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Fox News’ Megyn Kelly: 15-year-old McKinney girl attacked by cop ‘was no saint, either’

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Fox News host Megyn Kelly said on Monday that, while she was not defending McKinney, Texas police officer Eric Casebolt’s actions last week, the 15-year-old girl he attacked was not without blame.

“The girl was no saint, either,” Kelly said of Dajerria Becton. “He had told her to leave, and she continued to linger. When a cop tells you to leave, get out.”

Kelly did not mention that, according to Becton, she was in the process of complying with Casebolt’s order when he violently took her down after being called to the scene of a pool party.

“He told me to keep walking, and we were walking and I guess he thought we were saying rude stuff to him,” Becton told KDFW-TV.

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Kelly also told her guests, former Los Angeles Police Detective Mark Furhman and radio host Richard Fowler, that the incident had been turned “into a race thing,” and wondered whether it was justified.

“Race aside, Megyn, I think to watch a woman being handled like that by a guy who’s two times her size made me totally sick to my stomach,” Fowler said.

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Meanwhile, Fuhrman, who pleaded no contest to perjury charges in 1996, stemming from his involvement in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, called it “kind of a wash” to suggest race was a factor in the incident, arguing that black and white residents asked for police assistance.

“The video is rather narrow in its scope, so we don’t know that,” he said. “We don’t know those facts yet. I think it’s kind of a leap to go to a racial profiling at a graduation, beginning of summer pool party.”

The witness who filmed the encounter, 15-year-old Brandon Brooks, told KDAF-TV earlier in the day that he felt that police did not use physical force against him because he is white.

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At the same time, Fuhrman also criticized Casebolt’s actions.

“You’re focusing on control, but arrest of one person ties your hands, and now you’re completely useless to the rest of the crowd or the other officers,” he argued. “He certainly did not have control of her. It looked kind of bad, the way he was attempting to get her on the ground.”

“I’m sure he didn’t know she was 14 at the time,” Kelly replied. “Maybe he did, we can’t assume it. But now we know, and she looked like a young woman. It’s brutal.”

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Watch the discussion, as posted by Media Matters on Monday, below.


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Maddow details how Stephen Miller’s backstory makes his anti-immigrant fantasy even more horrifying

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow interviewed the uncle of White House advisor Stephen Miller on Monday to detail the family's fascinating backstory.

"It begins at the turn of the 20th century, in a dirt-floor shack in the village of Antopol, a shtetl of subsistence farmers in what is now Belarus. Beset by violent anti-Jewish pogroms and forced childhood conscription in the Czar’s army, the patriarch of the shack, Wolf-Leib Glosser, fled a village where his forebears had lived for centuries and took his chances in America," Dr. David Glosser explained in Politico.

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First-term Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) was one of the few members of Congress to praise President Donald Trump's racist "go back" taunts that his supporters turned into a "send her back" chant against a black former refugee.

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In response, the Billings Gazette chastised Daines in an editorial, saying, "Montanans are more sickened by the never-ending torrent of childish, bigoted views that are shoveled from the White House that make the country look like bigots and idiots. And we're nauseous when folks like Daines invoke our state in defending a spoiled New York developer who would get tongue-lashed by most Montanans for the way he takes to Twitter."

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Democrat who lived under a dictatorship explains why she believes it is time to impeach Trump

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One of the Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee who will be interviewing special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday explained to MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell why she believes it is time to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL) immigrated to the United States from Ecuador as a child. When Mucarsel-Powell was sworn-in to office following the 2018 midterm elections, she became the first Ecuadorian-American and first South American immigrant member of Congress.

"Most Americans don't have time to read a 448-page report," Mucarsel-Powell said. "We found substantial evidence that shows us that the president obstructed justice. "And I think it is critical for the American public to understand that and that’s why this hearing will be very important on Wednesday."

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