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GOP strategist gets scolded on Texas TV for calling rape, incest victims ‘minor issues’

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Democratic gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis said this week that comments made by one of her opponent’s surrogates calling rape and incest “minor issues” prove that the Republican Party does not value women.

During a debate on Lone Star Politics, which is produced by The Dallas Morning News and KXAS, Democratic strategist Matt Angle reminded viewers that Republican candidate Greg Abbott even opposed abortion in cases of rape and incest.

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“He would impose himself and others like himself in the government to decide,” Angle said.

GOP strategist Matt Mackowiak shot back that a ban on abortion was “the law of the land” because Davis had not been successful with her attempt to filibuster it.

“Texas is a pro-life state. We can get into minor issues that are one percent or two percent the problem,” he explained. “But ultimately, Texas is a strong pro-life state. Abbott would love to fight this campaign on that issue alone from here on out but Wendy knows that’s not strategically wise.”

“That’s the first time I’ve heard rape or incest called a ‘minor issue,'” Angle interrupted.

“It’s minor in terms of the percentage of cases. That’s all I’m saying,” Mackowiak replied.

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“A victim of rape or incest is not a minor problem,” Angle insisted.

Davis addressed the comments on Twitter following the broadcast.

“[Tell Greg Abbott that] banning abortion in cases of rape and incest is not a ‘minor issue,'” she wrote.

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In a statement released on Monday Davis spokesperson Zac Petkanas called Mackowiak’s remarks “disgusting.”

“Rape and incest are horrific crimes, not ‘minor issues.’ This disgusting viewpoint illustrates exactly why Greg Abbott is so out of touch when he says he would make abortion illegal even in the cases of rape and incest,” the statement said.

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A spokesperson for Abbott confirmed to KXAS that Mackowiak was not employed by the campaign or officially advising it.

Watch the video below from Lone Star Politics, uploaded Sept. 22, 2014.

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John Oliver rips Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for urging ‘order’ from people of color — but never demanding it of police

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John Oliver opened his Sunday show, shredding Fox News host Tucker Carlson for uring "order" among protesters, but refusing to urge "order" to police and "wannabe police" who can't stop killing people.

It's a lot, Oliver explained. "How these protests are a response to a legacy of police misconduct, both in Minneapolis and the nation at large and how that misconduct is, itself, built on a legacy of white supremacy that prioritizes the comfort of white Americans over the safety of people of color."

While some of it is complicated, Oliver conceded, most of it is "all too clear."

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Cars set on fire blocks from White House as DC protests turn violent

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The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.

The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.

Lights that normally shine on the White House have also been turned off, reporters revealed.

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WATCH: DC protesters turn over ‘agitator’ to police — then the agitators try to start a fight with cops

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Protesters in Washington, D.C. were captured on video handing over an agitator to police, while other agitators in paintball tactical gear appeared to try and start fights with police.

Former FBI assistant director of counterintelligence, Frank Figliuzzi, revealed that his former colleagues and law enforcement he knows recognize that far-right agitators are attempting to start significant conflicts between police and protesters.

"There is a minimal presence of Antifa, but a far more disturbing presence of right-wing race-based hate groups, such as the Boogaloo Boys who think there will be a race-based civil war coming," he said on MSNBC.

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