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Woman who called black Michael’s employees ‘animals’ defends meltdown: I was ‘targeted because of my race’

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The Chicago woman who went on a racist tirade at an area Michael’s arts and craft store spoke out Tuesday against the “discrimination” she says prompted her to call the black employees “animals.”

Jennifer Boyle made national news in November after she lashed out at a cashier who charged her $1 for a reusable bag she wanted for free. She then launched into a verbal assault on several black employees, accusing them of discriminating against her because she voted for Donald Trump.

“And I voted for Trump, so there,” Boyle said of the widely-shared footage of the incident. “What? You want to kick me out because of that? And look who won. Look who won.”

“My perception of what was happening after being told to leave was that I was being discriminated against not only based on not wanting to buy reusable bags … but also the fact that she brought up my political affiliation and who I voted for, who she assumed I voted for without knowing anything about me,” Boyle said Tuesday.

She said her reaction was due to “frustration of why am I being treated differently?”

“This wasn’t about race, this was not about political views, this was about very poor customer service and being told to leave without warning,” Boyle told NBC 5.

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The woman also acknowledged a video that surfaced of her engaging in a similar manner with a Peet’s Coffee manager.

“Oh my God you’re a floor manager and you call people a b*tch, you’re a b*tch,” she shouted in a separate video. But Boyle insists she does not see a pattern in her behavior.

“I do not believe that I have an issue dealing with my anger,” she said.

Boyle told NBC she was provoked by the Peet’s manager insisting she was
“targeted because of my race.”

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“There’s not one bone in my body that’s racist or homophobic,” she added. “And that’s the bottom line.”

Witnesses to her Michael’s rant disagree with Boyle’s characterization of the incident, arguing the employees “did nothing to provoke this verbal attack and in fact treated all customers with professionalism and courtesy.”

A commentator on the Chicago blog Chicagoist similarly argued Boyle, whom the write claimed to know, is “batsh*t, racist, crazy.”

“She is just as nuts in person as this video depicts” Youth_Twitter wrote. “From a legal perspective, I am not sure what I am or am not allowed to say; but I will leave it at this. EVERYONE was happy when they found out she was no longer welcome back.”

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But Boyle said she’s not sure why these situations keep happening. I’m not really sure why I got called a basic white bitch or told to leave Michaels because I voted for Trump,” she insisted.

Boyle noted she has not reached out—or even thought about reaching out—to the employees at Michael’s or Peet’s, but insisted she does “forgive them for what they said to me.”

She added the employees, moving forward, should “really be mindful of their customer service.”

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Trump emphatically explains that unmanned drones don’t have people in them as he rambles about Iran’s big ‘mistake’

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During a joint press availability with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Donald Trump opened up about the drone that was shot down by Iran.

According to Trump, drones are unmanned, a fact he felt was important to convey to those who haven't seen a Jason Bourne film or a spy thriller.

"Iran made a big mistake," Trump said. "This drone was in international waters clearly. We have it all documented. It’s documented scientifically, not just words. They made a big mistake."

He also said that he doesn't believe the decision to shoot the drone down likely came from the Iranian government in Tehran.

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BUSTED: Trump super PAC accused of lying to government about the source of mysterious $325,000 donation

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According to a report from the Daily Beast's "Pay Dirt" investigative unit, a Super PAC affiliated with President Donald Trump has some explaining to do about a $375,000 donation that was wrongly attributed to one company -- but wire transfers tell a completely different story.

As the Beast notes, "The super PAC America First Action reported receiving a $325,000 contribution last year from a company called Global Energy Producers. But records released in federal court this week indicate that contribution came from an entirely different company," adding that the discrepancy was pointed out by the  Campaign Legal Center which labeled it a violation of federal campaign-finance laws.

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Trump advisor John Bolton to hold ‘regional security’ talks in Israel

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US National Security Advisor John Bolton will travel to Israel at the weekend for "regional security talks" with top Russian and Israeli officials, the White House said Thursday amid spiking tensions with Iran.

Bolton will meet Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, followed by talks with his Israeli and Russian counterparts, Meir Ben-Shabbat and Nikolai Patrushev, NSC spokesman Garrett Marquis said.

Bolton also will meet with the director general of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission Zeev Snir.

The NSC announcement came just hours after Iran shot down a US drone in what Washington called an unprovoked attack.

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