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Republicans Wisely Avoiding CNN on El Paso and Dayton Shootings

Republicans Wisely Avoiding CNN on El Paso and Dayton Shootings

Congressional Republicans should not spend even five seconds doing national media interviews with bad faith outlets like CNN.

President Trump spoke to the nation Monday morning about the horrific mass shootings that took place over the weekend in El Paso, TX, and Dayton, OH.

The shootings left 30 people dead and over 50 injured.

“In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” Trump said during a speech in which he expressed support for, among other things, mental health law reforms and red-flag laws.

His speech, of course, was panned by the same Democrats who on one hand blamed Trump for the shootings while on the other hand demanded he make a public statement about them.

But while Trump as a national leader made the decision to appear before the cameras to talk about the tragedies, condemn hatred and bigotry, and discuss ideas he believes will combat hate and gun violence, House and Senate Republicans have been decidedly more guarded when it comes to engagement with the mainstream media on this issue.

Their approach is understandable for a variety of reasons, especially when you consider how they were treated after the Parkland shootings as though they had pulled the trigger themselves.

CNN’s Jake Tapper, who conducted the sham televised Parkland town hall that took place exactly one week after 17 people were killed, took a moment on Sunday to note that Republican officials in Ohio, Texas, and the White House had declined his requests for interviews:

“We should note that we invited the Republican governor, lieutenant governor and both Republican U.S. senators representing Texas to join us this morning. They all declined,” Tapper said before speaking with his guests 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,” he added.

Watch Tapper talk about the shootings and the Republicans who declined to appear on CNN below:

Other journalists amplified the “news” about Republicans who opted out of appearing before national news media cameras to discuss what happened:

I responded to Sonmez’s tweet with a reminder about the likely reason Republicans were being cautious:

The rhetoric from the left has gotten really nasty and vicious, and it would appear Republicans do not want any part of it.

Former El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke, for example, has gone off the deep end in blaming Trump for El Paso and Dayton, and has once again compared the Trump administration to the Third Reich as he did back in April.

In a Senate fundraising appeal, 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren (MA) trotted out the insulting insinuation today about how Republicans care more about campaign contributions from gun rights groups than they do their fellow Americans:

And Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT), like other Democrats and their media enablers, is still lying about Trump’s Charlottesville comments:

The mainstream media has no interest in correcting the record on Charlottesville because they’re too busy joining the Democratic chorus in their deliberate misinformation campaign.

On top of left-wing politicians and their non-stop demagoguery, liberal commentators are rushing to the cameras and social media to accuse Republicans of having blood on their hands because they have the audacity to disagree with them on gun control. Oftentimes, journalists like Cuomo join in on the bashing, suggesting Republicans would rather pocket NRA cash than prevent future gun deaths.

It’s a toxic environment right now for Republicans, with a lot of volatile emotions at play. Frankly I wouldn’t blame them for not wanting to be subjected to vile accusations that they are to blame for the senseless deaths that happened over the weekend. If they’re smart, they won’t spend even 5 seconds talking to anyone in the national media about this issue.

As the appalling CNN town hall from last year demonstrated, most national media journalists and Democrats in reality have no genuine interest in bringing all sides together on this issue. It’s their way way only, and if you don’t comply you are “complicit” in future tragedies and are a “willing accomplice” to Trump’s alleged “white supremacist tendencies” etc, etc.

Republicans should focus on their own communities, hold area town halls if necessary, reconnect with their constituents, and do interviews on local news stations if asked. That will accomplish a whole lot more than futile attempts at defending themselves in gotcha interviews with national media outlets.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —


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cnn is the propaganda arm of the democrat party.

I used to laugh every time Bill O’Reilly would accuse a politician of hiding under his desk for refusing an interview request from his show. It couldn’t be that they just were not interested in doing his show. It had to be because they were afraid of tough questions. Tapper is no different. Republicans are invited to condemn the president or be backed into a corner where they have to. They are of no use to cnn otherwise.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | August 6, 2019 at 6:12 pm


Joaquin Castro, Brother of Democrat Candidate and Abortions-for-Men Democrat Candidate Julian Castro, Doxxes Trump Donors
—Ace of Spades

“……He does this after antifa shows up at Mitch McConnell’s house threatening to stab him in the heart.

And now he unleashes his antifa allies against Republican donors.

Domestic terrorists and assassins need a target list and a moral justification/social blessing; Joaquin Castro has provided both. …….


And what it says is: Society is effectively over. There is no longer any social compact.

Joachin Castro is declaring actual war on law-abiding citizens, and the media and Democrat Antifa Party will make excuses for him.

And if the Democrat Antifa Party winds up killing someone on the hit list, they’ll simply refuse to report it, and to the extent they have to report it, they’ll… blame Trump for rising tensions.

Agreed. In fact, I heard that the El Paso shooter was inspired by the kind of extremist environmental and extremist anti-corporate info you hear on CNN all the time.

We need to take a closer look at NYT and WaPo and MSNBC and CNN promoting extremist violence. They must be held to account for their extreme rhetoric.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to rdmdawg. | August 6, 2019 at 7:43 pm


    How The Media Inspires Mass Shooters.

    As reported on

    A paper presented to the American Psychological Association found the number of mass killings, rampage killings or “mass shootings”, may be doubled by irresponsible media aggrandizement of mass killers. The desire for fame was found to be one of the main motivators of these rampage killers.

    Even the far left publication ‘Mother Jones’ has detailed How The Media Inspires Mass Shooters. It’s to their cynical advantage to do this for several reasons. First, they get to grandstand with images of the scene of the shooting, droning endlessly on about the perpetrator and their possible motive, providing hours of live commentary and analysis. Second, all of this is but a virtue signalling telethon for their ratings, where they get to show how much they care whilst condemning 120 million innocent people for not wanting to give up their civil rights. Third, they can incessantly push the national socialist Left’s final solution to the Liberty problem with discussions of how fast and how soon the guns of innocent people should be confiscated for the ‘heinous’ crime of wanting to be able to protect themselves.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to rdmdawg. | August 6, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    I’m still convinced the El Paso Terrorist of U.S.
    “Stinky Walmart Shoppers” was a full-on Democrat Party Member.

      Maybe. He wasn’t conservative. He was unlikely to be libertarian. He may have been from the left-right, totalitarian-anarchist nexus. He was likely affiliated with the left. Show me the principles; otherwise, it’s diversity or color judgment.

Fauxcahontas has some nerve. The killer was one of the members of her own 1/1024 tribe.

BerettaTomcat | August 6, 2019 at 11:52 pm

Any Republican who has gone on CNN for the past decade has either been a fool or a closet Democrat.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | August 7, 2019 at 8:15 pm

The news media are not the only media that needs to be cut off.

Google already interfering with the 2020 election.

Former Google employee accuses tech giant of bias