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Sun Apr 2, 2017, 11:52 PM

Newtown tries and, so far, fails to get Trump to acknowledge Sandy Hook massacre

By Christopher Hoffman

“We want facts to matter,” Board Chairman Keith Alexander explained at a recent meeting. “That’s the essential point.”

The impetus for the letter—sent last month and first reported here—was Trump’s warm embrace of Alex Jones, owner and host of the conspiracy-minded website InfoWars. Jones, whose audience is estimated in the millions, has been among the most aggressive promoters of claims that the Sandy Hook killings were staged. “Sandy Hook is synthetic, completely fake with actors, in my view, manufactured,” Jones said on his show in 2014.


InfoWars lists no phone number or direct contact for Jones, who as recently as March 8 continued to question whether the Sandy Hook killings happened. He did apologize earlier this month for comments about a hoax involving a pizzeria in Washington, DC.

Messages sent to both the website’s general email and InfoWars Editor Paul Joseph Watson went unanswered.

Alexander says he’s still hopeful they’ll get a response from the White House. “I don’t think I have ever sent a letter to the White House before so I don’t know what to expect from a response as far as timing, though I do hope that we will receive a direct response at some point,” he wrote in an email.


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To say Jones’s name is mud in Newtown is a gross understatement. Local officials revile him, using words at public meetings like “bully,” “disgusting,” and “despicable” to describe him. But as much damage as he has done, they fear he could do even more thanks to Trump, who appeared on Jones’s show during the campaign and called to thank him for his support after the election. In the months since Trump’s victory, Jones has bragged about receiving phone calls from the new president and said he was seeking White House press credentials for InfoWars.


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The ensuing debate revealed how fake news has undermined people’s faith that truth can triumph over lies. Even officials who supported the letter said that a Trump acknowledgement of the tragedy and repudiation of the hoaxers would not end the harassment Newtown has endured for years. Alexander’s goal, he said at one meeting, was to return things to where they were before Trump embraced Jones. In the end, only the school board sent the letter to Trump.


http://www.cjr.org/local_news/sandy-hook-trump.php

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Reply Newtown tries and, so far, fails to get Trump to acknowledge Sandy Hook massacre (Original post)
JHan Apr 2017 OP
world wide wally Apr 2017 #1
JHan Apr 2017 #2
TEB Apr 2017 #3
Cha Apr 2017 #4
JHan Apr 2017 #22
JI7 Apr 2017 #5
Fast Walker 52 Apr 2017 #6
dalton99a Apr 2017 #10
Fast Walker 52 Apr 2017 #16
yardwork Apr 2017 #7
Fast Walker 52 Apr 2017 #17
Vinca Apr 2017 #8
TEB Apr 2017 #9
Orrex Apr 2017 #11
TEB Apr 2017 #13
Orrex Apr 2017 #14
TEB Apr 2017 #15
Orrex Apr 2017 #19
Fast Walker 52 Apr 2017 #18
JHan Apr 2017 #23
Initech Apr 2017 #12
Blue_Tires Apr 2017 #20
stevenleser Apr 2017 #21

Response to JHan (Original post)

Mon Apr 3, 2017, 12:44 AM

1. One more American disgrace

Fuck you, Jones and Trump

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Response to world wide wally (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 3, 2017, 12:50 AM

2. +++++++++++ 1000000000000

as I read this my heart split into pieces. I can't even imagine what it must be like to go through that tragedy , and deal with the effects of the fake news shit.

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Mon Apr 3, 2017, 05:38 AM

3. Very sad and disgusting

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Mon Apr 3, 2017, 05:41 AM

4. Stupid fuck

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Response to Cha (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 3, 2017, 12:10 PM

22. yes, when you boil down Trump, all that's left in the pan is "stupid" and "fuck"..

and not fuck in the good way.

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Mon Apr 3, 2017, 05:46 AM

5. it's going to be 5 year towards the end of the year since this happened

it's already horrible to deal with but to deal with this shit also is just fucked up.

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Mon Apr 3, 2017, 05:48 AM

6. Wow. I was always shocked this wasn't a bigger deal in the campaign and thought reporters

 

should really have pressed him on this

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Response to Fast Walker 52 (Reply #6)

Mon Apr 3, 2017, 07:58 AM

10. That alone should disqualify anyone from elected office

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #10)

Mon Apr 3, 2017, 09:22 AM

16. you would think... but somehow Trump trampled every fucking rule and still "won"

 

which is why things are so insane and fucked up now

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Mon Apr 3, 2017, 06:17 AM

7. How many people in Newtown voted for Trump?

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Response to yardwork (Reply #7)

Mon Apr 3, 2017, 09:23 AM

17. good question.... is it a conservative or liberal district? I think they have a Dem rep

 

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Mon Apr 3, 2017, 06:32 AM

8. I'm wondering what will happen when there is a massacre on Trump watch.

It will happen - it always does. Will he acknowledge gun violence or will he tweet conspiracy theories? This must be so upsetting for the Newtown families. I can't begin to imagine.

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Response to Vinca (Reply #8)

Mon Apr 3, 2017, 07:49 AM

9. I feel saddened

These poor people loss so much as parent I could not imagine. I used to run to providence and on 84 I'd see the new town sign and it would just set me in to saying prayers for them whenever I went past the exit driving truck.

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Response to Vinca (Reply #8)

Mon Apr 3, 2017, 08:07 AM

11. He'll blame Muslims, and his worshipers will accept it as gospel

Even if it's carried out by blond haired, blue-eyed Aryan von Schutzstaffel while clad in Nazi regalia, he'll blame it on Muslims, and there'll be weeks of debate while we try to prove that the shooter was motivated by Islamic extremists.

Further, when the next shooting happens, the GOP will call for the nation to rally behind the president. His supporters will do it, of course, as will most of the allegedly remorseful people who voted for him, and those who don't suck up to him will be cast as unAmerican.

Further, this will be used as an excuse to boost defense and border spending, and they'll naturally have to siphon money out of social programs to do so.

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Response to Orrex (Reply #11)

Mon Apr 3, 2017, 08:41 AM

13. I agree with you

Trump supporters would accept anything he says. The hate and bigotry is so depressing.

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Response to TEB (Reply #13)

Mon Apr 3, 2017, 08:48 AM

14. They love him even as he's taking away their lifeline

I've had bitter arguments on FB with local idiots who stand to lose their healthcare & other assistance, and they blindly insist that it'll all work out. "I trust him," they say.

I don't care if they screw themselves into impoverished decrepitude, but they're positively frothing at the mouth to drag the rest of us down with them.

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Response to Orrex (Reply #14)

Mon Apr 3, 2017, 08:53 AM

15. The same here

My friends there like well it will all work out this is just the first stage there will be stage two and three I'm like your morons. You voted for this ass who wants to destroy every social program we have. I tell em I do not want to go back to the 1800s they do not get it , times I feel like beating them with a ball bat.

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Response to TEB (Reply #15)

Mon Apr 3, 2017, 09:33 AM

19. They think that it'll happen to the other guy

And, usually, the "other guy" is assumed to be brown.

Someone else on DU observed that Trump's chumps are even ok with losing some of their protections as long as some brown guy suffers more, and I'd say that that's about 100% accurate.

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Response to Orrex (Reply #11)

Mon Apr 3, 2017, 09:24 AM

18. yeah, it's freaking scary... th nightmare scenario

 

and Trump escalating the wars in Iraq and Syria with more civilians won't help tamp down terrorism either

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Response to Vinca (Reply #8)

Mon Apr 3, 2017, 12:12 PM

23. i dread any terrible event happening at home with the orange flustercuck of madness in charge

we already have him to thank for 200 civilians dying in Yemen.

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Mon Apr 3, 2017, 08:32 AM

12. Infowars fans don't care about children.

And they're Trump's biggest fans. Yeah they'll say they do because of Pizzagate (which was fake news), but then they act like the murder of 20 children never happened and that it's an act to get your guns taken away. It's pure hypocrisy and a steaming load of bullshit.

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Mon Apr 3, 2017, 11:06 AM

20. Good luck... Breitbart/InfoWars said it was a hoax for Obama to grab guns

and instill martial law so he could put all patriotic white folks in camps, and that is the official position of the WH

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Mon Apr 3, 2017, 11:34 AM

21. He would have to be forced to do it. Trump knows Jones and his idiotic followers are some of

 

his most loyal followers. No way he angers them unless he has no other choice.

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