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Al-Qaeda affiliate group uses Trump’s anti-Muslim rant in recruitment video: report

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A Somalian terrorist group affiliated with al-Qaeda is using footage of Donald Trump in a new recruitment video, CBS News reported.

The 51-minute video, posted online by al-Shabab on Friday, reportedly shows footage of Trump supporting “a total and complete shutdown” on immigration into the US by Muslims.

The clip is bookended by remarks from Anwar al-Awlaki, an al-Qaeda official who was killed in Yemen during a US airstrike in 2011, saying that the US would become “a land of religious discrimination and concentration camps” and that “the West will eventually turn against its Muslim citizens.”

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The video also cites the fatal shootings of Michael Brown in Missouri and Walter Scott in South Carolina at the hands of police to argue that young black Americans should convert to Islam. It was originally posted via Telegram, an encrypted messaging app, and distributed via Twitter before being posted by SITE Intelligence Group, a private company that tracks Islamic terror groups and white supremacist organizations.

SITE director Rita Katz posted screenshots from the video on Twitter, as seen below:

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The video comes less than a month after Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said in a debate that another group, Islamic State, might use Trump’s rhetoric targeting Muslims for recruiting purposes.

“And we also need to make sure that the really discriminatory messages that Trump is sending around the world don’t fall on receptive ears. He is becoming ISIS’s best recruiter,” Clinton predicted. “They are going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists. So I want to explain why this is not in America’s interest to react with this kind of fear and respond to this sort of bigotry.”

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Trump’s campaign subsequently demanded an apology, which she has refused to provide.

[h/t Think Progress]

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‘Brutal and unacceptable’: Calls for arrest of NYPD cop who put woman in the ER during protests

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The Speaker of the New York City Council is demanding accountability for a NYPD officer caught on tape violently striking a woman during protests of police violence.

Video of the incident appeared on social media on Friday. The video appears to show the cop running up a shoving the woman, launching her off her feet.

She is reportedly now in the ER after suffering a serious seizure.

"This officer needs to be charged with assault," Speaker Cory Johnson posted on Twitter. "Hard to watch. Brutal and unacceptable."

This officer needs to be charged with assault.

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‘I’m getting shot’: Shocking video shows police in Louisville hitting journalists with pepper bullets

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Police fired pepper bullets at a camera crew doing a live broadcast of the police violence protests in Louisville on Friday evening.

"WAVE 3 News reporter Kaitlin Rust appeared to have been hit by rubber bullets reportedly fired by an LMPD officer during a protest in downtown Louisville," the station reported.

Rust was wearing a fluorescent safety vest at the time of the incident.

"I'm getting shot," she shouted.

The news anchor asked, "who are they aiming that at?"

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Chicago Mayor Lightfoot to Trump: ‘What I really want to say … begins with F and it ends with U’

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CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday ripped President Donald Trump, saying he’s fomenting violence and playing to racist urges for political gain in response to the killing of a black man by a Minneapolis police officer and subsequent rioting.Lightfoot’s comments were an apparent response to Trump tweeting a message that included “When the looting starts, the shooting starts” in reply to rioting in Minneapolis and elsewhere following the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on Floyd’s neck while he was in custody. Lig... (more…)

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