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‘We should exterminate them’: GOP voter unwittingly told Muslim reporter she should be put in a camp

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Guardian reporter Sabrina Siddiqui met a lot of people during her time covering the 2016 presidential campaign — but not all of them were friendly faces.

Writing about her experience covering this year’s election, Siddiqui explained that many voters she talked with would often speak in candid — and frightening — terms to discuss their feelings about Muslims.

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One Republican voter she met at a campaign event for Sen. Rand Paul, for example, told her that he believed Muslims should all be killed if they didn’t willingly leave the country.

“We should exterminate them,” said the man, who apparently didn’t realize Siddiqui was a Muslim.

While she initially chalked up the man’s unhinged rant as the ravings of just one nut, she soon came to realize that the fear being stoked against Muslims during this year’s election was part of a broader trend.

“Although his words remain with me 19 months later, I didn’t make too much of it then,” she writes. “Only now, in retrospect, does the encounter foreshadow the anger and fear that was a dominant theme of the 2016 campaign… There were many more chilling conversations with those who, like the man in South Carolina, wished aloud for violence and concentration camps.”

Read about Siddiqui’s full experience at this link.

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Trump loyalist Lindsey Graham locked in dead heat with Democratic challenger in red South Carolina

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is locked in a dead heat in his bid to win re-election, a new online poll finds.

Graham, who has represented South Carolina in Congress since 1995 and held his Senate seat since 2003, has in recent months faced mounting pressure from Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison. A new Civiqs poll released this week finds the two rivals tied at 42%.

A deeper dive into the poll reveals more possibly unnerving developments for Graham. Fifty-six percent of South Carolina voters have an unfavorable view of the senator, while only 35% have a positive view of him.

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On Thursday night, the Minneapolis Police Department's third precinct was destroyed.

Here are some of the images from the scene.

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WATCH: Don Lemon blasts Trump — and explains why nobody wants to hear from him on George Floyd’s murder

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CNN anchor Don Lemon slammed U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald for invoking President Donald Trump on Thursday.

“I know she has a tough job, but guess what, as long as we are being honest right now, nobody wants to hear from the White House or the attorney general right now,” Lemon said. “No one wants to hear from the man who wanted the death penalty to come back for the Central Park Five.”

“No one wants to hear from the man who says that the former president was not born in this country. No one wants to hear from the man who said there are ‘very fine people on both sides.’ Do you understand what I am saying?” he asked.

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