CNN’s town hall Wednesday night was a “show trial” in the words of Ben Shapiro, and despite the presence of moderator Jake Tapper, it played out like a tag-team match featuring Sen. Marco Rubio and NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch vs. every other person in the venue.
Thursday night, just 24 hours after a crowd jeered Loesch and called her a murderer while cheering on Broward Sheriff Scott Israel, Tapper tweeted some updates to the Stoneman Douglas story that would have been nice to have been addressed in public Wednesday.
This is horrific. “In November, a tipster called BSO to say Cruz ‘could be a school shooter in the making’ but deputies did not write up a report on that warning. It came just weeks after a relative called urging BSO to seize his weapons.” https://t.co/3gtwGPl6bo
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 23, 2018
More: ”Two years ago, according to a newly released timeline of interactions with Cruz’s family, a deputy investigated a report that Cruz ‘planned to shoot up the school’ – intelligence that was forwarded to the school’s resource officer, with no apparent result.” https://t.co/rgRB3vpfJa
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 23, 2018
A real shame none of this came out before last night's televised town hall featuring the sheriff, isn't it? https://t.co/4zqDPnyGd2
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) February 23, 2018
That information would have been helpful to have while Sheriff Israel was bashing Loesch for defending the Second Amendment, yes.
Probably not worth putting on air though. https://t.co/l74rwGZg28
— Tadas Karpis (@tkarpis) February 23, 2018
I don't want to pile on, but maybe the town hall could have waited until we knew some of this? https://t.co/Gv89WQ71zS
— Joshua Sharf (@joshuasharf) February 23, 2018
The “town hall” was nothing but an emotionally charged pile-on, so by all means, continue to pile on.
And you just sat there as he blamed Dana Loesch. https://t.co/Kt2jwHUESw
— Jim Treacher is a dumb pseudonym (@jtLOL) February 23, 2018
— Jitney Guy (@JitneyGuy) February 23, 2018
Gee, what a shame you didn't address the sheriff about this. https://t.co/ErWBwkFXmt
— BayAreaFrau (@bayareahausfrau) February 23, 2018
— Chad Alexander (@ChadAlexander2) February 23, 2018
Why don't you have the cowardly @browardsheriff back on in front of an audience and ask him why he didn't tell you this and that his deputy stood outside and let the murderer kill kids. https://t.co/u4aMb4h6EZ
— Rob Tam (@robtr2) February 23, 2018
People should have been made aware of this before last nights CNN townhall, no? Hard time believing all this JUST came to light.
At the very least Sheriff Israel knew. Cowardly actions by Sheriff Israel & he should resign over this incompetence.https://t.co/Q2PX30yFUL
— Chris 🇺🇸 (@Cb10n) February 23, 2018
Kind of weird none of this stuff came out until AFTER the televised town hall meeting with the sheriff…. I’ve literally lost what little hope I had left for society! https://t.co/MQI4OfWTSH
— Heath Sellers™ (@CoachSellers) February 23, 2018
Coincidence that all of this is being reported a day after that BS town hall at fake news central. Didn’t suit the “attack conservatives and NRA” script. 🤔 https://t.co/ETSd9EaEFQ
— Jean Pennie (@jeanpennie) February 23, 2018
Horrific that you and CNN put Sheriff out there to blame the NRA to cover his ass. https://t.co/DhoQp4vohX
— eric (@eriContrarian) February 23, 2018
Good thing you are going full tilt after the NRA and innocent gun owners. https://t.co/1C3z4SyYbz
— The Sampo (@GoldSaltFlour) February 23, 2018
Again, no wonder the Sheriff is so anxious to make the NRA the target instead of his Department's epic failure. https://t.co/7MR0C4ABkf
— Carl Gustav (@CaptYonah) February 23, 2018
It just keeps getting worse. https://t.co/7cpPeAl9aa
— Sean Agnew (@seanagnew) February 23, 2018
— Matt Holliday (@BoomMan1976) February 23, 2018
The Sheriff knew while he was acting holier than thou at your "town hall"
But yeah… Letting him yell at Dana Loesch and having the audience scream obscenities at her was a-ok in CNN's book.
Hope the ratings were worth it. https://t.co/dHLDb24C0C
— Shay (@DeplorableShay) February 23, 2018
So @DLoesch was right yesterday when she criticized the Broward Sheriff for failing to act on the numerous tips that could have prevented this massacre. Tips that not only went to the FBI. https://t.co/b9kq1FSPHL
— Matt Gruda (@matthew_gruda) February 23, 2018
With all due respect to @cnn this is exactly why you shouldn't hold "townhalls" full of emotional, grieving, and angry people before investigation into what actually happened occur. Israel sat on stage last night knowing this, but was unchallenged as he deflected blame elsewhere. https://t.co/QOXfhnTtnt
— Andrew Donaldson (@four4thefire) February 23, 2018
Everyone is a position of power at BSO should resign effective immediately. https://t.co/54NDIWQAOT
— Pradheep J. Shanker, M.D., M.S. (@Neoavatara) February 23, 2018
The kid did everything but actually arrest himself. This is a horrifying level of incompetence https://t.co/Q03ENHD8MG
— Amy (@AmyOtto8) February 23, 2018
So Sheriff Israel, what exactly is your job again? https://t.co/6nEWtfs6To
— Fusilli Spock (@awstar11) February 23, 2018
— Alisha 🇺🇸 (@GolightlyGrl427) February 23, 2018