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‘Neo-Nazis with flags’: Twitter users respond to Phoenix ‘Draw Mohammad’ contest with #NotMyAmerica

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With a heavy police presence standing between them, bikers and their supporters confronted defenders of a Phoenix mosque Friday night over a so-called “Freedom of Speech Rally Round II” featuring a “Draw Mohammad” contest.

Thrown together by former Marine Jon Ritzheimer, the event was reportedly “in response to the recent attack in Texas where 2 armed terrorist [sic], with ties to ISIS, attempted Jihad.” The protest comes weeks after two men were killed by police after they attacked a similar event in Garland, Texas.

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On the event Facebook page, Ritzheimer wrote, “This Islamic Community Center is a known place that the 2 terrorist [sic] frequented. People are also encouraged to utilize there [sic] second amendment right at this event just in case our first amendment comes under the much anticipated attack.”

On Twitter, users commented on the event that many felt was needlessly provocative — pointing out that Ritzheimer wears and sells t-shirts reading “F*ck Islam” — by using the hashtag #NotMyAmerica, which drew tweets from both sides of the controversy.

Supporters of Ritzheimer attacked Islam or used the opportunity to state their belief that being criticized for the drawing contest was anti-1st Amendment and therefore un-American.

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Defenders of the mosque criticized the biker group for bringing weapons to the protest, while accusing them of bigotry and hate.

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Juan Rivera ( ‏@jrivera64) made a point that shouldn’t be forgotten about all religious fundamentalists:


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Here are the two Trump claims that the Pentagon chief refused to vouch for

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The White House meeting Wednesday afternoon didn't go well for either party, according to their counterparts. Both sides are dishing on details, including a Democratic aide who said that there were two of President Donald Trump's claims that his own Pentagon chief wouldn't vouch for.

At the onset of the meeting, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) began by reading a quote from Gen. James Mattis, who briefly served in Trump's administration.

"But POTUS cut Schumer off," reported PBS News correspondent Lisa Desjardins. Trump then "said that Gen Mattis was: 'the world’s most overrated general. You know why? He wasn’t tough enough. I captured ISIS. Mattis said it would take 2 yrs. I captured them in 1 month."

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Former Clinton lawyer scolds Trump’s White House counsel on impeachment: ‘we never considered’ behaving this way

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On Tuesday, Lanny Breuer, a special counsel who worked for President Bill Clinton's White House, wrote an open letter in the Washington Post to President Donald Trump's White House Counsel Pat Cipollone — telling him that, while he understands an impeachment is a horrible thing for an administration to go through, Clinton and his lawyers would never have behaved the way Trump is now.

"In 1998, we felt under siege," wrote Breuer. "We argued at the time, as you do in your letter, that Congress should provide additional procedural protections to the president ... For example, instead of conducting its own investigation, the committee relied almost exclusively on [independent counsel Ken] Starr’s report, which had serious flaws. The House took only three months to adopt articles of impeachment, and we had only two days to present our witnesses. The president’s personal lawyer, David Kendall, had only 30 minutes to question Starr. We felt this was deeply unfair and a derogation of the House’s constitutional duty to investigate thoroughly whether impeachment was warranted."

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White House leaked ‘insane letter’ to Fox host — that makes Trump look ridiculously ‘dumb’

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President Donald Trump was ridiculed on Wednesday after a letter was leaked that President Donald Trump sent to Turkish President Recep Erdo?an.

The letter was sent a week ago, on October 9th.

A copy of the letter, where Trump warned Erdo?an not to be a fool, was obtained by Fox Business personality Trish Regan.

https://twitter.com/trish_regan/status/1184559361638748161

Commentary on the letter was swift -- and brutal.

Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/chrislhayes/status/1184570895043571713

Can’t tell if parody of dumb guy trying to cover his tracks or real dumb guy who is covering tracks

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