Rep Veronica Escobar Slams Gov Abbott For Creating “Wild West” Environment That Enabled Uvalde Shooting

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Rep Veronica Escobar(D-TX) appeared on MSNBC Reports w/Andrea Mitchell (07/18/22) to discuss the recently released report by the Texas Senate on the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Rep Escobar made a very important point on the show, telling host Andrea Mitchell that the deadly “wild west” environment created by Texas elected officials, beginning with Governor Greg Abbott, is partly to blame for the horrific shooting in Uvalde.

This point is largely missed by the mainstream media when reporting about the mass shooting in Uvalde, but it cannot be restated enough.

Rep Escobar(video at 1:00):“I think the report is important, but I also think we need to zoom out a little bit because the leadership void goes far beyond law enforcement. And what the report did not touch on[are]2 things, (1) the Governor, who is the highest ranking elected official, the chief elected official of the state and (2) the state legislature that makes open carry the law of the land in Texas so that anyone can get access to a gun without any training and really a loosening of gun laws that was historic. It is so important that these reports and that this analysis look at what happened on the ground that day, but we also have to look at the context in Texas, the environment that has been created by Republicans, who want to create a wild west sort of environment  in a state, that has led us to be…one of the most deadliest states for mass shootings.”

Rep Escobar went on to specifically address Gov Abbott’s failures:“He’s been pretty silent. He’s very eager to point the finger at others, really on any situation including Uvalde and he, as the highest-ranking elected official in the state of Texas, I have yet to hear the Governor accept any responsibility, or bring forward any ideas for meaningful change. He is literally someone who has only used his position to make Texas less safe for its citizens and uses our resources for political stunts.”

She went on to add that the political stunt Gov Abbott is pulling at the southern border aka “Operation Lone Star” has siphoned much needed funds away from mental health services and public schools, both of which are still poorly funded in Texas compared to other states.

Bottom line folks, Texas is, and has been a solid red state for quite some time now. It is important however for people who don’t live in the Lone Star state, or keep up with its politics, to know that none of Governor Abbott’s Republican predecessors created the deadly gun violence environment in the state like Gov Abbott and his allies have. Rep Escobar is absolutely spot on, that any meaningful discussion of gun violence in the Lone Star state has to take into account the “wild west” environment created by Gov Abbott and his Texas Republican allies.

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New Jan 6th Video Shows Officers Being Attacked With Crutches, Flagpoles And Fists

The Justice Department has released a new troubling body cam video from the January 6th DC insurrection, which shows former President Trump’s supporters verbally assaulting, and attacking Capitol Police officers with crutches, flagpoles and fists. The video, which was aired on CNN’s OutFront with Erin Burnett (7/09/2021), yet again flies in the face of arguments by Republican politicians and their allies on Fox News, downplaying the January 6th incident as some form of made-up liberal myth, aimed at destroying Trump politically.

In the newly released video, the violent Trump supporters can be heard hurling verbal assaults like “f*ck you” and “f*cking traitor”, at the Capitol Police officers. According to host Erin Burnett, the officers had gone into the crowd to save the life of one of Trump’s supporters who had been trampled. The violent Trump thugs then turned on the officers, assaulting them with crutches, flag poles and fists. One of the officers, whose face appears on the video (with a Sheriff vest), sustained very serious injuries from the incident and according to Erin Burnett, “was hospitalized after the attack, needing staples in his head to stop the bleeding.”

Bottom line folks, these and other gruesome details from the January 6th incident, must be used to push back against the counter narrative currently being conjured up by congressional Republicans and their allies on Fox News, that January 6th was “no big deal”. More importantly, gruesome videos like these must be used by congressional Democrats to demand a complete and thorough investigation into the January 6th insurrection, so that all responsible parties, especially the behind-the-scene planners, are held to account. We owe this to the families of the Capitol Police officers, who will have to live with the trauma of January 6th for the rest of their lives. It’s the least we can do for them.

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Trump And GOP Hypocrisy Over NFL Players Kneeling For The Flag

Trump has made a point of attacking NFL players(majority black) for not “respecting the flag” when they kneel in protest during the playing of the national anthem–the so-called #TakeAKnee in Twitter circles.

By “not respecting the flag” Trump and his GOP are essentially arguing that the NFL players(majority black) are not patriotic, with some even suggesting that they should be kicked out of the league.


For the record the lack of patriotism charge is baseless because the players have made it clear from the beginning that #TakeAKnee is a protest of police brutality against minorities. Specifically, professional black athletes kneel to express their solidarity with minorities who continue to lose their lives to police brutality only for their grieving families to witness the errant officers walk away scott free–no indictment. It has always been a protest against the unfair U.S. criminal justice system–nothing to do with the flag.

The Trump Administration knows that but because they’ve made a conscious decision that stoking racial divisions plays well with their white voting base, they’ve twisted #TakeAKnee into a debate about patriotism–“those blacks are not grateful to America eventhough America has made them millionaires–plus they are disrespecting the soldiers who died defending the flag.” This is a totally false, albeit very powerful message to Trump’s white voting base. It is also deliberately racist.

So far the NFL athletes or even Democrats for that matter have not pushed back effectively against this false patriotism narrative pushed by Trump Admin against NFL athletes. Well, not anymore because Yours Truly has a forceful pushback argument, especially after what the entire world has witnessed at the recently concluded G7 Summit

In a nutshell, how can Trump accuse professional black athletes of not being patriotic when the entire world believes he, the U.S. President, is controlled by Putin? Think about that folks–how can Trump accuse NFL players of “disrespecting the flag” when the whole world believes he has sold the country, with the flag, to Putin’s Russia? This is hypocrisy to the nth degree.

In addition to that there’s an ongoing investigation in the U.S. into whether Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to help him get elected in 2016, an investigation that is constantly obstructed by members of his own GOP–borderline treasonous conduct. How can Trump and his GOP turn around and question anybody’s patriotism when they are under investigation for borderline treason?

Hang in there folks, Yours Truly is going to mount a massive pushback on this shameful assault on professional athletes who, it cannot be left unsaid, are predominantly black.

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