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NRA Members Slam Organization Leaders’ Ties to Trump: ‘They’ve Lost Their Way’

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According to NRA members attending the organization’s annual convention in Indianapolis, leaders of the embattled gun rights group have lost their way and sense of mission, and have tied themselves too closely to President Donald Trump.

In interviews with the Daily Beast, members who made their way to the annual convention expressed dismay that the NRA is wrapped up in a scandal related to the 2016 presidential election and has become involved in political squabbles not related to their core mission: Second Amendment rights.

According to the Beast, NRA members were bombarded at Lucas Oil Stadium with messages, including, “The fight to uphold ‘Judeo-Christian values.’ There was Pence, who talked about the Green New Deal. There was Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), comparing the Democratic primary to a Saturday Night Live sketch, mocking former Vice President Joe Biden (‘Joe will be offering backrubs for anyone that would like it,’ he said). And of course there was Trump, whose biggest applause line came when he talked about ‘building the wall’ and the 400 miles that would supposedly be built ‘by the end of next year.'”

Speaking with Allan Scott, 33, who drove from Pittsburgh for the gun confab, that is not why he was there.

“Didn’t really catch too much of what they were saying,” he admitted while browsing through weapons on display inside the Indiana Convention Center.

According to Scott, the messages of Trump are not issues he believes the NRA should be involved in.

“Stay away from other political issues and stick to guns, and I think you’ll get more people in,” Allan explained. “Keep your mouth shut about the wall.”

According to Ruth Wickliff, 50, “a lifetime NRA member who drove three hours to Indianapolis on Saturday,” she was upset that the leadership of the NRA is at war with each other which has come to light after involvement with the 2016 presidential campaign invited outside scrutiny.

Wickliff sees longtime executive Wayne LaPierre at the center of the NRA’s problems.

“We need to get back to defending the Second Amendment,” she said of LaPierre’s fundraising for an organization that appears to be enriching its leaders while they tie themselves to Washington politics. “He’s the one that needs to go.”

Cody Becker, 33. agreed, saying he already canceled his annual NRA contribution over his dismay with the leadership due to the change in direction and the financial scandals.

“I lost on any faith that any dollars they receive go to anything that matters,” he admitted before pronouncing sentence on the future of the organization. “They lost their way—period. They’re f*cked.”

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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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