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