I see we need a round up of news and an open thread. I’m updating last night’s post.
Jane Sanders was on Blitzer’s Show. He questioned her more about the shooter being a former Sanders supporter than condemning the violence and reporting about gun violence issues. He used a clip of Bernie’s speech from PS, saying Trump was :one of the most dangerous presidents”, inferring that Bernie Sanders’ words directly (or indirectly) influenced or inspired the shooter to shoot the congressmen. The She pushed back, saying the media tried to make it scandal, rather than reporting on the issues.
Here’s the video of that episode. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rj_HzK__ggU[/embedyt]
I’ll leave to you to discuss what the media should be reporting and if you think, as Wolf said at the end, when thanking Jane, “thanks for a good discussion” . Jane’s expression says a lot.
Why aren’t we talking about single payer to include more mental health services and care? Why did Congress loosen background checks, allowing the mentally ill to obtain guns. The American Prospect penned an excellent article about it:
We’d expect no less from right-wingers like Gingrich, but this view was also parroted in a New York Times article under the headline “Attack Tests Movement Sanders Founded” by reporter Yamiche Alcindor. She wrote, “The suspect in the shooting in Virginia put a new spotlight on the rage buried in some corners of the progressive left.”
These were among many comments by pundits and journalists who sought to pin Wednesday’s violence on Hodgkinson’s political views: his hatred of Donald Trump and his support for Bernie Sanders.
This is nonsense. Hodgkinson, 66, who died from injuries sustained during a shootout with police, was a psychopath who had a history of domestic violence and run-ins with law enforcement. He may have justified his rage with a layer of political rhetoric, but that has nothing to do with Sanders, Sanders’s supporters, or the broader American left. The attempt to “normalize” Hodgkinson as a typical Sanders supporter—or even as a strident Sanders supporter—is totally off-base.
From what we’ve learned already, it is clear that Hodgkinson had come unhinged. His previous run-ins with law enforcement over the years were totally unrelated to politics. According to another story in the Times, in 2006, Hodgkinson was charged with domestic battery, aggravated discharge of a firearm, and criminal damage to a motor vehicle after confronting his daughter at a neighbor’s house. The charges were later dismissed.
Hodgkinson’s neighbors and coworkers reported that he appeared to be a “normal” person, but of course that is often the case with psychopaths, whose rage is hidden until they open fire.
The claim that Hodgkinson’s actions have anything to do with Sanders or the left is ridiculous. Yes, many Sanders supporters were angry about his defeat in the Democratic Party primaries. Some of them even believed that Hillary Clinton and the DNC stole the election. Some of them went to meetings and rallies to express their frustrations. They were sometimes loud and rude. A few of them occasionally shouted down, and even pushed and shoved, Clinton supporters. They posted angry comments on Facebook. But all this is a far cry from using guns to try to kill people. It is, to use a baseball metaphor, in a totally different ballpark.
The rest is here.
Meantime, ABC News reports that DAG Rubenstein may be recusing himself as attorney general.
The senior Justice Department official with ultimate authority over the special counsel’s probe of Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election has privately acknowledged to colleagues that he may have to recuse himself from the matter, which he took charge of only after Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ own recusal, sources tell ABC News.
Those private remarks from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are significant because they reflect the widening nature of the federal probe, which now includes a preliminary inquiry into whether President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice when he allegedly tried to curtail the probe and then fired James Comey as FBI director.
Rosenstein, who authored an extensive and publicly-released memorandum recommending Comey’s firing, raised the possibility of his recusal during a recent meeting with Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, the Justice Department’s new third-in-command, according to sources.
Although Rosenstein appointed a special counsel to lead the federal probe, he still makes the final decisions about resources, personnel and — if necessary — any prosecutions.
In the recent meeting with Brand, Rosenstein told her that if he were to recuse himself, she would have to step in and take over those responsibilities. She was sworn-in little more than a month ago.
And isn’t that interesting, considering what the tweeter-in-chief bleated out this comment this morning, admitting he’s being investigated and calling it a witch hunt:
I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2017
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