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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.

“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.”

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Many Twitter users responded angrily.

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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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Jay-Z files second civil lawsuit against Mississippi prison for ‘barbaric’ treatment of inmates

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Alleging "barbaric" conditions, rapper and record executive Jay-Z has filed a lawsuit against the Mississippi Department of Corrections on behalf of 152 inmates, The Guardian reports.

The lawsuit states that Parchman prison is responsible for "abhorrent conditions, abuse and constant violence, inadequate health care and mental health care, and overuse of isolation," adding that "the people confined at Parchman live a miserable and hopeless existence confronted daily by imminent risk of substantial harm in violation of their rights under the US Constitution."

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Scottish lawmaker: Reasonable grounds to suspect Trump or his associates ‘have been involved in serious crime’

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A Member of the Scottish Parliament is asking his fellow ministers to investigate President Donald Trump’s deals through which he acquired his properties in Scotland, including Trump’s two multi-million dollar losing golf courses. President Trump prizes his Turnberry, Scotland  resort, but reports that the American president is using the U.S. federal government to help keep it afloat have dogged him.

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Florida woman zips boyfriend into suitcase and lets him suffocate: police

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A Florida woman zipped her boyfriend into a suitcase and recorded video as he suffocated to death, police said.

Sarah Boone was arrested on second-degree murder charges in the death of Jorge Torres Jr., who died inside a suitcase during an apparent domestic dispute, reported WESH-TV.

The 42-year-old Boone told police that she had been drinking chardonnay with Torres, who she said agreed to climb into the suitcase and be zipped inside as a joke.

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