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Michigan militia vows to ‘take up arms’ to defend Flint residents in fight with state over poisoned water

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Members of the Genesee County Volunteer Militia at the gun range (GCVM Facebook)

Members of a Michigan militia group — who have spent the last week distributing bottled water in Flint — said they would take up arms to defend the residents of the embattled city facing a major water crisis.

The Genesee County Volunteer Militia held a rally on Sunday outside the Flint City Hall, demanding accountability from state administrators over how the city’s water supply became contaminated, reports the Detroit Free Press.

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In a post on their Facebook page, Maj. Matt Krol, Executive Officer/Information Officer of the GCVM urged, “Militia, Oath Keepers, III%, Home Guard, and all other like groups to wear your uniforms and insignia to this event. All others are welcome to join us as well! We ask that you only wear side arms and not long rifles, this is not about our 2nd Amendment, this is about the infringement on the good people of Flint. God Bless the Republic,”

Militia members were slamming the state government for switching to Flint river water to save money, sickening thousands of  residents with lead-tainted water and causing the death of 10 people.

About 30 members showed up for the rally, with spokesperson Dave McKellar explaining that another 50 were spending the day distributing water to local residents.

Wearing camouflage, with a handgun strapped to his side, Krol told the rally attendees they were there to stand up for the community.

“We’re here to defend this community,” said  Krol. “We’re not going to allow (the government) to step on the people of Flint any longer.”

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“If it means having to take up arms in defense … we will do that as well,” he added.

Krol also stated that he didn’t see the crisis enveloping the mostly minority community as a matter of race.

“This is not a racial issue, unlike some people last week tried to say. It’s a human issue,” he said, with McKellar adding, “What happened here is a crime.”

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The right-wing militia took up common cause with Flint-native and liberal filmmaker Michael Moore last week, with McKellar saying, “For [Moore] to step forward and say something good… this time I agree with him. We’re trying to coordinate so the protests don’t stop.”

Moore, along with 2016 Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, has called for Gov. Rick Snyder (R) to resign.

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Portland police search for white man who kicked Black journalist in the head at ‘Proud Boys’ rally

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On Saturday, the far-right group the "Proud Boys" held a rally at Delta Park in Portland, Oregon.

Zane Sparling, of The Portland Tribune documented the scene, with many attendees wearing militia dress.

https://twitter.com/PDXzane/status/1309945564922961920

Sparling captured video of a man pushing a Black journalist to the ground and kicking him in the head:

Man pushes live-streamer to the ground and kicks him in the face at Proud Boys is rally in Portland pic.twitter.com/SAdHShqir3

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Trump’s Amy Coney Barrett pick for Supreme Court might backfire: analysts

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President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he would nominate Amy Coney Barrett to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s vacant Supreme Court seat. Trump made his pick official during an event at the White House Rose Garden.

“As Amy has said, being a judge takes courage. You are not there to decide cases as you may prefer, you are there to do your duty, and to follow the law, wherever it may take you. That is exactly what Judge Barrett will do on the U.S. Supreme Court.”

He continued: “No matter the issue, no matter the case before her. I am supremely confident that Judge Barrett will issue rulings based solely upon a fair reading of the law. She will defend the sacred principle of equal justice for citizens of every race, color, religion and creed.”

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Senate Dems blast ‘corrupt’ nomination of Amy Coney Barrett: ‘This entire process is illegitimate’

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President Donald Trump on Saturday nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the United States Supreme Court -- and Democrats were livid.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) linked the nomination to the Affordable Care Act and the COVID-19 pandemic.

"A vote for Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a vote to eliminate health care for millions in the middle of a pandemic," Schumer wrote. "Democrats are fighting for Americans' health care."

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, ripped the nomination for coming so close to the election.

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