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‘I won’t be a slave to the party:’ Iowa Republican defends his Confederate float at Fourth of July parade

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Iowa Republicans are distancing themselves from the Marion County GOP’s Fourth of July float, which was pulled through the streets of Pella and Pleasantville by a truck flying three Confederate flags.

The DeMoines Register reports that Linda and Owen Golay own and decorated the truck that pulled the Marion County GOP float in this year’s Independence Day parades. According to the paper, “Golay attached the three flags on three different sides of his truck” and “posted handwritten statements on both sides of the truck detailing three congressional acts — in 1906, 1929 and 1958 — by which the U.S. government recognized or gave rights to Confederate veterans.”

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The Golay’s truck pulled a trailer through two Iowa parade routes this weekend, from which area Republican activists threw candy to the crowd and raised campaign signs for party bigwigs, including Iowa’s governor, Terry Branstad, and U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA).

Branstad, as well as the Ed Bull, Marion’s Republican Central Committee co-chairman and County Attorney, oppose using the party as a vehicle to promote the Confederacy, KCRG reports. Meanwhile, Jeff Kaufmann, chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, tells the DesMoines Register the Confederate flag is in “opposition to what the GOP and the party of Lincoln stands for.”

Linda and Owen Golay have resigned from the Marion County Republican Party central committee following Saturday’s Confederate float PR disaster. They are, however, members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans organization, and fly the Confederate flag on a daily basis at their Iowa home.

To the press, Owen Golay remains defiant against senior Republicans who’d prefer he not advertise the flag representing an armed insurrection against the U.S. government in defense of enslaving black people.

“This is a matter of standing up for what you believe in,” Golay tells KCCI. “Standing up for a part of history. This is not hate. This is not racism.”

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“I won’t be a slave to the Republican Party either,” Golay continues. “They are not going to control what I say. They are not going control what I think. They are not going to control my freedom of speech.”

Golay lists his Republican detractors by name, saying he we not subject himself to their attempts at what he sees as enslavement.

“I guess my message to Mr. Kaufmann would be that we won’t be slaves to the Republican Party,” Golay tells the DesMoines Register. “I’m insulted that our county attorney, Ed Bull, could make a statement [against the Confederate flag], but he didn’t have enough guts to talk to me when he saw me. … I think they’re pretty much cowards.”

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According to his Facebook page, Owen Golay has owned Golay Heating and Cooling since 1995, a company that offers service discounts to military veterans.

On Facebook, Golay shares his thoughts about not having to pay taxes, loose gun laws, and motorcycling against Muslims. Screenshots below:

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WATCH: John Oliver exposes Trump’s lies about vote-by-mail — and the Fox News ‘cult’ claiming the election is already ‘rigged’

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"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver's main story Sunday refuted President Donald Trump's latest crusade against vote-by-mail. Trump announced on Twitter that the more people who vote in an election, the more Republicans tend to lose. So, he wants fewer people to have access to the ballot in November, even if people are too scared to go out during the coronavirus crisis.

Oliver called out Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO), who outright told people not to vote if they were too afraid to vote in the local elections next week.

"Well, hold on there," Oliver interjected. "Voting is a right. It has to be easy to understand and accessible to anyone."

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John Oliver rips Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for urging ‘order’ from people of color — but never demanding it of police

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John Oliver opened his Sunday show, shredding Fox News host Tucker Carlson for uring "order" among protesters, but refusing to urge "order" to police and "wannabe police" who can't stop killing people.

It's a lot, Oliver explained. "How these protests are a response to a legacy of police misconduct, both in Minneapolis and the nation at large and how that misconduct is, itself, built on a legacy of white supremacy that prioritizes the comfort of white Americans over the safety of people of color."

While some of it is complicated, Oliver conceded, most of it is "all too clear."

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Cars set on fire blocks from White House as DC protests turn violent

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The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.

The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.

Lights that normally shine on the White House have also been turned off, reporters revealed.

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