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The Democrat who represents Uvalde in the Texas State Senate interrupted a Friday press conference held by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott to demand he call the legislature back for a special session on gun safety legislation.
During the press conference, as Abbott was talking about Texas having a long history of allowing 18-year-olds to buy long guns, state Sen. Roland Gutierrez seized the floor.
"My colleagues are asking for a special session, you are getting a letter tomorrow," Gutierrez announced.
"The Senate Democratic Caucus, we have asked for changes, I'm asking you now. I apologize for interrupting your press conference about the needs of this community," he added.
Prior to the press conference, Gutierrez was interviewed by CNN. “There’s no way in the world that an 18-year-old kid should access a militarized weapon like it happened in this situation,” he said. “And I put that on people that are in power in Texas.”
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A new PAC plans to spend up to $1 million to support one of the candidates trying to unseat progressive "Squad" member Rashida Tlaib, POLITICO reports.
The group, Urban Empowerment Action PAC, which is made up of a coalition of Black and Jewish and endorsed by former South Carolina congressman and current CNN political analyst Bakari Sellers, plans to back candidates who are “dedicated to the educational empowerment and economic uplift of Black communities" and its support of its support of Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey is meant to boost “her campaign to restore infrastructure, improve educational opportunities in the district and support the Biden-Harris agenda in D.C.”
“We are hoping that we can have a candidate that doesn’t have varying distractions,” Sellers was quoted as saying.
Tlaib, who is Palestinian-American, is known for being an outspoken critic of Israel and employs rhetoric that her critics say ventures into antisemitism. On May 15, she spoke at an anti-Israel rally where she railed against the "apartheid" Israeli government. Also speaking at the event was a pro-Hamas newspaper publisher Osama Siblani, who urged Palestinians to attack Israel.
Tlaib shared the stage with Siblani, who said in his speech that Arabs should "fight within [their] means" against Israel, with "stones," "guns," or "their hands." He also praised the Islamic militants for "striking" Israel with "knives and with their bare hands."
Speaking to POLITICO, Sellers slammed Tlaib for voting against President Biden's infrastructure bill.
"Coming from South Carolina, I can tell you that I understand in our communities, that the return on that investment is so high. And we want someone, particularly in these Black communities, that does not get distracted by shiny things or media opportunities, but is focused on the uplift of our communities and does right by them," Sellers said.
During a press briefing on Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott criticized law enforcement officials for misinforming him about the Uvalde mass shooting.
"I was misled," Abbott said.
"I am livid about what happened," he continued. "I was on this stage two days ago, I was telling the public information that had to have been told to me in a room just a few yards behind where we are located right now. I wrote down hand notes in detail about what everybody in that room told me in sequential order about what happened. When I came out here on this stage and told the public what happened, it was a recitation of what people in that room told me."
He noted that what he had told the public "turned out in part to be inaccurate."
"I'm absolutely livid about that," Abbott said.
He called for the FBI and Texas Rangers to full investigate what went wrong.
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