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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.

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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.

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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Former Fox & Friends co-host Clayton Morris flees the US as he faces two dozen lawsuits

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Facing more than two-dozen lawsuits alleging he committed real estate fraud, former "Fox & Friends Weekend" co-host Clayton Morris has reportedly fled the United States, according to the Indianapolis Star.

Morris, who previously resided in a $1.4 million home in New Jersey, moved his family to a coastal resort town in Portugal, the newspaper reported, citing a Facebook post from his wife.

Morris's wife and business partner, former MSNBC anchor Natali Morris, told the IndyStar that she and her husband plan to continue fighting the lawsuits from abroad.

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Trump defenders argued his latest tweets weren’t really racist — but he just completely undercut their arguments

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If you try to defend President Donald Trump, you will always end up having the rug pulled out from underneath you. It's a law of nature.

And yet, so many of the president's allies have failed to learn this simple lesson. So when Trump launched a new attack at progressive Democratic lawmakers that was one of his most obviously racist smears, inevitably, some of his defenders tried to deny the obvious truth.

His screed attacked a group of women who have come to define the left wing of the Democratic caucus, which includes Reps. Ilhan Omar (MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Rashida Talib (MI), and Ayanna Pressley (MA). Though only Omar is an immigrant (she was a refugee from Somalia as a child), Trump seemed to assume all four women of color weren't born in the United States, and most egregiously, he suggested they should "go back" to other countries:

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Trump is facing massive criticism for his attacks on young women of color in Congress

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US President Donald Trump came under fire from Democrats and even some members of his own Republican Party on Monday after launching an extraordinary xenophobic attack on four progressive Democratic congresswomen.

"All they do is complain," Trump told reporters at a White House event featuring products "Made in America."

"These are people that hate our country," he said of the four lawmakers. "If you're not happy here, you can leave."

Trump also accused the four first-term congresswomen -- who are of Hispanic, Arab, Somali and African American origin -- of having "love" for US "enemies like Al-Qaeda."

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