Here are some of the stories making headlines in conservative politics for today: Democrats blame Trump for mass shootings at debate; Texas rep challenges O’Rourke to take away his AR-15; Trump administration accelerating border wall construction.
Democrats blame Trump for mass shootings at DNC debate
On the subject of gun control during last night’s Democratic debates, the candidates took the opportunity to place the blame on mass shootings on President Trump.
Former Texas representative Beto O’Rourke directly blamed the president: “Everything that I’ve learned about resilience, I’ve learned from my hometown of El Paso, Texas, in the face of this act of terror, that was directed at our community, in large part by the president of the United States.” Earlier in the debate, O’Rourke claimed the shooter was “inspired to kill by our president.”
Former housing secretary Julian Castro said: “Look, a few weeks ago a shooter drove 10 hours inspired by this president to kill people who look like me and people who look like my family.”
California Senator Kamala Harris slammed Trump in a less direct way, saying, “He didn’t pull the trigger but he certainly has been tweeting out the ammunition.”
Texas rep tells O’Rourke: “My AR is ready for you”
In last night’s Democratic debates, former Texas representative Beto O’Rourke said that, if elected, he would ban and take away assault weapons. O’Rourke said, “hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15.”
In response, Texas Republican representative Briscoe Cain tweeted: “My AR is ready for you Robert Francis.” The representative was referring to O’Rourke by his legal first and middle name.
“This is a death threat, Representative. Clearly, you shouldn’t own an AR-15 — and neither should anyone else,” O’Rourke responded.
Trump administration accelerating border wall construction
In a briefing this week, officials told reporters that the Trump administration plans to construct upwards of 450-500 miles by the end of next year. The administration has purchased critical strips of private land which will clear the way for accelerating construction. “It’s going up fast and we’re putting it where the Border Patrol most wants it,” Trump said last Sunday. “We’re taking money from all over because, as you know, the Democrats don’t want us to build the wall — they’re fighting us at every step.”