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White nationalist who smeared MLK as ‘degenerate’: Trump is ‘what we need in a leader’

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Another white nationalist leader signaled his support for Donald Trump at an event billing itself as an “alt-right” gathering, Media Matters reported.

“There’s something about him, there’s something high energy, that is infectious, that you look at that and you think: this is what a leader looks like, this is what we want,” said Richard Spencer at the event on Friday. “Even in all his vulgarity and I would never deny him, this is what we want in a leader.”

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According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Spencer, a self-styled “academic racist,” is the president of the National Policy Institute (NPI), which seeks “to elevate the consciousness of whites, ensure our biological and cultural continuity, and protect our civil rights.”

In an op-ed for the group, Spencer also twisted Martin Luther King Jr.’s words in an attack on the civil rights leader, calling him “a fraud and degenerate in his life, [who] has become the symbol and cynosure of White Dispossession and the deconstruction of Occidental civilization. We must overcome!”

He also described immigration as “a proxy war — and maybe a last stand — for White Americans” that same year, a topic he cited as part of his support for the Republican presidential nominee.

“The fact that Trump, from day one, defined his campaign in terms of immigration I think that was key, and extremely important,” Spencer said. “I don’t think our support of Trump is really about policy at the end of the day. I think it actually, you could say its about style over substance, because, policy, what does that really matter?”

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Talking Points Memo reported that the event was originally slated to be held at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., before being cancelled over “security concerns.” It was moved to a ballroom at the Willard Hotel in the same city.

“We have not been made by Trump,” Spencer said. “But we want to make Trump and we want to imagine him in our image.”

Watch Spencer’s remarks, as posted by Media Matters, below.

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Texas governor busted sending racist call-to-arms a day before El Paso attack: ‘take matters into our own hands’

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On Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) tweeted out a message of unity and promised to work to reduce violence in his state, in the wake of the shooting in El Paso that left 22 dead and dozens more injured:

Today we had hearings responding to the tragic shooting in El Paso.

We focused on community healing, combating domestic terrorism, reducing hateful ideologies, & keeping guns out of hands of deranged killers while respecting 2nd Amendment rights.

We’ll keep TX safe.#txlege pic.twitter.com/ymct4aiSgK

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Facebook bans far-right website from pro-Trump advertising after they try to skirt transparency rules

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On Thursday, NBC News reported that Facebook has banned the Epoch Times from placing political advertisements, after the right-wing website tried to conceal its multimillion-dollar dark money streams and get around the social network's political advertising transparency rules in its propaganda supporting President Donald Trump.

The Epoch Times had tried to skirt rules by running ads under puppet names like "Honest Paper" and "Pure American Journalism," confusing users about who was really behind the ads.

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GOP leaders are pressuring Kansas Republican to resign from Congress immediately: report

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On Thursday, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported that Republicans in Kansas and Washington are pressuring Rep. Steve Watkins (R-KS) to step down after just eight months in office.

It is currently unclear why they are calling for his resignation.

Watkins has thus far given no indications he will leave office. His spokesman Jim Joice stated that he has no plans to resign, and disputed the idea that Republican officials are pressuring him to do so, but acknowledged there have been conversations around the topic.

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