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WATCH: Muslim refugees assure terrified Trump supporter they’re not coming to chop off heads

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Speaking with a group of Muslim refugees from Syria, a Trump supporter from Alabama attempted to defend the GOP presidential contender’s hardline stance on banning more Muslim refugees, saying he was afraid they might bring execution by head-chopping to the U.S.

In a video recorded by the BBC, pastor Jim Mather is shown sitting down with Alabaman Steve Weller and several recent Muslim immigrants and attempting to bridge their differences.

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Mather, who is supporter of bringing dispossessed refugees to America, explained that the politics of the moment  has become “poisoned” by  anti-immigrant sentiment.

“The political realm in which we live right now is poisoned, it’s deeply toxic,” he stated.

Trump supporter Steve Weller defended Trump, saying his anti-Muslim immigration rhetoric was “not just to eliminate all refugees.”

“He wants to put a halt to figure out what’s going on. That’s basically his words. I don’t think he really wants to stop people like these folks,” he said, indicating two Syrian refugees sitting across the table from him.

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Conceding that Trump’s comments might be “extreme,” Weller worried about the “radical Muslim that infiltrates — that could be a problem.”

Attempting to address his concerns, 19-year-old Syrian refugee Mustafa Khamees, explained that before refugees are accepted into the U.S., their lives are heavily scrutinized by U.S. government authorities.

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He then turned to Trump.

“I want to sit down and tell him one thing,” Khamees said. “He wants to ban all Muslim People. Islam means peace. Our religion means peace. Our Koran doesn’t have anything about killing people or killing anyone. Or being a terrorist.”

Weller was not entirely convinced, invoking a “certain segment of your religion that is referred to as ‘radical Islam'” before stating his fears that the terrorists will enter the country to do damage.

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“The fear is, if it’s happening there — and these people that are chopping heads off over there — it could happen here,” Weller claimed. “And it’s gotta be protected before heads start getting chopped off here.”

Weller later conceded, “Remember — there is always a solution.”

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Fox News contributor: Criminal justice reform not needed because ‘it’s the least racist system in the country’

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Former Assistant U.S. Attorney and Fox News contributor Andy McCarthy insisted on Monday that the U.S. criminal justice system is the "least racist system we have in the country."

McCarthy made the remarks during a Fox News segment about justice reform proposals from Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders to curb incarceration rates and root out institutional racism.

"It's a funny thing, I worked in the justice system for a long time," McCarthy said. "I think it's the least racist system that we have in the country, if that's possible."

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Analyst tells CNBC: Recession will hit US several months before 2020 election

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An analyst told CNBC on Monday that a recession is likely to hit the U.S. just months before the 2020 election.

"The inversion of the yield curve is a great signal that a recession is coming," Guy Lebas of Janney Capital Management explained. "Recessions by their nature are impossible to predict with any confidence but we have a few clues."

Lebas pointed to corporate capital expenditure plans as a sign of economic stress.

"They are hinting somewhere in the early to mid portion of 2020," he said of a possible recession.

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Orange County teens busted for singing obscure Nazi song while giving Hitler salutes

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Nearly a dozen high school students from Southern California delivered Nazi salutes and sang a Nazi marching song in a video posted on social media.

The video was uploaded to Instagram by one member of the boys’ water polo team at Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, California, along with lyrics to the song played for German troops during World War II, reported The Daily Beast.

A spokesperson for the Garden Grove Unified School District told the website administrators learned of the incident in March, four months after the video was posted, but declined to say whether any of the students were disciplined.

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