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South Carolina Republican: Charleston victims ‘waited their turn to be shot’

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South Carolina state Rep. William Chumley derailed a CNN interview on Tuesday regarding the Confederate battle flag to complain that none of the victims in last week’s terrorist attack in Charleston was armed.

“We’re focusing on the wrong thing here. We need to be focusing on the nine families that are left and see that this doesn’t happen again,” Chumley, a Republican, told reporter Drew Griffin. “These people sat in there, waited their turn to be shot. That’s sad. But somebody in there with the means of self defense could have stopped this. And we’d have had less funerals than we’re having.”

“You’re turning this into a gun debate?” Griffin asked. “If those nine families asked you to take down that flag, would you do it?”

Chumley was identified as one of 10 state lawmakers who have opposed the notion of removing the flag from the Capitol, despite both nationwide criticism following the June 19 attack and Gov. Nikki Haley’s (R) remarks on Monday calling for the issue to be discussed.

“You said ‘guns,'” he told Griffin. “Why didn’t somebody, why didn’t somebody just do something? I mean, uh, you’ve got one skinny person shootin’ a gun, you know I mean, we need to take, and do what we can.”

“Are you asking that these people should have tackled him, these women should have fought him?” Griffin responded.

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“I don’t know what, I don’t know what the answer was,” Chumley replied. “But I know it’s really horrible for nine people to be shot and I understand that [the suspect, Dylann Roof] reloaded his gun during the process.”

Chumley cracked a small smile at that point, adding, “That’s, that’s upsetting, very upsetting.”

The National Rifle Association quickly moved to distance itself last week from similar comments made by board member Charles Cotton, who linked the death of state Sen. Clementa Pinckney during the attack to his stance against a bill that would have allowed gun owners to bring their firearms to church.

Watch Chumley’s remarks, as aired on CNN on Tuesday, below.

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Matt Gaetz gets laughed at after his attempt to derail Mueller hearing hilariously backfires

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) tried to turn the latest hearing on special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election into a hearing on border security -- and then got hilariously shut down by one of the panelists.

During his allotted time, Gaetz changed the subject away entirely from the Mueller report and decided to grill one of the witnesses for her views on border security.

In particular, Gaetz asked Carrie Cordero, a Robert M. Gates senior fellow and general counsel at the Center for New American Security, about her work writing about the security problems posed by Mexican drug cartels.

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Lindsey Graham shoves Trump toward war: ‘Anyone would believe we’re one step closer’

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President Donald Trump seemed to try and deescalate the situation between Iran and the U.S. in wake of the former shooting down an American drone. But Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) seems to be shoving the president toward war.

"I think anybody would believe that we’re one step closer" [to war], Graham told the press in the hallways of Congress Thursday. "They shot down an American asset, well within international waters -- trying to assess the situation. What are you supposed to do?"

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Fireworks erupt at latest Mueller hearing as chairman Jerry Nadler schools GOP’s Jim Jordan

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A feisty Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) schooled Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for blatantly misstating facts about the investigation into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election.

After Jordan went on a lengthy diatribe against the FBI for supposedly relying on the Steele dossier to launch an investigation against the Trump campaign, Nadler jumped in to formally correct the record.

"It is well established that the investigation was not predicated on the Steele dossier, but rather on the observation of..." Nadler began.

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