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University of Illinois student no longer enrolled after allegedly leaving noose in elevator: school official

A University of Illinois student charged with a hate crime for allegedly leaving a noose inside a campus elevator this week is no longer enrolled at the school, a university spokesman said Wednesday.

Andrew Smith, a 19-year-old sophomore, was arrested Monday in a dorm at the Urbana-Champaign campus, university police said in a statement.

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Smith enrolled at the university in the fall of 2018 to study math, but on Wednesday university spokeswoman Robin Kaler told the News-Gazzette in Champaign that he “is not enrolled at the university at this time.”

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Defense attorney Audrey Thompson on Tuesday declined to comment on the charges. She described her client during the arraignment as a sophomore with enough credits to graduate this year and a GPA of 3.79. (Champaign County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Kaler told the paper she couldn’t speak about whether Smith had been expelled, but said that an investigation must be conducted when the student code of conduct is violated.

Allen Hall residence staff told police they found the noose hanging at around 1 a.m. The find went viral on social media and a woman who said she was with Smith when he tied the noose came forward, according to Kaler.

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Smith told university police that he “only spent about 30 seconds thinking about his actions” and that even after checking social media, didn’t think his actions were serious enough to turn himself in, said Champaign County Assistant State’s Attorney Kristin Alferink during the arraignment Tuesday.

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Smith was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and a felony hate crime, police said. The charges are preliminary and may change during court proceedings.

Smith pleaded not guilty and was released on $5,000 bond, the Chicago Tribune reported, citing court records. His next court appearance is expected on Oct. 22.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Jennifer Lopez explains why wedding plans with A-Rod are on hold for a while

Jennifer Lopez revealed that she and fiance Alex Rodriguez are putting their wedding plans on the back burner for now.

The 50-year-old actress got engaged to the former MLB star in March and they’ve been even more inseparable ever since. However, when it comes to planning the big day, JLo explained the power couple is too busy to make any real headway.

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“I have a movie I’m shooting in October [‘Marry Me’ with Owen Wilson and Sarah Silverman] and the movie has an album that goes with it, so I’m just a little bit busy right now, and until October, he has the World Series in baseball. We’re going to have to pick a day, pick a time and block it out, but we’re definitely talking about it,” she explained to the Evening Standard Magazine.

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Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards on June 3, 2019 in New York City.  (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)

The “Hustlers” actress made it clear that, although they’re moving at a slow pace when it comes to wedding planning, marriage is something that’s very important to her and A-Rod.

“Everyone wants somebody to grow old with. At the end of the day, how much work can you do, how much money can you make, and what does it all matter? It doesn’t, really,” she concluded.

The couple announced their engagement in March after a trip to the Bahamas.

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“She said yes,” Rodriguez captioned a photo of JLo’s hand with the massive rock at the time.

One month prior to the proposal announcement, the couple celebrated their two-year anniversary. The former Seattle Mariner, Texas Ranger and New York Yankee shared a heartfelt message to his now-fiancee.

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“Only 730 days, which have flown by, but it feels like we have been together forever. We are meant to be, and how much you mean to me cannot be put into words,” he wrote at the time.

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Michigan State fined $4.5M for failing to respond to Larry Nassar sexual assault complaints

The U.S. Education Department is fining Michigan State University a record $4.5 million and demanding sweeping changes after determining that it failed to respond to sexual assault complaints against Larry Nassar, a former sports doctor at the school who also worked at USA Gymnastics.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced the penalty Thursday after the school settled with the department to resolve two investigations. DeVos said that Nassar’s actions were “disgusting and unimaginable” but that so too was the university’s response.

“Too many people in power knew about the behaviors and the complaints and yet the predators continued on the payroll and abused even more students,” DeVos said in a call with reporters. “This must not happen again there or anywhere else.”

The fine is the largest levied under the Clery Act, a federal law that requires colleges to collect data on campus crime and notify students of threats. The previous largest fine, $2.4 million, was imposed in 2016 against Pennsylvania State University over its handling of sexual misconduct involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

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Nassar has been sentenced to decades in prison for sexually assaulting athletes, mostly female gymnasts, at Michigan State and a Lansing-area gymnastics club. Former Olympians said he also molested them in Texas and overseas while he worked for USA Gymnastics. (Getty)

The department’s investigation concluded that Michigan State violated several key parts of the Clery Act along with Title IX, a federal law forbidding discrimination based on gender in education.

Michigan State did not immediately provide comment.

A department investigation found that Michigan State violated the Clery Act by failing to disclose crime statistics, failing to issue campus warnings about security threats and failing to establish a system to collect crime statistics. As a remedy, the school says it will hire a “Clery compliance officer” and create measures to protect athletes and children who participate in youth programs on campus.

A separate Title IX investigation found that Michigan State failed to respond to reports of sexual misconduct against Nassar and his supervisor William Strampel, failed to take interim measures to protect students while complaints against both men were pending, and failed to take steps to end any harassment and prevent it from recurring.

51 VICTIMS OF LARRY’S NASSAR’S SEXUAL ASSAULT SUE USOC OVER ABUSE CLAIMS

As part of its settlement agreement with the department, Michigan State says it will make “substantial” changes to its Title IX procedures and will provide a process to help victims of Nassar, including offering counseling services, grade changes, tuition reimbursement or the opportunity to retake classes at no cost.

The school is also being ordered to “consider appropriate sanctions” against current and former employees who failed to take action after being notified of sexual misconduct by Nassar and Strampel.

Kenneth Marcus, the department’s assistant secretary for civil rights, said the agreement represents an “extensive and robust” resolution. Unlike most Title IX investigations, which are usually triggered by complaints submitted to the department, Marcus’ office launched an investigation into Michigan State in 2018 based on the severity of the allegations, he said.

“This message should be heard loudly and clearly by all universities so that the tragedy at Michigan State University is not repeated elsewhere,” Marcus said.

Nassar has been sentenced to decades in prison for sexually assaulting athletes, mostly female gymnasts, at Michigan State and a Lansing-area gymnastics club. Former Olympians said he also molested them in Texas and overseas while he worked for USA Gymnastics.

MSU last year agreed to a $500 million deal with Nassar’s accusers. Most of the money, $425 million, was for 333 people, mostly women and girls, who had already sued. MSU so far has settled with 72 people in the second wave of litigation, but dozens remain.

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Strampel last month was sentenced to a year in jail for neglect of duty and misconduct in office. He was accused of failing to monitor Nassar and using his job as a medical school dean to sexually harass students.

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Michigan State fined $4.5M for failing to respond to Larry Nassar sexual assault complaints

The U.S. Education Department is fining Michigan State University a record $4.5 million and demanding sweeping changes after determining that it failed to respond to sexual assault complaints against Larry Nassar, a former sports doctor at the school who also worked at USA Gymnastics.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced the penalty Thursday after the school settled with the department to resolve two investigations. DeVos said that Nassar’s actions were “disgusting and unimaginable” but that so too was the university’s response.

“Too many people in power knew about the behaviors and the complaints and yet the predators continued on the payroll and abused even more students,” DeVos said in a call with reporters. “This must not happen again there or anywhere else.”

The fine is the largest levied under the Clery Act, a federal law that requires colleges to collect data on campus crime and notify students of threats. The previous largest fine, $2.4 million, was imposed in 2016 against Pennsylvania State University over its handling of sexual misconduct involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

SURVIVORS OF LARRY NASSAR’S SEXUAL ABUSE SPEAK OUT IN NEW DOC ON GYMNASTICS SCANDAL

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Nassar has been sentenced to decades in prison for sexually assaulting athletes, mostly female gymnasts, at Michigan State and a Lansing-area gymnastics club. Former Olympians said he also molested them in Texas and overseas while he worked for USA Gymnastics. (Getty)

The department’s investigation concluded that Michigan State violated several key parts of the Clery Act along with Title IX, a federal law forbidding discrimination based on gender in education.

Michigan State did not immediately provide comment.

A department investigation found that Michigan State violated the Clery Act by failing to disclose crime statistics, failing to issue campus warnings about security threats and failing to establish a system to collect crime statistics. As a remedy, the school says it will hire a “Clery compliance officer” and create measures to protect athletes and children who participate in youth programs on campus.

A separate Title IX investigation found that Michigan State failed to respond to reports of sexual misconduct against Nassar and his supervisor William Strampel, failed to take interim measures to protect students while complaints against both men were pending, and failed to take steps to end any harassment and prevent it from recurring.

51 VICTIMS OF LARRY’S NASSAR’S SEXUAL ASSAULT SUE USOC OVER ABUSE CLAIMS

As part of its settlement agreement with the department, Michigan State says it will make “substantial” changes to its Title IX procedures and will provide a process to help victims of Nassar, including offering counseling services, grade changes, tuition reimbursement or the opportunity to retake classes at no cost.

The school is also being ordered to “consider appropriate sanctions” against current and former employees who failed to take action after being notified of sexual misconduct by Nassar and Strampel.

Kenneth Marcus, the department’s assistant secretary for civil rights, said the agreement represents an “extensive and robust” resolution. Unlike most Title IX investigations, which are usually triggered by complaints submitted to the department, Marcus’ office launched an investigation into Michigan State in 2018 based on the severity of the allegations, he said.

“This message should be heard loudly and clearly by all universities so that the tragedy at Michigan State University is not repeated elsewhere,” Marcus said.

Nassar has been sentenced to decades in prison for sexually assaulting athletes, mostly female gymnasts, at Michigan State and a Lansing-area gymnastics club. Former Olympians said he also molested them in Texas and overseas while he worked for USA Gymnastics.

MSU last year agreed to a $500 million deal with Nassar’s accusers. Most of the money, $425 million, was for 333 people, mostly women and girls, who had already sued. MSU so far has settled with 72 people in the second wave of litigation, but dozens remain.

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Strampel last month was sentenced to a year in jail for neglect of duty and misconduct in office. He was accused of failing to monitor Nassar and using his job as a medical school dean to sexually harass students.

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Napolitano ‘surprised’ by remarks from Kavanaugh accuser’s lawyer, says matter could warrant investigation

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Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano called Dr. Christine Blasey Ford a “credible witness,” following the release of a video showing her lawyer claiming Ford had political motivations with her accusations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Napolitano was asked on “America’s Newsroom” Thursday to weigh in on comments from Ford’s lawyer, Debra Katz, saying Ford may have come forward with her accusations to undermine Kavanaugh’s future rulings on abortion.

“This statement that is attributed to her lawyer… appears to be a violation of the attorney/client privilege,” he said. “Why would she be saying this now and do we care what the motivation was for [Ford’s] allegations… She was a credible witness. He was a very credible witness. Neither of them changed anybody’s mind apparently, and he was confirmed.

“So did she make these allegations up because they really happened… or did she make these allegations [up] because she wanted to undermine his credibility in some future vote.”

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Katz claimed Ford was motivated by Kavanaugh’s beliefs on abortion and was concerned about him diminishing the precedent of Roe v. Wade.

“He will always have an asterisk next to his name,” she said while speaking at the University of Baltimore’s 11th Feminist Legal Theory Conference in April.

“When he takes a scalpel to Roe v. Wade, we will know who he is — we know his character and we know what motivates him. And that is important. It is important that we know, and that was part of what motivated Christine,” Katz continued.

Napolitano said he was “surprised” by Katz’s remarks and claimed the Department of Justice might end up investigating the situation.

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“This is a very prominent and well-respected lawyer with very defined political views. I’m quite surprised that she would talk about the motivations of her client,” he said.

“That information cannot be used against the client… What’s the worst-case scenario here — did she make this whole story up? That would be perjury and probably conspiracy,” Napolitano added. “Others might have been involved. Does the Justice Department want to investigate this? Or is this just a lawyer saying ‘you know, we lost this, he is on the court. We don’t like him.'”

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New Jersey woman accused of stealing $2G ring, swapping it for a $28G one at Costco

This attempt at a switcheroo didn’t fool the police.

A New Jersey woman was charged with theft this week after allegedly stealing a $2,000 diamond ring from one Costco store and then swapping it for a $28,000 sparkler at another.

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Izaebela Kolano, left, and the $28,000 ring from Costco she is alleged to have stolen. (Clifton Police Department)

Police told Fox 5 NY that Izaebela Kolano walked into a Costco in Clifton on Sunday and asked to view the expensive jewelry. She then handed back what the employee believed was the ring she was allowed to look at and left the store, they added.

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Store managers then determined that the ring Kolano gave back was a $2,000 one swiped from a Costco in Wayne earlier in the day, Fox 5 NY reported.

Clifton police tracked Kolano down at her home in Nutley and found the $28,000 ring buried under a dirt fence along the Passaic River.

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Citizens come together to build custom homes for disabled vets: ‘It’s our way of serving our country’

In an exclusive Fox Nation series, the founder of Building Homes For Heroes sat down with host Lauren Simonetti to discuss why he began the organization and the overwhelming response he received from citizens across the U.S. in their willingness to help those wounded while serving our country.

CEO and founder Andy Pujol explained that it was the September 11th terrorist attacks that fueled his commitment to the cause. After watching on television as the Twin Towers fell, Pujol immediately loaded up his car with socks, T-shirts, and bandages, totaling over a thousand dollars worth of supplies. “I don’t know why but I knew that was my calling on that day,” he said. Through the smoke and debris, he drove as close to the scene as he could get and explained to responding officers that he was there to help. The officers declined his assistance at first, he explained, but Pujol credits his “defiance” for convincing them to lend him gear and allow him onto the scene.

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“I remember sitting on the rubble looking around at these amazing heroes,” said Pujol.  “There’s a saying from the prophecy of Isaiah:  ‘they shall mount up with wings of an eagle and they shall run, and they shall not grow weary.’ That’s what I thought of those first responders and I knew there and then that I was going to serve my country. There was no doubt in my mind,” he said.

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Pujol joined forces with his neighbor who had a background in construction, and they set out to achieve what seemed like an overly ambitious goal: to build one home for a severely wounded veteran. Pujol raised the necessary funds, and together with a small team, the home was completed after a year in mid-2007.

“I’m going to be honest, we had no idea what the hell we were doing, it was grassroots…we were scrambling,” he said, explaining the many unknown issues that arose throughout the building process.

As time went on, Pujol and his team became experts and their passion soon turned one home into many more, changing the lives of one deserving veteran after another. The most moving part of the whole process said Pujol, is the “homecoming ceremony” that each veteran receives upon their arrival at their new home, which includes military members, police escorts, and an outpouring of community support.

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A home built by Building Homes for Heroes for U.S. Army Sgt Joel Tavera who sustained major head injuries and lost sight in both eyes after an accident during combat.

“The opportunity to give back to those who have given so much to this country is amazing and each and every ceremony never gets old. Every family is different, the children, the parents, seeing their smiles,” said Chad Gottlieb, the head contractor of the organization.

Despite the many challenges that arose throughout the process — such as a halt in donations due to the recession and a cancer diagnosis from the toxic exposure of the 9/11 site, Pujol was determined to turn Building Homes for Heroes into a large scale organization.

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“If the veterans got through this…” Pujol explained, so would he. 15 years after it’s launch, Building Homes for Heroes has built over 170 homes, changing the lives of disabled veterans across the country, with the goal of building 300 homes by 2022. Their small team, many of whom do not take a salary, said they are “overwhelmed every day” and excited about extending the organization to offer more services, such as psychiatric care and financial planning assistance.

“Those heroes are our veterans, those heroes are those that served at 9/11. They went and served their country. They put on those wings, and they ran straight into it and they never grew weary,” said Pujol. “I’m determined to keep going and press on to reach our 200th home, our 500th home…it gives all of us the ability to have that opportunity to serve our country.”

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Former college basketball standout Marshall Plumlee joins US Army Rangers

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Marshall Plumlee was among the standouts who came out of Duke University, but upon his entrance into the NBA, he did not find much success playing for two different teams in two seasons.

But success for Plumlee, it appears, has come from outside the basketball court.

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Plumlee became a U.S. Army Ranger last week after graduating from camp. Plumlee’s brother, Miles, congratulated him in an Instagram post, saying “Saying I’m proud isn’t enough… you’re selfless and uncompromising. I love you and it’s a joy to see you happy living your life the way you envision it. So grateful I get to be your big brother.”

Plumlee also posted a picture on Instagram revealing he gave his Ranger Tab to his mother.

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“No one more deserving of pinning my Ranger Tab,” he wrote. “Going from the NBA to the active duty Army and now Ranger School I have to thank my biggest supporter in the transition, my mom. I love you!”

Plumlee, who was in the ROTC during his time at Duke, played four seasons with the Blue Devils. He started all 36 games he played in his senior season.

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He played for the New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks from 2016 to 2018 in the NBA. He has two brothers, Mason and Miles, who both currently play in the NBA.

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Rob Gronkowski reveals when he started to think about retiring from NFL

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Rob Gronkowski retired from the NFL after winning another Super Bowl title with the New England Patriots and has recently spoken candidly about the devastating effects football had on his body.

Gronkowski appeared in an episode of HBO’s “The Shop: Uninterrupted” this week and revealed when he really started to think about retiring.

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“It was about like two years ago there was a game changer in my life. I was trying to go out to the practices in the summer and I was getting smoked by every rookie. I felt in order to do something bigger in life, in order to get to a higher stage, I felt like I had to get away from the game and focus on my health,” he said.

“I lived the typical party life. I was eating f—— s–- every second. I was just trying to put on weight, I was living that life. At the same time, I was going out and playing f—— football and running people over, getting the f–- ran over.”

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Gronkowski has been very open about the injuries he suffered while playing in the NFL for 9 seasons.

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Last week, he told NBC News he had a “centimeter of liquid” in his head at points during his career.

“No lie, I felt my head, I used to have liquid,” the former tight end said. “It used to be thick, like, my head used to be thicker—a centimeter of liquid in some spots. And you’d be like, what the heck? You could put indents in my head.”

While Gronkowski left the door open for a potential return to the football field, he noted that he suffered a severe quad injury against the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl.

“I got done with the game, I could barely walk,” he said. “Now I can barely walk. I’m at the after-party, I sit down and I’m just chilling all day, like the rest of the night until 3 a.m. I try to go to bed, I slept for 5 minutes that night. I couldn’t even think. I was in tears, in my bed, after a Super Bowl victory.”

Gronkowski said he couldn’t sleep for more than 20 minutes. He said two weeks after the Super Bowl, he had to get 200 milliliters of blood drained from his leg. Then a week after that another 500 milliliters and then another 300 milters one more week later, for a total of 1 liter.

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Gronkowski retired in March and, while the speculation has been that he would return to the Patriots at some time, the devastating effects of playing football appear to be weighing heavily on the future Hall of Famer.

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Meghan McCain sides with Trump over ‘Will & Grace’ stars Debra Messing, Eric McCormack

“The View” co-host Meghan McCain condemned far-left “Will & Grace” stars Debra Messing and Eric McCormack for walking back widely criticized comments calling to expose Trump donors in Hollywood.

It all started last week when McCormack responded to a report about an upcoming fundraiser being held in Beverly Hills in honor of President Trump‘s reelection campaign by requesting a “report” on all the attendees.

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“Hey, @THR, kindly report on everyone attending this event,” he wrote, “so the rest of us can be clear about who we don’t want to work with. Thx,” McCormack tweeted.

However, McCormack attempted to clarify his stance on Tuesday, telling his followers on Instagram that he doesn’t support “blacklists” and he was “misinterpreted.”

Messing agreed with the sentiment, adding “I couldn’t have said it better.” But McCain didn’t buy the liberal stars’ explanations.

“No one is misinterpreting – you want to put a list together of Trump supporters/republicans in Hollywood and end their employment, publicly shame them, possibly invited god knows what into their lives,” McCain tweeted. “THIS is the ‘tolerant Hollywood left’ and no amount of backtracking changes it.”

McCain doesn’t always agree with Trump, who famously had a longstanding feud with her late father, but “The View” co-host and the president apparently see eye-to-eye when it comes to the NBC sitcom stars.

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Meghan McCain condemned NBC’s “Will & Grace” stars Debra Messing and Eric McCormack.

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“Bad ‘actress’ Debra The Mess Messing is in hot water. She wants to create a ‘Blacklist’ of Trump supporters, & is being accused of McCarthyism. Is also being accused of being a Racist because of the terrible things she said about blacks and mental illness,” Trump tweeted Thursday. “Will Fake News NBC allow a McCarthy style Racist to continue?”

Trump was presumably referring to an indecent on Wednesday when Messing attempted to explain why she’d recently promoted an Alabama church sign that called black Trump voters mentally ill.

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Her response came as #RacistDebraMessing trended on Twitter. Messing claimed she apologized for liking the sign but doubled down on her criticism of the president.

McCain’s co-host Whoopi Goldberg also had a blistering statement for Messing and McCormack this week.

“In this country, people can vote for who they want to — that is one of the great rights of this country,” she said on Tuesday. “You don’t have to like it but we don’t go after people because we don’t like who they voted for — we don’t go after them that way. We can talk about issues and stuff, but we don’t print out lists.”

In an apparent allusion to the McCarthy era, Goldberg added that “a lot of good people” had been accused of things and lost their “right to work.”

Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn and Sam Dorman contributed to this report.

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