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Republicans were blasted on Saturday for attending the National Rifle Association's national convention following the Uvalde school shooting.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial board described proceeding with the convention as "callousness at its worst."
"Just when it seemed the National Rifle Association’s callous disregard for the mayhem it sows couldn’t be any more shocking, it decided to proceed with its national convention in Houston this weekend. This even as Uvalde, Texas, just 280 miles away, buries 19 of its children," the newspaper reported. "The routine use of AR-15 varieties by Americans to kill other Americans en masse can, like most of the nation’s unparalleled psychosis regarding firearms, be laid directly at the feet of the NRA and its political lackeys."
The newspaper noted Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick bowed out of the event.
"That small gesture to decency is apparently too much, though, for former President Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota and other attendees, who might as well be thumbing their noses at dead children this weekend," the newspaper wrote.
Trump used his speech to complain about "evil."
"Texas Gov. Greg Abbott — who last year signed a law eliminating gun permit requirements that might have stymied the Uvalde shooter had they been left in place — has opted for the worst of both worlds: He will send a pre-recorded video to be played at the convention rather than attending in person, because he will be busy … in Uvalde, addressing the tragedy he and his party helped facilitate," the editorial board wrote. "In a just political world, even Republican voters would punish Abbott and his ilk for the pile of salt they are now heaping onto America’s freshest wound."
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) also pulled out of the event along with musicians Lee Greenwood, Don McLean, Larry Gatlin and Larry Stewart, CNN reported.
The editorial board of The Wall Street Journal slammed "the Wisconsin GOP's latest meltdown in a new editorial.
The newspaper asked "Why do Republicans seem so determined to lose the November elections?"
The editorial board noted Dean Knudson, a Republican member of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, quit in disgust with the ongoing lies about the 2020 election pushed by supporters of former President Donald Trump.
"Mr. Knudson’s replacement will be appointed by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Mr. Vos 'has not ruled out anyone, including former Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman.' This is a bad idea. Mr. Gableman’s recent claim to fame is accusing the commission of committing criminal fraud in 2020, while calling for the Wisconsin Legislature to decertify President Biden’s victory, which is impossible," the newspaper noted.
The newspaper noted Trump lagged all five of the Republicans that Wisconsin sent to Congress in 2020 while Trump lost.
"Across those five districts, Mr. Trump ran behind the GOP congressmen by 63,547 votes, or three times his losing margin statewide. Mr. Biden’s numbers are almost a mirror image. He over-performed the Democratic candidates in those districts by 64,880. The hard truth for Mr. Trump is that thousands of Republicans cast ballots for the GOP House but didn’t want to give him four more years," WSJ noted. "Mr. Trump didn’t lose the election because of votes in largely Democratic Milwaukee. He won 29.3% of Milwaukee County in 2020, higher than his 28.6% in 2016. Mr. Trump lost Wisconsin with his under-performance among Republicans in places like Appleton or Janesville."
The newspaper, owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, advised Republicans to leave 2020 in the past.
"This week’s primary results in Georgia prove that most Republican voters are ready to stop looking backward at 2020 and start trying to get some real work done for their states and their country. If Wisconsin Republicans don’t beat Democratic Gov. Tony Evers this year, they face four more years of vetoes, including of bills they want to tighten up voting practices. Time to leave 2020 behind," the editorial board counseled.
Read the full editorial.
Appearing on MSNBC with host Alex Witt, State Sen. Roland Gutierrez who represents the district that was home to a mass shooting at an elementary school on Tuesday, hammered Gov. Greg Abbott for not doing anything to limit the availability to purchase high-powered weapons and then having the audacity to speak to an NRA convention just days after the 19 children and two adults were murdered by a gunman.
Noting that Abbott used his speech to lament the "evil" in the world that he blames for mass shootings, Guiterrez begged to differ.
"Last night, a speaker after speaker denounced the massacre," host Witt prompted the lawmaker. "They insisted that any new gun laws are not the answers to prevent future tragedies. Sir, it feels like statistics are indicating otherwise, and the feelings of the vast majority of Americans are simply being ignored. Even right there, it is like the speakers are playing to the crowd in the convention center. They are ignoring the throngs of protesters outside. What is your reaction to their tin ear?"
"I think it is the most disgusting thing coming to a community three days after a massacre like this, they should have canceled," he began. "They refused."
"Abbott should not have gone, he says 'Well, I didn't go,' well he sure sent us a video in support thereof, right?', he continued "He talking about mental health, talking about evil. The only evil that we have in Texas is that we have a feckless leader. That he has refused to do anything on this issue, even a modicum of gun-sense sense. That is the evil in Texas."
"Governor Abbott was probably pulling a CYA by not attending the convention," host Witt added. "He claimed he was busy doing other things. Perhaps."
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