The same politicians who are now incensed that President Donald J. Trump posted a video of the 9/11 attacks dubbed over Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-Minn.) now-infamous “some people did something” comments were silent when a State Senator from Missouri explicitly called for Trump’s assassination in March of 2018.
“I hope Trump is assassinated,” said now-State Rep. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-Mo.).
This explicit call to kill a sitting president did not draw a single mainstream press headline. It did not draw the ire of any elected officials – never mind those in the Democrat Party.
But after Trump slammed Omar for downplaying the 9/11 terrorist attacks, these formerly-silent politicians and penmen are enraged, construing Trump’s video as an “incitement of violence” against Omar.
“The President is inciting violence against a sitting Congresswoman – and entire group of Americans based on their religion,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). “It’s disgusting. It’s shameful. And any elected leader who refuses to condemn it shares responsibility.”
The President is inciting violence against a sitting Congresswoman—and an entire group of Americans based on their religion. It's disgusting. It's shameful. And any elected leader who refuses to condemn it shares responsibility for it.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) April 13, 2019
“For two years, this President has used the most powerful platform in the world to sow hate & division. He’s done it again. Putting the safety of a sitting member of Congress
@IlhanMN at risk & vilifying a whole religion is beyond the pale. I’ll be blunt — we must defeat him,” said Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).
For two years, this President has used the most powerful platform in the world to sow hate & division. He's done it again. Putting the safety of a sitting member of Congress @IlhanMN at risk & vilifying a whole religion is beyond the pale. I'll be blunt — we must defeat him.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) April 13, 2019
Big League Politics reached out to Chappelle-Nadal, who called for Trump’s assassination, but she did not respond to a comment request.
Worth noting is that all of the same politicians and groups were silent when Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was mauled in his yard by an angry, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) supporting neighbor attacked him, or when an other Sanders sympathizer, James Hodgkinson, shot up Congressional baseball practice, nearly killing Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.).
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Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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