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Whoopi Goldberg earlier this week wore a sweatshirt promoting gun safety laws during an appearance on The View, and it’s created an uproar in right-wing circles.
The sweatshirt has “thoughts & prayers” crossed out above a call for “policy & change.”
“Thoughts and prayers,” the phrase commonly used in the aftermath of tragic incidents by public officials, has become symbol of inaction amid the ongoing gun violence epidemic, according to a CNN report that says the expression has become a “a “cynical meme.”
Goldberg wore the sweatshirt the day after a mass shooting at a small Christian school in Nashville, Tennessee, killed six people including three 9-year-old children.
An article published in the The Conservative Brief under the headline “Whoopi Goldberg Wears Anti-Christian Prayer Shirt Day After Nashville Massacre” said “The mocking of Christian prayer on the day after a Christian school was attacked, and people inside of it slaughtered, is shameful even for her.”
The conservative publication The Daily Fetched echoed a similar message, asserting that Goldberg “wasted no time mocking Christians in the wake of the Nashville School shooting by wearing a hugely inappropriate sweatshirt.”
The article notes that The Covenant School’s senior pastor Chad Scruggs’ daughter was among those killed in the attack.
According to the report, “Scruggs issued a statement symbolizing the Christian view of tragedy, saying, ‘Through tears we trust that she is in the arms of Jesus who will raise her to life once again.’
“However, Whoopi Goldberg appeared hellbent on discrediting the power of Christian prayer following the Nashville shooting.”
Several prominent conservatives joined the right-wing attacks on Goldberg.
Jenna Ellis, an attorney who represented Donald Trump tweeted “Did we really expect any better?”
Former “Wheel of Fortune” host and self-described conservative tweeted “Beyond sickening.
“Whoopi is pure evil!”
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Joint Base Andrews on lockdown over man seen 'carrying AR-15-style rifle': report
Joint Base Andrews, in Maryland, is on lockdown after reports of a possible active shooter.
Fox5 DC reported that there was an armed person reported near base housing. The individual is a white male and was reportedly wearing a purple sweatshirt and black shorts. The person was reported carrying an AR-15-style rifle.
Joint Base Andrews is the Air Force base near Washington, D.C., that the president and vice president use when flying on Air Force One and Air Force Two.
The Fox report explained that the incident began when an emergency message was sent to service members.
“Stay away from base housing. Initiate Lockdown Procedures!” the message said.
There has not yet been a report of actual shots fired, however, the base Twitter account explained. Thus it isn't being treated as an "active shooter incident."
\u201cAt around 2:30 pm, JBA went on lockdown after armed individual was reported near base housing. There is NO active shooter; NO shots have been fired. No injuries or deaths reported. Incident is ongoing.\u201d— Joint Base Andrews (@Joint Base Andrews) 1680207496
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Stanford grapples with free speech after protesters disrupt talk by conservative judge
Stanford Law School has announced its associate dean of diversity is on leave, the latest fallout from an event that brought a Trump-appointed judge — and 100 student protestors — to the university earlier this month. Stuart Kyle Duncan, a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, was invited to speak on “Guns, COVID and Twitter” on March 9 by the law school’s Federalist Society, a conservative and libertarian group. Duncan, who has argued against marriage equality and other LGBTQ+ rights in the past, was met with a flurry of posters, boos and heated comments from student grou...