A violent video currently being circulated by conservatives on social media as an example of how far racial tensions have risen in the U.S. actually shows an attack from London.
London’s Metropolitan Police posted the video on Wednesday and Thursday in hopes of tracking down a group of men who attacked a homeless man within sight of security cameras.
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) September 22, 2016
Britain’s The Daily Mirror newspaper carried the story on Thursday morning. So far, no arrests have been made.
Nonetheless, as RT.com noted, many U.S. conservatives are convinced that the violent incident took place during the riots in Charlotte, NC which were spawned by the police killing of a black man named Keith Lamont Scott.
People at #CharlotteProtest beating up homeless white man OMg.
— Nomy Sahir (@Nomysahir) September 22, 2016
Trump supporter Rebecca Faussett watched the video and wrote, “OMG WHAT LOW LIFES THAT POOR MAN! SHAME ON U! THIS IS SICKENING! WHAT JAS HAPPENED TO COMPASSION FOR OTHERS. GOD HELP US!!!!!!!”
@NomyPti OMG WHAT LOW LIFES THAT POOR MAN! SHAME ON U! THIS IS SICKENING! WHAT JAS HAPPENED TO COMPASSION FOR OTHERS. GOD HELP US!!!!!!!
— Rebecca Faussett (@RebeccaFaussett) September 22, 2016
Another conservative wrote, “The Leftwing tries to kill God & this is the result. Godless animals w/no conscience or empathy roaming the sts.”
— Deplorable Fubaglady (@fubaglady) September 22, 2016
Not everyone on Twitter was duped. A user named @KilgoreSprout said, “It’s footage from London, UK…Can you not see the big red bus in the background?”
— Sprouts of Wrath (@KilgoreSprout) September 22, 2016
Faussett replied, “Your [sic] wrong on live feed on fox.”
“Maybe you’ll now reevaluate them as a credible source,” said @KilgoreSprout. “There is also a tube sign in the background.”
Many other conservative Twitter users posted the video along with their comments regarding black Americans and the escalating protests against police violence.
— Deportier (@DrDeport) September 22, 2016
— Peter Hogan Legend (@peter22hc) September 22, 2016
— marissa (@Fb1Marissa) September 22, 2016
At Joe Biden’s eleventh-hour rally in Nevada, many union members remain uncommitted
On the eve of the Nevada caucuses, former Vice President Joe Biden, who has referred to himself as "middle-class Joe," had a last-minute chance to connect with middle-class Nevada voters before Saturday's caucuses. At a barbecue with burgers, hot dogs, and ice cream sandwiches, attendees that included firefighters and iron workers gathered for what was advertised as a precinct captain training — or to simply hear Biden's pitch. Indeed, many attendees of the barbecue were still undecided a mere day before caucusing.
This article first appeared in Salon.
Trump’s NSC is ignoring intelligence reports and basing policy on handouts of Trump’s tweets: report
According to a report from the New York Times, members of the National Security Council under Donald Trump no longer uses their extensive knowledge of international relations, politics, and history to formulate foreign policy security proposals for the president's review -- and are instead using the president's tweets to make policy based upon his desires and social media proclamations.
The report begins with noting that council members are often handed printouts of the president's tweets when they convene and are expected to use his words as their guide to formulate proposals that will likely find favor with the president.
Wells Fargo to pay $3 billion to settle fake accounts scandal
Wells Fargo has agreed to pay US regulators $3 billion to settle three investigations into the bank's damaging fake accounts scandal, the Department of Justice said on Friday.
The fine settles criminal and civil liability in the case in which the nation's fourth largest bank between 2002 and 2016 pressured employees to meet unrealistic sales goals that led to creating millions of accounts or credit cards without consent.
Wells Fargo admitted it collected millions of dollars in fees and interest, harmed the credit ratings of certain customers, and misused personal information, the Justice Department said in a statement.