Hey, let’s get the military involved in domestic political issues! In the history of the world nothing’s ever gone wrong from taking this approach, has it?
CNN correspondent Barbara Starr on Thursday pressed Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White to explain why the Department of Defense is not more involved in the national debate on gun policy.
Starr asked White during a press briefing about the Pentagon’s role in the gun-control debate multiple times, referencing the fact that three of the victims in last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, were Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets.
“The Pentagon has always stayed out of the civilian gun debate, but given the emotion in the country, the president’s involvement in it, the fact that three Junior ROTC young people were victims, and it does involve recruiting young people into the military, can the Pentagon really continue to stay out of the gun debate in this country, realistically?” Starr asked.
White responded that discussions about gun rights and possibly enacting tighter gun restrictions are for political leaders in Congress, the White House, and their counterparts at the state and local levels, rather than the military.
But Starr kept going:
Maybe liberals would think the line of questioning sounds scarier if it instead revolves around the 1st Amendment instead of the 2nd: “Why doesn’t the Pentagon get more involved in the debate about regulating free speech?” But for some reason liberals aren’t troubled by the notion of getting the Army involved in gun control.
Forget the ridiculousness of the term “gun violence” for a moment (do they say “truck violence,” “knife violence” or “bomb violence” after non-gun related attacks?). When Dems say “do something” they’re only talking about one thing: Banning guns and ending the political influence of the NRA and its members (Read: THEY don’t deserve the right of free speech like Planned Parenthood does).
This is also completely backwards:
The NRA doesn’t work for gun owners. They work for gun sellers.
If he wants to know who’s helping sell guns in record numbers he should go look in the mirror. Between a run on guns and NRA memberships, firearm dealers and the NRA should be giving Democrats a sales commission.
Too bad the Dems’ goal in all this isn’t to actually solve any problem but to attempt to gain political advantage by painting millions of people as being complicit in mass murder. I don’t think they’re going to find that to be a winning argument in the midterms.
There are no greater examples for why so many people loathe the mainstream media than those pumped out by CNN on a daily basis. In today’s example, CNN harassed a woman at her home about social media posts she shared that might have been also pushed by Russians. If only she had a large attack dog:
At a DNC town hall, Nancy Pelosi again tried to sock it to “the rich” and the Republicans who love them, but this is what happens when you try to inject some self-awareness into sniffy’s latest shoveling of BS:
Rep. Nancy Pelosi was heckled by a woman at a town hall event Tuesday after she continued blasting President Trump and Republicans’ tax cuts.
“God never intended one group of people to live in superfluous inordinate wealth while others live in abject deadening poverty,” the House minority leader said, adding that the quote was from Dr. Martin Luther King.
As she finished her sentence, Pelosi was interrupted by a woman in the Phoenix, Arizona, audience who asked “how much are you worth, Nancy?”
“Are you in abject poverty?” the woman shouted at Pelosi, who is routinely listed among the wealthiest members of Congress.
Pelosi and her husband Paul Sr., a Georgetown-educated businessman who runs a venture capital firm, are worth about $100 million.
“We’re not talking about that,” Pelosi responded, saying that she can talk “louder than anybody” because she is a mother of five grown children.
Has Pelosi accused this heckler of being a Russian “bot” yet?
It’s impressive though that the Dems were able to hold a town hall even after “Armageddon.”
Many Democrats can’t believe their “definition of insanity” approach hasn’t been working as well as they’d hoped during their attempt to come back from years of Barack Obama single-handedly destroying their party (while Dems applauded like trained seals the entire time). With midterms just around the corner, the reality is setting in that calling Trump a dictator might not be nearly enough:
House Democrats are heading into the throes of the election haunted by many of the same problems that dogged them in 2016: a Trump-dominated news cycle, a message that’s struggling to break through and sharp divisions within the party about how to fix it.
Now many Democrats say they’re watching nervously as polls start to trend in Republicans’ favor — and worry they’re witnessing the beginning of a slow-motion train wreck that they have no idea how to stop.
There are still widespread disagreements within the diverse 193-member caucus about what campaign message Democrats should rally around in the final months before the midterms and even who should be the party’s chief messenger.
Some Democrats worry a rerun of the Republican playbook employed in the past several cycles — painting House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as the GOP’s central villain — will again be successful in denying them the House majority.
Other members say the caucus’ main problems are internal. Democrats on the far ends of the party’s ideological spectrum continue to battle over what their focus should be in the election — and how much of it should center on President Donald Trump.
“People get caught up in the anti-Trump messaging. That’s what the messaging has been,” said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.).
“The Democrats focus so much on Trump and the carnival that is around him that we don’t spend enough time talking about who we are and what we will do if the voters give us a chance in the majority.”
It’s nothing short of amazing that the Democrats actually are baffled why they can’t move the needle more in their favor just after insinuating that several million law-abiding Americans who belong to a 2nd Amendment rights organization are complicit in mass murder, had a presidential candidate who called about half the country “deplorable,” members of Congress who prioritize people in the country over American citizens, and a House Minority Leader who claimed a tax cut bill would lead to mass genocide and then called an extra couple thousand dollars a year “crumbs.” If Dems want to know what the Dems’ biggest messaging problem is all the need are lots of mirrors.
Amazingly enough, the DNC will probably conclude that they need to get more extreme in their rhetoric, but they’ve already set that bar so high up they’d need a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket to reach it.
February still has quite a few days left in it, but the “Most Hilariously Awkward Question of the Month” award can probably already be handed out for what former Hillary Clinton campaign manager John Podesta was asked on Sunday morning:
CBS host Nancy Cordes asked Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta Sunday why Russian operatives knew to focus on the critical battleground states of Wisconsin and Michigan when the Clinton team seemingly didn’t.
One key aspect of Russia’s interference campaign in the election was extensive trolling and disinformation through memes and ads on Facebook, and they particularly targeted users in Wisconsin and Michigan, two consistently blue states President Donald Trump narrowly won en route to his election victory.
“But it does beg the question, how is it that these Russian operatives knew to focus on purple states like Michigan and Wisconsin, and your campaign didn’t?” Cordes asked.
Podesta claimed that Hillary did focus heavily on Pennsylvania, but pledging to put workers in the coal industry out of jobs doesn’t exactly qualify as campaign strategy genius. Instead of admitting the real reasons Clinton lost — which is sheer arrogance combined with unlikability and many things in between — Podesta changed the subject faster than Bill Clinton after Hillary asks “where were you last night?”
It’s also worth noting that neither the interviewer or the interviewee in the above video know what “begging the question” means.
Michael Moore, the polemical filmmaker who has long accused President Trump of colluding with Russians, posted videos and pictures of himself participating in a protest in Manhattan that was allegedly organized by Russians in November 2016.
Prosecutors said Friday that the Russians indicted for meddling in the presidential campaign were also behind anti-Trump rallies that occured after the election.
The government alleged in an indictment signed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller that the defendants organized a Nov. 12 “Trump is NOT my President” rally in New York. Their “strategic goal” was to “sow discord in the U.S. political system,” the indictment said.
On Nov. 12, Moore tweeted: “At today’s Trump Tower protest. He wouldn’t come down.”
Just for a quick recap, the confessed mass murderer Nikolas Cruz was, while in high school before being expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, enrolled in the U.S. Army’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC). After school the participants would target shoot with air rifles and complete in local competitions. The National Rifle Association gave the school’s JROTC a “non-cash grant” of over $10,000 for their program (as they did with many other schools around the country). One of the victims of Cruz’s rampage was a member of the JROTC, who was killed while trying to help others. At least two more members of the ROTC are being praised for their heroic actions during the shooting. Authorities have admitted they dropped the ball on all the red flags that were displayed by this maniac by not following up on tips to his behavior.
With all that in mind, here’s the New York Daily News’ takeaway: