Sep 16, 2020
‘Lying through his teeth’: Trump voter who told president he ‘threw vulnerable people under the bus’ slams response
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A conservative who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 is slamming the President’s response to the question he asked on national TV during ABC News’ town hall Tuesday night.
“Mr. President, I voted for you in 2016. I’m a conservative, pro-life and diabetic,” Paul Tubiana of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania told Trump.
“I’ve had to dodge people who don’t care about social distancing and wearing face masks. I thought you were doing a good job with the pandemic response until about May 1. Then you took your foot off the gas pedal. Why did you throw vulnerable people like me under the bus?”
Trump offered him a defensive, dismissive response, basically telling him he was just flat-out wrong.
“Well, we really didn’t, Paul.”
CNN’s Brian Stelter reached out to Tubiana after the town hall.
“He didn’t answer anything,” Tubiana told Stelter, saying Trump resorted to using “canned responses.”
“He was lying through his teeth.”
“I was feeling scared, alone and powerless,” as the pandemic grew worse, Tubiana said, acknowledging “there were failures of government on both sides of the aisle.”
Stelter says Tubiana “felt like Trump stopped providing leadership as the crisis continued from spring to summer.”
Trump Tuesday also told Tubiana, “we’re very proud of the job we’ve done, and we’ve saved a lot of lives, a tremendous number of lives.”
“I feel that we’ve done a tremendous job actually, and it’s something that, I don’t think it’s been recognized like it should,” the president told the Pennsylvania voter, essentially saying his perception of Trump’s performance is wrong and he should have given him more credit.
The first question in tonight’s town hall came from a 2016 Trump voter who’s diabetic.
“I thought you were doing a good job with the pandemic response…then you took your foot off the gas pedal. Why did you throw vulnerable people like me under the bus?” https://t.co/ajlA8QkGPp pic.twitter.com/jo30mnOXVr
— ABC News (@ABC) September 16, 2020
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Another Former Girlfriend Says She Was Once Held Hostage By Martin Melvin Jr., Man Suspected Of Killing Girlfriend And Hauling Body Parts On Bus
LOUISVILLE (CBS) — Melvin Martin Jr. is suspected of murdering his girlfriend and hauling her body parts to the Chicago suburbs in a suitcase, and on Thursday, another former girlfriend said she was once held hostage by him.
“I immediately called my mom and I told her, and she started screaming like, ‘That could have been you!’ and, ‘Are you kidding me?’” the girlfriend said.
She could not believe it when she saw the news this week. Martin, 30, is now accused of murdering another former girlfriend, Ladawndra Ellington, 31, in Louisville, Kentucky, and then hopping on a Greyhound bus where his family picked him up in Chicago and took him to his mother’s home in Markham.
“I could believe him actually killing her. I can believe that part,” the former girlfriend said. “But what he did to her and her body, it’s just – he was sick. He’s a sick person.”
While it is disturbing enough that Martin is accused of traveling with body parts, the reason Martin told police he brought his Ellington’s remains to Illinois are more shocking still.
“He indicated that, as grotesque as it might sound, that he still wanted to be with at least part of her,” Markham police Chief Terry White said Wednesday.
Detectives believe Ellington was killed at least 30 days ago.
On Wednesday evening, pieces of the woman’s body were in Illinois, while the other half was found in Kentucky. Investigators said Martin told them where to find the rest of his girlfriend’s body.
Investigators discovered her torso in a park late Wednesday afternoon.
The investigation shows that after Martin committed the murder, he stuffed his girlfriend’s head, lower torso, and organs into three bags and then boarded the bus, police said.
Martin’s mother called 911 after discovering what was in one of the suitcases.
On Thursday night, Martin was at the Cook County Jail awaiting authorities from Kentucky to come pick him up.