President Donald Trump ordered USA flags be flown at half-staff Tuesday to honor slain newspaper journalists after the mayor of Annapolis said the White House had declined his earlier requests to do so.
Trump, the President who has constantly attacked the Free Press has denied a request from the Annapolis, Maryland Mayor Gavin Buckley to lower flags to honor the lives lost on The Capital Gazette newspaper shooting.If a Muslim was responsible this decision would be different.
Trump should have made the call to lower the flags to half-staff nationwide like he did following the shootings at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Last week's cold-blooded murder of journalists, said Phoenix Geimer, the son of victim Wendi Winters, is also "as anti-American and anti-good as it is possible to be", a cogent description of the monster who made the decision. And below the main shooting story were the staples of a community newspaper: a glance at the day's weather and a teaser to a national story inside: "Trump, Putin: The two leaders will meet in Finland in July".
I hereby order that the flags shall be lowered on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, and remain at half-staff until sunset.
The victims were four journalists and a sales assistant.
"This is a missed opportunity to make a truce with the press", Rottinghaus said of the president.
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"This was a targeted attack on the Capital Gazette", stated Anne Arundel County Police Chief Bill Krampf.
The owner of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis announced the creation of a fund for the families, victims and survivors of the mass shooting Thursday in the newspaper's office, as well as a memorial scholarship fund at the University of Maryland, College Park.
One of the letters opened Monday included a passage with a self-styled certification saying, "I further certify I then did proceed to the office of respondent Capital-Gazette Communications. with the objective of killing every person present", according to The Baltimore Sun. In 2016, for example, it was flown at half-staff 53 times, including after mass killings in Orlando and Brussels.
On Friday, a judge ordered that Ramos, 38, remain in custody and be held without bond on five counts of murder as Ramos appeared via a video feed from a detention center.
A woman whose harassment by Jarrod Ramos led to his vendetta against the Capital Gazette says she immediately panicked when she learned of the shooting that killed five people at the paper.
A spokeswoman at city hall in Annapolis had said earlier the mayor was "extremely disappointed" his suggestion was not initially approved.