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Paladino on Attorney General Eric Holder: ‘F*ck him’

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A New York Republican angling for the state’s governorship appears to have uttered an expletive when asked his opinion on the attorney general of the United States.

Carl Paladino, who recently attracted controversy for claiming that he doesn’t want children “brainwashed” into thinking homosexuality is okay, was under fire again on Tuesday after The National Journal published a video of the candidate speaking at a Q&A in March. A man asks Paladino, who at that point had yet to win the GOP nomination, what his response would be if Attorney General Eric Holder decided to hold civilian terrorism trials in Manhattan.

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“F*ck him. F*ck him,” Paladino replied, the Journal reported. The candidate’s audience, mostly Republicans, erupted into laughter and applause.

Holder, who has maintained support of both civilian prosecutions and military tribunals, backed off on a plan to try five of the alleged 9/11 plotters in New York City.

“This administration rejects the false choice critics would have us make, because if we were to exclusively follow only one path while blocking the use of the other, we would undoubtedly fail in our fundamental duty to bring every terrorist to justice,” he told a civil rights group in April, according to Reuters.

President Obama’s liberal base is largely opposed to the continuation of military tribunals for terror war prisoners, a system established by his Republican predecessor that critics say allows the use of evidence and statements obtained through torture. After Holder’s plan to try 9/11 suspects in New York City came under intense Republican criticism, the White House backed off the idea.

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A civilian court last week sentenced attempted Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad to life in prison.

Paladino’s exchange begins at about 2:00 into the following clip, shot on March 27 in Tappan, NY.

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‘Go look at President Trump’s Twitter’: Portland right-wing rally organizer claims ‘mission success’

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The organizer of a far-right rally in Portland, Oregon claimed the event was a "success" after President Donald Trump attacked Portlandiers protesting the group.

"A confluence of protesters on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum merged on Portland’s waterfront Saturday in a tense but relatively uneventful face-off that brought national attention, including a tweet in the hours before the protest by President Trump decrying the city’s signature anti-fascist movement," the Oregonian reported Saturday.

When a similar right-wing rally in Charlottesville, Virginia killed Heather Heyer, Trump argued there were "fine people" on both sides of the "Unite the Right" rally.

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Why was Jeffrey Epstein buying size 5 women’s panties — while in jail?

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The Miami Herald has another bombshell report on Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a Manhattan jail while waiting to stand trial on federal sex crimes charges.

"A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility’s store: two pairs of small women’s panties, size 5," the Herald reported Saturday night.

The newspaper noted, "the panties raise questions about why a childless male inmate, accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 14, would be allowed to buy female undergarments so small that they wouldn’t fit an average-sized adult woman."

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White nationalist Republican ridiculed after only 2 people show up for his town hall meeting

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Embattled Rep. Steve King (R-IA) suffered further humiliation on Saturday when only two people showed up for his town hall meeting with Iowa constituents.

King, who was stripped of all committee assignments for his white nationalism, was been an embarrassment for Republicans with his constant racism and misogyny.

A photo of the town hall meeting was posted on Twitter by Reuters photo editor Corinne Perkins.

https://twitter.com/corinne_perkins/status/1162806565109473280

Rep. King was quickly mocked in the comments.

Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/sedespres/status/1162811223186006018

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