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Minn. man says company wrong to fire him over Obama lynching threat: ‘My only regret is being called racist’

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A Minnesota man who tweeted lynching threats to President Barack Obama said this week that he was wrongly called a racist and then fired from his job.

The New York Times reported earlier this month that the president’s newly-launched Twitter account had received an unexpected number of hate-filled messages.

The paper singled out Jeff Gullickson for posting an image of Obama with a noose around his neck.

“[H]ope to see you hang soon you treasonous fraud,” he tweeted in one message.

“[W]e need ‘ROPE FOR CHANGE’ we still hang for treason don’t we?” another post said.

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According to MPR News, the Secret Service confirmed that it had opened an investigation into Gullickson.

But the Plymouth resident insisted that his tweets were not racist.

“My only regret is being called racist when my opinion of the president has more to do with [Obama] being a communist as opposed to being black,” he told MPR News in an email.

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Gullickson also said that he had been fired after the tweets came to light.

Village Automotive Group, however, insisted that the tweets were not why Gullickson was fired. The company declined to give further details about his departure.

Gullickson said that he was considering a lawsuit, but Minneapolis employment lawyer John Klassen explained to MPR News that Village Automotive Group was on solid legal ground.

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“I would certainly think that it’s within the rights of the dealership to fire an employee who posts racist tweets about our president, or racist tweets about anybody,” Klassen pointed out. “That’s just the kind of conduct that the law is not going to protect as some sort of First Amendment right.”


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‘Washington is no longer functional’: Brian Williams admits he’s sad to report that ‘our government is broken’

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MSNBC anchor Brian Williams on Tuesday reported that America's federal government is broken.

"This was day 908 of the Trump Administration and while there is no joy in it, one way of summing up today is this: Our government’s broken, our politics are broken, Washington is no longer functional, and the cracks in our society are deepening," Williams reported.

"Much of this day was taken up by the discussion of racist statements by the president. Then tonight came the news that had so many people thinking back to when we were different, the death just tonight of retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens at the age of 99," he said.

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Trump ignored being condemned by Congress and instead praised Republicans on Twitter for defending his racism

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President Donald Trump celebrated on Tuesday night despite the House of Representatives having voted earlier in the day to condemn his racist statements.

By a final vote of 240 to 187, Congress voted for a resolution saying, "Trump’s racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.”

The resolution said Congress “strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color by saying that our fellow Americans who are immigrants, and those who may look to the President like immigrants, should “go back” to other countries, by referring to immigrants and asylum seekers as “invaders,” and by saying that Members of Congress who are immigrants (or those of our colleagues who are wrongly assumed to be immigrants) do not belong in Congress or in the United States of America.”

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The tortured madness of Donald Trump: It’s clear the president is out of his mind

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Where’s Shakespeare when we need him? Only the Bard of Avon could do literary justice to the tortured madness of Donald Trump, who fluctuates between petulant self-pity and weird self-praise.

His brags are especially weird because they usually involve achievements he hasn’t made. It’s as though his saying something makes it true — even though everyone except his most naive devotees can clearly see that he’s either hallucinating or lying. In June, for example, at a rally launching his reelection campaign, he retrumpeted an old campaign promise to “drain the swamp,” assuring the adoring crowd that “that’s exactly what we’re doing right now.”

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