â€œInflammatory. Baseless. Dangerous.â€
Fox News is drawing criticism for suggesting that an anti-Donald Trump â€œcoupâ€ is underway in Washington with Robert Muellerâ€™s Russia investigation.
â€œThe investigation into Donald Trumpâ€™s campaign has been crooked from the jump,â€ Jesse Watters said on Fox News Saturday. â€œBut the scary part is we may now have proof the investigation was weaponized to destroy his presidency for partisan political purposes and to disenfranchise millions of American voters.â€
â€œNow, if thatâ€™s true,â€ he continued, â€œwe have a coup on our hands in America.â€
As Mediaite noted, the choice on Wattersâ€™ part to label the investigation as a â€œcoupâ€ was soon followed by a chyron reading â€œA Coup in America?â€ during his interview with Kellyanne Conway.
â€œThe fix was in against Donald Trump from the beginning,â€ Conway began their interview. You can watch below:
.@KellyannePolls: “The fix was in against @realDonaldTrump from the beginning, and they were pro-Hillary… They can’t possibly be seen as objective or transparent or even-handed or fair.” @WattersWorld pic.twitter.com/WIB3aS4KhC
â€” Fox News (@FoxNews) December 17, 2017
Twitter was quick to condemn Foxâ€™s use of the word:
â€” Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) December 17, 2017
Coup?! I cover wars. Militaries. Actual coups. Where citizens violently rise up and kill each other for power over each other.
This is alarmingly irresponsible language, even for Fox. Inflammatory. Baseless. Dangerous. https://t.co/1tGrKZGfTR
â€” Kevin Baron (@DefenseBaron) December 17, 2017
For months Trump associates, fringe sites, and Fox News have cultivated this fiction that any investigation into Trumpâ€™s crimes is an attempt at a coup. Theyâ€™re undermining democracy and risking widespread tragedy. https://t.co/IK1OBzRPuj
â€” Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) December 17, 2017
Yeah — if you wanna know how things can go from already pretty nuts to “f*cking batsh*t crazy OMFG” nuts via applied coup created for TV consumption, just take a look at Turkey.
And remember Dugin was sitting in Ankara during the “coup”. Among other data points. https://t.co/BU1A1WXJhB
â€” Molly McKew (@MollyMcKew) December 17, 2017
In a proper coup, the first thing you do is seize state television broadcasting studios so you can put out the new party line and people know whatâ€™s what. https://t.co/QYwTmBVpJm
â€” Subscribe to My Newsletter (@mattyglesias) December 17, 2017
The same people saying that nothing Mueller has done amounts to anything think that some pissed off private texts from an FBI agent means that the Deep State coup is underway.
â€” Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) December 17, 2017
â€œA coup in America?â€ This is incredibly irresponsible rhetoric. Itâ€™s no surprise that the same network that still denies Russian interference for Trump, also uses this kind of language to describe law enforcement efforts to uphold the law and our sovereignty. https://t.co/VUilAaAhAD
â€” Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) December 17, 2017
Pizzagate, as silly as it was, led to violence. Imagine what the gun-nuts will do with the Fox Mothership telling them thereâ€™s a coup dâ€™etat under way, and with republicans in congress and Trumpâ€™s own White House backing them up. Republicans are playing a very dangerous game. pic.twitter.com/s9Ak2kFHxU
â€” John Aravosis (@aravosis) December 17, 2017
Iâ€™ve interviewed coup plotters, torture victims, generals, politicians they toppled & dozens whose lives were destroyed by actual coups & coup attempts
This language is so dangerous for democracyâ€”and itâ€™s precisely what you see before purges (which Fox News hosts are advocating) pic.twitter.com/CAFvAZaNUj
â€” Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) December 17, 2017
Use of the word “coup” by @FoxNews after Russia has deliberately worked to destabilize US democracy is extremely irresponsible and should be roundly condemned.
â€” Ron Nehring (@RonNehring) December 17, 2017
I’m an academic studying coups. This is embarrassing and dangerous. There is no coup in America, but there is a de-facto state propaganda outlet named Fox News. pic.twitter.com/Rtg37N84ZC
â€” Marcel Dirsus (@marceldirsus) December 17, 2017
This is the latest troll push, although I would be shocked if any of them actually knew what a coup was. (Heads up: they are using it everywhere-in comments for protest sign-ups, on twitter, it’s the new one) #Resist https://t.co/xlLS4Q9XcE
â€” Girls Really Rule. (@girlsreallyrule) December 17, 2017
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‘Boldly Ignorant’ Ted Cruz Slammed by Retired NYPD Detective for His Suggestions to Protect Kids
Appearing on MSNBC’s “The Katie Phang Show,” a retired NYPD detective expressed disgust with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) over his attempts to dismiss the idea of new gun laws to protect children in schools and instead is insisting America needs to turn schools into fortresses.
In interviews and appearing at the NRA convention this weekend in Houston, Cruz has vociferously disregarded the easy availability of high-powered weapons and instead focused on a door that was left open at the elementary school where the shooting occurred.
After host Phang shared a clip of the Texas Republican making his case, she asked former law enforcement detective Marq Claxton his thoughts on what Cruz was proposing.
Calling the controversial senator “boldly ignorant,” he proceeded to rip Cruz’s proposal apart.
“Marq, I was a prosecutor for half my career, I never prosecuted somebody for leaving a door open. How absurd is this proposal by Ted Cruz that the solution is to make sure that we don’t have too many doors at our schools?” host Phang asked.
“Ted Cruz’s statements were boldly ignorant and dismissive of the clear obvious danger that is faced by so many people in society because of the prevalence of violence and gun violence in particular,” he replied. “It really shows just how so many political electeds lack the fortitude to move forward and do the right thing: save lives.”
“Instead of sloganeering, Mr. Cruz and his other elected colleagues really should be working on legislation that provides, or minimizes the risk of damage, and could quite possibly and probably save lives,” he continued. “That is some additional gun restrictions, some background checks, there are other things that are out there that will undoubtedly be effective and save lives, and prevent these gun violence deaths.”
Watch the segment below or at this link.
‘Taking Us All for Fools’: Critics Decimate Greg Abbott’s Claims and Defense of His Actions in Wake of School Shooting
Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott in a press conference that left reporters frustrated defended his actions and insisted his earlier praise for law enforcement’s widely criticized response to the Uvalde school massacre was the result of being “misled.”
“I am livid about what happened,” Abbott declared, blaming others for his “recitation of what people in that room told me.”
“I was misled … the information that I was given turned out in part to be inaccurate. And I’m absolutely livid about that” — Greg Abbott on his initial false statement portraying Uvalde first responders as heroes pic.twitter.com/dUIdxnicjm
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 27, 2022
Critics aren’t buying his claims.
Abbott, who’s in the middle of a heated re-election campaign, appeared extremely defensive when reporters asked him questions.
“Let’s be clear about one thing. None of the laws I signed this past session had any intersection with this crime at all,” Abbott told reporters when asked if he would call the legislature back for a special session, as The Texas Tribune’s Sewell Chan noted.
“No law that I signed allowed him to get a gun,” Abbott insisted.
“The answers fell pretty flat,” opined MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, who noted the press event lasted just 36 minutes, less time than the police officers “stood outside and did nothing,” which was 47 minutes.
Abbott ended the press conference with many reporters almost begging him to take more questions. As the governor left one frustrated reporter was caught on a hot mic saying “unbelievable.”
Chan, who is the editor in chief of the Tribune, added on Twitter: “Abbott rejects background checks as a simplistic and ineffective fix. Wouldn’t have prevented Sutherland Springs and Santa Fe shootings, he says. Tries to turn focus to broken mental health system.”
Former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi on MSNBC delivered a strong rebuke to Governor Abbott’s remarks.
“No amount of free flights, no amount of free caskets, no amount of mental health counseling is going to bring back any one of those murdered children,” Figliuzzi said, referring to Abbott’s announcement an anonymous donor is putting up $175,000 for funeral expenses of those who were murdered in the shooting and said the state will pay for mental health treatment.
Abbott also insisted that since Texas became a state it’s been legal for 18-year-olds to buy long guns.
Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was murdered in the Parkland school shooting, blasted Abbott:
.@GregAbbott_TX responding to a question on long rifles “it seems like only in the past decade or two we have had school shootings.” Governor, the assault weapons ban ended in 2004. See the connection? You have actively helped to sell millions of weapons since then.
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) May 27, 2022
And long guns of today, as Figliuzzi noted, are often semi-automatic “killing machines.”
“The governor seems completely unable to understand that he can easily make a distinction when you’re talking about whether an 18-year-old should buy an assault rifle or not. And all he cares about is a century of history in Texas on long guns. We didn’t have the AR-15 style assault weapons back then. He can easily make a distinction and say, ‘you can go hunting, here are the rifles you can do, you can buy, you can possess – and here’s an assault-style rifle.'”
“If he thinks that people are stupid and unable to understand that there is a clear distinction between a killing machine and a hunting rifle, that he’s taking us all for fools.”
‘I Apologize for Interrupting Your Press Conference’: Tearful Texas Democrat Urges Greg Abbott to ‘Do Something’ on Guns
The Texas Democratic State Senator who represents Uvalde stood up during Greg Abbott’s Friday afternoon press conference and almost begged the Republican Governor to “do something” about gun violence after Tuesday’s massacre at Robb Elementary School that took 21 lives.
Abbott was trying to place the blame for the school shooting on mental health despite the gunman having no documented issues, and told attendees, “we’re focusing our attention on the wrong thing.”
That was not good enough for Democratic State Senator Roland Gutierrez, who politely introduced himself and said, “I’m not making a political speech.”
“My colleagues are asking for a special session, you’re getting a letter tomorrow,” from the Senate Democratic Caucus.
“We’ve asked for gun control changes – I’m asking you now, bring us back in three weeks.”
Gutierrez grew emotional, sounding as if he was choking up, and added, “I apologize for interrupting your press conference about the needs of this community. I’ve been here for three days with all of these elected officials – this county judge has been working his ass off,” he continued.
“I don’t know how to express the loss of the families that I’ve talked to,” he added.
“You have to do something, man,” Gutierrez said, all but begging the governor to take action, and saying his “own colleagues are calling me and telling me this is enough.”
“I’m sorry to interrupt your press conference… you have to do something” pic.twitter.com/OiRI1OQZWQ
— Acyn (@Acyn) May 27, 2022
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