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.”
NYT bombshell on Trump’s taxes proves his philanthropic claims ‘don’t always add up’
A new report by The New York Times Friday afternoon is diving into President Donald J. Trump's hidden financial records that "cast doubt on a number of his charitable commitments and show that most of his giving came from land deals that offset his income."
Trump wrote in his book, Trump 101: The Way to Success, “If you don’t give back, you’re never ever going to be fulfilled in life," but his philanthropic endeavors do not seem to add up. According to his tax records, The New York Times reported Friday that Trump has given back "at least $130 million since 2005, his second year as a reality TV star on NBC's The Apprentice. But of that amount, "the vast bulk of his charitable tax deductions, $119.3 million worth, came from simply agreeing not to develop land — in several cases, after he had shelved development plans."
Trump acts out his Superman fantasy for Florida seniors at campaign rally
It's not the first time President Donald J. Trump has acted out his apparent Superman fixation at one of his superspreader rallies - and it certainly doesn't appear it will be his last.
“In several phone calls last weekend from the presidential suite at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Mr. Trump shared an idea he was considering: When he left the hospital, he wanted to appear frail at first when people saw him, according to people with knowledge of the conversations. But underneath his button-down dress shirt, he would wear a Superman T-shirt, which he would reveal as a symbol of strength when he ripped open the top layer,” The Times reported earlier this month.
BLM activist details FBI visit to her home: ‘This is why this president is so dangerous’
President Donald Trump's incitement of racism in his supporters was blasted by Black Lives Matter activist Alicia Garza on Friday.
"The FBI visited my house today," she revealed on Twitter.
"They arrested a man in Idaho on weapons charges who they believe was affiliated with white supremacist groups. They found my name on a list in his home, alongside others," she explained.
"This is why this President is so dangerous," she continued. "He is stoking fires he has no intention of controlling."
"I’m ok y’all, but this sh*t is not ok. Vote this muthaf*cka out," she suggested. "For real."