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AZ lawmaker praises ‘hate group’ during vote to give its leader $18 million for border control

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A Republican candidate for governor in Arizona told people that they should side with an organization that experts have labeled a “hate group” while he was pushing for a border security bill.

During a vote in the Senate Appropriations Committee, Arizona state Sen. Al Melvin (R) argued that legislation to create a “virtual fence” along the Mexico border was necessary, and a group called the American Border Patrol had developed technology to support it.

“We are a border state. The border leaks like a sieve,” Melvin said, according to a transcript provided by Talking Points Memo. “It’s our responsibility to do all that we can in a reasonable manner to stem the leaking like a sieve at the border. We owe it to our fellow citizens.”

“There’s other technology — sensing cables. There’s a company in Cochise County, the American Border Patrol, I would encourage people to look at that website. We can’t just stand by and let this continue,” he continued. “We as a state have to take a stand.”

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the American Border Patrol is “one of the most virulent anti-immigrant groups around.”

The SPLC notes that videos produced and published by the American Border Patrol “push racist, anti-Latino conspiracy theories,” including the claim that there is a “Mexican plot to break the Southwestern states away.”

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KTVK asked Melvin earlier this week why he wanted to funnel millions of dollars in border control money to man who runs a “hate group.”

“I believe he’s a patriot and he’s trying to help the United States secure the border,” the lawmaker said of American Border Patrol leader Glenn Spencer.

He estimated that taxpayers would need to spend at least $18.5 million on equipment to build the virtual fence, not including prison labor.

Melvin’s photo along with an article threatening legal action against the SPLC appeared on the front page American Border Patrol website on Thursday morning.

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Raw Story found at least 15 other mentions of Melvin on the group’s website. An American Border Patrol employee told Raw Story that he was not aware of any legal action against the SPLC. And Spencer did not return calls by the time of publication.

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Watch the video below from KTVK, broadcast March 26, 2014.

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Trump could turn on Hope Hicks just like Michael Cohen: Trump family biographer warns

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Trump family biographer Emily Jane Fox explained that she didn't think that the president would turn on long-time aide Hope Hicks, but then again, it was the same thought about Michael Cohen as well.

In a panel discussion about Hicks' testimony during MSNBC's Brian Williams' Wednesday show, Fox recalled that Micahel Cohen once said that he would take a bullet for the president. Once it appeared that Trump would throw him under the bus, Cohen began looking for a way out.

The same scenario seems to be happening with Hicks now.

"She works at new Fox, which is a company run by a Murdoch son," Fox said. "It's a company that's brand new. She's the head of communications there. And there are shareholders who would take issue with the fact that a senior member of this company is being put in this situation and being thrust on the world stage."

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Trump jumped to Speaker Pelosi’s defense in marathon Fox News interview

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In a strange twist, President Donald Trump appeared to defend House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity Wednesday.

Hannity began by saying to Trump that he believes Pelosi has lost control of her own party, as officials like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) continue to call for impeachment.

"I say Nancy Pelosi is the speaker in name only," Hannity told Trump, calling Ocasio-Cortez the real start.

But what Trump said was the unusual point.

"I think Nancy Pelosi probably has control of it, I hear different things, but I think she does," Trump said, appearing to defend the Speaker. "She knows what she's doing. We will see how it all comes out."

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Trump spokesperson goes down in flames up against progressive reporter: ‘All you do is lie!’

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President Donald Trump's spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany went down in flames up against Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks during a CNN panel Wednesday.

McEnany went on to try and spin the president as some sort of great leader for Black Americans. She said that the campaign is very "proud" of the president's record on issues involving people of color.

"He also just said he wouldn't change his position on the Central Park Five," cut in Cuomo.

McEnany tried to cut in, but Cuomo cut in. "Now, he said we'll leave it at that. Come on."

"Chris, you come — come on, you," McEnany shot back. "We've been talking about the Central Park Five and racism and all of these things going back to the 2016 election, problem -- American people didn't believe it."

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