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Gun-toting Colorado teens pose for prom pics with Confederate flag as parents egg them on

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A prom picture featuring gun-toting teens holding a Confederate flag is stirring up controversy in Parker, Colorado, reports FOX31 Denver.

The controversial picture was taken before Chaparral High School’s prom on Saturday, in which a group of students, dressed in evening gowns and tuxes, pose with assault rifles and a Confederate flag.

After the picture was circulated on social media, many students and parents in the community were shocked.

“If you’re going to take a picture of a flag, you need to know what it stands for. You need to know that people are going to be offended by it,” said Mairenn Digeorge, a student at University of Colorado-Boulder, who saw the picture on her Facebook feed.

The mother of one of the students posing in the picture is among those who are offended. “When he got out there he was surprised that guns were brought out and the Confederate flag was brought out,” she said in an interview with FOX31 Denver where her anonymity was maintained for fear of her son’s safety. “There were other parents there fully supporting it and taking pictures.”

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The student’s mother said she didn’t condone the behavior and that her son made a mistake. According to her, the picture was taken at a home in Elizabeth.

“I think in their immaturity they kind of think it is a cowboy thing, but to have parents feed into it and support it is really upsetting to me,” she said.

University of Colorado-Boulder ethnic studies professor Arturo Aldama issued a statement. “The image is pretty disturbing, especially if they have real assault rifles in their hands,” she said in the statement. “Not to mention, the Confederate flag and its legacy of white supremacy, Klan violence and the Jim Crow South.”

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The racist Republican Party must be ‘utterly confronted and destroyed’: Chris Hayes

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On Thursday evening, MSNBC's Chris Hayes tore into the Republican Party for accepting and legitimizing the racism of President Donald Trump and his supporters.

"'Send Her Back.' The darkest, ugliest impulses that a political movement can cultivate on full unapologetic display," said Hayes. "That's what Donald Trump has been cultivating all along. Whether the Republican Party likes it or not, it stands for it now. Most of us across the ideological spectrum feel, viscerally, a kind of moral revulsion when we hear and see an angry mob braying 'Send Her Back' about a fellow American. But the reaction from Republicans today was basically a foregone conclusion."

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Trump official melts down on MSNBC after refusing to admit Trump lied to America

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On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "The Beat," Ari Melber confronted acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan about President Donald Trump's empty threat of "mass raids" of communities nationwide by immigration officials — and Morgan was not pleased.

"The president said there would be these mass raids. Described as thousands of arrests," said Melber. "Were there mass raids, yes or no?"

"First of all, I don’t actually call this a raid," said Morgan. "I think words matter."

"Words matter, so I’m going to get to your response," said Melber. "Were there mass raids as promised?"

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Trump’s ‘aberrant’ Omar excuse is the same ‘two-step’ he did when former Ku Klux Klan Grandwizard endorsed him: CNN contributor

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," contributor Ron Brownstein reacted with outrage to President Donald Trump's attempts to disown his supporters' racist chants of "Send Her Back!" regarding Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) while at a rally in Greenville, North Carolina.

"Let me read a tweet that generated a lot of reaction, a tweet that you posted," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "It goes like this. 'If 20 high school students chanted this at a classmate how many would be expelled? If 20 employees yelled this at a colleague how many would be fired? If 20 Army soldiers aimed this at a platoon mate how many would be discharged? How much of US will accept this as a new standard?' You got a lot of reaction from that."

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