President Donald Trump seemed to indicate active shooter drills were too scary for children. As the White House tried to clean up his remarks Thursday, they said that the president simply wanted to “rebrand” the idea of an “active shooter drill” so that it would be called something like “security drill” or a “safety drill.” The concern was about not scaring children.
“We have to harden those schools, not soften them,” Trump said.
CNN’s Dana Bash called the excuse absolute nonsense.
“No. Absolutely not,” she said, explaining it didn’t add up for her. “I mean, I guess maybe it does in the Trump White House, because he knows from branding, for sure.”
She noted that historically, children have been forced to handle far worse.
“If you kind of look back in history, that’s happened way before the three of us were in school, but during the Cold War, they did drills where kids were told to go under their desks, duck and cover. And some of those kids were even given dog tags with their names on them in case they died and told that. So, — and you know, as far as I know, there were no mass school shootings back then.”
She went on to say that the “branding” in the 1950s “was pretty harsh back then.”
“Of course not. That is not the issue,” she dismissed the White House excuse. “It seemed as though that was kind of a creative way to try to thread the needle and explain what the president meant when he said what he said.”
Watch her poignant comments below:
John Dean explains the big mistake Hope Hicks made by stonewalling Congress
Former White House counsel John Dean, a key figure in the Watergate scandal, said Wednesday on CNN that there was a serious flaw in the attempt to prevent longtime Trump confidant Hope Hicks from testifying to Congress.
White House lawyers have asserted that Hicks has absolute immunity and is not legally required to testify about her time as Trump's director of communications. Hicks testified Wednesday during a closed-door hearing before the House Judiciary Committee — where she reportedly refused to answer questions about her White House job.
"Privilege is not being asserted here. Instead, the White House says that Hicks has absolute immunity regarding the time that she spent at 1600 Pennsylvania. Does absolute immunity even exist? And if so, can you explain to me the difference between the two?" CNN host Brooke Baldwin asked Dean.
GOP gangs up on AOC: Top Republican demands Ocasio-Cortez apologize to the entire world – she refuses
The Republican machine is in fifth gear right now, speeding to attack one of their top Democratic targets: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
At issue, a video the New York Democrat recorded in which she calls the migrant detention camps on the U.S. Southern border "concentration camps."
Economist mocks GOP for trying to pin racism on Democrats — after telling a harrowing story about anti-black economic envy
Economist Julianne Malveaux explained to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that there was a time in the United States where black Americans were actually closing the wealth gap with white Americans -- until white Americans rioted and burned their property.
During her testimony at a hearing on reparations, Malveaux recounted the horrific story of the destruction of "Black Wall Street," which was a location in Tulsa, Oklahoma that was known for its high concentration of black-owned businesses and black wealth.
The area's prosperity came to an end in 1921 when white Tulsa residents used baseless accusation of a black man sexually assaulting a white woman as a justification to chase out all black residents and set fire to their neighborhoods. Hundreds of black residents were killed in the riots and the majority fled the city.