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Cliven Bundy-style scofflaw jailed in Miami over threats to shoot county commissioners

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A 54-year-old Florida man is in jail after he threatened to shoot the members of the Miami-Dade County Commission on Tuesday.

According to the Miami Herald, Jose Antonio Fernandez attended the meeting to tell county officials that if they seized his property, he would have “the right to shoot every last one of you.”

Pointing at the individual council members, Fernandez said repeatedly, “Shoot ’em!”

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“Will you please remove him completely from the building, and follow up on that?” said Chairperson Rebeca Sosa to a pair of sergeants-at-arms who flanked Fernandez and led him from the room.

“Enough is enough!” Fernandez shouted. “This is America!”

Fernandez has been locked in a dispute with environmental regulators over violations of wetlands preservation codes. The Department of Environmental Resources Management maintains that Fernandez’ plant nursery — located in a rural area south of Miami called Los Palmas — has racked up more than $300,000 in fines for environmental violations.

The government seized the nursery when Fernandez refused to pay the fines. Now, his home is set to be sold at a foreclosure auction later this month.

Wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan “No to United Nations Agenda 21,” Fernandez railed at the 12 assembled council members as well as Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

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“You confiscated my land already,” he said. If the government proceeds with its plan to sell his house, Fernandez said, “the ‘bleep’ is going to hit the fan.’

“I dare you to sell my house,” Fernandez told the commissioners. “You have become tyrants. You have become a corrupted government. You have destroyed my family. And hundreds of families.”

He went on, “And I said, ‘Enough. I am the people.’ And the time that you sell the house, my Constitution gives me the right to shoot every one of you. Shoot ’em!”

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Fernandez’ situation in some ways mirrors that of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who briefly became a conservative hero for defying the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, to whom he owes millions of dollars in grazing fees. Bundy and a group of armed militia stood down federal authorities earlier this year.

“Agenda 21” is a sustainable development plan proposed by the United Nations. It is non-binding for member countries, who only participate on a volunteer basis. Far-right conspiracy theorists, however, believe that it is actually a sinister plan to implement a one-world fascist government through the use of mind-control.

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The Herald reported that Fernandez was charged with “13 felony charges of threatening to harm a public servant — one for each of the 12 commissioners present and for Mayor Carlos Gimenez — and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.” He is being held in Miami-Dade County Jail on $97,500 bond.

Watch video of Fernandez’s outburst, embedded below:

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CNN’s Jim Acosta walks through all the times Trump has ‘thrown gasoline’ on racial tension

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On CNN Friday, following President Donald Trump's abrupt exit from a press conference following a racially charged tweet, chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta broke down President Donald Trump's history of stoking racial tensions during moments of crisis.

"He is trying to clean up this tweet that he posted last night," said Acosta. "First, just what the president said a few moments ago. He said the looters in Minneapolis should not be able to drown out the voice of so many peaceful protesters. That, obviously, is a very mild version of what he was trying to say or he claims he was trying to say last night when he tweeted, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." That obviously is an expression steeped in all kinds of ugliness. The Miami Police chief back in 1967, when there was unrest in that city, used that expression. George Wallace, the segregationist, used words like that in 1968."

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Joe Biden takes on Trump’s rhetoric during racial justice crises: ‘The words of a president matter’

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Former Vice President Joe Biden talked about the importance of a president's words and accountability during times of crisis during a Friday appearance on MSNBC.

Biden was interviewed by Craig Melvin, who noted the protests tearing apart cities and asked where he would start if elected president.

"I start by talking about what we must be, making no excuses, talking about our obligation to be decent," Biden answered. "Our obligation to take responsibility, our obligation to stand up when we see injustice."

"Look, the words of a president matter -- no matter how good or bad that president is," he explained. "A president can, by their words alone no matter who they are, make it rise or fall, take us to war, bring us to peace. The words of a president matter."

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Elon Musk mocked after Starship explosion: ‘Maybe have NASA handle rockets’

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Billionaire Elon Musk was the target of jokes on Twitter after his company SpaceX suffered a rocket explosion.

"SpaceX just experienced the biggest explosion yet at its Texas site, where it's testing prototypes for a Mars rocket," Marina Koren of The Atlantic reported.

"A resident who lives nearby—just 2 miles away—said it felt like an earthquake," she added.

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Musk was ridiculed following the blast. Here's some of what people were saying:

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