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‘Are you offended as a white man?’ All hell breaks loose when Fox guest mentions ‘white privilege’

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Fox News host Bill Hemmer reacted with shock on Wednesday when liberal commentator Nomiki Konst pointed out the “white privilege” of Republican strategist Brad Blakeman, who was complaining about racism against white people.

The argument began over former President Bill Clinton’s comments this week about why he understood the mindset of Donald Trump’s core supporters.

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“Look man, the other guy’s base is what I grew up in,” Clinton said, referring to his Arkansas childhood. “You know, I’m basically your standard redneck.”

On Wednesday, Fox’s Hemmer suggested that Blakeman should be offended by Clinton’s remarks.

“That’s you, Brad,” Hemmer said. “A bunch of rednecks. That’s all you are, Trump supporters. A bunch of rednecks.”

“It’s worse than being called a deplorable!” Blakeman agreed. “Redneck has a racist tone. Bill Clinton knows that. He admits that he grew up in that era of racism where he knows exactly what redneck means, especially beyond southern borders.”

Hemmer complained that the former president was attacking “all you bad folks who are watching Fox News.”

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But Konst attempted to de-escalate the outrage by reminding the two men that Bill Clinton was not talking about “every Fox News watcher,” but those people “who want to go back to a time where the white man really was more successful than pretty much every other demographic.”

“This is a racist remark!” Blakeman exclaimed.

“Aw, it sure is!” Hemmer chimed in.

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“He’s being derogatory,” Blakeman added. “That’s what he’s doing.”

“He grew up in the deep South,” Konst replied. “He’s Bubba! His nickname is Bubba. If there’s anybody in the race that understands the deep South, it’s Bill Clinton.”

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“I’m a Trump supporter and I’m not a redneck!” Blakeman shouted.

“Oh, I’m sorry,” Konst snapped sarcastically. “Are you hurt, are you offended as a white man who comes from privilege? Alright, okay, enough with the privilege. You know, you guys have been struggling so hard your entire life, all of history. Let’s get real.”

“I work for everything I’ve got!” Blakeman griped.

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“Is that where this is going? Wow!” Hemmer said. “You just dropped the white privilege bomb here. Defend that.”

“Since when has anything in society been racist against white men?” Konst asked. “Name some instances.”

After a moment of silence, Blakeman ignored the question and accused Konst of “pitting people against each other.”

“You are the one that said it’s racist,” Konst pointed out.

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Watch the video below from Fox News, broadcast Oct. 12, 2016.


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Vietnamese women strive to clear war-era mines

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Inching across a field littered with Vietnam war-era bombs, Ngoc leads an all-women demining team clearing unexploded ordnance that has killed tens of thousands of people -- including her uncle.

"He died in an explosion. I was haunted by memories of him," Le Thi Bich Ngoc tells AFP as she oversees the controlled detonation of a cluster bomb found in a sealed-off site in central Quang Tri province.

More than 6.1 million hectares of land in Vietnam remain blanketed by unexploded munitions -- mainly dropped by US bombers -- decades after the war ended in 1975.

At least 40,000 Vietnamese have since died in related accidents. Victims are often farmers who accidentally trigger explosions, people salvaging scrap metal, or children who mistake bomblets for toys.

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Chief Justice John Roberts issues New Year’s Eve warning to stand up for democracy

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In a progressive welcoming move, Chief Justice John Roberts issued his New Year's Eve annual report urging his fellow federal judges to stand up for democracy.

"In our age, when social media can instantly spread rumor and false information on a grand scale, the public's need to understand our government, and the protections it provides, is ever more vital," he wrote. "We should celebrate our strong and independent judiciary, a key source of national unity and stability."

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Trump’s next 100 days will dictate whether he can be re-elected or not — here’s why

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According to CNN pollster-in-residence Harry Enten, Donald Trump's next 100 days -- which could include an impeachment trial in the Senate -- will hold the key to whether he will remain president in 2020.

As Eten explains in a column for CNN, "His [Trump's] approval rating has been consistently low during his first term. Yet his supporters could always point out that approval ratings before an election year have not historically been correlated with reelection success. But by mid-March of an election year, approval ratings, though, become more predictive. Presidents with low approval ratings in mid-March of an election year tend to lose, while those with strong approval ratings tend to win in blowouts and those with middling approval ratings usually win by small margins."

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