Two 9/11 first responders lambasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina for failing to renew a compensation fund for 9/11 victims during a CNN appearance on Wednesday.
Interviewed by CNN’s John Berman for “New Day,” John Feal and Brian McGuire — both of whom were first responders at the World Trade Center in New York City following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks — asserted that neither McConnell nor Graham is doing enough to help 9/11 first responders receive the health care they need.
Feal, founder of the FeelGood Foundation, praised comedian Jon Stewart for his efforts on behalf of 9/11 first responders. And Feal noted that he has attended countless funerals since 9/11, saying, “I’ve been to over 180 of these funerals. This is painful. This is sad. And I’m tired of listening to excuses.”
When Berman asked who was responsible for the holdup with support for the 9/11 compensation fund, Feal responded, “History will show you, in 2010, 2015, it was Republican leadership.”
Feal explained what while the Democrat-controlled House has been responsive to his “team” recently, he had major complaints about the Senate.
“Now,” Feal told Berman, “we’re going to go to the Senate, where bills go to die, because it’s run by a bunch of cranky old white men who are trying to keep control of this country. So, Mitch McConnell, we’re on our way. Lindsey Graham, we’re on our way. You know who we are; we’ve met with you before. We’re just not going to take your crap this time. It’s that simple.”
Feal went on to tell Berman, “Thank you for telling our story because without you telling our story, this remains a New York issue. There’s 433 out of 435 congressional districts in this country that sent somebody to Ground Zero, the Pentagon or Shanksville, (Pennsylvania) that are affected by 9/11.”
Feal added that according to the federal government, “there are 12,000 people now with a certified cancer” because of the health problems they suffered as a result of the 9/11 attacks.
Denver cops busted for doing drive-by shootings of anti-police brutality protesters
In a video posted to Twitter, a young Denver man protesting the killing of George Floyd at the hands of four former Minnesota police officers, found himself on the receiving end of an attack by police himself as he filmed them riding on the side of a truck -- only to have his phone hit by a fired police projectile while still in his hand.
According to Rachelle D'nae, a staff writer at Slate, her brother went to the Denver protest and was filming the officers when the incident occurred.
"My older brother went to a protest in Denver last night. as the police were leaving, one of them shot him with a pepper pellet that smashed the back of his phone and exploded in his face. they were ~30 feet from each other and it looks like the officer aimed directly at his face," she wrote before adding in a second tweet, "when my brother told me he was going I prepared for the worst. I made sure he had my number memorized so I could bail him out if I needed to and I sat up until he made it home, trying not to cry as he told me he had been tear-gassed."
US military brought in to monitor police brutality protests in 7 states: leaked documents
According to an exclusive report from The Nation, based upon Defense Department documents, U.S. military members are being dispatched to seven different states to monitor the activities of Americans who have taken to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of four former Minneapolis cops.
The report, by the Nation's Ken Klippenstein, notes that states include, "Minnesota, where a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd, the military is tracking uprisings in New York, Ohio, Colorado, Arizona, Tennessee, and Kentucky, according to a Defense Department situation report," with the author pointing out, "Notably, only Minnesota has requested National Guard support."
‘Absolute vacuum in leadership’: Internet shreds ‘coward’ Trump for hiding as 75 cities protest
President Donald Trump is under fire Sunday after the White House announced he will not be seen today despite five days and nights of protests in more than 75 cities across the country and governors in at least ten states activating the National Guard.
Possibly more than at any time during his three-and-a-half year old administration Trump is taking tremendous criticism for how he has managed the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and for his handling of the protests against the killing by police of George Floyd.