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Wisconsin Republican flips off Democrats who called him out for racist statements on crime

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A Wisconsin Republican flipped off a Democratic lawmaker who called him out for a racist press release he issued blaming black criminals for the state’s problems.

Rep. Bob Gannon (R-Slinger) said Milwaukee’s black residents, rather than the state’s Republican governor and GOP-dominated legislature, were an “anchor holding back the ship of state as far as jobs is concerned.”

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“Milwaukee leads in murders and mayhem per capita, with a large number of these crimes occurring in mainly black neighborhoods,” he said in the Jan. 6 statement. “What employer will build or expand when they fear muggings, carjackings, attempted murder, or other serious criminal threats to their employees?”

State Rep. Mandela Barnes (D-Milwaukee) confronted the GOP lawmaker Tuesday, telling Gannon that his comments were harebrained and reprehensible, reported the Journal Sentinel.

Another Milwaukee Democrat, state Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa, joined Barnes in criticizing Gannon, who said Milwaukee’s “Democrat” leaders were “exporting” crime to his Washington County district.

“Your drugs, your crime knows no border,” Gannon said. “We’re right next door, we’re locking them up in our county jail. Thankfully, we have police and a district attorney who are making sure we’re locking people up in our prisons.”

Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) said he thought Gannon should apologize if he had been indeed misunderstood about the purpose of his racist statement, and the Republican made an obscene one-finger gesture.

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“Did he just give me the finger?” Barca said. “I’d like to make a motion to reprimand him. He just stood up (and) I will plainly show he’s giving me the finger. Now what is wrong with you?”

Gannon, who made news last month when he urged gun owners to cleanse society of criminal “scumbags,” quickly apologized for the rude gesture.

“I do apologize for the gesture,” Gannon said. “I didn’t like the way I was attacked.”

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Watch Barca’s reaction to the obscene gesture posted online by the Journal Sentinel:

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If Democrats fight right-wing ‘fake news’ fire with fire, we all lose

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Democrats are increasingly worried about losing the 2020 presidential election to Donald Trump. The party is in seeming disarray from the botched Iowa caucuses and the failure of an "electable" frontrunner to emerge early in the primary season. Trump's fundraising and digital operations are humming, buoyed in part by his acquittal at the Senate trial which refused to remove him from office for soliciting foreign interference in the 2020 elections and obstructing the House's investigation of it.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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Soledad O’Brien shames 1980 ‘Miracle on Ice’ hockey team for photo-op with Trump while wearing MAGA hats

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In an early Sunday morning tweet, award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien expressed her dismay with members of the 1980 Gold Medal-winning Olympic hockey team for celebrating their historic win over the then-Soviet Union -- dubbed the "Miracle on Ice" -- with Donald Trump while wearing "Make America Great Again" hats.

According to O'Brien, seeing them hand Trump a photo-op filled her with "disappointment."

Taking to Twitter, she wrote, " Ugh.... so disappointed by the @1980MiracleTeam . I loved watching that game as a kid with my dad. Loved watching the movie with my kids. To see them on a stage, in maga hats—kinda crushing I have to say."

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‘Nice deflection, Mr President’: Adam Schiff busts Trump for trying to blame him for his leaky administration

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) took a shot at President Donald Trump on Sunday morning after the president tried to blame him for the leak describing a classified meeting lawmakers had with an intelligence official who warned the bipartisan group that the Kremlin is trying to help the president get re-elected.

As the president prepared to leave the White House for India, he told reporters that Schiff was to blame for the leaked meeting story, with the president insisting he personally had not been briefed on the report explosive report.

Responding to a 'Meet the Press" clip of the president making his accusation, Schiff tweeted back: "Nice deflection, Mr. President. But your false claims fool no one. You welcomed Russian help in 2016, tried to coerce Ukraine’s help in 2019, and won’t protect our elections in 2020. Now you fired your intel chief for briefing Congress about it. You’ve betrayed America. Again."

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