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GA Republican: Party’s rigid stance on LGBT rights and racial issues will doom GOP to ‘extinction’

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A Republican Georgia state representative warned that if the GOP doesn’t back off of its racial animus and rigid anti-LGBT views, the party will bring about its own “extinction.”

The Georgia Voice reported that Macon State Rep. Allen Peake told the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Sunday that he is staunchly against a Donald Trump presidency and that the GOP’s refusal to budge on its stance on equal rights for the LGBT community, Hispanics and African-Americans will ultimately doom the party with American voters.

The prospect of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in the White House, Peake told the Journal-Constitution, “scares the bejeebies out of me.” It would, he said, be a “death blow” to the GOP.

Hours after his interview with reporter Greg Bluestein, Peake emailed what he called his “Republican manifesto” to the Journal. In it, he urged the party to turn away from Donald Trump and rethink its identity in a changing world.

“The reality is that Donald Trump as our nominee makes me incredibly fearful for the future of our party. We have alienated Hispanics and African-Americans, both groups who would support us if we stuck to an agenda focused on jobs and the economy. We have made ourselves enemies of the gay community. And from discussions with my gay brother, many would support us, because many are moderate on social issues but fiscally conservative,” he wrote.

Peake said that Millennial voters have written off the GOP because of its inflexibility on the topics of marijuana legalization and marriage equality. His brother, Merwin Peake, is openly gay, which he said has influenced his thinking on the issue and made him unable to vote for anti-LGBT legislation with a clean conscience.

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Patrick Saunders of the Georgia Voice wrote, “Peake, the champion of medical marijuana legislation, was a co-sponsor of state Rep. Sam Teasley’s (R-Marietta) so-called ‘religious freedom’ bill in 2015. He later opened up about the difficulties of supporting such bills due to them exposing his brother Merwin Peake to more anti-LGBT discrimination, and cited his brother again earlier this year while trying to work with Gov. Deal and House Speaker David Ralston on the controversial HB757, which passed both chambers of the legislature before being vetoed by Gov. Nathan Deal. Merwin Peake appeared before a House subcommittee in March 2015 to speak out against state Sen. Josh McKoon’s (R-Columbus) controversial ‘religious freedom’ bill SB129, which later stalled in committee and failed to pass the following year.”

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Trump accuses newspaper of ‘virtual act of treason’ for reporting on a story that made him look awful

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President Donald Trump attacked an American newspaper for reporting a story that made him look bad.

"Do you believe that the Failing New York Times just did a story stating that the United States is substantially increasing Cyber Attacks on Russia. (sic) This is a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country ... also, not true," the commander-in-chief tweeted on Saturday evening.

"Anything goes with our corrupt news media today," Trump argued.

"They will do, or say, whatever it takes, with not even the slightest thought of consequence," he continued.

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Alt-Right headed to court — the ‘serious injuries’ inflicted on two sisters could cost white nationalists $10 million

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Some of the most prominent members of the Alt-Right are being sued by two sisters for $10 million.

Sisters Tadrint and Micah Washington filed a lawsuit after being seriously injured in the fatal Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, the Daily Progress reported Saturday.

"The suit has since been narrowed to Fields, Kessler, Spencer, the National Policy Institute, William Regnery II, AltRight Corp., Mike Peinovich, Michael Hill, Matthew Heimbach, the Traditionalist Worker Party, the League of the South, Bradley Griffin, Vanguard America, Augustus Invictus, Chris Cantwell, Andrew Anglin, Moonbase Holdings, Identity Europa, Nathan Damigo and Elliott Kline," the newspaper reported.

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Man barricaded himself in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s office in Queens

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The New York Police Department responded to a Saturday break-in at the Queens office of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by a 27-year-old man.

"The alleged trespasser barricaded himself in the 3rd floor office, hiding in a utility closet until police convinced him to come out," WPIX-TV reports.

"The man was taken to an area hospital for an evaluation. Charges against him are pending," ABC 7 reported.

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