Sen. Brown, Dayton mayor speak after Trump’s visit with victims

Sen. Brown, Dayton mayor speak after Trump’s visit with victims

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>>Melissa: WOW. BRYAN LLENAS, INTERESTING. THANK YOU FOR THAT. WE ARE ABOUT TO GO RIGHT NOW TO THE MAYOR OF DAYTON, OHIO. THE PRESIDENT HAS COME OF COURSE, JUST LEFT THIS AREA. SHE WAS –DASH SHE TALKED ABOUT WELCOMING THEM, BUT WASN’T HIGHLY FAVORED. SHE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH HIM. LET’S HEAR WHAT SHE HAS TO SAY>>HE WAS VERY ELOQUENT ABOUT SOME THINGS HE HAD TO SAY.>>I WAS HERE ON SUNDAY, THE AFTERNOON, THE MAYOR, THE POLICE CHIEF. SOME OF THOSE FIRST RESPONDERS THAT SAVED LIVES. WE SAW SOME OF THEM TODAY. WE MET ALL OF THE POLICE OFFICERS WHO UNQUESTIONABLY SAVED THE LIVES OF DOZENS AND DOZENS AND DOZENS OF PEOPLE. BOTH OF US SPOKE WITH THE PRESIDENT RIGHT WHEN HE GOT OFF AIR FORCE ONE. BOTH THE MAYOR AND I ASKED THE PRESIDENT TO CALL ON SENATOR McCONNELL TO BRING THE SENATE BACK IN SESSION THIS WEE WEEK. THAT HE WANTS THE BACKGROUND CHECKS, THAT IT HAS ALREADY BEEN PASSED IN THE HOUSE. I ASKED HIM TO PROMISE TO ME AND TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT HE WILL SIGN THAT BILL AFTER HE SPOKE IN SUPPORT OF IT WITH SENATOR McCONNELL. HE WAS ONLY SAYING WE WOULD GET THINGS DONE, AND THEN LATER ASKED THE PRESIDENT — I SAID, “IF YOU CARE ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH, AND PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT THE GUN LOBBY CONSISTENTLY SAY IT’S NOT GUNS, ITS MENTAL HEALTH. IT ISN’T.” IT’S MOSTLY TOO MANY GUNS IN THE STREET. WHEN I SAID TO HIM ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT IT WAS, THAT IF HE CARES ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH, THE IMPORTANT THING IS NOT TO APPEAL THE MEDICARE MATTERS SO MUCH FOR PEOPLE WHO STRUGGLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. THE LAST THING I SAID, I BOTH POLICE OFFICERS IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM IN THE PRESIDENT SAID WE WANT TO GIVE HONORS AND AWARDS TO BEES POLICE OFFICERS. IN A GROUP OF 20 OR 30 PEOPLE RESPECTFULLY. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO FOR THESE POLICE OFFICERS IS TAKE THESE ASSAULT WEAPONS OFF THE STREETS SO THEY DON’T HAVE TO GO UP AGAINST THOSE ASSAULT WEAPONS, AND THEY NEED TO TAKE DOWN A SHOOTER, AND WHEN THEY NEED TO TAKE DOWN AT A REST.>>Reporter: HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR CONVERSATION WITH THE PRESIDENT? DO YOU BELIEVE HE WAS HEARING YOU?>>I THINK YOU HEARD ME. I HOPE YOU WILL TAKE ACTION, FOR THE PEOPLE OF DAYTON. BOTH THE SENATOR AND I SPOKE VERY DIRECTLY. WE FENCING THE WHOLE TIME ABOUT THE NEED FOR COMMON SENSE GUN LEGISLATION.>>Reporter: DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS POINT THE FINGER AT EACH OTHER. DON’T BOTH PARTIES TAKE BLAME AND THE INABILITY TO FIND A SOLUTION TO THESE MASS SHOOTINGS? HAS THERE BEEN MASS SHOOTINGS –>>TELL ME WHY YOU BELIEVE THAT.>>Reporter: THERE HAVE BEEN MASS SHOOTINGS UNDER BOTH ADMINISTRATIONS.>>REPUBLICANS FOR YEARS NOW I’VE DOUG IN AND ON THE VETTING OF THE NRA. THE GUN LOBBY GETS TONS OF DOLLARS TO REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES AND SPEND MILLIONS AND MILLIONS AGAINST DEMOCRATS LIKE ME THAT GET AN F AND STOOD UP TO THE NRA. WE CAN’T GET ANYTHING DONE IN THE SENATE BECAUSE MITCH McCONNELL, PRESIDENT OF UNITED STATES, ARE IN BED WITH A GUN LOBBY. THERE’S A LOT OF THINGS WE CAN WORK ON TO MAKE THIS WORK BETTER. GUNS ARE BIG PART OF IT. MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES MATTER, BUT THE SAME PEOPLE THAT SAY IT’S MENTAL HEALTH, IT’S NOT. TOO MANY GUNS ON THE STREET, THE SAME PEOPLE WHO TRY AND CUT MEDICAID ON THE SAME PEOPLE WHO TRY AND REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. GUNS ARE A BIG PART OF THIS, AND WE HAVE A WHOLE POLITICAL PARTY IN THIS COUNTRY NOW, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF CONGRESS MATERNAL, I MIGHT ADD, WHO HAS BEEN ON THE RIGHT SIDE. THAT’S IN BED WITH THE GUN LOBBY. YOU CAN CALL IT GRIDLOCK, BUT IT’S BECAUSE OF THAT SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP. THAT HAS A LOT FOR THE GOVERNMENT. REPORT AND MIKE BOTH YOU AND THE MAYOR HAVE BEEN CRITICAL OF THIS PRESIDENT BEFORE. IN FACT, INITIALLY YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BE WITH THE PRESIDENT. YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND. I’M JUST WONDERING, A LOT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FEEL AS THOUGH WE’VE BEEN HERE BEFORE. WE’VE HEARD ALL OF THIS BEFORE. WE’VE BEEN IN THE SITUATION IN THE PAST. DID EITHER OF YOU HEAR ANYTHING AT ALL THAT WOULD LEAD YOU TO BELIEVE THAT THIS TIME SOMETHING MIGHT BE DIFFERENT?>>I’VE CHANGED MY MIND. I DIDN’T WANT TO IN ANY WAY ENCOURAGE THE PRESIDENT’S RACIST TALK AND DIVISIVE TALK. I CAME BECAME THE MAYOR ASKED ME TO COME AND I THOUGHT MAYBE I WOULD HAVE A CHANCE TO TALK TO THE PRESENT ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, ABOUT NOT CUTTING MEDICAID. AND I GET A CHANCE TO TALK TO THE PRESIDENT ABOUT PUTTING PRESSURE ON SENATOR McCONNELL TO BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS. WHICH CONGRESS DID FOR IT TO NEW. ONCE, BIPARTISAN LEAD. IF THE PRESIDENT TELLS THE CONGRESS TO PASS AN ASSAULT WEAPON BAN, THE PRESIDENT SAYS, “PASSED LEGISLATION FOR UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS,” THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESS AND THE SENATE WILL MOVE ON IT. THE HOUSE WILL UNDOUBTEDLY MOVE ON IT. WE CAN DO THAT.>>THIS, FOR US IN DAYTON, WE HOPE SO. I’M NOT HOLDING MY BREATH. TOO OFTEN WE JUST SEE COMPLETE AN ACTION BECAUSE THEY ARE WAITING, SO PEOPLE CAN FORGET THAT NINE PEOPLE DIED IN DAYTON. BECAUSE OF A GUN, IT SHOULDN’T BE LEGAL, FRANKLY. WE POINTED OUT — I POINTED OUT TO THE PRESIDENT THAT FORMER SENATOR MIKE DeWINE VOTED FOR THE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN. THERE WAS A TIME WHEN THIS WAS BIPARTISAN. SO WE ARE LOOKING FOR THOSE PEOPLE IN CONGRESS TO COME TOGETHER, BECAUSE THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS AGREE THAT THIS SHOULD BE ACTION. DO I THINK WE WILL SEE ANOTHER? PROBABLY. WASHINGTON WILL NOT MOVE.>>Reporter: DID HE SEEM LIKE SOMEONE READY TO TAKE ACTION, OR SOMEONE IT WOULD LET THIS, AS YOU SAID, DIE DOWN?>>THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I’VE MET THE PRESIDENT SO I DON’T THINK MY ABILITY TO LOOK IN HIS EYES IS GOING TO GIVE YOU ANY INSIGHT ON WHAT HE’S THINKING.>>Reporter: [INDISTINCT]>>I’M SORRY? NO, THE CONVERSATION AT THE AIRPORT WAS PRETTY BRIEF. HE WAS MOVING PRETTY QUICKLY TOWARDS US, AND IT WAS, “MR. PRESIDENT, THE CITY OF DAYTON AND THE PEOPLE OF DAYTON ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SOME ACTION. THAT’S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP US, GET SOME ACTION ON COMMON SENSE GUN LEGISLATION.”>>Reporter: CAN YOU TALK ABOUT HIS TONE?>>NO.>>I’M VERY CONCERNED ABOUT A PRESIDENT THAT DIVIDES IN HIS RHETORIC AND PLAYS RACE IN HIS RHETORIC. I REMEMBER PRESIDENT BUSH, WHOM I AGREED WITH ABOUT VERY LITTLE. HE WANTED TO PRIVATIZE SOCIAL SECURITY AND LIED ABOUT THE IRAQ WAR. BUT AFTER SEPTEMBER 11TH, PRESIDENT BUSH WENT TO A MOSQUE AND SAID, “MUSLIMS DIDN’T ATTACK THE UNITED STATES, TERRORISTS DID.” PRESIDENT OBAMA, AFTER SANDY HOOK AND CHARLESTON, WENT TO COMFORT THEM AND TALKED WITH HEALING LEG WHICH. I WISH THE PRESIDENT WOULD DO THAT. WE DIDN’T TALK ABOUT THAT, WE TALKED ABOUT MEDICAID AND GETTING CONGRESS TO MOVE. I DON’T KNOW THE PRESIDENT INTIMATELY BUT I WILL CONTINUE TO CALL PUBLICLY ON AND FOR ALL OF US. HE WAS RECEIVED AS WELL AS YOU CAN EXPECT, BY THE PATIENCE. THEY ARE HURTING. HE WAS COMFORTING, HE AND MELANIA I DID THE RIGHT THINGS. IT’S HIS JOB IN PART TO COMFORT PEOPLE. I’M GLAD HE DID IT.>>Reporter: THE POLICE DEPARTMENT SAID IN A TWEET ABOUT AN HOUR AGO THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS NOT PLANNING TO STOP BY THE OREGON DISTRICT. THERE WERE WELL OVER 100 PEOPLE AROUND THAT TIME. WE ARE THOUGHTS?>>I THINK THERE WAS A GOOD DECISION. REPORTED LIKEWISE THAT?>>HOW MANY OF YOU WERE HERE FOR THE SUNDAY VIGIL CAN MAKE ANY VIEW? SO YOU SAW SOME OF THE ANGER AND AGITATION IN OUR COMMUNITY ABOUT IT. I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO OWN BUSINESSES IN THAT DISTRICT ARE NOT INTERESTED IN THE PRESIDENT BEING THERE. A LOT OF THE TIME, HIS TALK CAN BE VERY DIVISIVE AND THAT’S THE LAST THING WE NEED IN DAYTON.>>Reporter: HOW DO YOU FEEL THAT YOUR COMMUNITY’S RESPONSE TODAY?>>I’VE BEEN PROUD OF IT. I HAVEN’T PAID A LOT OF ATTENTION TO THE RESPONSE TODAY, SO YOU MIGHT KNOW SOMETHING I DON’T KNOW. WE JUST GOT BACK FROM THE HOSPITAL, WE DIDN’T HAVE CELL PHONE SERVICE, AND BECAME RIGHT HERE.>>AS SOMEONE WHO DOESN’T LIVE IN DAYTON AND ADMIRES THE MAYOR SO MUCH, I WOULD SAY THIS COMMUNITY HAS BEEN EXTRAORDINARY. FROM THE NIGHT IT HAPPENED WITH THE POLICE, TO THE RESCUE PEOPLE THAT SHOWED UP ANOTHER 15 GOT TE THAT SHOWED UP ANOTHER 15 GOT TW THAT SHOWED UP ANOTHER 15 GOT TT THAT SHOWED UP ANOTHER 15 GOT TI THAT SHOWED UP ANOTHER 15 GOT TN 20 MINUTES. THE PEOPLE AT THE HOSPITAL WERE TERRIFIC, AND PEOPLE SHOWED — WHEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES CAME, THEY SHOWED RESPECT FOR THE OFFICE. A NUMBER OF THEM SAID TO ME THAT THEY ARE NOT GREAT ADMIRES OF HIM, PRIVATELY, BUT THEY CLEARLY SHOWED RESPECT FOR THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF UNITED STATES. THAT’S ONE OF THE REASONS I’M HERE. IN ADDITION TO THE MAYOR’S REQUEST. I THINK THIS TOWN HAS BEEN JUST EXTRAORDINARY, FROM THE KKK RALLIES TO WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE TORNADO, AND –>>Reporter: WILL REVIEW CALLING ABOUT, WE DID TODAY AND WHAT YOU DID TO WORK TOGETHER?>>WE DIDN’T TALK ABOUT THESE ISSUES. IT WASN’T A TIME TO SPEND A LOT OF TIME TALKING — WE HAVE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP. WE DIFFER ON THE ISSUE OF GUNS. WE HOPE WE CAN FIND SOME COMMON GROUND ON THIS. SO FAR, WE HAVEN’T.>>Reporter: MAYOR, WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT WHAT YOU WOULD TELL PEOPLE ABOUT THE OREGON DISTRICT? IN TERMS OF SUBURBS, PEOPLE FROM — THE NEXT FEW DAYS, COVERAGE DIES DOWN?>>WE WANT PEOPLE TO COME, THIS IS THE LOCAL SPOT. EVERY LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS WITH LOCAL RESTAURANTS, WE WANT PEOPLE TO COME AND SUPPORT THE DISTRICT. WE WILL HAVE ACTIVITIES OVER THE COMING MONTHS FOR PEOPLE TO COME DOWN IN LARGER QUORUMS. WE WOULD HEAR MORE ABOUT THAT LATER. BUT THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO, NUMBER ONE, YOU CAN DONATE TO THE DAYTON FUND, THE FOUNDATION, FOR THOSE VICTIMS THAT HAVE BEEN HURT. NUMBER TWO, YOU CAN CALL THE PRESIDENT AND THE SENATOR AND SENT CONGRESSMAN TURNER FOR ACTION AROUND GUNS. ALSO, YOUR STATE LEGISLATURE. BECAUSE THE DeWINE STUFF IS COMING, AS THERE WILL BE MOVEMENT THERE. CALLING, CALLING, CALLING. “I’M FROM DAYTON AND I WANT ACTION ON THIS.” THAT WILL BE IMPORTANT. NUMBER THREE, YOU CAN SUPPORT OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES IN THE OREGON DISTRICT.>>AS YOU ALL KNOW, FAR AND WIDE, IT’S KNOWN FOR — MAYBE ANY PLACE IN THE STATE, A BUNCH OF LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESSES.>>DO YOU HAVE PLANS TO MEET WITH THE FAMILY? HAVE THEY REACHED OUT TO THEM?>>WE HAVE VICTIM ADVOCATES FOR EVERY FAMILY. THEY WANT TO REACH OUT TO US, WE’RE THERE IN A HEARTBEAT. WE KNOW HOW TOUGH THIS IS FOR FAMILIES. WE’RE GIVING THEM SPACE.>>WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE SCREAMING MATCHES THAT BROKE OUT AMONG SUPPORTERS AND PROTESTERS?>>I CAN’T REALLY COMMENT ON IT BECAUSE I HAVEN’T SEEN ON IT. ONE MORE QUESTION?>>YOU ARE CALLING ON PEOPLE TO CALL IN. HAS THERE BEEN ANY PROGRESS ON THAT FRONT?>>I HAVE SAID REPEATEDLY SOON AFTER I CALLED NAN, CAME TO DAYTON, WENT ON A NATIONAL SHOW, STARTED CALLING ON SENATOR MCCONNELL DO THAT. I HAVE TALKED TO SENATOR SCHUMER. A NUMBER OF DEMOCRATS HAVE CALLED ON SENATOR MCCONNELL TO COME BACK. I HAVE SEEN NO ACTION BACK. MCCONNELL HAS GOT TO BREAK HIS ADDICTION TO DRUG COMPANY MONEY. NOT DRUG COMPANY MONEY. HIS ADDICTION TO GUN LOBBY MONEY. WE HAVEN’T SEEN HIM TAKE A STEP EVEN IN THAT DIRECTION.>>THAT’S IT, GUYS.>>DO YOU THINK THIS HELPS HEALING HAVING THE PRESIDENT COME HERE?>>I THINK THE VICTIMS AND THE FIRST RESPONDERS WERE GRATEFUL THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES CAME TODAY. I REALLY WANT TO THANK SENATOR BROWN FOR COMING. HE GOT UP EARLY FROM CLEVELAND AND CAME DOWN.>>THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU ALL DO. I BELIEVE THIS WAS A GOOD DISPLAY. WHAT YOU DO TO MAKE OUR COUNTRY FREE WITH ALL THE ATTACKS ON OUR NATIONS INSTITUTIONS IS SO SO

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