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Oklahoma group promises rainbow flag targets in Facebook promo for shooting contest

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The organizers of an Oklahoma biathlon promoted their upcoming event with a Facebook post showing two men posing alongside a rainbow flag used as a target.

The Oklahoma Run ‘n’ Gun is scheduled for July 18 in Pawnee, but outrage over the image is overshadowing the race and shooting competition, reported KFOR-TV.

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The Facebook post shows two men posing with rifles alongside a rainbow flag, with a caption reading, “new high visibility targets on the 500 yard range.”

Human rights activists said many people interpreted the image as a threat against LGBT people.

“People took it as a threat, people felt very threatened,” said Troy Stevenson, executive director of Freedom Oklahoma.

The event organizers tried to assure activists no threat was intended, saying the image was supposed to be a joking response to complaints that their targets were difficult to see.

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“You could definitely tell by reading the comments that they were trying to make a joke out of this,” Stevenson told the TV station. “But once again, it was going way too far and offending a lot of people and it was very threatening language.”

The race organizers, who declined to speak on camera, said they were part of a fitness and liberty-minded group and not a hate group.

Watch this video report posted online by KFOR-TV:

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‘The Mooch’ attended Biden fundraiser in the Hamptons — because Trump ‘has lost his mind’

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Former White House press secretary Anthony Scaramucci attended a fundraiser for former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday.

CBS News reporter Ben Mitchell posted a photo of Scaramucci at the event, and subsequently interviewed "The Mooch."

Scaramucci said he was still a registered Republican, but added that Trump "has lost his mind."

Spotted at a Biden event in the Hamptons: Fmr. Trump WH Comms Director Anthony @Scaramucci pic.twitter.com/PWVTZ8Qm15

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Sean Spicer wonders if he’ll dance better than Geraldo or Tucker Carlson: ‘I’ve set the bar very, very low’

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Sean Spicer retreated to the friendly environment of Fox News on Saturday following a week of being publicly denounced.

In a widely criticized decision, ABC announced that President Donald Trump's former White House press secretary would be a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars."

ABC was blasted for "normalizing fascism" by allowing Spicer to rehabilitate his public image on the show.

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CNN anchor says Trump is ‘arsonist-in-chief’ on the economy: ‘Start practicing your stop, drop and roll’

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Conservative CNN anchor S.E. Cupp blasted President Donald Trump for taking a "blow torch to the U.S. economy this week."

"If it feels like the world is on fire, that’s because it literally is," Cupp said. "New reports that yesterday a U.S. plane made its way to South America to help local authorities fight the massive fires ripping through the Amazon, the world’s largest rain forest."

"The Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro finally caved to global pressure to authorize the country's military to assist in putting the fires out. That afterBolsonaro initially accused his critics of intentionally starting the fires -- to make him look bad," she said. "Chaos, delayed action, conspiracy theories, sound familiar?

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