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Andrew Pollack

Andrew Scot Pollack is an American school safety activist. His 18-year-old daughter Meadow Pollack was killed in the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on February 14, 2018.

Published  2 months ago

Americans need to turn off their TVs and look into President Donald Trump on their own, said Andrew Pollack, father of Meadow Pollack who was slain in the Parkland shooting


Published  2 months ago

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre on Valentine’s Day 2018 proved to be a catalyst for a huge movement in school safety, led in no small part by the parents of the victims, and helped a great deal by President Trump.

Parkland dads like Ryan Petty, Andrew Pollack, and Max Schachter, who each lost children in the attack, have been working hard to advocate sensible, bipartisan school safety reforms. While they have not gotten nearly the same amount of attention as the more famous firebrand student gun control advocates, the parents have been extremely effective in bringing to light necessary changes in school policies that would make students safer.

Trump has been involved in school safety reform since the very beginning, visiting with and calling the parents of the victims even when local school board leadership didn’t. When dad Andrew Pollack called on Trump to form a commission on school safety, the president did. The report created by the commission was released in December, and the Administration immediately took action by rescinding harmful Obama-era policies that had made schools unsafe. Still, because Trump has been working on practical school safety reforms and not banning guns (although he did ban bump stocks), he’s been subject to a great deal of ridicule and hatred from his critics on the left.

One year after the tragedy, Trump posted a touching tribute to the MSD victims. Andrew Pollack retweeted the tribute with a message of his own praising the president’s work over the past year:

You'll never get the full story from the media, but since the moment I lost my beautiful princess last year in Parkland, President @realDonaldTrump has been gracious & 110% supportive of my family. Anytime I've asked for help, he has delivered. GREAT President! #FixIt

— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) February 14, 2019

Then Trump did something awesome: he retweeted Pollack a few days later – on Pollack’s birthday – with a personal message referencing his daughter Meadow:

Thank you Andrew – We all miss beautiful Meadow!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2019

Why is this awesome? Because it shows that Trump is sincerely involved with school safety reforms, and really cares about those impacted by school violence. The President gets millions of tweets a day from supporters and critics, that he took the time to give a personal message to a grieving father on his birthday is wonderful and thoughtful. Further, the huge promotion to his millions of followers gave Pollack thousands of more followers, so he can more effectively promote his school safety advocacy and the release of his new book on the tragedy Why Meadow Died: The People and Policies that Created the Parkland Killer and Endanger America’s Students.

America’s parents and school children should thank parents like Andrew Pollack for their tireless advocacy, and be grateful the president is doing all he can to work with these advocates and make schools safe.

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Published  2 months ago

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Andrew Pollack, the grieving father whose daughter was one of 17 killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year, came face to face at last on Monday with two of the men he blames for failing to stop the massacre.

Andrew Medina, the former watchman criticized for his failure to call for a “code red” when Nikolas Cruz arrived on the high school campus, spent five and a half hours behind closed doors fielding questions about his actions on Feb. 14 last year, focusing on his failure to call a “code red” alert that would have immediately put the school on lockdown.

Also in the room was former Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson, the school resource officer who stayed outside the building instead of moving to confront Cruz and eliminate the threat.

Both men are among the defendants in a negligence lawsuit brought by Pollack. Peterson will face questions of his own on Tuesday.

Medina and his attorney left their interview at 4:30 p.m. Both declined to comment.

Pollack made no effort to conceal his contempt for the defendants, calling them “sacks of turd” after spending hours sitting across from them.

Aside from icy looks, the men conducted themselves professionally, according to others in the room with them.

“In order to get accountability, this is what I have to do,” Pollack said. “He [Medina] contradicted himself many times. … This guy let [Cruz] walk in through the gate with a rifle bag — ‘I see crazy boy walking toward the school with his head down, beelining. He’s on a mission.’ — Now he comes in today like he’s got amnesia. He doesn’t remember saying that.”

As part of Pollack’s lawsuit, attorneys are entitled to question each defendant and other witnesses. Medina’s interview will be concluded at a later date. Peterson is scheduled to be questioned Tuesday.

While most interviews, formally called depositions, are taking place in law offices, Peterson and Medina are being questioned in the courthouse as a security precaution.

Medina and Pollack were last in each other’s presence earlier this month, when Pollack approached Medina at a youth baseball game in Parkland.

Pollack said he is dedicated to holding Medina, Peterson and others accountable for failing to stop Cruz.

Medina said Pollack put him in fear for his safety and wanted the judge to block Pollack from attending this week’s deposition, but the judge still let Pollack attend.

Late last year, Peterson also complained that some of Pollack’s online statements could be perceived as threats.

Broward Circuit Judge Patti Englander Henning ordered attorneys to hold depositions for Medina and Peterson in the courthouse, with deputies present.

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Published  2 months ago

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - The father of a murdered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student faced a judge after being accused of confronting a...

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The father of a slain Stoneman Douglas High School student will be allowed in the courtroom when his lawyers question the former school watchman who saw the shooter, but failed to stop him from entering the campus last year, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Former security monitor Andrew Medina wanted Broward Circuit Judge Patti Englander Henning to block Andrew Pollack from a deposition scheduled for next week. Medina is one of the defendants in a lawsuit Pollack filed over the wrongful death of his daughter, Meadow Pollack, one of 17 people murdered by Nikolas Cruz at the Parkland high school.

Pollack admits he confronted Medina at a youth baseball game in Parkland on Feb. 6, frustrated that Medina was serving as a coach and role model to youths in the same community where he failed to protect students from a homicidal gunman.

While Pollack painted the encounter as a moment of restrained anger, Medina’s lawyers told the judge he felt intimidated and threatened when Pollack warned, “I’m not through with you yet.”

Medina told police Pollack had been harassing him online and defaming him in the media, allegations Pollack does not dispute.

Medina was coach of a baseball team that played in Parkland, but the city determined after the confrontation that his team did not have enough players from the city limits to continue playing in its park. Medina remains the team’s coach, but the team is now playing in Coral Springs.

Outside the courtroom Tuesday, Pollack said he never intended to threaten Medina with anything other than “holding him accountable” for his alleged inaction on Feb. 14.

In and out of the courtroom, he called Medina a “piece of garbage.” On Twitter, he called Medina an “incompetent sexual predator” and said “what Medina needs to be afraid of is my lawsuit.”

Medina was never charged with a crime and no sexual contact was alleged, but he was suspended for three days in 2017 for inappropriate conduct for comments he made toward two female students, one of whom was Meadow Pollack.

Attorneys will not be allowed to question Medina about those allegations, Englander Henning ruled, because they are not relevant to what happened Feb. 14, 2018.

Medina is the second defendant in Pollack’s civil case to ask a judge to keep Pollack at arm’s length during questioning by lawyers. Late last year, former Broward Deputy Scot Peterson, who served as school resource officer at Stoneman Douglas, asked the judge to block Pollack from attending his deposition following online comments perceived as threats. The judge declined.

But both defendants will be questioned next week in the courthouse to ensure their safety, Englander Henning said.

Medina was not at Tuesday’s hearing.

Pollack said he intends to invite other Stoneman Douglas parents to the deposition.

“This has always been about accountability for the families, not about me,” he said.

Cruz, 20, is also a named defendant in the lawsuit, though his status as a criminal defendant makes it unlikely he will answer any questions in the civil case. He faces the death penalty.


Published  2 months ago

'Every day I live it,' Andrew Pollack says of the school shooting about one year ago that left his 17-year-old daughter Meadow dead. From the steps of his camper, Andrew Pollack can see the cars speed by on University Drive. In the blur, he seems to stand still. Until not too long ago, he lived in a house close to this empty Coral Springs lot. He played lacrosse every week, worked out at the gym twice a day, enjoyed the life of a dad and a newlywed, kept politics at bay. Today is different. He's a nationall

Published  2 months ago

Fred Guttenberg, Andrew Pollack and Manuel Oliver will attend as guests of congressional members, as will Cameron Kasky, a student co-founder of the March for Our Lives movement.

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Published  3 months ago

A final decision on the fate of embattled Broward Sheriff Scott Israel may come Friday.


Published  3 months ago

Former prosecutors and legal experts believe multiple law enforcement agencies bungled many tips that could have led to the arrest of Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz — and even confiscation of the AR-15 he used in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.


Published  3 months ago

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Gov. Ron DeSantis appears poised to remove Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel from office.

The governor's office said in a news release Thursday that DeSantis "will make a statement on holding government officials accountable" Friday at the Broward Sheriff's Office headquarters in Fort Lauderdale.

This move all but signals that DeSantis is following through on his campaign promise to oust the embattled two-term sheriff.

Israel has been under intense scrutiny over perceived failures by the BSO response to last year's Valentine's Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Much of the mistakes are outlined in the lengthy Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission report finalized last week.

Some parents of Parkland victims have been calling on DeSantis to remove Israel.

"Now that he got elected, we're going to see some accountability," Andrew Pollack, whose daughter, Meadow, was also killed, told Local 10 News in Tallahassee, where he was attending DeSantis' inauguration.

During DeSantis' trip to South Florida to announce his first Florida Supreme Court pick Wednesday, the governor promised that he "shall return very soon."

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Published  3 months ago

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (WSVN) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott has appointed the father of one of the students killed in the mass shooting in Parkland on the state’s board of education.

Andrew Pollack was one of several dozen new appointees Scott’s office announced on Friday.

Since the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman High School, Pollack, 52, has heavily advocated for school safety.

Seventeen students, including Pollack’s daughter, Meadow, were killed.

Pollack’s term began Friday and will end on Dec. 31, 2022.

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Published  3 months ago

Parents of children gunned down in the Parkland school shooting in Florida last year have never understood two actions taken by Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel: his refusal to fire a campus-based...


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Parkland father Andrew Pollack is calling out House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for her fight against President Donald Trump’s efforts to protect teachers, students.

Pollack lost his daughter, Meadow, in the February 14, 2018, attack.

Trump’s School Safety Commission, headed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, submitted a report that presented numerous steps that could be taken to heighten school safety. One of those was doing away with an Obama administration rule that let kids prone to crime and/or dangerous behavior slip through the cracks.

Another step was to add more armed personnel on campus, particularly veterans and/or police. And Trump himself continued to push for armed teachers, as he has done since day one following the attack.

IJR reports that Pelosi responded by describing the report as an attempt “to roll back students’ civil rights and fill our classrooms with deadly firearms.”

She continued, “Not only are Republicans ignoring proven research and dismantling vital student anti-discrimination protections, they have blocked commonsense gun violence prevention measures and underfunded effective school climate practices, anti-bullying initiatives, after-school programs and school counselor supports.”

Pollack responded via Twitter:

When 17 people get murdered in school, politicians have 2 choices: find out why and #fixit or weaponize it for their own agendas and wait to do it all over again next time. @realdonaldtrump took the high route. You dishonor Parkland’s legacy and endanger other kids for retweets.

— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) December 24, 2018

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Published  4 months ago

This past weekend — almost 10 months after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland — FBI officials held a meeting with the victims' families. At the gathering, FBI officials shared a transcript of a call to a tip line many of the surviving family members believe could have saved their children — had the FBI acted on the information and investigated Nikolas Cruz.But not all families attended. One parent, who has grown to be one of the most vocal and


Published  4 months ago

The father of a Florida school shooting victim helped the White House celebrate Hanukkah on Thursday and lauded President Donald Trump as a “fighter” who has “retaken Washington for the American people.”

Trump said the menorah was being lit in the East Room in memory of 18-year-old Meadow Pollack “and all of the precious lives stolen from us this year, and we will pledge our resolve to confront hatred and violence in all of its evil forms.”

Meadow was among 17 people killed in a February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. A 17-year-old student has been charged in the Valentine’s Day massacre.

Meadow’s father, Andrew Pollack, said he has been fighting for his daughter and other students since the shooting. He was among a group of teen survivors and parents of murdered children who attended a White House discussion shortly after the shooting.

“Mr. President, despite the pundits and so-called experts who said you couldn’t, you have retaken Washington for the American people,” Pollack said. “You are the greatest friend that the Jewish people have ever had in the White House, not only because you recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and followed through on your promise to move the embassy to Jerusalem, but because you understand the spirit of Hanukkah, within your heart.”

Pollack added: “We have to keep fighting because the safety of our children and the future of our country depend on whether we honor the true spirit of Hanukkah, by staying true to our traditions and to keep on winning.”

Trump described Pollack’s sorrow and pain as unimaginable and thanked him and his family for attending.

“We promise to hold the memory of beautiful Meadow and every Parkland victim in our hearts forever,” Trump said.

At an earlier Hanukkah reception Thursday, Trump recognized eight Holocaust survivors, saying they had endured “evil beyond description.”

The president also mentioned the fatal October shooting of 11 Jews at a Pittsburgh synagogue. He said that after that “sinister” killing, “we reaffirmed our solemn duty to confront anti-Semitism everywhere. Trump added that we “must stamp out this vile hatred from the world.”

Trump’s daughter Ivanka converted to Judaism to marry Jared Kushner. Through the couple, Trump has three Jewish grandchildren.

The audience erupted into cheers when Trump mentioned his decision last year to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and, earlier this year, to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

The Federalist

Published  4 months ago

After the Parkland shooting last year, the media pushed a gun narrative. In the year following, that myth has been dispelled and then some.


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Published  5 months ago

On January 20th, 2017, President Elect Donald J. Trump was sworn into office. The Architect of the Capitol flew flags at the Capitol that day for each Senator. After the inauguration was over, the Architect of the Capitol delivered a certificate, flag and flag box to Senator Bill Nelson's office. Senator Nelson decided to auction his flag off for campaign purposes.

Only 1 flag was given to each Senator. These flags are very rare to come back. It is however, disappointing that the Senator gave up the flag because he doesn't support President Trump.

Senator Bill Nelson lost the general election to Governor Rick Scott. On Nov-22-18 at 09:43:26 PST, seller added the following information:

Update. In addition to giving 10% to Homes for our Troops. We also want you to know we will be giving 10% outside of Ebay to Andrew Pollack's Meadow's Princess Playgrounds being built in Coral Springs and Chabad. Andrew Pollack's daughter Meadow was killed at Parkland along with 16 other kids. Andrew was attacked by the media at the time for wearing a Trump 2020 shirt when he pulled up to try and find his daughter. He is pro-second amendment and pro-security in pursuit of securing our schools so no parent has to go through what he went through.

Lastly, before the flag is mailed, it will also come with a sworn statement with a notary public certifying it to that effect and it will be shipped via certified mail. On Nov-22-18 at 10:52:32 PST, seller added the following information:

*Note* The flag is currently owned by me, the Senator DOES NOT own it any more. I bought the flag in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania from a certified collectibles dealer for a hefty price late 2017. He purchased the flag from the auction the Senator had.

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Published  5 months ago

Hollywood actress Jada Pinkett Smith made some highly prejudiced comments on Monday against white people, and even said that "blonde hair on white women triggers me." While appearing on an episode of "Red Table Talk," Pinkett Smith

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Published  5 months ago

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Published  5 months ago

The Florida school shooter — who killed 17 people during a massacre in Broward County — is a newly registered voter — from prison.

And of course, a registered Republican.

Andrew Pollack lost his daughter meadow in the shooting and has become a voice for tightening school security throughout the country.

A distraught Pollack blew the whistle on Saturday, showing the school shooter was allowed to register to vote from prison by crooked Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.

The address on the shooter’s voter registration is the Broward County Jail, according to the records Pollack provided.

“I’m sick to my stomach. 18-1958 murdered 17 students & staff, including my daughter Meadow. Yet in July, Broward Sheriff @ScottJIsrael let people into the jail to get him & other animals registered to vote. The Despicable Democrats have no shame. Can’t let them steal this election.” — Pollack.

I'm sick to my stomach. 18-1958 murdered 17 students & staff, including my daughter Meadow. Yet in July, Broward Sheriff @ScottJIsrael let people into the jail to get him & other animals registered to vote.The Despicable Democrats have no shame.Can't let them steal this election.

— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) November 10, 2018

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A Parkland shooting victim’s father expressed his outrage on Saturday over the fact that his daughter’s killer is able to vote.

Andrew Pollack said he’s sick to his stomach because Parkland school shooter, Nikolas Cruz is registered to vote.

His beautiful daughter, Meadow Pollack would have been able to vote in this midterm election if she were still alive, said Andrew Pollack.

Sheriff Israel allowed people into the jail this summer to register Nikolas Cruz and other animals to vote. Wonderful.

POLLACK: I’m sick to my stomach. 18-1958 murdered 17 students & staff, including my daughter Meadow. Yet in July, Broward Sheriff @ScottJIsrael let people into the jail to get him & other animals registered to vote.The Despicable Democrats have no shame.Can’t let them steal this election.

I'm sick to my stomach. 18-1958 murdered 17 students & staff, including my daughter Meadow. Yet in July, Broward Sheriff @ScottJIsrael let people into the jail to get him & other animals registered to vote.The Despicable Democrats have no shame.Can't let them steal this election.

— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) November 10, 2018

POLLACK: This election would have been my beautiful Meadow’s 1st election, but she wasn’t able to vote because 18-1958 murdered her during the Parkland shooting.

If she can’t vote because of that monster, why should he be allowed to register to vote? Shame on Sheriff Israel & SOE Snipes!

This election would have been my beautiful Meadow's 1st election, but she wasn't able to vote because 18-1958 murdered her during the Parkland shooting.

If she can’t vote because of that monster, why should he be allowed to register to vote? Shame on Sheriff Israel & SOE Snipes!

— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) November 10, 2018

On February 14, 2018, Nikolas Cruz carried out a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and murdered 17 people and injured 17 others.

This evil mass murderer is now registered to vote after he took the lives of 17 people. Let that sink in.

Big League Politics

Published  5 months ago

Andrew Pollack, father of Parkland massacre victim Meadow Pollack is urging Florida Jews to not vote for anti-Semite Andrew Gillum and to instead vote for Ron DeSantis in the battle for Florida.

As a patriotic American, Mr. Pollack supports President Trump. Following the senseless, preventable murder of his daughter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day 2018, Mr. Pollack has fought tirelessly to prevent more tragedies like his own worst nightmare.

Florida voters and especially Florida Jews would be well advised to listen.

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Mr. Pollack shared his pain with a grieving nation and our President following his daughter’s murder.

In the desperate, frantic hours after the attack at the school while searching for his missing daughter, Mr. Pollack was photographed wearing a Trump 2020 t-shirt, and liberals immediately took to social media to excoriate him for his exercising his right to support his President, some of whom said he deserved to lose his daughter in a school shooting, simply because he voted for President Trump.

To the Leftists in America, the important thing wasn’t that this man’s daughter was missing in the chaos following the shooting. The Leftists of America only cared about the fact that he supported President Trump, a statement which clearly reveals how hateful and dysfunctional the current Democrat Party is.

Mr. Pollack is pleading with all Florida voters, and is specifically calling all Jews in America to vote for Republicans on November 6, 2018.

The contrast between Gillum and DeSantis on issues near and dear to Jews couldn’t be clearer. Gillum was against moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem & is endorsed by Linda Sarsour, a Muslim activist who recently said Jews should not be humanized.

Mr. Pollack focused his pleas on Andrew Gillum for good reason as Gillum is dangerous to America and dangerous for Americans Jews. Mr. Pollack recognizes this fact and is trying to spread the word before election day.

Mr. Pollack spoke of how the move of the Embassy to Jerusalem was an “epic day” and how the voucher program provides over $1Million to his Temple and the Yeshiva which Gillum will not support if he is elected as Governor of Florida.

Meadow’s loving father is pleading with all Florida voters of conscience to reject Marxist Socialism in Gillum and embrace and Vote for America First GOP candidates Rick Scott for Senate and Ron DeSantis for Governor.

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Published  6 months ago

While embattled Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel has been fundraising for Democratic nominee for governor Andrew Gillum, one of the deputies’ unions for his department announced Friday their endorsement of Republican nominee Ron DeSantis.

“Ron has consistently stood with law enforcement and supported us in our mission to keep communities safe,” said Jeff Bell, president of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association, in a statement. “His opponent, Andrew Gillum, is hostile toward law enforcement.”

The statement cited Gillum’s signing of the “Freedom Pledge” drafted by a Florida activist group, the Dream Defenders, which advocates for minority rights, especially as they relate to the justice system. In 2013, the group famously occupied the state capitol for a month following the acquittal of George Zimmerman, who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager from Miami-Dade.

The pledge includes support for the group’s “Freedom Papers,” which the union says includes anti-law enforcement language, such as saying “police and prisons have no place in ‘justice.’” The papers also state that police “were never meant to protect and serve me and you,” and “they started as slave catchers hired by wealthy plantation owners.”

“This is a blatant attack on our law enforcement community, an insult to the citizens we work to protect, and dishonors the memory of our fallen officers,” Bell wrote.

Johanna Cervone, spokeswoman for Gillum’s campaign, said Gillum, as the mayor of Tallahassee has always supported police.

“The mayor has been a strong ally of law enforcement in Tallahassee, investing in additional officers to help reduce crime across the city,” she wrote in a statement. “As Mayor Gillum has previously said, he will not take money from the private prison industry and instead will invest in community policing, smart justice and strategies that work with communities to reduce crime and create better opportunities for all Floridians.”

Gillum’s campaign has been supported by other sheriffs, such as Russell Gibson of Osceola County and Walt McNeil of Leon County.

It’s not the first time the Broward sworn deputies’ union has rebuked Israel, as the department has been splintered and politicized since the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Israel, a Democrat, faced a wave of criticism surrounding the way he handled the shooting, and multiple inquiries are underway into the law enforcement response and the handling of previous calls for service regarding the shooter, Nikolas Cruz.

In April, the union’s majority voted in agreement that they had “no confidence” in Israel’s leadership.

This fall, Israel appeared at a Gillum fundraiser. When he was criticized by one of the Parkland parents, Andrew Pollack, for the connection, Gillum deflected by saying it was better to focus on gun policies.

“It’s unnecessary to pin individuals, families, victims or law enforcement against each other,” Gillum told the media in Plantation in September. “We have to put our attention on the kind of gun reform that will prevent these kinds of incidents from happening.”

DeSantis has said he would remove Israel from office if elected governor.

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Published  7 months ago

Democrat gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum is taking criticism for accepting fundraising help from disgraced Broward County Sheriff Steve Israel.

The Sun Sentinel released a report showing that Israel was supporting Gillum via ” a fundraising breakfast” for him in Fort Lauderdale.

Andrew Pollack, father of Meadow Pollack–who was slain the February 14, 2018, Parkland high school shooting–responded by partially blaming his daughter’s death on Israel’s lack of “leadership.” His observation is based on the fact that one of Israel’s deputies, Scot Peterson, arrived at the scene of the shooting roughly 90 seconds after it began but did not enter the building the building to confront the gunman.

The Tampa Bay Times quoted Pollack saying, “It is absolutely disgraceful that Andrew Gillum would campaign with Sheriff Israel. Gillum is siding with Sheriff Israel above the interests of our students and citizens, making our schools and communities less safe. We need to elect [Republican nominee] Ron DeSantis so people like Sheriff Israel can be held accountable and removed from office.”

Pollack filed a wrongful death suit against Israel’s deputy Scot Peterson in April.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets with AWR Hawkins, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


Published  7 months ago

While covering Trump’s 9/11 speech in Pennsylvania, MSNBC reporter Geoff Bennett said the president does not have the “DNA” to be a “consoler-in-chief.”

But one father, who met with Trump privately after losing his daughter in the Parkland school shooting, tells a very different story about the president.

The reporter had just watched Trump’s address at the 9/11 memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and was commenting on a photo of the president doing a “double fist pump gesture” while meeting supporters.

“Clearly, the president was responding to people who were happy to see him,” Bennett said. “He got a lot of applause lines here today. What’s also true about the president is that he’s not yet really displayed a capacity for the pastoral elements of the presidency. He’s not really taken to being a consoler-in-chief. It’s not in his DNA. In this instance, there was a moment in time the president was happy to see people who were happy to see him.”

But those who have met the president after tragedy tell a very different story.

Andrew Pollack lost his daughter in the Parkland school shooting earlier in the year. President Trump invited family members of those lost in the community to the White House soon after the tragic event to hear from them. Pollack called the idea that Trump is not good with consoling families “bogus.”

“I’ve met him three times privately,” Pollack tells the Daily Caller. “He always makes a point to meet myself and family and remembers my daughter, Meadow.”

Pollack says Trump treats him and his children like family: “He went out of his way to ask us how we are all doing. Brought his son and daughter over to us to meet us, also,” Pollack says, describing the unprecedented access he has to the President of the United States. “I can call his staff at any time and get him a message. His daughter-in-law, Lara, opened her schedule for us when we were in New York and sat with me and my wife for over an hour discussing policy.”

“[Trump] can be empathetic and compassionate,” Pollack declares, “The media just doesn’t show that side of his personality.”