Engel tells town hall meeting: No more handshakes for President Trump

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In his 29 years in Congress, U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel has become famous for hearty handshakes with president after president as they walked down the aisle to address joint sessions of Congress. Not anymore.

He told hundreds gathered at the College of Mount Saint Vincent on March 5 that he had received praise from supporters for deciding not to shake Donald Trump’s hand at the president’s first speech to Congress. In fact, he started his town hall speech with an explanation of his decision, as he took the podium at the meeting organized by a group called NYCD16-Indivisible, which focuses on opposing Trump. 

He discussed ways of opposing President Trump and proposed sweeping changes to the electoral system during a town hall meeting with Riverdale area residents on March 5.

“Back in 1989, my first year in Congress, I shook the president’s hand as just an accident… and I’ve done it every time since and I’ve gotten more and more notoriety as I did it,” he said. “This year I thought, ‘You know what? This really can’t be business as usual, what would be the best way of doing it?’ So, people started telling me ‘don’t shake his hand, don’t shake his hand.’”

Engel said that although he had received some criticism for his decision, most people in his district reacted positively. 

“I have had some tweets and complaints or whatever of people telling me I was rude,” he said. “I wanted to grab the president of the United States by shoulders and say, ‘What are you doing?’”

In his opening remarks, Engel spoke about the importance of immigrants in American society and of his own parents who fled Europe and the Holocaust during World War II. 

“We have the best and brightest coming to America, and who comes to America?  Immigrants.  And not lazy people, lazy people stay home.  People who are industrious who sometimes have to learn a whole new language, who want to better their lives, better their families’ lives, and in doing so they better our lives,” he said. “How dare the president talk disparagingly about immigrants? How dare he?”

Engel also announced legislation he plans to introduce in the House, which would make large-scale changes to the election system, including the abolition of the Electoral College and automatic voter registration for 18-year-olds. 

“When I went to school and ran for class president, the person who got the most votes became the president,” he said to a round of applause and laughter. “Now the person who got 3 million votes less than the challenger is the president.”

The congressman said he wants to introduce the bill as a constitutional amendment and as an extension of the Voting Rights Act.

“It would give Congress the express power to regulate campaign expenditures—Citizens United should go,” he said. “I want everyone to vote, even if that person is going to vote against me, I want that person to vote.”

Sharing the stage with Engel on Sunday was a group comprising educators, Yonkers elected officials, a health care expert and an Arab writer. 

They each spoke briefly about their areas of expertise before an hour-long question and answer session, during which Engel and his fellow speakers fielded questions ranging from how to increase the number of young people involved in the democratic process to a special election in Georgia—a congressional race in which Democrats are trying to take control of the seat formerly held by Newt Gingrich. 

“I want to thank you all for coming out,” Engel concluded. “We are going to do this again and again and again in every congressional district all across this country.” 

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Democrat for life

Of course Engel loves the status quo with high unemployment and taxes sky rocketing and the second worst Mayor in NYC history

Engel loves having people out of work and on welfare as these slaves of the system going on for 4 generations keep voting for their task masters

30 years and we can see how Engel allowed under his watch with Chucky to allow disabled veterans to be treated worse then the illegals who invaded this country

Elliot like other Nazi regimes want to change the constitution and he being a senator has no accountability for his actions

As a disabled Jewish war vet (life member) I met this menace of society several times and there is no wonder why he received an F rating by the NRA and other members of the senate.

He has less intelligence then Mrs. Pelosi and one day hopefully he will be held accountable . He is the reason we need two term limits without getting any type of special health care that was shoved down our throats and he should not be given any type of special pension

One day he along with most of the others will be tried for their crimes of looting American tax payers with their outrageous "perks" as a "public servant "

He is why Mrs Clinton called people FCKing Jew @&*%&#s and of course Elliot and Chuck Schmuer would never protest her anti Semitic remarks

Saturday, March 11 | Report this
noclist

Something tells me President Trump isn't losing any sleep over this.

Monday, March 13 | Report this
Impeach Engel NOW

We're confused. Are you confused? Are they confused? Is our Media confused? Are our Politicians confused?

IF WE COULD JUST FIGURE OUT WHO'S CAUSING THE PROBLEM... Let's see... do we understand this thing correctly?

• The Shoe Bomber was a Muslim

• The TWA hijacker was a Muslim

• The Orlando shooter was a Muslim

• The Beltway Snipers were Muslims

• The Fort Hood shooter was a Muslim

• The underwear Bomber was a Muslim

• The U.S.S. Cole Bombers were Muslims

• The Madrid Train Bombers were Muslims

• The Bali Nightclub Bombers were Muslims

• The San Bernardino shooters were Muslims

• The London Subway Bombers were Muslims

• The Moscow Theater Attackers were Muslims

• The Boston Marathon Bombers were Muslims

• The Pan-Am flight #93 Bombers were Muslims

• The Air France Entebbe Hijackers were Muslims

• The Iranian Embassy Takeover, was by Muslims

• The Beirut U.S. Embassy bombers were Muslims

• The Libyan U.S. Embassy Attack was by Muslims

• The Buenos Aires Suicide Bombers were Muslims

• The Israeli Olympic Team Attackers were Muslims

• The Kenyan U.S, Embassy Bombers were Muslims

• The Saudi Khobar Towers Bombers were Muslims

• The Beirut Marine Barracks bombers were Muslims

• The Besian Russian School Attackers were Muslims

• The First World Trade Center Bombers were Muslims

• The Bombay & Mumbai India Attackers were Muslims

• The Achille Lauro Cruise Ship Hijackers were Muslims

• The Charlie Hebdo massacre was carried out by Muslims

• The September 11th 2001 Airline Hijackers were Muslims

• The Nice, France truck ramming was carried out by a Muslim

…and that’s just a partial list….

*** THINK OF IT: ***

Buddhists living with Hindus = No Problem

Hindus living with Christians = No Problem

Hindus living with Jews = No Problem

Christians living with Shintos = No Problem

Shintos living with Confucians = No Problem

Confucians living with Baha'is = No Problem

Baha'is living with Jews = No Problem

Jews living with Atheists = No Problem

Atheists living with Buddhists = No Problem

Buddhists living with Sikhs = No Problem

Sikhs living with Hindus = No Problem

Hindus living with Baha'is = No Problem

Baha'is living with Christians = No Problem

Christians living with Jews = No Problem

Jews living with Buddhists = No Problem

Buddhists living with Shintos = No Problem

Shintos living with Atheists = No Problem

Atheists living with Confucians = No Problem

Confusians living with Hindus = No Problem

***WHEREAS***

Muslims living with Hindus = Problem

Muslims living with Buddhists = Problem

Muslims living with Christians = Problem

Muslims living with Jews = Problem

Muslims living with Sikhs = Problem

Muslims living with Baha'is = Problem

Muslims living with Shintos = Problem

Muslims living with Atheists = Problem

MUSLIMS LIVING WITH MUSLIMS = BIG PROBLEM

*** SO THIS LEADS TO: ***

They're not happy in Gaza

They're not happy in Egypt

They're not happy in Libya

They're not happy in Morocco

They're not happy in Iran

They're not happy in Iraq

They're not happy in Yemen

They're not happy in Afghanistan

They're not happy in Pakistan

They're not happy in Syria

They're not happy in Lebanon

They're not happy in Nigeria

They're not happy in Kenya

They're not happy in Sudan

*** SO, WHERE ARE THEY HAPPY? ***

They're happy in Australia

They're happy in England

They're happy in Belgium

They're happy in France

They're happy in Italy

They're happy in Germany

They're happy in Sweden

They're happy in the USA & Canada

They're happy in Norway & India

They're happy in almost every country that is not Islamic!

And who do they blame? Not Islam. Not their leadership. Not themselves.

THEY BLAME THE COUNTRIES THEY ARE HAPPY IN!!

AND THEY WANT TO CHANGE THE COUNTRIES THEY ARE HAPPY IN, TO BE LIKE THE COUNTRIES THEY CAME FROM, WHERE THEY WERE UNHAPPY!

I'M COMPLETELY STUMPED...ANY IDEA WHO MIGHT BE CAUSING THE PROBLEM? ARE YOU AGAINST THE TEMPORARY DELAY ON THOSE COMING TO THE USA UNTIL WE CAN “VET” THE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO ENTER THE USA?

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Bravo Donald

On his new budget plain he needs to cut the members of the senate and congress benefits by 40% there is no valid reasoning why these leaches of society can give them selves pay increases, all types of "perks" get income from (kick backs) by funding corporations and have family members working for these same corporations . Much like the Clinton "foundation"

Why is Pelosi even allowed to speak in public as it is very apparent she lost her mind decades ago

All members in the congress ,senate and assembly work for us so we have a right to know how impaired they really are by drug testing then firing those who are positive (possibly as much as 63%)

Thursday, March 16 | Report this
Impeach Engel

Hey Elliot still spewing "these are members of the religion of peace and understanding" and how Donald needs to let more in"

PARIS, March 18 (Reuters) - Security forces shot dead a man who seized a soldier's gun at Paris Orly airport in France on Saturday soon after the same man shot and wounded a police officer during a routine police check, the interior minister said.

The man was known to police and intelligence services, Interior Minister Bruno le Roux told reporters. A police source described him as a radicalized Muslim but did not identify him by name.

The anti-terrorism prosecutor opened an investigation.

The man killed tried to snatch a gun from a female soldier "in an extremely violent attack," a French army spokesman said.

Benoit Brulon, a spokesman for France's anti-terror patrol force, said the female soldier was "doing fine."

The busy Orly airport south of Paris was evacuated and security forces swept the area for bombs to make sure the dead man was not wearing an explosive belt, but nothing was found, interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told Reuters.

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"The man succeeded in seizing the weapon of a soldier. He was quickly neutralized by the security forces," Brandet said.

Noone else was injured at the airport.

Flights were suspended from both terminals of the airport and some flights were diverted to Charles de Gaulle airport north of the capital, airport operator ADP said.

Earlier, a police officer was shot and wounded by the same man during a routine traffic check in Stains, north of Paris.

The incidents came five weeks before France holds presidential elections in which national security is a key issue.

The country remains on high alert after attacks by Islamic State militants killed scores of people in the last two years -including coordinated bombings and shootings in Paris in November 2015 in which 130 people were killed. A state of emergency is in place until at least the end of July.

The attacks would have no impact on a trip to Paris by Prince William, second-in-line to the British throne, and his wife Kate, who are due to end a two-day visit to the French capital on Saturday, a British spokesman said.

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Jewish War Vet

Anyone remember when the Riverdale press on B'way was bombed by a member of the "religion of peace and understanding"

As much as idiot Engel keeps calling the the Donald a raciest because of profiling I wonder what the Nazi Jew has to say about this?

British police identify London attacker as Khalid Masood, 52

Another coincidence Engel?

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