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Illinois man busted after ‘protesting’ Target for opening restrooms to trans shoppers

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A 39-year-old Illinois man initially described as an “active shooter” on Monday was actually staging a demonstration against a Target department store for its trans-inclusive restroom policy, the Kankakee Daily Journal reported.

Michael Lloyd Merichko was charged with disorderly conduct after being arrested inside the store in Bradley. However, he did not have a gun with him, as earlier reports concerning the incident mentioned.

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According to the Daily Journal, Merichko had visited the store several times prior to Monday’s arrest “to ask the question” regarding the policy, which allows both customers and employees to use restrooms according to their gender identity.

Merichko posted a video on April 25 saying he asked an employee about the policy, saying that he was concerned about “some wicked pervert in the same bathroom as my wife or my daughter who ‘self-identifies’ at that time as a woman.” Police were called, he said in the video, stopping him from delivering a “rebuke.”

A day after that encounter, he said, police were called as soon as he walked into the store. He subsequently told an officer he would “go stand guard” if his wife or daughter were to use the womens’ bathroom inside the store.

“This Bible that I read 110 percent disagrees with that so-called law,” he said he told the officer. “It’s against His law.”

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Merichko has also posted a meme invoking actor John Wayne to oppose the policy, as seen below:

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The suspect also operates a YouTube channel in which he offers his interpretation of various biblical verses, under the username “MrTorahGuy.”

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Watch Merichko’s video regarding his past visits to the store, as posted online, below.

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WATCH: Larry Kudlow wilts under barrage of questions about Trump’s conflicting trade war comments

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Larry Kudlow, who appeared to have been drinking before his FOX News appearance last Sunday, probably wished he was drinking this Sunday after his stammering performance on CNN where he faced a barrage of questions from "State of the Union" fill-in host Brianna Keilar.

Speaking from France where he is attending the G7 conference with Donald Trump, Kudlow was put on the spot over the president's comments where he seemed to express regret over launching a trade war with China.

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White House spokesperson ridiculed for ‘pathetic’ spin on Trump’s trade war admission: ‘Does she think we believe that?’

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Hours after Donald Trump blithely admitted that he had "second thoughts" about his trade war with China that has damaged the U.S. economy and helped set the stage for a possible recession, White House spokesperson Stephanie Grisham was forced to issue a clarification about the president's comments.

Addressing Trump's G7 response about his tariffs, widely interpreted by the press as expressing some regret, Grisham issued a statement saying the president meant that he wished he had increased his market-destroying tariffs even more.

"The President was asked if he had ‘any second thought on escalating the trade war with China,'" White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham relayed. "His answer has been greatly misinterpreted. President Trump responded in the affirmative - because he regrets not raising the tariffs higher."

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Here is why Trump is obsessed with Greenland

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They say that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. Remember that President Harry Truman tried to purchase Greenland in 1946; now, in 2019, President Donald Trump is trying to do the same thing.

This article first appeared in Salon.

To be clear, Trump’s farcical, “absurd” idea — to borrow the adjective used by Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen — is not happening, and was never going to happen. As Frederiksen pointed out, Greenland is “not for sale." Trump, for his part, has not backed down from the idea.

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