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Ronald Reagan was the last president to be shot in an assassination attempt before Donald Trump was hit at a rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday.

When leaving the Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. on March 30, 1981, Reagan was shot at several times and wounded when one bullet ricocheted off a vehicle and struck him under the left armpit.

Then-President Reagan spent 12 days at George Washington University Hospital before returning to the White House.

Trump, while not currently the U.S. president, is the first to be shot in an assassination attempt since that day in 1981.

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Republicans in Congress have launched an investigation into the 'security failures' that led to a horrific assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump.

Lawmakers say a frightening lapse meant that a gunman was able to get so close to Trump and unleash a barrage of bullets that hit his ear and killed a member of the rally crowd.

The suspect opened fire on the former president from a roof 130 yards away from the stage where he was speaking to thousands of MAGA fans in Butler, Pennsylvania, on Saturday night.

Former Navy SEAL Rep. Ryank Zinke, R-Mont., who has experience in setting perimeters in combat zones, said the shooter being able to access a 'nearby roof' to take aim at Trump was an 'absolute failure of security.' 

Webmaster addition: This has a JFK feel to it!

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Donald Trump pumped his fist in the air with blood streaming across his face seconds after being shot in the ear by a gunman in stunning images seen across the world

The former president, 78, survived the horrifying assassination attempt when the bullet missed him by less than an inch on Saturday afternoon, at a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania

It came eight minutes after he took the stage at 6:03pm ET, where Trump began his remarks and pointed to a large graphic in the same direction where the shooter was perched atop an AGR International building. 

At the same moment, Trump supporters said they spotted the gunman - named as Thomas Matthew Crooks, 20 - 'bear-crawling' across the roof with a rifle, but claimed their warnings to Secret Service were ignored. 

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Webmaster addition: UPDATE: There seems to be confusion who the shooter was. This article names Mark Violets as the shooter!

UPDATE2: A close up photo of the dead shooter has been posted to social media. I am not going to post it here due to its graphic nature, but it looks more like Mark than Thomas.

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A House Republican lawmaker is alleging that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas denied stronger Secret Service protection for former President Trump multiple times.

Rep. Mike Waltz, R-Fla., made the accusation hours after Trump was grazed by a bullet at his Saturday Pennsylvania rally.

"I have very reliable sources telling me there have been repeated requests for stronger secret service protection for President Trump. Denied by Secretary Mayorkas," Waltz wrote on X.

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A BBC radio presenter has sparked anger after saying that US President Joe Biden should have Donald Trump 'murdered'.

David Aaronovitch, who presents Radio 4's Briefing Room show, took to X/Twitter yesterday: 'If I was Biden I'd hurry up and have Trump murdered on the basis that he is a threat to America's security #SCOTUS'.

Critics claimed Mr Aaronovitch had broken the corporation's rules around employee impartiality. 

However, he stressed the post was 'satirical' before he deleted the tweet 90 minutes later blaming a 'far right pile on'.

It comes after the US Supreme Court ruled that former US presidents have broad immunity from prosecution, extending the delay in the Washington criminal case against Trump on charges he plotted to overturn his 2020 presidential election loss and all but ending prospects the former president could be tried before the November election.

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Reid Hoffman,venture capitalist and co-founder of LinkedIn, made a despicable joke Friday about Donald Trump that history will judge harshly.

In Sun Valley, Idaho, at the Allen & Co. conference – an invitation-only gathering called the “summer camp for billionaires” – Hoffman and estranged friend and Trump supporter Peter Thiel got into a disagreement about Trump that spurred Hoffman to make a dark comment.

Hoffman made his comment barely 24 hours before a Trump rally in Pennsylvania ended abruptly after what appeared to be a hail of gunshots and Trump being removed by Secret Service agents with what appeared to be blood on his face.

According to Puck News:

Peter Thiel sarcastically thanked Reid Hoffman for funding lawsuits against Trump because they had turned him into “a martyr,” increasing his chances of re-election.

From the stage, Hoffman shot back with his own sarcastic quip: “Yeah, I wish I had made him an actual martyr.”

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Saturday’s assassination attempt of former President Donald Trump came two weeks after Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria begged President Joe Biden to “blow him up.”

Actress Lea DeLaria, who played Bing Boo on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, literally and emphatically called on Biden to assassinate Trump in response to the Supreme Court ruling on presidential immunity.

DeLaria posted a video for her 1.1 million Instagram followers urging Biden to “blow him up.” The actress since appears to have deleted her post calling for the assassination of President Trump.

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Despite everyone with functioning brains witnessing that an apparent assassination attempt just occurred on former President Donald Trump’s life on video, CNN instead ran a headline making it seem like he tripped. Yes, you read that right.

 

“Secret Service Rushes Trump Off Stage After He Falls at Rally,” read CNN’s grotesque headline after video surfaced of gunshots going off and appearing to graze Trump’s right ear during a Pennsylvania campaign rally. CNN didn’t stop there but proceeded to run with that narrative and didn’t even mention the possibility of gun shots in the original article: “Secret Service agents rushed former President Donald Trump off the stage after he fell to the ground amid loud bangs at a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania.”

Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH) wrote in a scathing rebuke of CNN’s coverage, “Absolute ghouls.”

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The BBC's Gary O'Donoghue was reporting at the rally in Pennsylvania when he was forced to take cover after shots were fired a few hundred metres from where the BBC team was standing.

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Russia is aware of the dangers coming from the “Kiev regime,” including its threats to assassinate President Vladimir Putin, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said.

The spokesman was approached for comment on assassination threats against the Russian leader that had been voiced by the head of Kiev’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR), Kirill Budanov, in a recent interview. Moscow is aware of the threats and takes measures accordingly, Peskov said.

“All the threats coming from the Kiev regime are obvious. Therefore, the security of the president is established at the proper level,” the spokesman told Russian media outlet Life on Saturday.

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Former President Donald Trump on Saturday night issued a statement after he was shot at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania just hours earlier.

The presumed 2024 GOP presidential candidate confirmed that a bullet had “pierced the upper part” of his ear.

“Most importantly, I want to extend my condolences to the family of the person at the Rally who was killed, and also to the family of another person that was badly injured,” former President Trump wrote on his Truth Social platform.

A shooter is dead and an attendee was killed, officials said. Two attendees are critically injured. The former president’s campaign says he is “fine” after being whisked off the stage and is being checked out at a local medical facility.

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The gunman who tried to assassinate former President Donald Trump at a Pennsylvania campaign rally Saturday had positioned himself on the roof of a manufacturing plant more than 130 yards away — a bit longer than a football field — from the stage.

The open-air campaign event was being held at the Butler Farm Show grounds, whose large, sprawling fields gave the sniper a virtually unobstructed line of sight to the former president from his perch.

The counter-sniper team, which sources told The Post killed the shooter, returned fire from the roof of another building close to where Trump was located — behind the audience stands.

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FOX News host Laura Ingraham questioned how the attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump was able to play out. The shooter was estimated to be 150 yards away from the stage where Trump was shot.

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Update (2126ET): President Trump has responded on Truth Social, writing: “I was shot with a bullet that pierced the upper part of my right ear. I knew immediately that something was wrong in that I heard a whizzing sound, shots, and immediately felt the bullet ripping through the skin. Much bleeding took place, so I realized then what was happening.”

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USSS Director Kim Cheatle must resign. She was warned about this, and she ignored the warnings.

I want to repeat, and can absolutely confirm, the USSS Director Kim Cheatle has repeatedly turned down requests for a larger security footprint around President Trump. Despite knowing the threat level is catastrophic. 
Resign tonight.

Dan Bongino 
(former Secret Service)

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A man with a rifle was seen on a rooftop minutes before shots were fired at a Donald Trump rally in Pennsylvania, a witness has told the BBC.

Greg Smith said the man had crawled on top of a building just outside the event in Butler County on Friday evening.

He said he pointed the gunman out to police.

"I'm thinking to myself 'Why is Trump still speaking, why have they not pulled him off the stage'... the next thing you know, five shots ring out."

The former president was immediately swarmed by Secret Service agents and escorted away. He was seen with blood on his face and later said a bullet had pierced his ear.

The gunman was shot dead, officials later confirmed. Mr Smith told the BBC he saw Secret Service agents shoot the man.

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