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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.

“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.

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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.

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

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“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.

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

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


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Watch Rachel Maddow broadcast ‘exclusive story’ that undermines Mike Pence’s claims

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Monday presented an "exclusive story" -- that undermines public claims by the Trump administration.

Vice President Mike Pence has been among the biggest defenders of the detention camps the administration is running near the southern border.

Pence has described the treatment of detainees as "compassionate" and "excellent."

https://twitter.com/VP/status/1149879335454515200

But that was not what Maddow reported on Monday.

"You haven’t seen this anywhere else," she introduced. "This is the first time this has been broadcast."

The story was an exclusive interview NBC News correspondent Julia Ainsley conducted with a child refugee from Guatemala who was held in one of the camps for eleven days.

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WATCH: 10 videos show massive flooding hitting Brooklyn and New Jersey after torrential downpour

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A massive flood is once again striking parts of New York City and New Jersey Monday as the heatwave gave way to a torrential downpour.

The storm moved through after 6 p.m. EST, dropping several inches of rain in a short period and causing immense flash flooding during rush hour. Commuters reported unusually large crowds on subway platforms, water flowing down subway stairs and huge leaks in the ceilings.

Airports were also dealing with the storm blowing through with time delays at LaGuardia, JFK and the Newark Airports.

Some folks took the flood in stride, bringing out pool toys to ride the waves:

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‘They share staff with the Kremlin’: Maddow roasts Trump’s new favorite right-wing network OANN

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow roasted One America News Network (OANN) for employing a Kremlin operative to report on United States politics.

"If the Fox News channel is insufficiently pro-Trump for you, you may or may not know there is another boutique little news outlet that is designed specifically for Trump megafans called One America, One America News Network," she explained.

"The Trump White House gave this boutique outfit a hard pass for access to the White House grounds and a permanent seat in the White House briefing room -- remember when the White House used to hold press briefings? They had a seat," she continued.

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