August 11, 2022

CNN’s Jake Tapper just scorched Republican leaders for refusing to discuss latest mass shootings

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The second mass shooting in the last 24 hours took place in Dayton, Ohio last night when an unidentified man with a .223-caliber rifle, extra magazines, and body armor killed nine people and injured 24 others in the city’s historic Oregon District.


Coming immediately on the heels of the 20  murders at an El Paso Walmart yesterday by an avowed white nationalist, the distraught public demands for politicians to enact more stringent gun regulations reached a fever pitch.

Given the obvious importance of the issue, one would think that the fine public servants in our federal and state governments would be eager to appear on the Sunday morning political talk shows that they usually frequent to discuss how they plan to address the plague of gun violence that has devastated our nation for so long.

Jake Tapper, the host of CNN‘s State of the Union, tried to get the politicians representing the states where the latest massacres occurred to appear on his program this morning, but, as he lamented on air, none of the senior Republican politicians from those states had the courage to agree to discuss the gun regulation issue on camera with him.

“We should note we invited the Republican governor, lieutenant governor and both Republican U.S. senators representing Texas this morning, they all declined,” Tapper told the TV audience on Sunday.

“The Republican governor of Ohio also declined. We also asked the White House to provide someone to discuss these shootings, that request too was declined,” Tapper added.

In a Twitter post, Tapper named names, providing a list of those who refused to discuss the issue alongside the Democratic politicians that he had booked for the program and who were fervently advocating gun reform legislation.

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The Republican leaders’ decision to forgo an opportunity to defend their position in refusing to advance the type of sensible gun regulations that a majority of Americans wish to see enacted left the airwaves open for the Democrats to advance their message which — in addition to enacting stricter gun laws — included the message that President Trump’s hateful rhetoric towards immigrants and his support of white nationalists is part of the root cause of the recent spate of domestic terrorism by deranged white males.

After the Dayton shootings in his home state, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) spoke to Tapper about how Trump helped white nationalists feel empowered.

Presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke who returned to his hometown of El Paso from the campaign trail after yesterday’s massacre went even further in explicitly calling out the president as an unrepentant racist.

Other Democratic presidential candidates weighed in on the issue as well.

Forty Wayne, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg decried political inaction.

Senator Corey Booker (D-NJ) laid the blame for the shootings directly at President Trump’s feet.

El Paso’s Julián Castro agreed with Senator Booker that Trump’s divisiveness was the primary instigation for the wave of hate crimes the nation has suffered since his inauguration.

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While the Democratic politicians all seem eager to renew their push for universal background checks and automatic weapons bans, their chances of success all hinge on the support of the Republicans who control the Senate.

Given that the senior Republican leadership — even in the states directly affected by the latest vicious terrorist assaults — are all too fearful to even appear on TV to discuss the issue, the prognosis for a solution to gun violence and domestic white nationalist terrorism does not look promising, to say the least.

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Original reporting by Rebeca Klar at The Hill.

Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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