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Some GOP Presidential Candidates Still Haven’t Acknowledged The Terror Attack On Planned Parenthood

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Some Republicans, so obsessed with an enemy overseas, are unwilling to condemn or even acknowledge the murderous terror attack on Planned Parenthood on U.S. soil.

As the world sadly knows, a Colorado Planned Parenthood was the scene of terror attack on Friday that left three people – a police officer, an Iraq veteran, and a mother of two – dead, and at least nine others injured.

By the end of Friday, as NCRM was the first to report, no GOP presidential candidate even acknowledged the attack on Friday, whereas all three Democratic candidates had, with Hillary Clinton being the first and offering the strongest support for Planned Parenthood.

On Saturday, Ted Cruz became the first Republican presidential candidate to acknowledge the attack, and he strongly condemned it. But on Sunday, Cruz then repeated a right wing lie that the terror attack suspect, Robert Lewis Dear, was “a transgendered leftist activist.” 

John Kasich, also Saturday, posted this tweet:

Slowly, several other GOP presidential candidates acknowledged the attack, although most did not issue statements denouncing the attack, nor did any offer support for Planned Parenthood. Most who did wade into the issue did so by speaking on the Sunday morning talk shows.

Donald Trump phoned into “Meet the Press” and called Robert Dear a “maniac,” but also had the temerity to say, “I see a lot of anxiety and I see a lot of dislike for Planned Parenthood.”

Ben Carson on “This Week” said the attack “should be condemned very strongly,” then denounced “extremism” on both sides, as if the left had anything to do with the attack.

WATCH: Huckabee Doesn’t Know Any Pro-Life Leader Who’s Suggested Violence Toward Planned Parenthood

Jeb Bush, also on Sunday, in a statement said, “There is no acceptable explanation for this violence, and I will continue to pray for those who have been impacted.”

Mike Huckabee on Sunday took to CNN, saying, stunningly, “I don’t know any pro-life leader, any––if you can tell me one, please correct me––but I don’t know of anybody who has suggested violence toward Planned Parenthood personnel.”

Carly Fiorina, whose lies during a GOP debate about Planned Parenthood videos that do not exist many say helped fuel the hate against Planned Parenthood, attacked the “left wing tactics” of her critics and denied any wrongdoing.

Rand Paul has said absolutely nothing. Monday morning he retweeted this tweet, which has nothing to do with the terror attack:

Chis Christie too has said absolutely nothing, despite claiming to have been appointed the U.S Attorney for New Jersey the day after 9/11, and despite posting this tweet Sunday also about terrorism – clearly, not domestic terrorism:

And, perhaps most stunningly, Marco Rubio has not only not acknowledged the terror attack at all, but sandwiched in between tweets promoting his online store’s merchandise Friday and Sunday, posted just one tweet Saturday:

MSNBC’s Steve Benen Monday morning penned an excellent piece on “the national candidates who took their sweet time in denouncing the mass shooting, and worse, the Republicans who couldn’t be bothered to even extend perfunctory well wishes to the affected families.”

“If candidates like Rubio and Christie – both fond of bluster and chest-thumping when it comes to security issues – aren’t going to condemn the attack on U.S. soil, perhaps they can offer some explanation for their reticence? If the answer is they’re afraid of antagonizing right-wing Planned Parenthood opponents in their party’s base, perhaps it’s time to rethink national leadership as a career path,” Benen concludes.

 

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Ted Cruz Repeats Right Wing Lie Planned Parenthood Terrorist Was ‘Transgendered Leftist Activist’

Tweet Of The Day: Planned Parenthood On ‘Trolls Who Spew Hatred’

Fiorina Lies About Abortion While Attacking ‘Left-Wing’ Critics After Planned Parenthood Attack

 

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Florida’s Rubio Challenged Over His Past Opposition to Disaster Relief — and Gets Fact-Checked

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With Florida reeling from the massive amount of damage — estimated in the billions — inflicted by Hurricane Ian, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) was asked by CNN host Dana Bash how to reconcile his request for financial help from the federal government given his opposition to similar requests from other states following a natural disaster.

In a rare appearance on CNN, Rubio tried to explain away his complaints about other funding bills by stating he felt they were larded with pork-barrel projects that he didn’t feel were justified.

“Senator, you wrote a letter Friday to the Senate Appropriations Committee asking for disaster relief dollars for desperately needed resources to rebuild Florida communities,” host Bash began. “After Hurricane Sandy hit northeastern states in 2012, you voted no on the $50 billion relief package.”

“I know you supported a smaller version,” she continued. “But why should other senators vote for relief for your state when you didn’t vote for a package to help theirs?”

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“Oh, I’ve always voted for hurricane and disaster relief,” the Florida Republican protested. “I’ve even voted for it without pay-fors. What I didn’t vote for in Sandy is because they included a roof for a museum in Washington, d.c., for fisheries in Alaska. It had been loaded up with things that had nothing to do with disaster relief.”

“I would never put out there we should use a disaster relief package for Florida as a way to pay for all kinds of other things people want around the country,” he continued. “So I think that’s that’s the key at moments like this. In Sandy, unfortunately, they loaded it up, they really did, with a bunch of things that had nothing to do with Sandy. I voted for every disaster relief package especially that’s clean and I’ll continue to do so. When it comes to Florida, we’ll do that again and make sure the package is clean and doesn’t have stuff for other people in there.”

“I read the congressional research report and the roof was damaged.” Bash corrected him. “In any event, my question is about the future. Are you telling me that if Hurricane Ian relief contains anything that smells like pork, you’ll vote no?”

“Sure. I’ll fight against it having pork in it– that’s the key,” he responded.

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‘Thinly-Veiled Incitement to Violence and Overt Racism’: Trump’s Truth Social Post Sparks Outrage

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Donald Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter “due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” but on Friday night took his social media approach to his Truth Social website.

Trump accused Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell of having a “death wish” after a government shutdown was averted.

“Must immediately seek help and advise (sic) from his China loving wife, Coco Chow!” he said of Elaine Chao, who served in his cabinet for four years as Secretary of Transportation.

Trump’s post generated outrage online.

“Nothing to see here,” conservative lawyer George Conway tweeted. “Just a former president of the United States seeking to incite violence against the minority leader of the United States Senate and launching a racist verbal attack on the leader’s wife.”

Former federal prosecutor Shanlon Wu wrote, “Donald Trump using blatant racist tactics in his desperate attacks on McConnell by trying to ridicule Asian American former Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao’s name calling her ‘Coco Chow’ — [McConnell] and [GOP] should call him out and reject his racist hate — will they do it?”

“Hardly shocking that Trump would threaten Mitch McConnell by capitalizing the words ‘death wish’ — dog whistle invitation to Trump’s extremist supporters — same Trump who believed his own VP Pence deserved to be lynched by the angry Jan. 6 mob Trump incited to violence,” Wu added.

Janai Nelson, the president of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, wrote, “I double dare all major media outlets to call this what it is: thinly-veiled incitement to violence and overt racism.”

Podcaster Fred Wellman said, “Elaine Chao was Trump’s Secretary of Transportation for 4 years and he just called her the ridiculously racist nickname ‘Coco Chow.’ Yes…you are a racist if you still support this broken *sshole.”

Jonah Goldberg, the editor-in-chief of The Dispatch, wrote, “Look, I think the gross bigotry, stupidity, dishonesty, and demagoguery of this is obvious on so many levels and I’m embarrassed for the country. But, because no one else will, I feel I have to point out he also misspelled advice.”

 

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Republicans suggest defunding Veteran Affairs even though it helps 9 million vets

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Republican legislators are starting to suggest defunding the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), the office founded in 1989 to assist with veteran needs. The VA assists with getting veterans mental and physical healthcare, educational opportunities, community support, and other everyday housing and living needs.

An Arizona legislator, captured on video participating in a mock congressional hearing, said he supported shutting down the department.

“That’s sort of what I’m thinking because … I hear no good stories. I had zero in my district,” the legislator said in a video posted by the far-right watchdog group Patriot Takes. “So I guess it’s a matter of us leading the fight to defund it.”

A second video, posted by the same account, showed Republican Florida Representative Matt Gaetz advocating for defunding the VA while speaking at an event held by FreedomWorks, a conservative and libertarian advocacy group.

“This is my question to the group. Is it savable? Why not abolish the VA, take all of the money that we are otherwise spending and go to an any willing provider system inside of our communities?” Gaetz says in the video. “And then, if people get bad care, they can vote with their feet and you don’t have a two-tier system of healthcare in this country with our veterans and then with everyone else.”

Generally speaking, Republican policies favor the privatization of all government functions, thinking that a “small government,” “free-market,” “for-profit” privatization provided by a corporation can solve any market ill.

In reality, if entire communities are deprived of VA access, U.S. military veterans will be left largely on their own to get their life needs met after military service. Those who lack money or transportation won’t be able to “vote with their feet” and find a local care provider to handle their specific issues… they’ll either have to spend massive amounts to get such essential care or just go without.

In late July, 41 Senate Republicans voted against a bill aimed at protecting veterans exposed to toxic materials during their military service. The legislation would have expanded care to 3.5 million veterans exposed to toxic burn pits. It would have also added 23 toxic and burn pit exposure-related illnesses to the VA database, Newsweek reported.

After massive blowback, Senate Republicans re-voted on the bill and helped it pass.

Patriot Takes posted the video hoping that it would encourage veterans and military members to vote in the upcoming mid-term elections.

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