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Tucker Carlson: A sincere message to Washington and our cable news colleagues – Please calm down

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What’s the point at which rhetoric forces action? When do words become incitement? At what point do political attacks become so reckless and unhinged that you can no longer heal the divide they create with politics and force people towards something darker?

Well, it’s hard to know exactly when that point is, but the left is getting very close to it. We could give you many examples of this. We will begin with this exchange from last Tuesday night on MSNBC. This is frequent guest, Malcolm Nance, accusing the president of the United States of sending secret messages to neo-Nazis:

Malcolm Nance, MSNBC commentator: “These people feel that they are the foot soldiers executors of what the disenfranchisement that the white race is feeling and Donald Trump is giving them subliminal orders in their head.”

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Subliminal orders. Whatever his faults, you can be certain that Donald Trump is not doing that. Trump is the least subliminal politician in American history. He has no subtext. That’s part of the problem, of course. If he is thinking it, he is saying it.

The claim is ludicrous. But at MSNBC, it wasn’t even the weirdest thing uttered on their air on Tuesday. That distinction goes to Frank Figliuzzi. He is a former FBI official-turned-talking head-conspiracy nut. He used numerology to explain the president’s “coded messages.” Watch this, and keep in mind, it is entirely real. We’ve not edited a single word.

Frank Figliuzzi, former FBI official: It’s the little things and language and messaging that matters. The president said that we will fly our flags at half-mast until August 8th — that’s 8-8. Now I’m not going to imply that he did this deliberately, but I am using it as an example of the ignorance of the adversary that’s being demonstrated by the White House. The numbers 8-8 are very significant in neo-Nazi and white supremacy movement. Why? Because the letter H is the eighth letter of the alphabet, and to them, the numbers 8 together stand for “Heil, Hitler.” 

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Got that? Eight is a racist number. That’s what they’re telling you on MSNBC. In other words, things are getting dangerously crazy on the left. How crazy? Well, on Monday, former Jeb Bush spokeswoman, Nicolle Wallace explained that President Trump is planning a genocide of Hispanic-Americans. Watch this.

Raul Reyes, NBC news contributor: “He ramped it up again to the invasion, the warning people of the caravan and words like “infestation.” What do you do with an infestation? With an infestation? The natural conclusion is to attempt extermination.”

Nicolle Wallace, MSNBC anchor: “President Obama used the power of the presidency to try to pass comprehensive immigration reform with the Latino community, Latino leaders at the table. You now have a president, as you said, talking about exterminating Latinos.”

“Exterminating Latinos.” Keep in mind that Donald Trump, as a factual matter, got a higher percentage of the Hispanic vote than Mitt Romney did.

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It turns out that not all Latinos believe in open borders; a lot of them don’t. Some of them agree with Donald Trump on immigration. And yet the left is now telling you — and demanding that you believe — that anyone who supports Donald Trump is a white supremacist and must be destroyed. Now they’re telling you that for political reasons — this is election season, obviously, and they want more political power.

But there are other reasons, too, that they’re saying this. Ever wonder why rich people seem the most hysterical on the subject? Ever notice that it’s the highest-paid people on television who are the most determined to convince you that white supremacy is America’s biggest problem? Why is that?

Simple. Every minute you’re angry about race is a minute you’re not thinking about class, which, of course, is the real divide in this country. Working-class people of all colors have a lot more in common — infinitely more in common — with each other than they do with some overpaid MSNBC anchor. And if you were allowed to think about that for long enough, you might start to get unauthorized ideas about economics, and that would be disruptive to a very lucrative status quo.

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So they whip you into a frenzy of racial fear so that it never enters your mind. It’s a diversion. Everyone else hates each other, they get to keep their money. Pretty tricky. Unfortunately, it’s also destroying the country. This is the path to civil war, obviously.

This country is not on the brink of genocide. It’s not even close to that. This is not a white supremacist country plotting the slaughter of its own people. It’s a kind country, full of decent people of all races, who, like all people everywhere, make bad decisions from time to time. But they mean well, and they generally try their best. 

So we want to take a second to pass on a sincere message to official Washington and particularly to our colleagues on the other cable news channels, and it’s this: Please, for the sake of the nation, calm down.

Yes, America has problems. Yes, racism is one of America’s problems. But so is a fading middle class. So is a terrifying drug epidemic that’s killed hundreds of thousands of Americans. So is the national debt that is growing by a trillion dollars a year.

These are huge problems, and people know that. People know their country is in decline, and it’s making them turn to new political leaders. Donald Trump was one of those new leaders. Elizabeth Warren and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are a couple of others. This is a time of frustration, and it’s a time of change. It’s a hard time for America.

But this country is not on the brink of genocide. It’s not even close to that. This is not a white supremacist country plotting the slaughter of its own people. It’s a kind country, full of decent people of all races, who, like all people everywhere, make bad decisions from time to time. But they mean well, and they generally try their best.

So going forward, give them the benefit of the doubt, even when you disagree with them — maybe, especially when you disagree with them. These are your fellow Americans. Cut them a break. They deserve it. And remember, the alternative is disaster.

Adapted from Tucker Carlson’s monologue from “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Aug. 7, 2019.

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Victor Davis Hanson: Will 2020 be a repeat of 2004 for Dems?

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Democrats by 2004 had become obsessed with defeating incumbent President George W. Bush.

Four years earlier, in the 2000 election, Bush had won the Electoral College but lost the popular vote. Democrats were still furious that Bush supposedly had been “selected” by the Supreme Court over the contested vote tally in Florida rather than “elected” by the majority of voters.

By late 2003, Bush’s popularity had dipped over the unpopular Iraq War, which a majority in both houses of Congress approved but had since disowned.

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Bush was attacked nonstop as a Nazi, fascist and war criminal. “Bush lied, people died” was the new left-wing mantra.

Talk of Bush’s impeachment was in the air. Democrats remembered that his father, George H.W. Bush, lost his re-election bid in 1992. They hoped the same fate awaited his son.

Neither presidential candidate Al Gore nor vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman from the defeated 2000 ticket wanted to run again in 2004. Sen. John Edwards was a charismatic newcomer candidate, but he was increasingly proving to be a smarmy empty suit.

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Oddly, none of the Democrats wished to identify with the last successful liberal president, two-term Bill Clinton, or his policies. In 2000, Gore also ran away from the president under whom he served as vice president — and lost.

Within that void, little-known Vermont Gov. Howard Dean announced early on that he was running. And for most of 2003, according to polls, Dean was the front-runner of the Democratic primary field.

Dean was running on an ever-harder-left agenda. His chief allure to primary voters was that he was the most venomous of the candidates in references to Bush, and he loudly claimed that he had always been against the Iraq War.

The rest of the Democratic field was full of even more radical fringe candidates, including Sen. Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois, Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, and the Rev. Al Sharpton of New York.

The so-called “centrists” — House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt of Missouri and Sen. Bob Graham of Florida — found no traction as the entire Democratic field went harder left.

As the first 2004 primaries loomed, Democratic donors, officeholders and blue-collar workers became concerned that Dean might be too far ahead to be stopped. They warned of a landslide loss similar to the one Democrats suffered in 1972, when the party had foolishly nominated the ultra-liberal Sen. George McGovern of South Dakota.

Few realist Democratic candidates for congressional seats wanted to run with Dean at the head of the ticket. By default, the worried Democratic establishment then rallied around late-entering Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts to stop Dean in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Kerry had been in the Senate for almost 20 years. He had done little as a senator and was a wooden and often sanctimonious insider. But he was considered a safe liberal option. Kerry certainly would not melt down or look and sound silly like the unpredictable loudmouth Dean.

The result was that the safe Kerry won the Democratic nomination, but the plodding candidate went on to lose to Bush in a close election.

Something similar is shaping up for the Democrats in 2020. The 20-candidate field is larger than it was in 2004 — and even weirder. Fifteen of the 20 are polling at under 5 percent.

Yet the left-wing favorites — Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind.; Sen. Kamala Harris of California; Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont; and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts — are all running on agendas that do not earn majority support among the general electorate.

Strangely, many of the top contenders are critical of once-revered former President Barack Obama and his policies. Obama is now seen as too tame compared with the neo-socialist candidates.

In the initial debates, most of the chief Democratic contenders seemed resolute that no other candidate on the stage would sound more left-wing.

The de facto Democratic agenda for 2020 is shaping up to be open borders, race and gender identity politics, and free health care for undocumented immigrants. Many of the Democratic contenders support “Medicare-for-all,” repartitions for slavery, the Green New Deal, a wealth tax and much higher taxes overall.

Candidates talk of fundamentally “transforming,” “recalibrating” and “restructuring” the United States into something far more socialistic.

And then there is 76-year-old Joe Biden, the longtime senator from Delaware and former vice president.

Biden, like Kerry, is an old political warhorse. For now, he poses as the Democratic establishment’s only safe bet.

Like Kerry, Biden has lots of flaws, is an erratic campaigner and is gaffe-prone. Yet Biden continues to poll as the front-runner, mostly because the majority of Democratic voters realize that none of the scary hard-left alternatives have any chance against the hated Donald Trump.

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Fifteen years ago, the Democrats backed off from the hard left and took the safe route in nominating a boring and sedate party man — and came close to winning against a controversial incumbent president.

This time around, Democrats may have no choice but to try the 2004 formula again, even if it ends with the same close but ultimately losing result.

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This Day in History: Aug. 8

On this day, Aug. 8 …

1974: President Richard Nixon, facing damaging new revelations in the Watergate scandal, announces he would resign the following day.

Also on this day:

1815: Napoleon Bonaparte sets sail for St. Helena to spend the remainder of his days in exile.
1876: Thomas A. Edison receives a patent for his mimeograph.
1968: The Republican National Convention in Miami Beach nominates Richard Nixon for president on the first ballot.

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FILE – This file combination of images shows the five victims slain the night of Aug. 9, 1969 at the Benedict Canyon Estate of Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate. From left, Wojciech Frykowski, Sharon Tate, Stephen Parent, Jay Sebring, and Abigail Folger. (AP Photo/File)

1969: Sharon Tate and four others are murdered by members of the Charles Manson “family.”
1973: Vice President Spiro T. Agnew brands reports he had taken kickbacks from government contracts in Maryland as “damned lies”, and vows not to resign. (He would resign anyway.)
1988: A Cubs-Phillies game is suspended in the fourth inning because of rain, ruining what was supposed to be the first-ever night game at Chicago’s Wrigley Field on 8-8-88. The next night’s Cubs-Mets game is thus considered the first night game at the storied ballpark. 
2003: The Boston Roman Catholic archdiocese offers $55 million to settle more than 500 lawsuits stemming from alleged sex abuse by priests. (The archdiocese would later settle for $85 million.)
2006: Roger Goodell is chosen as the NFL’s next commissioner.

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2008: Former U.S. senator and Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards of North Carolina admits to an affair with a presidential campaign staffer.
2017: President Trump threatens to unleash “fire and fury” against North Korea if it endangers the United States.

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Gun dealer who sold rifle to Gilroy shooter says he’s facing multiple lawsuits from victims

The Nevada weapons dealer who sold the gun used in the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting claims he’s facing “in theory, a minimum of 15 lawsuits” — or possibly even more — from the victims and their families.

A “customer and a friend” has started a GoFundMe campaign to help deal with the “frivolous lawsuits,” according to Michael Christopherson, owner of Big Mike’s Guns & Ammo.

Christopherson acknowledged that “some people will want to give to the [victims’] families instead of us” — saying, “We back you 100%.”

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Candles burn at a makeshift memorial for Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting victims outside the festival grounds, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Gilroy, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

“We hope we dont need the funds and would love to return it or donate it,” Christopherson wrote on the Big Mike’s G&A Facebook page.

“All funds will be used to pay for legal expenses,” his friend said on GoFundMe. “Help Support Big Mikes G&A In Nevada against Frivolous lawsuits and to Provide additional safety measures to keep his family safe form ongoing threats of harm due to another person’s actions and shooting of innocent people in Gilroy.”

Christopherson posted a FB status on Wednesday, saying he would likely be facing at least 15 lawsuits — and possibly as many as 50 — when all is said and done, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal.

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He came under fire last week after revealing that it was his shop that sold the AR-style rifle used in the Gilroy massacre in California, which left three people dead and over a dozen injured.

The weapon was purchased legally.

“I did not know this individual,” Christopherson wrote on FB after the July 28 shooting. “When I did see him, he was acting happy and showed no reasons for concern. I would never ever sell any firearm to anyone who acted wrong or looks associated with any bad group like white power.”

Christopherson did not respond to requests for comment when reached Wednesday. It’s unclear if any of the suits he referenced have actually been filed yet.

“Big Mike and his family did nothing wrong and followed all laws,” his GoFundMe page reads. “If you are a Second Amendment supporter, we ask for your help to protect one of our own and their safety. All unused funds will be donated to victim funds.”

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The campaign had raised $1,500 of its $10,000 goal as of 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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Rabbi Abraham Cooper: Trump is right to work with social media firms to reduce gun violence and online hate

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As we debate how to respond to the plague of gun violence so tragically illustrated by the weekend mass murders of 31 people in Ohio and Texas, President Trump has taken an important step by inviting social media company executives to a meeting Friday to discuss how hatred and violent extremism are fueled online.

The meeting Friday at the White House will be just the first step in what will certainly be a long and critically important effort, but it is a welcome start.

The president said Monday that he has asked the Justice Department to “work in partnership with local state and federal agencies, as well as social media companies, to develop tools that can detect mass shooters before they strike.”

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We all recognize that there is no one solution to sharply reduce gun violence in the U.S., of course. But without question, an important factor we have to deal with is social media and the role they play in mainstreaming hatred and encouraging violence among a small fraction of the 4.8 billion people around the world who are social media users.

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Among other needed steps, the American people should demand that our leaders dial back their rhetoric on immigration. We should work harder to keep weapons out of the wrong hands. And we should restart a national discourse on how to best treat mental illness without stigmatizing it.

None of these things will happen unless we demand our elected officials drop the posturing and get to work on a bipartisan basis, replacing confrontation with cooperation. Shooters don’t inquire about political party affiliation when they open fire on innocent men, women and children. Elected officials should reach across the aisle on this issue that is, quite literally, a matter of life and death.

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The Anti-Defamation League reports that in 2018 domestic extremists killed at least 50 people in the U.S. – more than the 37 extremist-related murders documented in 2017, though still lower than the totals for 2015 (70) and 2016 (72).

The 50 deaths from domestic terrorism make 2018 the fourth-deadliest year since 1970. And last year marked the fifth consecutive increase in hate crimes involving minorities, with Jews in the lead among religious targets.

Woe to us if the young and the angry are convinced they can find meaning only through hate and violence.

Space doesn’t permit a full discussion here of all the many things that need to be done to address gun violence, so I’ll focus on the pivotal role of social media.

The Wall Street Journal featured an article this week in which experts referenced a “loneliness epidemic” among teens, which leaves them increasingly vulnerable to toxic influencers with a gift for speaking their language.

To reach these vulnerable young people we have to turn to social media to counter the influence of hate groups and individuals that play an important role in recruiting would-be lone-wolf domestic terrorists.

An important early step will be for Congress and the president to enact legislation that makes domestic terrorism a federal crime. This would provide the FBI with increased leeway to monitor social media so agents can identify and track dangerous individuals before they act. Only the FBI can bring to bear the tools and expertise needed for this huge effort.

But it’s just not the feds. Silicon Valley must do more, and this is why it is so encouraging that President Trump has reached out to tech companies to begin a dialogue Friday.

For more than two decades, the Simon Wiesenthal Center – where I am associate dean and director of global social action – has tracked how hate merchants use the Internet to recruit vulnerable young people. We’ve seen how the most prolific messengers are not just the usual suspect hate groups, but often loosely tied consortiums hiding behind screen names.

We’ve pressured Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to make a dent in the online marketing of extremist hate and terrorism.

But even as the social media companies have taken proactive measures, bigots have migrated to platforms that allowed them to open 24/7 online hate communities. The most recent mass killers found their voices on 8chan.

Democracies have to begin to deconstruct vicious online breeding grounds of hate and terror. And parents must also intervene to keep the online merchants of hate from preying on our kids’ vulnerabilities.

Woe to us if the young and the angry are convinced they can find meaning only through hate and violence. 

Social media – despite the name – too often have the opposite effect of bringing people closer. Rewarding human interaction has suffered. When kids are in their bedrooms “virtually engaging” with others, they are in reality still alone.

As challenging as it may be, it is imperative that we engage with our children so they know they are valued and loved as human beings – and that they have something other than a clever meme to offer society.

We all have a role to play in modeling behavior so our kids will emulate us by seeking out experiences that create the positive feedback loop they crave. As hard as it may be to get through to teens, we must work even harder at giving them opportunities to become active members of a goodwill community.

Old-fashioned “good deeds” may be the best inoculation against the seeds of hatred and alienation that have resulted in tragedies in El Paso, Dayton, Poway, Pittsburgh and Charleston.

These days, it seems that every mass shooting triggers a pseudo-cathartic exercise of hurling as much vitriol as we can muster against the other side – namely people whose views on issues like gun control differ from our own.

Inevitably, the vitriol begets more vitriol and our civil discourse becomes even more toxic, until the next tragic episode. Americans are in uncharted water, but we shouldn’t be searching for a “morning-after-a-hate-crime-or-terror-attack” pill to ease our pain after each outrage.

The only historical analogy we can point to where discourse led to bloodshed is the Civil War. But the Civil War was fought on far less morally ambiguous grounds. There was a clear “right” and “wrong.” Slavery was immoral and a stain on our national conscience that needed to end, whatever the cost, as President Abraham Lincoln insisted.

But in 2019, we must wage a different battle with an atomized legion of lone-wolf wannabees inspired to deadly attacks by white supremacists via social media. The war isn’t to end a repugnant institution like slavery by defeating a visible enemy, but rather for the hearts and minds of new generations against an enemy that is everywhere and nowhere at the same time.

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We need to find some answers quickly.

In this war, our points of reference should always be how we can ensure that our children and grandchildren are safe and that all Americans get the respect they deserve – with the right to be heard.

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Israeli army says body of soldier found with stab wounds in West Bank

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The body of an Israeli soldier was found with stab wounds near a West Bank settlement south of Jerusalem early on Thursday, the military said. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the killing as a terrorist attack and pledged to bring the perpetrator to justice.

According to an army statement, Israeli troops and police officers were searching the area near the Etzion settlement bloc where the body was found in the “early morning hours.” Israeli troops entered the nearby Palestinian village of Beit Fajar as part of the search.

Army spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said that the soldier was a student in a pre-military Jewish seminary program and was neither armed nor in uniform. He said the military was investigating the circumstances of his death.

The soldier was later identified as 19-year-old Dvir Sorek, from the West Bank settlement of Ofra. His remains were found near the military seminary where he studied in the West Bank.

Rabbi Shlomo Wilk, head of the yeshiva where Sorek studied, told Israel Radio that the student had gone to Jerusalem to buy presents for the school’s faculty. Wilk said Sorek had called a friend and said he would return on time.

“When he was late, we started to worry,” Wilk said. “Fairly quickly we understood that something wasn’t right and we got the police involved.”

Netanyahu issued a statement saying that security forces were “in pursuit now in order to capture the despicable terrorist and bring him to account.”

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin offered his condolences and said the security forces were “pursuing the murderers and will not rest until we find them.”

“Our prayers this morning are with the family of the murdered soldier and our hearts grieve for the life cut short,” Rivlin said. “We fight terrorism without compromise to ensure the security of our people.”

Israel captured the West Bank, along with east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, in the 1967 Mideast war. The Palestinians claim the territories as part of a future state.

Most of the international community considers Israel’s West Bank settlements illegal and an obstacle to creating a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel considers the territories “disputed,” and says the fate of the settlements should be determined through negotiations, which have been moribund for years.

Yair Golan, a former army general and a Democratic Union party candidate in the elections next month, said in an interview with Israel’s Kan television that the settlements near where Sorek was found “needed to be encircled ages ago with a security fence that would help to separate between the Jewish population and the Palestinian population.”

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He added that a diplomatic solution to the conflict was necessary.

Israel is holding an unprecedented repeat election on September 17 after Netanyahu failed to form a government following April’s vote.

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MSNBC guest, ex-Clinton aide: Trump’s visit to El Paso is like ‘walking into a crime scene with blood on his hands’

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An MSNBC guest blasted President Trump‘s visit to El Paso, Texas, on Wednesday, and said it was like he was “walking into a crime scene with blood on his hands.”

Paola Ramos, a former 2016 campaign staffer for Hillary Clinton, argued that critics of Trump’s trip to El Paso see “someone that is walking into his own crime scene.”

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“I believe that he is someone that is walking into this crime scene with blood on his hands,” Ramos explained. “I say that because he has literally transformed El Paso, one of the most beautiful cities in this country, one of the most safest cities in this country, into a battlefield.”

“Every time he used the word invasion, he has implicitly entitled his base to attack us. So that is why what we’re seeing on the screen is not normal, because a lot of people see someone that is literally walking into their own mess, their own crime, their own slaughterhouse that he has created.”

Ramos then accused the president of “lying” after he expressed concerns about the rise of white supremacy as well as “any group of hate” to reporters. She also referred to the major raid conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at a food processing plant in Mississippi, where 680 illegal immigrants were arrested.

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“The largest ICE raid in the last ten years is taking place right now, just took place in Mississippi,” she told MSNBC host Ari Melber. “So he can show up, he can denounce hate, he can denounce white supremacists, he also, as he’s doing all of his, just enacted one of the larget raids that we have seen in this country. So he’s, in my eyes and many victims’ eyes, a traitor.”

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Rabid bat bites tourist in Oregon

A rabid bat attacked a tourist in Oregon on Saturday, which prompted public health officials in the state to warn residents of the encounter southeast of Salem.

Oregon State University confirmed the silver-haired bat had rabies after the victim captured it near Breitenbush. The unincorporated area encompasses the Willamette National Forest and includes hot springs.

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“Our recommendation is they should not touch or handle bats. Particularly if they’re out during daylight hours or on the ground, they’re probably sick,” an official with the Marion County Health Department, said.

The tourist was able to capture the bat. Officials recommend attempting to capture bats for testing if bitten.

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The bat was the fourth to test positive for rabies in the state this year.

Rabies symptoms include irritability, aggressiveness, confusion, weakness and nausea.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Rabid bat bites tourist in Oregon

A rabid bat attacked a tourist in Oregon on Saturday, which prompted public health officials in the state to warn residents of the encounter southeast of Salem.

Oregon State University confirmed the silver-haired bat had rabies after the victim captured it near Breitenbush. The unincorporated area encompasses the Willamette National Forest and includes hot springs.

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“Our recommendation is they should not touch or handle bats. Particularly if they’re out during daylight hours or on the ground, they’re probably sick,” an official with the Marion County Health Department, said.

The tourist was able to capture the bat. Officials recommend attempting to capture bats for testing if bitten.

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The bat was the fourth to test positive for rabies in the state this year.

Rabies symptoms include irritability, aggressiveness, confusion, weakness and nausea.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Miami Dolphins owner fires back after anti-Trump activists plan Equinox, SoulCycle boycotts

Stephen Ross, owner of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, fired back Wednesday at critics of President Trump, defending his plans to host a fundraiser for Trump on Friday at his Hamptons home on New York’s Long Island.

Trump himself is expected to attend the event, at which donors can have their photo taken with the president for $100,000 or attend a private roundtable discussion with him for $250,000, according to the Washington Post.

After news of the fundraiser emerged, anti-Trump activists called for boycotts against Equinox and SoulCycle, two fitness brands in which Ross, 79, a longtime GOP donor, is an investor. The boycott efforts received numerous endorsements from celebrities, including comedian Billy Eichner and model Chrissy Teigen.

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Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross speaks to reporters March 11, 2015 in Davie, Fla. (Getty Images)

In one Twitter message, Eichner – a voice actor in “The Lion King” movie and a former host of the comedy show “Billy on the Street” — suggested Ross was “enabling racism and mass murder” by supporting Trump.

At least one Dolphins player, receiver Kenny Stills, has commented publicly against Ross hosting the fundraiser. But in a statement Wednesday, Ross defended his right to do so.

“I have always been an active participant in the democratic process,” Ross said in a statement, according to Bloomberg. “I have known Donald Trump for 40 years, and while we agree on some issues, we strongly disagree on many others and I have never been bashful about expressing my opinions.”

“I have always been an active participant in the democratic process. I have known Donald Trump for 40 years, and while we agree on some issues, we strongly disagree on many others and I have never been bashful about expressing my opinions.”

— Stephen Ross

Ross added that he wanted to help support Trump’s reelection campaign because he likes to “engage directly and support the things I deeply care about.”

The critics argued that Ross’s decision to back Trump was in conflict with many of the causes he claims to support, such as racial equality and LGBTQ rights. They pointed out that the Equinox brand has advertised itself as being LGBTQ-friendly.

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“Hey @Equinox – what’s your policy for canceling memberships once a member finds out your owner is enabling racism and mass murder?” Eichner, who is openly gay, wrote on Twitter.

He added in a separate message: “Never thought I’d have to ask this but … Do Nazis own Crunch?”

Stills said Ross’s support for Trump was in conflict with the mission of the Ross Initiative for Sports Equality, the billionaire’s effort to fight racial discrimination through athletics.

“You can’t have a non profit with this mission statement then open your doors to Trump,” Stills wrote on Twitter.

Stills is a political ally of former NFL player Colin Kaepernick., the Washington Post noted.

Teigen posted a series of messages criticizing Equinox and SoulCycle.

“Everyone who cancels their equinox and soul cycle memberships, meet me at the library,” she wrote in one message. “Bring weights.”

In another, she wrote: “Oh and f— soulcycle but I thought that way before this anyway.”

Even former CBS anchorman Dan Rather commented on the controversy.

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“So Stephen Ross, the owner of SoulCycle, the Miami Dolphins and Equinox Fitness is hosting a big fundraiser for Trump,” Rather wrote. Many of his customers aren’t happy. People can’t vote out the president at the ballot box until next November. Will they vote with their pocketbooks sooner?”

SoulCycle Chief Executive Melanie Whelan, meanwhile, tried to downplay Ross’s involvement with the company, Bloomberg reported.

“We believe in diversity, inclusion and equality,” Whelan wrote on Twitter. “Mr. Ross is a passive investor and is not involved in the management of SoulCycle.”

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