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On First Day Parkland Reopens David Hogg Blasts Trump, Scott, Rubio as Cowards Who Won’t ‘Rip Off Their Shock Collars’

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas student David Hogg was furious as he entered his school for the first day back since the massacre on Valentine’s Day.

In an interview with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, Hogg said that the past weeks since the shooting have been “frustrating and annoying” watching political leaders in Washington, such as House Speaker Paul Ryan, resist doing anything to help stop mass shootings in America.

“They want to sell more guns on behalf of the people who own them, which is the NRA,” Hogg said of those pushing weapons in classrooms. “They want to sell more guns. They want to scare more people. They want to get more guns sold so they can get re-elected. They want to scare the people and we don’t want to see that happen.”

Hogg, who has been the target of attacks and threats online, said the thing that angers him most is that after two weeks policymakers haven’t done anything to stop mass shootings.

“None of our glass is being replaced with bullet-proof glass,” he went on. “None of our locks that are being replaced are able to be locked from the inside. No legislative action has been taken. All we have now is more guns and more chances for things to go wrong. I mean, think about it this way, what about for a student like me that is going to be at school today? What if I was misidentified as another school shooter? What if there is a blue-on-blue situation where we had a scenario where we had an undercover police officer and they started going off because thought they saw a school shooter and as such they started shooting at each other and slaughtered everything behind?”

Hogg said that the only thing that has changed is that there are “more guns and more chances for things to go wrong.”

He called politicians cowards, specifically naming Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) and President Donald Trump.

“They won’t stand up to the NRA and rip off their shock collar,” he said.

Camerota noted that the state legislature is taking action on some things, including the move to arm teachers.

“That’s just a compromise for the GOP’s politics,” Hogg said. He listed off the things he would like to see the legislature do, including, “raising the federal age of gun ownership and possession to the age of 21, banning all bump stocks, making sure that we have a universal background check, making sure people who are committed of acts of domestic violence aren’t able to get a gun. And making sure people who have history of mental illness aren’t able to obtain weapons of mass destruction.”

“I think the fact that I have had to threaten the entire state of Florida is a testament to how disgusting the state of politics has become,” Hogg said. He said that he sees some action, “but at this point seeing everything that’s going on is giving me hope. That’s why I’m here today. If that bill is not on the House floor at the Florida state level, I wouldn’t be here today. I wouldn’t feel safe coming to school. Honestly, I don’t. we don’t have bullet-proof glass. We just have more guns.”

He also noted that Scott is holding back the implication of any legislation that takes effect and alleged it was for political reasons.

“Rick Scott is trying to implement it a year later so he can have that happen right around his election,” Hogg said. “We can’t let that happen. We cannot let that happen. I know he is saying it takes time. It doesn’t. He’s governor. We saw his response to Hurricane Irma. He cares more about his political agenda.”

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‘Bleakest Scenario’: Advisor to 4 Presidents Warns ‘All Hell Breaks Lose’ After 2024 Election

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One of the most experienced former White House staffers in America warned of the unraveling of America during a Saturday appearance on CNN.

David Gergen served as director of speechwriting for President Richard Nixon, communications director for Presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, and counselor to the president under Bill Clinton.

CNN’s Pamela Brown said, “as someone who has advised so many presidents, who cares so much about American democracy, how concerned are you about the future U.S. elections with this backdrop of the ‘Big Lie’?”

“I’m very concerned,” Gergen replied.

“I think that we’re in more, we’re in potentially more danger than we were six months ago, a year ago. Listen, the bleakest scenario is that all the efforts that are being made now between Democrats and Republicans on where we’re going to go on the economy and pandemic, you know, that all these talks may collapse and we in government may be seen as dysfunctional,” he explained.

“The Republicans then use this in 2022 to take back the House and set themselves up for 2024. Trump could go on as crazy as he is now, he gets crazier as it goes along. You can see all this coming together at an outcome in 2024,” he continued.

“If Trump were to be re-elected, all hell is going to break loose in this country. On the other hand, if his supporters think it’s been stolen from him after 2024, all hell could break loose on that side, too. So I think we’re in pretty treacherous territory right now,” Gergen warned.

“Those are not very good options you just laid out there, David Gergen,” Brown said. “Pretty terrifying.”

 

 

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Steve Schmidt Warns on GOP Authoritarian Threat: ‘Democracy Cannot Survive’ When ‘The Lie and the Truth Stand Equally’

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Steve Schmidt, Lincoln Project co-founder and Republican strategist-turned-Democrat, expressed concern about the latest authoritarian attack leveled on the United States’ democracy as he urged Americans to push back against their threats.

Speaking to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Schmidt laid out the main issue with former President Donald Trump’s “Big Lie.”

“The front of that fight is a space where the lie is confronted with the truth. That is the battleground. And it plays out in 1 million ways,” Schmidt said. “But a democracy cannot survive in a world where the lie and the truth stand equally. The system that we have is based on a compact that requires faith in belief and trust. It’s how we share power with people that we disagree with. We acknowledge that we live in a complex world where people have different perspectives.”

He continued, “And we have to accommodate those views. In the 21st century, I believe that there was a consensus that has unraveled in start really short period of time, that you can trace all the way back to the beginning of the country, in the name of political power — also, the same people claiming that they’re doing it in the name of freedom are seeing that that preservation of freedom means maintaining our power. Not necessarily abiding the results of the election. And when you get into that territory, you’re in a scary space.”

 

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Marjorie Taylor Green’s Chief of Staff Quits — Hours After Her Very Public Meltdown on the Capitol Steps

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) lost her most senior staffer on Friday after she made a scene on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

NBC News reported Greene “instigated a shouting match with a group of House Democrats who were holding an event outside the U.S. Capitol on Friday.”

Greene screamed that Democrats support “murder” for supporting abortion rights.

Following the incident, Greene announced that her chief of staff had “advised” her that he would no longer be working in her office.

“I want to thank my Chief of Staff, Patrick Parsons, for helping me take the fight to the Socialist Democrats as I’ve transitioned into Congress. He’s advised me he will be moving back into the political arena to help elect America First conservatives who can fight alongside me,” she posted to Twitter.

 

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