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Men accused of shooting up Black Lives Matter protest appear in court — and guess what? They’re ‘not racist’

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Attorneys for three of the men accused of opening fire on Black Lives Matter protesters appeared Tuesday in court to dispute the allegations against them.

Four men — 23-year-old Allen Scarsella, 27-year-old Joseph Backman, 21-year-old Nathan Gustavsson, and 26-year-old Daniel Macey — have been charged in the Nov. 23 shootings that wounded five people.

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All of the victims are expected to survive their injuries.

The suspects bragged online about disrupting protests of the Minneapolis police shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark and made racist comments in videos and discussions posted online.

The attorney for the one of the men, however, insisted his client was not racist, reported the Pioneer Press.

“Mr. Macey is not a white supremacist, he is not a racist,” said Ryan Garry, the attorney for Macey, who is Asian. The other three defendants are white.

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The attorney for Backman also insisted his client was not a white supremacist, and Gustavsson’s attorney claimed prosecutors had no evidence his client had a gun.

Gustavsson’s social media profile shows him holding and firing guns, and one of the men is seen holding a gun in a video recorded en route to the protest.

A judge set bail at $250,000 each for all three men, who are charged with riot, although she allowed conditional bail of $100,000 for Macey.

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A bond hearing for Scarsella, who faces five counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of riot, was postponed until next month at his attorney’s request.

Scarsella’s social media profile shows an interest in the Confederacy and right-wing militia groups, and he allegedly told police he was a “sovereign citizen.”

In the meantime, Hennepin County District Judge Hilary Lindell Caligiuri set bail for Scarsella at $500,000.

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One of the shooting victims — 18-year-old Wesley Martin, who was shot in the left knee — attended the hearing and said he believed Scarsella should have been “charged with way more stuff.”

However, Martin said he did not believe the men intended to kill the protesters.

“He was shooting to make a point,” Martin said. “That basically black lives don’t matter.”

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Watch this interview with Backman’s father posted online by WCCO-TV:


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Michael Moore predicts Mick Mulvaney will get into Heaven after confessing Trump’s quid pro quo

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Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore predicted acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will ascend to Heaven in the afterlife during a Friday interview on MSNBC's "The Beat" with Ari Melber.

The host played a clip of Mulvaney admitting Trump's quid pro quo while seeking foreign election assistance from Ukraine.

"This man obviously is going to be admitted into Heaven," Moore said. "You know, he told the truth."

"If there was a movie version of this, somebody stuck him with a needle just before he walked out onto the stage there, a truth serum needle, and he just went on and on saying, 'Yeah, that’s what we do. Yeah, of course.' Essentially admitting there is a quid pro quo. In fact, there are many quid pro quos."

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Trump campaign has 12-person ‘War Room’ toiling to fight the impeachment inquiry: report

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While the White House has bragged about refusing to start a "war room" to deal with the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump's administration, his campaign is footing the bill for a 12-person operation, the LA Times reported Friday.

“Some of you have criticized us for not having a war room — OK? — which we don’t by the way,” acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters.

“You don’t have a war room when you haven’t done anything wrong," he added.

By that logic, Trump's 2020 re-election campaign may fear the president did something wrong.

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‘I don’t think he knows what he’s doing’: Ex-Trump advisor rips the ‘cascading crisis’ of his ‘strategic disaster’

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President Donald Trump received harsh criticism from a former top Middle East advisor for the ethnic cleansing campaign Turkey is waging against the Kurds in Syria.

MSNBC's Chuck Todd interviewed Brett McGurk, the former special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL.

"The truth of the matter is when President Trump announced to the world last December that we were leaving Syria and he arbitrarily cut our force reportedly in half, which is already a small force, we lost all of our leverage and influence," McGurk argued. "And he really threw it out the window on this call on October 6th."

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