Calls It ‘A Tremendous Tragedy’ but Not a Shooting. ‘Unbelievable That This Would Happen’ but Not a Shooting.
Governor Matt Bevin Tuesday afternoon issued a heartfelt statement about the tragic shooting at a Benton, Kentucky high school that left two 15-year old children dead and 17 others injured â€“ 14 of them injured by a gun.
“This is a tremendous tragedy and speaks to the heartbreak present in our communities,” Gov. Bevin’s statement begins. “It is unbelievable that this would happen in small, close-knit community like Marshall County. As there is still much unknown, I encourage people to love on each other at this time. Do not speculate, but come alongside each other in support and allow the facts to come out.”
Even his tweet doesn’t mention the shooting, just, “this morning’s events.”
A statement from Gov. Bevin regarding this morning’s events in Marshall County: pic.twitter.com/0n0cxgJkvi
â€” Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) January 23, 2018
It’s a lovely statement, clearly crafted with sincerity and respect.
But clearly it leaves out the most important information: this was a deadly mass shooting.Â
It was an initial statement and it was a wise move designed to let Kentuckians know he is on the job, in charge, and moved by the tragedy.
But leaving out the fact that a mass shooting had just occurred, specifically not mentioning the shooting at all, and not mentioning that it took place at a school, makes his other intention clear: don’t talk about guns. Don’t talk about shootings.
Here’s how Gov. Bevin responded after the Las Vegas mass shooting:
To all those political opportunists who are seizing on the tragedy in Las Vegas to call for more gun regs…You can’t regulate evil…
â€” Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) October 2, 2017
“You can’t regulate evil,” says Americans are powerless to reduce gun violence and gun deaths â€“ and that’s just plain false. You could call a lie of deadly proportions.
Here’s how some on social media are responding to Gov. Bevin’s statement:
What “events”? Morning announcements? Spanish Club meeting? Breakfast Study group meeting?
Why not say what it is/was?
“A statement from Gov. Bevin regarding this morning’s SHOOTING in Marshall County”
There, it wasn’t too difficult.
â€” Tim Meredith (@RealTimMeredith) January 23, 2018
â€” vlh (@coton_luver) January 23, 2018
Kentucky places no restrictions on guns and gets a “Gold Star” rating from the NRA and “open carry” lobby group. Far right Gov. Matt Bevin says of today’s shooting “Let’s not speculate!” Yes, let’s! Let’s speculate on how many 10s of K deaths reasonable gun laws would prevent!
â€” Frank Schaeffer (@Frank_Schaeffer) January 23, 2018
No, Governor Matt Bevin, it’s not “unbelievable” that we have a 2nd school shooting in 2 days when you and your party refuse to even consider common sense gun regulation. You suck. pic.twitter.com/fNU92j5x6A
â€” Owen Silver (@climber) January 23, 2018
â€œIt is unbelievable that this would happen in a small, close-knit communityâ€ said Governor Bevin.
â€” Jake Baker (@GreaterNATI) January 23, 2018
â€œIt is unbelievable that this would happen in a small, close-knit community like Marshall Countyâ€ – Bevin
Actually, mass shooting are correlated with gun ownership and happen in all types of communities — but especially those where the NRA is strongest.
â€” Ezra (@realTakeADump) January 23, 2018
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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves Dismisses ‘Real Small, Minor Number’ of Rapes Requiring Abortions
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) declined to say on Sunday if he would sign a bill removing abortion exceptions for rape because they only represent a “real small, minor number” of cases.
During an interview on Fox News, host Mike Emmanuel asked Reeves if he would remove the abortion exceptions for rape in Mississippi.
Reeves sidestepped the question by insisting that the bill would never make it through the legislature.
“There’s a lot of effort, particularly in Washington and other places mainly by the Democrats, to try to talk only about the real small, minor number of exceptions that may exist,” he complained. “Over 90% of all abortions that are done in America, some 63 million babies aborted since Roe was wrongly decided in 1973, over 90% of those are elective abortions.”
Reeves argued that the “far-left” should not be talking about “all these exceptions and minor numbers.”
Watch the video below from Fox News.
Trump Hinted Jan. 6 Would Be His ‘Last-Ditch’ Attempt to Overturn the Election Results: Filmmaker Alex Holder
In an interview with the Guardian’s Hugo Lowell, a British documentary maker who was filming behind-the-scenes footage in Donald Trump’s White House on Jan 6th claimed he knew something bad was about to happen before supporters of the former president stormed the Capitol and sent lawmakers fleeing for their lives.
Alex Holder, whose film crew was on hand and filming Trump and his children Don Jr, Eric and Ivanka on Jan 6th, stated there was a feeling among his people that something momentous was about to happen.
According to Lowell, “Holder was there for it all: three sit-down interviews with Trump, including one at the White House, numerous other interviews with Trump’s adult children, private conversations among top aides and advisers before the election, and around the Capitol itself as it got stormed.” adding, “The access to Trump, and listening to him and his inner circle, led him to suspect that the former president’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election would somehow culminate in some event at the Capitol on 6 January.”
Asked about what his feeling was prior to the riot that engulfed the Capitol building, Holder explained, “I wasn’t 100% sure, but it was sort of a feeling, so we prepared for that thing to happen. The reason we thought January 6 was because, in Trump’s mind, the last-ditch effort was to stop the process” of the vote certification by Congress.
He elaborated, “That ceremonial process that takes place in Congress on January 6, he felt, was the last time where he could, in his mind, stop the election going to the wrong person, as it were. The rhetoric that was coming out was that the election was rigged, [that] we need to fight.”
According to the Guardian report, Holder has, “testified for about four hours behind closed doors last week about his roughly 100 hours of footage, used for an upcoming documentary titled Unprecedented, and turned over to House investigators the parts demanded in a subpoena compelling his cooperation.”
Lowell added, “Holder said he additionally did a one-to-one interview with then-vice president Mike Pence, including a scene where Pence briefly reviews an email about the 25th amendment – which concerns the removal of a US president – which was privately discussed among senior White House officials in the wake of the Capitol attack.”
You can read more here.
Meadows Allegedly Behind Possible Attempt at Witness Intimidation of Cassidy Hutchinson: Reports
Cassidy Hutchinson, the former aide and advisor to Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, may be the victim of attempted witness intimidation, and the person who may have attempted to intimidate her may be her former boss.
The Guardian on Friday reports “Hutchinson received at least one message tacitly warning her not to cooperate with the House January 6 select committee from an associate of former chief of staff Mark Meadows.”
That message, according to both CNN and The Guardian, was delivered at the direction of Mark Meadows, according to sources both news outlets cite.
One of the messages that the U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack posted at the end of Hutchinson’s testimony read: “[A person] let me know you have your deposition tomorrow. He wants me to let you know that he’s thinking about you. He knows you’re loyal, and you’re going to do the right thing when you go in for your deposition.”
According to The Guardian, “The redaction was ‘Meadows,’ the sources said.”
CNN similarly reports: “One of [the] people who may have been trying to influence Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony did so at the behest of former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, according to multiple sources familiar with information gathered by the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection.”
Citing multiple sources CNN reports “the ‘person’ referred to in the message, which was redacted in the version projected on a screen during the hearing, was Meadows.”
Former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi Friday afternoon on MSNBC said there is “no question” that message constitutes “an attempt to intimidate a witness. No question about it,” he stressed.
“When you then add that to the fact that it appears that they provided, her initial attorney to her, Cassidy Hutchinson, you now have a without a doubt, predication to open a federal witness tampering investigation,” Figliuzzi added.
Thursday on Twitter Figliuzzi wrote: “This is witness tampering. Cassidy Hutchinson was the target. They picked the wrong young woman.”
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