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Florida ‘seed faith’ huckster pastor to deliver religious invocation at Trump inaugural

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While the committee tasked with providing entertainment for Donald Trump’s inauguration has struggled mightily to find acts willing to perform for the president-elect, there is no shortage of religious leaders willing to show up and say a prayer for the new leader of the free world in return for a little face-time on TV.

Among them is a so-called “prosperity gospel” pastor from Florida whose relationship with Trump dates back over a decade.

As reported by Betsy Woodruff at The Daily Beast, Paula White, who is listed as the Senior Pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida, will be making an appeal to God despite having been previously investigated by the U.S. Senate for running a scam ministry.

White is a practitioner of what is known as the “prosperity gospel”, which, in it’s simplest terms, means followers give the church money based upon the belief that God will somehow return that investment many times over.  That offering is known as “seed.”

According to the Beast, White’s website makes a pitch for seed money with the promise, “When we receive your seed we have a very powerful Word from the Lord that we will send to you.We want to show our Gratitude to you and to help you grow in your Attitude of Gratitude.”

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In return, the supplicant is gifted with a internet download from the church, although a higher donation will net the sender a set of inspirational DVD’s.

As noted by Woodruff, in 2007 White was one of a few pastors who were being investigated by the Senate Finance Committee, when Trump praised her in an interview, saying, ““Paula White is not only a beautiful person, both inside and out, she has a significant message to offer anyone who will tune in and pay attention. She has amazing insight, the ability to deliver that message clearly, as well as powerfully.”

Prosperity gospel was memorably mocked by HBO host John Oliver who created his own scam-worthy Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption.

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Cop says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be shot following Trump’s racist targeting of The Squad

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Following racist attacks on members of The Squad by President Donald Trump and his supporters, a police officer in Louisiana reportedly said that one of the congresswomen of color should be shot.

Trump has been lashing out at the four first-term congresswomen, who include Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).

"A Gretna police officer posted a comment on his Facebook page this past week calling U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a 'vile idiot' who 'needs a round, and I don't mean the kind she used to serve,'" NOLA reported Saturday.

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Internet piles on ABC reporter for lavishing praise on Trump for allowing press to ask questions

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ABC News reporter Kyra Phillips on Saturday heaped praise on President Donald Trump for his treatment of the press.

Despite the White House no longer holding daily press briefings, Phillips praised the "access" she receives from the administration.

"No matter what your politics are, I have to say that I appreciate the access ?Trump? gives us on a regular basis and the ability to ask any question," she said.

She tagged Stephanie Grisham in her tweet, who is Trump's latest press secretary. She also tagged her husband, John Roberts, who does not work in the White House, but works for Fox News.

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The real problem wasn’t the racism — it was the Trump taking ‘the Lord’s name in vain’ twice: supporter

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President Donald Trump was widely condemned after supporters at a campaign rally in West Virginia turned his racist "go back" message into a "Send Her Back" chant against one of a woman of color in Congress.

One Trump supporter in West Virginia also criticized the speech, but not for the racist targeting of Rep. Ilhan Omar.

State Senator Paul Hardesty, a Democrat, wrote to the White House to complain about Trump's use of the word "goddamn."

The letter was republished by the Montgomery-Herald.

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