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Chicago election judges: We were ‘coerced into voting’ for Republicans, fired for opposing ‘dirty tricks’

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Election judges in Chicago said this week that the Republican Party removed them because they objected to being forced to vote for GOP candidates.

Two Republican Party committee members who had been selected as election judges told WBBM’s Pam Zekman that campaign workers called them to report to campaign headquarters for additional training related to their election day duties, which normally include setting up polling places and assisting voters.

But instead of getting training, they said that they received instructions on who they had to vote for if they wanted to keep their jobs.

Committeewoman Charon Bryson explained that each party was allowed to select its election judges based on their voting records, but being told who to vote for was going too far.

“They were calling election judges, telling them to come in so they could get specific orders to vote for the Republican Party,” she said. “They should not be pressured or coerced into voting for someone to get a job, or to get an appointment.”

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Bryson said that the tactic was like “buying a vote.”

“If you don’t vote Republican you will not be a Republican judge, which pays $170,” she pointed out.

Chicago Board of Election Commissioners Jim Allen on Tuesday revealed “a new dirty trick” that resulted in long lines at polling places. Allen said that 6,000 Republican election judges received robocalls telling them they needed additional training, causing more than 2,000 judges not to show up at the polls on Tuesday.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) has called for an investigation, but stopped short of blaming the Republican Party for the robocalls.

“Somebody called with the intent to create confusion,” Emanuel noted. “Who did it? How did they get the list? Who paid for it? We have to get to the bottom of it.”

Both of the committee members who spoke to WBBM’s Pam Zekman said that they were removed as election judges after they objected to the robocalls, and to being told how to vote.

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For its part, the Cook County Republican Party has denied that it authorized the robocalls.

Watch the video below from WBBM, broadcast Nov. 6, 2014.


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‘I’ve had it!’ MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch goes on epic rant telling white people ‘if you vote for Trump — you own it’

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In an epic rant on MSNBC Wednesday, political commentator Donny Deutsch went off telling white people that they need to wake up and prove they're not racists.

"Enough is enough!" he began, looking directly into the camera. "I want to talk to the white people out there, okay. I want to talk to wealthy white people because I’ve had it. I’ve had discussions, when I talk to friends, people I know, [who say] 'It’s good for the economy. It’s good for the economy.' No, it's time."

He explained that if someone is working-class and they believe Trump will get them a job, they at least have an excuse.

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Nicolle Wallace explains Trump’s racist attacks are covering his cozy relationship with Jeffrey Epstein and Michael Cohen scandal

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MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace began her Wednesday show saying that President Donald Trump has made it official by making his brand one of "racism." But it prompted her to wonder if his racist attacks against four congresswomen of color could be more about deflecting from other scandals.

Wednesday morning, MSNBC released a video of Trump partying with alleged child molester and rapist Jeffrey Epstein. Trump is seen groping women and slapping their posterior. The first round of Epstein's alleged crimes were downgraded by Labor Secretary Alex Acosta and he was given 13 months in a county jail for just 8 hours, six days a week.

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WATCH: Kevin McCarthy has a day-after meltdown about ‘decorum’ because Pelosi called Trump racist

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) got visibly angry on the floor of the House of Representatives on Wednesday because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called President Donald Trump's attacks on four Democratic congresswomen racist one day before.

In denouncing the speaker, McCarthy bitterly complained that the Democrats have shown a disregard for "decorum" when they called out Trump for being racist.

"Yesterday, we did a resolution attacking the president, but we couldn’t even get to that because, Madame Speaker, we couldn’t even have decorum in this body!" he said. "We set a record that we’ve never seen before based upon a Speaker’s actions! The very first page in Thomas Jefferson’s manual talks about decorum, but not only did this body try to change the rules after the fact, they don’t think everybody’s equal, Madame Speaker, because if your words get taken down, you don’t have a right to speak that day but, no, we should change that!"

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