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Felons for Trump: Jailed Oregon militant Blaine Cooper endorses GOP candidate after Orlando massacre

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One of the militants jailed for taking over an Oregon wildlife refuge has offered an endorsement of Donald Trump for president.

Blaine Cooper, who was indicted on a variety of felony charges for his roles in the Malheur National Wildlife Preserve and the 2014 armed standoff at Bundy ranch in Nevada, said the mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub had convinced him to back Trump.

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The jailed Cooper complained that federal authorities had not stopped Omar Mateen, a Florida security guard who was twice investigated by the FBI and listed for a time on the terrorism watch list, but had shot and killed one of his fellow militants following the monthlong occupation.

“It’s nice to know our fed government and FBI has America’s best interest at heart,” Cooper wrote in a post shared on Facebook. “When they spend millions of dollars in resources to round up and murder innocent Americans patriots and ranchers. In particular Robert LaVoy Finicum while dropping the ball on Islamic terrorism allowing hundreds of innocent Americans to be murdered at the hands of Islamic terrorist.”

“I wander (sic) if Obama will call this work place violence?” Cooper added. “At least Donald Trump is offering a solution. I know who gets my vote.”

It’s not clear whether Cooper, who has a lengthy felony record in Arizona, is actually able to vote in November’s presidential election.

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He would be allowed to vote while awaiting charges in jail, but it’s not clear whether he repaid court fees and applied for the restoration of his civil rights following a felony conviction.

Cooper, whose real name is Stanley Blaine Hicks, had amassed 16 felonies under his birth name and another felony under his chosen name — which is the name of Jesse Ventura’s character in the 1987 movie “Predator.”

Those include multiple counts of assault — both with and without a deadly weapon — and making threats, along with several alcohol- and traffic-related offenses.

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Another jailed Oregon militant, Jerry DeLemus, served as co-chair of New Hampshire’s Veterans for Trump organization and is married to state Rep. Susan DeLemus.

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Fox News promotes conspiracy theory on screen — and downplays terrorism in El Paso

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Fox News is promoting another conspiracy theory on the network that purports to be a real news source.

During Monday's episode of "The Five," the lower third of the screen read: "NYT to focus on race after Russian collusion fails."

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— Max Tani (@maxwelltani) August 19, 2019

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Trans Republican pens scathing op-ed calling out Log Cabin Republicans

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President Donald Trump told LGBTQ people he would be their greatest ally and protector as president. After the attack on the Pulse Nightclub, Trump claimed such terrorism wouldn't happen in his administration. Not only was it a lie, Trump failed to protect straight Americans from domestic terrorism in El Paso too. It has prompted one transgender Republican to attack the Log Cabin Republicans for being so willing to endorse Trump.

The Republican Party passed a rule that it wouldn't endorse anyone other than Trump in 2020, despite being opposed by at least one well-known challenger so far. It's unclear if the Log Cabin Republicans are following that same lead, but Massachusettes Republican Jordan Evans wrote in The Advocate, that she opposed the decision by the organization.

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Twitter mocks ‘gibbering conspiracy loon’ Trump after he claims Google rigged the election

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On Monday, President Donald Trump made the dubious claim that Google had tried to sway the election for Hillary Clinton.

"My victory was even bigger than thought!" the president proclaimed.

Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought! @JudicialWatch

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