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‘Proud of yourself sweetie?’: Trolls attack reporter who quoted anti-LGBT pizza shop owner

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Conservatives launched an online attack against a local TV reporter who broadcast an interview with the owners of an Indiana pizza shop that triggered a social media firestorm.

“If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no,” Crystal O’Connor, owner of Memories Pizza, told WBND-TV.

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The pizza shop became a flashpoint in the debate over the highly controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which allows Indiana businesses to claim religious exemptions from discrimination suits.

The reporter, Alyssa Marino, said she stopped by Memories Pizza while seeking a business owner’s reaction to the law signed by Gov. Mike Pence, and O’Connor obliged.

“I just walked into their shop and asked how they feel,” Marino said, adding that the shop had never been asked to cater a same-sex wedding. “I don’t think anyone was really aware the attention this would get at the time of the interview. They just spoke their mind.”

Co-owner Kevin O’Connor said the business had temporarily closed its doors after receiving threatening phone calls and social media posts — and may close for good.

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Conservative websites, including National Review Online, accused Marino of unfairly thrusting the pizzeria into the public eye.

“If I were forced to mark out a story line, it would be this: A nice lady in a small town tries to be helpful and polite to a lovely young reporter from ‘the big city,’” wrote Scott Ott, of Pajamas Media.

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The Daily Caller said Marino “ruined a business and destroyed a family’s safety.”

Twitter conservatives took the bait and filled Marino’s mentions with accusations and threats.

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CNN’s Jake Tapper confronts Trump adviser Navarro with long list of experts calling him a disaster

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In a highly contentious interview on CNN's "State of the Union", host Jake Tapper confronted Donald Trump's top economic adviser, Peter Navarro, with a seemingly endless list of economists, analysts and business publications who believe he and his economic advice have both been a disaster and that he is not being straight with the public.

After refusing multiple times to concede that President Donald Trump's trade war -- and accompanying tariffs -- are having any effect on an economy that many financial prognosticators believe is headed towards a recession, Tapper confronted the White House adviser with the list of his critics -- including the Wall Street Journal.

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Internet goes wild over ‘obviously drunk’ Larry Kudlow on Fox News: ‘He’s lying while slurring his words’

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"Kudlow is on fox news Sunday right now and from my 30 yrs of tending bar, I gotta say this guy appears drunk," another user observed.

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Foreign diplomats preparing for the worst — another Trump win in 2020: ‘People don’t want to be stupid twice’

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