A member of the armed group occupying a wildlife refuge in Oregon admitted Friday that most people wanted the militants to leave.
At the end of a press conference, LaVoy Finicum said that one third of the local residents in Burns wanted the militants to “get out of dodge, and a third says we like what you’re doing but not liking your method, appreciate it but we want you to go, and about a third saying don’t go, stay.”
“Let’s talk about a republic,” he continued. “It’s the right of an individual that we’re looking at, not the right of the collective. You know if there is just one rancher that is saying please help me, please don’t go, what about him? What about the Hammonds? What about that family that is in prison?”
Finicum said the militants wouldn’t have taken over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge if it weren’t for Steven and Dwight Hammond, the Oregon ranchers who were recently sent back to jail on arson charges.
“Let them be released,” he said. “It is about the one family right now.”
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Shep Smith goes off on Trump’s racist attacks: ‘A misleading and xenophobic eruption of distraction and division’
Fox News newsman Shep Smith began his Monday show by calling President Donald Trump's racist tweets about four Congresswomen of color "xenophobic" and a "distraction" for the purpose of "division."
"Our reporting begins with President Trump’s latest misleading and xenophobic eruption of destruction and division," Smith opened with. "Directed this time at a group of minority women in the United States Congress, 'go back to where you came from.' That is what the president wrote on Twitter just yesterday and today he called them haters of America and Jews. The president is defending those statements and when asked if he thought the Tweets might be racist, his response, 'Not at all.'"
Even neo-Nazis think Trump’s racism ‘goes too far sometimes’: Investigative reporter
An investigative reporter that has embedded with neo-Nazis and Klan members explained Monday that President Donald Trump’s language echoes what these far-right groups have been saying for years.
In an MSNBC panel discussion, Vegas Tenold explained that when Trump says things like this it's almost expected at this point because he's been saying racist things since the birther campaign.
"He’s a racist; we have known for a long time that he is a racist," Tenold said. "'Go back to where you came from,' it’s peak racism, it’s, you know, the original form of racism. He’s been on this thing for a long time."
Republican slams Trump for eroding ‘the very basis of what America is all about’
On Monday, President Donald Trump doubled down on comments that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) should leave America if they're so unhappy with the status quo.
He posted a series of tweets making the same point over the weekend. In response, former Ohio Governor John Kasich tweeted his displeasure at the President's behavior.
What @realDonaldTrump said about Democrat women in Congress is deplorable and beneath the dignity of the office. We all, including Republicans, need to speak out against these kinds of comments that do nothing more than divide us and create deep animosity - maybe even hatred.