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NJ priests trade restraining orders after argument over a car leads to death threat

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A 50-year-old Catholic priest was accused of threatening to kill a colleague at their New Jersey retreat over use of a car at the facility, the Asbury Park Press reported on Wednesday.

Rev. Frank P. Hreno was charged with making a terroristic threat during an appearance in state Superior Court on Tuesday. He is due back in court on June 10.

The charge against Hreno stems from an April 18 confrontation with 37-year-old Rev. Emeka Okwuosa at the Vocationist Fathers Retreat and Conference Center in Florham Park. Hreno, who is listed as the facility’s director, allegedly began arguing with Okwuosa over the use of a car Hreno leased and kept there. Okwuosa allegedly believed the car was meant for community use.

The Florham Park Eagle reported that Okwuosa told authorities that Hreno attacked him with a crucifix attached at the end of a four-foot staff. Police found Okwuosa bleeding from the arm, but Hreno has argued that Okwuosa caused the injury by swinging his arm through a glass door. To date, Hreno has not been charged with assault.

Each priest reportedly sought temporary restraining orders against one another, which were permitted under state law because they both lived at the facility. A local judge declined to make the mutual orders permanent, however, and Hreno agreed to move in with his parents, who live in the area, after he and Okwuosa were ordered to avoid contact with one another.

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Watch WCBS-TV’s report on the incident, as aired on Wednesday, below.

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On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "All In," The Atlantic staff writer and fascism expert Adam Serwer laid out in grim terms the stakes of President Donald Trump's incitement of racist anger against Democratic congresswomen of color.

"From the beginning, we have been haunted by this question: Is America a white man’s republic or a nation for all of its citizens?" said Serwer. "Throughout the last 200-some odd years, the greatest threat to American democracy has always been white nationalism, the defining of American citizenship in racial terms. It almost destroyed the country on multiple occasions. Now President Trump has drawn a line. He has now made it clear that the citizenship of American citizens who are not white is conditional and can be revoked. Quite frankly, there is lots of disagreement between the two political parties. There are lots of issues on which we differ, but this is not a question on which there can actually be disagreement. The choice is now quite clear."

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On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "All In," former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) laid into his erstwhile party for its embrace of President Donald Trump's racial hatred and intolerance, as exemplified by the crowd of Trump rallygoers in Greenville, North Carolina chanting "Send Her Back!" of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

"It was heartbreaking," said Jolly, who renounced the Republican Party and became an independent last year. "In terms of what I felt, it was heartbreak, both last night and then to see the likes of Lindsey Graham [(R-SC)] today suggest that the only problem is Omar doesn’t wear a MAGA hat. If refugees would just wear MAGA hats, they could stay. The others deserve to go."

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On Thursday evening, MSNBC's Chris Hayes tore into the Republican Party for accepting and legitimizing the racism of President Donald Trump and his supporters.

"'Send Her Back.' The darkest, ugliest impulses that a political movement can cultivate on full unapologetic display," said Hayes. "That's what Donald Trump has been cultivating all along. Whether the Republican Party likes it or not, it stands for it now. Most of us across the ideological spectrum feel, viscerally, a kind of moral revulsion when we hear and see an angry mob braying 'Send Her Back' about a fellow American. But the reaction from Republicans today was basically a foregone conclusion."

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