WATCH: GOP Rep. Praises ‘Good Things That Came From’ Charleston Church Massacre by White Supremacist
Says Acts of Terror by Islamic Extremists Are ‘Different’
Republican Rep. Sean Duffy says acts of terror committed by Islamic extremists are “different” than those committed by white, presumably Christian extremists, and praised “the good things” that came out of the hate crime mass shooting at a Charleston church by a white supremacist.
Speaking with CNN Tuesday morning, CNN’s Alisyn Camerota asked the Wisconsin Congressman why President Trump has not publicly spoken about last week’s attack on a mosque in Quebec that left six Muslim people dead and eight injured. A French-Canadian university student who supported Trump opened fire while about 50 Muslims were praying, yet the president has not said a word in public.
Duffy, a four-tern congressman and former reality TV show like the man he supported for president, responded, “I don’t know,” but insisted “there is a difference. Death and murder on both sides is wrong,” he said, adding there are no non-Muslim groups like ISIS or al Qaeda inspiring terror attacks.
“You don’t think there are white extremists?” Camerota pushed back. “You don’t remember Oklahoma City? You don’t think that this guy who was involved in the mosque shooting said that he was inspired by things he read online?”
Duffy could only respond, “You’ve given me two examples,” and said “there is radicals all over the world and here in America.” He went on to suggest that there were no other examples besides the Quebec mosque shooting and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing of a federal office building by Timothy McVeigh.
“That’s different than this whole movement that’s taken place through ISIS,” Duffy again insisted.
When Camerota reminded him about the attack in a Charleston historically Black church that left nine members of a bible study group dead, and asked him if that “doesn’t matter,” stunningly, Duffy responded:
“That does matter. Look at the good things that came from it.”
He mentioned that “Nikki Haley took down the confederate flag – that was great!”
Duffy continued to try to make his argument.
“Look at Gabby Giffords,” he said, of the now-former Congresswoman who was shot in the head by an anti-government extremist. “The Marxist who took her life, a leftist guy, and now you see violence and terror in the streets all across America. Burning and beating people with Donald Trump hats.”
For the record, Jared Lee Loughner was neither a “leftist” or a right wing extremist. He was a conspiracy theorist, and an independent who had a long-term hatred of Giffords and believed women should not hold office. And Rep. Giffords fortunately did not have her life taken; she survived the massacre.
Camerota: Why isn’t the president talking about white terrorism?
Duffy: There’s a difference. https://t.co/YEgSitUsdS
â€” Eugene Scott (@Eugene_Scott) February 7, 2017
Camerota accused Duffy of saying that “when it’s a white terrorist, it’s an isolated incident.”
The Wisconsin congressman then asked if America could have vetted the Charleston church shooter, wouldn’t we have done it. And the answer is of course he should have been vetted better, which likely would have required more money being spent on gun background check purchases. The FBI admits the shooter should not have been allowed to purchase the gun he used to commit the atrocity, but they made a mistake in approving the check.
On Twitter, many were furious. A sampling:
Hey @RepSeanDuffy I want to invite you to Charleston & a service at Mother Emmanuel AME. We can help each other with our racial blind spots
â€” Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) February 7, 2017
No @RepSeanDuffy, there is NO damn difference between white terrorism and ISIS. Charleston was a terror attack on Black America https://t.co/Hnl6gKeYtf
â€” rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) February 7, 2017
.@Eugene_Scott @CNN Yah, here’s the difference. (Article 2 years old) https://t.co/3FOyvL3ue7
â€” Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) February 7, 2017
That @AlisynCamerota interview of @RepSeanDuffy was really something. His verbal gymnastics re white supremacist violence was astonishing.
â€” Mo Elleithee (@MoElleithee) February 7, 2017
Alisyn Camerota really making Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin look like an absolute piece of garbage. Nice. #NewDay #CNN
â€” T to the K-M, Esq. (@Perkunas687) February 7, 2017
This is a breathtaking display of ignorance by a sitting congressman (reality TV’s Sean Duffy). Exhausting and embarrassing to watch. https://t.co/cQZo7IW0UY
â€” Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) February 7, 2017
Please write @RepSeanDuffy w/ other examples of white nationalist terrorism. He is apparently familiar with two. https://t.co/FSBt3yQys2
â€” Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) February 7, 2017
Dear @RepSeanDuffy, I hope your constituents vote you out. https://t.co/8PbxW4G40n
â€” Julie Plec (@julieplec) February 7, 2017
1. You must watch this. Then think about what @RepSeanDuffy is saying. Then work to remove him and his like from office. https://t.co/QNx3RPatuB
â€” Jeff Yang (@originalspin) February 7, 2017
I think maybe everyone should call @RepSeanDuffy and let him know how we should respond to violent white supremacy. https://t.co/G31uTEPos8
â€” Jessica Luther (@scATX) February 7, 2017
Moral or intellectual bankruptcy that leads @RepSeanDuffy to erase the six victims of an attack in his OWN STATE?https://t.co/Pmy99BLOqP
â€” Cecily Kane (@Cecily_Kane) February 7, 2017
Someone should remind @RepSeanDuffy about the 2012 terrorist attack against the Sikh community of Oak Creek in his home state of #Wisconsin.
â€” Rajdeep Singh Jolly (@rsjollytweets) February 7, 2017
Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley compiled “a list of fatal white extremist attacks that have taken place in the United States since the Oklahoma City bombing. He lists 40 between 1995 and 2015.
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Lindsey Graham Admonished by Senate Ethics Committee
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has been formally admonished by the Senate Ethics Committee for violating ethics rules and standards by repeatedly soliciting campaign donations during an interview at the Capitol.
The bipartisan committee issued Graham a Public Letter of Admonition after the South Carolina Republican solicited donations for Georgia GOP Senate nominee Herschel Walker.
“Based upon all available information, the Committee concluded that on November 30, 2022, you conducted a media interview with Fox News in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building and that your interview was slightly over nine minutes, with over four minutes devoted to a discussion of the 2022 senatorial run-off election in Georgia. The Committee further concluded that during your discussion of the senatorial run-off election, you directly solicited campaign contributions on behalf of Mr. Walker’s campaign committee, www.teamherschel.com, five separate times.”
The letter notes that Sen. Graham had previously violated the same standards when he solicited campaign donations in a federal building in October of 2020, but said it was an “unplanned media interview.” When a reporter had asked him about fundraising, Graham “directly solicited campaign contributions” for his re-election campaign.
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The Committee noted “mitigating” circumstances and did not cite him for that violation.
“The public must feel confident that Members use public resources only for official actions in the best interests of the United States, not for partisan political activity,” the letter concludes. “Your actions failed to uphold that standard, resulting in harm to the public trust and confidence in the United States Senate. You are hereby admonished.”
CNN’s Manu Raju posted the letter to social media.
You can read the letter below or at this link.
In a letter to Sen. Lindsey Graham, the bipartisan Senate Ethics Committee admonished him for soliciting campaign contributions five times during a media interview in the Russell Senate office building. It is against Senate rules to solicit campaign donations on Capitol grounds pic.twitter.com/amc5ipcosw
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) March 23, 2023
‘Repercussions’: Biden White House Warns Uganda ‘Kill the Gays’ Bill Could Force US to Cancel $950 Million in Annual Aid
The Biden administration may cancel the $950 million in annual assistance the U.S. provides to Uganda if President Yoweri Museveni signs into law its latest “Kill the Gays” bill, which calls for the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality” and between ten and 20 years in prison for other LGBTQ “acts.”
National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby on Wednesday made clear if Uganda further criminalizes homosexuality and the LGBTQ community there could be “repercussions that we would have to take.”
“That would be really unfortunate because so much of the economic assistance that we provide Uganda is health assistance,” Admiral Kirby said at a White House press briefing.
National Security Council’s John Kirby suggests the U.S. would consider economic punishments if Uganda’s law criminalizing LGBTQ people goes into effect:
“That would be really unfortunate because so much of the economic assistance that we provide Uganda is health assistance.” pic.twitter.com/hWrRrHqd6q
— The Recount (@therecount) March 22, 2023
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre also told reporters Wednesday the Biden administration has “grave concerns” over the Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA), and “increasing violence targeting LGBTQIA+ persons.”
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“If the AHA is signed into law and enacted, it would impinge upon universal human rights, jeopardize progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, deter tourism and invest in Uganda and damage Uganda’s international reputation,” Jean-Pierre warned. “The bill is one of the most extreme anti-LGBTQI+ laws in the world.”
WH Press Sec. Karine Jean-Pierre denounces the Ugandan parliament’s passage of a bill criminalizing LGBTQ people:
“If the AHA is signed into law and enacted, it would impinge upon universal human rights … The bill is one of the most extreme anti-LGBTQI+ laws in the world.” pic.twitter.com/WSzCY5Vlq4
— The Recount (@therecount) March 22, 2023
Kirby and Jean-Pierre’s remarks came on the same day as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken denounced Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” legislation, saying it “would undermine fundamental human rights of all Ugandans and could reverse gains in the fight against HIV/AIDS.”
“The United States provides more than $950 million in aid to Uganda each year, according to the State Department. The money supports development and health care measures, such as combating HIV/AIDS,” Courthouse News reported Wednesday. “Uganda is already among 30 African countries that ban same-sex relations. The new proposal would broaden penalties and appears to be the first to outlaw identifying as LGBTQ+, according to Human Rights Watch.”
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‘Going Full Fascist’: Morning Joe Blasts Trump’s Latest ‘Dehumanizing’ Attack on Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg
Days after he wrongly claimed he would be arrested and urged his supporters to “protest,” Donald Trump unleashed a vicious and antisemitic attack against Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and philanthropist and donor George Soros, leading “Morning Joe” Scarborough on MSNBC to declare the ex-president has gone “full fascist” and even “full Nazi.”
“I mean he’s just going full Nazi here, full fascist,” Scarborough said Thursday morning, just minutes after Trump’s remarks posted on social media.
“You’re doing the whole Jewish international banker thing and and dehumanizing him as an ‘animal,’ calling him an ‘animal,'” Scarborough said.
“That’s ugly,” Mika Brzezinski added.
“And that’s like like straight out of the playbook. Yeah, that’s really that’s really ugly. Yeah, it’s really interesting to see exactly what’s happened with Bragg. He hasn’t taken the bait.”
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Thursday morning, in an all-caps rant, Trump called District Attorney Bragg a “Soros backed animal who just doesn’t care about right or wrong no matter how many people are hurt.”
Scarborough was not being hyperbolic when he said Trump had gone “full Nazi.”
“This is no legal system, this is the Gestapo, this is Russia and China, but worse. Disgraceful!”
The Gestapo were Adolf Hitler’s Nazi secret police.
In a separate post Thursday morning, after his attack on Bragg, Trump again appeared to telegraph a call for violence, writing: “Everybody knows I’m 100% innocent, including Bragg, but he doesn’t care. He is just carrying out the plans of the radical left lunatics. Our country is being destroyed, as they tell us to be peaceful!”
It is possible the grand jury, which is meeting Thursday, could vote on an indictment of Trump. Some say any potential vote would not come before next week.
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