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Ted Cruz explains Ellen Page debacle: ‘Liberal fascists’ have ‘a hatred and intolerance for Christians’

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Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said that a recent confrontation with actress Ellen Page about LGBT rights was an example of “liberal fascism” and a “hatred” for Christians.

While Cruz was campaigning at the Iowa State Fair last week, Page had asserted to the candidate that it was un-American that LGBT people could legally be fired for their sexual orientation.

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In an interview with Newsmax’s Ed Berliner that was taped later that day, Cruz predicted that he wouldn’t be getting support from many “Hollywood celebrities.”

“That was not a big surprise that she and I had some disagreements there,” Cruz observed. “An awful lot of folks in the media, an awful lot of folks in Hollywood, they dismiss the assault on religious liberty. They say it isn’t real.”

“I’m a Christian and scripture commands Christians to love everybody,” he continued. “This is about whether the government is going to persecute people of faith for standing up to their faith.”

The Texas senator said that he had told Ellen Page that a gay florist should not be forced to provide flowers for a Christian wedding just as a Christian baker should not be forced to cater to a same-sex wedding.

“And what we’re seeing right now is this liberal fascism and intolerance,” Cruz opined. “Their object is to persecute, to punish, to fine any Bible-following Christian or believer that believes in the biblical definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”

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“There are some activists who, frankly, manifest a hatred and intolerance for Christians, who are persecuting Christians,” the GOP candidate said as he squinted. “That is unfortunate. As I said, I think we should love everybody.”

Watch the video below from Newsmax, broadcast Aug. 24, 2015.

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WATCH: ‘Incredible tornado’ caught on tape by storm chaser

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Shocking video was posted to Twitter on Friday by a storm chaser in Canada.

"A tornado has touched down in southwestern Manitoba near Virden," the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports. "The funnel cloud was documented and posted to social media by several people in the area, including storm chaser Aaron Jayjack, who shot video of himself standing in front of the twister as it touched down."

Authorities warned golf ball-sized hail was likely.

"This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation," the government warned. "Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. If you hear a roaring sound or see a funnel cloud, swirling debris near the ground, flying debris, or any threatening weather approaching, take shelter immediately."

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‘Honestly, I think Trump wants to lose’: Bedminster press conference panned as campaign ‘self-sabotage’

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President Donald Trump made lots of promises at a Friday evening press conference, but did not take any action.

The president made the comments from Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, where he arrived on Thursday for an extended weekend.

He held the press conference while allowing members of his private club to serve as an audience for his speech, which was announced by the White House but frequently veered into partisan electoral politics. Members were seen without masks and not social distancing, potentially in violation of New Jersey regulations.

Trump's comments came after White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin "did not make any progress" in negotiations with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

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WATCH: Bedminster members cheer when Trump praises them for refusing to social distance

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Donald Trump received loud applause from the members at his private club who had gathered as an audience for his presidential address.

Trump was asked why the audience at Bedminster Golf Club was not social distancing, with many seen without maks.

The leader of the free world replied that the event -- officially announced by the White House -- was a political rally and a peaceful protest.

The audience cheered his comments, as he complained about fake news.

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