Connect with us

News

Dana Loesch: Martin Luther King Jr Might Be Alive Today If He Had a Concealed Weapon

Published

on

NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch invoked the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King to argue in favor of unrestricted access to firearms.

The National Rifle Association representative singled out New Yorker contributor Rich Benjamin in a four-minute video posted online by NRA TV, and she suggested that King might have survived if he’d been permitted to carry a concealed weapon.

“Despite his attempt to make King’s death a failure of gun control policies at the time, he finds no room to mention that King himself had sought to own a weapon, for his own self-defense, and he was denied,” Loesch said.

King owned what one civil rights activist described as “an arsenal” after his Montgomery, Alabama, home was firebombed in 1955, and he sought a concealed carry permit — but was denied.

“While Dr. King later on had a, yeah, because he embraced nonviolence, had a different view of firearm ownership, but he was very consistent with that, but he also recognized how important it was for everyone to be able to defend themselves,” Loesch said.

Loesch said the lesson she learned from King’s life was to respect other viewpoints, and she positioned herself as a victim of prejudice and discrimination.

“I really think a lot of people are forgetting in our current era, with all of the discussion and all of the politics, is that spirit of nonviolence,” she said. “Have you noticed that people can’t even have a conversation anymore without launching into ad hominem? People can’t even have a conversation without hoping that something horrible will happen to your family or you.”

The NRA spokeswoman then suggested that she — and not the teenage survivors of a school shooting in Parkland, Florida — was the rightful heir of King’s legacy.

“Everyone wants to be right so bad that no one wants to understand why they’re wrong, and why it’s better for them maybe, perhaps, to have a public engagement of ideas instead of screaming at everyone that you’re terrorists or murderers,” Loesch said. “That’s one of the things — as a kid — that I took away from what Dr. King did in the nonviolent movement.”

Continue Reading
Click to comment
 
 

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. The New Civil Rights Movement depends on readers like you to meet our ongoing expenses and continue producing quality progressive journalism. Three Silicon Valley giants consume 70 percent of all online advertising dollars, so we need your help to continue doing what we do.

NCRM is independent. You won’t find mainstream media bias here. From unflinching coverage of religious extremism, to spotlighting efforts to roll back our rights, NCRM continues to speak truth to power. America needs independent voices like NCRM to be sure no one is forgotten.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure NCRM remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to NCRM, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

News

Read: DOJ Announces It Will Not Charge Andrew McCabe

Published

on

The Dept.m of Justice has just announced it will not pursue charges against former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions hours before he would have been eligible for a pension. President Donald Trump for years has attacked the 51-year old Republican attorney who worked his way up through the Bureau, where he worked for over two decades.

An Inspector General’s report had found McCabe repeatedly lied, under oath, about having authorized a subordinate to leak information about the FBI’s investigation into the Clinton Foundation in 2016.

McCabe has disputed the charges.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly demanded McCabe be charged.

Here’s the letter to McCabe’s attorney released Friday:

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.
 

Continue Reading

News

‘Can’t Keep His Mouth Shut’: Trump Attacks Gen. John Kelly for Praising Vindman and Calling Extortion an ‘Illegal Order’

Published

on

President Donald Trump didn’t wait long to attack his former White House Chief of Staff after General John Kelly told an audience that LTC Alexander Vindman was right to notify his superiors of Trump’s Ukraine extortion scheme.

“When I terminated John Kelly, which I couldn’t do fast enough, he knew full well that he was way over his head,” Trump claimed. Various reports said for months Kelly was on the verge of resigning, and when Trump announced Kelly would exit, he did not say he fired him.

“Being Chief of Staff just wasn’t for him. He came in with a bang, went out with a whimper, but like so many X’s, he misses the action & just can’t keep his mouth shut, which he actually has a military and legal obligation to do,” Trump blasted. That’s false. It’s also another of many examples of Trump hiring or promoting someone then taking zero responsibility when he decides he doesn’t like the job they’re doing. Trump called Kelly “a great American” when moving him from Secretary of Homeland Security to the White House.

“His incredible wife, Karen, who I have a lot of respect for, once pulled me aside & said strongly that ‘John respects you greatly. When we are no longer here, he will only speak well of you.’ Wrong!” Trump concluded Thursday morning.

Trump was referring to an article Thursday morning in The Atlantic, which details remarks Kelly made the night before at Drew University.

“Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, said that Vindman is blameless and was simply following the training he’d received as a soldier; migrants are ‘overwhelmingly good people’ and ‘not all rapists’; and Trump’s decision to condition military aid to Ukraine on an investigation into his political rival Joe Biden upended long-standing U.S. policy,” The Atlantic reported.

When Vindman heard the president tell Zelensky he wanted to see the Biden family investigated, that was tantamount to hearing “an illegal order,” Kelly said. “We teach them, ‘Don’t follow an illegal order. And if you’re ever given one, you’ll raise it to whoever gives it to you that this is an illegal order, and then tell your boss.’”

Calling it “exactly the wrong thing to do,” Kelly also “faulted Trump for intervening in the case of Eddie Gallagher, a Navy SEAL who was convicted last year of posing with the corpse of an Islamic State fighter. Trump reversed a Navy decision to oust Gallagher, in a chain of events that led to the resignation of Navy Secretary Richard Spencer.”

 

 

Continue Reading

News

Hope Hicks, Who Admitted to Lying for Trump, Will Return to White House as President’s Re-Election Campaign Heats Up

Published

on

Former Trump Communications Director Hope Hicks is leaving Fox News’ parent company to return to the White House as Counselor to the President, but in a switch she will report directly to Jared Kushner. Kushner is known to be working on the president’s re-election campaign from within the White House.

“Her return will come as his re-election campaign intensifies and as his advisers say the superstitious president has talked about recreating some aspects of that first race,” The New York Times reports.

Hicks resigned from the Trump administration two years ago, immediately after she admitted to investigators working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller that she had lied for the president.

NEW: Hope Hicks’ Return to White House to Work on Trump Campaign Questioned as Seemingly ‘Illegal’ by Former CIA Officer

The Times confirms Hicks’ duties will include working for Trump’s re-election in an administration that sees no wall between politics and governing.

RELATED STORIES:

Scandal Swirling Around Hope Hicks Right Now

Hope Hicks Thought Trump Jr’s Emails Looked ‘Really Bad’ — and Trump Told Her to Cover Them Up: Mueller

READ: Testimony Released – White House Stopped Hope Hicks From Answering Judiciary Committee Questions 155 Times

 

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

 

 

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2019 AlterNet Media.