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Rep. Steve King smears Muslim colleague behind his back — and acts like nothing happened moments later

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Rep. Steve King (R-IA) tried to paint his two Muslim congressional colleagues as extremists — when they weren’t looking, Talking Points Memo reported.

“You won’t get Keith Ellison or Andre Carson in this Congress to renounce Sharia law,” King said during an interview regarding Donald Trump’s proposed blanket ban on immigration for Muslims. “Let alone somebody that’s just come out of the Middle East that is someone who has been steeped in Islam for a lifetime.”

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According to TPM, Ellison was nearby at the conclusion of reporter Lauren Fox’s interview with King. The two reportedly shook hands, but it is unclear whether King informed the Minnesota Democrat about his accusation.

RELATED: Rep. Keith Ellison rips Steve King for ‘spewing’ same anti-Muslim ‘nonsense’ as GOP candidates

Ellison responded in a separate interview, calling it “an incredibly ignorant statement.”

He added, “When I say ignorant I don’t mean it as an insult, I mean it as it is incredibly uninformed. That is all I can really say.”

In supporting Trump’s proposal, the Iowa Tea Party legislator said that the first thing any prospective immigrant from the Middle East should do is “renounce Sharia law.”

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His remarks came a day after Carson revealed that he had received a death threat, which he attributed to anti-Muslim statement from Trump and other conservatives.


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‘Outrageous and criminal behavior’: Internet blows up at graphic video of Buffalo Police pushing over an elderly man

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On Thursday, footage emerged of police in Buffalo, New York pushing an elderly man to the ground, and refusing to help him as he lay bleeding profusely from a head injury.

The footage triggered immediate outrage on social media.

Horrible. I pray he’s ok. https://t.co/wL2gcNeAIT

— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 5, 2020

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WATCH: Protester bled from his ear after being shoved by police — cops say he ‘tripped’

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SHocking video from Buffalo, New York was posted online on Thursday after a large group of police confronted a lone protester -- and then violently shoved him.

"Shortly after Buffalo’s curfew started, city police and State Police swept through the area of Niagara Square directly in front of City Hall to clear the area where a protest was finishing. An unidentified, older man was hit shoved by two officers in the line. The man lost his balance and fell to the pavement, audibly hitting his head with blood running out from under his head," WBFO-TV reports.

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Trump aides are compiling candidates to replace Mark Esper if Trump decides to fire him: report

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On Thursday, Politico reported that although Defense Secretary Mark Esper's job appears safe for now, aides to President Donald Trump are compiling a list of potential nominees to replace him if the president changes his mind and decides to fire him.

"An administration official and two people close to the White House say staffers in recent days have pulled together a list of possible candidates for Defense secretary if Trump does choose to fire Esper," reported Lara Seligman, Daniel Lippman, and Meridith McGraw. "At the top of that list is Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, who was Esper’s No. 2 before taking the Army job last summer, the people said. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), an outspoken Trump ally who has previously been considered for the position, is also in the mix, according to one of the people."

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