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Trump Is Heading to Florida to Meet With ‘People Whose Lives Have Been Totally Shattered.’ They Don’t Want Him There.

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Trump ‘Coming Here Is Absolutely Absurd’

On Thursday during his first speech commenting on a school shooting President Trump mentioned he will be visiting Broward County, where 17 people were shot dead at a Parkland, Florida high school. Friday morning, the president posted a carefully-worded tweet, suggesting he will be meeting with the victims and survivors of the massacre that took place just two days ago. 

But a few facts are in the way of Trump’s tweet. 

First, he won’t be arriving in Florida until early evening, and then is scheduled to head straight to Mar-a-Lago. 

Second, when he says he is going “to meet with some of the bravest people on earth,” he likely is referring to first responders, who might be more amenable to meeting with the president than with what appears to be a quickly growing movement of students, parents, and educators all of whom are demanding action on gun violence now.

But even some local officials don’t want President Trump to visit.

“I can speak only as a Broward County commissioner and vice mayor, I speak for myself, and him coming here to me is absurd,” Mark Bogen, vice mayor of Broward County, told CNN.

President Trump “coming here is absolutely absurd,” Bogen continued. “And he’s a hypocrite. How can you come here and talk about how horrible it is when you support these laws?”

“One year ago this month the president reversed a rule banning mentally ill people from purchasing a gun,” Bogen said, referring to an Obama-era policy.

“This is a man who supports teenagers and other people to buy assault weapons,” he added, “and then comes down here and wants to act as though this is horrible, this shouldn’t happen, but goes back to Washington and supports it. It’s hypocrisy, it is absolute hypocrisy.”

Several survivors and members of the families of victims killed in Wednesday’s mass shooting have had pointed words for the president, along with GOP lawmakers and Florida’s Republican governor.

The White House has yet to say if the president will visit Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the scene of the shooting, which is just 45 minutes away from Mar-a-Lago. It would be an expected response – although not at this early date. No one in the administration has offered any details to explain Trump’s claim he is “also working with Congress on many fronts.” Those words are similarly hollow to his speech Thursday.

Trump’s Florida trip is not unusual. He frequently heads to Mar-a-Lago on Fridays during the winter.

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At the White House Today: Likely Top Trump SCOTUS Choice – a Right Wing Anti-LGBTQ, Anti-Choice Religious Extremist

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President Donald Trump’s current top choice to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg visited the White House on Monday.

Reporters including CNN Chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta say Judge Amy Coney Barrett visited the White House today.

Multiple reports say Coney Barrett is the leading contender.

Earlier today White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told CBS “This Morning” Trump would be announcing his decision “before Wednesday.” MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell also made a similar suggestion. Trump later told Fox News he would wait until Friday or Saturday, and told reporters Saturday. Justice Ginsburg will lie in state at the Supreme Court Wednesday and Thursday.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is anti-LGBTQ, anti-choice, and a right wing religious extremist.

In 2006 Barrett told Notre Dame graduates, “your legal career is but a means to an end, and . . . that end is building the kingdom of God.”

Coney Barrett has said she believes “life begins at conception.”

She opposes one of the greatest tenets of the Supreme Court: stare decisis, the legal doctrine that obliges courts to consider Supreme Court rulings as settled law.

Critical issues such as the right of women to obtain an abortion, the right of same-sex couples to marry, as well as the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) are seen as being overturned with her on the court.

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‘Shaping Policies’: Trump Official in Charge of Personnel at HHS Has Been a College Senior – Report

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The Trump administration put a college senior in charge of personnel at the Dept. of Health and Human Services, Catherine Granito. She appears to have graduated this spring.

A Politico report Monday afternoon, “Trump administration shakes up HHS personnel office after tumultuous hires,” revealed the stunning placement – including that she has been “playing a role in shaping policies in the middle of a pandemic.”

HHS has an annual budget of $1.286 trillion. As of 2015 it had 79,540 employees.

“White House Liaison Emily Newman and her deputy Catherine Granito will be shifting full-time to the Voice of America’s parent organization, the United States Agency for Global Media, HHS chief of staff Brian Harrison told senior staff on Monday,” the Politico article states.

It adds that “Granito — an undergraduate at the University of Michigan as recently as this spring — had been in charge of the health department’s personnel while playing a role in shaping policies in the middle of a pandemic.”

Granito’s LinkedIn page says she attended the University of Michigan until May as a student athlete playing lacrosse and notes she majored in English language and literature. A Google search shows that page listed her as an “advisor” at HHS.

Her Facebook page says she “Works at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”

The recent Michael Caputo scandal appears to have involved Granito.

“Granito, who was in the class of 2020 at the University of Michigan, was involved in political appointees’ recent scrutiny of CDC Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, a career civil servant. Caputo and his team raised concerns about Schuchat this spring after she publicly acknowledged missed opportunities in the nation’s response to the coronavirus.”

 

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‘Streets Will Run Red With Blood’: Trump-Loving Senator Mocked for Ad Bragging She’s ‘More Conservative Than Attila the Hun’

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A Republican U.S. Senator is being mocked and disparaged for her new TV ad which touts her “100% Trump voting record” and positions her as “more conservative than Attila the Hun.”

Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, who was appointed in January, is running to keep her seat. Her main opponent is Republican Congressman Doug Collins.

The ad says she’s “the most conservative Senator in America.”

The ad “jokes” about murdering journalists and political opponents.

Loeffler is no stranger to controversy.

The Dept. of Justice closed its investigation into Loeffler’s coronavirus stock trading scandal in May. She is the owner of the Atlanta Dream professional basketball team and has been criticized for opposing the Black Lives Matter movement.

Now her new ad is drawing criticism, too.

 

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