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Capitol police meet with members of political ‘squad’ about safety concerns

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Congressional security officials have met with all four members of the “squad,” comprising Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., over concerns about their safety as lawmakers.

Fox News has learned that threats have not increased for them this week.

Security officials want to make sure each office is aware of the security options available to them on Capitol Hill. Security officials also work with local law enforcement to help secure events in their districts or elsewhere. Offices are asked to provide security officials itineraries and information about public appearances when there may be concerns about safety.

Capitol security officials are also now looking at ways to enhance security in the field for lawmakers who feel they are at risk.

AOC ‘SQUAD’ CALLS TRUMP ‘OCCUPANT’ OF WHITE HOUSE IN NO-HOLDS-BARRED PRESS CONFERENCE

Some lawmakers — not necessarily the aforementioned squad – have increasingly hired private security to augment their safety.

The threat assessment regarding members of the squad, who have recently clashed with President Trump, remains low compared to some other lawmakers.

One source told Fox News that even though the four had been in the news a great deal, they were still low-profile, freshman members.

Some lawmakers’ significant others are more worried about safety than the lawmakers themselves.

There is concern in the security ranks that if the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) responds to the “noise” surrounding the squad, it may actually miss more bona fide threats against other lawmakers.

Moreover, there are worries that if congressional officials start bolstering security for one group of lawmakers, others may demand similar arrangements. The USCP and the House/Senate sergeants at arms simply don’t have the budget to assign protective details to large swaths of lawmakers.

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At a House Administration Committee hearing Tuesday, newly minted USCP Chief Steven Sund testified that overall, threats against lawmakers “continue to grow.”

In fiscal year 2018, Sund said the USCP dealt with 4,894 threats against lawmakers. USCP is now at 2,502 for this year. Sund argued that at this rate, the number of threats will “break last year’s” mark.

Sund noted that there is a lower number of “credible” threats which USCP actually investigate.

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More than 1,000 people attend Michigan funeral for Vietnam veteran

Hundreds of people showed up at a Michigan funeral Wednesday to mourn a Vietnam War veteran who passed away with no surviving family members.

Friends of Wayne Lee Wilson anticipated that only a few people would pay their respects, but the Brown Funeral Home in Niles changed that by posting Wilson’s obituary on Facebook and inviting the public to pay their respects.

FUNERAL FOR VIETNAM WAR VET, 77, WHO DIED ALONE, DRAWS HUNDREDS OF MOURNERS

“Dignitaries have funerals like this,” Wilson’s close friend Charlotte Andrews told the Detroit Free Press. “Who would have thought that a simple man with simple ideas and a simple way of life would have been able to have such an enormous amount of people to be able to send him off?”

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U.S. Army members carry a folded flag along with the remains of Vietnam War veteran Wayne Wilson during the memorial service in Niles Wednesday. (Emil Lippe/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)

Wilson died May 28 with no close family members, so his friends arranged for him to be buried with military honors. Wilson served in the Army from 1971 to 1977 and was wounded during his military service.

“We found out that this particular veteran does not have any family; and as color guard, we honor every veteran,” said Petra Bernard of the Osceola American Legion Post 308. “Every veteran deserves to have their military rights, so we made sure that we came out here to pay our respects to this soldier.”

Wilson often wore his service medals, flew a flag on his motorized scooter and would place flags at the graves of deceased veterans in Silverbrook Cemetery, where he was ultimately laid to rest, according to to the Free Press. People around Niles often called him “Sarge.”

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Flags, flowers and letters alike lie near the remains of Wayne Wilson at the conclusion of the memorial service at the Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles, Mich., Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (Emil Lippe/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)

Mourners came from several states away to honor him.

“It said on Facebook he didn’t have any family. He does have family,” Ohio resident Kenneth Creech told WNDU-TV. “Everybody that stepped foot in Vietnam is a brother.”

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In brief remarks, Niles Mayor Nick Shelton thanked Wilson and others like him.

“General George S. Patton Jr. said it best: ‘It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived,'” Shelton said. “Thank God for Wayne Wilson and thank you all for being a part of his legacy.”

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Al Roker apologizes for Hurricane Michael comment: ‘I misspoke’

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Al Roker is apologizing for a recent comment he made about Hurricane Michael, which devastated the Florida Panhandle last fall.

The “Today” weather anchor was on-air speaking about Tropical Storm Barry‘s estimated rainfall and wind gusts in Lousianna, Mississippi and other nearby states on Friday when he compared it to Hurricane Michael — a Category 5 storm that caused a number of fatalities. Roker referred to Michael as a “Category 3 or 4 storm.”

He described Barry as “a massive storm in size, 800 miles across, almost across the entire Gulf Coast.”

“In comparison, Hurricane Michael .. was a Category 3 or 4 storm, even almost reaching a 5, and that caused all that damage.”

AUTHORITIES: HURRICANE MICHAEL KILLED AT LEAST 43 IN FLORIDA

Roker then shared his coverage on Facebook, where people immediately demanded an apology over his comment, which they felt diminished the impacts of Michael.

Wrote one person: “‘Do not pay attention to category’… those words proceeding you saying Michael was a 3 or 4… maybe 5. Michael was a 5. Not a maybe 5. While we in the Panhandle are definitely all feeling and praying for the area to be impacted by TS Barry, we don’t appreciate the brush off of just how bad Hurricane Michael was. You owe this area a public apology for the slap in the face you just gave us.”

Another individual said: “You owe everyone here in the Florida Panhandle an apology for downplaying Hurricane Michael! Nine months later and there’s still devastation!”

Then there was this: “Al Roker spend about 1 hour of your day today to educate yourself on Hurricane Michael (Cat 5). View the videos and stories of devastation. For you to come across as to downplay Michael as a Cat 3 maybe a 4 was truly shocking. Our hearts understand and aches for Louisiana. Prayers.”

HURRICANE MICHAEL GETS AN UPGRADE TO RARE CATEGORY 5 STATUS

In response, Roker tweeted an apology one day later on Twitter, admitting that he “misspoke.”

“Yes. Michael was Cat. 5 and I misspoke during yesterday’s broadcast during live TV. I covered it and came down to help bring aid to folks and first responders after. So I apologize for the mistake,” he wrote.

Michael, a rare Category 5 hurricane, was the first to strike the contiguous U.S. since Andrew in 1992.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Tomi Lahren: California creates homeless encampments on wheels

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Why try to solve the homeless crisis in California when you can just provide “safe spaces” for vehicle living, right?

Welcome to the Golden State, where nothing, absolutely nothing, makes sense.

It’s time for First Thoughts.

SAN FRANCISCO PLANS TO RESERVE PARKING LOT FOR HOMELESS LIVING OUT OF VEHICLES: REPORTS

Oh California, such a beautiful state. Too bad it’s been ravaged by illegal immigration, taxes, Democrats who love those taxes, and homelessness.

But here in the Golden State, our leaders don’t solve problems. They just sweep them under the rug, or in this case, into a parking lot that was supposed to be reserved for San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency employees, but will now be a “safe space” for people living in their vehicles.

Isn’t that lovely? Two brilliant San Francisco lawmakers proposed transforming a parking lot near the Balboa Park public transportation station into an oasis for homeless people to live in cars and RVs.

The “Safe Overnight Parking” proposal amended the police code to allow people to “habitate” in their vehicles overnight without police interference. It passed the San Francisco board unanimously. No shock there.

They plan to call it a “Vehicle Navigation Triage Center.”

Um, no. Let’s call it what it is: a homeless encampment on wheels!

But it’s not just San Francisco — otherwise known as the homeless encampment by the bay — that has embraced this new homeless Adventureland. Oakland, San Diego, Santa Barbara – and of course, Los Angeles – already have similar programs.

Yes, our whole state is a mess. Does anyone think there may be a reason police have traditionally cracked down on vehicle habitation in parking lots? Perhaps because it is a danger to society!

This encampment on wheels in San Francisco allows for up to 30 vehicles in a parking lot, reportedly intended for state agency employees! Do you think those employees feel safe walking to their own vehicles at night in the midst of a vehicle park for the homeless? I think the hell NOT!

As I’ve told you literally hundreds of times before, California’s felon-friendly laws have contributed to this homeless epidemic. Thanks to state legislators, our homeless population largely includes ex-cons who would and should be behind bars, but are instead on our streets and now, happily parked in vehicular encampments!

Sounds safe, huh? But how does a state with a budget surplus of over $20 BILLION still have a homeless epidemic? That’s a good question. Maybe we should ask our governor and former mayor of San Francisco, Greasy Gavin Newsom!

Recent point-in-time surveys show nearly 10,000 San Franciscans are homeless, and that likely doesn’t include those living in their cars. Welcome to Hotel California!

That’s modest compared to right here in Los Angeles. Countywide, our city of angels boasts approximately 50,000 homeless people and counting, according to the latest count by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.

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The state of California set aside $650 million for the homeless problem and still can’t solve the problem! Instead of focusing on it, our leaders have spent their time, actually, taxpayer-funded time, passing budgets to provide illegal immigrants with health care benefits.

Folks, you might not live in California, but consider this. Your city or state might be one Democratic vote away from your own homeless encampment on wheels.

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Husband of missing bikini-clad hiker says cops view him as prime suspect

The husband of an Arizona woman who vanished while hiking with him in California last week said authorities consider him a prime suspect in the case.

Barbara Thomas, 69, was last seen July 12 with her husband Robert in the Mojave Desert about 20 miles from Interstate 40. She reportedly was clad in a bikini, hiking boots, and a baseball cap and didn’t have any supplies or her cell phone at the time. The couple brought beer and water on the hike.

CALIFORNIA HIKER MISSING FOR 4 DAYS IS FOUND ALIVE, DAUGHTER AND INVESTIGATORS REVEAL

Robert Thomas told Inside Edition in an interview that aired Wednesday that investigators consider him a prime suspect because “it was just the two of us” in the sweltering desert. He also told the outlet he failed a lie detector test.

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Barbara Thomas, 69, was last seen on Friday hiking in the Mojave Desert about 20 miles north of Interstate 40 east of Kelbaker Road. (Colorado River Sheriffs Department)

‘Yes, I took a polygraph test, they told me I was being deceptive,” he said. “I know that polygraphs aren’t 100 percent and I hadn’t had any sleep.”

San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies, park rangers, and volunteers have scoured the desert to look for the grandmother as temperatures continued to climb into the triple digits this week.

During the interview, Thomas said he realized his wife was missing when he stopped to take a picture of a rock formation and saw her rounding a corner.

“That’s the last I ever saw of her,” he said.

When he turned the corner, Barbara was gone and Robert Thomas assumed he would find her sitting outside their camper.

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A search helicopter hovers overhead in the Mojave Desert near Needles, Calif., Saturday, July 13, 2019. Authorities in California say they are searching for a bikini-clad Arizona woman who went missing while hiking in the Mojave Desert.  (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

“I hollered her name and I waved my arms, and I looked around the area and I saw that she wasn’t anywhere around. She didn’t respond. I got really panicky,” he said.

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Thomas said he believes his wife was taken against her will because of what she was wearing and the beer she had. He insists he had nothing to do with her disappearance.

“She is the love of my life,” he said. “Come home. We’re missing you.”

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13 Pa. police officers to be fired over offensive Facebook posts

Thirteen officers in Philadelphia will be fired following an investigation into racist and offensive Facebook posts, the city police commissioner announced on Thursday.

In a news conference on Thursday, Commissioner Richard Ross said the officers are on a 30-day suspension with intent to dismiss.

The department had placed a total of 72 officers on administrative leave in June after a nonprofit group published the results of a two-year review of personal Facebook posts or comments from officers in Philadelphia and seven other departments.

PHILADELPHIA POLICE DEPARTMENT PUTS 72 OFFICERS ON DESK DUTY AMID INVESTIGATION INTO ANTI-MUSLIM SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS

Ross said about 3,100 offensive or potentially offensive Facebook posts were identified and connected to 328 active-duty Philadelphia police officers, adding that some posts date back to 2010.

He said the posts “clearly advocated violence or death against any protected class such as ethnicity, national origin, sex, religion and race or any speech advocating or supporting crimes affecting the integrity, honesty or trustworthiness of the police department.”

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Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross spoke during a news conference on Thursday. The Philadelphia Police Department is suspending 13 police officers with an intent to fire them following an investigation into offensive and sometimes threatening Facebook posts.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Ross told reporters that all but three of the 72 Philadelphia officers currently on leave will face some form of discipline. Four officers will be suspended for 30 days, while the rest will face disciplinary action ranging from reprimands to a five-day suspension.

The posts included “anti-Islamic posts such as ‘death to Islam,’” as well as “references to African-Americans as thugs,” “encouragement of police brutality,” and “homophobic memes which in some cases suggest violence against transgender individuals,” according to Ross.

“I continue to be very disappointed and angered by these posts, many of which violate basic human decency,” Ross said on Thursday.

“We need to move past this ridiculous hate that has consumed this country and has done so for centuries.”

Ross said on June 28 nearly all of the 72 officers on administrative leave, who have not been identified, received the first in a series of trainings. The department is also looking at software that would track and audit officers’ social media posts.

NEARLY 2 DOZEN ST. LOUIS OFFICERS FLAGGED OVER ALLEGED ‘RACIALLY CHARGED SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS’

The president of the Philadelphia police union said the Fraternal Order of Police is disappointed that the officers will be terminated without due process, adding that “the overwhelming majority of our members serve this city with integrity and professionalism.”

After publication of the database, which allegedly included nearly 180 posts tied to Phoenix officers that disparage black people, Muslims and transgender people, the police chief moved some officers to “non-enforcement” assignments while the department investigates.

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In St. Louis, the top prosecutor placed nearly two dozen city police officers on an exclusion list last month after learning about “racially charged social media posts of current and retired city police.” Those officers are not allowed to bring cases to her office.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Broadway legend accused of homophobia for comment directed at Lindsey Graham

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Broadway legend Patti LuPone is under fire for a shocking personal attack on Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC.

Graham has defended the president in recent days amid the ongoing controversy around his inflammatory comments toward four freshman Democratic congresswomen, as well as a controversial chant at one of his rallies on Wednesday night.

LuPone started her attacking by criticizing Graham for supporting the president before things took an ugly turn and she went after the Republican “on a personal note.”

TRUMP DISTANCES HIMSELF FROM ‘SEND HER BACK’ CHANT: ‘I DISAGREE WITH IT’

“Lindsey Graham you are a disgrace,” LuPone tweeted. “On a personal note, why don’t you just bite the bullet and come out. You might just come to your senses.”

That sparked plenty of criticism on social media of the Tony-winning actress.

“Ahhh a good old fashioned homophobic joke from an icon in the gay community,” journalist Yashar Ali reacted.

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This isn’t the first time an entertainer attacked Graham in such a fashion. Liberal comedian Chelsea Handler wrote a sexually-explicit tweet suggesting that Graham was being blackmailed by the Trump administration over his sexuality.

LuPone also blasted Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., for blocking a vote on the 9/11 victim compensation reauthorization bill.

“Don’t set foot in NYC. You too are a National disgrace. Maybe your neighbor had a point?” LuPone wrote, eluding to the 2017 assault Paul suffered by his neighbor.

A spokesperson for Paul earlier released a statement that read: “Senator Paul is not blocking anything,” it read. “He is simply seeking to pay for it. As with any bill, Senator Paul always believes it needs to be paid for. Senator Paul is simply offering an amendment, which other senators support, to pay for this legislation.”

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Gutfeld on Trump’s new asylum rules

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Another story lost in the media “racist” frenzy: President Trump introduced a plan to tighten asylum rules at the southern border.

Boiled down: With some exceptions, migrants who pass through another country first must seek asylum there rather than at our border. So, basically, you can’t say to El Salvador, “Get me outta here” when what you really meant was “Get me a job in Phoenix.”

So Trump’s plan is simple. And sensible.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES MAJOR CRACKDOWN ON ASYLUM SEEKERS

We’ve said it before. If you’re on the run from something bad, why skip the first safe harbor?

To use a movie analogy: if Freddy Krueger is on your tail, the first house with the lights on is the door you’re going to knock on.

But I’m oversimplifying.

By bringing a safe place closer to a migrant, this change is meant to prevent suffering by shortening the journey.

So you’d think Democrats would be on board.  But no, because it’s Trump.

Now, Trump’s idea of making refugees seek asylum in the first safe nation they came to is one most countries use, and for good reason. It saves lives, as the Germans discovered when German Chancellor Angela Merkel let in many refugees who were told they could go anywhere they wanted in the European Union. Many said “London!”

So Britain said “auf wiedersehen” to the European Union and Merkel’s been trying to walk back her decision ever since.

Trump knows anarchy comes when you base your laws on political pandering and what plays well on “The View.”

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The caravans were our version of Merkel’s mistake.

But this reform says “not so fast.” Which is why, in all likelihood, Democrats will hate it.

Adapted from Greg Gutfeld’s monologue on “The Five” on July 18, 2019.

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Senators reach deal to vote on 9/11 victims fund as Dems blast proposed Lee amendment

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Senators from both parties reached a deal Thursday to bring a bill that would all but ensure that the 9/11 Victims’ Compensation Fund never runs out of money to a vote next week, but squabbled over a GOP lawmaker’s push for an amendment that would cap the budget allocating funds to first responders who survived the terrorist attacks.

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, both D-N.Y., announced that they would vote against a proposal put forward by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, that would allocate $10.2 billion to the fund over the next 10 years, which the Congressional Budget Office has estimated would be the result of approving a bill passed by the House last week. The current bill survivors would extend the fund through 2092, and lawmakers are unsure where the money to keep the fund going for that amount of time will come from.

“Since 2011, the 9/11 Victims Fund has always had finite authorizations, and by all accounts it has an excellent record avoiding waste and abuse,” Lee said in a statement Thursday. “These two things are not coincidental. They go together.”

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Schumer and Gillibrand, who called Lee’s amendment “cynical,” agreed to let the amendment go to a vote but said they were sure that it would not pass.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who argued that the bill was “irresponsible” because of advocates’ push for a sunset clause that would guarantee funding with no specific dollar amount for the next seven decades, told Fox News’ “Your World with Neil Cavuto” Thursday that “we will vote and we will lose” but added that he was still willing to support the amendment out of concern for the federal deficit.

Gillibrand argued that 9/11 first responders and their advocates, which include comedian Jon Stewart, “shouldn’t be having to come back to Washington again and again just to get the compensation that they earned and deserved.”

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“The truth is the timing is limited for this bill because these men and women aren’t going to survive,” Gillibrand said on the floor of the Senate Thursday. “So many of them are already sick and dying and everything they care about is just being able to provide for their families. So there’s nothing about this bill that’s trying to play politics with the lives of men. There is going to be no fraud, no disuse. This is literally all that’s necessary for these families to survive during these horrible times when their loved ones are dying.”

The bill has 75 co-sponsors in the Senate, more than enough to override any potential presidential veto. The current $7.4 billion fund is expected to run dry by December 2020 and administrators recently cut benefit payments by up to 70 percent.

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More than 2,000 firefighters, police officers, federal agents, and other first responders have died from 9/11-related diseases and that number is expected to climb over time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s World Trade Center Health Program.

“We need to stop these political games and pass this bill now,” Gillibrand said in a statement on Thursday.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Joy Behar asks why Trump can’t be charged with ‘hate speech’ after rally

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“The View” host Joy Behar took her anti-Trump talk to another level on Thursday, posing the possibility of the president being charged with hate speech in the wake of Wednesday’s controversial rally.

Behar kicked off the comments by saying she does not understand how President Trump could “get away with” attacking freshmen congresswomen the way he had, before launching into the next part of her diatribe.

“Why can’t he be brought up on charges of hate speech?” Behar asked. She then wondered why the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which has repeatedly sued Trump’s administration, hadn’t sued the president over hate speech.

Her comments came after co-host Whoopi Goldberg indicated Trump’s remarks had the potential to create violence against women in the country.

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“He doesn’t acknowledge the fact that what he’s doing is possibly inciting violence towards these women” as well as those who express dissent, Goldberg asserted. “This involves every female in this country.”

Goldberg acknowledged, however, that Trump had the right to make his comments but she and other “View’ hosts would likely face different treatment if they made similar statements.

Their discussion came after a controversial rally in which Trump denounced Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., in front of an audience in North Carolina. “The View” particularly appeared to take issue with Trump’s response to an audience chant, as well as the chant itself, calling for him to send the Minnesota congresswoman back to her native country of Somalia.

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Trump later distanced himself from the chant, saying that he disagreed with it. During Thursday’s “View,” co-host Meghan McCain targeted Trump’s familyIvanka Trump and Jared Kushner — for their apparent reluctance to criticize the rally.

“The Trump administration — all of you — Ivanka, Jared, because you’re around my age range, where are you in this?” she asked.

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