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NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers deny anti-Israel socialist group influenced end of team’s ‘Hometown Hero’ veterans program

The NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers issued a statement Thursday night, denying that the team’s “Hometown Hero” partnership with a supplier to the U.S. military ended because of “external pressure.”

The team’s statement, posted via Twitter, followed a recent report in Willamette Week, that said several organizations – including the Portland Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) – had opposed the basketball team’s relationship with rifle-scope manufacturer Leupold & Stevens, which supplies the devices to the U.S. military and the armed forces of other countries, including Israel, which the socialist group described as a “brutal occupying force.”

In its statement, the NBA team said the military contractor, not the basketball team, chose to end the partnership, in which local veterans were honored at the team’s home games.

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“Leupold’s sponsorship contract officially expired at the end of last season and Leupold & Stevens made the decision not to renew,” the Trail Blazers said in a statement. “Their decision was business-related and not influenced by external pressure as being misreported by certain media outlets.”

After the Blazers’ statement appeared, Portland’s democratic socialists posted a copy on Twitter, accompanied by a mocking GIF of the Marcia character from a “Brady Bunch” movie saying, “Sure, Jan.”

The socialists had also claimed victory when the Willamette Week story appeared.

“We are grateful for the hard work of the many community groups, activists, Blazers fans, and veterans who united around this important issue to stand up for Palestinian human rights,” Portland DSA co-chair Olivia Katbi Smith said in a statement, according to Willamette Week. “We are relieved that the Blazers have done the right thing and finally ended this completely unnecessary partnership with a company that has provided sniper scopes to a brutal occupying force.”

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The NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, in red, face the Denver Nuggets in a preseason game at Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (Associated Press)

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According to Willamette Week, a “Hometown Hero” segment at a Trail Blazers game last season saw a member of the Portland socialist group – who was a former Marine Corps security guard — suddenly unzip his jacket and reveal a shirt with the words, “End This Sponsorship #NoLeupold.”

Katbi Smith said the group also planned to protest the Trail Blazers’ Thursday night preseason game against a visiting team from Israel, Maccabi Haifa.

A Twitter post appeared later, showing DSA members holding a banner outside the game reading, “Don’t Play Apartheid.”

The NBA has been under fire recently for what some viewed as a poor response to the Chinese government after the general manager of the Houston Rockets spoke out in support of pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong.

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Critics of various political persuasions argued that the basketball league did not initially react strongly enough in support of free speech, possibly out of concern for potential risks to its business interests in communist China.

After the Rockets executive’s statement, Chinese officials canceled several events surrounding a visit to Shanghai this week by the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, but the teams’ scheduled game in Shangahi, on Thursday morning in the U.S., was played as scheduled.

The Lakers and Nets are scheduled to play a second game in China on Saturday morning, U.S. time, before returning to the U.S.

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Steve Kerr says he hasn’t been asked about US ‘human rights abuses’ when asked about China

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Steve Kerr, head coach of the Golden State Warriors, told reporters Thursday he has never been asked about “human rights abuses” that take place in the U.S. when he visits China.

“No. Nor has our record of human rights abuses come up either,” he said after a reporter asked if he had been questioned about Chinese human rights while in China. “People in China didn’t ask me about, you know, people owning AR-15s and mowing each other down in a mall.”

“The world is a complex place and there’s more gray than black and white,” he added.

Kerr, a frequent Trump critic, was called out by the president earlier this week when he said he didn’t have any thoughts on whether the Chinese were wrong to pressure the NBA to not voice support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

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“He was like a little boy, he was so scared…. He was shaking,” Trump said. “He didn’t know how to answer the question.”

The NBA has had a growing relationship with China, but voicing support for anti-Communist protesters in Hong Kong threatens to damage that relationship.

Houston Rockets manager Daryl Morey recently tweeted a since-deleted photo in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong.

Afterward, Chinese state television decided not to air two NBA exhibition games in the country.

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“It’s a really bizarre international story,” Kerr said about the controversy. “A lot of us don’t know what to make of it. It’s something I’m reading about like everybody is, but I’m not gonna comment further.”

Fox News’ Morgan Phillips contributed to this report. 

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Meadows reacts to the Trump rally protests in Minneapolis

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Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., reacted Thursday night the anti-Trump protesters who gathered outside of President Trump’s Minneapolis rally and threw items at police officers, saying they were trying to make sure they “intimidate future Trump rally supporters.”

“You know inside the arena just a few minutes ago was really lifting up and honoring the law enforcement and and giving them the respect that they’re doing,” Meadows said on “The Ingraham Angle” guest hosted by Jason Chaffetz. “And yet outside a few minutes later, you have just, it appears to be just hostility towards law enforcement and really an unruly crowd.”

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Meadows added, “Listen this is all about making sure that they can try to intimidate future Trump rally supporters and goers. And that’s just not going to happen.”

During the rally Trump welcomed Lt. Bob Kroll and other Minneapolis Police Department members on stage.

Scores of Trump supporters, as well as pro-impeachment demonstrators, lined up hours before the event at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis began. At least one protester was photographed pouring milk on his face to counter the effects of pepper spray, as chaos unfolded outside the arena — with pro-Trump hats being lit on fire, as some demonstrators harassed police and assaulted Trump supporters.

Meadows told Chaffetz that most Americans support law enforcement.

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“What we need to make sure of is we take that message of freedom and hope to all Americans from coast to coast from Maine to Florida and from New York to California and in between and then we show them the differential,” Meadows said. “The vast majority of America respects law enforcement appreciates the rule of law and do not endorse lawlessness.”

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Homeless man randomly picks up 6-year-old, slams him on concrete: report

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A homeless man with a history of mental illness randomly attacked a 6-year-old boy in front of his grandparent’s house in Queens on Thursday afternoon, seriously injuring the boy, police and sources said.

The child was sitting on the steps of his grandparent’s house on Metropolitan Avenue near 123rd Street in Kew Gardens at about 5 p.m. when the vagrant walked into their driveway, said Rabbi Naftali Portnoy, the boy’s grandfather.

The 35-year-old vagrant then grabbed the child, picked him up and threw him to the concrete, slamming his face on the ground, police said.

His brother rushed into the house and told his grandfather about the attack.

Portnoy called 911 and tailed the vagrant, who was shirtless, while he walked away from the scene down Metropolitan Avenue.

Cops arrived soon after and arrested the suspect, who sat down on the street and said, “I’m bipolar,” the grandfather explained.

The kid was rushed to Cohen Children’s Medical Center and treated for hemorrhaging to the brain and facial contusions, a source said.

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“Please keep the child in your prayers,” Portnoy said after the attack.

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Patriots stay unbeaten, beat Giants 35-14; Brady now No. 2 on NFL passing-yards list

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady had two touchdown runs and moved ahead of Peyton Manning for second place on the NFL‘s all-time passing yards list as the New England Patriots pulled away for a 35-14 victory over the New York Giants on Thursday night.

The reigning Super Bowl champion Patriots also returned a blocked punt for a touchdown and forced four turnovers, including a fumble return for a score, to move to 6-0 for the first time since time since 2015.

Brady finished 31 of 41 for 334 yards and an interception. Julian Edelman had his second straight 100-yard receiving game, catching nine passes for 113 yards. Giants rookie Daniel Jones had three interceptions on the night, finishing 15 of 31 for 161 yards.

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New England has now won 19 straight games against a first or second-year quarterback, the longest streak in NFL history.

Despite struggling to move the ball for most of the game, New York (2-4) had the ball trailing 21-14 with 8:43 left in the fourth quarter.

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, celebrates his touchdown with Gunner Olszewski after scoring on a quarterback sneak in the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (Associated Press)

Jones completed a pass to running back Jon HIlliman, who was hit in the backfield by Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins, forcing a fumble. Kyle Van Noy recovered, sprinted 22 yards and stretched the ball to the pylon for the touchdown .

It was part of an error-filled game by both offenses, who entered the night dealing with key injuries

The Giants were missing three of their top playmakers. Running back Saquon Barkley sat a third straight game because of a sprained right ankle, tight end and leading receiver Evan Engram was inactive with a knee injury and receiver Sterling Shepard was in the concussion protocol. Barkley’s backup Wayne Gallman also sat with a concussion.

The Patriots played without running back Rex Burkhead, who missed his second straight game with a foot injury. Receiver Phillip Dorsett was inactive, also with an injured foot.

As a result, both teams had issues executing and hanging onto the ball.

Jones was confused at times by the Patriots’ coverages, contributing to his turnovers. And Brady, in addition to his interception, had a fumble that was returned for a touchdown.

The Patriots moved swiftly on the opening drive, getting to the Giants 19. But Sony Michel was stopped for no gain on fourth-and-1.

New England took over in Giants territory for its third possession after Stephon Gilmore deflected a pass by Jones that was intercepted by John Simon. The Patriots gave the ball right back on the first play after the changeover when Janoris Jenkins picked off Brady’s pass intended for Edelman.

New England broke the stalemate late in the first quarter when Riley Dixon’s punt from the 6-yard line was blocked by Brandon Bolden and scooped up by Chase Winovich, who ran it in for the touchdown.

The Patriots then got the game’s first offensive score on their sixth touch of the night when Brandon Bolden capped a five-play, 20-yard drive with a 1-yard run.

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The Giants bounced back on their ensuing possession, with Jones connecting on a deep pass to Golden Tate, who sprinted for a 64-yard touchdown. It was the first passing TD given up by the Patriots this season.

The Patriots were just three plays into their next drive when Lorenzo Carter dragged down Brady for a 9-yard sack. Brady fumbled the ball, which was picked up by Markus Golden and returned 42 yards for a touchdown.

Patriots receiver Josh Gordon injured his left knee on the play while trying to tackle Golden. Gordon got caught under a tangle of players and got his left leg pinned underneath him. He needed assistance as he limped off the field.

But New England figured things out just before the half, getting a 1-yard run by Brady that capped an 11-play, 75-yard drive to put the Patriots ahead 21-14.

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Jonah Goldberg: China essentially a ‘Jim Crow country’

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Columnist Jonah Goldberg called China a “Jim Crow country” while criticizing the NBA and Apple for caving to Beijing over two separate situations involving the Hong Kong protests.

“They’ve been using the NBA and they’re using Apple basically as props in a propaganda campaign to warn other businesses and other governments stay out of this Hong Kong stuff,” Goldberg said on “The Story with Martha MacCallum” Thursday.

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The NBA is facing criticism after Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey sent out a tweet supporting the Hong Kong protesters, prompting China to admonish the NBA, cancel basketball games, events and broadcasts.  The commissioner, coaches and players were criticized for apologizing to China and some coaches who have been outspoken in the past on social justice issues were criticized for their silence.

After Apple received criticism from a state-run media company in China for reinstating the HKMap app in the App Store, the tech giant to pulled the app again.

The app was being used by demonstrators to crowdsource information such as street closures and where police are located, using emojis. The app developer has previously denied it is being used for illegal purposes.

Goldberg blasted China and ripped the NBA for supporting what he described as an “apartheid” country.

“If, the Han Chinese who are the dominant ethnic group in China, if they were blond and blue-eyed white people, and everybody else stayed, you know their hue everyone would instantly recognize that China is essentially a Jim Crow country or an apartheid country,” Goldberg said. “If you don’t come from the right group, if you don’t have the right language, you could worship the wrong religion [then] you can’t get certain jobs, you’re not allowed to travel internally… It is just state institutionalized bigotry.

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Goldberg added, “And when the NBA comes out saying we value free speech but we also stand for diversity and all these kinds of things. They don’t value diversity in China.”

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Oregon cow mutilations spark conspiracy theories: ‘A lot of people lean toward the aliens’

Authorities in Oregon are working to determine how five purebred bulls — valued at about $6,000 apiece — ended up dead, drained of their blood and with body parts almost surgically removed in late July on a  ranch.

An early theory was that the mutilations were likely done by some sick cult. But lack of evidence has given way to new theories.

“A lot of people lean toward the aliens,” Deputy Dan Jenkins of the Harney County Sheriff’s Office, told NPR. “One caller had told us to look for basically a depression under the carcass. ‘Cause he said that the alien ships will kinda beam the cow up and do whatever they are going to do with it. Then just drop it from a great height.”

“One caller had told us to look for basically a depression under the carcass. ‘Cause he said that the alien ships will kinda beam the cow up and do whatever they are going to do with it. “

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In this undated photo provided by Silvies Valley Ranch, a Hereford bull lies dead in Burns, Ore., one of five apparently healthy bulls that were found dead and with sex organs and tongues removed. (Silvies Valley Ranch via AP)

The case recalls mutilations of livestock across the U.S. West and Midwest in the 1970s that struck fear in rural areas. Thousands of cattle and other livestock on land ranging from Minnesota to New Mexico were found dead with their reproductive organs and sometimes part of their faces removed.

Two years ago, another rancher told NPR a cow was found mysteriously mutilated about 200 miles south of  Silvies Valley Ranch.

NPR reported that authorities have little evidence, but were ruling out the usual suspects: wolves,  cougars and bears. There were no bullet wounds, the report said. Silvies Valley Ranch has offered a $25,000 reward for information.

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None of the scenes showed signs of a struggle and officials found no footprints, Silvies Valley Ranch Vice President Colby Marshall told the Oregonian last month.

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Mystics top Sun for WNBA title, led by league MVP Elena Delle Donne

WASHINGTON — The Washington Mystics won their first WNBA championship, getting 22 points from Emma Meesseman and 21 from banged-up league MVP Elena Delle Donne to beat the Connecticut Sun 89-78 in Game 5 of the Finals on Thursday night.

It was a fitting conclusion to an entertaining series and WNBA season. This was the seventh series in league history that had gone to a deciding Game 5, and the home team has won five of them.

Delle Donne, who has been dealing with a herniated disk in her back, scored four points during a decisive 8-0 run that gave the Mystics an 80-72 lead with under three minutes left. But it was Meesseman, the soft-spoken Belgian who unveiled a new, aggressive “Playoff Emma” persona during the title run, who was named MVP of the Finals.

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Meesseman missed last season while playing with the Belgian national team.

“I don’t think I’m the missing piece. I’m their teammate (and did what) I need to do help my team win a championship. This is my family right here,” she said.

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Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne, right, drives against Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas during the first half of Game 5 of basketball’s WNBA Finals, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Washington. (Associated Press)

Delle Donne came to Washington three years ago in a trade from Chicago, hoping to get the Mystics their first title. She grew up about an hour from the city in Delaware and wanted to be closer to home. She’s been battling injuries and illnesses all season, breaking her nose early in the year. She still wears a mask to protect it. Delle Donne also wears a knee brace on her right knee after suffering a bone bruise in last year’s Finals.

The victory gave coach Mike Thibault his first WNBA championship. The league’s all-time winningest coach had reached the Finals three times in his career — twice with Connecticut — and last season with Washington, but fell short each time.

The game got off to a slow start with choppy play, but it picked up during a back-and-forth second half.

The Mystics trailed by nine midway through the third quarter before rallying within two at the end of the period. The teams traded the lead in the final period until Delle Donne hit a tough fadeaway midway through the quarter. After a Connecticut miss, Kristi Toliver — the only player on either team who had won a title before — drove down the lane and hit a beautiful finger-roll layup to give the Mystics a 76-72 lead.

Delle Donne added another basket, and Meesseman capped the run with a jumper.

“Emma went to work inside. Elena does what she does. You have to beat them by defending them. All the players stepped up in the fourth quarter when we needed it,” Thibault said.

Connecticut could only get within six points the rest of the way.

“They were just better down the stretch,” Sun coach Curt Miller said. “Defensively, it wasn’t anything more than they were really physical. They were the physical team down the stretch when they needed it.”

Delle Donne got the final rebound and hugged her teammates at center court as the final buzzer sounded.

Jonquel Jones had 25 points for the Sun and Alyssa Thomas added 21 points and 12 rebounds.

Delle Donne said the team was aware that the only thing missing from its coach’s resume was the championship and was thrilled to help give him his first.

“He’s created such a family atmosphere here that the least we could do is win a title for him,” she said.

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The two shared a long embrace at center court as confetti rained down after the game.

Meesseman got rolling when the Mystics desperately needed her, with Connecticut leading by nine. She scored 11 points in the third period on array of post moves and outside shots to get the Mystics within 64-62 heading into the final quarter.

Meesseman said her motivation was simple.

“”The trophy,” she said. “It’s a championship game. That’s all I need. I’m just playing basketball. Today I just shot my shot.”

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Astros eliminate Rays 6-1, will play Yankees for AL pennant

HOUSTON — Gerrit Cole pitched another playoff masterpiece and the Houston Astros jumped to a quick lead, turning back the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 Thursday night in Game 5 to set up a titanic showdown with the New York Yankees in the AL Championship Series.

After fellow aces Zack Greinke and Justin Verlander were unable to close out the scrappy Rays on the road, Cole made sure Houston moved on. Given a 4-0 cushion in the first inning, he dominated through the eighth in the decisive game of the AL Division Series, striking out 10 and allowing just two hits.

On deck, the heavyweight matchup so many fans wanted to see: Jose Altuve and the 107-win Astros against Aaron Judge and the 103-win Yankees. Game 1 is Saturday night in Houston — the Astros won four of seven meetings this season.

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Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) reacts after an out against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning of Game 5 of a baseball American League Division Series in Houston, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (Associated Press)

Michael Brantley and Altuve put the finishing touches on this victory, hitting back-to-back home runs in the eighth. The Astros advanced to their third straight ALCS, and are aiming for their second World Series crown in that span.

Houston beat the Yankees in a seven-game ALCS on the way to its first championship in 2017. The Astros also won the 2015 AL wild-card game at Yankee Stadium.

The Rays beat Oakland in the AL wild-card game, then took the last two against the Astros to extend their first playoff run since 2013.

But facing Cole, they were in trouble — especially after Altuve, Alex Bregman and the Astros scored four times in the first against Tyler Glasnow.

Cole followed his 15-strikeout gem in a Game 2 win with another overpowering effort. The right-hander, who grew up a Yankees fan and was originally drafted by them but didn’t sign, improved to 18-0 in his last 24 starts.

Cole topped the majors with 326 strikeouts this season, led the AL with a 2.50 ERA and posted 20 wins, one behind Verlander for most in the big leagues.

The 29-year-old struck out the first two batters in the eighth before Willy Adames grounded out to end Cole’s night. He beat his chest once before walking to the dugout to a huge ovation from the rowdy sellout crowd of 43,418 at Minute Maid Park.

After winning an MLB-best and franchise-record 107 games in the regular season, the Astros were determined not to suffer the same fate as the Dodgers, winners of 106 games, who were ousted from the playoffs by the wild-card Nationals on Wednesday night.

Houston had been outscored 14-4 in the last two games, but looked sharp at home, where it went 60-21 in the regular season.

A day after the Cardinals scored a postseason-record 10 runs in the first inning of a 13-1 win over the Braves, the Astros scored four runs fast. Now it wasn’t nearly as big as what St. Louis did, but after the Astros were shut down at Tropicana Field, it was just as huge for them.

The Astros will make their seventh appearance in an LCS and are the first team to reach the ALCS three seasons in a row since the Detroit Tigers did it from 2011-13.

Altuve’s shot gave him 11 postseason homers to pass Chase Utley for most all-time by a second baseman.

Cole extended his major league record by striking out at least 10 batters for the 11th straight game, a stretch where he’s fanned 135.

Cole pitched a 1-2-3 third but didn’t strike anyone out in the frame, ending a streak of 73 consecutive innings with at least one strikeout. The streak, which dated back to Aug. 1, was the longest such streak since 1961, besting the second-best stretch by 33 innings.

George Springer and Brantley hit back-to-back singles and Altuve’s single made it 1-0. Bregman’s double, which landed just in front of the bullpen in right-center, scored two more to push the lead to 3-0.

Yuli Gurriel’s groundball single to left field added another. Houston’s five hits and four runs set franchise playoff records for most hits and runs in the first inning.

Eric Sogard hit a solo homer in the Tampa Bay second in his first start in almost a month while dealing with a foot injury. But Tampa Bay managed only a single by Ji-Man Choi in the fourth and a walk by Travis d’Arnaud to start the seventh against Cole.

Roberto Osuna pitched a hitless ninth to finish off the win.

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Rays manager Kevin Cash had said he thought Glasnow could throw about 90 pitches in this one, but he’d seen enough of the big right-hander after 40 pitches and lifted him with two outs in the third for Blake Snell.

Snell, the 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner, got the next four outs in his second career relief appearance after getting the save in Game 4. The Rays wound up using nine pitchers.

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Greinke, who took the loss in Game 3, is likely to start for Houston in Game 1 of the ALCS.

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Buttigieg’s town hall interrupted by shouting protesters: ‘Trans lives matter!’

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Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg faced loud chants from protesters during the “LGBTQ town hall” on CNN Thursday night.

The South Bend mayor had just entered the stage when the protests began. The chants included, “we are dying” and “trans lives matter.” The protesters appeared to walk in front of the camera, holding a trans-rights flag, as an audience member attempted to ask the 2020 hopeful a question.

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper tried to calm the crowd, saying, “Be cool; it’s OK; it’s OK; hey, hey, hey, hey, guys, guys, yo, guys. Chill out, guys, relax. Relax.”

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Cooper followed by applauding the protesters, claiming “there is a long and proud tradition in history — in the gay and lesbian and transgender community — of protest, and we applaud them for their protest.”

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“And they are absolutely right to be angry and upset at the lack of attention, particularly in the media on the lives of transgendered…” Cooper added, before someone in the audience interrupted him.

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The event occurred on the same day that Buttigieg laid out a series of policies, pledging to “share solutions big enough to meet the challenges the LGBTQ+ community faces.”

“I know how it feels to peer, and then look, and then climb over these walls. As president, I will use my story, our energy, and the power of the presidency to tear down the walls that have excluded far too many LGBTQ+ people for far too long,” Buttigieg said.

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