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Parkland student nails Donald Trump and the GOP: ‘You’re owned by the NRA’

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students David Hogg and Alfonso Calderon

In a Monday interview with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, Parkland students David Hogg and Alfonso Calderon railed against President Donald Trump and other politicians for responding to the massacre at their school with a call for more guns.

After Camerota outlined the White House proposal, Hogg explained it’s only a surface fix to a widespread problem.

“I think what the White House proposal does is it answers one of the three main issues we are trying to fix here, which is mental health, universal background and just more gun control in general,” the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High student said. “What President Trump showed when he said he wanted to raise the age to 21 is bipartisanship and he wanted to work together on this and save some lives. But the other thing that he showed after that is he is no better than the other politicians because he called out other GOP members and said essentially that you’re owned by the (National Rifle Association) and that’s why you don’t want to take action.”

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Hogg explained that’s when Trump changed faltered when confronted by the NRA.

“But then he stepped back down from where he was and that’s why we’re seeing this stuff,” Hogg continued. “And I ask him why? Show us you’re better than the other politicians, that you aren’t owned by the NRA and that you want to take action. The proposals are great. Proposals without action remain proposals.”

The NRA came out with a statement claiming that preventing those over 18 from getting an assault weapon would not have stopped any of the high-profile mass shootings in recent years.

Hogg, whose family has endured death threats, called it absurd.

“My response to that is Nick Cruz was 19 and bought his assault rifle,” he said. “It’s offensive that they say that because this would have stopped him. He legally would not have been able to get this gun, but he was able to. That is part of the reason we had the massacre occur at our school. What the people at the top of the NRA like to hide behind the Second Amendment and say this is our Constitutional right — we’re Americans. What they are really trying to do is let us sell you more guns at an even younger age, put more people at risk, scare more people, cause more violence, kill more people, and sell more guns.”

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Calderon cut in to agree and ask when someone would use an AR-15 as self-defense.

“I find it absolutely preposterous that anyone can claim that you will use a military-grade rifle to defend yourself, especially in schools,” he said. “Because, as you may know, one of our lost teachers here, Mr. Scott Beigel, was shot before he could even reach his classroom. It is ridiculous to say that is a self-defense weapon.”

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GOP Senate candidate suspended football player for one game — for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl: report

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On Thursday, in an op-ed, the conservative Washington Examiner reported on an incident from Alabama Republican Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville's career as a football coach for Auburn University in 1999.

"When Clifton Robinson, the short but quick receiver from Naples, Florida, returned to the Auburn University football team in August 1999 after pleading guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor to avoid going to trial after being charged with the second-degree rape of a 15-year-old girl, first-year head coach Tommy Tuberville pledged to figure out the right punishment for him," wrote Siraj Hashmi. "'Clifton is back on the team,' Tuberville said. 'He and I will sit down today, and I'll tell him that we do things right around here, so he can expect there will be some punishment. What it is, I don't know yet.' That punishment ended up being a mere one-game suspension from the team's Sept. 4 season opener against Appalachian State. Auburn won 22-15."

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Arizona Republican attacks Fauci and Birx for ‘undermining’ Trump with COVID-19 facts

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COVID-19 hospitalizations in Arizona set a record on Thursday, but one of the state's Republican representatives in Congress went to Fox News to urge the end of President Donald Trump's Coronavirus Task Force.

"I think that Birx and Fauci have gone well past their, their -- they've expired, their time of usefulness has expired," Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) said.

"What they do, is when the president comes out and makes a policy -- because he is the president, he is the policymaker. When they come and make these statements that they make, they engender panic and hysteria and undermine what the president's doing. That's what I think's critical," they argued.

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MSNBC’s Dr. Gupta blasts ‘weak leadership’ of GOP governors: ‘It’s too little too late’

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On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "Meet The Press," medical analyst Dr. Vin Gupta laid into Republican governors' mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic as new cases explode across the country.

"Dr. Gupta, we have the governor of Texas issuing an order for Texans to wear masks. Not seeing the same thing in Florida," said anchor Katy Tur. "What is your medical take?"

"I think it's too little, too late. Both in Texas and Florida," said Gupta. "Florida especially, given what is happening with day-to-day caseloads. If I was Governor DeSantis, you need to be thinking about how to save lives. That's bringing in portable ICUs, making sure you have enough dialysis nurses. This is potentially even mobilizing National Guard. I know we are not talking about military forces, reserves."

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