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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.



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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Watch Live: Attorney General Merrick Garland to Make a Statement This Afternoon



Attorney General Merrick Garland will deliver a statement Thursday afternoon at 2;30 PM ET, the Dept. of Justice has announced.

The subject of his address was not included. A gunman threatened and attacked an FBI Field Office in Ohio earlier Thursday, and the far right and Republicans have been outraged over the execution of a search warrant by the FBI Monday at Mar-a-Lago, which resulted in the confiscation of classified materials and federal government property.

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Nearly Half the Country Supports FBI Mar-a-Lago Search – Only Republicans Are Opposed, New Poll Shows



Americans on the right are so outraged the FBI, having probable cause and a federal judge’s signature on a legal and valid search warrant, showed up at Mar-a-Lago Monday to confiscate what we now know were between ten and 12 cartons of federal government property, including classified documents.

Trump supporters upon hearing the news almost immediately began calling for civil war, with right wing media including Fox News and other far right outlets reinforcing those attacks.

But a brand new poll just released finds that, as with most issues, Republicans stand alone in their opposition and outrage.

READ MORE: DOJ Served Trump With Grand Jury Subpoena for Classified Documents Months Before FBI Raid: Report

“Just about half of registered voters approve of the FBI search of Trump’s Florida compound,” reveals Politico’s Morning Consult polling, published Thursday afternoon.

Specifically, 49 percent of registered voters support the raid. 37 percent, slightly more than one-third, oppose it, and 13% don’t know.

But the political breakdown reveals what many would expect.

84% of Democrats support the FBI’s execution of the search warrant on the former president’s home.

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47% of independents also support the raid, with just 33% opposed.

But a whopping 72% of Republicans are opposed to the FBI’s actions, and just 15% are in support.

The Morning Consult poll also finds that a “majority of voters believe Trump either ‘definitely’ or ‘probably’ broke the law while he was president.”

That includes 90% of Democrats, 59% of independents, and 24% of Republicans.



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Gunman Threatens and Tries to Break Into FBI Field Office in Ohio – Armed Suspect on the Loose: Reports



An armed man tried to break into an FBI field office in Cincinnati, Ohio Thursday morning, and is still on the loose. Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers are in pursuit, according to the Wilmington News Journal.

“Troopers in Wilmington area in pursuit of man who tried to break into FBI building in Cincinnati,” the Journal adds.

“Unconfirmed reports say his [sic] now firing at police from a corn field,” reports NBC 15 News.

The “police pursuit and ongoing police situation in Clinton County has shut down two highways and prompted an area lockdown. It all started after a potential threat was made at a FBI building in Cincinnati,” WLTW reports. “Officials with the Cincinnati FBI field office confirmed the situation began after a potential threat was made at an FBI building in Cincinnati.”

The Ohio suspect’s motivation is unknown but the news comes just days after the FBI executed a search warrant on the Mar-a-Lago home of Donald Trump, drawing massive right wing outrage including calls for “civil war.”

UPDATE: 12:16 PM ET –
FBI Cincinnati confirms earlier reporting:
At approximately 9 AM this morning an armed subject attempted to breach the Visitor Screening Facility at #FBI Cincinnati. After an alarm and a response by FBI special agents, the subject fled north onto Interstate 71.”

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. 

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