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Two more GOP presidential hopefuls express doubts about mandatory vaccinations

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In the wake of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s anti-vaccination statements, two more Republican presidential hopefuls have come out against the mandatory vaccination of school-age children.

Earlier today, Buzzfeed News released excerpts from an interview McKay Coppins did with potential Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina in which she espoused anti-vaccination beliefs.

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The former chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard told Buzzfeed News that “I think there’s a big difference between — just in terms of the mountains of evidence we have — a vaccination for measles and a vaccination when a girl is 10 or 11 or 12 for cervical cancer just in case she’s sexually active at 11. So, I think it’s hard to make a blanket statement about it. I certainly can understand a mother’s concerns about vaccinating a 10-year-old”

“I think vaccinating for measles makes a lot of sense,” she added. “But that’s me. I do think parents have to make those choices. I mean, I got measles as a kid. We used to all get measles. I got chicken pox, I got measles, I got mumps.”

In the end, she said, “I think parents have to make choices for their family and their children.”

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul made a similar argument on The Laura Ingraham Show today, telling the conservative radio host that “as a physician, I’ve always been fascinated by the small pox vaccine and the history of it…so I’m not anti-vaccine at all, but particularly most of them ought to be voluntary.”

“There are times when there must be some [mandatory] rules,” he continued, “but for the most part it ought to be voluntary. The biggest one was when [Texas Governor Rick] Perry made it mandatory for everybody to have to take [the HPV vaccine] for a sexually transmitted disease.”

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“While I think it’s a good idea to take the vaccine, I think that’s a personal decision for individuals to take.”

Listen to Rand Paul discuss vaccines on The Laura Ingraham Show below.

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Disturbing video exposes the dangerous message a State Patrol officer told team: ‘Don’t kill them, but hit them hard’

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Krystal Marx, the executive director of Seattle Pride, shared a disturbing video this week revealing the violent message an officer in the Washington State Patrol gave to his team as it prepared to confront protesters.

“Don’t kill them, but hit them hard,” he said as he walked through a group of his colleagues.

“I remember shaking,” Marx told the Seattle Times of the experience filming the patrol from her office window. “Why not say, ‘Restrain them, calmly’?”

Chris Loftis, a spokesperson for the patrol, gave the Times a statement trying to explain away the comment as poor “word choice,” but it was not reassuring:

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Trump stokes division in Republican Party as he rages at Sen. Lisa Murkowski

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As the Republican Party is struggling to defend him in a moment of nationwide strife, President Donald Trump decided Thursday night to fuel divisions within GOP rather than make nice.

He had already lashed out on Wednesday at his former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who sharply criticized Trump’s response to the ongoing George Floyd protests. But on Thursday night, Trump took at aim at sitting Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

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‘Outrageous and criminal behavior’: Internet blows up at graphic video of Buffalo Police pushing over an elderly man

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On Thursday, footage emerged of police in Buffalo, New York pushing an elderly man to the ground, and refusing to help him as he lay bleeding profusely from a head injury.

The footage triggered immediate outrage on social media.

Horrible. I pray he’s ok. https://t.co/wL2gcNeAIT

— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 5, 2020

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