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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.

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.”

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BUSTED: Ex-GOP state chairman was arrested — for the second time in two weeks

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On Friday, Idaho GOP chairman Jonathan Parker, who stepped down prior to being arrested for stalking, was arrested again. This time Parker was arrested for trespassing.

"Officers made contact with that man and identified him as Parker. Further investigation revealed that there is an active protection order between Parker and a woman living nearby — his estranged wife — and Parker was then arrested and charged with felony stalking. During his arraignment, the judge issued a issued a no-contact order, which bars Parker from getting within 500 feet of his wife," a report from the Idaho Statesman said.

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Impeachment is no longer about ‘registering outrage’ — it’s now about ‘averting an ongoing crisis’: columnist

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President Donald Trump continues to defy presidential norms.

Boston Globe’s Michael A. Cohen wrote that Trump's behavior would be laughable if it weren't so dangerous for Americans. Cohen explained that in one week, President Trump has shown to put his interest above the U.S.

Trump started the week by telling ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that he would take dirt on a rival from foreign operatives. He also downplayed the threat of North Korea.

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Trump expert Tony Schwartz reveals ‘all you need to know’ about the president

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The co-author of the president's 1987 autobiography Trump: The Art of the Deal on Friday revealed "all you need to know" about the commander-in-chief.

Tony Schwartz offered advice on how to respond to Trump as his behavior becomes even more erratic.

"As we all know, Trump is shameless and compulsive liar. Here's the solution: ignore everything he says -- everything," Schwartz counseled.

"Don't waste any energy in outrage," he continued.

"Just know nothing he says is ever true," Schwartz said. "That's all you need to know."

https://twitter.com/tonyschwartz/status/1139681718175014912

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