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White House Begins School Shooting PR Blitz; Destination Unknown

The White House today began a PR blitz designed to show concern about school and other mass shootings, and it was unclear just how far this would take President Trump along the path toward Democratic-style gun control measures.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders entered the briefing room today with expressions of praise and sadness about last week’s school shooting in Florida:

Here at the White House, the victims and families have constantly been in our thoughts and prayers. We’ve prayed for the recovery of those injured, and for peace and comfort for the families of those who were lost.

Our broken hearts are filled with gratitude, as we heard the stories of incredible heroism. Fifteen-year-old Anthony Borges was shot five times while he used his body as a human shield for his classmates. He remains in the hospital in recovery. Anthony, thank you for your courage. We are all rooting for you.

Assistant football coach Aaron Feis shielded students from a hail of gunfire, selflessly giving his own life to save others.

Then, she announced that this will effectively be mass shooting solution week:

Tomorrow, we will be hosting parents, teachers, and students here at the White House to discuss efforts to ensure safety at our schools. Members of the Parkland community will be attending this listening session, as will individuals who were impacted by past school shootings, including the Columbine and Sandy Hook tragedies.

On Thursday, we will be hosting local officials, including members of the law enforcement community, to continue that conversation.

Meantime, the White House announced that the Department of Justice would be a rulemaking process that seems designed to end up banning “bump stocks” which make semiautomatic firearms act like automatics.

Trump has suggested he could support a strenthened background check process. Whether this week’s “conversations” will lead to more severe gun contol measures, nobody knows.

Sanders Wants Kelly to Face the Press on Porter

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has apparently had it with trying to explain what the White House did about Rob Porter and wants Chief of Staff John Kelly to come to the briefing room podium and do it himself.

That makes sense. This thing has gone on incredibly long. A smart White House would have made this a two-day story, but it’s dragged on for nine.

According to Politico:

Nine days into the Rob Porter scandal, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is pushing for senior officials who made the decisions surrounding the former White House staff secretary’s security clearance to take over the task of explaining—and defending—those decisions to the public.

Since Tuesday, when FBI director Chris Wray in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee contradicted her account of how Porter’s background check was handled, Sanders has moved to have White House counsel Don McGahn or chief of staff John Kelly brief the press directly, according to a person close to the White House.

The issue remained unresolved at the time Wednesday’s briefing was canceled due to a school shooting in Florida that left 17 dead, according to the person.

“I think the president is going to side with her,” this person said. “I think the president is going to want them to clear it up.”

A senior administration official said later Wednesday that Kelly had been set to take the podium until the decision was made to cancel it.

The White House denied there was any plan for Kelly to brief reporters Wednesday. Sanders did not respond to a request for comment.

There apparently was not a serious meeting where ruthless decisions were made to protect the president and address a situation that involved credible allegations of spousal abuse.

It’s clear, for one, that Kelly should have directed Communications Director Hope Hicks to recuse herself from the deliberations, since she is romantically involved with Porter. She cannot possibly make unbiased decisions about Porter in such a situation. And everyone should have gotten their story straight – like, the truthful one – before any statements were made.

The president is correct that people’s lives can be too quickly ruined over unproven allegations. But in this case, involving charges by two ex-wives and sympathy for them on the part of a former girlfriend, there was enough prima facie evidence to take action to remove Porter from the White House.

Sarah Sanders: Suggestion Trump “Complicit” in School Shootings “Outrageous”

She’s right. That’s essentially what’s going on here.

MNSBC White House Reporter Peter Alexander wouldn’t take yes for an answer Wednesday in the briefing room. He wanted to know what the president was doing to stop school shootings, and he didn’t care about what he was hearing from Sanders.

As you are aware, the only acceptable answer for the press is gun control. Unfortunately, Alexander didn’t initially get the response he was looking for.

Sanders said:

The President instructed his administration to make the recent crime wave a top priority.  Some of the things that they’ve accomplished in that process, and been focused on, is they’ve charged more defendants with violent-crime offenses than in any year in decades, they’ve charged the most federal firearm prosecutions in a decade, and they’ve convicted 1,200 gang members and took down numerous drug-trafficking organizations, all in an attempt to help create safer and better communities, and certainly safer schools.

Pressed further by Alexander, she even added in a little suggestion of gun control:

I know the Department of Justice instructed ATF to do a thorough review on a number of firearm provisions.  That is ongoing, and it will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget.  We’re going through that process.

Oh. Got an answer we might be looking for. Well, that’s not enough:

What about coming before nation and telling Americans how he feels about this issue, and try to do what he can with the bully pulpit to help?

Telling America how he feels? Is that what’s going to stop lunatics from shooting up schools? The idea here is that no matter what Trump does, he’s not doing enough.

Sanders responded:

Let me be very clear on this. The fact that you’re basically accusing the President of being complicit in a school shooting is outrageous.

One might also add, if one wanted to adopt the tactics of the left, that the focus on school shootings and the lack of interest in what Trump is doing to reduce crime is racist. Because mass shootings make up a tiny percentage of the killings of this country. The biggest problem is black on black crime in the inner cities, made worse by Barack Obama’s decision to highlight the relatively rare cases of white police officers unjustly shooting African Americans and the resultant hesitancy of cops to do police work.

But black-on-black crime doesn’t interest the elite media, which wants to focus on the drama of school shootings and protecting their own, overwhelmingly white, kids at their nice schools in the suburbs.

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