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Purple Heart Recipients Slam Trump: “No One Should Ever ‘Want’ to Get One of These”

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Iraq War Vets Chastise Republican Nominee for Callous and Crass Comments

The Trump campaign is five days into what’s shaping up to be one of if not the biggest disaster it has created for itself to date: the Republican nominee’s repeated attacks on a Gold Star Muslim American family who lost their U.S. soldier son to a suicide bomber. Humayun Khan died while protecting his fellow soldiers, and his parents, Khizr and Ghazala Khan, have publicly denounced Trump as a man who does not know the meaning of “sacrifice,” who has not read the constitution, and who “is a black soul.”

Trump opted to fight back, hard, and repeatedly, while urging congressional Republicans to rush to his aid. They have not. In fact, Tuesday morning, one GOP Congressman became the first to announce come November he will cross party lines and vote for Hillary Clinton.

At a Virginia rally late Tuesday morning, Trump told supporters that just that morning a vet had handed him his purple heart. In response, Trump told the audience, “I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier.”

Needless to say, many were instantly shocked.

The Purple Heart is awarded to U.S. service members who are wounded or killed while serving their country, or who die from wounds sustained while serving their country.

Iraq War veteran Sean Barney was one of those offended.

“As someone who fought for our country in Iraq, was injured, and was awarded a Purple Heart, I can tell you, no one should ever ‘want’ to get a Purple Heart,” Barney, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives who retired from the Marine Corps, said on Facebook.

“Again and again, Donald Trump has proven that he is unfit to be the Commander in Chief of our armed forces. As Khizr Khan poignantly argued, Donald Trump has not sacrificed for this country and he does not understand duty to any cause other than himself.”

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Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, also an Iraq War veteran, and the first disabled woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, also shared her thoughts via social media:

Eric Alva, the first Marine seriously injured in the Iraq War, posted a strong rebuke to Trump via Facebook:

Omg I just started crying when I saw this. Donald Trump was given a Purple Heart today from a Veteran who wanted to give…

Posted by Eric Alva on Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Alva, an LGBT rights activist who played a very large role in the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” also posted the photo below to Facebook, writing:

“My Purple Heart! You have no idea Donald Trump what this medal is about. It is sacred and for you to joke and say ‘this was much easier,’ there are no words except, god help you!!”

“Shame shame shame on you Sir,” Alva added.

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CBS News reporter Steven Portnoy via Twitter notes John Bircher, spokesperson for the Military Order of the Purple Heart, also slammed Trump’s offensive comments:

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‘I Will Not Stand by Silently’: Sotomayor Blasts SCOTUS Conservatives Over Their Latest Attack on Abortion Rights

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“The Court may look the other way, but I cannot.”

Justice Sonia Sotomayor expressed outrage at her conservative Supreme Court colleagues Thursday afternoon, after the six right wing jurists went one step further in attacking the constitutional guarantee of abortion.

Voting 6-3 against a women’s health care provider the Court denied a request by Texas Women’s Health, which provides abortion services, to change jurisdictions, which according to Justice Sotomayor the Court should have done.

“The lawsuit is now stalled with the Texas Supreme Court,” Rewire News reports.

Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern, a Supreme Court expert calls Sotomayor’s dissent “stunning.”

“This case is a disaster for the rule of law and a grave disservice to women in Texas, who have a right to control their own bodies,” Sotomayor writes. “I will not stand by silently as a State continues to nullify this constitutional guarantee. I dissent.”

She begins her dissent by explaining the case:

“It has been over four months since Texas Senate Bill 8 (S. B. 8) took effect. The law immediately devastated access to abortion care in Texas through a complicated private-bounty-hunter scheme that violates nearly 50 years of this Court’s precedents.”

“Today, for the fourth time, this Court declines to protect pregnant Texans from egregious violations of their constitutional rights. One month after directing that the petitioners’ suit could proceed in part, the Court countenances yet another violation of its own commands. Instead of stopping a Fifth Circuit panel from indulging Texas’ newest delay tactics, the Court allows the State yet again to extend the deprivation of the federal constitutional rights of its citizens through procedural manipulation. The Court may look the other way, but I cannot.”

In response the Guttmacher Institute, an organization focused on sexual and reproductive health and rights, accused the Supreme Court of “once again putting ideology over the rule of law.”

 

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Ivanka Trump Responds to Committee’s Invite by Saying She Called for End to Violence – Leaves Out ‘Patriots’ Part

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Ivanka Trump is responding to her invitation from the January 6 Committee by issuing a statement that is being seen suggesting she has no intention of accepting. Earlier Thursday the Committee sent the former First Daughter and White House senior advisor a lengthy 11-page letter asking for her voluntary cooperation.

A statement from her spokesperson given to CNN White House Correspondent Kate Bennett references a tweet posted by Ivanka Trump the day of the attack on the Capitol – a tweet she was forced to delete after massive outrage.

“As the Committee already knows, Ivanka did not speak at the January 6 rally,” the statement reads. “As she publicly stated at 3:15pm, ‘any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable. The violence must stop immediately.”

But in the actual Ivanka Trump called the insurrectionists “American Patriots,” as CNN reported that day:

 

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Georgia Prosecutor Asks to Convene Special Grand Jury to Investigate Donald Trump’s Alleged Election Interference

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A Georgia county district attorney has requested to convene a special grand jury to assist in her investigation of Donald Trump‘s alleged election interference.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in a letter to the county’s Superior Court chief judge writes that her office “has received information indicating a reasonable probability that the State of Georgia’s administration of elections in 2020, including the State’s election of the President of the United States, was subject to possible criminal disruptions,” according to the Associated Press.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (photo) was forced to release audio of then-President Trump appearing to intimidate him into fixing the election in his favor.

Trump, in the audio, can be heard berating and threatening the Republican Secretary of State, demanding he “recalculate” the losing election results and “find 11,780 votes” for him, which would have enabled Trump to falsely be declared the winner. Raffensberger refused.

“So look. All I want to do is this,” Trump told Raffensberger. “I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state.”

“There’s no way I lost Georgia,” he added, falsely. “There’s no way. We won by hundreds of thousands of votes.”

Willis told the AP the scope of her investigation “includes — but is not limited to — a Jan. 2, 2021, phone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a November 2020 phone call between U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Raffensperger, the abrupt resignation of the U.S. attorney in Atlanta on Jan. 4, 2021, and comments made during December 2020 Georgia legislative committee hearings on the election.”

 

 

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