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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.

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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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California’s sudden spike in COVID-19 is a disturbing warning for the whole country

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On Memorial Day, as crowds packed Venice Beach in Los Angeles, the state of California experienced its highest one-day total for positive coronavirus cases. According to data compiled by the San Jose Mercury News, there were 2,565 new cases in California on May 25 — breaking the previous one-day record from May 5th, when 2,546 new cases were reported across the state. The number of confirmed cases since the start of the outbreak exceeds 100,000 this week in the state of California, a fact that may seems at odds with Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom's slow plant to start approving reopenings among the state's counties as they meet certain benchmarks.

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WATCH: Maddow goes off on GOP governor for not alerting residents of meat packing plant COVID-19 outbreak

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Wednesday harshly criticized Iowa's Republican governor for not alerting residents to an apparent COVID-19 outbreak at a meatpacking plant.

"The highest per-capita infection rate in the state of Iowa right now is in one Buena Vista County, population around 20,000," Maddow explained. "More than 3% of the entire population of the county is now confirmed to be infected."

"Now, where are all of these infections coming from?" she asked rhetorically. "You know by now, right, without me even having to say it. You know, and I know, even without having to look it up on a map. And local reporters know exactly what drives those kinds of epidemic spike numbers. Everybody knows what's going on."

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Eric Trump bragged about the stock market as the US crossed 100,000 dead — and it didn’t go well

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On Wednesday, the number of reported coronavirus deaths in the United States officially hit the 100,000 mark — a milestone experts have been anticipating for days.

But at the same time, President Donald Trump's second son chose to take the moment to brag about how the stock market was doing.

GREAT DAY for the DOW!! https://t.co/t0cK3wOKUu

— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) May 27, 2020

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