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Laura Ingraham plays gunfire sounds during John Lewis’ Washington March speech

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Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham on Monday railed about the commemoration ceremonies for the 50th anniversary of civil rights March on Washington, and then interrupted a recording of Rep. John Lewis’ (D-GA) speech with the sound of gunfire.

Following the lead of conservative media outlets like Breitbart and The Blaze, Ingraham lashed out Martin Luther King III for saying on Saturday that “the color of one’s skin remains a license to profile, to arrest and to even murder.”

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“But it all comes down to just George Zimmerman?” she asked. “The goal was, as our caller said, to divide. To co-opt the legacy of Martin Luther King into a modern day liberal agenda, a left-wing agenda, progressive agenda. Whatever you want to call it. From gay marriage to immigration amnesty was thrown in for good measure. We talked about the Voting Rights Act.”

To make her point about immigration, Ingraham played a portion of Lewis’ speech.

“We must say to the Congress, pass comprehensive immigration reform,” Lewis said. “It doesn’t make sense that millions of our people…”

But the congressman’s remarks were interrupted by a loud echoing gunshot followed by a few moments of silence. Ingraham offered no explanation for the sound effect.

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In a 1965 march for voting rights that would come to be known as “Bloody Sunday,” Lewis had his skull fractured by Alabama State Troopers while walking across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Even after his friend Martin Luther King Jr. was killed by a gunman in 1968, Lewis continued his commitment to the civil rights movement. He went on to settle in Georgia and run for Congress.

Following a commercial break, Ingraham had conservative columnist Pat Buchanan on the show to explain that Lewis, Rev. Al Sharpton and other speakers at Saturday’s event were “part of a great racket.”

“What will these folks do, quite frankly, if they had to get up and admit we’ve got more opportunities than any large group of black folks anywhere on Earth today and our community is not making the most of it?” Buchanan ranted.

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Listen to this audio from The Laura Ingraham Show, broadcast Aug. 26, 2013.

(h/t: Media Matters)

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MSNBC legal analyst Danny Cevallos said President Donald Trump has a unique ability to tip the scales in one possible legal case related to sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

The "Morning Joe" contributor was discussing the latest developments in the case, after Epstein's death earlier this month in jail -- two days after signing a new will.

"You can't hold the attorneys liable because someone wants to prepare a will," Cevallos said, "but remember, they fought to take him off suicide watch and they had to say he's not a suicide risk. otherwise, they would have kept him on suicide watch."

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The Washington Post columnist and "Morning Joe" contributor bashed the president for attempting to justify his narrow election win nearly three years ago instead of growing into his job, and he said that disconnect was "insane."

"Size always matters to this president," Robinson said, "and he's completely obsessed with this idea because it's true that he won a very narrow electoral victory and lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, and this drives him crazy and will continue to drive him crazy."

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The Republican chair of a Tennessee legislative committee is under fire for cutting off the microphone while a woman of color was speaking -- but allowing white men to spew "lunacy."

"It took all of five minutes for Sen. Mike Bell, chairman of the Tennessee General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee, to prove Cherisse Scott’s point. Scott is founder and CEO of Sister Reach, a Memphis organization that fights for reproductive freedom and health for rural women and girls of color struggling with poverty," Memphis Commercial Appeal columnist Tonyaa Weathersbee explained.

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