A survivor of the Pulse nightclub massacre is speaking out against Iowa’s Republican Congressman Steve King, and praising fellow shooting survivor Emma González. In an exclusive interview with NCRM, Brandon Wolf calls Congressman King “a repulsive bigot that wears his favorite colors proudly in the form of a Confederate flag on his desk.”
In a Facebook post on Sunday, Rep. King’s official campaign attacked Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting survivor Emma González, a founding member of the student led #NeverAgain & #MarchforOurLives movement. Using a picture taken by media photographers during her historic speech before the crowd of approximately 800,000 gathered along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington on Saturday, the King Campaign turned it into a meme and wrote:
“This is how you look when you claim Cuban heritage yet don’t speak Spanish and ignore the fact that your ancestors fled the island when the dictatorship turned Cuba into a prison camp, after removing all weapons from its citizens; hence their right to self defense.”
The campaign staff was criticising the Cuban flag patch on the jacket that Gonzalez was wearing at the event while giving her speech.
In response, Pulse Nightclub shooting survivor Brandon J. Wolf, who has been one of several persons mentoring the MSD students immediately responded angrily, writing:
“Are you SERIOUSLY mocking a school shooting survivor for her ethnic identity?!
Do you losers have NOTHING else to do anymore? Have you lost the will to govern? Do you need a safe space from these teenagers?
When it was my community, where were you? When it was Sandy Hook? Columbine? Were you on the sideline mocking those communities too? Did you question someone identifying as a mother? Did you question whether people like me were crisis actors?
Emma stood for 6 mins and 20 seconds to honor the lives of 17 gone too soon. The least you could do is shut your privileged, ineffective trap for 6 seconds to hear someone else’s perspective.”
The Campaign immediately replied writing, “Uh, no…. assuming quite a lot, aren’t ya? – Team King”
Brandon then fired back with:
“No, I’m wondering whether this is a common trend for you or the fear of actually having to get something done on this issue has you acting irrationally. If you don’t want to debate the issues with her, fine. But let the woman express her ethnic heritage however she pleases without piping verbal diarrhea from Iowa. It’s not cute.”
King’s campaign staff responded, “Only a brainwashed Lefty could possibly look at this meme and deduce there’s racial prejudice. Good luck to you. – Team King”
Wolf gets the last word, however.
“Steve King is and always has been a repulsive bigot that wears his favorite colors proudly in the form of a Confederate flag on his desk,” he told NCRM exclusively. “Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds should be embarrassed and ashamed to keep him on as her campaign co-chair.”
Wolf also praised González, calling her “a survivor and a warrior.”
“The country made it clear on Saturday that they stand with Emma,” he says. “It’s unfortunate that corrupt legislators at the highest levels of Iowa’s government do not reflect the country’s overwhelming support of Emma’s brand of optimism and hope.”
King’s campaign staff refused to comment and did not respond to an email inquiry. King’s Washington, D.C. Capitol Hill office deflected, saying that the campaign staff needed to address the issue.
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Trump Says He Will Make SCOTUS Nomination Next Week – Appears He Will Use Seat to Strengthen Where He Is Weak in Polls
President Donald Trump says he will announce his nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “next week.”
He made clear his primary deciding factors will be to help him in the polls.
Trump told reporters Saturday afternoon “most likely” he will choose a woman.
CNN reports he is leaning towards choosing a woman mostly because he is doing poorly in the polls with women.
Trump spoke about two women judges. He talked about Barbara Lagoa, noting she is Hispanic and from Florida. He is struggling in the polls with Hispanics and in Florida.
Reporters also asked about Amy Coney Barrett, a far right wing anti-choice, anti-LGBTQ extremist. Trump spoke positively about her as well. Reports say she is the current frontrunner.
Trump: I can see most likely it would be a woman, yeah I think I can say that. pic.twitter.com/1csAZefqUF
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) September 19, 2020
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Trump: Republicans Must Fill Supreme Court Seat ‘Without Delay’
President Donald Trump Saturday morning, barely 12 hours after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, announced his intention to fill her seat “without delay.”
The president said the Republican Party has been handed the “position of power and importance” to make decisions for those who elected them.
“We have this obligation,” he insisted, ignoring his obligation to balance decision-making by remembering he is president of the entire country, not just the red states.
.@GOP We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices. We have this obligation, without delay!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2020
Trump Releases Statement on Passing of ‘Titan’ Ruth Bader Ginsburg
President Donald Trump has issued a formal statement on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
He called her a “titan of the law,” and praised her for her “brilliant mind” and for her “powerful dissents.” Trump also said her Supreme Court decisions “have inspired all Americans.”
Earlier, before boarding Air Force One, Trump claimed he had not known she had passed away, and said, “She just died? I didn’t know that.”
“She led an amazing life, what else can you say? Whether you agree or not … she led an amazing life.”
Here’s the President’s statement:
Statement from the President on the Passing of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg pic.twitter.com/N2YkGVWLoF
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2020
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