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Montana county treasurer demands $90,000 to retire after sending racist emails

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A Montana country treasurer who was caught sending racist and homophobic emails about President Barack Obama has said he will retire immediately if the county pays him about $90,000.

In a November 2012 email, Yellowstone County Treasurer Max Lenington — who also serves as the the county treasurer, assessor and superintendent of schools — complained that there were “more lesbians, queers, Indians, Mexicans and n****** than the rest of us!”

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After a public information request by the Billings Gazette showed that Lenington had used his government account to send the email, he accused the “the liberal left-wing news media” of “purposely and intentionally deceiving us and not telling the truth about” the president.

In an email obtained by the Gazette this week, Lenington told Yellowstone County commissioners that he would be willing to “retire as gracefully as possible” if the they agreed to pay him for his last year in office. Lenington’s salary is $90,054 a year.

Commissioners voted at their weekly meeting on Tuesday to turn down the 92-year-old treasurer’s offer.

“I’m going to make a motion to deny that,” Commissioner John Ostlund remarked.

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“I would accept Mr. Lenington’s resignation, but I’m not willing to pay out anything on that,” Commisioner Bill Kennedy agreed.

But Lenington didn’t have the spotlight all to himself in Montana this week.

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Former Republican congressional candidate Mark French went to trial on Monday after refusing to pay a $20 seatbelt ticket, claiming that it and President Barack Obama’s health care reform law violated the United States Constitution.

“Where does it end?” French asked. “It doesn’t, there’s no end to it.”

“Why is a seat belt required to be worn to keep us safe in a car, but not on a bus?” he wrote in an email asking supporters to attend his trial. “Why are we allowed to rock climb, snow ski, water ski, hang glide, hunt and eat candy bars? Why is it not unlawful to refuse medical advice?”

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“Are we ready to be told by government that we cannot drink an extra large pop?”

In the end, French was found guilty and ordered to pay $70 in fines and court costs, plus the overtime of the officer that was forced to testify at his trial.

Watch this video from KPAX, broadcast Nov. 3, 2013.

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Michael Moore breaks down why Trump is ‘scared’ of The Squad: ‘They’re the force out there!’

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Legendary filmmaker Michael Moore revealed why President Donald Trump is so scared of the women of color in Congress known as The Squad.

The Squad is made up of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).

"So, Michael, when your political opposition tells you this is the play we’re going to run and the president underscores it, and they’re running this play, is there any — is The Squad blameless for giving the president a steady stream of oxygen and ammunition?" MSNBC's Brian Williams asked.

"I’m so glad he’s that frightened of them, both he and [Benjamin] Netanyahu are scared of them. And the reason they are is — and this is why Trump isn’t as dumb as he comes off," Moore said.

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Rick Wilsons destroys Trump for ’punitive ‘dickishness’ and ‘performative assh*lery’ on HBO’s Real Time

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Republican strategist Rick Wilson slammed the Trump administration on HBO's "Real Time" with Bill Maher on Friday.

Wilson is the author of the 2018 book Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever.

The GOP consultant said America needs to replace the "Goddamn oil lobbyist who runs the f*cking EPA right now."

"This is just punitive dickishness by these people," Wilson charged. "They're just doing this to be *ssholes, they want their base to be like, 'we're taking those regulations away."

"It is just performative assh*lery," he added.

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Bill Maher rips Trump’s recession — says new slogan should be ‘Make America Atlantic City Again’

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The host of "Real Time" on HBO sarcastically mocked President Donald Trump for being a "financial genius" as the nation braces for a recession.

Comedian Bill Mayer began by noting that Trump "wants to buy Greenland and rename it New Ivanka" the president's "two Nurenberg rallies."

But he quickly moved to discuss the stock market turmoil.

"Trump, the financial genius, is driving the economy off a cliff," he said.

"Make America Atlantic City Again," should be his new slogan.

"Did you see what happened to the stock market this week? I spent more time gasping for breath than Jeffrey Epstein," Maher added.

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