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Exclusive: Pulse Massacre Survivor Blasts ‘Bigot’ Steve King for Racist Attack on Emma González

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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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Grand Jury Announces Charges Against Only One Louisville Officer – But None in Killing of Breonna Taylor

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A grand jury has announced criminal charges against a single Louisville, Kentucky police officer, but no charges in the March 13 killing of Breonna Taylor. The charges are against former officer Brett Hankison and include wanton endangerment, unrelated to Taylor’s killing. No homicide charges were announced.

The charges are being described as insufficient by MSNBC’s Al Sharpton.

“It feels to me like these charges entirely delete the murder” of Breonna Taylor, MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid commented on the network after the charges were announced. “This was a Black Lives Don’t Matter ruling.”

“They can just shoot you,” she lamented.

“There’s nothing in this charge that mentions Breonna Taylor,” she continued. “There’s no charge that says you need to at least care” about the lives of others, Reid said.

The Nation’s Elie Mystal weighs in:

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Romney’s ‘Pathetically Weasel-Worded’ Defense of His Vow to Vote for Trump SCOTUS Pick Mocked and Destroyed

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U.S. Senator Mitt Romney is being highly criticized Tuesday, after he announced he will vote to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, even before the candidate has been named.

CNN’s take is that Senator Romney’s “backing of Supreme Court vote paves way for election-year confirmation.”

Romney said he would vote for any nominee who is qualified, although he struggled to define what the term meant to him.

Many are attacking the Utah Republican Senator for green lighting Trump’s unnamed SCOTUS nominee despite voting to impeach the president.

Former Dept. of Defense communications official:

Sen. Romney also made several remarks, both to reporters (video below) and in a statement, that are provably false.

“The historical precedent of election year nominations is that the Senate generally does not confirm an opposing party’s nominee but does confirm a nominee of its own,” Romney said in a statement.

Journalist Joan McCarter points out that’s false.

Civil rights attorney Sasha Samberg-Champion blasts Romney for cloaking a purely political decision in the rule of law.

Historian Kevin Kruse:

Reporter and analyst for Inside Elections, Jacob Rubashkin, notes just how false Romney’s claim is that America is a “center-right” nation – and embarrasses him in the process:

As does journalist Jay Willis:

Romney’s false claims that the Supreme Court has been liberal for years is also easily debunked as “utter nonsense” – by Norman Ornstein, a resident scholar at a conservative think tank:

And by this HuffPost journalist:

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Romney: I Will Vote to Confirm Trump SCOTUS Nominee if Qualified

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U.S. Senator Mitt Romney says he will vote for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee to hold the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg if that candidate is qualified.

The Republican from Utah says a “liberal court” is “not written in the stars,” and implied his decision to buck fairness and Republican precedent is based on helping to mold a “center-right” Supreme Court – which it already is.

He also falsely claims the nation is “center-right.”

Two Republicans have said they will not vote before the election. Democrats need four Republicans to not vote before the inauguration.

 

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