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Virginia group to publish Nazi-like blacklist of businesses ‘openly hostile’ to Trump

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A Virginia group says it will publish a list of businesses that are accused of being “openly hostile” to supporters of President Donald Trump.

Finch Knitting + Sewing Studio owner Nicole Morgenthau told The Loudoun Times-Mirror that she was shocked on Thursday after receiving an email explaining that she had been ratted out as a Trump hater.

“Are you an anti-election establishment?” the email began. “We are compiling a list of local Leesburg businesses that are openly hostile to customers who voted for Donald Trump. Before we publish, we’d like to give the opportunity to refute tips we’ve received.”

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The letter concluded with a warning: “If we hear nothing, we will assume these comments are legitimate and will publish your information in an upcoming guide.”

“My immediate reaction was a little bit of fear,” Morgenthau recalled to the paper. “Immediately I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, what’s going to happen?’ The business is like my fourth child.”

Out of concern for her business, Morgenthau decided to respond to the email, and she shared her reply to the group on Facebook.

“We are not and never have been hostile toward any human being who wishes to step foot in the front door of Finch. As a matter of fact, the very groundwork of Finch has always been to be a place of inclusiveness,” she wrote. “We acknowledge and embrace that we have customers who come from a wide variety of political, racial, and religious backgrounds. Just as this diversity of beliefs occurs in many of our own families, the Finch family is a safe haven, a neutral space where any and all beliefs are sacred and anybody should feel welcome. All belong here.”

Morgenthau said that she suspected that the sender of the email may have learned from reading Internet forums that Finch Knitting supported last weekend’s Women’s March, which featured hundreds of knitted pink “Pussy Hats” that drew the ire of conservatives.

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“We carry yarn and we teach people to knit, but we didn’t do an event specific for [the march],” Morgenthau said. “I take it very personally who comes in my door every day. I know people very well who voted on both sides. I hope both sets of people will find common ground.”

The reaction of Trump supporters is reminiscent of a 1933 Nazi Germany boycott of Jewish businesses as punishment for negative press coverage abroad.

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If Democrats fight right-wing ‘fake news’ fire with fire, we all lose

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Democrats are increasingly worried about losing the 2020 presidential election to Donald Trump. The party is in seeming disarray from the botched Iowa caucuses and the failure of an "electable" frontrunner to emerge early in the primary season. Trump's fundraising and digital operations are humming, buoyed in part by his acquittal at the Senate trial which refused to remove him from office for soliciting foreign interference in the 2020 elections and obstructing the House's investigation of it.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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Soledad O’Brien shames 1980 ‘Miracle on Ice’ hockey team for photo-op with Trump while wearing MAGA hats

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In an early Sunday morning tweet, award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien expressed her dismay with members of the 1980 Gold Medal-winning Olympic hockey team for celebrating their historic win over the then-Soviet Union -- dubbed the "Miracle on Ice" -- with Donald Trump while wearing "Make America Great Again" hats.

According to O'Brien, seeing them hand Trump a photo-op filled her with "disappointment."

Taking to Twitter, she wrote, " Ugh.... so disappointed by the @1980MiracleTeam . I loved watching that game as a kid with my dad. Loved watching the movie with my kids. To see them on a stage, in maga hats—kinda crushing I have to say."

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‘Nice deflection, Mr President’: Adam Schiff busts Trump for trying to blame him for his leaky administration

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) took a shot at President Donald Trump on Sunday morning after the president tried to blame him for the leak describing a classified meeting lawmakers had with an intelligence official who warned the bipartisan group that the Kremlin is trying to help the president get re-elected.

As the president prepared to leave the White House for India, he told reporters that Schiff was to blame for the leaked meeting story, with the president insisting he personally had not been briefed on the report explosive report.

Responding to a 'Meet the Press" clip of the president making his accusation, Schiff tweeted back: "Nice deflection, Mr. President. But your false claims fool no one. You welcomed Russian help in 2016, tried to coerce Ukraine’s help in 2019, and won’t protect our elections in 2020. Now you fired your intel chief for briefing Congress about it. You’ve betrayed America. Again."

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