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Trump to Use El Paso and Dayton Massacres, Pairing Them With Tease of Gun Reform to Advance His Anti-Immigrant Policies

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President Donald Trump was largely absent from public view during a weekend that saw nearly 30 people shot to death in two horrific gun massacres fueled at least in part by his own white supremacist and anti-immigrant views.

On Sunday he briefly spoke to reporters and promise he would speak to the American public Monday morning at 10 AM.

In what appears to be a preview of those upcoming remarks the President posted two early dawn tweets.

The missives suggest he will use the two Massacres, in El Paso and Dayton, to propose already tremendously popular gun control reforms — but tie them his anti-immigrant white nationalist beliefs and policies.

Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks, perhaps marrying this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform,” Trump tweeted.

His tweets were met with scorn and outrage.

Opinion journalist Dean Obeidallah summed up what some are saying:

 

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Jim Comey’s April Fool’s Joke Really Just Pissed a Lot of People Off: ‘Worst. April. Fool’s. Day. Prank. Ever.’

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Former FBI Director, former Republican, and current Donald Trump critic Jim Comey Monday afternoon took to Twitter to post an April Fool’s Day joke, and it did not go over well. In fact, it really pissed a lot of people off.

“I’m in,” Comey tweeted, posting a photo of him standing in the middle of a road, seeming to announce a presidential run. “We need someone in the middle.”

He added the hashtag “#2020.”

Comey then clarified: “Happy .

Clearly his April Fool’s joke landed like a lead balloon, with some remembering how he changed the course of the 2016 election with his October 28 announcement he was re-opening the Clinton email investigation – days before voters went to the polls.

 

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‘Why Upstage Stacey Abrams?’: Internet Explodes in Anger as Bernie Sanders Says He’ll Deliver a SOTU Response

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U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, Independent of Vermont, announced Monday evening he will be delivering his own response to President Donald Trump‘s State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Democrat Stacey Abrams, the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives and the first Black woman major-party gubernatorial nominee in U.S. history will be delivering the official Democratic response. Abrams will also make history as the first Black woman to do so.

Many on social media expressed anger and outrage when Sen. Sanders made his announcement, which he did by retweeting news of Abrams’ SOTU response.

Veteran journalist and CNN political analyst Joan Walsh, who is the author of the book, “What’s the Matter with White People?” blasted Sanders for “upstaging” Abrams:

Political analyst and activist Leah McElrath:

HRC’s Charlotte Clymer:

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Mexico Couldn’t Pay for the Wall, Says Incoming Chief of Staff

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Mick Mulvaney on ABC This Week

Incoming Chief of Staff for the Trump Administration, Mick Mulvaney, told “ABC This Week” that there isn’t a method for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to force Mexico to pay for a southern border wall even if that was an option.

“Technically, you and I both know that it cannot work exactly like that,’ said Mulvaney. “Department of Homeland Security can’t actually spend money from Mexico.  We have to get it from Treasury.”

President Trump had claimed several times during his election bid that Mexico would “pay for” his border wall. During his term, however, that has changed, with demands that congress, using U.S. taxpayer money, would foot the bill for the fence.

In recent weeks, President Trump has claimed that the money would come from cost savings thanks to the renegotiated version of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), now called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA).

This same sentiment was echoed by the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee-Saunders, last Tuesday.

“We’re not asking American taxpayers,” said Saunders, even though congressional spending would obviously use taxpayer dollars. “the president has been clear that the USMCA deal would provide additional revenue through the deal that would show that Mexico has paid for the wall.”

Mulvaney hedged on this point as well.

“USMCA, which is so much better for us than the (NAFTA) deal that American workers are going to do better, the government is going to do better and you could make the argument that Mexico is paying for it in that fashion,” said Mulvaney.”

The federal government is currently shut down during the holidays over disputes surrounding a 5-billion-dollar request for the border wall from President Trump.

View the exchange below:

Images via screen capture from video source.

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