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Rep. Steve King: Muhammad cartoon contest teaches Muslims that ‘Western civilization is superior’

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Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told CNN on Tuesday that he supported an anti-Muslim event in Texas that inspired a shooting over the weekend because “Western civilization is superior.”

The controversial conservative congressman explained to CNN host Chris Cuomo that he knew that an attack by the supporters of the terrorist group ISIS “was coming” even before two men opened fire at the event mocking Islam in Garland, Texas.

“It was going to happen eventually in the United States,” he insisted. “The event that was going on in Garland, Texas, if someone would have told me that this happened somewhere in America, I think I could have told you where it was without having been told.”

Cuomo, however, wondered if Pam Geller’s group had been using free speech “as a cover to poke Islam in the eye.”

“I don’t think that what they did down there was offensive,” King said of the contest to draw a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad. “I think it was a robust demonstration of freedom of speech, and we have to do that. If the speech is not offensive, it doesn’t need to be protected by our First Amendment of the Constitution.”

King also pointed out that he had invited one of the participants from the Texas event, anti-Islamic Dutch politician Geert Wilders, to speak at four events in Washington, D.C.

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“As he says, Western civilization is superior,” the Iowa Republican opined. “And we need to understand why it’s superior. I often talk about the pillars of American Exceptionalism.”

Cuomo interrupted: “What makes America great as a culture, as you well know, is what we do by example. Not that we say that we’re better than everybody else. I mean, that’s not American.”

“If Wilders was saying that Christianity was the ‘ideology of the regarded’ [as he had said of Islam] and the Bible should be outlawed, you wouldn’t invite him to Congress,” the CNN host said.

“I guess you just have to ask yourself what it is that you want to promote,” Cuomo added. “I mean, do you believe that Americas future when it comes to collaboration of cultures is to pick on one and paint one in the extreme at its ugliest or do you want to try to cultivate the moderates within Islam and show them that they’re welcome in this country?”

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Pete Buttigieg opens the door for prosecuting Trump if he’s elected: ‘The rule of law will catch up to this president’

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In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg -- who has jumped to the forefront of potential Democratic presidential nominees -- did not rule out seeing President Donald Trump prosecuted after he leaves office.

During his appearance on "State of the Union," the Democrat discussed his drive for the nomination and was asked by the host about comments made by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) that, if she is elected president, her Justice Department would have no choice but to go forward with obstruction of justice charges against President Trump.

"Would the Justice Department under President Buttigieg feel the same way -- do the same thing?" Tapper asked.

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Ocasio-Cortez: ‘We’re going to fight to repeal the Hyde Amendment’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) started a petition Saturday seeking to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which bars the use of federal funds for abortions, arguing the restriction overwhelmingly harms low-income Americans and women of color. AOC emailed her supporters:

“Since 1976, our government has banned federal funding for abortion care — specifically, for Medicaid recipients. Countless studies have shown that due to this amendment, millions of women have been forced to go through with pregnancies that, given the funding, they would have otherwise terminated. "

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Florida man’s own family blasts him after he was arrested for racist threats: ‘This isn’t how we were raised’

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After a Florida man was arrested for trying to start a race war, a member of his own family slammed his values.

"A Florida man’s social media posts that threatened violence against African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals and that urged his followers to start a race war netted him a $1 million bond," the Miami Herald reported Saturday. "And then there’s another $100,000 bond he would have to pay to get out of Lee County Jail because of a weapons charge."

Joshua Leff, 40, is being held in the Lee County Jail.

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