In The News Today: Oscar Awards Happening Tonight, Donald Trump In David Duke Kind of Trouble, Iran Executes Men In Village, & More
Donald Trump has stirred up controversy again, thanks to an endorsement from David Duke. Well, it’s not so much the endorsement itself, but the GOP presidential candidate’s answer to CNN‘s Jake Tapper during his “State of the Union” interview.Advertisement
When asked whether he would choose to disavow Duke as well as other white supremacist groups endorsing him, Trump simply answered, “Just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke, OK?” Duke had somewhat endorsed Trump a few days ago and gave detailed a explanation why. In it, he said that although he is not formally endorsing him because he “can’t embrace everything about the man,” Duke believes Trump is “by far the best candidate of a really horrible lot of them!”
Hilary Clinton wins South Carolina Primary. Clinton has scored an overwhelming victory against Bernie Sanders in South Carolina. The former Secretary of State and first lady had managed to secure 73.5 percent of votes while Sanders only managed to secure 26 percent, according to AP. Clinton also happens to be the first woman to win the South Carolina primary.
Officer Ashley Guindon shot to death on first day on the job. Police officer Guindon of the Prince William County Police Department was sworn in as an officer over the weekend along with fellow rookie Steven Kendall. Hours later, she and two other officers responded to a domestic altercation in Woodbridge where a suspect immediately opened fire on them. Guindon was shot along with fellow officers Jesse Hempen and David McKeown. All three were flown to the Fairfax INOVA Hospital where Guindon was pronounced dead. She was 28.
Shooter Ronald Williams Hamilton has already been arrested. He faces several charges, including one count of capital murder of a police officer and one count of first-degree murder. In Guindon’s honor and memory, the Prince William County Police Department is holding a candlelight vigil for her tonight at the Sean Connaughton Plaza.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard resigns from Democratic National Committee to endorse Bernie Sanders. Congresswoman Gabbard explained, “As a vice chair of the DNC, I’m required to remain neutral, but I cannot remain neutral any longer. The stakes are just too high.” Gabbard believes Sanders has foresight and will “not waste precious lives and money on interventionist wars of regime change.” Following Gabbard’s announcement, Sanders responded saying, “I am honored to have her endorsement.”
Iran executes all men in one village. No single male has been left alive in the village of Sistan and Baluchestan province in Iran. During a recent interview with a local with the Mehr news agency, Iran’s Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Shahindokht Molaverdi revealed the executions without getting into further details.
According to The Guardian, Molaverdi said, “Their children are potential drug traffickers as they would want to seek revenge and provide money for their families. There is no support for these people.” The men were reportedly executed for drug-related offenses.
This year’s Oscar Awards taking place tonight. “The Revenant” leads the nominated films with 12 nominations, including best picture. Leonardo DiCaprio is also nominated for best lead actor while Tom Hardy received a nomination for best supporting actor. Meanwhile, the honor of being the first on the red carpet goes to Wolfgang Puck, according to The Los Angeles Times. He has 7,000 mini gold chocolate Oscars awaiting all the attendees.