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Missouri ‘Tea Party for Trump’ speaker assures rally: It is not racist to hate Mexicans

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At a Tea Party for Trump rally held at a Harley-Davidson dealership in Festus, Missouri on Sunday, a Republican official said that he and his fellow attendees aren’t racist for hating Mexicans because “Mexican” isn’t a race.

Riverfront Times writer Danny Wicentowski attended the rally, which he described as a scene where “some 200 patriots who really, really hate Hillary Clinton listened to a succession of speeches delivered by a string of local conservative luminaries who also really, really hate Hillary Clinton.”

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Before featured speaker Jim Hoft — also known as conservative blogger The Gateway Pundit aka “The Stupidest Man on the Internet” — took to the stage, former Missouri Republican Party director Ed Martin reassured the crowd that they’re not racist for hating Mexicans.

“Donald Trump is for Americans first,” Martin said of the Republican Party’s presidential nominee. “He’s for us first. It is not selfish to support, or to be for, your neighbor, as opposed to someone from another nation. And Mexico, Mexicans, that’s not a race. You’re not racist if you don’t like Mexicans. They’re from a nation.”

He applied the same logic to Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim immigrants.

“If you don’t think Muslims are vetted enough because they blow things up, that’s not racist,” Martin said. “There’s white Muslims, black Muslims, green Muslims. This is not racism.”

On Monday, Martin released a statement to the St. Louis Dispatch newspaper attempting to walk back the racist remarks, saying that by “Mexicans” he actually meant “illegal immigrants.”

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Later, Hoft appeared on stage to lead the crowd in chants of “Lock her up!” and declare that only Trump is truly concerned about keeping Americans safe from Muslim terrorists.

The remarks are particularly ill-timed with Trump headed to Mexico this week in his effort to right his capsizing campaign by reaching out to black and Latino voters.

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Chris Wallace shreds Ken Starr: Trump’s scandal ‘a much bigger issue than whether Bill Clinton lied about sex’

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Fox News host Chris Wallace argued that the deeds President Donald Trump is accused of are more serious to the country than President Bill Clinton's actions, who was impeached for lying about sex.

During a break in impeachment hearings on Monday, Wallace called out Ken Starr's "characterization of this process and what we heard today... he said that the presentation against the president is narrow, prosecutors look through the world through dirty windows, it's slanted."

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‘Castor lies’: GOP counsel busted for peddling Ukraine falsehood in impeachment testimony

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Republican counsel Stephen Castor lied during his impeachment defense of President Donald Trump.

The GOP attorney testified that Ukrainian officials "did not learn (military aid) was paused until the pause was reported publicly in the U.S. media on Aug. 28," but Just Security editor-in-chief Ryan Goodman said that claim was false.

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Castor: Ukraine officials "did not learn it was paused until the pause was reported publicly in the US media on August 28"

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