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Michele Bachmann blames ISIS for fatal shootings of NYPD officers

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Former lawmaker Michele Bachmann credits Islamic State militants for inspiring the fatal shootings of two New York City police officers in December.

The former congresswoman told Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg during an interview Tuesday that Americans should be terrified by a video threat made against a shopping mall near her home, reported Mediaite.

“We should be very concerned, because this wasn’t just a joke or PR stunt, this was an actual call for those who are adherents of radical Islam to actually take violent action here in the United States – in particular, at the iconic Mall of America, the largest mall, at least when it was built, in the United States,” Bachmann said.

She then repeated her ongoing concern that Somali immigrants would target the mall.

“We have the largest population of Somalis outside of Somalia right here next to the Mall of America, in the Minneapolis area,” said Bachmann, who has issued similar warnings in the past.

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Bachmann blasted the response by the Department of Homeland Security, which dismissed the threat as not credible.

“The video from Al-Shabab, which is an al-Qaeda affiliate alone, that’s the credible threat, because that message is being sent to sympathizers to light a match and take action and actually have something happen at Mall of America,” she said.

She told Newsmax that Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who is accused of gunning down two NYPD officers late last year, was inspired by Islamic extremists.

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“Don’t forget, last fall, there was a call from terrorists for those who couldn’t come to the Islamic State in Syria to join the jihad to take jihadist actions locally, and that’s when we saw that attack in Canada, at the Parliament, and also against government figures – and we also saw two police officers innocently killed in Brooklyn,” Bachmann said. “That was in direct response to a call to take action.”

Brinsley posted anti-government and anti-police messages on his social media accounts, and many speculated the fatal shootings were retaliation for the police killings of black men such as Michael Brown and Eric Garner, but law enforcement have not found evidence to link the case to ISIS.

That made no difference to Bachmann, who drew a direct link to foreign Islamists — and possibly even President Barack Obama.

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“This is how it works, this is how they act,” Bachmann claimed. “They make their call, and then we wait around, and what this shows again is the absolutely clueless response of the White House.”

Watch the interview posted online by Newsmax TV:


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Former Fox & Friends co-host Clayton Morris flees the US as he faces two dozen lawsuits

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Facing more than two-dozen lawsuits alleging he committed real estate fraud, former "Fox & Friends Weekend" co-host Clayton Morris has reportedly fled the United States, according to the Indianapolis Star.

Morris, who previously resided in a $1.4 million home in New Jersey, moved his family to a coastal resort town in Portugal, the newspaper reported, citing a Facebook post from his wife.

Morris's wife and business partner, former MSNBC anchor Natali Morris, told the IndyStar that she and her husband plan to continue fighting the lawsuits from abroad.

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Trump defenders argued his latest tweets weren’t really racist — but he just completely undercut their arguments

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If you try to defend President Donald Trump, you will always end up having the rug pulled out from underneath you. It's a law of nature.

And yet, so many of the president's allies have failed to learn this simple lesson. So when Trump launched a new attack at progressive Democratic lawmakers that was one of his most obviously racist smears, inevitably, some of his defenders tried to deny the obvious truth.

His screed attacked a group of women who have come to define the left wing of the Democratic caucus, which includes Reps. Ilhan Omar (MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Rashida Talib (MI), and Ayanna Pressley (MA). Though only Omar is an immigrant (she was a refugee from Somalia as a child), Trump seemed to assume all four women of color weren't born in the United States, and most egregiously, he suggested they should "go back" to other countries:

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Trump is facing massive criticism for his attacks on young women of color in Congress

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US President Donald Trump came under fire from Democrats and even some members of his own Republican Party on Monday after launching an extraordinary xenophobic attack on four progressive Democratic congresswomen.

"All they do is complain," Trump told reporters at a White House event featuring products "Made in America."

"These are people that hate our country," he said of the four lawmakers. "If you're not happy here, you can leave."

Trump also accused the four first-term congresswomen -- who are of Hispanic, Arab, Somali and African American origin -- of having "love" for US "enemies like Al-Qaeda."

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