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GOP official who made ‘death panel’ town hall comments has history of pushing wild conspiracy theories

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A previously obscure GOP official from Florida who became a national celebrity for invoking “death panels” at a town hall on the Affordable Care Act — and then calling voters “children” when they protested — has an extensive history of pushing conspiracy theories and racist jokes on social media, the Washington Post is reporting.

Bill Akins, secretary of the Republican executive committee in Florida’s Pasco County, made a splash on national TV when CNN cameras caught him telling voters that they faced a “death panel” under the ACA, also known as Obamacare.

“There’s a provision in there that anyone over the age of 74 has to go before what is effectively a death panel,” said Akins at the town hall held by Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.). “Yes, they do! Yes, they do! It’s in there, folks!” Akins insisted when the audience attempted to shout him down.

According to the Post, this is not the first time that Akins has pushed conspiracy theories and outright lies — using his Facebook account to push everything from the government using chemtrails to control the populace to accusing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of murdering her political foes.

On chemtrails, Akins suggested the government was killing “some elderly with lowered illness resistance with chemicals to lessen the load on social security and medicare.”

Akins also said Bill and Hillary Clinton had potential trial witnesses against them murdered, and that Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign was financed by the Saudis.

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Along with conspiracy theories, Akins compared black protesters to monkeys, said Muslims could not claim racial discrimination, and accused President Barack Obama of being a foreign-born Muslim.

A sampling of Akins’ Facebook posts (via The Washington Post) as well as video from the town hall below:

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Virginia Democrats are so fired up that the party chair had to scold them: ‘Sit down — be quiet’

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Democrats in Virginia are fired up as they gathered in Richmond for their annual gala dinner.

Political analysts believe the Democratic Party of Virginia has a good chance to win control of the state legislature in 2019's election, before setting their sights on the Commonwealth continuing its recent trend of voting Democratic in presidential elections.

Patrick Wilson, a political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, attended the event.

He reported that Democrats were so "noisy" that it was hard to hear the speakers, which include presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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‘Everyone knows what to expect’ at Trump’s Amway Center re-election kickoff

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Donald Trump considers himself a legendary salesman, but can he really sell America on giving him four more drama-filled years at the White House?

Tuesday, he'll make his big pitch.

The 2020 reelection kickoff rally is being held in Orlando, Florida and campaign operations chief Michael Glassner says the "historic" event "has already generated tens of thousands of ticketing requests."

There's little mystery about how the night will go down.

Expect Trump, the self-promoting hero of his ghost-written book "The Art of the Deal," to claim the US economy is richer, the military stronger, and the country more respected than ever in history.

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Florida man’s own family blasts him after he was arrested for racist threats: ‘This isn’t how we were raised’

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After a Florida man was arrested for trying to start a race war, a member of his own family slammed his values.

"A Florida man’s social media posts that threatened violence against African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals and that urged his followers to start a race war netted him a $1 million bond," the Miami Herald reported Saturday. "And then there’s another $100,000 bond he would have to pay to get out of Lee County Jail because of a weapons charge."

Joshua Leff, 40, is being held in the Lee County Jail.

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