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Cliven Bundy compares LaVoy Finicum to Jesus at funeral: ‘He was basically crucified’

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Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher whose stand-off last year with the Bureau of Land Management over illegal cattle grazing helped spur another stand-off this year in Oregon, compared Robert “LaVoy” Finicum to Jesus during Finicum’s funeral on Friday.

Finicum, who acted as the spokesman for the occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, was shot and killed last month after confronting federal authorities. Finicum had tried to evade a road block. When he got out of his vehicle to confront law enforcement, video shows he reached for his waist twice before authorities shot him.

Finicum’s service was held in tiny Kanab, Utah, and was attended by more than 1,000 mourners, OPB reports.

“I’m here to honor a great man,” Bundy told OPB News, at the funeral service on Friday. “He was basically crucified.”

Finicum had vowed he would die for his interpretation of the Constitution rather than go to jail.

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Cliven’s son, Ammon Bundy and other followers are in jail with no bail awaiting trial on indictments relating to the occupation, which lasted nearly a month.

Cliven Bundy’s comments reflect the fact that supporters of the Bundy occupation have attempted to paint Finicum as a martyr. According to OPB reporter Amelia Templeton, cars at the funeral arrived with fliers on their windshields saying Finicum was “murdered.”

The occupation started as a protest against what Bundy and company considered to be an unjust prison sentenced for Harney County ranchers who were convicted of setting fire to federal lands.

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Four holdouts remain inside the wildlife refuge as of Saturday, the Oregonian reports. A memorial set up for Finicum was torn down, in an act the paper calls a sign that locals are fed up with the occupation.

Watch video of the procession, as posted to YouTube, here:

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The real problem wasn’t the racism — it was the Trump taking ‘the Lord’s name in vain’ twice: supporter

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President Donald Trump was widely condemned after supporters at a campaign rally in West Virginia turned his racist "go back" message into a "Send Her Back" chant against one of a woman of color in Congress.

One Trump supporter in West Virginia also criticized the speech, but not for the racist targeting of Rep. Ilhan Omar.

State Senator Paul Hardesty, a Democrat, wrote to the White House to complain about Trump's use of the word "goddamn."

The letter was republished by the Montgomery-Herald.

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Here’s how Trump hopes to recreate his 2016 presidential win — and how Democrats can send him packing

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Writing for CNN on Saturday, election forecaster Harry Enten explained how President Donald Trump's recent, racist behavior lies in his desire to recreate the same electoral conditions that gave him a victory in 2016 in the presidential election next year.

"The Trump strategy is pretty simple: 1. Drive up the unfavorable ratings of his Democratic rival as he did in 2016 in order to compensate for his own low ratings. 2. Bank on an electoral college/popular vote split as he did in 2016. 3. Use a campaign of racial resentment to drive up turnout even more among groups favorable toward the President," wrote Enten. As he noted, Democrats have excellent odds to flip back Michigan and Pennsylvania, but they will have to work harder to win back any of the other states Trump flipped from the 2012 Obama camp — in particular Wisconsin, which was the closest state after those two.

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American, Italian and Russian blast off for ISS

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US, Italian and Russian astronauts blasted into space Saturday, headed for the International Space Station, in a launch coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, NASA's Andrew Morgan and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency set off on a six-hour journey to the orbiting science lab from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1628 GMT.

A NASA TV commentator hailed a "textbook launch" minutes after blastoff in "sweltering" weather in Baikonur, where daytime temperatures reached 43 degrees Celsius on Saturday.

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