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
â€” rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) February 7, 2017
â€” Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) February 7, 2017
â€” Mo Elleithee (@MoElleithee) February 7, 2017
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
â€” Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) February 7, 2017
â€” Julie Plec (@julieplec) February 7, 2017
â€” Jeff Yang (@originalspin) February 7, 2017
â€” Jessica Luther (@scATX) February 7, 2017
â€” Cecily Kane (@Cecily_Kane) February 7, 2017
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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‘Getting Our Clocks Cleaned’: Former Adviser Admits Trump’s Candidates All Got ‘Slaughtered’
The morning after another one of Donald Trump’s high-profile hand-picked candidates lost — this time in a Georgia run-off for a U.S. Senate seat — a former adviser to the ex-president admitted the Republican Party can’t handle any more losses by following Trump’s lead because they are getting “slaughtered.”
Sitting in on a “CNN This Morning” panel, GOP campaign adviser David Urban also said Trump and the Republican party’s aversion to mail-in voting is a primary reason “we’re getting our clocks cleaned.”
Speaking with hosts Poppy Harlow and Don Lemon, Urban explained, “It was the president of the United States saying don’t vote by mail, you can’t trust it. Now Republicans are getting their clocks cleaned in early voting, right? We are getting destroyed by mail-in and early voting.”
“Listen, as you guys know, when you vote by mail you can see the votes come in, if you vote incorrectly you can cure it, you can see who didn’t turn out,” he elaborated. “Democrats have built an incredible machine that can do this, who’s come out, didn’t come out. Republicans wait until election day to vote, so the former president got that completely wrong and we need to really focus on this.”
Continuing in that vein he added, “John Avlon, the hour before this said as long as trump wraps up about 35% of the party, you can’t look across that board and say we did well. Trump can’t wake up this morning and say I did okay — he lost everywhere; my home state in Pennsylvania, we got drubbed. So candidates matter, and candidate quality matters.”
“America sorry you’re waking up to this, but Donald Trump is still the dominant force in the Republican Party, this morning, tomorrow morning, and he’s most likely the nominee and stands as a fact to be the next president again,” he added. “Donald Trump stands a very good chance of being president of the United States despite the Walker loss, the senate candidates going down because they’re the ride-or-die Trumpers with him until the end.”
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Raphael Warnock Beats Trump-Backed Herschel Walker – Democrats Increase Senate Majority
Millions of Americans in Georgia voted to re-elect Democratic U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock and send him back to Washington D.C., NBC News projects. It is a clear mandate for the policies enacted by the Biden administration and a strong rebuke for the flailing former president, Donald Trump.
Senator Warnock faced a challenge from a Texas Republican who claimed to live in the Peach State, Trump-backed former NFL star Herschel Walker.
The New York Times, confirming Warnock is the projected winner, reports a huge number of Georgians, more than 3.3 million, voted in the runoff election.
An admitted Texas resident, Walker’s long list of hypocritical claims and actions, falsehoods, lies, and troubling business and tax dealings were only outweighed by the women who accused him of violent behavior, pressuring them and paying for them to get abortions, and revelations he had not one child but four, including a son he almost never sees.
Warnock, who is also the Senior Pastor at the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s church, Ebenezer Baptist, out-raised and out-campaigned Walker, especially in the last week.
Herschel Walker appeared at only two events this weekend, Politico reported, “a tailgate in Atlanta before a University of Georgia football game on Saturday, where he did not speak, and a Sunday rally in Loganville, where his stump speech touched on everything from complaints about pronouns and critical race theory to funding law enforcement.”
With 51 votes in the Senate, Democrats will not be forced into a power-sharing agreement with Republicans as they were two years ago. President Biden will be able to nominate and have confirmed even more judges, an area he has excelled. And Democrats will have full committee majorities, giving them power to issue subpoenas in investigations.
The Washington Post on Tuesday noted that Democrats having 51 votes is “an insurance policy against the unthinkable — the possibility that vacancies or party switches could flip the majority. That has happened before, most recently in 2001. The reason that it hasn’t happened more often is mostly because the Senate isn’t usually this closely divided. But vacancies and seat flips do happen — a lot. In fact, since World War II, about 70 percent of Congresses have featured some kind of shift in partisan balance of the Senate between elections.”
The unthinkable includes the possibility that a Democratic Senator in a state headed by a Republican governor could resign or die, allowing a Republican to be installed in their place. As The Post notes, there are 11 cases currently where that could happen.
Warnock unseated a GOP Senator in a 2020 special election, making this his first full elected six-year term.
White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain notes President Biden “becomes the first President since FDR 1934 to see every Senator in his party re-elected (who was seeking re-election.)”
Watch: McConnell Refuses to Say He Will Not Support Trump for President Even After ‘Terminate the Constitution’ Demand
Even after Donald Trump called for the “termination” of the U.S. Constitution this weekend and demanded he be put back into office or be given a do-over national presidential election, Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is refusing to say he will not support the ex-president’s current run for the White House.
McConnell kicked off his weekly press conference Tuesday by mildly criticizing Trump, although not mentioning him by name.
“First, let me just say that anyone seeking the presidency who thinks that the Constitution could somehow be suspended or not followed, it seems to me would have a very hard time being sworn in as president of United States,” McConnell told reporters.
But when asked if he “categorically” would refuse to support Trump – personally or in his role as Senate Republican Minority Leader – McConnell refused to go that far.
“This is the second week in a row you’ve come out to begin your press conference criticizing Donald Trump,” a reporter off-camera said. “Can you say categorically that you do not support him if he were the Republican nominee?”
McConnell could not.
“What I’m saying is it would be pretty hard to be sworn in, to the presidency, if you’re not willing to uphold the Constitution. That’s what I said, and I just said it again,” McConnell stated.
“How about your personal support?” the reporter shot back.
McConnell ignored the question.
During the 2016 campaign Trump also made clear he did not feel beholden to upholding the Constitution, so it’s unclear why McConnell would suggest he could not be sworn in again should he be elected in 2024.
In fact, Trump’s concerning remarks surrounding the Constitution in 2016 led Brown University political science professor Corey Brettschneider to pen a piece for Politico: “Trump vs. the Constitution: A Guide.”
“It may be true that Donald Trump has read the Constitution. But it’s unclear if he understands it,” it begins.
McConnell is not only the second longest serving leader of a party’s caucus in the Senate, nor his he just the Senate Republican Minority Leader.
He wields massive power and influence via his ties to a Super PAC.
According to CNN, the Senate Leadership Fund is “a super PAC affiliated with Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.”
This year alone, the Senate Leadership Fund has spent nearly $300 million to elect Republicans to the U.S. Senate. In 2020 it spent over $475 million.
Many have seen their ads, which are almost entirely, according to Open Secrets, against Democrats, not for Republicans.
Watch McConnell below or at this link.
Question: Can you say categorically that you will not support Trump if he were the Republican nominee?
McConnell: What I’m saying is it would be pretty hard to be sworn in to the presidency if you’re not willing to uphold the constitution pic.twitter.com/KOcHOUtpnc
— Acyn (@Acyn) December 6, 2022
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