Most officials in Florida have a high level of esteem for residents of Parkland, Florida after the ordeal they faced. Rep. Ron DeSantis used the moment of the debate as an opportunity to attack the FBI.
“The way to keep people safe is to have accountability for the people in a let our communities down,” DeSantis said. “Our parents, Sheriff [Scott] Israel let that community down, the school board and the school straighter let the community down. They adopted a Promise Program which said if a student is getting into trouble, we’re going to pretend that he’s not committing offenses. That individual should have been arrested and, of course, the FBI who ignored that plea for help from that great lady in January. Nobody has been fired at the FBI. We have a crisis of accountability at all levels of government.”
Mayor Andrew Gillum’s comments were a little more nuanced.
“Scott Israel rather than actually taking on the folks who are complicit in the kind of rampant violence that we see, in the only in our schools, but in our neighborhoods,” Gillum explained.
He noted children shouldn’t have to do active shooter drills when they should be learning.
“Parents are literally terrified in they drop their kids off at school they want to know when they go to pick them up, will they pick them up alive and body bags?” he asked. “That’s unacceptable in this state, and we deserve a governor who will stand up to one of the most powerful lobbies who stand in the way of any common sense gun reform.”
Watch the exchange below:
CNN buried in scorn for asking final debate question on Ellen DeGeneres and George W. Bush’s friendship
Viewers lambasted CNN on Tuesday for using its time with Democratic presidential candidates to bring up Ellen DeGeneres' friendship with former President George W. Bush, who is considered to be a war criminal by some Democratic voters.
CNN asked about the friendship at Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate, where moderator Anderson Cooper put the question to the entire field of candidates -- even though no questions had been asked about climate change or China.
Watch the video and read some of the Twitter responses below.
Julián Castro says Atatiana Jefferson’s name on debate stage: ‘Police violence is also gun violence’
Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro said on Tuesday that he would not support the mandatory buyback of assault-style weapons because it could be lead to more police violence.
At Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate, Castro was asked if he supported Beto O'Rourke's plan to buy back assault weapons.
Castro argued that unless police go "door-to-door" then the buyback program "is not truly mandatory."
"But in the places I grew up in, we weren’t exactly looking for another reason for cops to come banging on the door," he said, pointing to the recent shooting of Atatiana Jefferson by an officer in Fort Worth.
Tom Steyer slams corporate power: We’ve seen ‘a 40-year attack on the rights of working people’
At Tuesday night's presidential debate in Ohio, billionaire investor and political activist Tom Steyer — for whom this was the first debate he had qualified — gave an impassioned defense of worker rights and a call to dismantle the political power of big corporations.
"First of all, let me say this. Senator Sanders is right," said Steyer. "There have been 40 years where corporations have bought this government and those 40 years have meant a 40-year attack on the rights of working people and specifically on organized labor. The results are as shameful as Sen. Sanders says, both in terms of assets and in terms of income. It's absolutely wrong. It's absolutely undemocratic and unfair. I was one of the first people on this stage to propose a wealth tax. I would undo every Republican tax cut for rich people and major corporations."