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GOP megadonor to rape victims: Stop ‘getting mileage’ from your trauma if you want to heal

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According to Molly Redden at Mother Jones, several Republican “superdonors” — foremost among them, a Nevada hypnotherapist who believes he can “heal” the trauma of rape and incest victims so long as they don’t get “mileage” out of having been victimized — are convinced that they can pick up Senate seats in Oregon because races there are relatively inexpensive.

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“You could dump money here which would be insignificant in some races, but not in Oregon,” Len Bergstein told Mother Jones. “And I’m sure there’s some Republican gnome somewhere in a basement in Virginia figuring out that for X amount of money, hey, we could have a pickup here.”

A political novice named Monica Wehby hopes Bergstein is correct, as she seeks the GOP nomination to challenge Democratic incumbent Jeffery Merkley on a platform based on her opposition to Obamacare. She will skip the primary’s only televised debate and plans on avoiding contact with the media, relying instead on six-figure contributions from donors to drum up support for her campaign.

One of her benefactors — Loren Parks, of Nevada — has already contributed $75,000 to the political action committee called “If He Votes Like That in Salem Imagine What He Will Do in Congress,” which has financed a number of attack advertisements against her Republican primary opponent, state Representative Jason Conger.

Parks also contributed $50,000 to the Taxpayers Association of Oregon PAC, which on Tuesday released a poll — the accuracy of which has been questioned — indicating that Wehby had a substantial, 21-point lead over Rep. Conger.

The involvement of Parks in the Wehby campaign has upset many within Oregon, who see Parks as an out-of-state opportunist trying to poach a Senate seat. They are also concerned with associating the GOP brand with Parks, who hosts a YouTube series in which he claims to be able to cure women of sexual dysfunction via hypnotherapy.

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In the past, he has claimed that he can heal the trauma of rape and incest so long as the victim is not “getting mileage out of it, if you’re getting status, satisfaction from telling your story again and again.” In that video, he claimed that when he “sound[s] the buzzer and say[s] ‘Disconnect,’ it will disconnect you completely from all the emotional upset related to the incest or rape experience that you totally want to get rid of.”

He then sounds a loud, annoying buzzer and yells “Disconnect!” three times:

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Another contributor to political action committees supporting Wehby’s campaign is Andrew Miller, a lumber mill owner who contributed $31,000 to the If He Votes Like That in Salem Imagine What He Will Do in Congress PAC. Late last month, The Oregonian reported that Miller is dating candidate Wehby, a situation which — if true — would raise questions about illegal coordination between candidate and super-PAC.

[Screen capture of Parks via YouTube]


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WATCH: Video shows NYPD beating anti-police violence protesters with batons

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Protesters of police violence received a harsh reception from the New York Police Department on Friday evening.

The protesters had marched to the Barclays Center, where they were met with a large police presence.

Heavy police presence posted outside of Barclays Center. If you’re protesting, please stay safe.

- Legal Aid Society’s Contact Number: 212-577-3300- Link to Brooklyn Bail Fund: https://t.co/cxRXqgrrum #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/IgISXvkOj1

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Trump is enacting the presidency ‘George Wallace never had’: Conservative columnist

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On Friday, writing for The Washington Post, conservative columnist Max Boot tore into President Donald Trump's legacy on race.

"We know how a normal president responds when a white police officer ignites furious protests by killing a black man. It is the way President Barack Obama responded in 2014 after a grand jury refused to indict a white police officer who had fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and the National Guard had to be called in to deal with looting and fires," wrote Boot. "Obama expressed sympathy for the protesters — their anger, he noted, was 'rooted in realities that have existed in this country for a long time' — while making clear that he had no sympathy with violence: 'Burning buildings, torching cars, destroying property, putting people at risk — that’s destructive and there’s no excuse for it. Those are criminal acts. And people should be prosecuted if they engage in criminal acts.'"

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White House goes into lockdown as George Floyd protests in DC rage hotter

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On Friday, CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang reported that the White House has now issued lockdown orders.

The development comes as protests against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota have spread to Washington, D.C. and crowds are growing angrier. Earlier in the evening, a protester scaled the wall of a federal building and spray-painted an obscene anti-Trump message above a window.

The White House is currently under lockdown orders. https://t.co/LasnCIjkum

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