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FL Republican gets blasted online for using Jose Fernandez’ death to smear national anthem protesters

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A Trump-supporting Florida Republican candidate is getting pounded online for a tweet he posted Sunday that used the tragic death of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez to score a cheap political point.

The New York Daily News reported that within an hour of the team’s announcement that Fernandez, 24, had perished in a late night boating accident, state Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) used the incident to disparage athletes who protest during the national anthem.

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“To all who will kneel during the anthem today — just remember how Jose Fernandez risked his life just for the chance to stand for it,” Gaetz tweeted.

Fernandez defected to the U.S. from Cuba when he was 15 years old after making multiple previous attempts. During his perilous 2007 passage to the U.S., he plunged into the water at once point to save his drowning mother.

Commentator Keith Olbermann blasted Gaetz in a tweet of his own, writing, “Delete your account, you cheap exploitative humanoid scumbag.”

Gaetz responded by mocking the people whose sensibilities he’d offended and doubling down on his remarks.

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“My point is that while America remains imperfect, so many do so much to enjoy our freedoms,” he wrote. “Seems ungrateful to kneel. Just my opinion.”

Many Twitter users responded angrily.

One user brought up Gaetz’ criminal history. He was arrested in 2008 for driving his father’s black BMW SUV drunk. When police inspected the vehicle, they found that Gaetz had been drinking bottles of mouthwash.

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Others continued to blast his tasteless decision to make a political point by disrespecting a dead athlete and his grieving family.


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Trump taps Mike Pompeo lieutenant as new national security adviser

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President Donald Trump has announced a new national security adviser.

The president abruptly fired John Bolton last week via tweet, and he tweeted out the announcement Wednesday morning of Robert O’Brien as a replacement.

"I am pleased to announce that I will name Robert C. O’Brien, currently serving as the very successful Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the State Department, as our new National Security Advisor," the president tweeted. "I have worked long & hard with Robert. He will do a great job!"

O'Brien has worked alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who had been considered for a dual role leading the national security council.

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GOP consultant shreds Trump for latest rant about ‘The Hispanics’: ‘Textbook definition of racism’

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President Donald Trump this week mocked one of his Hispanic supporters during a campaign rally by claiming that he looked white and then asking him, "Who do you like more, the country or the Hispanics?"

In an interview with ABC News, Republican consultant Mike Madrid slammed Trump and said his remarks made it sound like he was trying to make "a distinction between Hispanics and true Americans."

Madrid added that the president seems to believe that Hispanics must renounce their heritage in order to be truly accepted as American citizens.

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South Carolina woman who told cops they can’t arrest a ‘white, clean girl’ pleaded guilty to DUI: report

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Last year, 34-year-old Lauren Cutshaw of South Carolina was arrested in Bluffton after running a four-way stop sign at 60 miles an hour. Her blood alcohol level was registered at 0.18 — more than double the legal limit — and she admitted to being high and had marijuana paraphernalia in her car.

According to police reports at the time, Cutshaw offered an unusual defense of her behavior to the arresting officer: she shouldn't go to jail because she's a "thoroughbred ... white, clean girl" who was a cheerleader and sorority sister who graduated with "perfect grades" from a "high accredited university."

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