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Joe Scarborough smacks down Ted Cruz’s condescending AR-15 defense: ‘I don’t need you to lecture me’

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tried to throw up a smokescreen on gun violence, but MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough refused to let him wriggle off the hook.

The Texas Republican insisted the AR-15 military-style rifles used in so many mass shootings, including the Parkland, Florida, massacre last month, were essentially no different from deer rifles — and the “Morning Joe” host pounced.

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“Your argument here is that deer rifles are just as lethal?” Scarborough said. “If somebody takes a deer rifle into a high school in Parkland, that deer rifle is going to be as lethal as an AR-15?”

Cruz then waved the Second Amendment and retreated into the minutiae of firearm mechanisms, as gun advocates often do whenever their legality is questioned — but Scarborough tried to pin him down.

“But you know, though, every American doesn’t have a constitutional Second Amendment right to carry an AR-15 — yes or no?” Scarborough said.

Cruz refused to debate the point, saying that was for the courts to decide, and lectured his fellow attorney on constitutional law.

“Senator, there are a lot of lawyers rolling their eyes at what you’re saying,” Scarborough said. “This percolation has been going on for 10 years.”

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Cruz said his legal career was built on arguing before the Supreme Court, and he recognized that Scarborough had not, and the former congressman cut him off.

“I don’t need you to lecture me on what the Supreme Court does and what it doesn’t do,” Scarborough said. “If the Supreme Court denies cert time and time again, and they have since 2010, and they’ve allowed Connecticut’s laws to stand in place that actually ban assault-style weapons. The court is sitting back and allowing that to stay in place, and allowing that — that is constitutional right now. There is not a constitutional right, and you know it. You can talk down to me all you want to, but you know there is no constitutional (right to own assault-style weapons).”

Cruz argued the court recognized AR-15 ownership as constitutional because they were one of the most popular weapons in the U.S., but Scarborough said the Supreme Court hadn’t agreed to hear any challenges to them being banned.

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“You are talking about what you want the law to be, I’m talking about what the law is,” Scarborough said. “I give you credit for swatting away legal reality.”

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Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters defied a ban against gathering at a park to commemorate Thursday's anniversary of China's deadly Tiananmen crackdown, with tensions seething in the financial hub over a planned new security law.

The semi-autonomous city had for three decades seen huge vigils to remember those killed when China's communist leaders deployed its military into Beijing's Tiananmen Square to crush a student-led movement for democratic reforms.

This year's vigil was banned, with authorities citing coronavirus restrictions on group gatherings.

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Rudy Giuliani melts down after Piers Morgan calls him ‘completely barking mad’ in train wreck interview

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Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani went completely off the rails during an interview with British journalist Piers Morgan on Thursday after Morgan confronted the former New York mayor about some of President Donald Trump's inflammatory tweets.

During the interview, Morgan demanded to know why it was acceptable for Trump to send out a tweet that promoted the shooting of looters.

Giuliani insisted that the media had taken Trump's tweet out of context, and Morgan responded by calling that assertion "total claptrap."

"You keep saying that it's the left-wing media that has somehow misquoted Donald Trump," Morgan said. "The president of the United States' job, when this kind of thing happens, is to keep temperatures down, not to put fuel on the fire. For the president of the United States to tweet that 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts,' directly quoting a racist police chief... who used dogs and guns on black people."

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MSNBC’s Morning Joe scorches GOP senators for following Trump ‘over the cliff’ to election losses

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough hammered Senate Republicans for following President Donald Trump "over a cliff."

The "Morning Joe" host said the GOP had suffered losses in every election cycle since Trump won, and he said the president was a threat to his own party.

"All Republican incumbents who are endangered politicians," Scarborough said. "What bargain did they make that is worth following this man over the cliff? Who, right now, in early June, is on his way to losing in a landslide of his own?"

"These polls that we're going to show you in a minute are just a snapshot of where we are at the beginning of June," he added. "Things can change, but if they do change, it will be the first time in almost four years that elections have broken Donald Trump's way."

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