Again and again

Here’s Trump:

So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!

Again and again?  So it’s not enough to report him to authorities once, you need to do it twice?  OK, whatever Trump says.  Here’s what happens when people take his advice:

The F.B.I. received a tip last month from someone close to Nikolas Cruz that he owned a gun and had talked of committing a school shooting, the bureau revealed Friday, but it acknowledged that it had failed to investigate.

The tipster, who called an F.B.I. hotline on Jan. 5, told the bureau that Mr. Cruz had a “desire to kill people, erratic behavior and disturbing social media posts,” the F.B.I. said.

The information should have been assessed and forwarded to the Miami F.B.I. field office, the bureau said. But that never happened. On Wednesday, Mr. Cruz, 19, killed 17 students and teachers at his former high school in Parkland, Fla., law enforcement officials said.

The tip about Mr. Cruz appeared to be the second in four months, after another person told the bureau about online comments from Mr. Cruz that he wanted to become “a professional school shooter.”

It’s not so much any single comment, it’s that there are hundreds of such comments.  On his best day in office, Trump says things that are more idiotic that the sort of silly things Obama said on his worst day in office.  Not once, but again and again and again.  Someone needs to report his erratic behavior to the authorities.




13 Responses to “Again and again”

  1. Gravatar of Jerry Brown Jerry Brown
    19. February 2018 at 13:24

    ” Someone needs to report his erratic behavior to the authorities.”
    LOL. I think it has been reported and Trump is already being investigated. Hopefully, they keep him away from schools, buttons of any sort, and women in the meantime.

  2. Gravatar of bill bill
    19. February 2018 at 14:06

    I heard (on Smerconish if I recall correctly) that the local police actually did investigate the shooter prior to the incident but could not do anything based on current law. And that if the FBI had followed up that per procedure, they would have relied upon that assessment by the local police. So nothing would have been different. Sad.

  3. Gravatar of lob lob
    19. February 2018 at 14:57

    THe FBI can always do something. You can’t sneeze without breaking some federal law. Anyone threatening to shoot the POTUS (at least during the last administration) would quickly be subjected to federal action. SS instead of FBI-but the same principle applies.

  4. Gravatar of Benjamin Cole Benjamin Cole
    19. February 2018 at 18:38

    Trump elected President?

    I blamed Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale, and now I am being proved right.

    Oh, and the Moscow-inspired Electoral College.

  5. Gravatar of Tom Brown Tom Brown
    20. February 2018 at 10:00

    “Someone needs to report his erratic behavior to the authorities.”


  6. Gravatar of Patrick R. Sullivan Patrick R. Sullivan
    20. February 2018 at 10:13

    Trump’s behavior IS reported to the authorities every day. The WaPo and NYTimes couldn’t exist without it. Funny though, the ‘authorities’ (AKA, the electorate) don’t seem alarmed. They just enjoy Trump Prosperity.

    Why the FBI is the law enforcement agency of choice regarding these shootings mystifies me, however there should be someone responsible for checking on obviously mentally disturbed individuals like this guy in Florida, or the guy who shot Congresswoman Giffords in Arizona. For two examples of people who stood out as dangerous to the people around them.

    Maybe there’s an explanation in there of why ordinary people turned away from establishment political figures and elected Trump?

  7. Gravatar of Patrick R. Sullivan Patrick R. Sullivan
    20. February 2018 at 10:19

    Apparently Luigi Zingales agrees with me;

    Mr. Bannon was invited to the university by Luigi Zingales, a finance professor. Would Mr. Zimmer ever contemplate having a quiet word with the prof and asking him to withdraw his invitation to Mr. Bannon? “I wouldn’t even think of it,” Mr. Zimmer answers, in a mildly but unmistakably indignant tone. And no, he won’t be attending the Bannon event. “We have many, many talks,” he says. “I’m really pretty busy.”

    Mr. Zingales’s attitude is consistent with the norm Mr. Zimmer seeks to uphold. When I asked the professor by email why he extended the invitation, he replied that Mr. Bannon “was able to interpret a broad dissatisfaction in the electorate that most academics had missed. Remember the shock on November 9, 2016? Regardless of what you think about his political positions, there is something faculty and students can learn from a discussion with him.” Mr. Zingales, too, welcomed peaceable protests as a healthy exercise of free speech. “I admire the way our students have conducted their protests,” he wrote. “It speaks very well to the values that our university shares.”

  8. Gravatar of ssumner ssumner
    20. February 2018 at 10:55

    Patrick, I agree that the UC was wise to invite Bannon to speak. Bannon is racist scum, but his views are very influential with the President, and it is wise to expose UC students to this important political movement.

  9. Gravatar of Patrick R. Sullivan Patrick R. Sullivan
    20. February 2018 at 13:53

    I think you have missed Zingales point, Scott.

  10. Gravatar of E. Harding E. Harding
    20. February 2018 at 19:46

    what was wrong with Trump’s comment?

  11. Gravatar of ssumner ssumner
    21. February 2018 at 09:50

    Patrick, What was his point that I missed?

    Harding, Let’s see. After the tragedy he tells people they should have warned the authorities, meaning law enforcement authorities. It turns out they did, but were ignored. And who is the chief law enforcement authority in America?

  12. Gravatar of Massimo Heitor Massimo Heitor
    25. February 2018 at 15:12

    Trump’s comment was completely wrong; at least 18 calls were made to the sheriff to report disturbing/threatening behavior about the shooter. The problem clearly wasn’t that people didn’t report suspicious behavior, it looks more local law enforcement incompetence and non-action. NRO makes the case here:

    Trump’s comment was just a bad comment made in haste. It wasn’t anything worse. Now, that more information is out, I don’t see Trump repeating this argument, that the problem was a lack of reports. The New Yorker accusing Trump of victim blaming is rather absurd. Of course Trump wasn’t blaming the shooting victims of any wrongdoing.

    “Bannon is racist scum”

    Source? Evidence? Just wanting to lower immigration? Or advocating that the US should serve the interests of existing citizens first over foreigners and potential future citizens?

    You’ve suggested that Japan has a morally justified reason to see themselves as an ethnic state and preserve that with a restrictive immigration policy. Is that racist?

  13. Gravatar of TravisV TravisV
    3. March 2018 at 10:55


    “let me try to give you a haiku, to mix our East Asian metaphors, about how we best get a take on Xi Jinping’s world view probably in three points. For 35 years or more now, there’s been a trend in China. These politics initiated by Deng are meant to normalize the functions of the Chinese state, as opposed to the party always dominating the state. Xi Jinping has turned that trend around, and we now see an assertion or re-assertion of the party’s absolute power. That’s the first point.

    I think the second trend that clearly emerges is that Xi Jinping’s view is that the party and only the party, and only under his leadership, can hold China together as it undergoes this greater transition into becoming a global great power. And, in the course of the next decade, become the largest economy in the world. Therefore, he sees his leadership in the party as being central to that.

    And then third, I think it’s this: We see, also, the reassertion of the importance of ideology within the country……”

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