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Trump Hasn’t Said a Word About His Candidate Losing Pennsylvania – So Here’s What the White House Cooked Up

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‘Candidates That Embrace the President Going Into This Fall, We Think, Will Have Better Prospects’

President Donald Trump has not said a word about Rick Saccone losing to Conor Lamb in the PA-18 special election Tuesday night.

And the White House is refusing to answer a simple question about the huge upset in Pennsylvania, where the candidate that Trump supported and campaigned for lost to a Democratic newcomer.

President Trump flew to Pennsylvania on Saturday to endorse Rick Saccone, a far right wing Christian extremist Republican state lawmaker who was trying to win the open seat for Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district.

And even those it was by a razor thin margin, Saccone lost to Conor Lamb, a Democrat who is a former marine and former federal prosecutor. 

“Does the President accept that Conor Lamb won in Pennsylvania-18?” a reporter asked Deputy White House Spokesperson Raj Shah on Air Force One Wednesday afternoon.

The simple answer would have been, “Of course.” But nothing the Trump White House can be that simple, everything has to be shrouded in obfuscation.

“So let me say a few things, just very briefly, about that race,” Shah told reporters, according to the press poll report. “You know, the President’s engagement in the race turned what was, you know, a deficit for the Republican candidate into what is, essentially, a tie.”

Going into the weekend Conor Lamb was up six points in the latest poll.

“Also, you know, the Democrat in the race really embraced the President’s policies and his vision, whereas he didn’t really embrace Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Leader,” Shah claimed, which is astonishingly false. 

“I’m not going to comment beyond that on the race; I’ll let the political officials do that. But those are just the White House’s observations on the election last night.”

Apparently the president believes ObamaCare shouldn’t be repealed, his tax cuts are a “giveaway” to the rich, and apparently the president is pro-choice. Also, apparently, the president doesn’t believe in taking any corporate PAC money. Because those are Lamb’s positions, and what he ran on.

Yes, Lamb supports Trump’s tariffs, and yes, he doesn’t think we need more gun control laws – remember, this is deep red Pennsylvania. 

But claiming Lamb embraced Trump’s policies is a lie.

Which brings us to Raj Shah’s next remarks.

“Look, Republicans running for office — and the President does want candidates that embrace his policies and his vision to win up and down the ballot.  Republicans running for office have a great record to run on,” Shah insisted. “So candidates that embrace the President going into this fall, we think, will have better prospects.”

Who’s going to tell him?

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‘Taking Us All for Fools’: Critics Decimate Greg Abbott’s Claims and Defense of His Actions in Wake of School Shooting

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Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott in a press conference that left reporters frustrated defended his actions and insisted his earlier praise for law enforcement’s widely criticized response to the Uvalde school massacre was the result of being “misled.”

“I am livid about what happened,” Abbott declared, blaming others for his “recitation of what people in that room told me.”

Critics aren’t buying his claims.

Abbott, who’s in the middle of a heated re-election campaign, appeared extremely defensive when reporters asked him questions.

“Let’s be clear about one thing. None of the laws I signed this past session had any intersection with this crime at all,” Abbott told reporters when asked if he would call the legislature back for a special session, as The Texas Tribune’s Sewell Chan noted.

“No law that I signed allowed him to get a gun,” Abbott insisted.

“The answers fell pretty flat,” opined MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, who noted the press event lasted just 36 minutes, less time than the police officers “stood outside and did nothing,” which was 47 minutes.

Abbott ended the press conference with many reporters almost begging him to take more questions. As the governor got up and left one frustrated reporter was caught on a hot mic saying “unbelievable.”

Chan, who is the editor in chief of the Tribune, added on Twitter: “Abbott rejects background checks as a simplistic and ineffective fix. Wouldn’t have prevented Sutherland Springs and Santa Fe shootings, he says. Tries to turn focus to broken mental health system.”

Former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi on MSNBC delivered a strong rebuke to Governor Abbott’s remarks.

“No amount of free flights, no amount of free caskets, no amount of mental health counseling is going to bring back any one of those murdered children,” Figliuzzi said, referring to Abbott’s announcement an anonymous donor is putting up  $175,000 for funeral expenses of those who were murdered in the shooting and said the state will pay for mental health treatment.

Abbott also insisted that since Texas became a state it’s been legal for 18-year-olds to buy long guns.

Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was murdered in the Parkland school shooting, blasted Abbott:

And long guns of today, as Figliuzzi noted, are often semi-automatic “killing machines.”

“The governor seems completely unable to understand that he can easily make a distinction when you’re talking about whether an 18-year-old should buy an assault rifle or not. And all he cares about is a century of history in Texas on long guns. We didn’t have the AR-15 style assault weapons back then.  He can easily make a distinction and say, ‘you can go hunting, here are the rifles you can do, you can buy, you can possess – and here’s an assault-style rifle.'”

“If he thinks that people are stupid and unable to understand that there is a clear distinction between a killing machine and a hunting rifle, that he’s taking us all for fools.”

 

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‘I Apologize for Interrupting Your Press Conference’: Tearful Texas Democrat Urges Greg Abbott to ‘Do Something’ on Guns

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The Texas Democratic State Senator who represents Uvalde stood up during Greg Abbott’s Friday afternoon press conference and almost begged the Republican Governor to “do something” about gun violence after Tuesday’s massacre at Robb Elementary School that took 21 lives.

Abbott was trying to place the blame for the school shooting on mental health despite the gunman having no documented issues, and told attendees, “we’re focusing our attention on the wrong thing.”

That was not good enough for Democratic State Senator Roland Gutierrez, who politely introduced himself and said, “I’m not making a political speech.”

“My colleagues are asking for a special session, you’re getting a letter tomorrow,” from the Senate Democratic Caucus.

“We’ve asked for gun control changes – I’m asking you now, bring us back in three weeks.”

Gutierrez grew emotional, sounding as if he was choking up, and added, “I apologize for interrupting your press conference about the needs of this community. I’ve been here for three days with all of these elected officials – this county judge has been working his ass off,” he continued.

“I don’t know how to express the loss of the families that I’ve talked to,” he added.

“You have to do something, man,” Gutierrez said, all but begging the governor to take action, and saying his “own colleagues are calling me and telling me this is enough.”

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Watch: Right Wing Host at NRA Convention Likens 18 Year Olds Buying Guns to 3rd Graders Deciding Gender

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A host from a right-wing streaming service covering the NRA convention in Houston decided to compare conservatives’ growing active opposition to the rights and existence of transgender people, to the majority of Americans demanding expanded gun control legislation.

“We are being told by the left that a third-grader has the knowledge to determine if they were born a boy or they were born a girl, whether or not they want to stay that gender that they were born with,” said Brian Glenn, Right Side Broadcasting’s director of programming and correspondent.

“And if we feel like at a third grade you can make decisions on your gender, then I think by the time you’re 18 you should have enough maturity – assuming you’re not a complete psychopath – to buy a handgun and exercise your Second Amendment.”

Of course, that hypothetical third-grader is harming exactly no one and later can reverse that decision if they choose, which the vast majority do not.

That hypothetical 18-year old, or, in the case of this week’s horrific tragedy, an actual 18-year old, buying two AR-15 style assault weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition within three days of their 18th birthday, gunning down 21 people including 19 elementary school children, cannot reverse any of those decisions.

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