Democrat Ted Lieu Walks Out of Moment of Silence for Texas Victims
“Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) walked out on a moment of silence in Congress Monday for the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
Lieu, a second-term congressman from one of the wealthiest districts in the nation, filmed himself after he walked out of the House of Representatives chamber and broadcast to his followers on Facebook Live:
Good evening. I’m Congressman Ted Lieu. I’m heartbroken about the children and adults that were killed in the worst mass shooting in Texas history this Sunday.
My colleagues right now are doing a moment of silence in the House of Representatives chambers. I respect their right to do that, and I myself have participated in many of them.
But I can’t do this again. I’ve been to too many moments of silences [sic]. In just my short career in Congress, three of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history have occurred. I will not be silent.
What we need, is we need action. We need to pass gun safety legislation now. Behind me is the House of Representatives chambers. I urge us to pass reasonable gun safety legislation, including a universal background check law, supported by 80% of Americans, a ban on assault rifles, and a ban on bump stocks.
We need to do that. We cannot be silent. We need to act now. Now I gotta go back to vote. Thanks for watching.
(The gunman in Texas passed an FBI background check. He was ultimately stopped by a local gun owner using a rifle of his own. No reports have emerged of a bump stock being used.)
Comments on Lieu’s video ranged from supportive (Got an eye on you, Awesome Hombre!! We need more Congresspersons with integrity. Thanks for making California proud!!!!!! SF East Bay fan.”) to outraged (“This was extremely disrespectful to the families who are mourning loved ones in #SutherlandSpringsTexas, it is embarrassing to the #USA that a member of #Congress would behave in such a manner”).
Lieu has made a name for himself over the past year as a Twitter troll, tweeting insults against the president and members of his administration. A reserve officer in the U.S. Air Force, Lieu has also been accused by critics of violating military rules by referring to the president as illegitimate.
Last month, another Democrat, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), skipped a moment of silence for the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting.”
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Congressional Candidate Ted Lieu on Hollywood Issues: ‘I’m Thankful to Have Had the MPAA’s Support’
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“Ted Lieu is eager to prove he’ll be Hollywood’s ally in Washington. Lieu is in the race to succeed Henry Waxman, the representative for California’s 33rd district and a powerful figure in national politics. But he’ll first have to get by Los Angeles County deputy district attorney Elan Carr.
Waxman’s district spans West Los Angeles and the South Bay, the tony neighborhoods home to many of Hollywood’s wealthiest executives, filmmakers, actors and agents. Lieu, who hails from Torrance, is the first to admit he is not well known in the entertainment business.
Yet the state senator has placed Hollywood at the center of his pitch to potential donors (and voters). Like Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Lieu is a fierce advocate of tax credits for film and television productions. He co-authored a bill eight years ago that instituted a credit and has pushed for their expansion.”
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