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‘It’s an Assassination Threat’: Democratic Lawmakers Slam Trump for ‘Second Amendment’ Remarks



Senators and Congressmen Express Outrage Over Trump’s Remarks

Democratic U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut is no stranger to gun violence. He had just been elected when the unspeakable attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School, leaving 20 first graders and six teachers and administrators dead. He’s spent his entire career in the Senate advocating for gun control reform and gun safety. He’s made countless speeches honoring the Sandy Hook victims, and led a filibuster in June to get the Senate to act on gun control, after the Pulse mass shooting hate crime terror attack in Orlando.

So when Senator Murphy talks about gun violence, people listen.

Today, in the wake of Donald Trump’s remarks calling for “the Second Amendment people” to take action to ensure Hillary Clinton doesn’t get to appoint justices to the Supreme Court, Murphy took to Twitter:

Murphy suggested Trump may have violated the law:

He called it “disgusting and embarrassing and sad”:

He warned of the consequences:

And he called it what it is: “an assassination threat”:

Senator Murphy isn’t alone.

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell also expressed outrage. The California Democrat called for the Secret Service to investigate and warned, “We must take people at their word.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren also took to Twitter, blasting Trump:

Saying “we must draw a bright red line between political speech and suggestions of violence,” former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, who nearly lost her life after an assassination attempt, spoke out today, in a joint statement made with her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly.

“Responsible, stable individuals won’t take Trump’s rhetoric to its literal end, but his words may provide a magnet for those seeking infamy,” the statement reads. “They may provide inspiration or permission for those bent on bloodshed.”

They called on Trump and all Republicans “to unambiguously condemn these remarks and the violence they insinuate,” as Talking Points Memo reports.


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Chris Murphy, Elizabeth Warren, Eric Swalwell, via Wikimedia
Image of Gabby Giffords by Gage Skidmore via Flickr and a CC license

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Trump Is ‘Untethered to Reality’ and His Thanksgiving Rant Proves It: CNN’s Berman



CNN host John Berman on Friday lit into President Donald Trump for going on an unhinged Thanksgiving rant about the 2020 election in which he once again falsely claimed that he won.

Berman in particular zeroed in on Trump’s seething anger at Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason, who asked the president on Thursday if he’d concede that he lost the election.

“He was yelling at Jeff Mason, who is the most mild-mannered reporter in America, who was asking one of the most obvious questions in America, which is, ‘Will you concede the race that you lost?’” Berman said. “I think it gave a window into where the president is this morning and how untethered to reality he may be.”

Guest Ron Brownstein shared Berman’s assessment and talked about the harm it’s doing to the United States.

“[He’s] doing real damage,” Brownstein said. “You’ve seen the polling: Three-quarters of Republicans now believe the election was stolen. We’ve never seen anything like this, an effort by a president to systemically undermine the results of the election.”

Watch the video below.


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Trump Serves Up Paranoid Election Conspiracy Rant for Thanksgiving: ‘Flick of a Switch Can Change Course of History’



President Donald Trump on Thanksgiving broke weeks of refusing to answer questions from reporters, and focusing his anger on Georgia called its Republican Secretary of State “an enemy of the people” while brewing up an insane new conspiracy theory.

After praising GOP Senators in two run-off elections fighting to keep their seats, Trump said he told Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, “you have a fraudulent system.”

“You have a system where the flick of a switch or the putting in of a new chip can change the course of history.”

He also falsely claimed voting rights advocate and former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams had illegally “harvested” 850,000 ballots. In reality, Abrams says 750,000 Georgia voters have requested absentee ballots.

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‘No I Can’t Say That’: Trump Says He Will Not Concede – but Will Exit White House if Electoral College Makes ‘Mistake’


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‘No I Can’t Say That’: Trump Says He Will Not Concede – but Will Exit White House if Electoral College Makes ‘Mistake’



President Donald Trump used the occasion of Thanksgiving, weeks after Election Day, to declare he will not concede.

Speaking to reporters after calling troops overseas – at 1:16 AM their time, several hours later than scheduled – the President was asked if he will finally concede.

“No I can’t say that at all,” Trump replied, the first time he’s taken questions from reporters in weeks.

President-elect Joe Biden has 306 Electoral College votes, against Trump’s 232.

He also said the Electoral College members will have made a “mistake” if they do not declare him the winner of the 2020 presidential election, as Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs reports.

But he also said he would leave the White House if Biden is the official winner. (Trump frequently denies making remarks he has made.)

Trump, however, is not planning on believing the results.

“I don’t know what is going to happen. I know one thing, Joe Biden did not get 80 million votes,” he added.


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