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Alan Grayson: Democrats will ‘crawl over hot coals naked’ to vote me into the Senate

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Former Florida Rep. Alan Grayson announced on Thursday that he is running in the primary race for Sen. Marco Rubio (R)’s seat in the U.S. Senate against Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy, a former Republican who Grayson says won’t motivate Democrats to get to the polls.

In an interview with NBC, Grayson said, “Frankly, one reason why Democrats are willing to crawl over hot coals naked to vote for me is because I’m willing to tell the truth.”

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While Democratic Party leaders in Washington may be leery of Grayson’s reputation as a shoot-from-the-hip bomb-thrower, the former congressman believes it is his passion that will connect to the Democratic base. Murphy, he said, is only “nominally and theoretically a Democrat.”

“I have the highest name recognition of any candidate in the Senate race, and I’m winning against all of the Republicans in three polls,” said Grayson. “I’m going to win. I’ll tell you those people who are saying anything else are simply blind to the facts.”

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) made its preferences plain on Thursday by making no mention of Grayson’s entry into the race, but praising Murphy’s candidacy.

According to NBC’s Alex Jaffe, “Democrats see [Murphy] as better poised to appeal to swing voters in the general election in a state that skews older, and one that could see a surge in GOP turnout if one of its hometown heroes — either former Gov. Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio, who vacated the Senate seat to run for president — is at the top of the ticket.”

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Grayson made his scorn for the DSCC and its shoddy record clear, saying, “They need a great deal of self-examination at this point…In the last cycle the DSCC lost every single open seat in the entire country except for one.”

He went on, “In essence the DSCC is committing campaign malpractice every day and they really need to think hard about the decisions that they’re making.”

Watch Grayson’s announcement video, embedded below:

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Trump campaign mocked after unveiling new red hats: ‘Do you have arm bands as well?’

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President Donald Trump's 2016 "Make America Great Again" hats have been replaced with new "Keep America Great" hats.

Trump re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale modeled one of the hats on Twitter.

Here is some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/LazarusLeBaron/status/1165430924093165568

Here I made an arm band design for you pic.twitter.com/inTyqVi2wo

— Christopher Goodwin (@LazarusLeBaron) August 25, 2019

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‘This will not end well’: Far-right extremism expert warns of Trump’s intensifying authoritarianism

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An expert on the far-right in America warned of President Donald Trump's "genuinely dangerous levels" of authoritarianism on Saturday.

Author David Neiwert posted a long Twitter thread on the commander-in-chief's "Social Dominance Orientation" -- and warned it will not end well.

Neiwert is the author of the 2017 book Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump.

Here is the thread he posted:

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165428067138846720

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165428524808724480

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165429018486702081

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Ilhan Omar trolls GOP lawmakers ‘losing their minds’ over sharing the House floor with three Muslim Democrats

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One of the first Muslim women elected to Congress trolled her GOP colleagues for "losing their minds" over the existence of three Muslims in the House of Representatives.

The three Muslims in Congress are Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Rep. André Carson (D-IN), with Omar and Tlaib being the first to Muslim women in the body

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) worried about the "growing influence" during an appearance on a local radio station.

Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan posted a link to the interview on Twitter, calling it "open bigotry."

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