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Hong Kong formally withdraws extradition bill

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The Hong Kong government on Wednesday said it formally withdrew its controversial extradition bill that sparked months of violent protests but will reportedly be the fulfillment of only one demand out of five by protesters who continue to take to the streets.

“I now formally announce the withdrawal of the bill,” Secretary for Security John Lee told the city’s legislature.

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Hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets since June, originally due to the bill that would have allowed Hong Kong nationals to be sent to mainland China to be tried in Communist party-controlled court. The rallies have continued and now protesters demand political reforms and police accountability.

Reuters reported that pro-Democracy protesters have been insisting that all five of their demands are met “not one less.” According to the Washington Post,  the other demands include an independent investigation into police conduct and amnesty for protesters who’ve been arrested.

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The Financial Times on Tuesday reported that the Chinese government is working on plans to replace Lam by March.

Lam was appointed for office in 2014 despite the fact her rival for the job, John Tsang, was far more popular with the general public, according to the Financial Times.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Rosario Dawson, family sued over alleged treatment of transgender handyman: report

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Actress Rosario Dawson and her family are reportedly being sued by a transgender handyman who alleges that he was subjected to gender discrimination and assault while he worked for the family two years ago.

Dedrek Finley, 55, said he came out to the family as transgender in December 2017. He claimed that they were dismissive of using male pronouns to refer to him and he claimed that Dawson’s stepfather told him, “you’re not a man,” and “you only think you’re a man,” according to court documents filed Friday, The Los Angeles Times reported.

The documents claim that Dawson, 40, and her mother, Isabel, dragged him through the window of a bedroom after they told him to move out of Dawson’s mother’s former apartment where he was living in exchange work, The Times reported.

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“Once Mr. Finley was lying helpless on the ground outside, Isabel, who is substantially larger than Mr. Finley, got on top of Mr. Finley’s body and began punching him,” the court documents read, People reported. “While beating Mr. Finley, Isabel screamed, ‘You’re not so much of a man now,’ which was a clear and denigrating reference to Mr. Finley’s gender identity.”

Finley said the family had originally asked him to move from New York to Los Angeles and work for them full-time, renovating Dawson’s home.

Dawson is the girlfriend of presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker who has spoken out against transphobia.

Fox News sent an after-hours email to the family’s lawyer and Dawson’s representatives and did not get an immediate response. She did not immediately respond to other news outlets.

Dawson’s mother, Isabel Dawson, her stepfather, Gregory Dawson, and her uncle Gustavo Vasquez are also named in the suit, The Times reported.

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“The aggression that was shown to him by members of the Dawson family, and the nature of that aggression leads one to think that motivations were transphobic,” his attorney said, according to The Times.

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Body of Nevaeh Adams, 5, found in South Carolina landfill 2 months after mother’s stabbing death

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A South Carolina family has received the tragic news that the body of Nevaeh Adams, a 5-year-old girl missing since August, was located Friday, dumped in a landfill.

The discovery in Sumter, S.C., came more than two months after the child’s mother was found fatally stabbed and wrapped inside a rug inside her home.

“This is a horror story in every sense of the word,” Garryl Deas, an attorney representing the family, told The State newspaper in Columbia.

REMAINS OF MISSING ALABAMA GIRL, 3, BELIVED TO BE FOUND IN TRASH, POLICE SAY

“This is a horror story in every sense of the word.”

— Garryl Deas, attorney representing murder victims’ family

Authorities confirmed the girl’s death Tuesday. Her body was found during a massive search of the landfill that involved some 400 volunteers as well as personnel from more than 40 government agencies, The State reported.

“This is not the outcome any of us would have wanted,” Sumter police Chief Russell Roark told FOX 46 of Charlotte. “But we hope this can provide some closure to the family. We will continue working with the 3rd Circuit Solicitor’s Office to bring this case to trial.”

“This is not the outcome any of us would have wanted. But we hope this can provide some closure to the family.”

— Chief Russell Roark, Sumter, S.C., police

On Aug. 5, family members found the body of the girl’s mother, Sharee Bradley. She had been stabbed in the head and neck, according to The State.

Police later arrested Daunte Johnson, 28, a transient who had a relationship with Bradley, and charged him with two counts of murder.

Authorities said the suspect told them he had placed the child’s body in a dumpster.

The search of the landfill began Sept. 17, with volunteers using small rakes to dig through 4 million tons of waste in hopes of finding the child’s remains.

Finally, last Friday, they made the gruesome discovery.

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“What I saw with my own two eyes was truly life-altering,” Deas said.

Neveah was remembered by her father as playful, energetic and happy.

“There was no sad moment with her,” Dupray Adams told The State.

The discovery of Nevaeh’s body was announced the same day that authorities in Alabama said they believed that remains found in Birmingham were those of 3-year-old Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney. Authorities said two suspects would be charged in connection with that case.

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Biden apologizes for calling Clinton impeachment ‘partisan lynching,’ but hammers Trump again for using term

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Former Vice President Joe Biden offered an apology late on Tuesday for previously referring to the Clinton impeachment as a “partisan lynching” just hours after he condemned President Trump for referring to his own impeachment with the same term.

Trump was widely criticized for claiming on Twitter that Republicans are witnessing a “lynching.” Several 2020 Democrats piled on the president, including the 2020 frontrunner.

“Impeachment is not ‘lynching,’ it is part of our Constitution,” Biden reacted. “Our country has a dark, shameful history with lynching, and to even think about making this comparison is abhorrent. It’s despicable.”

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However, CNN unearthed an interview Biden did on the network in 1998, where he used the term he blasted Trump for.

“Even if the president should be impeached, history will question whether or not this was a partisan lynching or whether or not it was something that in fact met the standard,” then-Sen. Biden told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, “the very high bar that was set by the founders as to what constituted an impeachable offense.”

As his unearthed remarks went viral, Biden offered an apology… but continued to hammer Trump by insisting he “chose his words deliberately.”

“This wasn’t the right word to use and I’m sorry about that,” Biden tweeted. “Trump on the other hand chose his words deliberately today in his use of the word lynching and continues to stoke racial divides in this country daily.”

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Biden was one of several Democratic lawmakers who used the term “lynching” in the past, including now-Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y, and Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y.

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Hong Kong flag flies during TNT coverage of Lakers-Clippers NBA season opener

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A large Hong Kong flag was seen waving in the middle of the crowd outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles during TNT’s coverage of Tuesday night’s NBA season opener between the Lakers and Clippers — and quickly sparked debate on social media.

Some praised the fan for waving the flag, while others said politics should be kept out of sports. Others tried to interpret whether TNT was taking a position in the dispute between Hong Kong and China, judging by how long the flag remained on screen.

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The NBA became linked to the Hong Kong-China dispute earlier this month when the general manager of the Houston Rockets wrote a Twitter message in support of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy demonstrators just as two NBA clubs — the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets — were beginning a visit to China to play a pair of preseason games and make promotional appearances.

The NBA drew criticism for a series of awkward comments — by executives and players alike — made in response to the Rockets executive’s tweet, which was deleted. The NBA, as well as several other American companies, have received backlash for allegedly censoring their employees in an effort to preserve business relationships with China amid months of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, a Chinese territory.

Some Nets expressed support for Hong Kong when the team returned to Brooklyn. At  Tuesday’s game in Los Angeles, some fans there also showed the debate wasn’t over.

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“To the guy waving the Hong Kong flag in the middle of the NBA halftime show, and to TNT letting it fly, thank you,” one Twitter user wrote.

“Large Hong Kong flag flying between Ernie and Kennie. Let’s see if TNT keeps showing it,” one user initially said. “TNT doesn’t seem to be trying to hide it. Panning to the view that shows it about as much as normal,” the same user wrote later on.

Some Twitters users praised whoever in the crowd decided to wave the Hong Kong flag. While others online said the flag was an unwelcome attempt to bring politics into sports.

“WHOEVERS WAVING THE HONG KONG FLAG AT THE TNT THING OUTSIDE STAPLES CENTER IS A NATIONAL HERO,” one Twitter user wrote.

“Whoever waving the Hong Kong flag behind the NBA on TNT Studio needs to chill. STOP. POLITICIZING. SPORTS,” another user wrote.

One user speculated that the TNT broadcast would not air in China after the Hong Kong flag was allowed to remain on the screen.

“I take in TNT commentary doesn’t air in China cuz there’s a large Hong Kong flag …. and another I don’t recognize,” the Twitter user wrote.

Appearing on TNT pre-game analysis earlier Tuesday, Shaquille O’Neal rushed to the defense of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey amid the ongoing feud between the NBA and China. Morey sparked a firestorm Oct. 4 after he expressed solidarity with Hong Kong protesters on Twitter. Several prominent figures within the NBA have been reluctant to comment on the situation and criticize China, including outspoken anti-Trump critics such as Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr and NBA superstar LeBron James.

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Activists also planned to hand out more than 10,000 pro-Hong Kong T-shirts at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday after a crowdsourcing page set up by an NBA fan in Northern California raised nearly $43,000 in a span of two days, The Orange County Register reported.

Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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Trump blasts report that Conway or Mnuchin might replace Mulvaney: ‘Fake News!’

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President Trump fired off a late-night Twitter message Tuesday, slamming as “Fake News!” a story that said top aides Kellyanne Conway and Steve Mnuchin were under consideration to replace acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

“Wrong, never even discussed this with Kellyane Conway or Steve Mnuchin,” the president wrote. “Just more Fake News!”

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The president was referring to a story posted earlier in the day by Bloomberg that said Trump “for weeks” has been “privately testing” the idea of dismissing Mulvaney – and that counselor Conway and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin were both seen as possible replacements.

“You have such great ideas, why don’t you be my chief?” Trump supposedly said to Mnuchin during a gathering of White House staffers about a month ago, according to the report.

Other sources told Bloomberg the president was seeking opinions from top advisers on whether Conway could handle the job.

Mulvaney has come under fire recently for his remarks at a news conference at which he tried  to explain the Trump administration’s interactions with Ukraine.

Mulvaney seemed to contradict President Trump’s claim that there was no “quid pro quo” during his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky, by telling reporters at the White House Thursday that the release of military aid to Ukraine was tied to the administration’s demands that Kiev investigate purported corruption by the Democrats during the 2016 presidential election campaign.

When questioned by reporters about the administration’s decision to withhold $400 million in aid from Ukraine, Mulvaney said Trump told him at the time: “This is a corrupt place. Everyone knows this is a corrupt place. … Plus, I’m not sure that the other European countries are helping them out either.”

Mulvaney added: “Did [Trump] also mention to me, in the past, the corruption related to the DNC server? Absolutely. No question about that. But that’s it. And that’s why we held up the money. … They look back to what happened in 2016 certainly was part of the thing that he was worried about in corruption with that nation. And that is absolutely appropriate.”

Both Conway and Mnuchin have been staunch defenders of the president.

Last month Conway appeared on Fox News’ “The Story” and took aim at the still-unidentified “whistleblower” who raised concerns about trump’s July phone call with the Ukrainian president.

“The whistleblower is someone who does not have firsthand knowledge of what happened,” Conway said at the time, calling the individual “more blowhard than whistleblower.”

During an August appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Mnuchin described the president as “determined as ever” in working out a trade agreement with China.

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“Free, fair and reciprocal trade with China is a major goal of the president,” Mnuchin said, “and … he will do whatever he needs to in order to achieve this. That includes planned sanctions, and a willingness to deal with any Chinese retaliation accordingly.”

Mulvaney, 52, became acting White House chief of staff in January, replacing retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly. The former congressman from South Carolina also remains director of the Office of Management and Budget, the office he assumed in February 2017.

Fox News’ Joshua Nelson, Charles Creitz and Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.

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Nationals top Cole, Astros 5-4 in World Series opener

Juan Soto and the Washington Nationals quickly derailed the Cole Express.

A 20-year-old prodigy with a passion for the big moment, Soto homered onto the train tracks high above the left field wall and hit a two-run double as the Nationals tagged Gerrit Cole and the Houston Astros 5-4 Tuesday night in the World Series opener.

Not even a history-making home run by postseason star George Springer — and another drive that nearly tied it in the eighth inning — could deter Washington.

Ryan Zimmerman, still full of sock at 35, also homered to back a resourceful Max Scherzer and boost the wild-card Nationals in their first World Series appearance — tres bien for a franchise that began as the Montreal Expos in 1969.

Otherworldly almost all season, Cole looked downright ordinary. Trea Turner singled on the second pitch of the game and the Nationals were off and running, ending Cole’s 19-game winning streak that stretched back 25 starts to May.

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Not what Cole or anyone at Minute Maid Park expected, especially after he led the majors in strikeouts, topped the AL in ERA and finished second in the big leagues in wins to teammate Justin Verlander.

Cole had dominated in the AL playoffs, too.

Yet it was a further testament to an eternal truth about baseball: It doesn’t matter what you do the whole season if you don’t get it done in October.

Soto finished with three hits and a stolen base. Three days shy of his 21st birthday, the wunderkind left fielder also snared Michael Brantley’s try for late, tying hit.

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Washington Nationals’ Juan Soto celebrates in the dugout after his home run against the Houston Astros during the fourth inning of Game 1 of the baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The MVP when Houston won its first crown in 2017, Springer set a record by connecting in his fifth straight Series game to make it 5-3 in the seventh. But reliever Daniel Hudson threw a fastball past rookie Yordan Alvarez with the bases loaded to end the inning.

In the eighth, Springer put a charge into a drive to deep right-center field, and it appeared as though he might’ve hit a tying, two-run homer. Springer took a couple hops out of the batter’s box to watch, and had to settle for an RBI double when the ball hit off the glove of a leaping Adam Eaton.

Heavily favored at the start, the 107-win Astros will try to get even Wednesday night when Verlander faces Stephen Strasburg in another matchup of aces.

Scherzer slipped in and out of trouble for five innings. But every time the stadium got rollicking, he found a way to get out of trouble. There’s a reason ol’ Max has won three Cy Young Awards.

Projected Game 4 starter Patrick Corbin threw a scoreless sixth for the Nationals. Springer connected off Tanner Rainey for his 14th career postseason home run before Hudson fanned Alvarez on three pitches.

Sean Doolittle retired Jose Altuve and Brantley to strand Springer at second in the eighth, then closed to give the Nationals their seventh straight victory and 17th in 19 games dating to their September playoff run.

The Nats had a week off after sweeping St. Louis in the NL Championship Series, and easily answered any worries about whether the layoff would result in rest or rust.

Leading the way was Soto, whose eighth-inning hit in the wild-card win over Milwaukee sent the Nationals on their path.

Fearless at the plate, he’s already become one of those rare players — like Springer — who seems to turn pressure into production.

Soto seemed overmatched when he fanned on Cole’s 99 mph heater in the first inning. Turned out Soto — the third-youngest player to bat cleanup in a World Series game after Ty Cobb (1907) and Miguel Cabrera (2003) — was just getting warmed up.

Soto justified his place in the 4-spot, launching a leadoff drive in the fourth onto the train tracks to make it 2-all.

A while later, the ball was still resting there when the Nationals rallied. Eaton hit a tiebreaking double in the fifth and one batter later, Soto doubled with two outs for a 5-2 lead.

Zimmerman’s long wait in Washington paid off when he hit the first World Series homer in Nationals history, connecting in the second. He was the first player drafted by the team, shortly after it moved from Montreal for the 2005 season.

Cole instantly tossed his right arm in the air as the ball took off, knowing he wanted that pitch back.

Early on, something else stopped Cole: the big World Series logo painted on the field in foul territory. He steadfastly refused to step on it, taking a detour each time he traveled between the dugout and mound.

Yuli Gurriel ended a string of narrow escapes for Scherzer this month. Opponents had been 0 for 17 against him with runners in scoring position in the postseason before Gurriel’s two-run double in the first.

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Nationals: Strasburg was 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA in the NL playoffs. He went 18-6 and set a career high for wins during the regular season. He’s pitched once in Houston, throwing six scoreless innings in 2017.

Astros: Verlander is 0-4 with a 5.67 ERA in five World Series starts. He got this far with Detroit in 2006 and 2012 and the Astros in 2017. Verlander led the majors with 21 wins this year and struck out 300.

Juan Soto homered onto the train tracks high above the left field wall and hit a two-run double as the tagged Gerrit Cole and the 5-4 Tuesday night in the World Series opener.

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Not even a history-making home run by postseason star George Springer and another drive that nearly tied it in the eighth inning could deter Washington.

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Republican lawmaker ‘destroyed’ latest impeachment inquiry witness argument: McCarthy

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., on Tuesday said a fellow Republican lawmaker deconstructed a key part of the latest Trump impeachment inquiry witness testimony in Tuesday’s closed-door session.

“In 90 seconds, we had John Ratcliffe destroy Taylor’s whole argument.”

The questioning by Ratcliffe, a Texas Republican and member of both the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, was an important moment in the hearing, McCarthy claimed.

“We can’t really talk about it,” he said.

Ratcliffe appeared on Fox News after the testimony and said there were new details brought to light, but said nothing “worthy of impeachment.”

McCarthy added House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is not allowing lawmakers to speak too specifically about the proceedings, in an interview Tuesday on “The Ingraham Angle.”

“Adam Schiff won’t let us talk about what happened,” he said regarding U.S. diplomat to Ukraine Bill Taylor’s closed-door hearing on Capitol Hill. “There is no quid pro quo.”

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The California lawmaker also claimed the impeachment inquiry process continues to be based largely on testimony from without first-hand knowledge of the Trump-Ukraine situation.

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“The one thing that you find out in this process is all this information is just like that whistleblower… everything is second-, third-, and fourth-hand information,” he said.

He criticized Schiff for how he is conducting the proceedings, claiming the relevant Republican lawmakers are unable to view information from the hearings unless they are accompanied by the chairman’s staff members.

“What they are doing [is] they are changing every rule we ever had,” he said.

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Highway deaths are down, but pedestrian fatalities rose in 2018

Traffic deaths in the U.S. fell slightly in 2018 for the second straight year, the government’s road safety agency said Tuesday.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration attributed the 2.4% drop partially to technology in newer vehicles that can prevent crashes. A total of 36,560 people died on the nation’s roads in last year, the latest full-year statistics available.

The agency said the downward trend is continuing into 2019. First-half estimates show fatalities down 3.4%.

“This is encouraging news, but still far too many perished or were injured, and nearly all crashes are preventable, so much more work remains to be done to make America’s roads safer for everyone,” Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, whose department oversees NHTSA, said in a statement.

The overall declines in 2017 and 2018 came after two years of large increases blamed on people driving more as the economy improved.

But pedestrian deaths rose 3.4%, and the number of people killed on bicycles and other pedaled vehicles went up 6.3%. People killed in large-truck crashes rose just under 1%.

The agency reported 6,283 pedestrian deaths, the highest total in 28 years, according to Consumer Reports, which said pedestrian fatalities have risen about 53% since 2009.

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NHTSA said alcohol-impaired fatalities dropped 3.6% in 2018, while fatalities attributed to speeding fell 5.7%. Motorcycle deaths declined 4.7%, the agency said.

Most of the pedestrian deaths, 76%, and half the bicyclist deaths occurred after dark, and the some pedestrians and cyclists had some alcohol in their systems. Seventy-four percent of the pedestrian deaths occurred outside of intersections, the agency reported.

NHTSA also said it would look into the increase in SUVs as a factor in the increases. SUVs sit taller than cars, which can make it more difficult for drivers to see pedestrians and cyclists.

The agency said in a statement that it’s also studying changes in its five-star crash assessment program and will consider including new technologies such as pedestrian detection systems. It’s also working with the Federal Highway Administration to reduce bicycle and pedestrian deaths.

“This is an epidemic of preventable deaths,” said Jake Fisher, senior director of auto testing for Consumer Reports. “We need to double down to figure out how to achieve better pedestrian detection and more widespread adoption.”

The agency said that the number of deaths in crashes with distracted drivers hit 2,841 in 2018, or 7.8% of total traffic deaths. But the 2018 number is down 12.4% from 2017, according to the agency.

The Truck Safety Coalition, an advocacy group, said crashes involving at least one large truck killed 4,951 people last year. In a statement, the group said fatalities involving large trucks have increased 46.5% in the past decade, yet the administration of President Donald Trump has pushed for proposals that would make it easier for truck drivers to work 17-hour days, and to remove a 30-minute break requirement for truck drivers after eight hours of work.

At the same time, the Transportation Department hasn’t done anything to advance safety rules that would require automatic emergency braking or electronic speed limiters for big rigs, the statement said.

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AOC says Trump called impeachment ‘lynching’ to ‘deliberately’ rile Democrats, fire up GOP base

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez alleged Tuesday that President Trump described Democrats’ treatment of him during their impeachment inquiry as a “lynching” specifically to upset his political opponents.

“He chose that word deliberately,” the New York Democrat told TMZ. “People think that he uses these words as mistakes. They’re not. He deliberately chooses the most racially animating, divisive terms so that he can rile up that base.”

She added that Trump relies on outage from Democrats to excite his voters.

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“Then he takes it to the base and says, ‘See, they don’t like us. … They’re being too sensitive,’” she said.

Trump’s tweet Tuesday morning quickly drew backlash from Democrats and some Republicans who said they wouldn’t have used that language.

Trump’s tweet said, “So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights. All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here – a lynching. But we will WIN!”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told TMZ he doesn’t think Ocasio-Cortez “gives a damn” about due process “when it comes to Trump.”

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“I think what’s happening to the president is a mob has taken over,” he said. “A lynching is when a mob focuses on an individual or group of people who take the law into their own hands.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the language “unfortunate,” although footage has resurfaced showing some Democrats referred to former President Clinton’s impeachment as a “lynching” in 1998.

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