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First of all, let's start here: my family's thoughts and prayers are with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her family. But also her staff, and the others who are wounded on Saturday, the families of the six dead.
With special note to Christina Taylor Green, she was 9 years old born. She was born nine years ago, 2001, on 9/11. This family was welcoming in their arms -- while we were all panicked in terror -- they were welcoming a new baby girl into the world on a day of unspeakable terror. She lost her life in unspeakable terror at the hands of a madman. What can we learn from that?
I monitored the news all weekend, and I waited and I waited and I waited. I waited for anyone to step up and lead, someone to say something of common sense, something that wasn't political, something that would call us together, something that would call us to be our better self, someone in the end just to stand up and say, "Stop it, knock it off." I'm still waiting.
People are suffering. I don't know if the people in the media or in Washington understand this is real. It's real life. This is our country. But I guess our country, our republic, people's lives, everything, can just be used and turn into a game of political opportunity.
It's a disgrace. You deserve better. And the republic deserves better.
So I decided to go back to a statement that I started the show last week with. I am sick and tired of waiting for a leader. So, at least this hour, I'll do it. I'll do it. And you need to do the same. Lead.
Much to the chagrin of most of the people in the media, I'm not playing defense tonight. Oh, no, no. This is offense. I'm going to issue a challenge.
Brian Williams, Katie Couric, Sarah Palin, President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Speaker Boehner -- it's time to make a choice. I know how many of them will stand, but I'm going to issue a challenge. It is time to stand up for the republic, stand for peace, stand for principles, or you can just keep adding to the problem by playing the game. Let's see who steps up.
The game? Stop it. Knock it off.
What Mr. Loughner knows is that he has the full support of a major political party in this country. He's sitting there in jail. He knows what's going on, he knows that...the Democrat party is attempting to find anybody but him to blame. He knows if he plays his cards right, he's just a victim. He's the latest in a never-ending parade of victims brought about by the unfairness of America...this guy clearly understands he's getting all the attention and he understands he's got a political party doing everything it can, plus a local sheriff doing everything that they can to make sure he's not convicted of murder - but something lesser."