Blood Diamonds and Religious War In The Central African Republic


good news young he’ll be writing to jumuchi keiki unplugging DJ energy because you are a kanga quite fittingly tombola imposition banal from well miss your mom Shanthi leta fo is on trafficking since early 2013 the Central African Republic has been torn apart by sectarian conflict in March of 2013 the Celica a mostly Muslim coalition of rebels overthrew a corrupt government they swept across the majority Christian country bringing it close to an ER mostly Christian fighting group known as the anti-balaka started fighting back in December 2013 vice news was there to witness a major turning point in the conflict anti-balaka attacked Muslim civilians for their perceived support of the Celica thousands of Muslims fled the Central African Republic is located right in the heart of Africa and it’s one of the poorest countries in the world but it’s rich in natural resources including gold and diamonds and many want to stake in it vice news travel to the mines in the heart of the country to see how the fight over natural resources is playing out in one of the world’s most volatile conflicts we’re on the road to bow down it’s where a lot of the diamond mines are located about six hours from the capital home in the west of the Central African Republic anti-balaka have taken control of many of the key gold and diamond rich areas nearly all of the Muslims have been forced out but Christians remain Yami’s Ilima over 10a a pop lazio coppa a plat Ashanti Sakai rich terrile agua la de dee deee daaah zaggy Tonga so due to the conflict the official mining industry has collapsed but a lot of the gold and diamonds are still smuggled out from across the country and according to the United Nations both silica and the anti-balaka militias are taking a cut it’s it’s being played out as an internal political problem at the end of the day it’s actually just in my opinion just control over Gold Fields and concessions there is serious money to be made in this country and that has to be seen as one of the key drivers so where did that money go I think it goes where it went when was easy was president when si was president before him it goes into the pockets it’s certainly where it doesn’t go as it certainly doesn’t benefit the people of the Central African Republic fighting over mines has created religious tensions where there were none before prior to the conflict many mines were controlled by Muslim traders these merchants have either fled or they’re being blocked from working in the mines i’ma do youma is bodas head Imam he explained to us how the fighting his impact of the Muslim community well I did jumuchi geeky I’m fluffy DJ energy he because you are a kanga quite fit eating a little moolah ug7 benefit up it’d be difficult eating cocoa break it not a cop if I double the Peter Campbell Andy I can a mulatto people you know constantly I will commune historically we have seen Muslims being involved with a lot of the mining so there were the middlemen they they have extensive trade networks in central Africa and in West Africa and now we’ve seen with the rise of the anti-balaka which is mainly a Christian movement have literally kicked out I think more than 90 percent of the Muslims voters Muslims say they’ve coexisted with others in this region for more than a century now they say they’ll be killed if they leave their neighborhood many have horrific stories of being attacked Yusef o Musa was captured by anti-balaka with his brother he managed to escape his friend told us the story Humber’s in-law here is your to something Travie element DM Nami voila laser in montréal a junkie off a set of a season son Cesar Faison pilatus Gilliland toroidal Alondra building six eggs or a lovely holiday with no the animation so ago Sinatra easy device maybe it alone and a ischium answer a Silicon Valley realistic in the center of boda is a no-man’s land that divides Muslim and Christian neighborhoods it used to be the town central market but all of the shops have been destroyed in the fighting between both sides at dusk kids from the Muslim side come out into the streets and what looks like an effort to instigate a fight with the other side the new Islam healthy neppy tubular battle irritable Mariana bobbies and Ali Baba right okay Bobby initially pretty appreciative public mm-hmm wanna publish a new project new saloons or member of another many in the Christian neighborhood say they’ve been attacked to botas Christians used to work with Muslims together in the nearby diamond mines now the Christians have taken total control over these areas who shot you by Drupada is on trafficking when is your mom shantia lolita your phone this is us on traffic in Abuja they’re in Minamisoma miss mcfinnegan see the feather park the casket become is no games over the truth can bear poop a possession empire mismo yo prepare Lorraine Demi’s emo mask a motion epidermis Medusa sake run away to the diamond mines outside of voda it takes about an hour and a half on these motorcycle taxis to get there this part of the Central African Republic is really really underdeveloped it’s all there is there are no roads in sight anywhere near here before the recent fighting 70% of the country’s population lived below the poverty line according to the United Nations that number has now dramatically increased some are left to rely on traditional foods like termites and sparrows to feed their families The Situation’s so bad access to mines has become even more essential to evacuate a Monica tried on a timer like chief organic on the moon we go Department of insane HT Prasad beaucoup put it G spot that I’m by me if it knots a property for me and let me go see the show continue do you Ramiz army undeveloped economies are Apollinaris arezzo a Lebanon G g-sharp Anala detective – Ronnie fu cha Mon Ami Qin Allah Allah Allah another Ilah binax on duty no put them up when we Penelope what a joke over me today they proceeded to be disaster Sonny mr. Roubini eaten a zoo so lovato ghee John Madden Solomon been turning up and said I’m not working even when I’m letting Jupiter Guinea they cannot touch me matter papa before the conflict the sale of gold and diamonds was a key source of revenue for the government but in 2013 Central African Republic was kicked out of the Kimberley Process the international agreement that tries to prevent the sale of blood diamonds so the country can no longer legally export them in September of 2014 the African Union’s peacekeeping mission here ended and a new United Nations led mission was launched their job is to protect civilians and support the interim government under the presidency of Catherine Samba Panza peacekeeping officials say a top priority of the UN mission is to reclaim control over the mines so the government has access to cash well we’re dealing with a government that’s extremely poor that is that can’t pay civil servants can’t do infrastructure development can’t invest in hospitals and schools and rebuild the country mining activities used to account for roughly 40 percent of revenue for the state and it is a crucial sector to get restarted and to get cleaned up so we have some legitimate finance coming into the country the Central African Republic lies in a fragile state the minerals under its soil could be a source for peace or war without finding a stable way to extract them the fight over Natural Resources will continue to fan the flames of conflict

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WANTS TO EXPRESS CONDOLENCES TO EVERYONE AFFECTED BY THIS EVERYONE AFFECTED BY THIS TERRIBLE TRAGEDY. TERRIBLE TRAGEDY. YOU ARE LOOKING AT LIVE PICTURES YOU ARE LOOKING AT LIVE PICTURES FROM BOSTON WHERE FELICITY FROM BOSTON WHERE FELICITY HUFFMAN IS LEAVING COURT AFTER HUFFMAN IS LEAVING COURT AFTER SHE WAS SENTENCED TO 14 DAYS FOR SHE WAS SENTENCED TO 14 DAYS FOR HER ROLE IN THE COLLEGE HER ROLE IN THE COLLEGE ADMISSION SCANDAL. ADMISSION SCANDAL. HUFFMAN IS BEING ORDERED TO PAY HUFFMAN IS BEING ORDERED TO PAY A $30,000 FINE, DO 250 HOURS OF A $30,000 FINE, DO 250 HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE. COMMUNITY SERVICE. RON ALLEN IS LIVE OUTSIDE OF THE RON ALLEN IS LIVE OUTSIDE OF THE COURTROOM. COURTROOM. RON, CAN YOU RUN US THROUGH WHAT RON, CAN YOU RUN US THROUGH WHAT HAPPENED IN THERE TODAY? HAPPENED IN THERE TODAY?>>YOU SEE ALL THIS AREA>>YOU SEE ALL THIS AREA SETTLING DOWN AND PEOPLE GOING SETTLING DOWN AND PEOPLE GOING BACK TOWARDS THE COURTHOUSE. BACK TOWARDS THE COURTHOUSE. THE BIG ENTOURAGE OF A COUPLE THE BIG ENTOURAGE OF A COUPLE DOZEN PEOPLE WHO CAME OUT, SHE DOZEN PEOPLE WHO CAME OUT, SHE WAS WALKING STRAIGHT — LOOKING WAS WALKING STRAIGHT — LOOKING STRAIGHT AHEAD. STRAIGHT AHEAD. SAID NOTHING. SAID NOTHING. JUST DISAPPEARED INTO A BIG JUST DISAPPEARED INTO A BIG BLACK SUV AND OFF INTO BOSTON BLACK SUV AND OFF INTO BOSTON SOMEWHERE. SOMEWHERE. SHE HAS SIX WEEKS TO REPORT TO A SHE HAS SIX WEEKS TO REPORT TO A FACILITY. FACILITY. WE BELIEVE IT’S A FACILITY, A WE BELIEVE IT’S A FACILITY, A MINIMUM SECURITY PRISON IN MINIMUM SECURITY PRISON IN CALIFORNIA. CALIFORNIA. I’M NOT SURE HOW CLOSE IT IS TO I’M NOT SURE HOW CLOSE IT IS TO WHERE SHE LIVES. WHERE SHE LIVES. DEFENSE REQUESTED THAT. DEFENSE REQUESTED THAT. SHE HAS WHAT SHE WAS SENTENCED, SHE HAS WHAT SHE WAS SENTENCED, FROM WHAT WE UNDERSTAND, SHE FROM WHAT WE UNDERSTAND, SHE REMAINED COMPOSED. REMAINED COMPOSED. SHE DID NOT CRY. SHE DID NOT CRY. HER HUSBAND DID NOT REACT. HER HUSBAND DID NOT REACT. HE WAS ALSO QUITE STOIC WHEN SHE HE WAS ALSO QUITE STOIC WHEN SHE WAS SENTENCED. WAS SENTENCED. SHE WAS STARING DOWN. SHE WAS STARING DOWN. THE JUDGE SAID SOMETHING TO THE JUDGE SAID SOMETHING TO AFFECT OF, GET ON WITH YOUR LIFE AFFECT OF, GET ON WITH YOUR LIFE NOW. NOW. YOU WILL GET PAST THIS. YOU WILL GET PAST THIS. CLEARLY, THE JUDGE WAS TRYING TO CLEARLY, THE JUDGE WAS TRYING TO SEND A MESSAGE OF 14 DAYS IN SEND A MESSAGE OF 14 DAYS IN PRISON. PRISON. PROSECUTION WANTED A MONTH. PROSECUTION WANTED A MONTH. THE DEFENSE BEGGED — PLEADED THE DEFENSE BEGGED — PLEADED FOR LENIENCY SAYING THAT NOBODY FOR LENIENCY SAYING THAT NOBODY WAS HARMED BY THIS. WAS HARMED BY THIS. BUT APPARENTLY, CLEARLY, THE BUT APPARENTLY, CLEARLY, THE JUDGE DID NOT SEE IT THAT WAY. JUDGE DID NOT SEE IT THAT WAY.>>RON, HUFFMAN RELEASED A>>RON, HUFFMAN RELEASED A STATEMENT. STATEMENT. IT SOUNDS LIKE SHE’S BEEN IT SOUNDS LIKE SHE’S BEEN CONTRITE AND APOLOGETIC SAYING CONTRITE AND APOLOGETIC SAYING SHE’S LOOKING FORWARD TO SHE’S LOOKING FORWARD TO COMMUNITY SERVICE AND WANTS TO COMMUNITY SERVICE AND WANTS TO DO MORE BEYOND THAT. DO MORE BEYOND THAT. WHAT ELSE DO WE KNOW ABOUT WHAT WHAT ELSE DO WE KNOW ABOUT WHAT SHE SAID IN THERE? SHE SAID IN THERE?>>SHE WAS VERY CONTRITE.>>SHE WAS VERY CONTRITE. SHE HAS BEEN SINCE SHE PLEADED SHE HAS BEEN SINCE SHE PLEADED GUILTY TO THIS. GUILTY TO THIS. ONE OF THE LINES THAT JUMPED OUT ONE OF THE LINES THAT JUMPED OUT TO ME FROM HER STATEMENT WAS SHE TO ME FROM HER STATEMENT WAS SHE SAID AT ONE POINT HER DAUGHTER SAID AT ONE POINT HER DAUGHTER SAID TO HER, I DON’T RECOGNIZE SAID TO HER, I DON’T RECOGNIZE YOU ANYMORE. YOU ANYMORE. WHO ARE YOU? WHO ARE YOU? THAT SHE SAID REALLY HURT HER THAT SHE SAID REALLY HURT HER DEEPLY. DEEPLY. WHAT IRONY, SHE WAS TRYING TO WHAT IRONY, SHE WAS TRYING TO HELP HER DAUGHTER AND HER HELP HER DAUGHTER AND HER DAUGHTER FELT BETRAYED. DAUGHTER FELT BETRAYED. DEVASTATING. DEVASTATING. SEVERAL POINTS DURING THE SEVERAL POINTS DURING THE SENTENCE, THE PROSECUTION WAS SENTENCE, THE PROSECUTION WAS LECTURING HUFFMAN ABOUT HOW TO LECTURING HUFFMAN ABOUT HOW TO BE A PARENT SAYING THAT A PARENT BE A PARENT SAYING THAT A PARENT HAS A MORAL COMPASS AND TRYING HAS A MORAL COMPASS AND TRYING TO BE A GOOD PARENT IS NOT AN TO BE A GOOD PARENT IS NOT AN EXCUSE FOR WHAT HAPPENED AND EXCUSE FOR WHAT HAPPENED AND THIS IS NOT A MISTAKE. THIS IS NOT A MISTAKE. THIS IS A CONSCIOUS DECISION SHE THIS IS A CONSCIOUS DECISION SHE MADE. MADE. THIS DECISION WILL REVERBERATE THIS DECISION WILL REVERBERATE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE THERE ARE AS MANY AS 50 MORE THERE ARE AS MANY AS 50 MORE PEOPLE CHARGED IN THIS CASE. PEOPLE CHARGED IN THIS CASE. HALF OF THEM HAVE PLEADED HALF OF THEM HAVE PLEADED GUILTY. GUILTY. HALF OF THEM WERE SAYING THEY HALF OF THEM WERE SAYING THEY WANTED TO GO TO TRIAL. WANTED TO GO TO TRIAL. I THINK MOST PEOPLE WILL BE I THINK MOST PEOPLE WILL BE STUNNED THAT THIS WOMAN IS GOING STUNNED THAT THIS WOMAN IS GOING TO PRISON. TO PRISON. THE JUDGE SENTENCED HER AS SUCH. THE JUDGE SENTENCED HER AS SUCH. THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE LIKE THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE LIKE LORI LOUGHLIN, HER HUSBAND, WHO LORI LOUGHLIN, HER HUSBAND, WHO ARE FACING MANY, MANY — 40 ARE FACING MANY, MANY — 40 YEARS IN JAIL IN HER CASE YEARS IN JAIL IN HER CASE BECAUSE THEIR CASE — THEIR CASE BECAUSE THEIR CASE — THEIR CASE INVOLVES A PAYMENT OF HALF A INVOLVES A PAYMENT OF HALF A MILLION DOLLARS. MILLION DOLLARS. THIS WAS JUST $15,000 FOR ONE THIS WAS JUST $15,000 FOR ONE TEST. TEST.>>YOU HAVE TO WONDER WHAT MAY>>YOU HAVE TO WONDER WHAT MAY HAPPEN TO THEM. HAPPEN TO THEM. WE WERE TALKING EARLIER. WE WERE TALKING EARLIER. FELICITY HUFFMAN RAN TO THE FELICITY HUFFMAN RAN TO THE COURT QUICKLY TO PLEAD GUILTY. COURT QUICKLY TO PLEAD GUILTY. THAT WORKED IN HER FAVOR. THAT WORKED IN HER FAVOR. THE OTHER HAND, LORI LOUGHLIN THE OTHER HAND, LORI LOUGHLIN AND HER HUSBAND ARE ROLLING THE AND HER HUSBAND ARE ROLLING THE DICE, WILLING TO GO TO TRIAL. DICE, WILLING TO GO TO TRIAL. THEIR FATE COULD BE WORSE. THEIR FATE COULD BE WORSE.>>YEAH.>>YEAH. YOU WONDER HOW ARE THEY GOING TO YOU WONDER HOW ARE THEY GOING TO SEE THIS SORT OF THING? SEE THIS SORT OF THING? IT CUTS MANY WAYS. IT CUTS MANY WAYS. YOUR CASE IS SIMILAR TO HERS. YOUR CASE IS SIMILAR TO HERS. YOU MAY FEEL THIS IS THE YOU MAY FEEL THIS IS THE SENTENCE YOU GET, COMMUNITY SENTENCE YOU GET, COMMUNITY SERVICE, A COUPLE WEEKS IN SERVICE, A COUPLE WEEKS IN PRISON. PRISON. IF YOU ARE GOING TO TRIAL, YOU IF YOU ARE GOING TO TRIAL, YOU NOW SEE — WHAT SEEMS TO BE NOW SEE — WHAT SEEMS TO BE HAPPENING — I’M NOT A LAWYER. HAPPENING — I’M NOT A LAWYER. THE JUDGE SEEMS TO BE CLEARLY THE JUDGE SEEMS TO BE CLEARLY SAYING THAT THERE WAS SAYING THAT THERE WAS CRIMINALITY HERE. CRIMINALITY HERE. SHE SAID, I’M GOING TO IMPOSE SHE SAID, I’M GOING TO IMPOSE COMMUNITY SERVICE. COMMUNITY SERVICE. SHE SAID, I’M GOING TO TURN TO SHE SAID, I’M GOING TO TURN TO PUNISHMENT. PUNISHMENT. CLEARLY, SHE FELT THERE WAS A CLEARLY, SHE FELT THERE WAS A NEED FOR PUNISHMENT. NEED FOR PUNISHMENT. THAT’S WHERE THE PRISON SENTENCE THAT’S WHERE THE PRISON SENTENCE CAME UP. CAME UP. SHE WAS CLEARLY TRYING TO SAY SHE WAS CLEARLY TRYING TO SAY THAT. THAT. IF OTHER JUDGES IN OTHER CASES IF OTHER JUDGES IN OTHER CASES SEE THAT, CLEARLY, THAT’S WHAT SEE THAT, CLEARLY, THAT’S WHAT PEOPLE WHO ARE CHARGED IN THIS PEOPLE WHO ARE CHARGED IN THIS CASE, WHO ARE TRYING TO ROLL THE CASE, WHO ARE TRYING TO ROLL THE DICE, AS YOU PUT IT, WILL FIND DICE, AS YOU PUT IT, WILL FIND OUT IN COURT, THEY PROBABLY ARE OUT IN COURT, THEY PROBABLY ARE PRETTY AWARE THAT THIS COULD PRETTY AWARE THAT THIS COULD LEAD TO A JAIL TERM. LEAD TO A JAIL TERM. THERE ARE MANY — THE JUDGE MADE THERE ARE MANY — THE JUDGE MADE A POINT HER CASE WAS ONE OF THE A POINT HER CASE WAS ONE OF THE LESSER CASES. LESSER CASES. THERE ARE MANY MORE SERIOUS THERE ARE MANY MORE SERIOUS CASES OUT THERE. CASES OUT THERE. THERE ARE STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN THERE ARE STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN DISMISSED FROM SEVERAL ELITE DISMISSED FROM SEVERAL ELITE UNIVERSITIES. UNIVERSITIES. THERE ARE MANY MORE OF THEM WHO THERE ARE MANY MORE OF THEM WHO ARE STILL GOING THROUGH A ARE STILL GOING THROUGH A PROCESS ON THE CAMPUSES. PROCESS ON THE CAMPUSES. THEIR SITUATION IS IN LIMBO. THEIR SITUATION IS IN LIMBO. HUFFMAN WAS THE FIRST PARENT TO HUFFMAN WAS THE FIRST PARENT TO BE CHARGED, TO BE SENTENCED. BE CHARGED, TO BE SENTENCED. THERE ARE GOING TO BE THERE ARE GOING TO BE REVERBERATIONS AROUND THE REVERBERATIONS AROUND THE COUNTRY AFTER WHAT HAPPENED HERE COUNTRY AFTER WHAT HAPPENED HERE TODAY IN BOSTON. TODAY IN BOSTON.>>RON ALLEN OUTSIDE THE BOSTON>>RON ALLEN OUTSIDE THE BOSTON COURTROOM WHERE FELICITY HUFFMAN COURTROOM WHERE FELICITY HUFFMAN WAS SENTENCED TO 14 DAYS IN

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REPORT HE THREATENED THE JOBS OF WEATHER AGENCY EMPLOYEES FOR THE JOBS OF WEATHER AGENCY EMPLOYEES FOR KNOCKING DOWN AGENCY EMPLOYEES FOR KNOCKING DOWN PRESIDENT TRUMP’S KNOCKING DOWN PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ASSERTION THAT THE PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ASSERTION THAT THE HURRICANE WOULD STRIKE ASSERTION THAT THE HURRICANE WOULD STRIKE ALABAMA. HURRICANE WOULD STRIKE ALABAMA. NBC’S HALLIE JACKSON ALABAMA. NBC’S HALLIE JACKSON IS AT THE WHITE HOUSE NBC’S HALLIE JACKSON IS AT THE WHITE HOUSE WITH MORE. IS AT THE WHITE HOUSE WITH MORE.>>Reporter: THE WITH MORE.>>Reporter: THE POLITICAL STORM THAT>>Reporter: THE POLITICAL STORM THAT OUT LASTED HURRICANE POLITICAL STORM THAT OUT LASTED HURRICANE DORIAN IS TAKING A NEW OUT LASTED HURRICANE DORIAN IS TAKING A NEW TURN TONIGHT WITH A DORIAN IS TAKING A NEW TURN TONIGHT WITH A REPORT COMMERCE TURN TONIGHT WITH A REPORT COMMERCE SECRETARY WILL REPORT COMMERCE SECRETARY WILL SECRETARY WILBER ROSS SECRETARY WILL SECRETARY WILBER ROSS THREATENED TO FIRE TOP SECRETARY WILBER ROSS THREATENED TO FIRE TOP OFFICIALS. THREATENED TO FIRE TOP OFFICIALS. LATE TONIGHT THE OFFICIALS. LATE TONIGHT THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT LATE TONIGHT THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT TELLS NBC NEWS THAT’S COMMERCE DEPARTMENT TELLS NBC NEWS THAT’S FALSE AND THE TELLS NBC NEWS THAT’S FALSE AND THE SECRETARY DID NOT FALSE AND THE SECRETARY DID NOT THREATEN TO FIRE SECRETARY DID NOT THREATEN TO FIRE ANYONE OVER THREATEN TO FIRE ANYONE OVER FORECASTING PUBLIC ANYONE OVER FORECASTING PUBLIC STATEMENTS ABOUT FORECASTING PUBLIC STATEMENTS ABOUT DORIAN. STATEMENTS ABOUT DORIAN. THE BACK AND FORTH DORIAN. THE BACK AND FORTH COMES AFTER ONE OF THE THE BACK AND FORTH COMES AFTER ONE OF THE OFFICES CONTRADICTED COMES AFTER ONE OF THE OFFICES CONTRADICTED AN INITIAL COMMENT AND OFFICES CONTRADICTED AN INITIAL COMMENT AND TWEET FROM PRESIDENT AN INITIAL COMMENT AND TWEET FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP ABOUT ALABAMA’S TWEET FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP ABOUT ALABAMA’S RISK FROM DORIAN. TRUMP ABOUT ALABAMA’S RISK FROM DORIAN.>>ALABAMA IS GOING TO RISK FROM DORIAN.>>ALABAMA IS GOING TO GET A PIECE OF IT IT>>ALABAMA IS GOING TO GET A PIECE OF IT IT LOOKS LIKE. GET A PIECE OF IT IT LOOKS LIKE. POOR ALABAMA JUST LOOKS LIKE. POOR ALABAMA JUST PLEASE BE CAREFUL. POOR ALABAMA JUST PLEASE BE CAREFUL.>>Reporter: THE PLEASE BE CAREFUL.>>Reporter: THE PRESIDENT LATEST>>Reporter: THE PRESIDENT LATEST DISPLAYED A MAP WITH PRESIDENT LATEST DISPLAYED A MAP WITH WHAT LOOKED LIKE A DISPLAYED A MAP WITH WHAT LOOKED LIKE A SHARPIE LINE DRAWN WHAT LOOKED LIKE A SHARPIE LINE DRAWN THROUGH ALABAMA ADDED SHARPIE LINE DRAWN THROUGH ALABAMA ADDED TO THE HURRICANE’S THROUGH ALABAMA ADDED TO THE HURRICANE’S CONE OF UNCERTAINTY. TO THE HURRICANE’S CONE OF UNCERTAINTY.>>I KNOW ALABAMA WAS CONE OF UNCERTAINTY.>>I KNOW ALABAMA WAS IN THE ORIGINAL>>I KNOW ALABAMA WAS IN THE ORIGINAL FORECAST. IN THE ORIGINAL FORECAST.>>Reporter: THE FORECAST.>>Reporter: THE DANGER FROM DORIAN HIT>>Reporter: THE DANGER FROM DORIAN HIT PAST THE STATE DAYS DANGER FROM DORIAN HIT PAST THE STATE DAYS BEFORE THE PRESIDENT PAST THE STATE DAYS BEFORE THE PRESIDENT FIRST BROUGHT IT UP. BEFORE THE PRESIDENT FIRST BROUGHT IT UP. SPARKING THIS POINTED FIRST BROUGHT IT UP. SPARKING THIS POINTED TWEET FROM THE BIER SPARKING THIS POINTED TWEET FROM THE BIER BIRMINGHAM OFFICE. TWEET FROM THE BIER BIRMINGHAM OFFICE. ALABAMA WILL NOT SEE BIRMINGHAM OFFICE. ALABAMA WILL NOT SEE ANY IMPACTS. ALABAMA WILL NOT SEE ANY IMPACTS. NOW, AN UPROAR AFTER ANY IMPACTS. NOW, AN UPROAR AFTER THE NATIONAL OFFICE NOW, AN UPROAR AFTER THE NATIONAL OFFICE SCOLDED BIRMINGHAM FOR THE NATIONAL OFFICE SCOLDED BIRMINGHAM FOR SPEAKING IN ABSOLUTE SCOLDED BIRMINGHAM FOR SPEAKING IN ABSOLUTE TERMS THAT WERE SPEAKING IN ABSOLUTE TERMS THAT WERE INCONSISTENT WITH TERMS THAT WERE INCONSISTENT WITH FORECASTS, BACKING THE INCONSISTENT WITH FORECASTS, BACKING THE PRESIDENT OVER SOME OF FORECASTS, BACKING THE PRESIDENT OVER SOME OF ITS OWN SCIENTISTS. PRESIDENT OVER SOME OF ITS OWN SCIENTISTS. ONE FORMER NOAH ITS OWN SCIENTISTS. ONE FORMER NOAH STAFFER CALLING THAT ONE FORMER NOAH STAFFER CALLING THAT STATEMENT MORAL STAFFER CALLING THAT STATEMENT MORAL CROWDEDNESS. STATEMENT MORAL CROWDEDNESS. THOSE BIER HINGERMINGHAM CROWDEDNESS. THOSE BIER HINGERMINGHAM FORECASTERS SHOWING A THOSE BIER HINGERMINGHAM FORECASTERS SHOWING A SIGN OF SUPPORT. FORECASTERS SHOWING A SIGN OF SUPPORT. THEY ARE CALLING THE SIGN OF SUPPORT. THEY ARE CALLING THE AGENCY’S RESPONSE THEY ARE CALLING THE AGENCY’S RESPONSE POLITICAL AND A DANGER AGENCY’S RESPONSE POLITICAL AND A DANGER TO PUBLIC HEALTH AND POLITICAL AND A DANGER TO PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY AND WHETHER IT

Victorious Pennsylvania Progressives Shun the Democratic Party Playbook


AARON MATE: It’s The Real News. I’m Aaron Mate. That is talk of a blue wave in 2018, with
Democrats looking to take midterm races across the country. But blue, like any color, has different shades. And one of those shades, you could say, is
bold, for bold progressive; the bold progressives who are challenging races across the country,
inspired by Bernie Sanders. One of the states where they have won a key
victory is Pennsylvania, where earlier this month, four progressive women candidates to
the state General Assembly swept the Democratic primary. They were endorsed by the leftist group the
Democratic Socialist of America, or DSA. One of them joins me now. Kristin Seale is running for the state General
Assembly in the Philadelphia area. Welcome, Kristin. On your website you call yourself a bold progressive. Explain the message that you brought to voters,
and how you think that contributed to your victory. KRISTIN SEALE: Absolutely. Thanks for having me. I think that I brought a progressive platform
to voters. The DSA canvas, which is a really big part
of how we notched this win, was based around a Medicare for All message. We went to the doors also to listen to voters
in the district about what’s affecting their health and lives, what’s working for them
and what’s not. And so I think that the combination of bringing
a social security net message with some really strong active listening about what people
want and need is, is really the message. You know, I, I stand for a lot of left progressive
issues, and it really starts with making sure that working families and struggling families
are acknowledged and that we’re doing what we need to do to support these people in our
communities, some of which are myself and my family. AARON MATE: So your background, as I understand
it, is in public health. And from what I know your area is the only
one in Pennsylvania that doesn’t have a public health department. Is that right? KRISTIN SEALE: That’s correct. We live in a really interesting County in
Pennsylvania. We have had a Republican war machine that
has controlled every level of office in this county since the Civil War. And one of the effects of that is that we
are currently the only county in Pennsylvania without a public health department. That’s got incredible impact on the health
and lives of people in my community, including we’ve got an outsized, you know, opioid epidemic
is huge in this state, and it’s, we’ve barely scratched the surface of the supports necessary
to help families that are suffering and prevent excess death. But in my community we have a completely outsized
rate of overdose deaths from opiate addiction, as well as a completely outsized rate of children,
infant mortality, of children born to women of color. We’ve got a lot of work to do, and that’s
one of the places we can start. AARON MATE: I know on the issue of health
care you backed single payer. I’m wondering also, as a former delegate for
Bernie Sanders, if you’ve struggled with the issue that many progressives in the Democratic
Party have raised, which is whether or not to try to work within the Democratic party
system. KRISTIN SEALE: Right. So, I have come around to a big tent way of
thinking. I am convinced that there is a place for us
in the Democratic Party. And I know that we don’t see eye to eye with
everyone in the party, but I do work every day to build bridges between parties and between
people. So I feel like there are ways that we are,
even in this cycle in primaries, I think we see across the country, dragging the message
to the left. There are things that we adopted as platform
planks in 2016 with the participation of Bernie delegates and Sanders and Ellison before the
convention that I think have really built some progressive values into the heart of
the Democratic message in a way that we never done before. AARON MATE: And you are running as an openly
out LGBTQ candidate. That’s a big part of your platform, rights
for LGBTQ people. And you’re also running in a district which
has never elected a female representative. Can you talk about just the history you’re
making on that front? KRISTIN SEALE: Absolutely. So, I would be the first Democrat and the
first woman to hold this seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the General Assembly. I would also be the first out queer woman
to ever hold a seat. There is currently one out gay legislator
in that body, so we’re really excited about the idea that there would be more than one
person in the current LGBTQ caucus that’s an actual out LGBTQ legislator. We’re working really hard to build that bench
cross the state. I currently hold a school board seat, and
I have a friend that made excellent news, Tyler Titus in Erie, winning a school board
seat. The first transgender person to win a school
board seat, in what is a very conservative area of our state. So I think that both our history making identity
politics and our progressive values are really resonating with voters in this state in a
way that is surprising people. AARON MATE: Finally, as I mentioned in the
intro, you were part of this wave of four female progressive candidates backed by the
DSA. Can you talk about that overall group, which
has grown national attention, and what you think all your victories say about the viability
of progressive candidates in key states like Pennsylvania? KRISTIN SEALE: Absolutely. I, we’re talking about my friends Elizabeth
Fiedler, Sara Innamorato, and Summer Lee. Ssummer And Sara are in the western part of
the state, which couldn’t be more different than where Elizabeth and I are. Elizabeth is in Philadelphia, and I’m in the
Philadelphia suburbs. People know Summer’s district, Braddock, I
think because of John Fetterman, to a degree. And both Sara, Elizabeth, and Summer and I
have one thing in common, which is all of us have some kind of an organizing background. So part of what I think you’re seeing is that
all of us had a grassroots mentality and are the kind of people that went directly out
to the electorate, to community and to the voters, to find out how we could serve them
through servant leadership. And I think that something that’s different
about the four of us that maybe hasn’t been seen in previous cycles is that we’re very
committed to being authentically ourselves. And I really think that’s what voters are
responding to, that sincerity and authenticity, that standing on principle and standing firm,
not just for our values but for the things that our voters are telling us, our constituents
in the future, that they need to happen in order to fulfill their human potential, basically,
in order for them to actually have the rights that are due to them. I think that we’ve done outreach in a really
direct way to people that lets them know that we’re here for them and we’re ready to serve
them. AARON MATE: And Kristin, finally, your website,
if people want want more information? KRISTIN SEALE: Absolutely. It is KristinSeale.com, two Is, no Es in my
first name. Or you can find it at ServeThe168th.com. AARON MATE: Kristin Seale, running for the
state General Assembly in Pennsylvania, thanks so much for joining us. KRISTIN SEALE: Thank you for having me. AARON MATE: And thank you for joining us on
The Real News.

Netanyahu rushed off stage after rockets fired into Israel


NETANYAHU THE CHIEF DESTROYER OF THE PEACE PROCESS. AND BREAKING NEWS JUST MINUTES AGO. AS NETANYAHU WAS AT A CAMPAIGN EVENT, LOOK HERE. SECURITY FORCES RUSHED HIM OFF THE STAGE BECAUSE OUR TEAM IN JERUSALEM REPORTS PALESTINIANS FIRED LARGE ROCKETS FROM THE GAZA INTO TWO MAJOR CITIES IN THE ISRAELI SOUTH. IT’S BREAKING NEW. TREY YINGST REPORTING LIVE IN THE JERUSALEM NEWSROOM. TREY?>>SHEP, THAT’S RIGHT. IN THE LAST HOUR, TWO ROCKETS WERE FIRED FROM THE GAZA STRIP INTO SOUTHERN ISRAEL. THIS IS SIGNIFICANT FOR TWO REASONS. THE FIRST, THESE ARE MAJOR ROCKETS. THEY’RE TARGETING LARGE ISRAELI CITIES. THIS IS SIGNIFICANT FOR ANOTHER REASON. AS YOU CAN SEE, ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU WAS SPEAKING AT ONE OF THE CITIES IN AN ELECTION RALLY. HE WAS RUSHED OFF STAGE. HERE’S WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR. ONE OF THE ROCKETS WAS INTERCEPTED BY THE IRON DOME. THERE’S REPORTS OF OTHER ROCKETS LANDING IN OPEN AREAS. NOW, WE CAN EXPECT IN MASSIVE RESPONSES AS THIS IS BEING SEEN LOCALLY AS A MAJOR ESCALATION. THIS WEEK, EGYPTIAN NEGOTIATORS WERE TRYING TO BROKER A LONG-MATERIAL CEASE AGREEMENT. WHEN IT COMES TO THIS CONFLICT INSIDE GAZA, IF TONIGHT IS AN INDICATION, THE TALKS DID NOT GO VERY WELL.>>Shepard: AS ELECTIONS APPROACH IN ISRAEL, THINGS HEAT UP. A LONG HISTORY OF THIS. NOW THIS ANNOUNCEMENT OF ANNEXATION OF THE WEST BANK. WHAT DO YOU KNOW?>>EXACTLY. BENJAMIN NETANYAHU SPEAKING BEFORE THE ELECTION. HE SAID HE WILL TAKE OVER PARTS OF THE WEST BANK. THIS IS AN EXTREMELY CONTROVERSIAL POLITICAL POSITION, BUT SOMETHING THAT FOR HIM MAY GIVE HIM AN EDGE WITH THE FOR RIGHT HERE IN ISRAEL. NETANYAHU MADE THIS PROMISE TO TAKE OVER LARGE PORTIONS OF THE WEST BANK INCLUDING JORDAN VALLEY AND AREAS NORTH OF THE DEAD SEA IF HE WINS. THE 13-YEAR LEADER OF ISRAEL SAID THIS WOULD BE DONE WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. THE WHITE HOUSE HAS INDICATED THAT THE PRESIDENT’S DEAL OF THE CENTURY WOULD BE RELEASED LATER THIS WEEK. ANNEXING MORE PARTS OF THE WEST BANK IS HIS PLAN IF HE WINS RE-ELECTION, IS A VERY CONTROVERSIAL THING WITH PALESTINIANS.

Watch Closing Statements Of The Democratic Debate’s First Night | NBC News


TOMORROW AT 9:00 EASTERN ON NBC,
MSNBC, AND TELEMUNDO. MSNBC, AND TELEMUNDO.
>>WE ARE BACK FROM MIAMI.>>WE ARE BACK FROM MIAMI.
IT IS TIME NOW FOR CLOSING IT IS TIME NOW FOR CLOSING
STATEMENTS. STATEMENTS.
EACH CANDIDATE HAS 45 SECONDS. EACH CANDIDATE HAS 45 SECONDS.
WE WANT TO BEGIN WITH FORMER WE WANT TO BEGIN WITH FORMER
CONGRESSMAN DELANEY. CONGRESSMAN DELANEY.
>>CLOSING NOW?>>CLOSING NOW?>>CLOSING.
45 SECONDS. 45 SECONDS.
WE CAN GO ON. WE CAN GO ON.
>>TOGETHER, WE ARE ON A>>TOGETHER, WE ARE ON A
MISSION. MISSION.
WERE ON A MISSION TO FIND THE WERE ON A MISSION TO FIND THE
AMERICA THATS BEEN LOST. AMERICA THATS BEEN LOST.
LOST THROUGH INFIGHTING, LOST LOST THROUGH INFIGHTING, LOST
THROUGH INACTION. THROUGH INACTION.
WERE SO MUCH BETTER THAN THIS. WERE SO MUCH BETTER THAN THIS. WERE A COUNTRY THAT USED TO DO
THINGS.COUNTRY THAT USED TO DO THINGS. WE SAVED THE WORLD.
WE CREATED THE AMERICAN DREAM WE CREATED THE AMERICAN DREAM
FOR MILLIONS OF PEOPLE LIKE FOR MILLIONS OF PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF. MYSELF. THE GRANDSON OF IMMIGRANTS. THE GRANDSON OF IMMIGRANTS. THE SON OF A UNION ELECTRICIAN THE SON OF A UNION ELECTRICIAN WHO WENT ON TO BECOME A WHO WENT ON TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS LEADER AND SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS LEADER AND CREATE THOUSANDS OF JOBS. CREATE THOUSANDS OF JOBS. BUT WE DID THESE THINGS WITH BUT WE DID THESE THINGS WITH REAL SOLUTIONS.
NOT WITH IMPOSSIBLE PROMISES. NOT WITH IMPOSSIBLE PROMISES.
AND THOSE ARE THE ROOTS THAT WE AND THOSE ARE THE ROOTS THAT WE
HAVE TO GET BACK TO. HAVE TO GET BACK TO. IM RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT TO
SOLVE THESE PROBLEMS.ENT TO SOLVE THESE PROBLEMS.
TO BUILD INFRASTRUCTURE. TO BUILD INFRASTRUCTURE.
TO FIX OUR BROKEN HEALTH CARE TO FIX OUR BROKEN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. SYSTEM. TO INVEST IN COMMUNITIES THAT
HAVE BEEN LEFT BEHIND.ES THAT HAVE BEEN LEFT BEHIND.
TO IMPROVE PUBLIC EDUCATION. TO IMPROVE PUBLIC EDUCATION.
I JUST DONT WANT TO BE YOUR I JUST DONT WANT TO BE YOUR PRESIDENT TO BE YOUR PRESIDENT TO BE YOUR PRESIDENT — PRESIDENT –>>CONGRESS, YOUR 45 SECONDS IS>>CONGRESS, YOUR 45 SECONDS IS OVER. OVER.>>I WANT TO BE YOUR PRESIDENT>>I WANT TO BE YOUR PRESIDENT TO DO THE JOB. TO DO THE JOB.>>THANK YOU, SIR.>>THANK YOU, SIR.>>THIS IS NOT ABOUT ME.
THIS IS ABOUT GETTING AMERICA THIS IS ABOUT GETTING AMERICA
WORKING AGAIN. WORKING AGAIN.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.>>MAYOR de BLASIO.>>MAYOR de BLASIO. MAYOR, YOUR CLOSING STATEMENT.
>>IT MATTERS.OSING STATEMENT.>>IT MATTERS.
IT MATTERS IN THIS FIGHT FOR THE IT MATTERS IN THIS FIGHT FOR THE
HEART AND SOUL OF OUR PARTY THAT HEART AND SOUL OF OUR PARTY THAT WE NOMINATE A CANDIDATE WHO HAS
SEEN THE FACE OF POVERTY ANDHAS SEEN THE FACE OF POVERTY AND
DOESNT JUST TALK ABOUT IT BUT DOESNT JUST TALK ABOUT IT BUT GAVE PEOPLE $15 MINIMUM WAGE.
IT MATTERS THAT WE NOMINATE A IT MATTERS THAT WE NOMINATE A
CANDIDATE WHO SAW THE CANDIDATE WHO SAW THE
DESTRUCTION WROUGHT BY BROKEN DESTRUCTION WROUGHT BY BROKEN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND GAVE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND GAVE PEOPLE UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE.
IT MATTERS THAT WE CHOOSEARE. IT MATTERS THAT WE CHOOSE
SOMEONE WHO SAW THE WASTED SOMEONE WHO SAW THE WASTED POTENTIAL OF OUR CHILDREN DENIED POTENTIAL OF OUR CHILDREN DENIED PRE-K AND GAVE IT TO EVERY PRE-K AND GAVE IT TO EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM FOR FREE. SINGLE ONE OF THEM FOR FREE. THESE THINGS REALLY MATTER.
AND THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT AND THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT
IVE DONE IN NEW YORK AND I WANT IVE DONE IN NEW YORK AND I WANT
TO DO THE SAME FOR THIS WHOLE TO DO THE SAME FOR THIS WHOLE
COUNTRY BECAUSE PUTTING WORKING COUNTRY BECAUSE PUTTING WORKING PEOPLE FIRST, IT MATTERS. PEOPLE FIRST, IT MATTERS. WE NEED TO BE THAT PARTY AGAIN. WE NEED TO BE THAT PARTY AGAIN. LETS WORK TOGETHER. LETS WORK TOGETHER. WITH YOUR HELP, WE CAN PUT WITH YOUR HELP, WE CAN PUT WORKING PEOPLE FIRST AGAIN IN WORKING PEOPLE FIRST AGAIN IN AMERICA.
>>THANK YOU, MAYOR de BLASIO.>>THANK YOU, MAYOR de BLASIO.
RIGHT ON TIME. RIGHT ON TIME.
>>GOVERNOR INSLEE, 45 SECONDS.>>GOVERNOR INSLEE, 45 SECONDS.
>>TRUDY AND I HAVE THREE>>TRUDY AND I HAVE THREE GRANDCHILDREN. GRANDCHILDREN. WE LOVE THEM ALL. WE LOVE THEM ALL. WHEN I WAS THINKING ABOUT WHEN I WAS THINKING ABOUT WHETHER TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT, I WHETHER TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT, I MADE A DECISION. MADE A DECISION. I DECIDED THAT ON MY LAST DAY ON
EARTH, I WANTED TO LOOK THEM INN EARTH, I WANTED TO LOOK THEM IN
THE EYE AND TELL THEM I DID THE EYE AND TELL THEM I DID
EVERYTHING HUMANLY POSSIBLE TO EVERYTHING HUMANLY POSSIBLE TO PROTECT THEM FROM THE RAVAGES OF PROTECT THEM FROM THE RAVAGES OF THE CLIMATE CRISIS.
AND I KNOW TO A MORAL CERTAINTY AND I KNOW TO A MORAL CERTAINTY
IF WE DO NOT HAVE THE NEXT IF WE DO NOT HAVE THE NEXT
PRESIDENT WHO COMMITS TO THIS AS PRESIDENT WHO COMMITS TO THIS AS
THE TOP PRIORITY, IT WONT GET THE TOP PRIORITY, IT WONT GET
DONE. DONE. AND I AM THE ONLY CANDIDATE, AND I AM THE ONLY CANDIDATE, FRANKLY, IM SURPRISED, IM THE FRANKLY, IM SURPRISED, IM THE ONLY CANDIDATE WHOS MADE THIS ONLY CANDIDATE WHOS MADE THIS COMMITMENT TO MAKE IT THE TOP COMMITMENT TO MAKE IT THE TOP PRIORITY. PRIORITY. IF YOU JOIN ME IN THAT IF YOU JOIN ME IN THAT RECOGNITION OF HOW IMPORTANT RECOGNITION OF HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS, WE CAN HAVE A UNIFIED THIS IS, WE CAN HAVE A UNIFIED NATIONAL MISSION.
WE CAN SAVE OURSELVES. WE CAN SAVE OURSELVES.
WE CAN SAVE OUR CHILDREN. WE CAN SAVE OUR CHILDREN.
WE CAN SAVE OUR GRANDCHILDREN. WE CAN SAVE OUR GRANDCHILDREN. AND WE CAN SAVE LITERALLY THE
LIFE ON THIS PLANET.RALLY THE LIFE ON THIS PLANET.
THIS IS OUR MOMENT. THIS IS OUR MOMENT.
>>CONGRESS HNMANMAN.>>CONGRESS HNMANMAN. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. CONGRESSMAN RYAN, YOUR 45 CONGRESSMAN RYAN, YOUR 45 SECONDS.
>>THERES NOTHING WORSE THAN>>THERES NOTHING WORSE THAN
NOT BEING HEARD. NOT BEING HEARD. NOTHING WORSE THAN NOT BEING NOTHING WORSE THAN NOT BEING SEEN AND I KNOW THAT BECAUSE
IVE REPRESENTED FOR 17 YEARS IN IVE REPRESENTED FOR 17 YEARS IN
CONGRESS A FORGOTTEN COMMUNITY. CONGRESS A FORGOTTEN COMMUNITY.
THEYVE TRIED TO DIVIDE US, THEYVE TRIED TO DIVIDE US,
WHOS WHITE, WHOS BLACK, WHOS WHOS WHITE, WHOS BLACK, WHOS GAY, WHOS STRAIGHT, WHOS A
MAN, WHOS A WOMAN, AND THEY RAN MAN, WHOS A WOMAN, AND THEY RAN
AWAY WITH ALL THE GOLD BECAUSE AWAY WITH ALL THE GOLD BECAUSE THEY DIVIDED THE WORKING CLASS.
ITS TIME FOR US TO COMEG CLASS. ITS TIME FOR US TO COME TOGETHER.
I DONT KNOW HOW YOU FEEL, BUT I DONT KNOW HOW YOU FEEL, BUT
IM READY TO PLAY SOME OFFENSE. IM READY TO PLAY SOME OFFENSE.
I COME FROM THE MIDDLE OF I COME FROM THE MIDDLE OF INDUSTRIAL AMERICA, BUT THESE INDUSTRIAL AMERICA, BUT THESE PROBLEMS ARE ALL OVER OUR PROBLEMS ARE ALL OVER OUR COUNTRY. COUNTRY. THERES A TENT CITY IN L.A. THERES A TENT CITY IN L.A. THERES HOMELESS PEOPLE AND THERES HOMELESS PEOPLE AND PEOPLE AROUND OUR COUNTRY WHO
CANT AFFORD A HOME.OUNTRY WHO CANT AFFORD A HOME.
ITS TIME FOR US TO GET BACK ON ITS TIME FOR US TO GET BACK ON TRACK. TRACK. THE TEACHER IN TEXAS, THE NURSE THE TEACHER IN TEXAS, THE NURSE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, THE WAITRESS
IN WISCONSIN, ALL OF US COMING IN WISCONSIN, ALL OF US COMING
TOGETHER. TOGETHER.
PLAYING OFFENSE WITH AN AGENDA PLAYING OFFENSE WITH AN AGENDA THAT LIFTS EVERYBODY UP. THAT LIFTS EVERYBODY UP.>>THANK YOU.
>>I WILL ONLY PROMISE YOU ONE>>I WILL ONLY PROMISE YOU ONE
THING. THING. WHEN I WALK INTO THAT OVAL
OFFICE EVERY MORNING, YOU WILL OFFICE EVERY MORNING, YOU WILL
NOT BE FORGOTTEN. NOT BE FORGOTTEN.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.>>YOUR VOICE WILL BE HEARD.
THANK YOU.ICE WILL BE HEARD. THANK YOU.
>>CONGRESSWOMAN GABBARD.>>CONGRESSWOMAN GABBARD.
45 SECONDS FOR YOUR CLOSING. 45 SECONDS FOR YOUR CLOSING.>>OUR NATION WAS FOUNDED ON THE
PRINCIPLES OF SERVICE ABOVEN THE PRINCIPLES OF SERVICE ABOVE
SELF. SELF. PEOPLE WHO FLED KINGS WHO
LITERALLY PROFFERED ON THE BACKS LITERALLY PROFFERED ON THE BACKS
AND THE SACRIFICES OF PEOPLE. AND THE SACRIFICES OF PEOPLE. COMING HERE TO THIS COUNTRY,
INSTEAD PUTTING IN PLACE AY, INSTEAD PUTTING IN PLACE A
GOVERNMENT THAT IS OF, BY, AND GOVERNMENT THAT IS OF, BY, AND FOR THE PEOPLE.
BUT THATS NOT WHAT WE HAVE. BUT THATS NOT WHAT WE HAVE.
INSTEAD, WE HAVE A GOVERNMENT INSTEAD, WE HAVE A GOVERNMENT THAT IS OF, BY, AND FOR, THE THAT IS OF, BY, AND FOR, THE RICH AND POWERFUL. RICH AND POWERFUL. THIS MUST END. THIS MUST END. AS PRESIDENT, OUR WHITE HOUSE, AS PRESIDENT, OUR WHITE HOUSE, OUR WHITE HOUSE, WILL BE A
BEACON OF LIGHT PROVIDING HOPE BEACON OF LIGHT PROVIDING HOPE
AND OPPORTUNITY, USHERING IN A AND OPPORTUNITY, USHERING IN A NEW CENTURY WHERE EVERY SINGLE NEW CENTURY WHERE EVERY SINGLE PERSON WILL BE ABLE TO GET THE PERSON WILL BE ABLE TO GET THE HEALTH CARE THEY NEED. HEALTH CARE THEY NEED. WHERE WE WILL HAVE CLEAN AIR TO WHERE WE WILL HAVE CLEAN AIR TO BREATHE AND CLEAN WATER TO BREATHE AND CLEAN WATER TO DRINK. DRINK. WHERE WE WILL HAVE GOOD-PAYING WHERE WE WILL HAVE GOOD-PAYING JOBS AND A NEW GREEN ECONOMY. JOBS AND A NEW GREEN ECONOMY. JOIN ME IN USHERING IN THIS NEW
CENTURY WITH PEACE, PROSPERITY, CENTURY WITH PEACE, PROSPERITY,
OPPORTUNITY, AND JUSTICE FOR OPPORTUNITY, AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.
>>CONGRESSWOMAN, THANK YOU.>>CONGRESSWOMAN, THANK YOU.
>>SECRETARY CASTCASTRO, 45 SECO>>SECRETARY CASTCASTRO, 45 SECO SIR.
>>JULIAN CASTRO.>>JULIAN CASTRO.
THE VERY FACT THAT I CAN SAY THE VERY FACT THAT I CAN SAY
THAT TONIGHT SHOWS THE PROGRESS THAT TONIGHT SHOWS THE PROGRESS THAT WE HAVE MADE IN THIS THAT WE HAVE MADE IN THIS COUNTRY. COUNTRY. LIKE MANY OF YOU, I KNOW THE
PROMISE OF AMERICA. KNOW THE PROMISE OF AMERICA.
MY GRANDMOTHER CAME HERE WHEN MY GRANDMOTHER CAME HERE WHEN SHE WAS 7 YEARS OLD AS AN SHE WAS 7 YEARS OLD AS AN IMMIGRANT FROM MEXICO. IMMIGRANT FROM MEXICO. AND JUST TWO GENERATIONS LATER AND JUST TWO GENERATIONS LATER ONE OF HER GRANDSONS IS SERVING ONE OF HER GRANDSONS IS SERVING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AND THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AND THE OTHER ONE IS RUNNING FOR
PRESIDENT IN THE UNITED STATES. PRESIDENT IN THE UNITED STATES.
IF IM ELECTED PRESIDENT, I WILL IF IM ELECTED PRESIDENT, I WILL
WORK HARD EVERY SINGLE DAY SO WORK HARD EVERY SINGLE DAY SO THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY CAN GET
GOOD HEALTH CARE. FAMILY CAN GET GOOD HEALTH CARE.
YOUR CHILD CAN GET A GOOD YOUR CHILD CAN GET A GOOD
EDUCATION. EDUCATION. AND YOU CAN HAVE GOOD JOB AND YOU CAN HAVE GOOD JOB OPPORTUNITIES. OPPORTUNITIES. WHETHER YOU LIVE IN A BIG CITY
OR A SMALL TOWN. IN A BIG CITY OR A SMALL TOWN.
AND ON JANUARY 20th, 2021, WELL AND ON JANUARY 20th, 2021, WELL SAY ADIOS TO DONALD TRUMP.
>>SENATOR KLOBUCHAR, THE FLOOR>>SENATOR KLOBUCHAR, THE FLOOR
IS YOURS. IS YOURS.>>THREE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT>>THREE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ME. ME. FIRST, I LISTEN TO PEOPLE AND FIRST, I LISTEN TO PEOPLE AND THATS HOW I GET THINGS DONE. THATS HOW I GET THINGS DONE. THAT IS MY FOCUS. THAT IS MY FOCUS. I HAVE A TRACK RECORD OF PASSING I HAVE A TRACK RECORD OF PASSING OVER 100 BILLS WHERE IM THE OVER 100 BILLS WHERE IM THE LEAD DEMOCRAT AND THAT IS LEAD DEMOCRAT AND THAT IS BECAUSE I LISTENED AND I ACTED. BECAUSE I LISTENED AND I ACTED. AND I THINK THATS IMPORTANT IN AND I THINK THATS IMPORTANT IN A PRESIDENT. A PRESIDENT. EVERYTHING ELSE JUST MELTS AWAY. EVERYTHING ELSE JUST MELTS AWAY. SECONDLY, IM SOMEONE THAT CAN SECONDLY, IM SOMEONE THAT CAN WIN AND BEAT DONALD TRUMP. WIN AND BEAT DONALD TRUMP. I HAVE WON EVERY PLACE, EVERY I HAVE WON EVERY PLACE, EVERY RACE, AND EVERY TIME. RACE, AND EVERY TIME. I HAVE WON IN THE REDDEST OF I HAVE WON IN THE REDDEST OF DISTRICTS. DISTRICTS. ONES THAT DONALD TRUMP WON BY ONES THAT DONALD TRUMP WON BY OVER 20 POINTS. OVER 20 POINTS. I CAN WIN IN STATES LIKE
WISCONSIN AND IOWA AND IN WISCONSIN AND IOWA AND IN
MICHIGAN, AND FINALLY, YEAH, I MICHIGAN, AND FINALLY, YEAH, I AM NOT THE ESTABLISHMENT PARTY
CANDIDATE. ESTABLISHMENT PARTY CANDIDATE.
IVE GOT RESPECT, BUT IM NOT IVE GOT RESPECT, BUT IM NOT THAT PERSON. THAT PERSON. I AM THE ONE THAT DOESNT HAVE A I AM THE ONE THAT DOESNT HAVE A POLITICAL MACHINE, THAT DOESNT POLITICAL MACHINE, THAT DOESNT COME FROM MONEY. COME FROM MONEY. I DONT MAKE ALL THE PROMISES I DONT MAKE ALL THE PROMISES THAT EVERYONE UP HERE MAKES, BUT THAT EVERYONE UP HERE MAKES, BUT I CAN PROMISE YOU THIS. I CAN PROMISE YOU THIS. IM GOING TO GOVERN WITH IM GOING TO GOVERN WITH INTEGRITY. INTEGRITY. IM GOING TO HAVE YOUR BACK. IM GOING TO HAVE YOUR BACK. AND IM GOING TO GOVERN FOR YOU. AND IM GOING TO GOVERN FOR YOU.>>THANK YOU, SENATOR.>>THANK YOU, SENATOR.>>JUST WANT TO SAY, GRACIAS.>>JUST WANT TO SAY, GRACIAS. 50 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH, MY 50 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH, MY FAMILY MOVED INTO THE TOWN I FAMILY MOVED INTO THE TOWN I GREW UP IN BECAUSE AFTER BEING GREW UP IN BECAUSE AFTER BEING DENIED A HOUSE BECAUSE OF THE
COLOR OF THEIR SKIN, IT WASHE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN, IT WAS
ACTIVISTS, MOSTLY WHITE ACTIVISTS, MOSTLY WHITE ACTIVISTS, THAT STOOD UP AND
FOUGHT FOR THEM.STOOD UP AND FOUGHT FOR THEM. THATS THE BEST OF WHO WE ARE AS
AMERICA.E BEST OF WHO WE ARE AS AMERICA.
WHY WHEN I GOT OUT OF LAW WHY WHEN I GOT OUT OF LAW
SCHOOL, I MOVED INTO THE INNER SCHOOL, I MOVED INTO THE INNER
CITY OF NEWARK TO FIGHT AS A CITY OF NEWARK TO FIGHT AS A TENANT LAWYER FOR OTHER PEOPLES
RIGHTS.LAWYER FOR OTHER PEOPLES RIGHTS.
IVE TAKEN ON BULLIES AND BEAT IVE TAKEN ON BULLIES AND BEAT THEM. THEM. . . IVE TAKEN ON TOUGH FIGHTS AND IVE TAKEN ON TOUGH FIGHTS AND WE WON. WE WON. WE WIN THOSE FIGHTS NOT BY WE WIN THOSE FIGHTS NOT BY SHOWING THE WORST OF WHO WE ARE, SHOWING THE WORST OF WHO WE ARE, BUT RISING TO WHOS BEST. BUT RISING TO WHOS BEST. DONALD TRUMP WANTS US TO FIGHT
HIM ON HIS TURF AND HIS TERMS. HIM ON HIS TURF AND HIS TERMS.
WE WILL BEAT HIM. WE WILL BEAT HIM.
I WILL BEAT HIM BY CALLING THIS I WILL BEAT HIM BY CALLING THIS COUNTRY TO A SENSE OF COMMON COUNTRY TO A SENSE OF COMMON PURPOSE AGAIN. PURPOSE AGAIN. THIS IS A REFERENDUM ON HIM AND
GETTING RID OF HIM, BUT ITS AND GETTING RID OF HIM, BUT ITS
ALSO A REFERENDUM ON US. ALSO A REFERENDUM ON US. WHO WE ARE AND WHO WE MUST BE TO
EACH OTHER.AND WHO WE MUST BE TO EACH OTHER.
ITS TIME WE WIN THIS ELECTION ITS TIME WE WIN THIS ELECTION AND THE WAY ILL GOVERN IS BY
SHOWING THE BEST OF WHO WE ARE SHOWING THE BEST OF WHO WE ARE
BECAUSE THATS WHAT THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE THATS WHAT THIS COUNTRY
NEEDS. NEEDS.
>>SENATOR –>>SENATOR –>>AND DESERVES.
>>THANK YOU.ES.>>THANK YOU.
CONGRESSMAN OROURKE, 45 CONGRESSMAN OROURKE, 45 SECONDS. SECONDS.>>OUR DAUGHTER, MOLLY, TURNED
11 THIS WEEK.ER, MOLLY, TURNED 11 THIS WEEK.
IM ON THIS STAGE FOR HER. IM ON THIS STAGE FOR HER. FOR CHILDREN ACROSS THIS
COUNTRY.DREN ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. INCLUDING SOME HER SAME AGE WHO
HAVE BEEN SEPARATED FROM THEIRO HAVE BEEN SEPARATED FROM THEIR
PARENTS AND ARE SLEEPING ON PARENTS AND ARE SLEEPING ON CONCRETE FLOORS UNDER ALUMINUM
BLANKETS TONIGHT.NDER ALUMINUM BLANKETS TONIGHT.
WERE GOING TO BE THERE FOR WERE GOING TO BE THERE FOR THEM. THEM. WERE GOING TO CONFRONT THE
CHALLENGES THAT WE FACE.HE CHALLENGES THAT WE FACE.
WE CANT RETURN TO THE SAME OLD WE CANT RETURN TO THE SAME OLD APPROACH. APPROACH. WERE GOING TO NEED A NEW KIND WERE GOING TO NEED A NEW KIND OF POLITICS.
ONE DIRECTED BY THE URGENCY OF ONE DIRECTED BY THE URGENCY OF
THE NEXT GENERATION. THE NEXT GENERATION.
THOSE CLIMATE ACTIVISTS WHO ARE THOSE CLIMATE ACTIVISTS WHO ARE FIGHTING NOT JUST FOR THEIR
FUTURE BUT FOR EVERYONES.IR FUTURE BUT FOR EVERYONES.
THOSE STUDENTS MARCHING NOT JUST THOSE STUDENTS MARCHING NOT JUST FOR THEIR LIVES, BUT FOR ALL OF FOR THEIR LIVES, BUT FOR ALL OF OURS. OURS. WE NEED A MOVEMENT LIKE THE ONE WE NEED A MOVEMENT LIKE THE ONE THAT WE LED IN TEXAS.
IT RENEWED OUR DEMOCRACY BY IT RENEWED OUR DEMOCRACY BY
BRINGING EVERYONE IN AND WRITING BRINGING EVERYONE IN AND WRITING NOBODY OFF.
THATS HOW WE BEAT DONALD TRUMP. THATS HOW WE BEAT DONALD TRUMP.
THATS HOW WE BRING THIS GREAT THATS HOW WE BRING THIS GREAT
COUNTRY TOGETHER AGAIN. COUNTRY TOGETHER AGAIN. JOIN US. JOIN US. THIS IS OUR MOMENT. THIS IS OUR MOMENT. AND THE GENERATIONS THAT FOLLOW AND THE GENERATIONS THAT FOLLOW ARE COUNTING ON US TO MEET IT. ARE COUNTING ON US TO MEET IT.>>THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN.>>THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN.>>SENATOR WARREN.
YOU HAVE 45 SECONDS FOR THE YOU HAVE 45 SECONDS FOR THE
FINAL, FINAL STATEMENT OF THE FINAL, FINAL STATEMENT OF THE EVENING. EVENING.>>THANK YOU.
ITS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE. ITS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE.
NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS DID I NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS DID I
THINK I WOULD STAND ON A STAGE THINK I WOULD STAND ON A STAGE
LIKE THIS. LIKE THIS. I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN
OKLAHOMA.N AND RAISED IN OKLAHOMA.
I HAVE THREE ELDER BROTHERS. I HAVE THREE ELDER BROTHERS. THEY ALL JOINED THE MILITARY. THEY ALL JOINED THE MILITARY. I HAD A DREAM GROWING UP, AND MY
DREAM WAS TO BE A PUBLIC, AND MY DREAM WAS TO BE A PUBLIC SCHOOLTEACHER. SCHOOLTEACHER. BY THE TIME I GRADUATED FROM
HIGH SCHOOL, MY FAMILY, MYOM HIGH SCHOOL, MY FAMILY, MY
FAMILY DIDNT HAVE THE MONEY FOR FAMILY DIDNT HAVE THE MONEY FOR
COLLEGE APPLICATIONS. COLLEGE APPLICATIONS. MUCH LESS A CHANCE FOR ME TO GO MUCH LESS A CHANCE FOR ME TO GO TO COLLEGE. TO COLLEGE. BUT I GOT MY CHANCE. BUT I GOT MY CHANCE. IT WAS A $50 A SEMESTER COMMUTER IT WAS A $50 A SEMESTER COMMUTER COLLEGE. COLLEGE. THAT WAS A LITTLE SLICE OF THAT WAS A LITTLE SLICE OF GOVERNMENT THAT CREATED SOME GOVERNMENT THAT CREATED SOME OPPORTUNITY FOR A GIRL. OPPORTUNITY FOR A GIRL. AND IT OPENED MY LIFE. AND IT OPENED MY LIFE. I AM IN THIS FIGHT BECAUSE I I AM IN THIS FIGHT BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT WE CAN MAKE OUR BELIEVE THAT WE CAN MAKE OUR GOVERNMENT, WE CAN MAKE OUR GOVERNMENT, WE CAN MAKE OUR ECONOMY, WE CAN MAKE OUR COUNTRY ECONOMY, WE CAN MAKE OUR COUNTRY WORK.
NOT JUST FOR THOSE AT THE TOP. NOT JUST FOR THOSE AT THE TOP.
WE CAN MAKE IT WORK FOR EVERYONE WE CAN MAKE IT WORK FOR EVERYONE AND I PROMISE YOU THIS, I WILL

Full O’Rourke: There Is ‘Support Beyond The Democratic Party’ For Gun Reform | Meet The Press


>>I FRANKLY THINK THAT THAT CLIP WILL BE PLAYED FOR YEARS AT CLIP WILL BE PLAYED FOR YEARS AT SECOND AMENDMENT RALLIES WITH SECOND AMENDMENT RALLIES WITH ORGANIZATIONS THAT TRY TO SCARE ORGANIZATIONS THAT TRY TO SCARE PEOPLE BY SAYING DEMOCRATS ARE PEOPLE BY SAYING DEMOCRATS ARE COMING FOR YOUR GUNS. COMING FOR YOUR GUNS.>>AND JOINING ME NOW FROM>>AND JOINING ME NOW FROM HOUSTON IS FORMER CONGRESSMAN, HOUSTON IS FORMER CONGRESSMAN, DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, BETO O’ROURKE. CANDIDATE, BETO O’ROURKE. CONGRESSMAN O’ROURKE, WELCOME CONGRESSMAN O’ROURKE, WELCOME BACK TO “MEET THE PRESS,” SIR. BACK TO “MEET THE PRESS,” SIR.>>GOOD MORNING.>>GOOD MORNING.>>GOOD MORNING.>>GOOD MORNING. LOOK, SENATOR — REPUBLICAN LOOK, SENATOR — REPUBLICAN SENATOR POOTAT TOOMEY, YOU HEARD SENATOR POOTAT TOOMEY, YOU HEARD THE CHRIS COONS COMMENT AT THE THE CHRIS COONS COMMENT AT THE END OF THE PACKAGE. END OF THE PACKAGE. PAT TOOMEY TWEETED THE PAT TOOMEY TWEETED THE FOLLOWING. FOLLOWING. I AGREE WITH CHRIS COONS. I AGREE WITH CHRIS COONS. THIS IS AN AWFUL AND EXTREME THIS IS AN AWFUL AND EXTREME IDEA. IDEA. THANKFULLY THERE’S NOT ENOUGH THANKFULLY THERE’S NOT ENOUGH SUPPORT IN CONGRESS TO DO IT. SUPPORT IN CONGRESS TO DO IT. BUT THIS RHETORIC UNDERMINES AND BUT THIS RHETORIC UNDERMINES AND HURTS BIPARTISAN EFFORTS TO MAKE HURTS BIPARTISAN EFFORTS TO MAKE PROGRESS ON COMMON SENSE GUN PROGRESS ON COMMON SENSE GUN SAFETY EFFORTS, LIKE EXPANDING SAFETY EFFORTS, LIKE EXPANDING BACKGROUND CHECKS. BACKGROUND CHECKS. HE WENT ON THE RECORD, A FEW HE WENT ON THE RECORD, A FEW OTHER DEMOCRATS WENT ON WITH OTHER DEMOCRATS WENT ON WITH BLIND QUOTES. BLIND QUOTES. THERE’S A LOT OF HAND WRINGING THERE’S A LOT OF HAND WRINGING ABOUT WHAT YOU SAID, AGREEING ABOUT WHAT YOU SAID, AGREEING WITH YOUR SENTIMENT BUT WITH YOUR SENTIMENT BUT CONCERNED THAT THE RHETORIC IS CONCERNED THAT THE RHETORIC IS GOING TO ACTUALLY BACKFIRE. GOING TO ACTUALLY BACKFIRE. WHAT DO YOU SAY? WHAT DO YOU SAY?>>I THINK THIS JUST SHOWS YOU>>I THINK THIS JUST SHOWS YOU HOW SCREWED UP THE PRIORITIES IN HOW SCREWED UP THE PRIORITIES IN WASHINGTON, D.C., ARE. WASHINGTON, D.C., ARE. I THINK WHAT’S TRULY AWFUL IS A I THINK WHAT’S TRULY AWFUL IS A 17-MONTH-OLD BABY SHOT IN THE 17-MONTH-OLD BABY SHOT IN THE FACE WITH AN AR-15, AS HAPPENED FACE WITH AN AR-15, AS HAPPENED IN ODESSA. IN ODESSA. WHAT’S TRULY AWFUL IS 22 PEOPLE WHAT’S TRULY AWFUL IS 22 PEOPLE KILLED IN A WALMART THE SATURDAY KILLED IN A WALMART THE SATURDAY BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS THAT NEXT BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS THAT NEXT MONDAY, BUYING THEIR SCHOOL MONDAY, BUYING THEIR SCHOOL SUPPLIES, INNOCENT OF ANY CRIME SUPPLIES, INNOCENT OF ANY CRIME OR ANY THREAT TO THIS COUNTRY, OR ANY THREAT TO THIS COUNTRY, IN FACT LIVING IN ONE OF THE IN FACT LIVING IN ONE OF THE SAFEST CITIES IN AMERICA, EL SAFEST CITIES IN AMERICA, EL PASO, TEXAS, HUNTED DOWN BY PASO, TEXAS, HUNTED DOWN BY THEIR ETHNICITY WITH A WEAPON THEIR ETHNICITY WITH A WEAPON THAT WAS DESIGNED FOR USE ON A THAT WAS DESIGNED FOR USE ON A BATTLEFIELD. BATTLEFIELD. TALKING TO THOSE DOCTORS AND TALKING TO THOSE DOCTORS AND TRAUMA ROOM SURGEONS WHO TREATED TRAUMA ROOM SURGEONS WHO TREATED THOSE VICTIMS IN EL PASO, THEY THOSE VICTIMS IN EL PASO, THEY SAID THESE ARE WOUNDS OF WAR, SAID THESE ARE WOUNDS OF WAR, THAT HIGH-IMPACT, HIGH-VELOCITY THAT HIGH-IMPACT, HIGH-VELOCITY ROUND, WHEN IT HIT THEIR SYSTEMS ROUND, WHEN IT HIT THEIR SYSTEMS JUST SHREDDED EVERYTHING INSIDE JUST SHREDDED EVERYTHING INSIDE OF THEM. OF THEM. I REFUSE TO ACCEPT THAT. I REFUSE TO ACCEPT THAT. AND I REFUSE TO EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE AND I REFUSE TO EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE THE POLITICS OR THE PULLING OR THE POLITICS OR THE PULLING OR THE FEAR OR THE NRA. THE FEAR OR THE NRA. THAT HAS PURCHASED THE THAT HAS PURCHASED THE COMPLICITY AND SILENCE OF COMPLICITY AND SILENCE OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. THIS WEAK RESPONSE TO A REAL THIS WEAK RESPONSE TO A REAL TRAGEDY IN AMERICA, 40,000 GUN TRAGEDY IN AMERICA, 40,000 GUN DEATHS A YEAR, WE’VE GOT TO DO DEATHS A YEAR, WE’VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. SOMETHING ABOUT IT. I’M PROPOSING THAT WE DO I’M PROPOSING THAT WE DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. SOMETHING ABOUT IT.>>EXPLAIN HOW — YOUR CHANGE OF>>EXPLAIN HOW — YOUR CHANGE OF HEART. HEART. TO BE A BIT HARSH HERE, WHAT YOU TO BE A BIT HARSH HERE, WHAT YOU JUST SAID ABOUT SORT OF THE JUST SAID ABOUT SORT OF THE WEAKNESS OF WASHINGTON, YOU USED WEAKNESS OF WASHINGTON, YOU USED TO BE ONE OF THOSE MEMBERS OF TO BE ONE OF THOSE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO USED TO ADVOCATE CONGRESS WHO USED TO ADVOCATE THIS VERY CAREFUL WORDING ON THIS VERY CAREFUL WORDING ON GUNS. GUNS. WHERE DID YOU GO WRONG? WHERE DID YOU GO WRONG?>>NO, I REJECT THAT, CHUCK.>>NO, I REJECT THAT, CHUCK. SO IN TEXAS, IN EVERY SINGLE ONE SO IN TEXAS, IN EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE 254 COUNTIES, NO MATTER OF THE 254 COUNTIES, NO MATTER HOW RED OR RURAL OR BIG AND HOW RED OR RURAL OR BIG AND BLUE, I WAS SHOWING UP TALKING BLUE, I WAS SHOWING UP TALKING ABOUT AN ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN IN ABOUT AN ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN IN THAT STATE, A PROUD GUN-OWNING THAT STATE, A PROUD GUN-OWNING STATE, BECAUSE I ALSO KNOW IT’S STATE, BECAUSE I ALSO KNOW IT’S A PROUD RESPONSIBLE GUN-OWNING A PROUD RESPONSIBLE GUN-OWNING STATE. STATE. AND FOLKS SAID THAT IS THE THIRD AND FOLKS SAID THAT IS THE THIRD RAIL OF POLITICS IN TEXAS. RAIL OF POLITICS IN TEXAS. YOU CAN NEVER TALK ABOUT IT. YOU CAN NEVER TALK ABOUT IT. SO I’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THESE SO I’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THESE ISSUES THROUGHOUT THE STATE. ISSUES THROUGHOUT THE STATE. BUT YOU’RE RIGHT, ON AUGUST 3rd BUT YOU’RE RIGHT, ON AUGUST 3rd IN EL PASO WITH 22 PEOPLE IN EL PASO WITH 22 PEOPLE KILLED, DOZENS MORE GRIEVOUSLY KILLED, DOZENS MORE GRIEVOUSLY INJURED, I COULD NO LONGER INJURED, I COULD NO LONGER ACCEPT THAT THAT WOULD BE ENOUGH ACCEPT THAT THAT WOULD BE ENOUGH BECAUSE THERE’S STILL MORE THAN BECAUSE THERE’S STILL MORE THAN 10 MILLION ASSAULT WEAPONS, 10 MILLION ASSAULT WEAPONS, WEAPONS OF WAR OUT ON THE WEAPONS OF WAR OUT ON THE STREET. STREET. AND IF WE AGREE THAT THEY’RE AND IF WE AGREE THAT THEY’RE DANGEROUS TO SELL AND WE SHOULD DANGEROUS TO SELL AND WE SHOULD STOP SELLING THEM, THEN WE ALSO STOP SELLING THEM, THEN WE ALSO HAVE TO AGREE THAT THESE ARE HAVE TO AGREE THAT THESE ARE INSTRUMENTS OF TERROR THAT ARE INSTRUMENTS OF TERROR THAT ARE STILL OUT THERE AND HAVE TO BE STILL OUT THERE AND HAVE TO BE BROUGHT BACK HOME OR THEY ARE BROUGHT BACK HOME OR THEY ARE GOING TO BE USED AGAINST US. GOING TO BE USED AGAINST US. AND THAT’S WHAT WE’VE SEEN IN EL AND THAT’S WHAT WE’VE SEEN IN EL PASO, IN MIDLAND, ODESSA, IN PASO, IN MIDLAND, ODESSA, IN SUTHERLAND SPRINGS. SUTHERLAND SPRINGS. THOSE ARE JUST THREE COMMUNITIES THOSE ARE JUST THREE COMMUNITIES IN TEXAS. IN TEXAS.>>YOU HEARD AT ONE TIME, I>>YOU HEARD AT ONE TIME, I BELIEVE, IT WAS VICE PRESIDENT BELIEVE, IT WAS VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN OFFERED UP AND HE SAID BIDEN OFFERED UP AND HE SAID DON’T FORGET THE CONSTITUTION. DON’T FORGET THE CONSTITUTION. SO LET ME ASK IT THIS WAY. SO LET ME ASK IT THIS WAY. WHAT IS YOUR INTERPRETATION OF WHAT IS YOUR INTERPRETATION OF WHAT THE SECOND AMENDMENT ALLOWS WHAT THE SECOND AMENDMENT ALLOWS AND WHAT THE SECOND AMENDMENT AND WHAT THE SECOND AMENDMENT DOES NOT ALLOW? DOES NOT ALLOW?>>I’LL PUT IT THIS WAY.>>I’LL PUT IT THIS WAY. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE’RE THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE’RE ABLE TO DO THROUGH THE COMMERCE ABLE TO DO THROUGH THE COMMERCE CLAUSE AND THIS IS SOMETHING CLAUSE AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS NOT PREVENTED FROM — THAT IS NOT PREVENTED FROM — WOULDN’T PREVENT THE UNITED WOULDN’T PREVENT THE UNITED STATES FROM DOING BY THE SECOND STATES FROM DOING BY THE SECOND AMENDMENT. AMENDMENT. SO THIS IS CONSTITUTIONALLY SO THIS IS CONSTITUTIONALLY SOUND. SOUND. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY IF THIS IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY IF WE CARE ABOUT THE LIVES OF OUR WE CARE ABOUT THE LIVES OF OUR FELLOW AMERICANS. FELLOW AMERICANS. AND HERE’S SOMETHING I WANT TO AND HERE’S SOMETHING I WANT TO TELL YOU. TELL YOU. GOING TO A GUN SHOW IN CONWAY, GOING TO A GUN SHOW IN CONWAY, ARKANSAS, STOPPING AT A BUC-EES ARKANSAS, STOPPING AT A BUC-EES IN KATY, TEXAS, YESTERDAY, IN KATY, TEXAS, YESTERDAY, LISTENING TO OWNERS OF AR-15s, LISTENING TO OWNERS OF AR-15s, REPUBLICANS, WHO COME UP AND REPUBLICANS, WHO COME UP AND SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT, I OWN ONE OF SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT, I OWN ONE OF THESE GUNS, DON’T NEED IT TO THESE GUNS, DON’T NEED IT TO HUNT, DON’T NEED IT FOR HUNT, DON’T NEED IT FOR SELF-DEFENSE. SELF-DEFENSE. THIS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO THIS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO AND I WOULD GLADLY GIVE IT UP AND I WOULD GLADLY GIVE IT UP BECAUSE I ALSO HAVE KIDS IN BECAUSE I ALSO HAVE KIDS IN SCHOOL AND FEAR FOR THEIR SAFETY SCHOOL AND FEAR FOR THEIR SAFETY OR I HAVE GRANDKIDS AND WANT TO OR I HAVE GRANDKIDS AND WANT TO MAKE SURE THE COUNTRY IS SAFE MAKE SURE THE COUNTRY IS SAFE FOR THEM. FOR THEM. SO NOT ONLY IS THIS SO NOT ONLY IS THIS CONSTITUTIONALLY SOUND THERE’S CONSTITUTIONALLY SOUND THERE’S SUPPORT BEYOND THE DEMOCRATIC SUPPORT BEYOND THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO INCLUDE REPUBLICANS, PARTY TO INCLUDE REPUBLICANS, INDEPENDENTS, GUN OWNERS AND INDEPENDENTS, GUN OWNERS AND NON-GUN OWNERS ALIKE TO DO THE NON-GUN OWNERS ALIKE TO DO THE RIGHT THING. RIGHT THING.>>VERY QUICKLY, I AM CURIOUS>>VERY QUICKLY, I AM CURIOUS THAT YOU’VE GOTTEN A LOT MORE THAT YOU’VE GOTTEN A LOT MORE ATTENTION FOR SAYING WHAT YOU ATTENTION FOR SAYING WHAT YOU DID. DID. YOU WERE SUPPORTING MANDATORY YOU WERE SUPPORTING MANDATORY BUYBACKS BEFORE BUT NOW YOU’RE BUYBACKS BEFORE BUT NOW YOU’RE GETTING THIS FOCUS BECAUSE OF GETTING THIS FOCUS BECAUSE OF HOW YOU SAID IT. HOW YOU SAID IT. THERE’S BEEN SOME COVERAGE OF THERE’S BEEN SOME COVERAGE OF YOU RECENTLY GOING, HEY, YOU RECENTLY GOING, HEY, CONGRESSMAN O’ROURKE IS IN HIS CONGRESSMAN O’ROURKE IS IN HIS BLANKET STAGE, YOU KNOW, BLANKET STAGE, YOU KNOW, REFERRING TO THE FACT THAT YOU REFERRING TO THE FACT THAT YOU WILL CURSE OCCASIONALLY ON THE WILL CURSE OCCASIONALLY ON THE STUMP. STUMP. DO YOU FIND IT A BIT FRUSTRATING DO YOU FIND IT A BIT FRUSTRATING THAT IT TAKES SOMETIMES THEE AT THAT IT TAKES SOMETIMES THEE AT RIKCK — THEATRICS TO GET THE RIKCK — THEATRICS TO GET THE ATTENTION OF THE PRESS CORPS AND ATTENTION OF THE PRESS CORPS AND THE AMERICAN PUBLIC? THE AMERICAN PUBLIC?>>I THINK WHAT PEOPLE WANTING>>I THINK WHAT PEOPLE WANTING US TO DO AND WHAT I’M TRYING TO US TO DO AND WHAT I’M TRYING TO DO IN THIS CAMPAIGN IS JUST TO DO IN THIS CAMPAIGN IS JUST TO SEE THINGS AS CLEARLY AS I SEE THINGS AS CLEARLY AS I POSSIBLY CAN AND SPEAK AS POSSIBLY CAN AND SPEAK AS HONESTLY AS I POSSIBLY CAN HONESTLY AS I POSSIBLY CAN WITHOUT TRIANGULATING OR POLLING WITHOUT TRIANGULATING OR POLLING OR FOCUS GROUP TESTING WHAT THE OR FOCUS GROUP TESTING WHAT THE MESSAGE IS. MESSAGE IS. JUST CALL THIS OUT FOR WHAT IT JUST CALL THIS OUT FOR WHAT IT IS, ABSOLUTELY WRONG AND IS, ABSOLUTELY WRONG AND UNACCEPTABLE THAT WE HAVE PEOPLE UNACCEPTABLE THAT WE HAVE PEOPLE KILLED IN THIS WAY IN OUR KILLED IN THIS WAY IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND PEOPLE LIVING IN COMMUNITIES AND PEOPLE LIVING IN FEAR IN AMERICA TODAY. FEAR IN AMERICA TODAY. I REJECT THAT FEAR, AND I WANT I REJECT THAT FEAR, AND I WANT TO GO FORWARD WITH A BOLD, TO GO FORWARD WITH A BOLD, AMBITIOUS PROPOSAL TO MAKE SURE AMBITIOUS PROPOSAL TO MAKE SURE THAT WE’RE SAFE IN OUR THAT WE’RE SAFE IN OUR COMMUNITIES, SAFE IN OUR HOMES, COMMUNITIES, SAFE IN OUR HOMES, SAFE IN AMERICA AGAIN. SAFE IN AMERICA AGAIN.>>IS THE DEBATE ABOUT VICE>>IS THE DEBATE ABOUT VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN AND THE CONCERN PRESIDENT BIDEN AND THE CONCERN ABOUT HIS FITNESS TO TAKE THE ABOUT HIS FITNESS TO TAKE THE FIGHT TO PRESIDENT TRUMP, A, IS FIGHT TO PRESIDENT TRUMP, A, IS IT A LEGITIMATE DEBATE, AND DO IT A LEGITIMATE DEBATE, AND DO YOU HAVE CONCERNS? YOU HAVE CONCERNS?>>OH, NO, I COULD CARE LESS>>OH, NO, I COULD CARE LESS ABOUT THAT, TO BE HONEST WITH ABOUT THAT, TO BE HONEST WITH YOU. YOU. I WAS LISTENING TO YOUR OPENING I WAS LISTENING TO YOUR OPENING PACKAGE. PACKAGE. WHO THE HELL CARES, RIGHT? WHO THE HELL CARES, RIGHT? YOU’VE GOT TENS OF MILLIONS OF YOU’VE GOT TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO CANNOT SEE A DOCTOR. PEOPLE WHO CANNOT SEE A DOCTOR. IN TEXAS WHERE I AM RIGHT NOW, IN TEXAS WHERE I AM RIGHT NOW, LARGEST PROVIDER OF MENTAL LARGEST PROVIDER OF MENTAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES IS THE HEALTH CARE SERVICES IS THE COUNTY JAIL SYSTEM. COUNTY JAIL SYSTEM. YOU’VE GOT TEN YEARS LEFT WITHIN YOU’VE GOT TEN YEARS LEFT WITHIN WHICH TO CONFRONT CLIMATE CHANGE WHICH TO CONFRONT CLIMATE CHANGE OR IT IS ALL OVER FOR ALL OF US. OR IT IS ALL OVER FOR ALL OF US. YOU’VE GOT KIDS IN CAGES, YOU’VE GOT KIDS IN CAGES, FAMILIES WHO HAVE BEEN FAMILIES WHO HAVE BEEN SEPARATED. SEPARATED. THERE’S SOME REALLY URGENT THERE’S SOME REALLY URGENT ISSUES WE’VE GOT TO BE ISSUES WE’VE GOT TO BE ADDRESSING IN THIS COUNTRY RIGHT ADDRESSING IN THIS COUNTRY RIGHT NOW. NOW. THE LAST THING I CARE ABOUT IS THE LAST THING I CARE ABOUT IS JOE BIDEN’S AGE OR SOME INNER JOE BIDEN’S AGE OR SOME INNER PARTY FIGHT BETWEEN CANDIDATES PARTY FIGHT BETWEEN CANDIDATES UP ON THE STAGE. UP ON THE STAGE. WE’VE GOT TO BE TALKING ABOUT WE’VE GOT TO BE TALKING ABOUT THE BIG THINGS THAT PEOPLE IN THE BIG THINGS THAT PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY CARE ABOUT. THIS COUNTRY CARE ABOUT.>>VERY QUICKLY, IF YOU WERE>>VERY QUICKLY, IF YOU WERE PRESIDENT RIGHT NOW AND YOU HAD PRESIDENT RIGHT NOW AND YOU HAD A GROWING EPIDEMIC OF PEOPLE A GROWING EPIDEMIC OF PEOPLE VAPING AND POSSIBLY GETTING SEC VAPING AND POSSIBLY GETTING SEC OR DYING FROM IT, WHAT WOULD YOU OR DYING FROM IT, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING RIGHT NOW? BE DOING RIGHT NOW? A TEMPORARY RECALL OF ALL OF A TEMPORARY RECALL OF ALL OF THESE PRODUCTS? THESE PRODUCTS? WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING? WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING?>>I THINK THAT’S A GREAT PLACE>>I THINK THAT’S A GREAT PLACE TO START. TO START. I THINK YOU’RE SEEING A PLAYBOOK I THINK YOU’RE SEEING A PLAYBOOK PIONEERED BY BIG TOBACCO OVER PIONEERED BY BIG TOBACCO OVER THE LAST 50 OR 60 YEARS TRYING THE LAST 50 OR 60 YEARS TRYING TO HOOK KIDS ON SOMETHING THAT TO HOOK KIDS ON SOMETHING THAT WILL ULTIMATELY KILL THEM BEING WILL ULTIMATELY KILL THEM BEING EMPLOYED BY THE VAPING INDUSTRY. EMPLOYED BY THE VAPING INDUSTRY. WE NEED VIGOROUS REGULATION. WE NEED VIGOROUS REGULATION. WE NEED TO TREAT THIS AS A TRUE WE NEED TO TREAT THIS AS A TRUE PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS AND RESPOND PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS AND RESPOND WITH THE URGENCY THAT IT WITH THE URGENCY THAT IT DEMANDS. DEMANDS. WE’VE GOT TO MAKE SURE NO ONE IS WE’VE GOT TO MAKE SURE NO ONE IS ABLE TO BUY THEIR WAY INTO OUR ABLE TO BUY THEIR WAY INTO OUR ECONOMY WITH PAC CHECKS OR ECONOMY WITH PAC CHECKS OR LOBBYISTS TO WRITE THE RULES IN LOBBYISTS TO WRITE THE RULES IN THEIR FAVOR, AS TOBACCO HAS THEIR FAVOR, AS TOBACCO HAS DONE, AS PHARMACEUTICAL DONE, AS PHARMACEUTICAL CORPORATIONS ARE ABLE TO DO, AS CORPORATIONS ARE ABLE TO DO, AS THE NRA HAS BEEN ABLE TO DO. THE NRA HAS BEEN ABLE TO DO. WE’VE GOT TO STAND UP FOR PEOPLE WE’VE GOT TO STAND UP FOR PEOPLE AND ESPECIALLY FOR KIDS RIGHT

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I APPRECIATE IT.>>GOOD TO BE WITH YOU.>>GOOD TO BE WITH YOU.>>MY OTHER PANELISTS STAY AS WE>>MY OTHER PANELISTS STAY AS WE BRING IN ONE OTHER THING THAT WE BRING IN ONE OTHER THING THAT WE ABSOLUTELY HAD TO GET TO. ABSOLUTELY HAD TO GET TO. THIS TRUMP CONTROVERSY THAT IS THIS TRUMP CONTROVERSY THAT IS BEING CALLED SHARPIE GATE. BEING CALLED SHARPIE GATE. IT BEGINS THIS VERY MORNING WITH IT BEGINS THIS VERY MORNING WITH DONALD TRUMP SPEAKING TO DONALD TRUMP SPEAKING TO REPORTERS ABOUT AN ADMITTEDLY REPORTERS ABOUT AN ADMITTEDLY SERIOUS TOPIC HOLDING UP A SERIOUS TOPIC HOLDING UP A POSTER. POSTER. SO FAR SO GOOD. SO FAR SO GOOD. THEN PEOPLE NOTICED BECAUSE IT’S THEN PEOPLE NOTICED BECAUSE IT’S A PUBLIC PRESS EVENT SOMETHING A PUBLIC PRESS EVENT SOMETHING WEIRD THAT YOU SEE ON THE MAP. WEIRD THAT YOU SEE ON THE MAP. IT APPEARED SOMEONE DREW ON AN IT APPEARED SOMEONE DREW ON AN EXTRA PART TO MAKE IT APPEAR AS EXTRA PART TO MAKE IT APPEAR AS IF ALABAMA MIGHT ALSO BE IN THE IF ALABAMA MIGHT ALSO BE IN THE STORM’S PATH WHICH IT WASN’T. STORM’S PATH WHICH IT WASN’T. YOU SEE IT RIGHT HERE. YOU SEE IT RIGHT HERE. THIS IS THE IMPORTANT PART THIS IS THE IMPORTANT PART BECAUSE THAT EXTRA LINE WHICH BECAUSE THAT EXTRA LINE WHICH APPEARS TO BE DRAWN IN A SHARPIE APPEARS TO BE DRAWN IN A SHARPIE MARKER. MARKER. NOTICE IT DOESN’T MATCH THE NOTICE IT DOESN’T MATCH THE UNDERLYING WHITE LINE USED FOR UNDERLYING WHITE LINE USED FOR THE PATH OF THE STORM AND THE THE PATH OF THE STORM AND THE CONTEXT IS AS PETTY AS IT IS CONTEXT IS AS PETTY AS IT IS EMBARRASSING BECAUSE PEFS HAMHE EMBARRASSING BECAUSE PEFS HAMHE HAMMERED FOR AN ERROR OF HIS OWN HAMMERED FOR AN ERROR OF HIS OWN MAKING WHICH HE CLAIMED MIGHT MAKING WHICH HE CLAIMED MIGHT HIT ALABAMA WHICH WAS SO FLATLY HIT ALABAMA WHICH WAS SO FLATLY WRONG, THERE WAS NO WAY TO WRONG, THERE WAS NO WAY TO DEFEND IT. DEFEND IT. GOVERNMENT FORECASTERS HAD TO GOVERNMENT FORECASTERS HAD TO COME OUT AND CORRECT THEIR OWN COME OUT AND CORRECT THEIR OWN SUPERVISOR, THE PRESIDENT. SUPERVISOR, THE PRESIDENT. WHO ALTERED THE MAP? WHO ALTERED THE MAP? WHY DID THEY USE A BLACK SHARPIE WHY DID THEY USE A BLACK SHARPIE INSTEAD OF A WHITE LINE THAT INSTEAD OF A WHITE LINE THAT MIGHT LOOK MORE REALISTIC? MIGHT LOOK MORE REALISTIC? I CAN’T TELL YOU WE KNOW AT THIS I CAN’T TELL YOU WE KNOW AT THIS TIME BUT I CAN GIVE YOU THE TIME BUT I CAN GIVE YOU THE EVIDENCE. EVIDENCE. WE NO THE PRESIDENT HAS AN WE NO THE PRESIDENT HAS AN AFFINITY FOR THE SHARPIE MARKER. AFFINITY FOR THE SHARPIE MARKER. HE USES THEM TO SIGN OFFICIAL HE USES THEM TO SIGN OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS. GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS. HE USES THEM FOR NOTES BEFORE HE HE USES THEM FOR NOTES BEFORE HE SPEAKS PUBLICLY AND HE USES THEM SPEAKS PUBLICLY AND HE USES THEM EVEN TO WRITE THICKLY WORDED EVEN TO WRITE THICKLY WORDED ANGRY NOTES TO REPORTERS AND ANGRY NOTES TO REPORTERS AND COLUMNIST EVEN UNDERLYING THE COLUMNIST EVEN UNDERLYING THE WORDS. WORDS. YOU SEE RACIST A NOTE HE SENT TO YOU SEE RACIST A NOTE HE SENT TO THE WASHINGTON POST JONATHAN THE WASHINGTON POST JONATHAN CAPEHART. CAPEHART. HE LIKES SHARPIES SO MUCH IT HE LIKES SHARPIES SO MUCH IT CAME UP AS A TOPIC IN AN CAME UP AS A TOPIC IN AN INTERVIEW HE DID. INTERVIEW HE DID.>>THAT’S A SHARPIE.>>THAT’S A SHARPIE. I SAY THIS WRITES MUCH BETTER I SAY THIS WRITES MUCH BETTER AND THIS COSTS ALMOST NOTHING AS AND THIS COSTS ALMOST NOTHING AS THE PEN IS EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE. THE PEN IS EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE. I CALLED UP THE FOLKS AT SHARPIE I CALLED UP THE FOLKS AT SHARPIE AND I SAID DO ME A FAVOR, CAN AND I SAID DO ME A FAVOR, CAN YOU MAKE THE PEN IN BLACK, MAKE YOU MAKE THE PEN IN BLACK, MAKE IT LOOK RICH. IT LOOK RICH. THEY SAID WE CAN PUT YOUR THEY SAID WE CAN PUT YOUR SIGNATURE ON. SIGNATURE ON. THAT’S YOUR SIGNATURE RIGHT THAT’S YOUR SIGNATURE RIGHT THERE. THERE. THIS COSTS PRACTICALLY NOTHING THIS COSTS PRACTICALLY NOTHING AND THE OTHER ONE WAS IMMENSELY AND THE OTHER ONE WAS IMMENSELY EXPENSIVE AND YOU GIVE THEM OUT. EXPENSIVE AND YOU GIVE THEM OUT. MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANYTHING IT MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANYTHING IT WRITES WELL SO IT WORKS OUT WRITES WELL SO IT WORKS OUT GOOD. GOOD. I DON’T WANT TO MAKE THIS A I DON’T WANT TO MAKE THIS A COMMERCIAL FOR SHARPIE BUT IT’S COMMERCIAL FOR SHARPIE BUT IT’S A COMMERCIAL ON SAVING MONEY A COMMERCIAL ON SAVING MONEY TOO. TOO.>>I DON’T KNOW.>>I DON’T KNOW. I DON’T KNOW. I DON’T KNOW. THERE’S SO MUCH THERE. THERE’S SO MUCH THERE. THERE ARE MANY PROBLEMS. THERE ARE MANY PROBLEMS. DONALD TRUMP TOUTING HE DID TRY DONALD TRUMP TOUTING HE DID TRY TO REACH OUT THE FOLKS AT TO REACH OUT THE FOLKS AT SHARPIE TO GET A PERSONALIZE SHARPIE TO GET A PERSONALIZE PEN. PEN. ALSO YOU’RE THE PRESIDENT. ALSO YOU’RE THE PRESIDENT. ANY WAY, WHAT IS SERIOUS HERE ANY WAY, WHAT IS SERIOUS HERE WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE FOOTAGE IS WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE FOOTAGE IS WHETHER THAT EXTRA LOOPING LINE WHETHER THAT EXTRA LOOPING LINE WAS DRAWN BY THE PRESIDENT OF WAS DRAWN BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IN A LIE TO THE UNITED STATES IN A LIE TO DEFEND A GAFFE HE MADE THAT DID DEFEND A GAFFE HE MADE THAT DID HAVE SECURITY IMPLICATIONS TO HAVE SECURITY IMPLICATIONS TO MAKE UP FOR IT. MAKE UP FOR IT.>>IT ALMOST LOOKED LIKE A>>IT ALMOST LOOKED LIKE A SHARPIE. SHARPIE.>>I DON’T KNOW.>>I DON’T KNOW. I DON’T KNOW. I DON’T KNOW. I DON’T KNOW. I DON’T KNOW.>>ELENORE, THE THING IS I WANT>>ELENORE, THE THING IS I WANT TO BE VERY CLEAR. TO BE VERY CLEAR. THE SERIOUS PART IS THE ERROR HE THE SERIOUS PART IS THE ERROR HE MADE WHICH THE WEATHER SERVICE MADE WHICH THE WEATHER SERVICE HAD TO CORRECT AND WE’VE BEEN HAD TO CORRECT AND WE’VE BEEN COVERING THAT. COVERING THAT. THE RIDICULOUS PART IS THE THE RIDICULOUS PART IS THE SHARPIE GATE. SHARPIE GATE. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS VERY WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS VERY 2019 STORY? 2019 STORY?>>I WANT TO LAUGH BUT SOMETHING>>I WANT TO LAUGH BUT SOMETHING INSIDE IS TELLING ME, DO NOT INSIDE IS TELLING ME, DO NOT LAUGH. LAUGH. HE MUCKED WITH A WEATHER REPORT HE MUCKED WITH A WEATHER REPORT THAT HAD REAL CONSEQUENCES FOR THAT HAD REAL CONSEQUENCES FOR PEOPLE IN THE PATH OF THAT STORM PEOPLE IN THE PATH OF THAT STORM WHO ARE ON HIS TWITTER ACCOUNT. WHO ARE ON HIS TWITTER ACCOUNT. WHO TAKE EVERY WORD HE SAYS WHO TAKE EVERY WORD HE SAYS SERIOUSLY AND ALABAMA IS A STATE SERIOUSLY AND ALABAMA IS A STATE THAT WENT FOR HIM BY HUMONGOUS THAT WENT FOR HIM BY HUMONGOUS NUMBER OF POINTS BUT WHY WOULD NUMBER OF POINTS BUT WHY WOULD HE WANT TO INCLUDE ALABAMA. HE WANT TO INCLUDE ALABAMA. THERE’S NO POLITICAL REASON. THERE’S NO POLITICAL REASON. I THINK HE JUST WASN’T PAYING I THINK HE JUST WASN’T PAYING ATTENTION OR HE DOESN’T KNOW HIS ATTENTION OR HE DOESN’T KNOW HIS GEOGRAPHY AND HE SAID IT AND HE GEOGRAPHY AND HE SAID IT AND HE CANNOT ADMIT ANY KIND OF MISTAKE CANNOT ADMIT ANY KIND OF MISTAKE EVEN AN HON MISEST MISTAKE. EVEN AN HON MISEST MISTAKE. HEE HEE HE’S NOW DOUBLING AND TRIPLING HE’S NOW DOUBLING AND TRIPLING AND KWAUQUADRUPLEING. AND KWAUQUADRUPLEING. WHATEVER THEY DO IN GYMNASTICS. WHATEVER THEY DO IN GYMNASTICS.>>YOU ALMOST GET THE IMPRESSION>>YOU ALMOST GET THE IMPRESSION THIS IS SOMEONE WHO DOES A LOT THIS IS SOMEONE WHO DOES A LOT OF CROSS WORD PUZZLE IN PEN. OF CROSS WORD PUZZLE IN PEN.>>I DON’T THINK SO.>>I DON’T THINK SO.>>MARIA.>>MARIA.>>DOWNLOAD THE APP.>>DOWNLOAD THE APP. THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IS HE IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IS HE IS POTENTIALLY DIVERTING MUCH POTENTIALLY DIVERTING MUCH NEEDED RESOURCES TO THE ACTUAL NEEDED RESOURCES TO THE ACTUAL VICTIMS NOT ONLY ALSO CREATING VICTIMS NOT ONLY ALSO CREATING POTENTIAL CHAOS FOR PEOPLE IN POTENTIAL CHAOS FOR PEOPLE IN ALABAMA. ALABAMA. LEGALLY, BY LAW, WHEN YOU LEGALLY, BY LAW, WHEN YOU MISREPRESENT WEATHER REPORTS, MISREPRESENT WEATHER REPORTS, THAT’S A CRIME. THAT’S A CRIME. I WONDER IF THE DEMOCRATS MIGHT I WONDER IF THE DEMOCRATS MIGHT FIND GROUNDS FOR IMPEACHMENT FIND GROUNDS FOR IMPEACHMENT SINCE HE KEPT REPEATING IT OVER SINCE HE KEPT REPEATING IT OVER AND OVER. AND OVER. I GIST. I GIST. I THINK THE CHALLENGE IS HE I THINK THE CHALLENGE IS HE CAN’T ADMIT WHEN HE’S WRONG AND CAN’T ADMIT WHEN HE’S WRONG AND WHEN YOU HAVE LEADERSHIP, YOU WHEN YOU HAVE LEADERSHIP, YOU WANT TO BE ABLE TO ADMIT WHEN WANT TO BE ABLE TO ADMIT WHEN YOU’RE WRONG SO WHEN YOU MAKE YOU’RE WRONG SO WHEN YOU MAKE MISTAKE, PEOPLE TAKE YOUR MISTAKE, PEOPLE TAKE YOUR CONFIDENCE IN SAYING THAT WAS AN CONFIDENCE IN SAYING THAT WAS AN ERROR. ERROR. I HAD A SLIP OF THE TONGUE BUT I HAD A SLIP OF THE TONGUE BUT THIS IS WHAT WE NEED TO MAKE THIS IS WHAT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE RESOURCES ARE SURE THAT THE RESOURCES ARE GOING TO FLORIDA. GOING TO FLORIDA. THAT THEY ARE GOING TO NORTH THAT THEY ARE GOING TO NORTH CAROLINA AND OUR PRAYERS ARE CAROLINA AND OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH THE PEOPLE FROM THE WITH THE PEOPLE FROM THE BAHAMAS. BAHAMAS. HE DOESN’T HAVE THE GRACE TO DO HE DOESN’T HAVE THE GRACE TO DO THAT. THAT.>>THIS ALSO GOES TO SOMETHING>>THIS ALSO GOES TO SOMETHING WE KNOW FROM BEING PRACTICED IN WE KNOW FROM BEING PRACTICED IN REPORTING AND JOURNALISM WHICH REPORTING AND JOURNALISM WHICH IS THIS IS WHAT WE’RE SEEING. IS THIS IS WHAT WE’RE SEEING. THIS IS THE CLUMSY PUBLIC EFFORT THIS IS THE CLUMSY PUBLIC EFFORT WITH THE SHARPIE. WITH THE SHARPIE. HOW MANY TIMES ARE SERIOUS HOW MANY TIMES ARE SERIOUS SECURITY PEAIECES BEING SECURITY PEAIECES BEING COMPROMISED IN PRIVATE SETTINGS. COMPROMISED IN PRIVATE SETTINGS. I HAVE ONE MORE QUESTION ABOUT I HAVE ONE MORE QUESTION ABOUT THIS. THIS. IT’S A QUICK ONE. IT’S A QUICK ONE.>>ALL RIGHT.>>ALL RIGHT.>>DID THE BLACK SHARPIE FOOL>>DID THE BLACK SHARPIE FOOL YOU AT ANY POINT OR DID IT LOOK YOU AT ANY POINT OR DID IT LOOK DIFFERENT ENOUGH FROM THE WHITE DIFFERENT ENOUGH FROM THE WHITE LINE THAT YOU WERE NOT TAKEN IN? LINE THAT YOU WERE NOT TAKEN IN?>>YOU KNOW, I WASN’T PAYING>>YOU KNOW, I WASN’T PAYING THAT CLOSE BUT IF YOU GET CLOSE THAT CLOSE BUT IF YOU GET CLOSE TO THE TELEVISION SCREEN AND YOU TO THE TELEVISION SCREEN AND YOU LOOK AT IT, YOU CAN SEE IT’S AN LOOK AT IT, YOU CAN SEE IT’S AN OBVIOUS ADDITION. OBVIOUS ADDITION. THE PRESS POINTED IT OUT SO THE PRESS POINTED IT OUT SO QUICKLY THAT I FELT I DISCOVERED QUICKLY THAT I FELT I DISCOVERED IT MYSELF. IT MYSELF.>>WELL, SOMETIMES PEOPLE IN>>WELL, SOMETIMES PEOPLE IN OFFICE, IN ALL PARTS HUMILIATE OFFICE, IN ALL PARTS HUMILIATE THEMSELVES. THEMSELVES. THIS MAY BE ONE OF THOSE TIMES. THIS MAY BE ONE OF THOSE TIMES. THE FACT CHECK DIDN’T REQUIRE A THE FACT CHECK DIDN’T REQUIRE A TON OF TIME OR EFFORT AS LONG AS TON OF TIME OR EFFORT AS LONG AS YOU COULD SEE.

Growing Concerns Over China’s Control Of American Drug Supply | NBC Nightly News


THREATENS OUR HEALTH AND NATIONAL SECURITY. STEPHANIE GOSK HAS OUR AND NATIONAL SECURITY. STEPHANIE GOSK HAS OUR NBC NEWS STEPHANIE GOSK HAS OUR NBC NEWS INVESTIGATION. NBC NEWS INVESTIGATION.>>Reporter: THERE IS INVESTIGATION.>>Reporter: THERE IS A LITTLE KNOWN FACT>>Reporter: THERE IS A LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT SOME OF THE MOST A LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT SOME OF THE MOST COMMON DRUGS AMERICANS ABOUT SOME OF THE MOST COMMON DRUGS AMERICANS TAKE, FROM ANTIBIOTICS COMMON DRUGS AMERICANS TAKE, FROM ANTIBIOTICS TO HEART MEDICINE TO TAKE, FROM ANTIBIOTICS TO HEART MEDICINE TO ANTI-DEPRESSANTS. TO HEART MEDICINE TO ANTI-DEPRESSANTS. 80% OF THE KEY ANTI-DEPRESSANTS. 80% OF THE KEY INGREDIENTS USED TO 80% OF THE KEY INGREDIENTS USED TO MAKE THEM COME FROM INGREDIENTS USED TO MAKE THEM COME FROM OVERSEAS. MAKE THEM COME FROM OVERSEAS. MAINLY FROM CHINA. OVERSEAS. MAINLY FROM CHINA.>>CHINA’S STATED AIM MAINLY FROM CHINA.>>CHINA’S STATED AIM IS TO BECOME THE>>CHINA’S STATED AIM IS TO BECOME THE PHARMACY TO THE WORLD. IS TO BECOME THE PHARMACY TO THE WORLD.>>Reporter: ROSEMARY PHARMACY TO THE WORLD.>>Reporter: ROSEMARY GIBSON IS THE AUTHOR>>Reporter: ROSEMARY GIBSON IS THE AUTHOR OF “CHINA RX” HOW MUCH GIBSON IS THE AUTHOR OF “CHINA RX” HOW MUCH OF OUR DRUG SUPPLY IS OF “CHINA RX” HOW MUCH OF OUR DRUG SUPPLY IS DEPENDING ON CHINA? OF OUR DRUG SUPPLY IS DEPENDING ON CHINA?>>WE ARE SO DEPENDENT DEPENDING ON CHINA?>>WE ARE SO DEPENDENT IF THEY SHUT THE DOOR>>WE ARE SO DEPENDENT IF THEY SHUT THE DOOR ON SENDING MEDICINES IF THEY SHUT THE DOOR ON SENDING MEDICINES TO US, OUR HOSPITALS ON SENDING MEDICINES TO US, OUR HOSPITALS WOULD SHUT DOWN WITHIN TO US, OUR HOSPITALS WOULD SHUT DOWN WITHIN A COUPLE OF MONTHS. WOULD SHUT DOWN WITHIN A COUPLE OF MONTHS.>>Reporter: IN THE A COUPLE OF MONTHS.>>Reporter: IN THE CASE OF DRUGS LIKE>>Reporter: IN THE CASE OF DRUGS LIKE ANTIBIOTICS, CHINA HAS CASE OF DRUGS LIKE ANTIBIOTICS, CHINA HAS A TOTAL STRANGLEHOLD. ANTIBIOTICS, CHINA HAS A TOTAL STRANGLEHOLD.>>WE CAN’T MAKE A TOTAL STRANGLEHOLD.>>WE CAN’T MAKE PENICILLIN ANYMORE.>>WE CAN’T MAKE PENICILLIN ANYMORE. THE LAST PENICILLIN PENICILLIN ANYMORE. THE LAST PENICILLIN PLANT IN THE UNITED THE LAST PENICILLIN PLANT IN THE UNITED STATES CHOSED IN 2004. PLANT IN THE UNITED STATES CHOSED IN 2004.>>Reporter: IN MARCH, STATES CHOSED IN 2004.>>Reporter: IN MARCH, A PROMINENT CHINESE>>Reporter: IN MARCH, A PROMINENT CHINESE ECONOMIST SUGGESTED A PROMINENT CHINESE ECONOMIST SUGGESTED HIS COUNTRY’S CONTROL ECONOMIST SUGGESTED HIS COUNTRY’S CONTROL OF THE MARKET COULD BE HIS COUNTRY’S CONTROL OF THE MARKET COULD BE USED TO SEND A OF THE MARKET COULD BE USED TO SEND A MESSAGE. USED TO SEND A MESSAGE. IF EXPORTS ARE MESSAGE. IF EXPORTS ARE REDUCED, HE SAID, THE IF EXPORTS ARE REDUCED, HE SAID, THE MEDICAL SYSTEMS OF REDUCED, HE SAID, THE MEDICAL SYSTEMS OF SOME WESTERN COUNTRIES MEDICAL SYSTEMS OF SOME WESTERN COUNTRIES WILL NOT RUN WELL. SOME WESTERN COUNTRIES WILL NOT RUN WELL.>>BASICALLY, WE HAVE WILL NOT RUN WELL.>>BASICALLY, WE HAVE OUTSOURCED OUR ENTIRE>>BASICALLY, WE HAVE OUTSOURCED OUR ENTIRE INDUSTRY TO CHINA. OUTSOURCED OUR ENTIRE INDUSTRY TO CHINA. THAT’S A STRATEGIC INDUSTRY TO CHINA. THAT’S A STRATEGIC VULNERABILITY IN AND THAT’S A STRATEGIC VULNERABILITY IN AND OF ITSELF. VULNERABILITY IN AND OF ITSELF.>>Reporter: JOHN OF ITSELF.>>Reporter: JOHN ADAMS IS A RETIRED>>Reporter: JOHN ADAMS IS A RETIRED BRIGADIER GENERAL. ADAMS IS A RETIRED BRIGADIER GENERAL. HOW ARE BRIGADIER GENERAL. HOW ARE PHARMACEUTICALS TURNED HOW ARE PHARMACEUTICALS TURNED INTO WEAPONS OF WAR? PHARMACEUTICALS TURNED INTO WEAPONS OF WAR?>>PHARMACEUTICALS ARE INTO WEAPONS OF WAR?>>PHARMACEUTICALS ARE NECESSARY FOR OUR WAR>>PHARMACEUTICALS ARE NECESSARY FOR OUR WAR FIGHTERS, NECESSARY NECESSARY FOR OUR WAR FIGHTERS, NECESSARY FOR OUR POPULATION TO FIGHTERS, NECESSARY FOR OUR POPULATION TO REMAIN HEALTHY, TO FOR OUR POPULATION TO REMAIN HEALTHY, TO CURE DISEASES. REMAIN HEALTHY, TO CURE DISEASES. IF THOSE ARE EITHER CURE DISEASES. IF THOSE ARE EITHER TOXIC OR THEY ARE NOT IF THOSE ARE EITHER TOXIC OR THEY ARE NOT AVAILABLE, WE ARE TOXIC OR THEY ARE NOT AVAILABLE, WE ARE GOING TO GET SICK AND AVAILABLE, WE ARE GOING TO GET SICK AND WE WILL DIE. GOING TO GET SICK AND WE WILL DIE.>>Reporter: THE U.S. WE WILL DIE.>>Reporter: THE U.S. AND CHINA ARE NOT AT>>Reporter: THE U.S. AND CHINA ARE NOT AT WAR. AND CHINA ARE NOT AT WAR. BUT THERE ARE TENSIONS WAR. BUT THERE ARE TENSIONS OVER TRADE. BUT THERE ARE TENSIONS OVER TRADE. CHINA’S STATE-RUN OVER TRADE. CHINA’S STATE-RUN PAPER SAID THIS WEEK CHINA’S STATE-RUN PAPER SAID THIS WEEK THERE IS LITTLE CHANCE PAPER SAID THIS WEEK THERE IS LITTLE CHANCE THE GOVERNMENT WOULD THERE IS LITTLE CHANCE THE GOVERNMENT WOULD DELIBERATELY HARM THE GOVERNMENT WOULD DELIBERATELY HARM INNOCENT AMERICANS BY DELIBERATELY HARM INNOCENT AMERICANS BY CUTTING OFF THE FLOW INNOCENT AMERICANS BY CUTTING OFF THE FLOW OF ANTIBIOTICS. CUTTING OFF THE FLOW OF ANTIBIOTICS.>>TRUST IS OF ANTIBIOTICS.>>TRUST IS EVERYTHING.>>TRUST IS EVERYTHING. DO WE TRUST. EVERYTHING. DO WE TRUST.>>Reporter: THERE DO WE TRUST.>>Reporter: THERE HAVE ALREADY BEEN>>Reporter: THERE HAVE ALREADY BEEN PROBLEMS WITH HAVE ALREADY BEEN PROBLEMS WITH CONTAMINATION. PROBLEMS WITH CONTAMINATION. IN 2008 THERE WERE CONTAMINATION. IN 2008 THERE WERE DOZENS OF DEATHS TIED IN 2008 THERE WERE DOZENS OF DEATHS TIED TO THE BLOOD THINNER DOZENS OF DEATHS TIED TO THE BLOOD THINNER HEPARIN. TO THE BLOOD THINNER HEPARIN. IN THE PAST YEAR, MORE HEPARIN. IN THE PAST YEAR, MORE THAN 50 RECALLS OF IN THE PAST YEAR, MORE THAN 50 RECALLS OF SOME OF THE MOST THAN 50 RECALLS OF SOME OF THE MOST POPULAR BLOOD PRESSURE SOME OF THE MOST POPULAR BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICINES CONTAMINATED POPULAR BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICINES CONTAMINATED WITH CHEMICALS LINKED MEDICINES CONTAMINATED WITH CHEMICALS LINKED TO CANCER. WITH CHEMICALS LINKED TO CANCER. HOW DID WE GET HERE? TO CANCER. HOW DID WE GET HERE? HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? HOW DID WE GET HERE? HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?>>WE GOT HERE BECAUSE HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?>>WE GOT HERE BECAUSE IT’S CHEAP.>>WE GOT HERE BECAUSE IT’S CHEAP. WE LOOKED AT THE NEXT IT’S CHEAP. WE LOOKED AT THE NEXT QUARTER’S PROFITS. WE LOOKED AT THE NEXT QUARTER’S PROFITS.>>Reporter: THE QUARTER’S PROFITS.>>Reporter: THE PRESSURE FOR LOW COST>>Reporter: THE PRESSURE FOR LOW COST DRUGS PUSHED PRESSURE FOR LOW COST DRUGS PUSHED MANUFACTURING TO DRUGS PUSHED MANUFACTURING TO CHINA. MANUFACTURING TO CHINA.>>WE HAVE TO REINVEST CHINA.>>WE HAVE TO REINVEST IN MAKING MEDICINE IN>>WE HAVE TO REINVEST IN MAKING MEDICINE IN THE UNITED STATES. IN MAKING MEDICINE IN THE UNITED STATES.>>Reporter: AN THE UNITED STATES.>>Reporter: AN EXPENSIVE PROPOSITION>>Reporter: AN EXPENSIVE PROPOSITION THAT COULD DRIVE DRUG EXPENSIVE PROPOSITION THAT COULD DRIVE DRUG PRICES UP. THAT COULD DRIVE DRUG PRICES UP.>>FOR COMMODITIES PRICES UP.>>FOR COMMODITIES LIKE OIL AND FOOD, WE>>FOR COMMODITIES LIKE OIL AND FOOD, WE WOULD NEVER PUT ALL OF LIKE OIL AND FOOD, WE WOULD NEVER PUT ALL OF OUR PRODUCTION, ALL OF WOULD NEVER PUT ALL OF OUR PRODUCTION, ALL OF OUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET OUR PRODUCTION, ALL OF OUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET IN CHINA. OUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET IN CHINA. WE SHOULDN’T BE DOING IN CHINA. WE SHOULDN’T BE DOING THAT WITH OUR WE SHOULDN’T BE DOING THAT WITH OUR MEDICINE. THAT WITH OUR MEDICINE.>>STEPHANIE, THE FACT MEDICINE.>>STEPHANIE, THE FACT THAT WE RELY ON CHINA>>STEPHANIE, THE FACT THAT WE RELY ON CHINA FOR DRUGS THAT THAT WE RELY ON CHINA FOR DRUGS THAT AMERICANS TAKE AND FOR DRUGS THAT AMERICANS TAKE AND NEED EVERY DAY IS AMERICANS TAKE AND NEED EVERY DAY IS ALARMING. NEED EVERY DAY IS ALARMING. WHAT CAN BE DONE? ALARMING. WHAT CAN BE DONE?>>THE ONLY WAY TO WHAT CAN BE DONE?>>THE ONLY WAY TO REGAIN CONTROL IS TO>>THE ONLY WAY TO REGAIN CONTROL IS TO MOVE MANUFACTURING REGAIN CONTROL IS TO MOVE MANUFACTURING BACK TO THE U.S. MOVE MANUFACTURING BACK TO THE U.S. EXPERTS TELL US BACK TO THE U.S. EXPERTS TELL US PRIVATE COMPANIES

Anti-Trump, Pro-Impeachment Rep. Justin Amash Declares Independence from Republican Party


Libertarian-leaning Michigan Rep. Justin Amash,
who in May became the only House Republican to call for President Donald Trump’s impeachment,
announced Thursday he was leaving the Republican Party. Amash made this announcement in an Op-Ed for
The Washington Post, which identified him as an independent rather than as a Republican. “Today, I’m declaring my independence,”
he tweeted out. In his Op-Ed, Amash wrote he has “become
disenchanted with party politics and frightened by what I see from it.” “The two-party system has evolved into an
existential threat to American principles and institutions,” he wrote. Amash quoted former President George Washington’s
farewell address, in which the Founding Father decried partisanship. “The disorders and miseries which result
gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power
of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able
or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own
elevation, on the ruins of public liberty,” Washington said. Amash believes Washington’s worst fears
have come true. “Americans have allowed government officials,
under assertions of expediency and party unity, to ignore the most basic tenets of our constitutional
order: separation of powers, federalism and the rule of law,” Amash said. “The result has been the consolidation of
political power and the near disintegration of representative democracy.” These are consequences of a mind-set among
the political class that loyalty to party is more important than serving the American
people or protecting our governing institutions,” he added. “The parties value winning for its own sake,
and at whatever cost. Instead of acting as an independent branch
of government and serving as a check on the executive branch, congressional leaders of
both parties expect the House and Senate to act in obedience or opposition to the president
and their colleagues on a partisan basis.” Amash continued by claiming “most Americans
are not rigidly partisan and do not feel well represented by either of the two major parties.” It was not until the very end of his piece
that Amash officially announced he’s leaving the GOP. “Today, I am declaring my independence and
leaving the Republican Party,” he wrote. “No matter your circumstance, I’m asking
you to join me in rejecting the partisan loyalties and rhetoric that divide and dehumanize us.” As mentioned above, Amash has previously made
headlines for calling for Trump’s impeachment. His latest move will no doubt fuel speculation
that he could run for president on the Libertarian Party ticket in 2020, though Amash has not
yet said if he has any plans to do so.