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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Trump’s Mental Decline Compared to Reagan’s Hidden Alzheimer’s in Brutal MSNBC Assessment
On Saturday morning a deadly serious MSNBC panel took up Donald Trump’s increasingly erratic behavior of late, which led one panelist to sincerely suggest the president needs to be evaluated by mental health officials because she believes the White House is covering for him.
Speaking with host David Gura, MSNBC legal analyst Maya Wiley admitted that she is no doctor, but that there are signs of the president’s decline that reminded her of how Ronald Reagan’s White House hid his Alzheimer’s from the public.
“This is the man last week said he was the second coming, the ‘chosen one,’” Wiley began. “It is very, very difficult to not have a conversation about whether or not he’s competent to serve as president. I say that because there were actually objective measures this week.”
“So there’s the possibility, of course, he is just a president without a platform and, therefore, he’s not going to stick to one position and he’s going to waiver based on whoever is influencing him because he doesn’t stand for anything,” she elaborated. “That’s one narrative. The other possibility is, as we saw with Ronald Reagan, who actually did have Alzheimer’s and it was kept under wraps. I just don’t understand why we not actually ask and have a confrontational conversation about whether or not there’s something more going on here with his health, because there are certain statements and behaviors that simply require some analysis because he is the leader — supposedly the leader of the free world.”
“I just want to say that it’s both those things, I don’t know which one is true,” she cautioned. “I’m not making a statement of fact, but this week was a new chapter in bizarre.”
Former Dem Senator Hilariously Nails Perfect Impression of ‘Pouting’ Trump at G7 Because Nobody ‘Likes Him’ There
During the “Overtime” segment of HBO’s Real Time, former North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) made fun of Donald Trump before he arrived at the G7 summit in France, saying he will pout his way through the weekend because the other world leaders loathe him.
With host Bill Maher asking how the Trump will conduct himself, Heitkamp immediately went into a very recognizable arms-crossed pout, which caused the audience to burst into laughter.
After the two posed as Trump and German leader Angela Merkel from the last get together, Heitkamp had a few things to say about the president.
“Pouting, the president will pout,” she smirked. “Because people don’t like him. and he knows they don’t like him. And when people don’t like him, he pouts.”
“It’s embarrassing, it’s not just ridiculous,” she added. “And it’s dangerous, it’s dangerous with everything that is going on.”
Host Maher added, “He shouldn’t even go, he doesn’t even want to be there.”
‘A Monumental Fraud and Failure’: Trump Had a Plan to ‘Blow Up’ the G7 and Give the ‘Middle Finger’ to Our Allies: Report
President Donald Trump’s plan was to bully our G7 allies on a range of issues by touting the strong U.S. economy. As The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent wrote Friday morning, “Trump will proclaim his ‘America First’ agenda a smashing success, and throw that in the faces of our European allies.”
That plan will have to be changed now that his trade war with China just exploded.
China imposed tariffs of $75 billion of U.S. goods on Friday. Trump launched a tweetstorm causing the DOW to drop more than 600 points (at several times during the day more than 700 points.)
The president apparently found wiping out the value of millions of Americans’ 401(k)s amusing:
The Dow is down 573 points perhaps on the news that Representative Seth Moulton, whoever that may be, has dropped out of the 2020 Presidential Race!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2019
And just an hour after the markets closed, Trump once again took to Twitter, announcing he is increasing tariffs against China on $250 billion of goods.
“Trump’s appearance [at the G7] will in reality demonstrate that the very nationalist agenda he will be touting is, thus far, a record of deep fraudulence and failure, covered up with lies,” Sargent added. “Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda, particularly the trade war with China, is a key reason the U.S. economy is now at greater risk of tipping into recession.”
“It’s important to appreciate just how heavily Trump’s political mystique relies on the constant middle finger he gives to allies and international leaders. It’s central to the story he told in 2016 and the one he’ll tell in 2020.”
Last year President Trump promised winning trade wars is “easy.”
When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win. Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don’t trade anymore-we win big. It’s easy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 2, 2018
Read the entire piece at The Washington Post.
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