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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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‘People’s lives will be lost’: Psychiatrist warns ‘sociopath’ Trump is ‘getting worse’ — and failing in coronavirus response

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President Donald Trump's psychological problems are getting worse and could be consequential as America faces a potential COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday interviewed Dr. Lance Dodes, a former assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

"As you pointed out, Lawrence, this man is about himself. He really is not about the country, he's not about public health," Dr. Dodes said of Trump.

"Although he has already severely damaged the country by being a psychopath or sociopath -- in many ways, he's damaged democracy -- I think people's lives will be lost now," he warned. "Individual lives will be lost because of the way he's mishandling the coronavirus issue."

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‘Something really rotten’: Here’s the evidence of extensive voter suppression in Georgia’s notorious 2018 election

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As the 2020 presidential campaign cycle grinds on, there’s renewed concern about the 21st century’s newest form of warfare: cyber-sabotage of government systems, including elections and online disinformation intended to incite unrest. But as Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, a documentary from Brave New Films, makes clear, partisan voter suppression tactics with 20th-century roots remain and can thwart multitudes of voters from changing their state’s political leaders.

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The real story behind Trump’s new lawsuit against the New York Times

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Wednesday was an ominous day for freedom of the press in this country, and I want to tell you why.

You may have heard or seen that President Trump filed a libel suit against the New York Times. Perhaps you weren’t surprised: the president is known to frequently disparage the Times even as he reads it obsessively. Borrowing a page from what I’ve referred to before as a Mount Rushmore of totalitarians, Robespierre, Hitler, Stalin and Mao, Trump loves to call the press the “enemy of the people.”

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