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Megyn Kelly reacts to disgusting attack on disabled white man: ‘Are these just thugs?’

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Megyn Kelly wondered whether a brutal and disturbing attack on a disabled white man by four black assailants should be considered part of a broader conversation.

“Does this one act — this disgusting, awful, criminal act — is it any sort of a larger statement on who we are as a people?” Kelly said. “Or are these just thugs — not young people making stupid decisions. No! Thugs who are torturing a man. But does it say something about us as Americans?”

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The assailants held the 18-year-old man, who apparently was acquainted with one of them, captive for at least 24 hours and then streamed Facebook Live video of themselves cutting the victim’s clothing and hair with a knife and pushing his head with a foot.

“F*ck Donald Trump,” one of the assailants says on the video. “F*ck white people, boy.”

Police have arrested four suspects in connection with the case, but no charges have been filed yet.

The incident is being investigated as a hate crime, but officers said they first want to determine whether “this is sincere or just stupid ranting and raving” before filing the hate crime charge.

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David Wohl, a Trump-supporting attorney and Fox News contributor, said the case was clearly a hate crime, along with the underlying crimes of kidnapping, torture, assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and possibly others.

“What’s going to happen here is, if they only prosecute it regarding the state crimes and they leave the hate crime enhancement out, don’t forget who’s going to be the attorney general of the United States in a couple of months, Jeff Sessions,” Wohl said. “I guarantee you he takes this very seriously. This could easily turn into a federal civil rights prosecution, along with several other piggy-backing federal crimes, and the hate crime would definitely be included.”

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Under Illinois law, hate crimes enhance sentencing for other crimes, such as aggravated assault — which could turn a one- to three-year sentence into a three- to six-year prison term.

“They need to take this very seriously,” Wohl continued. “They can’t allow political correctness to dictate the prosecution.”

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Why was Jeffrey Epstein buying size 5 women’s panties — while in jail?

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The Miami Herald has another bombshell report on Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a Manhattan jail while waiting to stand trial on federal sex crimes charges.

"A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility’s store: two pairs of small women’s panties, size 5," the Herald reported Saturday night.

The newspaper noted, "the panties raise questions about why a childless male inmate, accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 14, would be allowed to buy female undergarments so small that they wouldn’t fit an average-sized adult woman."

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White nationalist Republican ridiculed after only 2 people show up for his town hall meeting

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Embattled Rep. Steve King (R-IA) suffered further humiliation on Saturday when only two people showed up for his town hall meeting with Iowa constituents.

King, who was stripped of all committee assignments for his white nationalism, was been an embarrassment for Republicans with his constant racism and misogyny.

A photo of the town hall meeting was posted on Twitter by Reuters photo editor Corinne Perkins.

https://twitter.com/corinne_perkins/status/1162806565109473280

Rep. King was quickly mocked in the comments.

Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/sedespres/status/1162811223186006018

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Democrats could flip the Texas state house in 2020 — and reshape the national map

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Blue Texas? Democrats have long dreamt of winning Texas’s 38 electoral votes in the presidential election. That may still be a long shot, but a recent “Texodus” from Congress has given new talk to a political transformation across the Lone Star State that could have massive ramifications down the ballot and for decades to come.

This article was originally posted at Salon.

Four of the state’s GOP members of Congress have announced their retirements in recent weeks, an unusual torrent of departures signaling that a storm is coming. And evidence shows that it’s not just hitting Texas’s federal delegation. It’s coming to Austin, too.

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