(National Sentionel)Â Unconfirmed: One of President Donald J. Trump’s nominees to the Pentagon has made an extremely controversial statement during his Senate confirmation that may cost him his position.
During testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, he was asked about the murderer who shot and killed 26 people at a Baptist church in Texas on Sunday.
Specifically, Winslow was answering a question about the Texas church shooter and whether or not he should have been given a â€œdishonorable dischargeâ€ from the military instead of a bad conduct discharge. The former would have prevented the shooter from purchasing firearms, but in actuality, since Devin P. Kelley was court-martialed by the Air Force for domestic violence, that too should have prevented him from buying guns.
Only, the Air Force failed to report the court-martial to the FBI’s background check system, as required by law.
Winslow acknowledged that failure, but then added: “Iâ€™d also like to, and I may get in trouble with other members of the committee, just say how insane it is that in the United States of America a civilian can go out and buy a semi-automatic assault rifle like an AR-15, which apparently was the weapon that was used.”
The nominee was castigated by the committee chairman, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for venturing to a place that was not hisÂ â€œfield of expertise.â€
The Trump administration and the president himself view the Second Amendment as having little restrictions, other than those recognized by the Supreme Court, on gun ownership, so it’s odd that Winslow would make such a remark given that it could hurt his chances of having the GOP-controlled Senate confirm him.
In addition, McCainÂ grilled Winslow over his views on abortion. According to the Washington Examiner, Winslow stated in a presubmitted questionnaire that he believes â€œtherapeutic abortion services should be provided by the military.â€
When McCain asked what those are, Winslow said they were those necessary to save the life of the mother.
â€œYou better clean it up doctor or you are going to have trouble getting it through the Senate,â€ McCain said.
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