President Donald Trump is heading to Georgia Monday night, where he will hold his final campaign rally in hopes of motivating supporters to vote on Tuesday for Republican incumbent Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. The trip comes just two days after he may have broken Georgia and federal laws by trying to steal that state’s election.
Traveling with Trump Monday evening will be a variety of his extremist supporters, including First Daughter and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, former Trump campaign manager and former White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway, and incoming freshman Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), a QAnon conspiracy theorist. Also joining Trump are South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, and White House and Trump campaign press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
Trump is rallying tonight in Whitfield County, Georgia, where ONE IN TEN residents has tested positive for COVID. There’s a single ICU bed available in the six county region. This is the congressional district represented by Marjorie Greene, who mocks mask-wearing. #gapol https://t.co/QTRaVRrAxS
— Charles Bethea (@charlesbethea) January 4, 2021
Hypocritically, Rep. Greene told CNN Monday that Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger “has failed Georgia.”
“I believe our elections should be decertified,” she added, but quickly noted she meant just “the President’s race,” not her own, which she won in the same November election that Trump lost.
Social media users were quick to attack the extremists traveling with the President.
— sassafras 🕯 (@rootb3er) January 4, 2021
As much as I enjoyed watching Sterling debunk Trumpy conspiracies one by one, as he was speaking our premier QAnon congresswoman was hitching a ride on AF1 to the Trump rally. So that’s a clue how this is gonna go.
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) January 4, 2021
All of these people have played their role in where we are now, and should wear it proudly for the rest of their lives! https://t.co/PR3GJOBKod
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) January 4, 2021
Emotional support animals not restricted on AF1 😏⬇️ https://t.co/iu0pG3qYan
— RaePharmDVotes💙 (@HausOfEse) January 4, 2021
They should all be arrested when AF1 lands. https://t.co/PoTTBFvP7v
— Small but Mighty Quinn (@warrior4horses) January 4, 2021
I like presidents who don’t travel to Georgia with a QAnon member of Congress aboard Air Force One.
— Barbara Malmet (@B52Malmet) January 4, 2021
"Thank you for flying with Sedition Airlines, enjoy your stay in Georgia!"
— Billy Resists 🌊 (@steve_sfl) January 4, 2021
If they were weighted down by their collective lies, that plane would never leave the ground.
— Liberalgirl3 (@liberalgirl3) January 4, 2021
So it’s officially considered the flying clown car.
— Frank Marin (@FrankRiveraMar1) January 4, 2021
I thought clowns traveled in cars https://t.co/bRkJ4szhPv
— Thor Benson (@thor_benson) January 4, 2021
Ivanka's going to go full QAnon when she runs for Senate in Florida. https://t.co/BZ6OMU6Wkj
— Steve M. (@nomoremister) January 4, 2021
He's got the band back together again! It's the Jim Crow Treasonweasels, live! From Dalton, Georgia! https://t.co/0AeEjyJnPQ
— Kriste Kline😷🗳 (@KristeKline) January 4, 2021
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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
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.”
“I was misled … the information that I was given turned out in part to be inaccurate. And I’m absolutely livid about that” — Greg Abbott on his initial false statement portraying Uvalde first responders as heroes pic.twitter.com/dUIdxnicjm
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 27, 2022
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 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:
.@GregAbbott_TX responding to a question on long rifles “it seems like only in the past decade or two we have had school shootings.” Governor, the assault weapons ban ended in 2004. See the connection? You have actively helped to sell millions of weapons since then.
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) May 27, 2022
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.”
‘I Apologize for Interrupting Your Press Conference’: Tearful Texas Democrat Urges Greg Abbott to ‘Do Something’ on Guns
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.”
“I’m sorry to interrupt your press conference… you have to do something” pic.twitter.com/OiRI1OQZWQ
— Acyn (@Acyn) May 27, 2022
Local Texas Cops Blocked Specialized Federal Tactical Team That Killed Shooter From Engaging for One Hour
When a specially equipped U.S. Border Patrol tactical team arrived on the scene of Tuesday’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, local police who were already on the scene wouldn’t allow them to engage with the shooter, The New York Times reports.
“The agents from Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrived at some point between 12 p.m. and 12:10 p.m., according to the officials — far earlier than previously known,” The Times’ report stated. “But they did not breach the adjoining classrooms of the school where the gunman had locked himself in until a little before 1 p.m. Members of the federal tactical team killed the gunman.”
But officials speaking to The Times say the Uvalde Police Department prevented the agents from going in sooner.
The new details further call into the question the thinking behind how law enforcement responded to the shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers. The Border Patrol and ICE agents say they did not understand why they were force to wait. All of the 21 victims died in the area where 18-year-old Salvador Ramos had barricaded himself in.
Read the full report at The New York Times.
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