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Social media pushes Miss. DA to charge hate crime after gay man called ‘f*ggot,’ beaten at Walmart

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A social media campaign has urged the District Attorney in Corinth to investigate a possible hate crime after a gay man was brutally beaten at a Mississippi Walmart.

Corinth Police Chief Ralph Dance, 26, told WTVA that 23-year-old James David Scott assaulted 26-year-old Devin Norman in a Walmart parking lot at around 1 p.m. on Friday.

The confrontation occurred over a Facebook post that Dance called “apparently sexual in nature.”

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According to Norman, Scott beat him because of his sexual orientation. Reports said that Scott had called him a “faggot” during the incident.

“I think that it’s a travesty that there’s an entire segment of abuse that’s just swept under the rug,” Norman explained. “Yes, his assault was aggravated but it’s entirely something else. Entirely. It was simply because of who I love.”

Sources close to Norman told WMC that he had threatened to “out” Scott with private text messages and photos that the two men had shared with each other.

But Norman insisted that he no longer had the photos.

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“I was bluffing, hoping that he would back away from me because his body language was so threatening, and violence scares me,” he recalled.

Scott was charged with simple assault. Police later said that the charges would be upgraded to aggravated assault on Monday.

Norman has called on police to charge Scott with a hate crime, but officials indicated that they did not think that the evidence supported that charge.

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A social media campaign launched on Sunday asked people to contact District Attorney Trent Kelly to urge him to pursue hate crime charges. And a petition on the White House website asked the president to “force” the DA to classify the attack as a hate crime.

“This story is heartbreaking in its absolute stupidity, and because I know there are echos of my own past in it,” one Reddit user noted. “I’ve seen this kind of hate before. I was perceived as being weird, and I often received taunts of ‘faggot,’ and “n*ggerlover,” because I had black friends and stood up against racism, and dared to care about recycling.”

IfYouOnlyNews.com pointed out that Mississippi had no law protecting LGBT people against hate crimes. But Scott could be charged under federal hate crime laws.

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Watch the video below from WMC, broadcast March 23, 2015.

WMC Action News 5 – Memphis, Tennessee


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Trump gets busted for shamelessly lying about wanting to meet with Iran without preconditions

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President Donald Trump this week denied that he wants to meet with Iranian government officials without any preconditions -- but a quick fact check has revealed this to be a shameless lie.

In a tweet sent out on Sunday night, the president wrote that "The Fake News is saying that I am willing to meet with Iran, 'No Conditions.' That is an incorrect statement (as usual!)."

The Fake News is saying that I am willing to meet with Iran, “No Conditions.” That is an incorrect statement (as usual!).

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2019

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Trump used to play Elton John at ‘eardrum-rupturing decibels’ on campaign plane for a bizarre reason: AP reporter

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski mocked President Donald Trump's fixation on singer Elton John.

The rock legend reportedly rejected his longtime fan's invitation to perform at his January 2017 inauguration, and Trump has bitterly fixated on breaking John's attendance records at arenas where he holds campaign rallies.

"The saddest part of this story was when Donald Trump asked his staff members had anybody been writing about the Elton John attendance records that he supposedly broke," Scarborough said. "They said no, and he was angry and upset for days about that, also claiming that it was one more example of how, in the immortal words of Rodney Dangerfield, he don't get no respect."

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‘RIP GOP’: Polling expert predicts devastating Trump 2020 electoral wipeout

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Democratic pollster and strategist Stanley Greenberg went on CNN Monday to explain why he believes President Donald Trump and the Republican Party are headed toward a historic and humiliating defeat in the 2020 elections.

In an interview with CNN's John Berman, Greenberg discussed his new book called "RIP GOP" in which he makes a case that Trump's presidency has shifted public opinion in Democrats' favor while repelling moderate voters from the Republican Party.

"I think what happened going into 2016 is Donald Trump took over the Tea Party base of the party, allied it with evangelicals and took the party to a very extreme end," he said. "I believe... Donald Trump's election will speed the defeat of the Republican Party because of its dominance by the Tea Party and evangelicals, which won't consider compromise, which won't consider a multicultural America in a part of our future. And I also thought it would speed up the resistance and also people's consciousness of what they believe and their values, and all of that has happened."

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