Republican state Senator Maureen Walsh, of Walla Walla, Washington, is desperately trying to make up for heartless comments she made about healthcare givers in a floor speech.
Walsh opposed a recent bill that would mandate uninterrupted lunch breaks and rest periods for hospital nurses. There is an ongoing concern that healthcare workers in hospitals are working round-the-clock shifts that put patients in danger, KOMO news reported. Walsh didn’t seem to care.
“I would submit to you those nurses probably do get breaks,” she said on the floor. “They probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day.”
The comments prompted an online petition demanding that she work with an actual nurse doing a 12-hour shift. More than 500,000 people signed it, forcing Walsh to admit defeat.
“I wish I could reel that comment back in,” she confessed. “I certainly did not mean to imply that my nurses sit around playing cards all day. I have great respect for nurses. My mother was an RN registered nurse for many years.”
She went on to say that her comments were taken out of context, but the video of the speech seems clear. She blamed it on rural hospitals, saying that taking that full hour off would generate a greater hardship.
Walsh did ultimately accept the challenge to shadow a nurse, though she didn’t say when.
Watch the floor speech and an interview of her below:
Trump’s latest rage tweets reveal just how mortally terrified he is of a recession
President Donald Trump betrayed his mortal fear of a recession in another early morning Twitter rant about the economy.
The president insisted the economy was fine, and again tried to blame Democrats and the media if a recession hits before the 2020 election.
"The Economy is strong and good, whereas the rest of the world is not doing so well," the president tweeted. "Despite this the Fake News Media, together with their Partner, the Democrat Party, are working overtime to convince people that we are in, or will soon be going into, a Recession."
He suggested that his political enemies were willing to sacrifice their wealth to defeat him next year.
‘Vive la France’: 75 years ago, Paris freed from Nazi occupation
In August 1944 ordinary Parisians rose up, led by Resistance fighters supported by workers, women and even priests to throw off the Nazi yoke after four years.
Following six days of street clashes, random attacks and armed barricades, they were joined by French and US soldiers and victory was confirmed.
"Paris outraged! Paris broken! Paris martyred!" General Charles de Gaulle declared outside the city hall on August 25.
"But Paris liberated! Liberated by itself. Liberated by its people."
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The landing of tens of thousands of American, British and Canadian troops on the beaches of Normandy on June 6 launched the final pushback against Adolf Hitler's forces.
‘American Carnage’: How Mike Pence uses his brand of right-wing evangelical Christianity to play Trump
In February of 2018, Donald Trump's former political guru Steve Bannon told Bloomberg News that in the 2016 election, "The real opposition is the media. And the way to deal with them is to flood the zone with shit.”
Bannon was proven correct in his strategy of how Trump's racist, authoritarian pseudo-populist movement could win power in the United States (and various other places around the world). Nearly three years into Trump's tenure the American news media is still struggling with how to cover a president and an administration that have no use for democratic norms, the Constitution, the rule of law, and the truth or reality itself.