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Fox News guest: Alton Sterling ‘has to take responsibility’ in fatal encounter with cops

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Former Los Angeles police detective and convicted perjurer Mark Fuhrman attempted to pin the blame on Alton Sterling on Wednesday for the confrontation that led to his death at the hands of two Baton Rouge police officers.

“This man has to take responsibility that he did have a gun, and he conducted himself in some manner to draw attention to a citizen who called the police,” Fuhrman told Fox News host Megyn Kelly. “And after that, the one officer, if this is the way it went down, one officer shot, one officer didn’t. When you hear, ‘He’s got a gun,’ if the other officer now uses deadly force, it’s because he believes that that gun is in the hand or is attempting to be put in the hand of the suspect.”

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Fuhrman did not mention that Louisiana state laws allow for firearms to be carried by adults without a permit. Also, newly-released footage shows that Sterling’s gun was in his pocket — not in his hand — at the time of his encounter, which has sparked protests and calls for the arrests of Officers Howie Lake and Blane Salamoni.

Fuhrman said that the two officers were responding to a call saying a man was threatening someone with a gun outside the convenience store where Sterling made a living selling CDs with the consent of store owner Abdullah Muflahti. However, Muflahti himself has disputed this account, saying there was no “altercation” between Sterling and the officers before they tackled him to the ground.

“He’s not that type of person,” Muflahti told The Daily Beast. “It would have been a very big problem to pull his gun out.”

Watch the segment, as posted by Media Matters, below.

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Wall Street is abandoning Trump as his re-election bid looks doomed: report

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President Donald Trump has been sinking in the polls for weeks, as a combination of a deadly pandemic, freefalling economy, and nationwide racial unrest has started to undermine even some of his steadfast supporters' confidence in his ability to lead the nation. But for a long time, the financial industry and betting markets at least were more bullish on the president's ability to pull off another win.

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On MSNBC Tuesday, Rachel Maddow reported that Mary Trump's upcoming tell-all book claims that President Donald Trump threatened to disown his eldest son if he joined the military.

"Our Uncle Rob, Robert Trump, the president's younger brother, told us, quote, 'any of them could be disowned at any time,'" said Maddow. "'Donny' — meaning Donald Trump Jr. — 'was going to join the Army or some bullsh*t like that, and Donald and Ivana told him if he did, they'd disown him in a second.'"

"The president threatening to disown his son if he joined the military," added Maddow. "Casts a shadow, looms a little bit over what we understand about his bizarre relationship with the military and his perception of their — their role in his administration."

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‘As bad as it gets’: GOP consultants have a secret admission about Trump — and a have a word of warning to ‘Lincoln Project’ Republicans

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Fox News and AM talk radio are full of GOP strategists and consultants who are happy to go on the air and recite pro-Trump talking points, but it’s often the anonymous quotes in outlets outside the right-wing bubble that offer insights on what Republicans are really thinking about President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign. Never Trump conservative Tim Miller interviewed nine different GOP consultants for a Rolling Stone article published this week, and they candidly discussed Trump’s chances of winning a second term.

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