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Conservative host scrambles to stop doctor from debunking anti-immigrant virus claims

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Conservative TV host J.D. Hayworth hurried to cut off a guest on Thursday who was debunking the conservative argument that Central American immigrants are bringing infectious diseases into the U.S., Right Wing Watch reported.

“I actually think the threat of diseases coming into the United States from Central America is fairly remote,” Dr. Peter Hotez — who specializes in treating those types of diseases at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston — told a surprised Hayworth during an interview on Newsmax. “The problem is not so much immigration. We call them neglected tropical diseases, and that’s a bit of a misnomer. They’re diseases of poverty.

Hayworth, a former Republican congressman from Arizona, broached the topic by asking Horetz to focus on the country’s “southern borders.”

“We are hearing widespread infectious diseases coming into the United States,” Hayworth argued, without identifying his sources. “Tell us about the nature of the threat of these diseases coming into the United States.”

In fact, medical professionals like Hotez have stated that Central American countries actually have a higher rate of vaccination against diseases like tuberculosis than the U.S.

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Horetz explained that the 20 million U.S. families living in extreme poverty and living on an average of $2 per day are particularly succeptible to disease, due to conditions in neighborhoods like Houston’s Fifth Ward.

“[You] see environmental degradation, poor-quality housing, no window screens, discarded tires along the side of the road collecting water,” he said. “It looks like the global health movie you show to a first-year medical student. That’s where the focus needs to be, where Texas and the Gulf Coast are at the confluence of poverty, and also warm climate.”

As Hotez elaborated on his point, Hayworth cut him off, saying, “Time is growing short” and thanking him for appearing.

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Hayworth served in Congress from 1995 to 2007. During his tenure there, Radar magazine ranked him as one of the country’s 10 “dumbest Congressmen,” saying his support of “English-only” legislation proved “the adage that those who can’t do, legislate.”

Watch the discussion, as posted by Right Wing Watch, below.

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[Image via J.D. Hayworth official Facebook page]


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Ex-Bush aide says Trump falls back on racism because he’s losing his mind: ‘Take him to Walter Reed for a full medical’

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MSNBC contributor Elise Jordan said President Donald Trump was stuck peddling racism because he's losing his mental faculties.

The former speechwriter and National Security Council staffer in George W. Bush's administration said Trump's attack on four Democratic congresswomen betrayed his inherent racism, and showed that he's mentally diminished.

"I think you're being a little bit too charitable regarding Donald Trump having an actual strategy in the first place," Jordan told "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough. "I think that this is who he is -- he's racist."

"You have seen it, you know, his entire career," she continued, "whether it's calling for five young black men who are innocent to be executed. you see it in his comments consistently throughout the course of his campaign wanting to ban an entire religion from entering the country, and just this week the horrible remarks that, you know, an elected official -- elected by her fellow countrymen and women should be grateful to be in the country and should leave otherwise."

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MSNBC’s Morning Joe drops the hammer on Trump’s ‘mob’: A ‘new level of racism’

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said President Donald Trump believes the four Democratic congresswomen he's been attacking aren't capable of being fully American because they're not white.

The "Morning Joe" host said Trump's recent attacks on those first-year lawmakers had followed a familiar pattern, but Scarborough warned the president had taken those racist provocations to a new level by suggesting that people of color aren't capable of loving their country.

"They're not white," Scarborough said. "Clearly, (he) is suggesting (because) they're not white, they're foreign, even though they're not, and also, very interesting in that press conference -- that presser when the president said, 'They're just lucky to be where they are.' That's Donald Trump saying, you know what? Given that they're women and they're from Somalia or from wherever, Detroit, from Cincinnati, regardless, they're just lucky to be where they are."

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Arizona ‘museum fire’ balloons to over 300 acres — and they’re evacuating the area

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A massive fire has grown much faster than anticipated, just north of Flagstaff, Arizona. Brady Smith, Coconino County National Forest, told ABC15 that they have at least 200 staff on the ground and planes dropping fire retardant.

AZCentral reported that the fire located in the Dry Lake Hills.

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