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Geraldo Rivera rips ‘hateful’ Pamela Geller: ‘Every time I see her on TV, I want to take a shower’

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Geraldo Rivera went off Friday morning on anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller – whose profile has been raised considerably after two gunmen opened fire on a “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest she organized.

“She most reminds me of the Aryan Nation, KKK, racists,” Rivera said during an appearance on Fox & Friends. “I see them on television now and I feel like taking a shower.”

The Fox host, who famously had his nose broken in 1988 when a skinhead smashed him in the face with a chair on his syndicated talk show, said Geller benefited from a double standard on hate speech against Muslims, reported Mediaite.

“If Pamela Geller – if you put ‘Jew’ in there or ‘Irish’ in there or ‘black’ in there, any other groups, she would not be given the tolerance to spew her hateful rhetoric,” Rivera said.

The Fox & Friends panel disagreed, saying that speech never justified violence, and host Steve Doocy said Christians are often targeted for criticism but simply turn the other cheek.

“That’s nothing like this organized campaign to incite, to insult (Muslims), and it is bad for the Jews,” Rivera countered. “It makes us look like we are all as hateful as Pamela Geller. She plays right into their propaganda. It is absolutely appalling, and every time I see her on television, I want to take a shower.”

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Rivera said Fox News was a diverse workplace represented by nearly every minority group, but he chided the network for giving a platform to Geller’s hateful rhetoric against Muslims.

“Would any other group tolerate this taunting and inciting?” he said. “We wouldn’t speak to that person. We would shun her if she picked on any other group but Muslim.”

Rivera continued his sustained criticism of Geller, who has tried to position herself as the “Rosa Parks” of free speech.

“It does not in any way make me feel any better about Pamela Geller spewing her hatred and making us all look like the intolerant jerks they are saying we are in the Middle East and elsewhere,” he continued. “She does not do this country any good, she doesn’t do Jewish people any good. She doesn’t do anybody any good except self-aggrandizing, attention-seeking spewing of hatred that I cannot tolerate.”

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Charitable giving drops after GOP tax ‘cut’: report

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On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that charitable giving dropped 1.7 percent last year, adjusted for inflation, even as the economy surged.

The likely culprit? The GOP tax law, according to a report from Giving USA.

Although corporate donations rose 2.9 percent and foundation gifts rose 4.7 percent in the previous year, charitable donations from individuals — which is where the bulk of actual charity takes place — dropped 3.4 percent, the first time this has happened since the financial crisis.

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Trump campaign manager counting on Florida ‘Hispanic outreach’ as president trails in state poll

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In a deep dive into why Donald Trump is so focused on Florida as he begins his re-election campaign, Politico reports that polls show the president is behind in the must-win state and that his campaign manager believes he can salvage the state with multiple Hispanic outreach initiatives.

Noting that the president is kicking off his bid to hang onto the Oval Office in Orlando on Tuesday night, the report states that those close to Trump claim he has an obsession with the state.

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GOP pollster gets hilariously destroyed after blaming a broken elevator in his European hotel on ‘socialism’

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Republican pollster Frank Luntz drew hackles from across the internet on Tuesday after he blamed a broken elevator at a hotel in Austria on "socialism."

Writing on Twitter, Luntz complained that the elevator at the Hotel Imperial in Vienna, Austria has not been functioning for three straight days -- and said that the European social welfare state was responsible for this purportedly dire situation.

"Please don’t bring European-style socialism to America," Luntz pleaded.

I’m at the Hotel Imperial in Vienna, Austria. Almost 200 rooms… But the elevator has been broken for 3 days.

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