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Citizens United head’s mother-in-law calls immigrants ‘rats and roaches’ during GOP event

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A woman identified as the mother-in-law of Citizens United Foundation head Dave Bossie was cheered for disparaging remarks about immigrants during the South Carolina Freedom Summit on Saturday, the Huffington Post reported.

The woman was asked to speak during a focus group conducted by Republican pollster Frank Luntz. Footage of the event shows Luntz joking that Bossie told him he would “kick [his] butt” if he ended the session without asking her what advice she would give GOP presidential candidates in the 2016 election.

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“One man, one vote. People are comin’ in this country across the borders like rats and roaches in the wood pile,” she says, drawing applause. “We’ve got a state like Minnesota that says it’s not our business to check ’em out, we just register ’em. We’ve got to get control. That’s what they need to know.”

Luntz then reaches for the microphone, only to be rebuffed by the woman as she continues.

“Years ago, I might have been a Democrat,” she says. “But I saw the problem and I went to the Republican Party. I didn’t wait for them to come looking for me. Why do these young people have to be solicited? We are all intelligent people. We need to be voting our convictions and choose a party.”

The audience cheers again when Luntz asks, “How many of you would vote for her for president?”

The woman was apparently referring to a Minnesota bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers’ licenses. She did not mention that, as MinnPost reported earlier this year, the proposal has been amended to add the phrase “For driving only” to these types of licenses, making it clear that they could not be used to vote.

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According to the National Immigration Law Center, 10 states allow undocumented immigrants to apply for drivers’ licenses.

Luntz drew boos during the same event, which attracted many prospective GOP contenders, for an inappropriate joke about Bruce Jenner.

Bossie’s group was victorious in a heavily-criticized 2010 Supreme Court decision that paved the way for increased amount of campaign spending.

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Watch Luntz’s interview, as posted by C-SPAN, below.

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[h/t Crooks and Liars]


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BUSTED: Florida’s GOP governor illegally denied Miami Herald access to coronavirus briefing

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Gov. Ron DeSantis denied the Miami Herald access to a COVID-19 coronavirus briefing, the newspaper's Tallahassee Bureau Chief reported Saturday.

"Gov. Ron DeSantis decided to violate the state's public meeting laws and chose to exclude the Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times from a media briefing at the Capitol," Mary Ellen Klas reported.

"His media staff told another reporter, NSF's Jim Turner, that if he insisted that we be allowed in, Turner would be kept out," she noted.

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MSNBC’s Alex Witt holds back tears as wife of critically ill COVID-19 patient describes his swift decline

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On MSNBC Saturday, Alex Witt interviewed Amy Breslow, a New Jersey woman whose husband Brett is critically ill in ICU with coronavirus and in need of plasma. As Witt listened, she grew visibly shaken.

"At what point did you know your husband needed to go to the hospital?" asked Witt. "Was it something that you saw slowly and then took a harsh turn? Tell me what happened there."

"He told me two weeks ago that he was not feeling well," said Breslow. "He started with a fever on the 16th, chills, fatigue. The 17th, I took him to urgent care. They tested him for regular flu, which was negative. They did not have any coronavirus tests available at the urgent care. There were no kits, so they examined him, his lungs, his vital signs, everything was stable. They gave him your typical, rest, fluids, take Tylenol, Motrin. Wednesday, his fever seemed to break, Thursday the fever came back."

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Trump attacks governors requesting medical resources as ‘little problem children’ in unhinged rant

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On Saturday, ahead of seeing off the naval hospital ship USNS Comfort on its way to New York to deal with the coronavirus hot zone, President Donald Trump once again lashed out at governors requesting medical resources, calling them "a couple of little problem children."

"I would say we'll use [the Defense Production Act] again once or twice," Trump told a reporter on the White House lawn. "We have a couple of little problem children, and we'll use it where we have to. But overall, I tell you, the private, free enterprise system is at work like nobody's seen in a long time."

Presumably, Trump is referring to Govs. Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI), with whom he is feuding publicly and has attacked by name multiple times in recent days.

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