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Radio host Dennis Prager calls war on women ‘a gargantuan lie’ at Florida GOP rally

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Remarks by conservative radio host Dennis Prager denying the existence of “rape culture” and the “war on women” during a Republican rally in Sarasota, Florida had local GOP officials backtracking, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported.

“It’s a gargantuan lie to get votes,” Prager said on Tuesday. “It’s as big a lie as the culture of rape on your campuses. What nonsense. There is a culture of rape on campuses run by the feminist left?”

Prager made his allegations at a rally organized by the Sarasota Republican Party and a local radio station. He was one of the featured speakers, along with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R). The event was designed to rally conservative voters to support incumbent Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) in next week’s election.

According to the Herald-Tribune, Scott’s running mate, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, had been announced for the event, but Scott’s campaign said Lopez-Cantera never confirmed that he would appear.

Prager also reffered to a 2007 study commissioned by the Justice Department regarding sexual assault on college campuses “nonsense.” The report found that 19 percent of women reported experiencing “attempted or completed sexual assault” during their studies.

“Do you know what sexual assault means?” Prager asked the audience. “Did you ever look at what counts? An unwanted kiss is considered sexual assault. I’m stunned it’s only 1 in 5. Four out of five women have not gotten an unwanted kiss? My wife gets unwanted kisses every so often.”

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Prager also accused Democrats of “trivializing” rape by redefining the definition of it. However, the local party chair, Joe Gruters, distanced himself from Prager’s speech, saying campus sexual assaults are a serious issue.

“It should never have been part of a political discussion at the rally,” Gruters told the Herald-Tribune.

In 2008, Prager said that if a woman could risk causing her husband to seek an affair if she “denied” his advances too many times.

“Telling your husband to control it is a fine idea,” he argued. “But he already does. Every man who is sexually faithful to his wife already engages in daily heroic self-control. He has married knowing he will have to deny his sexual natures desire for variety for the rest of his life. To ask that he also regularly deny himself sex with the one woman in the world with whom he is permitted sex is asking far too much.”

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Listen to audio of Prager’s remarks, as posted by Media Matters, below.

[h/t Talking Points Memo]

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Meghan McCain explodes after declaring herself a ‘sacrificial Republican’ — and shocks audience with slur against Joy Behar

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Whoopi Goldberg had to cool off a heated argument on "The View" between Joy Behar and Meghan McCain, who complained about being the show's "sacrificial Republican."

McCain mocked Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for appearing at President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Orlando, where the president belittled him from the stage.

"The transformation is complete," McCain said. "That's what I thought last night, the transformation is complete."

She then warned the other panelists not to overlook the crowd enthusiasm for Trump, and she recalled a conversation with a producer who couldn't understand why the president's supporters loved him so much.

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Reparations hearing erupts in applause after Ta-Nehisi Coates gives McConnell an epic lesson on racism

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Author Ta-Nehisi Coates on Wednesday delivered an epic smack down of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on reparations for slavery.

In Coates's opening remarks, he responded directly to McConnell's claim that the government should not pay out reparations to black Americans because slavery ended more than 150 years ago.

Coates pointed out that the United States was still paying out pensions to the families of Civil War soldiers "well into this century" and he said that the government still honors treaties it signed even though no one who signed them is still alive today.

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WATCH: Trump supporter arrested for smacking reporter’s phone outside Orlando rally

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A Trump supporter was arrested during an altercation with a reporter and another man outside the president's Orlando campaign rally.

Video recorded by an Orlando Sentinel reporter shows a man wearing a red "Make America Great Again" hat and another man outside the Amway Center, where President Donald Trump officially kicked off his 2020 campaign.

The two men appear to be arguing with one another, although the second man also appears to be angry about something that took place inside the arena, when the man wearing the Trump hat notices the reporter recording them with a phone.

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