NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch slammed former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel after he blamed the National Rifle Association for his recent suspension.
On Friday, Israel was suspended from his position by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis because of the sheriff’s poor response to the Parkland shooting.
“Effective immediately, I am officially suspending Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel for his repeated failures, incompetence and neglect of duty,” DeSantis wrote on Twitter.
Effective immediately, I am officially suspending Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel for his repeated failures, incompetence and neglect of duty. https://t.co/tkHzxTHhjH
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) January 11, 2019
In Israel’s place, DeSantis appointed Gregory Tony, who has an extensive background in active shooter training and is president of a security company that specializes in “active shooter and mass casualty training,” according to the Miami Herald.
The suspension was bound to happen eventually. Israel was widely criticized for failing to act during the tragic Parkland shooting which killed 17 people.
But Israel is unwilling to take responsibility for his failure. Instead, he puts the blame on the NRA.
“I intend to vigorously fight this unjustified suspension both in court, and before the Florida Senate,” Israel said in a news conference, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
“And now, the National Rifle Association controls the governor’s actions — and is trying to control law enforcement in Broward County.”
But the NRA spokeswoman shut down Israel’s accusations.
“Everyone pretty much agreed, including the Florida Sun-Sentinel that took a rare move in calling for his dismissal, that Scott Israel had to go,” Loesch said on “The Story With Martha MacCallum” Friday night, according to The Daily Caller.
Nobody can defend Israel after his sheriff’s deputies hid behind their vehicles while the shooting was taking place.
“I know that Scott Israel, he’s tried to mask his incompetency previously by calling out the NRA or calling out other individuals, but you know, Martha, this is not about the NRA. This is about what this man did not do,” Loesch said.
Loesch also called out Israel for resorting to “politicking” instead of taking responsibility for his actions.
“Tell the families that it was unjustified. This is not about the NRA,” she said. “This is about 17 lives lost, 17 lives that should not have been lost and could’ve been prevented. He needs to stop his politicking, he has been held accountable.”
The suspended sheriff can try to play the blame game, but the fact remains that he was responsible for the performance of his deputies. And hit deputies failed.
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