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Mike Huckabee: A Pencil is an Assault Weapon

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‘Maria, if I Take a Pencil and Stick It in Your Neck, That’s an Assault Weapon’

Former Arkansas Republican Governor Mike Huckabee defended the NRA and its members Sunday morning, insisting that no NRA member has ever been a mass shooter (that’s never been proven – the NRA does not reveal its membership list) and going so far as to scoff at the term “assault weapon,” saying that even a pencil could be an assault weapon. And he went so far as to inject immigration into the discussion.

Huckabee displayed his vast ignorance of gun violence, wholly ignoring the fact that merely having a gun in the house greatly increases the possibility of gun violence and even death. He railed against those who wish to restrict the rights of gun owners, whom he described as “law abiding legal citizens who own firearms who have never committed a crime who have really no inclination to commit a crime, no predilection to commit a crime.”

(It’s unclear why Huckabee chose to mention the status of a person’s immigration, or why undocumented immigrants should enter the conversation.)

“Are we going to restrict them, or are we going to go after the people that we need to be worried about? People who have mental illness, people who have made threats?”

Huckabee also falsely claimed that the “old laws haven’t yet changed the course of human behavior.”

In reality, when the ban on semi-automatic weapons expired in 2004 and Republicans in Congress refused to renew it, gun deaths from those weapons spiked, as did mass shootings.

The ordained Baptist minister and twice-failed presidential candidate tried to blame gun violence on movies, ignoring that other countries have the same movies we do and no where near the same level of gun violence – because they have no where near the same number of guns.

“There’s also a lot of misinformation about what an AR-15 is,” Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo interjected, claiming that “because one gun looks scary, people claim that it is military style.”

Huckabee agreed, saying “an AR-15 is really a matter of function – it has nothing to do with its lethality,” which is effectively false. People may substitute the term AR-15 for the broader classification of semi-automatic more lethal than basic handguns or long guns.

“People call it an ‘assault weapon,'” Huckabee, frustrated, concluded. “Maria, if I take a pencil and stick it in your neck, that’s an assault weapon.”

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Trump ‘Honors’ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. By Visiting His DC Memorial – for 30 Seconds

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President Donald Trump decided to “honor” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. late Monday afternoon by dragging his vice president to Washington, D.C.’s MLK Memorial. The two top executives spent all of 30 seconds there, on Martin Luther King Day, without saying a word. They then left. Both were back in the White House ten minutes later.

CNN White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins documented the curious event:

Reuters’ Steve Holland posted this photo of Trump and Pence:

The Hill posted video of Trump and Pence getting booed and cheered.

By any standard Monday’s visit was astonishingly short. Last year Trump and Pence made the same visit – and stayed just 94 seconds.

Earlier Monday Trump “honored” the civil rights icon by posting a tweet making the holiday all about himself. Trump suggested his own inauguration was a more important event than the celebration of Dr. King’s life, while Kellyanne Conway claimed his impeachment was akin to the battles Dr. King fought.

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McConnell’s Impeachment Rules Package Fails by His ‘Own Standard’: CNN Legal Analyst

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On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” national security and legal analyst Susan Hennessey excoriated the rules proposal for the Senate impeachment trial put forward by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

“Look, Mitch McConnell has gone all in on the notion that this is going to be the same as the Clinton impeachment, that that was sort of the standard of fairness here,” said Hennessey.

This fails pretty plainly by McConnell’s own standard, forcing the presentation of the House managers’ case in 12 marathon hours that are going to stretch well into the middle of the night.”

“The American people are going to understand exactly what is going on here, which is that Mitch McConnell is hoping to exhaust the House managers, to exhaust the Senate, such that whenever it actually gets to the point that they have the choice to maybe call witnesses, there are going to be incentives against that,” continued Hennessey. “He’s also racing against other witnesses and other information that might come out.”

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‘Racist White Man’ Donald Trump Destroyed for Making MLK Day About Himself

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President Donald Trump supposedly was “preparing for Davos” on Monday but spent an extraordinary amount of time tweeting. It was bound to happen: he made Martin Luther King Day about himself.

Although King’s actual birthday is January 15, the federal holiday falls on the third Monday in January of each year, which this year happens to be January 20, when America’s presidents are sworn in to office every four years.

Trump couldn’t resist.

“It was exactly three years ago today, January 20, 2017, that I was sworn into office,” he tweeted. “So appropriate that today is also MLK jr DAY. African-American Unemployment is the LOWEST in the history of our Country, by far. Also, best Poverty, Youth, and Employment numbers, ever. Great!”

Note how not only did Trump make the day about himself, he made his inauguration more important than honoring Dr. King’s birth.

Earlier in the day Senior Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway linked Trump being impeached to the injustices Dr. King fought.

We’re not going to challenge Trump’s economic assertions, but many took a moment to challenge how offensive it is to equate one’s self with the American civil rights icon.

 

 

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