Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched her most strident attack against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Friday when she accused him of refusing to stop giving firearms makers “immunity.”
“When it really mattered, Senator Sanders voted with the gun lobby, and I voted against the gun lobby. This is a significant difference,” she told MSNBC host Chris Matthews. “Maybe it’s time for Senator Sanders to stand up and say ‘I got this one wrong.’ But he hasn’t.”
The criticism came amid both Democratic candidates’ stated support for President Barack Obama’s executive order this week expanding background checks on gun sales. Obama later said he would not support any candidate in his party who stood against the initiative.
Sanders has responded to Clinton’s attacks in the past concerning the issue by noting that the National Rifle Association has given him a “D-” grade, while also saying he represents rural voters who distrust changes in gun safety policy.
On Friday, she accused the senator of supporting the “Charleston loophole” — a rule allowing gun dealers to proceed with sales if they have not been notified by federal officials within three days of initiating a background check. The rule acquired the nickname following Dylann Roof’s shooting attack in a South Carolina church last year, when it was discovered that his name failed to turn up because of a clerical error. Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) subsequently introduced a bill eliminating the loophole.
“He said he would consider changes to the law,” Clinton said to Matthews. “But that was three months ago and there’s been no effort to introduce anything in the Congress or to stand with, you know, those Democrats who want to repeal this, you know, really irresponsible blanket immunity that was voted in for the gun makers and sellers.”
Sanders responded on Twitter by posting an image of an ad Clinton sent during her 2008 presidential campaign in which she accused Obama — who was then running against her for the Democratic nomination — of flip-flopping on gun issues.
“Maybe Hillary Clinton should apologize for this?” the senator wrote. The ad can be seen below.
Maybe Hillary Clinton should apologize for this? pic.twitter.com/We14Q7Ia5g
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 9, 2016
Watch the interview, as aired on Friday, below.
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Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans
The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.
In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.
Conservative Ben Shapiro tweeted something many found offensive — so now he’s calling his critics ‘garbage’
Right wing "thought leader" Ben Shapiro appeared today to say not using the "N" word is nearly impossible as he defended conservative, pro-gun teen Kyle Kashuv, one of the Parkland survivors who just had his acceptance to Harvard rescinded over his racist remarks, which included repeated use of the "N" word.
To be clear, Shapiro denies that's what he meant.
Here is Shapiro on Twitter, in what many took as him appearing to call not using the "N" word – in Kashuv's case, repeatedly, over and over and over again, "an insane, cruel standard no one can possibly meet."