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‘Brave? Really?’: Demonstrators blast armed bigots who surrounded peaceful Muslims at mosque last week

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Texans outraged that armed protesters harassed the local Muslim community in Irving last week by surrounding the community’s mosque, held their own demonstration to show support for their neighbors.

About 200 well wishers gathered outside the Islamic Center of Irving to decry the demonstration last week, according to the Dallas Morning News. The number far exceeded the anti-Muslim crowd of about a dozen last Saturday.

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“It turned my stomach,” Bob Maryan told the News, speaking of the demonstration last week.

Demonstrator Chuck Smith held a sign with a photograph of one of last week’s masked male protesters, armed with a long gun, following a Muslim woman. On it, Smith had written the words, “Brave? Really?”

“It just made me so angry to see Americans who call themselves brave patriots threatening women and children,” he told local Fox4.

Irving has made national news this year because of paranoia over its Muslim residents. In September, a 14-year-old Muslim schoolboy was arrested for bringing a home-made clock to school. He was accused of making a “hoax bomb.”

The mayor of Irving, Beth Van Duyne, had made a name for herself by whipping up bogus fear about a “Sharia court” at the mosque.

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At last week’s demonstration, some had signs that read, “Stop the Islamization of America.”

“I am tired of being represented by hate groups and I just want to let people know not all of Irving is like that,” Jeremy Michell told Fox4.

Video of the demonstration shows a sidewalk full of people standing in the cold holding signs while cars honked their support. Inside the mosque, religious leaders had invited supporters in for coffee, cookies and chicken Shwarma. They were also invited to watch the Muslim community in prayer.

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“Holding guns where little kids study … it’s just being a coward,” Maleeha Aziz, 22, told the News.

Watch video of supporters, as posted to Twitter, here:

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Trump defender Kingston shamed into silence by MSNBC’s Joy Reid after blizzard of lies on impeachment

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MSNBC host Joy Reid showed no patience with former Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) on Sunday morning as the advocate for the re-election of Donald Trump repeatedly was called out for lying about the facts of the Ukraine corruption case against Donald Trump as well as the House impeachment trial.

Sitting on a panel with the Intercept's Mehdi Hasan, Kingston was given the first crack at addressing the defense case put forth by Trump's lawyers on the Senate floor on Saturday, only to be pulled up short by the MSNBC host after stating a falsehood, for which he received an admonishment.

With Kingston claiming Democratic members of the Senate who are currently running for their party's presidential nomination did not attend the Saturday hearing, Reid quickly cut him off.

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Will the GOP ‘stand for gaslighting or reality?’: George Conway thumps senate Republicans who refuse to consider Trump’s crimes

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Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," conservative attorney George Conway launched a broadside against Republican senators for their conduct in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, saying they are selling lies to the public.

Speaking with host Jake Tapper, Conway -- the husband of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway -- painted a withering portrait of the GOP that is hellbent on acquitting the president of obvious impeachable crimes.

"I'm deeply saddened," Conway began. "It is very upsetting and this is a moment of reckoning not just for the country and the rule of law and the constitution, but it is a specific day of reckoning for the Republican senators who took this oath, and the republican party generally, are they going to stand for lies instead of truth?"

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Mitch McConnell is manipulating Trump to keep him from prolonging impeachment trial: NYT’s Haberman

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Appearing on CNN on Sunday morning, the New York Times' Maggie Haberman said Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is stringing an anxious Donald Trump along and manipulating him to go along with his plan to wrap up the Senate impeachment trial.

Speaking with host John King, Haberman claimed that McConnell is speaking to Trump in such a way that the president may think that McConnell's ideas are his own.

"Do you think the president will -- e could do this over two more days but does he give up a day of TV time?" King asked about the impeachment trial

"McConnell has convinced him, it's taking him some time, back and forth," B Haberman explained. "The president had to be allowed to believe it's his idea or that he wasn't being led along but he's generally done what McConnell wanted. He [McConnell] wants this over quick."

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