During President Donald Trump’s White House listening session with families and survivors impacted by mass shootings on Wednesday, a Parkland, Florida high school student who lived through last week’s massacre sobbed when recounting the terror he experienced.
18-year-old Sam Zeif, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, went viral last week after he posted a text message exchange he had with his freshman brother in the midst of the shooting at their school. Today, he gave an emotional appeal to the president, Vice President Mike Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about the ordeal.
“I was on the second floor, texting my mom, texting my dad, texting three of my brothers that I was never gonna see them again,” Zeif said. “Then, it occurred to me that my fourteen-year-old brother was directly above me in that classroom where Scott Beigel was murdered.”
The student went on to rail against the ease with which a shooter can purchase an assault rifle like the one used at Stoneman Douglas last week and in a majority of mass shootings in recent years.
“How is it that easy to buy this type of weapon?” Zeis, who turned 18 the day after last week’s shooting, implored. “How do we not stop this after Columbine, after Sandy Hook?”
“I’m sitting with a mother that lost her son,” he continued, voice cracking with emotion. “It’s still happening.”
Trump supporter blames Democrats for being targeted by the president: ‘Why is that racist?’
CNN interviewed a supporter of President Donald Trump in Eau Claire, Wisconsin who refused to acknowledge the racism in the president's "Go Back" attacks on four women of color in Congress.
The network interviewed Kerri Krumenauer of Wiersgalla Plumbing & Heating Company about Trump's attacks.
"How is it racist?" she asked.
"If you don't like this country, get out," she demanded. "Leave!"
She then showed how misinformed she was about the incident.
"He didn't use any names -- they stood up," she falsely claimed. In fact, Trump did use names and the targets did not stand up as they were not at his North Carolina campaign rally.
Here’s how Trump hopes to recreate his 2016 presidential win — and how Democrats can send him packing
Writing for CNN on Saturday, election forecaster Harry Enten explained how President Donald Trump's recent, racist behavior lies in his desire to recreate the same electoral conditions that gave him a victory in 2016 in the presidential election next year.
"The Trump strategy is pretty simple: 1. Drive up the unfavorable ratings of his Democratic rival as he did in 2016 in order to compensate for his own low ratings. 2. Bank on an electoral college/popular vote split as he did in 2016. 3. Use a campaign of racial resentment to drive up turnout even more among groups favorable toward the President," wrote Enten. As he noted, Democrats have excellent odds to flip back Michigan and Pennsylvania, but they will have to work harder to win back any of the other states Trump flipped from the 2012 Obama camp — in particular Wisconsin, which was the closest state after those two.
American, Italian and Russian blast off for ISS
US, Italian and Russian astronauts blasted into space Saturday, headed for the International Space Station, in a launch coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.
Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, NASA's Andrew Morgan and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency set off on a six-hour journey to the orbiting science lab from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1628 GMT.
A NASA TV commentator hailed a "textbook launch" minutes after blastoff in "sweltering" weather in Baikonur, where daytime temperatures reached 43 degrees Celsius on Saturday.