NRA spokeswoman attacks media over shootings: ‘You love the ratings’

A National Rifle Association spokeswoman attacked the media’s coverage of last week’s Florida high school shooting and criticized law enforcement Thursday, saying critics were trying to “gaslight” gun supporters into taking responsibility for the tragedy.

It was a shift from Dana Loesch’s posture during a CNN town hall the night before, when she told a Parkland, Florida student she admired her advocacy for gun control and emphasized that the man who police say killed 17 people should “never have been able to get a firearm.”

Speaking on Thursday at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, her tone was aggressive, particularly as she went after the media.

"Many in legacy media love mass shootings. You guys love it," Loesch said. "Now, I’m not saying that you love the tragedy. But I am saying that you love the ratings. Crying white mothers are ratings gold to you and many in the Continue reading “NRA spokeswoman attacks media over shootings: ‘You love the ratings’”

GOP congresswoman, without evidence, says mass shooters ‘end up being Democrats’

Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.), offering no evidence, told a New York radio host that many mass shooters are Democrats and that the media are overlooking the story.

Tenney, a gun rights advocate, made the comments during a discussion Wednesday with WGDJ host Fred Dicker about the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting, which left 17 people dead.

"Obviously, there’s a lot of politics in it. It’s interesting that so many of these people that commit the mass murders end up being Democrats," Tenney said. "But the media doesn’t talk about that."

Tenney said she fears legal gun owners will be “targeted” following the shooting, even though she claimed their demographic had “the least amount of crimes than virtually any other demographic.” Dicker replied that “they tend to vote Republican” and “tend to be white.” Tenney laughed and agreed.

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Treasury’s Malpass says he’s ‘troubled’ by national debt

A top Treasury Department official said Wednesday he is “troubled” by annual budget deficits and wants a three-year program to slow the growth of the national debt.

“I think it is too high now, and it’s going higher,” David Malpass, Treasury’s under secretary for international affairs, told Fox Business. "I am troubled by the deficit and troubled by the national debt, and I think we need a three-year program to grapple with it, starting this month, next month and on forward."

President Donald Trump proposed a $4.4 trillion budget last week that called for more military spending and cuts to domestic programs such as Medicare and food stamps. But it projects the government will bring in much less than it spends, in large part because of a $1.5 trillion tax cut Trump signed into law last year.

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White House: Kushner’s work status will not change

The White House said on Tuesday that the work status of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, would not change because of upcoming changes to the security clearance process.

“I haven’t spoken to the president about whether or not that would be necessary, but again, as I said, Mr. Kushner’s work that he has done will not be impacted and he’s going to continue to do the work that he’s done over the last year,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said during the daily briefing.

Though the White House imposed a ban on interim security clearances last year, nearly three dozen staffers, including Kushner, were still operating in the White House with such clearance.

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Trump calls woman’s sexual misconduct allegation against him ‘another false accusation’

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Tuesday to deny accusations of sexual harassment from one of the 19 women who have accused him of misconduct.

The woman accusing Trump, Rachel Crooks, was featured in a Washington Post story Monday.

“A woman I don’t know and, to the best of my knowledge, never met, is on the FRONT PAGE of the Fake News Washington Post saying I kissed her (for two minutes yet) in the lobby of Trump Tower 12 years ago,” he tweeted. “Never happened! Who would do this in a public space with live security cameras running. Another False Accusation.”

Several reporters pointed out on Twitter that the president claimed the incident took place in the lobby of Trump Towers, even though Crooks said it happened outside of an office on the 24th floor.

Crooks previously announced she is running for a seat in the Ohio state legislature.

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Trump calls woman’s sexual misconduct allegation against him ‘another false accusation’

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Tuesday to deny accusations of sexual harassment from one of the 19 women who have accused him of misconduct.

The woman accusing Trump, Rachel Crooks, was featured in a Washington Post story Monday.

“A woman I don’t know and, to the best of my knowledge, never met, is on the FRONT PAGE of the Fake News Washington Post saying I kissed her (for two minutes yet) in the lobby of Trump Tower 12 years ago,” he tweeted. “Never happened! Who would do this in a public space with live security cameras running. Another False Accusation.”

Several reporters pointed out on Twitter that the president claimed the incident took place in the lobby of Trump Towers, even though Crooks said it happened outside of an office on the 24th floor.

Crooks previously announced she is running for a seat in the Ohio state legislature.

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Advocates warn against linking mass shootings, mental illness after Trump tweet

Advocates cautioned Thursday against making assumptions about the links between mental health issues and violence after President Donald Trump said the suspect in a mass shooting at a Florida high school was "mentally disturbed."

“So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior,” Trump tweeted Thursday. In televised remarks on the shooting, which resulted in the deaths of 17 people, he said his administration was tackling "the difficult issue of mental health."

Certain mental illnesses can be associated with violent behavior, but so can many other factors, said Ron Honberg, senior policy adviser at the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

“There are a lot of factors that can cause violence,” he said. “Untreated psychosis may be one, but there are definitely other factors.”

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