Shooting interrupts Trump briefing

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  1. ed629

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    A shooting outside the White House interrupts Trump briefing

    Trump rushed from briefing after shooting as shots fired outside

    There's several other news sites posting this as it develops, but shooting currently is directed or thought to have targeted Trump. Trump continued with the briefing shortly afterwards.[/QUOTE]
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  2. 14thDoctor

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    Poor bunker baby. :(
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  3. garamet

    garamet "The whole world is watching."

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    False-flag operation or Fake News? If the gunman is mysteriously "disappeared," I would not be surprised. :garamet:
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  4. 14thDoctor

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    :wtf:

    Meanwhile, "Sleepy Joe" spent the weekend cracking jokes while riding a bike. :async:
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    Flashbacks to Ron Butterfield crashing The West Wing. “Where’s Charlie?”

    Probably not appropriate to think about in this circumstance. But, only the bad guy got hurt.
  6. garamet

    garamet "The whole world is watching."

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    "Curiouser and curiouser," cried Alice.

    Emphasis mine.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/voice...news-briefing-conference-gunman-a9664076.html

    The large man in the grey suit interrupted Donald Trump. No one interrupts Donald Trump – especially at the White House. At his White House.

    Then the man turned his back to the television cameras showing the utterly surreal scene live around the world. Two things told the tale: His oversized suit jacket – large enough to drape over his government-issue firearm. And the earpiece snaking out of his crisp white dress shirt.

    That's the look of a US Secret Service agent. The look on the president's face as the man spoke also told the tale. Calm but serious.

    "Oh, okay," Trump said as the man said something and motioned towards the blue door that separates the James Brady Briefing Room from the White House press office.

    The 45th president loves a good argument. But he did not try to change the large man's mind.

    Something clearly was amiss. Presidents are not just removed from public events by their security details because of something mildly suspicious. After all the drama of Trump's term that has become to somehow feel normal, this rose to the level of serious.

    During this correspondent's nearly 20 years reporting in Washington, I cannot recall a similar scene. Then-Vice President Dick Cheney has recalled being carried to a secure bunker under the executive mansion during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

    But he was not "The Decider," meaning the leader of the free world. And that scene did not play out on live television.

    This reporter has ridden out lock downs in the press area of the White House, which are regular but not routine. I have been, shall we say, helped back inside the briefing room by a Secret Service officer who was just doing his job.

    But this president being escorted out of the briefing room – amid a pandemic, amid sometimes-violent protests over racial inequality as he floats the idea of accepting the Republican presidential nomination at a Civil War battlefield – felt somehow poetic.

    Trump breeds chaos. He thrived off of it for much of his term. In general, chaos tends to breed chaos. That's what came to Trump's own briefing room on Monday evening.

    Even more surreal was what happened next.

    The president returned to the briefing room, where he shrugged off the incident, saying the world has been a "dangerous place" for a while now. That's not likely to change anytime soon, the "American carnage" president told reporters.

    He denied being "rattled," as one reporter asked. And he didn't look it. Not as he was being informed of the incident and not when he came back.

    Passersby on 17th Street NW near the White House tweeted videos of law enforcement personnel administering first aid to someone lying on a sidewalk as Trump was again back at the lectern with the presidential seal.

    This scribe gives Trump credit for coming back to take a good number of questions on a range of topics. He never seemed to flinch and he commendably praised the Secret Service for the apparent fast work outside neutralising a potential threat and for protecting the current occupant of the Office of the President, who happens to be a former reality television host.

    A cynical person might wonder if the Trump campaign is already prepping a campaign video showing the president marching back into the briefing room on a split screen with the chaos outside. For now, let's all marvel at another dramatic episode of what many have dubbed "The Trump Show."

    There rarely is a dull moment in a presidency unlike any other. Tune in tomorrow, folks, because anything is possible.

    "Oh, okay," Trump said? Calmly, rationally, like a normal person? As if he was in shock, or as if he was expecting it? Then he came back into the briefing room, claimed he wasn't "rattled," and pivoted to his usual screed.


    Almost as if he'd rehearsed it. Almost as if, in a desperate attempt to boost his plummeting "ratings," he'd planned it.

    Stay tuned for the video.

    :chris:
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  7. Diacanu

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    I thought those triple layers of barbed wire topped walls they've wrapped around the White House kept everyone out.
    Does Antifa have a Terminator model that phases through walls?
    Or one of those heat-seeking bullets from "Runaway"?
    Or both?
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  8. garamet

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    Announcing he was armed, then rushing the officer while pretending to draw a weapon sounds an awful lot like an attempt at suicide by cop.
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    I don't disagree. That doesn't necessarily mean the incident wasn't staged. Easy enough to set up a disturbed man as a patsy. Why didn't the Secret Service agent shoot to kill? Followup reports say a SS agent (one assumes the one who stopped the attacker) was also injured and taken to the hospital.

    What intrigues me more is how Donnie came back into the room, dead calm, and immediately went back on script:
    Fact check: Interrupted by shooting, Trump continues to spin false narrative around mail-in voting and coronavirus

    Now, arguably, given his history of slurred speech and an inability hold a water glass with one hand or walk down a ramp, he could be on some heavy-duty meds or - to be charitable - in shock and unable to process the seriousness of the situation, but the fact-checkers counted 12 falsehoods in that speech. Quite a performance for someone who truly believed his life was in danger.

    Just sayin'.
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    If this were staged I'd expect Trump to immediately start ranting about Antifa rioters
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    I can’t believe he’d be able to keep it a secret for long.
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    Presumably the Secret Service agent did shoot to kill. That the suspect did not die is most likely a product of a. the difficulty in hitting a moving target and/or b. the wonders of modern medicine/proximity to top-notch medical care.

    For the more cynical among you, 1000 quatloos says the suspect is white.
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    :yes: You're probably right. History of mental instability, or simply a guy who's lost his job because of the lockdown and the recent slash in unemployment was the final straw?

    The sources I'm reading are mostly regurgitating yesterday's news, adding that there's an "internal investigation" into the suspect's background. (Not sure what that means: Secret Service? FBI? Considering the suspect was on a public sidewalk, why not local DC police?) Suspect has not been identified, other than to state his age as 51, and that he's currently in critical condition.*

    Where's the usual media frenzy? I wonder. :mystery:

    *ETA: 1,000 quatloos says he doesn't survive.
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    Haven't there always been the occasional crazy around the WH that has needed to be taken down? This is the most normal 2020 has been.
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    As I understand it (and I may be wrong), but the Secret Service has jurisdiction over the entire "White House Area", which includes the sidewalks.
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    I mean, I didn't want to say it, but.....:shrug:

    Still, this is the Secret Service we're talking about. If you're a legitimate threat to the leader of the free world the President, they're gonna shoot first and ask questions later regardless of race. Given everything else in this administration, I wouldn't rule out this being some kind of stunt, either.
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    Normal? You have no frame of reference.
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    garamet "The whole world is watching."

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    It's been over a week, and no follow-up. Dead or alive and, if alive, charged with anything, whisked off into witness protection? :chris:
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    Hopefully dead and they should indeed make it public. The feds should also take out violent rioters in all major cities. Erase a few hundred criminals and send a message.
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    So public executions of the mentally ill is this week's schtick?
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