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From The Reporter’s Notebook
Utah’s Republican lieutenant governor surprised many with his speech at a vigil for victims of the Orlando shooting on Monday, where he apologized for his previous attitude and actions against LGBT people, TPM’s Kristin Salaky wrote. Cox said he was extremely moved by the event and felt the need to apologize, KSL reported. “I grew up in a small town and went to a small rural high school,” he said, according to the news site. “There were some kids in my class that were different. Sometimes I wasn’t kind to them. I didn’t know it at the time, but I know now that they were gay. I will forever regret not treating them with the kindness, dignity and respect — the love — that they deserved. For that, I sincerely and humbly apologize.”
Agree or Disagree?
Josh Marshall: “There’s no magic to Trump’s political showmanship. The magic we saw through the Spring was a unique bond, a sort of mindmeld of white backlash and derp Trump built on an inspired intuition into the mind of the base of the Republican party. Provocation and offense didn’t hurt Trump because, as I argued at the time, he was preaching to an audience that yearned for both as positive goods. Campaigning in front of a general election audience today it’s all working quite differently.”
BUZZING: Today in the Hive
From a TPM Prime member: “We can’t do anything about a person’s motivations. We can’t wipe out radical Islam, and even if we did, violent, hateful people would find some other “justification” for their horrific actions (if they even attempt to justify it, to date, I don’t think anyone knows what motivated Adam Lanza, and Jared Lee Loughner, and many killers are animated merely by mental health issues that are untreated). What we can do is regulate the means that allows these people to commit atrocities on the scale that we see in Sandy Hook or Orlando.”
Related: Senate Democrats held a nearly fifteen-hour filibuster in order to push the Senate to address gun control.
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