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Klobuchar Attacks Trump Response on New Zealand

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Senator and 2020 hopeful Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) attacked President Trump this Sunday, saying that the president’s rhetoric aids people like the New Zealand shooter.

“I don’t think you can actually take each of the murderous acts and say what role Donald Trump played, but I can tell you this: his rhetoric doesn’t help,” said Klobuchar on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “And many of these people, whether it was the person who tried to bomb Barack Obama or this murderer in New Zealand, have cited Donald Trump along the way.”

That means to me, at the very least, he is dividing people.” added Klobuchar. “They are using him as an excuse.” 

Klobuchar instead feels that the President and others should be doing more to push back against hatred.

“He, at the very least, should be giving strong statements, public speeches, defending Muslims in this world,” said Klobuchar.

Trump has refused to say that white nationalism is a growing threat, even downplaying the situation in the wake of the Christchurch shooting that left 49 Muslims dead.

“I don’t really. I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems, I guess,” said President Trump. “If you look at what happened in New Zealand, perhaps that’s the case, I don’t know enough about it yet. They’re just learning about the person and the people involved. But it’s certainly a terrible thing.”

Experts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington, DC based think-tank, disagreed, saying, “the number of terrorist attacks (in the US) by far-right perpetrators rose over the past decade, more than quadrupling between 2016 and 2017.” 

The Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center have also reported a major increase in white nationalism.

Klobuchar also pushed back at recently attacks my President Trump against John McCain, and mentioned the late senator while discussing Trump’s lack of response over New Zealand.

“John believed, as I believe, that when a tragedy happens like in New Zealand, you do all you can to reach out to that country and you do all you can to stand up for the simple belief that people are different in our country, but we were all part of a greater America,” said Klobuchar.

View the discussion on CNN.

Image via screen capture from video source.

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‘You Falsely Smeared My Wife and She’s Getting Death Threats’: Eric Swalwell Posts Angry Texts With Tucker Carlson

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On Friday, The Daily Beast reported that Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) posted screenshots of an angry argument between him and Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who wanted to get him on the phone for a call.

“Tucker, I’m hesitant to do that. You falsely smeared my wife on Tuesday and she’s getting death threats,” said Swalwell, referring to a retracted Fox News story alleging that Swalwell’s campaign funneled money to a business employing his wife. “That’s way out of bounds. She’s a pregnant mom of a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old. Hit me all you like. But to go after her. That’s just wrong.”

“Carlson responded by calling the Democrat a ‘coward’ and then apparently phoning him a few minutes later,” reported Blake Montgomery. “Swalwell tweeted, ‘I’m just not that into you.'”

Swalwell, the second-highest ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has long been a target of rage for conservatives. Carlson has also accused Swalwell of aiding a Chinese spy — although experts have made clear that Swalwell in fact properly worked with the FBI to help upon learning the spy had tried to get information from him.

 

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WATCH: Biden Leaves Conservative Reporter Speechless After Bringing Up the GOP’s QAnon Problem

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A blunt-talking President Joe Biden shut down a conservative reporter on Thursday night who asked if Democrats are defunding police departments — firing back with a question about a QAnon claim that left the reporter grasping for an answer.

As Biden walked across the South Lawn, he engaged with Shelby Talcott from the conservative Daily Caller following his town hall event in Cincinnati. The exchange went like this, according to White House transcripts:

“Mr. President, can you clarify what you said about no — that there’s no — no one in the Democratic Party is anti-police”‘ Talcott asked.

“I didn’t say that,” Biden replied before adding, ” I said that that — that is not the Democratic Party’s position. I’m the Democratic Party; I am President. So is the Speaker of the House and so is the –- the Majority Leader. We are not defunding the police.”

“Okay,” she replied before asking, “And are there people who — in the Democratic Party, who want to defund the police?”

“Are there people in the Republican Party who think we’re sucking the blood out of kids?” Biden shot back. His response left Talcott fumbling as Biden stared then turned on his heel and walked away.

Biden’s comments has since infuriated conservatives — a sampling of which can be seen below:

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Sanders Promises She ‘Will Not’ Take Basic Steps to Fight COVID if Elected, Blasts Biden for Not Praising Trump

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GOP candidate for Arkansas governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday offered a list of promises of what she would not do to help end the coronavirus pandemic if elected. She did criticize President Joe Biden, saying he should praise his predecessor for “helping get this vaccine created safely, quickly and effectively.”

Sanders, who served as President Donald Trump’s White House press secretary, told Fox News, “If I’m elected governor here in Arkansas, we will not have mask mandates, we will not have mandates on the vaccine, we will not shut down churches and schools and other large gatherings because we believe in personal freedom and responsibility. It’s one of the key cornerstones frankly of our country.”

She did not offer any examples of what she would do to combat the deadly virus that is once again spiking across the country.

Arkansas is the country’s eighth-worst state in getting its population vaccinated. Just 44.7% of adults 18 and over have been fully inoculated.

Sanders then questioned President Biden’s and Vice President Kamala Harris’ level of seriousness “about helping save lives through the vaccine,” insisting “they should admit they were wrong when they cast doubt on Operation Warp Speed at the very beginning, and give President Trump and his administration the credit they are due for helping get this vaccine created safely, quickly and effectively, and into the hands of Americans.”

Many Americans believed President Trump would force the FDA to certify any vaccine to push it out too quickly in a desperate attempt to get re-elected. He repeatedly claimed the vaccine was coming far sooner than it did, and his own Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, in September claimed the coronavirus vaccine would be available by the end of that month.

“I think that would make a huge difference,” Sanders claimed, “and I think they should really take some responsibility and step up and fix the mistake that they made by casting so much doubt at the very beginning of this process.”

She also appeared to blame, falsely, the Biden administration for “politicization” of the vaccine.

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